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  1. Hey all, I grabbed both these lenses the last few weeks as funds allowed. Definitely a great deal going at adorama on Nikon Mount Rokinon Cine lenses. $220 for the 14mm 2.8 and $230 for the 24mm 1.4 $230 for a new 24mm f/1.4 is insane to me. https://www.adorama.com/rkcv14mn.html https://www.adorama.com/rkcv24mn.html They're on sale for all mounts, but that Nikon mount is really cheap right now it deserves mention!
  2. I actually managed to get a Z Cam E1 for the $200 camera challenge in 2019, but they prices have come back up on them. I will say for what the camera is, it's pretty amazing and I've used it a bunch/rigged it into different spots. The control via app is huge and the camera has been really a pleasure to own. It's crazy how small it is. Not sure where I'll go with this challenge, but grabbing the e1 last time around was great.
  3. One inch is tiny, it's 2.5cm so 25mm diameter. The only lens I have close to that small a diameter is the Pentax 110 24mm f/2.8. This lens is TINY TINY TINY and still has a front diameter that takes 25.5mm Filters, so just slightly over 1inch. But it does cover APS-C sized sensors and MFT. If you can get an adapter with an aperture build in, the lens cleans up pretty nicely when stopped down. Not nearly as sharp as the Pentax 110 50mm or 70mm, but sharper than the 18mm.
  4. Kye--I'd look at the Nikon 80-200mm 2.8's They're more expensive than some on your list, but can be had for cheaper than the contax or canon FD 100-300mms. The nikon has a push pull version that can be found really cheap. There's also a 2 ring version of the lens for not a lot more. It might be worth taking the step up to a lens like that. Nikon has a bunch of older cheaper teleconverters that would play pretty nice with it too
  5. I completely agree. Hopefully this summer will see them implement some of that, with the next Z camera, or continued firmware updates, or maybe both
  6. That looks great. I hope the Z line keeps going and gives us more internal recording options, I really like everything I've seen from the z6.
  7. You can absolutely use your ipad to do this, but you need a mirror set up of some type. Having a true mirrored prompter set up with the camera shooting from behind the text really is essential for it to look right. Check out amazon and ebay and look through the cheaper options and find reviews of those. There are some nice basic ones out there. The ipad works great with a bluetooth remote as well. We have one that can slow down/speed up the text scroll speed as well as pause, restart, etc. Ipad prompters can be a great option if your talent is fine to see/read something that
  8. I have the gx85 and love it as a travel camera. Went on a trip with the gx85, g7, 12-32mm, 45-150mm, 14mm, 25mm, and more all in a smaller/light backpack. Had a great time. The kit zooms are slow, but they really are nice and compact. Definitely worth having around IMO But I also have the nx1 and nx500. It doesn't make sense for most people to buy samsung nx stuff at this point, but you might be an exception. The nx500 is pretty sweet. It doesn't have all the feature of nx1, but feels very similar. It has the 16-50 PZ lens that is super tiny. It's slow, but it's a good kit
  9. I think this is definitely true and has been for awhile. It seems with current production methods/ideas, the more electronics and software go into lenses the less serviceable they will be. I remember with the Samsung NX glass they did the same thing. You could go on Samsung parts website and buy 'Parts' lenses, which were just brown box replacement lenses for a much cheaper price. This was because they rarely or didn't service lenses, they just replaced them. Now the other side of this is that everything seems to be getting to this point. There are pretty nice 2x1 flexible
  10. I believe the 24mm is known to have a pretty big swing in sample variation between lenses. Seems like most of these Rokinon/Samyang ones do.
  11. I've never used one of those, but have only heard good things. Seems as well built/better than the Canon 17-55/2.8. I've almost picked one up several times, but have mainly stuck to FF lenses. The nikon 16-80mm f/2.8-4 is really tempting too.
  12. I'm in the same place. The ability to go to 20 is huge! A friend bought the sigma 10-20mm 3.5 years ago when I bought the 11-16mm and the ability to get to 20 made me really envious of that lens. It makes a huge difference to be able to go from Ultrawide to just wide. They 11-20's are getting so cheap now too that I'm sure I'll buy one over the course of the next year or so, but for now the 11-16 has just been so good to me I have no reason to change it. If I start shooting something a bit more run and gun the 11-20 would be on my short list of things to buy
  13. Love the nikon zooms, I have older ones than you, but have enjoyed my time with them. I have the 20-35/2.8, 28-70/2.8, 80-200/2.8 set and like them a lot. Depending on how things go I'm considering getting into the Nikon Z system, if I did that I'd be tempted to upgrade my trio to your set. I love that 16-35, I've been tempted to upgrade to that one before. Your shots look great.
  14. Yeah, I have the tokina 11-16 and it has served me very well. It's the champ of fast wide angle lenses With that said I STILL sometimes almost upgrade to the 11-20. The range it provides is amazing and the price is great. It is 82mm front thread though if that means anything, but it can be had really cheap used. Same thing with the 11-16, which is 77mm front filter thread. I have the 20mm 2.8 and like it, but to be honest with the Nikkors I like the 18mm 3.5 more. The aperture never really bothered me on that one. (Mine are all AIS) If you're after something fast tokina als
  15. Nice, good find! Thanks for sharing. Looks like the Neewer and konova are pretty much the same rails/carriage with different motor/remote designs.
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