What have you just bought - Part 2?

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Re: What have you just bought - Part 2?

Postby RexGig » Wed Jan 06, 2016 12:25 am

It looks like the iPad Pro will have to go back to Verizon. It requires a hard reset to turn the power on, if it has been off for more than a very short time. It loses a very significant amount of battery capacity when powered-off. Yesterday, it went from 50% to zero while I was sleeping. Today, it went from a full charge to 80% while I was sleeping, but I slept for a somewhat shorter time period. We have three iPads in the family, of prior generations, for reference, so I know this iPad Pro is misbehaving.

Edited to add: More troubling is wiggling lines that appear along the longitudinal axis of the screen, followed within seconds by the screen going black, in an apparent powering-off. The site I was viewing will not be present when the iPad is powered-up again. I thought I had resolved this with resetting everything, but it just happened again.
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Re: What have you just bought - Part 2?

Postby Bob Andersson » Wed Jan 06, 2016 9:51 am

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I've had my iPad Pro for a month or so and I don't recognise any of those symptoms as being "normal". It definitely needs to be returned. :(

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Re: What have you just bought - Part 2?

Postby RexGig » Sun Jan 10, 2016 8:44 am

After carefully weighing whether birds/wildlife or landscapes/seascapes would be more important this year, and the importance of high-ISO low-light shooting, plus Canon-versus-Nikon-versus-other*, I bought a 5Ds R Saturday evening. One deciding factor was seeing BIFs*, captured with a 5DsR, posted on another forum, helping assure me that a 5Ds R need not be a prisoner of a tripod. This is not saying, of course, that a 5Ds R is an ideal bird-shooting camera, and, indeed, I have a pair of 7D Mark II cameras if the primary goal is birds. The nearly-identical ergonomics and and controls of the 7D II and 5Ds R should be very helpful, especially when using both during the same shoot.

*I shoot with both Canon and Nikon equipment, but upgrading camera bodies of each brand, each generation, is too expensive.

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Re: What have you just bought - Part 2?

Postby RexGig » Sat Jan 23, 2016 1:55 am

iPhone 6s Plus, from the local AT&T store.

I had been using two mobile phones for a number of years, and had recently been considering "porting" one of my phone numbers to a different service provider. Finding that Verizon no longer employed tech folks at their local stores was the final prompt I needed to make the move. (I will probably continue to use two service providers, indefinitely, as long as they complement each other.)

I prefer the Plus size, for a "smart" phone. I have been using a 6 Plus for about a year; now both are Pluses.

Verizon has better coverage, overall, in the USA, but some rural parts of Texas are covered by AT&T, but not Verizon. With my increased interest in rural road trips for nature and landscape shooting, this was factor.
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Re: What have you just bought - Part 2?

Postby RexGig » Sun Jan 31, 2016 5:25 pm

My buying spree has about concluded, I think, with a Canon EF 35mm f/2 USM IS. The new 35L II was really tempting me, but some painful trading would have been necessary, probably two nice lenses sacrificed. I decided 35mm is not sufficiently important to my shooting to justify that level of sacrifice; I tend to like to shoot either wider or longer than 35mm. Plus, my on-line pixel-peeping, and such, indicated that the 35L II, while more than thrice the price, was not three times better, optically; more like incrementally better, and in some flare-inducing conditions, it seems the 35 IS fares better than the 35L II. I find myself dealing with flare quite often.

It remains to be seen whether I will sell my 35L, now that I have the 35 IS. I really like the 35L on cropped-frame cameras, where its lesser edge and corner performance is nullified, and its wider aperture is of increased importance. The 35L on a crop body, and 35 IS on my 5Ds R, may well complement each other nicely.
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Re: What have you just bought - Part 2?

Postby RexGig » Sat Feb 06, 2016 3:35 am

Well, I added one more lens, though I had to trade two significant lenses, including my 35L, in order to afford it: Zeiss 2/135 APO Sonnar ZE, a pre-owned, but like-new sample. I now have two of these, one each for the Canon and Nikon mount.
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Re: What have you just bought - Part 2?

Postby RexGig » Thu Feb 18, 2016 6:18 pm

I just accessed Amazon, by clicking-on the affiliate link at the main Cameralabs page, and ordered a Canon Macrolite 67 Adapter. I found that I can use my Macro Ringlite on my EF 35mm f/2 IS, with the adapter, without vignetting in the corners. As my two adapters stay on my macro lenses, I ordered another adapter, that can remain on my 35 IS, for convenience, and to protect the filter threads, functioning as a short hood. There is no hood packaged with 35 IS, anyway, and I do believe in using hoods for protection of the front of the lens.

Last week, I traded, two well-liked, but recently little-used lenses, toward a Nikkor 35mm f/1.4G lens, at a local camera store. This was the first time I had traded lenses that I had used to capture some memorable images, but, ultimately, they had been sitting, largely unused, in the recent past, and I had to trade or sell something to add another lens. While shooting in low light, with a Nikkor AF 35mm f/2D, the flare and ghosts had been bothersome, and there were times I found myself wanting to open the aperture a bit more. Plus, the 35/1.4G is weather-sealed, whereas the 35/2D is not sealed at all. The 35/1.4G remedies the second and third of those three issues, and might mitigate the flaring and ghosting. (The 35/1.4G, in spite of its "pro" build and high price, has no ED elements.) Ergonomics are most certainly improved, on the D3s, as a wide, shallow groove on the lens body is perfectly placed for my left thumb and fingers to grasp the lens firmly while shooting.
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Re: What have you just bought - Part 2?

Postby Bob Andersson » Tue Mar 22, 2016 9:20 am

Sony RX1R II.

I've been quietly wringing my hands about this decision for a few months but the bottom line is that it gave me an opportunity to downsize yet again, both in weight and volume, while fulfilling 90% of my day to day needs. I will, of course, be keeping my m4/3rds kit which has capabilities that the Sony obviously lacks.

First impressions are "Wow". That lens is razor sharp corner to corner at f/5.6 which is probably as wide as I'd ever normally go for landscapes and coupled with that 42 MP sensor I have a fair degree of flexibility for cropping in post. I'm in love! :lol:

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Re: What have you just bought - Part 2?

Postby Antony » Sun Mar 27, 2016 2:16 am

My latest gadget: a remote control capable of controlling the most popular camera (on Flickr).
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The colour matches my iPhone 6S
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Re: What have you just bought - Part 2?

Postby popo » Sat Apr 16, 2016 11:53 am

Rode VideoMic Pro + Manfrotto video head. Guess what I'm trying to do?...
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Re: What have you just bought - Part 2?

Postby oldCarlos » Sat Apr 16, 2016 5:11 pm

popo wrote:Rode VideoMic Pro + Manfrotto video head. Guess what I'm trying to do?...


Astro video :lol:
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Re: What have you just bought - Part 2?

Postby popo » Sat Apr 16, 2016 8:39 pm

Ooh, on that note, tomorrow I will be pickup my upgraded solar scope. PST back end with new front end. In theory over double the potential resolution... just in time for me to miss the mercury transit due to work travel.
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Re: What have you just bought - Part 2?

Postby Jiko » Fri Jun 17, 2016 1:27 pm

Fractal Design Arc XL

My old desktop computer case (Xigmatec Asgard) is quite terribly small and crappy and its front fan is defective. Enough reasons to get a better case with more space inside, more room for my hard drives and a much better cooling. And a USB3 frontpanel.

Next things to get: New PSU, new rest of a computer apart from the drives.
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Re: What have you just bought - Part 2?

Postby RexGig » Mon Jul 04, 2016 2:34 pm

I traded a little-used Canon EF 16-35/2.8L II, toward the purchase of a really nice pre-owned Nikkor 70-200/2.8G VR. I almost bought the newer version, during Nikon USA's June rebate, but decided that that having the latest, greatest 70-200/2.8G VR II, for the better edges and corners with FX cameras, was not worth the added expense, when I have several nice prime lens choices in that focal length range.

The EF 16-35/2.8L is a nice enough lens, but my Nikkor 14-24/2.8G is much more appealing, for my shooting.
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Re: What have you just bought - Part 2?

Postby Jiko » Fri Jul 15, 2016 8:27 am

I just bought an IBM Thinkpad X60 on eBay for 25€. Hope it still works. I already have a T60, R60 and T420 here but I'm going for a longer walk next month and I need a lighter option which is why I got this laptop which is at least 1kg lighter than any of my existing ones. It's not a strong thing but I need it in order to save my photos and videos on the way and I have a 500GB HDD ready to be built in, which should be enough for saving quite a lot of stuff. Yeah, I'd feel better having an even bigger HDD. Going to install Linux Mint 32 Bit on it. Writing should work perfectly on it as it has a good keyboard.
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