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  1. Yeah, that lens is bananas in good light for $100 or so. Also just got the toy-like 15-45mm which is amazing at 15mm and will hold me off buying the 16-55mm for a good while. May not need it at all if my 50mm Super Takumar and 55mm Minolta Rokkor are sharp enough on this sensor. Got the 23mm f2 for WR and 7artisans 35mm f1.2 for lowlight. The latter flares badly but the 23 has CA open.
  2. What is the cheapest SD card you have used with the XT3 with no problems? I want to use the top video option in 24fps. How many GB will 10 minutes of the top spec 24 fps video take up? Someone suggested a 64GB card would do 15 minutes earlier in the thread, but I saw somewhere else that 10 minutes would be approx 30GB. Hoping to buy the camera in the next day or two, so would like to get the right cards at the same time. I am thinking as a backup plan to rotate 2-3 cards by copying video files onto cheap micro SDs in my phone so I can use the SD cards again whilst out. Any advice much appreciated.
  3. Anyone care to hazard a guess whether the Fuji X-E4 will have the same video features. Doesn't seem much smaller than this: Or is the X-Pro3 a more realistic option to handle the heat for us left viewfider lovers? Or are these cameras unlikely to get these awesome video specs, with them being so popular for street photography?
  4. Are you sure? Fuji's next medium format camera will be announced soon. 😉 It will be too thin for video but the next one might not be, so if I buy the XT3 I won't be getting any extra Fuji mount lenses. Apparently you can use most FF ones on their medium format mount and this camera might just be under $3500. Might cheap out on a G90 for video to save up for the Fuji MF for photos, as it has the viewfinder in the right place, on the left. Why do cameras have viewfinders in the middle still? Is it purely for lefties? I know I am not the only one with a nose that protrudes out more than the central viewfinders.
  5. This is worrying. Did they take the whole bag or just slip the laptop out? I am definitely putting a lock on my carry on from now on. I also need a new laptop so can't advise, but can confirm that the Dell XPS 15 is an awesome travel laptop as it is so compact. Wouldn't hesitate getting another if the specs are good enough now. I had an MSI gaming laptop and mainly switched to the XPS as it was so much smaller.
  6. Too late. A year or two ago sure. But I only see longer 4k recording time and better color as big bonuses. Having what I assume is the same h.264/100Mbps fragile codec as my G7 just won't cut it in 2019. If it did h.265 at 100Mbps it would be a different matter. I think I saw the GX9 EVF is the same as the GX85's too, which was unusable for me and many others. At least we have some potentially awesome Nikon news tomorrow.
  7. I am in Asia so its not worth sending back as postage is $36. Just filled everything in to pay then bottled it when I got to PayPal. 😁 I will stick with what I have (which is surprisingly good at the right aperture) and then get a 10mm or 10.5mm when I can afford the SLR Magic at $599 at B&H. Saving for the BMPCC 4K at the moment (or maybe even the Nikon Z6 if it has the video specs). I wish they sold the SLR Magic for $599 locally as I am not comfortable spending that much on the other side of the world. Or if Laowa (more likely a 9mm zero distortion f2.8) or someone else makes one. Its a gaping hole in M43 lenses at least for autofocus primes. A Sigma 10.5mm f2.8 would be the perfect ultra wide angle M43 lens for me. Would be too big at f1.4 and an f2.8 would be cheaper. Still might re-open that Adorama tab...
  8. So close to picking it up for $89 but I have a lot of experience with new Chinese lenses and the copy variation is not worth the risk, probably why it is so cheap. It probably wont have a flat focal plane. Actually, that's not really an issue with such a wide lens. I think my 12-32mm with Ricoh GW6 wide converter will be better as a 9.5mm f3.5 lens. 9.5mm is plenty wide enough for me, but it's only $89. Its gonna be snapped up fast, need to decide 😓😁
  9. I would like to see one next to a GH5s. I think it may make the Panasonic sensor look needlessly small. If the lowlight version can do similar video specs (mainly whatever counts as HDR UHD), I will be very interested. Canon may feel that have to follow suit to keep up. This just might be great for video cameras under $2500 next year.
  10. Just sold my Sigma as it was too big for photos, but I may buy it back once the BMPCC 4K comes out and I start doing video again. I find it wide enough and it is an improvement over the PL15mm, but if you dont need the wider aperture (thinner DOF and better low light) then I would get the 15mm. Or for your budget you could get both the Panasonic 14mm f2.5 and Panasonic 20mm f1.7. Both little pancakes but think of the 20mm as a manual focus lens. I want the extra aperture so if I don't re-buy the Sigma I may get the Samyang 21mm F1.4 or T1.5 cine version. The 14mm and 15mm lenses can be a bit boring with your zoom starting at 14mm. If you go a bit narrower like 21mm or 20mm you get more bokeh, or if you get an f1.4 you get that and better low light. Or you can go ultra wide with the 7-14mm or 9-18mm, which sound fun.
  11. MacMurphy

    50mm

    I got a pre-AIS Nikon 50mm f1.4 recently but it was poor on one side so went back. Wide open it was quite poor, as you would expect (newer versions will be better because of the coating and whatnot). Amazing at f5.6 though. Then got an old M42 Yashica f1.7 50mm but it is not good at all wide open (OK center but terrible edges). Just got a Canon 50mm f1.4 FDn today and it is awesome wide open. Never seems to get as good as the Nikon did, but being so good wide open means it gets my vote. But for filmic its nowhere near my Super Takumar 55mm f1.8, so next on my list is to get a 50mm f1.4 SMC Takumar. My M42 lenses are all quite poor wide open so have a focal reducer on the way so I can stop them down a bit.
  12. I thought I saw a post showing it was terrible for over sharpening (everything looked painted on when zoomed in). Let me check... Here it is: http://www.allaboutsymbian.com/features/item/22923_By_popular_demand_Nokia_808_Pu.php maybe there has been a firmware update or something to fix it?
  13. Olympus 45mm f1.8. You get a bit extra bokeh because the focal plane isnt flat at the sides (I think the Lenstip review talks about this, they have compared all options in this range). Mine had a slight yellow cast as well which made images look better straight away. It is well within your budget and the bokeh is smoother than the 42.5mm f1.7. But the latter has OIS. Try them both in a store. The Panasonic is a bit sharper but the bokeh a bit busier. Also try the Sigma 60mm f2.8 which has a similar depth of field (depending on distance). The 60 is not too long, ridiculously sharp for the $200 price and has nice smooth bokeh. The 60 is less easy to use manually and bigger, but once you see the sharpness you will probably accept that. If you want sharpness and subject separation I would get the Sigma. If you want a smoother more filmic look get the Olympus. I think someone compared the Olympus to the f1.2 version and said the bokeh was the same smoothness, obviously just not as heavy. If you would consider manual: 7Artisans should come out with a M43 version of their new 35mm f1.2 soon (it is on B&H as back order). It is out of stock in many places so they may be doing a big new batch and I think they may add M43 on. The focus ring isnt the smoothest but it is shaped nicely making focusing a nice experience. These types of Chinese lenses often come in M43 mounts and often have clickless aperture rings. Their brand new 50mm f1.8 has a M43 version and looks nice, but the 35mm f1.2 is so tempting and apparently a pretty sharp lens. Feels really solid and is tiny for a f1.2.
  14. Take the kit zoom if it does the camera justice like Panasonic and Fuji kit zooms do. For $200 it should be a bargain. 295g is good... I just checked reviews and it isn't on the same level as Fuji and Panasonic kit zooms, very mixed reviews. May as well get it anyway for that price and test it yourself. Then a pants pocketable APSC Ricoh GR; 28mm f2.8 super sharp lens, award winning colors, plus it is super easy to use. It is a one handed camera, which could be very useful on those slopes (an RX100 would feel slippery without a good add-on grip, then it might not be pocketable). The GR is ultralightweight at 220g and used costs probably a few hundred bucks. If you need wifi get the 2nd version for a bit more. I think I would have to take a fast prime too, a small manual one for those sunsets and sunrises and the odd portrait. Just did a quick search and the Voigtländer NOKTON 35mm F/1.4 E-Mount Lens looks small to me. Might have a nice glow for one or two sunsets with a difference.... yep: " The Nokton Classic 35mm is designed to include some aberrations when shot wide open to produce distinct blur, but offering enhanced sharpness when stopped down." Or maybe the smaller M mount one can be adapted?
  15. Just started with Fuji and have no GAS whatsoever for once about getting set up with lenses. Thanks to the lowly old first version of the 16-50mm kit lens f3.5-5.6 (eq. 24-75mm). On the Fuji lens comparison site it is similar to the top lenses with the advantage of being a zoom, OIS and faster focusing and probably much lighter. I use small old lenses for low light. So maybe there is a Sony kit zoom which is sharp and quick. Then a little fast 28mm ish pancake for night.
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