TomFid

Lives in United States MT, United States
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Joined on Jan 16, 2004

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  • I think the laws of physics are against you here. If you want one or two more stops, you're going to pay a heavy price, either in size and weight, or fewer pixels (which doesn't help much), or $, ...
  • The Mk II unfortunately is not weatherproof, but it's still a great tool. Mine doesn't suffer from zoom creep. My recollection is that the optical formula is the same as the Mk I, but the coatings ...
  • You'll be missing the newer EFCS and e-shutter options for controlling shutter shock, and really good IBIS. That wouldn't matter much for normal work, but for tele work, it would be a dealbreaker ...
  • Except that he's wrong, which perhaps confirms Nikonians' opinion. https://www.dpreview.com/news/7219656533/sigma-confirms-that-its-current-lenses-are-fully-operational-on-the-nikon-z7-with-ftz-adapter
  • Right. If you look at just the DSLRs and mirrorless on Amazon's top selling camera list, the Canon T6 Rebel occupies the top 5 slots, with the Nikon D3400 next. I would definitely swap. But then ...
  • Replied in Macro Rail
    It also helps with stacking, at least with my lens (a legacy Canon FD 50mm). The magnification changes somewhat as I change focus, which seems to baffle Photoshop when I stack the images. If ...
  • Good advice. I'd also recommend a head that takes Arca plates, because there are so many plates and accessories, including cheap macro rails for focus stacking. You can also skip the rail and just ...
  • Based on a quick look in RawDigger, missing codes seemed to kick in at the same point in E, M and EFCS. Will have to play around to be sure. I assume that means that it's a readout-speed thing? I ...
  • I like it light. If I wanted it to be heavy, I'd use a long Arca plate and screw a brick to it. :) Certainly for tripod use a hang-bag weight is better than extra weight all the time. That said, if ...
  • Something is fishy then - I just checked a trio of EM5ii images and they all have the same bit depth. Published info on the EM5 indicates that it's 12 bit, so either they're curving down to 10 for ...
  • I don't care if the assessment is subjective, as long as the exposures were properly controlled. There are really two issues - does bit depth decline, and does noise increase?
  • Replied in ugh
    Who cares what it looks like? I think the main reason they look retro is that they've littered them with buttons and dials, which are incredibly useful. Don't change that! The only thing I'd ...
  • Will they have good ergonomics and controls? (Nikon does that.) Will they have small bodies? (Sony does that.) Will they have a large lineup of adapted lenses? (Nope, but CanNikony do.) Will they ...
  • Evidently not. I find that low speeds work better for me, too, unless there's plenty of light. You lose some when they turn their heads, but if you shoot short bursts, there's usually a keeper or ...
  • I relied on this test: http://m43photo.blogspot.com/2015/04/e-m5-ii-shutters.html Maybe I'd better run my own.
  • You don't always see the telltale double-edges of bad SS either. Sometimes it's just general softening. I was amazed at how much better my 100-300 performed, according to mtf_mapper, when I ...
  • Replied in E-shutter
    Forgot about that ... that's definitely a downside. My EM5ii doesn't do that.
  • As I recall, the G7 has an electronic shutter option, so try some test shots with the same subject and mechanical vs. e-shutter. You have to be a little bit careful about how you do it, to avoid ...
  • The other problem you have with the GX8, I think, is shutter shock. I would be shooting e-shutter on anything in the SS zone (1/20-1/320?), like the bird.
  • I agree - the first one is backfocused. The second looks better, but really suffers from ISO 3200. With EM5ii IBIS, I would have tried a 60th or so for a stationary bird. Agreed. I have it, and I ...
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