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Title: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: ed_o_brain on August 24, 2011, 03:18:51 pm
A bit like this (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=13438.0) thread, only for photography stuff.
I've just taken delivery of a panoramic head... I'm going to use it for creating 360º product photos, once I have a platform attached to the top bracket.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6069/6076714664_690c12003f_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ed_o_brain/6076714664/)
Manfrotto 300N Panoramic Head (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ed_o_brain/6076714664/) by ed_o_brain (http://www.flickr.com/people/ed_o_brain/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: rogerzilla on August 28, 2011, 05:51:18 pm
A Leitz 40mm f/2 Summicron-C.  The bargain among "modern" Leica lenses, it's a small fraction of the price of the equivalent 35mm*, offers impeccable performance and (from long experience with a Minoltina-S rangefinder) 40mm is a more useful focal length than 35mm, which distorts a little too much if you don't keep the camera back straight.

The gotcha is that only the forgotten Leica CL has 40mm framelines, and this is why the lens is cheap.  The lens brings up 50mm framelines on other bodies and you basically need to shoot to the *outside* of the thick M3 framelines, plus a little bit.  This isn't as big a problem as you might think, since the framelines are only an approximation due to the increased magnification at close distances.  Remember that most consumer SLRs give you quite a lot more on the image than you see in the finder; some have only a 90% FOV.  Or you can just buy a 40mm accessory viewfinder for the hot shoe, but that won't have parallax correction.


*currently selling s/h for more than the new price at some dealers, since Leica in Solms can apparently only crank out 63 lenses a week and demand (supposedly from Chinese nouveau-riches and people with a new digital body) has gone through the roof.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on August 30, 2011, 09:21:05 am
A second hand Nikon SB900 flashgun.  Dear Lord, it's a bit of a beast; both in size and complexity.  I can see why Ken Rockwell slated it for being overcomplicated (http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/sb900.htm) - it's got more menus than most DSLRs have.  The reason I wanted it was that unlike the lesser flashes in the current range, it can act both as a commander for Nikon's CLS lighting system and (crucially) it has a PC synch socket when I want to tether it up with a cord.  Also, it's a mite more powerful and comes with a really useful set of light modifiers and gels.

Probably because I already own an SB600 already, I was able to figure out how to use it without the instruction manual (that I didn't get from the seller).  Shame I couldn't figure out rear-curtain synch though; Mr and Mrs Pike were chucking fire about at the weekend and it limited me a bit.  Why don't all cameras and flashes default to rear curtain?

Still - mixed in with a little bit of strobist magic, I did manage to use it to reasonable effect on these (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=51231.msg1031506#msg1031506) shots.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: dasmoth on August 30, 2011, 09:28:04 am
Probably because I already own a. SB600 already, I was able to figure out how to use it without the instruction manual (that I didn't get from the seller).  Shame I couldn't figure out rear-curtain synch though; Mr and Mrs Pike were chucking fire about at the weekend and it limited me a bit.  Why don't all cameras and flashes default to rear curtain?

All Nikon manuals should be available to download from their website.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on August 30, 2011, 12:01:01 pm
You don't set rear curtain on the flash, you set it on the camera.

On the D80 you press the flash exposure comp button and twiddle one or other of the dials to change the flash mode (the other does the exposure comp). Don't think your D7000 will be much different.

Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Zipperhead on August 30, 2011, 02:15:30 pm
You don't set rear curtain on the flash, you set it on the camera.

On the D80 you press the flash exposure comp button and twiddle one or other of the dials to change the flash mode (the other does the exposure comp). Don't think your D7000 will be much different.

It's identical on the D7000 as well - on both you probably need the external flash to be powered up, otherwise the camera won't know it's there and when you press the flash button it will try and pop up the inbuilt one.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on August 30, 2011, 02:25:39 pm
Bugger.  Worked it out now.  Hold down the thunderbolt button on the side of the camera and twiddle the back thumb dial.  This shuttles through the flash modes (the other dial does +/- flash compensation).
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on August 30, 2011, 02:38:20 pm
Doesn't matter if it tries to pop up the inbuilt flash - just push it down again.

Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: ed_o_brain on August 30, 2011, 09:56:43 pm
SB-900 is a great flash...
Here's a tip: Decent batteries will stop you hitting the thermal cut-out. Inferior batteries tend to get hotter faster.

And here's another tip: The supplied diffuser dome when attached spreads the light emitted out as if to use with a 14 mm lens. This shortens the range of the flash, and because the light is covering a wider area, more power is used to reach more distant subject. If you are using the flash to provide fill, forget the diffusion dome and use flash value compensation to slightly reduce the flashes output.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: rogerzilla on September 01, 2011, 06:42:57 am
As usual with eBay, the Summicron turned out to be misdescribed (hazy, and has been modified to bring up the wrong framelines) and so is worth about half the cost.  Business seller, so it's going back for a refund.

Crapshoot.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: ed_o_brain on September 16, 2011, 01:53:18 pm
Rogerzilla,
Any joy getting a refund for that Summicron?

Earlier this week the postman deliverd a Nikkor 85mm f1.4 ... bought really with a couple of upcoming weddings in mind. This is the outgoing AF-D version, not a newer AF-S nano-crystal coated version.

I used it for a simple lifestyle product photo this morning:

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6156/6152905142_683b4d2afb_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ed_o_brain/6152905142/)
Lifestyle product photo (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ed_o_brain/6152905142/) by Daniel Cadden Photo (http://www.flickr.com/people/ed_o_brain/), on Flickr

ISO 200 (base ISO), 1/400s, F/2.0
Gridded SB-900 used camera right on 1/128 with a CTO gels and 2 x -1EV ND gels
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: rogerzilla on September 16, 2011, 08:48:56 pm
Rogerzilla,
Any joy getting a refund for that Summicron?
Yup.  Someone on this forum has a CV 40/1.4 in which I have expressed an interest.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: geraldc on September 17, 2011, 04:54:50 pm
Other half has come home with a book that roughly translated is Pretty girl photographers love self portraits. It's an awesome book of what a girl needs to take self portrait photography as she goes round the world. It also has a large number of example images for you try.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6168/6155823226_e607b591d6_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/77272293@N00/6155823226/)

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6155/6155277485_74b80c5075.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/77272293@N00/6155277485/)

I thought this idea of taking a self portrait inside a fridge was particularly clever. It should be where all audaxers take their photos post audax, as it's where they spend most of their time.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6183/6156021848_b2c4be6972.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/77272293@N00/6156021848/)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: harrumph on October 11, 2011, 05:36:42 pm
Cameraworld had a weekend special price of £799 on the Fuji X100, so I finally caved in and bought one. It was delivered today. I have taken a couple of pictures of flowers. They are very nice bokehlicious, and the camera itself is, among digital cameras at least, a thing of beauty  :)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: rogerzilla on October 12, 2011, 06:41:11 pm
I have just stashed 70 rolls of Fuji Neopan Acros in the freezer.  40 rolls of Neopan 400 and 10 rolls of Neopan 1600 are on their way, after which I can sleep at night.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: geraldc on December 11, 2011, 06:18:25 am
Just ordered a Panasonic 25mm f 1.4 leica dg summilux.

How to stop the other half noticing the N+1 though?
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: ed_o_brain on December 11, 2011, 07:22:01 am
Just ordered a Panasonic 25mm f 1.4 leica dg summilux.

How to stop the other half noticing the N+1 though?

So much easier to conceal than a bike though? :)

Just got myself a set of Calumet pro series radio flash triggers after finding myself in a situation a couple of weeks ago exceeding the limitations of the Nikon Creative Lighting System. I'd love a set of pocket Wizards though.. just for their fast sync speeds!! There's no way I can justify spending over £500 on transceivers/receivers for my flash guns!!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: geraldc on December 13, 2011, 02:58:20 pm
It's arrived! So playing with it in the office, brought the camera body into work, just in case...

I know it's not a 'real' Leica lens, what with it being Japanese and not German, but I likes it.

Even has a square plastic lens hood...

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7169/6505353905_1eb15cf217.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/77272293@N00/6505353905/)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: ed_o_brain on December 13, 2011, 03:05:26 pm
Keen to see some images produced from that combo!!

I may finally have my 360º product photo set-up working soonish!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: IanDG on December 13, 2011, 03:43:45 pm
1L Tmax developer, 100ft Fomapan 400 and a film retriever just ordered and I'm awaiting delivery of a Holga 135 (if that counts as photography stuff)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: rogerzilla on December 13, 2011, 07:45:42 pm
Even has a square plastic lens hood...
The real ones have a square metal lens hood which costs about £110, presumably cold forged between Angela Merkel's powerful Teutonic buttocks.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Kevina9 on December 15, 2011, 03:03:48 am
Wireless intervalometer for my Panasonic GF-1, time-lapse movies for the making of.  It will also serve as a remote shutter release (claimed 80m range). Looking forward to trying it out over Christmas.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: mike on December 15, 2011, 07:18:16 am
wireless flash trigger for some off-camera playing.  Not pocketwizards, cheap chinese imitations. And a brolly and a lightstand are on the way from ebay :)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on December 15, 2011, 09:08:07 am
Some of the wireless triggers are better than the others. Cotswold photo on ebay do a good range of stuff (their Hobo softbox is excellent value)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: geraldc on December 15, 2011, 12:07:31 pm
The new 25mm Summilux on my old G2.

It's small enough to carry with me all the time, unfortunately haven't had a chance to get out with it properly, hence me playing with HD video, depth of field and focus in the office.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/77272293@N00/6513158827/
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: hulver on December 15, 2011, 01:37:06 pm
Just bought a Canon EF 50 mm f/1.8 lens. My first lens, other than the one which came with the camera.

Hopefully it will be here in time for Christmas.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Salvatore on December 18, 2011, 11:30:06 am
Yesterday - a 6-year-old Canon Ixus 50 for just over a tenner.

I then downloaded the appropriate CHKD file and spent the rest of the day playing with timelapse and motion-detection scripts. Next purchase - a kite.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: andyoxon on December 18, 2011, 01:51:58 pm
Thought I'd try one of these...
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hama-00005604-Lens-Cleaning-Pen/dp/B00006JALB/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_t_1
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: geraldc on December 19, 2011, 12:08:44 pm
http://www.pixelhk.com/Proshow.aspx?id=78

Wireless remote shutter, for 22 quid from Amazon. Delivered today. So far so good. First time I've used a wifi remote, much better than infra red versions I've used on other cameras, I can hold the button down halfway to pre-focus etc, and can operate the damn thing without having to be in line of sight of the front IR reciever.

Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: rogerzilla on December 19, 2011, 06:05:41 pm
That looks useful; I'd like to take photos of the birds on the bird feeder with the digicam, but without a long lens (just put the camera on a tripod and shoot from the house).  Problem is, digicam has no remote release socket so the only option is a mechanical cable release with one of those funky adaptor brackets to hold it over the shutter button (this works fine).  Air releases are slightly too short though; does anyone make an IR release with a mechanical actuator?
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: tonycollinet on December 20, 2011, 08:34:42 pm
I've just bought this:
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=280793288500&ssPageName=ADME:L:OC:GB:1123#ht_660wt_1396


Vivitar version of the "Bokina" - been trying to get it for a year or two. Hope it is OK.


EDIT: It's arrived. Excellent condition except for a little backlash in the focus ring (although that might have been there from new). Not allowed to play though until Christmas day :-(
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: harrumph on December 22, 2011, 09:26:09 pm
Now that one is a registered X100 owner :smug: one gets nice messages from Fuji with offers and discounts. So today I ordered a refurbished F300EXR compact (one of those with a pixel-binning sensor). I can't claim that I really needed it, but at £80 :o it's a lorra lorra camrra for the money (and better value than an X10).

Oh, and a new pair of glasses this week. Do they count?


PS only a few snapshots so far, but I'm really impressed with the ability of the Fuji EXR sensor to cope with the dynamic range demands of difficult situations  :)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: perpetual dan on January 12, 2012, 12:27:32 pm
A remote release as the one with the manual plunger doesn't seem to work on my digital camera and the new bendy-leg tripod I got for christmas means I got a use of remote release again.
And a lens cap to replace the one that blew away over the holidays.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: IanDG on January 13, 2012, 10:21:33 pm
10 rolls of fomapan 400 off ebay
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: ed_o_brain on January 14, 2012, 10:58:22 am
I have a "personal" invitation from Nikon to reserve a D4.
If only...
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: harrumph on January 20, 2012, 09:40:50 am
From t'Bay: a BLACK Olympus OM1n for the collection, which I really ought to declare complete now...

BLACK ones seem to be fairly scarce, and I got it for a bargain price  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: IanDG on January 20, 2012, 12:40:56 pm
I have a "personal" invitation from Nikon to reserve a D4.
If only...

You've posted here now, you have to buy ;)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: BrianI on January 20, 2012, 02:41:03 pm
I didn't buy today but Mr Postman delivered the following today:

Neweer ND Fader Filter ND2 - ND400  77mm
52mm to 77mm step up ring
77mm lens cap!

 :thumbsup:

I'm assuming that this £12  variable ND filter isn't going to be anywhere near as good a quality compared to a Lee Big Stopper, however it is a darned sight cheaper.

My plan is to use it with my Sigma 10-20mm lens, and the 52mm-72mm step up ring means I can also use it on my Pentax 18-55mm kit lens.

Just need some dry weather to try out milky water shots down the coast.....   :)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: PaulR on January 20, 2012, 03:23:06 pm
Another hefty wedge of cash dropped on photo gear today: a 46mm to 48mm step-up ring so that I can use my light pollution reduction filter (in the size to fit in the barrel of a 2" eyepiece or adaptor) on the front of my 1957 135mm Takumar lens for some wide angle astrophotography.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: ed_o_brain on January 20, 2012, 03:35:11 pm
I have a "personal" invitation from Nikon to reserve a D4.
If only...

You've posted here now, you have to buy ;)

I can't even contemplate it. I'm not earning anything like enough monies from this photography lark yet.
Maybe by the end of the year if I can sustain my current marketing efforts!!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on January 24, 2012, 04:50:22 pm
A Manfrotto 190CXPRO3 Tripod.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: rogerzilla on January 24, 2012, 05:28:41 pm
I have a 39mm Hoya XO (yellow-green) filter from fleaBay.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on January 24, 2012, 05:47:21 pm
I have persuaded the lab to buy me a 10-24mm lens for use in photographing the outreach activities we get involved with. Looking forward to a shiny toy on my desk at some point.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on January 24, 2012, 08:27:11 pm
I've got that lens (the Nikon DX version).  It's a cracker  :)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Snakehips on January 24, 2012, 08:30:44 pm
I didn't buy anything today but I did take half a dozen old cameras to the local charity shop.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: ed_o_brain on January 25, 2012, 04:08:46 am
I've got that lens (the Nikon DX version).  It's a cracker  :)

If the 14-24 (fx version) is anything to go by, I'm more than inclined to agree
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: IanDG on January 25, 2012, 07:13:06 am
I am waiting on delivery of a Holga lens for my Olympus E620.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on January 25, 2012, 10:22:49 am
I've got that lens (the Nikon DX version).  It's a cracker  :)

Good to get a recommendation. It is the Nikon one I specced so it is now making it's way through the purchasing system. A friend has the Tamron one and I liked that but it didn't focus very close. I haven't checked the Nikon one.  My 17-70 2.8-4.5 sigma zoom with macro is an absolute stunner, and a tank to boot.

The next step will be a D400 for video and photo but that may take a bit more blagging.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on January 25, 2012, 01:26:03 pm
...and it actually, you know, existing  ;)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on January 25, 2012, 02:01:29 pm
Lead time.. My current OOD is the D300s as that can drive my existing lenses[1], meter and do passable video but there is little point in getting one when there is a D400 around the corner..

Either would be a good step up from the D80.

[1] Yes the D7000 could do that but the D300s has more grunt for the 80-200/2.8 screw drive so will focus faster.

Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on February 02, 2012, 01:59:39 pm
Guess what just landed (gently) on my desk..

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7003/6806671695_48a793f737_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidmam/6806671695/)
IMAG0244 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidmam/6806671695/) by davidmamartin (http://www.flickr.com/people/davidmam/), on Flickr

Shiny, Shiny, Shiny :)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on February 02, 2012, 02:23:12 pm
Looks like a fancy waste paper bin from that angle ;D
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Wobbly John on February 05, 2012, 12:34:59 am
I should have bought some photography stuff today, purely to resell on ebay.

The charity shop is selling Canon & Minolta 35mm autofocus SLR's at £2.99!  :o :o :o
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on February 07, 2012, 04:24:34 pm
Whoops, a secondhand Nikon strobe related accident.  You can never have too many SB26s as far as I am concerned.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on February 07, 2012, 05:43:15 pm
Absolutely. Though I seem to have a fair collection of SB24s
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: mike on February 07, 2012, 06:23:01 pm
if you cant find used SBs, my stuff is canon and their flashguns are either expensive or awful (or expensive *and* awful) for off camera stuff, so I bought a couple of yongnuo speedlights, < 50 quid each and they've been fantastic.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: ed_o_brain on February 08, 2012, 12:07:16 am
I had a yongnuo speedlight and tbh it was cr4p.
didn't fire when it was supposed half the time and that was when it was mounted in the hotshoe.

It lit quite unevenly too.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on February 08, 2012, 08:35:53 am
If you look carefully, you can get a used SB26 for about sixty quid (the one I got yesterday was fifty, from a used camera dealer).  That's about the same as a new Yongnuo unit and I'd take a fifteen year old SB in good condition over a brand new eBay special any day.  The SB26 was introduced in 1994 and discontinued in 1999 and cost over two hundred quid.  Anything that went for that sort of money over a decade ago was hot stuff and built to last!

The reason I like them so much iis that they do all the things that strobists like (full manual control, PC synch, zoom, swivel and so on) and they have a built in optical slave.  That's not so uncommon, but it's damned useful because it cuts down on the number of triggers you need.

But the best bit is that they do something that no other flash can do.  Seriously, I've looked - this is unique.  When you use manual optical slave, you usually have to set all your flashes on manual optical slave.  You can't start mixing and matching iTTL and manual or your manual flashes will go bang too early. The SB26 is so useful because it can be set to slave mode with a delay, so it will ignore the monitor pre-flash from other units and only go pop when the main burst is fired. 

Which means it's an absolutely perfect background, fill or separation light because you can just wedge it somewhere or sling it on a stand and let it do its funky thing.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on February 08, 2012, 11:50:39 pm
definitely one up on the SB24 (though the strobe setting was fun..)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Mrs Pingu on February 09, 2012, 12:49:25 pm
Thanks to Mike, this (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=56326.0) :)
Too much gym kit (and possibility of droppage at the gym) to take it home today so I'll have to wait until Saturday to have a play....
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on February 09, 2012, 10:18:44 pm
Oh dear, it's all arriving at once.  You've got to love buying stuff from China on eBay.  Thanks to a recommendation from a friend, I now have one of these:

(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-t53QMdYdxxc/TzRDb0zC45I/AAAAAAAAE88/BA038H5vMC8/s640/D7K_3113.jpg)

...wot allows you to do stuff like this:

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-wi2qFBOT_BM/TzRC-QLbJnI/AAAAAAAAE80/qSfsKxQOO0k/s640/D7K_3110.jpg)

:D
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: rogerzilla on February 11, 2012, 04:22:03 pm
A green (not yellow-green) b/w filter, which I've been trying to find for a while in the right size.  It's too aggressive for most portraits but is good for landscapes because it balances the sky and ground better (it darkens blue sky like a yellow filter but also brightens grass and trees).  Select the green RGB channel in Photoshop and you can see the effect, exaggerated a bit.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jord on February 11, 2012, 04:45:42 pm
That dish looks nice :)

I've ordered a Nikon F4 and just had the delivery date put back till mid March. Apparently it has backlit buttons...
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on February 11, 2012, 06:43:46 pm
You mean a D4, Jord?  Or are you really going to get an F4 in all it's 35mm, discontinued glory?
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: rogerzilla on February 11, 2012, 07:30:32 pm
I don't think an F4 had backlit buttons.  In fact, it only had about three buttons, including the shutter release.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: mike on February 11, 2012, 08:10:10 pm
werent tempted by the 800 then?

(fantastic website!)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jord on February 12, 2012, 10:07:09 am
D4 must be a flashback saying F4 as I always wanted one. Probably get a D80 September or so. I can't imagine the D800 it's going to be anywhere near as good as the D4 above 800 iso.0 but not till
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jord on February 12, 2012, 10:08:45 am
I should give up posting via phones way too many mistakes!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on February 12, 2012, 01:39:50 pm
I can't imagine you going for a D80 :)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jord on February 12, 2012, 05:33:10 pm
Back home now so hopefully I'll get my numbers correct! I did think about the D800 and cost wise it is a bit of a bargain but I think in this dull country the high iso ability of the D4 is a real bonus. All reports seem to indicate that the D800 is about the same as a D700 in low light which considering the pixel count is simply amazing but the D4 is meant to be a stop better than the D3s which is a stop better than the D700 so the D4 should be far superior in anything above 800 iso apart from being a superior built camera.

I've also heard reports of the D800 needing an extra stop on the shutter speed to reduce blur with the big sensor - I don't really understand this! But a pro has said he got slightly soft images at 100 sec and an 85 mm lens. I'd have thought he would be very safe at that shutter speed!

I think I'll get a D800 late in the year to replace the D700. I plan on keeping the D4 for 4/5 years so the cost isn't that important (as it is my living!).

Nikon seem to have turned everything on it's head. As a photographer who isn't really interested in kit I find myself trawling forums trying to gain a bit more information on the cameras. Exciting times. I can't wait to see what Canon smash back at Nikon!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on February 12, 2012, 06:02:26 pm
I may have bought a Canon G11.  More to follow.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Chris (was scych) on February 12, 2012, 11:01:26 pm
You've got to love buying stuff from China on eBay.

May I ask which shop on eBay this was from? I've been looking at and thinking about buying lights etc for a while now.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on February 12, 2012, 11:07:18 pm
Proper studio lights? The Hobo Merlin from Cotswold Photo look very interesting.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Chris (was scych) on February 12, 2012, 11:46:55 pm
Proper studio lights? The Hobo Merlin from Cotswold Photo look very interesting.

Yep, proper studio lights. Thanks for the info. I'm looking at them now.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on February 13, 2012, 12:14:53 am
I like the remote control, and the features/price look good. There is a review somewhere.. http://www.lightingrumours.com/hobo-merlin-300-studio-flash-review-1648 may be it..
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: ed_o_brain on February 13, 2012, 01:21:02 am
I've also heard reports of the D800 needing an extra stop on the shutter speed to reduce blur with the big sensor - I don't really understand this! But a pro has said he got slightly soft images at 100 sec and an 85 mm lens. I'd have thought he would be very safe at that shutter speed!

I can't fathom this.. the sensor is the same physical size (36 mm x 23.9mm) as it's forbear. The only thing that could have a possible effect on this is an actual difference in focal length but I can't quite see that as MFD would be greater for any lenses mounted on the camera.

Quote
Nikon seem to have turned everything on it's head. As a photographer who isn't really interested in kit I find myself trawling forums trying to gain a bit more information on the cameras. Exciting times. I can't wait to see what Canon smash back at Nikon!

I was hoping to be able to skip the D800/D4 as my current bodies will probably still be seeing good service when the D900/D5 come along. That said, the extra couple of stops in ISO performance would have been quite welcome for the last couple of jobs I've done.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on February 13, 2012, 08:15:15 am
It is to do with pixel size. If you can resolve to a single pixel, then the shake needed (and every photo experiences shake, just sharp photos have less shake than the pixel size) to make the photo 'unsharp' is less for a smaller pixel.

1 stop seems about right (probably nearer 2/3 ) for the difference in pixel size.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on February 13, 2012, 08:19:39 am
May I ask which shop on eBay this was from? I've been looking at and thinking about buying lights etc for a while now.

Actually, looking back at my purchase history, I'm wrong - the speedring and bracket is a "BOWENS S-Fit speedring softbox Hot Shoe Adapter softbox" from jscamerastore, a UK seller and the beauty dish is a "41cm Beauty Dish for Bowens S type fit with Honeycomb Grid and Soft White Cover" from a seller called pro.photo.studio.  He also says he's in the UK - although you never really know this for sure with this sort of stuff.

There's loads of knock-off lighting kit coming out of China at the moment.  Mainly because Lastolite, Bowens and all the big brands get their products made out there too and the factories that they contract to are haemorrhaging all sorts of just-as-good unbranded stuff on the internet.  I don't think it's a good idea to buy off-brand tech kit (cameras, lenses, flashes or triggers) but if you know what you're looking for, there are loads of bargains to be had on eBay when it comes to lighting gear.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jord on February 13, 2012, 08:58:18 am
I'm glad you have explained it David - and people say it is try but in my head I just do not understand this. One photographer using the D800 with a 200 mm lens in the studio used a tripod for all shots.

I think the problem with both the D4 and D800 is the lack of samples posted by Nikon (normal procedure) so until a reputable source can get the various cameras (including the Canon competition, D3s D700 ect) in the same spot and take the same photo in the same lighting people are only left with he said she said and a lot of 'bo%$£$%%s is repeated on the internet.

People have tooooo much time and toooo little knowledge!

Charlotte that beaty dish with grid looked rather nice.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: mike on February 13, 2012, 09:21:46 am
is this where I confess to buying a new camera?  New to me, anyway - a very underpriced 1ds mark 2.  7 or 8 years old, needed a new battery but amazing focus speed, build quality, file quality (below about 800iso anyway).  Buffer is very slow, but it was fantastic for this kind of thing yesterday:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7044/6868485551_4293f8a065_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/68792434@N03/6868485551/)
WP3P5125-14 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/68792434@N03/6868485551/) by simpleimages_mike (http://www.flickr.com/people/68792434@N03/), on Flickr

(pretty much straight out of camera via some sharpening in lightroom)

very happy with it  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jord on February 14, 2012, 09:09:04 am
Mike that is a very lovely camera - once you get used to the pro stuff everything else feels like it is made of cheese ;-)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on February 14, 2012, 10:43:21 am
Tescos are doing there clubcard deal with Jessops again - doubling the value of your clubcard vouchers for Jessops spend. I wonder how much we have in clubcard vouchers and whether it would stretch to a new body...
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Zipperhead on February 16, 2012, 11:21:37 am
I don't suppose any of youse have come into possession of a D4 or two and a D800 and a lot of glassware today?

Nikon roadshow gear worth 100k stolen (http://nikonrumors.com/2012/02/15/nikon-nps-roadshow-gear-stolen-worth-100k-including-d4-d800.aspx/)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on February 16, 2012, 03:36:21 pm
But you promised not to tell...
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: inc on February 16, 2012, 05:31:11 pm
Just got an almost mint Asahi Tukumar 50mm 1.4   M42 thread for use on my old EOS
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on February 16, 2012, 08:29:19 pm
I don't suppose any of youse have come into possession of a D4 or two and a D800 and a lot of glassware today?

Nikon roadshow gear worth 100k stolen (http://nikonrumors.com/2012/02/15/nikon-nps-roadshow-gear-stolen-worth-100k-including-d4-d800.aspx/)


*hides jemmy behind back*

:D
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: geraldc on February 20, 2012, 01:03:50 pm
DK21 replacement eyecup for my aging D70s
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: chris on February 20, 2012, 06:11:17 pm
Tescos are doing there clubcard deal with Jessops again - doubling the value of your clubcard vouchers for Jessops spend. I wonder how much we have in clubcard vouchers and whether it would stretch to a new body...

Thanks for pointing that out. I've just found out that I have £164 worth of vouchers => £328 worth of goodies from Jessops. All I need to do now is to decide what to spend them on (there is currently a negative amount in the slush fund, so £328 is the absolute limit). On my virtual shopping list of things that I want (in no particular order) are -


What do the panel suggest?

Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on February 20, 2012, 10:16:06 pm
A parcel!*
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMAG0283.jpg)

What is it?
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMAG0286.jpg)

What's inside?
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMAG0287.jpg)


* Just brought my phone inside.  I think there may be a tad of condensation here ;D
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: ed_o_brain on February 21, 2012, 02:12:58 am
tres shiny Clarion.

Chris,
I'd suggest a flashgun anna fast prime lens.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: tonycollinet on February 21, 2012, 07:55:17 pm
I could have bought this:
http://www.bristolcameras.co.uk/p-panasonic-dmw-rsl1-remote-shutter-release.htm

For £52. Instead, I went for this:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/300594496540?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649#ht_3765wt_1053

For £6 instead. Guess what? It works.  ;D
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: pcolbeck on March 02, 2012, 04:30:55 pm
A Fuji F300EXR. Going cheap at the moment at approx £130 in a lot of places.  A bargain considering tehy were £300 ish a year ago. A lot of camera for not a lot of cash.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: perpetual dan on March 04, 2012, 05:33:06 pm
An Olympus 45mm "portrait" lens. I'm looking forward to a bit more depth of field control. Looks a bit odd, silver lens on black camera, but that's not really a concern.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on March 04, 2012, 05:39:33 pm
I am very much tempted by a magic arm, but don't have the justification right now.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on March 04, 2012, 06:22:17 pm
I'd like a magic arm, too.  Calumet do an own brand one which is significantly cheaper than the original Manfrotto one, by the way. 

Speaking of which - yesterday, I bought a nine foot Manfrotto Telescoping Three-Section Crossbar, a pair of heavy duty lightstands and a seven foot roll of background canvas, painted in an eighties-tastic blue cloud pattern - all on eBay for a song because we collected.

The background canvas is pretty nasty, but if you turn it round and blast it into orbit about a stop and a half above your main light, it's ideal for high key work until I get a pukka roll of seamless vinyl.  I can now at least do three quarters or head and shoulder portraits at home like this:

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-fL3ml-e6FzY/T1Ox44--3QI/AAAAAAAAE9I/shiWuo9ir1Y/s512/D7K_4103.jpg)

(With thanks to my long suffering and awesomely lovely cohab)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on March 04, 2012, 06:37:31 pm
My problem is that I have about 2.5m sq floorspace on which to do such things - so it ends up being a bit tricky. Here is my long suffering daughter..

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7191/6806829540_e5e4a7f23f.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidmam/6806829540/)
rachel1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidmam/6806829540/) by davidmamartin (http://www.flickr.com/people/davidmam/), on Flickr

(It is a concept pic for a school art project.)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: IanDG on March 06, 2012, 11:35:59 am
One of these (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lomo-Recesky-DIY-TLR-35mm-GakkenFlex-clone-NEW-/140509057386?pt=Film_Cameras&hash=item20b6fe116a)  ;)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on March 06, 2012, 11:37:45 am
Wow.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: IanDG on March 07, 2012, 10:12:43 am
I've been allowed to open the package this morning ;)

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7185/6961205803_eeb2660d05.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/acf_windy/6961205803/)
Birthday Present :) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/acf_windy/6961205803/) by windy_ (http://www.flickr.com/people/acf_windy/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on March 07, 2012, 10:56:32 am
Because it is, of course, your birthday! :D

Have a thoroughly good one, Windy! :thumbsup:

And don't forget to post photos of the construction and output of that TLR :)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on March 07, 2012, 09:08:01 pm
I'd like a magic arm, too.  Calumet do an own brand one which is significantly cheaper than the original Manfrotto one, by the way. 

I've not been able to find it on their site. Only a very small monitor/flash arm
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on March 07, 2012, 10:01:03 pm
You mean this (http://www.calumetphoto.co.uk/eng/product/calumet_4_2_articulating_arm_with_shoe_mount/cf9310)?  Or this (http://www.calumetphoto.co.uk/eng/product/calumet_8_3_articulating_arm_with_shoe_mount/cf9312)?
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on March 07, 2012, 10:27:55 pm
Exactly, the little accessory ones which are hardly in the league of this (http://www.calumetphoto.co.uk/eng/product/manfrotto_magic_arm_arm_alone_without_acces/mn143n) which will happily take the dSLR and lens, and is much bigger than the ones you linked to.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: inc on March 09, 2012, 02:51:45 pm
Just arrived today Another ancient Takumar lens, this time f3.5 28mm and a new 7D body at a very good price, just charging the battery for a play later.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on March 14, 2012, 09:14:12 am
I bought a couple of flashgun grids off eBay for a project I have going (needing to photograph speakers and slides at a conference - using colour balanced gridded flash to light the speaker without washing out the screen)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on March 18, 2012, 10:22:33 pm
well, I can confirm that they worked absolutely perfectly for what I wanted. Not sure I can post any pictures of the event, but it went sort of like this:

I arrive and walk into the room. "Rats!" Instead of worrying about how I was going to get to the gantry to attach the flashgun (superclamp cunningly included in my luggage) I was now concerned that I wouldn't be able to put it anywhere. Instead of a FOH gantry with the data projector, this year we have gone upmarket and have a back-projection system.

Never mind, needs must when the devil drives, so I clambered onto a chair and made efficient use of a picture frame on the wall (we were in the Drawing Room at the Creiff Hydro - see here http://www.crieffhydro.com/meetings-and-events/our-facilities.aspx and it is the one on the left hand wall looking forward). This allowed me to get a narrow angled beam that would cover the podium and miss the screen, allowing me to balance the projector screen (at about 1/60 f3.5 iso 400) with the flash (SB800 on just under 1/2 power). Ambient room light was about 4 stops down so backgrounds (dark coloured curtains) were essentially black. Wireless trigger with Cactus v4 - fine as long as the antenna points in the right direction. When I was sat on the podum side of the front row it worked almost flawlessly. From the back of the room it was a bit more hit and miss - not reliable enough so I reverted to being on just the front row.

I had to guess at the colour balance of the data projector. It turned out that my 1/4 CTO and shoot at 4500K for the flash was a bit pessimistic, and I could have managed without the CTO.

Could have done with the flash being more straight on as some of the modelling was rather hash. But better than nothing at all. Sat on the front shooting with focal lengths from about 20mm (wide enough on DX to get the whole stage) through to 100mm for head and shoulders shots and 200 from the back of the room on the monopod (80-200/2.8) Didn't take more than 3 or 4 per speaker except during the questions session as I didn't want to distract excessively and I also was there to listen to what they were presenting. Generally pleased with the outcome.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Chris (was scych) on March 18, 2012, 11:08:09 pm
This little lot were a bargain on eBay tonight.

Nikon D300
with
4GB memory card
Nikkor 18-70 mm f3.5-4.5 ED lens
Sigma 70-300 mm f4-5.6 lens
camera bag
Tripod

I've been looking for a second body for a while now and love my current D300. So I'll keep the camera, memory card and the 18-70 lens.
The Sigma 70-300, camera bag and tripod will go back on to eBay.

I really do have to learn how to control my impulse purchases. :facepalm:
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on April 02, 2012, 01:16:43 pm
Just clicked the button on a Nikon S30. Looks like an ideal family cam - waterpoof, bounceproof, 720p video, AA batteries and quite a simle UI. The downsides: No manual control. Upsides: under £100 delivered and it is in a sensible colour.

We needed a replacement go everywhere camera and when this was announced it was clearly the right thing..
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: PH on April 04, 2012, 11:11:27 pm
After much dithering and waiting to see what comes out next, I decided Micro Four Thirds would do everything I wanted, while still being portable enough to get used.  Once decided it was easy to jump in.
Panasonic GX1, including Lightroom 3, which was on the shopping list anyway so a decent saving.
14mm 2.5
20mm 1.7
45-175, which is very small and light
Electronic viewfinder

I nearly waited for the Olympus OMD, but I like the idea that the GX1 and one of the pancake lenses is till small enough to carry everywhere.  And of course the price difference meant getting a lot more kit for the same money. Playtime.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: JohnP on April 04, 2012, 11:37:15 pm
Not today but i bought a Nikon P7100 last week.  Still not sure quite why - it's too big for a shirt pocket but much smaller than my D90 with equivalent 28-200mm range.  Fits nicely in a walking jacket pocket so time will tell if this fool was easily parted from his money.

Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Thor on April 06, 2012, 09:57:06 pm
Not today but i bought a Nikon P7100 last week.  Still not sure quite why - it's too big for a shirt pocket but much smaller than my D90 with equivalent 28-200mm range.  Fits nicely in a walking jacket pocket so time will tell if this fool was easily parted from his money.

I have a P7100 - acquired at Christmas (and also a D90 btw).

The P7100 is for those occasions when you don't want to schlep a DSLR and associated lens(es), but still want plenty of "creative input" and a good zoom range.  It has a decent macro capability, raw format, lots of external controls and low light performance is surprisingly competent.   What you don't get is very small aperture settings due, I suppose, to the likelihood of compact sensor diffraction effects.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: docsquid on April 12, 2012, 06:47:15 pm
Not today, but since I haven't been on the forum for a while, I thought I'd share my most recent purchase which was absurd, really.  I don't need it.  I'm not capable of using it to its best advantage, or even a fraction thereof.  But I bought a Canon 300mm f2.8 IS L lens - the big wildlife one - with a camo cover and a 1.4x extender from a pro wildlife photographer on Twitter.  It is an absurd piece of kit, like having a telescope with a camera on the back.  But it does take some nice pictures, and I did get it for under half the new price.

This is one of the photos I took with it
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7059/6857301071_dcfc3af9ea.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alvecotewood/6857301071/)

Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on April 12, 2012, 11:21:14 pm
I should point out that cameras don't take pictures, they are used by great photographers as tools to create them.. It is like looking at Michaelangelo's David and saying 'he must have had a really good chisel'
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: ed_o_brain on April 13, 2012, 09:58:47 am
Awww what a lovely tit :)
And it sounds like you have some excellent kit. I can vouch from your photos on bookface that you are certainly capable of getting very worthy results from it.

I already have the 1.4TC - I'd love to have a 300mm or 400mm telephoto to go with it. No real justification for that though, except I'd like to take more pictures like this:

(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6091/6238058493_bf88f12e27_b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ed_o_brain/6238058493/)
Female Chaffinch (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ed_o_brain/6238058493/) by Daniel Cadden Photo (http://www.flickr.com/people/ed_o_brain/), on Flickr

That was using a 70-200 with the 1.4TC.
I'm doing some more sports photography this summer, in fact I have a weekend photographing Rugby. If it goes really well, then maybe I could consider a 200-400 for next year.

Great to see you posting again squidders.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: marcinski on April 14, 2012, 05:55:48 pm
I bought Panasonic 14mm for my GX1 but they send me a silver one and I wanted black  :-[ so it's on its way back for replacement.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on April 16, 2012, 04:00:27 pm
It's arrived! my new Nikon. It will open up possibilities that previously I could only do on film.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: mike on April 16, 2012, 05:28:07 pm
which one, David??
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on April 16, 2012, 08:29:21 pm
High end model - S30. Last time I had a waterproof Nikon was 1986ish and it was a Nikonos II

Seems fine indoors (though the colour balance is hard to control under tungsten). Controls are easy enough to find though you can't force the flash on.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: mike on April 16, 2012, 08:58:59 pm
excellent!  I've got a similar water & drop proof panasonic and it's great not to worry about it when I'm on the bike!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on April 16, 2012, 11:03:35 pm
Image stabilisation is good. NR is aggressive in poor light - it uses IS rather than flash down to quite slow shutter speeds. 1/4 sec or slower. Hard to persuade it to use the flash (turn off VR). Close up mode turns off the flash.

I'll try it in daylight tomorrow.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on April 17, 2012, 10:37:05 am
An OM10 outfit on eBay.  For eleven quid  :D

I wanted an old film body to do thi (http://www.kootoyoo.com/2011/08/camera-light-action.html)s with and I've been watching for a b0rken OM10 or similar for ages.  My budget was about £15.  Problem is, this one's a goodie and came with a manual adaptor, 50mm, 28mm, a couple of 'orrible old off-brand zooms, teleconverters and fisheye things.  There was a whole box of crap.  Three flashes including a minty old 283, albeit without the fabled manual adaptor, so that rules it out for strobist use.

There's a couple of bags, straps and leads - bunch of filters.  Even a graduated tobacco  8)

Problem is, I'm not sure I can bring myself to carve this lovely old camera up for a DIY project...
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Wowbagger on April 17, 2012, 10:46:14 am
Surely you would prefer a crap old camera for something like that? I've got an old Ricoh KR10 SLR which is yours if you want to preserve your OM10.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on April 18, 2012, 10:00:10 pm
OM10s were nice, but plugly compared with OM1s
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on April 18, 2012, 10:16:30 pm
On closer examination, the OM10's light seals are all Donald Ducked.  Yeah, they can be replaced (I know you can even DIY) but the camera cost me eleven quid, so I'm unlikely to.  Also, film: meh.

I think I might just flog the manual adaptor, 28mm and the rest of it on eBay and get jiggy with Mr Screwdriver as per the original plan...
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Zipperhead on April 18, 2012, 11:41:45 pm
OM10s were nice, but plugly compared with OM1s

OM1's were just beautiful. Such a lovely well thought out camera.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on April 19, 2012, 09:18:21 am
OM1 was indeed beautiful, and I was very lucky indeed that my first camera happened to be one.  The OM10 devoured batteries, and didn't have the adaptability of the 1.  It is dead easy to replace the seals (I did it on my OM40), but I guess they're much harder to source than when I did mine.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: AndyK on April 19, 2012, 09:21:36 am
OM1 was indeed beautiful, and I was very lucky indeed that my first camera happened to be one.  The OM10 devoured batteries, and didn't have the adaptability of the 1.  It is dead easy to replace the seals (I did it on my OM40), but I guess they're much harder to source than when I did mine.

Ebay user 'Interslice'. Sells excellent DIY lightseal kits extremely cheaply. I've resealed at least a dozen cameras using his kits.

<edit> Jon Goodman (interslice) is not using Ebay anymore but instead is selling direct while he reorganises his business. He can be contacted direct here: jgood2196 AT aol.com

Another seal kit seller can be found here (http://www.kameradoktor.de/kamera-lichtdichtungen-spiegeldaempfer/).
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: numbnuts on April 19, 2012, 11:17:09 am
After watching Prof Brian Cox on the telly I've just bought this, it's a 6 inch Celestron C6-SGT XLT GOTO telescope
(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y31/YakDiver/telescope03verysmall.jpg)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on April 19, 2012, 12:45:21 pm
The institute have been thinking of getting a decent camera for PR work etc. So it looks like they are going for the new D3200 and an SB700. That should be fun to play with.

Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on May 18, 2012, 10:51:30 am
Seeing docsquid's pics inspired me a bit so I have now god a nice set of very solid Ai extension tubes (withouth the prongs) on my desk. Looking forward to trying them out soon.
Title: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: docsquid on May 21, 2012, 12:13:33 pm
It's very flattering to think that I might have inspired anybody!  Hope you enjoy the extension tubes!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: geraldc on May 21, 2012, 12:29:36 pm
Bought an adaptor so I can use my dad's manual focus K Mount Pentax lenses on my Lumix G2. I now realise how much heavier metal and glass is, than plastic and glass.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: hulver on September 06, 2012, 03:41:48 pm
A Canon EOS 550D Ti2 to replace my now quite old 300d
A Speedlite 430 ex II

The camera comes with 2 18-55mm lenes, a 28-90mm lens, and a 90-300mm lens.

Also a tripod and camera bag.

I was looking for a camera to replace my 300d, and saw this one. I thought at first that is was massively overpriced, but when I scrolled down the listing and saw that it came with 4 lenses, a decent flash (that I've been considering getting for a while) and a bag the price suddenly didn't seem that high.

I can re-sell some of the lenses (we'll end up with 5 18-55mm lenses between us when this comes) and make back some of the extra.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: JT on September 06, 2012, 03:48:13 pm
A Lowepro Streamline 100 bag for my MFT Lumix.

I haven't unboxed it yet (Amazon purchase) and I'm afraid it will look like a manbag!  :o  :sick:
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: mike on September 06, 2012, 03:53:21 pm

I haven't unboxed it yet (Amazon purchase) and I'm afraid it will look like a manbag!  :o  :sick:


..googles...

yep.  Manbagtastic   ;D

(time to embrace your inner european..........)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: JT on September 06, 2012, 04:22:25 pm

I haven't unboxed it yet (Amazon purchase) and I'm afraid it will look like a manbag!  :o  :sick:


..googles...

yep.  Manbagtastic   ;D

(time to embrace your inner european..........)

Thanks! :P Time for some red jeans then...  ;D
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on September 06, 2012, 04:23:28 pm
Tan leather jacket too...
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: andyoxon on September 06, 2012, 05:19:43 pm
Probably won't go with red...
(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/8173R13%2Bw0L._AA1500_.jpg)

 ;)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on October 29, 2012, 11:19:21 pm
A set of Pixel Soldiers appeared on my desk today. Quite nice. They have good indications of action and are groupable. So you can set your trigger to fire any combination of up to three groups, and each receiver is in one group. The receivers have some degree of communication with the flash - when you half press the shutter the trigger lights up with a green light. And it relights when the flash is again ready to fire. Smart. blinky red when on but not active.

Range is up to about 100m line of sight but anything in between will drastically reduce that, even foliage.

I'll be testing them in anger on Friday taking pictures at a seminar (angled and heavily gridded main flash to catch the speaker but not spill onto the slides, a second gridded flash to rim light from behind angled so the audience do not see it directly. They will be on separate groups so I can fire one or both. I might set up a third flash on group 3 for more general shots when there is nothing on screen.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Wombat on October 30, 2012, 01:36:49 pm
A Lowepro Streamline 100 bag for my MFT Lumix.

I haven't unboxed it yet (Amazon purchase) and I'm afraid it will look like a manbag!  :o  :sick:

A pleasant change for lowepro to make something that isn't boring black or grey.  I have 2 lowepro bags, one black, one grey....  I would much prefer a friendly colour, maybe leafy green, or lurid orange or something not boring bloody black.  Enjoy your manbag!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: docsquid on October 31, 2012, 03:01:56 pm
Yes!  I have...

Yesterday I got a Canon EOS-M.  For those times when you can't carry all the full clobber, or you don't want to, or you haven't set out to take photos, but would like to be able to should the opportunity arise.  It is basically an EOS650D without the mirror in a compact form.  I got it because it is a Canon, so I don't have to learn another menu system, because it is an APS-C sensor and therefore promises to be better than smaller sensor compacts, and because it can act as a full back-up, and take all the standard Canon lenses, using a lens adapter - so if the 5D3 should fail, I haz a plan!

I took it out yesterday.  General impressions:  Very solidly built.  Much better than a plastic compact.  Slightly larger, of course, but still handbaggable, particularly with the 22mm pancake lens.  The latter is BRILLIANT - an absolutely stonkingly good f2 lens.  The kit zoom lens is a kit zoom lens - sound, as good as the 15-85 EF-S lens I used to use on my 7D. 

It is very easy to use.  In particular the autofocus - you can compose the shot and then touch the screen to define the area or spot you want in sharp focus and it does it.  Very neat solution using the touch screen.  Also easy to use exposure compensation which is the feature I use most.  All the standard manual control features there, plus a lot of creative auto stuff, and some creative filters, which I haven't played with yet.  It doesn't have built-in flash, but then again, neither does the 5D3, and I don't usually use it anyway. 

It doesn't have a swivelling view screen, but then again, neither does the 5D3 - and I haven't found one of these to be very useful in the past, so I don't miss it. 

I like it.  It will do the job for me very well.

Piccy from yesterday
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8054/8141260115_5f24f559a9.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alvecotewood/8141260115/)
Betty's Wood (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alvecotewood/8141260115/) by AlvecoteWood (http://www.flickr.com/people/alvecotewood/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: drossall on November 03, 2012, 06:36:58 pm
Pentax K30 body as a birthday present :thumbsup: I'm still investigating all the extra features over my K110D.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: geraldc on November 20, 2012, 01:44:05 pm
D600

Oops
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Wombat on November 20, 2012, 02:21:19 pm
Oops indeed!  I do hope you already had a load of other stuff, and aren't starting from scratch.

I'm currently musing over buying a better mid-range zoom as an everyday lens to replace the wobbly plastic kit lens on my Sony A55 I've had for nearly 2 years now.  Taken over 10,000 frames so far, and a lot more to come... (unless I weaken even more and buy an A65 or A77.. I am pretending the A99 does not exist)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: geraldc on November 20, 2012, 03:17:04 pm
My brother's the really keen photographer, when he upgrades, I get given his old kit. So I have a fair bit of kit.
The other half used to run her school photography club in the days of film, but recently has been using a high end compact. From her blog, she got contacted by LBC to buy the rights to use one of her photos to use on their website, and so her enthusiasm for 'proper' photography was renewed, hence N+1.

Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: drossall on November 20, 2012, 08:34:45 pm
Pentax K30 body as a birthday present :thumbsup: I'm still investigating all the extra features over my K110D.
I may have confessed this elsewhere. Here's what happened, honest :-[

We went on a mini-tour for a break. For the last night, I'd booked us in to an hotel in Burgess Hill. As we drove into the industrial estate where it was located, I saw Park Cameras. I'd heard of them, but I'd no idea they were there :-[ :-[

And it was my birthday :-[ :-[ :-[

I browsed their site that night, and found that the K-30 price had just gone through the floor, and there was a cash-back offer to boot :-[ :-[ :-[ :-[

So the next morning...

That's a bit more than oops :-[ :-[ :-[ :-[ :-[
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: perpetual dan on November 22, 2012, 12:30:37 pm
You booked into a hotel in Burgess Hill for the last night of a holiday? You deserved a treat after that!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: drossall on November 22, 2012, 10:35:33 pm
Hotels all look the same in the middle of the night, with your eyes shut.

We just wanted somewhere within striking distance of Brighton, so that we could see the Royal Pavilion. And I got to go over Ditchling Beacon on the way there, albeit only by car.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: rogerzilla on December 01, 2012, 07:12:53 pm
5 rolls of Rollei infrared film ready for next year (it can take a while to arrive).

Fantastic stuff and much better than the old Kodak HIE.  Shoot it through a Hoya R72 opaque filter* and use 1/60 at f/8 in full sun.  Develop in Rollei D74 (after a pre-soak in water to get rid of the anti-halation layer) and every shot will be a winner.  No need to bracket, although you do need to guesstimate the focus shift a little; long lenses are not a good idea.  Yes, you can do IR digitally, but the exposures become ludicrously long; your average CCD is about as sensitive to IR as your eye is, i.e. only very slightly.


*this is where a rangefinder camera helps; they laugh in the face of opaque filters
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Mrs Pingu on December 02, 2012, 02:30:18 pm
A Canon EOS 550D Ti2 to replace my now quite old 300d
A Speedlite 430 ex II

The camera comes with 2 18-55mm lenes, a 28-90mm lens, and a 90-300mm lens.

Also a tripod and camera bag.

I was looking for a camera to replace my 300d, and saw this one. I thought at first that is was massively overpriced, but when I scrolled down the listing and saw that it came with 4 lenses, a decent flash (that I've been considering getting for a while) and a bag the price suddenly didn't seem that high.

I can re-sell some of the lenses (we'll end up with 5 18-55mm lenses between us when this comes) and make back some of the extra.

How are you finding it, Hulver?
I'm pondering the 350 to 550 upgrade if I can get my darkroom equipment sold. Had a look on ebay and the prices are mad! Don't really understand why people spend £400 for one on there when mpb have bodies for about the £300-325 mark that come with a 6 month warranty...
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: hulver on December 03, 2012, 10:16:52 am
How are you finding it, Hulver?
I'm pondering the 350 to 550 upgrade if I can get my darkroom equipment sold. Had a look on ebay and the prices are mad! Don't really understand why people spend £400 for one on there when mpb have bodies for about the £300-325 mark that come with a 6 month warranty...

I love it. I did upgrade from a very old 300d though, so it's quite a big change. The body is smaller than the 300d, which makes it a tiny bit awkward with my massive hands, but it's not an issue when I'm shooting.

Other than playing with some settings and forgetting to set it back, I've not had a problem with it. I can do more with it than I could the 300d, and I enjoy taking pictures with it very much.

I'd highly recommend reading the manual though. There's a lot there, I feel like I've hardly scratched the surface of what it can do.

For practical things, I find the menu system easy to use, although I don't use many features beyond changing the flash power, AEB and changing the white balance.
The battery seems to last forever, which is a good job, because it's different from the battery in the 300d and the 30d, so none of my spares fit.
Continuous shooting takes lots of pictures, and having HD video is a nice toy, but I've hardly used that yet.
The screen is nice and big and clear, so you can get a good look at the stuff you've shot. I rarely use the live view, although it has come in handy on two occasions.

I love the flash, and the 18-55mm lens with IS is great.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on December 06, 2012, 10:46:47 am
Just bagged a Medium Format camera off the old 'bay.

Without breaking the bank.  All will be revealed soon.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Wombat on December 06, 2012, 01:19:12 pm
Go on, do tell...

Mamiya RZ67, Pentax 6x7?   My two fave medium format beasts, but both a trifle perverse.  All I've got left now is an early 50's Zeiss folding thingy, having sold my two Mamiya C33s a good few years ago. 

I was blasting away with the Sony A55 at a train on the Welshpool & Llanfair railway a while ago, and was vaguely aware of a chp behind and to my right with a camera.  I heard clomp-crack-clunk*, turned round sharpish, to see this guy wielding a Pentax 6x7.  Not often you see them out in the wild these days. 

* sound of dirty great mirror coming up, big focal plane shutter slamming down, and big mirror dropping again. Not a camera for covert shooting.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on December 06, 2012, 02:12:24 pm
;D Since you pretty much hit on it, I'll come clean.  It's a 50s Zeiss folding thing.  I used to have an Ikonta, which I loved, and put loads of film through (though it was never my only MF camera).  This is a Nettar.  With the 'fast' f4.5 lens. :)

Being a Minox 35 fan, I just love folding cameras*.  I always wanted a Fuji GS645 folding (http://madam3.web.fc2.com/photo/images/060503-3/GS645_12.JPG), but only ever got a GS645S, which I adored, and used as my main camera for a while before it got stolen in a burglary in about 1996.  Not had medium format since then. :'(


* Even my digital camera has a hinge, fhs!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: IanDG on December 07, 2012, 10:23:21 pm
A Lensbaby Muse (for the Olympus E620) arrived in the post today :)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on December 08, 2012, 09:25:53 am
Yay!  That was quick.  I got my Nettar this morning.  I've given it the usual check over, and the various bits seem OK.  Shutter's smooth.  Bellows seem light tight.

And there's a flash with it - one of the Foley-out petal types!  Woo!

So excited.  Must dig out my lightmeter. :)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Butterfly on December 08, 2012, 09:30:08 am
 :D
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on December 08, 2012, 01:48:02 pm
With flash? F16 and 5 feet. Weegee rules.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Wombat on December 08, 2012, 03:03:52 pm
Its the Nettar I have, with the Novar anastigmat 4.5 lens.  Mine was given to me many years ago, complete with leather ever-ready case, but I dont have a suitable flash for it.

Your mention of the Fuji GS645 has led me into some most unfortunate web-surfing... which has led me to a camera I didn't even know existed, a Fuji GX680.  What a beast!  Whilst extolling the virtues of the Mamiya RZ67 to Mrs W, she asked if you could get digital backs for them.  No problem, says I, and then she saw the price of used ones....  this neatly reminds me I need to pay my mate for the lottery syndicate!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on December 08, 2012, 05:49:26 pm
Yes, that's always been rather the downside to medium format.  But a bargain Nettar might be just the thing.  I'll post photos of it later.

The flash would be fun to play with, but I've only got two bulbs, and no idea where to source more, so that's just a curiosity rather than a practical option.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Polar Bear on December 08, 2012, 05:54:44 pm
A Lensbaby Muse (for the Olympus E620) arrived in the post today :)

Mmmmm, interesting.   I quite fancy something like that myself.   Will look forward to your creative postings.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on December 08, 2012, 08:58:51 pm
Here we are, then:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMG_2217.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMG_2218.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMG_2219.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMG_2220.jpg)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMG_2221.jpg)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on December 08, 2012, 10:38:21 pm
focus is a bit slack..
Have fun. I may well dig out the LF camera over the winter break.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: CrinklyLion on December 08, 2012, 11:25:59 pm
A Nikon Coolpix L25, as road tested extensively by staff and pupils and deemed thoroughly child-friendly if the child in question has a modicum of sense. Complete with a memory card and a case.  £39.99, Asda direct.

Couple of AAs and that's a certain young man's Christmas present sorted.  Since his current camera is a tatty Goodmans 1.3 megapixel job (with 2xdigital zoom - woo hoo!) this will represent something of an upgrade :D
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Wombat on December 09, 2012, 10:52:05 am
That should help the cub in question get a bit more creative!

As for myself, I've beeen pondering over a Sigma 17-70 2.8-4 zoom for my well used Sony A55 for a while, Park Cameras have it down to £279 now, so I went for it last night.  Hopefully its focus motor is sufficiently quieter that any video involving focus chages won't be punctuated by nasty sharp focus motor noises.   I do have a decent mic for it now, but my Rode stereo Videomic is a bit of a lump, but its got a proper grey long haired hamster stuck on it...

Right, now to try to sound positive whilst selling the Sony 18-55 zoom.  I think its a crap lens, so I won't be selling it to any of you lot.  Not an optical disaster, its not bad at all, but just nasty plastic, stiff zoom ring, wobbly front end, and noisy focus motor.  To anyone thinking of buyt a Sony Alpha camera, do not buy it wit this lens!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: geraldc on December 09, 2012, 10:58:36 am
http://www.domkebags.co.uk/en/domke-accessories/62-domke-15-protective-wrap.html

As camera bags are occasionally overkill and too conspicuous. Regret going for a sombre colour as I almost sat on my camera in the wrap already. Next time I'm going for one more hi viz
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: perpetual dan on December 12, 2012, 08:50:44 pm
Not bought today, but delivered today ... my blurb books for Christmas presents. On first flick through I'm pleased.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: IanDG on December 12, 2012, 10:15:58 pm
A Lensbaby Muse (for the Olympus E620) arrived in the post today :)

Mmmmm, interesting.   I quite fancy something like that myself.   Will look forward to your creative postings.

Starting to get the hang of it

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8498/8267178420_c61dcfd90a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/acf_windy/8267178420/)
121212 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/acf_windy/8267178420/) by windy_ (http://www.flickr.com/people/acf_windy/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on December 12, 2012, 10:21:58 pm
That's going well, then. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on January 03, 2013, 10:45:02 pm
The lead arrived today for connecting the pixel remote triggers to the camera so I can use them as a wireless shutter release. So much better than the crappy one I have.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: andrewc on January 04, 2013, 06:38:01 pm
A new strap for my Fuji X100.  An Op/Tech (http://www.amazon.co.uk/OP-TECH-Compact-Cameras-Binoculars/dp/B0018MR5HK/ref=pd_sim_ph_1) which seems to be comfortable and non rattly

Quite tempted to get the matching wrist loop as well now.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on January 04, 2013, 09:55:58 pm
And my reflector holder appeared as well. Great stuff - but the clamp is a bit interesting.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on January 04, 2013, 09:57:23 pm
A new strap for my Fuji X100.  An Op/Tech (http://www.amazon.co.uk/OP-TECH-Compact-Cameras-Binoculars/dp/B0018MR5HK/ref=pd_sim_ph_1) which seems to be comfortable and non rattly

Quite tempted to get the matching wrist loop as well now.

That looks like exactly what I need.  Thanks.  Might see if I can get it anywhere other than Amazon, mind.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: andrewc on January 04, 2013, 10:04:48 pm
A new strap for my Fuji X100.  An Op/Tech (http://www.amazon.co.uk/OP-TECH-Compact-Cameras-Binoculars/dp/B0018MR5HK/ref=pd_sim_ph_1) which seems to be comfortable and non rattly

Quite tempted to get the matching wrist loop as well now.

That looks like exactly what I need.  Thanks.  Might see if I can get it anywhere other than Amazon, mind.

Ah yes, there is that aspect.  Amazon is so damn convenient though  :-[    Especially as I can get their stuff delivered to the local Co-Op.....that's quite a surprising combination really.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on January 04, 2013, 10:14:17 pm
I know.  No criticism intended.  Our local (well, next to local) Co-op has the lockers, too.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on January 04, 2013, 10:16:58 pm
I received my wonderful Gossen Sixtomat Colour Finder today.  I'll have to check it against the Weston Euromaster for accuracy, but it seems fun to use.
Title: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: docsquid on January 05, 2013, 09:34:19 pm
I've just ordered a gimbal head for my tripod and a one man camo chair hide to sit in while snapping the birdies at the woods.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: CrinklyLion on January 05, 2013, 10:24:53 pm
That should help the cub in question get a bit more creative!

(http://sphotos-a.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/421035_10151299987436839_1329309977_n.jpg)

Looks like it :)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: mike on January 10, 2013, 08:54:36 pm
an elderly 135 f2 for my canon which appears to be flawless.  And I'm now being patronised by grumpy kittens:

(http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a19/mikes99mail/5D3_6615_zpsc7e75c66.jpg)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on January 10, 2013, 10:14:42 pm
That is a *spectacularly* grumpy kitteh  :D

You've got to love a nice big bit of portrait glass.   I know I don't need the Nikon equivalent.  But we wants it, precious...
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on January 11, 2013, 02:31:59 am
The old manual 135/2.8 is lovely and cheap - the 2.8 a little more expensive. With a stack of extension tubes, the 135 is a handy macro lens too (but not into the league of a proper one.)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on January 15, 2013, 09:37:01 pm
Oh dear, it was going to happen at some stage: MBP Retina.

*blows on credit card to cool it down*
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on January 15, 2013, 09:41:33 pm
A Watameter rangefinder.  Distance is accurate, but one image is slightly high. I have another one coming...
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: mike on January 15, 2013, 10:00:47 pm
Oh dear, it was going to happen at some stage: MBP Retina.

*blows on credit card to cool it down*

good work!!  Does Julian get the 'appropriate sized' other one? ;D
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on January 15, 2013, 10:51:12 pm
Oh dear, it was going to happen at some stage: MBP Retina.

*blows on credit card to cool it down*

Hell yes!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on January 15, 2013, 10:54:13 pm
good work!!  Does Julian get the 'appropriate sized' other one? ;D

She does indeed.  It's pretty much a Julian-perfect machine  :)

Hell yes!

You people have me now.  I have sold my soul to Cupertino.  I hope you're happy with yourselves  ::-)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on January 15, 2013, 10:56:45 pm
<rubs hands>

My work is done here

</rubs hands>
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on January 18, 2013, 11:13:18 am
A Watameter rangefinder.  Distance is accurate, but one image is slightly high. I have another one coming...

Got that.  Better condition than the first.

And got a Pullen one, too, which is a bit fiddlier to use, but has the original instructions with it! :o

Um, I think there's another one coming, too.  This is what happens when you go away for a weekend, and put in some cheeky bids on ebay, hoping one might come good. ;D
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on January 18, 2013, 07:01:23 pm
Been given an old Minolta dynax 300si with a couple of lenses. The lenses will fit a Sony Alpha SLR.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on February 06, 2013, 09:18:26 am
Full length roll of charcoal grey seamless for this weekend's location shoot.  And a C Stand for my beauty dish rig, so I don't drop it on the model's head. 

I think I might need to book an advance appointment with the Chiropractor, it's *stupidly* heavy...
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: drossall on February 06, 2013, 07:46:13 pm
Not today but recently, a fancy remote control (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00345XKV4/). Should be fun to play with :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Wombat on February 07, 2013, 02:29:45 pm
Let us know how you get on with it, won't you?

I was thinking of buying the Sony version for my A55.  I have a cheapy non-genuine IR remote, but as the IR receiver is on the front of the camera, it has limited usefulness!  Fine for self portraits, but no bloody use for anything which involves me being behind the camera.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: drossall on February 07, 2013, 10:10:05 pm
OK. May be a while. If we get some flowers (indoors or out) I may try the time lapse. I also wanted something better than the standard Pentax remote for Scouts - I've tried putting a camera down an archery or shooting range, pointing back at the participants, to get a better picture than I can take from the side, but the range is very limited on that remote. Next camp is in May though.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on February 09, 2013, 09:59:30 pm
I got a Weston Master IV meter.  It's a lovely piece of engineering.  I had one a few years ago.  In the meantime, I've had a III, and I bought a V, which sadly wasn't working and I returned, though I don't like the arrangement of buttons so much anyway.  I like the way a IV feels in the hand, and the definite feel to the actions.

I do like the Gossen Sixtomat, but I think the Weston is going to be my main meter now. :)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on February 09, 2013, 10:16:04 pm
I bought some filter wrenches. They make very good sticks (when attached with a suitable securing rubber band) for doing follow focus.

Not bad for a few quid.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on February 09, 2013, 10:17:42 pm
Clever adaptation! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Afasoas on February 10, 2013, 12:49:46 am
Not me, but the studio bought some Elinchrome 1s.   100 watt/second studio lights.

Shooting in the studio with large soft boxes at f/2. Bliss.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Wombat on February 10, 2013, 12:33:33 pm
I got a Weston Master IV meter.  It's a lovely piece of engineering.  I had one a few years ago.  In the meantime, I've had a III, and I bought a V, which sadly wasn't working and I returned, though I don't like the arrangement of buttons so much anyway.  I like the way a IV feels in the hand, and the definite feel to the actions.

I do like the Gossen Sixtomat, but I think the Weston is going to be my main meter now. :)

yep, I used to have one, but it went with my Mamiya C33s when I sold them.  I agree that it is a lovely bit of kit.  More appropriate to use with your Zeiss than a modern bit of electronickery.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on February 16, 2013, 02:29:01 pm
I spotted a Canon EOS 500 35mm SLR in the window of my local charity shoppe.

£15?  Couldn't leave it behind.  It had a 35-80 f4 lens with it, and all seems pretty tickerty-boo.

Oh, and they had an Agfa Silette in good condition, with ERC and Sekonic meter.  Shame it's not a rangefinder (barely more than a box camera, despite the f2.8 lens), but a nice vintage piece for £10.

If I can work out how to use the Sekonic, I'll be away.

And, er, I need to get some 35mm emulsion.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on February 16, 2013, 02:59:14 pm
Bought a cheap camcorder mic from Maplins. Review: Save your £20 and put it towards something that has more sensitivity and less noise.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on February 19, 2013, 08:33:16 pm
Just received film (3xDelta 400; 3xFujicolor 200) and batteries for the EOS.  I'm at that stage of looking round the house for things to photograph (this is where cats usually come in handy as models, I found) ;D
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Martin 14 on February 19, 2013, 09:12:58 pm
Another film back and a 40mm lens for my Bronica ETRSi, £99 on EBay well pleased :)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on February 20, 2013, 08:38:01 pm
Optech strap for my G11.  Someone (Charlotte?) had one on the photoday, and it looked like just what I needed - a strap that can be for wrist or shoulder.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on February 24, 2013, 04:44:06 pm
No.  I got sniped on eBay at 0 seconds (not even 1) for something I really, really wanted. >:( Price jumped.£25 and I lost it. :(
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on February 24, 2013, 06:45:24 pm
Just sending various accumulated films off for processing.

How much!? :o

Still, it's a one-off.  And I wonder how many times they receive 126s and 120s from the same customer ;D
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on February 24, 2013, 07:08:20 pm
For about the 100th week in a row I didn't buy any photographic equipment but, when Canon and Nikon are both selling DSLRs for £319, including 18-55mm zooms, how am I supposed to resist?

It's amazing to think I paid that much for a 2Mp Fuji "snapper"

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41HsPxwPe1L._SL500_SS500_.jpg)

but now I can get this..

(http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d3100/D3S_8285-1200.jpg)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on February 24, 2013, 08:19:48 pm
Lorra camera for not much spons.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on February 24, 2013, 08:48:07 pm
As the slightly annoying Ken Rockwell says (http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/recommended-cameras.htm), the D3100 is one of the most basic DSLRs on the market today, but it's pretty much all anyone could ever need inna camera.  Everything else is just extra bells and whistles.

SRSLY - even if you're shooting with a D4 or a 5D3 or something; the Nikon D3100 will get you to more or less the same place if your technique is good.  I have a friend who is also doing the 100 strangers project and he shoots exclusively with a D3000 and a 35mm f/1.8.  The work he does is fabulous:

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8197/8236168334_45f8180b42_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/strainz/8236168334/)
Guy (http://www.flickr.com/photos/strainz/8236168334/) by bomvu (http://www.flickr.com/people/strainz/), on Flickr

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8482/8200329531_6946873911_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/strainz/8200329531/)
Kerry (http://www.flickr.com/photos/strainz/8200329531/) by bomvu (http://www.flickr.com/people/strainz/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on February 26, 2013, 10:41:11 pm
I bought a battery to bring Butterfly's Olympus Mju 35mm camera back to life.

And, er, something else.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Butterfly on February 27, 2013, 11:15:19 am
I love the something else!  :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on February 27, 2013, 11:34:37 am
I'm so glad you do.  Hoping to see results very soon.  And you deserve something special with a photogenic bairn in prospect.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on February 28, 2013, 08:27:51 pm
Yes.  A battery.  Well, two, but one is a spare I am unlikely to need for a while.

I was given a Minolta SRT-303b 35mm SLR by Our Kid a year or so back.  It's not taken a single exposure during its residence here.  See, it's as heavy as a brick... Well, actually, that's only part of the reason.  In fact, I didn't have a decent usable lightmeter at the time, and the camera needed an old mercury battery.  Game over. :(

Ah, not so!  Renewed searching recently uncovered a place where one can get, for an only slightly uncomfortable pile of cash, a suitable replacement.  The two tiny batteries winged their way across the Atlantic, and I was lucky enough not to be hit with an absurd amount of duty this time.

Duly fitted, and the matchneedle swings across beautifully.  I need to stick a film in and give it a whirl.

:)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on February 28, 2013, 09:44:50 pm
At the weekend I wandered into Camera World in Wells Street (just off Oxford Street) with the vague idea that I fancied a slightly more stylish camera bag than my usual industrial strength Think Tank numbers.  I came away with this:

(http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b187/vicechair/LYP_002_zps78cc0fa1.jpg)

(http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b187/vicechair/LYP_003_zpsbb083128.jpg)

It's a Billingham Hadley Large in black canvas and I have to say, it's lovely.  It holds a large (but not pro size or gripped) SLR with a 24-70mm attached and the hood the right way round.  You can get a 70-200 and a flash or yet another lens in the other padded sections.  You can even get an iPad in the back and a whole load more in the front pockets.  But the genius of the thing is that when you're only carrying one camera and your purse, it seems to magically slim down and feels just like a largish handbag.  You can even slip the padded inner right out and use it as a courier-style bag.  It's light as a feather!

Unexplicably, Camera World are currently selling them at £115, when they normally go for at least £160.  It seemed rude not to...  :D
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on February 28, 2013, 09:47:33 pm
Verrrrry stylish!

I carry my camera in an Arkell Bug atm (along with a heap of other crap)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on March 01, 2013, 06:18:48 am
I love the something else!  :-* :-* :-*

And now that something else has prompted the delightful Butterfly to ask if we can go out for a Photoday tomorrow :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on March 16, 2013, 12:07:29 pm
I got a Yashica Electro 35GS.  And a Yashica Electro 35GSN.  The first one hadn't arrived after nearly a month, so I'd opened a Paypal dispute, which seems to have prompted the git into action.  In the meantime, I'd ordered another one.

So I might have an Electro 35 for sale shortly. 

Just need to buy a battery now.........
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on March 17, 2013, 07:01:01 pm
Bought, no.  Hired - yes.   I've been shooting with a D800 all weekend. 

My Mac is currently groaning under the strain of hundreds of 36MP, 14 bit RAW files at 4912×7360 resolution and about 40Mb each  :D
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on March 17, 2013, 08:16:33 pm
Shiny Toy! :thumbsup:

Wanna see pix! :D
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on March 19, 2013, 09:30:30 pm
I now own an Olympus OM-2SP, a Vivitar 70-210 lens, an Olympus T32 flash, a Zuiko 35-70 lens and an Olympus T18 flash, but the last two have not yet arrived.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on March 19, 2013, 09:54:40 pm
Drool.

Sometimes I wish I'd kept my OM2n, 35-70, 75-150, 50mm and 24mm, oh and T32.

Today is one of those days.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: JohnP on March 19, 2013, 10:02:04 pm
I  could never quite justify an OM2 and had to be satisfied with the OM-1 with 50 and 75-150 plus winder2 that is sitting on a shelf just above my printer.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on March 19, 2013, 10:17:05 pm
I used to have an OM-1, but I got the OM-2SP body and the 35-70 for less than the OM-1 and 50/1.8 in 1989 (second hand). :thumbsup:  OM-2N is a very nice camera too, though.

Next thing I want is some close up gear (probably go for extension tubes and a suitable lens).
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on March 19, 2013, 10:24:11 pm
I couldn't justify an OM2, but I had an OM1, OM10 and various third party lenses. The whole lot was stolen from my flat and my Insurance company tried to claim that All-Risks in Europe didn't over my flat.

The Ombudsman hit them over the head with a shuvel and I bought an OM2 and stuff with the payout.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: andyoxon on March 19, 2013, 11:00:40 pm
Yes.  A battery.  Well, two, but one is a spare I am unlikely to need for a while.

I was given a Minolta SRT-303b 35mm SLR by Our Kid a year or so back.  It's not taken a single exposure during its residence here.  See, it's as heavy as a brick... Well, actually, that's only part of the reason.  In fact, I didn't have a decent usable lightmeter at the time, and the camera needed an old mercury battery.  Game over. :(

Ah, not so!  Renewed searching recently uncovered a place where one can get, for an only slightly uncomfortable pile of cash, a suitable replacement.  The two tiny batteries winged their way across the Atlantic, and I was lucky enough not to be hit with an absurd amount of duty this time.

Duly fitted, and the matchneedle swings across beautifully.  I need to stick a film in and give it a whirl.

:)

Clarion, locally - this does the trick for the Minolta SRT-303b AFAIA... 

V625 Alkaline (PX625 Mercury Equivalent)
http://www.maplin.co.uk/v625-alkaline-px625-mercury-equivalent-31478

Ok V perhaps not constant...
http://www.smallbattery.company.org.uk/sbc_px625.htm
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Afasoas on March 21, 2013, 02:23:37 pm
I've not bought any photography gear in quite some time. I've just spoiled myself by purchasing On-Ones Perfect Photo Suite Lightroom edition.

It firstly solves the problem of those times when I wish for a few more megapixels. It contains "Perfect Resizer" (previously known as "Genuine Fractals") which is the canines danglies for upsampling images for poster prints etc. Thom Hogan compared a photo taken with a D3 and upsampled to a photo taken with a D3x and the results are startlingly similar.

It also contains something called Perfect Effects which is a bit like Instagram on Steroids. It feels like cheating a bit as oppose to using Photoshop: https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=58889.300

Only downside is that the software is not quick with my current PC setup.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Zipperhead on March 21, 2013, 03:11:13 pm
This morning I went into Fixation to get a sensor cleaned (a dust spot wouldn't blow off and I don't want to risk buggering up something that fundamental) they did it while I waited.

Waited? It was like a smackhead being left alone in the local heroin factory.

I looked at all the second hand gear. My, aren't those enormous f2.8 telephotos expensive even when they are seriously secondhand? Bloody hell aren't those Canon 600mm f4's enormous. You could use the lens caps to make pancakes in.

Oooh, look at all these tripods. Let's play with some. Hmm, picking up that carbon fibre tripod was a serious mistake, and it's on sale. Fuck me, how much? Even on sale? I wonder how much that 12ft tall carbon fibre tripod is?

Let's have a look at all these nice bags. What an enormous selection. Nearly a whole wall full.

What to play with now? I know they were taking pre-orders for D7100's, hope the cops don't come in now because my hands are shaking and the sweat is running down my face. What's that? You've finished it?

Pay the bill and get outside and gulp in that cold, refreshing, air grateful that I don't need to join NA.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Salvatore on March 21, 2013, 03:56:51 pm
I had the very same emotions when I went there c 2008 to have about 20 bits of the Sahara removed from my sensor. Huge 2nd hand lenses with huge 4-figure pricetags, the tripods, the bags. Yep, exactly the same.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Flynn on March 21, 2013, 04:57:57 pm
Two step up-rings, an ND4 and an ND10.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on March 21, 2013, 05:04:04 pm
ND10?  That's about the same opacity as the average brick... ;D
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Flynn on March 21, 2013, 05:16:26 pm
ND10?  That's about the same opacity as the average brick... ;D

I want to photograph a deserted High Street at midday. The only way to lose the people is a very long exposure.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on March 21, 2013, 05:27:33 pm
ND10 is an ND4 that's been in a smoking household. ;D
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: perpetual dan on March 21, 2013, 07:42:57 pm
I ordered some more paper for the printer.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Tewdric on March 21, 2013, 08:52:01 pm
Shiny Toy! :thumbsup:

Wanna see pix! :D


(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7195/6945076368_1236c7fddd_z.jpg)

  :D
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on March 21, 2013, 08:53:56 pm
Crikey Charlotte - you've had some late nights recently.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on March 21, 2013, 11:03:01 pm
Git...
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on March 23, 2013, 07:35:08 pm
I now own an Olympus OM-2SP, a Vivitar 70-210 lens, an Olympus T32 flash, a Zuiko 35-70 lens and an Olympus T18 flash, but the last two have not yet arrived.

Well, the 35-70 zoom arrived today.  I just wish I could go out with my camera tomorrow to play instead of having to go to work :(
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on March 27, 2013, 06:25:16 pm
Something else Zuiko-y arrived today:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMAG0067_zps6095f5a9.jpg)

Can you guess what it is yet?

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMAG0061_zpsd8ac2bf0.jpg)

Olympus 35SP rangefinder! :thumbsup:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMAG0062_zps0336c7d3.jpg)

Yup.  42mm f1.7  Fast glass.  And a gert big bright viewfinder, too!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMAG0065_zps96ce127c.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMAG0066_zpsc7a5beb2.jpg)

Ain't it a looker? :-*

Yes, I know about the dust on the filter.  I was just a bit keen to get it photographed. :-[
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on March 27, 2013, 07:20:58 pm
Size comparison of my Yashica Electro 35GSN, Canon G11 digital, and Olympus 35SP.  Sorry about the photo - it's from my mobile.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/a4674458-4395-4213-9490-369e9b12d9dd_zps11ce872a.jpg)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on March 28, 2013, 09:21:08 am
I bought one of these as a general purpose snapper

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canon-powershot-sx150-is (http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canon-powershot-sx150-is)

(http://3.static.img-dpreview.com/reviews/canon-powershot-sx150-is/images/intro-001.jpg?v=2048)

I've only had it a day and i'm slightly dumbstruck at the feature set.

14Mp
28-336 zoom
Image Stabilised
720p stabilised video
Aperture Priority
Shutter Priority
Manual
..and tons of other filters, face-recognition...etc

It feels very solid with a bit of weight to it so it's just a bit big for a cycle jersey pocket.

Cost?

For a Canon like that?

£69 from Argos.  OK, it's not going to end up in a Pro's camera bag but it is a serious amount of "holiday camera" for <£70
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on March 28, 2013, 09:27:52 am


Ha! I've been shooting with my 35SP this morning:

I've only had it a day and i'm slightly dumbstruck at the feature set.

OodlesMp
no zoom
Image Stabilised (when I stand still enough)
no video
EV Priority
Programme
Manual
..and a UV filter, face-recognition (dependent on my eyes)...etc

It feels very solid with a bit of weight to it so it's just a bit big for a cycle jersey pocket.


;D

But I have to admit that is a lot of camera for the money.  I was reading about the next generation of digi compacts coming up soon, and they have amazing features.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on March 28, 2013, 09:39:25 am
I was on the very verge of buying a G15 (currently £389 from a "decent" UK store) but I think that class of camera is in a state of transition and I wanted something with at least 720p HD capability for hols.

The market doesn't know where it's going with high quality non-DSLR cameras right now.
You can see that with the Canon G15 and G1X being released at the same time in the same price bracket. 
It's my perfect camera split over 2 cameras but I expect them to converge in the next year or two.

Of course the clever marketing people at Canon know that a perfect Canon "G2X" with a 28-140mm zoom, F1.8-F2.8 lens, articulating screen and a large sensor may seriously damage their entry-level DSLR market (and all those future sales of lenses and better DSLRs).

I'm fairly sure that's why they continually refrain from producing it.

I don't mind paying £500 for that camera but, for now, £69 gets me about 60% of what I want from my perfect camera for 13% of the price.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on March 28, 2013, 09:46:54 am
I think you're absolutely right about that.  I'm happy with what I suppose is a 'high-end' compact, and don't want a DSLR.  The marketing guys want me to go for a CSC, and, sure, I'd love a Fuji X-Pro 1, but it ain't gonna happen, any more than I'm going to buy the 'affordable' Leica M-E. ;D

I've always been in awkward niches.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Flynn on March 28, 2013, 09:51:53 am
Something else Zuiko-y arrived today:



Can you guess what it is yet?

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMAG0061_zpsd8ac2bf0.jpg)

Olympus 35SP rangefinder! :thumbsup:


Ain't it a looker? :-*

Yes, I know about the dust on the filter.  I was just a bit keen to get it photographed. :-[


I have the QL17 GIII. Haven't used it in years, might have to dig it out, maybe stick it on Ebay.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on April 02, 2013, 05:15:21 pm
Yesterday, I got a battery converter for my Yashica.  To be honest, the adaptation I'd done with a jack plug spring worked well, but I think the Yashicaguy's conversion will be more secure (and probably make it more saleable).
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Mrs Pingu on April 04, 2013, 12:44:30 pm
My shiny new 650d has just arrived :D
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on April 04, 2013, 12:50:01 pm
Ooh - shiny toy! :D

*waits for pix*
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Mrs Pingu on April 04, 2013, 07:00:11 pm
*waits for battery to nom electrons*
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Ham on April 15, 2013, 09:28:31 am
I got myself a Nikon, fuck yeah.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/350759789533?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

Small, light, AAs, jersey pocketable and at £40 I won't worry too much about it. Having said that, I'm quite pleased that the Chain Reaction phone cover (given away a while back with a mag, doesn't fit any phone) fits it perfectly. Early appearances suggest that it is well up to the job.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on April 15, 2013, 09:51:34 am
I bought a decent microphone for doing video stuff. A Beyer dynamic MCE 86 S. Seems to work fine, albeit a bit quiet but the signal/noise is good. And an ART USB dual preamp that does phantom power, so I can now record two channels, ambient and directional. My sound recorder is a bit pants though and I'm not convinced that the preamp is putiing out line level output (either that or the rather budget digital recorder isn't handling it well.)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on April 15, 2013, 10:24:58 am
A Westcott Apollo Orb (http://fjwestcott.com/product/apollo-and-halo/43-octagonal-apollo-orb) umbrella softbox.

Picked it up last week - it's a monstrously large modifier and almost too big for speedlights, but it makes such gorgeously beautiful light that I'm prepared to futz about stuffing multiple strobes into it and balancing lighting ratios for the stupendously flattering look that it offers.  I took it on a shoot yesterday and it was astounding and frustrating in equal measure.

It's only a matter of time before I end up with something like a Ranger Quadra anyway.  Then I can use this sort of kit outside - which will be awesome.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jacomus on April 15, 2013, 11:09:15 am
A Westcott Apollo Orb (http://fjwestcott.com/product/apollo-and-halo/43-octagonal-apollo-orb) umbrella softbox.

Picked it up last week - it's a monstrously large modifier and almost too big for speedlights, but it makes such gorgeously beautiful light that I'm prepared to futz about stuffing multiple strobes into it and balancing lighting ratios for the stupendously flattering look that it offers.  I took it on a shoot yesterday and it was astounding and frustrating in equal measure.

It's only a matter of time before I end up with something like a Ranger Quadra anyway.  Then I can use this sort of kit outside - which will be awesome.

Does this mean you will need even moar cool kit bags?

I was impressed with the glimpse of the one you brought to the bout. Mmm... purposeful storage...
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on April 15, 2013, 11:23:51 am
Does this mean you will need even moar cool kit bags?

I was impressed with the glimpse of the one you brought to the bout. Mmm... purposeful storage...

Mmmm - I know.  Tactical...

The kit bag I was using was a Think Tank Airport (http://www.thinktankphoto.com/products/airport-accelerator.aspx) pack - and dead useful it is too.  If I'm going on a shoot where I have to bring lights, I use a Kata Palms-1 (http://www.kata-bags.com/palms-1-for-medium-lighting-kit) rolling case.  If I need to pack gear down into everything-proof boxes, I have a Peli case for the bodies and glassware and couple of Explorer cases for the lighting kit...
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on May 22, 2013, 01:03:23 am
I got a Braun Super Paxette (sadly not an interchangeable lens model) on the big bad bay for bobbins.  Bit of a punt, but it checks out fine, shutter speeds seem fine, action's good, rf works, even the self-timer.

And it is teh cutest camera evah!

I'll post a pic.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Afasoas on May 22, 2013, 01:16:06 am
finally a big (ish) monitor that is pre-calibrated etc.
Looking forward to my next batch of edits now.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on May 24, 2013, 09:52:47 am
Canon Ixus II: £1

OK, so I know APS is a dying medium, but it's a pretty little camera, eh?  Worth a play for a quid.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: geraldc on May 25, 2013, 08:17:54 pm
Went to the free Blumenfeld at Somerset House, really enjoyed it. A chance to see commercial and magazine photos before they were retouched. Also they were digitally restored, so they looked like they were taken yesterday.

http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/visual-arts/blumenfeld-studio
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on May 26, 2013, 06:27:26 pm
I got a Braun Super Paxette (sadly not an interchangeable lens model) on the big bad bay for bobbins.  Bit of a punt, but it checks out fine, shutter speeds seem fine, action's good, rf works, even the self-timer.

And it is teh cutest camera evah!

I'll post a pic.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMAG0131_zps6ecb3c21.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/ado15/media/IMAG0131_zps6ecb3c21.jpg.html)

Ain't that fab? <3

Here's an interesting size comparison:
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v326/ado15/IMAG0132_zpsc92bafdc.jpg) (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/ado15/media/IMAG0132_zpsc92bafdc.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on June 08, 2013, 05:37:50 pm
A sensor clean. Despite being very practical and having good eyes, I thought I'd leave it to the experts.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on June 08, 2013, 05:40:18 pm
Wire brush and bleach 1:1 should be fine, ;)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on June 08, 2013, 06:02:40 pm
You may mock, but I saw someone recently with an EVIL camera, lens off, sticking their fingers in the chamber  :o :o
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on June 08, 2013, 06:05:54 pm
:o :o :o
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: sojournermike on June 08, 2013, 06:46:51 pm
You may mock, but I saw someone recently with an EVIL camera, lens off, sticking their fingers in the chamber  :o :o

I suppose the sensor glass is actually pretty tough, but it would make me nervous. Not as nervous as someone sticking their fingers into the chamber of my rangefinders though... the shutter is pretty vulnerable in comparison
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on June 08, 2013, 09:36:18 pm
Sensor protection glass is pretty tough and scratch resistant.

Today I received a Gorillapod magnetic for Rachel to use on her Mongolia expedition. It is the business.

Yesterday I received a Gorillapod knockoff from an eBay seller. Several of the joints cracked on first use. Returning as not as described (not a Gorillapod, but a cheap knockoff, and it was described as a Gorillapod) and as not fit for use.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: PH on June 23, 2013, 12:28:54 am
Lexar USB 3 Dual Slot Reader
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lexar-Professional-500MB-Dual-Reader/dp/B004P8J1DU

I thought all card readers were the same, I was wrong.  Importing into Lightroom with this was loads faster than with my previous reader.  It also has a nice feel, quite hefty so sits well on the table, springs open and clicks shut so the slots are covered when not in use and the card goes in firmly.  I like it.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: geraldc on June 29, 2013, 10:43:52 am
Other half came back with this the other day

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3793/9159762158_10f1fe99cd.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/77272293@N00/9159762158/)

So not mine, but I can play with it at least  ;D
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on June 29, 2013, 10:48:29 am
Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on June 29, 2013, 11:57:18 am
Bought a second hand copy of 'Understanding Exposure'

Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on July 01, 2013, 01:06:19 pm
Other half came back with this the other day...

Now that is a jolly spendy bit of camera Pr0n  :o

Plz to post some photos!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on July 19, 2013, 05:07:14 pm
Had a birthday present arrive - a 5 in one reflector. Have to use that to good effect soon.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: geraldc on July 23, 2013, 10:33:49 am
Just ordered a gloriously named Dicapac S10. Should enable me to take my DSLR into/under water.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on July 25, 2013, 10:40:35 am
Quadras  :D
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: mike on July 25, 2013, 10:57:10 am
Quadras  :D

ooh!
 
v jealous!  trying to figure out a lighting option at the moment, got a couple of winter weddings coming up this year in old, dark halls and will need more power than a flashgun..
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on July 25, 2013, 11:05:17 am
Very flashy!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on July 25, 2013, 11:39:17 am
got a couple of winter weddings coming up this year in old, dark halls and will need more power than a flashgun..

TBH, if you're somewhere dark, I'd have thought that a couple of flashguns and some careful ISO juggling would do you nicely.  It's when you're shooting outdoors in the sun that a bit more firepower comes in handy for that white dress / blue sky thing.

I picked them up for LEL - mainly for shooting huuuuge finishers portraits onna big grey vinyl 3x6m background.   They're jack of all trades lights which apparently work fairly well plugged in as well as on battery power.  I'll also be hiring some more C stands, a silly big Octabank and some other kit but I figured that a pair of lightly used Quadras were going to be worth buying outright.   I'm also going to take 'em out in the sunshine with just reflectors on Sunday and see how they perform on the road, blinding unwary randonneurs...
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: mike on July 25, 2013, 12:36:30 pm
...I'm also going to take 'em out in the sunshine with just reflectors on Sunday and see how they perform on the road, blinding unwary randonneurs...


how far north were you thinking?  Anywhere near us? (we've moved, nearest place on the route is puckeridge-ish).  I might join you for a bit...
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on July 25, 2013, 02:05:48 pm
YHeM!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Afasoas on July 25, 2013, 09:20:26 pm
got a couple of winter weddings coming up this year in old, dark halls and will need more power than a flashgun..

TBH, if you're somewhere dark, I'd have thought that a couple of flashguns and some careful ISO juggling would do you nicely.  It's when you're shooting outdoors in the sun that a bit more firepower comes in handy for that white dress / blue sky thing.

I picked them up for LEL - mainly for shooting huuuuge finishers portraits onna big grey vinyl 3x6m background.   They're jack of all trades lights which apparently work fairly well plugged in as well as on battery power.  I'll also be hiring some more C stands, a silly big Octabank and some other kit but I figured that a pair of lightly used Quadras were going to be worth buying outright.   I'm also going to take 'em out in the sunshine with just reflectors on Sunday and see how they perform on the road, blinding unwary randonneurs...

Must admit, I've a touch of envy.
Many times I've thought a quadra/octabank combo would have served very nicely - this was captured with a mini-softbox on a speedlight - larger lightsource gives nicer quality fill and saves time airbrushing.

(http://www.andrewwoodphotography.co.uk/HeadshotExample.jpg)

Re-touched a leetle more than I would like, but that's what I was asked for.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Exit Stage Left on July 25, 2013, 11:37:17 pm
A right-angled 3.5mm jack plug from Maplins, which I've soldered onto a 1960s Beyer microphone which belonged to my grandfather, the sort of thing that radio reporters would have used.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Maverick on July 26, 2013, 12:18:48 pm
Birthday present from my other half -  Epson R3000 Photo Printer - very impressive quality after using cheap printers for years.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Afasoas on July 26, 2013, 10:19:10 pm
Very nice printer indeed.
Our faithful r2880 is still going strong - I'm mightily impressed with what it produces - especially the monochrome

There's a real noticable difference as we (I find) in using matched inks and media.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: drossall on July 27, 2013, 10:30:09 pm
Just ordered a gloriously named Dicapac S10. Should enable me to take my DSLR into/under water.
I took my K30 underwater last Tuesday whilst on a hike; it rained rather hard and I didn't cover it up :-[

The screen misted up with internal condensation. Happily, I was able to cook the camera in the sun that followed for the next couple of days, and it seems fine :thumbsup:

Maybe I should buy one of those cases...
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Maverick on July 28, 2013, 12:12:13 pm
Very nice printer indeed.
Our faithful r2880 is still going strong - I'm mightily impressed with what it produces - especially the monochrome

There's a real noticable difference as we (I find) in using matched inks and media.

Do you have any recommendations for media - general colour prints, high quality colour and high quality B&W?
I bought a pack of Epson premium glossy and a sample art print pack to try it out.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: cycleman on August 03, 2013, 09:21:30 pm
yes i have ordered a canon powershot  sx240 hs digital camera .i hope i can learn to improve my photography .i see such fine pictures on this forum and i hope this camera will have the features to help me  :)   
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on August 03, 2013, 10:08:52 pm
The most important things in improving photography are an eye for a picture (any camera will do for that) and an idea of what you want to achieve with the picture. After that everything else is just technology to help you get there.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: cycleman on August 04, 2013, 05:45:02 pm
the to current cameras i own are
1. old and narrow lensed
2.wide angle but slow and prone to camera shake . i am hoping that this new one will give me wide angle and anti shake that works as i do not very steady hands . :)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Andrij on August 06, 2013, 02:55:19 pm
A Nikon D80 and assorted bits (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=74408.msg1531418#msg1531418).    :)

Now I just need to learn how to use the thing (beyond 'point & shoot').
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on August 06, 2013, 03:24:40 pm
It's like a camera.  Only fatter ;)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Andrij on August 06, 2013, 03:34:24 pm
And longer. ;)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on August 06, 2013, 03:42:46 pm
I has one of those - it does the job quite nicely but is getting a bit long in the tooth now.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Andrij on August 06, 2013, 03:52:01 pm
I've owned a few pocket digital camera (presently using a Lumix), but this is my first DSLR.  Last time I have a 'proper' camera was over 10 years ago, and that got nicked after a few years.  I'm not fussed about being so far from the leading edge - it was a good camera in its day and will do what I need to do, and more.  If I get along well with it I might consider something a bit newer.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on August 06, 2013, 09:41:32 pm
Unless you really, really have to go faster,  keep it below ISO 400. Bit sluggish compared to modern dSLR on autofocus but a solid workhorse.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: PaulR on August 08, 2013, 02:18:25 pm
Slightly on impulse, an old Mk1 "BenBo" tripod, old enough to be marked "Kennett Engineering", to replace the borrowed and relatively unstable Manfrotto 055B that I've been using.  Complete with a really solid ball head.  Should be just the ticket for holding my 11x80 binos for sweeping the Milky Way.  Might even put a camera on it.

Here it is: (http://static.lfgss.com/attachments/71517d1375709090-gu1a1043.jpg)

Does anyone know a place that sells double-ended male 1/4" bolts (with a nice wide wheel) as the ball head has a female thread rather than the more usual male?
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on August 08, 2013, 04:11:06 pm
I've got one of those (albeit a later one).  Heavy, but solid beasts  :)

1/4" threads (a la tripod heads) are standard stuff for lighting rigs and I usually pick that sort of thing up at Calumet.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: PaulR on August 08, 2013, 04:21:01 pm
Aha, thanks - I'll try Calumet. 
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on August 12, 2013, 12:05:02 pm
I have purchased a waterproof case for my sacrificial digital compact (S460). It will be tested on field trips this autumn (if I can get to go on them due to timetabling.)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Maverick on August 15, 2013, 03:20:39 pm
Nikon Speedlight 700 to complete my Nikon kit. Looks like things have moved on a bit since I bought my last flashgun in the late 80's - more learning to be done.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on August 16, 2013, 09:12:43 am
Some extension rings with the right gubbins to AF on my D80.  Apparently they have been delivered but haven't made it to my office yet.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: otherdave on August 17, 2013, 06:32:40 pm
Some extension rings with the right gubbins to AF on my D80.  Apparently they have been delivered but haven't made it to my office yet.

Nikon ?
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on August 17, 2013, 11:02:25 pm
No, bought them all.. (kaboom, tish).

Yes. They work. Interesting using them with the 80-200, zoom for crude focus, camera for fine. Not quite as sharp as I'd like but not bad with the full set of rings.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on September 11, 2013, 10:24:31 am
Bad News: My trusty Canon G11 dropped its flash function entirely.  Refuses to acknowledge its existence, even.  Not good when you're an adoring dad taking lots of interior photos of wee bairn.

Good News: N+1 opportunity.  I'd been eyeing Butterfly's Fuji X10, and envying the quality and usability.

Bad news: I'd bought that on a bit of a bounce as the X20 came out, and the Fanbois dumped their X10s at bargain basement prices to get Teh New Shineh!  Prices (already a little over the top end of what I'd want to pay, but I'd stretch to for the quality) have bumped back up to almost twice what they were back then. :'(

Good news: Olympus (my fave brand) have come out with a funky new Micro four thirds camera, the EP-5, which will do everything I need and looks great too!

Bad news: It costs about a grand. :(

Good news: They also made the EPL1 about two to three years ago, which, while a bit more 'compact-y' in style, still has a lot of useful functions, and can be had with kit lens for less than half the price of an X10.

Bad news: There are a lot of lovely accessories available, and yesterday, as I was trying to take photos of a distant classic aeroplane, I was thinking of the very compact 40-150mm (80-300mm equiv) zoom.  This is something I need to be careful of! :o

Good news: The EPL1 is sitting on my desk.  Half an hour on the train was enough time, even with a dodgy arm, to get a few settings sorted out (including reprogramming the elephant trap (or single touch video record button, as it is known, placed directly under the thumb) to something less likely to have me swearing and throwing the camera across the street. 

It's a lovely little camera, rather less toy-like than I'd feared for a lower range camera without control dials.  It has a range of features suited to beginners, learners, and (as I flatter myself I am) the more advanced.  I've shot with the silly 'art filters' this morning, set to mono, back to colour, close up (well, not very), done some street photography using the face detect, architecture using manual focus, and basically made sure all the functions I use regularly (and not so regularly) are easy to access in the maze of menus (including the flash).  Actually, despite the menu complexity, which, alongside slow focus, was the key moan about the early Pens, the functions I need are a button push away (well, they are now I've reprogrammed the buttons).  Only one I might need better access to is the ISO setting, but that's a quibble, as I tend to leave that on auto anyway for most purposes.  I hope it's as good at choosing the ISO as the Canon was, which had an easy to use collar that rarely got touched.

I've noticed two things already:  Firstly, someone ducked to get out of the way (they weren't in shot anyway).  This doesn't happen when I'm using my rangefinders or the Canon, and I can't really recall it happening since I used to use SLRs.  Perhaps having a lens sticking out the front of a camera makes it look more 'serious'.   Secondly, it makes a noise.  Almost all my cameras have a leaf shutter, which is, of course, whisper quiet, and great for street shooting (hipster that I am! ::-) ).  But this, like my SLR, has a focal plane shutter.  One of the first things I do with any camera or phone is to switch off any noises, bleeps, artificial clacks or whatever is supposed to enhance the photographic 'experience'.  But the shutter sound remains.  Sure, it ain't as loud as my old Bronica ETRS, with a mirror the size of a barn door that sounded like someone slamming a cell shut, or even the OM40 with a noise that made me blush when I shot.  Not even as loud as my heavily damped OM2SP, but, of course, the Pen doesn't have a mirror to get out of the way.  Still there, though, and I'll need to get used to it.

Let's see how it goes.  For now, I'm pleasantly surprised.  The stuff I'm not bothered about is a bit meh, but might suit others, but the stuff I use seems to be well thought out.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on September 11, 2013, 12:02:30 pm
tl;dr It's quite a nice camera. ;D
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: simonp on September 11, 2013, 12:33:33 pm
Not today, but last week: a polarising filter for my Canon 400D for pictures of fish, and things.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Wombat on September 11, 2013, 01:43:33 pm
Ever fired a Pentax 6x7, Clarion?  I tried one once, and leapt about a foot in the air in shock at the sharp "clop crack clop" it made as the mirror went up, the massive focal plane shutter went, and the mirror flopped back.  No stealth photography with one of those, but its big enough to blot out the light from the sun, anyway.  I'm can't recall who it was here, maybe you, who nearly got me buying esoteric 6x7 things... 

I had an OM40, yes, it did make quite a sharp noise, didn't it?  I later had a cheapie OM10 (divorce led to selling the OM40 and the Mamiya TLRs) which brought on the hunger, so I bought a S/H OM4... still miss it, after I sold it due to another financially tricky patch.

Getting wistful about 5x4 field cameras again...
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on September 11, 2013, 02:20:55 pm
Those tricky patches do cause problems, do they not? *sigh*

I've never handled a Pentax 67 that I remember, but I have fired a Pentacon Six (or was it a Kiev 60?  One of those, anyway).  I wasn't sure whether to dive for cover from the falling bombs, or just grip tighter onto this beast trying to jump out of my hands. ;D

I like the look of medium format, but I like ickle things, so I'm much more inclined to a 645 rangefinder than a 6x7 SLR.  My current MF is a Zeiss Nettar square format folder, which is a decent comnpromise (even if I'm rubbish at composing squares :-[ ).  I don't think I'd be leading folk astray to big negs.

Having said that, there are some nice wooden pinhole 5x4s in Silverprint round the corner... ;)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on September 11, 2013, 03:34:27 pm
One further comment to add to my self-indulgent post that nobody willl have read: LCD.

I have, as most of you will know, limited arm movement at the moment, and have been a bit grumpy that I can't use my rangefinders atm.  I've had to pick out which of my cameras I can use best one handed.  That's been (in order) Olympus Mju i, Canon Ixus ii, and Canon G11, and that only because it has a zoom driven by a crappy toggle switch at the base of the shutter button.

Without going for a prime, the EPL1 needs two hands or an awful lot of faff, even though most buttons are in easy reach of the right thumb.  So my arm's hurting from taking the camera out before work and at lunchtime.

With no vf, the screen becomes vital.  And I missed the flip screen of the Canon on the first shot I took this afternoon.  Fortunately, the screen is easy to see from a variety of angles, though I'm not sure how that holds up in sunlight, as, er, there isn't much today.  Colours on the screen look a bit dull, and I hope this doesn't reflect how the final images will turn out. :-\
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: PaulR on September 14, 2013, 10:55:08 am
Splashed out £15 on a manfrotto 115 tripod head - it gets all the difficult angles with consummate ease, and with no scary quick release mechanism involved it will hold my little 70mm scope securely as I scan the heavens.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: nicknack on September 14, 2013, 11:04:04 am
Not strictly photographic but pictures will be taken with the aid of them.

I've been spending my inheritance.

I now own a Celestron Regal 65F-ED spotting scope and a Celestron NexStar 5SE astro telescope.

It's what happens when you move to a house with a view and plenty of sky.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: PaulR on September 15, 2013, 10:27:47 am
Very nice - that 5SE will give you superb views of the planets and moon in particular.  I wish I lived somewhere with dark enough skies to make it worth lugging the scope out into the garden more often.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: nicknack on September 15, 2013, 10:31:59 am
The skies aren't terrifically dark round here either but it's rather better than the middle of town we've just moved from.

Have you got any recommendations for a decent tripod for the scope? Say, less than £100 - the spending's getting a bit silly. The old Velbon I'm using is a bit wobbly.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Tewdric on September 15, 2013, 01:26:11 pm
Manfrotto 055 at that price range.  They come up one bay quite regularly.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: PaulR on September 16, 2013, 10:39:25 am
or a Vixen porta mount

My bro in law has an old manfrotto 055 that he no longer uses; would you like me to find out what he might want for it?

Or a computerised jobbie: http://www.astrobuysell.com/uk/propview.php?view=73391 (http://www.astrobuysell.com/uk/propview.php?view=73391)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: nicknack on September 16, 2013, 03:51:36 pm
My bro in law has an old manfrotto 055 that he no longer uses; would you like me to find out what he might want for it?

Yes, that would be very kind. Thank you.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on September 17, 2013, 10:18:41 pm
I bought a body cap lens for my Pen.  It's 15mm f8 (fixed aperture).  And not renowned for its high quality.  But it's remarkably compact, makes the camera pocketable, and is right fun to use.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on September 17, 2013, 11:04:11 pm
I bought a body cap for my Pen.  It's 15mm f8 (fixed aperture).

Free expression of photography. Uncategorisable. Is that a word? It is now! You know? Far cry from small lads in the darkroom, f-stops for body caps. Rush developing. Two seconds at the back, three in the middle, four up front, one's gone home for his tea. Beans on toast? Possibly, don't quote me on that. Marvellous.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on September 17, 2013, 11:22:23 pm
Isn't it?  Hmm?
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on September 18, 2013, 05:34:11 pm
Not bought but borrowed. Looking for a copy stand (we don't have one but do have some tripods) in the technicians store I came across an F3 with DW3 waist level finder and a Micro Nikkor 55mm lens.
(http://scontent-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/1235235_10151955366350039_620324938_n.jpg)
 New batteries and a peruse of the manual. It makes a reassuringly positive mechanical noise.
Now sat on my desk waiting Friday when I will be photographing the contents of tubes like this

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7284/9800973205_0e2b90b861_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidmam/9800973205/)
Untitled (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidmam/9800973205/) by davidmamartin (http://www.flickr.com/people/davidmam/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: menthel on September 24, 2013, 06:34:49 pm
5DIII arrived. Hnng. Its very good.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3686/9919324966_7c9791fe76_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/menthel/9919324966/)
5DIII first fiddle-5 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/menthel/9919324966/) by menthel (http://www.flickr.com/people/menthel/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on October 13, 2013, 10:42:32 am
Waist level finders, is it?  I have one in this trio:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7385/10196888996_0dc2957a21.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/93751227@N04/10196888996/)
P9240620 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/93751227@N04/10196888996/) by TJ Clarion (http://www.flickr.com/people/93751227@N04/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: geoff on October 13, 2013, 12:32:43 pm
Fuji QuickSnap disposable. For kids' use...now in used condition...err anyone recommend a mail-order or high street fillum processing outfit? 
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: fuaran on October 15, 2013, 01:14:06 pm
An Ikea Ordning egg timer. To try out a panning timelapse with my GoPro.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: T42 on October 15, 2013, 02:44:41 pm
Awaiting a Nikkor 18-35 mm f/3.5-4.5 D ED-IF AF ordered last Saturday.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Salvatore on October 19, 2013, 10:59:15 am
Following comments from Biggsy and Wombat (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=74020.msg1524706#msg1524706), I got myself a hotshoe-mounted spirit-level.

(http://www.speedgraphic.co.uk/Portals/1/product/images/prd%7B9729885F-E830-4264-B6DB-F800160445AC%7D.jpg)

I blame my varifocals.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on October 19, 2013, 12:28:44 pm
Good investment.  I keep one on my SLR (I very rarely use flash with it).
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: T42 on October 19, 2013, 01:02:35 pm
Haven't bought anything for a whole week, but I did put my detested Olympus Pen E-P3 on sale. Going to ditto my Canon G-12, which is a very nice street camera but I never use it. Any loot I accrue from those two will either go into FX lens(es) or a Fujifilm X100. Fuji have just issued a very surprising firmware update (http://www.dpreview.com/news/2013/10/18/back-from-the-dead-fujifilm-boosts-x100-with-major-firmware-upgrade?utm_campaign=internal-link&utm_source=news-list&utm_medium=text&ref=title_0_2) that has made the X100 very interesting indeed.

Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: drossall on October 19, 2013, 02:10:56 pm
Following comments from Biggsy and Wombat (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=74020.msg1524706#msg1524706), I got myself a hotshoe-mounted spirit-level.
I've often thought about one of those, because I have the same problem. However, my K30 has one built in. Is there a benefit in a separate one, apart from the obvious that you have to look at the viewfinder for mine?
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: sojournermike on October 22, 2013, 12:23:44 am
Second hand Monochrom, sort of by accident/on purpose...

Now need to decide if the 35mm stuff and Mamiya 7ii should really go, leaving only big film.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on October 24, 2013, 10:29:37 am
Got a viewfinder (EVF) for my m43 Olympus.  Not the rather fab VF4 I wanted, but the VF2, which has the virtue of being cheaper.

Ugly to look at, breaking up the smooth lines of my camera, and making it knobbly.  But it's actually quite good in use, and I've used it as a straight viewfinder, at 45 and 90 degrees.  It isn't a WLF, by any means, but there's something about looking down to compose.  I did try changing settings while looking in the VF.  felt a bit odd at first, as I was pressing the wrong buttons, but I should get used to it.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on November 30, 2013, 10:47:09 pm
Today I bought a book. I was idly browsing round a local store  looking for things and I came across a book by David M Wilson, the great nephew of Edward Wilson. Who was he? He was the chief scientist in Scott's antarctic expeditions.

The book is a collection of the lost photos that Scott took during the Terra Nova expedition along with a commentary. It is well worth reading as it really brings to light many of the facts and dispels many myths about that expedition.  Reading the book and looking at the pictures was very moving. 100 years ago and the images are timeless.

One hitherto unknown fact  was that at the time of their death they were still hauling the scientific samples they had collected on the expedition. Had they purely set out to reach the pole they would have been back at base by the date on which they died, but the scientific observations and samples helped lay the groundwork for modern understanding of plate tectonics.

I bought the book for the work Yankee Swap (I'd managed to persuade them that this was far better than a Secret Santa) and it is something I'd quite happily bring home.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: T42 on December 01, 2013, 10:54:03 am
Just ordered a Tamron 28-300 VC as general walkabout/sports lens.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on December 01, 2013, 04:11:49 pm
Hopefully the D610 arrives tomorrow or Tuesday. I am looking forward to it. I am planning shots for the 12 days of Christmas already.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Wombat on December 01, 2013, 06:40:24 pm
Bought a GoPro Hero3+ silver on thursday, and used it today for the first time, to photograph a dancing event, remotely controlling it from a tablet, whilst also shooting the event with my Sony A55.  I wouldn't want to use it NOT controlled by wifi from the tablet, as altering settings is fiddly and not too intuitive, but remote controlling it was a definite success.  Must buy a bigger battery for it...  I had to leave it unattended for several hours on a gallery above the grand hall of the National Trust property, and eventually the battery crapped out, but at least it had the decency to give me a warning, and then told me when it had given up.  Got some interesting footage to go with the stills, which were all at either ISO 800 or 1600, thanks to the iffy light levels, but at least it was even lighting unlike the last venue I photographed at.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on December 01, 2013, 10:28:09 pm
Olympus Tough TG-630.  Not top of the range, but shock-, water-, and cycling jersey pocket-proof.

Seems like a nifty little performer, and will fit into a pocket for times when I can't take a bigger camera.  It'll also come walkies with me on rainy days.

And, when the bairn gets big enough to take photos, I've got something tough enough to cope with his attentions. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: mike on December 01, 2013, 11:03:16 pm
Found myself outside here today:
(http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a19/mikes99mail/IMG_0672-2_zps5d815496.jpg)

it's perfect dream shop for photo geeks..   I spent nearly an hour playing with stuff but escaped fairly lightly, just some nifty ttl flash triggers.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on December 01, 2013, 11:59:34 pm
I've mail ordered from them, but never been there. Sounds like you got away lightly!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Wombat on December 02, 2013, 08:01:13 am
And handy cycle parking too, so very difficult to resist....
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on December 02, 2013, 04:07:35 pm
It is an impressive setup. You buy stuff at each desk which is then put in a box and whizzed to the checkout via an overhead runway.

And back to details - the D610 arrived today. It will take a while to get used to it but it seems to behave so far.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: T42 on December 03, 2013, 02:23:03 pm
Picked up a Lowepro Mini Trekker AW for 30 euros.  Gotta stop buying stuff or Mrs. T will run out of ideas for Christmas prezzies.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Wombat on December 31, 2013, 06:56:37 pm
Sony A77 body.  oops...  I only went in to get a spare battery for the GoPro!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: andrew_s on February 02, 2014, 09:05:25 am
Traded in the Canon 100-400 zoom for a Fuji X100S plus case.
It was a nice lens, but was failing in the portability stakes. I'll probably get an SX50HS or similar as a more direct replacement at some point.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on February 20, 2014, 07:02:17 am
Oh, I am so excited!  I have just received what I've discovered through a bit of online research to be an Olympus Chrome Six I folding medium format camera.

It's gorgeous.  I've taken some photos of it, and will post later.  Sadly, I won't be able to go a-wandering at lunchtime to take photos, so that's going to have to wait...

*drums fingers impatiently*
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: T42 on February 20, 2014, 07:30:13 am
Congratulations!  Had a look at a Six II on Camerapedia's page (http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Olympus_Chrome_Six), and on their Flickr page, starting here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rebollo_fr/344389108/lightbox/

WRT yrs try, couple of weeks back traded in old organic lens in VF eye for a new plastic one. Old one was mucky & misty - suspect mould between elements. New one is fixed-focus only but fitter explained that in an old model like me you couldn't fit anything else. Should be signing off on repair today. No guarantee, though.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on February 20, 2014, 08:11:29 am
;D  Sometimes worn out old parts need replacing.

I just remembered that I've also ordered off yon 'bay a telescopic walking pole/monopod.  It might be crappy (it was cheap enough to check out the context), but, if I'm taking more shots in low light at TGL's gigs (and I hope to be doing), then it should come in handy.  There's only so much the IS can deal with (although motion blur is more of an issue, given the poor lighting at the college - I should do them some tutorials.  Lighting and live sound mixing.  Oh - and coiling cables (a particular issue of mine >:( )).

And maybe, with both shoulders damaged in rapid succession, it might help with rambling and backpacking too.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on February 20, 2014, 08:19:28 am
Oh, I am so excited!  I have just received what I've discovered through a bit of online research to be an Olympus Chrome Six I folding medium format camera.

Dirty filth  :D
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on February 20, 2014, 08:39:50 am
For those who don't know what sort of pr0n this is, here's a pic from the interwebs:

Chrome Six (http://olypedia.de/static/images/thumb/4/44/Olympus_Wallpaper_chrome_six_I.jpg/600px-Olympus_Wallpaper_chrome_six_I.jpg)

It's not my first foray into folders - I've had an Ikonta in the past, and own a Nettar (which is about half the weight for a very similar machine, though made from cheaper components and materials) - but it's something I've hankered after.  Well, actually, I want a Chrome Six RIIB, but I'll have to be wanting a long time.

Besides, I know of at least one forumite who has dirtier, filthier, folder pr0n than this - a Super Ikonta of some description.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Zipperhead on February 20, 2014, 01:55:03 pm
I think that this year we should definitely have a porn day out. No digital allowed, wrinkly leathery bits preferred.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on February 20, 2014, 02:21:31 pm
You are still talking about photography, aren't you? :o

If so, then I think it's a good idea.  And I have some old cameras I can lend to folk. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on February 20, 2014, 02:28:41 pm
Start a thread and pitch a date, definitely!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on February 20, 2014, 02:39:39 pm
Would there be a minimum age for your leathery old equipment?  Some of my cameras are 70s & 80s.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Zipperhead on February 20, 2014, 03:21:16 pm
70's & 80's is recent to you and I, but to some denizens hereabouts it's positively ancient.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on March 05, 2014, 10:50:07 am
A second hand Think Tank Shape Shifter (http://www.thinktankphoto.com/products/shape-shifter-backpack.aspx) on eBay.  It just arrived in perfect nick and at about a quarter of the new price, I'm well chuffed.

A mate of mine raves about his as it lets you carry a a 15" MacBook and a basic two-body PJ kit closer to your back (and therefore more comfortably) than a standard photo backpack, and without looking nearly as dorky.  The USP is that when you've got your cameras out (and lenses on - I'm learning that there's a reason pros rarely pack their bodies with lenses attached) the bag zips down to about 3" thick and just gets out of the way.

Oh - and after playing with an Orbis that I didn't much like in the studio last month, I've also just ordered a Roundflash (http://roundflash.com/).  Ringlights are way cool, but they're expensive, heavy and a sod to work with.  Certainly the pack-and-head jobby that would fit on my Quadra is right out for the occasional use it would get.  Anyway; I'm hoping that for smaller, more intimate portraits, this might work reasonably well.  David Hobby seemed to like it when it came out, and he described himself as a ring flash slut (http://strobist.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/check-out-roundflash-ring-flash-adapter.html)...

You can tell it's the start of the month, can't you?  :D
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on March 05, 2014, 10:56:27 am
Nice bag.  I much prefer a backpack to an obvious camera bag (though I use my everyday bag with padded bags inside).

And, er, doesn't that Roundflash block your rangefinder windows? ;D
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Wild Rover on March 05, 2014, 07:49:12 pm
Sony NEX 6 with 16-50mm kit lens and additional 55-210mm lens. (See CSC thread).
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: andygates on March 05, 2014, 10:43:49 pm
Mobius Action Camera (from JooVuu) to fly on the drone: £60 HD video, stills and timelapse. 40 grammes, takes a micro-SD card.  It's the size of a matchbox, so it's much like the innards of a cheaper GoPro. 

Optional waterproof case makes it much like a whole GoPro :D
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Wombat on March 06, 2014, 01:38:51 pm
Can't remember how much the Gopro weighs, but it must be a fair bit more than that.  I'm pretty pleased with it, though! so far it has only been used perched onto a bit of a historic building taking video of Regency dancing, and shoved into a loft space on a stick, to save me the effort of going up there.   I will soon buy an R/C rock crawler, which will be used to take the camera a few places where I can't legally access, hopefully without being noticed, or run over by a steam train...
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Lotum on March 19, 2014, 07:03:58 pm
An unused (undrilled) pre-1989 black absolutely like-new Linhof Technika lens board. My very first piece of Linhof gear. My only fear―rather than the (un)availability of sheet film―is that getting together the rest of the parts for a working camera, even on eBay, even in this dark age of digital photography, is going to set me back a sum that could easily buy a rather nice bespoke bicycle.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: IanN on March 19, 2014, 08:56:02 pm
My only fear―rather than the (un)availability of sheet film―is that getting together the rest of the parts for a working camera, even on eBay, even in this dark age of digital photography, is going to set me back a sum that could easily buy a rather nice bespoke bicycle.

Depends...  if you are set on Linhof, a Technikarden S will cost you, but a Technika should be reasonable-ish. Aperture has one. Not sure if that is hideously overpriced.

I bought my first 5x4 - a Shen Hao folding field camera and a schneider 150 for (I think) £450. Takes technika lens boards...
LFphoto forum has good classifieds

I'd forgotten how much i like the Technikarden S. Doh!
If I bankrupt myself it will all be your fault!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on March 19, 2014, 09:55:35 pm
That's pretty cool.

By complete contrast, I've just bought an Olympus 35RD rangefinder.  I've wanted one for a while.  It's a very nice piece of engineering.

The seller also included a spare battery, hotshoe blanking plate, UV filter and lens cap.

I've cleaned it up (didn't need much), and it will be taking photos of Southwark in the morning.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Lotum on March 19, 2014, 10:13:58 pm
I'd forgotten how much i like the Technikarden S. Doh! If I bankrupt myself it will all be your fault!
The Technikardan is a lovely piece of equipment but, IMO, is a camera best suited for use inside the studio only. I would prefer something more appropriate for use out in the field, and am consequently set on a Technika. Also, for cycle trips, (trans)portability is an important consideration. But I would like to get by without a large-format enlarger, at least initially, so I'm looking for a 5x7.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: T42 on March 20, 2014, 11:08:00 am
Thumb-up grip for the missus's X100.  I'm hoping she'll take a photo any day now.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: hazeyblue on March 20, 2014, 03:41:57 pm
I'd forgotten how much i like the Technikarden S. Doh! If I bankrupt myself it will all be your fault!
The Technikardan is a lovely piece of equipment but, IMO, is a camera best suited for use inside the studio only. I would prefer something more appropriate for use out in the field, and am consequently set on a Technika. Also, for cycle trips, (trans)portability is an important consideration. But I would like to get by without a large-format enlarger, at least initially, so I'm looking for a 5x7.
As an architectural photographer, I used the original Technikardan 45 for many years. It has a fantastic range of movements and I found it to be a brilliant camera to use out in the field...
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: paul851 on March 20, 2014, 09:22:16 pm
I was looking on Ebay for a scanner for 35mm and medium format to replace my ancient (in computer terms) Epson 1240 and somehow ended up with a Mamiya M645 1000s with a couple of lenses (55mm and 210mm) a flash and a CDS prism finder  ??? just need to find an 80mm lens and a 150mm f3.5 would be quiet nice  ;D

Paul
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on March 20, 2014, 10:16:04 pm
Happy accident.
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Post by: Lotum on March 21, 2014, 06:45:29 pm
Three Linhof film holders (13 cm x 18 cm).  :D
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: T42 on March 29, 2014, 09:30:39 pm
Bunch of protection foils for LCDs. Been remiss in getting them for the last 4 or 5 cameras.  All LCDs should be Gorilla glass, anyway.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on March 29, 2014, 11:42:28 pm
A few weeks ago I bought a new tripod. Manfrotto 055XPROB or some such. It is quite solid. And quite awesome. And with a horizontal column.

I will get quite fit carrying it around. quite.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: T42 on March 30, 2014, 08:58:02 am
Got one of those. I think. Leaves interesting indentations in the shoulder.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on March 31, 2014, 03:37:50 pm
Sold all my DX kit on eBay last week and just picked up a lightly used Nikon D3s with less than 10k on the clock.

I'd been considering a D800 last year, but having shot with a hired one a few times, I didn't like it a great deal and decided to go for the older tech.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: mike on March 31, 2014, 03:44:54 pm
Sold all my DX kit on eBay last week and just picked up a lightly used Nikon D3s with less than 10k on the clock.


Fantastic.  I really miss the ergonomics of my 1D bodies (fitting a grip to it helps, but it's not quite the same..)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: hazeyblue on March 31, 2014, 04:12:22 pm
Sold all my DX kit on eBay last week and just picked up a lightly used Nikon D3s with less than 10k on the clock.
I'd been considering a D800 last year, but having shot with a hired one a few times, I didn't like it a great deal and decided to go for the older tech.
Nice, yours is not even run in yet :)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on March 31, 2014, 05:07:27 pm
Just asked the techs to order a microscope adapter for the D610. That should be fun.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on March 31, 2014, 05:41:23 pm
Ooooh!  Fun toy!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on March 31, 2014, 10:21:16 pm
We have plans to up-awesome our first year and that will require better documentation of detail of small wriggly and hoppy things. It will also probably involve pissing off some rather eminent experts in their field when we finally get round to sequencing said small hoppy/crawly/swimmy things and demonstrating that what were thought to be distinct features doe to some arcane morphometrics are genetically identical and probably the same species. Or DNA sequence things that have never been described before in such a way. Awesome will become somewhat mundane.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on March 31, 2014, 10:32:17 pm
Fantastic.  I really miss the ergonomics of my 1D bodies (fitting a grip to it helps, but it's not quite the same..)


Hoyuss!

(http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b187/vicechair/_DSC2108_zps875fbb54.jpg)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jakob on April 10, 2014, 10:26:35 pm
My new Olympus E-M10 arrived today, whee!.
Initially thought it had a dodgy LCD screen, until I realized that it was the viewfinder proximity sensor turning it off!.
Pictures will be taken.
(edit: picture of said camera added)
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/t1.0-9/1236196_10203161887665298_7642907897036888976_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on April 11, 2014, 10:33:49 am
*jealous*

I was up in that London the other day, and had a play with some OMDs.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: JohnP on April 29, 2014, 08:59:03 pm
Not sure how it happened but my Chief Financial Officer and SWMBO sanctioned the purchase of a SIGMA 24-70/2.8 and 70-200/2.8 along with a 1.4 convertor.  To show good faith, I agreed to px my elderly D3000 body and five lenses covering from 10mm - 500mm .   Beginning to suffer pain in both thumbs and the 150-500 was getting too heavy - probably why I hadn't used it for quite a while.   Quite looking forward to trying the new lenses over the next weekend when we visit Nieuwpoort in Flanders.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Zipperhead on April 30, 2014, 11:34:30 am
In the past I've always been a little wary of third party lenses, I remember a time when some of the current big players had reputations for producing things that weren't very good.

But, Nikon don't make anything with the attributes that I wanted, so I started looking at other manufacturers offerings and found that Sigma make one. Not only that but in independent tests it comes out ahead of the nearest Nikon offering. Ebay turned up a selection of them, with a variety of prices ("good condition, a mark of the front element but it doesn't affect picture quality" ), a lot of them from Japan & HK. But one of them from a camera shop in this country, ex-demo and only slightly more than than a good s/h example and with a 3 year guarantee from Sigma.

So, this morning the postman delivered a 50-150mm F2.8 APO EX DC OS.

I knew it was going to be a little on the bulky side, it's as big as my Nikon 80-400mm and probably about the same weight.

I've just been out in the garden to try it on the local furry semi-wildlife. Wide open, at the longer end I reckon there's mabe 10mm depth of field, but it's very, very sharp. Not only are the smallest hairs on the cats face sharp but you can see the what look like spots of pollen on them. As far as the mechanism goes, it feels beautifully smooth - better than the 80-400 which was to hand.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on April 30, 2014, 11:56:26 am
So it's basically like a 70-200mm f/2.8 for DX?  Very cool - and *very* useful!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Zipperhead on April 30, 2014, 12:29:45 pm
So it's basically like a 70-200mm f/2.8 for DX?  Very cool - and *very* useful!

Hexactly. It's just what I was looking for. I'm going out in a little while and I'm tempted to take a filter off something else (it's 77mm, so I've got a choice) and take it with me to play a little more.

In fact, as it's a nice day and I'm going by bike, why not.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on April 30, 2014, 01:25:18 pm
...feckless unemployed  :D
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on April 30, 2014, 01:29:37 pm
It's a very nice lens.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Zipperhead on April 30, 2014, 01:55:02 pm
...feckless unemployed  :D

:-) It's payback for all the wet winter cycle commuting
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: PaulR on April 30, 2014, 02:14:50 pm
Further to the smashing time I had with my 1000D and its nice 50mm f1.8 lens earlier this week, I am going to be unemployed in about three hours' time. 

It's not been fun travelling along this road, but at 10.30 this morning I had a job offer that I am going to find very difficult to refuse, particularly as this will leave me with some leeway to use part of my pay-off on a new camera.

I might just go for a 600D, as it ticks all the astrophotography boxes I am interested in, as well as seeming to be a good general purpose machine.  I will not buy it without also purchasing a proper bag, so as to avoid a recurrence of the aforementioned smashing.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on April 30, 2014, 03:07:14 pm
Canon EOS 100D & 40mm f/2.8

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-IbiX5NwhZEw/U1kYq4Zrb7I/AAAAAAAACvQ/SGf4v6TveGY/w640-h480-no/IMG_0127.JPG)

Household objects for scale.

Despite the mind-boggling amount of menu options I default to Aperture Priority because that's what my old Pentax ME Super was and it just seems natural.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: paul851 on April 30, 2014, 03:49:29 pm
A couple of 220 and 120 inserts for the Mamiya 645 plus finally found a decently priced 80mm 2.8 that came with a M645 1000s as a rear lens cap  ::-) ;D

Paul
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: PaulR on May 02, 2014, 02:21:45 pm
Oopsadaisy

Went out to get a replacement 50mm f1.8 canon lens, ended up also getting an immaculate 600D (complete with a snazzy 18-55mm STM lens)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: paul851 on May 03, 2014, 01:59:57 pm
I had a Mamiya power drive for the 645 turn up today , not sure why  ??? as it isn't really so hard to turn the crank but it was reasonably priced . Also a 35mm f3.5 C lens .

Paul
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on May 07, 2014, 11:07:29 am
Didn't buy anything but I did remember that my Dad had a Canon 35mm camera tucked away somewhere.

He dug out his dusty camera bag and we found his old (16 years old...so ancient) 35mm Canon EOS 500 (and people think modern DSLRs fee plasticky) with 2 zooms, a 35-80 and a 75-300.

I imagine that they seemed like space-age tech back in the day as both had auto-focus and both work perfectly well with my new EOS 100D. 

They aren't the greatest of lenses, distinctly budget feel, but a good find (and sorted out my birthday presents from Mum & Dad this year).
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Maverick on May 09, 2014, 07:24:33 pm
Finally got the funds together for a AF-S Micro Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 and the Speedlight R1 kit that arrived today. Look out bugs, I'm hunting you  :) Seriously, I'm really looking forward to getting to grips with this kit
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on May 10, 2014, 12:04:25 am
Do let me knwo how you get on. I am on the lookout for a decent macro lens.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Maverick on May 10, 2014, 10:39:33 am
David - you're welcome to come round and give it a try out, just PM me
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: geraldc on May 14, 2014, 12:21:15 pm
Found PC world getting rid of the lumix G6 with bundled 14-140 for less than the price of either the body or lens. Totally mental. So I bought it. Will have to now get rid of my current  M43 camera
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on May 15, 2014, 05:15:58 pm
A second hand Gitzo GT3541XLS turned up in the international post for me this morning.  Solid as a rock, not too heavy and when you get the legs all the way out, it's huge - the thing goes up to about two metres before you put a head on it.

Tripods will never be sexy, but if you're going to have to use a set of sticks under your camera, Italian carbon fibre is definitely the way to go  :D
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on May 15, 2014, 05:22:32 pm
Didn't buy anything per se (well, two rolls of film and a battery cover for my SLR (which was thrown in for free in the end anyway)), but spent a significant amount of money on getting five cameras repaired and fettled.  A worthwhile investment.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on May 15, 2014, 05:30:10 pm
Yeah, I need to get a lens CLAd and I should probably either get some more sensor swabs or take my cameras up to Fixation for a bit of a squeegee.  Service bills never feel as welcome as receipts for new kit...
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: tiermat on May 15, 2014, 05:44:34 pm
Finally got the funds together for a AF-S Micro Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 and the Speedlight R1 kit that arrived today. Look out bugs, I'm hunting you  :) Seriously, I'm really looking forward to getting to grips with this kit

Good choice! I bought one of them, for Mrs T, a while ago, it's great!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on May 15, 2014, 06:09:37 pm
Yeah, I need to get a lens CLAd and I should probably either get some more sensor swabs or take my cameras up to Fixation for a bit of a squeegee.  Service bills never feel as welcome as receipts for new kit...

But it felt like Christmas when I went to collect all the cameras this morning! :D

Like most Christmases, of course, it made a significant impact on my wallet :(

But I've been shooting today with one camera I've never been able to use before, since it came with a damaged shutter.  Just required a quick rebuild, and it's good as new.

Unfortunately, the lens I took (in bits, as I received it) is not up to a rebuild, as the optics were too degraded.  This means I still have a rare Olympus interchangeable lens camera body in great condition, and no lens to use with it! :o

On the plus side, I spent a slightly disproportionate amount on a rangefinder I didn't particularly have a use for, so that Butterfly now has one of her own.  It's an early program-function camera, so she just has to compose and focus.  The model in question has a notoriously feeble electrical side, so it's been future-proofed, and is now better than any that can be bought directly. :D

I've now got a trio of film cameras - 35SP; 35RD and Pen D - to use for the majority of the time, and a couple of sorted cameras I can sell (along with all the others in the box :-[ ). :)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on June 23, 2014, 02:48:59 pm
I have a Blackmagic Ultrastudio mini recorder for slurping HDMI into the Mac. It works, after some fettling, swearing and work-arounds. So I can now do Chroma-key stuff, or at least I would if the ChromaKey background had arrives, which it hasn't, but will, hopefully, soon.

And then to see if I can get the output from the Mac onto the big screens for live recording weatherman style..
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on June 26, 2014, 01:55:26 pm
OK, so just how do you store a 2.4m backdrop? Fortunately my office has 2.6m ceilings so it is currently standing on end in a corner (innabaginnabox)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: PaulR on July 12, 2014, 08:54:34 pm
Another almost accidental purchase: a huge chunk of manual glass to sit on the front of my Canon 600D
(http://www.lfgss.com/picture.php?albumid=1889&pictureid=17966)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on July 22, 2014, 10:10:08 pm
Birthday present: The Photographer's Eye by Michael Freeman. Interesting reading.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on July 24, 2014, 11:35:23 am
Full Creative Cloud membership.

Better than that, the office is paying and I can legitimately run it on my office laptop and my Mac at home - happy days!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Tewdric on July 24, 2014, 06:03:49 pm
Full Creative Cloud membership.

Better than that, the office is paying and I can legitimately run it on my office laptop and my Mac at home - happy days!

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Maverick on August 01, 2014, 08:50:54 am
Not bought, but received as birthday present from my other half - Lee Filters DSLR starter kit and a couple of adapters.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: andrew_s on August 05, 2014, 12:46:05 am
Went into the local LCE to look at the RX100 that wasn't in the window any more, and came out with it on ex-demo price, £100 off (£200 net)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: geraldc on August 06, 2014, 06:06:50 pm
PC World/Currys are knocking out the 3D, super slow, Panasonic F12, 12.5mm (65mm equivalent) lens out for 74 quid, 100 off RRP, so I ordered one.

http://uk.pcmag.com/panasonic-lumix-125mm-f12-3d-g-lens-h-ft012/21569/review/panasonic-lumix-125mm-f12-3d-g-lens-h-ft012

Lets see how this thing works at weddings...
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: paul851 on August 09, 2014, 11:31:10 pm
A rollei digibase c-41 kit as I seem to have quite a few colour films rolling about in my camera bag that need developing.


Paul
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Wombat on August 18, 2014, 12:48:45 pm
A Sigma 150-500 zoom... and Park cameras didn't have any filters in stock big enough!  Its 86mm!  I was wary about its size and balance for hand holding, but its fine, beautifully balanced with my Sony A77, was taking pics inside the shop whilst trying it, no problem.  Now, where have all those birdies got to?  Next stop, mission "get a picture of a hare", now that'll be a challenge.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: andrewc on August 19, 2014, 10:52:09 pm
A USB charger (https://photomaddshop.com/product/np-95-usb-battery-charger-x100-x100s/) for the N95's my Fuji X100 takes.  Hopefully the combination of dynohub, battery pack & mains charger will keep me topped up on tour.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: cycleman on August 20, 2014, 08:34:08 am
Yesterday ,a canon sx270hs .it has good review s for a compact camera so I hope to take some good pictures with it  :)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: T42 on August 20, 2014, 05:59:22 pm
Couple of UV filters. Last of the big spenders, me.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Wombat on August 20, 2014, 07:33:59 pm
Just one UV filter for me.... but, it was for my new Sigma 150-500 zoom.  An 86mm filter, I could eat my dinner off that, its big enough!  Sixty five bleeding quid fer a bit of flat glass....
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: T42 on August 21, 2014, 09:50:19 am
It's flat what costs. Oh, and a few other long words.

My two cost a quarter of your one, and 49mm x 2 = 98 so I'm winning.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on August 21, 2014, 10:13:29 am
I seem to have had a lot of lenses which take 49mm.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on August 21, 2014, 10:50:37 am
It's flat what costs. Oh, and a few other long words.

My two cost a quarter of your one, and 49mm x 2 = 98 so I'm winning.
Should be 49 squared x2 compared to 86 squared. Surface area, not diameter..
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: T42 on August 21, 2014, 11:00:44 am
It's flat what costs. Oh, and a few other long words.

My two cost a quarter of your one, and 49mm x 2 = 98 so I'm winning.
Should be 49 squared x2 compared to 86 squared. Surface area, not diameter..

Well obviously. That's why I wasn't saying it.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Wombat on August 26, 2014, 09:00:13 am
And I was not muttering "bastard" under my breath at T42. Honest, I really wasn't   ;D ;D ;D

I used to have Pentaxes with 49's, and then Olympuseseses with similar, but thing modern seem to have gone a bit big on the "hole in the front" stakes.  Current wear is a 17-70 with a 72mm, which I felt obliged to have a circular polariser for, a 10-20 with 77, ditto re: polariser, and the 150-500 with 86, and there's no way on God's good earth that it will get a polarising filter!  Not much point with a long tele, anyway.  Good news is that the Sigma filter for the big lad, came in a proper filter case, with a separate lid, not those stupid highly sprung square things that Hoya filters now come in.  One of those catapulted my 72 onto a gravel beach last week.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Ham on August 26, 2014, 01:59:52 pm
OMD EM10 with the kit lens

First impression are:

1) Wow it's small
2) IQ appears excellent
3) Don't like the kit lens power zoom
4) Flexibility is impressive
5) WHY have Olympus moved away from the "access all areas" menu screen? Combined with the lack of a printed manual, this means a steep learning curve. I don't want to find out how to add all those clever effects to a picture, I want to get to things like flash synch etc without having to delve through menus. Grrrrrr. Big retrograde step, however combine with the programability of buttons, I'm confident that can be worked around.
6) My Oly flash works perfectly with it
7) Must go buy a 4/3-> micro 4/3 adapter (done - clone ordered for £25, along with a OM -> micro 4/3 for £12)
8 ) Wow it's small

Must get out and use it

MUST RESIST the Kodak Brownie conversion http://www.digitalrev.com/product/olympus-m-zuiko-digital-ed/MTAwMTUxNA_A_A?googlebase=1&country=GB&gclid=CPPPq-r8sMACFfMZtAod-U4AXQ - it is more tempting than it ought to be.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Ham on August 27, 2014, 05:35:44 pm
Oops. Just had an airport slippage in the matter of the 17 mm (35 equiv) pancake lens
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: billplumtree on August 27, 2014, 08:12:13 pm
Should you happen to undergo another similar accident, I can recommend the Olympus 45mm f1.8.  It's a cracker. 
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Ham on August 27, 2014, 10:36:08 pm
...and now a wrist strap http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Cordy-Classic-Paracord-Camera-Wrist-Strap-Handmade-UK-Cordweaver-/251557150821?pt=UK_Photography_Straps_Hand_Grips&hash=item3a91f98065

Should you happen to undergo another similar accident, I can recommend the Olympus 45mm f1.8.  It's a cracker. 

Fortunately I have the 50mm/f2 - admittedly slightly larger than the micro 4/3 but optically amongst the very best so I can resist.

Oh yes, and a few lens cap keepers.

I may have a new bag style accident in a few moments has happened, eyeing up the lowepro passport sling iii ii at this very moment
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Ham on August 27, 2014, 11:20:35 pm
OMD EM10 with the kit lens

First impression are:

1) Wow it's small
2) IQ appears excellent
3) Don't like the kit lens power zoom
4) Flexibility is impressive
5) WHY have Olympus moved away from the "access all areas" menu screen? Combined with the lack of a printed manual, this means a steep learning curve. I don't want to find out how to add all those clever effects to a picture, I want to get to things like flash synch etc without having to delve through menus. Grrrrrr. Big retrograde step, however combine with the programability of buttons, I'm confident that can be worked around.
6) My Oly flash works perfectly with it
7) Must go buy a 4/3-> micro 4/3 adapter (done - clone ordered for £25, along with a OM -> micro 4/3 for £12)
8 ) Wow it's small


Mea culpa. Done a bit of RTFM. Not only is it there still, but it has been enhanced.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: fuaran on August 28, 2014, 02:05:32 am
...and now a wrist strap http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Cordy-Classic-Paracord-Camera-Wrist-Strap-Handmade-UK-Cordweaver-/251557150821?pt=UK_Photography_Straps_Hand_Grips&hash=item3a91f98065
That's looks quite nice, I wonder how hard it would be to make one? I've already got a few bits of paracord.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Ham on August 28, 2014, 07:53:39 am
...and now a wrist strap http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Cordy-Classic-Paracord-Camera-Wrist-Strap-Handmade-UK-Cordweaver-/251557150821?pt=UK_Photography_Straps_Hand_Grips&hash=item3a91f98065
That's looks quite nice, I wonder how hard it would be to make one? I've already got a few bits of paracord.

Probably not hard - I even have a (free) kindle book on paracord knots, but (1) I wanted it defore I'm off to India on Sun, and I have no time (2) feels good supporting someone's enterprise.

OK, mostly (1)

Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Ham on August 29, 2014, 02:23:57 pm
...and now a wrist strap http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Cordy-Classic-Paracord-Camera-Wrist-Strap-Handmade-UK-Cordweaver-/251557150821?pt=UK_Photography_Straps_Hand_Grips&hash=item3a91f98065
That's looks quite nice, I wonder how hard it would be to make one? I've already got a few bits of paracord.

Probably not hard - I even have a (free) kindle book on paracord knots, but (1) I wanted it defore I'm off to India on Sun, and I have no time (2) feels good supporting someone's enterprise.

OK, mostly (1)

OK - it's really good. Wide and comfortable, as strong as ****

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/--HzMze6bNVc/VAB7JIeT_LI/AAAAAAAAr3U/n2iJPK2C5x4/s400/%255BUNSET%255D.jpg)

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-lu2zBWQm7UI/VAB7O0B4R8I/AAAAAAAAr3c/1pPf2ChGEzo/s400/IMG_20140829_140718.jpg)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: tiermat on August 29, 2014, 02:27:02 pm
Slightly OT, I have a wristband made like that, with a clip at either end.

I got it cheap, from China, via Amazon (using up the last few pounds on a voucher I got for my birthday)

I view it as useful to have in case of emergency and it only weighs a few grams.  This is all part of my weigh-reduction plan for the trip next year (including ditching the full sized leatherman in favour of a tiny little one)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on August 29, 2014, 09:25:04 pm
might work better if you take the lens cap off..
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on September 01, 2014, 06:27:10 pm
I bought a sensor cleaning kit, the liquid for it and a blower.

£65 the lot, which is pretty much the same price as a sensor clean down my local. Used two swabs out of the 10 - I don't think I needed to as I think what I thought was residual dust on sensor was actually on the lens. Doh! So that's £10 for the clean. Would have been £5 if I'd only used one swab. Bargain. Wish I'd done that before the airshow last week.

1x   Visible Dust 1.5-1.6x Swabs Green
1x   Visible Dust Hurricane Blower
1x   Visible Dust VDust Plus

Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Lotum on September 01, 2014, 08:08:51 pm
Linhof Super Technika V 13x18cm/5"x7". About 12.6 lbs. without lens or film holder.  :D
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: davelodwig on September 01, 2014, 09:44:54 pm
...and now a wrist strap http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Cordy-Classic-Paracord-Camera-Wrist-Strap-Handmade-UK-Cordweaver-/251557150821?pt=UK_Photography_Straps_Hand_Grips&hash=item3a91f98065
That's looks quite nice, I wonder how hard it would be to make one? I've already got a few bits of paracord.

Probably not hard - I even have a (free) kindle book on paracord knots, but (1) I wanted it defore I'm off to India on Sun, and I have no time (2) feels good supporting someone's enterprise.

OK, mostly (1)

OK - it's really good. Wide and comfortable, as strong as ****

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/--HzMze6bNVc/VAB7JIeT_LI/AAAAAAAAr3U/n2iJPK2C5x4/s400/%255BUNSET%255D.jpg)

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-lu2zBWQm7UI/VAB7O0B4R8I/AAAAAAAAr3c/1pPf2ChGEzo/s400/IMG_20140829_140718.jpg)

I'm cheapskate and I have a lot of paracord and nuts and bolts so I made my setup which is well agricultural and is a mix of that strap and one of these

http://www.gordyscamerastraps.com/neck-sling/index.htm

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5567/15107038811_e055b1a602.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/p1Xwjp)

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5561/15110050425_333d77f20d.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/p2dXyM)

The shoulder loop is just a loop of cord with a fishermans knot securing it, the leather pad is punched so the knot sits in the middle and I'm probably going to put a little bit of padding in and sew a bottom piece of leather on.

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5559/15110060625_67a32f5f51.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/p2e1AD)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on September 01, 2014, 10:21:24 pm
Linhof Super Technika V 13x18cm/5"x7". About 12.6 lbs. without lens or film holder.  :D

Not what you'd call a point and shoot then  ;D
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on September 02, 2014, 02:35:43 pm
Linhof Super Technika V 13x18cm/5"x7". About 12.6 lbs. without lens or film holder.  :D

That is rather chunky. Must dig out my 5x4 and shoot some pics..
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on September 02, 2014, 02:41:38 pm
I think I shall save up for a 10"x8" just so I can win camera top trumps. ;)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: IanN on September 02, 2014, 05:54:50 pm
I think I shall save up for a 10"x8" just so I can win camera top trumps. ;)

I think you'll have to do better than that...
http://www.lotusviewcamera.at/cameras/lovica_20x24_e.html

No I don't have one but I know a man wot duz   :facepalm:
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on September 02, 2014, 09:23:49 pm
You should see the one Silverprint have in the window.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: matthew on September 03, 2014, 09:48:10 pm
Going through grans flat it appears I have come into possession of a six-20 kodak junior. This is a box brownie style camera. I haven't the foggiest idea what film it takes or how I would use it. Any one got any pointers or a desire to use it?
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on September 03, 2014, 10:30:16 pm
It takes 620 film, surprisingly.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on September 03, 2014, 10:36:47 pm
620 film is the same dimensions as 120, which is easy to obtain.   It does, however, need to be transferred onto different spools, which is fairly easy if you have a darkroom or darkbag.  Videos can be found to show what to do.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: matthew on September 04, 2014, 09:05:07 am
Thank you Clarion. Not having either a dark room or dark bag I am not sure I am going to be able to use the camera. Will have to look at disposal.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: jsabine on September 04, 2014, 01:24:15 pm
Dark bags aren't that expensive, but in any case if you just wanted to run a film or two through it, you could transfer the film onto the appropriate spools working under the duvet in a darkened room.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on September 04, 2014, 01:40:03 pm
Good idea.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on September 04, 2014, 02:37:36 pm
Make sure it is a very thick duvet and a very dark room. I have some 5x4 sheet film that has a lovely red colour cast from the thick velvet curtains and tog11 duvet.

Dark bags will save their own value very quickly.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: jsabine on September 04, 2014, 10:39:12 pm
Been a long time since I've done it but never had any ill-effects on either 35mm or 120 film. I did wait until night though, rather than relying entirely on curtains and the duvet ...
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: T42 on September 16, 2014, 01:48:37 pm
Didn't buy anything, just looked at Photokina reports and drooled a bit.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: mike on September 17, 2014, 12:41:03 pm
not bought anything, but just sold my leica :(

not using it enough to justify it, and the used price is plummeting.. I'm keeping the lenses just in case I win the lottery next year and can afford another one!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on September 17, 2014, 03:07:58 pm
:o :o :o
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: T42 on September 17, 2014, 06:05:26 pm
Dang.  By that criterion I should sell my SLRs. Not going to.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on September 19, 2014, 12:25:37 pm
Just received my new Canon 18-135mm IS STM.
(29mm - 220mm equiv on my EOS)

Absolutely silent (and rapid) focussing with STM motor.
Crisp handheld shots at slowish shutter speeds and smooth handheld video with the IS.

Lovely.

New arrival forces sale of a couple of my other lenses plus bag.

https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=85183.0 (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=85183.0)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-CDk5mJzDSSw/VBxMkqmlIfI/AAAAAAAAENg/uLIDtDtnbrY/w640-h480-no/Canon%2BBag.jpg)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: mike on September 19, 2014, 06:05:27 pm
just spent part of my leica on a 24 / 1.4 lens for my canons.. Lovely.

(http://i8.photobucket.com/albums/a19/mikes99mail/bikes/_MG_0103_zpsb538ab1f.jpg)

(it's an upsidedown macaroon.  Also quite nice. )
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on September 19, 2014, 08:36:27 pm
You big bokeh tart.  Which one did you go for?
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: mike on September 19, 2014, 11:05:09 pm
its the canon one, but the mk1 not mk2 (400 quid cheaper, not as sharp at the edges and some issues with fringing, apparently)

if I love the lens then I'll do some man-maths to justify the mk2 after the next couple of weddings!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on September 20, 2014, 09:39:57 pm
man-maths

::-)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Tewdric on September 20, 2014, 10:06:19 pm
not bought anything, but just sold my leica :(

not using it enough to justify it, and the used price is plummeting.. I'm keeping the lenses just in case I win the lottery next year and can afford another one!

Flog em and get a Fuji x body and the 23 1.4.  It's better than anything Leica make.  (And I had a 35 Lux asph)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: mike on September 21, 2014, 07:28:00 am
Hmmmm.  This may be blasphemy but i just dont like the controls on the fujis, i've tried to like them but just cant..  Not sure what to replace the leica with, for now i'm happy with an old panasonic 4/3 for travelling light and my SLR gear for travelling heavy.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Maverick on September 24, 2014, 09:08:34 am
A couple of Lee filters - little stopper and a 0.6 ND soft grad. All set for my holiday on Arran now.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: geraldc on November 11, 2014, 05:34:33 pm
Splashed out on a Lumix 100-300. A 200-600 in 35mm terms. Everyone needs one stupidly large lens

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3943/15147040533_d68d71271f_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/p5uxrg)

Still in the taking photos of the moon stage.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7461/15767989112_071fb9bb6b_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/q2n4Pf)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: sojournermike on November 11, 2014, 06:33:24 pm
Splashed out on a Lumix 100-300. A 200-600 in 35mm terms. Everyone needs one stupidly large lens

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3943/15147040533_d68d71271f_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/p5uxrg)

Still in the taking photos of the moon stage.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7461/15767989112_071fb9bb6b_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/q2n4Pf)


When I want a stupidly large lens I turn to the 1800mm f12 on m4/3

(http://www.opticalvision.co.uk/user/products/449.jpg)

Not optimal for handholding - I blame Panasonic's inferior IS
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: sojournermike on November 11, 2014, 06:43:01 pm
I've just sold my Leica MP (miss having it, but didn't use it enough at the moment) and Lumix GX1 (nice camera, but I'm not a screen composer), but bought a GX7 (coming to end of marketing life, I think).

I've only got one 35mm film camera left now - the Zeiss Ikon - and really need to decide what to do about film. Sometimes I think I should shoot film only, but get drawn away by the time advantages of digitalia and the reality of trying to fit too much into too short a life. On the other hand, may as well do something enjoyable...

Mike
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on November 12, 2014, 07:03:34 pm
Bought a cheap action cam from amazon. It arrived today. It was crap. Didn't run for more than 10 secs. I sent it back.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Wombat on November 14, 2014, 11:35:56 am
I claim I bought it for photographic purposes, but I wanted a light source for "painting with light" to light up buildings at night. So I bought a Fenix LD60 torch (oops, torch porn!).  I suspect I could light up the landing site of that comet lander with it....  Actually I chose that because it has a wider beam than many, well it should do, its basically three powerful LED torches strapped together in one housing. 

Next genuine photo purchase will be a holder and some serious ND filters...

Still refusing to buy that Sony A7S for event photography  ;D
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on November 17, 2014, 10:55:27 pm
I have acquired a GoPro knockoff. 60 cephalopods from your local internet retailer. Apart from the mount brackets being a bit out of size so I have to shim them to ge them to hold tight, it seems very good value for money. Stupid wide (170 degrees) with a digital zoom. Seemed to work well on the night ride home (shonky bracket notwithstanding.)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: mike on November 20, 2014, 09:48:53 pm
a light!  canon strobes werent cutting it for lighting a dark room at winter weddings so have gone for one of these http://www.lencarta.com/safari-li-on-portable-flash-system/atom-location-lighting-portable-lighting-kit4

I've spent the evening playing with it and figuring out how to balance it with an on camera flash and am very impressed.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on November 20, 2014, 10:50:36 pm
I'll be interested to hear how you get on with it, Mike.  I shied away from stuff like that as I wanted a bit more accuracy and response from my bigger light source, but I suspect that as a 'point it at the ceiling and nuke the room' light at weddings, it'll probably be a good little bit of kit.  Do you use it like a speedlight if you want to shove a softbox on the front?
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: mike on November 20, 2014, 11:16:37 pm
it's quite nice.... is designed to be as accurate as a big light source, just not as powerful and not quite so quick to recharge (although at 1/2 power its about a second to recharge).  I've got grids, gels and a big softbox for it (via an adaptor, so it's a normal size softbox).

With a diffuser it's about 4x as bright as a full power canon 580 and is controlled by a very neat pocket-wizard type thing.  If it turns out to be not quite strong enough then the controller does the multichannel thing with their safari light that's 1200Ws.

& it weighs **nothing** compared to a big light & battery, which is a huge win.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Ham on November 21, 2014, 09:24:57 am
a light!  canon strobes werent cutting it for lighting a dark room at winter weddings so have gone for one of these http://www.lencarta.com/safari-li-on-portable-flash-system/atom-location-lighting-portable-lighting-kit4

I've spent the evening playing with it and figuring out how to balance it with an on camera flash and am very impressed.

Reading the spec, guess who misread an I for an L first time around and was VERY surprised. That would be a unique feature.

Quote
Specifications & unique features:

Number of flashes = 450 at full power, many more at lower power settings
IGBT control system produces ultra fast recycling as low as 1/20th second, and flash durations as short as 1/10000th second[/li][/list]
Barebulb facility allows perfectly even illumination when used with softboxes
Full range of creative light shaping tools available
User changeable flash tube
Full remote control, when used with our remote control/radio trigger set
Strobe facility, allows multiple exposures with flash
HSS flash facility, when used with any suitable radio trigger, allowing any shutter speed to be used
Flash head tilts between -150 and 900
Flash head swivels 2700

Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on December 01, 2014, 04:44:46 pm
I seem to have acquired a Rollei 5S action cam. Now, this was reduced to sub £100, and Rollei is a big name. Not had a chance to run it for real yet but these are my unpacking impressions.

1. Lots of accessories and they are well thought out. Most simple clamp on the bars brackets slip. The rollei ones are very solid and they include three rolls of sticky back rubber strip to add grip.
2. All the joints have rubber O-rings and stipples to stop slip. Very important for an action cam.
3. Accessory battery - takes the run time to a claimed 160 mins.
4. Accessory remote control. Big clear buttons and good mounting options.
5. 8Gb micro SD card and adapter in the box.
6. A plethora of very nice mounting bits - and duplicates of the clip in ones for helmets etc so loads of options.
7. Wireless remote transmitter so you can view/control from any WiFi enabled smart device.
8. Mini water absorbing bits to go inside the action case.
9. Rubber lens caps for both inside and outside the case.

And a load of other interesting bits too. The WiFi transmitter and accessory battery are mutually incompatible so you get either long run time OR TFT display OR WiFi. But for the price it looks really nice. I'll be giving it a spin tonight on the way home and maybe a bit further afield too.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on December 01, 2014, 06:09:33 pm
OK, first ride. It is very noisy on the video. Lots of chroma noise. The mountings however are spot on. Really solid. Have to see what it is like in daylight.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: perpetual dan on December 29, 2014, 11:26:03 pm
New tripod (Christmas present but me at the shop) to replace one which broke.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: bikepacker on January 07, 2015, 02:13:39 pm
Decided to treat myself and replace my sick Nikon D50. Got the D3300 with 18-55 lens. It's very basic but will do me for what I want.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Maverick on January 07, 2015, 10:56:07 pm
Lee landscape polarising filter and adapter. This will allow me to ditch a pile of screw-in polarising filters of various diameters.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Lotum on January 13, 2015, 02:43:24 pm
Contax (Stuttgart), Contarex & Rolleiflex QBM adapters for Sony a7R.  :)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on January 15, 2015, 03:02:22 pm
I bought a Canon 50mm f1.4 for my EOS.

It's an old model now but makes for lovely portraits on a crop-sensor (which is why I bought it).

Pity it doesn't have IS and the latest STM motor (but then it would be thrice the price I guess).

You want Bokeh?  I got Bokeh.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: tonycollinet on January 26, 2015, 01:27:20 pm
Not sure it qualifies as "bought"

But I've just sent my GF1 to be converted for near IR photography.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on January 29, 2015, 05:53:43 pm
I bought a Canon 50mm f1.4 for my EOS.

It's an old model now but makes for lovely portraits on a crop-sensor (which is why I bought it).

Pity it doesn't have IS and the latest STM motor (but then it would be thrice the price I guess).

You want Bokeh?  I got Bokeh.

Edit.  My first real chance to use the 50mm f1.4 in a situation that it excels in.

Night time, ambient street lighting and requiring a portrait.  I'm absolutely over the moon with the results.

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-MbXLwoFXsDE/VMf3547ee3I/AAAAAAAAEks/F-AKnzaLCpc/s1280/a%2520Steve%2520Abraham%25201.jpg)

Larger size here link (https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-MbXLwoFXsDE/VMf3547ee3I/AAAAAAAAEks/F-AKnzaLCpc/s1280/a%2520Steve%2520Abraham%25201.jpg)

As sharp as you like on the subject and buttery smooth background.  ISO 3200 (so a bit grainy, but the subject is gritty so it doesn't bother me).

The next step up in quality comes with a hefty price-tag and a more cumbersome bit of hardware. The f1.4 can just about be called "discreet", the F1.2s less so .
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Ham on February 06, 2015, 09:57:24 am
Bought one of these for Mrs Ham as a "travel camera", replacing a slightly aging Lumix and very pleased with the results, bangs for bucks it looks to be worth the £200 price tag

http://www.jessops.com/online.store/products/90735/Show.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=PLA&utm_term=Stylus%20SH-1%20Digital%20Camera%20in%20Black&gclid=Cj0KEQiA6dGmBRC_3Mi-x_XywKsBEiQA1lcFP5aukEmill3c0IFtNRbxF9G3AQW51MKfF1mCuelRQgEaAoEK8P8HAQ

Not a camera you would label an enthusiast's especially (small sensor, anyhow) but it is fast, responsive, long zoom is reasonably practical combined with the efficient IS. Nice and wide at the wide end, fast shutter (up to 1/2000), good jpg, manual override if you want (and possibility of RAW). Good 1080 vid. Only negative appears to be battery life which while it is up to a day's tourist shooting is down to "1 bar" at the end, whatever that means; a spare battery and external charger (camera uses USB charging, but not micro USB connector) is sub £10.

If you are in the market for something like that - a reasonably priced flexible point and shoot - I'd say it is a real contender at the moment.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on February 06, 2015, 10:29:02 am
That is a very capable camera.  I have an XZ-1, which is a similar kind of size, but with a wider lens and shorter zoom range.  It produces cracking shots.  I spent about £50 on it on ebay.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: T42 on February 06, 2015, 10:35:25 am
I bought a Canon 50mm f1.4 for my EOS.

It's an old model now but makes for lovely portraits on a crop-sensor (which is why I bought it).

Pity it doesn't have IS and the latest STM motor (but then it would be thrice the price I guess).

You want Bokeh?  I got Bokeh.

Edit.  My first real chance to use the 50mm f1.4 in a situation that it excels in.

Night time, ambient street lighting and requiring a portrait.  I'm absolutely over the moon with the results.

(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-MbXLwoFXsDE/VMf3547ee3I/AAAAAAAAEks/F-AKnzaLCpc/s1280/a%2520Steve%2520Abraham%25201.jpg)

Larger size here link (https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-MbXLwoFXsDE/VMf3547ee3I/AAAAAAAAEks/F-AKnzaLCpc/s1280/a%2520Steve%2520Abraham%25201.jpg)

As sharp as you like on the subject and buttery smooth background.  ISO 3200 (so a bit grainy, but the subject is gritty so it doesn't bother me).

The next step up in quality comes with a hefty price-tag and a more cumbersome bit of hardware. The f1.4 can just about be called "discreet", the F1.2s less so .

Great lighting in that.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: fuaran on February 24, 2015, 01:33:52 pm
A Dakine Mission Photo backpack. Seems pretty good, should be plenty of space for my kit, with loads of padding. Plus it doesn't look like a camera bag, better than a boring black or grey Lowepro.
(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8683/16633215282_64f385b252_z.jpg)   (https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8626/16426574787_73075950e8_z.jpg)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: T42 on March 13, 2015, 09:33:17 am
Didn't buy anything, but a chum gave me his Minolta XG-1, roughly equivalent to the OM-2 I used for ~30 years.  Tried it, it works.  Got a 45mm f/2 and a 28mm f/2.8, both Minolta, and a somewhat buggered Magnon 80-200 zoom. Going to bung an HP5 through it.

Feels funny, not having variable ISO/WB etc. Not to mention the absent LCD. Crikey, the good old days sped fast away.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on March 18, 2015, 09:25:49 am
Bought the missing piece to my camera bag, a true wide angle.

I went for the Canon 10-18mm,  f/4.5-5.6,  IS,  STM after glowing reviews.  It's an EOS lens so it actually equates to a 16-27mm equivalent.

It's stabilised and silent focus so useful for video.  It's not very bright but that's not an issue for me as I bought it for huge depth of field landscapes and IS takes care of lack of any high shutter speed.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: T42 on March 22, 2015, 08:56:50 am
Congrats - a good wide angle is great - I have an 18-30. 

A while after buying mine I read Ken Rockwell's observation that having bought a WA zoom he only ever used it on the shortest end.  I looked back through my pics and realized I was doing the same thing.  Doesn't hold for other zooms I have, though, short or long.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on March 23, 2015, 09:31:36 am
Congrats - a good wide angle is great - I have an 18-30. 

A while after buying mine I read Ken Rockwell's observation that having bought a WA zoom he only ever used it on the shortest end.  I looked back through my pics and realized I was doing the same thing.  Doesn't hold for other zooms I have, though, short or long.

Agree with the observation.  I assumed it was just my initial thrill of the WA effect.  I tried a few times to zoom in a little but quickly thought "Nah..wider is better".

Amazing just how quickly 18mm can become "meh" even though it was my de-facto wide angle on my Kit 18-55 and my rather lovely 18-135.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: T42 on March 23, 2015, 11:08:51 am
My 18-30 is on full frame so it's close to your 10-18.  Great for skies & landscape.  Also for cycling shots, but you have to get in close (excuse for picture):

(http://www.pbase.com/johnewing/image/147167485.jpg)

This was with my old Tokina 12-24 on APS-C. The kids didn't always hit the ramp square, so a couple of times I had to scarper PDQ.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: rafletcher on April 03, 2015, 09:53:54 pm
Well in between buying and receiving....

An Olympus OM-D EM-1 with the 12-40 Pro kit lens.

Oh, and the 40-150 Pro zoom with a 1.4x tc (used)

Gulp  :o
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on April 05, 2015, 03:41:43 pm
Think Tank Logistics Manager (http://www.thinktankphoto.com/products/logisticsmanager30.aspx) rolling case.  Boring as heck unless you are in the habit of lumping a lot of studio kit around.  Then it becomes the greatest thing since sliced Hovis...
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: davelodwig on April 08, 2015, 09:11:38 am
A new strap for the X20, well I bought 200 feet of paracord and some s-biners and made one anyway.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CCDhl6iWEAA7hqF.jpg:large)

That's somewhere in the region of 160 feet of cord, first a cobra sinnet in black, then over knotted with a cobra sinnet in blue to make it wider and more robust.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: rafletcher on April 08, 2015, 12:27:52 pm
A new strap for the X20, well I bought 200 feet of paracord and some s-biners and made one anyway.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CCDhl6iWEAA7hqF.jpg:large)

That's somewhere in the region of 160 feet of cord, first a cobra sinnet in black, then over knotted with a cobra sinnet in blue to make it wider and more robust.

Blimey, James Bond could do with that in some live-saving action sequence!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on April 10, 2015, 12:40:38 pm
Awaiting a couple of 64Gb SD cards ready for the bridge timelapse tomorrow.

Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: rafletcher on April 22, 2015, 06:09:53 pm
A WD MyPassport portable HDD with built-in SD card reader, for "OTG" back-ups.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on April 22, 2015, 08:21:48 pm
Elinchrom beauty dish to replace the Chinese mystery meat eBay special I've been gaffer-taping a speedlight into for the last couple of years.  It's just arrived, so I had to try it out immediately.  Although my Fuji probably wasn't the best camera to use, here's Julian looking puzzled at why I've just attached what looks suspiciously like a salad bowl to a light head...

(http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b187/vicechair/DSCF2461_zpse0ogd1kw.jpg~original)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Woofage on April 27, 2015, 12:20:27 pm
Last year I picked up a box of miscellaneous cameras and bits from our local auction house. it contained:
- a Fuji digital camera which I really must get round to taking to a charity shop.
- a Pentax 35mm P&S.
- a Nikon F65 35mm SLR with Nikkor 28-80 AF lens. This lens works a treat on my Nikon DSLR body and is ideal for general product shots.
- a Minolta 35mm SLR with 28-80mm lens. I flogged the lens on eBay.
- a battery and charger for a Nikon DSLR. Also flogged on eBay.
- a battery holder for a Nikon DSLR.
- some coloured filters.
- a couple of so-far unidentified Fuji rechargeable batteries.
- an Olympus Trip 35 still in its box. This was my first decent camera but mine has long since departed. This replacement sits proudly on the window cill of my office.
- an Olympus OM1n with 50mm and Tamron 28-70 (I think). Miss Woofage has this displayed on her bedroom window cill 8).
- a Canon Powershot G12 complete with box, manual etc. This has proved to be an excellent take everywhere camera.
(I think that's everything).

I got this lot for about 50 beer tokens. I think of it as £50 for a good Nikon lens and everything else free :smug:.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on April 27, 2015, 10:46:07 pm
If you are wanting to sell on your Olympus items, they would get a good home here...
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on April 28, 2015, 04:38:11 pm
Message sent re. the G12
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Woofage on April 28, 2015, 05:08:12 pm
If you are wanting to sell on your Olympus items, they would get a good home here...

Well, we now have 2 OM1s in the household but I doubt that either will be sold. Miss W is keen on having a go with film so had bagged the one from the auction as soon as I got it home. My own OM1 has too much sentimental value to let go and the couple of decent OM mount lenses I have I sometimes use with an adapter on my Panasonic M4/3 just for fun*.

* that reminds me. I did a cracking job of "scanning" some slides recently using a 50mm standard lens in front of a short extension tube mounted onto said OM to M4/3 adapter, with the slide mounted in a makeshift frame and lit from behind with a daylight bulb. Here's an example:

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8813/17094491037_6da54e9f7f_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/s3zJC6)
P1030016 (https://flic.kr/p/s3zJC6) by pencyclist (https://www.flickr.com/people/38357939@N02/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: T42 on April 28, 2015, 05:27:42 pm
- a Canon Powershot G12 complete with box, manual etc. This has proved to be an excellent take everywhere camera.

Flogged one of those to buy a lens a year or two back.  I agree that it's a good camera and the twisty LCD is great, but it was such a brick that it pulled any pocket I put it in down to knee level, so I always found myself picking up something else to go walkies.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on April 29, 2015, 08:08:59 am
Can't fault your choices, there, Woofage. :)

I hope Miss W has many happy times with her camera.  My first camera was an OM-1.  Brilliant.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: T42 on April 29, 2015, 08:25:26 am
^^^ Ditto my first SLR. Lovely wee camera. Still got it.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: fuaran on April 30, 2015, 05:52:23 pm
Got an Olympus 9mm fisheye bodycap lens. Fixed aperture (f8), and no real focusing. But still good fun for quick snaps, interesting fisheye effect.
Plus its very slim, makes the camera almost pocket size.
(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8700/17095061337_0cc1d55c14_z.jpg)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on April 30, 2015, 05:59:09 pm
Something with 750 in the name.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on May 10, 2015, 08:49:40 pm
Not bought, but rented.  I've just got the keys to my new studio...

(http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b187/vicechair/DSCF2574_zpsnioi4nrq.jpg~original)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: cycleman on May 10, 2015, 10:05:23 pm
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on May 27, 2015, 11:09:57 am
Looks like my Tesco Clubcard Boost points just got me a free Canon 85mm f1.8 USM.

I'll just add this to the thousands of pounds worth of free stuff my clubcard has got me.

It's actually the dedicated portrait lens I wanted but couldn't justify right now.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: mike on May 27, 2015, 11:57:23 am
excellent, thats a fantastic lens!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on May 27, 2015, 01:56:20 pm
excellent, thats a fantastic lens!

It does get good reviews and it's worth checking Tesco Boost (if you have a Clubcard) because it's 2-for-1 on some photo gear right now including some entry level to mid-range DSLRs.

Just frustrated that they didn't have the Canon 70D body or I would have grabbed one for vouchers plus £200. 
I could have got a "free" 700D  but it doesn't have the jump in spec from the 100D that I really want next.

It's difficult to knock the Tesco clubcard deal though.  I reckon we must have had £10K of totally free stuff over the years, just for using their credit card (as we don't shop there any more).

Pity I don't do any company travel any more or I'd stick it on the Tesco credit card and I'd be beating away the free stuff with a stick.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on May 29, 2015, 07:08:27 pm
Looks like my Tesco Clubcard Boost points just got me a free Canon 85mm f1.8 USM.

Arrived today.  What a superbly lovely chunk of glass it is.

Bokeh porn to follow.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on May 29, 2015, 10:48:08 pm
(https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-5wN-1WH72l8/VWjdOMqLb2I/AAAAAAAAE64/eUXyXMwBd50/w1538-h865-no/a%2Bcanon%2B85mm%2Ba.jpg)

Bigger (https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-5wN-1WH72l8/VWjdOMqLb2I/AAAAAAAAE64/eUXyXMwBd50/w1538-h865-no/a%2Bcanon%2B85mm%2Ba.jpg)

Yes, I know I missed focus on the neck of the bottle but ..I was very drunk at the time...and I just wanted to show the amazing quality of this lens ASAP.  It's already my favourite lens.

Depth of field is so shallow at f1.8 (Can't imagine what the L series F1.2 must be like) and the background is the creamiest of creamy smooth.

DoF is around 2cm on this image I reckon, just slightly back from the opening and on the neck label, amazing.


......This was a free lens!!!!! 

One day my 5D will come.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: rafletcher on May 30, 2015, 04:31:43 pm
Well bought a week or so ago, but only unpacked today, my first proper tripod, a Manfrotto 055. It even came with instructions!  And I also bought a Manfrotto backpack.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on May 31, 2015, 09:31:59 pm
Nice - you won't regret a decent tripod.  I hate using the bloody things, but when I do, I need it to be absolutely rock solid. Having had a bunch of shit ones, getting a pukka bit of kit came as a revelation.  70-200mm f/2.8 and a tethered laptop?  With the right sticks, no problem.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on May 31, 2015, 10:07:20 pm
I have an 055 - worth every penny.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on June 01, 2015, 09:10:18 am
I've been procrastinating for too many years about getting a decent tripod.

I may accidentally break my ancient crappy one to force the issue.

The 055 Pro 3 (possibly just the Alu one, not carbon) is on the short-list (of two, both Manfrotto).
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: rafletcher on June 01, 2015, 09:26:32 am
I've been procrastinating for too many years about getting a decent tripod.

I may accidentally break my ancient crappy one to force the issue.

The 055 Pro 3 (possibly just the Alu one, not carbon) is on the short-list (of two, both Manfrotto).

That's the one (alu) and I got it with a ball head too.  Lovely bit of kit, and as Charlotte says, a revelation after the nasty Slik thing I had before.  I used it for the flower shots I posted, and also used the Olympus app on the iPad to shoot the pics.  So I was able to preview the result, adjust aperture and re-shoot from the comfort of a garden chair  :). Just a shame I didn't get it before the bluetits fledged from the nest box. Next year maybe.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Woofage on June 01, 2015, 10:05:14 am
^ might have to persuade the boss to buy me the company one of those ;)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on June 01, 2015, 05:59:02 pm
Do have a look at Gitzo, they're the gold standard in tripods.  I'm currently using a Gitzo GT3541XLS.  Which is a bloody silly long name for a rather good tripod.  It'll go up to 2m in height and will support 20kg in weight.  Despite being made of carbon fibre, I still wouldn't want to lug it too far...
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Ham on June 02, 2015, 09:53:42 am
Do have a look at Gitzo, they're the gold standard in tripods.  I'm currently using a Gitzo GT3541XLS.  Which is a bloody silly long name for a rather good tripod.  It'll go up to 2m in height and will support 20kg in weight.  Despite being made of carbon fibre, I still wouldn't want to lug it too far...

Yeah, but are they  (http://www.gitzo.com/news+%26+events/news/Gitzo+Systematic%3A+Red+Dot+award-winning+design/22369977) hydromatic ultramatic as well?? We need to know.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: T42 on June 02, 2015, 10:22:21 am
I've been procrastinating for too many years about getting a decent tripod.

I may accidentally break my ancient crappy one to force the issue.

The 055 Pro 3 (possibly just the Alu one, not carbon) is on the short-list (of two, both Manfrotto).

I have one of those (with the '3'? Dunno any more).  Can't accuse it of not being solid. Wish I could have afforded carbon 'way back.  I've done hikes with the damned thing on my backpack where I would gladly have paid the price difference in porter's fees.  Mind you, I have got a bloody big 3-axis head on it, never could get on with ball heads, one touch and everything goes floppy.

And if you get the carbon one you can always weight it down with a handy D1.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on June 02, 2015, 11:23:11 am
T42.

That's the dilemma, Ally or Carbon?

If I get the Ally one then that's it, I'm never going to be able to justify another tripod, and lugging it around to get lovely landscapes will be its main use.

I think I'm talking myself into carbon.  I already have a Manfrotto ball-head (to make my existing tripod vaguely user-friendly).

The pistol-grip ball-head by Manfrotto seems like a nice half-way house between a ball-head and a pan-tilt but I like the ball-head for it's total simplicity.

I'd go for the 3 leg version rather than the 4 because extending tripod legs is right up there with putting petrol in my car, or tying shoe-laces, for feeling that my life is slipping away.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on June 02, 2015, 11:32:21 am
The pistol grip is good, but difficult to adjust (tighten up/ loosen)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: mike on June 02, 2015, 12:13:22 pm
Have a look at Feisol carbon tripods, I've given my 3301 a horrible time over the last 6 or 7 years and it's still in great condition.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on June 02, 2015, 08:12:31 pm
I have the 055ProB with the tilty central column (which is ace) and a 3-way head. Not even dreaming of another one
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on June 03, 2015, 09:26:12 am
Just spent my Amazon birthday vouchers and received this

a Joby Gorilla Pod SLR Zoom (a heavyweight version of the Pod).

(http://www.photoanswers.co.uk/upload/9356/images/Joby%20Gorillapod%20SLR-Zoom.jpg)

I got it solely to get low-to-the-ground shots without the hassle of contorting a large tripod (even the best tripods require a degree of faffage to get 6" from the ground).

Very impressed, only £21.49 from Amazon and capable of supporting my Canon 18-135mm (although it will normally be supporting a very light 10-18mm).

I may get a cheap Eball head but it's easy enough to adjust/level and a ball-head will add height I'm trying to avoid.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Woofage on June 03, 2015, 04:49:59 pm
I've just received a Panasonic GF1 m4/3 body that cost me the princely sum of £57 delivered from Wex photo. My GF2's touch screen is looking a bit worse for wear so I'm going to have a go at replacing it. The GF1 will act as a worthy substitute for the time being.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: mike on June 03, 2015, 09:44:40 pm
GF1 is a brilliant camera and that's an astonishing price for it. Have you got a 20mm 1.7?  the combo is incredibly good.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Woofage on June 04, 2015, 09:57:04 am
GF1 is a brilliant camera and that's an astonishing price for it. Have you got a 20mm 1.7?  the combo is incredibly good.
Not yet, but I might treat myself. It depends whether I buy myself an SLR as that will take a chunk out of my pocket money.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: paul851 on June 08, 2015, 05:29:19 pm
Picked up a Kaiser VCP7002 enlarger and a LPL C6700 enlarger off Ebay a fiver a piece , one in Sheffield and the other 5 minutes from my front door  :) only wanted the Kaiser as replacement bulbs are a damn sight cheaper than my Philips Tri-One but the LPL was heading for the tip if it didn't sell which would have been a shame .

Paul
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on June 11, 2015, 04:59:38 pm
Just received 4 lens hoods from various Ebay sources.

Not sure who buys Canon lens hoods at >£20, they are most likely made in the same Chinese factory as the Ebay £3-£7 versions.

Better still...
Dear Canon, please include £3 lens hoods with your £300 lenses.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Woofage on June 11, 2015, 05:13:38 pm
An extra battery for my newly-acquired Panasonic GF1. £12.99 on eBay for (apparently) a genuine part. One of the advantages of owning an older model :).
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Biggsy on June 11, 2015, 05:37:07 pm
Pentax DA 18-135mm WR - a really decent general-purpose weather-resistant lens.  Review (http://www.pentaxforums.com/reviews/da-18-135mm-f35-56-ed-al-if-dc-wr/introduction.html).  I'm an idiot for not getting one bundled with my K-3 and saving a packet, but I was too locked into thinking I had enough lenses already.  In fact I'll have fewer lenses as this will replace my 18-55 and 50-200 WR lenses (for sale, plug, plug).  It's my first with a built-in focusing motor - a quiet and smooth delight.

Was tempted by the 18-270mm, but that extra reach costs 50 grams and 50 quid extra, and it's not WR and is slower at some apertures.  A compromise would have been the Tamron 18-200mm - far cheaper than the Pentax 18-135mm and no heavier, but again no WR and possibly worse compatibility.

(http://www.pentaxforums.com/content/uploads/files/44600/1097/ezgif_animate_53ab5a3813952.gif)
^ Put the hood on, you wally, it's raining!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on June 11, 2015, 11:29:28 pm
Picked up a Kaiser VCP7002 enlarger and a LPL C6700 enlarger off Ebay a fiver a piece , one in Sheffield and the other 5 minutes from my front door  :) only wanted the Kaiser as replacement bulbs are a damn sight cheaper than my Philips Tri-One but the LPL was heading for the tip if it didn't sell which would have been a shame .

Paul

A bargain. Total bargain!!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on June 12, 2015, 05:22:10 am
Biggsy, I was a bit blase about the value of weather resistance till this year, when it seems to have rained every day.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: rafletcher on June 12, 2015, 09:18:30 am
A Vivitar 400mm f5.6 OM fit, plus a OM-M4/3 adaptor for the princely sum of £34.13, for a bit of a play.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on June 12, 2015, 04:22:26 pm
No me but my dad bought a Canon 300mm f2.8 L IS USM II

It's extraordinary. Makes a sharper than average pin look blunt.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: tiermat on June 13, 2015, 10:01:44 pm
A Kenlock 3000 tripod. Not light, but solid and all in working order. Best bit? It cost a princely £12.50!!!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on June 13, 2015, 10:52:24 pm
Bargainacious!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on June 14, 2015, 12:33:52 am
No me but my dad bought a Canon 300mm f2.8 L IS USM II

It's extraordinary. Makes a sharper than average pin look blunt.

Quite a good price too  :o
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on June 14, 2015, 03:09:37 pm
I have an 055 - worth every penny.

Damn you all !!

I bought a 55 PRO 3 .

I love it already (owned it for about an hour). 
Aluminium version so it will take some lugging up Everest should that ever happen but it's in a different universe of sturdiness compared to what I had.

"Rock-solid" doesn't really do it justice and the 90 degree flip-out centre-column/boom looks extremely useful for low-level work.

Damn you all for the condition of my credit card.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: paul851 on June 15, 2015, 10:33:43 am
Picked up a Kaiser VCP7002 enlarger and a LPL C6700 enlarger off Ebay a fiver a piece , one in Sheffield and the other 5 minutes from my front door  :) only wanted the Kaiser as replacement bulbs are a damn sight cheaper than my Philips Tri-One but the LPL was heading for the tip if it didn't sell which would have been a shame .

Paul

A bargain. Total bargain!!

I think so  :) did I mention both enlargers came with timers ? the LPL has a Baeuerle timer and the Kaiser came with a Rayco micro timer  ;D I will stick with my old RH designs zonemaster and Timer II though  :)

Paul
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on June 17, 2015, 12:06:32 am
I have an 055 - worth every penny.

Damn you all !!

I bought a 55 PRO 3 .

I love it already (owned it for about an hour). 
Aluminium version so it will take some lugging up Everest should that ever happen but it's in a different universe of sturdiness compared to what I had.

"Rock-solid" doesn't really do it justice and the 90 degree flip-out centre-column/boom looks extremely useful for low-level work.

Damn you all for the condition of my credit card.

:) it is a nice pair of legs.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: davelodwig on June 17, 2015, 03:45:00 pm
A faux leather ever ready case for my X20. was a bit fed up of carrying it in a dry bag inside my satchel and fancied that old school feel.

A bargain at £25 quid ( the genuine one is around £60 ), even if I have to modify it a bit to make it fit better.

D.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: rafletcher on June 20, 2015, 07:19:48 pm
A genuine Vivitar 2x teleconvertor (complete with original leather case) for the princely sum of £14, to go with the 400mm f5.6 Vivitar telephoto I got a recently. On a 4/3 camera that's what, 1600mm  ;D   Need a brighter day that today though, and for the hares to be this side of the filed, not 100m further away on the other side!

Oh, and a second hand Manfrotto 3-way pan and tilt head.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: JohnP on June 20, 2015, 09:17:16 pm
Can the 055 flippy column still be pulled right out and reversed to get even lower and/or be used as a copier stand?
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: rafletcher on June 21, 2015, 11:04:45 am
Can the 055 flippy column still be pulled right out and reversed to get even lower and/or be used as a copier stand?

It can be pulled out then swung 90 degrees so that it is horizontal, if that's what you mean. Also means the tripod can be used down to around 15" height.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on June 21, 2015, 01:39:07 pm
Can the 055 flippy column still be pulled right out and reversed to get even lower and/or be used as a copier stand?

It can be pulled out then swung 90 degrees so that it is horizontal, if that's what you mean. Also means the tripod can be used down to around 15" height.

Actually the tripod can lie almost flat (not quite, it's still a tripod) so the head is more like 3" off the floor, on the horizontal beam

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-23-G9lgEkIY/VYawT8xjcRI/AAAAAAAAFJ0/7pg88tSD92Q/s1280/IMG_20150621_133311674_HDR.jpg)

I suppose you could then potentially use the ball head to get the camera flat to the floor .
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: rafletcher on June 21, 2015, 03:17:25 pm

I suppose you could then potentially use the ball head to get the camera flat to the floor .

Or one of the fancy 3-way heads that has a lateral slide adjustment on the top plate?
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on June 26, 2015, 02:25:17 pm
Looks like my Tesco Clubcard Boost points just got me a free Canon 85mm f1.8 USM.

I'll just add this to the thousands of pounds worth of free stuff my clubcard has got me.

It's actually the dedicated portrait lens I wanted but couldn't justify right now.

Tesco Clubcard "Boost" points just bagged me a free Canon s120 "snapper".

It should arrive on Monday.

Actually it should be a whole lot more than a snapper, it seems quite sophisticated although the s70 is the only high-end pocket camera I've ever owned and things have moved on since that was the one to own.

Anyone used one?
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: tiermat on June 26, 2015, 03:50:08 pm
5* Nikon batteries, as I found that we never have any available when I want to use my D60.  This is, usually, due to Mrs T "borrowing" them all and claiming she didn't realise we only have 3!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: paul851 on July 04, 2015, 07:41:53 pm
A near mint Yashica-mat 635 complete with it's 35mm adaptor and a close up set no.1
(https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPDNiH7CEmw7m-GhVfiCGkgprPbNI9u7jNKfSRomIBb4HpqMBFLp9-zuVMURr044Q?key=ZHV2eUpPLUNZM2t0YnRzOWw0eUdKcm9XaDN3Nkl3)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Wombat on July 08, 2015, 08:50:18 am
A Sony RX100 compact, for photography when I don't want to lug the monstrous A77 and its collection of lenses and accessories about.  And no, Mr Currys sales person, I don't mean I want the RX100 3, I mean I want an RX100.  I'm not after an all singing all dancing wonder camera, I just want a straightforward little thing that will do RAW, has a reasonable sensor size and moderate zoomability, and yes, I've noticed these others with eleventy zillion times zoom, I'm not bloody interested, now just get me the last RX100 in Hampshire out of the cabinet and let me on my way....

I'd have bought it from a real camera shop if I hadn't been such an idiot and only decided I needed a small camera 2 days before I go to France...

Used it for work this morning, seems to do its job. Hardest thing for me is using a traditional "round the lens" aperture ring, but a wiggly lever for zoom.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Thor on July 09, 2015, 10:04:37 am
Hardest thing for me is using a traditional "round the lens" aperture ring, but a wiggly lever for zoom.

'Course, you can reconfigure the lens ring to do zoom, if that helps.  Then you'd have to control aperture using the rear wheel. 
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Woofage on July 09, 2015, 11:02:11 am
Finally got round to buying a (used) Panasonic 20mm/f1.7 for my GF1 :smug:. Fabulous bit of kit.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on July 09, 2015, 11:49:52 am
I wish I could configure my XZ to focus using the lens ring.  I like using it for aperture, mind.  Zoom is a wiggly lever.

My E-PL1 has zoom & focus rings, but aperture is on a nasty push-button system.

Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Karla on July 09, 2015, 12:02:18 pm
A Canon S95.  I've got an upcoming bike trip and when I tried using my Fuji X10 on the bike last year, I found it was a bit too big for use on the bike, plus the lens ring focusing - while great for two-handed use - meant I couldn't shoot one-handed while moving.  The S95 is also cheap enough by now (double figures) that I can stick it in a jersey pocket or a tribag and not worry about it too much. 
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Woofage on July 09, 2015, 12:13:37 pm
Check out that DoF:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/340/18925578154_8bbc2b4b37_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/uQox2C)
P1010070 (https://flic.kr/p/uQox2C) by pencyclist (https://www.flickr.com/photos/38357939@N02/), on Flickr

(sorry, didn't have access to anything more interesting to photograph)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Woofage on July 09, 2015, 12:15:51 pm
I wish I could configure my XZ to focus using the lens ring.  I like using it for aperture, mind.  Zoom is a wiggly lever.

That's a feature I only discovered recently. Not sure I'll use it much but at least it's there when I need it.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on July 10, 2015, 02:01:51 pm
Check out that DoF:

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/340/18925578154_8bbc2b4b37_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/uQox2C)
P1010070 (https://flic.kr/p/uQox2C) by pencyclist (https://www.flickr.com/photos/38357939@N02/), on Flickr


There isn't much of it to check.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on July 10, 2015, 02:34:06 pm
A Canon S95.  I've got an upcoming bike trip and when I tried using my Fuji X10 on the bike last year, I found it was a bit too big for use on the bike, plus the lens ring focusing - while great for two-handed use - meant I couldn't shoot one-handed while moving.  The S95 is also cheap enough by now (double figures) that I can stick it in a jersey pocket or a tribag and not worry about it too much.
That's a lot of camera for under £100.  It was basically the Canon G11 in a compact box.  A 9/10 review at £399 in 2010.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Woofage on July 10, 2015, 08:00:46 pm
There isn't much of it to check.

Aye ;)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Karla on July 11, 2015, 10:34:43 am
A Canon S95.  I've got an upcoming bike trip and when I tried using my Fuji X10 on the bike last year, I found it was a bit too big for use on the bike, plus the lens ring focusing - while great for two-handed use - meant I couldn't shoot one-handed while moving.  The S95 is also cheap enough by now (double figures) that I can stick it in a jersey pocket or a tribag and not worry about it too much.
That's a lot of camera for under £100.  It was basically the Canon G11 in a compact box.  A 9/10 review at £399 in 2010.

Yeah.  The X10 replaced an S80 which died a couple of years ago, and which I found ideal for cycling, so I wanted another S model.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on July 15, 2015, 10:58:21 am
Not today but recently and purely as ornaments.

All were around £5 off Ebay and they are all lovely. They bring back memories of playing with my Dad's old camera (a Halina). I still love the "angry Wasp" buzz of a mechanical self-timer.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-oyhRGcjY1l4/VaYsvMKUyBI/AAAAAAAAFQc/Ozk4JMFYnqg/s1280-Ic42/a%252520Brownie%252520a.jpg)
Bigger (https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-oyhRGcjY1l4/VaYsvMKUyBI/AAAAAAAAFQc/Ozk4JMFYnqg/s1280-Ic42/a%252520Brownie%252520a.jpg)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-v3WBegQNNzE/VaYsv1LDqII/AAAAAAAAFQk/KzONknk24OU/s1280-Ic42/a%252520Regulette%252520a.jpg)
Bigger (https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-v3WBegQNNzE/VaYsv1LDqII/AAAAAAAAFQk/KzONknk24OU/s1280-Ic42/a%252520Regulette%252520a.jpg)

This Baldamatic has a light-meter which enables you to set exposure which is then linked, so you can adjust shutter-speed or aperture and retain a correct exposure.  It also has moving Depth of Field indicators.  Beautiful engineering.
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-csisLqnBjWw/VaYsu8nfYII/AAAAAAAAFQY/PB6-ENrnWcM/s1280-Ic42/a%252520Baldamatic%252520a.jpg)
Bigger (https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-csisLqnBjWw/VaYsu8nfYII/AAAAAAAAFQY/PB6-ENrnWcM/s1280-Ic42/a%252520Baldamatic%252520a.jpg)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-5yvS3hAUsfw/VaYsu4TTh2I/AAAAAAAAFQU/NJf43KTdqWQ/s1280-Ic42/a%252520Agfa%252520a.jpg)
Bigger (https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-5yvS3hAUsfw/VaYsu4TTh2I/AAAAAAAAFQU/NJf43KTdqWQ/s1280-Ic42/a%252520Agfa%252520a.jpg)

For comparison, here's my latest camera, a Canon S120. 

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-pCigagw-1ig/VaYs17InSGI/AAAAAAAAFQs/690BJEoxHEA/s1280-Ic42/a%252520Agfa%252520and%252520Canon%252520s120.jpg)
Bigger (https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-pCigagw-1ig/VaYs17InSGI/AAAAAAAAFQs/690BJEoxHEA/s1280-Ic42/a%252520Agfa%252520and%252520Canon%252520s120.jpg)

Not quite as lovely to look at or to hold but it's almost Science-fiction when you compare features.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on July 16, 2015, 05:36:32 pm
The Agfa Silette is a surprisingly capable camera.  That's the model I picked up from our local charity shop and, er, sold on ebay.  I idly wanted a Super Silette (rangefinder version), but never got round to it.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: paul851 on July 17, 2015, 05:49:22 pm
A couple of stainless developing tanks with 35mm and 120 reels , Paterson tank and reels are OK as long as the reels are dry , a nightmare if their's even the slightest hint of moisture .tTat said , learning to load 36 exposure rolls onto stainless reels nearly did for me but an evening sat in front of the television with my eyes closed and a practice roll helped  ;D



Paul
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Biggsy on July 20, 2015, 04:11:15 pm
A second-hand Panasonic LX7.  Blimey, it's pretty nice but rather heavy for the size.  See the ads for my lighter and more zoomy LX2!, now £45 posted.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: geraldc on August 11, 2015, 11:52:32 am
One of these http://www.jessops.com/online.store/categories/products/panasonic/lumix-dmc-gm1-camera-in-silver-12-32mm-lens-panasonic-case-97064/show.html

Will act as a tiny second body for my m43 lenses, and an everyday carry.

Another case of Panasonic flogging off old models cheaper than the cost of the lens if sold separately. Sensor is still used in their current models too.

Played with an all black model before, but the black paint was very subject to wear, and I know some people like brassing, but paint wearing off metal isn't a look a like. Got the leather case too.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Woofage on August 11, 2015, 12:57:58 pm
^ nice :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on August 11, 2015, 01:17:19 pm
Good value!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Biggsy on August 11, 2015, 04:39:50 pm
Nice quality Dura Gadget neoprene pouch.  Little bit big for the LX7, but that's ok.  www.ebay.co.uk/itm/191509203798  :thumbsup:

And, not so good, this for my smaller LF1: www.ebay.co.uk/itm/201274900656 - excessive padding at sides, no padding at edges.  :thumbsdown:
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Ham on August 13, 2015, 06:34:44 pm
I started buying this last Friday, on my way to St Petersburg.

An Olympus 45mm/1.8 m4/3 lens.

Initial conversation with salesman - Do I not get the VAT off (the £204 purchase price) any more as I am travelling outside EU?

Ans: No

I wasn't that worried as I saw their price guarantee - but failed to read the small print*

Also Olympus are doing a promo at the moment of £30 cash back

On return, I started fuming hearing the current news story about the airport companies trousering the VAT. Also the going price on t'Interwebs I find to be £145-149. On Currys in store.... £149!

Off I toddle to Currys, hand them back the purchased one for £204 and buy it back for £149, job done.

Cashback form submitted.


* Dixons travel will price match t'Interwebs (Amazon etc) BUT only at the time of purchase. BUT with 2x the difference. So, I missed the opportunity of picking it up for £94 and then getting £30 cash back....... You also have opportunity of asking for full refund. An interesting thing worth exploiting in future.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: perpetual dan on August 13, 2015, 08:12:34 pm

An Olympus 45mm/1.8 m4/3 lens.


Well done on getting a good price!
I hope you enjoy the lens, I take around 2/3 of my pictures with this one.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: tonycollinet on August 13, 2015, 08:50:33 pm
An ND 200 (7 2/3 stops) neutral density filter.

Camera comp this month is long exposure  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: rafletcher on August 14, 2015, 11:54:34 am
A nice Manfrotto 303Plus QTVR head - used but in great nick - for £125.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Biggsy on August 15, 2015, 04:35:31 pm
Another soft compact camera case: www.ebay.co.uk/itm/330956277302 - good and nicely fits my Lumix LF1.  Claims to be genuine Samsung, doesn't matter if fake.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on August 15, 2015, 10:55:20 pm
Some ThinkTank stuff.

Can't wait to go out looking like a dork!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: rogerzilla on August 19, 2015, 10:42:25 pm
Well, an FM2 body and a 55mm Micro-Nikkor turned up from eBay but they were both knackered beyond words so are going back.  The FM2 has had a massive blow to the back which has rippled the metal and caused it to lose its external VF eyepiece and the Micro-Nikkor had a jammed focusing ring.  Some sellers should really check stuff before they list it.  Both business sellers so no problem with a refund and no return postage, but it's a real crapshoot.

I have managed to get one decent FM2, three of the Series E lenses and a 50mm f/1.4.  The Series E lenses are, I'm ashamed to say, just as sharp as the Leica lenses I used to have*.  Ken Rockwell is right; they may look a bit low rent but they work impeccably.  This is the 100mm f/2.8.  Clickness for bigness and then click again for the 1600px image (the original scan is about 16MP and that's sharp too; it's Neopan Acros in Rodinal).

Despite my crappy eyes, I can still focus an SLR easily enough!


(http://imageshack.com/a/img661/8140/yPvrO6.jpg) (http://imageshack.com/a/img661/6931/mO2S2T.jpg)

*it's not true that lens sharpness is over-rated; the Minolta X-series lenses I had 15 years ago weren't pin-sharp, especially the 35mm and 70-210mm. and the Bronica 60mm PE lens I had was atrocious.  In fact, only the standard 75mm Bronica lens was really good although the 40mm and 135mm were passable.  When you put the camera on a tripod, use mirror lock, focus as if your life depended on it and the subject's eyes are still soft, the lens is a duffer.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: rogerzilla on August 20, 2015, 09:30:54 pm
A Nikon F3 for less than forty quid.  This is a bit of a punt but it's cheap because the seller says the shutter is faulty; it won't fire with the release button, only when the manual release lever on the front of the body is pressed.  Then he says he can't test the meter or LCD viewfinder display because he hasn't tried batteries in the camera.

The point he's missing is that an F3 without batteries will do just this.  The shutter will not fire without batteries as it is electronic, except for (you guessed it) a mechanical 1/60 speed from the separate lever.

Anyway, for £40 I can strip it and sell parts if the shutter really is knackered, which I doubt (F3s are built like tanks).  The focusing screen alone can go for £20.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on August 21, 2015, 07:40:25 am
Nice spot, Roger.  A friend of a friend was shooting with a Nikon FM3a at a picnic I went to the other day and initially, I thought, "ohhh, he's got one of those Df bodies..."
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on August 21, 2015, 09:04:07 am
Got an FM3 with a waist level finder in my office.. Have to try a film through that at some point.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: rogerzilla on August 22, 2015, 09:42:15 am
I put some batteries in the F3 and it works perfectly!  It's well battered and brassed but that gives it street cred.  Even the viewfinder LCD works despite being five times beyond its expected service life.  I'll change the prism cover as that is really bashed and I need a new AE lock button (they always fell off the earlier F3 bodies) but apart from that there ain't much wrong with it.  Might get a seals kit.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Woofage on August 25, 2015, 10:18:56 am
A Nikon (G) to m4/3 adapter. Just for the LOLs.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on August 25, 2015, 11:34:24 am
I'm tempted by a converter to use my OM lenses.  A little bit.  The 70-210 zoom would be a decent birding option.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Woofage on August 25, 2015, 12:10:11 pm
I've taken macro shots with a Zuiko 50mm plus OM extension tube(s). I used this method to copy some 35mm slides with good results.
Construction of Alton Water reservior:
(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8813/17094491037_02e6b43ef5_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/s3zJC6)
P1030016 (https://flic.kr/p/s3zJC6) by pencyclist (https://www.flickr.com/photos/38357939@N02/), on Flickr

I also have a 135mm Zuiko and I've tried wildlife photos with it (well, in the back garden) but my focusing technique needs work! Here's one I prepared earlier:
(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/532/18608846076_07f4044c61_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/umpcBJ)
P1000952 (https://flic.kr/p/umpcBJ) by pencyclist (https://www.flickr.com/photos/38357939@N02/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on September 11, 2015, 09:01:43 pm
Finally got a lens for my Olympus Ace.   45/2.8  I've had the camera more than a year, and not been able to put a film through it.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: TimO on September 13, 2015, 01:11:37 pm
I just got the Olympus E-410 out, and decided that I need to use it more.

The one USB cable that I've got for it is a bit limiting, so I've ordered another one, but only a £5 version rather than spending £25 on an authentic Olympus cable!

Also, in an attempt to minimise using the fiddly USB connection anyway, I've also ordered a Lexar card reader, that hopefully is a bit more useful and rugged than previous CompactFlash card readers I've had.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Woofage on September 23, 2015, 09:45:49 am
Bollocks. I've put my Olympus 135mm lens (with m4/3 adapter attached) in a "safe place" and now I can't find the sodding thing.

I was looking forward to trying it on my new (well, s/h) Lumix G6 body :smug:.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: fuaran on September 24, 2015, 12:09:04 am
A Manfrotto 293 tripod. Seems pretty good, nice and solid, a lot better than the cheapo tripod I was using previously. And not too bulky/heavy, so I could carry it for walking or cycling etc.
Though I think I will replace the head, as I prefer the Arca Swiss quick release system.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on September 24, 2015, 07:28:37 am
A stack of batteries and a Minox 35ML!

I currently have a 35PL, but it's not the same.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: bumper on September 24, 2015, 07:24:45 pm
just ordered a Fuji x-t10. Mirrorless looks much improved from my old lumix g2. It'll make a lovely carry around that isn't attached to a bloody phone!

The xt1 looked good but not worth the extra ££ for me, especially the weather sealing.

Should be here tomorrow :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: bumper on September 25, 2015, 11:38:49 am
Won't be getting it today, parcelfarce have lost it  >:(
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on September 25, 2015, 02:48:09 pm
Been using a ThinkTank belt system at an event Quite useful and stopped me leaving bits of kit all over the venue.  ;D
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on September 25, 2015, 09:49:37 pm
Been using a ThinkTank belt system at an event Quite useful and stopped me leaving bits of kit all over the venue.  ;D

It can look rather "Village People".
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on September 25, 2015, 10:27:16 pm
Been using a ThinkTank belt system at an event Quite useful and stopped me leaving bits of kit all over the venue.  ;D

It can look rather "Village People".

Yes, there is that risk. However I don't have a battery drill hanging off mine, maybe you do?  :D
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on September 26, 2015, 04:58:55 pm
Been using a ThinkTank belt system at an event Quite useful and stopped me leaving bits of kit all over the venue.  ;D

It can look rather "Village People".

Yes, there is that risk. However I don't have a battery drill hanging off mine, maybe you do?  :D

I traded my ThinkTank camera holster for a Native American Headdress.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on September 26, 2015, 05:12:43 pm
I look so odd anyway, the addition of some Predator type trophies on my belt doesn't make much difference.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on September 27, 2015, 10:39:19 pm
Been using a ThinkTank belt system at an event Quite useful and stopped me leaving bits of kit all over the venue.  ;D

It can look rather "Village People".

That.  I have a TT Speed Racer bum bag thing that I really ought to sell because whilst it's very useful, I don't use it because it makes me look like a prat.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: bumper on October 03, 2015, 03:14:41 pm
2 spare batteries, a 64gb card and a samyang f/2.0 12mm lens.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on October 06, 2015, 02:42:20 pm
A Hoodman loupe.  I've been meaning to get one for ages because without one, trying to make any decisions based on looking at an LCD in the bright sunshine is a largely futile affair.  It's an expensive little doohickey, but if it gives me a fighting chance of getting my focus and exposure right on an outdoor shoot, it's a good thing.

Also, if you wear it round your neck, you look like a film director  :D
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on October 14, 2015, 09:57:03 pm
Ordered a Yongnuo YN-568-EX II for my Canon.

It seems to offer everything I need from a Canon Speedlight at a significantly lower price.  E-TTL and a Master/trigger for some slave flashes (eventually).

For now I can use my old Viv 283 on an optical flash trigger if I need more light.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Riggers on October 16, 2015, 12:07:56 pm
Not bought, but been given a nice shiny new Sony RX-100 for my birthday. Happy bunny!!!!! Joy joy!!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on October 16, 2015, 04:21:36 pm
Someone must love you a lot!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: T42 on October 16, 2015, 05:07:56 pm
Not bought, but been given a nice shiny new Sony RX-100 for my birthday. Happy bunny!!!!! Joy joy!!

Good'un.  Mine's my second most-used camera after the cycling Panny.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Ham on October 16, 2015, 09:40:13 pm
Oh, and happy birthday too!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: bumper on October 18, 2015, 03:01:27 pm
Just splashed out on the fuji 10-24ois and 35mm.

It was a toss up between the 14mm and the 10-24mm, thought the 10mm zoom would be better suited to vistas and tight, enclosed areas etc.. The zoom appears to be identical to the prime at 14mm anyway.

Should be here tomorrow ;D
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Gattopardo on October 18, 2015, 10:32:24 pm
Went on to 7dayshop to buy a uv filter for the sony and some 120 film and a compact flash card.  Then looking at prices as the filter was a paid for postage item, I ended up going to amazon and buying a lens, some 120 colour film, 400asa and a kingston 4gb compact flash card.

Was also looking at lenses, but think that is a bit early.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Riggers on October 19, 2015, 01:29:33 pm
Thank you all.

Not the latest model, but it'll do for the likes of me. And she does love me a lot (I hope).
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on October 21, 2015, 12:13:15 pm
Ordered a Yongnuo YN-568-EX II for my Canon.

It seems to offer everything I need from a Canon Speedlight at a significantly lower price.  E-TTL and a Master/trigger for some slave flashes (eventually).

For now I can use my old Viv 283 on an optical flash trigger if I need more light.

Wow!!

What a lovely bit of kit for £64.  Wireless Master or Slave.  I can see why people are using these as Studio strobes.  3 of them for under £200 then a few brollies and stands would give you a basic, but very decent, studio set up for under £350 (the price of a single Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flashgun).

The only downside I see is the lack of external power supply input.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: rogerzilla on October 21, 2015, 06:23:20 pm
This may sound stupid for someone who can't really use a camera right now* but I am swapping the Nikon Series E 28mm for a Nikkor 24mm because, well, the 28mm is too close to the 35mm and, although it really is quite sharp, it's not OMG-sharp like the 100mm.  It's not even my technique - 1/125 shots with the 28mm look softer than 1/125 shots with the 100mm, which requires more critical focus and is more susceptible to shake.


*I can already focus using a split image screen.  Or use my left eye, obviously.  Pupil still massively dilated and I suspect it will be 20/40 or better as soon as the atropine wears off, which is incredible really - it goes on improving for six months after this so may eventually manage 20/20, which is pretty rare for a corneal graft.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: bumper on October 24, 2015, 11:48:46 am
Got a new Ona Bowery today, in cognac leather. Its gorgeous.

I can't find my old Billingham Hadley :(
I think my wife has hidden/thrown/given it away. She's currently denying everything.
Still, every cloud has a silver lining.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on November 04, 2015, 11:41:51 pm
Smoke machine.  Oh yeah.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on November 10, 2015, 08:33:27 am
Now the proud owner of an autofocus SLR - an Olympus IS-3000, the bad boy of that particular series (I also have an IS-200 and IS-1000, which will both be sold on.

I rather like this IS.  OK, so it doesn't have interchangeable lenses, but it is a reputable bit of Zuiko glass stretching from 35-180 mm, at an acceptable f4.5-5.6.  I can live with that.  And there's lots of user control on it.  It'll be fun learning my way around :)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: rogerzilla on November 14, 2015, 10:53:54 am
Smoke machine.  Oh yeah.
Yay! Goth party!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on November 14, 2015, 08:36:44 pm
Magic Marcus and Jeremy the rabbit, as it happens. (http://www.charlottebarnes.co.uk/p222200116/h65C1843B#h65c1843b)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: sojournermike on December 15, 2015, 11:41:04 pm
Voigtlander R3m and 52/50 Heliar 250 Jahre set. Second hand, obviously, as a support for my preferred but slightly unreliable Zeiss Ikon.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on December 16, 2015, 09:29:39 am
Magic Marcus and Jeremy the rabbit, as it happens. (http://www.charlottebarnes.co.uk/p222200116/h65C1843B#h65c1843b)
Any relation of Wascally Weasel?
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on December 18, 2015, 07:57:34 pm
None, sadly.  Although he is a most splendid chap :)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: barakta on December 18, 2015, 11:51:49 pm
None, sadly.  Although he is a most splendid chap :)

It would be a very interesting introduction to make. They share a certain whackiness...
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on December 23, 2015, 11:21:55 am
And a certain beardiness...
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Wombat on January 16, 2016, 03:44:18 pm
Oh dear, a visit to Park Cameras and I'm about £2,700 worse off. Bugger.  And they didn't have the Zeiss Batis 25mm F2 in stock, so it could have been an even worse hit on my reserves.

I seem to own a Sony A7Rii   :facepalm: ;D ;D  Exploring how well my existing A mount lenses work with the adaptor is amusing, the ancient Sigma 70-300 is manual focus only (but with focus peaking, no big deal, and it was a slow old focuser anyway), the Sigma 150-500 is fine in autofocus, the Sigma APS-C 10-20 ultrawide is manual focus only (but hey, you hardly have to focus that thing) and the APS-C Sigma 17-70 is fine, just as if it was on its intended APS-C  A mount camera. 

42 Megapixel uncompressed RAW files are a bit big! 

Just had to buy a 64Gb UHS ii SD card, or I won't be able to shoot 4K video (not that I presently have any need for it...)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on January 17, 2016, 06:18:51 pm
Cool kit (y)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Wombat on January 18, 2016, 12:57:49 pm
I've still got that slightly sick feeling in the pit of my stomach, where I wonder if I have done something incredibly stupid... I have real troubles spending large amounts of money, which I suppose is why I still have some, 'cos I struggle spending it  ;D

I'm learning the camera, which is quite an undertaking, as as well as just being a camera with an excellent sensor, it also has fancy things like wifi and remote control, and it does tethering.  No anti-aliasing filter, either...

I've only got a year and a bit of spending, till I retire.  :-[
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on January 18, 2016, 01:11:55 pm
I've still got that slightly sick feeling in the pit of my stomach, where I wonder if I have done something incredibly stupid.

If you get years of pleasure from using it and looking at the results then you did something incredibly sensible.

£2700, in relation to my monthly income, isn't so different to the amount I paid for my Pentax ME Super all those years ago.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: mike on January 18, 2016, 02:50:52 pm

I seem to own a Sony A7Rii   :facepalm: ;D ;D 


Fantastic!  looks like an amazing camera.

Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: T42 on January 18, 2016, 03:01:14 pm
I seem to own a Sony A7Rii   :facepalm: ;D ;D

Health to use it.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on January 18, 2016, 03:31:12 pm
https://www.instagram.com/p/_oJepUIa6u/

Elinchrom EL-Skyport Plus HS.  For two hundred quid and some buggering about, all my big flash just got a sync speed boost.  Which means that they're effectively double, quadruple and often even more multiples more powerful than they were.

In the world of megapixels, this may not mean much to most people, but for me - it's a total showstopper.  So looking forward to playing with it some more!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Woofage on January 18, 2016, 04:22:20 pm
^ that looks like a very handy bit of kit and considering what it can do I'm amazed it doesn't cost 4 times as much (in the context of professional grade gear, that is).

My LUMIX 45-150 arrived this afternoon. Little birthday presents myself as I didn't get round to buying one last summer when I was going to (got my G6 body instead). 300mm equivalent in something that will fit into a pocket  :thumbsup:.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on January 18, 2016, 10:26:49 pm
https://www.instagram.com/p/_oJepUIa6u/

Elinchrom EL-Skyport Plus HS.  For two hundred quid and some buggering about, all my big flash just got a sync speed boost.  Which means that they're effectively double, quadruple and often even more multiples more powerful than they were.

In the world of megapixels, this may not mean much to most people, but for me - it's a total showstopper.  So looking forward to playing with it some more!
How does it do that? do multiple flashes so that it evens out over the whole image as the shutter travels (like Nikon High speed sync)?
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on January 18, 2016, 10:32:41 pm
Surely it is a single flash, just longer than the shutter speed, that fires just before the shutter opens and finishes just after it has closed?
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Ham on January 19, 2016, 08:28:43 am
Multiple flash is the normal way, the typical duration of the flash being very much shorter than the shutter exposure (50us or thereabouts ?), just needs to be synched to the shutter position on the FP..
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on January 19, 2016, 11:26:05 am
Surely it is a single flash, just longer than the shutter speed, that fires just before the shutter opens and finishes just after it has closed?

200th of a second is a typical maximum shutter speed (i.e the shortest time the shutter mechanism can remain fully open to the sensor... and hence max Flash Sync speed), beyond that the 2 curtains are used to form a travelling slit which spoofs a fast shutter mechanism, without the shutter actually operating any faster.

200th of a second is a huge "burn time" for a flash.

Canon high-speed synch is a multiple flash solution.  As Ham says it fires multiple times as the slit travels over the sensor, illuminating the sensor in stages.
Too fast to notice to the naked eye but you can tell it happened by the extended flash re-cycle time.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on January 19, 2016, 11:42:04 am
Ah, I think I see  :)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on January 19, 2016, 12:01:33 pm
I'd just like to say that I have several cameras with a 1/500s max flash sync.

Leaf shutters ftw! ;)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on January 19, 2016, 12:36:48 pm
I'd just like to say that I have several cameras with a 1/500s max flash sync.

Leaf shutters ftw! ;)

What happens to them in Autumn though?
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Wombat on January 19, 2016, 01:22:37 pm
Ho ho, very droll...

I used to use a pair of seriously secondhand Mamiya C33 TLRs, and the flash synch "all the way" to 1/500 was very nice.  Only thing I had to remember was that the max power flash of my Sunpak Autozoom 4000 hammerhead gun took place at 1/400 of a second. Rarely an issue, but one had to bear it in mind. 
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on January 19, 2016, 04:59:11 pm
Nope, it's none of these things.  FP sync is Nikon's flutter-flash solution, which fires a pulse of flashes to make sure that as the slit travels across the sensor, it's evenly illuminated.  HSS, Hi-sync, Hypersync and all the other proprietary names for what the Elinchrom does (and PocketWizard and whoever else does it) is a different beastie.

It relies on a combination of super-precise timing, with the option to fine-tune things (which you don't need to do if you're operating in a known, one brand ecosystem) and a very slow duration flash burn.  Ironically, whilst the industry's been getting its knickers in a twist about action-freezing T1 times and strobes that can stop time by delivering their power in a tiny fraction of a second, Hypersync relies on good old fashioned slow flash to work.  Which means that the cheaper D-Lite strobes work well, but the expensive BRX units work less well with one of these triggers.  Weird...
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on January 19, 2016, 07:07:32 pm
Clever stuff!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: rogerzilla on January 19, 2016, 08:38:56 pm
Surely it is a single flash, just longer than the shutter speed, that fires just before the shutter opens and finishes just after it has closed?

200th of a second is a typical maximum shutter speed (i.e the shortest time the shutter mechanism can remain fully open to the sensor... and hence max Flash Sync speed), beyond that the 2 curtains are used to form a travelling slit which spoofs a fast shutter mechanism, without the shutter actually operating any faster.

200th of a second is a huge "burn time" for a flash.
ISTR that my old Metz 45CT-1 was 1/300 sec on full power, which was another reason not to elect 1/500 sync on a leaf shutter (faster than 1/250 is always held to be risky anyway, as the sync is rarely perfect and you can end up with shadows in the corners)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on January 19, 2016, 09:22:24 pm
The problem with a leaf shutter and flash is that as the sync speed goes up, the effective aperture can go down if the shutter starts closing before it is fully open. So you may get a sharper depth of field than intended. There will be a critical speed above which you cannot use the lens wide open without an apparent slow down.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Wombat on February 04, 2016, 10:17:15 am
I'm struggling to get my head round high speed sync with focal plane shutters, but somehow or other it seems to work.  I've experimented with 1/250, but I was watching a Youtube video last night saying I can do 1/8000 with the A7Rii.  We shall see, as I'm not ready for that experiment yet. 

I have, however bought a "cheap and nasty" Sony 28-70 zoom for the A7Rii as a general carry-about lens, as my other lens i have ordered is on back order. Now that is a nice one, a Zeiss Batis 25/f2.  That is allegedly for use when photographing groups of Regency dancers in typically poorly lit venues, being as distortion free as I'll find at that focal length.  It may of course also be handy for landscapes and buildings.  I've never paid that much (£979) for a lens before, previously the most expensive was a Sigma 150-500 zoom at £699 (and then £50 cashback).  I daresay Charlotte has some that were a bit pricier than that!

Why Park Cameras want £30 more than Sony's list price for the cheapo zoom I do not know, hence I have bought it from Amazon for £100 less.

Depending on my future employment situation I may not be able to resist the Batis 85/f1.8  ;D
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Ham on February 09, 2016, 06:26:40 pm
Just lashed out for 486 (count 'em) Lightroom presets https://creative.adobe.com/addons/products/10491#.VrnTXliLR9i or https://www.dropbox.com/sh/sw0ctwp24z00acg/AAAPnFEz6qrd81KH7eLVG2Rba?dl=0

A bit of an hextravagance, but fun.

The Adobe <makes a sign to ward off the devil> Creative Cloud crapped out completely, as it appears to for many people but the author emailed them to me, so all good in the end.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on February 10, 2016, 01:14:36 pm
Bought a wireless Flash Trigger.  About £9 off Ebay, not TTL, entirely manual but will do the job I want for now. 
There's almost nothing I like about (a) My DSLR flip-up flash or (b) My big external flash mounted on the camera hot-shoe.

Longer term I'll get a cheap double soft-box setup, another Yongnuo flash and the Yongnuo 622 Triggers/Transceivers (that control the flashguns remotely).

Ebay really does give the enthusiast/amateur a lot of options for very little money.  You can probably source a basic but adequate home-studio, with a 3 excellent flash guns for £250 - £300. 

EDIT.  "Neewer" Flash trigger arrived and does exactly what I need.  Transmitter on the Hotshoe & the Flashgun sat on the Receiver.  Camera fires.. Flash fires.

Thinking about it, my next camera will most likely have built-in Wireless Flash synch so it's not worth spending a lot.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: geraldc on February 26, 2016, 01:20:45 pm
Olympus 60mm 2.8 Macro M4/3 lens.
I'm in charge of the garden this year, so want to take photos of what I grow. The lens also doubles quite well as a portrait lens.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: rafletcher on February 26, 2016, 03:09:37 pm
Olympus 60mm 2.8 Macro M4/3 lens.
I'm in charge of the garden this year, so want to take photos of what I grow. The lens also doubles quite well as a portrait lens.

I have one of those, nice lens.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on February 26, 2016, 09:49:31 pm
A second hand studio strobe and a new reflector for it. Be interesting to see how well it works.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Ham on February 27, 2016, 06:54:34 pm
Not exactly photo gear, but a set of placemats from Botts (Snapfish) along with a 30% discount (up to 29th March - BP3GFT216H for home delivery BP3GFT216S for store delivery

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/sl8k83fNqzV3jJzW7eXY7tiSV7FvEoQ180ammUchuOWv87ev1H-aQj4prQecTc5EJGzvbUs9h8BX8ObZmcIvBlEzoB619QDYmVxMcQuvAJjoEJP4EM7Tm8l1ao5Rau5sjShTUvuVPpE3r70sA9QJdV4J9DvkKofdpaz-X9GpAJEsTpZKrCv1VYfzZtzWQyz_ClNAVg-3-gL8nxdR78-2Qj0_FiM4AVRZov0LlvXqVjS82NlAFuZOZmByTTAPYrUtT9vsvnSBhVk272LI7nmd3DyNEvedJX0Fkc1wQN71Q3QXUEB7Q9gP4fl8XyZ51rR-njeNZ81xvIu8w5xZh3aNrHgM7YsOKsBidrt6ndAb8D1S4eTuKUdEk1K8_4zs91FUA-fFpNGkLxzzQY5l14td0G8Rlkh1GtX7Vv86b8WpHB2DdeNTe9UpLq8qzeZKdp74MwKTGeDEuvyBzmwR8zu-00HtaDQo7qHItuO0jBGfeGJ7rk4_D8DQlK-MN85nZeQwwlvQhcwoGFvhFJiVaP3GDkODIvlefR671ZRMtmlTVCY3KosAN0CFHSv1iMEF_5i1Tq0diA=w920-h690-no)

Think I might do another 6
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on March 10, 2016, 11:02:29 pm
Something with 20mm and f1.8 in the name. It's financial year end again.

First experiences are that it is rather sharp, quite light in weight and rather good.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on March 10, 2016, 11:19:03 pm
I am strongly considering a samyang 12mm 2.8 fisheye for landscape/indoor/all sorts of things reasons.

Any thoughts on this lens? (Nikon fit so it meters)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on March 10, 2016, 11:28:20 pm
I considered wider (I do have a Tokina 11-16 which is a brilliant lens and just about works on FF at 16, but looking at my shots found I wasn't using the full area for subject matter. That's why I chose 20.

Samyang have a good reputation.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on March 10, 2016, 11:41:28 pm
Somewhere I have a Nikon 10-24 but it has been put is a safe place (or lost). I wonder if a flickr search can be done by focal length so I can work out where it was when I last knew where it was.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: perpetual dan on March 12, 2016, 01:26:40 pm
Not exactly bought, but I got one of these as an anniversary present from Mrs Dan  :D

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51I2r%2BQE6iL._SY300_.jpg)

Which prompted me to go out and buy a roll of film for the first time in years.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on March 12, 2016, 01:50:17 pm
Found the 10-24, so now it is decision time - use it on the D610 for landscapes or upgrade the D80 (at long last).
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: T42 on March 12, 2016, 02:23:08 pm
Not exactly bought, but I got one of these as an anniversary present from Mrs Dan  :D

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51I2r%2BQE6iL._SY300_.jpg)

Which prompted me to go out and buy a roll of film for the first time in years.

Fun.

A few years ago there was a DIY brass & rosewood 4x5 camera kit on the market.  Wouldn't mind one of those.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on March 16, 2016, 12:48:15 pm
Finally upgraded the D80. I figured that having to get AF-S lenses if I went for the D5xxx (and actually not liking the feel or controls so much) I went for a hardly used D7100. Basically a DX version of the D610 but better resolution. I was tempted to go for teh D7200 but decided it was too much out of budget.

The work D610 has now done more shots than my D80 (23k vs 22k, though I'm not sure I believe the 22k figure).
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on March 16, 2016, 01:32:41 pm
The D7100 is a neat performer.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on March 17, 2016, 11:04:21 pm
It arrived. Almost identical in handling to the D610, just a crop sensor. I like it.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: TimC on March 18, 2016, 10:55:06 am
A Sony DSC HX60 compact. Nothing in the scale of you enthusos' kit, but hopefully a step up from the iPhone 6S! Got fed up with AF and poor low-light performance meaning that my attempts at photographing the Aurorae and noctilucent clouds from the aeroplane were always frustratingly poor. Hopefully, for a very small investment of around £170, I will be able to manually tell the thing what to do and get something a bit better than a blurred smudge on a black background!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on March 22, 2016, 06:50:34 pm
Another 2 studio strobes - also Elinchrom Dlite4. That should keep me happy for a while.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on March 22, 2016, 07:46:03 pm
A Sony DSC HX60 compact. Nothing in the scale of you enthusos' kit, but hopefully a step up from the iPhone 6S! Got fed up with AF and poor low-light performance meaning that my attempts at photographing the Aurorae and noctilucent clouds from the aeroplane were always frustratingly poor. Hopefully, for a very small investment of around £170, I will be able to manually tell the thing what to do and get something a bit better than a blurred smudge on a black background!

It sounds like an impressive camera for £170.  It was overpriced when it came out, at almost £300, because it didn't have RAW image mode (despite having the "Pro" external Flash shoe and therefore making you expect RAW).

£170 today gets you something that was science-fiction not so long ago and will eclipse a phone-camera (if pointed well) and won't be any better than an iPhone 6S (if pointed badly).

I've heard good things about the iPhone 6S camera but then again it won't be as good as your Sony and it costs more than an enthusiast-level DSLR.

I'd rather have a cheaper phone and your new camera.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: fuaran on April 04, 2016, 12:47:06 pm
A Meike MK320 flash. It is small and lightweight, well suited to Micro 4/3. And rather cheap - £40 with an Ebay offer. Now to learn how to use it.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: rogerzilla on April 24, 2016, 09:36:19 am
After many months' looking, I have finally found a +1.0 dioptre eyepiece for the other F3 body.  Most of the ones on fleaBay are for the F3HP prism, which is completely different.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: sojournermike on April 24, 2016, 10:59:56 pm
A Fed 4 with Industar 61 (50mm f2.8) for my 14 years old retro style Queen. Next to dig out the enlarger and a box of paper.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on April 24, 2016, 11:31:09 pm
An LED light thingie. Will be fun using it later this week
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: geraldc on April 25, 2016, 01:44:43 pm
I'm going to try and have no need to post in this thread for 2 years. I have enough stuff, and now it's time to concentrate of learning to use it properly.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on April 26, 2016, 11:29:51 am
A Fed 4 with Industar 61 (50mm f2.8) for my 14 years old retro style Queen. Next to dig out the enlarger and a box of paper.
An ugly beast, but can be very good.  I had a Zorki 4K and a Kiev 4.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: T42 on April 26, 2016, 01:17:18 pm
I still have a Zorky Forky. I think there's a film from 1985 in it.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: BrianI on April 26, 2016, 03:59:07 pm
Well, didn't buy it today, but it got delivered today.

A Joby (pronounced Joeby!) Gorilla Pod SLR-Zoom with ball head & spare q/r plate.  Looks ideal as a small handy tripod for when I'm out for a bike ride  my bridge camera!   :thumbsup:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iBsM0F2vGg
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on April 26, 2016, 05:36:55 pm
Well, didn't buy it today, but it got delivered today.

A Joby (pronounced Joeby!) Gorilla Pod SLR-Zoom with ball head & spare q/r plate.  Looks ideal as a small handy tripod for when I'm out for a bike ride  my bridge camera!   :thumbsup:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6iBsM0F2vGg

I have one.  A bit heavy/bulky for me to take on a bike ride but I wrap one around my shoulder-bag when I'm out for a walk. Surprisingly sturdy.

Mine didn't come with a Ball-head so I may buy a cheap one from Ebay because it's too much faff to get them in a sturdy AND level position by flexing the legs.  Best to get it sturdy and let the Ball-head do the levelling part.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: sojournermike on April 26, 2016, 08:55:19 pm
A Fed 4 with Industar 61 (50mm f2.8) for my 14 years old retro style Queen. Next to dig out the enlarger and a box of paper.
An ugly beast, but can be very good.  I had a Zorki 4K and a Kiev 4.

My first rangefinder was a Zorki 4k with a Jupiter 8. A deceitful gateway drug to a Zeiss Ikon and a, now sold, Leica MP..
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: fuaran on April 29, 2016, 08:37:25 pm
A Peak Design Shell. Basically a waterproof cover for my camera. Perfect for the summer weather...
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Wombat on May 06, 2016, 02:04:44 pm
A Samyang 14mm F2.8 lens for my Sony A7Rii.  Oops. It is clearly not a "serious" lens, and I bought it for drama, not accuracy.  For reasonably wide accurate images I have a Zeiss Batis 25mm/F2.  It is bloody brilliant, no drama, just works, and shooting wide open straight into the sun results in, well, a picture of the sun...  The Samyang is hardly more than a quarter of the price of the Zeiss.  I see a Batis 85/1.8 in my future.... (I also see selling the BMW motorrad pretty quickly to finance all of this!)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: rogerzilla on May 16, 2016, 10:01:55 pm
A veyr cheap Nikkor 300mm lens arrived.  It has some fungus in it (I knew that) but is otherwise in stunning condition.  I'll kill the fungus by leaving it in the sun and get it cleaned.  Hopefully it hasn't etched the coating too much - it only seems to be on one element.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Woofage on May 21, 2016, 12:44:28 pm
Trying out a 3rd party battery from http://www.exprodirect.com/batteries/. A few pennies under £13 vs around £50 for a genuine one. We'll see how it goes.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: bumper on May 24, 2016, 10:29:40 pm
Trying out a 3rd party battery from http://www.exprodirect.com/batteries/. A few pennies under £13 vs around £50 for a genuine one. We'll see how it goes.

Mine have been great, especially the white versions.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: PaulR on May 25, 2016, 07:50:13 am
A Samyang 14mm F2.8 lens for my Sony A7Rii.  Oops.

I'd be interested to hear how you find it - I've been wondering about getting one of these for shooting the night sky, having used a Samyang 85/1.8 to good effect.  It's built like a tank and it stays in focus, unlike the Canon lenses I have.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on May 26, 2016, 12:06:34 pm
Trying out a 3rd party battery from http://www.exprodirect.com/batteries/. A few pennies under £13 vs around £50 for a genuine one. We'll see how it goes.

Mine have been great, especially the white versions.

Thanks for the tip.  I just received one for my Canon S120.  Next Day delivered £10.  Charging now, will cycle it a few times and see how it stacks up to the exorbitant original and the £15 (but lower power) Duracell OEM battery.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: bumper on May 26, 2016, 12:44:41 pm
Trying out a 3rd party battery from http://www.exprodirect.com/batteries/. A few pennies under £13 vs around £50 for a genuine one. We'll see how it goes.

Mine have been great, especially the white versions.

Thanks for the tip.  I just received one for my Canon S120.  Next Day delivered £10.  Charging now, will cycle it a few times and see how it stacks up to the exorbitant original and the £15 (but lower power) Duracell OEM battery.

My fuji batteries don't take as many shots as the white batteries, the white are lasting much longer. I can't be bothered to do a shot count because the 100-400 on continuous focus mode is eating through my batteries, but the white are in the body longer than the originals :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Woofage on May 26, 2016, 01:04:18 pm
That's reassuring.

I've just received a nice long USB cable to make tethering more convenient. It was about 2 and a half quid on eBay :smug:. It's probably not pro quality but if it breaks I'll just buy another.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on May 26, 2016, 04:21:39 pm
Trying out a 3rd party battery from http://www.exprodirect.com/batteries/. A few pennies under £13 vs around £50 for a genuine one. We'll see how it goes.

Mine have been great, especially the white versions.

Thanks for the tip.  I just received one for my Canon S120.  Next Day delivered £10.  Charging now, will cycle it a few times and see how it stacks up to the exorbitant original and the £15 (but lower power) Duracell OEM battery.

My fuji batteries don't take as many shots as the white batteries, the white are lasting much longer. I can't be bothered to do a shot count because the 100-400 on continuous focus mode is eating through my batteries, but the white are in the body longer than the originals :thumbsup:

It works to the point where I'm bored of taking photos and videos of my desk so it's enough for a day's shooting.

Edit. 2nd day and it's still going.  It's clearly not a "fake" like so many bargain batteries.  I'm inclined to believe the 1000mAh rating.
It's been good for several hundred photos and some videos so far.  Charge status bar has just gone from 4 bars (full) to 2 bars.


Edit. Just about reached the limit now.  >1,000 RAW images, a few jpegs, some short videos and some reviewing on LCD.
I don't think the original Canon battery is this good.

Think I'll get a couple for the DSLR.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: rogerzilla on June 03, 2016, 05:20:05 pm
A Nikon D610 and (separately) an AF-S 24-85mm 3.5-4.5 lens.  The D610 was someone's unwanted gift; UK model, unregistered with Nikon and never used, for only 60% of the Amazon price  :o.  The lens was also cheap at £180 - it's the non-VR version that was only made for a few years but is optically identical to the current one, which is spot on except for distortion (corrected in-camera anyway).  It's a bulky plastic thing that's fairly unpleasant to handle and I only really got it for holidays where I don't want to take a bag of lenses and SO might want to use an AF lens.

The D610 looks as if it is going to do its job as a "digital back" very well.  The finder image is a bit small compared to the F3 (I have the original DE-2 prism, not the F3HP one which is probably more like the D610) but the focus confirmation dot always agrees with my eye, thank goodness*, and the in-built dioptric correction is just right turned to the maximum (+1.0D, apparently, which is more or less +2.0D including the rest of the prism optics; my glasses are +1.75D).  Programme in the manual AIS lenses for focal length and maximum aperture, and away you go in M or A mode; it works just the same as a film SLR except that you don't have to wind it.  The mirror is very well damped compared to the F3/FM2 and there isn't much more vibration than with a Leica M3.  On the other hand, DSLRs are, as Ken Rockwell says, big plastic turds to look at and to handle.  I won't be getting rid of the film bodies for b/w, which are far nicer to use.

One question: I can't get Auto ISO to do quite what I want; I have tried increasing the minimum shutter speed slider control to the maximum but it will still sometimes set 1/30 with a 50mm lens indoors when there is still plenty of extra ISO speed available.  Unless there is no other way to get the shot, I try and stick to the reciprocal of TWICE the focal length when hand-holding (OK, I could do 1/8th with an M3, but that was a different beast).  Am I missing a trick?


*it's interesting to see just how hard it is to get the green dot to come up with the AIS 50/1.4 or 300/4.5 and their very shallow DOF at full aperture - wiith the AIS 24/2.8 it is happy with infinity for anything more than about 15 metres away because it just can't tell the difference.  Same as your eyes, really.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: mike on June 03, 2016, 07:26:57 pm
welcome to the dark side!  re. the auto ISO, on a canon you can set the minimum shutter speed in an autoISO sub menu.  A quick google looks like you should be able to do the same for Nikon: http://imaging.nikon.com/support/digitutor/d610/functions/autoisocontrol.html  Is that any good?   I cant use the auto shutter speed setting either, I shake too much.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on June 03, 2016, 07:37:20 pm
I bought a pair of Yongnuo flash triggers, the 622 TX (that controls all the flash settings remotely, and sits on the camera) and the 622 (that sits under the flash).

So far so good, amazing value (as all Yongnuo products appear to be).

I also got a collapsible grey/white background (like a decathlon pop-up tent.. and equally hard to figure out how to get back in the bag... thank god for Youtube).

I'm awaiting delivery of a couple of cheap lighting stands and brollies then I may get another flash and slave trigger.

Oh yes, I also got a RODE video mic "GO" for better audio.

I'd really like to do what Charlotte did, and set up a studio at an Audax event, to capture those end of ride wrinkles and eye-bags.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: rogerzilla on June 03, 2016, 08:39:18 pm
welcome to the dark side!  re. the auto ISO, on a canon you can set the minimum shutter speed in an autoISO sub menu.  A quick google looks like you should be able to do the same for Nikon: http://imaging.nikon.com/support/digitutor/d610/functions/autoisocontrol.html  Is that any good?   I cant use the auto shutter speed setting either, I shake too much.
I think I may have just had the maximum ISO too low at 3200 - this was indoors.  It shows a higher ISO in the viewfinder than the limit you've set (presumably the ISO it wants to use).  Seems to go for about 1/80 with a 50mm lens now, which is better.

I was going to post some pictures of the roses in the garden but it's too breezy and they won't stay still.  Sadly digital doesn't solve this curse of flower photography, since you have to shoot at f/16 (which is even darker than it sounds with a macro lens focused close) and cranking up the ISO to 25600, or whatever is needed to freeze them, would ruin the delicate tones.  I think the professionals cheat and cut the flowers for the studio.  If it's calm tomorrow morning I'll have another go.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on June 04, 2016, 09:47:52 pm
The D610 is a nice camera. I think the other thing the pros use for flower pics is a wind break!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: T42 on June 05, 2016, 08:48:23 am
^^^ Which doubles as a dark backdrop.

I'm on a mostly-US Nikon forum where one bloke does nothing but flower shots.  "Nice one Walt". "Well done Walt". "Nailed it again, Walt". Yawn.

Think I'll go and shoot our Old English roses. Or maybe just worm the dogs.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: rogerzilla on June 08, 2016, 07:22:50 pm
I have a ringflash, but that would be cheating.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on June 09, 2016, 12:29:43 am
Also requires quite some contortion.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Wombat on June 09, 2016, 08:08:41 am
Trying out a 3rd party battery from http://www.exprodirect.com/batteries/. A few pennies under £13 vs around £50 for a genuine one. We'll see how it goes.

Mine have been great, especially the white versions.

I just ordered a couple of the white ones for the Sony A7Rii, and one of them was totally duff.  They've replaced it now, and the new one charges properly, and is currently in the camera, and will get a test when I go on my site visit shortly.  The other OK one, after being left filming 4K video and I walked away and left it, was flat, but at least it behaved itself properly.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: rogerzilla on June 09, 2016, 09:39:15 pm
Also requires quite some contortion.
The goatse man did OK.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Tewdric on June 14, 2016, 06:57:40 pm
X-Pro2.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: bumper on June 14, 2016, 07:20:51 pm
X-Pro2.  :thumbsup:

Send it back. Fuji don't do landscapes, wildlife, birds, skin blah blah blah  :P
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: billplumtree on June 14, 2016, 07:22:24 pm
X-Pro2.  :thumbsup:

La la la, not listening, can't hear you
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: bumper on June 14, 2016, 07:33:02 pm
X-Pro2.  :thumbsup:

La la la, not listening, can't hear you

They're on the refurb store now too ;D
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: billplumtree on June 14, 2016, 07:38:06 pm
They're on the refurb store now too ;D

Oh, don't you start!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: bumper on June 14, 2016, 07:52:32 pm
They're on the refurb store now too ;D

Oh, don't you start!

I've got a bad feeling about this :P
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: billplumtree on June 14, 2016, 08:15:40 pm
I've got a bad feeling about this :P

We had an annual bonus announced today, despite the oil price falling off a cliff.

Fuji have a cashback offer on lenses, doubled if you buy an X-Pro2 body.

What could possibly go wrong...?
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: sojournermike on June 14, 2016, 08:27:35 pm
I've got a bad feeling about this :P

We had an annual bonus announced today, despite the oil price falling off a cliff.

Fuji have a cashback offer on lenses, doubled if you buy an X-Pro2 body.

What could possibly go wrong...?

Can't photograph skin or foliage


not that it's stopped me

Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: PaulR on June 23, 2016, 01:05:36 pm
A Samyang 14mm F2.8 lens for my Sony A7Rii.  Oops.

Having thought I might get one of these, I then spotted that Wex had a second hand Samyang 10mm f2.8 for sale, so as soon as I had sold a bike frame I ordered the lens.  First impressions are good.  The distortion is well controlled but it takes some concentration not to get unwanted extra things in shot, like feet.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on June 24, 2016, 04:44:28 pm
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-amn_xkhAwn8/V21SdNhXRRI/AAAAAAAAIDw/FTdEl4A0j1glgrNMck2kUm9bFgWIgugoACCo/s912/a%2BYongnuo.jpg)

I now have:

Yongnuo YN568EX II Flashgun
Yongnuo YN568EX II Flashgun
Yongnuo YN622C TTL Trigger
Yongnuo YN622C TTL Trigger
Yongnuo YN622c TX Master Unit

Neewer 2m Lightstand
Neewer 2m Lightstand

4 assorted Brollies, shoot-thru / Reflector.

Grey & White collapsible background  2m x 1.5m

The whole lot was just under £300 new.

The price of just one equivalent Canon Speedlite is around £350-£400 alone.

I reckon that to get an amateur, 2 light, setup like this using "branded" studio gear would be closer to £1500.

A Yongnuo 568 + Trigger is £100.  A Canon 600 + Pocketwizard Trigger is around £500

The Yongnuo gear is TTL and fully controllable from the TX Master unit.  It's very impressive for the price.  I'd much prefer 4 Yongnuos than 1 Canon flash, that's for sure.

The ONLY difference I can find is that Canons can be externally powered, essential for a Pro or semi-pro but not so for me (My life is already 30% devoted to recharging AAs anyway).
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on June 28, 2016, 11:27:41 am
Bargainaceous!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: PaulR on July 11, 2016, 11:10:36 pm
A dinky little Sirui tripod that fits in my carradice and will be able to fly with me to Italy this summer. Nice service from the Flash Centre in the Brunswick Centre and a price that beats the interwebs. Gorgeous little ball head. Seems very nicely built and really light. Plenty of flex at full extension but I will be using it mainly at low levels.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: sojournermike on July 12, 2016, 12:03:46 am
A Leica M4, oops. It's lovely though:)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on July 21, 2016, 04:28:02 pm
A Vivitar 283 + optical Slave + Tripod mount. Off-of-of Ebay for £15  (Because I can't find my old Vivitar 283... I may have Ebayed it... DOH!)

I just needed something to blast against a backdrop or as a hair-light.

I used to think my 283 was a real "cannon" but now it seems a bit feeble sat next to my Yongnuo guns.

Good enough for what I need anyway.  I now have 3 Flash guns and a selection of brollies to work with.  That's plenty for the portraits I want to do.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Woofage on July 21, 2016, 04:48:31 pm
Lee, what kind of optical slave did you get? I have a couple but the cheapo eBay one I got a few months ago is not as sensitive as the one I bought in Jessops many years ago. I need to get hold of a couple more.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on July 21, 2016, 05:07:36 pm
Lee, what kind of optical slave did you get? I have a couple but the cheapo eBay one I got a few months ago is not as sensitive as the one I bought in Jessops many years ago. I need to get hold of a couple more.

It came attached to the 283.  Unbranded.  a 1" cube with a clear dome on the front. I haven't tried it at any distance yet but it works.

HAMA make them but I expect the get rebadged a lot.

(http://harrisoncameras.s3.amazonaws.com/p/l/00006967.jpg)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: TimO on July 27, 2016, 08:33:28 pm
An Olympus TG-4 camera, spare battery, 64GB memory card, and screen protector.

I've managed to avoid using screen protectors in the past, generally with phones, but I tend to be careful with those, and part of the reason for getting the TG-4 is so I've got a camera which is tough enough to carry in a back jersey pocket, and get out quickly when I want to use it.  I want it to be water (and sweat!) proof, as well as tolerating some minor abuse and fumbling.

The authentic replacement battery from Olympus is £44, so I'm just living with a clone that's only £8, and 70% of the capacity of the authentic one.  I'm also unsure how fast I'll use up the capacity of the original battery anyway, but a spare gives me some room to keep on shooting should I run out of oomph.

I think the 64GB memory card will allow me to take over 800 photos, storing both Raw and Fine quality JPEG, which ought to be enough (and will probably not be reached even with two batteries!)

It will be interesting to see how well the internal GPS works.  I've only ever combined camera images with GPS information in that past, using software tools, and the need to accurately set the camera's clock.  The GPS in the TG-4 is supposed to rapidly get a fix, and use both Navstar and Glonass satellites, so I'm a little curious to experiment with it.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on July 29, 2016, 12:04:40 pm
I fancy a TG-4 (or 3, or 2...), as my TG-630 has proved surprisingly good for most purposes.

Do report back on your experiences.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: mike on July 29, 2016, 01:20:29 pm
I bought a TG4, it takes surprisingly good pics.

but it's not as tough as it should be, I lent it to someone to take to a training camp for a week when it was about 3 weeks old so he could film some rowing, he hung it round his neck and it was bashing against the zip on his coat for the time he wasnt filming  - he assumed it should be fine, it's a tough little beast.   But no, when he got back the screen was scratched really badly and Olympus have refused to replace it under guarantee, so he's having to claim it on the rowing club insurance.

I'll be fitting a screen protector when it eventually comes back to me.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on July 29, 2016, 03:58:02 pm
My experience is that the screen is the softest bit.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: TimO on July 29, 2016, 09:34:06 pm
With the TG-4, it's been quite promising so far.  I've not taken any photographs other than to experiment, so I'll post a few in another thread, when I've got something other than the odd scary selfie!

It'll focus down to within a few cm of the lens, which has needed a macro lens with my SLR.  It's hard to focus that accurately when hand held, so I need to experiment with the focus bracketing feature.

The GPS can log where you go, even when the camera isn't turned on.  It'll stop after 24 hours, if you haven't used the camera, to save the battery.  It only seems to log a point every 30 seconds or so, which is probably adequate for walking, but with my cycle commute, has some minor gaps when I go around a sharp corner.  It seems to record track points which are almost immediately on top of the GPS track from my Garmin Virb camera, so quite accurate for a unit with a tiny GPS antenna.  It also records what direction the camera is pointing, when you take a photo, using an internal compass, and has a barometric altimeter, which is novel.

(Slightly annoyingly GPSBabel doesn't seem to be able to correctly deal with the NMEA GPS logs that it generates, and ignores the altitude information, but that's a GPSBabel issue, not the camera's fault.  The NMEA files appear correctly formatted, as far as I can tell).

You can use its WiFi with your phone, to provide a poor man's remote trigger, and indeed entirely control many of the features of the camera.  So far, it seems to only download a slightly lower resolution image to the camera, but that may just be some setting which I've yet to find.

I managed to confuse the panoramic shooting system, and it stitched together the images oddly, but I think that's because I took a silly set of photographs.

The image quality appears pretty good, and on the normal "Auto" setting, it seems to get the exposure correct, with nice sharp images, showing up where I've got stubble.  ;D

Like most modern cameras there are lots and lots of features, most of which I haven't experimented with yet, and most of which I probably won't ever use beyond a quick "So, what does this do ... ?". :)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: paul851 on August 08, 2016, 03:47:18 pm
A Kiev 60 TTL medium format SLR , I swore blind I wouldn't have another Ukrainian camera but I always fall soft when I see a good deal (if it works  ::-) )
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on August 08, 2016, 08:00:40 pm
With the TG-4, it's been quite promising so far.  I've not taken any photographs other than to experiment, so I'll post a few in another thread, when I've got something other than the odd scary selfie!

I see it takes RAW images, that's nice.

Does it take RAW + jpg? (I mean does it store 2 copies of the same image in 2 formats?).

I find that "back of the jersey" photos benefit from RAW (and post processing) more than any other type of photography. 
Usually that's because I'm shooting on the move a lot and giving the camera's light-metering a tough time.  I don't have time, or balance, to start locking the exposure.

The ability to record both formats means you don't have to faff with image editors just to send a quick snap to FB.

If it does store both formats, and you choose not to store RAW, then you may one day look at a favourite photo and sob into your keyboard that you didn't.

Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: T42 on August 09, 2016, 08:39:15 am
A Kiev 60 TTL medium format SLR , I swore blind I wouldn't have another Ukrainian camera but I always fall soft when I see a good deal (if it works  ::-) )

Hefty beast, but strangely alluring.  Druther have real match-needle than LEDs, but using LEDs back then was in.  And hell, it's a 6x6.

Good luck with the works.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on August 09, 2016, 11:25:24 am
Kiev 60 is cool.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: billplumtree on August 09, 2016, 12:55:43 pm
Kiev 60 is cool.

Way cool.  I've still got mine, and a good selection of P6 lenses, though I do occasionally threaten them with ebay
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: fuaran on August 15, 2016, 11:29:56 am
Macro extension tubes. Less than £20 off Ebay. Seem to work nicely - they let me focus a lot closer anyway. And have electrical connections, so work fine for autofocus etc.
Only annoyance is they don't include a lens cap / body cap. Will have to buy a few more of those on Ebay.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on August 15, 2016, 11:38:19 am
A Kiev 60 TTL medium format SLR , I swore blind I wouldn't have another Ukrainian camera but I always fall soft when I see a good deal (if it works  ::-) )

Hefty beast, but strangely alluring.  Druther have real match-needle than LEDs, but using LEDs back then was in.  And hell, it's a 6x6.


The Kiev 60.. a Zenit E on Steroids (which wouldn't surprise me actually).

What's it like when the shutter fires?  The Zenit E would knock you off your chair if you weren't ready for it. I suspect the internals were modified AK47s

I once dropped my Zenit E on the pavement and damaged it beyond repair*


*The pavement I mean.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on August 17, 2016, 09:12:42 am
A 64 LED godox video light for about 16 cephalopods from a south american river. It sits on top of my monitor and is great for skype and doing wee videos. And for video in the wild.

..d
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: tonycollinet on August 22, 2016, 01:12:26 pm
B'day prezzie of Panasonic 100-400 zoom. Micro 4/3, so 800mm equivalent FOV :o - and pretty sharp for a  lens of its class.

Next step - learn how to get good results from such a long lens :D

Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: TimO on August 22, 2016, 03:01:55 pm
With the TG-4, it's been quite promising so far.  I've not taken any photographs other than to experiment, so I'll post a few in another thread, when I've got something other than the odd scary selfie!

I see it takes RAW images, that's nice.

Does it take RAW + jpg? (I mean does it store 2 copies of the same image in 2 formats?). ...

It does do RAW (ORF in this case) and JPG simultaneously, and I have it set to that.  I think I can only fit 6000 images on the memory card with this setting. ;D

I've done little with the ORFs so far, although exiftools appears to see the EXIF data in those as well as it does with the JPGs.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: geraldc on August 22, 2016, 03:08:30 pm
B'day prezzie of Panasonic 100-400 zoom. Micro 4/3, so 800mm equivalent FOV :o - and pretty sharp for a  lens of its class.

Next step - learn how to get good results from such a long lens :D

That's the  Leica badged one isn't it? Now that's a seriously good b'day pressie. What body are you using it on?
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on August 22, 2016, 03:30:13 pm
With the TG-4, it's been quite promising so far.  I've not taken any photographs other than to experiment, so I'll post a few in another thread, when I've got something other than the odd scary selfie!

I see it takes RAW images, that's nice.

Does it take RAW + jpg? (I mean does it store 2 copies of the same image in 2 formats?). ...

It does do RAW (ORF in this case) and JPG simultaneously, and I have it set to that.  I think I can only fit 6000 images on the memory card with this setting. ;D

I've done little with the ORFs so far, although exiftools appears to see the EXIF data in those as well as it does with the JPGs.

a big pain with the TG-4 is the proprietary USB charging cable. Which I think I didn't pack  >:( :(
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: TimO on August 23, 2016, 08:32:16 am
a big pain with the TG-4 is the proprietary USB charging cable. Which I think I didn't pack  >:( :(

Yes, that is rather annoying, although I have spare cables from another Olympus camera.

I'm wondering about getting an external charger, but there's then the decision between a ludicrously expensive Olympus charger, which I know will be safe for the batteries, or a random Chinese manufacturer's version, which may have poor charging characteristics.

I guess I could design and build my own, but I haven't a clue where to find the battery's more detailed charging criterion, and the assembly of the actual charging cradle for the battery would be somewhat involved.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on August 27, 2016, 03:12:07 pm
Nabbed a Nikon Coolscan V yesterday.

Tried it out today, it is rather good. Going to be feeding negatives into it in the next months.

Despite what loads of people said, it works well on OSX. Using Vuescan.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: pcolbeck on September 01, 2016, 11:06:16 am
Vuescan is brilliant.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: paul851 on September 04, 2016, 01:15:34 pm
A Kiev 60 TTL medium format SLR , I swore blind I wouldn't have another Ukrainian camera but I always fall soft when I see a good deal (if it works  ::-) )

Hefty beast, but strangely alluring.  Druther have real match-needle than LEDs, but using LEDs back then was in.  And hell, it's a 6x6.


The Kiev 60.. a Zenit E on Steroids (which wouldn't surprise me actually).

What's it like when the shutter fires?  The Zenit E would knock you off your chair if you weren't ready for it. I suspect the internals were modified AK47s

I once dropped my Zenit E on the pavement and damaged it beyond repair*


*The pavement I mean.

Sorry for the delay in replying , my youngest has led us a merry dance in and out of ICU over the last 4 weeks but things are looking up for now  :thumbsup:

The camera turned up in it's original box with all accessories apart from the neck strap which was a result , it also looks to have had very little film put through it looking at the film pressure plate which either means it's a cupboard queen or it's been broken from new  ;D It cocks and fires so I just need to put a test film through it as for the shutter well I won't be trying hand held under 1/125 to be honest as apart from the weight (1.928 kg) with prism finder the mirror slap sounds like a rat trap going off  :o


Paul
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Wombat on September 09, 2016, 10:00:18 am
You heard a Pentax 6x7 going off?  I've not heard the Kiev, but I'd reckon it couldn't be a lot louder than the Pentax.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: MagnusOpus on September 19, 2016, 01:48:15 pm
Got myself a replacement for my old semi destroyed Nikon D200, in immaculate condition, low shutter count, and for ridiculously cheap....

I'd been using a micro 4/3 mirrorless for a while (panasonic GX7), which cost me 10x as much!, and though it was very cool, can do video, and has some advantages over a DSLR (EVF's are pretty neat in low light, and the focus aids are great for old manual lenses), I never totally got on with it's tiny little buttons and important stuff hidden in menus

Have to say, I've fallen back in love with the D200, it might be old but still makes great images and is pretty much perfect ergonomically....a bit heavy to take on the bike, though once you factor in lenses the GX7 probably only saves a few hundred grams

seeing the prices of D700's these days is starting to rekindle my desire for something full frame though
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Tim Hall on September 24, 2016, 05:51:18 pm
An old but perfectly serviceable Manfrotto 055 tripod with 029 head off t'bay. For less than price of two pints of beer.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Samuel D on September 25, 2016, 11:32:32 am
I'd been using a micro 4/3 mirrorless for a while (panasonic GX7), which cost me 10x as much!, and though it was very cool, can do video, and has some advantages over a DSLR (EVF's are pretty neat in low light, and the focus aids are great for old manual lenses), I never totally got on with it's tiny little buttons and important stuff hidden in menus

I had a similar experience (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=97401.0) moving from Nikon SLRs to Olympus Micro Four Thirds. I haven’t reversed that move yet, but I must (though the small size of Micro Four Thirds is so nice to carry).

The D200’s lack of live view would bother me. The D700 you mention remains a highly capable camera by modern standards.

The beauty of these professional-class Nikon SLRs from a few years ago is that they were built tough, which makes them a smarter than average used buy. Nikon SLRs, like bicycles, are now going plastic, but the D700 was made to last a hundred years. Just look at the mag alloy body on page 16 of this PDF brochure (https://www.nikon.co.uk/customer_services/brochure_request/pdfs/digital_slr/D700.pdf)!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: hazeyblue on September 25, 2016, 01:15:27 pm
I'd been using a micro 4/3 mirrorless for a while (panasonic GX7), which cost me 10x as much!, and though it was very cool, can do video, and has some advantages over a DSLR (EVF's are pretty neat in low light, and the focus aids are great for old manual lenses), I never totally got on with it's tiny little buttons and important stuff hidden in menus

I had a similar experience (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=97401.0) moving from Nikon SLRs to Olympus Micro Four Thirds. I haven’t reversed that move yet, but I must (though the small size of Micro Four Thirds is so nice to carry).

The D200’s lack of live view would bother me. The D700 you mention remains a highly capable camera by modern standards.

The beauty of these professional-class Nikon SLRs from a few years ago is that they were built tough, which makes them a smarter than average used buy. Nikon SLRs, like bicycles, are now going plastic, but the D700 was made to last a hundred years. Just look at the mag alloy body on page 16 of this PDF brochure (https://www.nikon.co.uk/customer_services/brochure_request/pdfs/digital_slr/D700.pdf)!

Not sure what you mean by your last comment - which of the current professional class Nikon bodies are going plastic? The current crop are still tough as old boots.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: hazeyblue on September 25, 2016, 01:18:21 pm
Got myself a replacement for my old semi destroyed Nikon D200, in immaculate condition, low shutter count, and for ridiculously cheap....

Have to say, I've fallen back in love with the D200, it might be old but still makes great images and is pretty much perfect ergonomically....a bit heavy to take on the bike, though once you factor in lenses the GX7 probably only saves a few hundred grams

seeing the prices of D700's these days is starting to rekindle my desire for something full frame though

Loved my old D200, at low iso the files were of real quality. That said, if you do go for a D700, you will wonder why you didn't sooner... It's such a great camera.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Samuel D on September 25, 2016, 01:47:22 pm
I was thinking of cameras like the D600/D610 and D750. Perhaps these are not called ‘professional’ by Nikon, but they have professional prices!

At any rate, Nikon is steadily applying more plastics to camera construction. This may not be wholly a bad thing, of course. This guy (http://www.whatdigitalcamera.com/technology_guides/camera-construction-advanced-technology-guide-60492) seems to think it’s a positive step.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: mike on September 27, 2016, 04:53:10 pm
after far too much navel-gazing and measureabation, I'm going to take a suitcase full of DSLR kit on safari in November - I'm probably never going to get the chance to go again and would be gutted if I get home and wished I'd gone to the effort of taking it. 

So I've been busy 'investing' on ebay and got a 2nd hand 100-400 zoom which I can re-sell when I get back, and sold my 6d and bought a 7d mk2 (probably to be swapped back again when I get home, although I've never really liked the focus on the 6d).    Buying & re-selling used kit feels more sensible than hiring.

Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on September 28, 2016, 09:30:14 am
I've never really liked the focus on the 6d).   

I'm about to press "BUY" on the next low-mileage 5D Mk3 I see.

I looked long and hard at the 6D but knew I'd always regret not getting its big brother.  The advent of the 5D Mk4 should hopefully see nice Mk3s hit the used market.

The Mk3 is as much camera as I need. 1080p video is perfectly fine for me and Magic Lantern firmware opens the camera up the way Canon should have done in the first place. 

The differences between each new generation of cameras are getting smaller and smaller.  An extra £1500 upgrade buys you less and less.  I'm sure the Mk3 didn't suddenly become a bad camera overnight. 
The majority of high-quality professional images around the world, in the last 10 years, were probably shot on a Canon 5D of some kind.

The Mk3, especially used, seems to be at the perfect bang-for-your-buck price point.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: mike on September 28, 2016, 09:41:42 am
agreed. My workhorse for weddings is the 5d3 and it's brilliant.  I looked at the spec for the mk4 and apart from more cropping flexibility, a bit better dynamic range and slightly better high ISO, I can't see the benefit for me - I never do video and don't need high FPS.  When my 3 dies I expect I'll get another one the same.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on September 28, 2016, 02:59:29 pm
Sigma 105mm Macro. Seems very nice so far but yet to test it in the wild.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on September 29, 2016, 03:10:35 pm
agreed. My workhorse for weddings is the 5d3 and it's brilliant.  I looked at the spec for the mk4 and apart from more cropping flexibility, a bit better dynamic range and slightly better high ISO, I can't see the benefit for me - I never do video and don't need high FPS.  When my 3 dies I expect I'll get another one the same.

I don't really understand Canon. 
The 5D Mk2 gave the world a high-quality video camera (Movie Quality in fact) for relatively tiny money.
The Mk3 took it to an even higher level.

I realise that they try to protect their Cinema-Line equipment but I'm certain that, if they'd used the Mk4 to take it to the next level (Native 4K, not cropped, RAW, Log-based Codecs that the industry demand..etc) they wouldn't have been able to keep up with demand.

They've surrended the market they created.

Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on October 16, 2016, 07:46:57 pm
Bought this for a fiver, a Manfrotto Pocket Tripod.

I've got some small flexible tripods but the genius if this is that is attached to your camera in an unobtrusive way, like a baseplate.

The legs are adjustable and fold flat when you're done.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/j_vobqnWQ9rE7E8PH75AmSi3gzQtcucmcBxUgtYvPJYt2WX_8RbA_nzmZA0tupfOkpp5rfRCvq0JbkVz8cOOYd56ejD7odoCHu7GXWDbLintxVVZIwuTIIj-NcQhjzm6qZSi0PrSJxZyLnf1XkWt1SvfDerxHrq_hzmXyLqoIJI7zQCcbUg8nuTurD6qBFgCymNpxoo71DkZxF3CYks78RRkGTUGeWYVNE7CUdu2IkYcoNDgStmhLPqY6JuwhT_WeUeZXlQjDq88gKOQACJZ5JCXrR0H5GFXLrCT19N6wJe7BKO1lDSH7DRfBxkmUBTkQ9vmkyLKmq8Imc06U_GU5B1cLFDPfqtcqhvjtyxKdH0_7NXl7QUsLSUn11lZ7E-TxjFjDVT3k_SJKWl7f0zlJVy0Wov2cJB1Zr2nWBfD-9IqS3TsbK_Tzi8W6GJ6vdLFBN8DVPH5Ze27XeIUdgHhaomw7_EDtQqCKgaXoiIS9ZkJVfxTjxLG11110hsuywPYvzEHS4VIt27f28ITFjg3cHm8grcns7-58PIttz3Ox5R0M5il2jBGnYC5U6UA-AlHfje_yZu6lqvqUcL24WkjFQVoqlommLfyPOXSvgs5cBJC9AMB=w1229-h922-no)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on November 13, 2016, 08:45:30 pm
Canon 6D Full-frame. (Used but mint with only 200 shutter activations)

Canon 24-105mm f/4 L

I already have some EF lenses I can use, a 50mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.8 and a 40mm f/2.8 "Pancake".


I only had about an hour to play with it before it went dark today but I can see already that it's amazing.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Samuel D on November 13, 2016, 08:52:22 pm
I only had about an hour to play with it before it went dark today

I don’t think that matters with that camera.

The 6D has tempted me. Built-in GPS seems important to me but almost no-one else, so few SLRs have it. The 6D does and is small and light for what it is. Interchangeable focus screens too, unlike the later 5D models.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on November 13, 2016, 09:32:56 pm
I only had about an hour to play with it before it went dark today

I don’t think that matters with that camera.

Agreed.

I'm not making any claims to taking a great photo here... it was getting very dark and I was keen to play.  (ISO 100, 85mm f/1.8, 1/60 second). 

What I will say though is that there is a clear difference in "quality" between the 6D and my 100D (crop-sensor).  There's a "Wow-factor" even in very poor light.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/IqE8sRCDgHhmpdOJqe4PAqAB85N3lhiCakg28GQzFHxxZ36cdoaijp0flHUpG7bBbrdcjJTQvXSgzwZscjg-3xSEJ7O_0SHNVd6rE21CJdHwGeAHXmRv769_k8uslbhGkkWK8pRUZ1eIgTlLJ3OkyHWbQ5EVborMUcYyr4lZ4VHY5wpddv7S8VQxcF8Lk0B_q3KMhIgO-XcOhf21p_YaUnJEHnJ_bvBT3kLVTw-aAabekr2S2OmbmR6wN1uWO9sF4QecpAI5FoJviXnBcfrlEE2_5Uq74064AfV33Nwwyc6-MCpsT7fpIxdjkkgQneU7W9CgI6toXIJtBYtEUB2F5BPob61AP5ZQJ8fnXgucl9vvZR1HJdTOA3XDBmSG8fq4GSBnl_80buBtaDPIiY9MjVvvEH5nnfxCUq0XLC6kCtOgtttmeYJfvU-YMZ5weea3uADWvJSDgfasyB0q1QZI07diGHA7SG61AjOHA9lMA8Gg9ax9QHXQfeQGaMFcfupGoL7Ozbi51FPev7JxW_hD2nprnrlweuc38ebKOCdK7XbiohVYdgkGbcZUhPKBrPpVX-bSl85Du6JnR4MJby0RUeNJa-zC5qETF80sPA6Eam5os7j_=w1603-h901-no)

BIGGER (https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/IqE8sRCDgHhmpdOJqe4PAqAB85N3lhiCakg28GQzFHxxZ36cdoaijp0flHUpG7bBbrdcjJTQvXSgzwZscjg-3xSEJ7O_0SHNVd6rE21CJdHwGeAHXmRv769_k8uslbhGkkWK8pRUZ1eIgTlLJ3OkyHWbQ5EVborMUcYyr4lZ4VHY5wpddv7S8VQxcF8Lk0B_q3KMhIgO-XcOhf21p_YaUnJEHnJ_bvBT3kLVTw-aAabekr2S2OmbmR6wN1uWO9sF4QecpAI5FoJviXnBcfrlEE2_5Uq74064AfV33Nwwyc6-MCpsT7fpIxdjkkgQneU7W9CgI6toXIJtBYtEUB2F5BPob61AP5ZQJ8fnXgucl9vvZR1HJdTOA3XDBmSG8fq4GSBnl_80buBtaDPIiY9MjVvvEH5nnfxCUq0XLC6kCtOgtttmeYJfvU-YMZ5weea3uADWvJSDgfasyB0q1QZI07diGHA7SG61AjOHA9lMA8Gg9ax9QHXQfeQGaMFcfupGoL7Ozbi51FPev7JxW_hD2nprnrlweuc38ebKOCdK7XbiohVYdgkGbcZUhPKBrPpVX-bSl85Du6JnR4MJby0RUeNJa-zC5qETF80sPA6Eam5os7j_=w1603-h901-no)

I wouldn't describe it as light or compact though.. maybe compared to a house-brick, but not to my old 100D.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on November 13, 2016, 09:39:07 pm
I felt exactly the same when I went from D7100 to D750 - a different experience.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Samuel D on November 13, 2016, 09:45:10 pm
I wouldn't describe it as light or compact though.. maybe compared to a house-brick, but not to my old 100D.

For sure, but I think it’s still the smallest/lightest full-frame DSLR ever made.

The 100D doesn’t have a prism, which saves a fair bit of weight. The 6D has a lovely viewfinder, especially with the optional Eg-S focusing screen.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: mike on November 14, 2016, 08:00:39 am
I only had about an hour to play with it before it went dark today

I don’t think that matters with that camera.

Agreed.


great camera, I use mine a lot in low light wedding receptions where I leave it on auto ISO with a 1.4 lens on the front and it's pretty good for everything - about a stop better than the 5d3, I recon.  I found it a lot easier when I switched to using back button focus to make recomposing easier and only use the centre focus point.

Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on November 14, 2016, 09:47:45 am
I only had about an hour to play with it before it went dark today

I don’t think that matters with that camera.

Agreed.


great camera, I use mine a lot in low light wedding receptions where I leave it on auto ISO with a 1.4 lens on the front and it's pretty good for everything - about a stop better than the 5d3, I recon.  I found it a lot easier when I switched to using back button focus to make recomposing easier and only use the centre focus point.

I toyed with the idea of a 5D Mk3, the focus system is just fantastic, but then I almost never take photos that require a Sports/Wildlife level of focussing speed or tracking.  I'm happy with Portraits and Landscapes.  That meant I could ditch the 5D3 focus system and save a grand.

I've yet to really play with it but it will be nice not to worry about using higher ISOs.  I put a limit of 6400 ISO and stuck it in Auto ISO.  Seems to be what most people do.  It's also transformed my 40mm f/2.8 "Pancake" lens into a perfect lens for "Street Photography".  It was stuck in no-mans-land when I used it on my crop-sensor, I mean nobody really wants a 65mm f/2.8 do they?
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on November 21, 2016, 09:41:40 am
I see you went for the Art lens.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: andrew_s on November 21, 2016, 01:52:53 pm
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Which one is it - the 85 mm 1.4?
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Ben T on November 21, 2016, 04:04:49 pm
Congrats on your purchase Lee but even more so congrats on not making everything mono except the pumpkin. A lot of weaker willed folk would have not been able to resist.  :)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Samuel D on November 21, 2016, 04:30:38 pm
The photo cannot be seen at my end.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on November 21, 2016, 04:30:48 pm
Which one is it - the 85 mm 1.4?

I already had a 40mm f/2.8 STM "Pancake" , 50mm f/1.4 , 85mm f/1.8 and now I have the 24-105mm f/4 L (IS USM).

The 24-105 L is a beast, built like a brick out-house.  I bought it because all those Wedding photographers, whose livelihood depends on such things, can't be wrong.

F4 on a full-frame gives a nice shallow depth of field once you get to portrait focal lengths.  Having the super-shallow DoF on the prime lenses is nice but best used sparingly I think.  It's very hard to get eyes in focus with about 5mm to play with (but looks amazing when you actually nail it, ears and nose blurred, eyes tack-sharp).

I'd like the 70-200 f/2.8 L as the final part of the kit  It gets rave reviews and completes the camera bag.  Pricey though.

Below, an artsy image of my new "Breeze Block" (seriously.. it's a heavy combo..reassuringly so)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/gbnJTLGwL6joM9r6RsOya0-NFWoSyA3n3URmGAhZ0iWuBJU38uPnKqyTZfPwXG-LqPo-RA7O35yV0y8HXIxvRkipSP3QmiFQRC6cnFO4JFyBeR7_tFLDbBIOgVFEGGS0FwwVTnFWnHs-HN8kyt3uHIYTRbqkSmQIj-Qo-8AfUHSoC37Rqmz0pZwJEyJVKLOGbEW1de48ViOAmMSzqv1Fv0Opvi1BFomJercn2ybyIBO64L-d3v1NSB9nRWwT-BHTAseWCpXAId1Md7LSL2f6fEL2vbT9w8qbPMC9nGF_z5Ty5JWVR29JSHca_LNFgvsJoYUdQmF0GkhjWyM-0VvWkQ6MNMI_t1Mn7CnuQiikxIm_qfXCrIvzhxd8tG1y8CRGPEdb9mhch2qjYMZMZoJ3v9cGvM1oOykVrGb8G9kQSKBLX0aDiBrcRPbVu5zihCRRvQlnhAsL0mJUBvt-JaXZm1Co5Exz4YEx88MCTivTEbX4oOXDeloVPkYb5OLmeDLWIx8FSUUNF-SVkjhlIAZYBDNYA3vYZg6Q57stNLZdxy1alFz9KiP-AwhqRArBeQDIqeSMttYMh8STeDtiqMP23MOfQanZx4AfXYVC6STalb_KnJ98=s950-no)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on November 22, 2016, 12:12:53 am
Magic Lantern firmware installed (first time).  Some very nice extras in there (That Canon should provide by default... given that the capability is clearly there under the covers).

I mean why not give users Focus-Peaking and Zebra-striping.  If a 3rd party can hack your code and turn it on then why not do it better?
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on December 13, 2016, 10:51:42 am
Loving the 6D.  It's extraordinary in fact (well..in my opinion).

It resolves images when it really has no right to.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/LDEBHc0sk_HtZ7rx0y-FBSnaHylyVEnQKQ5Ns30YH_VTZOrkbjhC0uhV8AJmEoHnC4mJpsUpg1Ij5LkcHHxOelI4wXVINEyAxEn3XLJF7Djrdmmjj46PbS5ao0MB-qu14Cj0qNWK6Z8qiWstsAhw6dlwUCIxpix558lLpkpuj7BVrP0J4sX7HYu7ZnUQ5lw8zkWUeGmhwywHuB-BIY9olLsLALlh9F7Re_wyz-5A8fKGSkYhPq2e2jA9q8oyJOL2mTMWyYnQfIpYZxzN6aUBTtZVgtZ0Pzp5yS-8q7a7SVF_3LEFJ0ap3CFWSqsOCN9YEvh3-FJsu3XfADK09xD-Hjo_whJCBgJXgwjspdiq1k-cRbYN8X8bTOAoN3IxHX1B3woI-QF4NWXZNIHtpZ-bD77FXdbQ_pds7kJEYWMmXOvRXojt6DaSD0jD1fBMlLZRrj5Vu5Dan0ElGqUUMsHQ0ZOx5PV92YV1QFypKQf2C2fdYbPfhOjUFm_ANtfiUN4FJvWTw9b2g96uHcVafnRJeTCnFLPTcn5oB_PVGPYY7-LkjSXwoY3JEHWhpGue6NeYsO8308SkxXIy_YYeNh71vCmleUU3mZ2wfQtYWVDLW0mWxQACE1qvQ3jdS9wO2X5dOJZZeougJrG6aF03TajCfkx5om3CDSZ1AnSQm_W1Bg=w632-h950-no)

Here's a crop into the image

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/qXmz3PkPQNhRVxIh1Y3VqJRFtRzG8Z047B7uBcq-rLcvUd4Xpy8BoXz37WvjXRayK1Zfzo-vatHukwNTr2Xg8E4_GBkXiv6NwzXWmZ5xC2rQ-hADcYXDfMdl2KhAPGmuv4cTjA9fmpEND6EV4rjC8Roy1E8pFRWHizhX2FgpV0OTM7SHioN2OQC18qTmlO9nd85jSeKgjbwg60PYRqQ5C6vP-im0_OF76iuUcmMJQbcWMMjHV7E_m-pN7iefee0xEfQopDPDocghqizH8IQ56CZzcM2hx3UvUeHMHn1Q3-WyeZtkKC2bLRFeGrotnEzLE4SqX_UxHIIJWMNTYlTX1i71kReQbnX6myem89BhROfMokcMWiYmufUakbu9rNQQts88wtlvtxVE_Vlbq7_zPBPyJXbq7FYmarwoO87zeVjCrwPWkpjG36RcDcUVxuH5XKsz3VjCCiqSllYOo6N5g8eUm-866NVht7_X8V5QXSQugtlV2xPUGYZKC8J6R7tffvQQW6YKV6Sq7eaIpV_dVUGqlr6u2XShZpUnIOb6Py-iY8sgj8mkqI7lo2dN9__BuRNA_r8Yj-6ix8NDc6rodyDoVP5bSl225vLBKHG6xYuqxAMBkgGYzVNA0DNKOq9OktmrTvaXfv3TzDiopv76k_PakH_W8XI479Du02YYAQ=w997-h665-no)

Got to love those big sensors and L-series glass. I never even noticed the cobwebs when I was there.

I'm sorry but, as an ex-35mm film person, I really have no desire to ever use film again.  ISO 3200 isn't even pushing it on a modern DSLR.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: mike on December 13, 2016, 12:46:55 pm
that's beautiful.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on December 13, 2016, 12:50:15 pm
Agreed on the 35mm film. However, playing with big film is fun.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on December 17, 2016, 09:24:30 pm
Olympus Pen EP5.  lovely to handle, and very capable. :)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on December 18, 2016, 01:28:26 pm
Olympus Pen EP5.  lovely to handle, and very capable. :)

Nice, especially with a compact 35mm equiv prime.. or thereabouts.(Basically I've recreated the Olympus Trip in digital form.. no bad thing).

I never had a TRIP (the XA2 came out just as I was about to buy one, and I don't regret buying the XA2) but I still regard them as one of the best "real-world" cameras ever made.  Absolutely no fuss image-taker.

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/23/Olympus_Trip_35_2.jpg)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on December 18, 2016, 08:11:59 pm
I have a Trip.  Superb camera.

And, yes, my EP5 has a 17/2.8 lens on it while i get all the settings tuned :)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Woofage on December 19, 2016, 06:39:42 pm
I had a Trip "back in the day"; it was my first 35mm camera. Sadly I mislaid it but I managed to pick up a near mint, boxed example that sits on the window cill in my office  8).

ETA: the Trip had a 40mm [f2.8] lens. In the m4/3 world this would be 20mm, which is the lens I most often fit to my Panasonic GF body and this combination is indeed a modern day Trip.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: mike on December 19, 2016, 07:03:16 pm
the panasonic 20 1.7 is a brilliant lens too.. it's the one that lives on my micro 4/3.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on December 19, 2016, 11:00:33 pm
I've mentioned this before but my Canon S120 has a customisable mode that I have used to boot up in "Olympus XA2 Mode" (because the XA2 was perfect).

It was, in my opinion, the greatest "walk-about" 35mm camera (for sensible money...ie. not a Leica).
The clamshell case was a triumph of form following function. (XA shown below)

(https://goodephotography.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/olympus-21.jpg)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on December 19, 2016, 11:17:31 pm
Still got my XA. What a thing of beauty, and fabulous to use.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on December 20, 2016, 11:23:25 am
Still got my XA. What a thing of beauty, and fabulous to use.

The form factor would be just as great for a Digital camera I think. 

Full Frame 24Mp digital XA?  Dear Olympus....Yes please!!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jakob on December 21, 2016, 11:22:35 pm
Does a GoPro Session 5 count? :D
Mostly to strap on the back of my drones, but I also want to use it to capture the making of my wifes pottery.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on December 22, 2016, 08:37:34 am
After one of those or similar (Black) for a two day time lapse recording of an event. Would be interested to know how you are getting on with it.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on December 22, 2016, 12:37:23 pm
After one of those or similar (Black) for a two day time lapse recording of an event. Would be interested to know how you are getting on with it.

Have you considered using a smart-phone and "Lapse-it-Pro" ?  (You'd need a battery pack I expect but the results are good and programmable).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYmsEsbaO9A (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYmsEsbaO9A)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on December 22, 2016, 12:48:06 pm
I've considered a few things, but not that!

One of the problems is that the device will have to be high up, and therefore inaccessible, for the two days. So, mains (USB?) powered, maybe with a bit of remote control to check it is working, and lots of storage.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on December 22, 2016, 03:04:19 pm
I've considered a few things, but not that!

One of the problems is that the device will have to be high up, and therefore inaccessible, for the two days. So, mains (USB?) powered, maybe with a bit of remote control to check it is working, and lots of storage.

Worth having a test though, micro-SD cards are cheap and most "discarded" Android phones are perfectly capable of running Lapse-it-Pro.

I have "Alfred" on my old phone, so I can use it as a security camera.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: geraldc on December 23, 2016, 08:51:24 am
Phantom pro 4 (shared with my dad)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: noisycrank on December 23, 2016, 09:18:43 am
Still got my XA. What a thing of beauty, and fabulous to use.

I picked up an XA2 from fleabay during the summer and liked it so much that I bought a spare; both with flash. There are pros and cons to the zone focus but it does make it easier to go for a quick grab. Prices seemed to be variable but significantly lower than the XA.

We had a black plastic camera competition with the family on holiday. The XA2, a Mju II zoom, a Nikon AF point and shoot and a Fuji fixed focus job. Everyone got a roll of 24 from poundland and I got each film processed and scanned to disk at asda for less than 3 quid each.

The winner was a family group shot under trees in shadow with a landscape in full sunshine behind taken with the XA2. Possibly more through luck than anything else the flash handled the difficult exposure conditions nicely. The best "portfolio" was the Fuji mainly due to the framing and interesting shots. The person that was using the fuji also ran through their film more quickly than anyone else. Its not all about the camera.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jakob on December 26, 2016, 08:25:54 am
After one of those or similar (Black) for a two day time lapse recording of an event. Would be interested to know how you are getting on with it.

A couple of things:
-It's a really wide angle camera. You need to be pretty close to make it useful.
-The battery is tiny. I think it's a 1200mAh and I used about 70% of it yesterday,doing a timelapse of a 3 hour 3D print. (every 5 secs). Granted, I had wifi and voice-recognition turned on and you can significantly increase running time by turning those off, but not up to 2 days, I think :).
- They're tough...really tough. They take 80km/h impacts and just laughs. (haven't done that to mine yet, though, but a couple of my friends have).
The regular gopro's are nowhere near as tough.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: fuaran on December 27, 2016, 12:08:26 am
For GoPro timelapse, one of these CamDo controllers would be good. https://cam-do.com/collections/long-term-time-lapse/products/blink-gopro-time-lapse-controller
It switches off the camera between shots, so can give much longer battery life. It could last days, or even weeks or months, depending on the interval between photos.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on January 18, 2017, 02:16:21 pm
Canon 70-200 f/4 L IS USM.  Arrived an hour ago.  It's lovely.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/lElrRMCwwofzX_bnCbG-kB2GkigEa29OBZnza3Vvhm4L-dToTweH1adTRjm__GmXy3EdearavYg0pMTGmQbkEiQXba_XlINRqILWzkb6oZiIWUJH6lLjPOoZKY0Yzc5oQ81S-OWSb2JlsjDkSqGDO3OS-y6POp_XCwcXCUNjfvNcLhibutJuarmSdgK7T_6kodQe8fNL-eqHLNXJLa1h3QnNK8ApMKkmbMcgj1d6QNreYTEtfye3d1timHpXHABUI6Ej4M4PvMy1y_HsOTqNiPEeEqKtdH8CA_N9cGFNTUECPi-mK1hVsBLb-hSukBYquI1cfu_U25LzrLrWI0v_fTdUyhYypNGygHTDhDcWZHT7CeWpvwuA5ZbjGYXuEv-HykYCwEj_5iI2rE4n4IkBsMTLe6UmCnXjlLiqoZIRhu0Yv9fMCHATRw1mI3WicngtSr0K05ZOy90lPe96PRqKYnsD81Hs8CYx2_gw0630-BSh--BeX9Mx3EiLJrxxgxtVpC6PG5gzlKgkQq2_7G1glP-oKInOatdhNMvOJTHXXWtE1LVEuxPMA7NOKmzpXVgyaz1m2NuWi1uo1kNsHMeNsEuAQzApUtJybtch8rT9cJGw7HKee61M=w535-h950-no)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Samuel D on January 18, 2017, 05:11:29 pm
Invisible image at my end, LEE. Google is useless.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Woofage on January 18, 2017, 06:35:04 pm
Not bought by me exactly, but Mrs W gave me a set of extension tubes for my birthday. So far the only photo I've taken with one is of the crumbs left on my plate after breakfast. I see crazy fun ahead 8).
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on January 30, 2017, 07:52:40 pm
oooerrr Missus....

£35 to transform a DSLR into a really functional Video Camera with a Neewer 3x viewfinder.

I run "Magic Lantern" firmware which gives me focus-peaking and it works really well.  The eye-cup adds lots of stability over uing 2 hands and peering into the LCD at arms length as per usual.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/BQwscZJmQM7XTUBnoDvLKabtiiyiSKcvmDubxipeB1Ivwjlp-LyLMQfU0M8-A61hyywsTRcG1tppdBrq1x2xkVDVkVIkmdWGo0I0trXbYe63jyfURncHM0h2IhlVKJdK52uAY4owxrBoRcQGH9D7FUK8Ft52jCl-5R8EyTT1B2S09tOHQQlVRMmxBX1vAUYDNTfftR2-agykoJ1bVE38_-by1Qs3dq2-uAy5x6cW27p6yz_U4Fx8A1SsFTjq6z7OwYarCjbluZc70UgW4YHHY327KGvQgGZArfh96p-LlwK_YmTwKAhAs15zQnR0OCprGValpk99y3afepb7hVQ-pnlM-dxbWDObPogyWvZtHWm3j6dNLLCn9LGL6d_uGs6DE_oOPFE-lPnAwJ6HBg3o4a209sbLFrJqs-UzYpz7xDkaETdbC3szCRMYimClcnsOcTEVOD_C8zz-1xln8oErcP7B9hjJ9NneuP_dUqdAlu3M_-KU7xG_uUTWXo6SAMUnclTNRuIGqLqywMWNbebpFVbVWKkRCv9vIwZMXz0tveOavryUMqs91ClaqeHobQR51DciHr-6Z8qAM8HoW2zXahbC9xkwXbMtNd6JFoVsGBwFFVHH_R1D=w1689-h950-no)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Samuel D on January 30, 2017, 08:23:49 pm
Xtol. Fomacitro. Fomafix. Fotonal. Can’t wait!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: sojournermike on January 30, 2017, 08:47:40 pm
Xtol. Fomacitro. Fomafix. Fotonal. Can’t wait!


Ah, what a nice list. I'd add, instant coffee, sodium carbonate, ascorbic acid and potassium bromide;)

Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on March 03, 2017, 10:34:43 am
At last!

After ordering for a bargainacious price as a 'well done for getting a lovely job' present to myself, fresh supplies of Toughness have arrived from Mount Olympus, and I am now TG-4ed up!

Heavier than I expected, but soooo much more capable than my TG-630, which it replaces.  And more resilient than the XZ-1, which it will also be replacing (though I am sad to lose the f1.8 lens in favour of a slightly inferior f2.0 in the pursuit of practicality).

What a great little camera, though!  RAW, everything-proof, quick to start and simple to use (as well as being more subtle than the XZ-1, which shoved out a snout of a lens for shooting).

Fisheye, Teleconverter, filter, and ringlight diverter are all available, but I think the basic specs: 25-100mm equiv lens etc will do most daily tasks, including available light portrait.

Looking forward to exploring.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on March 03, 2017, 11:34:04 am
The rear screen is the weakest part of its defences against stuff. Ours is all scratched.

Shutting the little doors properly can be fun. Great little camera.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on March 03, 2017, 11:47:14 am
I made my mistake with the rear screen of my 630.  I shall be getting a decent protector (the transit one is coming away already, and is, besides, somewhat grainy).

Do you know if there is any protection available for the front glass?  I guess I could get a filter convertor and lens cap, but that's a bit of a workround...
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on March 03, 2017, 12:16:30 pm
Looking at ours there's no sign of scratch or wear, it is recessed reasonably well. I have found the 'filter ring' detached though, it doesn't seem to click in very tightly.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on March 04, 2017, 08:09:25 pm
A couple of off-brand batteries for my dSLR
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: bikepacker on March 13, 2017, 03:08:21 pm
Just ordered from John Lewis a Ricoh GR ii pick it up tomorrow. I sold my old one when I got the Lumix LX100 but I have never been happy with it’s low light results so I have decided to get a new Ricoh. For me it is one of the best compacts on the market, the large sensor, fast lens and pocketable size make it ideal. Only drawback the new version comes with gadgetry I will never use.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: T42 on March 23, 2017, 03:47:10 pm
A battery for the Inlaw Paw's old Panny FZ-8. Along with a Nikon P5000, this was in one of his cupboards. The Nikon's battery was flat but took a charge, the Panny's was too but didn't. It's old tech with a mere 7 Mp sensor but a good 36-432mm-equiv lens: my idea is for it to live in the kitchen, whence we often see interesting birds out back.

The IP and I both had P5000s. He loved his but I found it too sluggish and gave it to my son, who isn't into photography so he didn't care. We'll keep the IP's one, though.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: rogerzilla on March 23, 2017, 09:23:44 pm
Not bought as such, but I did send my cheaply-acquired Nikkor IF-ED AIS 300/4.5 lens off to have the fungus cleaned off.  It doesn't seem to make any difference at all to pictures, which are just as sharp and contrasty as from other lenses, but it might get worse.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on March 23, 2017, 09:54:13 pm
A replacement Strobist gel set as my other one went missing.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: T42 on March 24, 2017, 02:00:38 pm
Wow. The battery I ordered yesterday afternoon arrived in the post this morning. :D
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on March 25, 2017, 12:20:57 am
I bought a Rollei mini tripod thing.

It is engineered. Very engineered. It expands, contracts and weighs a bit. It has multiple spirit levels (if you have glasses). It will hold 8kg.

I'm taking it on holiday. I'll have to forgo a meal to pay for it, but so far, I don't care.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on April 03, 2017, 10:18:01 pm
A super tele-zoom. Tamron 150-600. Budget didn't stretch to the latest model but this one has great reviews and I'm looking forward to taking it to Mull next week.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on April 03, 2017, 11:40:22 pm
A super tele-zoom. Tamron 150-600. Budget didn't stretch to the latest model but this one has great reviews and I'm looking forward to taking it to Mull next week.

I shall look out for it.... I plan to be on the ferry to Tobermory some time next week.  It shouldn't be hard to spot.

Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on April 04, 2017, 10:44:58 am
A super tele-zoom. Tamron 150-600. Budget didn't stretch to the latest model but this one has great reviews and I'm looking forward to taking it to Mull next week.

I shall look out for it.... I plan to be on the ferry to Tobermory some time next week.  It shouldn't be hard to spot.



We'll be in some off grid cottage for a week. Look for someone riding a bike slowly with a lot of photo gear attached.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on April 17, 2017, 11:34:06 pm
Mull was great, but I have decided I do need a rain cover for the camera and lens. So that is on it's way.

Here is the lens in action. It is as heavy as it looks.
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2912/33674020990_8eb42c3ee9_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/TiEafN)DSC_4675 (2) (https://flic.kr/p/TiEafN) by David Martin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/davidmam/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Samuel D on April 17, 2017, 11:42:01 pm
You seem to have a pretty good counterbalance in the big backpack.

I see you use a GPS in the hotshoe. Which one? I’ve been dismayed at how slow Nikon has been to integrate a GPS receiver in the camera. This is a ‘killer feature’ for me. Footery pairing with bad mobile apps is not a viable alternative to this feature, though Nikon and others seem to think otherwise.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: andytheflyer on April 18, 2017, 02:19:52 pm
New (2 me) Canon 430ii Speedlite arrived today.  My old faithful Fuji HS10 fell to bits (well the lens did) recently and there's no equivalent now on sale new.  Used ones (HS50) seem to be like rocking horse manure so after a lot (and I do mean a lot) of research, bought a nearly-new Canon SX50HS a month ago.  Then the filters and hood 'cos the Fuji ones didn't fit, then a cable release, Manfrotto tripod ('cos the old one was bust) and now the flash for fill-in, to get the automatic facility.

So, yes, I've bought some stuff.  Getting good results with bird photos but it does like good light with the long zoom.  Still getting used o the options and menus after the old faithful Fuji... (sniff......)

Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on April 18, 2017, 05:32:49 pm
You seem to have a pretty good counterbalance in the big backpack.
105mm Macro, 10-24 Nikkor zoom, flash, various other accessories. The bag is mostly empty at this point.

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I see you use a GPS in the hotshoe. Which one? I’ve been dismayed at how slow Nikon has been to integrate a GPS receiver in the camera. This is a ‘killer feature’ for me. Footery pairing with bad mobile apps is not a viable alternative to this feature, though Nikon and others seem to think otherwise.
It came with the camera when I got it. I'll look out the brand - seems to work very well. It is nice having the pics geotagged.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: fuaran on April 18, 2017, 11:08:42 pm
Got a trail camera, £80 from Lidl. My old one is going a bit weird, the screen doesn't work, and its not recording video. The new one should be a bit better, higher resolution, and actually has a microphone. Its out in the garden tonight, so I'll see what it gets.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Wombat on April 24, 2017, 01:27:12 pm
Several days ago now, but life has been a bit tricky lately...

A Samyang 24mm Tilt/shift lens.  I'm well aware its not the very best in the world, but as long as its used considerately, and I don't try using it at full aperture, I think we'll get along fine.  Took a few indoor test shots with it tilted and shifted, and hopefully I'll find time to attack some buildings with it soon.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on April 24, 2017, 03:45:49 pm
That sounds like it could be a lot of fun.  What are you putting on the end of it?
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on April 24, 2017, 04:04:36 pm
Mull was great, but I have decided I do need a rain cover for the camera and lens. So that is on it's way.

Here is the lens in action. It is as heavy as it looks.
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2912/33674020990_8eb42c3ee9_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/TiEafN)DSC_4675 (2) (https://flic.kr/p/TiEafN) by David Martin (https://www.flickr.com/photos/davidmam/), on Flickr

I looked for you... you were over there somewhere (Looking west from Ledaig).

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Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on April 24, 2017, 10:11:39 pm
See that shower of rain? That's where I was..
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Wombat on April 28, 2017, 03:39:49 pm
That sounds like it could be a lot of fun.  What are you putting on the end of it?

An 82mm UV filter...

Oh, the other end?  My usual device, a Sony A7Rii, 42MP of goodness (not that I bought it because it was 42MP, I certainly didn't!) 

Sorry for delay, travelling all over the place and selling the home I've lived in for over 30 years makes me a bit busy...
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on April 28, 2017, 04:36:02 pm
Lovely kit.  Well, not aesthetically - Sony tend to put the excellent workings together, then clag a box round them.  But it is a fantastically capable machine.

That said, have you seen the new A9? :demon:
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on May 01, 2017, 05:49:24 pm
Just clicked the button on a remote monitor for the DSLR, just a cheap one but it will be useful as I am doing more  video and find follow focus on the screen rather hard.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01LNNVNN0 is the baby. Should improve the macro work.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on May 01, 2017, 07:04:16 pm
Just clicked the button on a remote monitor for the DSLR, just a cheap one but it will be useful as I am doing more  video and find follow focus on the screen rather hard.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01LNNVNN0 is the baby. Should improve the macro work.

Just bought one for my son's video work ...good call.  I have some basic, but sound, Neewer flash gear.

Neewer stuff allows amateurs to do semi-pro level work at a fraction of the price of pro gear.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on May 01, 2017, 11:33:54 pm
I've got diffusers and stands from Neewer. Quality budget kit. The reviews were fine, so I look forward to playing with it on Wednesday or Thursday.

It would hav ehelped greatly when videoing the worms at the weekend - much easier to follow focus on a big screen.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: rogerzilla on May 02, 2017, 07:36:46 pm
The 300mm Nikkor is back from the repairers.  Apparently the fungus hadn't really etched the glass and it cleaned up really well.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on May 03, 2017, 07:39:36 pm
Just clicked the button on a remote monitor for the DSLR, just a cheap one but it will be useful as I am doing more  video and find follow focus on the screen rather hard.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01LNNVNN0 is the baby. Should improve the macro work.

Just bought one for my son's video work ...good call.  I have some basic, but sound, Neewer flash gear.

Neewer stuff allows amateurs to do semi-pro level work at a fraction of the price of pro gear.

It seems very good. I really like the built in features of framing guides and focus peaking - so you can have a colour output on the camera and the HDMI out to the monitor highlights the focus edges. I only had a few minutes to play at work and have left the macro lens there but will have a go tonight.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on May 04, 2017, 09:14:59 am
The 300mm Nikkor is back from the repairers.  Apparently the fungus hadn't really etched the glass and it cleaned up really well.
That must be a relief!*


* or not**



** IGMC
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on May 04, 2017, 09:46:56 am
It would have helped greatly when videoing the worms at the weekend

First time that sentence has ever been said.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on May 04, 2017, 10:48:25 am
Outside of a hospital.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: noisycrank on May 04, 2017, 11:37:56 am
It would hav ehelped greatly when videoing the worms at the weekend - much easier to follow focus on a big screen.

And then the murders began
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Wombat on May 05, 2017, 05:44:30 pm
Lovely kit.  Well, not aesthetically - Sony tend to put the excellent workings together, then clag a box round them.  But it is a fantastically capable machine.

That said, have you seen the new A9? :demon:
Further delay due to another house hunting trip (successful this time).

I'd agree the A7 series are ugly buggers, they look like something I'd draw with CAD in a spare few minutes.  They are damn capable cameras though.  I bought mine, (and lets face it, it was bloody expensive, and a couple of years ago I couldn't possibly have countenanced such a beast) because of its outstanding low light/high ISO performance for photographing period dance events, which are usually in poorly lit venues, and of course flash is a definite no-no.  Lots of focus mode choice, which really does take quite a bit of learning, not that obvious or intuitive.  Sony's instruction book is utter crap! 

The A9 is not what I'd expected, and is of no interest to me, being a super speedy sports camera, and that's not what I do.  I've got used to my 42MP, but what I now need to do, having just retired from paid work, is to spend much more time on slowly and gently photographing what I want to, so its my technique that wins through.  Currently I'm being carried by having a bloody good camera which covers for my sometimes sloppy technique.  There are some features of the A9 which are excellent, such as the proper separate dials for focus modes and, I think, ISO.  All the negative comments about wanting twin SD card slots don't seem that important to me, and as for all the stuff about poor battery life, that's cobblers, unless you really need to shoot over 400 shots without the ability to spend almost 5 seconds swapping batteries.

I actually had a proper play with the tilt/shift lens at the weekend, in the churchyard in Montgomery.  What I found was that shifting was very good for church towers, but that the lens is a bit shit on the flare front, unless I very carefully shade the lens with a card or my hand.  I suppose I've been spoilt by my favourite Zeiss 25mm F2, which barely shows any flare when shooting straight into a low sun.  No "veiling" at all, just one little aperture type dollop, which if you shoot dead straight into the sun, you can lose in the image of the sun itself.  Again, that lens is bloody expensive, but for the dance photography, absolutely perfect.  Fortune has been financially kind to me of late, being made redundant again by virtue of my temporary contract not being renewed, about 6 weeks before I qualify for state pension...
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on May 23, 2017, 10:14:26 pm
Cheap video tripod with good reviews. https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00139W0XM/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Well worth it. The only downside is that it doesn't have a 1/4" socket for adding additional hardware, instead of placing it on the hotshoe.

Very easy to set up and level. Smooth pan and tilt. I may replace the head in due course but the legs are great, and the head much better than my Manfrotto 3 axis photo heads for video work.

Heavy though. Very heavy. Which adds to the stability one presumes.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on May 24, 2017, 02:31:50 pm
That looks remarkably good value
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on May 24, 2017, 02:43:16 pm
Seems good so far.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Ben T on May 24, 2017, 03:08:30 pm
I've always thought what would be a good idea is if tripods had a little bag hanging from the underside of the head so when you get into the field you can fill it with rocks or other similar ballast, but you don't have to carry that weight about.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on May 24, 2017, 03:11:11 pm
It came with a small clip on bag.. Not big enough for many rocks though.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on May 24, 2017, 03:36:56 pm
I've always thought what would be a good idea is if tripods had a little bag hanging from the underside of the head so when you get into the field you can fill it with rocks or other similar ballast, but you don't have to carry that weight about.

My Manfrotto tripod has a hook for that very purpose, they aren't unique in that respect.  Usually I just hang my camera bag off it.

Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: sojournermike on June 05, 2017, 11:14:50 pm
A secondhand Pentax 40/2.8 XS. Super tiny and covers a full 35mm frame or the sensor in a K1d

Bargain and easy to carry compared to the Sigma 35/1.4 Art.

The latter is optically stunning, but big, heavy and only semi reliable at focusing on the fly.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on June 07, 2017, 06:35:15 pm
A HOYA ProND 1000 (10-Stop ND filter)

77mm dia so it will "step-down" to my other lenses. I only tested it in the garden so far but it seems sharp and the colours look fine (no obvious colour cast).  I think it's always worth using a White Balance card when using "Big Stoppers" though, there's almost always a cast at 10-stops.

Now then... Waterfalls and Rivers required.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: mike on June 09, 2017, 04:07:25 pm
A 1.4x converter.  Am going to back to Africa in August and I want the amazing birds to be a bit bigger in the frame.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: paul851 on June 11, 2017, 07:09:15 am
A Zorki 3 that popped up on Ebay Buy It Now for a lot less than they usually sell for , would have been rude not to in all honesty  :)


Paul
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: sojournermike on June 11, 2017, 12:53:46 pm
A Zorki 3 that popped up on Ebay Buy It Now for a lot less than they usually sell for , would have been rude not to in all honesty  :)


Paul

Lovely things. I had a 4K and Hannah now has a Fed
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on June 14, 2017, 05:11:54 pm
I had a 4K.  It worked beautifully, but I thought it was a bit ugly.  The Kiev 4 I had was much cooler.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on June 20, 2017, 10:46:09 am
Manfrotto BeFree "live" travel tripod.

With the best will in the world it's never that appealing to lug my Manfrotto 055 any distance.  The BeFree seems to be very popular with travel photographers.  I just hope it's OK with a Canon 6D and 24-105L sat on top.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: sojournermike on June 20, 2017, 08:25:56 pm
A Noon 4x5 pinhole camera:)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on July 16, 2017, 06:58:10 pm
Manfrotto BeFree "live" travel tripod.

With the best will in the world it's never that appealing to lug my Manfrotto 055 any distance.  The BeFree seems to be very popular with travel photographers.  I just hope it's OK with a Canon 6D and 24-105L sat on top.

Actually got the wrong one in the post so I sent it back and upgraded to the Carbon version. Expensive but I thought, if I'm after a more travel-oriented tripod, why not go the whole hog and make it light as well as compact.

It packs very small indeed, comes with a carry case and a voucher for a Manfrotto Travel backpack worth about £80.  It will fit neatly on my rear rack without overhanging (like my Manfrotto 055 does).

Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: sojournermike on July 16, 2017, 07:21:11 pm
A Noon 4x5 pinhole camera:)

And a Leica M4
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: paul851 on July 16, 2017, 09:35:11 pm
A couple of lenses for the Zorki 3, a Jupiter 12 35mm and a Jupiter 9 85mm both with viewfinders and I also seem to have picked up a couple of 1950's Zorki 1 even though I swore blind I wouldn't buy any more Russian cameras .

Paul
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: menthel on July 24, 2017, 12:48:52 pm
Oops, I would seem to have an X100F on the way...  :-[ :-[ :-[
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: pcolbeck on July 25, 2017, 10:01:48 pm
An OM 50 F1.8-16 lens and a 4/3 adaptor arrived today from eBay.

Stuck it on the E500 and had a play. Focusing these old lens without a split screen is hard, but wow lovely bokeh and it gathers so much light !

Not bad for forty quid for a prime lens and the adaptor to make it fit the E500. I think I might have to look out for some more.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on August 01, 2017, 12:45:46 pm
A set of unbranded Ebay extension tubes for £14.  Amazingly they have the TTL connections so auto-exposure modes work.

(Can you tell how long the exposure was?)

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Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on August 01, 2017, 12:49:55 pm
A HOYA ProND 1000 (10-Stop ND filter)

77mm dia so it will "step-down" to my other lenses. I only tested it in the garden so far but it seems sharp and the colours look fine (no obvious colour cast).  I think it's always worth using a White Balance card when using "Big Stoppers" though, there's almost always a cast at 10-stops.

Now then... Waterfalls and Rivers required.

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It's superb quality.  I can't detect any colour-cast when using it (unlike my cheap varible ND which is, in effect, like a purple filter).

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Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on August 01, 2017, 01:01:43 pm
Manfrotto BeFree "live" travel tripod.

With the best will in the world it's never that appealing to lug my Manfrotto 055 any distance.  The BeFree seems to be very popular with travel photographers.  I just hope it's OK with a Canon 6D and 24-105L sat on top.

Actually got the wrong one in the post so I sent it back and upgraded to the Carbon version. Expensive but I thought, if I'm after a more travel-oriented tripod, why not go the whole hog and make it light as well as compact.

It packs very small indeed, comes with a carry case and a voucher for a Manfrotto Travel backpack worth about £80.  It will fit neatly on my rear rack without overhanging (like my Manfrotto 055 does).

What a great tripod this is.  I was worried about stability as it's very light and, when fully extended, quite skinny.

I was shooting 30 second exposures, into very high winds, with no problems (although I didn't have the 3rd skinny leg sections extended).  It definitely encourages you to carry a tripod.

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I also just Ebayed the free Manfrotto backpack for £79 !!!  That totally offset the premium for the carbon version.  Result!!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on August 02, 2017, 09:56:17 pm
A second hand Rode videomic for the DSLR.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: tonycollinet on August 07, 2017, 12:02:32 am
I have just bought a 42.5 f1.7 prime for my G80. Like it a lot...

I cn do this with it...

(http://www.collinsho.me/photos/425f17.jpg)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: menthel on August 07, 2017, 01:38:35 pm
Oops, I would seem to have an X100F on the way...  :-[ :-[ :-[

Went to Woburn yesterday with this and had a lovely time. Woburn was fun and the camera was wonderful. I know people might frown on using the digital zoom but having 35, 50 and 75mm equivalents available at the twist of the controls was great and the photos really do look good. Very happy with the purchase!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Karla on August 18, 2017, 09:54:58 am
A Fuji X20, to replace the X10 that I broke recently after using it since 2012.  I paid less than the cost of getting Fuji to replace the screen and viewfinder. 

Now, whether to flog my X10 for a pittance or else buy a new screen and try to replace it myself?
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: hellymedic on August 25, 2017, 09:59:03 pm
Have ordered two replacement batteries for my 10 year old Canon IXUS 70. The unit price is about ¼ of what I paid in 2007.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: PaulR on September 12, 2017, 01:49:34 pm
I seem to have bought a canon 1000D which has been modded by the removal of the original filters in front of the sensor and their replacement with a filter that lets through light emitted by hydrogen alpha. I now need to find a clear night to try it out on some of the red glowing stuff in Cygnus.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Woofage on September 29, 2017, 05:11:30 pm
Not me, but the lad used his birthday money etc to get a Canon 10-18mm. Man, that's wide! Perfect for lambscapesTM

Also traded some stuff with MPB to get him a nifty fifty. Nice.

Found a Canon-compatible Sigma flash in a charity shop for £hardlyAnything (boxed with pouch and hardly used). Soon he'll have more kit than me...
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: PaulR on November 11, 2017, 05:46:11 pm
Just took delivery of a rather lovely Kenko x2 teleconverter for my magic drainpipe, to give a a crystal clear 400mm f5.6 lens. I am looking forward to shooting some local wildlife if it is bright enough tomorrow.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: mike on November 21, 2017, 10:03:52 am
Just took delivery of a rather lovely Kenko x2 teleconverter for my magic drainpipe, to give a a crystal clear 400mm f5.6 lens. I am looking forward to shooting some local wildlife if it is bright enough tomorrow.

 :thumbsup:  how is *my* old drainpipe?
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: PaulR on November 22, 2017, 06:10:44 pm
It is very happy thank you Mike. It is enjoying the local wildlife (particularly kites and deer) and doesn't complain too much when I leave it out in the dark taking photos of galaxies and such like. It travels in my courier bag whenever I go out for a ride, so the hills are quite hard work with the extra weight!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: BrianI on November 22, 2017, 08:07:16 pm
Just took delivery of a rather lovely Kenko x2 teleconverter for my magic drainpipe, to give a a crystal clear 400mm f5.6 lens. I am looking forward to shooting some local wildlife if it is bright enough tomorrow.

 :thumbsup:  how is *my* old drainpipe?

I'm interested to hear what this magic drainpipe is?
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: PaulR on November 22, 2017, 09:13:34 pm
It's the nickname of the old Canon 80 - 200mm L series zoom, f2.8 and very lovely.  I was very fortunate to pick up Mike's copy, which is in excellent condition and keeps me entertained when out and about in the countryside.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: BrianI on November 23, 2017, 08:19:42 pm
It's the nickname of the old Canon 80 - 200mm L series zoom, f2.8 and very lovely.  I was very fortunate to pick up Mike's copy, which is in excellent condition and keeps me entertained when out and about in the countryside.

Also very expensive it would seem!  :o :o :o
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Woofage on November 25, 2017, 08:22:18 pm
Not me, but #1 son bought a Neewer battery grip for his Canon. He's starting to look like a pro :).
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: PaulR on November 26, 2017, 07:47:31 am
Also very expensive it would seem!  :o :o :o

If bought from a shop/dealer, then yes. It is a lot of very expertly ground and polished glass built into a complicated but robust machine. But when bought from a Mike, a real bargain.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Karla on November 26, 2017, 10:04:45 pm
A Leitz Pradovit Color, a.k.a. an old Leica projector, to digitise some of dad's slides for the funeral on Tuesday.  Or old projector is nowhere to be seen so if borrowed one off the neighbours but it really wasn't up to much, so this one came from gumtree for £50 (plus a hundred mile round trip to collect it).  Sadly it's only a 150 Watt model not  one of the 250s, but it does have the Colorplan 90 lens which is good.
I'm currently using work's conference room to shoot the projections, and it's turning out a lot better than when I tried it last time. 
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on November 26, 2017, 10:43:51 pm
That’s good.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Karla on November 27, 2017, 12:37:12 am
... on which subject, who made slide film for Max Spielmann in the mid nineties?  It really is shite.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on November 27, 2017, 02:38:03 am
Is it definitely their film, just developed by them?
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Karla on November 27, 2017, 10:32:43 am
There are some rolls of Kodachrome from the same family holiday, which are in kodachrome carriers, so it's certainly not that.  I do remember we used to buy a lot of MS negative film - and when I've come to digitise it, I've been pretty unimpressed by that too, so it wouldn't surprise me.

I think Agfa may have made their film for them?  That wouldn't surprise me either.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: BrianI on December 04, 2017, 05:12:31 pm
A £20 4 way macro slider rail!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: TimO on December 09, 2017, 11:32:23 am
I'm not entirely sure if it counts as photography stuff entirely, but I bought a Cheerson CX-10WD-TX nanodrone.  It's a FPV (First Person View) drone, with a 720×576 sensor.

(http://balius.sp.ph.ic.ac.uk/~timo/stuff/small.php?size=350&file=IMG_20171208_235027_crop_adj_edit.jpg) (http://balius.sp.ph.ic.ac.uk/~timo/stuff/IMG_20171208_235027_crop_adj_edit.jpg)

Even though it only cost me £22, it's surprisingly stable.  It's currently the highest specification CX-10 family drone, and has more bells and whistles than the others, so aside from the addition of the camera it also has altitude hold and a 2.4GHz remote control.

I can stream the video over WiFi to my phone and record it.  The accelerometers and barometric pressure sensor keep it reasonably stable, so it's quite easy to fly.

Flying around the kitchen is OK, as long as I rememeber to turn the fan heater off.  That doesn't bode well for flying it outdoors, but people do, when the wind is low, so I'll have to take it to the local park and have a go!  Because it's only 6cm by 6cm and weighs 18g, it's not entirely the ideal outdoors drone, but it will work under moderately benign conditions.

The video and picture quality is iffy, but I've had small cameras that cost more than this, and had worse picture quality, so it could be worse!

For comparison, a photo of the same subject taken with the CX-10 and my fairly old phone.

(http://balius.sp.ph.ic.ac.uk/~timo/stuff/small.php?size=250&file=CX10WD_IMG_9.jpg) (http://balius.sp.ph.ic.ac.uk/~timo/stuff/CX10WD_IMG_9.jpg)
CX-10WD
(http://balius.sp.ph.ic.ac.uk/~timo/stuff/small.php?size=270&file=IMG_20171209_114101.jpg) (http://balius.sp.ph.ic.ac.uk/~timo/stuff/small.php?size=1024&file=IMG_20171209_114101.jpg)
Nexus 5 (Phone)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: TimO on December 20, 2017, 05:14:32 pm
Do spare propellers for the drone count?

44 (I ordered 40, but got some additional ones!) props, for my mobile camera fleet. ;D

(http://balius.sp.ph.ic.ac.uk/~timo/stuff/small.php?size=400&file=IMG_20171220_170801_adj.jpg) (http://balius.sp.ph.ic.ac.uk/~timo/stuff/IMG_20171220_170801_adj.jpg)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Kim on December 20, 2017, 07:13:20 pm
Do the red ones go faster?   ;D
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: BrianI on December 26, 2017, 11:16:44 am
A nicy shiny new Sigma 105mm f2.8 Macro EX DG OS HSM - Canon Fit!  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on December 26, 2017, 02:43:04 pm
Ooohh - enjoy. I'm sure you'll love it.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on December 26, 2017, 05:00:56 pm
A nicy shiny new Sigma 105mm f2.8 Macro EX DG OS HSM - Canon Fit!  ;D ;D

Portrait gold.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: BrianI on December 26, 2017, 05:53:54 pm
A £20 4 way macro slider rail!  :thumbsup:

Which is actually pretty shoogly and made of cheese...
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: BrianI on December 26, 2017, 07:23:10 pm
Ooohh - enjoy. I'm sure you'll love it.

I'm sure I will. Hopefully should be here in a couple of days!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on December 26, 2017, 10:16:49 pm
A £20 4 way macro slider rail!  :thumbsup:

Which is actually pretty shoogly and made of cheese...

name and shame so we can avoid it
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: BrianI on December 27, 2017, 05:06:50 pm
A £20 4 way macro slider rail!  :thumbsup:

Which is actually pretty shoogly and made of cheese...

name and shame so we can avoid it

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Phot-R-4-Way-Macro-Sliding-Focus-Focusing-Rail-Slider-DSLR-Camera-Tripod-Bracket/261952512782?epid=1741030008&hash=item3cfd96230e:g:iPAAAOSw8DJaBm0Q#rwid

It's a "PhOt-R" branded 4 way macro rail, model number P-4WFR.
By the time I added the weight of the canon 750d + 18-55mm kit lens + extension tubes, the gearing started slipping on the macro rail! Even with the locking nuts tightened! Not worth the hassle of trying to return it for the sake of £20. 

Seems to be a few of these same macro rails for similar prices under various brand names..  Probably fine for use with bridge cameras / compact cameras, but using them with DSLRs & macro lenses is probably pushing it a bit.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: fuaran on January 06, 2018, 12:59:37 am
Panasonic Lumix 100-300mm mark II lens. Equivalent to 200-600mm, and not too big and heavy. Should be handy for birds and stuff.
Got it as a grey import off Ebay, combined with Ebay offer for 20% off. Works out about £300, instead of £550 at Jessops!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on January 11, 2018, 12:21:54 pm
I have a cheap flashgun on order, a manual Neewer to use to light my backgrounds and supplement my 2 Yongnuo speedlights.
(Neewer do amazingly OK photography stuff at very low prices, not Pro quality but usually good enough for the amateur). 

I also ordered a battery pack/portrait grip for my Canon 6D, again by Neewer and a folding 5 way reflector....by Neewer. 

It all came to £66 !!!! So it cost me my Xmas Amazon vouchers and £1.

More importantly though I'm tracking a few Canon 5D bodies (the original "Mk1"...though it obviously wasn't called that at the time). 

It's a 12.8Mp classic DSLR from 2005 (I really do believe I can refer to it as a classic as it was generally considered to be the camera that finally convinced the Pros to move away from film.)

I think it will become more of a classic over time but mostly I want it as a base for a manual FD lens, possibly a 28mm f/2.8, for walkabout/street photography.  Apparently it has a very appealing colour rendition, lost in the newer bodies.

Anyway, the 5D was always considered a superb camera.  It didn't stop being a superb camera...just that newer cameras got more features.  It's around £300 today (£3,500 in 2005)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Woofage on January 11, 2018, 04:48:56 pm
I have a cheap flashgun on order, a manual Neewer to use to light my backgrounds and supplement my 2 Yongnuo speedlights.
(Neewer do amazingly OK photography stuff at very low prices, not Pro quality but usually good enough for the amateur). 

I also ordered a battery pack/portrait grip for my Canon 6D, again by Neewer and a folding 5 way reflector....by Neewer. 

The lad has a Neewer battery grip for his 600D (see previous page). I think it was about 28-quid! At close look you can see it's not a genuine Canon one but it seems to do the job well enough.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on January 11, 2018, 05:07:05 pm
I have a cheap flashgun on order, a manual Neewer to use to light my backgrounds and supplement my 2 Yongnuo speedlights.
(Neewer do amazingly OK photography stuff at very low prices, not Pro quality but usually good enough for the amateur). 

I also ordered a battery pack/portrait grip for my Canon 6D, again by Neewer and a folding 5 way reflector....by Neewer. 

The lad has a Neewer battery grip for his 600D (see previous page). I think it was about 28-quid! At close look you can see it's not a genuine Canon one but it seems to do the job well enough.

That's what I paid.  I want it as a portrait grip but it's also nice to have the backup of the AA battery option (though the Canon batteries last all day).

EDIT.  The Neewer battery grip/Portrait grip is excellent value for money (£28).  Comes with an AA battery insert as well.  Focus and exposure buttons in same place as main body so it's very intuitive to use on portrait mode.  Very pleased with it.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on January 15, 2018, 08:43:07 am
I have some Neewer stuff and am generally very pleased with it.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on January 18, 2018, 02:23:58 pm
Canon 5D (awaiting its arrival)

Not the Mk4, not the Mk3, not the Mk2...the original 2005 version.

I have a full-frame Canon 6D and it produces amazing images but the 5D is something of a classic (being from the bygone era of 2005).
It's 12.8Mp and it takes photos.  No video, no Live-View, it just takes photos.
Supposedly is has a rather pleasing colour rendition.

It's going to be a home for my not-used-enough 40mm f/2.8 "Pancake" lens and perhaps a manual focus 28mm f/2.8 FD series lens. 
I like the thought of walking around with a 28mm on "hyperfocal" DoF and just snapping away at life...just as I did with my Olympus XA2.

Anyway...watch this space.

I also Ebay'd a rubber lens hood for the 40mm and a Lavalier Mic for my Samsung phone (for Vlogging)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on January 19, 2018, 12:18:41 pm
I bought two FPV cameras for my planes for a bargainacious price of £11 each.  Looking forward to trying them out.  I already have an FPV drone, but I wanted to add it to some fixed wing aircraft.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on January 22, 2018, 01:25:16 pm
My Canon 5D arrived.  What a gorgeous lump of classic Digitalness.

OK the rear LCD is quite possibly a Logie Baird Valve item but otherwise it seems to be in good working order in and in excellent condition for a 2005 camera.

I wish the weather were better as any photos I take today are likely to be extremely dull & grey.

Images to follow.  Scary to think that it was  approx £3,000 in 2005.  That was serious money back then.  They are fairly easy to pick up for about £250 today but I don't think that will be the case for long.

Just a snap from the Town centre using the 40mm f/2.8 "pancake" lens.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4750/39126673714_6fa1ff2d07_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22BuqWE)a IMG_4052 (https://flic.kr/p/22BuqWE) by Lee Hargreaves (https://www.flickr.com/photos/144422745@N05/), on Flickr

My Babies...

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4757/39149393054_21a3caa134_h.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/22DuSBq)a Canon Cameras a (https://flic.kr/p/22DuSBq) by Lee Hargreaves (https://www.flickr.com/photos/144422745@N05/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Domestique on January 24, 2018, 04:30:17 pm
I use 5dmk3 now, but still have fond memories of my mk1.
Beautiful images from that camera. 
(https://scontent-lht6-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/19554457_1968424373374386_3084742128871017874_n.jpg?oh=5b94c075e957f21ee7e37a5be6915238&oe=5AEA8EAE)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on January 24, 2018, 07:19:02 pm
I use 5dmk3 now, but still have fond memories of my mk1.
Beautiful images from that camera. 

I'm working my way towards a Mk3 as the Mk2 and Mk3 become cheaper and cheaper.  I think they will all (the 5D series) become classics..with the possible exception of the Mk4.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: BrianI on January 24, 2018, 08:09:48 pm
I have a cheap flashgun on order, a manual Neewer to use to light my backgrounds and supplement my 2 Yongnuo speedlights.
(Neewer do amazingly OK photography stuff at very low prices, not Pro quality but usually good enough for the amateur). 

I also ordered a battery pack/portrait grip for my Canon 6D, again by Neewer and a folding 5 way reflector....by Neewer. 

The lad has a Neewer battery grip for his 600D (see previous page). I think it was about 28-quid! At close look you can see it's not a genuine Canon one but it seems to do the job well enough.

That's what I paid.  I want it as a portrait grip but it's also nice to have the backup of the AA battery option (though the Canon batteries last all day).

EDIT.  The Neewer battery grip/Portrait grip is excellent value for money (£28).  Comes with an AA battery insert as well.  Focus and exposure buttons in same place as main body so it's very intuitive to use on portrait mode.  Very pleased with it.

As little as that for a battery grip? And an AA insert? Although it look like the Neewer battery grip for my 750D doesn't have an option for AA batteries... Although not really an issue as you can get third party compatible li-ion batteries for not too much money.

No photography related purchases for me for a while, spending the wrong side of £2600 on new central heating boiler + some new radiators.....   :(
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on January 24, 2018, 11:31:06 pm
As little as that for a battery grip? And an AA insert? Although it look like the Neewer battery grip for my 750D doesn't have an option for AA batteries... Although not really an issue as you can get third party compatible li-ion batteries for not too much money.

I get mine from here and they seem at least as good as originals for a fraction of the price

http://www.exprodirect.com/ (http://www.exprodirect.com/)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: BrianI on January 25, 2018, 09:43:39 am
As little as that for a battery grip? And an AA insert? Although it look like the Neewer battery grip for my 750D doesn't have an option for AA batteries... Although not really an issue as you can get third party compatible li-ion batteries for not too much money.

I get mine from here and they seem at least as good as originals for a fraction of the price

http://www.exprodirect.com/ (http://www.exprodirect.com/)

Thanks LEE, I've bookmarked that site! I'm certainly glad I jumped ship from Pentax to Canon, at least there is a remarkably large market for third party gear for Canon & Nikon!  :thumbsup: Just a shame Canon lenses don't tend to come with lens hoods though.  And no, I'm not paying Canon prices for a lens hood for my 10-18, and 18-55mm canon lenses!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: D.A.L.E. on January 25, 2018, 11:42:57 am
Do Instagram followers count?
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Samuel D on January 26, 2018, 12:35:14 am
Do Instagram followers count?

Did you buy them today?
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on January 26, 2018, 04:47:57 pm
As little as that for a battery grip? And an AA insert? Although it look like the Neewer battery grip for my 750D doesn't have an option for AA batteries... Although not really an issue as you can get third party compatible li-ion batteries for not too much money.

I get mine from here and they seem at least as good as originals for a fraction of the price

http://www.exprodirect.com/ (http://www.exprodirect.com/)

Thanks LEE, I've bookmarked that site! I'm certainly glad I jumped ship from Pentax to Canon, at least there is a remarkably large market for third party gear for Canon & Nikon!  :thumbsup: Just a shame Canon lenses don't tend to come with lens hoods though.  And no, I'm not paying Canon prices for a lens hood for my 10-18, and 18-55mm canon lenses!

Ebay is your friend for Canon lens hoods.  I pay around £4 for Chinese copies (which are probably made on the same production line as the £25 Canon originals)  Just search on the lens hood model number.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Kim on January 27, 2018, 12:15:46 am
Hmm, does http://www.lenshoods.co.uk/ still work?  *checks* It does.

Molished by a friend of mine some time ago in response to the price of Canon lens hoods.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on January 28, 2018, 10:17:05 am
I have acquired a selection of Peak Design straps. A Slider, a wrist strap and a thinner neck strap.

So far, they have been fantastic. The ability to snap a strap off a camera in seconds, swap straps and sliders over for different shooting situations, and they are comfortable and look good.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on January 31, 2018, 12:53:33 pm
I have acquired a selection of Peak Design straps. A Slider, a wrist strap and a thinner neck strap.

So far, they have been fantastic. The ability to snap a strap off a camera in seconds, swap straps and sliders over for different shooting situations, and they are comfortable and look good.  :thumbsup:

I have the Slider strap and the wrist strap.  Excellent as you say.  I just have the "dongles" on my camera bodies.

The beauty of the slider strap is that you can wear the strap over your shoulder and neck and have the camera low down, below your waist, out of the way. 
Nothing worse than looking like a total tourist with a branded neck strap, camera sat jutting out between your moobs.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Ham on February 01, 2018, 08:33:36 am
Just pressed the button on a Olympus M. Zuiko Pro Digital 12-40mm, using HDew Cameras who appear to be a reliable source for grey imports. Whatever, it works out substantially less than the used version on the Bay of Thieves and they use SagePay so at least I have CC protection.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on February 02, 2018, 05:54:39 pm
Just pressed the button on a Olympus M. Zuiko Pro Digital 12-40mm, using HDew Cameras who appear to be a reliable source for grey imports. Whatever, it works out substantially less than the used version on the Bay of Thieves and they use SagePay so at least I have CC protection.

I bought my Canon 6D and a 24-105 L from them*

*Prices were so good I drove out to Croydon to make sure it was legit before my first purchase.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Ham on February 06, 2018, 10:07:11 am
....and it has just arrived, I'm impressed.

Lens is clearly brand new, not in retail box but it does lack the lens hood, I'll have to see what they say about that.

ETA within 30  minutes of email they have confirmed they will provide a hood.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Ham on February 09, 2018, 10:04:36 am
....and it has just arrived, I'm impressed.

Lens is clearly brand new, not in retail box but it does lack the lens hood, I'll have to see what they say about that.

ETA within 30  minutes of email they have confirmed they will provide a hood.

Which has arrived today  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: D.A.L.E. on February 09, 2018, 12:47:33 pm
Was on their site this morning. Interesting.

After a new camera and it's a choice between buying grey or asking my girlfriend to bring me one back from Canada when she visits home.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: clarion on February 14, 2018, 03:36:36 pm
Just pressed the button on a Olympus M. Zuiko Pro Digital 12-40mm, using HDew Cameras who appear to be a reliable source for grey imports. Whatever, it works out substantially less than the used version on the Bay of Thieves and they use SagePay so at least I have CC protection.
Oooh - current pin up, glasswise
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Charlotte on February 15, 2018, 03:20:02 pm
I have acquired a selection of Peak Design straps. A Slider, a wrist strap and a thinner neck strap.

So far, they have been fantastic. The ability to snap a strap off a camera in seconds, swap straps and sliders over for different shooting situations, and they are comfortable and look good.  :thumbsup:

I've been using PD kit for years.  I love their little thin straps for when I need to carry more than one body and I'm wearing a nice thick coat to spread the load. 

Julian got me the big wide one for Christmas and it's bloody brilliant. 
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on February 15, 2018, 04:22:29 pm
Looking for an LED option for lighting simple interview videos. Thoughts from the panel..
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on March 06, 2018, 06:51:13 pm
Got some "Camera Armour" off Ebay for a tenner for the 5D.

Basically a silicone rubber "sleeve".  It fits well and means you don't need to be so careful when putting it down on a hard surface as the rubber takes the knocks.

The rubber, extendable, lens hood does the same for the lens (I'm really pleased with the lens hood.  I don't bother extending it.  The 40mm f/2.8 benefits from a little extra shade.)

Since this is my "Street" camera it helps to keep it slightly more discreet as well as bump-proof.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4788/26786977678_78e65393b9_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GP5gdJ)]
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on March 06, 2018, 10:29:09 pm
As discreet as a Marvel Superhero.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on March 06, 2018, 10:44:46 pm
As discreet as a Marvel Superhero.

 ::-)

It's actually quite hard to spot in the "real world" now.  More importantly though I can plonk it down on the ground, or a wall, without worrying about chipping or scuffing it (it's a heavy old lump).
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on March 06, 2018, 11:27:49 pm
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/59/Hulk_%28comics_character%29.png)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4788/26786977678_78e65393b9_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: D.A.L.E. on March 06, 2018, 11:33:42 pm
Got some "Camera Armour" off Ebay for a tenner for the 5D.

Basically a silicone rubber "sleeve".  It fits well and means you don't need to be so careful when putting it down on a hard surface as the rubber takes the knocks.

The rubber, extendable, lens hood does the same for the lens (I'm really pleased with the lens hood.  I don't bother extending it.  The 40mm f/2.8 benefits from a little extra shade.)

Since this is my "Street" camera it helps to keep it slightly more discreet as well as bump-proof.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4788/26786977678_78e65393b9_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GP5gdJ)]
Do you have a photograph of it?
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: fruitcake on March 14, 2018, 08:29:02 pm
Loving the hulk cam.

I just bought a lens bumper for my cheapo EOS lens that's used on my 1100D and by 350D. I reckon the lens is the bit that's most likely to get bashed.

Meanwhile, I've been hankering after a camera body with an extra control dial, so I can alter aperture and shutter speed at once. And I stumbled upon a review of the Nikon D200. And I want one. (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=107191.msg2267307) And they're now cheap on fleabay... cheap enough to invest in Nikon glass too, I think.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: PaulR on March 14, 2018, 11:26:40 pm
An almost accidental Tamron SP 500mm f8 mirror lens. Complete with its filter set, paperwork and mini screwdriver.   Playing with it indoors seems to indicate it's not bad. Looking forward to taking it out on a sunny day.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Woofage on March 15, 2018, 03:12:42 pm
Not me, but the lad has just taken delivery of an eBay Samyang 14mm f2.8 manual lens (Canon fit). What a cracker, and weighing in at 500g it should be. Can't wait to see some astro shots and lambscapesTM.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: PaulR on March 15, 2018, 03:56:11 pm
Those wide Samyangs are perfect for Astro stuff.  I have to 10mm f2.8 and 85mm f1.4 and they are great fun.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: fruitcake on March 22, 2018, 01:46:18 pm
Just bought a used radio trigger and some servo flashes to add to the kit.

I don't care for much of the flash photography I see, but sometimes flash is the easiest way to get a sharp image with predictable colour.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: BrianI on April 02, 2018, 02:52:32 pm
Got some "Camera Armour" off Ebay for a tenner for the 5D.

Basically a silicone rubber "sleeve".  It fits well and means you don't need to be so careful when putting it down on a hard surface as the rubber takes the knocks.

The rubber, extendable, lens hood does the same for the lens (I'm really pleased with the lens hood.  I don't bother extending it.  The 40mm f/2.8 benefits from a little extra shade.)

Since this is my "Street" camera it helps to keep it slightly more discreet as well as bump-proof.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4788/26786977678_78e65393b9_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/GP5gdJ)]

Ooh, that silicon sleeve for the camera looks ideal. I may invest in the same for my EOS750D, to protect it while doing macros of fungi etc. 

What have I bought today myself?

Well, while browsing my local camera shop, I saw a rather nice looking  Manfrotto XPRO 3-Way Geared Head. Ideal for landscapes etc, I justified to myself...    Certainly a significant upgrade from my Manfrotto 460MG 3 Way head which I found was tricky to do fine adjustments to pan / tilt to.  So £135 lighter in the wallet, it's now mine!   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: cycleman on April 06, 2018, 10:05:15 pm
I have taken a gamble on a second hand Panasonic lumix DMC FZ7 . I will have a look online for instructions for it as there are none with it .I will put some pictures up when I have sused it out  :)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: hubner on April 06, 2018, 10:20:58 pm
I got a Benbo 1 tripod, no head, for £15 inc fares, but it took 3 hr to pick up.
And a Benbo Trekker mini ball head, £7 posted.

Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on April 07, 2018, 04:03:42 pm
A roll of Ilford XP2 to run through my Balda matic.

The light meter works but, after checking with my DSLR, it needed the ISO value adjusting to 640 (from 400) to give a more accurate reading.
XP2 is renowned for having a wide latitude so it should be OK anyway but thought I'd try to make it as close as possible.

36 exposures.  My aim is to have 36 worthwhile images. 

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4620/40523556581_68e087faf6_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24JVPy2)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on April 07, 2018, 04:19:19 pm
Peered in a window in Morningside and looked at the loverly 35mm stuff but didn't buy anything.

Had to make do with the PD leash I bought earlier for a small bag.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Woofage on April 12, 2018, 10:45:21 am
A couple of rolls of Ilford FP4 8). I have 2x OM1s at home (my original, plus one I acquired) and a few lenses. I thought it would be a good exercise for the lad to shoot some fillum so he has to think really carefully about each shot. That and the fact that I love B&W film.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on April 12, 2018, 03:24:36 pm
Whilst clearing out a room in our house I found a roll of HP5.  It was wound back into the cassette and in it's original plastic "dustbin".  Seems I shot it and forgot  to develop it.

Since I last shot a roll of B&W film about 20 years ago I'm intrigued to see what's on there.

It's currently on its way to Harman Labs in Cheshire (Formerly Ilford).
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Woofage on April 12, 2018, 04:07:16 pm
Whilst clearing out a room in our house I found a roll of HP5.  It was wound back into the cassette and in it's original plastic "dustbin".  Seems I shot it and forgot  to develop it.

As it happens, i found one too. I also found an exposed roll of Kodak colour fillum. Must send them both off.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: MikeFromLFE on April 12, 2018, 05:29:26 pm
I've at long last got my sticky fingers on an Ihagee Exa 1a with a waist level viewfinder. I will try to convince the grandchildren that's it's got a pre-digital non-LED screen!

Sent from my Moto E (4) Plus using Tapatalk

Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on April 13, 2018, 12:13:51 am
Whilst clearing out a room in our house I found a roll of HP5.  It was wound back into the cassette and in it's original plastic "dustbin".  Seems I shot it and forgot  to develop it.

As it happens, i found one too. I also found an exposed roll of Kodak colour fillum. Must send them both off.

I have a roll of B&W film that I suspect was exposed in Jesmond in 1980 when the Windies visited.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on April 13, 2018, 11:40:06 am
I've at long last got my sticky fingers on an Ihagee Exa 1a with a waist level viewfinder. I will try to convince the grandchildren that's it's got a pre-digital non-LED screen!

Sent from my Moto E (4) Plus using Tapatalk

Just tell them it's a 3" 20Mp backlit LCD display.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: PaulR on April 14, 2018, 12:30:55 pm
Oh dear. 

I did enjoy the Tamron SP 500mm mirror lens and it did make really nice crisp pictures, but it it really a bit too much faff for the sort of snapping I do.  If I want super telephoto reach, I've got scopes that will do the job, and my magic drainpipe 80-200mm lens with a teleconverter gives me 400mm at f5.6 with autofocus.

So I have sold it on and, as you do, went looking at old Takumar lenses.  I've just taken delivery of a rather lovely 28mm f3.5 SMC Takumar and initial tests show that it should be great as a general purpose tourist lens and ought also to produce good widefield astro shots.  If the clouds go.
(https://stargazerslounge.com/uploads/monthly_2018_04/takumar.thumb.jpg.4c8a997e2ff1c0d3d97fe65b7659937a.jpg)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on April 14, 2018, 03:28:14 pm
I've just taken delivery of a rather lovely 28mm f3.5 SMC Takumar

What's it attached to?

28mm is a great "street" focal length.   42mm isn't bad either (if it's a Nikon crop)  I'm loving the 40mm on my Canon full-frame.

I wish they did a 35mm "pancake" for the Canon.  I love 35mm focal length but not as much as I love the tiny size of the 40mm.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: PaulR on April 14, 2018, 05:01:32 pm
It's on a Canon 600d, so not really using the full capacity of the lens.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on April 15, 2018, 06:20:15 pm
It's on a Canon 600d, so not really using the full capacity of the lens.

That's a 45mm equivalent then.  It's getting a bit close to "standard" for my liking. 
Have you looked at 24mm lenses, that gets you 38mm equivalent (which is just about my favourite).

The 24mm f/2.8 "pancake" is a peach for relatively small money.  I'd be all over it if I had a Canon crop sensor (ideally the tiny EOS 200D)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Gattopardo on May 16, 2018, 01:21:39 am
Does given count?

Nikon FE with a nikor 50mm lens - needs new batteries shutter seems to work ok
Olympus om10 with manual adaptor - Mirror seems not to return hence a few issues, needs investgation
Olympus camedia c20 fixed lens dslr but have the wide angle and telephoto screw on lenses

Something to entertain

 
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on May 16, 2018, 09:47:29 am
Does given count?

Nikon FE with a nikor 50mm lens - needs new batteries shutter seems to work ok
Olympus om10 with manual adaptor - Mirror seems not to return hence a few issues, needs investgation
Olympus camedia c20 fixed lens dslr but have the wide angle and telephoto screw on lenses

Something to entertain

Very interested to see what this is.....

Olympus camedia c20 fixed lens dslr
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Ham on June 02, 2018, 06:53:02 am
Now waiting for a Samsung Gear 360 (http://www.samsung.com/uk/wearables/gear-360-r210/) to drop through the door (open box new @ roughly half price)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on June 22, 2018, 11:03:10 pm
DJI Osmo Mobile 2

A "SteadyCam" Gimbal for my mobile phone.   Since I intend to use my phone for video Blogs of my upcoming travels*  I want to improve the production values as much as I can.



* Smaller scale travels can ve seen at www.gohumberto.com (http://www.gohumberto.com)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Gattopardo on July 12, 2018, 07:39:50 pm
Does given count?

Nikon FE with a nikor 50mm lens - needs new batteries shutter seems to work ok
Olympus om10 with manual adaptor - Mirror seems not to return hence a few issues, needs investgation
Olympus camedia c20 fixed lens dslr but have the wide angle and telephoto screw on lenses

Something to entertain

Very interested to see what this is.....

Olympus camedia c20 fixed lens dslr

Thought I had replied to this...

The olympus I mentioned was wrong it is a camedia E20 https://simonhawketts.co.uk/2016/11/26/olympus-camedia-e-20p-digital-single-lens-reflex/

Currently looking at running the camera with 2x14500 li-ion batteries.  As 4AA seem to last no time at all, while rechargeable AA seem to last no time at all, something like less than 10 shots.  The camera is suppossed to use CRV-3 batteries but at £10 for two non rechargeable batteries seems alot, when rechargeable batteries and charger are £12 on amazon.

New silver oxide batteries (cheap from maplin) brought the OM10 back to life.  Well the camera's light meter works and sounds like different shutter speeds.  While the Nikon EM exposure meter shows no signs of life.  Cleaned the battery contacts but still nothing.  No idea what to do.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: BrianI on July 24, 2018, 09:36:46 pm
A used Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM. An ideal "walk about" lens  :thumbsup:  And a £6 compatible lens hood off ebay!  :)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on July 25, 2018, 11:31:37 am
A used Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM. An ideal "walk about" lens  :thumbsup:  And a £6 compatible lens hood off ebay!  :)
I used to have that on my old Crop -sensor.  It's very nice and sharp.  It very rarely came off the camera.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Pingu on October 26, 2018, 11:22:26 am
After this incident (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=95565.msg2336236#msg2336236) I bought a Canon PowerShot S120 off that eBay (the victim of the incident was an S95).
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Tim Hall on November 30, 2018, 05:37:08 pm
A second hand Pentax KS2.  Now reading the book of words. I may be some time.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Ham on February 03, 2019, 09:44:02 pm
I appear to have a had a screen finger click interface incident with HDew and an Oly M5 body. At pretty much half price it would have been rude not to. Thankfully  this monster (https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/news/olympus-e-m1x-bolstered-by-monster-2000mm-super-telephoto-lens-combo) isn't for sale yet, and I can't see it being cheap - 800mm handheld! (or possibly up to 2000mm) It's f4.5 and gives you 7.5 stops of stabilisation........
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on February 05, 2019, 08:22:52 am
A second hand Nikon TC14 teleconverter. That should help with reach on the big lens in bright light. Decided the TC17 or TC20 would be too challenging in less than brilliant light.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jakob on February 07, 2019, 05:49:42 am
(wrong thread)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: BrianI on February 08, 2019, 07:41:27 pm
an 80mm Photography Crystal Lens Ball.

Should be fun to try some woodland photography with this, with the camera focussed on the image reflected into the ball.

Either that, or I can do a Septic Peg impersonation with my crystal ball... ;-)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Ham on February 08, 2019, 09:40:48 pm
A UHS-II card to feed the new body, as one of its party tricks is using the in-body IS to create a super-resolution image, increasing its native 17.5Mpixel resolution to 40Mp, and image size to 50Mb, I can see that working very well to provide effective "digital zoom". I thought I'd check my existing cards to see the performance, by hitting the multiple shot until it slows through buffering, this on my standard resolution I use which is RAW+ full res jpg, about 17Mb a frame. First, my bog standard SD, a class 4 - 11 images. Next, a branded Class 4 - 12 images. Next moved up to a Lexar U1 Class 10 (so, UHS1) - 16 images and finally a Sandisk U3 (still UHS1, but more so) class 10 - 24 images. Will be interesting to see what the UHS2 achieves.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Ham on February 12, 2019, 09:57:29 pm
OK, here's the lowdown. First, obv your camera has to be UHS-II compatible to benefit (although I'm going to try the card in a UHS-I camera to see how it goes) as there is a second row of contacts. Then, it seems the camera behaviour changes, too. The exact details will have to wait until ICBA to look at the EXIF, but here is how it seems. I used the OM-5D on fast multi-shot recording RAW+full res jpg. The card is Lexar HCII 1000X (there are faster options, too)

With a normal/UHS-1 card, the camera shoots at around 4- 5 frames a second until it buffers and then it grinds to a halt, pretty much, as above.

With a UHS-II, the camera behaves differently. The first  - 10? - shots are at shutter speed, a completely different and faster sequence than I'm used to, too fast and too close together to count, I'll need to examine EXIF. Then, it drops to about 2-3 frames a second. And carries on, and on.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: David Martin on February 15, 2019, 08:50:35 pm
A second hand Nikon TC14 teleconverter. That should help with reach on the big lens in bright light. Decided the TC17 or TC20 would be too challenging in less than brilliant light.
Doesn't fit. Exchanged for a sigma one that does. Seems to work fine indoors. Will hopefully try it for real tomorrow.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: LEE on February 20, 2019, 03:15:55 pm
Having not posted for a while...

Canon M50 mirrorless (Possibly one of the best buys, and most underrated cameras, out there, especially if you want to make videos)
EF-M 15-45mm IS STM (Kit lens)
EF-M 22mm f/2 "pancake" (I like "pancake" lenses)
Fundamentally it's a bit like a tiny Canon 80D with 4K video, and that's no bad thing.

Then
Viltrox "Speedbooster" M to EF adapter. 
This is a work of witchcraft.  It allows you to mount EF lenses (lovely Canon quality) with only a tiny crop factor (1.1x Full Frame) BUT..... making that lens 1 full stop brighter!!! 
My 85mm f/1.8 is now an equivalent 93mm f/1.2 !!!!!!
My 70-200 f/4 is now a 77-220 f/2.8  ..and so on

I guess there's a trade-off on image quality somewhere, after all it introduces another lens element, but hey, I can't spot it.

I also got the Viltrox EF/EFS adapter.  This is a straight-thru "Extension tube" that just introduces the appropriate gap to the mirrorless sensor.  That gives a 1.6 crop-factor (like any crop sensor) and a reduction in light.  I only got it because it extends the reach of my EF lenses (70-200 becomes 112-320mm) and it was cheap.

Initial testing shows that, especially for videos, the speedbooster gives a bloody lovely full-frame look, with shallow depth of field.  Incredibly cinematic.

I paid about £450 for the M50 kit, from HDEW.  It's not exactly a pocket camera but it's small and very light.  The 22mm f/2 makes it a (big) pocket camera and, the reason I bought the 22mm, a perfect Street Photography camera (35mm focal length equivalent).

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7855/40192052003_efe577888f_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/24eCLMR)

My work here is done, I'm Canon'd up to the eyeballs now.  For the first time in years I've stopped looking at HDEW, MPB and other camera shopping sites. 

The Viltrox adapter means that, for £120, I now have access to 5 Canon EF lenses, on top of the 2 native M lenses.  That makes the M50 quite a package.

I'm just glad I'm not into wildlife photography like my father, whose 300mm lens cost more than that little lot alone.


Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: D.A.L.E. on February 22, 2019, 12:41:08 pm
Just picked up a Prinz Mastermatic V for next to nowt.

Seems in decent nick, will run a roll through it and see what it's like. Worst case is that it will look lovely on a shelf.

Some bits about it - https://austerityphoto.co.uk/halina-3000-review-stylish-re-invention-or-outdated-junk/
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Ham on March 06, 2019, 03:51:17 pm
I appear to have bought an Oly Pen PL-8 for £100 with a cracked/faulty screen. And, a replacement screen from China for sub £20.

This was not a good idea, was it?
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Thor on March 26, 2019, 08:32:28 pm
A Fujifilm X-T1, with the 18-55mm lens.  On a deal, "refurbished" from the Fujifilm store.  Indistinguishable from new.  If I like the Fuji system, I might get a newer body later.

Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jakob on May 24, 2019, 02:00:23 am
An Intrepid Mk4 4x5 Camera. Lead time is currently 6 weeks, which gives me time to buy the rest of the accessories I'll need.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: mike on May 24, 2019, 03:03:15 pm
I'm off on safari again soon and wanted to try something different so I've sold my 100-400 and bought a 300 2.8 mk1.  The bloody thing is massive.  My camera bag now weighs 10kg and my luggage allowance is 15.. I might being doing regular laundry!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: PaulR on May 24, 2019, 07:54:12 pm
Nice one!  Your old magic drainpipe is still working miracles for me - with a decent 2x Kenko teleconverter it is quite good at capturing warblers and buntings and cuckoos around here. 
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: mike on May 26, 2019, 12:30:40 pm
went out with the 300 and Jasper yesterday, the depth of field is thin as hell but the blur is quite something!

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47935563291_32161c25ea_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: fuaran on July 06, 2019, 10:54:10 pm
7artisans 7.5mm F2.8 fisheye lens. Less than £100 delivered from China. And feels like a nice solid lump of metal anyway.
(https://i.imgur.com/sudRaDxl.jpg)
Manual focus and manual aperture. But its wide enough, could set it to F8 and get just about everything in focus anyway. Or focus peaking can help if want to be more exact.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Woofage on July 08, 2019, 09:22:33 am
^ interesting. I assume that's for micro 4/3?
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: fuaran on July 08, 2019, 07:04:29 pm
Yes, I'm using it on my Lumix G80.
It is also available with mounts for Sony, Canon or Fuji mirrorless. Seems its really an APSC lens, so a bit bigger than a proper Micro 4/3 lens could be. But not too big.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jakob on August 08, 2019, 07:06:38 am
Finally got all my LF camera bits sorted (Well mostly)
(https://i.imgur.com/xdZZ1QAl.jpg)

Had my first quick test shoot and all 4 came out actually looking like pictures, much to my surprise

(https://i.imgur.com/MsUaglJh.jpg)

Scan of the contact sheet..didn't want to pay for scanning. I have now bought an old Epson film scanner from Ebay.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jaded on August 08, 2019, 08:55:02 am
Looks great!
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: ElyDave on August 10, 2019, 08:24:19 pm
Yes, but no.

Passed through mum and dad's on my way back home from Scotland and dropped off the 12V cooler they'd lent me. At the same time picked up a box of discworld books and my dad's old OM10 (i used to have one but sold it >15 years ago).  In the bag was the body, 50mm lens, 30-90mm macro zoom lens, olympus flash, a very old light meter and a few filters including a diffractor.

I'm thinking of having some fun with night sky longer exposures on a tripod, perhaps even with B&W film.

There was also one roll of 200ASA film.  I've not put the film in yet, but familiarising myself with the camera again, reminds me quite how restrictive/painstaking manual focus, single ASA etc was
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jakob on August 10, 2019, 08:58:54 pm
Ordered a 4x5 film development kit. This should greatly reduce the cost of experimenting. For "money shots", I'll still go to the lab. (Which happens to be 4 minutes walk away!!).

I still want to get a filter holder, but they're expensive. Might look into making one myself. (And I also want a 90mm/wide angle lens)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Woofage on August 29, 2019, 02:33:50 pm
Not me, but the lad has just blown his holiday earnings on a Canon 7D MkII and 300mm F4 L :o.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: MikeFromLFE on August 29, 2019, 05:55:50 pm
Very pleased with my £15 eBay arrival today.
Ricoh Auto Half - a clockwork powered half-frame 35mm camera in 'fair' condition.
It appears to work at a very basic level, but I won't be putting a film in it for a couple of weeks.

Sent from my Moto E (4) Plus using Tapatalk

Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jakob on August 30, 2019, 06:38:54 am
Got my SP-445 development tank today:
https://shop.stearmanpress.com/collections/photography/products/sp-445-compact-4x5-film-processing-system

And it actually works! Pretty easy to B/W. About 20 minutes total, including 7 minutes of rinsing on it's own.

(http://i.imgur.com/vpXtAfEh.jpg)
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jakob on August 30, 2019, 07:46:41 am
And a few hours later:
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48646121161_0877f0098b_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2h7G61V)Unnamed Lake Study - 1 (https://flic.kr/p/2h7G61V) by Jakob Schmidt (https://www.flickr.com/photos/kigurai/), on Flickr

Think the cheap film let me down a bit here. This is with the Formapan100, which came with the SP-445 kit. I think with the Ilford FP4, it wouldn't have blown out so badly.
This will be my Large Format Study spot and I'll be back there this weekend, with both some FP4 and Ektar100.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: essexian on September 26, 2019, 10:59:24 am
A Nikon D5600, my first dSLR camera ever and my first new SLR purchase since Oct 1980. Interesting, from what I remember, the new camera is only just twice the cost of the OM10 purchased all those years back so that not too bad really.

Now need to buy some new lens, filters, a bag, data card, film and the like.  ;D I wonder whether it is worth buying a photo printer and if so, any suggestions of a reasonably priced one (less than a couple of hundred?) gratefully accepted.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Ham on September 26, 2019, 11:23:25 am
With photo printers, it's the running costs that make it more effective to send them off for printing. However, it is nice to have a printer that is capable of photo quality results, my money has always been on the Epson R series, no idea if they still do them, with genuine Epson inks.  I've got a venerable R360 that sees occasional use and has been doing well for probably 10 years. It's capable of exceptional output, and I have prints on the wall that have been up for 15 years (from its predecessor) which although behind glass show no sign of fade.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: perpetual dan on October 06, 2019, 02:51:10 pm
I'm also looking at printers that will print a photo well today. My old Epson 1500 has been refusing to print onto thicker paper for a while and the print quality of some test prints today is awful. The fact I'd need to get new ink soon is also going against it...

While I'm sure sending off can be cheaper, I enjoy the process of getting a picture on a nice paper to look as good as I can. A cycle of remote print, tweak, try again would get old pretty quickly.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: pcolbeck on October 06, 2019, 03:51:28 pm
With photo printers, it's the running costs that make it more effective to send them off for printing. However, it is nice to have a printer that is capable of photo quality results, my money has always been on the Epson R series, no idea if they still do them, with genuine Epson inks.  I've got a venerable R360 that sees occasional use and has been doing well for probably 10 years. It's capable of exceptional output, and I have prints on the wall that have been up for 15 years (from its predecessor) which although behind glass show no sign of fade.

I had one of those as well. Brilliant thing. I gave it to friends son in the end as I couldn't justify the running costs (too little printing so it kept clogging up). We just send things to photobox or the like these days. You used to be able to get outboard ink feeds for them if you were really keen which meant much cheaper ink bought in big bottles.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: drossall on October 06, 2019, 06:41:58 pm
I've got a venerable R360...

I had one of those as well. Brilliant thing. I gave it to friends son in the end...
Slightly off-topic, but our R360 finally gave up the ghost. If Ham, pcolbeck or anyone else wants a few random, unused Epson "hummingbird" cartridges, we'd be glad to see the back of them. Make a donation to charity or not, just as you like.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Ham on October 06, 2019, 07:04:21 pm
YHPM
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Woofage on October 16, 2019, 12:09:21 pm
Having just "sold" my Panasonic Lumix G6 and 14-42 lens to Miss W, I've just replaced it with a G80 plus 12-60  :smug:.

It's a lot bigger (and heavier) than my old camera but the controls are more positive. Most importantly it has a proper 2 wheel control setup rather than the bodged version on previous G series bodies. I look forward to its first proper outing.

Need a second battery first though.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: Jakob on November 11, 2019, 08:13:42 am
Just bought a Bronica ETRS with a 75mm/f2.8.
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: IanDG on November 11, 2019, 04:29:03 pm
A Lumix TZ70. The Canon G11 that I bought off Clarion 4 years ago died on me. :(
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: BrianI on November 23, 2019, 07:50:34 pm
Not today, but a Splashart Water Drop photography controller! https://www.phototrigger.co.uk/splashart/ (https://www.phototrigger.co.uk/splashart/)  :smug: Funded by the sale of some old Pentax compatible lenses and other old photography gear  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
Post by: fuaran on November 27, 2019, 05:48:54 pm
A pair of Tommee Tippee baby bottle bags. Handy for lens cases, most Micro 4/3 lenses can fit nicely. Can squeeze in my Panasonic 100-300. Plenty of padding.