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tonyeck
Jun 8, 2006, 08:42 PM
Post your gear and recommendations :)

I am graphic designer by trade, photographer as a serious hobby. I am considering options now maybe looking into further education towards photography as it has become a MASSIVE part of my job and I love outputting my creativity this way. My first DSLR is the Digital Rebel XT looking to upgrade towards the end of the summer.

I enjoy landscape photography as well as macro. I aim to start studying more into portraits very soon

I have:

Canon Digital Rebel XT (black)
Canon EFS 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 (yawn)
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Tokina AF 12-24mm f/4 AT-X Pro DX

Canon Deluxe Photo Backpack 200EG

Powermac G5 Dual 2.0ghz, 23" ACD
Photoshop CS2
Aperture


Now my next lens is either Canon 50mm f1.8 or the Canon 50mm f1.4. Which would you (anyone) recommend?

Would love to see what you guys shoot with! (Sorry if there is a post like this already, I couldn't find it) :)



ChrisBrightwell
Jun 8, 2006, 08:50 PM
I have:
Canon Digital Rebel XT (black)
Canon EFS 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 (yawn)
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Tokina AF 12-24mm f/4 AT-X Pro DXHow do you like the 100mm f/2.8 Macro? I think that's going to be my next lens. Then I need a ~10mm lens after that.

Canon makes a 10-22 EF-S lens, so I'll probably get that. If I get those two, they'll be my last lens purchases for a while so I can save up for some bitchin' L glass. :)

Now my next lens is either Canon 50mm f1.8 or the Canon 50mm f1.4. Which would you (anyone) recommend? I'm not sure the f/1.4 is worth the difference, honestly. Some people complain about the bokeh on the f/1.8 (5-blade aperture being the culprit), but I haven't been unhappy with it at all. For $70 (try Amazon), you really can't beat it. :)

I hear a lot about the 100mm f/2.8 macro being a good portait lens, FWIW.

iGary
Jun 8, 2006, 08:56 PM
How do you like the 100mm f/2.8 Macro? I think that's going to be my next lens. Then I need a ~10mm lens after that.

Canon makes a 10-22 EF-S lens, so I'll probably get that. If I get those two, they'll be my last lens purchases for a while so I can save up for some bitchin' L glass. :)

I'm not sure the f/1.4 is worth the difference, honestly. Some people complain about the bokeh on the f/1.8 (5-blade aperture being the culprit), but I haven't been unhappy with it at all. For $70 (try Amazon), you really can't beat it. :)

I hear a lot about the 100mm f/2.8 macro being a good portait lens, FWIW.

The 1.4 is not worth the price difference, IMO.

tonyeck
Jun 8, 2006, 08:57 PM
How do you like the 100mm f/2.8 Macro? I think that's going to be my next lens. Then I need a ~10mm lens after that.

Canon makes a 10-22 EF-S lens, so I'll probably get that. If I get those two, they'll be my last lens purchases for a while so I can save up for some bitchin' L glass. :)

I'm not sure the f/1.4 is worth the difference, honestly. Some people complain about the bokeh on the f/1.8 (5-blade aperture being the culprit), but I haven't been unhappy with it at all. For $70 (try Amazon), you really can't beat it. :)

I hear a lot about the 100mm f/2.8 macro being a good portait lens, FWIW.

I generally use the 100mm f/2.8 for portraits right now and had some incredible results. I'll post some stuff later (little busy right now). I would like to try the 50mm as where I shoot at work generally has little room and becomes a little tight for the 100mm f/2.8.

I instantly fell in love with the 100mm f/2.8 lens as soon as I attached it to my camera. As always with Macro photography, the creativeness of shots is limitless!

I think I will buy the 50mm f/1.8 now!

tonyeck
Jun 8, 2006, 08:58 PM
The 1.4 is not worth the price difference, IMO.


Sold :) Thanks iGary

Obsidian6
Jun 8, 2006, 09:10 PM
i sold my 50 1.8 to get the 1.4, and i dont regret it for an instant.

i shoot with:

Canon 1DmkII and 5D ( w/ BG-e4 grip ) bodies
and all my lenses are Canon ( for now )
EF 24mm f/2.8
EF 28mm f/2.8
EF 35mm f/1.4L ( my favorite! )
EF 50mm f/1.4
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L ( non -IS )

Next up for my stable i imagine will be either the Sigma 12-24mm or the Sigma 150mm f/2.8 Macro lens. i'm in no hurry for either though, because i need to buy something for my WRX first lol!

for editing my photos i use:

17" G4 1.5Ghz Powerbook
2GB ram
80GB hard drive
Radeon mobility 9700 128MB
Photoshop CS2
Dell 2405fpw 24" display

and

Powermac g5 dual 2.7Ghz
6.5GB ram
400GB hard drive
Radeon 9650 256MB
ACD 23" ( aluminum )

Old Setups: ( for nostalgia )
35MM
2x Canon EOS 3 film bodies ( w/ high speed motor drive PB-E2 )
Canon EOS Elan 7
Canon EOS 10D
Canon EOS 1Ds
Canon EF 28-90mm ( yuck )
Canon EF 28-105mm ( yuck again )
Canon EF 28-135MM IS ( Cool but sold before i went digital )
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 ( mkI metal mount, distance scale )
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L ( i miss this one... )
Tamron 19-35mm ( meh )
Tamron 75-300mm ( meh )
Epson R-D1 digital rangefinder ( super cool.. but couldnt afford to keep )
Leica 35mm f/2 ASPH ( the best lens i ever owned. )
Voigtlander 28mm f/1.9 Ultron ( super cool rangefinder lens )
Konica 50mm f/2 M-mount
Olympus 35RD ( cool pocket rangefinder now collectable! DOH! )
2x Olympus 35 SP

Medium format:
Mamiya RZ67 ( i miss this war horse )
Mamiya 90mm f/3.5 ( one of the most brutally sharp lenses ever )
Hasselblad H1 ( possibly the greatest camera i ever owned. but too expensive for me to own lol )
Hasselblad HC 80mm f/2.8

Large Format:
Horseman LE 4x5
Fujinon 210mm f/5.6

So thats pretty much most of the gear ive been through in the past few years. some of it i miss dearly. some of i im better off without ;)

iGary
Jun 8, 2006, 09:16 PM
Nice nice lense there.

Love mine.

Xax
Jun 8, 2006, 09:25 PM
Canon 5D
25-70 2.8L
15 fisheye 2.8
85 1.8
70-200 4L soon?

macbook pro with dell 2405fpw
panasonic dvx100ae with lotsa stuff

iHotu
Jun 8, 2006, 09:52 PM
osservazione non miniera

Silentwave
Jun 8, 2006, 09:58 PM
Dont know if you want canon shooters only... But I may as well chime in from the other side.

As far as recommendations...many people from both of the major brands say that the 1.4 50mm of their particular camera brand is not worth the cost versus the 1.8... It often depends on just how you shoot though. There may be a difference as to which is better wide open versus stopped down, which has better bokeh, and which has better color rendition as well as build quality...

As far as I can tell, here are some pros and cons for the 50/1.8 and 1.4

50/1.8 Pros: CHEAP, light, sharp, good performer
50/1.8 Cons: Not extremely sharp wide open, 5 bladed aperture means you may have poorer bokeh, plastic lens mount, no USM and it is one of the noisier of the non-USM lenses, no distance scale.

50/1.4 Pros: still pretty light, USM (micro), better build, 8 bladed aperture for better bokeh, focus distance scale, sharper wide open from what i'm reading now.
50/1.4 Cons: Micro USM means no full time manual focus, more distortion.


As far as my gear goes, this is a pretty extensive list, hope you don't mind.
Bodies:
Nikon D2HS
Nikon D200
Nikon D70 (donating to my school)
May add a D50 for a really light camera....will purchase the D3H most likely when it comes out.
Flash:
Nikon SB-800 (plan to add R1 close up speedlight kit)
Lenses:
Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G AF-S DX ED-IF Aspherical (fantastic general purpose lens)
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G AF-S VR ED-IF (versatile and a great performer)
Nikon 85mm f/2.8D Perspective Control Micro-Nikkor (a stellar lens, as sharp as it gets)
Nikon 200mm f/2.0G AF-S VR ED-IF (adding TC14EII for 280mm f/2.8 when I need it)
Nikon 300mm f/2.8D AF-S ED-IF I (selling since I got the 200/2)
Nikon 28mm f/3.5 AI manual focus for fun
A bunch of lens extras, likely adding a 30/1.4 sigma, 85/1.4 nikon, and 50/1.4 nikon in the near future, and a Nikon 300/2.8 VR for college.

Tripod: Gitzo G1329mk2 Carbon Fiber tripod with Manfrotto 468MG Magnesium Hydrostatic head with Really Right Stuff QR system. Both excellent pieces of equipment and very stable.
Field Gear: Lowepro mini-trekker AW, Lowepro Street and Field system including lens cases, vest harness, waistbelt, utility pouches, and toploader 75AW. Tamrac CyberPack 8 for when I have to travel really heavy. The lowepro gear is excellent
Computer: my beloved MacBook Pro 15.4" Core Duo 2.16ghz/2gb RAM/256mb graphics card with 100gb HD, 300gb and 40gb externals. Next comes a FirmTek dual bay eSATA 3gb/s hard drive enclosure with some big drives and a firmtek dual eSATA 3gb/s expresscard/34. Epson R2400 printer...extremely good.
Used to use an HP ZX5280US/P4 3.2ghz/1gb RAM/80gb HD.

Other: Nikon MC-36 multifunction remote, RRS lens plates and camera plates, Lowepro neoprene Quick-disconnect camera straps, round eyecups for both main cameras, patience, and a prescription that gets me 20/15 vision.

sjl
Jun 8, 2006, 09:58 PM
Canon 20D
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 (and boy, do I wish I'd splurged on the f/1.0 at the time ...)
Canon EF 17-85mm IS

Next on the lenses to buy will be the EF 100-400. Also the battery grip, which I'll probably get once my tax return comes through (~2 months for a nice little cheque from the government. :D) After that, I'll probably look at the 100mm macro, or the 10-22.

crazydreaming
Jun 8, 2006, 10:14 PM
As far as my gear goes, this is a pretty extensive list, hope you don't mind.
Bodies:
Nikon D2HS
Nikon D200
Nikon D70 (donating to my school)
May add a D50 for a really light camera....will purchase the D3H most likely when it comes out.
Flash:
Nikon SB-800 (plan to add R1 close up speedlight kit)
Lenses:
Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G AF-S DX ED-IF Aspherical (fantastic general purpose lens)
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G AF-S VR ED-IF (versatile and a great performer)
Nikon 85mm f/2.8D Perspective Control Micro-Nikkor (a stellar lens, as sharp as it gets)
Nikon 200mm f/2.0G AF-S VR ED-IF (adding TC14EII for 280mm f/2.8 when I need it)
Nikon 300mm f/2.8D AF-S ED-IF I (selling since I got the 200/2)
Nikon 28mm f/3.5 AI manual focus for fun
A bunch of lens extras, likely adding a 30/1.4 sigma, 85/1.4 nikon, and 50/1.4 nikon in the near future, and a Nikon 300/2.8 VR for college.

Tripod: Gitzo G1329mk2 Carbon Fiber tripod with Manfrotto 468MG Magnesium Hydrostatic head with Really Right Stuff QR system. Both excellent pieces of equipment and very stable.
Field Gear: Lowepro mini-trekker AW, Lowepro Street and Field system including lens cases, vest harness, waistbelt, utility pouches, and toploader 75AW. Tamrac CyberPack 8 for when I have to travel really heavy. The lowepro gear is excellent
Computer: my beloved MacBook Pro 15.4" Core Duo 2.16ghz/2gb RAM/256mb graphics card with 100gb HD, 300gb and 40gb externals. Next comes a FirmTek dual bay eSATA 3gb/s hard drive enclosure with some big drives and a firmtek dual eSATA 3gb/s expresscard/34. Epson R2400 printer...extremely good.
Used to use an HP ZX5280US/P4 3.2ghz/1gb RAM/80gb HD.

Other: Nikon MC-36 multifunction remote, RRS lens plates and camera plates, Lowepro neoprene Quick-disconnect camera straps, round eyecups for both main cameras, patience, and a prescription that gets me 20/15 vision.

All I can say is... NIIIIICCCCEEE! (NICE)

I Just bought a D200, loving it, but have a long way to go until I'm where you are...

tonyeck
Jun 8, 2006, 10:39 PM
Dont know if you want canon shooters only... But I may as well chime in from the other side.

As far as recommendations...many people from both of the major brands say that the 1.4 50mm of their particular camera brand is not worth the cost versus the 1.8... It often depends on just how you shoot though. There may be a difference as to which is better wide open versus stopped down, which has better bokeh, and which has better color rendition as well as build quality...

As far as I can tell, here are some pros and cons for the 50/1.8 and 1.4

50/1.8 Pros: CHEAP, light, sharp, good performer
50/1.8 Cons: Not extremely sharp wide open, 5 bladed aperture means you may have poorer bokeh, plastic lens mount, no USM and it is one of the noisier of the non-USM lenses, no distance scale.

50/1.4 Pros: still pretty light, USM (micro), better build, 8 bladed aperture for better bokeh, focus distance scale, sharper wide open from what i'm reading now.
50/1.4 Cons: Micro USM means no full time manual focus, more distortion.


As far as my gear goes, this is a pretty extensive list, hope you don't mind.
Bodies:
Nikon D2HS
Nikon D200
Nikon D70 (donating to my school)
May add a D50 for a really light camera....will purchase the D3H most likely when it comes out.
Flash:
Nikon SB-800 (plan to add R1 close up speedlight kit)
Lenses:
Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G AF-S DX ED-IF Aspherical (fantastic general purpose lens)
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G AF-S VR ED-IF (versatile and a great performer)
Nikon 85mm f/2.8D Perspective Control Micro-Nikkor (a stellar lens, as sharp as it gets)
Nikon 200mm f/2.0G AF-S VR ED-IF (adding TC14EII for 280mm f/2.8 when I need it)
Nikon 300mm f/2.8D AF-S ED-IF I (selling since I got the 200/2)
Nikon 28mm f/3.5 AI manual focus for fun
A bunch of lens extras, likely adding a 30/1.4 sigma, 85/1.4 nikon, and 50/1.4 nikon in the near future, and a Nikon 300/2.8 VR for college.

Tripod: Gitzo G1329mk2 Carbon Fiber tripod with Manfrotto 468MG Magnesium Hydrostatic head with Really Right Stuff QR system. Both excellent pieces of equipment and very stable.
Field Gear: Lowepro mini-trekker AW, Lowepro Street and Field system including lens cases, vest harness, waistbelt, utility pouches, and toploader 75AW. Tamrac CyberPack 8 for when I have to travel really heavy. The lowepro gear is excellent
Computer: my beloved MacBook Pro 15.4" Core Duo 2.16ghz/2gb RAM/256mb graphics card with 100gb HD, 300gb and 40gb externals. Next comes a FirmTek dual bay eSATA 3gb/s hard drive enclosure with some big drives and a firmtek dual eSATA 3gb/s expresscard/34. Epson R2400 printer...extremely good.
Used to use an HP ZX5280US/P4 3.2ghz/1gb RAM/80gb HD.

Other: Nikon MC-36 multifunction remote, RRS lens plates and camera plates, Lowepro neoprene Quick-disconnect camera straps, round eyecups for both main cameras, patience, and a prescription that gets me 20/15 vision.


wow! Nice list. And yes, you can post any set up you have, canon, nikon, pentax etc etc

Grimace
Jun 8, 2006, 10:47 PM
Canon 30D
70-200mm f/2.8L IS
60mm f/2.8 macro
1.4x extender
300mm f/4L IS ???

oblomow
Jun 9, 2006, 01:29 AM
Canon 350D
Canon 85 1.8 (very nice!)
Canon 17-40L
and of course the complementary 18-55.

EDIT: Forgot about the Pentax ME-Super, Minox 35 GL and Canon Powershot S30...

Silentwave
Jun 9, 2006, 01:57 AM
All I can say is... NIIIIICCCCEEE! (NICE)

I Just bought a D200, loving it, but have a long way to go until I'm where you are...


Its an addiction. I wasn't so bad at first...D70 and kitlens for a few months. Then some time between DPReview and Nikonians got me the idea of a telephoto zoom but a good one...I bought an AFS ED 80-200/2.8 (the version before the 70-200 VR) but I quickly replaced that with the 70-200 VR.

This then addicted me to pro glass. I had the 17-35 AFS less than 3 months after that and it was all downhill from there :rolleyes: However, with the exception of the 28/3.5 and 70-200, all of the lenses in my kit I have gotten in the last 6 months or so...come to think of it, most of my accessories too.

The D200 was the best thing to happen to me in a long time...but the worst thing to happen to my wallet since a credit card.

bartelby
Jun 9, 2006, 02:43 AM
After reading those lists, mine is very poor indeed (but then again, it serves it's purpose and my style)

I'm just saving for my first Digital SLR so I'm still very much chemical based.

Cameras:

Nikon F4s
Canon A1 - 30 years old this year and still going strong
Canon AE1 - Just hanging in there after being repaired
Pentax k1000

Bronica medium format - Haven't used it in years, currently living with my dad

Various Lenses -
Canon 50mm
Tamron 24mm
Tamron 60 - 210mm
Nikon 18mm (I think)
a 600 reflector for the Pentax
a couple of Bronica lenses

Lubitel TLRs meduim format
Holga CFN medium format (currently loaded with a 35mm film)
Lomo SuperSampler
Lomo ActionSampler

Polaroid wideformat

a tiny Praktica 3.2MP

My list of future purchases:

Either Canon 350D or Nikon D50
Lomo Fisheye
Lomo Kompakt Automat

-hh
Jun 9, 2006, 06:09 AM
Well, let's see:


P&S 35mm - Nikon Lite*Touch Zoom (35-70mm)

P&S (CF) - Canon A80
- Canon Underwater housing for same

35mm SLR - Pentax K-1000 (retained for doing IR "some day")
- 50mm f/~1.8
- 35mm f/~2

35mm - Nikon Nikonos V underwater camera (not a true SLR);
- dual Ikelite SS-200 strobe heads
- body tray and strobe arms for same
- synch cord for same (+spare)
- slave sensor for 2nd SS-200 (instead of hardwired w/sync cord)
- Nikkor 35mm f/3.5
- Nikkor 28mm f/3.5
- Sea&Sea 15mm f/3.5 with external optical rangefinder
- macro tube kit (1:2, 1:1, 2:1)
- Nikon Close-Up kit (1:~4)
- Tamron bag (630 model?) to carry it all in. 28lbs loaded.

35mm SLR - Canon Elan IIe body.
- see SLR accessories list, below.

35mm SLR - Canon EOS-3 body.
(Just picked this up; currently in testing)

Digital SLR - Canon 20D body
- 10GB in CF Flash Media
- two Hyperdrive HD80 (60GB) digital wallets
- Apple 12" Powerbook


SLR accessories list:
I: "General Stuff":
- various misc carrying bags
- Kinesis carry system (new for the 20D)
- various sizes of circular polarizers
- couple of bad, cheap tripods
- couple of hiking stick/monopods
- travel beanbag

II: "Lighting"
- Canon 380EX speedlight
- Canon 430EX speedlight
- Better Beamer for the 430EX

III: "Lensing"
- Canon EF 50mm f/1.8
- Tokina 19-35mm f/3.5-4.5
- Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-4.5 IS
- Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS
- Canon EF L 70-200mm f/2.8 IS
- Canon 1.4x teleconverter


BTW, I convinced my management a couple of years ago to drop $80K to buy a Vision Research Phantom 5 (http://www.visiblesolutions.com/phantomv5.html) for use in our test labs...am I allowed to count that too? I've only taken around 2 million digital photos with it (easy to do at 20,000 frames/sec!) :)



-hh

tonyeck
Jun 9, 2006, 08:08 AM
BTW, I convinced my management a couple of years ago to drop $80K to buy a Vision Research Phantom 5 (http://www.visiblesolutions.com/phantomv5.html) for use in our test labs...am I allowed to count that too? I've only taken around 2 million digital photos with it (easy to do at 20,000 frames/sec!) :)


-hh


:D :eek:

Thats incredible... What kind of work requires that many frames?!

macgfxdesigner
Jun 9, 2006, 08:33 AM
Canon 30d
100mm Macro 2.8
16-35mm 2.8 L
28-200mm 3.6-5.6
50mm 1.8
18-55mm Kit Lens
Velbon Carbon Fiber Tripod
Bogen Manfrotto Monopod
4GB Extreme III CF
Tamrac Pro 6 Bag

Soon to purchase: :)

Ext tube for macro lens
70-200mm 2.8 L

Photos:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/digital_rebel_xt/

Editing:

1.25 GHZ Powerbook 15 inch
2.1 GHZ Intel imac 20 inch

Obsidian6
Jun 9, 2006, 09:32 AM
silent wave -

you have all that kit, and this is a hobby for you?/ dang man.. lol i wish i had your pocketbook!

D2hs is a great camera btw - have you tried any HUGE prints from it? very capable

thr33face
Jun 9, 2006, 10:30 AM
- Sony Dsc-P9
- 128MB MemoryStick
- Fujica AX1
- X-Fujinon 50mm 1:1.9
- Polar MC 80-200mm 1:4.5

-Macbook 2Ghz, 2GB Ram
-Athlon64 3400+, 1GB Ram (WinXP)

photos: http://thr33face.deviantart.com/

-hh
Jun 9, 2006, 10:46 AM
:D :eek:

Thats incredible... What kind of work requires that many frames?!

Ballistics. In order to freeze the motion of an object moving at 3000 feet/sec, figure a 1 - 2 microsecond (yes "micro") shutter speed, and since many experiments need more than just a single frame to capture the events, the Phantom can shoot partial frames at up to 100,000 frames per second. Typically, we shoot at "only" 20,000 frames/sec, as this gives us more pixels of resolution with which to measure location, etc.

Ours is a Black & White. Color didn't cost any more, but the effective ISO of B&W is 1600, whereas color is two stops slower at ISO 400. As to why we made that decision, do the math for how much illumination is needed to get a proper exposure at f/2.8 @ 1/500,000 shutter speed for ISO 400 vs. 1600.


-hh

cookie1105
Jun 9, 2006, 10:48 AM
Wow, there are some astounding setups in here.
My meagre collection:

Digital Rebel xt
ef 50mm f/1.4 + matching hood (bastards!)
Kit lens
jessops tripod

Sold:

Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM

I was going to buy the f/1.8 MkI but I got a faulty lens. With a full refund from seller and the sale of the 75-300mm, I decided to splurge on an f/1.4. I don't regret the decision for one second.

I can see that this hobby is going to be expensive. Especially as saving up for building a Canon L-quality prime collection is seeming like a really good idea.
But slowly, slowly!:)

I am looking forward to my Dad's Pentax 35mm SLR from the mid 70's with 35mm & 100mm primes. Picking it up next month.:)

ChrisBrightwell
Jun 9, 2006, 10:58 AM
As far as my gear goes, this is a pretty extensive list, hope you don't mind. [...] [W]ith the exception of the 28/3.5 and 70-200, all of the lenses in my kit I have gotten in the last 6 months or so.
I'm clearly in the wrong profession.

Silentwave
Jun 9, 2006, 11:39 AM
silent wave -

you have all that kit, and this is a hobby for you?/ dang man.. lol i wish i had your pocketbook!

D2hs is a great camera btw - have you tried any HUGE prints from it? very capable

Not just a hobby, its my life :)

I'm still in high school but I do a ton of the photography for the yearbook. I followed our boys varsity soccer team from the season all the way to the state championship. When we won, I was thrilled and got some postgame pics of the celebration.

Every single varsity soccer shot in the yearbook was mine.

I also intend to continue this in college. Harvard has shown interest in me so i'm going to try and get in contact with someone at the Crimson.

Abstract
Jun 9, 2006, 11:42 AM
^^Yeah, the best career is "student" (see Silentwave's post for why). ;)

OutThere
Jun 9, 2006, 11:52 AM
what a cute little ____ measuring contest we have here...:rolleyes:

ChrisBrightwell
Jun 9, 2006, 11:52 AM
I'm still in high school [...]:eek:

OutThere
Jun 9, 2006, 12:07 PM
I'm still in high school

I see. Where'd all the money come from?


I also intend to continue this in college. Harvard has shown interest in me so i'm going to try and get in contact with someone at the Crimson.

Cool, how'd they find you? (Also, if you're just starting 'the college process', a packet in the mail doesn't actually mean they're interested. ;) I'll see if I can track down a picture of my wall of shame....over 300 letters, packets and booklets sent to my friends and I from every private college you could dream of :p)

Grimace
Jun 9, 2006, 12:16 PM
Not just a hobby, its my life :)

I also intend to continue this in college. Harvard has shown interest in me so i'm going to try and get in contact with someone at the Crimson.
Really now...I used to work in the admissions office -- I'm pretty certain that photography isn't part of the criteria :rolleyes: The courses you take (relative to HS offerings), grades in those courses, and personal statement make up 95% of what matters. The personal statement has to be a work of art to get across who "you" are as a person. Resumes and recommendations always paint a skewed picture. SAT/ACTs are only plus-factors, seriously. If you do come to Cambridge, the Crimson is pretty terrible, there are far better outlets for talent.

Be glad that you have that stuff to work with at such an early age. Some people wait 20 years before shooting with that kind of gear.

tonyeck
Jun 9, 2006, 12:40 PM
Ballistics. In order to freeze the motion of an object moving at 3000 feet/sec, figure a 1 - 2 microsecond (yes "micro") shutter speed, and since many experiments need more than just a single frame to capture the events, the Phantom can shoot partial frames at up to 100,000 frames per second. Typically, we shoot at "only" 20,000 frames/sec, as this gives us more pixels of resolution with which to measure location, etc.

Ours is a Black & White. Color didn't cost any more, but the effective ISO of B&W is 1600, whereas color is two stops slower at ISO 400. As to why we made that decision, do the math for how much illumination is needed to get a proper exposure at f/2.8 @ 1/500,000 shutter speed for ISO 400 vs. 1600.


-hh

Interesting :) Thanks for that, very impressive!

tonyeck
Jun 9, 2006, 12:42 PM
Be glad that you have that stuff to work with at such an early age. Some people wait 20 years before shooting with that kind of gear.


Yeah, very lucky. I have been saving for months (having just moved stateside recently) and am just updating my gear as times goes on.

Silentwave
Jun 9, 2006, 04:13 PM
Thank you all for putting a damper on my foolish college ambitions.

I'll throw the application in the garbage.

Obsidian6
Jun 9, 2006, 04:43 PM
oh my god. youre in high school and you have all of this? I went to a commercial photography school (brooks institute) and i just recently got most of the gear i have now.

i dont mean to pry. but how on earth do you have the money to do this man?
photography is my life too, it is my job, my profession. but i dont make enough yet to indulge in all of the lenses and gadgets i want. lol.

i have car payments. and a big giant car insurance bill every month. thanks to being an idiot when i was younger.

Silentwave
Jun 9, 2006, 04:46 PM
i have car payments. and a big giant car insurance bill every month. thanks to being an idiot when i was younger.

I won't be going into huge detail, but suffice to say that I know what costs parents money and avoid them at all costs. As in I dont go out, don't have a car, and dont drive.

And I haven't gotten a tangible gift at any holiday or birthday for years.

Chip NoVaMac
Jun 9, 2006, 11:55 PM
I am starting to sell off some of lesser used gear (the Hass Xpan kit - the body and the 45 and 90, an extra Leica M6ttl body and the Tri-Elmar). And soon may bite the bullet and suffer the loss, and sell off my XT kit (lenses and flash system).

Why? One, is that I am finding joy in digital. I will keep one Leica body and a good selection of single focal length lenses - because IMO there is a time for film. :)

For my shooting I am finding that Nikon meets my need more than Canon does.

That being said, my Nikon kit includes:

- D50 body

- D70s body

- the 18-200VR

- Lens baby with the close-up filters

- 35/2.0 AFD (close to a 50mm FOV)

- the 10.5 fish-eye lens

- the Tokina 12-24

If all goes well this weekend I will add the 105VR Micro and perhaps the R1 flash kit. I am finding that the Nikon "system" is now meeting my needs.

And as much as I hate loosing "major money" on my purchases, I may be better off selling off my Canon "kit" - better to focus in on my Nikon "kit":

- a 10D body

- a XT body

- a Rebel Ti body

- the 17-40L

- a Zenitar 16mm

- the 28-135IS

- the "old" 75-300IS

- the Canon 28/2.8

- the Canon 50/1.8 metal mount

- a Tamron 28-75/2.8

- 420EX Canon flashes (x2)

- the ST-E2 E-TTL wireless flash connector


Yes, I have more gear than one should be allowed. :) I didn't list my MF gear that I have.

To be honest the MF and (most of my) Leica gear are something thing that I would like to hold on to, in particular some my my Leica pieces.

Based on what I "know" of what is coming down the pike; this is what I would like to add to my Nikon kit (a pure wish list):

- SB-800 (x2)

- the Tokina 16-50/2.8

- something close to the the Tokina 50-135/2.8

Obsidian6
Jun 10, 2006, 02:01 AM
please dont get rid of ANY leica gear you have. just dont. i wish i had the pleasure of owning a leica. i would shoot film again just to have one.

if for nothing else, keep it for its collectible value, seriously.

Abstract
Jun 10, 2006, 02:38 AM
I am starting to sell off some of lesser used gear (the Hass Xpan kit - the body and the 45 and 90, an extra Leica M6ttl body and the Tri-Elmar). And soon may bite the bullet and suffer the loss, and sell off my XT kit (lenses and flash system).

Why? One, is that I am finding joy in digital. I will keep one Leica body and a good selection of single focal length lenses - because IMO there is a time for film. :)

For my shooting I am finding that Nikon meets my need more than Canon does.

That being said, my Nikon kit includes:

- D50 body

- D70s body

- the 18-200VR

- Lens baby with the close-up filters

- 35/2.0 AFD (close to a 50mm FOV)

- the 10.5 fish-eye lens

- the Tokina 12-24

If all goes well this weekend I will add the 105VR Micro and perhaps the R1 flash kit. I am finding that the Nikon "system" is now meeting my needs.

And as much as I hate loosing "major money" on my purchases, I may be better off selling off my Canon "kit" - better to focus in on my Nikon "kit":

- a 10D body

- a XT body

- a Rebel Ti body

- the 17-40L

- a Zenitar 16mm

- the 28-135IS

- the "old" 75-300IS

- the Canon 28/2.8

- the Canon 50/1.8 metal mount

- a Tamron 28-75/2.8

- 420EX Canon flashes (x2)

- the ST-E2 E-TTL wireless flash connector


Yes, I have more gear than one should be allowed. :) I didn't list my MF gear that I have.

To be honest the MF and (most of my) Leica gear are something thing that I would like to hold on to, in particular some my my Leica pieces.

Based on what I "know" of what is coming down the pike; this is what I would like to add to my Nikon kit (a pure wish list):

- SB-800 (x2)

- the Tokina 16-50/2.8

- something close to the the Tokina 50-135/2.8

Just curious about something. I do like Nikon better myself, but mostly because of the body, and the 18-200 mm VR that I'll get one day (not too stressed about getting this one right now, though). But from what you listed, what exactly is there in Nikon's lens lineup that can't be found in Canon's, or how does Nikon meet your needs better? I mean, you have a Tokina 12-24 mm with Nikon mount, but you could have gotten a Tokina 12-24 mm with a Canon mount if you didn't buy the D50. Same with lensbabies, and pretty much anything you can get from Sigma, Tamron, and Tokina. Is it just the Nikkor 10.5 mm fisheye that made the big difference?

FleurDuMal
Jun 10, 2006, 05:22 PM
I won't be going into huge detail, but suffice to say that I know what costs parents money and avoid them at all costs. As in I dont go out, don't have a car, and dont drive.


Is not having your parents not buy a car for you some huge sacrfice in America?! Neither me, or hardly anyone I know, have had anything approaching the cost of a car bought for them - but we didn't get given 1000's worth of other gifts to make up for it!

Perhaps we're just a bunch of kill-joy's this side of the Atlantic, but we seem to believe that until you can afford to buy and run your own car, you should use public transport :confused:

tonyeck
Jun 10, 2006, 05:34 PM
Perhaps we're just a bunch of kill-joy's this side of the Atlantic, but we seem to believe that until you can afford to buy and run your own car, you should use public transport :confused:

Public transport and america usually don't go together in a sentance unless the sentace reads:

"the public trasnport in america is terrible"

After moving here, I needed to buy a car as I just couldn't get around! Plus with cheaper gas prices here its easier to run your own car... Especially for a youngun like me still in University!

Silentwave
Jun 10, 2006, 06:02 PM
Is not having your parents not buy a car for you some huge sacrfice in America?! Neither me, or hardly anyone I know, have had anything approaching the cost of a car bought for them - but we didn't get given £1000's worth of other gifts to make up for it!

Perhaps we're just a bunch of kill-joy's this side of the Atlantic, but we seem to believe that until you can afford to buy and run your own car, you should use public transport :confused:

In my city public transport is extremely limited. Nothing like you have over there. Its physically impossible here to have an underground like in London because of our water table, our above ground public rail system has only one main line and only goes one place, and our buses have a bigger but still far from extensive line.

cars are a necessity here. Many people my age get a car of some sort, particularly those in the same financial tier as my family, and almost every member of my grade this past year at my school has their own car, in many cases a new high level one costing $30,000 or more. It isn't unusual to see a 10th grader (out of 12, or people 2 years behind me once school starts up) getting a brand new mercedes or BMW as their first car at age 16. oftentimes they are driving for a year or more before they get their car. You can start driving (on your learner's permit) at 15, and they drive all the time. Gas prices here have doubled in the time I could have been driving. Most adults here in Miami put between 10 and 15 thousand miles on their car each year. Even saying that perhaps an active person my age would drive perhaps 5,000 miles between school, jobs, friends, and driving the family around, and using what I figure is an average for the time period I could have driven for gas prices, I saved my family over $15,000 in the car itself and gasoline, and plenty for insurance..

I'd rather not continue to be poked, prodded, quizzed, and examined inside and out constantly by strangers. Please stop trying to pry into my private life.

jared_kipe
Jun 10, 2006, 06:31 PM
Is not having your parents not buy a car for you some huge sacrfice in America?! Neither me, or hardly anyone I know, have had anything approaching the cost of a car bought for them - but we didn't get given 1000's worth of other gifts to make up for it!

Perhaps we're just a bunch of kill-joy's this side of the Atlantic, but we seem to believe that until you can afford to buy and run your own car, you should use public transport :confused:
Maybe because you can cross your entire country by bus in what, 3 hours or so? Your public transportation is much more developed, a friend of mine in london says that busses come to stops like ever 10-15 minutes. Here in Seattle even the bigger bus routes only get a bus ever 30 minutes. And at peak ours ever 15 minutes on certain ones.

Chip NoVaMac
Jun 10, 2006, 06:38 PM
Just curious about something. I do like Nikon better myself, but mostly because of the body, and the 18-200 mm VR that I'll get one day (not too stressed about getting this one right now, though). But from what you listed, what exactly is there in Nikon's lens lineup that can't be found in Canon's, or how does Nikon meet your needs better? I mean, you have a Tokina 12-24 mm with Nikon mount, but you could have gotten a Tokina 12-24 mm with a Canon mount if you didn't buy the D50. Same with lensbabies, and pretty much anything you can get from Sigma, Tamron, and Tokina. Is it just the Nikkor 10.5 mm fisheye that made the big difference?

For me it is the 18-200VR, 10.5 fish-eye lens, and now the 105VR macro that Canon doesn't have matches to as of yet. Also the VRII technology IMO does its job better than the Canon IS technology.

And the CLS (Creative Light System) was a draw for me. In particular the R1/R1C1 flash system.

Also it appears that Nikon may be poised to release DX single focal length lenses. Before PMA there were pictures of some of these lenses (the 105VR Micro was one of them), making the rounds over on DPR. So I have hopes of a 16/2.0 DX (FOV 24mm) or an 18/2.0 DX (FOV 28mm) to compliment my 35/2.0 and 50/1.8.

In thinking about my gear, I have decided (I think) that keeping the Canon around just doesn't make sense long term for me. Sure I'll miss the CMOS sensor of the Canon, but the CCD of the Nikon is not as bad as some Canon fanbois make it out to be. I'll also miss the B&W mode with B&W filter settings.

Been trying to trim down my gear already. Had a Profoto lighting kit that wasn't getting much use, sold that to pay for my 105VR. Trimming down will allow me to flesh out my perfect Nikon kit, and leave money leftover, I hope for some new travel adventures.

Also, I am wanting to eliminate the question of what camera kit to take with me on a shoot. In particular in regards to my DSLR choices. For 35mm I will keep a paired down Leica kit. For MF, my Bronica gear.

All that being said my Nikon kit now includes:

- the 50/1.8

- the 105VR Micro (blame Clix for that purchase :D )

- the R1 flash system

On my wish list:

- SB-800 (x2)

- SB-R200 (x2)

- a D200 body

- an IR conversion of my D50 (http://www.jimchenphoto.com/digitalinfrared.html)

- a 16~17-50~55/2.8 (a long shot purchase, since I love my 18-200VR)

- a 40~50-135~150/2.8 (another long shot purchase, this lens and the one above are based on lens envy. Meaning that I know that the 18-200VR is not the "sharpest" out there, but a heck of a bargain for the price. But adding these two lenses defeats my desire for a "smaller overall" kit)

ipacmm
Jun 10, 2006, 06:59 PM
For me it is the 18-200VR, 10.5 fish-eye lens

I heard that Canon will release the 18-200 lens later this year....

Chip NoVaMac
Jun 10, 2006, 07:02 PM
^^Yeah, the best career is "student" (see Silentwave's post for why). ;)

I agree, and here I felt bad about posting my gear. :)

please dont get rid of ANY leica gear you have. just dont. i wish i had the pleasure of owning a leica. i would shoot film again just to have one.

if for nothing else, keep it for its collectible value, seriously.

I hear you. But then again I look at cameras as tools. And I feel guilty when stuff sits unused. That is why I sold off my Profoto lighting kit. And now looking for a new, loving home for my Xpan kit (a 45 and 90 w/body - have a co-worker looking at it now).

I will still keep at least one Leica body, and a selection of lenses; for when I want to shot 35mm film. I may kick myself down the road when the M6TTL .58 body, and the Tri-Elmar gain in the used market, but if they might find a home that will love them, and use them more than I do - for me that is what counts. Leica cameras should not just sit on a shelf, as museum pieces.

In fact the Leica body that I will keep no matter what is the M6TTL .72 LHSA black paint. And much to the pain of some of my co-workers, I actually use this body! :eek:

Is not having your parents not buy a car for you some huge sacrfice in America?! Neither me, or hardly anyone I know, have had anything approaching the cost of a car bought for them - but we didn't get given 1000's worth of other gifts to make up for it!

Perhaps we're just a bunch of kill-joy's this side of the Atlantic, but we seem to believe that until you can afford to buy and run your own car, you should use public transport :confused:

In the US, a car is almost a requirement to succeed in life. Unless one lives in a major city, mass transit sucks big time.

I live just 6 miles from my job. It would take about an hour and a half to take the bus and rail to work. To live closer to work in order to walk or have a shorter commute; would require an additional $600 a month!

Chip NoVaMac
Jun 10, 2006, 07:11 PM
Maybe because you can cross your entire country by bus in what, 3 hours or so? Your public transportation is much more developed, a friend of mine in london says that busses come to stops like ever 10-15 minutes. Here in Seattle even the bigger bus routes only get a bus ever 30 minutes. And at peak ours ever 15 minutes on certain ones.

We are going OT here, but I agree with your statement. When I was in London this past February, I stayed in Hammersmith-Fuller. It was an easy walk to the Blue Tube line (IIRC). But even better was frequent non-rush hour bus service from various points in the city to Hammersmith-Fuller.

Now look at my experience here in Fairfax, Virginia. Non-rush hour service to/from the METRO Rail station to my apartment a mile and half away is like every 40 minutes.

tonyeck
Jun 10, 2006, 07:14 PM
In the US, a car is almost a requirement to succeed in life. Unless one lives in a major city, mass transit sucks big time.

I live just 6 miles from my job. It would take about an hour and a half to take the bus and rail to work. To live closer to work in order to walk or have a shorter commute; would require an additional $600 a month!

Yet owning a car and driving is a massive hobby! I love my Mustang, Almost as much as Photography!

Now lets get back on topic!

Anyone have any lighting equipment etc that they haven't posted yet? Or any other studio stuff, or even darkroom stuff?

Chip NoVaMac
Jun 10, 2006, 07:14 PM
I heard that Canon will release the 18-200 lens later this year....

Makes sense. But if it has IS, that IS will pale in comparison to the VR-II technology from Nikon, based on the tests I had done before jumping on the Nikon bandwagon.

OutThere
Jun 11, 2006, 12:00 AM
I'd rather not continue to be poked, prodded, quizzed, and examined inside and out constantly by strangers. Please stop trying to pry into my private life.

You listed your borderline-absurdly-good collection of photo gear, and then noted that you're still in high school. I think that after dropping both of those bombs you should expect to be in for a little questioning as to why you have better gear than many professionals.

That's all. You didn't have to answer if you were uncomfortable doing so...

GoCubsGo
Jun 11, 2006, 12:27 AM
Nikon F4s
Nikon D70
Tamron 19-30mm
Nikon 24-110mm VR
Nikon 70-210mm (diamond in the rough)
Nikon 50mm 1.8
SB-800

A few other lenses I don't care to dig out and mention.


A couple tripods a mon.
A monorail 4x5
Press cam 4x5
a couple of toy cams

darkroom setup that I simply can't use right now.

Unfortunately I've failed to really buy any new glass in a long time. This needs to change, my entire rig needs to change and I need to find time to shoot more. I used to make good money off it all (of course the cameras I used were studio cams) and I just got busy. ;)

I'm thinking of checking into Canon soon.

Silentwave
Jun 11, 2006, 04:05 AM
You listed your borderline-absurdly-good collection of photo gear, and then noted that you're still in high school. I think that after dropping both of those bombs you should expect to be in for a little questioning as to why you have better gear than many professionals.

That's all. You didn't have to answer if you were uncomfortable doing so...
Most places I go I don't get questioned on it. I am a photographer...i collect large amounts of gear...zat is vat ve do :p

Obsidian6
Jun 12, 2006, 01:31 PM
we're not trying to prod or pry into your life buddy, its just we got a little curious ( jealous? ) over the fact that you have such nice equipment, at such a young age. but youre right about the whole car thing, i think its rather disgusting really seeing all these spoiled kids driving new BMWs and Mercs and any other car they damn well please. because mommy and daddy buys it for them.

i just dont think its goign to do their children ANY good whatsoever to spoil them like that.

I'm not trying to say that my parents didnt ( dont ) support me, they did, and still do, but they also taught me how to support myself. So the fact that i was able to buy my '06 wrx wagon on my own i was very very happy ( to me, $22.5k is quite a bit )

so - silentwave - i guess i owe you an apology, i didnt mean to offend you or bother you, i just got rather curious when if out you were in highschool still. and like i said in my PM, i thought you were some 30+ year old guy at first!


As far as lighting and studio equipment goes on my end -
its pretty basic for now,

2x White Lightning x1600 lights
Metz 45CL-4
Various light stands and background supports
a nice big beauty dish
small and medium sized reflectors
a large-ish softbox ( needs to be replaced )
and other things im forgetting.

and all my "digital darkroom" needs is a printer. which i have decided will be the epson R2400. im just gonna wait until i can get the best deal on one.

macOSX-tastic
Jun 12, 2006, 05:50 PM
i have a new canon powershot S2 IS, its a very good camera for a casual hobbyist such as myself. i want to get a tripod, too. i have about 2GB of memorycards for it, and a small flexible table tripod.

i would like to say that i am a "budding" hobbyist.

S

flayzeraynx
Jun 13, 2006, 06:03 AM
hi. i'm newbie here but i would like the share my photography experience...

my gear is:
canon eos 350d digital rebel xt
canon 10 -22
canon 90-300 USM
canon 50mm f.1.8
kenko extension tube set
bower 2x teleconverter
550 ex flash
512 mb kingston cf card

and my newest mac mini :D

and my photography portfolio is here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/okilic

greetings :)

tonyeck
Jun 13, 2006, 04:05 PM
Just recieved my Canon 50mm f/1.8...

Time to play! :)

tonyeck
Jun 13, 2006, 04:05 PM
hi. i'm newbie here but i would like the share my photography experience...

my gear is:
canon eos 350d digital rebel xt
canon 10 -22
canon 90-300 USM
canon 50mm f.1.8
kenko extension tube set
bower 2x teleconverter
550 ex flash
512 mb kingston cf card

and my newest mac mini :D

and my photography portfolio is here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/okilic

greetings :)


Great shots mate!

Cooknn
Jun 13, 2006, 05:36 PM
My gear:

Nikon D70s
Nikon 10.5mm DX Fisheye Lens
Nikon 18-70mm DX Zoom Lens
Manfrotto 3021BPro Tripod Legs
Manfrotto 3416 Leveling Base
360Precision Panoramic Tripod Head
Sekonic Twinmate L-208 Exposure Meter
Manfrotto Hot Shoe Bubble Level
Tamrac Expedition 5 Backpack

http://www.listing360.com/temp/bag1.jpg

wronski
Jun 13, 2006, 07:01 PM
body:
Nikon D70

glass:
Nikon 18-70mm 3.5-4.5 DX
Nikon 50mm 1.8
Sigma 70-200mm 2.8 HSM

goodies:
Nikon SB-600 gun
Manfrotto 322RC2 + 3001PRO head/tripod combo
Little $5 air squeezie thing to remove dust

Clix Pix
Jun 16, 2006, 01:06 AM
All Nikon gear:

D70, D200 bodies

10.5mm (fisheye)
12-24mm f/4*
17-55mm f/2.8
18-70mm f/3.5-f/4.5 ("Kit" lens)
18-200mm f/3.5-f/5.6 VR
20mm f/2.8
28mm f/1.4
28mm f2
28-70mm f/2.8 ("The Beast")*
35mm f/2
45mm f/2.8P ("Pancake")
50mm f/1.2
50mm f/1.4
58mm f/1.2 ("Noct")
60mm f/2.8 Micro (Macro)
70-200mm f/2.8 VR*
80-400mm f/4.5-f/5.6 VR
85mm f/1.4
105mm f/2.8 Micro (Macro) Now that I've got the 105 VR eventually this lens will be going on the market)
105mm f/2.8 mm VR Micro (Macro)
180mm f/2.8
200mm f/2 VR
----------------
*The "Three Kings": 12-24mm, 28-70mm, 70-200mm

Oops, here's a non-Nikon lens: Tokina 90mm f/2.5 Macro

Back to Nikon:
14E II Teleconverter
17E II Teleconverter

SB 800 Speedlight

Canon 500 D close-up filter (this works beautifully on the 70-200)
Nikon 6T close-up filter

Lowel Ego tabletop lighting/light tent

Manfrotto tripod
Gitzo tripod
Gitzo monopod
Elderly and very heavy but still good Bogen tripod

Think Tank Airport Security bag
Several Domke bags, various sizes

Do I use all of these lenses? Sure do! This past week I went on a brief vacation, first in Alabama at a gathering of folks from the Nikon Cafe forum, and from there we went on to spend a few days at the Smoky Mountains National Park (GORGEOUS place!). I took most of my lenses with me and used at various times: 12-24, 17-55, 18-200, 28-70, 35, 60, 70-200, 80-400, 105 VR, 200 f/2.... Didn't yet have the 28 f/1.4, which arrived while I was away. There were a couple of times when I wished I had it. (Note to anyone looking for this apparently discontinued lens: call Ritz Camera's 800 number and ask for a "call-back," which is where they check the inventory in all their stores nationwide and "call" the lens back to their main facility, from which they then will ship the lens to the customer. Got this tip from someone on Nikon Cafe and it worked a treat!)

Also used both teleconverters..... Chip, thanks for encouraging me to get that 1.7E II TC; it definitely was just the checker on the 70-200 VR when we were at Cade's Cove taking photos of deer and wild turkeys! However, sometimes one doesn't always have the ideal lens on the camera when a situation arises..... One time I was inside an old cabin shooting interiors with the 12-24. Stepped out and there were two deer in the yard, with a third not far behind! I stood very still and they came closer, peacefully nibbling away at the grass, unconcerned about my presence. At one point I could have reached out and petted one doe, she was that close, but of course I didn't. While certainly I wouldn't recommend the 12-24mm lens for shooting wildlife, well, that's the lens that was on the camera. Because the deer were so close to me, the images I shot came out surprisingly good anyway. A magical experience!

OK, back on-topic: lighting equipment.....just the SB 800 and the aforementioned Lowel Ego Light and another Photo light (Phototek?). No room in this small condo apartment for setting up anything like a studio with studio lights, softboxes and such.....

Somewhere along the line I'd like to extend my reach by adding a 300mm lens....saw the value of that this past weekend when we were shooting Great Blue Herons at a dam site.

One bonus on this trip: I finally made the plunge into shooting RAW (NEF) and finally learned more about streamlining my workflow in Aperture. Now I need to configure everything properly in my iMac (used the MBP on the vacation) and get moving with processing images to share!

-hh
Jun 16, 2006, 05:36 AM
Maybe because you can cross your entire country by bus in what, 3 hours or so?

Size has nothing to do with it. It comes down to public policy and the willingness to pay for the infrastructure...of which a significant chunk is paid for by User Fees (aka "taxes"). That's why their petrol is $6/gallon and their sales tax (VAT) on automobiles is around 16%.

In any event, not having a car does make a big difference, especially these days and if it was gifted by the Parents - - - In contrast, I remember that my High School Graduation present was a 35mm SLR...the Pentax K-1000 that I still have.


-hh

jlcharles
Jun 16, 2006, 08:08 AM
Digital:

20D
Canon 50/1.8
Tamron 18-200 (decent lightweight travel lens)
And when needed, I rent from Calumet in Philly (70-200/2.8 or the 24-70/2.8)
Oh and rent the 550ex if needed.

35mm:
rebel Ti w/kit lens
Canon TL-QL full manual camera w/ 50/1.8

MF:
Hasselblad 500CM
3 120 film backs
Waist Level
Old school meter prism
50mm f/4 C Chrome
150mm f/4 C Chrome

Bags:
Lowepro Mini Trekker backpack
Domke F-3 (best shoulder bag ever

And loads of filters and other assorted junk.

tonyeck
Jun 16, 2006, 08:48 AM
All Nikon gear:

D70, D200 bodies




Wow, great post! Looking forward to seeing images from your short vacation (assuming you'll wanna share!)

Clix Pix
Jun 16, 2006, 02:01 PM
Wow, great post! Looking forward to seeing images from your short vacation (assuming you'll wanna share!)

You bet I'll be sharing! Just need to get everything edited and sized for the web.... stay tuned, I'll be back with something to share in the digital photography forum eventually!

tonyeck
Jun 16, 2006, 02:35 PM
You bet I'll be sharing! Just need to get everything edited and sized for the web.... stay tuned, I'll be back with something to share in the digital photography forum eventually!


Already looking forward to it!

Chip NoVaMac
Jun 16, 2006, 10:32 PM
Already looking forward to it!

Me too! Love the Smoky Mountain area. Cades Cove is an awesome area.

Back to the topic.

In switching from Canon back to Nikon, I have decided to forego the D200, and picked up a second D70s body (a refurb).

So my current (and planned) Nikon kit will be:

These are already in hand:
- a D50 that will be converted to digital IR most likely by Life Pixel for $250 in the next few weeks (http://www.lifepixel.com/shop/cart.php?m=product_list&c=2)
- two D70s bodies (for quick shooting situations like Rolling Thunder)
- my trusty 18-200VR
- Tokina 12-24
- the fun 10.5 fish-eye
- the fast "normal" 35/2.0 AFD
- the "perfect" portrait lens, the 50/1.8 AFD
- my new macro 105VR
- the R1 CLS lighting kit
- the Lensbaby with a macro kit for "fun"

Other parts of the kit that I have already:
- the ExpoDisc for WB control
- a Sekonic meter for Lensbaby and "difficult" lighting situations - incident light readings rule IMO (or at least they did for film)
- cable release for the D70s bodies
- polarizer filters for each filter size needed (have skipped them for the "fast" prime lenses
- Cokin Grad ND filter set - that I promise my self that I will use :)
- a couple of different tripods, a Bogen 3021 IIRC, and the Culmann travel tripod; along with a couple table top tripods
- the Epson P-2000 for my really long trips
- Giotto Rocket Air for quick sensor cleaning
- the Artic Butterfly for more stubborn dust
- Lumiquest Soft Screen to diffuse the pop-up flash, works great in tests with the 10.5 fish-eye
- have lighting stands and backdrop and stand

Waiting on the paperwork to add these:
- SB-R200 (x2) for the R1
- SB-800 (x2 or 3) for my "studio" work that I want to get back into
- SU-800 - since the D70s does not from my reading - allow for three groups of flashes to be controlled independently, unlike what the D200 can do. Also has greater range than the pop-up flash does for CLS control
- color gel sets for the SB-800 and SB-R200 flashes

[The list below is one that I would like some serious comment on. Some may think that I "have all the answers"; but in reality I learn from others (as well as my own "choices" - not mistakes, but "choices". :D ) You have to understand that I am one that demands the sharpest tools in the shed, if I want that I shoot my Leica gear on 35mm film. I tend to subscribe to the idea that it is the image that counts, not what lens did it.

I am also striving for a kit - that lets say that I go off to Las Vegas and the parks near by - gives me the ability to capture the best "moment"; but at the same time won't weigh me down with stuff that never gets used. As an example, looking at Clix's gear, I would be hard pressed to decide on what to take. But love her for having the choice for what ever comes her way. I just want to be able to have a kit that makes sense for "unlimited" - but sensible (US) travel - since traveling overseas limits you on weight.

To that end, I know that I would on the Nikon CLS flash system, go bare bones on the R1 kit and just one SB-800.

Just looking for insight and opinions.] As one would guess, I have my own already. :D looking for comments I guess from those that are content with the 200mm "real" focal length, but have some experience or need beyond that in the DSLR world.

On the wish list:
- fast zoom lenses, like the 17-55, the announced/or soon to be 50-150 zooms (Tokina, among others) - to be honest these may really wait till I can show myself the need for them
- a zoom lens to reach beyond my current 200mm limit from my 18-200VR zoom - looked at the Nikon 80-400VR (used), but am not happy with the VR-I technology compared to the VR-II on the 18-200VR. Price wise the Tamron 200-400 (used) would fit my limited need for such a lens at this time. Been tempted by the 70-200VR and the 2x convertor that is a popular recommendation by myself (and others) wanting the best, and with deep pockets.

Clix Pix
Jun 17, 2006, 12:34 AM
Me too! Love the Smoky Mountain area. Cades Cove is an awesome area.

I loved it and I definitely want to return! It is just gorgeous! OK, I've posted one photo in the Assignments: Contrasts thread that I shot from Clingman's Dome and one of a new friend I ran across in Cade's Cove in the Picture of the Day thread.... more to come! :-)


In switching from Canon back to Nikon, I have decided to forego the D200, and picked up a second D70s body (a refurb).

I think that was a good move, picking up another D70s rather than going with adding a D200. Why? Because IMHO it is a lot easier to have two identical bodies for working quickly in most situations than it is to have one body of one type and another of another type. I've already noticed that it can be awkward working with a D200 one minute, then picking up the D70 in the next minute.... In my experience it's much better to have two identical D70s bodies or two identical D200 bodies rather than trying to mix-and-match.....

That's interesting you're also interested in going into having a body converted to IR. I've been thinking along these lines, too, especially after seeing some people's intriguing results on Nikon Cafe. I don't remember the name of the company that some of them recommend for this (probably is Life Pixel, but I am not sure) but one of these days I'll be exploring the possibilities, too.

You've got some great gear here! At some point I'll be ready for that R1C1 system, and this past week I was reminded of the value of using ND and gradiated density filters....somewhere I've got a bunch of Cokins that I bought and used years ago but I need to find them and the adapter to see if they'll still be useable on my current lenses.

On this trip I took 2 small external hard drives and the Epson P2000, along with my MBP; I ran into some problems with the P2000 so was glad I had the other backup devices! I'll bring it in to you some day with a full CF card and we can figure out what I was doing wrong (or not doing at all if I were missing an essential step), because I wasn't able to bring up images in the thing after I'd copied them to the drive. ?? As far as I know the HD has plenty of space in it so that wouldn't have been the problem. User error was the problem, I'm sure! LOL!

As an example, looking at Clix's gear, I would be hard pressed to decide on what to take. But love her for having the choice for what ever comes her way.

LOL! It was fortunate for me that we were traveling by car this trip, as I really didn't know what to take since we'd be shooting in many different situations. Easier to just throw all the lenses in the bag and then I'd be sure to have what I needed.... It was convenient being able to work out of the back of the vehicle, just reaching into my bag and grabbing whichever lens I thought would be suitable. Now that I've been to the gathering in Alabama and the Smokies, this next year I will have a much better idea of what to leave at home when I'm packing, both in terms of camera gear and clothing. I tend to overpack and take too much stuff, especially when I don't know what to expect. That's why I made a mental (and physical) note of the lenses I used throughout this trip, so that next year I can travel a little lighter. I am well aware that I am very fortunate to have had the lenses I wanted/needed to fit certain situations but of course if I'd been more limited in my choices I would have found ways to get good shots nonetheless. Actually, I'm sure that the 18-200 VR would have covered a lot of bases! I found that in San Francisco, anyway, as during that trip it lived on the camera the whole time....

It was neat while we Nikon Cafe people were all together shooting: some had really extensive and expensive gear (big tripods equipped with Wimberley (sp?) sidekicks and Wimberley gimbols (sp?), 400mm and 500mm lenses, etc., while others were a bit more limited, maybe having an inexpensive tripod or none at all and maybe just a couple of consumer-level lenses, but, hey, in the end everyone had the best time together and there was no weenie-wagging or bragging about one's equipment. Many people had the lenses they needed for the type of shooting they did (ie: the guys with the 500mm lenses were serious nature photographers), while the rest of us benefitted from seeing some of this equipment in actual use rather than just in a magazine article or in a store. One young guy who is just starting out in serious photography was tickled when a couple of the others lent him some of their gear so that he could try it out, see if it fit his needs so that when he's ready to buy his own stuff he'll know what works for him. People were very generous. Oh: So-and-so forgot his MC-30 cable release? Someone else said, "hang on, I've got an extra one you can use!" A couple of photographers wanted to see what looking at life through a 10.5mm lens would be like? Hands reached out offering one for the testing....

There was no competitiveness, but a lot of learning and sharing. Someone shooting with a 70-300 next to someone else with a 70-200 VR and teleconverter or next to someone else wielding a 300mm f/2.8 still could and did get some great shots, as in the end it is the photographer's creative vision that matters more than the actual gear used.

When traveling, a lot depends upon the reason for the trip, the means of getting there, the situations likely to be encountered there. This was the first time I've traveled with more than just the basics, as I knew I had the flexibility offered by traveling by car as opposed to flying. January 2007 when I fly back out to SF I'll again be taking just a couple of lenses, and having been there before I know what to expect now, too, in the way of shooting situations. That 18-200mm VR is a gem and it works so well for so many situations. It'll be on the camera.....

looking for comments I guess from those that are content with the 200mm "real" focal length, but have some experience or need beyond that in the DSLR world.

Well, this past week, especially in the Smokies, I really got a lot of use out of the 70-200mm VR with the 1.7 TC; I'm now thinking about a 300mm but at the same time need to assess just how much I'd use that, how much nature photography I'll be doing. I do live in an area where there are a lot of opportunities for capturing wildlife (geese, ducks, an occasional blue heron). Slipping a TC on Bertha will certainly give me a lot of additional range.... The 80-400mm is a nice lens but definitely there are limitations to it. I've gotten some really decent shots around here of the geese and ducks in the water or on the ground,but when it comes to capturing BIF (birds in flight), that lens leaves a lot to be desired. It is just too slow and once you've lost focus while panning it is difficult to recapture. I used it in Alabama some, but when we got to the Smokies I set it aside in favor of the 70-200mm with a TC or Bertha without a TC, as both of those lenses were a bit more responsive.

The 12-24mm definitely comes in handy in certain shooting situations, while the 17-55 range can be covered by a couple of combinations of other lenses. I used both to good effect on this last trip.

Now that I'm finally getting the hang of teleconverters I will probably be eventually adding a 2x to my bag and seeing how Bertha and the 70-200mm work with that before making an investment in a 300 mm lens. I need to assess just how often I need and would use the extra range provided by a 300mm or a 300mm plus teleconverter.

The 70-200mm VR is a worthwhile purchase for anyone who wants to reach out and touch wildlife or flowers or whatever, and it works extremely well with the 1.4x and the 1.7x teleconverters (haven't yet tried the 2x)....

In the end, the photographer has to make a decision about what kinds of thins he/she likes to shoot and then ensure that he or she can use the right gear for that situation, either by buying it, renting it or borrowing it. If someone only occasionally shoots wildlife, for instance, it makes sense for them to rent a 300mm, 400mm or 500mm lens rather than purchasing it, but if they find that they're doing a lot of architectural or interior shots they might want to go ahead and invest in the wide-angle lenses which work so well in those situations. Candids of people? The photographer who really likes doing this kind of thing might be happiest by putting his or her money into the lenses which work best in these situations. Love macros of flowers and plants? Plunk down the money for the macro lenses which will do the job....

Sometimes it takes a while to figure out what one really likes to shoot the most and to develop a style and to incorporate the lenses which best reflect that style....

Chip NoVaMac
Jun 17, 2006, 09:35 PM
I loved it and I definitely want to return! It is just gorgeous! OK, I've posted one photo in the Assignments: Contrasts... and one of a new friend I ran across in Cade's Cove in the Picture of the Day thread.... more to come! :-)

Can't wait to see more!

I think that was a good move, picking up another D70s rather than going with adding a D200. Why? Because IMHO it is a lot easier to have two identical bodies for working quickly

And this was my general thoughts as well. The benefits of the D200 would probably never be used (save for the 10MP) for my shooting style. And then I would go back to my days of trying decide between 35mm AF SLR vs. 35mm RF vs. MF choices. Much easier when gear is better matched IMO.

That's interesting you're also interested in going into having a body converted to IR. I've been thinking along these lines, too, especially after seeing some people's intriguing results on Nikon Cafe. I don't remember the name of the company that some of them recommend for this (probably is Life Pixel, but I am not sure) but one of these days I'll be exploring the possibilities, too.

If you can let me know what those on Nikon Cafe had to say as the best place ASAP - I would appreciate it. I would like to send my D50 body out next week.

You've got some great gear here!

Thanks. I am aiming to be "simple". IIRC it was Ken Rockwell that said that the 18-200VR has become his primary lens. And I know why.

I ran into some problems with the P2000 so was glad I had the other backup devices! I'll bring it in to you some day with a full CF card and we can figure out what I was doing wrong (or not doing at all if I were missing an essential step)

Please do, for you didn't need the MBP, unless you needed full editing capabilities.

In the end, the photographer has to make a decision about what kinds of thins he/she likes to shoot and then ensure that he or she can use the right gear for that situation, either by buying it, renting it or borrowing it.

Now you are sounding more like me. <g>

Not that I can't afford the "best". But I would rather put that extra money to travel and other good things in life.

There is something though to owning the "best". I know it from owning Leica RF gear. But I have moved past having the time and such to devote to the B&W darkroom to get the results out of the Leica on a regular basis.

And in the limited testing I have done in digital, I don't see myself needing the best glass. I have two 13x19 prints from my Panasonic LX1 that seem to be pretty close to anything that I had done with "great" glass in 35mm AF SLR's. The Leica fanboi in me would like to think that these images would have been even better if shot with my Leica RF kit. <g>

Thanks for the first input on my choice for something beyond the 200mm focal length (before the 1.5x FOV factor). I know that I would love having the 17-55/2.8 and the 70-200/2.8VR. There is pride in ownership. But I love being able to sling a bag over my shoulder.

I know that my day out for Rolling Thunder with the D50 and D70s and the 10.5, the 35/2.0, the Lensbaby (these were never used that day); and the Tokina 12-24 and the 18-200VR was enough weight for me. I might be able to "survive" adding a third body and something like the Tamron 200-400.

ksz
Jun 18, 2006, 01:54 AM
All Nikon gear:

D70, D200 bodies

10.5mm (fisheye)
12-24mm f/4*
17-55mm f/2.8
18-70mm f/3.5-f/4.5 ("Kit" lens)
18-200mm f/3.5-f/5.6 VR
20mm f/2.8
28mm f/1.4
28mm f2
28-70mm f/2.8 ("The Beast")*
35mm f/2
45mm f/2.8P ("Pancake")
50mm f/1.2
50mm f/1.4
58mm f/1.2 ("Noct")
60mm f/2.8 Micro (Macro)
70-200mm f/2.8 VR*
80-400mm f/4.5-f/5.6 VR
85mm f/1.4
105mm f/2.8 Micro (Macro) Now that I've got the 105 VR eventually this lens will be going on the market)
105mm f/2.8 mm VR Micro (Macro)
180mm f/2.8
200mm f/2 VR
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*The "Three Kings": 12-24mm, 28-70mm, 70-200mm

<snip>

Ouch. Arg. Drool. :D

Among your primes, have you found any that compress depth? Or am I still holding on to some delusion?

When you have the "Three Kings," how do you decide when or if to take any primes, particularly at the telephoto range?

I arrived in India a few hours ago for a business trip, but decided to take only my 18-200 VR lens. I had space for another lens, but decided that it would have been largely superfluous.

Even for photo expeditions back home in California, I have trouble deciding which combination of lenses to pack. All too often, the zooms win.

Oh yeah, my current inventory:

Tokina 12-24 f/4 DX
Nikon 18-200 f3.5-5.6 DX
Nikon 180mm f/2.8
Nikon 28mm f/2.8
Nikon 60mm f/2.8 macro
Sigma 28-70 f/2.8
Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 HSM
Sigma 17-35 f/2.8-4

Bodies: D200, F100

SB-800 flash
Manfrotto 3001PRO with 322RC2 Horizontal Grip
B+W polarizers and graduated ND

Of these, the most used lenses are the Sigma 28-70 and the Sigma 17-35. The Tokina 12-24 and Nikon 18-200 are new, but they're getting used regularly.

Edit: Missed a lens. I didn't know I had so many.

Clix Pix
Jun 18, 2006, 12:58 PM
[QUOTE=ksz]When you have the "Three Kings," how do you decide when or if to take any primes, particularly at the telephoto range?[?QUOTE]

Yeah, I still sometimes have trouble deciding which lens to use in which shooting situations. The other day, for instance, I had the 35mm f/2 and the 18-200mm in the bag and used both of them during a party situation and only later realized that I really should've gone out to the parked car and pulled my 28-70 out to use for the people shots. It's too easy to depend on that all-purpose 18-200mm VR.... I'm trying to break myself of that habit! On the other hand it is just the checker when traveling and having limitations on what one can carry....

For me, lens choice (prime vs zoom) will depend on many factors. For instance, back in April I was going to an event where I knew I'd be on my feet for all of the time, I'd be shooting beginning in mid-afternoon and continuing through dark, and I'd be shooting people at close range but also speakers on a podium. Lenses that went with me that day were the 28-70, the 180mm and the 50mm f/1.2. Didn't take the 70-200mm VR, because the 180 would give me the reach I needed for distance shots and is considerably lighter in weight. Used the 28-70mm most of the time. Then, as it turned out shortly after the event began the clouds opened up and it started to rain -- pouring buckets, actually! -- and we all wound up inside the rear of a large truck, so the 180 didn't get much use after all. Instead, that 50mm came in handy but I was wishing I'd had the 28mm f/1.4 (which at that time I didn't own) or an even wider, faster lens....

Another event I recently attended was the National Race for the Cure, and for that occasion since I knew I'd be also participating in the walk and that it was going to be crowded, busy and hot, I chose to take just the 18-200mm VR fbecause of its versatility. It did a nice job for me. Also tucked the 10.5mm fisheye into the bag and used that a couple of times on the crowded Metro (subway) train going downtown but haven't yet corrected the perspective in those images so the people and the train seats look a little warped....LOL! I'm waiting for the new NX rather than bothering to download and install the trial version of Nikon Capture.

When I was out in SF for MacWorld I had the 18-200 and the 12-24mm with me, but it was the 18-200mm VR which lived on the camera 99.9% of the time; it got a good workout!

In the Butterfly House at the Botanical Gardens in Huntsville, Alabama, I used both the 105mm VR and the 60mm macro lenses. I love that little 60mm and use it quite a lot, more than I'd thought I would at the time I purchased it. I still haven't given the 105mm VR a proper workout yet, having just gotten it a few days before the trip down South. I haven't reviewed the images I shot with it yet, but it was nice not having to use the tripod in the Butterfly House. Actually some of my fellow photographers used their 70-200mm VRs, the 200mm macro or even 300mm lenses in there, getting stunning results. Next year I'll have a crack at that....

On that trip, since I had a good collection of lenses with me it was a good opportunity for learning to make appropriate lens choices in given shooting situations instead of just automatically reaching for that 18-200mm VR.

Planning to run up to New York City for a couple days in August (primary destination: the 5th Avenue Apple Store!), so already I'm starting to think about which lenses to take....