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Photography Gear

Post by Mugsy » 02 Jun 2018, 13:51

Not sure there's many here that do photography with gear beyond a phone (not that there's anything wrong with that) but I figure I'd start the thread and see what comes of it.

I mainly do my photography when I travel these days. Currently, I sport two systems: My trusty Canon APS-C gear and my Nikon 1 gear... the latter I got as a lighter option for travel. I've been thinking about whether the Nikon 1 is good enough for big trips though. I've invested a bit into the setup with 10-100mm, 6.7-13mm and 18.5mm f/1.8 lenses and it does well for a nice weekend away. The 1 inch sensor is adequate for capturing shots but I only have a V1 which is 10MP and won't be so good for shots I want to blow up and hang on the wall. Not to mention the V1 has very cumbersome manual controls.

My Canon 600D (18MP) with 15-85 lens is my go to setup for anything I need a bit more megapixels for enlargement or where I feel I need to crop. But it can be a bit heavy for a 2month plus trip.

I could get myself a Nikon V2 or even V3 but since I'd need to get a whole new set of spare batteries with it, I could look into getting a whole new system during sales where I could get a body and lens for cheap. The Olympus E-M10 mk2 should be due for retirement in the next year and a half (esp once the mk4 is out) which gives me an opportunity to jump to the Four Thirds system. But then I'd probably want the Olympus 12-100mm f/4 which costs RRP$1600. I do like my wider all purpose lenses but $1600 is a lot of mulah to part with... one reason why I stuck with the V1 which I think cost me around $1000-1200 for the entire system I currently have.

Would love to get some idea if anyone has thoughts on a good travel setup (esp for remote places).
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Re: Photography Gear

Post by Mugsy » 05 Jun 2018, 07:40

So... not long after considering purchasing an Olympus OM-D E-M10, there's a 15% off sale from Digidirect that brings down the price a bit. The 12-40 f/2.8 lens is also a bit cheaper too. Not the 12-100 f/4 but it'll be better for low light. Still, it's a smidgen over $1500 all up and we haven't even considered cost of spare batteries coz these things only take about 350 shots per charge.

https://www.digidirect.com.au/cameras/c ... nly_silver

https://www.digidirect.com.au/camera_le ... 8_pro_lens

Maybe my Nikon V1 ain't so bad after all.
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Re: Photography Gear

Post by Mugsy » 10 Jun 2018, 20:37

Found a Nikon 1 V2 on sale along with spare batteries and the GPS attachment on clearance. All up, an extra $440 spent on the Nikon 1 system to give it some more manual control.

Still tempted to get the Olympus but I've found out that there's a kit with the pro 12-40 f/2.8 lens and the mid ranged OM-D model that can be had for ~$1400 during sales.

Will probably have a good play with the V2 and my current lenses first and if I feel I could do with the Olympus, I'll keep an eye on the kit's stock, save like made, and snap one up the next time there's a decent sale.

Will give me some time to decide between all black or the silver top, retro look.
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Re: Photography Gear

Post by Mugsy » 14 Jun 2018, 20:55

Ended up seeing sales on the Olympus OM-D E-M10 mk2 and 12-40mm f/2.8 lens so decided to get them for a smidgen over $1100. Figured I'd save myself that $300 seeing how most of the OM-D models don't quite have the tech I want just yet. Between a funky white Nikon and an all black, metal Olympus, I'll be spoiled for choice when it comes to cameras and will have absolutely no reason to not go out shooting.
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Re: Photography Gear

Post by n1cholas » 15 Jun 2018, 11:52

Mugsy wrote:
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I'll be spoiled for choice when it comes to cameras and will have absolutely no reason to not go out shooting.
Nice.

I'd been thinking about getting a camera but I'd probably never have it on me when I saw something I wanted to take a good picture of so I'll probably just end up spending more on a smartphone with a better camera.
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Re: Photography Gear

Post by Mugsy » 15 Jun 2018, 23:09

Yeah, as they say, the best camera is the one you have on you and for most of us it'll be the one on our smartphones. I still use my Lumia 950's camera a hell of a lot especially since I can take a photo and send it on.

These days, one really does have to be specifically focused on doing photography to make it worth while getting a dedicated camera and lugging it around.

Luckily for me, I do a lot of photography when I'm traveling. I like to experience my holiday but I'll still take a good quality snap when I get the chance. I also take a lot of photos for work. One thing about property analysis, an image adds a lot of value and geotagging images is invaluable when inspecting estates across a region.
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Re: Photography Gear

Post by Mugsy » 30 Jun 2018, 17:27

Thought this is a very cool DSLR/Mirrorless camera bag, especially for anyone going through wet areas:

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Re: Photography Gear

Post by Mugsy » 15 Jul 2018, 23:16

I gotta get out and try some of these shots...

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Re: Photography Gear

Post by Mugsy » 09 Sep 2018, 11:49

The shit got weird at the Canon EOS R announcement event. Jump to 5min 20sec...

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