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I think he has to change trees......
One of the best places to get deep into the heart of the Southern Alps is by the road meandering through spectacular setting revealing a turquoise...
"Much quicker" is probably a bit of a stretch. It appears the SDHC/XC cards come close to leveling the playing field (comparing theoretical maximums). SD cards fall far, far behind in performance, and are not worth using. CF tops out in capacity at 128GB, although I think that's not really an issue for many photographers. Maybe for video.
You can also get CF cards in an actual hard drive I believe. The IBM micro drive if I'm not mistaken. Did you know the CF interface connector is simply a miniature IDE connector? I have a media center PC that uses an IDE to CF adapter I got from DealXtreme.com and the whole thing boots and loads off a solid state CF card. Pretty handy.
if its a super expensive or rare lens and you can get it cheap enough, maybe. I know KEH I believe and a few other places can disassemble the lens and clean and reseal it. But its a matter of what you pay for the lens, the cost of repair and final value. So call some repair places, get quotes, run the numbers and decide.
Either way, good luck!
File a police report with the serial number, if they ever pawn it you should get it back. Also keep an eye on craigslist, if you find one hit them up, kinda play dumb, ask for pictures to see the condition of the unit. Maybe you get lucky and see the serial number.
Thinking further on the matter wouldn't it be nice if the cameras serial number was included it the images taken EXIF data?
My apologies, On investigation, I find that the one with the three setting rods is the control freak.
So, Google "Lensbaby composer vs Composer Pro" Nets you the following info.
Short version. I think the composer uses composite lenses, While the pro uses double glass. Don't hold me to that. They are essentially the same lens, do the same things but the pro is a bit heavier duty and better quality. And yes it appears the composer is out of production but if you want one they still have factory refurb units at a GREAT price.
( http://store.lensbaby.com/refurbished-products/ )
I believe they still make both. The composer relies on the tension of the ball socket to keep the lens positioned, The pro on the other hand has these little metal rods connecting the front and back half together of adjustment. The GF has a composer and we love it. It's been used for thousands of photographs and has never let us down.
Man, I still remember the first tilt-shift video I saw yeas ago called "The sand box, or The sand pit" Shot in New York. I was instantly hooked!
Speaking of, I asked in another thread but I think it got lost in a mound of questions. The Girlfriend and I'd like to get a tilt-shift lens, But I can't see investing $1,900-$2,200 in one Nikkor lens for a "Semi-pro photographers" gear bag. I'm sure the lenses them selves are worth every penny. I'm just pretty sure WE wouldn't get $2,000 worth of use, work or enjoyment out of them. Not yet anyway.
So I've been looking around and found a lens made by a company called Rokinon or Samyang. Apparently they're made by the same company, same specs etc, Just sold under two different names. Now these lenses retail for around $600 I believe, and the worst I've heard so far is the adjustment knobs are kind of tiny and hard to work wit. That said I can easily turn out some new ones in the machine shop or 3D printer if that's all that's needed.
Now don't get me wrong, I do not expect the quality, functionality or longevity of a Nikkor lens. But it seems as an intro to tilt-shift photography this lens may well win in the 'bang for buck category. Also if I get it and we take good care of it, and decide we want to move up, Hopefully I can sell it and recoup a decent portion of my investment towards one of the Nikkor units.
So, Anybody have any experience with the Rokinon/Samyang unit? Opinions, warnings etc?
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