Photographers: let's hear about your set ups!

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

  1. kage

    kage half past pasty

    Oh and VP, I think I was fortunate, it doesn't squeak, it seems to be have barely used in the past, near mint.
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  2. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    Good! it's really irritating according to my dad, back when he had an AE-1. He's got goalkeeper hands, so he was constantly worried he was over-straining the wind-on lever, and that it was going to bust.
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  3. alsoknownas

    alsoknownas some bloke

    Well, I've got a brand new set-up that I'm raring to get going with:

    Panasonic GH4
    Metabones Speedbooster (EF to MFT adapter that also adds close to a stop of exposure!)
    Sigma 18 - 35mm f/1.8 A series lens
    Minolta to MFT adapter
    MC Rokkor vintage 50mm f/2 lens (which may or may not be crap - we'll see)

    Only a basic audio and tripod setup for now, and I need to get some lights, but I'm really delighted with the above, and can't wait to get started with it.
  4. starfish2000

    starfish2000 Well-Known Member

    Changed Again

    Canon EOS 6D
    50mm 1.4
    28mm 2.8

    Am probably going to buy the Yongnuo 600EX flash system & radio controller, then the Zeiss 85 1.4.
  5. editor

    editor hiraethified

    All change here too:

    Main cameras:
    OM-D EM5 II
    OM-D EM-1

    Main lens
    12-40mm 2.8
    24mm f2
    34mm 1.8
    150mm 1.8

    Main compact:
    Sony RX1R

    Carry everywhere compact:
    Ricoh GR

    Take to the pub for Offline nights knowing it'll soon get covered in beer:
    Lumix LX5
  6. Mr.Bishie

    Mr.Bishie Pickled Egg

    How are you getting on with/liking the 6D?
  7. starfish2000

    starfish2000 Well-Known Member

    Mr.Bishie I think it's vastly superior to the 5D ii. It's lighter & more ergonomic. The focusing in low light s really good. Image quality is amazing, it's very clean at ISO 6400. I've just got back from Venice & unfortunately I've just run out of hard drive space so not had chance to really play with the images yet. The only thing I miss about the Fuji is that at high ISO's, the noise is more film like perhaps? Whereas on the Canon , there almost too clean. But that's just my peculiarities.

    In a way I miss the Fuji X Pro1, but I got sick of taking 5 batteries everywhere.
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  8. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    As a cheaper corollary to the above, I've been doing some documenting of local politics recently, and have found that the Panasonic Lumix GF1 (available body-only for £50 or less) is pretty much a perfect "get in and grab it" video camera for me - light-ish, easy to grip, and full manual controls - non-touchscreen. An Audio Technica ATR6550 hotshoe-mounted mic only adds 100-ish grams to the load, and it sits nicely on my monopod and tripods. I've currently got a 28mm f2.8 stuck to the front, but have a selection of other primes and fixed aperture zooms to work with, too.
    Only shoots in AVCHD-Lite, but that's all I need, and I've got a G2 if I want better resolution.
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  9. renegadechicken

    renegadechicken Live and don't learn, that's me.

    Following being signed off work for three months i decided to try photography as a hobby....i'm loving it current gear is probably entry level but;

    Nikon D3300
    18-55 Lens Kit
    Sigma 70-300

    And that's it so far.
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  10. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    It's all you need to get you started!
  11. Pingu

    Pingu Credo

    indeed. my goto lens (24-105L) is currently at the menders with an err01 - so i am without it for about 5 weeks. what i have discovered is i was getting so lazy with it and have rediscovered all my sigma and tamron lenses. what you have tehre is a good enough range to cover most stuff. the main thing is to get a picture YOU like and you have enough range there to capture most stuff
  12. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    All the money I've wasted on lenses and I basically use a 50mm all the time. :facepalm:
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  13. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    I love my 3 primes but recently I have just been leaving my Sigma 28-70mm f2.8 on the camera.

    What I really should do it get some pec pads and clean my sensor, it is filthy!
  14. baffled

    baffled Well-Known Member

    Still got my trusty 400d but am starting to think about upgrading.


    Sigma 30mm 1.4
    Canon 50mm 1.4
    Canon 85mm 1.8
    Tamaron 90mm 2.8 macro

    The 50mm is by far my favourite lens but in the right situation the 85mm is superb.

    Also have a Speedlight 430ex ii which rarely gets used mainly due to my ineptitude with it.
  15. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    How do you find the Sigma 30mm ?
  16. baffled

    baffled Well-Known Member

    I like it a lot and until I got the 50mm it was rarely off the camera.

    I have read reviews where people have had duff ones but mine seems solid.
  17. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    I find my 50mm prime a shade long on my crop sensor. It is partly why I like my 28-70, for the wide end.
  18. renegadechicken

    renegadechicken Live and don't learn, that's me.

    Okay, upgraded my gear.
    D7200 stayed with the crop format for the extra reach but couldn't justify the D500 yet.
    Sigma 50-500 os - loving this lens at the moment.
    Upgraded the sigma 70-300 for the nikon vr 70-300
    Nikon 40mm prime macro
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  19. baffled

    baffled Well-Known Member

    Just upgraded too and ordered a Canon 6d, should be here early next week.
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  20. alsoknownas

    alsoknownas some bloke

    Got an Apurture Amaran 672s light (for video work). Light is cheap (sub £200, battery solution included), but is reported to do a good job with skintones, and measures well in the colour spectrum indexes (which I know are flawed).

    I went for the narrow beam one, cos I reckon it will offer me more flexibility. The light is bright :eek:, and a little harsh. I mostly intend to diffuse it as a key for interviews, and whatever else use I can find for it.
  21. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    Interrogations? :D
  22. Johnny Canuck3

    Johnny Canuck3 Well-Known Member

    I upgraded to a Sony A7S; I use a Nikon 24mm f2.8 with it. I also got a Minolta 28mm f2.8.
  23. alsoknownas

    alsoknownas some bloke

    :D It is actually talent-wincingly bright. I'm hoping I can craft a diffusion solution that is large yet portable. I'll let you know how I get on.
  24. alsoknownas

    alsoknownas some bloke

    Shooting any video? Great video capability :thumbs: Model I or II?
  25. Johnny Canuck3

    Johnny Canuck3 Well-Known Member

    Original model. I couldn't see that there were enough differences to pay the extra money for the Mark II.

    I've never been into video; but I made a short one with this camera. I'll probably do some experimenting with video. It's really memory-hungry.
  26. alsoknownas

    alsoknownas some bloke

    If I may say so, it's an unconventional choice for a stills-orientated purchase. You can get some fabulous images out of that camera, but it's famed for it's video capability. At 12.2MP Full Frame the resolution is at the lower end of the scale for a modern system, but that actually benefits the video acquisition, and helps give the camera *insane* low-light video capability.

    I mean insane, by the way - digital noise is much more apparent in video cos it dances around the screen. On Canon DSLR's I rarely trusted shooting above 400 ISO; even on my GH4 I'm nervous shooting above 800 ISO. The A7S shoots clean, useable video at 25,600 ISO :eek::eek::eek:.


    Lots of info here:

    Video review of the Sony A7s!!!

    Also, if you're more into stills, I would have thought the A7S' cousin - the A7R might be more up your street - similar camera but improved resolution and stills capacity from what I can see -

    The Sony a7 Series: Which Model Suits You Best?
  27. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    Old favourite with my mate who does stills portraiture was the frame from a folding Lastolite reflector panel, assorted silk scarves from the local sari shop and a couple of Manfrotto clamps!

    I always prefer home solutions to more practical shop-bought solutions. :D
  28. alsoknownas

    alsoknownas some bloke

    I like that sort of stuff too, and I'm finding that a lot of the top cinematographers are eager improvisers. My challenge is that I travel to gigs via public transport so any solutions I rig need to be light and portable (and within my budget, lol). Fortunately that is the direction that gear is heading generally :thumbs:.
  29. Johnny Canuck3

    Johnny Canuck3 Well-Known Member

    My choice was down to the A7S or the Nikon Df. I do a lot of night shooting, and the pixel pitch on the A7S is about as large as you're going to find: which means reduced signal to noise ratio. The Df is close, but a slightly smaller pixel pitch. 12.2 mp is plenty.

    I went with the Sony because the Df would have cost me $1000 more.

    I've seen videos showing the night capability: to the extent that the camera can capture video images like that at night, it can do the same thing with still images.

    The A7R was never really a consideration.

    Sony Alpha 7R vs. Sony Alpha 7S - Sensor Comparison
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  30. alsoknownas

    alsoknownas some bloke

    That makes a lot of sense. The Lumix series that I use is at a bit of a crucial crossroads itself. Some rumours are suggesting that the (presumed) forthcoming GH5 might have even more resolution (6K video), which seems crazy for M4/3.
    I'd much rather they *reduce* the resolution and offer us better low light capability, so I dig where you're coming from.

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