boxerman

Lives in United States Berkeley, United States
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Joined on Aug 28, 2010

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  • Replied in Hard to judge
    REALLY, I'm not arguing, but just to explain that I wasn't complaining about the experiment being unscientific. I was just listing the features that kept me from drawing any conclusion at all ...
  • Thanks. Flies: It's hard to know the boundaries of anthropomorphism. Obviously, we'd be terribly bothered. This oribi didn't show any signs of distress at all, though the flies are very hard to ...
  • Replied in Hard to judge
    Disclaimer: I happily use 2x digital teleconverter with my Olympus E-M1 II, when I feel I need to, when I'm caught short with FL, for one reason or another. The teleconverter helps me visualize ...
  • Fair enough, but I transitioned to the 12-40 PRECISELY because of real-world shooting. My landscapes were disappointingly unsharp, and that made me unhappy, even before I considered the 12-40 ...
  • I moved from the E-M5 to the E-M1 II about a year ago. In my case it was an important felt need. I was just unhappy with focusing for fast-moving wildlife, which is my core niche for photography. ...
  • Replied in Lovely; My plans
    What a great show! How long did it take you to collect the photography? We're in the very early stages of planning a trip to Namibia. Great sand and dune expanses really cry out for areal view. ...
  • No. On Olympus there is a separate setting for "tracking." I can't help with Panny. The tracking setting works in fairly simple situations, in my experience, but it's not reliable for complex ...
  • I'm better photographer with better equipment now. Not to say I'm expert. Everywhere in Africa has its own charms. As I say, I consider Kenya and Tanzania the "classic" and very hard to surpass for ...
  • I've been on 4 safaris, including the first, which was Kenya and Tanzania. All I can say is that's the classic, and I'm sure you'll enjoy Tanzania. However, when we went to T., I did not have ...
  • I'm really happy. On the other hand, for my main use (safari-like travel), there is very little competition. I definitely want a good zoom range to reduce lens changing and increase flexibility. ...
  • One thing about the photographer's choice concerning background goes beyond just the  how much, and what is the quality (lens related) of, the blur. That is, a longer lens means a smaller part of ...
  • Just to elaborate on my "I own it and like it." I NEED a long lens for safari (and similar trips), and VASTLY prefer the flexibility of a zoom. It's clearly better than last generation (75-300 or ...
  • I think this information is MOST useful for relative beginners. They might get discouraged at many poor shots, or think others have some magic talent or perfect settings. I'm an academic, and ...
  • Yup. I do remember when I figured out that my camera was finally better than my eyes. By turning up to 11, I meant that I found I really had to saturate seriously. As I recall, on this one ...
  • Nice! If you didn't notice there is decent color in your start trails. If you process with saturation turned up to 11, you'll get some impressive trails. But, that'd muck your terrestrial objects, ...
  • Replied in Just lovely
    Wish I were there.
  • In composing my post on a "decision tree," above, I had thought about recommending a bridge camera. That's what we had for a long lens on our first safari. HOWEVER, 400 mm tops (FZ-1000) is still ...
  • Replied in Decision Tree
    Well, thank you! I try to be helpful, but sometimes it doesn't work. I am flatly not interested in arguing. It happens, but, as you suggest, pretty infrequently. Much more often you're short with ...
  • Replied in Decision Tree
    Here's how I would think about it. First, I went on safari with a "short" lens (I think sort of 300 mm, equiv., if I remember) and SWORE never to do that again and to warn others about it. (My ...
  • I ALWAYS (well, nearly) have a polarizer on my 12-40. (1) They do wonders for sky (people complain about big gradients (worse with wide-angle lenses), but you can reduce those by adjusting the ...
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