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Bill Kuta

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  1. Ed, what I've been carrying for 2-3 years now is a bag with a6000/10-18mm, and a6300/18-105mm.


    The 18-105mm is a G lens, f4, with internal focus and zoom. Been working fine for Alamy purposes. It's $650 at most places; I see Walmart, of all places, has a few for $570.


    Downsides of the 18-105 are: it's zoom-by-wire, which doesn't bother me; and if it's idle for a few minutes, it reverts to widest-angle, which I find annoying.

  2. Thanks all, so far!   I might be trying a couple of free trials. Photoshelter is appealing--I know a lot of you use it, I'd have relative confidence in its long-term viability, and it looks like it includes a domain name. The Basic 4Gb should be ample for jpegs, for a family archive.  I used to have my own web site but let it lapse because I wasn't using it.

  3. As I've mentioned in another thread, I'm using some pandemic time to root through old slides/negatives/prints, and digitize selected images. I started off on a particular topic, but have expanded scope to try to digitize selected images from all pre-digital years. Our digital family collection starts in 2000; the old slides start about 1940, with prints going back to around 1900. I expect it will amount to a couple thousand images or perhaps a lot more. I'm curating with inclusion in mind.


    I'm shooting the 35mm slides and negatives and 6cm slides with DSLRs, and will be scanning prints with flatbeds, and am happy with those techniques and results. I'm not looking for advice on this aspect. I'm post-processing with Lightroom, and am pretty satisfied with restoring colors, removing color casts, etc.


    I'll be posting the results to some hosting site for family use, and will want search capabilities, so am trying to build in any metadata/keywords that will be needed. So far, I've put best-determined year-month in the keywords, added rudimentary captions, and changed the metadata capture dates.  I've decided to add to the keywords:  names of people in the image;  year;  location;  event;  maybe image source (family collection, medium). I want to avoid continually coming up with more types of keywords and repeatedly backfilling what I've already done, so any advice on keywords/metadata will be much appreciated. 


    For a hosting site, some suggestions have been Smugmug, Adobe Portfolio, and Google Photos. I'm looking for security, good search capabilities that will use my metadata/keywords, ease of adding more images, low cost, and a record of site permanence. Any discussion and suggestions are welcome.


    I also welcome discussion of everything I have not thought of for this project.



    Bill Kuta

  4. I don't know if it's been noted here yet, but clearly we are not the only people doing this during the pandemic. Equipment and supplies like the ES-1&2 are back-ordered and have been for some time (thankfully, since shortly after I received my ES-1). Some lightboxes in short supply too.


    I ordered the ES-2 as well, for the ease in digitizing negative filmstrips, but recently cancelled the back-ordered order when I figured I could just temporarily put a filmstrip in a fold-over cardboard slide mount and use the ES-1. I haven't tried this yet, as I haven't yet received said slide mounts, which I had to order from a crafts person on Etsy--slide mounts are scarce as well.


    Also copying some old 120 transparencies using a lightbox/cheap copy stand set-up.


    This is almost all for digitizing our large collection of family shots from two generations of two families, but I'm also pulling out archival-worthy shots as I go.

  5. 3 hours ago, wiskerke said:



    In the past, Hamrick has been quite accessible.



    Still very accessible. Recently I wanted to start using Vuescan again after about 15 years of non-use, but needed a new key for the updated version. I queried, and Ed Hamrick accommodated me.


    But after trying some scans with my Canon FS4000, I saw that my set-up shooting slides with a Canon dslr, Nikon ES-1, and various other tubes/rings/spacers was way faster and yielded better results.

  6. Back when I was still carrying a Canon 5D and a couple of lenses, I used a Lowepro Outback 200 (or maybe a predecessor model) modular belt pack. I really liked using that format--saved the shoulders from the bag weight--but apparently not enough other people did, as it's no longer available.


    I thought I had sold it, but recently came across it during a major Covid cleanup. Might try it with the Sony mirrorless.


    But if you're looking for discreet, it does scream "PHOTOGRAPHER".

  7. I use a small nondescript bag (Ape Case AC540BL) to carry two Sony APS-C mirrorless with lenses (they fit just right, lenses up). The bag is nylon with typical padding panels on bottom and sides with a moveable panel for creating two compartments.


    There's a front compartment that can hold two chargers, extra batteries and cards, and more (small pockets in that compartment for the small items). In the main compartment, there is room on the ends between the padding panels and bag to put a small table tripod, lenspen kit, even a water bottle after I remove a camera.


    For air travel, the whole thing fits in the bottom half of my carry-on backpack. 


    When I'm ready to shoot, I put one camera around my neck and the bag crossed over to a shoulder. Or both cameras (and bag) crossed over shoulders.


    I've been using this arrangement (and original bag) for eight years with no problems. Currently carrying a Sony a6300 with 18-105mm, and a6000 with 10-18mm. 

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  8. You been poking around our yard, John?¬†ūüėɬ†¬†The Asiatic lilies are fading now, but the Red Hot Pokers are coming in.


    I can't take credit, though--the previous owner was a Navy doctor who was a bit property-starved from his assignments, and went on quite a planting spree here. He did a good job, but we did eliminate a couple of large gardens and the 25-30 raised beds. 

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