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And so it came to pass that the D7100 handed over its reign as the bunnycam's mainstay to the newcomer, a D500. ^_^ The main factors for me were the improved continuous speed, up from the D7100's 6fps (at 12-bit, full sensor; it can manage 7fps if the area's cropped down 1.3x, but that's too awkward a compromise to be worth the return) to 10fps, and a significantly improved autofocus module, shared with Nikon's flagship D5, with points extending across the entire frame, and supposedly, faster and more accurate too. It loses the built-in flash, as with some of their other more pro-oriented bodies, but that's not especially significant for me - still, the internal flash has been handy now and then as a fill-flash in daylight, to offset a bright background, but not with buns. Though I did take some midnight photos of buns on the University grounds a few years back - it surprised me to realise they were so active amidst such a human population! And due credit to Panamoz for service, and TNT for the delivery - it was dispatched around Wednesday lunchtime from Hong Kong, and received about 48 hours later. Standard shipping, no special option.

And to accompany it, a replacement for the fallen Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC, which lost its focus in San Francisco, never to recover. It's repairable for a sane fee, but I took the opportunity to migrate to a newer design, the same company's 35mm f/1.4 Art. It's a remarkably sharp lens, even wide open, across the frame, and is suitable for full frame bodies - at some point, I suspect I may get something used in that line, for my non-wildlife photography, where depth of focus and even better low light sensitivity play greater parts than low inter-frame interval and fast autofocus. (Blame lovelyangel =:)

A comparison of the new and old Bunnycam of Theseus; on both lenses, the "final" segment is the lens hood, which can be retracted on the 300mm, and reversed on the newcomer, so it extends down the lens rather than outwards. (Interestingly, it's apparently made of carbon fiber!)

Here's rather a wonderful example of technological artistry: the portrait "Francine" purely in CSS. At the time of posting it, she noted it would likely only render correctly in the browser she was using, Chrome. Naturally, others took it upon themselves to check for themselves.. and the outcomes effectively encapsulate the art movements of the twentieth century. =:D (My favorite has to be Opera Mobile's "Francine as Peridot")

And in yet more photographic geekery, Nikon Rumors offers up the current state of info on Nikon's supposed debut into the mirrorless market, apparently with their first body and lenses on display at Photokina in September.

A tinybun from Saturday evening's rabbiteering, sufficiently unfearing of my presence (yay!) they were fine with remaining only some 30' away from me! Bunny models are best models. ^_^

Huh. So this entry really is all about photography.. ^_^; I'm interested to find out what kind of kit folks use/have used/would like to use.

Poll #2081118 You and photography

What do you use to take casual photos? (Selfies, out and about, etc)

MILC (eg Micro Four-Thirds)
Film SLR
Other film camera
Fixed-lens digital camera

When you're wanting to take the best photos you can, what do you use?

MILC (eg Micro Four-Thirds)
Film SLR
Other film camera
Fixed-lens digital camera

Do you own a dedicated camera of any kind?


Regarding DSLR and MILC..

I'm interested in obtaining a DSLR
I'm interested in obtaining a MILC
I'm fine without a DSLR or MILC

What do you take photos of?

Portraits of others
Events (eg conventions, concerts)
Food and drink

If you don't own/use one: you might like a DSLR or MILC because of the..

low light performance
depth of focus possibilities
availability of telephoto lenses
availability of ultra-wide angle lenses
general high quality (eg detail, dynamic range)

If you don't own/use one: you're put off a DSLR or MILC because of the..

content with other options
Sure. Blame me if you dare! 😇
It's sad perhaps, but my best camera at the moment is my phone.

The upside is I usually have it with me.
Nothing to worry about there! Phone cameras these days are fairly amazing, within their inherent limitations of very small photosites and apertures. (Compare, say, the iPhone 3G from 2008 with the iPhone X.. I had one of the 3Gs, and the camera was rather perfunctory, basically webcam quality!)

And even aside from convenience, there's plenty to be said for the lack of size - I was at a photo talk at an Apple Store a few years back, conducted by a local photographer, and they made a point of how one of their tools was indeed their iPhone, because it didn't get in the way. They could hold it fairly casually and take portraits of a more casual nature, as people don't tend to find phones nearly as "intimidating" as DSLRs.

(Which is one thing I'd love to be able to master with street photography - how to take such scenes, including people, without stepping on anyone's toes, so to speak)
I was a confirmed Nikon guy for years, but as smartphone cameras kept getting better and better I found that I was carrying the DSLR around less and less. So I bought an Olympus OM-D a few years ago, and I'm really enamored of the thing. While it's not quite as versatile as the Nikons, it's lightweight and tough and the glass is great ... perfect for hiking and backpacking. That said, I still use my iPhone more than I do the Olympus. :)

(And believe it or not, I also have an old Calumet 4x5 sitting down in my garage! I probably don't even remember how to use it anymore ... )
You might consider a look at the Panasonic Lumix series: Zeiss glass and they fix in your pocket. I bought my first for a river trip from Prague to Berlin and used it for my outdoor camera, my indoor camera was a Canon 6D with a 17-40. That camera was replaced with a newer model last November and I gave it to my niece for her high school graduation. It shoots RAW and/or JPEG and produces simply awesome results. My new one has 5 axis stabilization and an optical zoom that just doesn't want to quit, in fact I disabled the digital zoom. And I love 16:9 aspect ratio.

For $400 it is an absolutely amazing camera. I'm currently shooting the DC-ZS70 and am considering getting their DSLR model in November if I get a good job before then and catch up on bills. The Lumix is normally in my pocket whenever I leave the house, I rarely use my iPhone 6's camera.
I actually owned a couple of Lumix pocket cameras a decade or so ago ... I was doing backpack-style overseas trips back then, and they were perfect for that. Pocket-sized, nice range, and I worried less about them than I would have with a DSLR. I remember the wide-angle capability being especially nice. My only real complaints about cameras like that are the relatively slow zoom, and slow focus, so they weren't the greatest for street photography.

Dropped my last Lumix on some paving stones in Barcelona, years ago. It would be kind of fun to have another one.
Don't feel too bad... I also have a Calumet 4x5 sitting in the closet. Unfortunately with film costing $4/sheet these days, there's not much cause to dust it off, but I took a bunch of nifty landscapes with it back in the day! :)
Yep. These days the 4x5 camera is the perfect definition of a white elephant ... hardly anyone shoots with them anymore, and you can barely even give them away, but it's a 4x5 camera! You can't just get rid of it!

I'm sure I'll never use mine again, but I have absolutely no idea what to do with the thing.
Yeah, they were holding value reasonably even up to a few years ago, but it looks like the lens market has finally tanked for them. Guess any diehards out there could still get an SLR mounting plate for the film back and you'd have plenty of latitude with movements, ha ha.

I don't plan to give mine up anytime soon, but it's definitely a niche. Thankfully a couple of wealthy investors picked up one of the big film plants, if I recall correctly... not sure how that ever turned out, but they were going to try to continue to serve the 4x5, 8x10, and MF community... I want to say it was maybe Kodak that they bought the capacity from, but I might be wrong.

And Fuji is still making instant film in many of the old sizes... so I guess that's "a thing." :) Even though they're not compatible with the Polaroid backs. Grr.
Yeah, if I had the time and a good chunk of spare money, it would be fun to shoot large-format again ... and undertake a bunch of other vintage photographic experiments, as well. It would be a fairly big deal to get back into 4x5, though, probably because if I were going to do that, I'd want a darkroom, too. :)

I'd probably have more fun these days with a nice medium-format camera with a digital back, but that's a pricey indulgence.

It's nice that there's still film out there for nearly all of history's major camera types, though not much choice of film in a lot of those cases ...
Nice bun pic, I love the detail of the veins in the ear.
My Polaroid is my cell phone. It’s all about digital ephemera.

My ‘good’ camera is a bridge camera, which I went ahead and grouped with your MILC questions (except for the last two queries which I looked at as meant for DSLR).

“A tinybun from Saturday evening's rabbiteering...”
*sigh* so sweet!
For me its kind of like this:

Use the phone camera where I can't use an actual camera.
Use a point and shoot pocket camera when I need to take photos quickly and can't grab or don't have room for a DSLR.
Use the DSLR when there is plenty of time, plenty of room, and few individuals around to complain about me taking photos or wanting to steal my stuff.

I put that I would like to try a mirrorless camera someday though, as it would be fun to try a smaller DSLR-style camera sometime, and see what old video lenses could create on such a setup.
As a bit of random nostalgia, twenty years ago people used to talk about using the 35mm point-and-shoot when they couldn't use an actual camera, a 35mm SLR when they didn't have room in the case for anything better, medium format when they were pretty serious with few individuals around wanting to steal your stuff, and large format when there was "plenty of time, plenty of room." :)

On the other hand, even the way photos are viewed these days is different... I'm hard-pressed to remember the last time someone showed me a photo that was on actual photographic paper, or even paper period. Maybe there are still some artsy magazines that rely on higher resolution, but otherwise, even the resolution topic is reduced. Heck, I don't even think people really do family portraits on walls, anymore.