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  1. oldracer

    What bag to carry a camera on a bike?

    I would use one of the belt-mounted camera clips and a glide-style sling strap. No bag at all.
  2. oldracer

    [FS] Bored? Play macro at home for cheap: 35mm Olympus Zuiko lens & Panny adapter LN. Ships: US

    User name: oldracer Items to sell/buy/trade: Bored? Play macro at home for cheap: 35mm Olympus Zuiko lens & Panny adapter LN Prices: Panasonic DMW-MA1 four thirds adapter $130 Olympus 35mm 3.5 Zuiko (not m-zuiko) $80 Both together $190 Sorry, will not sell adapter before lens is sold...
  3. oldracer

    [FS] Panasonic 100-400mm & extras. Ships: US

    Still for sale. Virus special $899.
  4. oldracer

    GX8 Menu Question

    Oh, not for me! I use the "C" modes to take the camera back to certain standard settings. This is very useful after I have tweeked a couple of settings and maybe my nose has adjusted something on the touch screen. With a good solid baseline in C1 and C2 I don't have to guess whether the...
  5. oldracer

    Panasonic Parts Stonewall -- any way to crack it?

    OK, just to wrap this up: I've probably talked to six places about this, finally: Professional Electronics in Deerfield Beach FL 954-596-8100. They are apparently Pannys "new" authorized service center. They do not sell parts and will not give me a part number, but the part is $27.14 and...
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    Panasonic Parts Stonewall -- any way to crack it?

    Thanks, @speedy, I do have blue, red, and green Loctite but it is an anaerobic adhesive and the contact area of the bushing is small. Hence the epoxy. I am in the process of selling the heavy 100-400 that I was hanging off the one bushing, so maybe less arduous duty will result in the epoxy ix...
  7. oldracer

    Panasonic Parts Stonewall -- any way to crack it?

    Email sent to KEH. Long shot but worth trying. Thanks. The rivet idea might work. OD of the hardened insert is about 0.170", 4.5mm ID is about 0.107", 2.75mm. I have the old insert pressed back into place and epoxied right now. That is a workaround that will probably fail, then I'll try...
  8. oldracer

    Panasonic Parts Stonewall -- any way to crack it?

    Thanks, no. I have a ton of split rings. The piece I need is the eyelet that is part of the camera body. The one that takes the split rings.
  9. oldracer

    Panasonic Parts Stonewall -- any way to crack it?

    Well, there are certainly softer materials, but material is not the issue. If it were not so tiny, I would make one and case-harden it. I have the tools and materials. But I do not have a jeweler's lathe, which is what it would take. ... and that really is a high-stress point where hardened...
  10. oldracer

    Panasonic Parts Stonewall -- any way to crack it?

    Thanks. Called the number, they don't sell parts. Guy wanted to send me back to Encompass which has already sent me back to Panasonic. Re bushing it is/was hardened steel. If it was quite a bit bigger I could make one but my 11" lathe is a tad too large to chuck a bushing that small. Good...
  11. oldracer

    Panasonic Parts Stonewall -- any way to crack it?

    I need a replacement strap anchor eyelet for one of my GX8s. The eylet appears to be plated brass with a hardened steel insert. My insert has come loose. I emailed Panasonic via their web site a couple of weeks ago. Instead of answering, they bounced me to a parts supplier, Encompass. The...
  12. oldracer

    [FS] Panasonic 100-400mm & extras. Ships: US

    User name: oldracer Items to sell/buy/trade: Panasonic 100-400mm & extras Prices: $950 Location: US Ships to: US Description: OK, just back from Africa and two weeks of shooting with this fantastic lens! I bought the lens for the trip and am now selling it because I just don't have a...
  13. oldracer

    Changes at Topaz

    Calm down, @ArizonaMike, I spent my career in high tech management and executive management and know quite well how business works. Adobe has a business strategy that is completely legal but not completely ethical IMO. Their strategy is to lock customers into the subscription model, then...
  14. oldracer

    I am still a two camera shooter and it's going to determine my next two lenses....

    I like it even better when I can stand at the center and use the tilting EVF on my GX8s to shoot straight up.
  15. oldracer

    I am still a two camera shooter and it's going to determine my next two lenses....

    Yes. Pretty much exactly my practice. Any situation where there is action and a range of subjects becomes, IMO, for the serious photographer a two-camera situation. In Olden Times when I shot weddings I sometimes used a medium format (Hassy) for color plus a couple of 35mm bodies shooting...
  16. oldracer

    I am still a two camera shooter and it's going to determine my next two lenses....

    I am presently in Southern Africa and have been shooting two bodies daily for a couple of weeks. 12-200 on one GX8 and 100-400 on the other. All attempts to get the animals to hold poses during lens changes have failed, hence the two body solution. I have also found it to be nearly impossible...
  17. oldracer

    Changes at Topaz

    Yes, that is a brand harvesting strategy. You eventually lose your base but on the way down you can make a lot of money as your expenses are low. A company might adopt this strategy if they felt that competition was so strong that it was too expensive for them to compete or when they found a...
  18. oldracer

    Changes at Topaz

    The old model was that we bought (I know, "licensed") the software, then the vendor offered us upgrades with new and attractive features, which we bought. This is how he stayed in business. IOW he worked for his revenue; new release, new revenue. The problem with this model is that most...
  19. oldracer

    News from Topaz Labs

    The old model was that we bought (I know, "licensed") the software, then the vendor offered us upgrades with new and attractive features, which we bought. This is how he stayed in business. IOW he worked for his revenue; new release, new revenue. The problem with this model is that most...
  20. oldracer

    Mount second camera on a tripod leg

    I would not consider doing this. There are any number of clamps that will attach, but I think there is near certainty that you will damage the tripod leg. In high quality tripods at least, clearances between tubes are a few 0.001" and wall thicknesses (to save weight) are minimal. The leg...
  21. oldracer

    Travel + Wildlife Tripod - What do you use?

    I have a Benro carbon "Travel Flat." This is kind of an unusual design where the legs fold flat instead of folding into a sort of cylinder. (http://www.benrousa.com/travel-series/travel-flat.aspx#C2182TB1) with a monopod conversion leg. It's a brilliant design and saves gobs of carrying space...
  22. oldracer

    Which lens to replace my PL 12-32 f/3.5-5.6 on a Panasonic body ?

    Try some stitched panorama landscapes. The nature of those is that the corners of any single image get cropped off. I have a pano of the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain that is printed 36"/90 cm. wide only because that was the limit of the printer. The image quality and detail is stunning...
  23. oldracer

    Which lens to replace my PL 12-32 f/3.5-5.6 on a Panasonic body ?

    Well, I didn't use the word "vain." Possibly that is a mistranslation to/from French. I had no intent to offend. As far as experience, I was first paid as a photographer approximately 50 years ago. I have owned and shot Rollei, Nikon, Hasselblad, Koni-Omega, and many others. Prime and zoom...
  24. oldracer

    Which lens to replace my PL 12-32 f/3.5-5.6 on a Panasonic body ?

    With respect, the OP's question seems to come more from GAS than from photography. "Rural architecture and landscape " really does not need dual IS and unless the OP is enlarging and printing very large images, like 24"/600mm on a side, any of the M43 lenses has IMO entirely adequate sharpness...
  25. oldracer

    Solar for Battery Charging

    Thanks, folks. This is exactly what I was looking for. @WaltP, what is the brand on your charger? I found mixed reviews on the Voltaic brand.
  26. oldracer

    Solar for Battery Charging

    Has anyone experimented with these folding solar arrays designed to charge USB and 12 volt devices? My wife and I have a 3-day stay at a lodge in Africa that has no electricity. I will probably just take a bunch of charged batteries for my GX8s, but she uses her phone camera and we both read...
  27. oldracer

    Medium Format - the fuller frame.

    Actually the Koni Rapid M is the fine machine. Removable film magazines and a rapid advance where you pull sideways on the right hand side knob and then push it back in. Literally takes a fraction of a second. I shot one a bit back in the day. It was a great wedding camera. Also an ugly...
  28. oldracer

    Issue with my Dads lens

    The eraser on a wooden pencil is excellent for cleaning contacts as it contains a fine abrasive. If there is some kind of film that is not soluble in isopropyl alcohol, the eraser might get it. @barry13 is right; don't try a firmware upgrade.
  29. oldracer

    Upgrade path; where to start and where to end?

    Buying a violin would not make me a musician. Why not pay to take some classes or take some of the photographer-escorted trips?
  30. oldracer

    If you had this choice, what would it be?

    My standard response to this kind of post: What problem are you trying to solve?
  31. oldracer

    Oly 9-18mm won't manual focus

    IIRC on that one you have to slide the manual focus ring back to get manual focus to kick in.
  32. oldracer

    Olympus 12-200 Review

    Yeah, the near-invisibility of this lens has been a puzzle to me as well. I have been watching for a used one for at least three months and finally scored with an Oly refurb and their 20%off sale. So $576 plus state tax. I wanted to evaluate it as a tourist lens vs my old faithful Panny...
  33. oldracer

    A Jaguar and a girl

    Actually, Bunny Yaeger got there about 30 years ahead of you (NSFW): https://static.wixstatic.com/media/94fd40_150b7dbb33bddc52340332f5852bd848.jpg/v1/fill/w_640,h_635,al_c,q_90/94fd40_150b7dbb33bddc52340332f5852bd848.webp Well, OK, with cheetahs not jaguars. https://www.bunnyyeager.net/
  34. oldracer

    Has anyone found a large eyecup suitable for eyeglasses for either the Lumix G9 or the Olympus E-M1 II ?

    That's basically my experience with the large GX8 eye cups. I can't see the whole frame without special effort. Mostly I just leave them folded back and out of the way.
  35. oldracer

    GetOlympus Reconditioned 20% off with coupon "CyberSavings"

    Yes. I have been waiting for this to come around. Just scored 12-200 for $576 plus sales tax. My plan is to test it against my 12-140 Mk II and sell one or the other. As a tourist photographer, the extra bit on the wide end is very attractive. RSA and Botswana in March, where the 200 end...
  36. oldracer

    Weird Olympus Outlet is Completely Empty!

    20% off sale. I just scored a 12-200 for $576, $620 including the sales tax. I have been waiting a couple of months for this deal to come around. I really like vendors that are addicted to discounting! Then all I need is patience.
  37. oldracer

    G85 + 14-140 II = jitter?

    Sorry I did not make my point clearly. What I am calling "handling" changes with the circumstances; standing freely, braced against a wall, windy/not windy, sitting, ... The camera and lens are pretty much irrelevant to camera physical stability until you get to some pretty big lenses like the...
  38. oldracer

    G85 + 14-140 II = jitter?

    If the problem is due to weak holding, it will appear to be random and uncorrelated with anything except how the OP handles the camera from shot to shot.
  39. oldracer

    G85 + 14-140 II = jitter?

    For some reason I can't view the videos, but from the comments here I am wondering if this is a simple matter of not being stable while holding the camera. Do you have your elbows out like the wings of a bird or is your left arm held tightly against your body? Left hand again, are you...
  40. oldracer

    GX8 checking in, once again, for my annual "touch bases"

    I reluctantly replaced my GX7s with a pair of GX8s; the attraction was the articulated EVF and the negative was the extra size and weight. I'm happy with my decision but I'll jump to a new pair of cameras if someone gives me the articulated EVF in a body as compact as my beloved GX7s. Most of...
  41. oldracer

    3 Legged Things Tripod

    I think the best values are Gitzo aluminum tripods bought on eBay. For your use case, the weight savings of carbon is probably not worth the extra money it will cost. The two Gitzo lines that are IMO the best choice for our cameras are the 2-series "Reporter" line (G220, for example) and the...
  42. oldracer

    Black or Silver Plastic !!!????

    I carry two bodies, one each color.
  43. oldracer

    Can someone explain Arca-Swiss plates to me?

    The lever clamps are really sweet to use. Just stay away from the non-locking ones and make sure to standardize your plates. Re both RC2 and A-S I don't think that is silly at all. My ideal setup has RC2 on my monopods due to it's one-handed snap locking and A-S on my tripods due to its...
  44. oldracer

    Can someone explain Arca-Swiss plates to me?

    In my experience it is even worse than that. Nothing about the various plates is standardized; width, angle, thickness, ... The only real solution, I think, is to pick a plate manufacturer and to use only his plates. Then all of your clamps can be adjusted to suit. This is particularly...
  45. oldracer

    C&C So what technique am I missing?

    Nice shot. It cries out to be cropped square. I would also add a very subtle vignette to make the dog pop a little bit. Don't overdo that and make it obvious, however.
  46. oldracer

    Upgrade from GH4 to GH5, is it worth it?

    What problem are you trying to solve?
  47. oldracer

    How else would you shoot this frame in these conditions?

    I got tired just reading ... :crying: I'd just bounce a flash off those nice white 2 x 4' suspended ceiling tiles. Three or four different aperture trials should get me something l like.
  48. oldracer

    How else would you shoot this frame in these conditions?

    Idle speculation: There are those of us who look at the OP's shot and immediately think "fill flash." Then there are those who immediately think "post." I like post processing as much as the next guy but I learned photography with film, where you really had to get it right SOOC. I wonder if...
  49. oldracer

    "Pan-Pan" Shot

    Interesting subject matter considering that "pan pan" in an aircraft (also ships, etc.) radio transmission is a declaration of urgency, below actually declaring an emergency or using "mayday."
  50. oldracer

    How else would you shoot this frame in these conditions?

    Slam dunk with a flash. Maybe even direct flash on camera given the nature of the subject. I'd try that before even fooling with bounce. But fixing in post would be too much work for me given that flash would work.
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