what photography related item did you buy this week?

Darmok N Jalad

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Aw, c'mon. You don't need to justify it to us, of all people!

Just don't sell the G9 again!
Yeah, I have some decisions to make. I’m currently wondering if I should just stick with the G9 but build up some lighter lenses for certain instances, where I don’t want to lug the PL glass. While the G9 is on the heavier side, it’s not really light feeling when I have the smaller lenses on it (plus I’m really comfortable using it at this point). For example, the 75-300ii weighs practically nothing, especially when compared to the PL100-400, and it would be enough when I take the kids to the park and a raptor starts circling the skies. I probably could have had a similar experience at the aquarium by taking the G9 and the 25mm and 9mm.

One thing I noticed is that the rear dial (which is shutter speed for me) on the G9 is much more accessible than the EM5, where I can turn it without really causing the camera to wobble. It’s a bit harder on the EM5, not only because it is lighter, but the dial is stiffer and more tucked away. It might be that the EM5 goes back, but the 75-300 and 9-18 are here to stay. I also wonder if the 12-45 would be a better companion than the 12-60. It’s a bit more compact, and while it doesn’t go down to f/2.8, the fixed f/4 can make things easier for an mixed-purpose lens. It’s even curious how it zooms in the “traditional” direction versus the other Pro‘s, and it lacks the focus clutch. I wonder if that’s the new direction for OMD lenses.
 
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Have bought a Kaiser "slimlite plano" LED light box and have, finally, digitalized my first two rolls of 120 film using the A7Riii and a 55mm Nikkor macro lens.
It's a completely different take on images with film, they look ... well ... film-like 😎
 

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This weeks haul was a small camera bundle, consisting of a GF1 with the LVF-1 viewfinder, a GF5, a Lumix 14-42 of sorts and a Lumix FL-220 flash. Chargers and a couple of small Lowepro bags for both of the houses, an Adventura SH100 II and a Off-trail 1, as well as a Lumix leather ready pouch for the GF1.

GF5 shuttercount was at 3189 and the GF1has 6689 actuations. All in, with signed for postage at about $110.

Was somewhat keen on another GF1, and had no ideas about the GF5, but was intrigued when it came, its a puny one. The Off-trail is somewhat nice, an early modular waist bag, with two dismounting lens pocket and a main "body pouch", that I will try with the G9 and a little assortment of lenses. All in all, rather happy with the purchase. The 14-42 will most likely be off-loaded.
 
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Good Afternoon,

I picked up a couple of Canon FS4000 film scanners (one NOS, the other lightly used) and have them running on Vuescan through an Adaptec SCSI card. Just posted some scans from them on the "My full-frame is film" thread...

Regards,

Edd
 
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2x Inexpensive lightweight "servo flashes"
NB - Now that we can't call them "slave" flases any more - what is the preferred term?

The whole point of M4/3 is the lower size and weight - so I am always looking for ways to help this along with accessories. Where I trek with my cameras every gram matters (and conversely - every gram saved means room for another lens to take along!).

For environmental portraits I often use a hot-shoe flash bounced off walls, ceilings or a "pop-up" reflector. However, often that leaves backgrounds unlit and heads lacking fill or rim lights. In a studio the answer is big light panels, reflectors or 3 point lighting ---- but on location?

So I just got two WOTAN SC18 "servo flashguns" from eBay for £10 GBP / $13.40 USD. There was very little info' on them on the www to be found using a Google-Search - so here is a quick review.

The good -

  • Very small - size is 4.5 x 2.25 x 1.25 inches
  • weight for the pair and with 2xAA Energiser batteries in each = 362g, 13 oz
  • GN18
  • Have tripod screw bases to fix to gorilla pods etc to direct lighting
  • Have a sliding L-shaped base panel that acts as a clamp up to 1.5" wide to fit to doors, shelves etc
  • A sheet of black foam from the craft store and an elastic band creates near weightless light directors
  • White foam sheets act to diffuse the light
  • optical triggers work >5 metres indoors
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The Bad
  • These are film era devices - so don't do second flash triggers if you plan to use TTL flash exposure - but I use manually controlled flash anyway when using off-camera or multiple strobes.
  • Output is fixed at either GN 18 or auto exposure with 1x F-stop (F4 @100ASA, F8 at 400ASA) - so controlling light means optimising distance with the inverse-square law or using layers of craft-store white foam sheet and an elastic band as an output modifier.
  • 2xAA batteries means low weight compared with my clever vari-output strobes - but limits recycling times to 7-seconds with a new set of "Energiser" batteries.
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In the film era I used to carry 2 strobes, and a clip-on a "servo-trigger" light cell for this role and used it a lot for flash pictures in such strange places as temples, rainforests and inside Egyptian tombs. The sight of these 2 items on eBay made me try again to see if I can shed the extra load of 2 of my 3 Yongnuo speedlights and wireless triggers (which IMHO are excellent)

Has anyone else been tempted by the current wave of small servo-stobes on sale from Asia - there are similar 2xAA pocket sided models with optical servo triggers such as the Andoer WS25; the design isn't as clever as the Wotan SC18s, but once agian, the aim is to shed size and weight without too great a sacrifice in functionality.

Has anyone else tried this approach to saving size and weight when travelling? Does anyone else have experience with a Wotan SC18 or similar mini-sized, lightweight "servo flash" device to share?

best wishes to you all - Paul C

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Is this todays new equivalent?


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Screenshot for the Andoer WS25 - advertised as "Andoer WS-25 Portable Mini Digital Slave Flash Speedlite Flash with Universal Hot Shoe GN18 " on the usual web-selling sites (NB - I have no link to this - but your experience, good or bad, might help me and others!)
 
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2x Inexpensive lightweight "servo flashes"
NB - Now that we can't call them "slave" flases any more - what is the preferred term?
Transmitter / receiver works well enough for me. Or controller / remote?

Has anyone else been tempted by the current wave of small servo-stobes on sale from Asia - there are similar 2xAA pocket sided models with optical servo triggers such as the Andoer WS25; the design isn't as clever as the Wotan SC18s, but once agian, the aim is to shed size and weight without too great a sacrifice in functionality.

Has anyone else tried this approach to saving size and weight when travelling? Does anyone else have experience with a Wotan SC18 or similar mini-sized, lightweight "servo flash" device to share?
I'm too spoiled by radio controlled flash units to give them up. If multi flash units were really important enough for me to bring them traveling, I'd probably bring 2 or 3 Godox TT350's. But they're definitely heavier/bulkier than what you want.
 

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Lord help me...I swung by the closet at work again today and added to the collection...
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Nikon Z6 with XQD card/reader, FTZ adapter, and 24-70 f/4 S lens. I’ll be loaning this one, and eventually bringing it back.

Then an Oly e-m10 with 14-42 and 40-150, and a bunch of batteries and extension grip. Also a Panasonic G7 with 14-42 and 42.5mm f1.7, and battery/charger. And a 128gb card for good measure. I was told not to bother bringing these back either, so welcome home!
 
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Lord help me...I swung by the closet at work again today and added to the collection...
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Nikon Z6 with XQD card/reader, FTZ adapter, and 24-70 f/4 S lens. I’ll be loaning this one, and eventually bringing it back.

Then an Oly e-m10 with 14-42 and 40-150, and a bunch of batteries and extension grip. Also a Panasonic G7 with 14-42 and 42.5mm f1.7, and battery/charger. And a 128gb card for hood measure. I was told not to bother bringing these back either, so welcome home!
Does this closet happen to have reindeer and small people with pointy shoes and hats in it? Was it really cold there?
 

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Lord help me...I swung by the closet at work again today and added to the collection...
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Nikon Z6 with XQD card/reader, FTZ adapter, and 24-70 f/4 S lens. I’ll be loaning this one, and eventually bringing it back.

Then an Oly e-m10 with 14-42 and 40-150, and a bunch of batteries and extension grip. Also a Panasonic G7 with 14-42 and 42.5mm f1.7, and battery/charger. And a 128gb card for hood measure. I was told not to bother bringing these back either, so welcome home!
You and your mythical photographer’s wardrobe.
 
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Lord help me...I swung by the closet at work again today and added to the collection...

Nikon Z6 with XQD card/reader, FTZ adapter, and 24-70 f/4 S lens. I’ll be loaning this one, and eventually bringing it back.

Then an Oly e-m10 with 14-42 and 40-150, and a bunch of batteries and extension grip. Also a Panasonic G7 with 14-42 and 42.5mm f1.7, and battery/charger. And a 128gb card for good measure. I was told not to bother bringing these back either, so welcome home!
Thanks @Mountain_Man_79 , this makes me feel like a sane person. I don't need to see a doctor anymore. :biggrin:
 
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This is a repost of the original post here. If this is against the forums' rules please don't ban me - I have yet to read them.

I did some math and decided to keep my M43 gear, of which most was purchased used in "like new" condition for 50% or more off, and instead of paying for FF, I just splurged on Topaz Image Quality Bundle for $85 USD after 75% off (Black Friday and Petr Bambousek's discounts).
I have also purchased Petr's "Olympus for Wildlife" video tutorial for $35 USD after 50% off... and a couple of weeks ago I also purchased a mint PanaLeica 25 f1.4 for $320 CAD. I think I am ready for pretty much anything now.

If anyone is interested below are direct links to the products and a cool video on a LR+PS+TOPAZ workflow:
Topaz Image Quality Bundle (scroll to bottom)
Petr's blog post on Topaz with the discount code
Olympus Wildlife Tutorial
LR+PS+TOPAZ Workflow Tutorial


P. S. Topaz Denoise AI completely blew my socks off and although I have LR subscription I am not sure whether it will get the same level of NR in the foreseeable (1-2 years) future. Hence, the purchase.

As for PL 25 f1.4, it is a very good lens, however, I love my Oly 17 f1.8 and I am not sure if I need 25 mm. I will play with it for a couple of months to see if I benefit from the FL, if not I will sell it.
 

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