Photographers: let's hear about your set ups!

Discussion in 'photography, graphics & art' started by editor, Jul 11, 2005.

  1. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    A side question with respect to gear, do any of you have insurance to cover accidental damage and theft while at home or out and about? I don't have any insurance which I could add my gear to so interested if anyone has cover.
     
  2. editor

    editor hiraethified

    I'm with Eversure Insurance.
     
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  3. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    Aha.
    Camera Insurance | Specialist cover from under £20

    I am not sure I have any invoices now for my gear, most of it was bought a long long time ago :)

    eta: I suppose I could go down the photo of the gear route if I can get my camera to date and time stamp the image, but what would I take a photo of my camera itself with :) ?
     
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  4. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    It just comes under my home contents, which also covers damage and theft outside the house.

    If it’s gear used for earning money, policies generally won’t cover it though.
     
  5. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    I think back when I had contents insurance I added my gear to it, but I haven't had such a policy for many years now. But there are other demands on my hard earned, like a back up hdd which I probably should get etc etc
     
  6. alsoknownas

    alsoknownas some bloke

    I've been trying to find an EVF to use as part of a rig (chest supported, rather than a shoulder rig), but they are just soooo expensive!
    Anyway, I found a place that was doing a clearance deal on the Zacuto Flip EVF, which is an old, quite low-res, but well-featured model, which I think they still sell but tend to keep a bit quiet about because they want people to buy the newer, pricier, Gratical range.
    Ordered the EVF at half price. Will report back.
    z-find-evfp-1.jpg
    It does seem a bit perverse to replace the perfectly brilliant EVF on my GH5S (3,680,000 pixels) with a much lower resolution model (384,000 pixels :eek:), but I'm doing it to add a point of contact for handheld stuff, so it will only be an occasional compromise.
     
  7. alsoknownas

    alsoknownas some bloke

    As I say I'm going to (slowly) build a rig for my camera. So far I've assembled a cage and an EVF. I appreciate that most here are stills photographers so probably won't need to consider this, but any experience or opinions on support rigs?
     
  8. alsoknownas

    alsoknownas some bloke

    Found an excellent summary article on mechanical vs electronic shutter here:

    Electronic v mechanical shutter modes - Lumix G Experience
     
  9. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    Yes, that is an interesting article and it explains well why mirrorless cameras still have a mechanical shutter. I did find it a bit strange that electronic shutters can fire so fast but still have these side effects. Perhaps I need to revisit the article and re-read it. :)
     
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  10. mhendo

    mhendo Aussie in Connecticut

    Just bought myself a used Nikon AF-S 300mm f/4D IF-ED, in excellent shape, for $US400. I thought that was a pretty good deal.

    More interesting than the lens is the guy who I bought it from. He is a long-time pro, who has done lots of work for Sports Illustrated and ESPN. This is probably his most famous shot:

    [​IMG]
     
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  11. HoratioCuthbert

    HoratioCuthbert We can live, I don’t feel like dying

  12. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    I've got myself a Leica M9 - that's their first full-frame digital for those of you who don't keep up with overpriced camera news. I got an M6 (film) last year and some lenses, so at least I didn't have to get any more of the latter.

    Honestly, the main reason is that I've been feeling very alienated from digital cameras recently, yet do still like the convenience and quality of shooting digital. Even the ones I like the most - e.g. the Panasonic GX8 - pull me out of the environment when I'm using them, and seem really badly set up. I think camera manufacturers are in the state of phone manufacturers pre-iPhone... engineering companies who have no feel for how people actually use their products. There are a few counter-examples but really, most cameras are horrible to use, and even if you understand them completely they still take you out of the moment.

    The M9 on the other hand is uncomplicated and manual to the extreme. You could just set your ISO and white balance once and never have to look at the screen again. You select aperture on the lens and shutter speed on a dial and you focus completely manually, through a big, bright, optical viewfinder - in use, the only digital feature you come across is the shutter speed in the VF if you're using aperture-priority metering (and that's just a very old-school LCD-type display).

    I'm not 100% used to it yet, there are some small differences from the M6, but so far I am happy. Compared to modern cameras it has poor high ISO performance but honestly, I don't care that much - I don't shoot fast action in low light, I rarely use anything over 800.
     
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  13. RoyReed

    RoyReed Must fly!

    The shutter in my D7100 has jammed. I'll have to have a trip to Fixation after the bank holiday. I think it might be more expensive to repair than the body's worth though, especially if the shutter blade has damaged the sensor. :(

    Shutter-2.jpg
     
  14. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    RoyReed bad luck mate, how many clicks did it have?

    If it is too much to repair, there are lots of used Nikon bodies on www.mpb.com
     
  15. RoyReed

    RoyReed Must fly!

    Only 25,000 shutter cycles.

    I've already been looking at second-hand prices - about £375 for good D7100s, £450 for D7200s and £675 for D7500s. I'd really like a D500, but I don't earn my living with photography any more, so can't justify the price. Let's see what Fixation say first.
     
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  16. editor

    editor hiraethified

    I've got this annoying thing with my original GR. It's taken around 37,000 shots so I've had my money's worth, but the flash has broken and the sensor is really covered in dust. I hate throwing away stuff away but without a flash and a filthy sensor it's pretty much useless. If I had time I might have a go at a DIY sensor clean but it's as fiddly as fuck.
     
  17. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    I never ended up getting the sensor cleaned on mine. I did send it off to one bloke via a local camera shop who said "yeah I can clean that" and then a couple of weeks later said "no actually I can't". Cheers. Ricoh has an official U.K. repair partner but honestly I might just eBay it as "not working needs sensor clean" as I would worry about using it even after the sensor was cleaned.
     
  18. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    RoyReed could it be worth a call to Nikon UK because of the low shuttercount?
    You might get lucky.
     
  19. editor

    editor hiraethified

    I had it cleaned once but then they quoted an outrageous amount the second time. It appears that some GRs are more susceptible to dust than others as my current one has fared better (but still not without some dust).
     
  20. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    Years ago my Fuji 4900z developed spots on the sensor, it was a fixed lens zoom. I took it to Fuji UK which then was just an hour away, they replaced the full lens/sensor assembly free of charge.
     
  21. RoyReed

    RoyReed Must fly!

    Possibly, but it's 4.5 years old, and the 150,000 quoted shutter life is never guaranteed. I'll see what Fixation say first. They're approved Nikon agents.
     
  22. RoyReed

    RoyReed Must fly!

    Took it to Fixation. The sensor was scratched and the repair cost for that and the shutter was more than the camera's worth, so does anyone want a Nikon branded paperweight?

    However I found a new D7200 online for £600 (£300 less than list price) so I've just ordered that.
     
  23. Nikkormat

    Nikkormat Well-Known Member

    Since I posted two years ago, I have made a few changes:

    Primary cameras: Nikon F2AS & F3HP for film and D700 for digital.

    Lens/Tripod/Flashgun etc: 24 f/2.8, 50 f/1.2, 55 f/3.5 macro, 105 f/2.5 and 200mm f/4 manual focus lenses, 28-105, 50 f/1.8 and 105mm f/2.8 macro AF-D lenses. Nikon SB-15 flash, Uni-Lock 1700 tripod, Domke F3X bag.

    What you like and don't like about the camera: The F2 is perfect. The F3 viewfinder LCD is crap, otherwise it is perfect. The D700 is new to me and I am still getting to know it.

    Secondary cameras (and what you use them for): Fujifilm X-T1 & 35mm f/2 lens: small and light and easy to travel with, and produces excellent jpegs. Minolta Autocord medium format TLR - only one roll through it so far but the image quality is outstanding, and the camera is beautiful.

    Plus and minus points of your other cameras: I can't get on with focus peaking when using manual lenses on the Fuji (hence buying the D700); the drive, metering and exposure compensation dials are too easily turned accidentally; the rubber covering is shit and has come loose; the port door is bent and now held down with tape; otherwise I love it. The Autocord is fantastic; I bought it to replace my big, heavy Mamiya C220, and I do not regret it. The focus leaver is a notorious weak point, but mine is intact.

    Ideal/dream camera set up: I have it. I still dream of a digital F3 though...

    Photo software used: gThumb for basic jpeg editing, Darktable for RAW.

    What kind of photos do you take: City scenes, a bit of everything.

    Who are your photographic heroes (and what you like about them): Fan Ho - his use of light and shadow is beautiful.

    Favourite photo sites: The blog on Anatomy Films is always worth a read.

    My photos are on Instagram and Flickr.
     
    Last edited: May 11, 2019
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