Category Archives: Equipment (including for sale)

SOME CHANGES TO MY GEAR

Due to age and infirmity, I can no longer carry my big heavy cameras, so am moving to the Fuji X system, the mirror less camera.  I chose Fuji because I liked the feel of it and the layout, and I got my first one at half price from a FB contact.

So I now have the Fuji X-T1 and X-M1, with Fujinon XF 18-55 mm, XC 16-50 and 50-230mm, and a Samyang 12mm f2 for astrophotography and wide landscape shots.

It’s been a steep learning curve but I’m pretty happy with the gear so far.

A few shots from a peregrination round the Derwent Valley with a friend, taking in the Salmon Ponds at Plenty and the Text Kiln complex at Bushy Park.

All with Fuji X-T1 and X-M1, with Fujinon XF 18-55 mm unless stated.

Platypus at the Salmon Poinds at Plenty, Tasmania.  There are 3 that I know of there, and they are totally unafraid.  Our first viewing of this young one, we could have touched it, we were so close.
Platypus at the Salmon Poinds at Plenty, Tasmania. There are 3 that I know of there, and they are totally unafraid. Our first viewing of this young one, we could have touched it, we were so close.
Poised on the piece of wood round the pond, scratching his ear!
Poised on the piece of wood round the pond, scratching his ear!
Hopping over for a swim
Hopping over for a swim
Off he goes!  I like that you can see his flippers/feet going like crazy under the water
Off he goes! I like that you can see his flippers/feet going like crazy under the water
Popped out onto the bank for another scratch
Popped out onto the bank for another scratch
Popped out onto the bank for another scratch #2
Popped out onto the bank for another scratch #2
Swimming about
Swimming about

 

We then went off through the beautiful Derwent Valley to Bushy park, down the 10 acre lane to the Text Kiln complex, one of my favourite places in all Tasmania.  There are platypus here too, but they are shyer than the Salmon Ponds ones.  My friend Karen caught a quick glimpse of one rootling about in the reeds but it disappeared after that.  There is a lot more growth in the water and it is easy for them to remain unseen.

The old bakery at the complex
The old bakery at the complex
The Text Kiln (end on)
The Text Kiln (end on)
Another of the many kilns/oast hoses at the site, reflected in the trout pond
Another of the many kilns/oast hoses at the site, reflected in the trout pond
Backlit trees by the pond
Backlit trees by the pond

Then we came home via the Lyell Hwy, stopping for sunset at my favourite lookout on the Gordon River Rd at Macquarie Fields.  This shot with X-M1 and Samyang 12mm f2

Bushy Park and the road to Mt Field and Lake Pedder & Strathgordon
Bushy Park and the road to Mt Field and Lake Pedder & Strathgordon

 

 

Why Photographic Prints (and Licences) are Expensive

This was inspired by a post by Mel Sinclair on her website on the same topic (Mel has some gorgeous images from Iceland – on my wishlist but I haven’t managed to get there yet).  Pricing’s something I’ve thought about a lot, all photographers do, I think, but never written about before.

I too am a very small player in the photographic scheme of things.  No doubt it’s hard enough to make money in Photography these days, with what seems like “everyone’ doing it, it’s getting even harder and harder to make back the true worth of a photo.

I’ve get lots of very positive feed back along the lines of “Oh!  I Love your image / calendar / canvas print” but those comments do not translate into sales.

It does seem that art has lost its value.  If I had a sale for every “I could take that myself” comment I’d be the most successful photographer out there!  And I wonder just how many ever Do go out and take it themselves.  Darned few, I’d bet.

What it Takes to capture a great image:

Travel time and cost.

If I’m driving – anything from 15 minutes to 5 days – yes, I’ve driven a 2,000 km round trip for an image.  And we all know the cost of fuel – currently my diesel van costs $95 to fill the tank and with perfect driving conditions at 90 kph I get just on 700kms a tank.  So for that 5 day round trip it was 4 tankfuls.  Plus the cost of accommodation, food and other trip essentials.

Equipment.

DSLR bodies x 2, lenses x 4, Medium Format Digital bodies x 2, lenses x 4, tripods x 2, monopod x 1, media cards x 10, flash units x 3 and a whole lot of peripherals like cases to carry it, reflectors and other gear.  And lets not forget the mobile phone.

And on local trips – anything up to 90 minutes to catch that storm, sunrise or sunset – I need a nap when I get home , so I can get through the rest of the day, and it takes time to load, backup and edit those images too.

Processing those Images

A computer (IMac) to process them; 3 x HDDs (3 x 2Tb) for storage and backup; Time to download, backup and edit (and editing time is a substantial factor); Internet access costs;  hosting costs for my page; plus marketing time uploading and sharing to various sites

And the Intangibles – the ones the “Take it Myself” brigade don’t stop to consider

My time, effort and the skill used in taking the the images has taken many years of study, training, workshops and practice to develop – and it is a never ending process.  What value do you put on it – and how do you calculate it?

Does every image have a value?  Yes, but you need to include all those general costs it took to produce the image, as outlined above, plus the individual factors which went into any particular image – see the examples below.

If I’m selling you licence for a file you will get the full resolution file, untagged, so I will never be able to use that image again for prints or any other purpose (except possibly marketing).  It will no longer have a place in my library of saleable Fine Art.  Consider this when objecting to the price of an exclusive licence.

Two example images.

Blue Dawn The Old Jetty

Blue Dawn and The Old Jetty (my most popular image online) are available to purchase on my website .  Go on, you know you’d like one! Hint, hint, they make gorgeous canvas prints.

Factor in the cost of flights to and from New Zealand, car hire, accommodation, associated trip costs – $7,200 – and a month away from home – and the cost of internet access and backups on the run.

And a lot more intangible costs in time, researching locations so I knew where to go to catch extraordinary scenes, over a year  planning and arranging the trip and itinerary.

When you factor in all hose things is around $365 for a 1m x .5m canvas so expensive?

So please, next time you pass up an amazing image from any Photographer, please consider all I’ve said here, and if you like the image enough to hang it on your wall, then buy it. You’ll make someone happier – and you’ll have a beautiful work of art to put in your home and enjoy forever.

Footnote:  Mel Sinclair had this rider in her piece – I’m not popular enough for this yet, but it’s worth remembering when considering ANY artist’s work:

“The hours I spend, fighting every single stolen image from those that think it’s OK to rip me off online. DMCA notices don’t write themselves, and I often lose hours trying to chase up stolen images. Why? Because I want my photos to hold their value, I want my collectors and buyers to know that they can only get it through me or my authorized outlets. It’s about being exclusive.”

Lunar Eclipse tomorrow morning (16/06/2011)

I am going to try a time lapse shoot of the eclipse in the morning to see if I can do one of those Time lapse videos.

I will go just up the road where there are nice mountain silhouettes for a backdrop.  I can take the van and sit in comfort with thermos of hot coffee and laptop.  If anyone wants to join me email me BEFORE 6pm tonight – it will be early dinner and bed.

And another total lunar eclipse – visible from all of Australia – happens on 10-11 Sept – article on IceinSpace forum @ http://www.iceinspace.com.au/63-619-0-0-1-0.html will give you all the info you need.

The H2 lets you set it up for interval timing with up to 255 exposures. I’m going to do a ‘test run’ at moonrise tonight (I can set it up on my verandah facing east).  I thought I would make it Aperture priority on f8, ISO will be 100 or 200 (it’s a noisy bugger), and manual focus of course.  I can choose Number of exposures, from 2 – 255; and Interval duration, from 1 second – 24 hours.  30 secs was suggested on IceinSpace which probably sounds about right.

Hopefully I will have beautiful results to display for you tomorrow – my fingers and toes are firmly crossed!

The shot below is from the 26 June 2010 partial eclipse shot with the Lumix FZ35


	

Who Says Black & White is dead?

PhaseOne has just brought out . . . drrrum rrrolll . . .

The Achromatic+ – a 39 megapixel medium format digital camera back that provides wide spectrum black and white images. With it the photographic opportunities are virtually endless. This came about as the growing demise of traditional photographic film has even affected the scientific community, with many specialty scientific films are no longer available or are becoming increasingly difficult to acquire (sound familiar, film users?). This includes infrared and other scientific films that are sensitive to specific nanometer ranges in both the visible and invisible spectrums. And dealing with the chemical processes that film requires was becoming increasingly difficult in the workplace.

Jim Taskett and Karla Johnson of Bear Images Photographic Inc., in San Francisco put together a research consortium including both US Government and private companies and not-for -profits, focused on finding a digital capture solution to replace scientific film and traditional processes. The result is the Achromatic. See the announcement here and click the More Info button for a full run down and some other links.

I’d love a back dedicated to B&W but don’t think I’ll be indulging anytime soon. I’d have to sell and awful lot of calendars to cover that one . . .

Selling my Canon gear

Well, I have decided to bite the bullet and sell all my Canon gear to fund more lenses for the H system (big gulp there!). This has been a really hard decision but the quality of the images is just so much better.

Close offers considered and if anyone wants the whole lot and the Billingham bag that I also have for sale email me and we can talk turkey on a combined price.

Note all lens shades, while in good order, do have a few scratches on the outside.  Otherwise all enses in excellent oder.

So, I will have (or not have once they go) the following (blurbs from the Canon webpages):

1DsMkII body $AUD 2,250 – PRICE DROP TO $2,100.00 – SOLD
in good order, charger, 2 batteries, 1Gb San Disk ExtremeIII CF card.  A few wear marks round the shutter button area.

EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM $AUD 1,250.00 SOLD

In excellent condition, caps, pouch etc  (S/N 959187; lens code: UV1003 so manuf Oct 2006) Sorry, no box for this, I was mistaken)

EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM $AUD 1,100.00 – PRICE DROP TO $1,050.00  (offers accepted)
In excellent condition, caps, box etc  (S/N 1196848; lens code: UW0512 so manuf May 2006)
This easy-to-use standard zoom lens can cover a large zoom area ranging from 24mm wide-angle to 105mm portrait-length telephoto, and its Image Stabiliser Technology steadies camera shake up to three stops. Constructed with one Super-UD glass element and three aspherical lenses, this lens minimizes chromatic aberration and distortion. The result is excellent picture quality, even at wide apertures. Canon’s ring-type USM gives silent but quick AF, along with full-time manual focus. Moreover, with dust- and moisture-resistant construction, this is a durable yet sophisticated lens that meets the demands of advanced amateur photographers and professional photographers alike.

EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM $AUD1,250.00 SOLD

In excellent condition, tripod ring, caps, box etc.  (S/N 439444; lens code: UX0618 so manuf Jun 2006)

There are probably other odds and sods of kit too, but I’ll post them up as I think of them.

NEW – Australian Camera Classifieds website

Well this seems like a good thing to me, so I will add them as a link in my list.  Why not go over and have a look.

I saw it via the Australian Photography forum.  Below from their home page.

Camera Market is a newly-established classifieds website for buying and selling second-hand or new camera gear within Australia.

Selling on Camera Market directly targets those looking to buy photographic equipment, so you know your ad is getting seen by the right people.

Best of all, listing on Camera Market is completely free!

http://www.cameramarket.com.au

553elx kit small P1030975

CAMERA HAS BRRN SOLD

For sale at $AUD650.00. View it at http://www.adpost.com/au/cameras_optics/4141/?session_key=3df0ab1e878b93dd52c797d7f285f39a

I purchased this body and the various items to make a kit in 2008, hoping to purchase a digital back for it.  As it turned out, I ended up buying an H2 and back, so this is now surplus to requirements.  If you want a  good motor driven body with everything you need to get started in medium format then this will do it.  Selling to fund a lens purchase.

Kit consists of:

* 553elx body + strap – uses AA batts – incl. front & back body caps (G)
* viewfinder – non-metered (F/G, some marks)
* film magazine 16S – 4x4cm ‘super slide’ (VG)
* Zeiss Sonnar 1:4 f 4.5 150mm lens + front / back caps (G)
* two handed bracket with shutter trigger * hot shoe (VG)
* 5 rolls Fujichrome Provia – exp date 12/2010
* remote release cord (VG in bag)

Also 1 Zeiss Makro-Planar CFi 120 f4 lens (as new). Selling for $1500, camera kit and the lens avail for $2000.00 (no offers).

Photos of the lens are on my Flickr set Equipment, or there is an older post here on the blog, click on the For Sale category.

Turn your DSLR into a view camera!

Have a look at this fantastic bit of kit for DSLR users – well, Canon & Nikon at the moment.  http://www.komamura.co.jp/e/VCCpro/index.html

And you can use a combination of Rodenstock Rodagon lenses, as well as some standard medium format camera lenses including those for Hasselblad V, Mamiya and Pentax 645, newly designed digital lenses by Rodenstock and Schneider and most large format lenses.

What a marveloous idea, especially for those who do a lot of macro/architectural work.