Camera gear discussions

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

  1. Bina

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    My favorite is still Peak Design Sling 5L. Ideal for small mirrorless and some accessory. Kind of small if you need it as everyday bag.

    https://www.peakdesign.com/products/everyday-sling-5
     
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    Definitely do not go for the Ona Bowery. I had one, really wanted to like it (it was a birthday gift from my wife!), but ultimately it had poor design and build quality. Even the cloth version was unnecessarily heavy, you can see from the product page that it won't hold that much gear, and the sides risk letting water in.

    Get a Peak Design Sling, 10L version. (This is the original one before they released the 5L.) I've had mine 2 years now and I love it. It's handsome enough to fit all occasions, lightweight, holds a lot + has the kind of compartmentalisation that matters: slots for batteries, memory cards, cleaning tools, etc., plus good dividers for various lens combinations. Externally it has no velcro, so that's nice and quiet at more formal settings, and it has useful straps for holding a tripod.

    Alternatively, consider ThinkTank's Retrospective. They last long and are trusted even by photographers who use DSLRs, so if it handles that kind of bulk well, it's more than enough for mirrorless.
     
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    I fit a mirror-less and three lenses (30/50/90 into a Tenba DNA8. It is well-made, doesn't shout expensive, and maybe a little bit cheaper. I wasted money by buying bigger bags, and worked my way down to this one. In the long term, the bigger bags will probably get used. The force of GAS is strong!

    My bag cost $$. I don't think I could spend $$$ on a camera bag. No need for fancy leather, and as long as the padding is sufficient... it's sufficient. A pro friend of mine refuses to buy camera bags! Actually, he is both photographer and doctor: he didn't get on to the subject of the cost of medical bags, but his opinion on the cost of camera bags can be summed up as "Why?"

    I use a Peak Design strap and wrist strap. Their bags are too expensive for me.
     
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    Bags are such a personal choice. I like the ThinkTank Retrospective 7 (or 10). I don't like bags that shout "nice camera gear here!". And I don't prefer backpack style bags, but tons of people do.

    I'm currently backing a KS for a new bag that'll hold my camera, a lens or two, my laptop, etc., for EDC. There are 2 style choices there, if you're interested, and the price is nice, with delivery expected in August. He's run 2 prior successful KS campaigns. Enough free advertising (I'm not affiliated, just happened to be looking for a bag, and came across it).
     
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    I just don't like backpacks!

    Given enough gear... By which I suppose I mean if I was given enough gear ;)... to fill one, and if I needed to carry that gear further than across the road from the car, then they would become an only answer. I don't see myself hiking with two big primes and a bigger zoom, so I doubt that would happen.
     
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    I'm getting back into the game! A while back, when I was a freshman in college, I researched a bunch and ended up with a Panasonic TZ5. Fast forward 12 years later, and another bit of research, and I picked up a used Sony A6300 for 600usd, and a used Sony 35mm F1.8 OSS for 300usd.
     
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    And I see those little Peak-Design anchors attached to cameras all over the internet. The company must be doing well.
    Welcome to the a6nn club!
     
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    I use the pro pad with capture clip + the wrist strap. Sometimes I swap for the slide lite strap since the anchor system is so easy to swap between things.

    The 10L sling is my everyday bag when I’m carrying my camera and I use the everyday backpack 30L for travel. I’m a sucker.
     
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    The wrist strap is almost permanently attached to my camera. I carry a Slide Lite strap too, for my rare ventures at outdoor photography! They are so rare that I don't even bother to keep the second anchor attached: it is attached to the strap. The flexibility is a winner. I can't imagine not having the convenience to easily change straps in a moment.

    By the way: Everybody know about the recall on one model of anchor? I'm sure you all do by now, but I finally got around to claiming the free replacements. Sent to me all the from USA to India :)
     
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    I claimed for replacement twice, both times it got lost on way from USA to China :(
     
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    Oh, that's a shame. Got mine promptly, despite them saying that they were having to make extra batches to keep up.
     
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    After selling my mirrorless systems I am now left with my old Pentax K100 D Super. I really like having a mirror.

    I know mirrorless is most likely the future. Still, I really love the slower process.
     
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    Taking it easy with your mirror :)

    I'm afraid I don't even remember the last time I used my Olympus OM1 :(
     
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    You have the EM1?

    That is a nice camera. I really liked my EM5 mark 1. If it had been viable to stay in M4/3 I would have saved up for something like an EM1. The form factor with those cameras is so convenient. A small messenger bag will do. You can even go minimal with a small sling bag or fanny pack.
     
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    OM1!

    Mysterious thing. The back opens! And there are knobs that twist and turn on each side There's a thing inside that goes round when you move a thumb-lever knob on the right, and you can't open the shutter until after you do that each time.

    I guess I must have known what to do with that stuff once.

    ;):D;):D

    (Actually, yes, It was a lovely camera. I think it was the lightest and most compact SLR of its pre-D age)
     
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    Every now and then I think it would be nice to get a Nikon FM2. No battery needed for that.

    But the inconvenience of film.
     
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    Blasphemy! That's call "deliberative workflow" or "look at me I'm a hipster".

    I had an M4 MOT once upon a time. Sold it for no loss at all and a great conversation starter. Only ever put around 5 rolls through it.
     
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    Have to say I just got a 24mm pancake, quite happy with what/how it shoots vs my 50mm f1/8! Think I might just stick with these 2 till I learn how to use them to their full potential [and edit while I'm at it]
     
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    Not gear but... I wish I could face shooting raw. Why not?

    1. I have, on attempts so far, not been able to rival my camera's JPEG.
    2. I do not have Windows, so the usual big names are not available to me, and I would not join Adobe's new subscription gravy train anyway.
    3. Having to post-process every pic, whereas, now, a quick GIMP on just a few is good enough for me.

    I've recently been encouraged to give Darktable another chance. One of the problems is that there are several free Linux competitors (and I have a paid for copy of Corel Aftershot), each with a learning curve, and it is probably not fair to even make a comparison without being a little way up that curve for all of them.

    I would only want to keep JPEGS anyway. I've even been considering downsizing most of them. They will never be viewed on anything bigger than a monitor. Does that mean I might as well have stuck with a much-cheaper point&shoot? I don't think so. The few-years-old P&S on my shelf doesn't even begin to compete.
     
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    There's nothing wrong with shooting JPG with a lot of cameras these days. I know of pros that love the Fuji film simulations so much that they shoot JPG.

    I shoot RAW+JPG, and if I'm gonna do edits I'll do that with the raw files. But often, and especially if the photo is just for me, I'm happy with the JPG out of camera.

    It just means that you have to get it right in-camera more often than not.

    And honestly, I hate editing. I use Capture 1, but mostly my edits are of the kind that would be done when printing an image. A little dodging and burning. If I don't get it right in camera I skip it. I'll spend a max of 10 minutes editing a photo.
     
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