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Photographers: let's hear about your set ups!

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

  1. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    Hmm, don't think the GX8 has that one—must be a GH-only mode. It does have a "chrome" iirc which obviously looks nothing like slide film.

    TBH I don't rate Panasonic's jpeg modes very highly in anything but bright sunlight, which is quite annoying as a Panasonic user who prefers to shoot jpegs. The only camera I have that I like the jpegs from is the Sony A900 and that's a bit heavy to carry for long. Despite the faff of scanning and doing the white balance myself I'd much rather shoot film.
     
  2. alsoknownas

    alsoknownas some bloke

    Actually, come to think of it, it's a video-only profile. The most popular video profiles are Cinelike D and V Log L (£100 paid upgrade). I prefer to use Cinelike V, but I seem to be in a massive minority.
     
  3. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I'm flogging off my Sony RX1R. It takes great pics but boy can it take its time.
     
  4. alsoknownas

    alsoknownas some bloke

    So, I just got a Samyang 85mm f/1.4 lens, which I'll mostly be using for 'longer' shots and close-ups, for video production on my GH4.

    Not the most 'wow' purchase ever - but I'm very excited to get started using it.

    Didn't get the cine version, though I was a bit torn.
     
  5. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    My frickin Ricoh GR has got dust on the sensor now :mad: there's a huge blob just above the middle of the frame, and there's nothing I can do about it. So I'm definitely not taking digital on holiday now; I always want a quality pocket camera as well as my main one, and the GR is (was) my quality pocket digital.

    I prefer to shoot film on holiday anyway, less fucking about charging batteries and doing post when you should be out having fun or getting some sleep.
     
  6. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

    When my Fuji 4900Z got dust in its lens / sensor I talked to their service department who agreed to look at it, once they had determined that I had not been in a desert sand storm, they replaced the sensor / lens unit for free the same day! What I am suggesting is that it might be worth asking Ricoh to look at it.
     
  7. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    I seem to remember editor having grief from Ricoh when it happened to him.

    eta: actually, searching back it seems to have been fairly painless, though not free or same day. Maybe I was thinking of something else.
     
  8. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Yep. I had a fucking nightmare the last time I sent it back to Ricoh in Germany. I sent it off before and it came back with new faults and there was still dust on the sensor. I sent it back and they wanted to invoice me for a load of other faults, bumping the price up to £200+. I told then to GTFO and send it back to me ASAP, but they then wanted to charge me £40 for the privilege. A stand off ensued. It took about 4 weeks to get the thing back. I've got used to the dust and bagged a cheap GR online as a back up. I still use it although it's falling apart now.


    There's a place in London that charges a hefty £140 or something for dust removal, btw. There's DIY videos online for the brave of heart.
     
  9. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    Ah right, I wasn't misremembering then. Doesn't sound very hopeful :( but I've put a lot of money into the thing, with the wide lens and the finder and so on, and it _is_ very good. When it doesn't have a massive dust spot in all the pictures.

    My old LUMIX GF2 is pretty pocket sized... I could use that I guess. Despite being a bit old now the IQ is still great at low ISOs, and the Pana 14mm prime is underrated IMO. I actually use it as a backup/close camera over the GR at demos etc because it's so quick to start up... no time to extend the lens and it's ready a fraction of a second after you flip the power switch. Plus it shares lenses with the GX8.
     
  10. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Some of the various 'remedies' on line include banging the thing on a table, extending the lens and trying to get the hoover to dislodge the dust and shaking it around. For all its many faults, it's still my favourite camera, and if I could only have one, it would be the GR.

    It's such a shame that the GRII was a total non event and the various rivals/copies that have since appeared are all worse.
     
  11. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    Legend has it that they make the big improvement every two versions. Maybe the GR III will be full frame. That would be pretty amazing (though even worse for dust).
     
  12. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    It would have to be so much bigger those and the APS-C version was an almighty leap up in size from its predecessors. I'd probably still buy it mind.
     
  13. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    Yeah, I have a suspicion that they won't increase the sensor size. It's not really such a huge advantage on a camera that's (a) got a fixed wide angle lens, so you'll never get shallow DoF except with really close shots, and (b) is designed for street photography anyway where shallow DoF can be a negative point.

    I've seen some nice stuff from those Leica 28mm fixed-lens full-frame cameras, but they really aren't compact (and being Leica branded are hugely overpriced too). I'd rather see faster startup, better high ISO, better battery life, better low light AF... not that any of those are awful on the GR but it never hurts to be better.
     
  14. baffled

    baffled Well-Known Member

    Missus bought be a Domke F2 camera bag for my birthday, haven't taken it out yet but looks like it's going to be perfect, space for 2 bodies and numerous lenses plus pouches galore.
     
  15. alsoknownas

    alsoknownas some bloke

    So, I just ordered this bag from the States:
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    (apologies for image size).

    It was expensive. I just stumped up for pre-paid duty, etc. as I wasn't sure the best thing to do. Shipping and tax cost almost as much as the bag itself :eek:, but it was still much cheaper than buying it in the EU (was on special offer).
    Feels like an exciting but risky purchase tbh.
     
  16. weltweit

    weltweit Well-Known Member

  17. alsoknownas

    alsoknownas some bloke

    Now I have also bought this bag:

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    Lowepro Protactic 450.

    My intention is to drag the heavy/long stuff in the pulley bag, and carry the camera and lenses in the backpack. For smaller jobs/projects I can just chuck everything in the backpack.
     
  18. alsoknownas

    alsoknownas some bloke

    So, I've been using my bags in earnest for the past couple of weeks, and it's been going really well. The combination is very manageable, and I've got plenty of space for everything. It's a lot less strain on my back than the backpack idea was. Biggest challenge is lugging the thing up and down stairs on the underground, etc. That's working fine at the mo., but I want to add a few things to my kit, so I'm a bit concerned about how that might go.

    With the dosh I spent I could have upgraded my kit a bit, but I really think I made the right choice. Getting to and from your location comfortably, and feeling okay about the way you present yourself (I was arriving at jobs with quite scruffy luggage bags at one point), are just as important as getting good shots and footage, so it's a rewarding thing to pay some attention to, I reckon.
     
  19. RoyReed

    RoyReed Must fly!

    I've got one of these:

    camerabag.jpg

    It was included free when I bought my Nikon D7100 body from Jessops (the only reason I bought it there). It was like getting an extra £160 discount on an already discounted price.
     
  20. baffled

    baffled Well-Known Member

    I've taken mine out quite a bit since my last post and I'm really impressed with it, had to shift the insert about a bit as I like to leave a lens on but otherwise it's perfect for my use and really comfortable.

    *image from google*

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  21. RoyReed

    RoyReed Must fly!

    I've also got one of these (which is massive) for when I'm working and need to take everything.

    LoweProMagnum650.jpg
     
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  22. themonkeyman

    themonkeyman WHOOO HOOOO !!!

    ABOUT YOUR GEAR

    Primary camera:

    Canon 7d Mark II

    Lens/Tripod/Flashgun etc:
    Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
    Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens
    Canon EF-S 10-18 mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Wide-angle Zoom Lens
    Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM
    Canon EF 75-300 mm f/4.0-5.6 USM III Telephoto Zoom Lens
    Manfroto tripod
    Ring flash


    What you like and don't like about the camera:

    I really love my camera alot, I don't see a lot wrong with it.

    Secondary cameras (and what you use them for):

    None

    Plus and minus points of your other cameras:

    N/A

    Ideal/dream camera set up:

    Canon 5d with the 85mm prime f1.2 lens, yummy

    Previous cameras owned:

    Canon EOS M Mirrorless, an d some compacts

    Photo software used:

    Photoshop, Lightroom

    Photo organisation/management software used (e.g Portfolio/ ACDSee):

    500px
    smugmug

    Computer gear/scanner:

    Apple Macbook Pro 15"

    ABOUT YOU

    What kind of photos do you take:

    I love taking photos of nature, wildlife and macro

    Who are your photographic heroes (and what you like about them):

    I really love underwater photography, never got into it as it is just too expensive. But really love Tom Ozanne's work. Also really like Damian Ward's photography.

    Favourite photo sites:

    Damian Ward - Welcome - Damian Ward

    Homepage/example of your fave pic (if applicable)

    JDR Photography

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  23. alsoknownas

    alsoknownas some bloke

    I am thinking about getting a lens-changing pouch:

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    Cons: I will almost certainly look like a 'camera twat'.

    Pros: I will be able to very quickly change lenses during a shoot :cool:.

    The pros are winning the argument at the minute.
     
  24. AkselVerg

    AkselVerg More skulls for the skull throne!

    Photographers! Need your experience and help! I'm going to go on holiday to the red sea. If to be more concrete - to Sharm El Sheikh. I am an amateur photographer, so don't have enough special knowledge in the field of cameras, gears, lenses, etc. I'm using nikon 3300 Nikon D3300 - Wikipedia. I understand that this is more like a camera for beginners, so it perfectly suits me as it is easy in use. However, at seashore, I'm going to take pictures not only on land, but I want to capture and underwater inhabitants. I've already heard about beautiful reefs and all the living creatures that are found in them. Naturally, I'm not going to dive with my Nikon, since I'll just kill it) The bottom line of my question is whether there are any good but not very expensive cameras for underwater photography. I do not want to buy a disposable camera at the place of arrival, because the quality of shooting in such cameras is disgusting, and I would like to shoot underwater and on further travels. I found only small digital camera. I do not like that they have a small depth of immersion, and I have some doubts again about the quality of photos. Are there any options other than the above? I wait for any assumptions. (As a variant, I considered the possibility to roll my nikon into a kind of plastic bag, or something like this))
    TY in advance!
     
  25. fractionMan

    fractionMan Custom Title

    I've got an ancient but well regarded waterproof film camera - a cannon sureshot A1. It's lovely and DIRT CHEAP.

    I think I paid 15 quid, but they look like they're £25-50 quid now. Works well on land too. It's a simple point and click, but has a surprisingly decent lens.

    Canon Sure Shot A1 Waterproof Auto Focus Compact Camera. | eBay
     
  26. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    I am not sure that this is a real question(er) :hmm:
     
  27. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I accidentally removed a link or two in his post.
     
  28. AkselVerg

    AkselVerg More skulls for the skull throne!

    Thank you very much for the answer, sorry that I did not answer for a long time - there are some small problems at my work) there are no more options? As for me, this camera belongs to the category of inexpensive and I`m not sure that it's good. Or maybe I can somehow craft a waterproof case for my nikon?
     
  29. fractionMan

    fractionMan Custom Title

    You asked for a good but not expensive underwater camera. I posted one.
     
  30. AkselVerg

    AkselVerg More skulls for the skull throne!

    I did say "not very expensive", but not the cheapest, and I wrote that I do not want to buy a bad one at the place of arrival.
    However, there definitely won`t be defocusing with that canon which you recommended? And what about the depth to which I can immerse with it?
     

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