With regard to lenses:
"Fast" = has a large maximum aperture (a *low* minimum f-stop number), so it gathers more light, so the shutter speed can be kept reasonably fast (1/60sec, say) in poor light, freezing action and reducing the chance of camera shake spoiling the pic"Prime" = a fixed focal length, doesn't zoom; primes pretty much always offer better image quality for your buck, and you don't get close to the "speed" (minimum f-stop) of a prime with a zoom unless you're spending crazy $$$
For example, 40mm f/2.8 prime, about $120 (weighs 130g); 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom, about $1700 (and weighs 800g). Obviously, you can do a lot more with the latter, and it's not a fair comparison as the latter is a pro-grade lens, but you get the idea. Keeping a large max aperture over the whole of a zoom's range means a lot of glass.
― Michael Jones, Monday, 19 December 2016 17:00 (five years ago) link
That video really helped me understand a few basics I had no idea about!
― JacobSanders, Monday, 19 December 2016 19:37 (five years ago) link
I decided to give my wife the Canon Rebel T6s and she's very happy. I almost went with the 80D but then reminded myself that she has never used a camera like this before. Now I need to buy her a camera bag!
― JacobSanders, Sunday, 25 December 2016 05:20 (five years ago) link
Hurrah, Merry Xmas!
My daughters are about to discover Santa favours pancake primes... (they got a pair of 10yo DSLRs last Xmas)
― Michael Jones, Sunday, 25 December 2016 10:10 (five years ago) link
― Rush Limbaugh and Lou Reed doing sex with your parents (bizarro gazzara), Sunday, 25 December 2016 11:30 (five years ago) link
New Nikons announced today - Z6 and Z7. Both mirrorless, both with an all-new mount. Quite pricey: £2600 for the Z6 with the kit. Specs seem roughly in the same place as the Sony's, but XQD cards only and no eye AF. Z6 is low-light focused, Z7 is MP-packed.Lens line up is quite light, but they're promising a f0.95 Noct next year, which is pretty exciting (and worth the lens mount change; they couldn't get that fast on an AF lens with the narrow F mount).
― stet, Thursday, 23 August 2018 12:54 (three years ago) link
*looks at canon hq; sees shutters beating against broken windows in the idle breeze; turns and looks at very, very expensive canon lens set*
― YouTube_-_funy_cats.flv (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Monday, 27 August 2018 22:54 (three years ago) link
Supposedly a Canon FF mirrorless announcement next week. EF mount is the rumour. That might be the first time they've truly snookered Nikon in a decade.
― Michael Jones, Wednesday, 29 August 2018 23:39 (three years ago) link
― YouTube_-_funy_cats.flv (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Sunday, 2 September 2018 17:42 (three years ago) link
Looks kinda nice. But the EF mount rumour was false... RF/EF adaptor doesn't look too chunky and I imagine anyone hiring out this thing would throw one in the box. Which is the only way I'll get to play with one. Hope it's better than the EOS-M bodies which don't focus well at all with regular EF lenses.
I only just bought a 2014-vintage Fuji mirrorless (for half the price of Nikon's Z-mount 50mm), which is great fun with old Canon FD primes, so I'm happy to stay several years behind the bleedin' edge.
― Michael Jones, Monday, 3 September 2018 16:05 (three years ago) link
Ooh, Canon EOS R takes the same battery as my 6D? That's a big saving right there. ;)
― Michael Jones, Monday, 3 September 2018 16:43 (three years ago) link
I pulled the trigger on a full frame after a year of aps-c. A Sony A7. Only shot about two rolls so far. The extra detail is nice but it feels equal to the aps-c in terms of capturing light and color. I don’t like the weight and size of the thing despite it being mirrorless.
― calstars, Saturday, 20 April 2019 02:34 (three years ago) link
The only reason I'd get a full frame is if I needed to shoot by candlelight, or have eyelash thin depth of field. One loses an f-stop worth of these with APS-C, and two with μ43.
― Insert bad pun (Sanpaku), Monday, 22 April 2019 13:04 (three years ago) link
When I double up at events (two bodies: 6D, 70D) I always wince at little when I'm having to push the APS-C body up beyond ISO3200. It just can't really hack it up there the way the FF body can - I know I'll have much less latitude with the RAW in post without getting into the realm of plasticky noise reduction. I'm sure the 70D isn't state of the art wrt high-ISO for crop sensors in 2019 (Canon generally isn't), mind, and it's still pretty good.
― Michael Jones, Tuesday, 23 April 2019 13:00 (three years ago) link
Another shoot, another discovery that my F stop was on 16 the entire time. F
― calstars, Monday, 10 June 2019 20:16 (three years ago) link
Sold all my canon stuff and went a9ii. Limited use over the last few days but it’s pretty amazing. I got tired of waiting for canon to come out w something as obviously good as the A7 line and decided to go all in.
― Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Sunday, 10 November 2019 04:38 (two years ago) link
...I didn’t think I’d be as amused with the idea of an optional asp-c crop function but here I am trotting around at 150mm
― Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Sunday, 10 November 2019 04:39 (two years ago) link
After shooting for three years with APS C I finally bought a full frame, a Sony a7 ii. Taking it out today to break it in a bit
― ncxkd, Friday, 14 January 2022 18:07 (five months ago) link
(With some cheap 35 mm / 2.8 glass)
― ncxkd, Friday, 14 January 2022 19:23 (five months ago) link