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Re: What have you just bought - Part 2?

PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 3:19 am
by RexGig
I just bought a nicely-preserved pre-owned Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L lens, from a local camera store. I am attending a 40-hour forensic photography class this week, at the county sheriff's academy, and learned that my preference for an ultra-wide zoom for shooting crime scenes is not really a best choice; there is now more of an emphasis on capturing scene images from a "normal" angle of view, meaning about 50mm for full-frame cameras, and about 28mm for 1.5x and 1.6x cropped-frame-sensor cameras.

I also learned that my employer, a very large city police department, had recently purchased Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L lenses for the Crime Scene Unit officers, an upgrade from the lesser kit lenses used in the past. As a patrol division officer, I am not provided with a DSLR ; there is a point-and-shoot available for me to sign-out for the duration of my shift, but the court system expects DSLR-quality images, so I use my personal photo equipment. (It is normal practice, in the USA, especially in the South and Southwest, for police personnel to provide much of our equipment.)

Well, this afternoon, I saw this lens at Houston Camera Exchange, in like-new condition. I did not have a camera body with me, so asked to try the lens with a pre-owned 1D-series body. The results, especially its pleasing minimum focusing distance, seemed good enough to make the purchase, and bring the lens home to try on one of my 1D Mark II N cameras. True to its reputation, this lens acquires focus quite readily, even doing so in an amazingly low level of light, as the sun went down. It also performs quite well with flash.

This lens had not been on my wish list, but I had done some research in the past, and known it was considered a quite reliable, competent lens by a significant number of working professional photographers, even if the techno-enthusiast-guys tended to be critical. I has also noticed that quite a few nature photographers were winning awards with images created through this lens. Fortune smiled on me today, so I did not waste the opportunity. I may now have to sell a lens or two, or something else, to compensate my budget, but that is OK.

Notably, my pair of 1D Mark II N cameras, originally acquired to shoot images of birds in bright daylight, are proving quite nice for night-time evidentiary shooting. Good lenses and flashguns keep these 2005-era cameras relevant, in spite of their relatively poor performance at high ISO.

Re: What have you just bought - Part 2?

PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2014 9:26 am
by MTK
Traded in the 300/4 and 1.4x because they let me down in the Birds in Flight department. Now bought the Tamron 150-600 and have been amazed at the quality. For this price, I hardly expected it, but it is actually pretty good. Got a LensCoat for it and am looking forward to taking it out and play a lot more!

Re: What have you just bought - Part 2?

PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2014 1:32 pm
by Antony
Just bought two super-thin portable cameras. Both are 8MP cameras, and capable of 1080p video recording (30 fps or 60 fps), true tone flash and slo-mo video (120 fps or 240 fps), time-lapse video. One has optical image stabilisation. Both came with built-in 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC, capable of editing and uploading to Facebook etc. One is just 6.9mm thin, the other one is 7.1mm thin. One has 4.7" display, and the other one has 5.5" display. They are better known as iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
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Re: What have you just bought - Part 2?

PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2014 8:20 pm
by RexGig
I just took delivery of a very-nicely-preserved, pre-owned, new in appearance, Nikon D1x, so I can dabble in IR shooting. Each generation of Nikon DSLR has been equipped with a stronger internal IR-cut filter in front of the sensor, so using a non-modified Nikon DSLR for IR photography means obtaining a pre-D2x body, at the pro level, or nothing newer than D70 at the amateur level. After reading, in multiple trustworthy places, that the D1x solved most of the negative issues of the original D1, I started shopping, and think I found a really good one. :)

A D2h would have worked, but most I have seen have been heavily-used, or else priced higher than I would want to pay, and according to my best source on IR shooting with these cameras, the D2h blocks more IR than the D1-series. (Bjorn Rorslett's naturfotograf.com is a valuable resource for older Nikon lenses, camera, and some accessories. He graciously maintains his archived articles and images, and there are no affiliate links to compete with Cameralabs' revenue, so I hope it is OK to mention here.)

The timing of this purchase was due to my enrollment in a Forensic Photography II class, in December, for which I just purchased two places. (My wife shoots forensic images for the Medical Examiner, and I do the same for a big-city police department.) It is not a prerequisite to bring an IR-capable DSLR to the class, but having one's own equipment should enhance the learning experience.

Next, I will shop Cameralabs' affiliate retailers for such accessories as IR filters.

Re: What have you just bought - Part 2?

PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2014 10:10 pm
by RexGig
I just bought a B+W 52mm 093 filter, equivalent to Wratten 87C, which admits only IR (infrared) light, blocking all visible light. This is for photographing blood-stain evidence. I will pair it with, probably, a lowly 18-55mm kit lens, which, according to Bjorn Rorslett, is actually quite good at letting IR reach the camera's sensor.

I purchased through Amazon, which, of course, I reached through the support link, to benefit Cameralabs.

Re: What have you just bought - Part 2?

PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 1:51 am
by Antony
The new iPads - iPad mini 3 and iPad Air 2
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Re: What have you just bought - Part 2?

PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2014 10:22 pm
by GCJ
Hi all, a D7100 body waiting for delivery. Hope I've made the right choice :D

Re: What have you just bought - Part 2?

PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2014 12:04 am
by RexGig
GCJ, I think you made a good choice! Congratulations! :)

I just traded the more-cantankerous-focusing* of my two Canon 7D cameras, and a 28-135mm lens, toward the local purchase of a 7D Mark II. The ability to AF at -3 EV was the final push I needed to purchase now, rather than wait until 2015, as I shoot often at night. The second memory card slot is quite convenient, and also offers increased peace of mind for images that cannot be re-shot. Cleaner images at ISO 3200 are also very helpful in low light. The improved weather-sealing also increases peace of mind. I look forward to being able to AF with my 400/5.6L and Extender 1.4x III. I will, of course, be keeping my first 7D body indefinitely.

*One of my 7D bodies needed AF micro-adjustment with most lenses, and when using my 100mm 2.8L Macro lens, seemed to hunt a bit more. This 7D body, therefore, presented itself as the more logical sacrifice.

Re: What have you just bought - Part 2?

PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2014 1:44 am
by RexGig
I just went to the Amazon link on the Cameralabs home page, clicked-through to Amazon, and bought Kindle editions of Duncan's and Robinson's books on the subject of crime scene photography. I already had the hard-cover edition of Christopher Duncan's book, but now I can read it any time I have an iPhone or iPad handy.

Re: What have you just bought - Part 2?

PostPosted: Sun Dec 14, 2014 9:10 pm
by oldCarlos
Purchased another Nikon 80-400mm AF-S f4.5-5.6G ED VR lens, to replace the Tamron 150-600 I've just sold.
I prefer the image & build quality of the Nikon & using it on the D800E gives me enough `crop ability`+ the wider 80mm is more useful when the kids are playing outside. It's lighter too! 8)

Re: What have you just bought - Part 2?

PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 12:01 am
by 4xxxx
Carlos, did you use a 1.4 extender on the first 80-400, if so what are your thoughts.


Cheers

Re: What have you just bought - Part 2?

PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2014 3:29 pm
by oldCarlos
4xxxx wrote:Carlos, did you use a 1.4 extender on the first 80-400, if so what are your thoughts. Cheers


Hi mate. No I don't have a TC any more, so can't try it.
I reckon just using the 80-400 on a crop body with 24mp would be ideal.

I'm going to wait to see if a new D7200/D300 replacement is announced in the new year, but tbh I'm quite happy for now cropping from the D800E (roughly equivalent to the D7000/16mp)

Cheers.

Edit; just to add I THINK the new 1.4 TC111 is not on the Nikon compatibility chart, so you'd want the mk2.

Re: What have you just bought - Part 2?

PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2015 1:38 am
by Antony
New camera:
Sony A7 II (alpha 7 mark 2)
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Re: What have you just bought - Part 2?

PostPosted: Mon Feb 09, 2015 4:00 pm
by pmateiro
Hello all...

I've been absent for a loooong time, but new acquisitions may change that!

I just got a new-to-me Canon 1D Mk III. Other than some normal wear (some paint discoloration and the eye cup) it seems brand new. Also a new 16-35 f/4 (Canon L).

Re: What have you just bought - Part 2?

PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2015 3:57 am
by RexGig
We went to the large local camera store, and bought my wife a pre-owned two-tone Nikon Df, very well-preserved, with less than 400 shutter actuations! I had planned to buy her a Df or D750 as a retirement gift, but her normal retirement date would not be until the end of the year. Well, she narrowly averted having a massive heart attack in late December, and has been taking leave from work, while undergoing therapy. (Her blockage is "diffuse," so it cannot be stented or bypassed.) It is possible she will not return to work, opting to retire early, so the timing seemed right.

She also handled a D750, and preferred the Df. She likes the small grip, and the dials are intuitive for her, as she learned photography during the days when dials were normal. At the moment, a silver-colored Nikkor 45mm 2.8 P (AI, with CPU contacts) is mounted on the silver-and-black Df, an impressive-looking combination!

This is her first FX/"full-frame" DSLR. She also has a pair of D7000 cameras. Until the Df, FX cameras were a bit heavy for her, so she did not try to "appropriate" my D700 cameras.