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  1. Lenstag is an excellent service...And it's free. I don't know why everyone doesn't use it...They may be able to help like Frod said, but you will need the serials...
  2. These are Kevin Mullin's Pro2's so I'm positive one of them is probably the prototype, and anther is one he probably purchased, or they both may be. I think they have to send back the prototypes after a little while. Mullin's also does a lot of street photography, so that may be why he tapes them up, but I have yet to understand, like Milandro said, either side of this argument. Seems from an interview I heard from him on ƒfoton that he doesn't use his wedding cameras for street though...I could be wrong...Still...Hard to believe these are less than a year old though. He is a busy photographer... There is another form of duct tape out there. Electricians Duct Tape. It won't leave residue behind. It's cheaper then Gaff and won't absorb like other cloth type tapes will, but I think you're probably still better off with Gaff. It was made for what we want to use it for..
  3. This is what a pro's camera looks like. I like the look of what ya'll have done, but Milandro nailed it. They don't look like a professional's does. But it's your camera, and they do look kinda cool..
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  5. From the album: Kit

    Kevin Mullin's XPro2's. What a professional's camera looks like.
  6. Yes. The one with the SD Card slot in it. There are two wireless, one is the pro, it's slimmer, but I don't think it has the SD Slot. I just use a small 1TB since I only use it to back up cards to... Actually, just looked on Amazon, the Pro does have the card slot, so both should work great.
  7. I was going to suggest either the 16 or the 90, depending on which way you lean. The 16, 23 and 56 is going to be an excellent kit for you and cover anything you'll likely want to shoot. Enjoy...
  8. I'd love to do this one year. I'd be opting for the Pro2, maybe with the 16-55, if I could swing it. Think that would be an awesome set up for all around use and never have to change your lens...
  9. I typically never go higher then 32, but I do have a few 64s. I just take my full wallet full of cards on a trip. I don't erase them until you get home and get them backed up, and use a wireless drive to back them up while out (Card plus Wireless = 2 copies). That's my set up...
  10. I have a Yashica Mat 124. TLRs are a real blast to shoot. I am really slow with mine though. Keep in mind for Yashica's and Rollie TLR's you have to have an adapter to use filters on them, or buy the filters outright as it uses a bayonet system (Bay is the brand I believe) to attach filters to. They can get pretty expensive if you buy the filters outright, but if you buy the adapter, it's just a fairly large initial investment, then you can get what filters you want...Although with B/W Film I usually just stick with Yellow No2. Sometimes a red is fun though if you want a black sky...
  11. Try zone focusing or focus and recompose. I'm guessing, by looking at the bearded guy image, you were in OVF Mode? Just a guess. When the subject is close, the parallax is greater so I usually switch to zone if it's feasible. If I'm working a scene, then I always switch to zone so I don't have any lag when my subject enters the frame... Just some of the methods I use... Street photography is difficult, but it's that challenge that we love isn't it. Sometimes I come home and I'm not happy with any of my images, and I think I should just sell my cameras. Truth is, I love going out and trying to make images. It's a blast, even if I'm not very good at it sometimes and completely suck other times... Stick to it...As long as you're enjoying it that is...
  12. Shoot less. Spend more time looking for the story. It's one thing to work a scene, it's a completely different thing to "spray and pray" you got a good image. If you come home with one image worthy of sharing, you've had a good day on the streets...If you shoot less, and work a valuable scene, you'll come back with more keepers in the long run.
  13. Shouldn't they be focusing on lenses??? When I was looking at the A7 series, I went Fuji because the lenses were few and far between. Last time I looked, the situation hadn't improved much.
  14. Which ever one I can get cheaper. If I can find a used 1.4 for less then the cost of a new 2.0, I'll get the 1.4...
  15. I do like that though. It would certainly achieve my goal of packing my lenses in my bag too. Think I may buy me one and see what I think of it...
  16. I am not aware of this. In reality, I'd probably use the lens clip for storing and transporting lenses in my bag. It'd allow me to carry the 35 and 14 and take up the same room that the 55-200 would take up in my bag. I keep hoping they will make an XF Mount for it and have talked to them a few times about it. They just need the demand to be there so they can be sure they can cover the costs of the machining. As you can imagine, it's very precise and expensive process to make these mounts.
  17. Thank you very much. I appreciate you commenting on my images. I tried to tell the story of the whole night. Given the events of the night I tried not to include any images of signage that had derogatory comments about the police though. That is the only thing I made a conscious effort to leave out of the story. Thank you very much for liking and taking the time to visit and comment. I was never mistaken for anything other than a photographer through out the night. As it turns out I was much closer to the initial shooting then I originally thought. The officers who were shot were on the street just 50 yards or so further down the street I was on. I was right at the front of the march and had just turned onto the street where the shooting took place when the shots rang out. The garage you see in the image is the Bank of America parking garage which was initially where the shooter was thought to be. However it turns out he was on the street and not shooting from an elevated position like originally thought. My caption is also wrong on the first image. The image, that I identify as a father and son taking cover with us against the garage, is actually two brothers (the oldest and the youngest of 4) whose mother was the only civilian shot during the shooting. Their mother was shot in the upper calf as the initial shots rang out. And in the chaos the brothers were all separated. The oldest and youngest wound up in the garage with us, one of the middle boys was with his mother hiding behind a car as the police were trying to get her to the hospital and the other middle son ran back towards The Old Red Museum the opposite direction of his older and younger brother. They were all reunited later that night at the hospital.
  18. I have the original capture clip. One of my favorite PD products. I wish they'd make the lens clip with the XF Mount...
  19. Ona Bowery. I typically carry both my Pro1 with the 35ƒ1.4, and a T1 with the 14 or 60 as well as an additional lens in that bag. With plenty of room for batteries, cards, cleaning cloths, sunscreen, and a notebook.
  20. Thanks quincy. I've been wondering about it. Read some reviews on B&H, but most were just about how well it performed for the price, and the two examples customers included did appear sharp enough for what I'm looking for. I'm wondering though if I might just be better served to get a vintage lens and a mount adapter. Might even wind up cheaper in the long run. I'll play around with my M42 lenses and the converter I do have and see what I think about that option as well. I'm still shopping around at this point, which why I posted this so I can start some feedback from sources I trust. Thanks again for clearing up my confusion on the Samyang/Rokinon situation...
  21. I am backing the sling on this kickstarter. Very excited about it. Although for what the OP is looking for, might even consider the Field Pouch, which I have added to my pledge to PD this time around.
  22. I'm really wanting a fast prime in the 135mm range. Greatly considering this lens. As much as I'd love the 90 over this, the funds just aren't there right now and probably won't be until Fuji has another promotion, I can find an excellent deal on a good used one or I get a nice bonus at work. Any thoughts on the 85 by Samyang or Rokinon? Are there really no differences between the two companies? The lenses' stats look identical and everything I can find online says they are both the same lenses just rebranded. So why the different names? Is Rokinon rebranding Samyang or the other way around? Any opinions, samples, thoughts, criticisms etc. are very welcome. Thank you...
  23. I agree. Best thing is just to set it aside in rice and forget about it for a month or so. Sometimes this will work. I've had it work with all matter of electronics, some of which I'm still using today years after they were exposed to water. I once laundered an iPod. Presoak, hi heat dry and everything. I set it in a bag of rice for a month and to this day that iPod works like a charm. Best of luck to you.
  24. There's several reasons to keep the boxes.... 1. Reselling. Not only does it help hold the value, but remember the package was designed for this product to be shipped in. If you keep the box and the inner materials, you wrap the lens/camera, repack and your lens/camera is secure. Toss it into a flat rate box with some peanuts and off you go. 2. Insurance purposes. The box is a proof of purchase. If you loose, damage, or have the object stolen your insurance will require a Proof of purchase. Why you would request 50 dollars extra for the box is weird though. First of all, why would you want to keep the box of an item you no longer have in your possession?
  25. Lomography is about lo-tech tools more then it is the film. Most of the companies I am buying film from are selling it cheaper anyway. I can buy 100ft rolls of good film for about the same price I can buy a pro pack of Protra for.
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