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    Andy interesting to know that B&W film developing technology has evolved to monobath technology if it can be used for most B&W films that should certainly make life a lot simpler.
    Bought a more modern and now very affordable 1990's Nikon F90x film camera for $30 (new price $850- $1000) that uses standard AA batteries and the modern Nikon lenses that is light years ahead of the older Spotmatic 2 technology M42 mount for $90 purchased with two lenses 5 years ago.
    The Spotmatic 2 camera was purchased off a professional photographer in Brisbane and we discussed photo sharpness that camera companies understandably like to promote and that is fine.
    This Professional photographer brought out a B&W photo taken in France as an example of how to use the Spotmatic in low light.
    The photo had an ethereal feel taken from a low viewpoint from behind a young girl intently watching a blacksmith making a horseshoe on an anvil above her with shafts of light combined with smoke rising from the coals, a B&W film composition masterclass, Spotmatic camera sold

    Cheers Nick

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Cliff View Post
    Andy interesting to know that B&W film developing technology has evolved to monobath technology if it can be used for most B&W films that should certainly make life a lot simpler.
    Bought a more modern and now very affordable 1990's Nikon F90x film camera for $30 (new price $850- $1000) that uses standard AA batteries and the modern Nikon lenses that is light years ahead of the older Spotmatic 2 technology M42 mount for $90 purchased with two lenses 5 years ago.
    The Spotmatic 2 camera was purchased off a professional photographer in Brisbane and we discussed photo sharpness that camera companies understandably like to promote and that is fine.
    This Professional photographer brought out a B&W photo taken in France as an example of how to use the Spotmatic in low light.
    The photo had an ethereal feel taken from a low viewpoint from behind a young girl intently watching a blacksmith making a horseshoe on an anvil above her with shafts of light combined with smoke rising from the coals, a B&W film composition masterclass, Spotmatic camera sold

    Cheers Nick
    Yes, it will be quite interesting to see how the monobath performs across a range of B&W film. I'm still waiting to receive it but will be sure to post results when I've attempted to use it.

    Sounds like the F90x is one to keep an eye out for, I do have a couple of full frame lenses for my Nikon gear (the rest are for APS-C) so would be worth trying.

    That does sound like a stunning photo for sure
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    Bad news for me regarding the Tamron 90mm macro.

    It appears our postal service has "lost" the lens.. they have admitted fault. So now I wait for compensation.
    Nikon D7500 Tamron SP AF 90mm 10-20mm Sigma 18-55 VR 55-200 VR 50mm lens Manfrotto tripod 10 Stop ND filter ND Grad filters

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gazza View Post
    'Whoo!' Andy (AKA @Bensch) sent me a Yongnuo 50mm f1.8 II prime which didn't work on his 35mm. His loss, my win

    Haven't had a lot of time for a serious play, but a few test images look marvellous.

    He suggested my Grandson would like it. What he doesn't know won't hurt him

    A very big THANK YOU, Andy. Truly appreciated
    Quote Originally Posted by Bensch View Post
    Father Christmas was quite good to me this year

    • Canon EOS 700D
    • Canon EOS 33
    • 5 rolls Portra 400
    • 5 rolls Ilford FP4 Plus (B&W)
    • 5 rolls Kentmere Pan 100 (B&W)
    • Paterson universal developing tank and other darkroom supplies
    Better post that lens back to ya now there's a Canon in your stable

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gazza View Post
    Better post that lens back to ya now there's a Canon in your stable
    Thanks for the offer Gazza, but no need, The EOS 700D came with a Canon-branded nifty fifty

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    Took a trip to Liverpool in west Sydney on new years eve to pick up my new (to me) Sigma 180mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM APO Macro.

    Holy snapping duck dooey Robin, it was as hot as hell, well around 45°C anyway, and a nice northerly to make sure there was no relief in the shade either. My thoughts were with the brave folk fighting bushfires, some not all that far away.

    My main intended use for the lens is as a short telephoto for astrophotography, and with my Sigma APO 1.4 EX T/C attached it gives me an effective 252mm, ideal for nebula.

    The Vietnamese guy I bought it from was an affectionado, and the lens had obviously been treated with care and respect, with no real signs of use.

    My D600 should have it's H-Alpha mod done and be back from the US in the next week or so. Looking forward to taking some shots with it and the 180.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Ty13 View Post
    Bad news for me regarding the Tamron 90mm macro.

    It appears our postal service has "lost" the lens.. they have admitted fault. So now I wait for compensation.
    Sorry to read that.

    I shoot with Canon and Olympus Cameras.. And My iPhone SE 2020
    And sometimes a Little Old Panasonic DMC-TZ7



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    Quote Originally Posted by Mary Anne View Post
    Sorry to read that.
    Well.. since that last post guess what.

    I get a notification that my parcel is on its way?????? and after a few days I now am the proud owner of the Tamron 90mm macro

    Stress I did not need thanks aus post

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    Think I may have caught the film bug.....

    The latest one to arrive


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bensch View Post
    Think I may have caught the film bug.....

    The latest one to arrive
    I think You could be right there Andy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mary Anne View Post
    I think You could be right there Andy
    Yeah, time to either purchase a bigger photography cupboard, or stop buying camera gear.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bensch View Post
    Think I may have caught the film bug.....

    The latest one to arrive

    https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...e144952c_o.jpg
    I think I could handle that.

    - - - Updated - - -

    My latest second-hand toy is a Nikon 24-120mm f/4. Quite a useful lens and very impressed by but I wasn't expecting this...

    s_Hmm, a little bit of lens flare_s.jpg

    For a modern lens wasn't expecting so much flare - guess I have to too use to using primes. I like the result.

    Nikon D800 and Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 with the aperture set to f/11. Two shots at 24mm and stitched together - probably giving an equivalent field of view of around 18 to 20mm.

    That's the port of Eden. The smoke has cleared for the time being and it was one of those sort of warm but autumn days in summer typical of a normal summer. Feels pretty much back to normal after the fires.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peterb666 View Post
    ...Nikon 24-120mm f/4...

    For a modern lens wasn't expecting so much flare - guess I have to too use to using primes. I like the result...

    It looks OK in that shot, but it might become a nuisance. Did it come with its lens-hood?
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    Sometimes I can minimize the flare changing slightly the centre of the image, not ideal after you found the composition.
    I hope you enjoy your new lens.
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    Ty had a similar experience when swapping legacy lenses with a friend in Victoria my lens arrived in days at his place and his parcel arrived in a few weeks time.
    Do recall you had to tick a box to declare the item was not dangerous re parcels and air freight and personally did tick the item is safe box and do not believe he was aware of this little item on the form and he was very annoyed to say the least.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ameerat42 View Post
    It looks OK in that shot, but it might become a nuisance. Did it come with its lens-hood?
    Yes, had lens hood on. Shooting with such a strong light in the corner of the frame didn't help plus I had an old coated 77mm filter on it that has seen better days. Normally the lens seems quite well behaved and much sharper than I expected. VR works well too. The Nikon 24-120mm f/4 is a good buy second-hand and quite sharp wide open. Certainly sharp enough at 85mm too which is supposed to be its Achilles heel.

    That photo was also used (with permission) by the local paper to head their letters to the editor page. I haven't seen it.
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    New (to me) lens day!

    Picked it up online from camera store that stocks second-hand gear and saved a few $$ compared to the new price.

    Looks absolutely flawless, and except for a few marks on the packaging, you'd think it was brand new


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bensch View Post
    New (to me) lens day!

    Picked it up online from camera store that stocks second-hand gear and saved a few $$ compared to the new price.

    Looks absolutely flawless, and except for a few marks on the packaging, you'd think it was brand new

    Well Done on getting a Bargain Andy.. It's a great Lens you will enjoy it.. Happy Shooting

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mary Anne View Post
    Well Done on getting a Bargain Andy.. It's a great Lens you will enjoy it.. Happy Shooting
    Thanks Mary Anne

    Haven't been able to do any in-depth testing (way too hot outside) but the initial test shots I've taken are amazing, the photos are sharp enough to cut oneself on

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    Bought a new toy for the camera an 18-400 mm Tamron lens, it had it's maiden run on Saturday at Queensland Raceway at the drifting, photos to follow.
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    Gear: Canon EOS 77D with a mix of Canon & Tamron lenses.
    I don't take photos because I am good at it, I take photos because I like to.

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