HB1969

Lives in somewhere on earth (mostly)
Joined on Jul 27, 2012

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kreislauf: wow. any crop sensor users willing to buy?
odd choices. I'd carry my small fujicrons for this

An option for mirroless users might be buy the canon or nikon version and use a focal reducer. You would get 6 focal lengths for the price of three.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 23:35 UTC
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Bobthearch: $900, ouch.
Never thought I'd say this but, "Buy Nikkor lenses and save money." :)

But it's $900 for 3 focal lengths so $300 each, which is about the cost of many manual focus lenses.
Having said that, I'd rather buy MF lenses with faster apertures. The lack of AF motors makes them smaller and lighter as well.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 23:29 UTC
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Peter CS: So I have to laugh - do backers really know and understand what a pain it is to carry around, and use, all these heavy lenses that do not have ultra-convenient auto aperture and auto meter-coupling for a very limited 35-80mm range? Sure these look cool, but remembering - in the 1960's -a friends heavy and pain-in-the-butt Contaflex system, he could not get his Nikkormat with Nikkor primes soon enough. I suspect most users would be far more happy with a good 28-75mm, fully coupled, AF Tamron zoom attached to their Nikons or Canons. Further, the 15mm ultra-wide attachment option is too highly specialized a focal length that few can use effectively for anything other than extreme landscapes. A 20-24mm would make way more sense for most people Maybe if the focus is smooth enough, videographers would be the true audience for these, given the all-manual action, but only if the sharpness, usability, and bokeh bring something special or extra to the table...

If you go over to the Adapted Lens forum, you'll find there are a quite a few people who don't mind manually setting aperture or focus.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 23:22 UTC
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De Fotoman: This news is several weeks old.

It's the first I've heard of it.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 22:14 UTC
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wklee: Eagles have been known to catch food with their talons. Why not train them to drop a payload on the drones thereby sparing their feet?

If you turn on closed captions, the police officer said that the drones of that size (in the video) don't hurt their talons but they've developed kevlar "gloves" to protect the eagles talons from bigger drones.
I would be more worried about their wings.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 22:13 UTC

Coolest. Video. Ever! :D
...at least between time points 1:40-2:30
It's a shame they decided not to continue with the program.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 22:09 UTC as 21st comment
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FLruckas: 5 stops?
This is kid stuff....
Let's see how good they are at making one that does...
8-10 stops...
:=)

Actually, this was the one I was thinking of
https://www.dpreview.com/news/0448516955/syrp-introduces-super-dark-5-10-stop-variable-nd-filter
...which is 5-10 stop vari-filter with minimal x-effect.
The PowerXND2000 looks very interesting but I can't find any info on controlling the x-effect

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2017 at 22:15 UTC
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justmeMN: "Emerging Asia's female consumers are particularly enamored with mirrorless cameras" - Nikkei Asia Review

Mirrorless is only for females and girlymen. :-)

"Mirrorless is only for females and girlymen. :-)"
It sounds like you're trying to compensate for something ;)

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2017 at 23:18 UTC
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FLruckas: 5 stops?
This is kid stuff....
Let's see how good they are at making one that does...
8-10 stops...
:=)

There was another company that also managed to remove the X-effect by limiting how much the variable filter could be "stopped down". I can't remember the name of the company but I think they had some sort of crowdfunding campaign going a couple of years ago.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2017 at 22:59 UTC
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PrakticaB: "There is no weather sealing on the current version". Thats why a combo Pentax K1 - Pentax 15-30 is a much better choice, since BOTH have weather sealing...

If I had the money, the GFX50S plus GF23 would be my dream combo....unless the rumours for a rangefinder style GFX50R are true, then give me that camera insead ;)
I love your photo's Josselin, look forward to seeing more.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2017 at 08:02 UTC
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PLShutterbug: Wow. When I am out in that kind of weather I use a plastic bag around everything to keep moisture out.vWhy do you take $8,000 of kit into these kinds of conditions with no protection? “Weather sealed” or not, it is still a big risk.

sorry Karroly, I meant that comment to be interpreted with more humour and less snark :)
I too sometimes over explain things for the same reasons.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2017 at 01:24 UTC
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PLShutterbug: Wow. When I am out in that kind of weather I use a plastic bag around everything to keep moisture out.vWhy do you take $8,000 of kit into these kinds of conditions with no protection? “Weather sealed” or not, it is still a big risk.

Yes, I'm perfectly aware of the states of matter, thanks ;)
"So you have to be careful to prevent moisture to condense inside the cold camera and lens."
Wouldn't this be a problem regardless of whether the camera is weather-sealed or not?
Everytime you change a lens you are going to let the external atmosphere into the camera. At least outside of the hut there is very little moisture, only snow and ice.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2017 at 00:27 UTC
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HeyItsJoel: Interesting. When I think of Australia, I always picture the outback. Never came across my mind that it would snow there too.

I've been watching too much Crocodile Dundee.

Sure, we do it all the time ;)
I can be accurate to +/- 5min on a good day :D

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2017 at 23:55 UTC
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Torsten Hoff: The mountains lived up to their name!

"big desert with a lot of sand?"
"Great Sandy Desert"

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2017 at 23:32 UTC
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Torsten Hoff: The mountains lived up to their name!

We pride ourselves in giving imaginative names to things...
"What should we call those mountains with snow on them?"
"Lets call them The Snowy Mountains!"
"Those mountains west of Sydney look blue from a distance, what should we call them?"
"The Blue Mountains, what else!"

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2017 at 23:27 UTC
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FuhTeng: Interesting that the humble Tamron does so well in practice on that body. Neat experience! I didn't know the Snowy mountains received much snow, so this is fun to see.

Snowy mountains are high enough to snow all year round, though peak ski season is June to early October.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2017 at 23:22 UTC
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PLShutterbug: Wow. When I am out in that kind of weather I use a plastic bag around everything to keep moisture out.vWhy do you take $8,000 of kit into these kinds of conditions with no protection? “Weather sealed” or not, it is still a big risk.

I was thinking the same thing. The camera was frozen so the ice and snow wouldn't melt. There'd be little chance for moisture ingress into the camera until you took it inside.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2017 at 23:12 UTC
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HeyItsJoel: Interesting. When I think of Australia, I always picture the outback. Never came across my mind that it would snow there too.

I've been watching too much Crocodile Dundee.

@HeyItsJoel: I often think that non-Australians believe that there are only two locations in Australia..."outback" and "Sydney" and that it only takes about 5 minutes to get from one to the other ;)
Crocodile Dundee has a lot to answer for :D

@mgblack74: I too have fallen into the trap of thinking Canada fluctuates from cold to bitterly cold. It didn't help that a Canadian friend of mine would wear shorts and t-shirt all year round, even the middle of winter (Sydney winters rarely drop below +12C max temp)

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2017 at 23:06 UTC
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HB1969: Looks like an impressive lens.
I think the "meteor" he points to (around 9:25 mark) might actually be a satelite.

Hmm...it seems my memory of meteors doesn't align with reality. I searched youtube for realtime leonid and perseid shower vids and they do seem to last longer than I remember.
I should have posted my OP as a question rather than shooting my mouth off ;)
Leason learnt. Thanks Greg

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2017 at 01:52 UTC
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HB1969: Looks like an impressive lens.
I think the "meteor" he points to (around 9:25 mark) might actually be a satelite.

I figured it was a satelite because it looked like it was moving too slowly and at constant speed. I don't think I can estimate it's speed of the object without knowing the angle of view the video was shot on but it took about 2 seconds to blink in and out of view...from memory (admittedly it's been along time), the meteors I've seen are there and gone in a fraction of that time* and also look like they're decelarating.
I could be wrong on all this and happy to hear different explanations.

*yes I know that would be dependent on how big the object is to begin with

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2017 at 22:20 UTC
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