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Sunday, 01 December 2019


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"... aseptic, analytical, look-at-me rendering"

LOL. You do have a way wid da words.

Has the A7 II been under $1K for a while now? It would seem like a better choice for most shooters, I think.

Well, this offer, together with those of Sony A7 and A7II, mean that going FF isn't really a question of having lots of money!

Interesting remarks regarding NOS and digital cameras. I have a related question, addressed at the engineers and camera dealers among us.

I truly love the Fuji XPro2: I think its sensor is good enough, and I don't expect future versions to make my shooting any easier. I want continuity of use. Suppose I want to be able to keep using this particular camera model for a long time, well beyond its end of production. Suppose I am willing to keep several bodies around, with the aim of keeping at least one of them alive for, say, 16 or 20 years. Let's make that four bodies. How do I use them best?

Do I use two bodies as my regular work bodies and keep the other two in storage, until one of the active ones breaks down? Or do I use them all at equal intensity, perhaps rotating them every month? Or should I use one body most of the time but bring each of the others into the rotation occasionally, just to keep the shutter and the few other moving parts well-oiled?

If I store a camera away for a while, what do I watch out for? Presumably I keep the batteries in the body but recharge them regularly, and I keep the camera in dry conditions, and at constant temperature? If a part fails and replacement parts are no longer available from the manufacturer, can an independendt repair person use the parts from another body, or are modern bodies an all or nothing proposition?

I am aware that these are slightly crazy concerns, but such is love.

In reference to your answer to Malcolm's comment: I benefited greatly from Pentax having kept the LX in their catalogue for a long time. I bought one in 1983 and it was stolen in 1996. I had insured it properly ("all loss/replacement cost") and so when the camera shop gave their estimate to the insurance company, I was astonished to find that the LX was worth, as you say, a king's ransom. Among the lenses that were also taken at the same time was a SMC* (star) 300mm which was also, it turned out, generously priced in their catalogue. So my misfortune at losing my complete kit was turned into a bit of a "kid in a candy store" scenario where I could pick and choose whatever I wanted. At the time I wanted to get something with the latest auto-focus tech so I went with Minolta gear but that's a story for another day.

Hi Mike,
Camera Clinic ( a top class repair place in Melbourne) tell me that Nikon have withdrawn support for the D300 and parts will be unavailable
i was considering converting my D300 to IR, they suggest i convert my OMD EM1 instead!
meantime my IR D70 is erratic but still functioning.
kind regards

roger fisher

There are quite a few people in the review section for this camera on BH site complaining of sensor oil and dust problems that Nikon has failed to resolve. Perhaps that is another reason for the low price?

[I thought those problems were on the D600 and were solved on the D610. I thought that was the rationale for the +10 update. No? --Mike]

Yeah, I got one of those fantastic deals on the XH-1--thanks to TOP, and I certainly hope you got your kickback. A lot of camera for the money, and I'm having fun with it, too.

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