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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: FUJIFILM'S latest, X-T1 ?
« on: January 28, 2014, 05:08:04 PM »
It's kinda funny as far as Canon & Nikon's digital imaging systems have evolved, people are excited to go back to the beginning and buy into a new APS-C system with an 18-55 kit lens.

It's a pretty decent kit lens.

Fuji Canada site has a deal listed; pre-order now with any of their suppliers and get a FREE VERTICAL BATTERY GRIP.


jeez, if I didn't just get a $3k bill from my accountant AND my insurance renewal I'd be all over that!
if I only have to deposit 10-20% to place an order, I just might

Lenses / Re: zooms vs primes for landscape
« on: January 26, 2014, 03:06:38 AM »
Plan 2. Add the 17-40mm f4L, 70-200mm f4L IS, and 100mm f2.8L IS. Sell the Sigma 70-200 f2.8. I don't want to buy the Canon 70-200 f2.8L (IS or non-IS) both because of the weight and the fact that for most landscape I don't need shallow DOF. Similar comments apply for the 16-36mm f2.8L. On hikes when I want to minimize weight, I would go with the 17-40, the 50, and the 70-200 f4L. I suppose that I could add macro ability by swapping the 50 1.8 for a 50 2.5 macro.

go with your option 2 and you'll spend and carry a LOT less than many of these guys are encouraging you to and have most everything well covered.
A light monopod with small ballhead can be helpful.
maybe add the excellent bang/buck 50mm f/1.4 USM instead of the 1.8 v2

The 17-40 can be very soft in corners at times, stopped down to f/8-11 and pick your focus and composition to fit the lens a little and you'll do fine.  Experiment with it to see where its weaknesses are so you'll know. It's otherwise not a bad lens and you can spend a lot more in this FL range for only slight improvements. (or Tokina 17-35 f/4)

14mm Samyang when you're ready for it.
consider 24-70mm Tamron too.

web site's a (boring part of the) hobby and a tax write-off as long as it's there.
moved a pair of 24x36" set of canvas prints today to a commercial customer today, pays for my next Fuji. ;)
Hopefully they'll spring for a few more for their client meeting room so I can buy some X-glass too.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: FUJIFILM'S latest, X-T1
« on: January 21, 2014, 01:22:14 AM »
Well, there's plenty more unofficial images showing all sides of it now.


I don't mind the look of it, just wondering how I'm gonna hold it.
It looks smaller than the Xe2.
I do like all the physical controls; menu diving will hardly be required.
looks like a flip-screen too, and PC port,
lock buttons for ISO and shutter speed dials
control rings for drive mode and metering below those
display mode button returns from xe1
looks like dual SD slots
and the tripod mount is still not on the lens axis, but may be using the optional grip.

I think it is very ugly , I much prefer the XE2.
I am not a fan of  fake SLR look of the OM-D , the A7R and this one although I have the A7R and the A7.
So unless it gets some sort of Organic sensor and tilt-able screen , I am keeping my A7R and XE2 and sell my A7.
I actually prefer the fit and feel of the OMD EM1 more than anything else lately.
I don't mind the xe2 but it's a little box-ish, even if it's still pretty easy to hold onto.
I've been looking at the Sony A7r but haven't considered it just yet.  I like the idea of it for sure...  basic imaging back. But for now, most of my glass fits Nikon and D800/e is good enough and I like the handling of it too.
I prefer an SLR type body with a deep grip so I can comfortably carry it without a strap always getting in the way.

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.

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