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Tuesday, 01 June 2021


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I was reading a blog about macro photography (mostly tiny 1mm insects) and of course much use was made of focus stacking but also focus stacking from video. I guess some use focus stacking for landscapes, though I can’t recall reading of it, but if they do, how about video focus stacked landscapes? I can’t think it would be great but maybe there’s some situation where it would be useful.

It’s been warm sunny weather in Sheffield and most of the U.K. at present and looks like lasting … .

Isn’t that Dan Gurney to Tom’s right?
Oh wait, parsed that wrong.

And speaking of parsing errors, I thought this was going to be about an 8x20 box camera. For landscapes, like a banquet camera but without the front tilt.

Mike, I note your resolve to acquire a Sony 6600. Good choice. I use a 6500 as my carry around camera, with a higher resolution Sony for my serious landscape work.
Point is this. On the 6500 I often just put on a zoom. I can highly recommend the Sony 18-135 zoom. Great versatility. Overpriced probably but worth it if that makes sense.

How about using a 4x5 film camera? They are inexpensive and readily available used. Adapters also let you use 120 film or digital cameras doing multiple exposures.

I'd have to whole-heartedly agree that the Nikon Z7II is the best landscape camera around: a superb sensor with ample megapixels for cropping and enlarging, but most importantly the cutting edge Z mount for using the incredible Nikon Z lenses. These lenses are in a class all their own.

To me, the best landscape camera is the original Z7 which can be had for 1200 dollars less than when it first appeared (currently around 2300 dollars brand new), with the same great sensor and lens mount as the Z7II.

Sensor and lenses, not video performance (which is absurd).

Mike, I'd love to buy off you again (but Nikon isn't my system unfortunately, so I'll pass on this today). Somewhat offtopic: a quick update on my last purchase from you -- your old Pentax-M 85/2 and 28/3.5 now have new life on my Micro 4/3rds GH5. I've added a Pentax Pixco 0.71x speedbooster adapter (turning them into approximately a 90/1.4 and 30/2.4), stabilised in body. They handle really well and also render well on a modern sensor giving great Pentax color and contrast. The 0.71x conversion to make them "whole" again is a relief -- so I finally, finally get to use them in a way that they were originally designed for.


I was thinking of an ultra large format camera, 11x14, or 12x20, etc. Real cameras, made of wood, and the size of a piece of furniture.

I’m a Nikon shooter, please feel free to post lenses for sale on TOP, or at least a link to any online sale listing.

I note as well that DPR review down graded the Pentax K1 as a landscape photographer because of "The camera's 33 autofocus points are concentrated toward the center of the frame, and is looking limited by modern standards. Likewise AF tracking lags behind the competition in terms of reliability. The K-1 II can focus in very low light, down to -3EV, but AF points barely light up making it difficult to know what you’re focusing on". I mean who needs state of the art AF for landscape photography? For years the bulk of my landscape photography was shot on a Mamiya RB67 with no autofocus but all of my Pentax 35mm and DSLRs going back to the MZ5n, had more than adequate AF for landscape work.

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