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Everything posted by YellowJersey

  1. Composition and lighting are the keys to everything so long as you get a usable exposure.
  2. I don't like Nest, but not for the reasons OP stated. First, it's fiddlier than a fiddler crab fiddling with its tax returns. Call me stupid, but I can't figure out how to set the damn thing so that the temperature is what I want it to be. I've set a custom temperature range and it routinely heats up well beyond the max that I've set it to. I'm so glad to be moving shortly into an apartment with a "dumb" thermostat that us three-inch-malformed-skull thickie bobos can understand. Second, I'm not keen on "smart home" stuff in general due to privacy reasons. However, if you don't care about the privacy stuff and can get the damn thing to work to your satisfaction, I can see the appeal as it can save energy and money. I tend to do things manually, though, as I've been burned too many times by automatic systems to trust them.
  3. What about something like this? https://www.ebay.com/itm/Silicon-Rubber-Case-Cover-Skin-Protector-for-Fujifilm-X-T30-Camera/264489695067?hash=item3d94d0775b:m:mAX_CgZb1lOsRoUGzO--2_g
  4. It's hard to say. I imagine our current anno domini system will fall out of use one way or another. If the world stays connected, then I imagine switching to something more universal could seem appealing. There's already a push for this. If we experience a widespread collapse, then it wouldn't be surprising to see more regional calendars pop up. Ultimately, I think the issue is one of practicality. Would the switch be done because there's a practical reason for it, or would it be "just because?" Unless there's a practical need to switch, I don't see it being done due to the inconvenience and cost of transition. I don't see much of a practical need to switch unless/until we become a multi-planet species and need to take into account the difference between the orbits of the moon, Mars, Earth, etc.
  5. A classic. Even after being frozen, shot, dropped down stairs, and set on fire, it still worked.
  6. *strums guitar* This is how I shoot my vids, Edited it in Premier Pro, Blame it on my 80D.
  7. It's a Toyota Camry. I wouldn't be surprised if it were eventually excavated from the ruins 20,000 years from now and still started.
  8. My 15 year old Camry definitely beats modern cars in privacy. It doesn't even have an aux jack! It just needs a new timing belt and it should be good for another 140,000km. I'm hoping to keep her going until around 20205 when I hope that electric cars have come down in price enough for me to afford one. Plus, hopefully we'll have a more mature electric ecosystem, fleshed out privacy laws (pfffft), and maybe some solid state batteries.
  9. $20.1 million! We did it! And it's still open.
  10. You'd be surprised how much punishment a non-weather sealed camera can take. I have no experience with Fuji, but my old Canon OG 5D and 10D went through hell. I was cycling in a total downpoor with my 5D in my panniers and, at the end of the day, it was completely soaked through. I didn't want to tempt a short, so I took off the lens, took out the battery, and left all the doors open, and left it to bake in my tent on a blisteringly hot day. Once everything had cooled off and the camera dried out, it worked just fine and continued to serve me well for another four years until I upgraded. That said, you don't want to have to rely on that. So, yeah, a simple sleeve or plastic bag rain shell would be a good idea. My point is that you have to get even non-weather sealed cameras pretty wet before things become a problem.
  11. Maybe I'm misunderstanding, but, iirc, the original A7 was not a great focusing camera to begin with. It could be that the problem is the camera, not so much the lens. Have you tried the lenses on a third generation A7 camera? Just curious.
  12. The Pentax 645Z can be had for less than $5000 USD. Same with some of the Fuji medium-format cameras. While still pricey, it's not totally unobtainable. Hell, it's less expensive than the launch price of a D5 or 1DxMkII.
  13. I once saw a dude casually walking around downtown with a PhaseOne medium format digital body slung over his shoulder.
  14. Potential future Scrapyard Wars idea: dump two people into the middle of rural Quebec or some other place where the competitors don't speak the language and see what they can cobble together.
  15. I don't have anything particularly old. I always sell my old stuff to help pay for new stuff. Until recently, the oldest bit of kit I had was a Canon EF 100-300mm 4.5-5.6 lens; the old push-pull one from the 80s that pre-dated the USM. I think I've got an old film Rebel kicking around somewhere, which I guess would be the oldest thing I currently have.
  16. YOU'RE BREATHTAKING! ... I'll see myself out...
  17. Just curious to know how other people approach building out their list of photo/video gear. There are all kinds of factors to consider, like size, weight, capabilities, ergonomics, ecosystem, price, and so on and each photographer is going to have their own priorities when balancing all of these. I'm mostly a landscape guy who is very much into pixel peeping and most of my photos have been taken on hiking and cycling trips. So weight and size are a priority for me, but due to the pixel peeping tendencies of my brain, I also demand max(ish) image quality and, to a point, am willing to pay for it. I don't really care that much about ergonomics; that's something I'm willing to sacrifice, especially since I'm often shooting on a tripod anyway. I usually try to limit myself to a one or two lens set up for most of my shooting due to size and weight. I'm also willing to trade convenience for image quality or something else. So my kit currently consists of Sony A7rIII Sony 24-105mm f/4 G Tamron 17-28mm 2.8 Tokina 20mm f/2 (dedicated astro lens) (not including accessories) Rational: I got the A7rIII shortly after it launched, giving up my Canon 5DmkIII. I was tempted by the A7rII, but it had too many deal breakers, like single card slot and small battery, all of which were fixed with the A7rIII. I like the smaller, lighter body, despite the mediocre ergonomics. The A7rIV doesn't interest me as I don't really need anything it offers over the rIII for my purposes, like the real-time tracking AF, 10-FPS, or dual USH-II card slots. I'm a landscape guy. My answer to definitely change if I were shooting sports or wildlife. The Sony and Canon trade blows in terms of convenience. I find Canon's menus and layout better, but the Sony's tilty screen and EVF make shooting easier since I'm not contorting my body to see through the viewfinder anymore and I'm not rattling off frames since the EVF allows me to see my exposure in-viewfinder, plus the extra dynamic range makes bracketing less necessary. While the colour science of Sony has a ways to go, I work extensively with my photos in post, so I'm willing to put up with that in exchange for the much better sensor compared to the Canon. While the Sony 24-105mm f/4 isn't cheap, it's not unreasonably expensive, imo, compared to the competition or Sony's own GM lenses, and, as of writing, there still isn't a third-party alternative that doesn't require an adaptor. IQ is excellent, size and weight are acceptable, and the flexibility of the 24-105mm zoom range means I can take it as my only lens on hiking or cycling trips, where size and weight are always an issue. I replaced my Sony 16-35mm 2.8 GM lens with the Tamron 17-28mm 2.8. I'm usually shooting at the wider end anyway, but don't lose much by giving up 1mm. The Tamron is smaller, lighter, and cheaper than the Sony while delivering comparable IQ. The lack of a dedicated AF switch on the lens is annoying, but far from a deal-breaker. Plus, I was able to sell my Sony for nearly twice the going-rate of the Tamron. While I'm willing to pay for good glass, the low cost of the Tamron was definitely a point in its favour. By comparison, now that the Tamron exists, I think the Sony is pretty over-priced. List of priorities: on a scale of 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest) Size - 7 Weight - 7 Image quality - 9 Video - 1 Price - 5 Weather sealing - 7 Convenience - 5 So, what are your priorities and how did they factor into putting your kit together? (There's no right answer, btw. Everyone has their own priorities, some of which cannot be easily quantified.)
  18. Only time will tell. I'm not sure humanity will go extinct in the immediate future, but I think some kind of societal collapse or regression is definitely possible because of... well... *gestures vaguely at everything*
  19. *frantically scribbles notes* Too many good tips here to credit everyone. Thanks!