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BassFisher: I have Nikon D810 along with 60 and 105 makro and last year purchased X-T2 with 16-55 and 90mm which I love. The only thing stopping me selling my Nikon gear is the Makro and Flash which Fuji have to catch up with. BUT in Australia this 80mm Makro will retail for $1600 good grief. Looks like I will keep my Nikon for Makro work. Shame.

similar story here except re Canon & the 100mm 2.8 -plus of course the ease of H/S - have the XT-! and would gladly go Fuji but it doesn't quite get there yet and when I see the ever-growing price of foreign goods here in the UK - think I will stay as I am. P.S also believe auto has no clutch system - so either manual or auto - not a deal breaker but unusual in such a high priced lens aimed at the macro market.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 15:25 UTC
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Patcheye: What got me was that the photographer is quoted as saying he knew the Officer and hopes he doesn't lose his job... forgiveness or what?

OK - so you do it your way and I'll do it mine but thanks for the concern re my literacy - so nice to know someone out there cares.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2017 at 11:22 UTC
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Patcheye: What got me was that the photographer is quoted as saying he knew the Officer and hopes he doesn't lose his job... forgiveness or what?

Because in grammar one is referring to an individual of a group - and such as Police Officer is a title - the same way that first & and surnames are capitalized. It doesn't mean it has to be so but year's ago it was - Member of Parliament is another example.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2017 at 13:21 UTC
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englishfil: Problem. Country with lousy, lax gun laws that means deaths from firearms are on a par with those from road accidents (source :Small Arms Survey). With so many firearms in circulation the Police. sensibly, are armed. However, when frightened, challenged what tool will that Police officer reach for? If you only have a hammer every problem becomes a nail.
The solution: for Police - much better (stress) training, more 'less lethal' options, tougher staff selection, radical change in attitude; for US society - wake up and smell the coffee -the 'Wild West' ended 100 years ago - guns do not make you safer they make the USA a sad exception amongst civilised countries; for US Politicians - what counts more? the lives of people or that bung from the arms industry?

Agree, but strangely the highest head count of any population that own guns are the Swedes.

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2017 at 13:26 UTC
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Wye Photography: I am glad I live in the UK.

Actually, down my High Street you can hardly find a restaurant selling the so-called British meal. All are either Greek, Asian (of many varieties) or some other ethnic delicacy and very nice they are too. Two friends staying in London were amazed by the range available. Plus, in a recent poll, curry was declared the Nation's favourite dish.

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2017 at 13:22 UTC

What got me was that the photographer is quoted as saying he knew the Officer and hopes he doesn't lose his job... forgiveness or what?

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2017 at 13:15 UTC as 72nd comment | 4 replies

I'm certain many here will be well aware that 'Venus' produced something similar and it was reviewed by Thomas Shahan. Bought it, and under certain conditions it's fine - the central light has a quite powerful LED beam. However: the ability to diffuse can be difficult - Shahan in his video uses an DIY A4 sheet - for those who haven't viewed his stuff and are interested in Macro, his channel is certainly worth a visit.

My problem with the system is no H/S sync as the majority of my stuff is outdoors - but on the rare occasion I've used it in a mini studio the flexibility of the arms can be really useful - needless to add the Venus is a lot dearer than this model but it is sturdier than I originally thought - disclaimer - not involved with either Venus or Thomas Shahan in personal or financial way.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2017 at 10:49 UTC as 6th comment
On article First look video: Nikon D850 (59 comments in total)
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NDT0001: Dear Canon,
This is how you do it.

NDT00001: "My 5DMK3 is seriously behind in a lot of ways."

So is mine and I bought into the Fuji system (which I like) but this summer & macro.... out came the 5D3, and I'm pleased as punch I didn't say goodbye.

Perhaps being 70 I feel more comfortable with old friends :)

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2017 at 15:15 UTC

Use the original neck strap and cuff with 5D3 and Fuji XT1 - recently bought the older leash - not the new product - so it can thread through the loops on my ruck and avoid having the weight directly on my neck. As said, the system works really well transferring over especially when using tripods. Never had a loop break or snap but there is a colourisation system that tells you if the connector is becoming worn. Had them over three years and no problems yet.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 at 13:57 UTC as 43rd comment
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BadScience: her web site

"8-Steps to Your First $800,000 As A Photographer "

she needs to upgrade that to 1.08M

money for old rope looking at her porfolio.

1.08M: Not once the Lawyers have had their cut!

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2017 at 15:06 UTC
On article Ten ways to shake 'photographer's block' for good (90 comments in total)

One of the great things I find about photography are the subjects that accompany it.

Loved street photography for years but these days, with some people's attitude about being photographed, it can be tiresome and heavy going. Architecture is interesting but, there again, you can have security minded nuts thinking the property they're being paid peanuts to protect is some target that terrorists can't wait to take out with a tripod and a wide lens!

Got tired of the street hassle and have ventured into Macro. Technically tough (and at 70) it pushes ones aching bones to get down and dirty at times, many, many more misses than hits but when one succeeds it's like the kick I got when I first went out and about with a camera - also learning the habits and habitats of insects, flowers, spiders in their thousands either in your back garden or local park mean an endless educational opportunity. Will never touch the Professionals - but great fun - isn't that what photography is meant to be?

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2017 at 14:16 UTC as 59th comment

At the current rate of the £ in the UK I couldn't afford the fine - can I do community service instead?

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 14:33 UTC as 50th comment

Actually this rule will only hit the touts if enforced properly. Decades back such hawkers hit tourist & seaside places in the UK - see Michael Caine in the original 'Alfie' for an idea of how pushy they could be. Problem might be, as can happen here, that if you have professional looking gear you might be assumed to be earning money from taking shots.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 14:24 UTC as 2nd comment
On article In praise of shooting monochrome landscapes (335 comments in total)
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tedwill48167: I tend to prefer black and white in photos I display at home. These are all amazing photos.

Me too Ted - but the wife prefers colour! So in the interests of domestic harmony you may assume correctly that the majority of my prints currently on display are not mono!

Link | Posted on May 2, 2017 at 14:07 UTC
On article In praise of shooting monochrome landscapes (335 comments in total)

Always have been attracted by the mono image. Many older photographers will remember just how expensive in film developing colour was for the home enthusiast. Personally, it goes back to the cinema days and from there photographers like McCullin (in his landscapes) influenced the dramatic & timeless quality that skillfully rendered prints achieve. Great to see it still appreciate and so expertly displayed - enjoyed the article & comments.

Link | Posted on May 2, 2017 at 13:58 UTC as 18th comment
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iudex: I think pros are a bit different from us, gearheads and GAS-affected that think of buying new gear as soon as it is released, just because we love new toys. Pros are concerned with outcome, not with the means. I think one very important thing for a pro is knowing his gear perfectly and being able to control the camera instantly and without looking. That is why C/N do not change the button layout of high-end cameras that much. Switching to a completely new brand means learning completely new handling and buttons/dials, which might at the begining lower the effectiveness of work.

Absolutely! Walk around = Fuji. Serious - Canon. Not because they are the super extreme cameras of all time but I know what they can and can't do and work accordingly.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 14:15 UTC
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Graham Austin: big fan of the 24-105 f4
Great workhorse lens and really nice results

A lens Gavin Hooey made great use of on YouTube until he drifted to Mirrorless.

Use mine regularly on the 5Diii great balance.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 15:24 UTC
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Dr_Jon: In a no-doubt shocking response my favourite lens depends on what I'm shooting. But if I had to pick a favourite the 100 L Macro would just edge the 8-15 with several others following close behind.

Agree - joy to use.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 15:19 UTC
On article Belgian wins €15,000 Zeiss Award for Faroes project (50 comments in total)
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BadScience: low contrast, low colour is back in fashion

makes a change from super saturated of recent times, Wilde comes to mind... “Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.”

BadScience: Totally agree. The cooler images draw you in whilst the stronger push you back. Easier for the eye (at least the one I have) to take the image in.

Have read somewhere that preference is often regional - Mexico, California being more ready to accept strong colour than those of us who live in more northern climes -good to see it returning.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 14:18 UTC
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Patcheye: why is the subscription option so criticised on so many websites? £8.57 per month = about a cup of coffee and and a sandwich where I live - no not London. Is that really a rip off when it costs £5 for a return local bus trip?

I back-up my stuff on separate hard drives & am just a hobbyist these days - still a lot cheaper than playing golf.

ThomasH-always: Yes, that's been my experience - kept 5.7 as a sort of back-up if & when needed. Thought of buying the stand-alone re 6 but then thought - well, I've regularly promised my self not to buy new lenses or maybe upgrade a camera - but like New Year resolutions I give in and then I end up having one item that doesn't correspond with that purchase - and maybe I'm easily pleased but paying monthly didn't seem a bad deal - but we're all different - as I've discvered since reading these forums! Cheers.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2017 at 12:03 UTC
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