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    Quote Originally Posted by Shuko View Post
    Back (like 10 years ago) when I used to shoot with Canon, I was all "must have f1.2". Nowadays, it's too easy to have subjects eyes on different focusing plane even with 1.8. In general, you don't really gain anything except price and size.

    I love the 55/1.8, but there are other good options as well.
    I am still drooling over the 85mm f/1.2 and it's the one reason why I'd shoot Canon. I think nailing a focus with a f/1.2 or f/1.4 is easy enough in studio conditions but really a challenge in spontaneous portraiture, I agree. But dat bokeh...
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    Damn you guys, now I want an 85 for my camera. And something ultrawide.

    Oh and a 35 as an always on for my next big trip.

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    I have freed myself from the trap of tech stuff. I no longer feel the desire to own multiple cameras or multiple lenses.

    I have achieved perfection.

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    Since I started learning how to paint my cyanotypes with watercolours I'm now thinking about which paint or brush I should use lmao
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cosmin View Post
    I am still drooling over the 85mm f/1.2 and it's the one reason why I'd shoot Canon. I think nailing a focus with a f/1.2 or f/1.4 is easy enough in studio conditions but really a challenge in spontaneous portraiture, I agree. But dat bokeh...
    I've had EF 85/1.2L II and still have FDn 85/1.2L and FE 85/1.8. The problem with new AF 1.2/1.4 (nor 1.8) is not the focus missing, but the DOF being often too shallow when shooting wide open. Example pic of 85/1.2, only one eye is sharp:



    Same type of shot with FE85/1.8, tiny bit of more dof, but still plenty of bokeh:



    Bokeh is usually more about the texture of the background, camera distance to subject and subject's distance to background.

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    More automotive photography porn plus new camera stuff and insight into how crazy these guys work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Appleby View Post
    I'm faced with a conundrum. I haven't really used my camera (A7 II) to take pictures all year. It certainly didn't go on any trips with me this past year.

    The only time it got used was as a video camera at school in a rig. And even then it played second fiddle to the phone and a gimbal.

    While traveling I've used my phone and was more than happy with it (P30 Pro).

    I've been recently contemplating selling the camera and getting a cheaper camcorder to use at school.

    The only type of photography I'm really into is portrait photography but I simply don't find the time and people to do it with.

    What would y'all do?

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    I have been looking around for Sony FE 85mm lens reviews and discussions over the last few days, thought I'd share a set of videos with a comparison:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wF-cy4HdE18
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FssZH6VJu7k
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcMOp3BXj4E
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6grZLyHzv8

    They're by a middle-aged white man wearing polo shirts, so you know they're authoritative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeromeDoutrande View Post
    They're by a middle-aged white man wearing polo shirts, so you know they're authoritative.
    Quickly checked the videos. The Samyang seems like a good deal as well.

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    Going to pick some 120 rolls of this up and do some shooting with it this weekend

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    I don't miss film developing.

    At all. With my current housing accommodation it was a major pain in the ass. Plus time consuming.

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    Well I enjoy it poopypants!

    If I want to do large prints I stick with digital. Digital is also a lot more forgiving and easier to work around mistakes you do, so if I am doing serious work I stick to that. But I also like doing my own thing with analogue film still.

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    Quote Originally Posted by helgur View Post
    Well I enjoy it poopypants!

    If I want to do large prints I stick with digital. Digital is also a lot more forgiving and easier to work around mistakes you do, so if I am doing serious work I stick to that. But I also like doing my own thing with analogue film still.
    I get you.

    I do kinda miss my old darkroom sometimes

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    Which digital full (lel) frame has the widest (stop range, as in -3EV, 0 and +3EV) bracketing options and won't cost me an arm and a leg? Currently I'm using oldass Nikon D80, it has -2 +2 range, but since the world economy is starting shitting itself I might as well make use of my meager savings till they're worth something and buy a proper DSLR.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Venec View Post
    Which digital full (lel) frame has the widest (stop range, as in -3EV, 0 and +3EV) bracketing options and won't cost me an arm and a leg? Currently I'm using oldass Nikon D80, it has -2 +2 range, but since the world economy is starting shitting itself I might as well make use of my meager savings till they're worth something and buy a proper DSLR.
    Just checked on Sony A7III, and it has 3EV step as maximum which you can do with three (-3, 0, +3) or five shots (-6, -3, 0, +3, +6). There are additional seven and nine shot modes, but those have a maximum of 1EV step. I haven't used the camera for bracketing, but I can take some photos for you to check if you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeromeDoutrande View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Venec View Post
    Which digital full (lel) frame has the widest (stop range, as in -3EV, 0 and +3EV) bracketing options and won't cost me an arm and a leg? Currently I'm using oldass Nikon D80, it has -2 +2 range, but since the world economy is starting shitting itself I might as well make use of my meager savings till they're worth something and buy a proper DSLR.
    Just checked on Sony A7III, and it has 3EV step as maximum which you can do with three (-3, 0, +3) or five shots (-6, -3, 0, +3, +6). There are additional seven and nine shot modes, but those have a maximum of 1EV step. I haven't used the camera for bracketing, but I can take some photos for you to check if you want.
    Nah, it's cool. I'm just fishing for recommendations since I don't follow the digital cameras at all. In fact, I've stopped looking at gear some time ago now. Thx!

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    I’m eyeing the Fuji xt4 as an upgrade from my xt2. Snazzier focus, better screen and evf, but primarily the IBIS. That coupled with the lenses I have with OIS should do for some stability, and the 16-55mm that I have without OIS should benefit greatly from it.
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    good to see that Fortior seems like a decent bloke and isn't a gay fat faggot nerd despite his pony avatar

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    Iím eyeing the Fuji xt4 as an upgrade from my xt2. Snazzier focus, better screen and evf, but primarily the IBIS. That coupled with the lenses I have with OIS should do for some stability, and the 16-55mm that I have without OIS should benefit greatly from it.
    Real men pvp in barges.

    Quote Originally Posted by Amantus View Post
    good to see that Fortior seems like a decent bloke and isn't a gay fat faggot nerd despite his pony avatar

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    Quote Originally Posted by Venec View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Venec View Post
    Which digital full (lel) frame has the widest (stop range, as in -3EV, 0 and +3EV) bracketing options and won't cost me an arm and a leg? Currently I'm using oldass Nikon D80, it has -2 +2 range, but since the world economy is starting shitting itself I might as well make use of my meager savings till they're worth something and buy a proper DSLR.
    Just checked on Sony A7III, and it has 3EV step as maximum which you can do with three (-3, 0, +3) or five shots (-6, -3, 0, +3, +6). There are additional seven and nine shot modes, but those have a maximum of 1EV step. I haven't used the camera for bracketing, but I can take some photos for you to check if you want.
    Nah, it's cool. I'm just fishing for recommendations since I don't follow the digital cameras at all. In fact, I've stopped looking at gear some time ago now. Thx!
    Out of curiosity, what'll your use case be for such a wide bracket?

    I've been looking at Nikon D800 used prices lately, as they seem to have come down to about 600 EUR or so (where, incidentally, the 12Mpx D700 bottomed out some time ago as well for some inexplicable reason).
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    Quote Originally Posted by halka View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Venec View Post
    Which digital full (lel) frame has the widest (stop range, as in -3EV, 0 and +3EV) bracketing options and won't cost me an arm and a leg? Currently I'm using oldass Nikon D80, it has -2 +2 range, but since the world economy is starting shitting itself I might as well make use of my meager savings till they're worth something and buy a proper DSLR.
    Just checked on Sony A7III, and it has 3EV step as maximum which you can do with three (-3, 0, +3) or five shots (-6, -3, 0, +3, +6). There are additional seven and nine shot modes, but those have a maximum of 1EV step. I haven't used the camera for bracketing, but I can take some photos for you to check if you want.
    Nah, it's cool. I'm just fishing for recommendations since I don't follow the digital cameras at all. In fact, I've stopped looking at gear some time ago now. Thx!
    Out of curiosity, what'll your use case be for such a wide bracket?

    I've been looking at Nikon D800 used prices lately, as they seem to have come down to about 600 EUR or so (where, incidentally, the 12Mpx D700 bottomed out some time ago as well for some inexplicable reason).
    Making HDR for my cyanotypes. I heavily edit my photos, especially the sky, plus cyanotypes have a really narrow tonal range so you need to compress the negative to get the desired contrast.

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    I did find a list for bracketing yesterday. It is not up to date though (my camera was released two years ago and is not on the list).

    https://www.hdrsoft.com/resources/aeb.html

    Some Canon cameras on there have a max range of 18 and Fuji X-T2 and Fuji X-T3 have 24 (both are APS-C though).

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