• Gear discussion thread v. "I own more nifty fifties than cameras they fit"
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[QUOTE=Ohfoohy;35765388]Okay. Just curious. On to a new question. Filters. Do you guys have any filters or use any regularly? Why should I use one? What are the benefits?[/QUOTE] I have a $4 UV filter on my lens at all times, terribly afraid of scratches and such. To be honest I have no idea if it has any ill effects on my pictures.
neutral density is the only filter with a direct use for me
[QUOTE=latin_geek;35750850]So recently I was told Ken Rockwell's site is a pile of shit Therefore I ask you, Facepunch, are there any cheap prime lenses ($250 or lower, I guess) that will allow me to take better low light pictures? I've heard wonders of the 35mm f1.8G AF-S DX. Also, are the "alternative" lens brands any good? (Tamron, Sigma and such)[/QUOTE] the 35mm 1.8 is an awesome lens, and will improve your light by almost 2 full stops (4x shutter speed, though no IS so lowest shutter should be around 1/30 for static scenes). another good one is the sigma 30mm 1.4, i believe they make it in nikon mount? need to double check. and ken rockwell knows a lot, you just have to pick through the bias. though i've learned some good things from his site. [editline]29th April 2012[/editline] [QUOTE=latin_geek;35765905]I have a $4 UV filter on my lens at all times, terribly afraid of scratches and such. To be honest I have no idea if it has any ill effects on my pictures.[/QUOTE] it does, reflects light when hit by sunlight and lowers image quality. they are only really useful on film, because that is affected by UV light. just be careful with your lens, i've never used UV filters and i've never come close to damaging my front element just don't be a dingus
[QUOTE=MisterM;35710478]Chromatic Aberration can be quite bad at times and the bokeh is hit or miss. Its a very sharp lens regardless and a fun one to use on crop as its closer to 50mm. I bought a Hasselblad 500 C/M. Couldn't resist one that's in good shape and recently serviced. Should arrive in a week. That's me sorted now![/QUOTE] How much did the hasselblad set you back? Did you get a metered prism with it?
[QUOTE=Ohfoohy;35763775]Is IS a necessity when shooting video? Most of the wider angle (not L lens) lens don't have it.[/QUOTE] The wider the angle the less you need IS. Also as ctlilc said a tripod or dolly will definitely help or a fig-rig/shoulder rig if you want to hand hold the camera. (even though with the letter IS would still be very useful for longer focal lengths) [QUOTE=Ohfoohy;35765388]Okay. Just curious. On to a new question. Filters. Do you guys have any filters or use any regularly? Why should I use one? What are the benefits?[/QUOTE] The only filters I'd consider are neutral density and polarizers. UV is mostly useful for film to reduce haze, digital cameras are less sensitive to UV so they don't really need it and all you do by using one (especially a cheap one) is putting more glass in front of your lens which will probably increase fringing and will increase internal reflections. (film is less reflective than digital sensors so the internal reflections are worse on digital) I agree with Trogdon basically. I'd use a lens hood to protect the lens (and protect it from stray light) and just be careful.
i do retract a bit of what i say though, because i forgot that my camera hangs down on my neck (due to tiny body and larger lens), so i've never really had an opportunity to bump it into something. so i'm probably not as careful as i'd like to be, and hitting your front might be a little more common than i thought. a good hood and lens cap will do the trick though, just make sure the lens cap is on as soon as you aren't taking pictures.
Hey guys. I've looked around this particular section and I hope this is the right place to be posting this question. I have a job in marketing at a short-term vacation rental company. I've also started work with a local non profit working with marketing and fundraising. It's time I invested in a decent point and shoot. I'll be taking real estate pictures and pictures of fundraising events. I get paid crap at my job and don't get paid with the non profit, so I don't have much to spend. I'm looking to spend $150 max. I was considering this [URL]http://www.woot.com/[/URL] the Kodak Easyshare Z5120, but can't find many reviews of it online. If anyone has any kind of suggestions, please don't hesitate. Willing to purchase used as well.
[QUOTE=BlazeFresh;35767465]How much did the hasselblad set you back? Did you get a metered prism with it?[/QUOTE] £700 for everything, £15 postage. No metered prism. 500 C/M body WLF viewfinder (not metered) A12 back 80mm Planar f2.8 T* (not sure if old style or new, optically the same but old one has shutter and aperture on lens, small focus backlash issue) £700 is about the starting price for all of the above on eBay. I'm lucky to be getting a near mint one for what I paid, I'll confirm once it arrives this week.
thats a good steal. The Lens you have is an old style one if its a T lens. The new one is a CFE.
Friend of mine lent me these, quite excited to try them out [url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/latin_geek/6983932304/][img]http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8018/6983932304_b414cfbfeb_n.jpg[/img][/url] [url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/latin_geek/6983932304/]50mm[/url] by [url=http://www.flickr.com/people/latin_geek/]Latin Geek[/url], on Flickr [url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/latin_geek/7130016737/][img]http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7108/7130016737_945bb67be4_n.jpg[/img][/url] [url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/latin_geek/7130016737/]extension tubes[/url] by [url=http://www.flickr.com/people/latin_geek/]Latin Geek[/url], on Flickr
that 50 1.8 E has served me well for years, I keep it on my FE most of the time now
It's one hell of a sharp lens
[QUOTE=latin_geek;35776877]Friend of mine lent me these, quite excited to try them out [URL="http://www.flickr.com/photos/latin_geek/6983932304/"][IMG]http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8018/6983932304_b414cfbfeb_n.jpg[/IMG][/URL] [URL="http://www.flickr.com/photos/latin_geek/6983932304/"]50mm[/URL] by [URL="http://www.flickr.com/people/latin_geek/"]Latin Geek[/URL], on Flickr [URL="http://www.flickr.com/photos/latin_geek/7130016737/"][IMG]http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7108/7130016737_945bb67be4_n.jpg[/IMG][/URL] [URL="http://www.flickr.com/photos/latin_geek/7130016737/"]extension tubes[/URL] by [URL="http://www.flickr.com/people/latin_geek/"]Latin Geek[/URL], on Flickr[/QUOTE] That's a nice little lens. But it looks the lens either has some fungus on it's glas or it's just a bit dirty. Just a headsup though because it does not affect image quality or so.
[url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/kelvinharron/7132784985/][img]http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7109/7132784985_a8453c55fb_z.jpg[/img][/url] [url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/kelvinharron/7132784985/]Don't Hassel the blad[/url] by [url=http://www.flickr.com/people/kelvinharron/]kelvinharron[/url], on Flickr Some scratching underneath, a bit of scratching on the metal on the crank side and the focus screen is rather dirty (but replaceable). Shutter sounds so awesome. Very happy to own this!
[QUOTE=frag4life;35782826]That's a nice little lens. But it looks the lens either has some fungus on it's glas or it's just a bit dirty. Just a headsup though because it does not affect image quality or so.[/QUOTE] Yeah it was just dust on the front and back, easy to clean Also after fooling around with it for a bit I discovered I suck at manual focus :v:
don't blame yourself, it's a difficult lens to focus. especially on an APS-C camera, the viewfinder just isn't big enough to be able to tell accurately.
What kind of 52mm filter should I be getting for general lense protection (from dust/scratches) and the sun? I'd assume I want UV but better safe than sorry. [img]http://puu.sh/suKy[/img]
uh Like,[I] learn what each filter does[/I] and decide if it comes in handy for you As stated above (or in the other thread) a UV filter on a digital camera will protect it from scratches at the cost of lower image quality
I just want it for general protection, when outside combined with a lens hood, I believe UV is the way to go. Would there be a considerable loss of quality or would it depend on lighting conditions and such?
The box the macro tubes come in say "Automatic Extension Tube" let me tell you there is NOTHING automatic about those things :v: [QUOTE=David Tennant;35790784]I just want it for general protection, when outside combined with a lens hood, I believe UV is the way to go. Would there be a considerable loss of quality or would it depend on lighting conditions and such?[/QUOTE] [QUOTE]...reflects light when hit by sunlight and lowers image quality. they are only really useful on film, because that is affected by UV light...[/QUOTE] If you're getting a lens hood I don't think there would be a reason to screw an UV on top of it since that already has you covered from bumps and such, unless you're jamming the thing face-first into a pointy stick or something.
[QUOTE=David Tennant;35790784]I just want it for general protection, when outside combined with a lens hood, I believe UV is the way to go. Would there be a considerable loss of quality or would it depend on lighting conditions and such?[/QUOTE] Cut and dry, what you are looking for is exactly a UV filter. Loss of quality is negligible, and only becomes a problem with like a $20 Walmart filter or something. Filters in general can produce artifacts in specific lighting conditions, but won't be a common issue. B+W is my go-to brand for filters.
[QUOTE=bopie;35791023]Cut and dry, what you are looking for is exactly a UV filter. Loss of quality is negligible, and only becomes a problem with like a $20 Walmart filter or something. Filters in general can produce artifacts in specific lighting conditions, but won't be a common issue. B+W is my go-to brand for filters.[/QUOTE] Is Hoya an equally good brand for filters?
[QUOTE=latin_geek;35790964]The box the macro tubes come in say "Automatic Extension Tube" let me tell you there is NOTHING automatic about those things :v:[/QUOTE] It usually meant you could set the aperture (stop it down) and it would keep the lens wide open until you press the shutter (or the dof preview) at which point it will close it down, basically helping you compose and focus without having a darker viewfinder. In a time when everything was manual that was quite the automation!
[QUOTE=Kill coDer;35792676]Is Hoya an equally good brand for filters?[/QUOTE] As long as you don't buy the Hoya Green filters, you're okay. The Hoya HMC filters are just as good as the BW filters, but the metal of the filter is cheaper than the BW filters (which is brass).
I can't decide whether I should get a silver thumb grip and lens hood or black thumb grip and lens hood for the Fuji X10, I'm really bad with trivial decisions, can anyone chime in with their opinions? The camera in question with black lenshood: [img]http://www.reddotphoto.com.sg/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=6898&d=1325308623[/img] And by thumb grip I mean a hotshoe grip: [img]http://www.mainlinephoto.com.au/images/thumbs_up_csep_2.jpg[/img]
Black. And sorry for being misleading on the other page, UV filters aren't all that bad. Just make sure you keep it out of direct reflected light and you shouldn't notice image quality differences. But if you shoot important scenarios where damage is not a concern, it's better to ditch it
Anyone have a Yongnuo YN-560 external flash? If so, how is it? I'm looking to find another flash that has manual settings than my previous one. Or maybe I should just invest more into a 430 EX.. Not sure :|
probably worth investing in one with TTL
[QUOTE=Trogdon;35799412]Black. And sorry for being misleading on the other page, UV filters aren't all that bad. Just make sure you keep it out of direct reflected light and you shouldn't notice image quality differences. But if you shoot important scenarios where damage is not a concern, it's better to ditch it[/QUOTE] Everyone is telling me black, but I can't shake the feeling that silver would make it pop, but there's no pictures of the silver lens hood anywhere.. And no need to apologize, you were warning me, I appreciate that, I believe the filter snaps/screws to the lens hood, so I can take the lens hood and filter off when shooting indoor or at night where both would be useless. [editline]3rd May 2012[/editline] I just found a picture with the silver thumb grip and.. I'm not quite certain I like it, still, the lens hood is tempting. [img]http://puu.sh/sEg1[/img] And has anyone used a Gordy wrist/neck strap? I'm definitely grabbing one of these with the pads, they look fantastic: [url]http://www.electricedge.com/gordy_s_straps/wrist-lug/index.htm[/url]
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