Camera gear discussions

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

  1. zerodeefex

    zerodeefex SBAF's Imelda Marcos

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    This is 100% why I haven't found anything to replace the RX1R II
     
  2. Thad E Ginathom

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    Also first post-covid (pre --- if in terms of me catching it!) travel...

    Took my Sony APS-C a6500 and two Tamron Zooms, 17-70/2.8 and 70-180/2.8. It was mostly forest/jungle type stuff. I'd usually have the two zooms in the car, but usually carry the camera with only one, when on foot.

    GAS...

    I photograph mostly Southern-Indian classical music. Often the stage is lit badly, and not-much. I'd love to do everything with fast primes! My sequence is to use the 17-70 for group shots; a 60/1.8 for groupish shots, or one person with more background; my totally wonderful 85/1.8 which probably takes most of my best portrait shots; the longer end of the 70-180/2.8 for closer-in and head shots.

    I have been dreaming of a 135/1.8 because these pesky musicians will not keep their heads still! Remember this is APS-C, so crop factor of 1.5 makes this even more telephoto than it would be on full-frame.

    The Sony 135 is well beyond my means (well, OK, anything can be saved up for) but Samyang now have a 135/1.8 which is much lighter and a fraction of the price (albeit still not exactly cheap).

    Bought it.

    Very happy with it! he background separation and blurring is super. Sometimes, the depth of field is a little too shallow (I'd rather have both eyes in focus!) but I am getting better shots and more keepers than the zoom at 135 would give me.

    I only bought the two zooms last year, total $,$$$! But really, I do prefer primes.

    I am concerned at this chip shortage thing, and Sony almost closing down camera manufacture except for some FF models. My APS-C a6500 is litterally irreplacable at this time. If anything happened to it, I'd have to buy some A7 full-frame thing. I am a determined to remain amateur, but the photography has become an integral part of my relationship with music and the musicians.

    I wouldn't object to having a FF camera, but it is low on the wishlist. I am happy with the size, weight, and crop factor of the APS-C --- and only a couple of my lenses are actually full-frame. Although the APS-C lenses will give a cropped image on FF.

    The a6500 shutter count is well over 50,000. Maybe I should wish it long life every time I pick it up!
     
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  3. Syzygy

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    If I were going all the way to Italy (from Texas), I'd take my X-Pro3, not the X100V. That "kit" lens that Fuji bundles is no typical kit lens. The quality is superb. But that 35/1.4 has magical rendition (if it's the original, at least).

    I think it has to do more with the activities you plan on doing. If you're hanging in town/cities where the buildings are close then it's likely the X100V will suit just fine. If you're out in the country, or you're gonna have wildly differing focus distances then I think you'd want to be able to swap lenses or zoom.

    When we last went on vacation to the beach in Texas, I took the X100F. If we'd been doing something different, I would've wanted the 100-400 for wildlife, the 16/f1.4 for big vistas or macro, and the 35/f2 for people (those are lenses that I own).
     
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  4. Deep Funk

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    For walking around and quick pictures a 35mm, 40mm or 50mm is versatile enough.

    I love the pancakes lenses for M4/3. Some of those little lenses are gems. Fujifilm makes some awesome kit-lenses and even pancake/smallish lenses for the street-photography fans.
     
  5. Bina

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    Wanted to share something bit different.

    Our photoclub had workshop with Nons, local manufacturer of Instax cameras. They run with standard Fujifilm mini or square, but they are proper SLR, with standard EF mount (I tried mine with my Pentax lenses) .

    They are far from ideal, but if you are really dedicated Instant shooter, they are so much better than anything you can nowadays get from Fujifilm or Polaroid.

    [​IMG]
     
  6. iFi audio

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    I'd take 40mm from that list. I had a Fuji X-T2 with Fujinon XF27mm f2.8 and I couldn't do everything I wanted with this lens while outdooring. Ideally 40mm + 60mm with macro would cover all my needs.
     
  7. fraggler

    fraggler A Happy & Busy Life

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    Thought I'd share my travel photo backup system after using it daily during a recent two week trip:
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    The Ugreen dock has both SD and microSD slots, 2 USB3 full size ports, and a USBC port for power delivery (and an HDMI port that I never use). Here it is attached to my Samsung Tab S8 tablet as the "brain" for the transfers, but I ended up using my smartphone for the majority of the trip since I was backing up photos from it as well. With a modern phone, backups are lighting fast (SD slots are a theoretical 100MB/s rated). I originally had a different, cheaper dock, but despite being "USB3," the SD ports were USB2, so quite slow when dealing with the file chunks I was. The power delivery rocks because it powers the device as well as the hub and attachments.

    Anyways, if you are traveling without a laptop like I prefer, this is a way to backup your SDs quickly with pretty minimally sized devices.
     
  8. Thad E Ginathom

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    Super. I guess that is a portable SSD you are backing up to?

    Will that setup power a usb HDD?
     
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    Yes, a 1TB NVME based SSD from Sandisk. About $100 or less if you get one on sale. Much, much smaller than my older 2.5" SSD based drive. Super fast, so offloading from it to my PC, it transfers at something like 400MB/s so my whole trip offloads in like 20 min instead of over an hour or more like in the past.
     

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