Camera gear discussions

Discussion in 'Photography and Cameras' started by Bill-P, Oct 15, 2015.

  1. lac29

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    Hmmm ... not good. That is one bad thing. I run 4 batteries in total though so I guess I never really felt the pain that badly. I'm pretty good about keeping at least 2 backups.
     
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    Grahad2 Red eyes from too much anime

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    Depends on how you snap I guess. I try not to take too much so it lasts a day out when I'm holidaying but a spare is handy and keeps you assured.
     
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    The USB charging is neat though. I really like that.
     
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    Grahad2 Red eyes from too much anime

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    When it first came out it was blasted to hell for that actually since quite a lot of people expected it to come with a discrete battery charger (like the BC-TRX) so you can easily charge multiple batteries instead of USB in camera charging only out of the box.

    If you plan on getting multiple batteries its worth getting that.
     
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    Those mark 1s are elusive.

    Massdrop as the Nikon d3400 with the 18-55mm lens for $399 with free shipping right now.

    https://www.massdrop.com/buy/nikon-d3400-w-af-p-dx-nikkor-18-55mm-f-3-5-5-6g-vr-black

    That pretty solid deal? I can get a d3300 on eBay for $440 with a bunch of accessories, but most seem useless.
     
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    zerodeefex SBAF's Imelda Marcos

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    picked up an RX1R II. Anyone have front grip suggestions that don't have to screw into the bottom? I just want a little more there.
     
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    https://www.amazon.com/CyberShot-DSC-RX100-DSC-RX100M-HDR-AS100V-HDR-AS100VR/dp/B00W8BWNFO

    Use one of those. I use one with my RX1R II and swap between four batteries.

    Selling the wife's RX100. Thinking of going ZS100 for more flexibility with regard to zoom for her but it's so fucking convenient to be using the same batteries.
     
  8. Deep Funk

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    Go to a store with the models. Feel them in your hand and ask the shop assistant to turn the camera on. When the camera feels good in your hand and you like how the camera operates, done. Hunt one down for a good price. Get that deal.

    Epic deal right now: Nikon 3200/3300 with standard kit for sale or refurbished or a D5100/5200 if you are lucky in the DSLR realm.

    Epic M43 goodness: everything Olympus or Panasonic with decent kit lens for sale made in the last three years.

    The photography market is saturated right now. Aim for 300 to 400 Dollars/Euros with standard kit, condition as new and try to haggle the memory card or lens filter. Just know your specifications and what you want to use the camera for.

    Edit: that 3400 is a good deal; the technology Nikon put in those cameras is amazing.
     
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    Doesn't everybody.....

    ;)
     
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    fraggler A Happy & Busy Life

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    If you don't need different model number compatibility like the one Zerodeefex posted, I use this one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/USB-Dual-Po...BX1-battery-/151665606578?hash=item234ff97fb2 It is very lightweight, slim, and straps very neatly to an Anker battery pack I have. I shoot a lot of video so multiple batteries are a necessity since you can't use the camera and charge it at the same time.
     
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    Thanks for this. Dumping the charger I have for this.
     
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    I sold my Sony A7, 28mm F2 and like 2 other vintage lens I was using with them. When I went to Paris I brought 3 lenses in total to find out what singular lens I want to get.. focal length wise, I knew I wanted the 35mm but the distagon 35mm is just way too much. I knew I wanted to update the A7 eventually but the A7ii is like $1200 :(... In the end I decided to just sell it all and get a Fuji X-T20 + 23mm F2... I've never shot fuji before and it arrives today. I'm really hoping this ends my journey to get something ultralight with superb IQ.
     
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    I'm interested in hearing your thoughts about the X-T20. I got my X-T2 not long ago and am enjoying using it (although I really haven't put it through its paces yet). I'm shooting with a Fujinon XF35mmF2 R WR.
     
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    It arrived, the shots are pretty clean though I'm a bit busy until Tuesday this week.
     
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    Cspirou They call me Sparky

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    What lens specs do you look for in a macro lens?

    I want to do a lot more closeup photography and I'm sticking to the Nikon 1 system but there isn't a clear macro lens like with the full frame cameras.
     
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    Had quite a blast shooting with my X-T20 although it still feels like a foreign camera to me at times. I had brought my Nikon FG to my recent NYC trip but I haven't developed it. It's actually my first film camera I've actually shot with so I'm kind of nervous but excited.
     
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    I dumped everything when I realized I needed to go smaller and picked up the RX1R II. Such a good move for me.
     
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    Wow I just realized this forum existed here. I've been getting into cameras and lenses ever since planning for my honeymoon early this year. Started out with an a6000, a Sigma 30mm, a Rokinon 12mm, and an old Minolta 50mm. The Minolta is worth like $30 online, while the other two were bought new. After the honeymoon I realized I liked using the manual lenses - the 12mm and Minolta, and shortly after I began down the rabbit hole that is vintage lenses. What amazes me about vintage is how affordable they are and their unique image rendering.

    I sold the a6000 and use an a7 now and don't own any AF lenses - though if I were to pick one up I'd get the 28mm f2. I use a 1981 Minolta 50mm f/2 and a Canon nFD 35mm f/2.8 for most of my pictures. These two lenses have more modern optics and coatings but have a touch of vintage look in certain shots, and of course they are super sharp. I also have a 1973 Minolta 50mm f/1.4 that is well known for its combination of sharpness and vintage look, I use this one when I'm messing around. I have a Russian Helios 44-2 on the way - a copy of the Zeiss Biotar optical design without the awesome Zeiss coatings. It's mostly known for its swirly bokeh wide open, but seems to make a good portrait lens stopped up.

    If I were to go back to an AF system I'd consider Fuji. They have a quality line-up of APS-C lenses, whereas with Sony I feel their offerings are more hit and miss. I also like what I see in the Fuji colors, though the marketing doesn't have me too convinced of the x-trans sensor magic.
     
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    I love Fuji colours since the film days. Fuji colour simply looks right.

    Pick up a disposable camera with Fuji 400 in it. You know, those cart board with plastic throw-away cameras and take some well exposed pictures. Even if the lens is not the sharpest the colours bring so much life to the picture.

    My RX100 mark I is always in "vivid" because I cannot stand the flat colour profile.
     
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    I like the A7 colors better than what I have seen from Fuji. I see a slightly cool blue tint with Fuji digital that is similar to their color negative films. The A7 reminds me more of Kodak film. I think it looks like a slightly more vivid Portra. I think you will find Fuji has a more consistent quality because most of their camera's use the same sensors. Sony's lineup includes a larger variety of sensor format's and specs which make it difficult to have a consistent feeling across the product range.

    @Steakface If you really want the vintage look from old lenses don't be afraid to experiment with film. It is easy to find old film bodies on the cheap. The advantage is you don't have to change camera's to change the look!
     

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