gear1box

Lives in United States woodbridge, VA, United States
Works as a defense economist
Joined on Apr 4, 2008

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  • Who knows, i may follow you.  But i just retired my EM5/12-40 (after almost four years) for a d5500/16-80 f2.8-4 APSC kit.   I wanted an upgrade in sensor performance for my "tourist" camera and ...
  • Pat -- i commented above about my experience with the f5.6 VR  *but* i have to agree with you:  there seems to be a lot of sample variance with this lens.   Thom Hogan -- with whom i typically ...
  • i have them both and shot the FX lens extensively on both DX and FX. No question: for DX use, get the f6.3 DX.   It is much, much, better on DX, particularly above 180mm or so.   There is no ...
  • John -- Well, it was frustration with m43 raw files generally -- and disappointment that the M1 mk2 didn't move the ball anywhere near far enough to match what's available from APSC sensors -- that ...
  • i've scaled down my m43 use quite a bit in the last six months myself.   The M1 mk2 was the reason:   i realized that the kit weight of an M1 and 12-40 f2.8 was greater than the weight of the ...
  • Excellent points Jonathan and Amit.   i maintain both dSLR and m43 kits and am often asked by associates or friends for recommendations for a "step up, quality-wise, camera from a cell phone".   I ...
  • Replied in Well...
    Listen to Ben. A "cold iron" reboot might do it, but it sounds like you are in for a service.  My experience with them has been positive too. That said this camera body -- which has its limitations ...
  • Nick -- I'm in your situation too: wanting a bit more from the heavily used mid-zoom DX lens than the 18-140 can offer.  On the tele end i have both a 70-200 f2.8 VC Tamron and the new 70-300 P ...
  • Bobby, i agree with you and maintain m4/3 and FF kits for horses-for-courses use of each to its strengths.   And those of us with film experience are well familiar that m4/3 pushes what we could ...
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    Rashid -- i got the 70-300 AF-P on a Black Friday sale for $250 with a d5500 body. Let me say that that combo -- d5500 w/70-300 AF-P -- does not equal my Tamron 70-200 f2.8 VC w/ d810 for ...
  • Replied in DX or FX
    My choice: none of the above.  For convenience i use the 18-140, coupled with the 70-300 AF-P for tele use. Yes you have to change lenses for long tele shots.  But the 18-140 is the equal or better ...
  • A very thoughtful point which had not occurred to me.  I often shoot for charities in large rooms (churches, lecture halls, school auditoriums, etc) and multiple off-board lighting is all but ...
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    I have both the PL7 and 12-40 f2.8 and completely agree with Wolfgang's comment.  I use my PL7 with smallish primes or, mostly, the delightful LUMIX 12-32.   That lens, marvelous though it is, ...
  • Ummm, is that 1/60 to 1/500 inclusive -- so only the four most popular shutter speeds in my photography (well over 70% of shots) -- or as written ("above" 1/60 and "below" 1/500, or 1/125 and ...
  • It is just like Rex said:  you must focus and set exposure manually. Perhaps a short summary of what is happening will help: (1) Your lens is either a "screw drive" AF -- your body has no AF screw ...
  • Clayton -- i agree with you on the zoom range: the 12-100 covers a lot more on the long end; conversely the 16-80 covers the same proportionally more on the long end than the 12-40 too.  For me as ...
  • JRT/Mahoonse -- i shot the 16-85 a few years back on my 16mp d7000.  It was fine on that sensor, but its flaws were beginning to show wide open.  If i wanted a 24-120 FOV-equiv, i think that the ...
  • Golfer -- The d810 and 24-120 is too blinking heavy and cumbersome for all day carry.  The purpose of my m43 kit originally was to have a lighter kit.  The d810 body alone is almost the weight of ...
  • There have been complaints about the mpixel ratings for years.   Oly's in particular seem to be randomly subject to huge performance mis-measurements. Unfortunately the net effect is to impugn the ...
  • This lens drove me to scrap m43 as my "tourist" camera system.  Its weight mounted on an M1 is actually more than an APSC d5500 with a 16-80 f2.8-4 . . . at less than half the cost AND a stop ...
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