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Re: What're you thinking right now??

Postby Jiko » Sun Mar 08, 2015 10:21 pm

I think of my new thinkpad. OK, "new" ist relatively. I bought an used Lenovo Thinkpad T420, looks absolutely new, works fine, has a great keyboard and it's better than my old Lenovo Ideapad G560.

OK - comparisons:

Ideapad G560 - Thinkpad T420
320GB HDD - 320GB HDD. Yay! OK, I'm going to get a 256GB SSD soon.
i3 2x2.16 Ghz - i5 2x2.5 Ghz. Yeah. It's kinda better.
4GB RAM 1066Mhz - 4GB RAM 1333Mhz. I'm going to upgrade it to 16GB 1866Mhz. If I can't afford it within a reasonable time 8GB 1600Mhz would be OK, too.
Geforce 310M - Intel HD 3000. Similar results. Intel HD isn't that great but it needs less energy. OK, at least no downgrade here.
DVD drive - DVD drive that can easily be changed for a second HDD. Even while running and everytime I want it to change. Quite a nice solution.
3x USB 2.0 - 4x USB 2.0. Still no USB 3.0 but I could add an express card with 2x USB 3.0. Yeah - I could upgrade the laptop to 6x USB! Strike!
Battery left: 30 min - battery left: 4 hours. And I can get a slice battery for it which adds (!) about 7 hours! Strike!
Great keyboard with num pad. - great keyboard. Spill resistant.
1366x768 15.6" - 1366x768 14". The 1600x900 was so much more expensive I stayed with the lower resolution. Size is OK.
Poor Touchpad, use it only with my USB trekball - HELL I LOVE THE TRACKPOINT!!! It has a touchpad but I never even use it.
Different things broken - almost unbreakable, super strong.
Did I mention I like the trackpoint?
To be fair - I could add the 2x USB 3.0 express card to the G560 as well.


OK - my desktop computer:
AMD Phenom II 4x3.4Ghz
Geforce GTX 460
BluRay drive and DVD drive
1TB + 2TB + 3TB HDDs
4GB RAM
6x USB 2.0
1x USB 1.0
No battery.
Great IBM keyboard.
2x 1600x900 screens.
Trackball.


Result: The "new" laptop was quite a bit much more expensive than my old one and it is only a slight upgrade looking at the power but it's alright. My old laptop has some problems. Sometimes it's slow like hell, when it's connected to the TV via HDMI you get some cracking sounds when pressing any button. Didn't do that in the beginning.
And I love the trackpoint of the new laptop.

I guess my next computer might become something like a Thinkpad W with i7 and up to 32GB RAM that could replace both my laptop and my desktop computer.


OK, the "new" Thinkpad isn't the strongest laptop around but it's quite nice and enough for some photography work and not-so-hard video editing until I finish highschool and earn some money for a better computer.
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Re: What're you thinking right now??

Postby popo » Mon Mar 09, 2015 6:29 pm

Bob, to be fair I haven't used one 1st hand which is where the proof would be, but even in the best case of "as good as" DSLR, it wouldn't make sense to move to something that does the same without some other compelling advantage.

The more sensible part of me is even asking why I'm looking at expensive cameras given I rarely use the 5D2 as it is, and even in my main interest area I've hardly touched the 7D2 since I got it. I just don't take as many photos right now compared to what I used to. Work pays me well enough to support my interests, but doesn't leave me enough time to do much! Apart from one night on comet whatever-it-was I didn't even do any serious astro this winter.

On that note, I see a CaK PST up on sale elsewhere. I like the Ha version and wanted the CaK one but it is long discontinued. Snag is the seller is asking for a top price, and given their rarity I wouldn't be surprised to see it go for what they're asking. The part holding me back is for a bit more cash I could get some new parts from Lunt to make my own equivalent at a higher spec, but we are getting into 4 figures at this point...
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Re: What're you thinking right now??

Postby Bob Andersson » Mon Mar 09, 2015 8:58 pm

Hi popo,

Astro never seems to be cheap to do well and kit often depreciates in value. :( But if the CaK PST doesn't move you'll at least be in a stronger position to make an offer on it.

Ditto so far a new astro data is concerned but I've been hard at work on my processing skills. Sometimes I wonder why I bother but that's another story! :lol:

The reason I bang on about mirrorless, and m2/3rds in particular, is that when I'm out and about it's generally no hassle to have it with me, not something I could ever say about my Canon DSLRs. But each to their own. It would be a shame if we were all the same (I'm thinking right now. :P )

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Re: What're you thinking right now??

Postby popo » Mon Mar 09, 2015 9:05 pm

m2/3rds? Now, that might be getting smaller enough to be interesting :) Well, that would be in the same ball park sensor size as Nikon 1 I think, but their pricing and strategy is far too erratic. On that note, a Nikon 1 with their native 70-300 could be a serious telephoto combo, and their phase AF isn't supposed to be bad either.

As I think I mentioned before, where a DSLR is too big, I don't see m4/3 being smaller enough to make me carry it either. Aside from my phone, my carry (almost) everywhere cameras is still the Sony HX9V superzoom compact. I occasionally swap it with the Fuji X100 but I can't get into the single prime mindset to make the most of it. The Fuji was a good learning experience though. At least I know what I don't like, which helps reduce the desire of the X system to me.
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Re: What're you thinking right now??

Postby popo » Tue Mar 10, 2015 12:24 pm

The CaK PST has sold already so I guess that makes the decision for me :) Now I'm looking at Lunk kit... I need to step away from the internet for a bit I think.
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Re: What're you thinking right now??

Postby Jiko » Wed Mar 18, 2015 10:21 pm

After watching about one and a half hour of DigitalRev stuff I didn't watch the last months, I think "enough for today"! Now watching The Camera Store TV :mrgreen:
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Re: What're you thinking right now??

Postby RexGig » Thu May 07, 2015 8:15 pm

I am again seriously thinking, as I may have mentioned previously here, of retirement from my public service career. Each June and December, there are "phase-down election" meetings, where we can apply for various options to receive our unpaid leave. I have accumulated over two years' of unused leave! There are no options for one lump sum; the options range from full bi-weekly pay, in effect a long paid vacation, while retaining the powers and responsibilities of a peace officer, to two half-pay options, to a five-year pay-out option.

Retirement would mean no more crime scene/evidentiary/forensic photography, at least not to be uploaded directly into a police computer; I may well shoot images for a volunteer search-and-recovery group, for which my wife is the volunteer forensic advisor.

My wife just retired from her job as a forensic investigator for the Harris County, Texas, medical examiner. She had planned to retire nearer the end of 2015, but she was side-lined by a serious heart condition; in effect, she worked that highly stressful job until her health was broken. She recently completed a long series of therapy sessions to induce collateral revascularization in her heart, and was cleared to return to work after May First, but decided to accept the slightly lower pension benefit of retiring somewhat early.

She has now announced that she is a "photographer," though she has yet to decide whether that means a "professional" photographer, or a very serious amateur with plenty of uncommitted time. She is the mentor who finally persuaded me to use serious cameras, and is one of the most-experienced forensic/death scene photographers in the USA, so her skills are at a high level. By comparison, I would be her assistant, the junior partner.

I am starting to type too much, so will stop now. Maybe more, later?
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Re: What're you thinking right now??

Postby RexGig » Wed Jul 29, 2015 12:50 am

I think I will be glad when the summer heat abates! I also think it seems slow here in the forum.

Well, I did not arrange to retire or "phase-down" last month. I think I will persevere a bit longer.

Domestic/family violence has become more fashionable again, if my evidentiary photography calls are an indication. (The hot summer nights may well be a factor.) I have had several recent occasions to hone my hand-held macro skills. The 7D Mark II, EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS, and Canon Macro Ringlite are a very effective combination, a pleasure to use, though most often used, by me, for a sad purpose.

I am considering a 180mm/3.5L Macro lens, so I will not need to get quite so close when photographing facial injuries, but it lacks Image Stabilization, so holding steady may be a significant challenge. Another purpose for this lens, however, would be for daylight shooting of small wildlife, such as lizards, toads, frogs, and habituated birds. Some of this shooting would be done with my EF Extender 1.4x III.

I think I still like being a dual-brand shooter; cropped-frame-sensor Canons and FX Nikons. The 7D Mark II is a wonderful camera for macro, birds, wildlife, and action. The D7200, while it has some interesting specifications, seems a somewhat lesser camera, overall. For serious low-light shooting, an interest I share with my wife, Nikon FX cameras such as the Df, D4s, and D810a have my attention. (My wife already has a Df.)

Please pardon the rambling, random thoughts. :)
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Re: What're you thinking right now??

Postby RexGig » Sat Aug 01, 2015 6:56 pm

I think my Yahoo/Flickr account has been deactivated and "recycled." Another possiblity is that I have forgotten my actual, correct user name, but I am reasonably sure I remember it correctly. This is disappointing.
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Re: What're you thinking right now??

Postby lagnificent » Sun Aug 09, 2015 7:04 am

I've also had problems logging into my Flickr for over a year. I wrote the password down, but it doesn't allow me in. I can still click on the 2 photos I linked previously in 2013, just to stare at the account longingly.
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Re: What're you thinking right now??

Postby Bob Andersson » Sat Aug 29, 2015 1:03 pm

Hi folks,

It's been quite a year already for new products which, in a way, makes the quietness on the forum surprising. Maybe Gordon, together with numerous contributions on this and other forums, has done too good a job educating us to the point where questions don't need to be asked so much.

For me, as a m4/3rds user, the highlight has been availability of some new rather high end glass for that system. There have also been some very special new lenses for other systems as well but on the camera front announcements that have got my juices flowing include the Sony RX100 IV with its new video capabilities added onto what was already a very good compact, the Sony A7r II which, maybe unkindly, proves you should never buy version one of anything and the Leica Q. That last may surprise but although I have yet to lay hands on one I really think Leica are on to something with the ergonomics. Very old school but that's no bad thing in my book. I wonder if Leica will introduce a Leica IQ, an interchangeable lens version, maybe with a selection of primes with leaf shutters? One can hope although the price might make such a camera purely aspirational for most of us.

As for Canon and Nikon waking up and smelling the mirrorless coffee, it seems that Canon is playing with decaffeinated instant while Nikon is still at the ersatz stage. :lol:

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Re: What're you thinking right now??

Postby RexGig » Sun Sep 27, 2015 4:19 pm

Bob, the Leica Q certainly has my attention, though I have yet to see or handle one. It goes onto my list of things that would be "nice to have," for the day I retire, and am paid for a considerable amount of unused leave. Of course, this list evolves, over time, with some things falling to the bottom, or disappearing, and some dreams coming true early, such as my Nikkor 14-24/2.8G and Zeiss 2/135 APO Sonnar, which were realized this year.

Regarding retirement, well, I reached a long-term financial goal, in one account, at the end of July. On the job, itself, I am increasingly reminded that I am not so young, anymore. It will be difficult to covince myself to work another insane summer in the big city...

As for mirror-less coffee, I am still liking my DSLR tea. :)
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Re: What're you thinking right now??

Postby popo » Wed Sep 30, 2015 12:46 pm

I recently hit an age milestone and associated with that, I'm finding my weight tolerance dropping! Bob you might want to sit down before reading further - I've looked at micro4/3s as a serious option! I'm still not convinced on their ability to 100% replace DSLRs but I think for less demanding uses it is more than good enough for me to consider going dual-system.

But then there is the Sony RX100 IV... on paper it has near enough everything you want for a shorter focal length camera. I just can't get over the price though...
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Re: What're you thinking right now??

Postby Bob Andersson » Thu Oct 01, 2015 9:55 am

Hi popo,

Thanks for the warning. A reclining position and a regular exercise regimen was (just) enough to keep the heart pumping!!! :lol:

If you've been following Gordon's reviews or Tweets etc it looks like the Sony A6000 is a strong contender for sports photography. Maybe not up with the best DSLRs for some situations but it will be interesting to see what the successor (A7000?) can do. The A6000 is getting a little long in the tooth right now. Fortunately my needs are simpler and the E-M1 coupled with some very nice glass suits those needs very well. The RX100 IV maybe on my list for next year when, and if, prices drop but in the meantime I'll be ditching the BlackBerry in favour of an iPhone 6S or, possibly, a 6S Plus. It may be that that is all the camera I'll need when out with the dogs as opposed to going on planned photography sessions. Unfortunately my opportunities to do bikini shoots are pretty negligible but the latest Fstoppers iPhone Fashion Shoot (check out the embedded video as well) emphasises what we all know too well - it's 95% the photographer that makes the photo.

Bob.

P.S. Sorry about the train confusion. I thought I remembered you posting quite a few such photos here in the past but I get easily confused... :?
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Re: What're you thinking right now??

Postby popo » Thu Oct 01, 2015 7:22 pm

I'm kinda stuck in a void where I can't decide where to get off the camera train ride. Certainly smartphones continue to get better, and my work Samsung S6 is even better than high end compacts from a few years ago. As long as you never need optical zoom at any rate. Some reviews even said it was better than the current iphone's camera, although I'm not sure exactly what models are around since the apple camp is of zero interest to me.

What to fit above that is an eternal sticking point. I have DSLRs at the top end too, so what goes between? My compact HX9V is really due for retirement. The RX100 IV thanks to its fast lens and big-for-compact sensor means it is competitive against entry level crop sensor interchangeable lens cameras. I keep asking myself if perhaps going a step back to the III might be good enough for the savings it brings. The only thing making it less than perfect is the short zoom range, where I would always like that bit more on the long end.

Side story: I visited friends up north. No plans, just one full day free so I didn't bother packing any camera kit other than the 5D2 and Sigma 50mm Art. I wanted to use that combo more and thought there might be some chances. Turned out, we went to a local wildlife park after all. This camera combo is not what I'd pick for such a place, but I made do with what I have. I got some shots out of it, and it certainly pushed me out of my comfort zone, so maybe the lack of range on the RX100 IV wouldn't necessarily be so limiting after all.

Otherwise it is mirrorless territory. I've said before, and it is still the case - the size reduction isn't a benefit for me. The only reason I'm considering it now is for the weight. Sony has been largely ruled out due to backwards zoom. Remember, I'm still keeping Canon kit and I will only have one zoom direction at any time. Long story short, that only leaves me with Olympus zooms to choose from. Primes from any party would be fine of course, since they don't zoom. This would likely cost more than the RX100 IV by the time I've finished...
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