Virginia Bill

Virginia Bill

Lives in United States Fredericksburg, VA, United States
Works as a retired
Joined on Apr 27, 2011

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  • Leica M with 35mm Summilux -- classic camera type and classic lens for documentary photography. Autofocus and zoom are convenient but not essential. The Leica M is sturdy, quiet, quick, and ...
  • I like both focal lengths, but they're different. The 75mm equivalent helps you isolate one element in the scene -- a face, a hood ornament, a street lamp. The 35mm equivalent forces you to ...
  • I get good results at the D. C. Leica store by calling on the phone. Ask for Werner; he's friendly, knowledgeable, and solved my problem very neatly.
  • Shawn, What's missing from your post is any information about the metering mode you're using. I'm not familiar with your camera, but most current models provide three metering modes: spot, ...
  • Terrific image.
  • It's easier, for planning, to select centers with good services near major sites. Consider four corners (several notable Anasazi sites, Meteor Crater, Monument Valley, Navaho, Hopi, Ute, and Zuni ...
  • With the two lenses set at the same focal length, images made at 5.6 would yield the same exposure value. But which would be the better image depends on other possible differences between the two ...
  • "A $2000 camera is not only out of my price range, but probably have so many features on it, I won't use them. Photography is just a casual hobby of mine, and my point n' shoot is okay, but ...
  • Manual focusing, especially with a rangefinder, isn't difficult; it's just different. Remember that really good photography happened all the time before the advent of autofocus; in the old days, ...
  • Well, "food photography" is a bit vague. I assume you mean photos of food, on a plate, presented for human consumption. Making the kinds of food photographs you see in magazines is a specialized ...
  • Replied in Good Skin Tone
    The statement seems meaningless to me. Cameras don't have skin tone; people do. Digital cameras have white balance, which photographers adjust either in camera or in post processing to achieve ...
  • Replied in Bath time!
    OK. Cute kid, nice moment. But the image is not as sharp as it could be (1.8 aperture), and it's visually flat because of low contrast (not enough gray scale range). In b&w, the viewer's eye is ...
  • Replied in What's it for?
    Look under the Buying Guide tab at the top of this page: "Best Cameras for Beginners."
  • Very nicely done.
  • You might find the D7100 somewhat easier to use (better viewfinder, two control wheels), but any improvement in image quality would be slight. The Sigma 10-20 also is giving you good results. The ...
  • F/1.4 (and faster) lenses are a legacy from film days, when practical maximum ISO was limited to around 1200; most of the time we shot B&W at 300 or 400. So we found fast lenses worth their higher ...
  • Well, they're new lenses designed for an APS-C camera. Draw the obvious conclusion. Consider also that the T mount is itself new, and no other body uses it. Consider finally that Leica already ...
  • That's a perfectly reasonable outfit, and the Nikon 610 is a solid camera. But, given what you've said you want to do ("I'd like to be covered for a wide range of subjects though birding and ...
  • "My current gear I will be selling: 1. Lumix GF5 with 20mm 1.8 and a kit zoom - I LOVE this camera and I LOVE the interface and the touch screen to set the exposure and the super-accuracy of the ...
  • Conventional wisdom is that the best still + video camera is the Panasonic GH4 -- m4/3 though, not dslr. But the most obvious suggestion is buy a camcorder to shoot video.
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