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  1. #1
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    Question So, for around a grand ...

    Okay ... you have roughly (give or take) $1000 to $1500 and some decisions to make. One new toy ... and that's all!

    Choosing from the following:

    LENS: SIGMA 4.5mm f/2.8 EX DC HSM Circular Fisheye Lens

    FLASH: Metz mecablitz 76

    TELESCOPE: Celestron NexStar 8SE telescope w/ astrophotography accessories & optics

    NEW SONY CAMERA BODY: A850 (A700 replacement)

    Oh where oh where does the money go?
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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    I think the A850, 24MP Mini-FF will be $2k, but if it's on the list, I'll take it!
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    Canon 7D - 5D | 550EX - 430EX II - (2) PW FlexTT5 | 24-105 f4L | 70-200 f2.8L IS | 100 f2.8L IS | 50 f1.8 II

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    Cool One more item to consider ...

    Well, there is one other option I have neglected to mention. I was planning on selling my TAMRON SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di 1:1 MACRO ... and if I do, that leaves a gap in that particular range in my PRIME lenses, which I guess I would obviously fill with the SONY CZ 85mm f/1.4, for not only a dynamite focus-speed improvement, but also the remarkable aperture capability.

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    I do see the 85mm f/1.4 as a far more useful lens than the creative looking 4.5mm f/2.8, so there is that.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 07-27-2009 at 06:54 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

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    LENS: SIGMA 4.5mm f/2.8 EX DC HSM Circular Fisheye Lens

    fisheye is one button away on most programs

    FLASH: Metz mecablitz 76

    light is light

    TELESCOPE: Celestron NexStar 8SE telescope w/ astrophotography accessories & optics

    ok if you live waaaaay out of town

    NEW SONY CAMERA BODY: A850 (A700 replacement)

    ding ding...or the a900

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    If the A900 drops under $2000 ... then that might be the winner ... but, that depends on this new camera body's leverage on the market.

    The addition of a Full Frame camera certainly improves my range with the wide-angle PRIME glass I have.

    @ SONYNUT: What is it you do not like about my A700 work?

    BTW: The Metz mecablitz 76 would allow me to use the 200-500mm indoors!

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    LOL "Help! Help! You set my curtains on fire with that thing!"

    I had better get a fire extinguisher, too, huh?
    Last edited by DonSchap; 07-27-2009 at 07:13 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

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    i need a flash, so why not make it a big one! Metz for me.......85mm G at some point I bet, not real soon though, now where is my $1500.00? where do I sign up?
    Sony A700_____________Minolta AF 50mm. F/1.7
    Minolta AF 70-210mm F/3.5-4.5 Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR DiII LD Asp. [IF]
    Tamron SP AF 70-200mm. F/2.8 DI LD [IF] Macro
    Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2
    Tokina AF 28-70mm F/3.5-4.5
    Tokina AF AT-X 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6
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    Thumbs up When the light finally shows up!

    Quote Originally Posted by seanhoxx View Post
    i need a flash, so why not make it a big one! Metz for me.
    I'm with you on that decision, Sean. If I had no flash ... the Metz would be the standout choice. I might buy a SONY HVL-F42AM as my quick and dirty ... but when it comes to a performer, when things are a challenge ... WHAM! ... this is it. Break out the sunglasses. What ISO noise?

    It is amazing how similar it is to the older Minolta AF4000 on the CG1000 hand grip. Same idea ... just a whole heck of a lot more punch!

    Sony Alpha support

    * ADI flash mode
    * ADI remote mode (slave operation)

    Some really nice specs on it ...

    Flash features
    Product name mecablitz 76 MZ-5 digital
    Adapter system SCA 300 •
    Adapter system SCA 3002 •
    Type of adapter SCA 3002
    Triggering via centre contact/ standardfoot •

    Color temperature approx. 5600 K

    Measuring angle for automatic flash mode: 25

    Guide numbers
    GN with ISO 100 and 35 mm res. 50 mm 54
    GN with ISO 100 and max. zoom 76

    Standard flash features
    Partial light output increments 25
    Stroboscopic flash mode •
    TTL flash mode (without preflash) •
    Automatic flash mode •
    F-stops in auto flash mode 12
    Manual flash mode •

    Remote flash features
    Metz remote flash mode (master/slave) •
    Master flash mode (Metz remote) •
    Slave flash mode (Metz remote) •
    Slave modi
    Slave function without preflash – with slave adapter SCA 3083 digital
    Slave function with preflash – with slave adapter SCA 3083 digital

    Reflector data
    Illumination onwards ... mm (35mm format) 20
    Main reflector tilt / swivel •/•
    Vertical range in +90
    Horizontal range in 270

    Motor zoom main reflector •
    Motor zoom main reflector with automatic / manual focus length •/•
    Zoom positions of main reflector in mm (35mm format) 24/28/35/50/70/85/105
    Extended zoom for main reflector •

    Attachable wide angle diffuser / tele / bounce diffuser attachment •/–//–
    Secondary reflector / partial light output level (manual adjustable) •/+
    Secondary reflector involved in system flash features •
    Illumination secondary reflector in mm (35mm format) 35
    Indications

    LC display / illuminated •/•

    Indication of flash distance •

    Indication of flash readiness / corect exposure indication on flash unit •/•
    Acoustical status report (beep) •

    Settings
    Manual flash exposure compensation •
    Manual flash bracketing •
    Modelling light •

    Key lock •

    Dedicated flash functions

    Automatic fill-in flash •

    Indication of flash readiness in camera's viewfinder •

    Correct exposure indication in camera's viewfinder •

    Automatic indication of flash distance •

    Automatic flash sync speed control •

    2nd curtain sync •

    Langzeitsynchronisation (SLOW) •

    Manual flash exposure compensation •
    Manual flash bracketing •

    Automatic AF assist beam / multi zone A assist beam • /–

    Red eye preflash •

    Service functions
    Firmware update by Metz service •
    Energy management

    Automatic cut off (auto off) –
    Wake up function by camera –

    Power supply
    Use with Metz NiMH battery pack •
    External power supply with Metz power pack P76 •
    Number of flashes (with full power)
    Use with alkaline batteries (1,5 V) 270
    Use with nicad batteries (1,2 V/600 mAh) 160
    Recycling time in secs. (min./max.)
    Use with Metz NiMH battery pack 0,1 / 4
    External power supply with Metz power pack P76 0,1 / 3

    Weights and measurements
    Weight without power sources in g (approx.) Handle: 880 Control unit: 138
    Measurements in mm approx. (L x H x D) Handle: 103 x 244 x 118 Control unit: 67 x 35 x 89
    Included

    Handle, wide angle diffuser, control unit, NiMh battery pack 76-56, charger 970, camera bracket 32-38, standard foot 301, operating instruction, SCA 300/3002 table
    Last edited by DonSchap; 07-27-2009 at 07:33 PM.
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

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    that looks like some of the stage strobes they use at concerts I work LOL blinded by the light for sure, crank that all the way up use indoors and its also a light pulse weapon!
    Sony A700_____________Minolta AF 50mm. F/1.7
    Minolta AF 70-210mm F/3.5-4.5 Tamron AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR DiII LD Asp. [IF]
    Tamron SP AF 70-200mm. F/2.8 DI LD [IF] Macro
    Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2
    Tokina AF 28-70mm F/3.5-4.5
    Tokina AF AT-X 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6
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    See how a ~$1000 can run amok with options? And this is AFTER I have what I already have.

    I guess it just bares out the old saw: "If I had more ... I could do more."
    Don Schap - BFA, Digital Photography
    A Photographer Is Forever
    Look, I did not create the optical laws of the Universe ... I simply learned to deal with them.
    Remember: It is usually the GLASS, not the camera (except for moving to Full Frame), that gives you the most improvement in your photography.

    flickr & Sdi

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    Lens lens lens, doesn't matter which one, your body is just fine, it will do anything you need it to.
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