what photography related item did you buy this week?

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If anyone needs temptation, B&H currently has 2 used 40-150 2.8’s for sale as I type this. Rated 9 and 9+. 20%+ off the price of new. I was very close to getting one, but I’m trying my hardest to stick with what I have. Doesn’t mean I can’t get everyone else to spend their money though.
 
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If anyone needs temptation, B&H currently has 2 used 40-150 2.8’s for sale as I type this. Rated 9 and 9+. 20%+ off the price of new. I was very close to getting one, but I’m trying my hardest to stick with what I have. Doesn’t mean I can’t get everyone else to spend their money though.
We here to help. Let's look at your gear list make wiggle room for that sweet 40-150.
 

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Ordered a Sigma 60mm 2.8 last week.
Arrived with a large filament under the element. Probably wouldn't effect images but it was churning my inner OCD. Returned it and ordered a Sigma 56mm 1.4.
I tried to go the bargain route. Really.
I think the f1.4 will provide enough added utility to justify the cost. I know I went from disliking the 30mm f2.8 to really liking the 30mm f1.4!
 

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We've already got one! Actually in fairness, the seller on Amazon has already, and without question, responded to say they are sending out an actual light stand... and haven't requested the loaf tin to be returned so I might have two now!
I think you now need another light stand - so you can light and photograph both loaf tins concurrently.
 

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We here to help. Let's look at your gear list make wiggle room for that sweet 40-150.
I do have a gap between 60 and 100, but I’d almost rather get the 50-200. All that to say I really like my 100-300, so I think I’d be sad to give it up (which would be necessary to pay for any long-end upgrades).
 

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Ordered a Sigma 60mm 2.8 last week.
Arrived with a large filament under the element. Probably wouldn't effect images but it was churning my inner OCD. Returned it and ordered a Sigma 56mm 1.4.
I tried to go the bargain route. Really.
While I owned and used the Sigma 60mm f 2.8, an amazing little lens I would go with the 56mm f 1.4 because there's nothing out there like that lens (so it won't be replicated by any f 2.8 zoom lenses either).
 

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While I owned and used the Sigma 60mm f 2.8, an amazing little lens I would go with the 56mm f 1.4 because there's nothing out there like that lens (so it won't be replicated by any f 2.8 zoom lenses either).
Yes, the 60mm 2.8 is fantastic but I found my usage was so narrow that it didn't make sense for me to own it. I'm much more of a wide guy, my 30mm f1.4 is now my "tele" lens, with the 20mm 1.7 being the other main part of my M4/3 setup (wide angle is usually the Ricoh GR in my pocket). One day I may get frivolous and buy a 14mm f2.5 again, or (horror!) yet another 17mm f2.8 for old time's sake.
 

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Yes, the 60mm 2.8 is fantastic but I found my usage was so narrow that it didn't make sense for me to own it. I'm much more of a wide guy, my 30mm f1.4 is now my "tele" lens, with the 20mm 1.7 being the other main part of my M4/3 setup (wide angle is usually the Ricoh GR in my pocket). One day I may get frivolous and buy a 14mm f2.5 again, or (horror!) yet another 17mm f2.8 for old time's sake.
Well, at least the 17mm f 2.8 is really (or it should be) cheap but definitely a fun lens. I am mostly a telly guy, my most used lenses for the last 10 years have been a 50mm f 1.8 from Revuenon in M42 and Sigma 60mm f 2.8, I never had or used a lens wider than 14mm until March of this year. I haven't even used my 7-14mm 2.8 Pro more than a dozen times because I've been so focused on work I barely get out of the house outside of going to work.
I don't even have a lens faster than f 2.8 with the single exception of a (somewhat broken) 50mm f 1.4 Yashica Yashinon-DX in M42 mount.
 

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Finally did it ... I can't damn wait, they always disappear when I had the money to buy one but this time I caught one locally so I don't have to order it from Japan.
 
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Got glass protector for the A7R II to fix crappy LCD. The LCD screen on first and second gen A7 models just wears off from corners and leaves ugly marks. Worse still, if you have screen protector and you remove it after a while there is a high chance it will take off coating along with it.
For some reason Sony put a plastic screen protector from factory that wears off and not the real LCD beneath. With some effort you peel off the plastic layer and voila, brand new LCD! I put a glass protector on. Looks great now!

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Finally got around to this:
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First order of business: turning off LV and only use EVF. Mission accomplished! I'm in love with these menus. More stuff than it takes two minutes to go through! Next up: put on a nice strap!

Shot w/UMiDIGI A5 Pro w/Sony IMX398
 
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Finally got around to taking my first pictures with the E-M1
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Naturally, the first pictures taken with my newest camera were pictures of my newest old lens: Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar f:2.8/5 cm on the Varex II b.

It's actually a great time and energy saver, just staying inside and using one camera to make images of another!

And you don't even have to put the strap on the camera! Maybe I'll post pictures of my camera strap tomorrow. It's a very photogenique camera strap, if I may say so myself.

Of course I may! Who's here to stop me, right?
 
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Ok I need to see that camera strap now
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And just wait until tomorrow! Then I'll post the nudes!
 

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Got a wireless flash trigger so that I can move to off camera flash. Ordered a light stand at the same time... Amazon managed to deliver a baking loaf tin instead!
The light stand turned up today... not a loaf tin in sight this time! I haven’t had a chance to have a play yet because my two youngest kids have stolen my camera and flash set up and are currently taking portraits of each other!
 

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Finally got the 12-40 pro lens. A somewhat sensible buy because I was lacking a wide angle lens other than the 24-42 kit lens and the 9 mm fisheye and it was off 200€ (promotion for zoom lenses until tomorrow). The only problem is that the lens is too good 😀 at the long end it’s a competitor for my 45 1.8 and the minimal focus distance is absolutely amazing. Had a small shock when I tried macro with it and I heard the impact of the lens hood against the subject 😅 so my other non kit lens, the 60 mm macro has to proof itself too against this. Hope my GAS is stopped for a moment but a bigger grip would be great for this lens.
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Finally got the 12-40 pro lens. A somewhat sensible buy because I was lacking a wide angle lens other than the 24-42 kit lens and the 9 mm fisheye and it was off 200€ (promotion for zoom lenses until tomorrow). The only problem is that the lens is too good 😀 at the long end it’s a competitor for my 45 1.8 and the minimal focus distance is absolutely amazing. Had a small shock when I tried macro with it and I heard the impact of the lens hood against the subject 😅 so my other non kit lens, the 60 mm macro has to proof itself too against this. Hope my GAS is stopped for a moment but a bigger grip would be great for this lens. View attachment 827904
if that is the 10 II body, I can highly recommend the official Olympus ECG grip. Makes for much better grip and easy to snap on and off without a tool to bring.
 
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