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Oct 28, 2017 12:56 |  #6361

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Some lens musings after my short-but-fun 5-night camping trip to the Chilhowee Recreation Area near Benton, TN,:

1. I learned that I love the CV 65mm! It's a fantastic addition that is, for me, an optical replacement for my Otus 55mm. It's not better, though it has better sunstars, but it's really really good. The size/weight savings are tremendous. It's a fun lens to use and if Voigtlander had a (native) 21mm and 35mm of superior or even near-equal optical performance as Loxias, I'd switch in a heartbeat. Love the Voigtlander handling.

2. The FE 100-400mm GM was really great to have - I'm super glad I added that lens to my kit. Often 100mm is perfect for landscapes, and 300-400mm opens up unique composition possibilities; so the whole range is fantastic to have. Can't say enough good things about it. However, since I don't shoot birds, I had zero wishes for added reach (via a6500 or 1.4x/2x extenders).

3. My Batis 135mm got pulled out only once - just to force myself to use it - but I had no actual need for it on this particular outing. I keep wondering if the 100-400mm, which is so damn sharp, renders the lens needless for me.

4. There is only one lens I wished I had: the FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA I can't just go buy one, but I can sell something to pay for it. So, which would I enjoy owning more: the Batis 135mm or the FE 35mm 1.4 ZA? The Batis is optically superior and can create even more sense of depth as medium telephoto and it's just about the finest native lens available for a7/a9, so I love having it in my kit, but I love 35mm as my ideal general purpose walkaround lens - it's way more useful to me than 135mm is. I'm torn - right now I'm slightly leaning towards selling the Batis and buying the 35mm, but I need to push that to 75%+ before I'll act.

5. The new CV 40mm 1.2 looks enticing, with a lower price tag than the FE 35mm, but I think I prefer the overall bokeh rendering of the FE 35mm, and AF would be really nice on my main walk-around lens.

6. The new FE 24-105mm G is quite appealing, if I had the money for it, I'd buy one.

I think I'd swap the Batis 135 for the FE 35 f1.4 if I knew I would use that lens more often. You could always add the 135 back into your bag at some point in the future. Maybe you're still a bit gunshy with concern over decentering like your first FE 35? I would think any manufacturing issues would be ironed out by now.


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Oct 28, 2017 12:58 |  #6362

Maldon Sea Salt. These crystals are pretty broken up but hopefully, their pyramidal shape is still apparent. I've had this box of salt for some time now and it looks like I need to reorder. ;-)a

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Oct 28, 2017 13:13 |  #6363

navydoc wrote in post #18483224 (external link)
I think I'd swap the Batis 135 for the FE 35 f1.4 if I knew I would use that lens more often. You could always add the 135 back into your bag at some point in the future. Maybe you're still a bit gunshy with concern over decentering like your first FE 35? I would think any manufacturing issues would be ironed out by now.

gene i'm planning to sell my ZA35F1.4... the 24-105 is more useful to me. I'm replacing my 35


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Oct 28, 2017 13:14 |  #6364

Look who's crazy?

adorama... hello Helen...

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Oct 28, 2017 13:27 as a reply to vinmunoz's post |  #6365

Lol. Thought you were going to change your mind, there?? ;)


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Oct 28, 2017 13:30 |  #6366

vinmunoz wrote in post #18483240 (external link)
Look who's crazy?

adorama... hello Helen...
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Better to ask for forgiveness than permission :twisted:


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Oct 28, 2017 13:40 |  #6367

navydoc wrote in post #18483226 (external link)
Maldon Sea Salt. These crystals are pretty broken up but hopefully, their pyramidal shape is still apparent. I've had this box of salt for some time now and it looks like I need to reorder. ;-)a
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Would be a great subject for focus stacking to get everything in perfect focus.


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Oct 28, 2017 13:43 |  #6368

For you computer experts here, I'm considering updating my desktop computer and am wondering if a gaming computer might be the way to go. I want an 'off the shelf' desktop rather than me trying to build one. Been there, done that. I would think a gaming computer would have the processing speed to cope with editing photos and video.

I'm considering this Dell Alienware Aurora R6 Intel Core i7 4.2GHz 16GB RAM 2TB + 256GB Gaming Desktop computer. It's going for $1724 on sale.

Thoughts? suggested different computers?

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Oct 28, 2017 13:50 |  #6369

HelenOster wrote in post #18483254 (external link)
Lol. Thought you were going to change your mind, there?? ;)

i got crazy and reordered it anyway. I know we have an Angel at Adorama. and that is you. lol


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Oct 28, 2017 13:51 |  #6370

Charlie wrote in post #18483256 (external link)
Better to ask for forgiveness than permission :twisted:

this time i got both permission and forgiveness. lol


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Oct 28, 2017 16:06 |  #6371

another from Wonder Woman.

I hope halloween costume can be considered suited for work.

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Oct 28, 2017 16:19 |  #6372

I love those Wonder Woman shots, Vinz! Great stuff!

So, while I wait for the 7R3 to get in the hands of some folks for real life reviews, the next item on my list is the FE 100-400.
It's been sitting in my cart for a few months now, ready to order once I got back in the groove.
I'm finally pulling the trigger today.

I'll probably be selling the FE 70-200/4 as that becomes somewhat redundant.


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Oct 28, 2017 16:37 |  #6373

Thanks.

that 100-400 is gonna be awesome. i don't need it but would love to have it. the more weapons the better.


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Oct 28, 2017 16:59 |  #6375

Here's an interesting video on removing unwanted shadows from your background quickly and easily. I tried the technique out on one of my vodka bottle shots that I was unhappy with and it worked great.

The video goes on to show how to correct for any strands of hair that needs to be restored to original and then how to color blend. I didn't have a need for that so I didn't try those techniques.

Here's the before/after comparison of my test shot and the video.

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And I had to add my improved sig for Flickr. ;-)a

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