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    Photography

    I think this is a hobby of mine which I have not (yet) tell much on here.
    Dare to write about this here as European Germanics have been great in photography. Brands like Leica, Carl Zeiss, Voigtlander, Hasselblad, Schneider-Kreuznach, Rolleiflex, Kine Exakta (before WWII) etc.

    I would love to have Leica digicamera, but as I'm average wealthy person, I chose ''the next'' best option for me. Olympus (micro 4/3) system and Pen F camera. The camera, lenses and rest of gears are smaller & lighter vs more common big brands (Canon / Nikon) products. My lenses covers area from 7,5mm to 400mm. With full frame camera (for example old 35mm film cameras) that means 15 mm to 800mm.

    Most of my lenses are prime lenses (=fixed focal length lenses) ... on the left ...as those can be sharp, fast and small/light at the same time.

    Depth of field (a narrow one) is thing where micro 4/3 will lose against bigger sensor systems. The fast lenses can help a bit here. No matter what; I also have 3 zoom lenses (on the right). 7 of 8 of my prime lenses are made by Zuiko/Olympus. 2 of 3 of my zoom lenses have been made by Panasonic. Long telephoto together with Leica.

    What elses? Flashes (one to macro photography), 2 bags (I like National Geography bags), wireless remote control, monopods/tripods, extension tube set, filters (different size and types), charters and batteries, leather case to Olympus Pen F camera, cleaning brush.


















    I have two marco lenses, 2 to 3 so called wide angle lenses and good telephoto lens. I love to photograph nature and wild animals. I also have couple of great potret lenses, but I have not done that kind of photograaphy much.

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    Your cameras are both digital? That one body in front looks like the style of an old SLR body from the 80's (looks like my old Canon FTb from 1971 with the black and metal look hehe .... which of course I didn't get new because I was born in 1971 lol ~ I haven't used that in years due to it being film).

    Impressive bunch of gear :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ravenrune View Post
    Your cameras are both digital? That one body in front looks like the style of an old SLR body from the 80's (looks like my old Canon FTb from 1971 with the black and metal look hehe .... which of course I didn't get new because I was born in 1971 lol ~ I haven't used that in years due to it being film).

    Impressive bunch of gear :-)
    It is Olympus Pen F. For me it is like poor mens ''Leica'' ... as you can use your right eye same ways as with Leicas.





    Olympus (Japan company) might not be well known brand, but they have been photograph business long time and they produce good stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finnish Swede View Post
    It is Olympus Pen F. For me it is like poor mens ''Leica'' ... as you can use your right eye same ways as with Leicas.

    That's good. Almost all cameras are only with a back screen now and thy can be dim in daytime and also it would be nice to look through the viewfinder and be able to actually see what is in focus and what you might leave more out of focus - like background with a very open aperture). Another thing I don't like is motorized zooming.

    I remember I got this Minolta D'image 7i (still have it ) way back in the early 2000's when I was better off (when I think of it, that was pretty costly at the time but I was doing far better economically) . Even though it had a set built-in zoom lens , the zooming was all manual by twisting the rubbery ring on the lens barrel. That just felt so much better than holding buttons up or down to zoom. You could look into the viewfinder but it was actually a small screen with not huge resolution. It would have been better if that had been purely optical sight.


    I just have an inexpensive small consumer camera now but some day I wouldn't mind a better camera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ravenrune View Post
    Another thing I don't like is motorized zooming.
    If one makes lots of videos then motorized/power zoom lenses might be practical, but in normal photography? I also prefer manual zooming zooms.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ravenrune View Post
    I remember I got this Minolta D'image 7i (still have it ) way back in the early 2000's when I was better off (when I think of it, that was pretty costly at the time but I was doing far better economically) . Even though it had a set built-in zoom lens , the zooming was all manual by twisting the rubbery ring on the lens barrel. That just felt so much better than holding buttons up or down to zoom. You could look into the viewfinder but it was actually a small screen with not huge resolution. It would have been better if that had been purely optical sight.
    If I'm not totally wrong, I think SONY bought Minolta's camera business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finnish Swede View Post
    If one makes lots of videos then motorized/power zoom lenses might be practical, but in normal photography? I also prefer manual zooms.
    It just felt so hands-on and faster really. At that time (2003-ish?), there weren't really any SLR kind of digital cameras that were anywhere near affordable. This one felt really close to manual photography that I wanted at the time (and although no interchangeable lenses, the in-built zoom lens was pretty good).

    This from Wikid-pedia is interesting

    Minolta was founded in Osaka, Japan, in 1928 as Nichi-Doku Shashinki Shōten (日独写真機商店, meaning Japanese-German camera shop). It is perhaps best known for making the first integrated autofocus 35mm SLR camera system. In 1931, the company adopted its current name, an acronym for "Mechanism, Instruments, Optics, and Lenses by Tashima
    Yeah apparently they got out of the camera business in the 2000's ... don't know what they went into after.

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    That Olympus Pen F does look pretty nice. From one of the vids, it seems to have some interesting features . It looks very solid with many metal parts

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ravenrune View Post
    That Olympus Pen F does look pretty nice. From one of the vids, it seems to have some interesting features . It looks very solid with many metal parts
    Yes. It is nice camera. Already couple of years old model, but someway unique product, as there is nothing really similar on the market.

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    I used to love photography in the film days.

    I started with a Canon Tlb, then moved on to a Canon, AE1 Program, A1, and F1. I sold my last film camera in 2002 and bought a Canon SX10is and then sold it when mobile phones were producing better pictures and video than a dedicated digital camera.

    I miss shooting with film, but it nigh impossible to find anyone locally to develop film. It's also difficult to get away from that instant photo you have at your fingertips instead of having to wait weeks to get film developed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Herr Rentz View Post
    I used to love photography in the film days.

    I started with a Canon Tlb, then moved on to a Canon, AE1 Program, A1, and F1. I sold my last film camera in 2002 and bought a Canon SX10is and then sold it when mobile phones were producing better pictures and video than a dedicated digital camera.

    I miss shooting with film, but it nigh impossible to find anyone locally to develop film. It's also difficult to get away from that instant photo you have at your fingertips instead of having to wait weeks to get film developed.
    Canon has made great cameras. And still do. The most of sport photographers (professionals) have used Canons since your time (= film shooting) to present days. Same with many professionals wild life/nature photographers. Nikon is more used among of journal photographers.

    Yes, films have disappeared almost totally. I wonder can one even find different types of films anymore (iso/asa numbers)? Not to talking about different manufactures films? Those people who still uses films (which I know) will develop their photos by themselves. I'm member of local small photography club and that club has a dark room, equipment and chemicals for that.

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