Vic Chapman

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

Ex Nikon FF user. Now shooting with Fuji X Pro 1, Fuji XE1 IR conversion, Fuji XT2, Fuji XH1, Fuji 14mm f2.8 Fuji 16mm f1.4, f2.8, Fuji 23mm f1.4 Fuji 35mm f1.4, Fuji 60mm f2.4 macro, Fuji 90mm f2, Fuji 16-55mm f2.8, Fuji 55-200mm, Fuji 100-400mm, Fuji XM-FL 24mm f8 Body Cap Lens. Several Minolta Rokkor adapted lenses. Manfrotto 190 pro, Manfrotto monopod, Benro Travel Angel tripod. Various macro and lighting stuff.

Comments

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APenza: What ever happened to that old axiom, “zoom with your feet”. Are we getting lazier or do we think that a superzoom will help us get that far away photo impossible with a 400 or a 600 telephoto lens. The photo of the Great blue heron is nice but this is a large bird that moves slowly if at all. Good luck following BIF or smaller birds that flit about about constantly and unpredictably.
Like the failed WW2 operation Market Garden “A bridge too far” this is a bridge camera that should be named a “ a zoom too far”.

Probably the most stupid and overused axiom in the world of photography. One cannot leap valleys or small rivers just like that. Here's one for you and the distances aren't even all that great. VENICE - step forward into a canal or backward into a house wall. That particular zoom range is probably overkill but then again, how about small birds not so far away?

Link | Posted on Dec 26, 2018 at 23:05 UTC
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Rick DeBari: Really nice job on the video Richard! All good information.

This may sound like blasphemy to xTrans users but I was thinking... Fuji's new mirrorless camera offerings are fantastic! The X-T3, X-H1 and now the GFX series are all beautiful, well-made cameras along with a superb selection of native Fuji lenses. Given that some photographers have issues working with xTrans images, I wonder if Fuji would consider offering these same bodies with an equivalent resolution Bayer type sensor option. So, theoretically, you could buy an X-T3 either with an xTrans or Bayer type sensor array. Same for the X-H1, GFX, etc. Of course I have no idea how feasible this is given the internal electronics, firmware, etc. But I just though I'd throw this idea out there. I don't mean to knock xTrans in any way with this post. Clearly there are both advantages and disadvantages with using the xTrans or Bayer arrays.

I'm happy with my X trans bodies. Just sold 1 but still have 4 inc XT2 & XH1. I use IXT and LR (with no sharpen in LR. All I need at the end of processing is 0.3 radius with the high pass filter in PS to finish the sharpening. The demosaicing thing is old news with IXT or C1 - RT is also good. I'm 72 so this will be my last system. The MF sensors are Bayer and results are great but that may be down to sensor size/pixel ratio.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2018 at 18:02 UTC
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Rick DeBari: Really nice job on the video Richard! All good information.

This may sound like blasphemy to xTrans users but I was thinking... Fuji's new mirrorless camera offerings are fantastic! The X-T3, X-H1 and now the GFX series are all beautiful, well-made cameras along with a superb selection of native Fuji lenses. Given that some photographers have issues working with xTrans images, I wonder if Fuji would consider offering these same bodies with an equivalent resolution Bayer type sensor option. So, theoretically, you could buy an X-T3 either with an xTrans or Bayer type sensor array. Same for the X-H1, GFX, etc. Of course I have no idea how feasible this is given the internal electronics, firmware, etc. But I just though I'd throw this idea out there. I don't mean to knock xTrans in any way with this post. Clearly there are both advantages and disadvantages with using the xTrans or Bayer arrays.

Rick, checkout the XA range or even better the recent XT100 for Bayer. 4K is there but limited.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2018 at 17:48 UTC
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 (32 comments in total)

A very worthy winner.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2017 at 21:13 UTC as 8th comment
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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
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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
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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! (203 comments in total)
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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! (203 comments in total)
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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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