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  1. Unfortunately, the mirrorless lens lineup has a lot of holes in it. So they are much more expensive, but there are some good options and some average options. I’m not really sure there’s a perfect lineup of lenses to get quite yet.

  2. Watch this video and tell me what you think. This is the kind of lens (either one of the two) I would start with and shoot for six months. I would then evaluate my needs based upon the result. Was it good enough? Did it meet 50% of my needs? 90% of my needs? Do I need another lens or two to supplement this range? Do I need to sell it and take a different approach?



  3. 24 minutes ago, Simon said:


    I take 90% of my pics outdoors in beautiful landscape scenery, typically many miles from roads so I want something light/compact in my pack but w/o sacrificing too much quality (e.g. I carry one of these instead of an actual tripod). I'm leaning toward mirrorless when I pull the trigger as that seems to be the future and I get the sense that you would also get better quality in a smaller package (that is not what she said). However I haven't used an actual SLR in 30yrs and was never that great with it, so I also need something that is virtually beginner level for me to learn on.

    Any suggestions?

    You have a site online where you upload any of your results? If so, PM me; you don't want any of this rabble amateurishly mocking your work; I can be relied on for professional, elite-level mocking.

    mirrorless is 100% the future. It’s the lightest, but it is also so expensive now. If you put a premium on weight, then you’re gonna pay for it.


    On the other hand, you can get great deals on traditional used DSLR cameras as people sell their old gear and replace it with mirrorless. I pretty much buy everything used at one particular website. I will be unloading my old gear soon. I should’ve probably already done it last year.


    this also really depends on what you mean by taking photographs outside. That could be wide angle landscapes, close-up shots of things 18 inches from you, or zooming in on wildlife far away. Or all three. Each will need different lenses.

    I bought a canon R10 for my daughter. While not perfect for all occasions, it worked out really nice for her photographing soccer and football - even if it’s not really the best camera body for that application. There was only so much I was willing to spend. Lol


    For outdoor still life, you can get incredible results with pretty much any camera body through the main manufacturers. Having the right glass is more important than the body. But most important is the skill of the photographer. Give a professional a point and shoot and a beginner a $10,000 rig and I will put my money on the professional every day.

    1. Photographer

    2. Glass

    3. Camera body


    from there, my only personal experience is with Canon. While follow the Nikon lines, I’ve never purchased anything from them. Sony also has some intriguing sensors in their camera bodies.


    For sports photography, I use a canon 7D mark II with a canon 70–200 F2.8 zoom lens. It works well for me.

  4. 2 minutes ago, Simon said:


    Nah, if he was tied into a scope that's a level of commitment I'll never approach.

    I feel like I'm getting better with depth, exposure, composition, color, etc and am ready to invest in an actual dslr or mirrorless camera, so just looking around for input from folks who know their business.

    well, I know my business and I would be happy to discuss camera gear with you.


    I probably have 5K worth of equipment of my own. Plus there’s those two pesky optics degrees that I have. Lol

  5. 9 minutes ago, Simon said:


    Geebus, did you buy a plane this month?

    I tried multiple manual exposures with an Iphone/tripod, but it simply wasn't happening.

    Any guesses what kind of camera Joe was using? His diamond ring looks great and picking up the solar prominences is impressive.

    this one is better. This was from the guy standing 10 feet behind me during totality. He had a reflective telescope with his camera attached to the back.


    I don’t know exactly what each person used, but we’re texting back-and-forth and I can certainly ask if you’d like. 


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  6. 22 minutes ago, Ethan in Cleveland said:

    I hate this so much.  Best WR in franchise history. 

    Pegula and Beane choose the loser head coach over the star WR that called out his bull#### OC.

    God I hate this. 

    Beane had better find a great replacement 


    or you’re gonna trash him on a messageboard?

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  7. 3 minutes ago, Mango said:


    Sorry, that was sarcasm. Diggs was definitely always tradable. And not just tradable, advantageous for the receiving team. Diggs contract going forward for Houston is  middle of the pack for WR1 across the league and there is next to zero cap implication for them to move on from him at any point because of the restructure. And the delta for the Bills is $3M this year. That is it. Now they have some more cap freedom going forward. 

    Not to be a blowhard or specifically kick you in the shins, but this was explained over and over and over again by a lot of posters.

    if you want to take the time and explain this in detail, and if it’s correct, we can pin it to the top of the board and close it.


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  8. 28 minutes ago, scuba guy said:

    I think it is a great idea.


    Just my 2 cents.



    1) go to chestnut ridge park and get one of the pavilions.  Everyone local can bring a different meal and all share. Pay the the liquor permit and then people can also drink you can sell and or distribute the shirts and other items there. You can also do a 50 50 raffle for bills gear. Proceeds of course go towards paying for the pavilion.


    My mom was the psga secretary for 20 years and if you tell people where and when they we come. If you leave it up to the masses it may not ever get done.




    I assume you are suggesting something on Saturday?

  9. 2 minutes ago, eball said:

    The sense of entitlement among Bills fans is astonishing.



    Which is worse? Pegula asking $50k for the best seats or Bills STHs who claim they are owed a lifetime of free dibs to the best seats in the house for eternity and only they can turn around and sell those seats for confiscatory rates to others?

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  10. 3 hours ago, Kwai San said:

    This party seems like a awesome idea.  For a kinda newbie, I stalked this site for years before I joined, I know quite a few screen names.  Helluva drive for me as I am south of @machine gun kelly by an hour or more so I might be in the @Augie category and asking for a Wide Right Special.  I truly hope that there is that kinda option for those of us who wouldn't be able to make it.  Sure wish I knew about Hammers back in the day......I started my seasons in 1987 and stopped attending full time in 2010.


    At any rate - this is an awesome idea!  Oh and I too am pushing into the 3rd quarter of life........what a drag it is getting old.....BUT!?!  Mothers Little Helper does help!

    i’m not really sure what you’re saying here. Are you saying you’re able to come or not? I don’t know what a wide right special is.

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  11. 55 minutes ago, muppy said:

    menu is something that folks like to know ahead of time so they (I) can pre plan-cook-order etc


    You can put me down for either an appetizer or dessert. And for how many people?


    my plan is to come. And I hope God doesn't laugh. 

    tailgate food is easy to organize when we get closer. Right now, we just need people to think about possible attendance, make plans with any venues ahead of time, etc…

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  12. 16 minutes ago, Draconator said:

    Can people (me) who have never been to a TBD tailgate participate in a golf tournament? I'd be all over that. 

    I’m pretty certain that golfing will be a part of the weekend. There would be no reason to exclude anybody from that, regardless of past participation.


    We played at Byrncliff last year and that was really nice.

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  13. I would like to start discussing things we should do this September for the 25th Anniversary Tailgate... Current ideas:


    1. Shirts with a 25th logo
    2. Looking at a Dinner Cruise
    3. Golf tournament
    4. Bottle of Blanton awarded to best tailgate sandwich (inside joke)
    5. etc...


    Looking for a discussion on activities, venues, etc....


    Please take off-topic conversations elsewhere. Much appreciated.

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  14. 2 minutes ago, boyst said:

    Right, I honestly know you don't.

    But if anyone speaks up from a gun rights side they'll be banned, reprimanded, or piled on by the rest of the community who has gotten away with the mudslinging for a very long time.



    Not a moderator. Not even deputized as the thread police. 

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  15. 10 hours ago, major said:

    I’m bored with the off-season and don’t care about this Super Bowl. For fun: if you were the owner of the bills what color combination would you want? I came across this tonight and I have to admit, it’s a good look. 


    how did the brain damage occur? Car accident? Frying pan to the head? Donkey kick?

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