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Thanks all for the Samyang 35mm/2.8 recommendation. A little IQ compromise for street photography is OK for me.

Now, do I wait for Black Friday to roll around? Do any particular retailers go crazy with 3rd party lenses? Ordinarily, I'd normally shop for used gear on MPB/CJ/LCE.
 
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Thanks all for the Samyang 35mm/2.8 recommendation. A little IQ compromise for street photography is OK for me.

Now, do I wait for Black Friday to roll around? Do any particular retailers go crazy with 3rd party lenses? Ordinarily, I'd normally shop for used gear on MPB/CJ/LCE.
I wouldn’t pay more than £200 for that lens used.

Sometimes goes for £210 ish new.
 
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Thanks all for the Samyang 35mm/2.8 recommendation. A little IQ compromise for street photography is OK for me.

Now, do I wait for Black Friday to roll around? Do any particular retailers go crazy with 3rd party lenses? Ordinarily, I'd normally shop for used gear on MPB/CJ/LCE.
Got mine for (IIRC) £193 open box from Amazon warehouse. I've seen a couple on the usual used trader sites go around £190-£200. I don't recall seeing any really good deals on 3rd party lenses around black Friday etc.
 
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It's still light and quite a small lens compare to a lot of them.
I agree, but it's still quite a bit longer than a typical 50mm f1.8 or 28mm f2.8 lens for a DSLR, and if the object is to make the camera as small as practicably possible then it's just a bit bigger than is helpful. The f2 aperture comes at a price, and you just have to choose which trade-off you prefer.

Like I said before, it's a lens I would like to pick up some time.
 
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well I have pictures as proof - https://flickr.com/photos/182074161@N04/albums/72157711068745692
Borrowed original non-IS canon 70-200/2.8+1.4x from a colleague and used it on sigma mc-11 :)
well I have pictures as proof - https://flickr.com/photos/182074161@N04/albums/72157711068745692
Borrowed original non-IS canon 70-200/2.8+1.4x from a colleague and used it on sigma mc-11 :)
Not doubting you at all. Just strange that Sigma say they don't work. So the hunt begins for an adapter!!

Btw that's the same lens I have on a "long term" borrow from my brother. Also got his 100mm f/2.8 Macro and 50mm f/1.4. This should keep me going for a while. (y)
 

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Not doubting you at all. Just strange that Sigma say they don't work. So the hunt begins for an adapter!!

Btw that's the same lens I have on a "long term" borrow from my brother. Also got his 100mm f/2.8 Macro and 50mm f/1.4. This should keep me going for a while. (y)
Well officially they only support ART/contemporary/sport lenses. All other lenses are unsupported but still work. So I imagine it's the same. Basically covering themselves from people complaining that unsupported gear isn't working.
 
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I know the RX100 III has been as low as £199 after cashback in the recent past, is there such a thing as a decent camera for a child for around £150 or would it need to be used (not really wanting used)?
 
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I know the RX100 III has been as low as £199 after cashback in the recent past, is there such a thing as a decent camera for a child for around £150 or would it need to be used (not really wanting used)?
why not used with warranty from dealer? A child will likely make it used pretty quickly anyway.
 
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why not used with warranty from dealer?
If I was buying personally I would probably buy used, a friend has asked for my advice with a £150 for her daughter and she's quite against buying her a present used. Personally think the budget is probably too tight but I thought you guys might have some ideas.
 
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If I was buying personally I would probably buy used, a friend has asked for my advice with a £150 for her daughter and she's quite against buying her a present used. Personally think the budget is probably too tight but I thought you guys might have some ideas.
I can understand that, 150 would get some decent used stuff but new it’s a bit tight, probably have to up the budget.
 
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Depends on the age/inquisitiveness of the child, I suppose. I love my RX100ii, but I think a super-zoom compact is a better proposition for most of the kids I know.
 
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Depends on the age/inquisitiveness of the child, I suppose. I love my RX100ii, but I think a super-zoom compact is a better proposition for most of the kids I know.
She's going to be 11 in January. She borrowed my A6000 earlier this year and enjoyed it, hence wanting her own first camera. I think an RX100 1,2,3 would be best personally but out of budget. My friend asked about a god awful Kodak branded bridge camera, but I told her not to bother with that one.
 
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She's going to be 11 in January. She borrowed my A6000 earlier this year and enjoyed it, hence wanting her own first camera. I think an RX100 1,2,3 would be best personally but out of budget. My friend asked about a god awful Kodak branded bridge camera, but I told her not to bother with that one.
I've got a vague recollection that there's a Sony compact with a similar form factor to the RX100. WX-something, perhaps?

(googles) This one: https://www.sony.co.uk/electronics/cyber-shot-compact-cameras/dsc-wx500#product_details_default

And there are WXs at lower cost, too.
 
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Which (if any) of the apps for the Sony A7-series have you folks found useful after installing?

I had a look today, hoping to find a DoF calculator app, but there's nothing as practical as that - most apps look to be for special effects (time lapse, star-trails, etc).
 

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I used smooth reflections quite a lot.
But remember the apps are deprecated from generation 3 bodies onwards
 
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Its deep enough for an 85GM to stand up.
the top, or the lid, you do have room for about an inch but of course if you leave that empty and you travel with the case the the lens and gear will jump up and down and rattle hitting the top. Hence I fill the top with the foam insert. Behind it i I have a lid organiser which I keep some cables, gels etc. So the foam insert is not stuck on to the lid but just placed there.

so the lens and gear can be taller than the depth of the case by a little bit, it gives me some wiggle room to play with.
 

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Thanks. Generally 35 is my preferred focal length. Considering the 55 as I want to take family snaps at Christmas...actually I’d better consider the 35..
The new FE 35mm f1.8 is rather nice though personally I use 24mm f1.4 and crop to 35mm when required (one of the benefits of having A7RIII imo).

Btw I notice you are in Guildford which is not too far from my place. You are welcome to try my camera and lenses (a no strings tied offer, just find it nice to socialise that's all :) )
 
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The 35mm f1.8 takes a bit of criticism for ca and bokeh but IMO when you look at it in the context of how other 35mm lenses perform at f1.8 it doesn't look outstandingly terrible and you get the close focus ability, fast focus etc... I think it's deffo with a look but just don't expect 85mm f1.4 bokeh with a messy background. Even my Voigtlander classic gives a rather nice bokeh with a bokeh friendly scene.

Guildford? I had relatives in that part of the world and spent some happy holidays there. Lovely area.
 
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The new FE 35mm f1.8 is rather nice though personally I use 24mm f1.4 and crop to 35mm when required (one of the benefits of having A7RIII imo).

Btw I notice you are in Guildford which is not too far from my place. You are welcome to try my camera and lenses (a no strings tied offer, just find it nice to socialise that's all :) )
I’m not convinced with that approach myself. Surely you get too close and you’re just going to distort faces something rotten and anything remotely near the edge is going to get the same effect.
 

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I’m not convinced with that approach myself. Surely you get too close and you’re just going to distort faces something rotten and anything remotely near the edge is going to get the same effect.
I didn't say move physically closer which would distort. I said I use cropping. In APS-C crop mode it acts as 36mm f2.1

But cropping down to 20mp gives me roughly 35mm f2 Field of view
 
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The new FE 35mm f1.8 is rather nice though personally I use 24mm f1.4 and crop to 35mm when required (one of the benefits of having A7RIII imo).

Btw I notice you are in Guildford which is not too far from my place. You are welcome to try my camera and lenses (a no strings tied offer, just find it nice to socialise that's all :) )
Thanks. That’s a very kind offer.
Placed an order yesterday for A7iii, 35 and 55 (am I supposed to refer to them as council house primes in this thread)
 
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