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Third Party Manufacturers / FUJIFILM'S latest, X-T1 ?
« on: January 20, 2014, 04:20:38 AM »
Well, hardly a rumor any more.
January 28th official announcement.
Looks like they're plastering the deck with manual controls a-plenty.
I sure hope it fits and feels better in hand than Nikon's Df.
If so, it's looking like the next Fuji in my collection and likely to displace a few more DSLR bodies for regular use.
A little popup flash would be convenient but can't always have it all.
The one on the xa1 and xm1 works nice as you can tilt it back and use for bounce.

Taken with a 500d and a M42 pentacon 50mm 1.8

that creates some very interesting bokeh in that shot, i like it

500d and a Canon 35-80 with the front element smashed with a hammer to make a macro.....
makes for a brutal but effective close-up kit, I just ran across this lens mod "recommendation" recently.

Landscape / Re: Sunset landscape
« on: January 19, 2014, 12:17:10 AM »
Picked up a well used, travel-worn Pentax K100 Super the other day, with a pair of zoom lenses, all for the price of a few dozen beer. Cleaned it, tweaked it, nabbed a nice sunset with it near home this evening.
I think I'll be able to get my money's worth out of THIS investment.  ;D
2006 technology; 6MP CCD with sensor-shift shake-reduction and AA batteries.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: What am I doing wrong?
« on: January 19, 2014, 12:11:41 AM »
You could also look at gear-heads... VERY good for precise positioning, but much less convenient than a ball-head.

+ 1

405 or 410 Jr gearheads top my tripods and I reserve ballheads for lightweight gear or monopod.

yup... ordered another cheap workhorse with GPS and WiFi.
Will come in handy for some geographic cataloging work
It's a d5300 kit if anyone's wondering. ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: The Next DSLR Will Be Entry Level [CR3]
« on: January 17, 2014, 12:42:27 AM »
..I'm not sure how they would differentiate a 1200D from the 100D, 550D, 600D, 650D, 700D, 60D or 7D that all contain 18MP sensors.

Hmmm.. is it time to bring out the DIRECT PRINT button joke again?
Maybe a programmable one this time.

I have all the gear I need now. ... Said no photographer (or keen enthusiast) ever.
I suspect you are correct in that assertion.

77% have voted "Take great pictures without obsessing over specs."


but technique cannot always adequately compensate for flawed hardware when details matter.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Coming for CP+? [CR1]
« on: January 12, 2014, 12:56:46 AM »
Sensor tech is getting close to the ceiling imposed by physics for high ISO.
Improvements here are more about computational processing.
Fuji and others can show them the way to do it.

Canon sure has a lot of room to improve the low ISO end tho.

I'm eager to see what the 7d2 sensor will perform like... it's the only reason I've held on to my 100-400L lens until now.
Even at that, I'm tempted to dump it and get the new Tamron 150-600 for my D800 for similar crop performance with an already excellent 3D AF system which would likey to a better job of tracking BiF than the sparse AF of the 7D.

Very intriguing, sounds like you are doing interesting things with this Fuji for sure.  However, I am discouraged about Fuji from what I have read of their customer service.
I have no experience with Fuji's customer service. I don't expect much in that area with low cost camera bodies i consider nearly disposable.
I might call them and ask for advice on how to void their warranty when doing the spectrum conversion tho... Just to see if they're at all helpful.  ;D

Had an early 5D2, got some good shots with it but its low ISO files had pattern noise in midtones and shadows were even worse if pushed.

My first Nikon was a D5100 and the low ISO raw files from it were vastly cleaner.
D800 came out and I was on the order list for it and the e model after I tested some raw files from it.
Both of those cameras thoroughly blow away any Canon for clean low ISO work.
The 5d2 was promptly trash-binned along with most L lenses I had for it.
7D & a 60D went next for the same reason.

Canon hasn't had a penny from me in years, Nikon, then Pentax and now Fuji (and maybe even Olympus) get all my $ now.
They're more satisfying tools for when I want that kind of image quality.

I haven't experienced any lack of adequate glass to put on them either.

Lenses / Re: TAMRON SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD Hitting Market
« on: January 08, 2014, 09:17:56 PM »
My reason is that I've sprung for a Tamron 200-500, and it was pretty poor.  I also bought a Samyang 14mm after reading the glowing reviews and got the worst lens I've ever owned.
Ya, I bought a 5D Mark II with results like that...
I don't want to lay out $1100 until a few reviewers that are careful and know what they are doing put up some reviews.
ditto, or I'll do my own tests
But I'm in no rush on this lens, appealing as it sounds optically, it is still a large and heavy bit of gear and I DO have a very good 100-400L for now.
Altho its resale value is likely to drop a fair bit over the next couple months if the new tammy is really good.
Hmmm, keep or sell?  glass-gambling time...

Lenses / Re: Upgrade for 17-55 2.8
« on: January 01, 2014, 10:31:29 PM »
As a few have suggested, the 15-85mm is a very good lens.
It's my most used because of the range, low CA, very sharp, has great IS, fast AF and is no bulkier than the 17-55.  I still have both of these lenses but the 15-85 is nearly welded to my 60D. The 17-55 comes out for some indoor shots or shallower DoF work with my older bodies.
Only complaint i have about the 18-85 is that I sometimes get severe corner shading, likely from a filter I keep on it.  This is intermittent and likely a factor of the IS group being near its physical limit plus the filter not being a super-thin type. Other than that, it's provided 1000s of excellent images and lets me leave the tripod in the car a lot more.

I've often been impressed by how sharp my 100-400L is, whether on a 60D or the 7D I no longer have.
my 7D+100-400 would AF with extreme accuracy w-o having had to AFMA it.

I'm eager to see how the new Tammy compares in optical performance and AF as it'll be running on my Nikon bodies.

Canon General / Re: only canon, nikon and sony will survive?
« on: January 01, 2014, 01:25:11 AM »
similarly interesting is the top 20 camera models in sales for both mirrorless and SLR.  But only in Japan.
i'd like to see the numbers for other economic regions.

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