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Procrastination Over!

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by Bidkev, Mar 12, 2018.

  1. Got the news from my Specialist that due to calcification of an old shoulder/arm injury, I haven't to lift anything of weight above chest height. :crying: Surgery is out of the question due to my surgical history.

    Seems like my complete move to m43 is now a foregone conclusion. My 7Dmkll and 100-400L mk ll are now up for sale on ebay along with the metabones that I only bought a week ago :crying:

    At least I know now in which photographic direction that I am heading. :2thumbs:
     
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  2. dogs100

    dogs100 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Nov 12, 2011
    N Devon UK
    Geoff
    Ouch ... !
    It would be an interesting survey to find out how many people migrated to m43 for medical reasons ... mine was/is definitely the legacy of a misspent youth although I wouldn't go back.
     
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  3. panamike

    panamike Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 5, 2016
    Lincolnshire UK
    Sorry to hear that, will you lean forward to drink your beer or use a straw ;) 
     
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  4. Sorry to hear. It's good that technology is at the point where you can still shoot I guess.
     
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  5. Thanks all. I must have priced my 10-400L a bit low? It sold within 5 minutes! Actually I think it was priced around right at 2k as you can now buy grey for 2.3. I'm guessing the full neoprene cover, pistol grip and rain hood was the icing on the cake for the buyer,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,now what m43 gear do I spend it on? :dance4: :laugh1:
     
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  6. panamike

    panamike Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 5, 2016
    Lincolnshire UK
    My move over was simply because the Nikon gear was too heavy to cope with for me and my problems,thats why most of my birding images are of shall we say less interesting subjects.The areas i used to walk are a no go for me most days, if i feel i can do the walk my blood pressure and breathing plus knee joints are such that a hand held sharp result with the 100-400 is pure luck, i now stay on paths and walk ways using my new aid to mobility.:biggrin:
    I wanted a super dooper off road one but had to settle for one that fitted in the car boot.

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  7. gnarlydog australia

    gnarlydog australia Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Feb 23, 2015
    Brisbane, Australia
    Damiano Visocnik
    Hmmm, chest height doesn't bring the viewfinder to your eye, right?
    So big lenses even in MFT terms are out?
    If your camera allows it (if it does have the accessory port) how would a Olympus VF-4 look like? where one can look down into it instead of the EVF being at eye level. I find it essential for my photography

    PS. just checked: the E-M10 Mk2 does not have the port... :( 
     
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  8. ijm5012

    ijm5012 Mu-43 Legend

    Oct 2, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Ian
    If you liked the reach of the 100-400L on a 7D2, then you may want to take a look at the Panasonic 100-300 II. It's not going to be up to the same optical standards as the 100-300 II, but it's still an f/4-5.6 (just like the Canon lens), is weather sealed, etc.

    The best part is that it weighs a hair over 500g, vs. 1500g.

    Some will tell you to look at the PanaLeica 100-400 instead, but the lens is no faster aperture wise across the shared focal lengths, weighs nearly twice as much (just a bit under 1kg), and costs three times as much.
     
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  9. Reflector

    Reflector Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 31, 2013
    How about using a sling or jig/rig to take the load off your arms? Even if the lenses and bodies are light it seems your doctor wants you to avoid lifting anything of significant weight above chest height...
    pistol grip.
    Redrock nano Stealth V rig.
    Something like that coupled with a remote release and higher offset would probably let you keep the weight off your bad shoulder and also reduce the lift distance.

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    Then there's those chest height rigs, couple that with a ball head and keep the screen flipped out.
     
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  10. Thanks for the suggestion but I don't think they're practical for wildlife stalking. The lens has gone now anyway.
     
  11. It's the weight load on my arm that's the problem. being right handed, the left, which is bearing the weight makes my shoulder suffer. I'm beginning to think that I should have been born left handed :)  I really didn't need the specialist to tell me as the last few trips I've only been able to bang off one shot and then I needed to drop my arm as the pain was so severe so I should have known it was getting worse. The upside is that I can hardly feel the olly combo of the 75-300 so all is not lost and at least I won't be suffering for my hobby. It was beginning to take the fun out of it and I was losing my mojo. m43 has invigorated me.
     
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  12. I've got the Olly 75-300 and although the IQ is acceptable I think it's just not fast enough for rainforest work but then what is, (at a reasonable price) shooting at iso1600 and above? It also tends to hunt a lot
     
  13. magIBIS

    magIBIS Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    171
    Jun 8, 2016
    Central Europe
    It's for medical reasons why Olympus is still available :hide::biggrin:
     
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  14. magIBIS

    magIBIS Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    171
    Jun 8, 2016
    Central Europe
    I like your looking on the bright side of life very much. Keep on driving!
    Looks like you got a dolly all the time with you now - thought about a clamp on the bars and a monopod for multiple shooting options on the go?

    #bildkev Best wishes! And spend the money wise - I mean definitely on some nice gear :jedi: May the GAS be with you!
     
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  15. Well the 7Dmkll, 1.4 converter, 580 exll also all sold within 24 hrs! So I have a bit of cash to splash :)  I still have the Canon kit 55-250 3.5-5.6 and am thinking of hanging on to the metabones and may sell the olly 75-300, or perhaps hang on to it. I know I'll lose a bit of reach, but I'll gain a stop and the Canon seems much sharper. Yet to test on m43 as the weather is crap with a cyclone coming in overnight but these are the same lens on a 7D shot at 225............makes me wonder how a lens under $200 can get that close to L glass?

    37908881622_e4cb67f92e_b. Canon 55-250 ll test (6) by Kevin Dickinson, on Flickr

    37908914582_f5af0a4821_b. Canon 55-250 ll test (5) by Kevin Dickinson, on Flickr

    24088292388_5d44711f80_b. Canon 55-250 ll test 100% crop 3 by Kevin Dickinson, on Flickr
     
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  16. ijm5012

    ijm5012 Mu-43 Legend

    Oct 2, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Ian
    So how much do you have to spend, and what’s your current plan in terms of gear?
     
  17. Well I made 4k but after 2 lots of heart surgery I also have a bucket list so really haven't put much thought into it as I think I'm pretty much covered for the photography I will be doing. I'll get back into doing a bit of street/urban and really all I think I need is a fast birding lens but I'm loathe to spend that much on the pro range. I may just tick off a bucket which is a trip to N Zealand.

    I'm quite happy with the two EM-10's as I'm used to their configurations and ergonomics. I've already bought two grips and a slik mini for "table top" macro and am now looking at flash for macro as I'm not getting any younger and can see myself doing a lot of "concept" and still life as my legs start to give
     
  18. ijm5012

    ijm5012 Mu-43 Legend

    Oct 2, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Ian
    It’s always better to take a trip than to buy more gear.

    My wife and I were up in the air between New Zealand and Hawaii for this year’s vacation. The thought of flying to New Zealand from the east coast of the US in economy was painful though, so Hawaii won out. Looking forward to a 10 day vacation there later this year. Maybe New Zealand next year though...

    If you’re looking for incredible places to visit, I can’t recommend Switzerland enough. The wife and I went there last year, and it was the most beautiful place I ever seen. She liked it so much, she’s been pestering me to look for jobs over there haha.
     
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  19. Long haul flights are out for me I'm afraid. Did my last one 3 yrs ago to visit my 3 older sons back in the UK. Did Tasmania last year with my other two sons who are in Oz with me and we loved it. As an ex mountain leader the mountains will always pull me, not that I can get up them any more :)  Might do the cruise of the NZ fiords
     
  20. Steve Moorhouse

    Steve Moorhouse Mu-43 Regular

    83
    Mar 4, 2018
    Milton Keynes UK
    Dr Steve Moorhouse
    Sorry to hear about your medical issues, we all tend to get more of them as we get older. As to gear I'm enjoying getting to grips with my new EM-1 Mark ii and 12-100 F4 Pro lens, gives excellent results but it's not the lightest weight combo. Turns out it's about 200g heavier than my previous go-to combo of Pentax K5 and 18-135mm WR lens. I was looking for a lighter replacement but I got carried away with all the good reviews!
     
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