Vic Chapman

Lives in United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Works as a retired
Joined on Mar 11, 2007
About me:

Sold Nikon D300, D700, Nikon 35mm f2, Nikon 50mm f1:8, Nikon 85mm f1.8, Nikon 180mm f2.8, Tamron 28-300mm VC, Sigma 17-35mm, Sigma 24-70 f2.8, Sigma 50-500mm, MB D10, SB800. Now shooting with Fuji X Pro 1, Fuji XT1, Fuji XE1 IR convrsion, Fuji 14mm Fuji 18mm R, f2.8, Fuji 23mm f1.4 Fuji 35mm f1.4, Fuji 60mm f2.4 macro, Fuji 90mm f2, Fuji 18-55mm f2.8 - f4 zoom Fuji 55-200mm zoom. Manfrotto 190 pro, Manfrotto monopod, Benro Travel Angel tripod. Various macro and lighting stuff.


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On photo hum1 in the A Big Year - birds challenge (3 comments in total)

Brilliant! That splash of bright red really grabs one's attention and is a great contrast to the green of the bird.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2017 at 21:27 UTC as 1st comment

Saves picking up the clippings.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2017 at 11:47 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Thunderheads With Egret in the Wings challenge (33 comments in total)

A very worthy winner.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2017 at 21:13 UTC as 7th comment
In reply to:

turbsy: $450 for a slow 50mm? No thanks Fuji

F2 was fast in the 1960s. In the early 1970s it was considered standard. Ever since then it has been considered slow for a 50mm lens. The equivalent focal length on APS is a nonsense and for users fills a gap the didn't exist. An updated 60mm f2 would have been more sensible. A 1/2 stop faster aperture and better AF with no "macro" would be a worthwhile buy for anyone except those of us who love our 60mm f2.4s. Nothing against the 75mm equiv - I have 5 M Rokkor and OLY Zuiko 50/55/58mm lenses all faster than f2 and all with character but it's my Minolta Rokkor 58mm that gets the most use because the extra FL and f1.4 aperture is more useful.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2017 at 13:12 UTC
In reply to:

RStyga: There's slight overlapping with the 60/2.4. The 50/2 is WR, the 60/2.4 is macro, that's the most significant difference, it seems.

So we never did sports before AF? All those pictures don't actually exist!. It's called anticipation. Kids are easy meat. Mash the shutter on first focus, don't wait for the lens to go hunting for refocus.
Guys on M4/3 forum use manual focus 300/500mm Canon FD glass for BiFs. I use a Canon FD 300mm f4L + X1.4 TC myself.
50 years ago we couldn't wait to break through the f2 barrier, now people get exited about f2 lenses. It's mainly hype that's selling them to new and amateur users. 90% won't make use of faster focus, they don't see the picture early enough. Best thing about the new f2 is the low price for Fuji quality.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2017 at 12:38 UTC
In reply to:

RStyga: There's slight overlapping with the 60/2.4. The 50/2 is WR, the 60/2.4 is macro, that's the most significant difference, it seems.

The 60mm f2.4 is best bang for the buck lens Fuji makes. We used to shoot moving things with MF so if you can't do it with AF it's your technique that's lacking IMO. Try mashing the shutter before the lens goes hunting for refocus - you'll find it was focused to start with.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2017 at 15:25 UTC
On challenge Your City - Graveyard (B&W) (1 comment in total)

B&W Infrared?

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2017 at 22:31 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Before the frost in the A very floral world challenge (15 comments in total)

Congratulations on your win with this beautiful picture. May I ask where it is and if you know the name of the flowers that grow so well at this altitude and temperature.
Regards, Vic

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 16:39 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On photo Wet Walk Home in the A person and an umbrella challenge (19 comments in total)

A brilliant shot. I was first drawn to it because it looked like a scene from a small Venetian of which I have a picture - but nowhere close to this. Well done indeed.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2016 at 08:06 UTC as 9th comment
On article Adapted Lens Talk: Readers' Showcase and new forum! (201 comments in total)
In reply to:

ProfHankD: I use over 140 non-native lenses with my Sonys (and an EOS-M), and I post plenty in various forums here... but there are a couple of problems with this new forum. Basically, it tends toward lens reviews, but:

1. It isn't structured (nor indexed) in a way that makes lenses easy to find.

2. There is a huge difference between using a lens on different formats (e.g., 24MP APS-C vs. 24MP FF) and there is no infrastructure for saying what evaluations are based on.

For example, Dyxum has a much more effective structure for user lens reviews (except they don't make posting sample images easy).

I'm not opposed to this new forum, and I post there myself, but I would encourage DPReview to consider making some custom infrastructure for handing user reviews of old lenses. It should be possible to modify the existing equipment review infrastructure to have the right fields and indexing and to allow review of legacy equipment.... Just something to think about. ;-)

Boring, boring, boring - it works - if it ain't broke, don't fix it. there are many users who direct specific questions to specific forums. I enjoy seeing the images from various combinations of camera and lens from others who are less insistent on pure technical qualities and more interested in the character and certain peculiarities of the lenses.

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2015 at 15:17 UTC
On article Adapted Lens Talk: Readers' Showcase and new forum! (201 comments in total)
In reply to:

Photoman: Can this be a forum were we can all live in peace and harmony and enjoy our lenses...lets hope :) I love my Canon, Takumar, Contax G, Leica M, Minolta MD, Nikon F lenses on my Sony bodies. One lens doesn't troll the other lens, they just do their job.

One of the best things about this new forum is there is no or wrong lens or camera or adapter - use whatever combination you like. Yet advice is wise, abundant and freely given to enable the newbie-oldie to make a considered purchase.Adapted lenses is not all about sharpness or resolution - it's as much about "character" of various lenses and combinations. Try it for peaceful break from the norm.

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2015 at 12:48 UTC
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