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 41 
 on: Today at 01:13:07 PM 
Started by Slobodan Blagojevic - Last post by Chairman Bill
'Tis very good

 42 
 on: Today at 01:08:51 PM 
Started by Nick Walt - Last post by dwswager
I enjoy shooting both.  It really depends if you know what you are trying to execute and the locations then primes can be simple and handy.  On the other hand, in quick changing light you can do multiple images very quickly with the zoom on there.

I shoot Nikon so at this point, the zooms are the practical equivalent of the primes from an optical standpoint except some loss of light down the longer barrel.

One thing I learned is that zooms can make you lazy if you are not careful.  Sometimes you set up and the framing isn't right and you just zoom in or out changing perspective when you should have picked up the tripod and moved.

On the other hand, there have been times when all I took was the 20mm and 35mm and the location didn't allow the framing I wanted.  It would have been advantages to have a zoom.

I'm going the other way.  While I won't be selling the primes, I have been investigating better zooms.  The Nikkor 16-35mm f/4, 24-70mm f/2.8, 24-120mm f/4 and 70-200mm f/2.8 all have 77mm filter threads for ND or polarizers so that is handy.

In a discussion over using Diopters, I mentioned having read in a John Shaw book 33 years ago using the 62mm Nikon 5T and 6T on the 80-200mm f/2.8.  Googling, I came across his gear page.  The only primes he seems to carry now are the 3 T/S lenses.  Seeing the 16-35mm f/4 on there kinda tipped the scale for me as I had been waffling on it.

 Camera bodies:

Nikon D4 and D800E bodies, with Really Right Stuff L brackets

Lenses and filters (all   Nikon):

16-35mm f/4

24-70mm f/2.8

24-120mm f/4

24mm f/3.5 PC-E Tilt/Shift

45mm f/2.8 PC-E Tilt/Shift

85mm f/2.8 PC-E Tilt/Shift

70-200mm f/2.8 AF-S

70-300mm f/4-5.6 AF-S

200-400mm f/4 AF-S

500mm f/4 AF-S

Nikon 1.4X teleconverter

Nikon circular polarizing filters

Accessories:

Nikon SB-700 and SB-800 flash units + off-camera cord

Walt Anderson’s Better Beamer flash extender

Nikon remote releases

Photoflex LiteDisc diffusers and reflectors

Macro:

I use a Nikon 200mm f/4 AF Micro, occasionally adding a 5T or 6T Nikon closeup filter, or my Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 with a closeup filter.

Tripods:

My standard tripod is a Really Right Stuff Versa 24L carbon fiber model with a Really Right Stuff BH-55 ball head complete with an Arca-style quick release (all cameras and lenses have Really Right Stuff quick-release plates mounted on them).  I use a RRS leveling base between the ball head and my tripod to facilitate my panoramic work.

 43 
 on: Today at 01:00:36 PM 
Started by 8x10 user - Last post by 8x10 user
bump

 44 
 on: Today at 01:00:13 PM 
Started by Jglaser757 - Last post by Atlex.com
What will you be mostly printing and printing on?  Both brands do a great job with quality.  Canon iPF8400 comes with a full set of 330ml ink and the Epson's are a starter set of 110ml ink.  And Canon has many nice feature plug-ins that Epson doesn't provide.  If you're interested in something to help determine the cost of a print to a customer, Canon has a software called Accounting Software that will print out all information for the printer (ink usage and sq/ft printed).

But, it's really up to the person using the printer.  Both brands have their advantages and disadvantages.

 45 
 on: Today at 12:58:52 PM 
Started by JoeKitchen - Last post by Yelhsa
What light modifier did you use, please?     
It's a shaft of sunlight I'm usually looking for - which here in Ireland isn't something one can count on - so I use the Sunlight Reflector to help me achieve what I'm after.

So you start with this...

.. add this...

.. which I talk about here: A lighting challenge - and the result is this: The Cocktail Bar at Dromoland Castle... just for you  Smiley

 46 
 on: Today at 12:57:08 PM 
Started by Here to stay - Last post by ErikKaffehr
Hi,

Lens and sensor are both parts of an imaging chain.

When you put an image trough a lens some of the image quality is lost. We call that MTF. When the image sampled by the sensor we also loose image quality, while we also add false detail. The sensor has also an MTF.

A lens that resolves 12 MP would have zero MTF at that sensor pitch. The image would be extremely mushy. To get a decent image quality at the pixel level, a significant MTF is needed. But if a lens has a decent MTF at 12 MP it will certainly resolve much more detail than a 12 MP sensor can.

A 24 MP sensor can detect that detail, and do it without creating fake detail. Than you can downsize that to 12 MP and you will end up with a much better image than what would be possible at 12 MP.

Best regards
Erik

Bart,

While I certainly concede that MTF is dependent on both the lens and sensor (never said it wasn't and not sure what made you think I would believe that overall image quality is not dependent on the lens), but the lens performance is still independent of the sensor performance which was my point in responding to a statement that a high resolution sensor would make a lens look bad.

 47 
 on: Today at 12:46:34 PM 
Started by Here to stay - Last post by dwswager
Bart,

While I certainly concede that MTF is dependent on both the lens and sensor (never said it wasn't and not sure what made you think I would believe that overall image quality is not dependent on the lens), but the lens performance is still independent of the sensor performance which was my point in responding to a statement that a high resolution sensor would make a lens look bad.

 48 
 on: Today at 12:39:57 PM 
Started by JoeKitchen - Last post by JoeKitchen
Judging by the angle of the light, that must be one tall light stand if you have it 20 feet away. 

Are you using a Matthews Mombo Combo stand?

 49 
 on: Today at 12:38:46 PM 
Started by Slobodan Blagojevic - Last post by Slobodan Blagojevic
"Very conceptual. I assume that is a composite?" :-)

Nope. Not composited, just composed with my feet.

 50 
 on: Today at 12:28:03 PM 
Started by JoeKitchen - Last post by Chris Barrett
Not stronger, just more controllable.
 Undecided

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