Bob Topp

Lives in United States Huntsville, United States
Works as a EE
Has a website at http://fotki.com/HBN-Photos
Joined on Nov 19, 2001
About me:

Slowly migrating from D300/D700 to m4/3...

Bob Topp's recent activity

  • @The Rale- one can never tell what another poster's level of understanding is on DPReview. I didn't mean to sound overly simplistic, but there are people who would shoot at ISO 3200 or above all...

  • One reason not to use ISO 3200 all the time: If you shoot flash outdoors, you won't be able sync a the shutter speeds resulting from ISO 3200.

  • Happens to me at least once a week, shooting salsa dancers in club lighting.  I thought for a while that it was happening because the flash had not recharged, but that should not affect the camera ...
  • Hubert- I considered doing my own replacement, just briefly, and someday I might tackle it.  For now, I need a low-risk approach to cover some short and long-term needs, so I'll probably buy a new ...
  • You're right, Michael- I have not inquired about repair costs yet.  I've done a few price searches and should have taken advantage of one good deal on new EM-1s at $647 last week, but Abe's had ...
  • Thanks, Joe- You must have read my mind.  I have just come from the BH page, looking at the add-on grip.  I pretty much had my mind set on the EM-5 II, just for the nice updates, but I really love ...
  • Can't speak for the 100-400 design, but lenses that zoom internally do not breathe, at least in the sense of leaking.  Not to be confused with focal length breathing, but I don't think that's what ...
  • My EM-5 and EM-1 have never exhibited any loose screw symptoms.  At this point I wish that were all I could say.  Coming home at 3:00 a.m. from a late-night shoot, I had both EMs in the same bag, ...
  • Thanks for some very good recommendations, Mako2011.  I would like to add that I have found the D7200 jpegs to be very flexible, and capable of recovering color and texture at what used to be ...
  • 85/1.8 was my first thought as well, especially if you're enjoying portraits.  I have a Sigma 70-200/2.8 and love the results from it, bit the 85/1.8, even shot at f/3.5, gives such beautiful ...
  • You need to understand that if a person (like me) already has an investment in DSLR lenses, going back to DSLR is a more attractive/affordable alternative than starting over from scratch with a ...
  • Back to Nikon APS-C and full frame... already picked up a D7200 and looking seriously at a D750. I still enjoy the EM-1, but focus speed in low light and shot-to-shot speed in low light cannot ...
  • Commented on article Top 5: Hands-on with Nikon D500

    Just a crazy afterthought to this discussion- considering the phenomenal ISO sensitivity of this camera, maybe you won't need the pop-up flash.

  • Commented on article Top 5: Hands-on with Nikon D500

    Only because you referred to the "manual" switch, which could be taken to mean either switching it manually, or switching to manual position. I took it as manual position because, after all,...

  • Shooting salsa dances once a week minimum, I typically take 1200-1500 frames in three hours, Raw+Jpeg, using a Metz 44 flash.  I have not seen the battery die once.  I chimp frequently, but I turn ...
  • Commented on article Top 5: Hands-on with Nikon D500

    It may be my eyes, Carlos, but without an old-style focusing screen, it is really hard for me to do manual focus at an event. For the situation you describe, i.e., wanting some shallow DOF shots,...

  • My EM-1 does an admirable job, but cannot match the speed of focusing in low light, or the outright precision, that I can achieve with either the D700 or the D7200. I would expect the D500 to...

  • While the left eye may be a little sharp, you've captured a wonderful, soft shadow transition across her face, and I like the crop a lot.
  • Commented on article Top 5: Hands-on with Nikon D500

    As inmagine pointed out, there's no menu diving. You get a single window on the back screen, set your options and leave. Frankly, for any given task, my AF settings at most change between AF-S...

  • Commented on article Top 5: Hands-on with Nikon D500

    Ah, but the old switches were so easy to change without intending to. I have just started using a D7200 and find the center button no problem at all, in addition to being more reliable.

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