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  2. Assuming that this time the Nikon mirrorless camera is a serious professional tool, and given their initial con-job in swearing black and blue that the DX sensor in their first pro digital bodies was the future that they'd be taking (D1, D2x), then switching without warning to the 135 frame D3 and subsequent pro cameras, I doubt very much that Nikon would even consider anything other than 135 for a pro mirrorless, no matter what anybody says. It will also sit better with their future partner should the mooted merger between Fuji and Nikon take place, without either partner stepping one each other's product lines.
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  4. Finally they wake up. But I wonder why they have to use 35mm as their base? They won't win new fans on the video side with that. We shall watch development with interest.
  5. Thanks, Merlin - it's great fun, very reminiscent of my time at university when we were given a subject or topic and turned loose to photograph it as part of our practical assignments. Having an effectively full manual camera and lenses makes that all the more familiar.
  6. Once upon a time there lived a King who had the most beautiful daughter. But there was a problem. Everything the princess touched would melt. No matter what: Metal Wood Stone Anything she touched would melt. Because of this, men were afraid of her. Nobody would dare marry her. The King despaired. What could he do to help his daughter? He consulted his wizards and magicians. One wizard told the King, 'If your daughter touches one thing that does not melt in her hands, she will be cured.' The King was overjoyed and came up with a plan. The next day, he held a competition. Any man that could bring his daughter an object that would not melt would marry her and inherit the King's wealth. THREE YOUNG PRINCES TOOK UP THE CHALLENGE. The first brought a sword of the finest steel. But alas, when the Princess touched it, it melted. The prince went away sadly The second prince brought diamonds. He thought diamonds are the hardest substance in the world and would not melt But alas, once the Princess touched them, they melted. He too was sent away disappointed. The third prince approached. He told the Princess, 'Put your hand in my pocket and feel what is in there.' The Princess did as she was told, though she turned red. She felt something very hard. She held it in her hand. And it did not melt!!! The King was overjoyed. Everybody in the kingdom was overjoyed. And the Prince married the Princess and they both lived happily ever after. Question: What was in the Prince's pants M&M's of course! They melt in your mouth, not in your hand. What on earth were you thinking? I DO WORRY ABOUT YOU AT TIMES!
  7. Another superb series, Alan. Seems like you are having a blast with that lens and camera!
  8. Nikon is officially making a new “serious” mirrorless system As you probably know the Nikon 1 mirrorless system didn’t have that huge success as expected by Nikon. But it seems like Nikon learned the lesson and we will now get a completely new mirrorless system camera with Full Frame sensor. Nikon told at Dpreview: “While details are confidential, we can say that we are currently developing new mirrorless products that build upon Nikon’s strengths, and offer the performance prospective customers expect, including the ultimate optics performance, image-processing technologies, strength and durability, and operation.” I am pretty certain this will be a Full Frame system which means it’s not necessarly a direct competitor of the MFT system. http://www.43rumors.com/nikon-is-officially-making-a-new-serious-mirrorless-system/
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  10. What Anthony said. I was unfortunate enough to have bought a Fuji X-Pro1 right at the beginning in 2012, and ran into the Adobe failed demosaic in its original iteration, which was simply woeful. Since then Adobe have only fiddled at the edges with the original algorithm instead of doing the ground-up rewrite that is necessary. At present Iridient's X-Transformer is the only practical way to get a DNG demosaic into ACR/Lr in order to use ACR's sliders and modifiers, but that really is an extra pfaffing-around extra step and you end up with a considerably larger DNG file as your "raw" with xmp side-car file than if you just use a straightforward raw processor that offers user-controllable modifiers and saves directly to tiff. Also, any processor that uses dcraw as its basic demosaic algorithm will do a much superior job with processing X-Trans files than the mush that ACR/Lr produces. At present I'm happy with Photo Ninja (although its promised V.2.0 is now two years past its announcement date, so one would have to suspect that PN isn't long for this earth), X-Transformer, Affinity Photo and the slightly less user friendly (but free) LightZone as being extremely competent in dealing with Fuji X-Trans files on the Windows platform. Apparently Iridient is in beta with Windows full version of its raw processor, which will no doubt be well-received. As for Sigma - there have been suggestions that Affinity Photo will handle /is working on X3f files for the Quattro sensor, but my copy of Affinity won't even see the SDQ-H files, let alone process them. Maybe affinity will be the first successful third-party processor for the Foveon, but more likely they'll also give up an leave us battling with Sigma Photo Pro and its unwieldy, slow and under-featured processor.
  11. I cannot talk about Sigma, but Adobe is not good at demosaicing Fuji files. This has been extensively discussed on the internet. Some people do not observe a difference. Others do. Iridient has been very successful with its demosaicing program. My personal observation is that Photo Ninja and ON1 Photo Raw do a much better job on Fuji files than LR/ACR. Mark me down as someone who is not impressed withLR/ACR.
  12. Very well done: that situation is the type for which Highlight-weighting Spot metering was designed.
  13. Your experience does echo some of the reviews on B&H and although there are several other Lightning Detectors, they get even less satisfactory reviews. Now that I think about it, I already have a device which could act as a lightning trigger but it is less portable than the Miops. I have the excellent StopShot system from Cognisys and have used its crossed laser beams to capture small objects and insects in mid-flight but have never had it with me when I have been out in the open with a clear view of a really dramatic thunder storm. https://www.cognisys-inc.com/how-to/stopshot/lightning.php
  14. Another hike in Deer Creek Canyon today. Very little water, with only a few pools, but the tall trees, rock formations, and stillness made for deep connections. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.
  15. Impressive clouds ! Ann, The Miops seems to keep going up in price, I got it with a fathers day offer - directly from miops.com - it was closer to $150 , the product is very useful, but quality is closer to a prototype than a professional product, two details with mine: 1. The battery can get loose and the miops doesn't turn on, 2. The 10pin cable sent wit the MIOPS got doesn't work but I had a spare , the mount on the flash hot shoe is way to tight so I ended up taping it to the lens
  16. Thought I would share my thoughts on this lens. If you do not want to read through the whole review, I'll bottom line it for you: 1) I found no discernible IQ difference between this lens and the Olympus 12-40/2.8 2) I like the rubberized rings for cold weather use. 3) I experienced shutter shock with this lens on the EM5.2 - resolved by using the camera in anti-shock mode. BestLightPhoto - BLOG - Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 Power O.I.S
  17. Dallas, thank you for the link. I remember the article. The high-ISO setting of E-M1 seems to be of no problem under certain situation and the proper shooting/processing technique. Not to compete, but here is some results from the live show I shot several days ago. I hope you don't mind linking a thread from NikonGear. All images were shot with 50/1.8G lens on D750 set at ISO6400. The hIghlight weighting spot metering mode was used. http://nikongear.net/revival/index.php/topic,6226.0.html
  18. The second shot shows one hell of a Thunder-head! I have often considered buying Miop's rather cunning Lightning Detector: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?A=details&O=&Q=&ap=y&c3api=1876%2C{creative}%2C{keyword}&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIhbzBoaeY1QIVkY2zCh0PZQA4EAQYAiABEgJpffD_BwE&is=REG&m=Y&sku=1074687 I would definitely get it if I lived in, or spent sufficient time in, more open countryside because although capturing Lightning Strikes at night (with the open-shutter technique) is easy enough, you can't use that technique that in broad daylight.
  19. I would call them dramatic rather than scary. But at least we have a bit of warning so we can get to shelter before the storms hit.
  20. Here is the link to that article, Akira.
  21. I spent an hour or so today amidst rain squalls and wind taking a few photos of the harbour's old defensive canon battery and structures at Kangaroo Bluff on Hobart's Eastern Shore, again using the Sigma SDQ-H and primarily the 1984-made Mir 20M 3,5/20 lens. In keeping with the age of the old fort and the 1950's origins of the Flektogon lens design that the Mir 20M is based on, I chose to bring the images into a period appearance with a bit of help from Siver Efex 2 and a custom preset. I'm really enjoying the image character of this lens - so much more "organic" (for want of a better word) than the clinically sharp corner-to-corner and higher contrast imaging that has become the norm with modern lenses. The defensive bunkers with rifle loops at each seaward corner of the pentagonal emplacement give a clear field of fire for six rifles in each direction along the ditch in front of the fort. And then the weather turned again, the buildings of modern Hobart's Battery Point suburb on the Western Shore some 3km away just visible as subtle shapes through the rain: Before they disappeared, I had taken a quick hand-held shot (with a 1981 3,5/135 Jupiter 37A lens) of Hobart City, it's northern and western suburbs, with the looming kunanyi (Mount Wellington) behind with the Organ Pipes rock formations near the summit some 10.5km distant disappearing into the gathering cloud: Perhaps $40 really can buy a decent lens... the time on the clock faces of the General Post Office tower at lower right and exactly 3km away being clearly legible in the full-size version as showing 11:50 a.m., although the phenomenal resolving power of the Foveon sensor no doubt also played a hand in that.
  22. Keith, it is at Ocotillo CA, which I think is technically SD county. Shot about 3pm in summer, a lot of contrast. You have a chance if you do an HDR, but otherwise the images are gar-bage! Not really much color out there anyway, but the sky definitely looks a bit different w/ HDR ... better for sure. I would encourage you to give HDR a try. Use Photomatix vs PS btw.
  23. Alan, why does your use of Fuji and Sigma cameras mean that you can't use Adobe software? Something about the color space?
  24. Scary cloudforms!
  25. Dallas, controlling the acoustic character of a room is very tricky. So, I would think it is more reasonable to employ the microphone that is more immune to the acoustic environment. That's why I mentioned the lav mic. When the sound source (your own voice in this case) is closer to the microphone, you can lower the level, which reduces the environmental and electronic interferences like the background noise, hiss noise and the reverberation from the room.
  26. Ann, thank you for the additional advice on the custom setting. I'll definitely try it in similarly tricky lighting situations! Dallas, thank you for sharing your experience with the m4/3 system. The fact that m4/3 lenses allow to shoot with wider aperture than the equivalents of larger formats enable the photographer to stay at lower ISO. I'll also check out your images shot at ISO 12800.
  27. Pluton is correct. They are bobcats, and definitely feral. LIke coyotes, they have adapted to the semi-rural area where we live. We see juveniles and adults at fairly regular intervals, but a visit from a mom and her kittens is always very special indeed! They are currently spending their second night on our land. Here is another of the mom, taken during their second afternoon. All these photographs were taken through double-glazed windows looking out onto our deck, so they are not quite as sharp as they might be. I certainly did not want to be opening doors and frightening the cats!
  28. In N. America, called a Bobcat. Genus Lynx.
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