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by bfitzgerald
Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: Tripods, bags and accessories
Topic: New Nitecore charger for NP-FM500H cells
Replies: 0
Views: 113

New Nitecore charger for NP-FM500H cells

Worth a look this has dual slots and it can run off quick charge 2.0 if you have it
Video covers the charger in details:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnHMlVSkhKo&t=
by bfitzgerald
Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: Lens Lore
Topic: Tamron 90mm Macro with aperture malfunction
Replies: 3
Views: 1132

Re: Tamron 90mm Macro with aperture malfunction

I had this a couple of times on the 90mm but not for a long time. I have no idea why but it did come up with F-- one the display (on the crop bodies I used it on) take it off and put it back on works fine. I did clean the camera and lens contacts and since then no issues.
by bfitzgerald
Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Lens Lore
Topic: Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2
Replies: 1
Views: 873

Re: Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2

Link to my video review of the Tamron can be found here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUDTDNLGdF0&t=
by bfitzgerald
Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Lens Lore
Topic: Lens round up on full frame!
Replies: 1
Views: 119

Re: Lens round up on full frame!

Latest addition and next in my review list is the Sony version of the 28mm F2.8 It was never a lens on my must buy however a "minty" one turned up on ebay for €70 (Sweden) so I nabbed it the lens is as new in every way. And this one was cheaper than the Minolta ones listed Initial thoughts...
by bfitzgerald
Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Lens Lore
Topic: A mount s/h lens prices have "bombed"
Replies: 7
Views: 778

Re: A mount s/h lens prices have "bombed"

I was never sure about the 70-300mm G for that asking price it would want to be "very good" wide open at 300mm, and I wasn't sure it was worth it for a lens of that type. The 70-400mm always looks much more interesting, but something for down the road if I ever need a longer focal length. ...
by bfitzgerald
Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:03 am
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: Sony a77iii rumor
Replies: 12
Views: 2281

Re: Sony a77iii rumor

Hard to say what's going on. Sony's plan seems to be to keep prices high and not sell any of the bodies! If they entirely run out of inventory at some point that's what to keep an eye on -if the 3 bodies are no longer available to buy, a good sign things are heading south. Still the ways things are ...
by bfitzgerald
Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Digital Workflow and PP
Topic: Why it's time to move away from Lightroom
Replies: 51
Views: 8905

Re: Why it's time to move away from Lightroom

I tried the newer version of Darktable and whilst it runs better it's still off the mark for me the UI is not working for a workflow perspective. They added more geeky features which doesn't interest me. Whilst I'll keep an eye on it, to me it's not even close to being a LR replacement, unless it ge...
by bfitzgerald
Wed Jan 02, 2019 2:57 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What am I missing? millennial photography...
Replies: 7
Views: 1257

Re: What am I missing? millennial photography...

Maybe you're right I think it's this "social influencer" thing in full effect. I didn't see good composition or lighting or much else, but hey maybe they like the natural look. It's not always about talent, I mean Neil Diamond IMO can't really sing that well, but made an entire career out ...
by bfitzgerald
Wed Jan 02, 2019 2:51 am
Forum: Lens Lore
Topic: A mount s/h lens prices have "bombed"
Replies: 7
Views: 778

Re: A mount s/h lens prices have "bombed"

Some of the Nikon lenses I tried were good (35/50/85mm are all solid less experience with zooms), you just have to dig around a bit to get more information (ie the older D stuff can be pretty good and fairly cheap) Looking at the latest releases on the ILC models super fast, crazy expensive primes. ...
by bfitzgerald
Wed Jan 02, 2019 2:43 am
Forum: Alpha A-mount System
Topic: Sony a77iii rumor
Replies: 12
Views: 2281

Re: Sony a77iii rumor

I suppose this year will be the one to watch as it's 5 years old in June. Nikon dumped their D7200 in price heavily and that came out a year later I think, some might say the Nikon isn't quite the match but in many ways it was or is. Can't imagine Sony have sold that many in recent times they jacked...
by bfitzgerald
Wed Jan 02, 2019 2:20 am
Forum: Lens Lore
Topic: Lens round up on full frame!
Replies: 1
Views: 119

Lens round up on full frame!

Just a quick note about impressions with the 35mm lenses I have and the A99 thanks to our friend from Scotland Mike ;-) I plan on doing proper reviews on these lenses, that will take some time - long term project. I've not tested all of them just a few. More info added over time Minolta 28-105mm (re...
by bfitzgerald
Wed Jan 02, 2019 1:47 am
Forum: Lens Lore
Topic: Weird Sony zoom grip design!
Replies: 0
Views: 92

Weird Sony zoom grip design!

Used the 18-135mm lens today when zooming I noticed a "crunch" sound with some bulging in the rubber.I removed it and shocker Sony have put a thin piece of plastic around the lens barrel (I assume to cover the holes that are there). Held in place with erm one small piece of adhesive tape. ...
by bfitzgerald
Mon Dec 31, 2018 3:31 am
Forum: Private FS posts
Topic: Another big closet clearout
Replies: 5
Views: 1697

Re: Another big closet clearout

Thanks Mike all good this end putting the camera to great use and the vintage lenses working like a charm. Happy New Year when it arrives ;-)
by bfitzgerald
Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Digital non-SLR
Topic: Minolta appears again!
Replies: 0
Views: 490

Minolta appears again!

Perhaps KM sold the rights to use the name:
https://www.minoltadigital.com/

Don't get too excited though they just look like re-badge cheapo cameras that are flying around under other names
Perhaps one day they might put something interesting out there.
by bfitzgerald
Mon Nov 12, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Digital Workflow and PP
Topic: Why it's time to move away from Lightroom
Replies: 51
Views: 8905

Re: Why it's time to move away from Lightroom

With Darktable there is so much going on it's not very intuitive. Biggest problem so far is loading images they seem to have an odd tonal curve (I know it can be adjusted by default), but I'm not overly blown away with the raw conversions. It's quite slow even on a 6c/12t up to date pc, where as oth...

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