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    Feb 2006
    Des Plaines, IL

    Cool Monday ... the 12th of July

    The Summer Quarter begins ... and I have decided on finally getting the Metz mecablitz 76 MZ-5 digital SCA Flash unit w/ SCA 3302 M7 adapter,

    an extra battery and charger ... because you do not what to be powerless sporting this beauty and then, a 3-year warranty to cover it, in case it decides to take the fall. Costs are heading up ... and the time to act is now. I suppose if this flash does not get your subject's attention, they are either dead or blind (or will be - muahahahaha).

    But, not only that, the SONY sale ($100 off) ends on 7/10 (Saturday) ... so, along comes the platinum-painted 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM lens to my bag of goodies (that should finally put a smile on Rooz's face ), to finish up this year's additions to the "improved" glass pile. Anything else is just going to have to wait until 2011.

    Like the TAMRON SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF), the Tokina AT-X 840 (80-400 f/4.5-5.6) will go into semi-retirement, carried with the α700 in the backup bag. I basically started this adventure with that bag ... and then caught Full Frame fever ... and expensive malady.

    This coming quarter, as previously mentioned, I have the three photography-specific courses, so all my glass should get some serious use, as things arise.

    The current pack out:
    • SIGMA 12-24mm f/4-5.6 EX DG D UWA Zoom (21 oz)
    • SIGMA 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM IF Normal Zoom (28 oz)
    • TAMRON SP AF 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD Telephoto Zoom (Indoor shoots) (42 oz)
    • SONY 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM Telephoto Zoom (Outdoor shoots) (54 oz)

    Total weight: 91 oz (103 oz subbing the 70-400)

    I will have to wait until the mecablitz shows up to figure out how to pack it up, also.

    Admittedly, because of the lens changes, this load is roughly 15-27 ounces heavier, even with the all different TAMRON lenses (definitely a much lighter load, depending on the needs). As you trudge around, that does burn some calories. Personally, I think the heavier stuff makes you choose your glass a lot more closely and possibly reduces your selections, out of self-preservation.

    Previous pack out:
    • K-M 16-35mm f/2.8-4 "D" (TAMRON designed lens) (Wide-Angle Zoom) (16 oz)
    • TAMRON SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) (Normal Zoom) (18 oz)
    • TAMRON SP AF 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD Telephoto Zoom (42 oz)
      and occasionally the
    • TAMRON SP AF 200-500mm f/5-6.3 Di LD Super-Telephoto Zoom (42 oz)

    Total weight: 76 oz (118 oz with adding the super-zoom)

    Oh, to be thirty years younger ... like the other students. Can you imagine ... younger and the financial wherewithal to do it, too? Now, that's my idea of going to school - Having enough knowledge to be dangerous ... and the equipment to make it all happen.

    After some closer looks at occasional results, the TAMRON 28-75mm f/2.8 is a superior lens. For the mere $400 it costs against the SIGMA 24-70mm f/2.8 HSM (~$850) ... the actual use comparisons are so close, it kind of hurts. Whereas, the differences between the KM 17-35mm f/2.8-4 and the SIGMA 12-24mm f/4-5,6 are far more noticeable and significant.

    TAMRON 17-35 f/2.8-4
    Attachment 53984
    SIGMA 12-24mm f/4-5.6

    The SIGMA UWA Zoom (bottom) is a much better lens (having 4 SLD elements the 3 Aspherical elements) for chromatic aberration and optical distortion ... well worth the price difference, as the TAMRON (or KM) SP AF 17-35mm f/2.8-4 "D" (top) only has one SLD element coupled with the 3 Aspherical elements, trying to correct everything. The reason I now sport the two SIGMAs, is that they meet up at 24mm. Using the SIGMA UWA 12-24mm and the TAMRON 28-75mm would have left a 4mm gap (no overlap) in the focal length, and at that end of field of view ... that can be a pain on Full Frame.

    One of the things I asked for, last quarter, for this coming quarter, was a list of shots required for the completion of each course. I feel it tends to allow for better planning of my shots ... and perhaps some alternative shots for series-type. It also allows me to get ahead of the shots, since you never know what can arise throughout the year. The weather in the Midwest is notorious for changing at a moment's notice. "Last minute" photography, in my experiences, is not always my best. So any advantage is appreciated.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 07-11-2010 at 04:41 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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