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Old 11-07-2013, 11:41 PM   #61
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Problem with high ratio zooms is you lose a large aperture. These days you can compensate with much higher ISOs and built in image stabilization ( in the camera body with the OM D E-M5 ).
I agree - that's one of the significant compromises.

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As for Nikon, I don't recall the focus motor being in the body on any of mine ( D3, D4, D4s ). The lenses had the motor ( had 70-200 f2.8; 300mm f2.8 along with shorter lenses ).
Nikkor autofocus lenses starting with the AF, and preceding the AF-I, do not have an internal motor. Ken Rockwell has a good description. We have two or three, but started into DSLRs with a D100 - not a pro camera (but $3200 for the body when new) and earlier than the D3.
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Old 11-07-2013, 11:52 PM   #62
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AF-S (AF-Silent Wave Motor): 1998 These lenses have magical motors built into them to focus. The main advantage is not speed, but that most of these lenses allow one to grab the focus ring and turn it even in the AF mode to get instant manual focusing, without having to mess with any switches. (end quote )



Lenses I had were AF-S with the motor built in.
You know, when you drop a camera with even a short zoom, the lens costs $1,200 to repair and the camera another $1,800. And when you do it again three weeks later...
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Old 11-08-2013, 01:05 AM   #63
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AF-S (AF-Silent Wave Motor): 1998
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Lenses I had were AF-S with the motor built in.
That's the ones you want... but even after 1998 while new designs went AF-S, many AF models continued and were the more affordable choice.

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You know, when you drop a camera with even a short zoom, the lens costs $1,200 to repair and the camera another $1,800. And when you do it again three weeks later...
Been there, done that... but only the lens and only once. Amateurs don't use their equipment as much and so have less risk exposure.
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Old 11-08-2013, 05:31 PM   #64
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I've been trying to shoot a hummingbird on approach to the feeder. I don't want the feeder in the shot. So, with the 300mm and manual focus, I have no alternative but to pre-focus on a spot and hope the bird flies into the zone. So far, I have a lot of near misses.
Those hummers move fast.
Glenn - one of my former students made this

But he cheated and used a video camera....
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And a very high frame rate.
Nicely done. I think I'll just give up.
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Old 11-08-2013, 06:17 PM   #66
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And a very high frame rate.
Nicely done. I think I'll just give up.
There are no hummingbirds (pictures)

Another former student who runs a wedding video company, as a side job to his work at a TV station, now shoots everything (video and stills) with his DSLRs.
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Who knew a hummingbird was that fat?
Now I give up. I've got about 1/8 inch depth of field, wide open, slow shutter, high ISO.
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[QUOTE=DeadEyeDan;36462I still shoot my 7D but I am more selective to be sure.[/QUOTE]
The 7D is a great camera. I have the 5DII, and a 40D. Way too many lenses, that are seeing little use lately. I pretty much use only the 5DII with the 24-105, and sometimes the 70-200. I used to do lots of macro, but have not pulled that gear out in a few years.

Here is a cute little Havestman (Daddy Long Legs) I took ages ago.

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Is this the end of high end cameras? Thought this article was interesting:

High-End Cameras Fall Prey to Smartphones - Wall Street Journal - WSJ.com
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I've heard that a couple mostly camera companies are not doing well. Canon is well diversified into other products and will most likely be fine. On a camera forum someone said that Olympus is in trouble.
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