More cold conditions for Alpa/Leaf...
I even use it for my wides, using it for lining up a rooftop for instance in the distance and knowing where the centre in the image is. Works really well for me. How wide it goes outside of the frame you learn pretty quickly.
If I had to choose between the optical and the 'sports' finder, I take the latter in a heartbeat.
I just got one of these also - very fine, impressive construction. Using it on my Rodenstock 32mm on ARCA. Have you used this with your wide angle lenses and found it helpful in reducing flare & reduced color saturation?
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Wow, it feels like that lens can drop of that Alpa mount at any moment. Very impressive though!!
Took me while, but finally worked out how to mount the FPS on the Max vertically. It's not as easy as you might think!
Need this for a shot this afternoon where I want around 20mm of fall on the back, but shooting in portrait (single row panorama). I could maybe get away shooting with just the Max in this instance I guess, but I like being able to set the delayed shutter on the FPS so that everything is totally steady when it fires.
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There are Alpas and then there are Gerald's ALPAs!!
That's one heck of an outfit. It looks like it would have some play in the mount but we all know that with the Alpa it's all absolutely solid. Rock solid.
That doesn't look like one of theirs, but Really Right Stuff has several rails: Really Right Stuff - Item Listing
Hi guys - the rail is the one that comes with the VR Drive. It's not branded, but I suspect it might be a Novoflex since the other rail that I got with my VR Drive is a Novoflex (it's blue though) and has the same stop.
I will check, I looked on the Novoflex web site I don't see it listed. Novoflex BTW makes really good ball heads (classic 3 and 5) , I put them in same league as RRS - I have both. I use all RRS stuff clamps and plates - they fit well with Novoflex. But Novoflex plates do not work well with RRS. Also blue is cool
Really neat set up, - I am jealous, the FPS set up seems really versatile and a lot of fun.
Hope Cambo noticed it
Thanks again for quick reply
Pics of all the new Arca bits that some of you may be interesting in seeing. Sorry about some blur...hand held while baby-sitting.
1. Factum Grip
2. Rm3Di Grip extension
3. Cold Shoe - I use it for mounting a wireless trigger
4. Factum adapter for eModule Cloud
5. Factum with eModule Cloud
6. Rm3Di with eModule Cloud
7. Rotaslide w/groundglass
8. FINALLY - body cap - I would have loved to see Martin mill a nice solid piece with Arca-Swiss engraved in it, but I'm sure it would have been $1200 bucks!! Leave that to our Alpa friends (sorry, couldn't resist)....this was one 60 bucks and fits quite nicely. Now I can leave my back on the body.
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The module does not swing up or down, but can be removed and still be used as it is tethered via an RJ9 cable. So the connection to the helical is still maintained. I would think it taking it off the plane of the sensor will affect performance though, will do some research on it.
Will get back to you on number of turns etc. in a couple of days. Off with the family for Easter.
Bottom line for me is that using the OVF to focus is easier than any OVF I have used, and the corresponding setting for the helical is extremely accurate. Martin has also built in specific lens behaviour such as focus shifts into the EMC. The charts are archaic by comparison.
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The Factum and grip are so small that you are basically just concerned about the lens and back weight. Bonus is that now you can rise/fall, holding the camera vertical for any arch/landscape shots. This makes a great walkabout setup for cityscapes and landscapes for me.
I waiting for my IQ260 Achromatic back with a base ISO of 200, and i think that will add another level of hand-held use scenarios for me.
I have an Easter Exhibition at a beachside hotel in south of Sweden right now. I also have on display my tech cam and OMG it creates interest The art is secondary
Oh well, I sold 2 yesterday and 2 today so far.
Can I trust my eyes ? ?
Dan , do I see an ALPA FPS attached ?
If its true , congratulation .
Regards . Jόrgen .
And show us a picture with some of your exhibition images .
Regards . Jόrgen .
Having given it some thought, my money's on it being the Canon mount 90mm. The Mamiya mount 120mm would be unlikely, since I can't see the 11mm adapter on the FPS, and the Mamiya mount isn't shipping until next week
As you can understand, in the near future there will be a lot of experimenting of possibilities to use it as a standalone body and also as a shutter module to the traditional Alpa bodies.
One of the lenses I am eager to try out is my newly bought Distagon CFE 4/40 IF in mint condition. I can use it with simultanous shift/tilt. I will post my findings how it holds up with a Credo 60 back
The exhibition is of a series not very 'traditional photography' artworks. They are however commercially good and bread & butter projects. Conceptual photography that inspires to choose more than one piece - finding a number with symbolic value for the buyer. Works in both modern, minimalistic or rustic interiors.
They are quite large, 1x1 metre. I attach my information canvas even if it is in swedish....
What's your favorite number...?
Ooh. Interesting you went for the Nikon mount Dan - I never really considered it because I was looking primarily to use the Canon 17 and 24 TS-E's.
Would be very interested in your reasoning for going for the Nikon.
The only advantage I can see with the PC lens is simultanous tilt/shift. This is ofcourse a factor sometimes, but most of the time I only use one or the other and can live with that limitation.
So, the PC is more of a test rather than a thoughtful plan (Nikon mount). Maybe it surprises me, maybe it inspires - but it must be an amazing lens if it is going to win me over from 'true' tech lenses. But the concept is interesting and I want to learn new ways of working and what could be better than an FPS? Mindblowing machine!
1. It is almost a full 360 degrees, and very finely geared. Also, you've got to think of it more as a scope than a typical camera lens. With the extremely shallow DoF, it is very easy to pick your plane of focus.
2. Since the EMC also now displays lens specific (including accounting for things like focus shift), NP/FP DoF at various apertures for particular MFDB's CoC, you also have the option of the Disto with a whole lot more granularity. For example, you can place your subject at any point in within the DoF you like.
3. There is also an ultrasonic mode. You manually switch to this when needed. Typically, recommended for distances under 10ft.
Hope this helps.
Thank you for the info. A rotation of 360 degrees is good news. It provides 1 : 1 ratio between the rangefinder and helical focus ring with 35 mm and 1 : 2 with 47 mm.
I would like to hear more after you had some field usages, especially for the distance range of 5-15 meters with wide angle lenses.
By the way, what do you mean by 'the option of the Disto?'
Hoping to try some macro type stuff shortly, just need to find the time. Will update as soon as I do.
Is there any chance of this thread returning to its original subject?
Not using the handstrap anymore? Maybe save it for your retirement.
Hope you're enjoying the new FPS and its quicker shutter!
Okay, now it's time for a view camera!
It's my Linhof Techno with an Leaf Aptus 75 digital back and Schneider Apo-Digitar lenses.
I'm an amateur photographer that shoot landscapes and like to hike with my camera, so portability is important. The first image shows yours truly equipped for a day out in the winter, carrying the camera backpack and tripod. I can attach the tripod on the backpack, but actually I carry it over my shoulders as shown in the picture most of the time :-).
I plan to eventually replace the manfrotto junior geared head with an Arca-Swiss D4, but there's other gear on queue before it. The manfrotto head works, but barely so and is a bit heavy.
In total the backpack weighs 9 kg and tripod with head 3.6 kg, so about 13 kg / 30 lbs to carry in total. Not too bad I think.
With that I get the camera body with both bellows (wide+normal), sliding back, digital back, batteries, five lenses (35, 47, 72, 90, 120), a number of filters (including grad filters and holder) and a few extras. I plan to expand the kit with one to three longer lenses (150, 180, 210). I use more long lenses than short in my shooting style so only having 120mm as the longest feels a bit limiting currently. On the wide end I only occassionally use the 35mm actually, instead the 47mm is the favourite all-around lens (which gives a 35mm FoV in 135 terms with my 48x36mm back).
The backpack is a boblbee 500 xt, with sidewinder extensions. Without sidewinders I can only carry three lenses. It's a quite small backpack though which I hope can be seen on the pictures, the Techno system can be made surprisingly compact.
I like that the Schneider lenses are so small and light, and mounted on a lens board also the long lenses are small. This means I can hike with many lenses, which is important to my shooting style. I also prefer the look of the simple symmetric lens designs, zero or near zero distortion, and the foggy smooth bokeh. Optimization for f/11 also make sense for my shooting style, the more recent lenses made for peak performance at larger apertures is just too short DoF for me.
I have still the standard ground glass, and will evenutally get the newly introduced bright ground glass from Linhof. It's not absolutely necessary, but as the ground glass is a central part of the view camera experience I'll get that. The tiny loupe laying on top of the digital back on the image where the ground glass is visible is my 20x critical focus loupe. For me a high magnification loupe has proven to be a key factor for consistent focusing.
I have short shutter release cables attached to all my lenses to speed up setup and lens changing. I have a small mechanical stop watch to time shutter speeds over one second.
I picked a view camera ahead of a more popular pancake camera partly due to financial reasons, while the Techno is actually more expensive than a Rm3di, the low cost lens mount makes a real difference when you start acquiring lenses. The longer lenses also get more compact and lighter so I suspect that my gear is lighter to carry too. The flexible tilt, swing and shifting was also important to me, as I wanted to have something more flexible than my Canon TS-Es rather than less. That said I don't use tilt and swing simultaneously very often, but it does happen.
I like the Leaf Aptus 75 back and it's a great starter back for those that buy gear second hand. I've been unfortunate though and have had lots and lots of cold weather trouble with it, which I'm trying to resolve with Leaf. The 33 megapixel resolution is okay although I'd like to have a bit more in the future, the sensor has accurate colors, tech cam integration is great (no wakeup, just flash sync and go!), and I also like the user interface, a sharpness check that actually works is unusual for a back this old.
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Oh yes I am enjoying the FPS!!! Such a good feeling about the whole experience...
Then there's two compartments for lenses. Before I had the sidewinders I had one more compartment for an extra loupe, and a dust blower but I have removed that now when I can keep them in the sidewinders.
The last used lens sits on the body, so I have three lenses in there. The remaining two are in the sidewinders, today only wrapped in cloth but I plan to get hardcases for them when I find a suitable compact size.
The sliding back is then covered up by a long semisoft clothcovered lip, and the Techno body is simply put on top lens down, getting support from the compartments on the side and lip covering the sliding back, and sits on the bottom when the backpack is raised up vertically. Finally I put my black cotton t-shirt in there over everything. That t-shirt is used as focusing cloth when needed as the neck fits tightly over the viewing shade, I think it's better than a traditional focusing cloth. When packing the t-shirt doubles as padding and makes sure the camera body sits tightly and padded when the backpack is closed up. I would not check it in at an airport, but for hiking the gear is protected enough.
All the green parts inside the backpack came with it, so I have no custom parts.
The sidewinders are just simple cloth bags (not semihard as the main bag), and in addition to the lenses I've thrown in dust blower, a bag of filters and some minor things. Packing of those can be further refined for sure, and I can fit a couple more lenses.
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Anders, that's lovely kit. The real edge of using Techno IMO is the small form factor of carrying tele-lenses. Cheers!
Yes, there are quite a few choices of tech cameras out there, each with their strengths and weaknesses, making the choice very personal. One photographer's shooting style may fit one camera but not the other. I think I've find the right camera for me.
Absolutely. It's easy to forget that because the lens boards are simple and light, the lenses themselves take up very little space, and if you carry 3 or more lenses, you can save a lot of weight. I did a quick comparison of a Techno + Normal Bellows + WA Bellows + Short Sliding Back + G/G + Loupe + DB adapter plate + 3 lenses (RS 40, 70 and SK 120) to an Alpa Max (with grip) + Viewfinder + DB adapter plate + 3 lenses (same as for the Techno, but two had HPF rings attached) + 2 x 17mm T/S adapters. They both came to about 3.8kg - I really didn't expect it to be that close. In a 4 or 5 lens kit (especially with longer lenses) the Techno would be significantly lighter. In terms of 'bulk' it was pretty even also - the 'depth' of the Techno camera itself and the space for the sliding back being equalised by the T/S adapters and the size of the mounts + helicals on the Alpa lenses.