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Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
« Reply #975 on: February 29, 2020, 01:41:02 pm »
For photography as art / hobby I use a (somewhat ancient) micro 4/3 camera and a small selection of fixed focal length lenses. I'll take a couple of most shots, in case something moved or because I'm pushing my luck on the exposure somewhere or to try a different composition. I take it home to the computer to "develop" so the gratification is not that much more instant than film :) For something faster I use my phone.

I still have occasional hankerings to have a medium format camera and film.

In any case, I'm not sure I'd want the running cost of film. Lightroom says I took 3170 pictures last year, of which 1901 were on my m43 camera. If I took a medium format camera out instead of the m43 half the time and the different approach (and cost) prompted me to be more careful about composition and exposure I'd maybe take 60 rolls of 120 film in a year. It would be instead, because most of the time I'm using a bar bag and there isn't room for a whole other camera. That's maybe £400 on film and £700 to go to a local shop that develops negatives, scan to mid-MB files and deliver via dropbox. Maybe I'd then do my own analogue prints from the negatives for those that merit it, or develop the scans in lightroom and print as if digital. (I think I'd enjoy the printing, I doubt I could add much to the result by doing my own film developing.) I could upgrade my camera for that, before considering buying the camera, and the costs of any DIY printing.

Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
« Reply #976 on: February 29, 2020, 09:53:31 pm »
Here's my rough breakdown of cost. I've tried to do it cheaply
(Canadian dollars, sorry).
Base Camera gear:
LF:

Intrepid LF Camera + lens ~ $600
Carbon tripod + head: ~$140
Dark cloth, trigger cable, focusing loupe: $200.
Used film holders ~ $30 each
Changing tent ~ $100.

MF:

Bronica ETR with 75mm/f2.8 ~ $400
Extra film back $50

Development stuff

SP445 film tank (including base set of chemicals and 100 sheets of cheap film) $100.
Beakers, Paterson tank (for 120), thermometers, etc. $200
Chemicals:  $40.

Epson4990 scanner(ebay): $250.

4x5 film cost can add up, but there's cheap options available for messing around. The 100 sheets of Formapan100 I got with the development tank kit will last me a very long time.

Processing costs are $7/sheet. $8/roll. Pushing adds $5 to the cost. For single rolls/film holders,  I usually just drop it off at the lab. If I've been out on a 'session', I'll spend the evening doing it my self.

For $3-500 I can get a high end lens for either of those cameras and I can get perfectly functional ones for ~$150-200. The only thing I haven't been able to source cheaply has been filterholder/filters for the LF, but I probably diy a solution.

Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
« Reply #977 on: March 05, 2020, 04:19:50 pm »
A new charger for the Olympus OM-D E-M10 battery as I cant find the original one.
Of course now I have a new charger I will find the old one within a couple of days. Still it was only £20, works of USB and came with two batteries so at least I will have spare batteries as well as a spare charger.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
« Reply #978 on: March 21, 2020, 06:55:26 pm »
Lab is now closed, trying to buy colour chemicals (both E-6 and C-41), but local supply shop is also closed and can't buy it online as they wont ship chemicals.
Argh.

Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
« Reply #979 on: March 28, 2020, 08:41:45 am »
(Note, lab has not re-opened for mail slot drop-off and pre-booked pick-ups)

Meanwhile, my Zenzanon 150mm (80mm equivalent) for my Bronica arrived:


Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
« Reply #980 on: May 10, 2020, 06:12:32 pm »
A new Olympus 4/3 to OM Zukio adaptor. It seems those clever peeps in China are now knocking them out with inbuilt electronics that will enable focus beep and also F stop and shutter speed information to be displayed in the viewfinder when using old manual lenses. Amazing for £20. Lets see how it works when it arrives.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
« Reply #981 on: May 14, 2020, 03:27:51 pm »
Wide and tele auxiliary lenses for my Yashica mat plus I managed to luck out and find a new in box hood for same  so no more floppy waist level finder  8)


Paul

Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
« Reply #982 on: May 14, 2020, 05:42:58 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  :-)
I too took a Gumtree Gamble and bought a Lumix DMC-GF2 with the standard 14-42mm lens for £50, including a case. Seems OK so far, though I suspect a new battery might be in order. I'd like the 14mm f2.5 lens for it to make it less bulky, but that's at least twice the price I paid for the camera!
Haggerty F, Haggerty R, Tomkins, Noble, Carrick, Robson, Crapper, Dewhurst, Macintyre, Treadmore, Davitt.

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Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
« Reply #983 on: May 15, 2020, 11:50:42 am »
I too took a Gumtree Gamble and bought a Lumix DMC-GF2 with the standard 14-42mm lends for £50, including a case. Seems OK so far, though I suspect a new battery might be in order. I'd like the 14mm f2.5 lens for it to make it less bulky, but that's at least twice the price I paid for the camera!

I had one of these and we had happy times together. I think I got £20 or £30 as a trade in for the body only so you got a bargain there. BTW, the screens lose their coatings after a while but this isn't a problem. Miss W still uses the 14-42mm lens on her (was mine) G6. It's a good lens despite its low price. Top tip: get a good 3rd party battery. I've bought a few (for various cameras) and they've always been good.

I also have the 14mm f2.5 prime and it's a real beaut. On the GF2 it makes a handy pocketable walkabout camera.
Pen Pusher

Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
« Reply #984 on: May 16, 2020, 09:49:27 am »
Thanks. I'm tempted by the 14mm lens for the exact reason you mentioned: portability. Can't justify it now though. I think I will splash out on a battery though, as they're only £15 or so.
Haggerty F, Haggerty R, Tomkins, Noble, Carrick, Robson, Crapper, Dewhurst, Macintyre, Treadmore, Davitt.

Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
« Reply #985 on: May 16, 2020, 12:55:08 pm »
I too took a Gumtree Gamble and bought a Lumix DMC-GF2 with the standard 14-42mm lends for £50, including a case. Seems OK so far, though I suspect a new battery might be in order. I'd like the 14mm f2.5 lens for it to make it less bulky, but that's at least twice the price I paid for the camera!
I had a GF2, nice camera and at that price a bargain  :thumbsup:
I've also had the 14mm lens, it's good for what it is, but the focal length didn't really suit me, I swapped it for the 12 - 32 which is only a tiny bit bigger.  It losses a bit of speed, but gains stabilisation, so it's very usable. If you do want a prime lens, the 20mm 1.7 is outstanding, a bit larger and heavier and no stabalisation, even so if I could only have one lens this would be it.

Re: Bought any photography stuff today?
« Reply #986 on: June 25, 2020, 08:35:38 am »
A Godex TT350o speedlite flash for me OM-D EM10 and a macro diffuser to go with it.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.