• Photo Expo 2015 wrap up!

    • The phase 1 XF is really cool but a massive beast...
    • nissin has a very nice "big boy" flash now that does HSS with sony wirelessly. Rumor has it they're cooking up a receiver for the i40 so it can play nice as well. The big boy flash holds it's 4 AAs in a cartridge with the door to the flash so you can preload them for quick changes (like my neewer v850s) but with AA tech. They did however say it prefers traditional batteries -vs- eneloops...
    • I found an AMAZING gimbal lock AND lenscap combo for the phantom 3 from polarprofilters. They've got a CP I want as well but only had it in combos with their NDs... Dude tried to explain to me why I want it for framerate... I chuckled, explained I knew what he meant but that I don't shoot video. He then (nicely) handed me a card and said to email him and he'd get me just the CP.
    • peak had their new messenger there. I REALLY like the bag. Lots of nice featurs. The inserts are especially nice. Strap seems like it's maybe a bit short, even on it's longest setting, for my ape frame but we'll see once I get it and load it. The little side bag is also great and feels like it'll be the perfect option for carrying the a6000 or a few mirrorless lenses. It's rad the way you can use their neck strap (for a camera) as the strap for it... The capture lens is also promising but we'll see how it works IRL once I get mine...
    • talked to the lead peak product designer for a solid 15 minutes about backpack ideas since I told him how I've struggled trying to find something decent. He seemed quite receptive once I told him what I couldn't find...
    • The lowepro whistler is a VERY nice bag but it's 1~2" too short to fit my tripod inside (like I do with my incase). It's nice enough I'm looking at finding a smaller/shorter travelpod though because the bag is that nice. I wish the back panel section (away from your back) was big enough for a small/thin/mirrorless camera insert though. it's also juuuust too small for a drone I think (in the main camera section).
    • Think tank rep walked away from me when I questioned why their helipak is basically the same as the mindshift firstlight 40l... Different trimmings and a nicer hip belt on the mindshift but both back access when they've since added the "backlight" series packs? I mean, answer me this. When do you EVER fly a drone inside? It's 99% outside right? So the bag is almost always set on the ground. Yet EVERY done bag I saw at the show had you setting your backpack straps on the ground.....
    • The mindshift backlight 26l is ever so slightly narrower than my incase (that I love) and adds the hip belt. Might be worth finally switching?
    • The lowepro droneguard kit (it's like a tray really) is a neat solution... If it fit INSIDE their whistler 450 when you take the camera insert out I'd be sold...
    • Borrowlenses was giving away free memory card readers... Nice bonus. Not something I need often but it's always nice to have a spare.
    • Lens rentals had a chess set setup with canon (white) -vs- nikon with some SICK lenses as the pieces. 70-200 2.8 ISs were the pawns!
    • The zeiss guys perked right up when I asked a few questions and they realized I owned the 25/55/85/16-35 and the a7rii and had shot 2.5 weddings with them. Got the card to their product line manager to sort out some AF issues (that they blamed on sony).
    • someone at the zeiss booth walked up and straight asked for an MTF chart.
    • zeiss quickly pawned off the 16-35mm on sony when I suggested they make it w/o OSS but WITH the OLED... Although they liked the idea. They also handed me the 21mm loxia when I said how tricky MF is with the 16-35. The loxia is nice but not wide enough. They said something is in the works but wouldn't tell me the FL...
    • Couldn't get to fuji (too many people at their counter).
    • Talked to Colby Brown a bit which was great. He mentioned he's found one click inside infinity for MF with the 16-35mm is basically hyperfocal for him so I'm going to try that.
    • Got a sony product engineer's card to send some feedback to (once she realized I owned the a7rii and wasn't just spouting **** from reviews). She's love constructive criticisms but agreed when I said they'd likely be in the 2016 version and not a firmware update...
    • the sony 70-400 is a very nice lens but I think I'll stick with the 150-600... Both are massive so I think I'll take the range on the tamron over the cost on the sony.
    • Tried both AF adapters, the e3 and e4 with the 70-400. The e3 is MUCH faster with the a7rii. The e4 is quick but yeah, it's noticible when you switch to the e3 (which is cheaper and smaller and lighter anyway as long as you have the a7rii).
    • The sony 70-200 was hunting like crazy on me in the sony booth...
    • got to meet Chris Burkard as well and listen to him speak a bit which was great.
    • manfroto has a new smaller geared head which is nice and light and has easier fast adjustments -vs- mine but it only uses their smaller plate. My big verion uses their bigger plate which means I can use a hejnar conversion kit on it for acra... This is a CRUCIAL piece for me for arch work so I'm always looking to make it lighter and faster but I need to keep acra.
    • 3lt was not there.
    • an incase social media guy spotted me at the sony booth with my incase DSLR backpack and asked me to go to their booth to show it to the guys there. Apparently I was the only one they'd seen with one all show... I shared some thoughts on how to make it better (they're working on a new version)...

    Roy and David, add your thoughts to this post too if you can!!!
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Photo Expo 2015 wrap up! started by jacobsen1 View original post
    Comments 14 Comments
    1. ppower's Avatar
      Holy cow, I want to spend a bunch of monies with Peak Design. I had to search who "Peak" is, but that is awesome. $250 is a LOT to spend on a bag, but I have to think that one made with Trey Ratcliff means that it fits the Sony cameras/lenses well as well as being good for travel. The Capture clip makes it especially great. Oh, now we're $310. Add their strap, and we're at $370. Dang!
    1. frigidlight's Avatar
      My big takeaway was that I think I might have found my ski/hike/outdoors chest harness and camera wrap combo. Peak makes a Shell that I saw at the show and handled. Nice neoprene cover for the camera. Pair that with a cotton carrier chest harness (never could this searching for camera chest harness...) and I'd have a weatherproof way of carrying my camera outside of a backpack, which would make a big difference.

      The shell is built in such a way that you can wrap the cover off the parts of the camera that you need and then slide it back around. Super simple and easy.



      As usual, the fun part of the day for me was walking down the highline, sandwiches at Faicco's, and then running over to Jersey to shoot sunset.
    1. porschewrx's Avatar
      Wow that is some write up. I don't understand how you guys manage to cram all of that in plus go shooting, I all ways feel like I missed a lot after reading your post after the shows. I saw you (Ben) and David at on point but you looked like a man on a mission as you two blew past me so I didn't bother stopping you to say hi. Maybe next year I will plan better and meet up with you guys but I think I have said that every year I have gone. Managed to grab a free card reader from Borrow Lens and one from Delkin Devices, got a free speedlight magnetic modifier holder (no accessories) and sample packs from Red River, Canson, and Hahnemühle.
    1. jacobsen1's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by frigidlight View Post
      Pair that with a cotton carrier chest harness (never could this searching for camera chest harness...) and I'd have a weatherproof way of carrying my camera outside of a backpack, which would make a big difference.
      yeah, it was hilarious to me because I blazed passed their booth because I own one and they haven't changed much but you mentioned it later so back we went!
      (and I got a free new bottom button )

      As usual, the fun part of the day for me was walking down the highline, sandwiches at Faicco's, and then running over to Jersey to shoot sunset.
      +1

      Quote Originally Posted by porschewrx View Post
      I don't understand how you guys manage to cram all of that in plus go shooting, I all ways feel like I missed a lot after reading your post after the shows.
      yeah, not only that but I had a paid arch shoot in CT on the way to the city... had to skip the sunrise shoot but paid work so I couldn't not do it or really give up a family day for it. The worst part though is it meant both Roy and I had a tough solo drive home and the discussion after the show is always nice to see who learned what and saw what.

      I saw you (Ben) and David at on point but you looked like a man on a mission as you two blew past me so I didn't bother stopping you to say hi. Maybe next year I will plan better and meet up with you guys but I think I have said that every year I have gone. Managed to grab a free card reader from Borrow Lens and one from Delkin Devices, got a free speedlight magnetic modifier holder (no accessories) and sample packs from Red River, Canson, and Hahnemühle.
      dude?!! SAY SOMETHING!!! And yeah, come shoot for sure. Morning is easier and what we traditionally do. I basically forced the night shoot after because I couldn't do sunrise. We already have a location picked out for next time, the little red lighthouse:
      https://www.flickr.com/search/?text=...d%20lighthouse


      it's UNDER the GW bridge and you basically part off henry hudson on the drive south at 158th and walk ~1 mile up and back (yeah yeah long walk).
    1. rkane's Avatar
      Yeah Scott, I aways walk right up to them and interject myself into the conversation.!!

      Ben, Wow that lighthouse looks teeny. Will make for an interesting shot!
      • The Sony 90mm Macro FE was huge but crazy smooth and the IS/OSS is amazing! Was able to get sharp shots at 1/15th on that.
      • The RX1RII is damn tiny and light, but retractable lens would have make it amazing.
      • Canon and Nikon really did not have anything of interest. I could not find the latest EOS mirrorless to play with. It would have been interesting to look at, but Canon seems to not care too much.
      • Fuji I did not look at
      • Panasonic, the GM5 is damn tiny , esp the 12-32. The Sony FE line needs a comparable zoom to travel with.
      • Tamrac really changed their designs and have some new lines out. This line looks promising:http://www.tamrac.com/collections/derechoe. The Derechoe.


      More to come latter.
    1. Andy's Avatar
      I know that this has been analyzed to death but it still floors me that Canon and Nikon have no credible mirrorless product and do not appear to care to have one. When you figure it seems to take 3-5 years from first announcement until the lens lines are flushed out and cameras fairly stable, well, they just seem doomed.
    1. BobbyT's Avatar
      If Sony can get a lens lineup equivalent to Fuji's, Canikon truly will be doomed.
    1. jacobsen1's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
      I know that this has been analyzed to death but it still floors me that Canon and Nikon have no credible mirrorless product and do not appear to care to have one. When you figure it seems to take 3-5 years from first announcement until the lens lines are flushed out and cameras fairly stable, well, they just seem doomed.
      their M3 looks promising but not even available in the US:


      they've got a tiny 11-22mm that's supposedly OK. Really wish it was their 10-18mm stm though (adapters ruin the size).

      Quote Originally Posted by BobbyT View Post
      If Sony can get a lens lineup equivalent to Fuji's, Canikon truly will be doomed.
      yeah, but in the interum they've got adapters galore. Who else would have adapters AND lenses from competitors in their booth? Sony did!

      Quote Originally Posted by rkane View Post
      Ben, Wow that lighthouse looks teeny. Will make for an interesting shot!
      here's the view I'm after:


      [*]The Sony 90mm Macro FE was huge but crazy smooth and the IS/OSS is amazing! Was able to get sharp shots at 1/15th on that.
      what about the samyang/rokinon 100mm macro BTW?

      [*]The RX1RII is damn tiny and light, but retractable lens would have make it amazing.
      I totally forgot to check that out IRL!
    1. BobbyT's Avatar
      Now that, is a fantastic move on Sony's part
    1. Andy's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by jacobsen1 View Post
      their M3 looks promising but not even available in the US:


      they've got a tiny 11-22mm that's supposedly OK. Really wish it was their 10-18mm stm though (adapters ruin the size).
      No viewfinder, game over. Also high ISO is not in the same league. But you are right, they do have a toe in the market. No lenses but a toe.

      Quote Originally Posted by jacobsen1 View Post
      what about the samyang/rokinon 100mm macro BTW?
      ARRRRGHHHH! Why did I forget about this lens? I was just cursing my tubes last night. My life would be much easier with a simpler tilt/shift system to FE cameras. Right now I use my 80mm Hasselblad into a Kipon T/S adapter into an A-mount tube into the LAEA4 into the camera. Things are a bit flexy.
    1. jacobsen1's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
      No viewfinder, game over. Also high ISO is not in the same league. But you are right, they do have a toe in the market. No lenses but a toe.
      11-22, 18-55, 55-210 and a 23 I think? but not many/enough lenses for sure...
    1. rkane's Avatar
      Damn, I forgot to try the 100! I kind of shuffled past the Rok booth
    1. Andy's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by jacobsen1 View Post
      11-22, 18-55, 55-210 and a 23 I think? but not many/enough lenses for sure...
      And the 5 zooms that are there are f/6.3 on the long end. Seriously. So by the time you get to where they are sharp you get diffraction. This system is even worse than I thought.
    1. jacobsen1's Avatar
      Yeah, fair enough. The 11-22 peaks my interest but what's this do that my a6000 and 10-18mm can't?
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