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  1. Brilliant set of photos.
  2. Now this is getting ridiculous - to feel the need to inscribe "35mm Full Frame" in a ring around the lens mount is plain bloody silly. Sony, if you're going to use film terminology like "35mm", then for pity's sake just use the proper format designation "135" and be done with it. Period.
  3. BMW

    Interesting - I'll ask him if he knows where it was built. In 1969 Australia had not yet imposed sanctions on South Africa over Apartheid, so it's possible that its origins could be from there rather than the German factories. I know there was a brisk trade the other way at the time in Australian GM product (known here as Holden, but rebadged as Chevrolet for the South African market), so it's not inconceivable that trade incentives were in place for return trade of equivalent product.
  4. Hasselblad make addictive cameras. There's no denying that. In film days I had, at various times over a period of 38 years, three bodies (2x 500C/M, 1x 500 EL/M) and nine lenses (three re-bought 20 years after selling the first copies I had), plus numerous accessories (extra backs, viewfinders etc). When I finally (and reluctantly) sold my last outfit in 2010 it had only had one roll of film put through it in around five years, but the constant drain digital gear was putting on my budget couldn't be ignored any longer, and the film gear had to go. Through some incredible brain fart and actually believing a one-man German business' promise of a functioning tilt/shift/helicoid Mamiya RB/RZ67 lens-to-Nikon body, plus the stupidly low prices one could buy NOS Mamiya gear from credible places such as KEH at the time, I now have a Mamiya kit with three lenses and two bodies that I can't sell for much more than the cost of sending it anywhere, and a constant feeling of regret and loss at having sold my Hasselblad gear, which is now escalating in price at such a rate as to make affording to buy a replacement for that long-departed kit as unlikely as was the wisdom in buying that Mamiya RB/RZ gear in the first place (repairing the admittedly reliable Hasselblad gear will increasingly become more and more difficult, as it is now well over a decade since the last 500 series cameras were built). I'm still toying with the idea of buying a used H2D or H3D camera, but to be honest it's a Fuji DSLR in everything but name and place of manufacture, and probably the money would be better spent on a mirrorless GFX, which in turn makes not much sense in my usual working life. So I guess Hasselblad separation syndrome will be an ongoing thing in my life no matter what I do with my remaining life/time in photography; but I certainly understand the hold Hasselblad gear can have in short order over a user. Perhaps it is just something to do with their design approach, but holding/using a Hasselblad designed and built camera is something perhaps one has to actually do to understand the attraction. I guess you can liken it to the reason for Ferrari in the modern automotive world. The things are as much about the experience of using one as the actual need for one.
  5. BMW

    A friend is in the process of restoring an 1969 BMW 3.0Si E3 sedan back to as original configuration as is possible, not for concourse or show, but as his daily driver...
  6. OK, sorted, it was PureVPN. They did an update which caused everything to go screwy and are acting like Adobe does when users have problems after an update, or Nikon does when a camera model has a problem. Fingers in ears, "la-la-la-la-la-la-la" and its all the users' fault. If anyone can recommend a good, stable, inexpensive VPN, I'm all ears.....
  7. The X-T2 is such an advancement over the X-T1 (largely due to Fuji incorporating or modifying things based on user feedback) that the purchase of an X-T1 will probably lead to an X-T2 in relatively short order. While I kept my X-T1 as "backup", I'd prefer to have another X-T2, which whill probably happen relatively soon, depending how successfully (or not) my intended foray into a Sigma SDQuattro-H ends up.
  8. Obviously no-one else had any trouble, but none of the images are loading here.
  9. Get a PB-4 & duplicator, Andreas, they come up reasonably often on eBay. The PB-4 (if you don't have one or for the benefit of others if you do) is by far the best bellows & accessories set that Nikon made - it has a swing/shift front which makes it easy to square up, as well the shift function allows you to move the lens left or right without shifting the film plane, which is great in moving in even closer and getting a distortion-free pair of photos to stitch together for even higher end resolution. I'm not sure about the clearance of the prism housing on the D750, but you might need an extension ring of the right length between the body and PB4 for it to attach properly without hitting the housing overhang. Maybe something like a PK-11 will be sufficient, if not a PK-13 should definitely do the job.
  10. Nice ones, Rags. +1 to what Chris said.
  11. That's lovely, Fons, (some lenses just never get old! )
  12. The macro lens and slide duplicator will absolutely eat the Epson as far as real resolution goes. 6400dpi is meaningless when the capture is done by a crappy little lens scanning in lines through a piece of ordinary glass and which may be - or not be - in actual focus on the piece of film as is the case with a flatbed scanner. The only scanner that will equal or perhaps (or perhaps not) beat a properly aligned macro lens and slide duplicator with your D750 is either a high-end dedicated film scanner (think Flextight scanners, which have proper photographic repro lenses in them) or a proper drum scanner. If you copy the slide properly focussed and filling the frame you will achieve a result as close as makes no difference to the actual film image, and perfectly capable of enlargement to the largest size you would normally print your regular D750 files at. It will also be hugely quicker and far more colour accurate to go the duplicator route - with the proviso that your duplicator must be absolutely square to the lens, and will also depend on the film being flat (which can be overcome to some degree by shooting at f/8-f/11 to extend depth of field, something else a flatbed does not give you the option of doing.
  13. I think the doll at lower right brings about the thought of spooky. It looks positively scary (or maybe I've just seen too many movies where viscous dolls have come to life... )
  14. Nice concept. The result is decidedly spooky! .
  15. When I had my D2x, like every Nikon pro owner I was literally forced into buying from their meagre offerings of wide angles to supplement my existing film-days lenses, which I then had to off-load when Nikon decided (despite swearing blue in the face that DX was the future) to release the FX D3 into the market a couple of years later. When I added the D7000 to my bag later on I had gotten rid of my DX wides (10.5/2.8 fish and 12-24/4 zoom, both of which were nothing special, the fish having the worst CA of any fisheye I have used before or since), so rather than get caught with expensive Nikon glass again I bought the Sigma 8-16/4.5-5.6 instead. I have read that this is supposed to be a good lens, but whether it was just my copy, or just that other users have on rose-coloured glasses I don't know, but I found that lens almost unusable at the wide end. The edge distortion and sharpness/light falloff was simply too severe to call it a usable lens, so on my experience I would not recommend that lens at all, but YMMV. What I got from the overall experience of running FX and DX in parallel was that it's an expensive pursuit to do so, and things are a lot less complicated and much cheaper in the long run if one decides on one or the other format and sticks with that exclusively. If Nikon would only realise that and provide a proper bevy of high end DX lenses to compliment their better DX bodies they might make a lot of customers a lot happier. Meanwhile the MTF charts and test reports of many of the latest Sigma lenses puts them at or near the top of consumer lenses (including OEM brands), which could provide an alternative if and when Sigma start producing lens configurations that actually make sense (like OS in lenses other than just super-telephotos). Not that I'm suggesting that anyone takes it too seriously, but DXO recently placed the new Sigma 85/1.4 at the top of their list of best-ever lenses tested (including Zeiss Otus), which would indicate that hopefully Sigma really has lifted their game overall. Certainly Sigma can no longer be called "cheap" lenses, so one would hope that this really is the case overall. At least Sigma do have a comprehensive APS-C line of lenses for all the main DSLR brands, given that their own cameras until the latest SDQ-H are APS-C size and smaller.