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  • Quote:Very happy with what I have now (Fuji X-T3) but am on the lookout for a second, identical used body to use at gigs, in order to not have to change lenses all the time.


    Totally agree. X-T3 does just about all I need, but another would be nice for the same reason as Malc. Next purchases will be more prime lenses for the X-T3.

    PS - Cant see why anyone would change a 5D4 or even 5D3 for the mirrorless Canon, The performance gain is small, the cost is high and you have to change the lenses to get much benefit on weight. If I was starting out buying a new full frame I'd probably buy it (or a Sony) but I would not change one very good Canon full frame for another at this point.

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    Quote:I'll take a week end march/early april if that suits, it's been a while...

    Hi David thanks so much. Have put you down for the 6th April


    OK, it's in the diary
  • I'll take a week end march/early april if that suits, it's been a while...


  • Lilly of the Valley (Muguet in France)
  • The weight (or rather lack of weight) of my new Fuji x-t3 compared to my former canon dslr plus 24-70 f2.8.
  • Fishing for answers ?
  • More than 15 years ago. (Still got it though - A Canon T90, and its predecessor a T70).
    David
  • I'll do a week in jan or feb with pleasure. It's always an interesting experience to dig that bit deeper and often find real treasures.
    David
  • Regarding equipment, nothing really, except perhaps for better high ISO performance for concerts and the like which I enjoy shooting.
    The really important thing would be a big dose of what Alan calls visual awareness and Dave calls ability to see like an artist.
    David
  • Useful thread, I've just revisited one or two of mine and found I could improve the image no end by reducing the saturation and increasing the luminosity of the red channel. This in an image I had already treated in LR.


  • By the side of the spring in one of our paddocks - temperature at the time -15C
  • Wow, what have I started here - To me it's obvious that anything measured in seconds or fractions of a second is a time, but as has been pointed out, the term shutter speed has taken root.

    My point is that it causes confusion, Chris_L above seems to have the same issue. I've taken to starting by explaining to students that what matters is how long the shutter is open and therefore for how long light can enter, but that is is called commonly (wrongly) called shutter speed. Since I've been doing that, everyone seems to have got it, including totally non-technical people.

  • Quote:But the shutter does travel - therefore it is surely a speed?


    Yes, the shutter does travel and, as you say, it therefore has a speed, a certain number of mm of movement in a certain time. But that's not what we are interested in as photographers, what matters to us is not how fast it moves when opening and subsequently closing, but how long it remains open. The "exposure time".

  • Quote:Agreed.

    I've been using the term "exposure time" in its place for some considerable time.

    Trouble is, a lot of people don't know what I mean!



    Yes, "exposure time" that's even better.
  • In my opinion the big change resulting from cameras in phones is that almost everyone now has a means to take a picture at almost any time, and they do and then they publish them via forums and Instagram etc. Formerly this was not the case, only (mainly) people interested in photography carried a camera. The result is a huge explosion in the volume of pictures. Result : the good photos are harder to find because they are buried in the huge volume of mediocre pictures that we are bombarded with. Appreciating good photography now takes more time and effort because you are obliged to thumb through thousands of pictures before finding a good one. Formerly it was only hundreds.
    It's not that there are fewer good photos, just that they take more finding.
    Incidentally, we should not forget that even total non-photographers equipped with a cheap smart phone sometimes take a good photo by accident.
  • After running a couple of "be brave - turn off the auto" introduction courses recently, I'm increasingly irritated by having to explain the term shutter speed when the values we use are not speeds at all but times. Speed is distance per unit time. 1/200s is a time not a speed.
    Canon at least marks the dial Tv for shutter priority which suggests T for Time, but apart from that we are lumbered with "speed" pretty much everywhere.
    What about a campaign to adopt "shutter time" as a more appropriate term ?

    Grumpy retired engineer in Nouvelle Aquitaine.

  • Sculpture by Marc Petit

  • I took photos
  • Has anyone tried the Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x with the Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 on a Canon 70D ? I'm a bit nervous as the Kenko website says it's only compatible with Canon and Tokina lenses.... ?

    Regards David
  • I'll do a week at the end of september with pleasure if you like - not before because of holidays.

    regards David

  • Quote:I've tended to avoid commenting that the site runs slow in the past as it has usually been temporary and works fine the day after. However, I've also been getting frustrated these last few days. Up to 5 secs to load a photo. I've tested my download speed and it runs at anything from 10M to 15M, confirmed by fast display on other sites such as 500px.

    Edit 2 mins later - it's working fine right now ! (23h08 on the 11th).



    Edit again - 15 mins later, it's slowed right down again - more than 5 secs to open a photo.
    500px tested at the same time with the same browser etc is instant.
  • I've tended to avoid commenting that the site runs slow in the past as it has usually been temporary and works fine the day after. However, I've also been getting frustrated these last few days. Up to 5 secs to load a photo. I've tested my download speed and it runs at anything from 10M to 15M, confirmed by fast display on other sites such as 500px.

    Edit 2 mins later - it's working fine right now ! (23h08 on the 11th).
  • A warning ! The (excellent) EPZ review of the latest Tamron SP 90mm macro, the one with image stabilisation, has a link in it to an Amazon offering at 377. Tempting no ?
    Unfortunately the lens Amazon is offering, while also a Tamron SP 90mm macro, is NOT the image stabilised one, it's the older model. Fortunately I spotted the difference before ordering 'cos it's a lens I've been lusting after for quite a while.


  • Ficus in Palermo
  • If you have doubts about needing it, then you probably dont need it !

    Personally, I hate the results from on-camera flash, so never use it. Off camera I use remote IR triggers with single or multiple Cobras, but these are simple triggers with no TTL. That means test shots etc, so not much use for spontaneous photos. Suits me fine for studio portraits, still life etc.

    As for the flashes, I bought second hand canon flashes, not quite the latest technology, but bargain prices and robust construction etc.
  • All of the above (I think, only skimmed most of it) starts from the assumption that the final objective of any photo must be a print. To my mind this has been overtaken by events. There was a time when the only way to display a photo was by means of a print - no longer true. Our photo club uses a high quality projector to display and share photos - not the same I hear you say - but we dont claim that it is the same, only that it serves our purpose perfectly well.

    As active photographers there is no way that we are going to print and display hundreds of photos per year - screens and projectors are the final output for 99% of our photos, printing is simply no longer a part of the process.

    I can and do call myself a photographer and rarely print at all.
  • Dont do any IR, so cant comment, but I have this lens and like it a lot.