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Awe, you spent it already.
i was gonna suggest a Fuji X-Pro 1 and a nice prime or 2

I though about the very good Fujifilm X-20 but I purchased a Fuji X-A1 w 16-50mm kit zoom for under $500 and am impressed by how well it works and it has a larger sensor and X-mount.  Liked it so much I added the pricier X-M1 kit including the new 50-230mm zoom.  Again, it performs very nicely and I'll likely keep the xm1 as it is and possibly convert the xa1 into an infrared or full spectrum machine.

What I really like is that every lens I have I can adapt to the APS-C - sized Fuji with an adapter. Since I often shoot full manual I can get away with cheap eBay adapters for under $40 each. - there are even tilt-shift adapters that will allow me to T&S my favorite old Nikon FF lenses on my Fuji X-mount.  This is a very versatile imaging back and that's the main reason I got it/them.

Pros:  image quality/price, good ergonomics and interface, versatility, good staibilized OEM kit glass, excellent Hi ISO performance with OOC jpgs good to iso 6400, reasonably fast AF and handling for a mirrorless camera, can be used with one hand, small and light enough to carry comfortably but not "pocketable."

Cons: AF gives up in low light when other compacts would alter their AF mode to use a larger evaluation area (firmware fixable), not quite "pocketable" but small and light enough to carry comfortably.  Battery life could be better but it's still adequate.

I was on the fence about getting the excellent X-E2 instead of the X-M1 but the higher price held me back as rumors started to hit the forums of a new, weather-sealed X-mount camera with various improvements over the X-E2/Xpro at a possibly similar price point.
I'll wait to see what Fuji's new camera will be.  My next purchase is likely this new body or an Xe2.  I'm still not into MFT altho Oly's EM1 is really tempting.

Photography Technique / Re: What makes a photo great?
« on: December 21, 2013, 09:17:25 PM »
Here's a good bit of background on the iconic EARTHRISE photo from Apollo 8.

that's a serious "human element" image without any visible humans if ever I've seen one!

Photography Technique / Re: What makes a photo great?
« on: December 21, 2013, 05:15:14 PM »
I've been thinking about this one because it's fun to think about.  I think the greatest photos I've taken capture the essence of someone or some event.  How we'll they do this is usually improved by being well-exposed etc but not always.

Then I thought about the greatest photos I've ever seen and they do the same thing...just better than I do

IMO, the greatest images I've seen are ones that have a "human element" in them .. somehow.  Whether or not someone is in the photo, or something man-made or otherwise "touched by man."
There are plenty of great landscapes without a trace of human presence but I bet even Ansel Adams best shots pale in comparison to those other iconic images that do contain some human element.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Dual-Scale Column-Parallel ADC Patent
« on: December 21, 2013, 05:08:39 PM »
Today, in the photo world the tech gurus are predicting the death of the DSLR and saying the future will be mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. But, to me, these seem like laptops. Too big to be truly portable, overpriced and with too many compromises to truly replace a DSLR.

I strongly suspect that in five years, the tech gurus will have moved on to the next big thing. Mirrorless will have run its course and the DSLR will still be plugging away because the form factor that has worked for 75 years remains the best form factor for its purpose.

I don't think you're correct on this ML prediction.
If you've tried a Olympus EM1 you'll see just how responsive and useful a good ML-EVF system can be and the tech's got some legs yet.

I don't think ML will "run its course." It will become an alternative to the traditional SLR type camera body.  Each will have their pros and cons and appeal to different consumer segments.

All the MFT cameras and Fuji's higher end bodies are proving they're very capable already.  It will only be a matter of another generation or 2 before they will likely outperform even the best DSLRs for shooting speed, both AF and fps.
Higher frame-rate EVFs with higher resolution will surely arrive though they're already adequate to rival optical VFs for functionality.  Battery drain will be improved, extending their operating duration.  These advances may even arrive from the traditional SLR mfrs first.  I'm sure they can see the foreshadowing such technology is having on them. PentNikCan have already ventured into ML categories, not very successfully, but they've gotten their toes wet and will have to continue and may even have to get competitive, at least in their own way, within the next couple years.

The future WILL carry on WITH mirrorless cameras.  The end-of-times for glass-flappers is nigh.
And I welcome the advantages it will bring.

Photography Technique / Re: What makes a photo great?
« on: December 21, 2013, 03:23:00 AM »
Then some people spend piles of money and effort on filters to transform images into something that might have more emotional impact, often by rendering them down to poor IQ (excess contrast, crushed dark, blown upper shades, horrendous color exaggerations and-or shifts, etc.) that asks the viewer's imagination to make something more of it than it was to start with.

Seems all those great images have emotional impact AND they impact a majority of viewers in the same way so as to create a consensus.
Some images only greatly impact a small percentage of viewers; are they still great images?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Appeal of Nikon Df
« on: December 06, 2013, 08:53:28 PM »
I just played with one a few minutes after work today.
I think it was about the coolest looking body on the shelf but I really did NOT like how it felt in my hand.  It certainly is lighter than something like the D800 but the D800 fits my hand comfortably while the Df feels like an unpleasantly sized box with a bit of a grip on it.
Altho I like the control wheels, I don't like how it's not easy to press the lock button and turn them, or lift the mode dial to turn it.
NOPE, the Df will not make it to my shopping list.  It could have been an epic success but the design needs some minor improvements.  As it is,  I could buy 2 perfectly ergonomic and fun to use Olympus EM1s for that price.

Lenses / Re: Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM focus problem...
« on: December 06, 2013, 12:32:04 PM »
I had 2 of these lenses.
One I purchased used with a small scratch on the front element.  It always AF'd pretty near perfectly, no matter what body I used it on or what distance the subject.  I used this lens a lot on my 5d2, 40d and other crop bodies.  It was a great lens and I was happy with the results for years of use.
I also got a new one for a good deal, kept it as a backup.  Never took it out of the box, the warranty expired years ago.
Went to use it recently, only to find that it's AF is useless.  The thing misses focus really bad at various distances, tho sometimes it focuses just fine...  Did a little experimenting and what I found was that it would nail focus at certain distances but miss (mostly backfocus) at various distances in between.  It was repeatable enough that it seems to me to be a flaw within the lens and possibly how it communicates with the camera's AF system.
It's so bad that it backfocuses by about 2 feet on a simple high contrast target that's 10 feet away.
Seems Canon's quality control slipped on some versions of this lens.  Too bad, it provided a decent IQ/$ ratio.
Not sure I want to spend $ on sending it in for a possible repair.  Might consider doing my own take-apart and inspection.

Anyone have a similarly (mis)behaving 50/1.4 and any success with fixing it?

Canon General / Re: So what have we bought this Black... Er, Weekend?
« on: December 04, 2013, 03:05:10 AM »
make sure to post some..
I'm sure to; I seem to have more fun pushing limited gear some days than using the higher end stuff.
Tho I suspect I'll be itching for one of the X-trans sensor'd Fujis in short order vs the Bayer-array bottom-end X-A1 I'm starting with.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The Unthinkable: Swapped out 5D3 for 6D
« on: December 04, 2013, 02:59:13 AM »
Some things I'm struggling with, some not so much. Either way, I think the decision was the right one for me (for now).

good move
I bet you'll likely buy another Fuji before another Canon. ;)

Canon General / Re: So what have we bought this Black... Er, Weekend?
« on: December 03, 2013, 01:22:01 AM »
Monday added LR 5 for best deal I could find on the N side of the border and for under $100 I have a basket of lens adapters coming via eBay to use on my new Fuji.
If that's as much fun as I expect I might drop near $300 for the nikon to fuji tilt-shift adapter.  No need to wait/pay for the Canon version for the close-up/macro work I want to try with it.  I guess I could also build up a little bellows adapter too for ultimate lens control.
I suspect I'm gonna be spending more time crawling around the farm/yard this summer with a tiny & capable APSC macro rig.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M2 Specs Revealed?
« on: December 03, 2013, 01:12:13 AM »
Fuji X

Canon General / Re: So what have we bought this Black... Er, Weekend?
« on: November 30, 2013, 05:17:40 PM »
I've been angling to get an X-mount into my kit to play with and ordered a super deal on a basic X-A1 with 16-50mm kit lens on Thursday for a bit under $500.  The lens isn't great so could sell it and have a really good, APSC imaging engine with a very short flange distance for under $300.

The exciting part comes when you head over to eBay and find adapters to allow darn near any kind of lens mount to be adapted to the Fuji X to use in manual mode. There's even tilt-and-shift adapters! YAY!!  55mm & 105mm Nikon macro lens now with added T&S capability on a crop sensor.

I think I'll have a lot of fun with this thing and the pile of various (Nikon, Pentax, Olympus, Canon, M42, T-mount, etc) glass I already have.

I don't much care for the ergonomics on this little camera but it won't matter since it'll likely live on a tripod most of the time and the tilt display and WiFi may be useful.

If I enjoy the Fuji way of doing things then an X-E2 or whatever the new X-pro gets updated to might be on the get list next year.  Hopefully by then there'll also be better support for the X-trans demosaicing than there is now, which is another reason, other than being really cheap, I went with the Bayer-filtered sensor in the A-1 for now.

I think the APSC X-mount is more of an operational sweet-spot than a MFT body. If only Pentax had made a versatile, short register body instead of the K-01...  :-\

Canon General / Re: Consumer DSLRs “dead in 5 years”
« on: November 27, 2013, 04:20:55 PM »
It might be the best interchangable lens sigural cam  yet made, but if you need a ts-e, or want an f2.8 uwa, who ya gonna call?

The big Z?..

I will buy a Samyang 24mm TS in 2014, F-mount tho, it's more versatile if I want to attach it to other things.

I think the MFT gang is still in line for a lot more glass goodies to come.

And for usability, I was playing with a Fuji X-E2 last nite.  TOTALLY usable EVF.  Ergonomics are typical rectangular box but Oly's EM1 has shown what's possible for ergos.  Even the now "old" Fuji X Pro-1 has an excellent hybrid/EVF.  If they tweak that one upward in some ways it'll be a very compelling body.

I think the EVIL MILC is upon us now.  They still can't quite compete in some aspects with traditional flapping mirror boxes, but for most work, they're already close enough.  I didn't get to try it in very low light but supposedly the X-E2 can gain-up enough to see better in the dark with the EVF than using an optical VF on an SLR...

Which adapter do you use? coz if it isn't expensive, I'd like to get one just to try it out sometime.
I went cheap, not knowing how well it'd work, and just got some sturdy plated brass ones from an asian source on eBay.
The listing said they were sized to allow infinity focus. I got a couple different types to try, they're all pretty close in thickness on my caliper. With the manual Nikon lenses and close to moderate distances they work well enough for the few $ they cost me.  The bayonets fit just fine, no slop.  About all I use the adapter for now is to allow old IR-capable lenses to be used on my IR converted 50D since none of my contemporary EF glass worked very well in the IR range.
The ones I got cost less than $30, delivered. I avoided the AF confirm chip option some have as it wasn't something I needed for live view focusing anyway.

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