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Joe Gaul

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  1. I'm using the GX85 with 45-175 (only as the lens was on special at £200) and would not recommend the 12-32 pancake lens, if available with the 12-60 lens that would in my opinion be the one to go for. I'm also using the GX9 with Pana Leica 12-60 which I prefer to the GX85 due to tilting viewfinder and dedicated exposure compensation dial. The only negative is that neither of these cameras support a wired cable release. There are also good deals atm on Sony a6000s which are probably better cameras with aps-c sensors but the lens range is more limited and expensive.
  2. With diminishing returns from stock photography I can understand your hesitation at investing in new gear. Had a quick look at your Pen E-PL1 and I believe that, if the lens is OK, with appropriate processing and low ISO the files should be suitable. I know that since scrapping the collapsible kit lens on the Panasonic GX85 I've had no QC problems. RAW files do require work in software before submission. Hope this helps.
  3. As Mark says the DNG converter is a workaround. Another is the DXO software which I use as a raw converter (it also fixes some lens issues) before using ancient standalone versions of Lighroom and Photoshop.
  4. As stated above micro 4/3 should be fine for stock so long as your glass is ok and you shoot raw. I currently use Panasonic GX85 and GX9; the only QC problem was with the Panasonic kit lens which is just poor. Obviously we aren't aware of your workflow but I would only shoot jpeg for news images.
  5. OK in terms of sales with a total of 8 for my small port. Not so good in terms of prices. Interestingly all sales this month were Alamy exclusive. I had previously kept micro and Alamy ports separate but due to recent low prices here and commission cuts have been putting some micro work on Alamy and vice versa so it came as a surprise that it's the A exclusive that has sold what is slightly disappointing is that if it isn't available elsewhere why are we not seeing higher prices? Or is this just where the market is at?
  6. But Harry that red flash would coordinate well with your avatar, win win.
  7. For what it's worth, out of the two I would go for the Nikon for the reasons MDM mentioned above. I studied photography when the change to digital was occurring and used the college Nikons which were excellent. I went with the Canon system as they had lenses available at the time which were not available for Nikon, this is not now the case, and couldn't live with that red flash on the side; funny why we choose cameras.
  8. The above is all good advice. IMHO aps-c is a sweet spot for quality, adaptability, lens range. and price. Bodies can be picked up second hand at reasonable prices and you can add what you need as you go along. More important than the body or brand is lens and I would advise to buy the best and fastest you can. The RX100 series you mention is used by many here including myself (Mk 2) in specific environments but would not be my first choice for macro or wildlife; the new Z-V, I think, looks interesting with ND filter. Some here use the RX10 which may be a better choice for wildlife but I'm doubtful of it's macro capabilities. For lightness I have recently been using the micro 4/3 system with mixed results, it allows me to carry two bodies (Panasonic GX85 with 45-175 (90-350) and GX9 with Leica/Pana 12-60 (24- 120) in a small bag. My keeper rate with M4/3 is less than with the Canon aps-c system but that could be down to user error. When deciding on a system it is probably wise to decide which lenses are available and at what cost. I would rather have gone down the Sony alpha 6xxx route than M4/3 but lens range and price put me off. Also bear in mind that most kit lenses are not that great (I buy most cameras body only) and the 12-32 that comes with the Panasonic is IMO simply crap. There are also other considerations for stock such as software, monitor, monitor calibration etc. Hope this has helped and not confused you more.
  9. Although the Sony rx100 2 is my constant companion I have recently been using the m4/3 Panasonic gx85 and am considering the gx9 for the extra resolution. The 12-32 kit lens is simply crap but as you have Olympus lenses that should not be a problem. I currently use the Olympus 12mm f2, Panasonic Leica 12-60 and Panasonic 45-175 which have no problems passing QC. I do believe that the Sony 6000 series cameras would be slightly superior but they don't seem to have a good standard zoom lens. Hope this helps.
  10. In Northumberland, UK we have the saying that there is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing. If in one cold place for a long time layers of clothing are key. Also appropriate footwear and gloves. I carry both thin grippy gloves which allow changes in camera settings and thick warm gloves which still allow focus (I often focus manually) changes. Almost forgot the hat that covers ears and a plastic shopping bag in every camera bag to sit or Kneel on. My trekking camera packpack is also home to a camera rain cover. I have recently found Exped Viewfinder monopod/trekking pole very useful even when carrying a tripod to maintain footing on slippery ground and inclines. The only time condensation has been a problem was in Singapore and going from an air conditioned room to ambient temperature and humidity. Hope this helps
  11. Four sales. Two at $, two at $$. Just overtaken last years total revenue with fewer sales. Recent low prices are worrying.
  12. You may find that the Canon 100-400 and others are not totally weather sealed without filter protection. As I shoot in all sorts of weather conditions a Hoya UV Pro-1 is fitted to most of my lenses. The only QC failure I have experienced recently was due to the crap Panasonic kit 12-32mm lens and that was without a filter, no problems with the Olympus 12mm f2 with filter. Obviously there is no right or wrong in whether to filter or not to filter just different levels of paranoia, and I'm pretty high on the paranoia scale.
  13. Been using Nord VPN for a while and no Alamy issues. Haven't put it on my mobilephone so can't comment on that.
  14. My cleared balance just went from £2 to £3. Sort of reminds me of the Sainsburys director singing I'm in the money.
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