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Old 23rd March 2015
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Re: The Photography Show - NEC March

Thanks for that, absolutely agree re: price...entering the law of diminishing returns. Still very tempting though! I'll probably go for the 75mm in the first instance...
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Re: The Photography Show - NEC March

Hi Paul and all the forum folks I met today !

Please go for the Panasonic Noc that way you will need to get rid of the Lumix 35-100 you so kindly let me play with!Still in two minds about it however it appears to be a stellar lens.

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Re: The Photography Show - NEC March

Hi Ben - stop tempting me!

sdb123 - I have the 75 and it's a fantastic lens, but it can't be denied that it's a less useful focal length than 42.

We'll see.... I found a UK-based seller on eBay selling the Nocticrons at £780 - it's sounding more affordable all the time (stop it, stop it...). Actually, I may sell on the 35-100 - as nice as it is, I'm just finding primes a more enjoyable experience these these days.
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Re: The Photography Show - NEC March

I've always gone with primes and will eventually own the 42.5mm & 75mm (one day!), just deciding which fits my needs better right now.

In terms of the NEC show, what were lens prices like...any good offers or comparable with online prices?
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Re: The Photography Show - NEC March

Did anyone have a look at the Kowa m43rds primes?. Silky smooth focus and aperture rings. There was a nice 8.5mm f2.8 I think that was lovely but rather pricey at over a grand.
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Re: The Photography Show - NEC March

Good to catch up with a few of you today. Nice Oly stand, but I would have preferred a smaller stage, and more space to try things, but the Oly guys were very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Thanks to the service guys who cleaned my E-M1 and E-M5 quickly at the end of the day before I dashed for my train.

I was pleased to see Benro has got a new importer, MAC Group Europe. Kenro, the previous one were useless. Benro make a great range of bags that I keep banging on about. I had a great chat to a couple of the staff who are very excited about getting them more widely known.
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Re: The Photography Show - NEC March

Yes I saw the Kowa lenses. I took some with the 350mm telephoto lens. Very nice but not cheap for a manual focus lens. http://kowaproducts.com/kowa-telephoto-lens/
The guy on the stand had an EM-M1 and explained 'focus peaking' to me. I will post an image later.

Taken using the Kowa 350mm scope mounted on tripod, 1/100 sec, 640 iso. I suspect it was wide open at f4. JPG straight out of camera.
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Re: The Photography Show - NEC March

I had a play with the Kowa 8.5 f2.8. I found that it flared quite easily (from the ceiling lights) and the few test shots I took on my E-M1 seemed to lack contrast and weren't particularly sharp in the corners. OTOH, the lighting was poor and I didn't really have time to set the shots up carefully. Given its price, I'll be waiting for some more detailed reviews and tests before I even think seriously about one.
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Re: The Photography Show - NEC March

It's also a meaty beast, 450g-odd I think.

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I'd pay decent money for a 5mm-approx f4 prime that's compact, light, sharp at full aperture, takes screw-on filters and is (preferably) weathersealed...

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Re: The Photography Show - NEC March

I agree Mark, but I'd be happy for the FoV to be around what the current Panasonic 7-14 delivers at 7mm. I think at these very short focal lengths that the relationship of FoV to focal length isn't completely straightforward (due to optical corrections to keep it rectilinear).
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Re: The Photography Show - NEC March

Yes, a fair point.

It's the size, weight, filters, sharpness and low CA and flare that would be the keys for me. I'm sure a lot of serious landscape and architectural photographers would be keen on this, and it would be great for travel.

Splash proofing and a 'pro' feel would be nice, but not I suppose essential. I take some heart from the interviewee's comments about producing more "economical but high quality primes" like the 45 f1.8.

Superwides are great lenses once one has got the hang of using them, and a zoom facility is not really of that much use IMHO.

To quote Ken Rockwell again: http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/how-...ide-lenses.htm
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Re: The Photography Show - NEC March

Hi All, Yesterday I got to the stand 5 minutes late, but then thought who is who?
I personally was a little disappointed, with the Shortage of retail outlets, after playing about for a while with the 12-40 pro lens I had a mad moment and went over to Camerworld to buy the 12-40 pro, but guess what none in stock and the same with LCE. May take a while to get up the courage again? HDEW could well get my order and I save a lot as well. The rest of the show was great though.
kind regards mike
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