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Paul L
04-22-2012, 03:49 PM
Just curious about what camera kit you fellas are using.

I've got
an Olympus OM10
http://www.olympus-global.com/en/corc/history/image-archives/camera/popup/image/pop26_om10.jpg

a Minolta X-300
http://www.kameramuseum.de/0-fotokameras/minolta/kb-slr-ana/minolta-x-300.jpg

a Canon Sureshot AF-7
http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2469/3810888925_6bc8677cf1_m.jpg

an old disc camera (anyone remember those?) - a Halina Disc 328, which recently resurfaced in my house and which still works!
http://lh5.ggpht.com/-TD5TRqFfIf0/S8Y-bytPfzI/AAAAAAAAAPA/z4XjwoiIuuM/PICT0009.JPG

A Fuji Finepix P&S digital camera, which I hardly ever use.

A Nikon D3100, which I love cause you don't have to fork out a small fortune for 35mm film, but which just doesn't feel the same as a film camera.

What camera kit are you chaps using?

Paul

Ian Jane
04-23-2012, 11:03 AM
I have my old Minolta 35mm kicking around somewhere but I almost always shoot with my Nikon D40. It's a few years old now but it's never let me down and while more Megapixels is always a good thing, I'm happy with the quality. At work I use a D3000 and if I had money to burn, I'd probably upgrade to something like that.

Shawn Francis
04-24-2012, 01:32 PM
Won a GoPro but don't have the money to get an SD card for it, so it remains untested.

Paul L
04-24-2012, 03:44 PM
I'd love to get my hands on the Fujifilm X100. Has anyone used one of those yet?

Ian Jane
06-08-2012, 09:59 AM
I officially want a Nikon D4. This article (http://mashable.com/2012/06/08/nikon-d4-test/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mashable+%28Mashable%29) is pretty neat.

Very, very intrigued by the touted low light capabilities.

Now I just need the $5995.00 that it costs.

Paul L
06-08-2012, 06:55 PM
I officially want a Nikon D4. This article (http://mashable.com/2012/06/08/nikon-d4-test/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mashable+%28Mashable%29) is pretty neat.

Very, very intrigued by the touted low light capabilities.

Now I just need the $5995.00 that it costs.
That is pretty impressive, Ian. The Fuji X series cameras are all supposed to have very good low-light capabilities, and the X10 and X-Pro are pretty discreet too (the silver finish on the X100 makes it stand out somewhat), so they're handy if you fancy doing some street photography in the evening or on a night out. (the almost silent leaf shutter helps too.) I haven't used the X100 or X-Pro yet myself, but I bought an X10 about a month or so ago, and I can attest to the fact that it works nicely in low-light situations. To be honest, since I bought it the X10 has been with me just about everywhere.

Given unlimited funds, I'd love to invest in the X-Pro but I may save my pennies and invest in the X100, just for that APS-C sensor (the X10 has a slightly smaller 2/3" sensor) and the hybrid viewfinder. But even despite the small(er) sensor, the X10 is a great little 'walkaround' camera. All of these images have been taken with the X10 with no post-processing.

This is an image I took of a very old painting in a local pub, which it is rumoured is at the centre of some supposed hauntings (at least, the room is said to be haunted - if you believe in such things - and the painting is claimed to have something to do with those hauntings):
http://img594.imageshack.us/img594/512/7175887160821d993609o.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/594/7175887160821d993609o.jpg/)

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Some flowers on the seafront:
http://img41.imageshack.us/img41/22/7300460798725638797bc.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/41/7300460798725638797bc.jpg/)

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Here's an image I took at my son's Christening. The slow shutter speed gives it an ethereal quality that I like very much.
http://img39.imageshack.us/img39/4221/73015138425d46172d69c.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/39/73015138425d46172d69c.jpg/)

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Paul L
06-08-2012, 07:02 PM
Some more with the X10. One of the things I love about this camera is that it's not 'threatening' like a DSLR - you can get shots that you'd never get with a big DSLR, like the shot below of the guy at the 'pay and display' machine.

http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/3254/7300432558af2e765fc0c.th.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/4/7300432558af2e765fc0c.jpg/)
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Ian Jane
06-09-2012, 08:36 AM
So the X-10 is a point and shoot then? You've definitely captured some great images with it. The black and white stuff looks nice and crisp - great shots!

Paul L
06-09-2012, 02:42 PM
So the X-10 is a point and shoot then? You've definitely captured some great images with it. The black and white stuff looks nice and crisp - great shots!
Yep, it's basically a 'premium' point-and-shoot/compact, with the option of full manual control. The slightly larger sensor (2/3") sets it aside from other compacts though. However, it's not a substitute for a DSLR but rather it compliments it nicely: the X10 is handy to take places you wouldn't or couldn't take your DSLR, or just to slip into your coat pocket when you're out and about with the family. The images it produces are roughly comparable to those produced on a crop-sensor DSLR, and I'd say that in many cases you'd be hard pushed to tell the difference between an image shot on the X10 and one shot on a crop-sensor DSLR - the main difference comes in depth-of-field, with the 2/3" sensor struggling to produce the shallow depth-of-field that you can get with a DSLR.

On the other hand, the X100 is a different beast entirely: its sensor is the same size as that in a crop-sensor DSLR. It's limited by a 35mm lens, but to be honest my 35mm prime is the most used lens I have for my DSLR - so I don't consider the X100's fixed 35mm lens much of a 'limitation'. (By way of contrast, my Olympus OM10 always had either a 24mm or a 135mm lens, whilst my Minolta X300 had its 50mm prime permanently attached.) Both the X10 and the X100 look like old film rangefinders, which is a bonus when you're out and about as, if you're doing a spot of street photography, people seem either not to notice or care that you're taking their picture - whilst if you're waving a big DSLR about, people tend to shy away from the camera or look very displeased. Today I took some great street shots with my X10 at a local air show that I doubt I would have been able to get with my DSLR.

The X-Pro is more in competition with the Leica M9s of this world. I'd love an X-Pro but it would mean buying into a whole new system, and I'd have a hard time justifying that to the missus ;)

Ian Jane
06-09-2012, 03:40 PM
I hear ya, hence my sticking with my D40 for now - these are expensive toys!

I think it's only a matter of time before the point and shoots and DSLRs sort of become one. Point and shoots really have come a long way in the last two years or so. I look at the image quality on my old Samsung and it's bad even in comparison to the crappy little Coolpix we have at work for general use.

Paul L
06-17-2012, 04:44 PM
I think it's only a matter of time before the point and shoots and DSLRs sort of become one. Point and shoots really have come a long way in the last two years or so.
Definitely. I think the new breed of mirrorless compacts are changing the market considerably. They're not for me, as I need a more traditional viewfinder, but they're certainly a sea change in design and, I guess, functionality.

Btw, here's how to advertise a camera. This is the (bizarre and slightly unsettling) Japanese commercial for the X10:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxgGmqeUBE8

Only in Japan, eh! :biggrin:

The Japanese Moriyami/Nobuyoshi-influenced X100 commercial was just as bizarre.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoA0_o-PZk4

Paul L
06-17-2012, 05:15 PM
That X100 commercial must be watched at least once, by the way. It's glorious!

Ian Jane
06-18-2012, 09:09 AM
Those are pretty nuts. Japan is awesome.

Dom D
11-01-2013, 03:03 AM
Just got one of these:

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/Canon-7D-18-135_zps70ef1d3c.jpg (http://s251.photobucket.com/user/dankfilms/media/Canon-7D-18-135_zps70ef1d3c.jpg.html)

A Canon 7D. Would have liked a full frame camera but at the price I got the 7D should do the job. At the same I also bought a set of studio strobes and a huge 6x3 Metre background kit for studio work. I'm not really a camera guy and I'm going to have to put in some hours learning how to use all this but I've spent way too much on stills photographers over the last few years and it's well past time I got decent gear. Should be fun anyway.

Jonny
11-08-2013, 06:12 PM
I have a Fuji X10

http://imageshack.com/a/img543/6619/h6bb.jpg

Here's my Flickr page with my favourite X10 pics...

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

Paul L
11-12-2013, 05:40 PM
Another X10 user! It's such a fun camera to use, I think, Jonny :)

Jonny
11-13-2013, 05:05 PM
Another X10 user! It's such a fun camera to use, I think, Jonny :)

I've only had it about 8 months or so, I used to have an Olympus OM10 years ago and haven't been into photography for probably about 10 years so figured the x10 would be a nice starter to get me back into things. I love it so far, still trying to remember the basics as regards f stops and all that jazz but it's a cracking little camera and I'm just loving being able to take it out with me and try and get some nice pictures.

Dom D
03-21-2016, 04:54 PM
Just ordered one of these to be my new studio camera. On the con side it's ugly as sin, is locked at 50mm focal length, can't be used above ISO 400, is super slow to lock focus and take a picture, has a cropped sensor, forces you to use it it's own terrible proprietary software to edit RAW and has no viewfinder. The plus side is smaller but those items are a foveon sensor and a leaf shutter. Should be killer for studio work.

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/dp3-quattro_top_zps5xnjussn.jpg (http://s251.photobucket.com/user/dankfilms/media/dp3-quattro_top_zps5xnjussn.jpg.html)

Paul L
03-21-2016, 07:20 PM
Just ordered one of these to be my new studio camera. On the con side it's ugly as sin, is locked at 50mm focal length, can't be used above ISO 400, is super slow to lock focus and take a picture, has a cropped sensor, forces you to use it it's own terrible proprietary software to edit RAW and has no viewfinder. The plus side is smaller but those items are a foveon sensor and a leaf shutter. Should be killer for studio work.

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/dp3-quattro_top_zps5xnjussn.jpg (http://s251.photobucket.com/user/dankfilms/media/dp3-quattro_top_zps5xnjussn.jpg.html)

I've seen some beautiful images produced by that camera and its special sensor. However, the camera itself looks really ugly and unwieldy, and the lack of a viewfinder would put me off, though I'd be happy shooting at 50mm (my favourite focal length, along with 28mm).

On the other hand, I've been using the Fuji X-Pro1 a lot lately, in alternation with my Bessa R 35mm rangefinder (onto which I've bolted the lovely, contrasty but apparently radioactive - owing to the Lanthanum/Thorium lens elements - Soviet Industar 61 lens), and I think the images produced by the X-Trans sensor in the X-Pro are wonderfully filmlike - especially the monochromes.

Dom D
03-22-2016, 02:31 AM
I've seen some beautiful images produced by that camera and its special sensor. However, the camera itself looks really ugly and unwieldy, and the lack of a viewfinder would put me off, though I'd be happy shooting at 50mm (my favourite focal length, along with 28mm).

Yeah I'm pretty excited about the image quality you get with this. I've been playing around with RAWs I downloaded online. The closest thing I've seen to the detail in the files is medium format. They actually have slightly more image information than some Pentax 645z files I was sent to edit a few months ago and hold up to a greater level of cropping than those. And that's a $10k+ camera that comes with it's own long list of quirks. As far as "ugly and unwieldy" I couldn't agree more. I had a really hard time just holding it in the camera shop. My fingers are too big for it's form but I'm told it gets a lot easier to hold once you add this hood that lets you use the live view like a view finder. No viewfinder would have been a deal breaker for me too. Apart from the fact I wouldn't be able to hold it steady I don't think I could stand in front of clients holding my camera like I was using a camera phone. Doesn't do much about the "unwieldy" however. Really does make it a studio camera rather than something for the streets but that suits me. Not sure it did much about the ugly either. I sense I'll be spending a lot of time explaining exactly what the hell this thing is...

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/m_DP1wtext_zpsqahfroky.jpg (http://s251.photobucket.com/user/dankfilms/media/m_DP1wtext_zpsqahfroky.jpg.html)

Dom D
04-19-2016, 08:30 AM
Quick review of the Sigma Quattro 3:

Well I've had this thing sitting in a drawer for the better part of a month and, for various lifestyle reasons, not had an opportunity to use it. Honestly, it's been killing me having it sitting there and not being able bring it out in anger. Well finally had 5 portraiture sessions on Sunday and while I wasn't brave enough to use it throughout the day I did use it out for a few snaps.

First things first: Everything horrible you may have heard about this camera is true. On almost every level it is a genuine 24 carat piece of shit. It takes about 4 seconds to find focus every single shot. Often it fails to find focus. For the first time ever I have dozens of out of focus shots. The battery life is abysmal. I figure about 150 shots per charge. To put that in context I take about 1,200 shots in a day. I am going to be buying up big on batteries... The white balance... To be fair I haven't heard anyone else complain about this, so it may just be me, but I find white balance flutuates wildly between setups so that I have to be judging it fresh every time I change the lights or backdrop. Never dealt with this before. It's horrible. And after you take an image there is about a five second delay before you can view the photo. If you're just trying to judge lighting and hurry things along with an inexperienced model these are the longest five seconds of your life.

Worst of all, the RAW images can't be edited in photoshop. You need to use Sigma's own proprietary software which sits alongside Itunes and Word as the world's worst written piece of software. I read dozens of people complaining about the speed of the software and largely wrote it off. Everyone says you make a change and then you have to wait four seconds to see it take effect. I wrote that off as photographers using Mac or laptops and so not having the hardware to deal with it. I built my own 'puter and know it's super fast and so I knew I'd be fine. Wrong! Doesn't matter what the hardware is, the software can't keep pace. You edit at snails pace or not at all. Really this camera sucks....

BUT BUT BUT.....

holy shit the images are beautiful. The final images are 50 MBs in size and absurdly detailed. You can shot a full body shot and still zoom in on the eye and have clean detail within it to work with. People who describe this as a mini medium format camera are dead on. It just doesn't feel like a dslr at all. The camera almost refuses to blow out highlights. Given I'm a hack and give cameras plenty of opportunity to do just that then that is a big deal for me.

First edited image. It's nothing special, because it's just one of my standard portraiture shoots that I rush through at the rate of 200-300 shots an hour. On top of which I've edited it just now and I'm blind drunk. I've just been out to dinner where I had half a bottle of wine and significant amounts of scotch but I think you can still see some qualities of the camera here. Look at the definition in the boa. My old 7d would just have presented that as a smudgy brown mass but here every strain is visible. For under a grand I'm super happy and impressed with this terrible camera. Oh and shot at 1/800th which was a novel experience:

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg298/dankfilms/SDIM0586_zpsyxfdu5h3.jpg (http://s251.photobucket.com/user/dankfilms/media/SDIM0586_zpsyxfdu5h3.jpg.html)

Ian Jane
02-23-2017, 02:34 PM
So my trusty ten year old Nikon D40 but the dust right in the middle of shooting a concert over the weekend. I'm now the proud owner of a Nikon D3300. There's a bit more of a learning curve than I anticipated but man, this thing is pretty sweet. Much lighter, better reaction to natural lighting, a 5 fps burst mode and just way more customization options than the old rig had. I'm thinking that I basically want to retrain myself now that I have the new setup, as I'd fallen into some lazy habits with the old one and really want to take advantage of all that this thing can do for me.

Anyway, that's it. I'm excited and geeking out about a bit.

Dom D
08-10-2017, 05:55 PM
By a complex set of circumstances that aren't worth going into I recently came into possession of a Nikon d610. Full frame which is nice for my composite work. Very nice images of it though I find it hard to love. Probably because the body feels plastic and consumer-y. Controls are not fantastic and I can't get flash sync at anything faster 1/160th for some reason. Very much a pro-sumer camera... But it takes a damned good picture. Better than my Canon 7d which feels so much more solid and professional and so much more reliable than my compact Sigma- which has the best picture of the 3 but misses focus so often I reluctantly had to shelve it. So a good acquisition considering I didn't have to pay for it although I slightly regret the transaction. I'd been all set to buy a Canon 5ds which with its 50mp sensor would have to be the best studio camera going. Can't bring myself to shell out the four grand now that I already have a full frame dslr. But I still fantasise about what I could do with one of those...

Ian Jane
08-10-2017, 06:00 PM
My last Nikon, which was a D40, lasted me 10 years, and it got used A LOT and sometimes under very rough circumstances (shooting a GWAR show and getting covered in fake blood being just one example). It took a beating and kept delivering. It finally died a few months ago (in the middle of shooting the Mayhem show) and I wound up going with a Nikon D3300 because I got it for an astoundingly good price. It's a fair bit different and I still feel like I'm getting used to it but so far, no complaints.

Dom D
08-10-2017, 06:21 PM
Yeah no doubt it is in reality a workhorse that will last me years but it just feels a bit flakey. Which is entirely subjective and possible half imagination. In truth I really only have two complaints. The Flash Sync topping out at 1/160 is not good though possibly there's another hole in my workflow somewhere and the Nikon is only partially to blame. And the screen is bad. Very low contrast. I hate when clients ask to see an image now because I know the picture looks nothing like what they're seeing. I'm always reassuring them now which feels hacky.

Ian Jane
08-10-2017, 07:41 PM
Going from the D40 to the D3300... the newer model weighted a lot less. That took some getting used to and at first, yeah, without that weight it felt a bit cheaper. Now that I'm used to, I find it's much easier to use, especially if you're out on a hike or something or shooting a concert - less wear on the shoulders due to the lighter form factor.

Paul L
08-11-2017, 03:51 AM
And the screen is bad. Very low contrast. I hate when clients ask to see an image now because I know the picture looks nothing like what they're seeing. I'm always reassuring them now which feels hacky.
If you're in your own studio, why not use tethering to show your clients a proof on a laptop or tablet, Dom?

Dom D
08-11-2017, 05:22 AM
I wouldn't want to be physically tethered to a computer as I run around a lot fixing lights and whatnot and always leave the camera hanging round my neck throughout. The d610 doesn't have wifi built in. I did at one point buy a small modem and after a day spent dicking around with it's firmware managed to get it to act as a wifi for the camera. I was very excited at my cleverness for a little while but ultimately it just proved a bit too buggy to be worth it.

Paul L
08-11-2017, 07:27 AM
I wouldn't want to be physically tethered to a computer as I run around a lot fixing lights and whatnot and always leave the camera hanging round my neck throughout. The d610 doesn't have wifi built in. I did at one point buy a small modem and after a day spent dicking around with it's firmware managed to get it to act as a wifi for the camera. I was very excited at my cleverness for a little while but ultimately it just proved a bit too buggy to be worth it.
Ah, I see, Dom. It can depend on your equipment and method. I've a friend that shoots a lot in the studio with a Phase One and swears by tethering, but if you're more mobile and impromptu during the shoot (David Bailey-style) it can indeed be a pain.

My X-Pro2 has wifi, something I didn't think I needed but which is really handy. We mentioned street shots in my thread about Cornwall, and with my X-Pro2 I can shoot a photograph across to an Android phone or tablet in order to show it to someone whose photograph I've taken, if they ask. It's the future :biggrin:

Dom D
08-11-2017, 11:27 PM
It's the future :biggrin:

Absolutely and I love gadgets so I'd love to set up a big screen or something behind me and have each photo being sent to that after the shot was taken. Would probably freak out first time clients who aren't used to seeing themselves but I can imagine it would be an amazing tool for models who know what they are doing.

It's an odd quirk that it seems like most consumer cameras these days have wifi built in while high end gear really doesn't seem to. Even a camera like the Nikon d810 (which I'm considering upgrading to) doesn't have it.