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Occasional Contributor
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Registered: ‎02-12-2019

Re: Why Are We Here And What Are We Doing This For ?

That recomendation is not what I was looking for, more like a sony a7 with a 18-200 lens or a lumix.

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Re: Why Are We Here And What Are We Doing This For ?

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OK, the software part of my request is completed. after trying a few free trials of "perfectly clear" and "on1" i found the the interface was not usable on my 50" tv which is where I have to work from.

 

I was able to increase the user interface in "elements 11" and now finally "adobe camera raw" so I can see the text and sliders on my 50" monitor.

 

last part, which camera  will give me the least amount of grief and the best results for all my needs. 

 

do not need preset scenes in the camera camera, i will apply those later from raw.

 

1. a really good auto focus system both in live view and viewfinder for flying birds

2. fast high burst rate (10+)

3. easy to hold like an slr

4. 18-300 lens "one lens for all my needs" landscape, wildlife, flowers, birds.

5. most advanced image stabilization (5 axis?) for super sharp on the fly action shots like flying birds.

 

thanks for you help and suggestions

and i want my cake and eat it too

 

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Re: Why Are We Here And What Are We Doing This For ?

300mm is not long enough for birds.

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Re: Why Are We Here And What Are We Doing This For ?

yes i agree, but all my best photos of birds, wildlife and flowers are taken while hiking. come around corner all quiet like and there in the tree a harrier, bamm. so i need a system that is already locked and loaded ready to go. 

 

I want to be able to save the settings in the camera to 5 memory selections and be able to eaiseily select them on the fly.  with settings like sutter speed, af type, shutter type, iso and all the other things i would normally take time to set. 

 

ya know it really sucks when you have the af set to one shot, focus point set to the center, the shutter set to 500 and a pheasant flys up with no time to go to the right settings, thats what i am trying to solve.

 

I dont sit for hours in one place, i move around to find what i want.

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Re: Why Are We Here And What Are We Doing This For ?

Thats a fact, there are no easy answers and if the expectations are lowered then its ok. People are getting into a technolgy overload and know they are missing out on the real fun of living, hence the drop in camera sales and the rise in cell phone camera sales (based on how good the camera is).

 

The day of the SLR Camera is numbered. Mirrorless cameras will replace SLR cameras in the next 5 years. Cell phone type cameras will replace the SLR and mirrorless cameras in the next ten years.

 

I think that is why I like the "Bridge" cameras by Lumix

 

 

 

 

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Re: Why Are We Here And What Are We Doing This For ?

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@Moire wrote:

OK, the software part of my request is completed. after trying a few free trials of "perfectly clear" and "on1" i found the the interface was not usable on my 50" tv which is where I have to work from.

 

I was able to increase the user interface in "elements 11" and now finally "adobe camera raw" so I can see the text and sliders on my 50" monitor.

 

last part, which camera  will give me the least amount of grief and the best results for all my needs. 

 

do not need preset scenes in the camera camera, i will apply those later from raw.

 

1. a really good auto focus system both in live view and viewfinder for flying birds

2. fast high burst rate (10+)

3. easy to hold like an slr

4. 18-300 lens "one lens for all my needs" landscape, wildlife, flowers, birds.

5. most advanced image stabilization (5 axis?) for super sharp on the fly action shots like flying birds.

 

thanks for you help and suggestions

and i want my cake and eat it too

 


Yeah, you do want to have your cake and eat it, too.

 

  1. A single focus system for viewfinder shooting or LCD screen shooting does not exist in a DSLR.  
  2. If you want a frame rate that high, then you want one of the recent releases of 1D series camera body.
  3. I have no idea what ‘easy to hold like an slr” even means.
  4. I think Tamron has an EF-S mount 18-400mm, which means it would not mount on a 1D series camera body.
  5. IBIS won’t cure that, and would only make it seem worse.  Try practicing tracking BIF, and using a faster shutter speed.   

 

Enjoy.

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Posts: 30
Registered: ‎06-15-2017

Re: Why Are We Here And What Are We Doing This For ?

No easy answers, continued.  At this point in the technological history of the human race, if you are "serious" about photography, you will have to contend with complex and sometimes heavy cameras, a variety of lenses, solid tripod gear, and some flash / lighting equipment.  Concerning bird photography, there is a somewhat affordable lens on the market, the Tamron 150-600mm.  Supertelephoto lenses manufactured by the major players (Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc.) are unaffordable for the vast majority of people.

 

I have settled for the mid-point DSLR cameras (less than perfect, but okay) affordable lenses and flash / light equipment / studio gear.  I have a good photography library.  I accept that if I want to expose / post-process an image and save it on my computer and perhaps share it with a few family members and friends, that achieving that goal is not going to be a "walk in the park".  

 

Since I enjoy capturing landscape images, I susbcribed to the Dave Morrow Photography website.  Among his offerings is a package for photo editing for landcape and outdoor photography.  That series of video tutorials along with Adobe's user manuals for Lightroom, Bridge and Photoshop are what I am presently working with to tackle the daunting task of learning post processing.  Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Suite is the "gold standard" in post processing.  No matter how intimidating it may be, I intend to "stick with it" and learn how to use it to my advantage.  I have followed Dave Morrow's organizational and editing procedures.  If I want to "keep it simple", I can import my images into Lightroom, move them into Bridge and finally open them in Adobe Camera Raw and do my "global" adjustments there.  If the image would require additional refining, I could then opt to open it into Photoshop and create layer masks to edit specific portions of the image, etc.  Finally, I can sharpen the image and save it back to a folder where I save my final images.  Just to be able to use Adobe Camera Raw and do some basic adjustments is sometimes enough just to give a picture that "extra oomph" that it needs.

 

So, it would be nice if the human race were more advanced in the engineering / design / production of photography gear, but we are where we are. 

 

Just look back at the history of photography.  What kind of complicated, heavy gear did Ansel Adams and Edward Weston have to carry around?  How did they "develop" their images from a "huge" large format negative?  How about the need for a "dark room", toxic chemicals, ideal temperatures, etc.  How many years has it taken to get from there to the present?

 

Therefore, I accept where we are.  I will never live to see truly featherweight cameras, "nano" lenses, etc.  I work with what I have.  So, we may all be dealing with frustrations and impatience, wishing for something better - faster than it can even be "imagined" let alone designed and engineered.

 

So, we can be impatient and frustrated or we can work with what we have and look to the past to what our photography predecessors had to endure to produce the images they did.  What if they were impatient?  Look at some of the early photography masters work - even before color, and think about what they tolerated because they wanted a great photograph.  Then think about where we are in the year 2019, and look what we can do now . . .

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Registered: ‎01-31-2017

Re: Why Are We Here And What Are We Doing This For ?


@Moire wrote:

 

The day of the SLR Camera is numbered. 


Most of us have long since moved on to DSLRs. You should try to keep up with the news. 

Frequent Contributor
Posts: 30
Registered: ‎06-15-2017

Re: Why Are We Here And What Are We Doing This For ?

I have owned DSLRs for years.  Unless I am mistaken, the author of the original post is experiencing a sense of feeling overwhelmed and frustrated by all the technological intricacies of mirrorless/DSLR cameras, lenses and post processing software.  The writer also expressed concerns about the excessive weight of the camera, lenses, tripod, etc. that one needs to carry around while hiking.  The technology challenges and gear weight combine to take the "fun" out of photography.

 

Will smartphone cameras ever be able to replace mirrorless and DSLR cameras with interchangeable lenses, etc.?  I do not know.  What is the sensor size / resolution of a smartphone camer?.  Can it zoom to 600 - 800mm?  Until someone invents a photographic device that can incorporate all the features of a present-day camera with its lenses, etc. into something small and compact, those who are serious about their photography will have to continue to work with the latest lineup of mirrorless cameras and what will be left of the DSLR market. 

 

What do you want out of photography?  If someone feels overwhelmed by all their gear, post processing software, and their technical knowlege requirements, as I previously stated, they can choose to "let it go" and settle for using their smartphone or a small point and shoot camera and leave it at that.  No muss, no fuss.

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Registered: ‎02-12-2019

Re: Why Are We Here And What Are We Doing This For ?

Great info, i will ck it out
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