Michael Jardine

Michael Jardine

Lives in United States Harper's Hill, WA, United States
Works as a UI/UX designer and published author
Has a website at Qamera.com
Joined on May 17, 2005
About me:

See the world, Save our Planet.

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danm_cool: Funny, Rishi Sanyal is acting like a newbie who is discovering 135mm focal length lens... ideal for portraiture, already existing in Canon EF mount for about 23 years now! and also usable for Sony E-Mount with a Sigma MC11 adapter... and I am not counting on the Sigma version as well.

Rishi, I used to shoot candids with a 70-210 but for me, that has largely been replaced by the 135 because of size, sharpness, and better separation. I'm curious how you would incorporate the 135 into your workflow particularly if you also own a 70-120.

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2019 at 17:04 UTC
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Michael Jardine: I've used this lens a lot. I've tried it out for a number of uses including sports, travel, street, portrait. I've also used the Zeiss Batis 135, in fact, I traded the Zeiss in to get the Sony. You can view the two galleries and make your own decisions about each lens and also about my mistakes and inadequacies (comments are very welcome - I've been on this site for many years and have a thick skin). By the way, there is another lens that compares: the Olympus 75mm f/1.8, which is a 150mm equiv. Check out that gallery as well.

Sony FE 135 1.8
https://qamera.smugmug.com/Gear/Sony-FE-18135-GM/

Zeiss Batis 135 2.8
https://qamera.smugmug.com/Gear/Zeiss-Batis-28135/

Olympus 75 1.8
https://qamera.smugmug.com/Gear/Olympus-75mm-f18/

One point I'd probably make: this lens is a bit like a race car. Sneeze and you'll find you've just driven off the road.

Thanks for the comments. I enjoy reading comments from others in these forums but I am disappointed when there are no photos to accompany those comments. After all, this is a photography forum, right?

Personally I find the 135~150 length (in FF terms) to be ideal for candid photography. As primes, they are sharper than zooms, give better separation between subject and background, and are smaller.

Oly 75 is a pleasure because it is so small and unobtrusive, especially in crowds. FE 135 has marginally faster focus. And of course the Sony system has much better low light capabilities. The differences in resolution are not that critical for most of us, as long as you don't have to crop much in PP. I have produced 17x22" prints that are very sharp (good enough for gallery work) though sometimes I have to use Photoshop to upsample.

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2019 at 17:00 UTC
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BWfoto: This is also why I like the 75mm 1.8 Olympus. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

My favorite M43 lens and second favorite lens ever.

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2019 at 22:01 UTC

I've used this lens a lot. I've tried it out for a number of uses including sports, travel, street, portrait. I've also used the Zeiss Batis 135, in fact, I traded the Zeiss in to get the Sony. You can view the two galleries and make your own decisions about each lens and also about my mistakes and inadequacies (comments are very welcome - I've been on this site for many years and have a thick skin). By the way, there is another lens that compares: the Olympus 75mm f/1.8, which is a 150mm equiv. Check out that gallery as well.

Sony FE 135 1.8
https://qamera.smugmug.com/Gear/Sony-FE-18135-GM/

Zeiss Batis 135 2.8
https://qamera.smugmug.com/Gear/Zeiss-Batis-28135/

Olympus 75 1.8
https://qamera.smugmug.com/Gear/Olympus-75mm-f18/

One point I'd probably make: this lens is a bit like a race car. Sneeze and you'll find you've just driven off the road.

Link | Posted on Dec 26, 2019 at 16:09 UTC as 14th comment | 3 replies

This looks great but it's only practical for someone who is traveling and has no place to stow their clothes while out shooting. And if I take out my clothes and other non-photo gear, I don't need a pack this large to go out during the day. Instead I use a Patagonia MLC (soft, indestructible, easy to store in ANY overhead compartment, has shoulder straps, 45L, $189), and throw in a minimalist ThinkTank Turnstyle 10 ($89) that holds two mirrorless cameras, each with a zoom lens. (I use two Sony's with 16-35 and 24-105 for travel; the sling bag can also hold a small 85/1.8).

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2018 at 17:05 UTC as 3rd comment
On photo Kabul Teacher in the -Portrait Challenge 2018- challenge (2 comments in total)

It's an open air classroom. All natural light. Southwest Kabul.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2018 at 00:45 UTC as 1st comment
On article Zeiss formally announces Batis 135mm F2.8 (183 comments in total)
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tkbslc: It's only f1.9 equivalent in APS-C terms. Might as well get a Fuji with the 90mm f2. Less than 1/2 the price and weather sealed.

Or Olympus 75mm f/1.8 http://galleries.qamera.com/Gear/Olympus-75mm-f18

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 00:46 UTC
On article Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF bokeh demystified (357 comments in total)

Looks like a specialist lens. Since I already have an 85, I'm still waiting for a 135 f/2 like Nikon's. I would be interested in a DOF/Bokeh comparison of the 100 at 2.8, and a similar lens at 1.8 or 1.4...

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2017 at 15:28 UTC as 18th comment
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nipa: Very good work, captured the atmosphere in a unique way, travelling light has its benefits! I wonder however, when you are going to travel with a single prime lens, if a 17 mm lens 4/3 lens (34 mm FF) would be more useful. Has anybody done that?

Agree on 20 vs 17, like you I usually prefer the 20 because I also feel it is sharper, has better DOF, and is just right for taking panoramas when needed.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2017 at 00:46 UTC
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nipa: Very good work, captured the atmosphere in a unique way, travelling light has its benefits! I wonder however, when you are going to travel with a single prime lens, if a 17 mm lens 4/3 lens (34 mm FF) would be more useful. Has anybody done that?

I travel with two lenses for my m43 system: Lumix 20mm (or sometimes the 17mm), and 75mm.

I decide which lens to put on my m43 camera depending on which lens I use on my full frame mirrorless camera, which is usually a 85mm f/1.8.

I typically have two cameras in my bag so I don't have to switch lenses. The bag is a tiny sling.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2017 at 15:45 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2016 (272 comments in total)
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User5273771010: SORRY FOLKS,

Do not agree with DPR this time out... I have been shooting Nikon-only for over 50 plus years, from my first SLR in 1962, the Nikon F and everything else to my F6! DSLR's, the D700, D800, D3, D3s, (2) Df's and my D4 (still have everyone of them and all the Pro glass along the way, LOL!). About 3 years back I jumped ship and purchased (2) Oly E-M1's and now have the entire Oly Pro Lens line up including the outstanding Oly 300mm f2.8. I will be investing in the E-M1 Mk II very soon. Yes, I still shoot my D4 and 2 Df's but I do enjoy using my Oly gear more now than ALL my Nikon collection combined. I believe that my opinion is very subjective, as well, I respect others opinions, more so the ones that invest in, own and use the gear they talk about. The armchair guy & gals, well, keep drooling! ๐Ÿ˜œ

V/R The PhotogDog (Kent)

Perl, have you tried a M43 camera with the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 or 75mm f/1.8? I'm pretty happy with both DOF and bokeh on both. Also pleasantly surprised with same on Lumix 20mm f.1.8.
https://qamera.smugmug.com/Galleries/My-Favorite-Lens/

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2016 at 14:37 UTC
On article Our favorite gear, rewarded: DPReview Awards 2016 (272 comments in total)
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User5273771010: SORRY FOLKS,

Do not agree with DPR this time out... I have been shooting Nikon-only for over 50 plus years, from my first SLR in 1962, the Nikon F and everything else to my F6! DSLR's, the D700, D800, D3, D3s, (2) Df's and my D4 (still have everyone of them and all the Pro glass along the way, LOL!). About 3 years back I jumped ship and purchased (2) Oly E-M1's and now have the entire Oly Pro Lens line up including the outstanding Oly 300mm f2.8. I will be investing in the E-M1 Mk II very soon. Yes, I still shoot my D4 and 2 Df's but I do enjoy using my Oly gear more now than ALL my Nikon collection combined. I believe that my opinion is very subjective, as well, I respect others opinions, more so the ones that invest in, own and use the gear they talk about. The armchair guy & gals, well, keep drooling! ๐Ÿ˜œ

V/R The PhotogDog (Kent)

I'm similar to you. Jumped to M43 several years ago and haven't looked back. Still use the Nikons for sports photography. Recently dipped my toe into FF mirrorless (Sony). Jury's out but bottom line for me is, it's all about the joy of photography - and about having a camera with you when you need it :)

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2016 at 16:27 UTC
On article 2015 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras around $500 (276 comments in total)

OM-D E-M10 for < $500 with kit zoom, includes EVF. Great camera.

http://www.getolympus.com/us/en/digitalcameras/omd/e-m10.html

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2015 at 04:46 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply
On article Apple reveals 12.9-inch iPad Pro (212 comments in total)
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rmcohen: My 64 gig iPad was a complete bust on our trip to Africa last year. Once you blow past your storage limit you're pretty much SOL for backing up your shots. iOS devices are very, very weak for getting data in or out unless you're near a desktop unit. With gigs of images, WiFi is not really practical.

I had just got an iPhone 6 then with 128 gigs as a reserve backup. Uh, the camera connect kit isn't supported there!!! SOL!

Do you shoot RAW?

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2015 at 15:06 UTC
On article Apple reveals 12.9-inch iPad Pro (212 comments in total)
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love2travelfar: Nobody is mentioning the most important factor -
this device runs a useless iOS. If it was running full Mac OS,
I could run real Photoshop, now it's some kind of gimmicky
useless sub-version. No file system. But they called it "pro" LOL

Read the biography of Steve Jobs. One of the key design features of iOS was to address his dislike for the clumsy Explorer/Finder filing system - and replace it with application-based document storage which is essentially seamless. Spotlight is their answer for this on OS X; the idea being that it should always be faster to find something by searching, than by browsing through a virtual filing cabinet. I am working on a solution that I believe is more simple and intuitive. It's basically a 'playlist' but for everything on your computer and mobile device. It's currently under development :)

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2015 at 16:33 UTC
On article Apple reveals 12.9-inch iPad Pro (212 comments in total)
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rmcohen: My 64 gig iPad was a complete bust on our trip to Africa last year. Once you blow past your storage limit you're pretty much SOL for backing up your shots. iOS devices are very, very weak for getting data in or out unless you're near a desktop unit. With gigs of images, WiFi is not really practical.

I had just got an iPhone 6 then with 128 gigs as a reserve backup. Uh, the camera connect kit isn't supported there!!! SOL!

There are some good forums here about travel photography. I also looked into iOS (I'm an iOS developer) but the system is not designed to be independent of a parent device - be it OS X or Windows. As Cloud technology becomes more mainstream, the differences will probably merge, but for the foreseeable future you'll have to bring along a 'parent' device. If size/weight is critical, you might want to take a look at the MacBook. Another option is to use a smaller camera system, where greater size/weight compromises can be made. I personally travel with a 13" MacBook Pro retina, and I have 'downsized' my camera system from DSLR to mirrorless. I can fit everything for a world trip into one small Patagonia carry-on bag, and my 'camera system' (two bodies four lenses) lives in a relatively tiny sling bag that swings to the front for safety in crowded places.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2015 at 16:23 UTC
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