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Old Jun 21, 2011, 2:41 PM   #1
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If I spent as much time taking pictures as I spent wondering about equipment I would be constantly posting. Anyway I have decided that I will reduce duplication of equipment and not take lenses I seldom use so, my old M 100mm f4 macro (1:2) will go home and probably stay with my youngest son and my excellent FA 28-70mm f4 will go home since the FA 28-105 is nearly as fast (f3.2-4.5) and offers other advantages such as the greater range.

I am giving Annette the FAJ 75-300mm f4.5-5.8 since she has gotten some excellent results with it. I will dig out the old F 100-300mm f4.5-5.6 for next year's trip up here (I do need a long lens occasionally and I am learning how to get sharper images through technique, better glass will have to wait). I like the 200mm focal length so I may end up getting the DA* 200mm f2.8 eventually.

So after the purge I am down to what I will actually use (and have used extensively). The pictures show my bag ready for travel so I will let them tell the story. Excuse the image quality, I sold my Fuji S7000 so these shots were taken with a SONY Webbie camera.
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Old Jun 21, 2011, 4:00 PM   #2
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Ira!
I was just about to ask when you were heading homewards. Your reasoning about minimizing the lens set sounds sound. But you know, if you get rid of those zooms you will need a good range of primes...

My 16-45 spends most time on the shelf now, since I completed my line-up with the DA14mm (didn't you have that one?) and the FA20mm.

I bet you'll miss the midnight sun, but otherwise I guess the near-tropical climate of New Foundland is to be preferred.

Hamba kakuhle! (xhosa for have a nice journey). Greetings to Annette and sons.

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Old Jun 21, 2011, 6:46 PM   #3
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Congratulations Ira on your decision to concentrate on improving technique rather than simply buying more gear. It's so easy to fall into the belief that if I just upgrade my gear, I'll get better photos, but of course we all know otherwise.

I thought you were going to be in Tuk for just one school year. Am I correct in believing that you have signed on for another year? My wife is a licensed school psychologist, and there is a terrible shortage of school psychologists in Alaska. We have talked about spending a school year in Alaska at some point, but that will have to wait until I'm eligible for retirement, at least nine years from now. In the meantime, we very much enjoy taking a week each summer exploring New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Newfoundland is on our list of places to visit, but we'd need at least two weeks for that trip.
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Old Jun 21, 2011, 8:38 PM   #4
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Thanks for the comments.

Kjell don't worry, my main kit still has zooms that range from 10-200mm (actually 300mm once I retrieve the F 100-300mm or the FAJ 75-300mm) and I will be using the zooms primarily. What you see in the pictures above is what I really can't do without. The fast primes will mostly be used for "special" projects. My favourite lens right now is the DA 50-200mm ED WR, the WR version has a much nicer feel than the regular version Annette has. It works well at picking out details which I always like.

Mtnman, yes I decided to stay another year. My contract was indefinite so I just decided (actually the whole family was in on it) that they could handle one more year if I could. This income is erasing debt and allowing home improvements as well as allowing me to buy those two nice WR kit lenses. If you do make it to Newfoundland look me up, Gander is on the Trans Canada Highway pretty much in the middle of the island and I'm in the book.
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Old Jun 21, 2011, 8:41 PM   #5
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BTW my wife and kids gave me a great Father's day gift, a years subscription to Kelbytraining.com which gives me full access to many courses in photography and post processing. Their reasoning is that I will have something to keep me occupied on those long winter nights and learn much more about my hobby at the same time.

This summer I will keep the K20D close at hand but whenever I leave the house the DL and the 28-105 will be with me. My objective is to learn about photography again. When I owned an ME Super and a K1000 in the film days I would usually use the K1000 even though it was the "lesser" camera. I eventually wore that camera out. I went for the simplicity and personal involvement that the K1000 gave. Now that I have the K20D and a DL I often find myself in the same position, the light weight and inconspicuous nature of the DL appeal to me (as you can see mine is silver which makes it look less serious to most people than a big black camera would look). The far greater speed and resolution of the K20D are wonderful, but if 6 MP will do (as it usually does) the DL offers the feel that you are taking part rather than taking pictures. With two SD cards tucked into my Blackrapid strap and a set of AAs in my pocket I am ready for the things that just "happen" every day.
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Very cool about the subscription to Kelbytraining.com - while I don't have one, I'm a member of NAPP and there's all kinds of good information at both sites.

While working on technique is always a good idea, there's only so much it can do with a soft or poor quality lens. Good glass makes it much easier to get good quality pictures, though it's often less forgiving of mistakes. Your lens selection is really quite reasonable actually - while the 100-300 might be a rather humble lens, as I recall you've been able to get some really nice results from yours in the past.

Funny you should mention the DA*200 - I was messing about with it at lunch today. Been in sort-of a funk recently and shooting with the DA*200 always brings a smile, even if it's a silly flower picture. It's a lens I "get" and have since I first bought it. I'm sure you would really love it if you do decide to buy it.
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Harriet I still intend to get some more good glass and right now the DA* 200mm f2.8 is the one I am shooting for. I would also like either the DA 70mm limited or the FA 77mm limited, I know the faster FA is a better lens in many ways but the quick-shift manual focus, much lower price and near equal image quality may tend to push me to the DA. As for zooms, the very pricey DA* 60-250mm f4 appeals to me most but may take some time because of the price.

So, I haven't abandoned the quest for better glass, I have just decided that I will work on technique for now and leave purchases for when I have better determined what I could make the best use of.

I am hoping that I will be able to sell some excellent Minolta lenses in order to help finance my first purchase. There are a couple of members of the Gander photography club that are using Sony cameras and may be interested in that equipment.

I really enjoyed getting to try out your very excellent lens selection and I should point out that the DA* 50-135mm falls into a range I like and could make its way to my short list.
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I would usually use the K1000 even though it was the "lesser" camera. I eventually wore that camera out. I went for the simplicity and personal involvement that the K1000 gave.
I had a chance to use my sister's K1000 and as soon as I had some film loaded into it, I felt a ... buzz. <grin> Really had some fun with that K1000. For me, there's something about that simplicity and yet full control. Like a manual transmission in a car.


I recall that you just recently added the 18-55mm lens to your collection. Are you happy with the addition?

And it sounds like you are changing things up.

What lenses are you planning to play around with more, and why?

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I recall that you just recently added the 18-55mm lens to your collection. Are you happy with the addition?

And it sounds like you are changing things up.

What lenses are you planning to play around with more, and why?

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I am quite pleased with the 18-55 WR it is much better than my first series 18-55 which Annette now has. It seems better built and doesn't seem to vignette as badly.

What lenses will I play around with most? Well I find the 50-200mm WR is a range that is to my liking, I guess I have a telephoto eye because although I get some good shots with them I never seem to really come to terms with wide angle lenses. This summer I will compare the FAJ 75-300mm with the F 100-300mm to decide which one I will take north with me next year so these longer lenses will get the most work. For most of my everyday stuff I will carry the DL with the FA 28-105, also a nice range since I usually use the long end but have the "normal" 42mm equivalent view for general photography.
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