Biowizard: Zebralight SC52, H52 and similar. IP68 Rock Solid LED Torches. ALL you need for LED assistance if you can't be assed to pack a real flash.
*sc-1 not sc-2
I use the eagletac d25lc2 (nichia led) and a fenix hl55 for photography purposes. there are cheap tripod collars(solarforce sc-2) available which coupled with cheap tabletop tripods makes it perfect for use in field.
Rooru S: has anyone used Nissin products? I'm interested on having radio control and at the moment I was thinking about using my HVL-F58AM/F43AM flashunits with Phottix Odin TTL...
I personally own Nissin i40 and my lot of my friends are using Di600, Di700 and Di622. Products are worth the money. Interface to control them is minimalistic and works.
Also as usual Dpreview seems to work like a tubelight, Nissin had posted the press release on their website for more than a week along with pricing. Even I had shared the details on forum as well.
I thought whole purpose of mirrorless system was to have lenses that were smaller and lighter. That 90mm macro is bigger and heavier than Tamron 90mm VC lens designed for slrs. These mirrorless systems are mainly a marketing gimmic and they have a diminishing returns based on sensor size to lenses. APS-C and micro 4/3 format seem to be right choice for those people who want to travel light and still want to take good quality photos.
adelbaum: Still waiting for a camera making better looking PHOTOS than the Fuji XT-1.(That includes my full frame Nikon.)
especially true for landscapes, there is certain look to Fuji and Sigma files that neither Canon nor Nikon cameras have.
Sixpm: Just received this lens yesterday, it's amazing money for what it can do, the only thing that bugs me is the amount of distortion that is not corrected. I've used the distortion correction program on the Sony A7II and this removed almost all of it, meaning distortion correction is required during processing in Photoshop.
All that said, the sharpness at full aperture is comparable to Nikon 60mm at f2.8 and f8. The bokeh however is much better than the Nikon at f2.8, it's creamy and can be used as a portrait lens. It will work with A7II as a full frame with small amount of vignette which some may like because it creates drama. It can focus right down to 2:1 with great sharpness when stop down from full aperture.
Overall a very capable lens for the money.
@Sixpm: you cant share the pics in comments, but I think you can share a link to blog/flickr photo album. that could be useful.
quezra: And people were complaining Sony's 90/2.8 macro which covers a full frame sensor was large ...
Thats because that Sony lens is just a 90mm lens while this is 120mm lens(Fov same as 180mm on FF) this lens is going to be big. My only worries are with the very short minimum focusing distance of just 30cms, for 1:1 mag at 120mm.
I had high hopes from that 90mm macro, but it seems like even though it will feature IF it still features a focus ring that will rotate when focusing. This is not ideal for using the lens with rain covers. Still a good sign that finally Sony has decided to release some good lenses for their ILC rather than just updating camera bodies willy-nilly.
Caudata: Now if they just make the XF120mmF2.8 R Macro a "WR" lens then I may just switch systems. I actually need the WR for when I am shooting wildlife photography and that lens would be a very nice option.
@calking: During rains its mostly frogs, caecilians, snakes and lizards. Post monsoons is the best time for butterflies in northern Western ghats. Also during rains, I have seen butterflies under leaves trying to keep dry from rains. Which makes it relatively easier to photograph those non-cooperative subjects.
neo_nights: Is it me or does it have more of a Medium Format look?
It'd be nice to see if Pentax could make a small camera (for fullframe standards of course) like they did with the K5.
reminds of the old Pentax 6x7 MF slr.
its not just weather sealing for me also if they do make that lens with Internal focus, decently fast AF and has working distance around 15-16cm I would buy into Fuji system immediately. Olympus 60mm macro for micro 4/3 has barely 8cm working distance which is not that useful for butterflies but its damn cheap and is weather sealed.
Disappointed Sigma hasn't released a replacement for their ancient 50mm and 70mm macro. Nice to see they are expanding their lens lineup slowly but with excellent performing lenses.
Wild Shooter: Can you believe a 50MP camera that doesn't do 4K video?
Neither does a Pentax 645z, this camera is targetted towards studio, and landscape shooters. They dont need any video features from their still cameras.
Its nice to see that Olympus slowed down the upgrade cycle, also they didnt drop the value of older em-5 over its life cycle. Eagre to see the reviews of new camera soon.
flektogon: So, the CCD technology is not dead yet. I would even say that it must be better than CMOS, if in such an expensive project it is preferred. Just wondering when we are going to see CCD in the digital photography again.
many dedicated astrophotography cameras are still made using CCDs. It may be while before CCD technology is dead.
Suave: Wish they'd let Kata be.
@Soloryb: Both Manfrotto and Kata are owned by the same group now. They merged were merged into Manfrotto, and I really do miss the Kata bags especially the Prolight Access series of holsters. here is the press release of the same: http://www.manfrotto.com/About+Us/Kata+Joins+Manfrotto/Kata+merges+with+Manfrotto+to+become+unrivalled+in+bags!/96161163
Could you please share a link to the sample shots showing the distortion? It looks like an interesting lens for use in field. Also how is the overall built quality?
Chaitanya S: Is that 90mm Macro a IF and weather sealed lens? in that case I might just go for the Sony A7 and that lens for my carry around camera.
My current experience with humid climate is a mixed bag. Canon 100mm L , 17-40 L and Nikon 105mm L all had moisture condensation inside the lens(even after proper acclimatization) when using in high humid environment. Also one of the 100mm f/2.8 macro has developed problems with AF motor, 430ex flash wouldn't fire when connected to hot shoe(worked fine off shoe) and the LCD display of Sony RX100 had stopped working. Apart from these issues rest of the camera gear carried between the group of 8 to a trek during monsoons worked perfectly fine.
@Nordstjernen: I rarely use the camera in cold environment, but I use my camera gear mostly during monsoons in Western ghats. Most common problem I encounter here is the moisture condensation inside the lens on elements. Also while photographing butterflies, frogs and snakes having an internal focusing lens helps a lot. I am thinking of shifting to a mirrorless system due to convenience of lighter kit. Current choice is that of micro 4/3 but if either Sony or Fuji introduce a 90-105mm macro lens with weather sealing and Internal focus, I will shift to either one of those systems over micro 4/3.
Is that 90mm Macro a IF and weather sealed lens? in that case I might just go for the Sony A7 and that lens for my carry around camera.