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  1. YellowJersey

    What will produce better photos?

    I'd say Canon SX540 HS. Bigger sensor, better optics. Unfortunately, you can't shoot raw on it.
  2. As much as I love Pentax, they're really outclassed by Nikon and Canon these days.
  3. Seconded. I've been a big fan of the T series. I can't speak to the latest models, but my T-500 and T-530 are built like tanks and are still going strong after 9 and 6 years respectively. They're also pretty user upgradeable.
  4. YellowJersey

    New Mirrorless camera

    Well, regardless, the consensus is that Fuji would be a better route anyway.
  5. Do you have an optical drive in your machine? Another option would be to pop out the optical drive, get an adapter, and slot your SATA SSD in there, then install your OS and then boot from that drive. I do this for one of my laptops.
  6. YellowJersey

    Why Do we all hate Apple?

    I'm anti-apple for a couple of reasons. My primary reasons have to do their business practices and not so much their products. Their policies regarding right to repair, third party repair, jail breaking, third-party recycling, third-party refurbishment, and products being designed to be as difficult to repair as possible, products with limited to no upgradeability whatsoever really don't sit well with me. Apple's obsession with keeping total control over every aspect of a product's life and use seems overly restrictive and unreasonable. Secondary reasons have to do with some of their customers/supporters/fans. I give people the benefit of the doubt and assume that it's a small, but very vocal minority of hardcore pro-apple people (and I am not referring in any way to anyone I've met or seen on these forums) who trumpet apple as the greatest thing ever and anyone who disagrees, regardless of reason, is some kind of heretic. It really bugs me. Tertiary reasons have to do with the products themselves. Now, I give a high degree of deference to people who just use apple products because they like them, because to each their own. However, I've had to use apple products (an iphone and a macbook air) for work from time to time and I don't consider them easy or simple to use. Now, I may be just too entrenched in the PC and Linux ecosystems to give a fair assessment there, but I found doing even simple things like turning on/off location settings on the iphone and installing firefox on the macbook incredibly difficult, time consuming, and counter-intuitive.
  7. YellowJersey

    Canon 5d Mark iii vs sony a7r ii

    I was thinking about Fuji the other night. IMHO, it's the best all-round camera that really hits a sweat spot in the market. If you're looking at mirrorless, then the XT-2/XT-3 should be the starting point and only go with another camera if your specific use-case would be better suited by it (like a GH5 or A7sII if you're into video, D850 or A7rIII if you like to print big or crop in a lot, A9/D5/1Dx2 if you need speed, etc)
  8. YellowJersey

    Canon 5d Mark iii vs sony a7r ii

    I'm not crazy about either of those options, especially if those prices are in USD. The 5D mkIII is a fantastic camera (I shot with one for many years), but the sensor is really lagging behind these days. The A7rII has amazing image quality, but it definitely has some usability quirks and you'll want really good glass if you're going to be using such a high resolution sensor. 5DmkIII Pros: -solid and rugged build (I put mine through hell and it always kept up) -better autofocus -two card slots -fantastic battery life Cons: -very outdated sensor -no IBIS -no EVF -no articulating screen -bigger and heavier -very limited video features A7rII Pros: -fantastic sensor -IBIS -EVF -tilty screen -smaller/lighter -better video features Cons: -not as ruggedly built -autofocus is meh, but far from great -single card slot -battery life not great -no joystick to select autofocus point Again, at those prices, I don't think you're getting that great a deal. I think if you're looking in that price range, I'd check out a Sony A7III w/ 28-70mm kit lens ($2200 USD new). Here's why: -24MP sensor will do much better in low light than the A7rII -24MP sensor means you don't have to put super expensive glass in front of it to get good image quality (the higher the sensor's resolution, the better optics are needed as tiny flaws show up that wouldn't otherwise be apparent in lower resolution sensors) -sensor will blow the 5DmkIII out of the water (The 5DmkIII's dynamic range is pretty limited and I was always having to use graduated ND filters to balance exposures. I shoot with an A7rIII now, which has similar dynamic range to the A7rII, and I don't blow my highlights any more and am more able to recover shadows) -autofocus is WAY better than either the A7rII or the 5DmkIII -Z-type battery is WAY better than the A7rII's battery, but not as good as the 5DkIII's battery -all the usual Sony benefits like EVF, eye tracking, IBIS, smaller, lighter, etc
  9. YellowJersey

    New Mirrorless camera

    ^ This Besides, as I said in that same post, if you're looking at APS-C mirrorless, Fuji is probably the best option at this point on pretty much every front. Bodies? Plenty to choose from. Lenses? Lots of lenses. Feature packed and high quality? Absolutely.
  10. YellowJersey

    First real camera

    Nice. At this point, it probably comes down to lenses.
  11. YellowJersey

    Looking for a camera

    The only reason I suggest Nikon over Canon is that Nikon's sensors have been performing better than Canon sensors. That said, at the entry-level APS-C cameras, it really doesn't make a huge difference.
  12. YellowJersey

    New Mirrorless camera

    For APS-C mirrorless, I'd agree with cc143 and take a good look at Fuji. Sony hasn't been supporting their APS-C line up with lenses lately as they're focusing primarily on full frame. If it's A6000 vs M50, I'd go with the M50 for the sole reason of better lens support.
  13. YellowJersey

    First real camera

    I have the A7rIII, which is the same body, and I really like it. Having an EVF to show your exposure before you take the shot is incredibly handy, though it doesn't work quite as well as an optical view finder in really low light. In terms of bodies, the A7III is in an incredibly well spec'd out camera. If you can afford it, I'd definitely recommend that you take a serious look at it. EVF, IBIS, tilty touch screen, smaller, lighter, edge-to-edge focus points are all benefits of the A7III. Fortunately, third parties have been picking up some of the slack in terms of lenses and Sony has been putting a lot more focus on their full frame lenses than their APS-C lenses. You could still go for the Laowa 15mm 2.8 Zero D lens in the Sony mount, but you'd have the added benefit of focus peaking and punch-in zoom to help you nail focus. Fortunately, landscape and architectural photos give you a bit more time to compose and focus. At BH you can get the A7III with a 28-70mm lens as a kit for an extra $200 over the price of body-only. It's not the best lens in the world, but it would give you some flexibility.
  14. YellowJersey

    First real camera

    sorry, double post
  15. YellowJersey

    First real camera

    I'd say a used D750 or D810 would be a good choice for the body. For the lens, since you're specifically mentioned landscape and architectural, there are two lens paths I'd recommend. Tamron 15-30mm 2.8 VS to start off. This is hefty beast of a lens with fantastic image quality, but it's big, heavy, and doesn't accept traditional screw-on filters. From there, I'd save up for a Tamron 70-200mm 2.8 G2 (or a Tamron 70-200mm f/4 if you don't need the 2.8), and between those two lenses you could shoot just about whatever life throws at you. Maybe throw a 50mm 1.8 lens in there to cover the gap between 30mm and 70mm. (this is exactly what I did when I shot Canon). This route would probably be more expensive, but give you a better kit overall. Alternatively, go with the Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D to start off with. It's manual focus only, but competitively priced (manually focusing at wide angles and stopped down is easy), takes 72mm screw-on filters, and has very little distortion, which is particularly important for architectural. From there, if you saved up for a Sigma 24-105 f4 Art lens, you'd, again, have a pretty versatile kit. This would probably be the less expensive route and a little less versatile, but still pretty damn good.