Camera gear discussions

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

  1. Deep Funk

    Deep Funk Deep thoughts - Friend

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    This was funny. Kai Wong is sometimes hilarious...

     
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    Great videos. Knowledge with a laugh :bow:
     
  3. E_Schaaf

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    Im a bit of a collector, but my workhorse is the Zeiss Ikon ZM (Leica M-Mount) with a Voigtlander Nokton 35/1.2 II

    Also love shooting the Fujica GW690... The dynamic range and low grain on the latest Portra 400 120 stock is bonkers
     
  4. Deep Funk

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    You still shoot film?
     
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    E_Schaaf Thread Judge Code-6 District

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    Yes! I find I'm more selective when I shoot film. I'll go on long walks and only shoot a couple frames, but they always turn out better. I dont mind the grain or the sometimes opaque character.

    With film I still feel a sense of a 'decisive moment'. With digital I just figure I ought to capture the whole moment and do the 'deciding' later.

    Using film just feels more thoughtful, but if im going for quantity I'll just use my 5D.

    Its also fun to shoot a roll, let it sit for a while, and process it a year later. Brings those memories back to life in a different way than the instant feedback you get with digital.

    I wont argue that film is better from a technical standpoint, aside from maybe medium and large format, but at that point it certainly isnt very cost effective.
     
  6. Steakface

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    I picked up a film camera and just finished preparing it for use. Got a Minolta SR-T 101 for $20 - working light meter, shutter, timer, all the important stuff. The light seals on the door were either completely worn or missing so I had to replace those, mirror seal looks good though. I'm pretty sure whatever light seals that are inside the camera are worn out, but I'm not sure how much those matter. The film rewind button on the bottom was stuck, something I didn't notice when I bought it, but after a drop of white lithium WD-40 it works like new again. The viewfinder is a little dirty but its more than usable, I would like to get it professionally cleaned.

    Got a roll of Kodax Tri-X 400 in it right now, going to try to go through it within the next week or two to see if there's any problem that I missed. it's snowy and cold here in Michigan which keeps me inside most of the time, hopefully I'll be able to overcome it. Gotta agree with @E_Schaaf that shooting film lets you slow down, there's something soothing about it.
     
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  7. Thad E Ginathom

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    Was just mentioning elsewhere: film makes you think about every shot because every shot costs money!

    Here's my question of the day. I wouldn't need to ask if I could just go to a great shop full of stuff and browse, but here I can't.

    I want a camera bag, type shoulder bag, and it should have configuration like HOH where...

    O is my Sony a6000, on its back, with lens, total height 7 inches.
    H is two lens spaces.

    I know most bags are pretty configurable. I could pick up something online, but I'd almost certainly get something bigger than I need, and I'd like to pack this potential configuration into the smallest possible shoulder bag.

    So if anyone can say, oh, I have that like that... then please tell me! Otherwise, even best guesses are welcome.
     
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    EDIT: Just realized you said the H is TWO lens spaces. Heh, none of these bags will work then. I imagine that kind of bag would be pretty big, and I've only really seen those kind of configurations in backpacks. Maybe someone else knows though, sorry!

    Here's one of the bags I use, it's big enough for my DSLR but not too big, but it is much taller than 7 inches
    http://a.co/aMEKdUG

    It also comes in a smaller version which you may like more, but I can't verify that it would be able to hold the a6000 on its back + two lenses. It's roughly 8.7 inches tall so still a little taller than what you need.
    http://a.co/eCp1MGW

    You might like something like this, it's short but wide and has three adjustable pockets like you need.
    http://a.co/7XdGzHl
     
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  9. fraggler

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    When I still had my DSLR, I had a Timbuk2 Snoop shoulder bag. It was bulletproof (and very water resistant), configurable, and didn't scream "I have a camera, come steal it!" It looked very much like a standard Timbuk2 bag. Not sure what is available on the market, as the model I had was from 2014 and isn't made anymore. I had the medium and it was just right, for the other stuff I was carrying (flash, batteries, etc.), but I think the small would have worked for your configuration.
     
  10. lac29

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    I'm planning on doing some state and national parks ... hiking and possibly a bunch of one night camping this coming spring/summer ... do you guys have any general tips for landscape photography? I'll be bringing a Fuji XT2 and I have 3 Fuji prime lenses, a 60mm F/2.4 macro, 14mm f/2.8, and 35mm F/2 as well as a tripod. Should I think about getting a landscape specific lens that can go higher than the really wide 14mm? Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS or Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR worth it?
     
  11. Steakface

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    All the reviews I hear and read say the 18-55 F2.8-4.0 is better than the 16-55 F2.8 but you shouldn't worry about it, the 35mm and 60mm should cover your needs at the long end. While the 14mm is a great lens, your wide end is lacking in focal length options - something you want to have in landscape photography. That 10-24 F4 is another great lens by Fuji and would be the easy choice if you feel your kit is lacking.

    Other than that, a circular polarizer is nice to have. Keep an eye on when the golden hour and blue hour comes along (plenty of apps for this), those times are excellent for landscapes.
     
  12. JustAnotherRando

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    I recently tried moving back to film, with a Minolta SRT-303 and some nice primes. Beautiful chunk of metal of a camera, and I have fond memories starting out photography with a Minolta X-700.

    Couldn't make the transition back though with the whole film->developer->home scanning routine. Having children and vastly less time these days played a big part in deciding to stick with digital.

    Have you had a look at the Peak Designs sling bags? Shoulder bags are not my thing as my gear is a bit on the heavy side, but I do use one of their backpacks and have been very impressed with it. Styling is not entirely to my taste (it's a bit metro, and every second photo enthusiast seems to carry one) but the materials and design choices completely blow away any other backpack-style camera bag I've seen.
     
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    Okay, I am going to make a reserve for a Nikon F80 with 50mm lens. I will be dependent on the local photoshop but that feeling of going shot by shot - once everything is right: bracket shoot and next - I miss that feeling.

    Edit: scrap that, I have a Pentax K1000 collecting dust. It does not need batteries.
     
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    The K1000 does need a battery for the meter. And my guess is that the meter is probably off. You can always use Sunny 16 rule.

    I have a K1000 and a Spotomatic (screw mount) I have been meaning to send to the Pentax guy for CLA. He lives in my state just a few hours away. Otherwise I get by on my Nikon FE2 and Olympus point and shoots (Epic and X2).

    However, I do love I can use any of these lenses (sans the P/S Olympus') with my A6000.
     
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    My wife has an old Spotmatic, it was her dads. Battery door is sealed shut and the little coin slot is stripped, but everything else works. Has one of those radioactive Super Takumars, I was able to clear the yellowing using the Ikea LED lamp trick.
     
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    Thinks.... Yes, two-lens spaces is going to make the thing awfully wide. I think you have a better idea there. Was on-line-browsing the Lowepro protactic (I think it is called) but perhaps that would be a bit huge. I'm thinking this bag would take one longish (I'm never going to own one of those big lenses) and two shortish as well as the lens fixed to the camera. And is much more the style that I want to carry.

    Will take a look, thanks
    Online, yes. Expensive! I have one of their straps. Bought one of the wrist straps too, thinking I'd occasionally use it: turns out that I use the wrist strap a lot, and the shoulder strap not so often. I very much like the whole anchor-point system that makes this interchangeability possible and easy. Any previous camera strap I owned was fiddly to put on in the first place, let alone change frequently.
     
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    That's exactly how I use mine. My two shorter lenses are stacked on each other but one of them is in a protective case so it's not a problem.
     
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    I have the everyday sling 10L and it's a great bag. It fits my chromebook or xps 13, too.
     
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    can't see it on my India Peak Design dealer's site. Only messenger --- and too expensive.

    But thanks!
    That's exactly what I need to know!

    Now, India availability....
     
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    If cheap/affordable combined with durability is a priority go with Vaude messenger bags and make your own inserts.

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    Add some stickers and buttons to look like a festival dude or cheapskate and voilá!
     
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