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  1. Maybe I'll try Craigslist next time. That extra 50% would have been another lens or two....
  2. I find the auto WB with both my Olympus and my new Sony to be mostly on target. I usually play around and then almost always go back to "as shot." But I always shoot RAW - I now shoot small jpegs with the Sony because it's the only way to check pix on the back in expanded mode without having to wait several seconds for the camera to build the previews from the 42 MP RAWs, but I delete them once I pull the RAW files into LR. I'm still using LR for organizing my images, although I'm liking Capture One for initial RAW processing. More work but the end result is worth it. The only time I shoot full sized jpegs and use them is if it's an editorial situation and I need to upload fast - even then I'll be sure to shoot RAW as well. I'd never shoot just jpegs.
  3. I just went through this and settled for a compromise. i traded in my backup camera for more than I'd have gotten on eBay as part of the Sony trade in event on B&H, so that was a win. Digital cameras don't hold their value like lenses do. I then sent an email to a couple of photo groups I belong to or have belonged to in the past with the list of my equipment and what I was asking (priced at a slight discount compared to what they were going for on eBay and the used departments of various online retailers in hopes of a quick sale). I gave it a week and sold a few lenses for my asking price, then sold the rest through mpb which gave me the best price (I checked out KEH and B&H too). mpb later lowballed some of the equipment after receiving it, but I was able to get them to go back up to the close to the original price they'd quoted. I know I lost a lot on the equipment I sold them compared to what I'd get on eBay but they took it all, and since I was selling off all my Nikon cameras and lenses except for one I decided to keep, I just couldn't deal with all the hassle of eBay listings, mailing it all off, etc. Selling locally to people I knew or who were friends of friends was easy. I packed up all the rest in one box and was done. So, lazy me won out, but the few pieces I sold locally made up for a lot of what I lost on the lazy end, and I now have a new Sony A7rii and some lenses I'm happy with, and a lighter kit. I think I might go with KEH in future. I wasn't really happy with mpb but the cash in my bank account is better than a bunch of unused equipment on my closet shelves. I've got a lot going on in my life at the moment, so speed and ease of sale won out.
  4. Congrats on the sale. Good to know. I suspect that most of the News photos are sent primarily to the British rather than the American press, which is why I asked. I'm guessing you mean the Times (of London) and not our NYTimes? Thanks for the info.
  5. IMHO, I'd opt for a full frame camera if you are planning to shoot architecture. In my experience, either a full frame DSLR or one of the Sony A7/A7r models with a couple of good prime lenses will start you off on the right track. I just got the A7rii after using the Nikon D700 for years, and would recommend either a full frame Nikon or Sony for the work you enjoy. There are several good prime wide angle choices for the Sony full frame (FE) mount and you could get a camera and a few lenses for far less than a medium format and with something like the A7rii you'll have photos you can blow up really huge. You could also buy a used Nikon D700 or 750 and start with the 20mm f/2/8 prime and it will blow away anything you're used to shooting. IMHO, a full frame camera will let you take advantage of wide angle lenses better than an APS-C sensor, you can get better bokeh and just the feel somehow ... I shot with both a D700 and a D5100 (as a lighter backup camera) for years and for architecture always fell back on the D700 (its 12MP blew away the D5100's 16MP, pixel count isn't everything, though having a 42MP Sony is a truly amazing experience and yes, you need good lenses). When I sold my Nikons, I opted for a Sony because as much as I love my Olympus mirrorless (OMD E-1), I didn't want to be without a full frame option. I also opted for the A7rii because it is amazing in low light. I researched a lot of the Sonys and the low light capacity of that one (and some others, can't recall which at the moment) was the deciding factor for me. If you are shooting indoors or at night, you might not always have a tripod, and even when you do, it's great to have a camera that gives you such a clean photo. I know the D750 and D850 blow away the D700 so if you're going the DSLR route, I'd grab one of them. Opting for a full frame DSLR or mirrorless camera over a medium format also means you're not stuck using a tripod most of the time and can branch out to any kind of photography, since it sounds like you are just starting out. Good luck.
  6. They've helped me get accreditation a couple of times when I didn't have an assignment to get me in the door. I've found the Live News people are very helpful - I just hope they keep growing their base in the US - I've only seen my live new images licensed as secondary editorial (which is fine) the time difference seems to be an issue but it could just be that nothing I've shot caught an editor's fancy on the first go-round. Curious how others in the US who shoot the occasional newsworthy event have done licensing via live news as actual news rather than secondary editorial? I've done better placing photos locally myself as "news" but the images do have legs here.
  7. Congrats on the Sony - loving my new A7rii - the longest lens I've purchased so far for it is a 90mm macro so no help on your query except to encourage you to get the lens that will inspire you and fuel your creativity, and to share my experience in making the Nikon-Sony switch. I just sold off all my Nikon cameras and nearly all my lenses in order to buy the Sony A7rii and a few primes. We all have to look at how we shoot, our budgets, and where it makes sense to splurge or hold back. I don't think you ever regret getting the best equipment that you can afford when you can afford to splurge. I know that using a 42MP camera means I need lenses that can live up to what the camera can do, so for me that meant a few new primes. This included choosing the smaller and lighter f/2.8 Sony 35mm over the much larger and heavier Sony and Rokinon f/1.4's as a walk-around lens, knowing my kit would also include the heavier 90mm macro and some other larger lenses going forward. I was eyeing the pricey Zeiss Loxia 21mm f/2.8 (US $1,500), but after further research decided to keep my Nikon 20mm f/2.8 and bought an inexpensive (about $35) manual adapter since I didn't think it was worth spending $300 on a metabones or equivalent simply to get autofocus on a lens that wide. It's fantastic. For wildlife shooting of course attaching a huge Nikon lens with an adapter to your Sony makes no sense since the point is to keep weight down, but you might want to hold on to a few choice wide primes if you have them. I wish I had experience with either of the zooms to share, but for the kind of work you do, having the best tele zoom you can afford makes sense. I wouldn't spent thousands for a lens to shoot ordinary boring serviceable stock photos, but I would spend it to shoot the kind of stock that was also the kind of photography that fueled my passion - and if your passion is wildlife, then go for the best you can afford. I added a used 12mm Rokinon fisheye to my arsenal - not a necessity when building a new Sony kit from scratch and at $360 not a cheap toy considering all the other kit I was buying - but I felt I needed something to get my fine art creative juices flowing. If I sell one or two fine art prints, it will pay for itself and if it gets me inspired then it has paid for itself already. So - best of luck! Can't wait to hear what you choose and how it works out.
  8. I used a high end pro Epson printer when I was a photo assistant and hated it - I had to drive it in to the shop too many times. We had a regular Epsom at home. One of the original Epsom ink tanks that came with the printer exploded when my husband removed it and it destroyed a very expensive shirt and sweater, so I swore off Epson years ago. I bought the Canon Pixma Pro-10 and have used both the Canon Platinum glossy paper and various Moab and Canson infinity papers for color printing with excellent results. I also use the Ilford Gold "true black and white" paper for my black and white images and even a few NYC galleries (at a portfolio review) remarked at how cool it was that I was using film. Love that Ilford paper and the Moab and Canson are also gorgeous - the Moab was very nice for black and white too - even the Canon Premium glossy is lovely depending upon the print. Many have been matted and framed for shows (and some sold, more that recouping my investment with a single sale), some are loose prints for my portfolio, some prints for clients on commissioned work. I use my regular business printer (a Canon MX290) and the many boxes of free matte paper that Canon sent me whenever I bought ink , for contact sheets, to avoid wasting the pricier photo ink, unless color was critical. I didn't use the printer for a very long time thanks to a lengthy stretch of vertigo. Big mistake. When I finally went to use my printer again (right after the extended warranty ended), I found it was a mess and I need to clean it and waste whatever ink is left - I even have a spare box with inks that are expired - so I'll have plenty to waste. CLEANING ADVICE PLEASE: Does it make a mess when you run the cleaning process or does all the excess ink end up on the paper? And can I use matte photo paper to run through the machine or should I buy some inexpensive glossy paper? I know you shouldn't use regular paper as it can gunk up the inside. Until leaving it idle for well over a year, it worked beautifully. I rarely wasted a print. I'd highly recommend it and would buy another if this one turns out to be toast. I have some good labs that deliver overnight but I find I like being able to print fine art work myself (up to 19" on the long side) - it feels more like it's mine and it's also nice to experiment with different papers.
  9. Wow! I'm really shocked and disappointed. Back in 2012, when I realized that I was still missing some images even after I paid to have a crashed hard drive recovered, one of my POD sites let me download a bunch of images and one of the big (probably the biggest) micros actually sent me links to other images I was missing so that I could download them, in both instances at no charge. Last year, I had somehow managed to lose the base file for a series of concept images I was working on, perhaps with a boneheaded "save" instead of "save as." That image was already uploaded to the aforesaid micro. I wrote explaining the situation, got a rude response, and wrote back saying how disappointed I was in this treatment. I then received an apologetic email explaining that the person who had answered my original email was new, and a link so I could download the file. Did you get a response to your second request? If not, here's hoping that it falls on more sympathetic ears. It just seems wrong to expect you to pay for your own files. I get that they aren't a file storage platform but things happen and the goodwill it engenders when someone helps you out certainly seems to be the image I would imagine this photographer-friendly site would want to be putting out there. With nearly 60,000 files on here, I'd think they'd want to keep you happy. I'm a tiny contributor to that other site, but they still went out of their way to help me out. Let's hope you get the right person this time. You shouldn't have to buy back your own images.
  10. Thanks for choosing one of mine. Cats and Monkeys - it was a touch choice for me! Loved them all! Fun challenge.
  11. Amazon photos is not for professional photographers. Check out their TOS. I uploaded my family photos there and it kept trying to access all my photos but I set it to manual. It would be great if everything could go there, but I'm happy to know family memories are safe there at least. I have RAW files on iCloud. I sometimes upload photos to iCloud on my laptop so I can sort and rate them and then I can work on them on my iMac and they are accessible to both computers. iCloud only gets stuff off your hard drive if you run out of room, so it's not a solution for those of us with large photo files and 256-500GB main hard drives. I wish I could set it up on my second larger HD instead.
  12. I usually upload new RAW files to Photoshelter and later the processed heroes. I have a 4TB LaCie thunderbolt Drive with my LR catalogs and photos, now mirrored on a new 6TB G-Tech thunderbolt Drive, newer photos stay in iCloud or in one of the Pictures folders on my laptop or iMac while I'm processing them, then get moved to the 4 and 6 TB drives, also, tons of old 500GB-2TB hard drives with various backups on them, a bunch of DVDs with a lot of work from 2007-2011. All my hard drives (except the new 6TB and a new portable 4TB) are now at least six years old which is why I panicked and bought the new 6TB drive. I also bought a 4TB portable drive that I plan to use to mirror my LR catalog on and send to my husband's office for offsite hard backup, then have him bring it home once a month so I can update it. I also have both computers and all my photos from 2011-2016 backed up to a RAID array but that filled up last year so this past year is just on the other externals. I'm considering Backblaze. It seems pretty inexpensive but it may be overkill. I was able to make bootable copies of my two computers on partitions on the G-Tech drive, so I'm in pretty good shape if I need to restore current settings as carbon copy cloner will update these weekly. Hardest thing for me was in my paranoia after I had those old Jazz drives die and then had two computers crash back to back in 2011, I bought a bunch of portable drives and just backed stuff up randomly so if one died I'd still have lots of my stuff but it's so disorganized that it doesn't work, so I bought the original 4TB Drive and started a huge LR catalog on it and added all my photos so they would be in one place.
  13. Sounds like it will be a wonderful experience for both of you! Given the types of images you shoot a nice ultra-wide lens would be great for you all around. I think 20mm is the sweet spot since you can get a lot in the frame but it doesn't look so wide as to be distorted. A wide zoom is always nice too but they can be very heavy. I've got my eye on the Rokinon 12mm fish-eye at the moment just to liven things up - but I think of something that wide as being more for fun than something I'd cart around Europe. This fall, my husband and I are hoping to visit one of my cousins in Italy (whom I've never met but she friended me on FB after my daughter met her last summer) to explore the town my paternal grandfather came from, and then make our way around Italy to other towns where his grandparents and mine came from. I've been to Italy 3 times and to Europe 6 times but have never visited any of the places where my family came from. It's an exciting prospect. Fall is such a perfect time to travel over there, better wether, fewer crowds.
  14. The people in Tallinn are wonderful and beautiful. We were there on a cruise from Sweden and only in port from mid-day to 4PM so I was fighting some harsh light conditions (it was summer) and ended up mostly taking photos of people in shops. Someone on this forum recommended that I be sure to have an ultra wide lens along and that was great advice for the narrow streets and lovely buildings. I had an architecture shoot a month before I left so I bought the Nikon 20mm and it was ideal on my full frame D700. Best advice I can give you, be sure to have a wide lens along. Have a wonderful trip! How great to investigate your roots!
  15. I love my OMD E-1. So light and even with the non-pro lenses I first purchased, the 17mm f/1.8, 25mm f/1.8 and the inexpensive, super light 40-150mm zoom, I'm very happy with the quality. I took the camera, brand new, along with my Nikon D700 and the incredibly sharp Nikon 20mm prime, to the Grand Canyon for and could not tell the difference until pixel peeping at 200% and even then it was tough - and I mostly used the inexpensive 40-150mm zoom (not the pro version) on the Olympus compared to the Nikon's super sharp 20mm prime. I found the lack of noise and the sharpness even with inexpensive lenses on the Olympus to be better than my backup Nikon D5100, so you will love it compared to the D3200 especially as the newer cameras like the latest M-5 are a bit better for noise reduction from what I've read. I just sold off all my Nikons (except for a couple of prime lenses) and bought a Sony A7Rii so I could have a mirrorless full frame option. The Olympus is better suited to cold weather than the Sony (whose screen can shut off below 32 F) so despite my new Sony, I have the 12-40mm f/2.8 pro lens on order as I plan to use both cameras for travel, with the Sony at night if I'm not carting around a tripod - low light is the one place where the Olympus can let you down if you don't nail the exposure - but I'm comparing it to the D700, one of the best low light cameras ever. As I said, it beats the D5100 hands down. I think the build quality of the Olympus camera is excellent. And the IBIS is better than the IBIS on the Sony I think - I can shoot as slow as 1/8th of a second hand held with the 17mm lens. I found I needed to shoot a bit faster with the Sony which is marginally bigger - maybe because the glass is heavier than what I have on the Olympus, but still the IBIS on the Olympus is great. I also found that I got gorgeous bokeh using my legacy Olympus lenses with an adapter on the MFT camera. I've shot some nice photos as high as ISO 1600 but they were action shots and perfectly exposed. I wouldn't shoot a landscape at that ISO. I got some great night photos in the Valley of Fire out in Arizona with the Olympus, but I used a small lightweight travel tripod and shot at lower ISOs. Mirrorless will also save your back! I bought my daughter a D3100 when she took a digital photography class in college and I tried to get her to look at mirrorless options but she'd seen me shoot with Nikons for too long...I bought my Olympus a year or so later and after my Nikons have sat barely used for 3 years, I've sold them. Enjoy! Lots of sales deals out there too.
  16. Our yard in autumn (my husband planted those Japanese Maples nearly 20 years ago): and in winter: and in summer: I must be a lazy photographer, I have a ton of images taken in my yard.
  17. I get a ton for England on my images of New England - and for years any photos I've taken on the west coast end up in searches for someone named "Marianne West" even though I don't have my name in my keywords. So many other examples. We all have the same issues. Don't sweat it.
  18. Wonderful quirky photo! Love it. Lots of nice ones - especially love the expressions on the women on the motorcycle, and that white lion - gorgeous.
  19. Awful. My heart goes out to you Edo, have been there. A very tough experience. I was burned out of my co-op when I was 9 months pregnant, fortunately no harm to me or the baby and some of our stuff survived, but we were out of our home for 4 1/2 months with a newborn. Hope you're back home soon. Hard when you have to wait for a building management company or landlord to get repair work going.
  20. I don't know, I'll have to call when they reopen tomorrow. But I rethought what I wrote before. I think it's different hare because my second box is unsealed as well - everything inside looks good, waiting for the batteries to power up. Noreaster expected tomorrow but we may get rain instead of snow so I'll have to set up stuff in the house to photograph. Now that I've sold most of my Nikon equipment it had better be in good shape. The people at B&H are always very helpful and spend time on the phone or in person to give me advice, so I think they must use different packaging in the US. The photos I took before the mode dial broke on my first one are gorgeous though I realized after that the sensor was dirty. In 12+ years I have never had sensor issues - but the same large mess showed up on all of my photos taken with various lenses from photo #1 onwards. I hadn't seen it at first because it was hidden in tree branches - I had only actually processed two photos completely and quickly - sunset "weather" images for live news done quickly - spending time getting to know the camera - before having to send it back - but when I saw a mess in some skies I checked all my images and it was in every one - with four different lenses and always in the same spot. I had returned the camera already. Here's are a couple I uploaded as US/NY Weather photos to Live News, have to say I like it at night: Hope I won't be uploading more of these tomorrow:
  21. Wow - good to know. I got mine from B&H as new - they are one of the largest US camera dealers and have always been reputable. The soft papery bag the camera was wrapped in inside the box was wrinkled and looked like it had been opened but I dismissed my misgivings as I had just had two hard drives delivered from Amazon that were not packed properly and one was left in a puddle on my front porch and I ordered clothing and they sent the wrong sizes - all that same week - so I didn't want to deal with another return. Well, my bad. Thank goodness they have a good return policy and took it back and shipped out another one. Now that I've sold most of my Nikon equipment it had better be in good shape. They are always very helpful and spend time on the phone and give me advice, so I think it was an anomaly. The photos I took before the mode dial broke are gorgeous though I realized after that the sensor was dirty. In 12+ years I have never had sensor issues - but the same large mess showed up on all of my photos taken with various lenses from photo #1 onwards. I hadn't seen it at first because it was hidden in tree branches - I had only actually processed two photos completely and quickly - sunset "weather" images for live news done quickly - spending time getting to know the camera - before having to send it back - but when I saw a mess in some skies I checked all my images and it was in every one - with four different lenses and always in the same spot. I had returned the camera already. Second box is unsealed as well. B&H is closed today. UGH!
  22. I looked at my most recent batch of sales - the last page of them: one is an illustration, one was taken in my driveway, but all the rest are US travel with a couple of news/trends thrown in. I'm finding that while popular US destinations in New England and California, e.g. sell well, scenics from small US towns also seem to be showing up more frequently, as designers realize that they can find images of anywhere these days. I read the $100,000 threads and then looked at the images that each person had and, as many of you who are also in that club know, both travel, which is certainly something Alamy is known for, and the more mundane like shopfronts, seem to show up a lot - so I think that a mix of both makes sense. I should really take my camera out to the mall - I don't have any images like that.
  23. I've got so many old images on my hard drive to process that I can't see where I'd find the time ... but at the beginning of the new system I did tweak a few - it would probably be worthwhile but I think processing and adding new images makes more sense for me.
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