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Old Dec 16, 2010, 6:41 PM   #11
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Ted,
I think I understand what I just read.
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Hi Ted,

Actually, I'm very pleased with my E-30 dslr. Not that I've owned many of them, but it's the finest dslr that I've had the pleasure to use.
However, like all cameras out there, there are compromises that have to be made.

There is one thing that I wish I could improve on the E-30. That is the AF system. While arguably, the E-30 has a better AF system than the E-500 and E-510 that I owned, I still get frustrated when trying to shoot BIF. Notice that almost all my bird shots are of the bird on a limb. I've tried a whole host of recommended settings posted by folks on other sites and, to this date, have yet to find the answer.
Now, in the general scheme of things, is this absolutely critical? no, it just frustrates me and I wish I could improve it.

As for a full frame camera, I keep looking into getting a full frame dslr equipped with a wide angle lens for one basic reason: for landscape and seascape photography. The larger sensor would offer better resolution, less noise-especially in low light situations- which I typically work in when photographing sunrises/sunsets, beach scenes, water scenes etc. A full frame also would allow me to print larger photographs and panoramas while controlling noise than what I'm comfortably printing now.

I've been selling a fair number of matted landscape and seascape images at a couple of galleries that show my work. I would like to expand to other galleries. Having a greater offering of sizes helps in that area.

For what it's worth, my current "full frame" camera is my old Konica FT-1 motor 35mm slr which I just took out of the closet and cleaned the dust off.
I've bought some film and plan on going out to get 're-aquiented' with it.

Just as soon as the weather warms up a bit.


As I keep saying, the one factor that keeps me from jumping ship is Olympus' line of lenses. I really do love the 12-60mmSWD. How can you not like the 50-200mm - it's wonderful. The50mm macro is probably the best lens out there.

Well, those are my ramblings for the night..........

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Old Dec 17, 2010, 5:57 AM   #13
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Remember that you have to be square on for it to work properly ... .
John, I didn't realize those photos would be misleading. They were cropped to only show the focus point scale. the Lens Align actually looks like this:




The focus target is actually aligned with the camera through the use of a mirror that is overlaid on the target. You move everything around until you see (in the OVF) the reflection of your lens centered in the target (this can be rather tedious). This is difficult to photograph - the best I can do is:



Then you remove the mirror to take the photo. The zero on the focus point scale on the right, is in the same plane as the focus target on the left. When I only showed the cropped photos of the focus point scale it does look like the target is not aligned but it actually is.

The whole thing works well but is a bit time-consuming, mostly because the AF Adjust is buried pretty far down in the E-5 menu and you have to keep returning to it as you zero in (pun intended) on the correct focus offset adjustment for the particular lens. The bozos over at DPR that consider chimping to be a deadly sin, would go out of their minds with this process.

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Old Dec 17, 2010, 6:00 AM   #14
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I was discussing my new E-5 while trying not to have Zig get discouraged...
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Hi Ted,

Actually, I'm very pleased with my E-30 dslr. Not that I've owned many of them, but it's the finest dslr that I've had the pleasure to use.
However, like all cameras out there, there are compromises that have to be made.

I've been selling a fair number of matted landscape and seascape images at a couple of galleries that show my work. I would like to expand to other galleries. Having a greater offering of sizes helps in that area.
Zig, I didn't know you are able to sell your images - I think that's simply outstanding. Don't tell anybody, but that does make you a pro tog.

And your reason for wanting a FF makes sense to me. If you're just looking at a body and one WA lens, how much does that cost?

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Gidday Ted

I am easily confused, ask several people at DPR ... LOL!

No worries mate. I just thought you might have made an operator error there. Never do that myself, of course .
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Zig, I didn't know you are able to sell your images - I think that's simply outstanding. Don't tell anybody, but that does make you a pro tog.

And your reason for wanting a FF makes sense to me. If you're just looking at a body and one WA lens, how much does that cost?

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Good morning Ted,

Congrats on getting the new E-5. I hope you post a bunch of new images soon.

As for my FF ideas, I keep looking at getting a used Canon 5D. that + a 17-40mmL lens should be a good combo and hopefully shouldn't be more than
1500-1600USD on the used market. Nothing in the works. I just keep looking at the possibilities.

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Good morning Ted,

Congrats on getting the new E-5. I hope you post a bunch of new images soon.
Well right now everything is brown on brown here, so my favorite is the wonderful UPS truck. I suppose I could photograph that.

Good luck on finding a used FF. BTW, all of my pro tog friends use Nikon. I'm curious as to why you are choosing Canon.

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I was discussing my new E-5 while trying not to have Zig get discouraged...
....yeah, that's what I read alright. Congratulations on the alignment system, oh & for the new camera too.

I've a few rulers like Zig's (I bet you do too), I'm wondering if those prilnt position numbers on it would be useful in any way for an alignment procedure.

......just wondering since I have nothing new here to align but for my attitude (hi hi).
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Good luck on finding a used FF. BTW, all of my pro tog friends use Nikon. I'm curious as to why you are choosing Canon.

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Good question. I wish I had a well reasoned response.

When I started looking into full frame specifically having to do with landscape photography, much of what I found on the internet all had to do with Canon's
5d or 5dmkII. Another factor is that the there aren't many camera stores on the Cape(aside from the big box store which doesn't count). The one that I consider to be a full fledged camera shop is Orleans Camera and they are a Canon shop.

Mind you, I haven't travelled far along this road as yet. I'm still searching and researching.

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