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    • On 16/12/2017 at 5:33 PM, Arthur 666 said:

      So he's just getting into photography and you bought him an adaptive lens that won't AF? Why not buy an OM1 and a couple of rolls of film and be done with? (lol)

      I really don't understand people suggesting a £650.00 (used) lens for someone who might not even take to stills photography. You could buy him an 18-55 and a 23mm f2 for less, then he'd have all the bases covered and the opportunity to see how he likes using a classic prime focal length (plus WR) vs a zoom.

      Sorry if I sound a bit harsh... ;-)

      Does sound a bit harsh actually. Have you read all the thread? And welcome to the forum by the way.

      As Vic pointed out above, in my second post I explained he is a film maker. He actually has a degree in Film and TV Production. The lenses he has rented for those camera are worth tens of thousands each. He is no novice.

      He will be borrowing my 18-55 long term (as he lives in London and I live in Yorkshire). The manual lens is for exactly the reason Vic said, to learn how stills photography works and to appreciate the difference with movie work.

      As for other comments, he can only afford the body so wanted to ask if I would help him buy a lens before he commited to this camera. Only then did he realise I have a Fuji too and we discussed lens sharing. I shall not be buying any new lenses but will make do without the 18-55for a while. To be honest, if I want to do Auto stabilised shots, I’ll probably pull out my Canon G5X. I pretty much exclusively use vintage primes now.

      4 hours ago, Franky2step said:
    • I placed a little self-adhesive anti-slip pad between the view mode button and the ael/afl button and found it surprisely effective. It provides a tactile "home" location for my thumb, much like a thumb grip, but it doesn't interfere with any operations of the camera or change the form factor of the camera. In addition to proving a more secure grip, having a defined home position for my thumb helps me find other buttons easier. I originally tried placing it between the ael/afl button and the rear command dial, but found that having a smooth surface there is better for operation of the wheel. 

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    • You should consider a 18-135mm, has the extended range, OIS, WR, and is a good allrounder. PLus, you can pick up a good used one for less than a new 18-55mm

    • 21 hours ago, Arthur 666 said:

      So he's just getting into photography and you bought him an adaptive lens that won't AF? Why not buy an OM1 and a couple of rolls of film and be done with? (lol)

      I really don't understand people suggesting a £650.00 (used) lens for someone who might not even take to stills photography. You could buy him an 18-55 and a 23mm f2 for less, then he'd have all the bases covered and the opportunity to see how he likes using a classic prime focal length (plus WR) vs a zoom.

      Sorry if I sound a bit harsh... ;-)

      You obviously didn't read all the threads or you'd have seen this added information:

      " He’s actually a film maker. Started out with a Canon EOS but after Uni he has been using some very exotic Arri Alexa, Red and high end Sony and Canon kit. He wasn’t much into stills until he went to Japan this Spring and I loaned him my compact Canon G5X. This got him intrigued I think. "

      Apart from that, IMO, the best way for someone to learn photography is with a totally manual camera/lens before moving to automation. They at least have the benefit of instant results rather than waiting days or weeks to see how they went wrong or right. That is the best (and quickest) way to learn the relationship between aperture, shutter speed, ISO etc and their effects not only in a technical sense but in the actual making of a picture.

      The lack of such knowledge or realisation that it even exists contributes to the large number of very mediocre photographers that never really get past the point and shoot stage even shooting with expensive gear.  Modern cameras simply allow them to shoot the same s**t but at 20X the speed. :)

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    • Despite temps in the low 40's and an icy wind, another marvelous day in the Nature Preserve. We hiked our favorite trail the other way round, with the steep, rocky, and fairly treacherous ascent at the end.
       
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