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Quick lens review

02 December 2018 - 12:52 AM

First, as some of you know, I bought an old 28-200G lens because my 28-300VR is pretty heavy and I need a lighter lens for travel.  So far I'm impressed.  The lens is smooth and focuses quietly and quickly.  The zoom is very smooth and the lens is just a tad bigger than the 50/1.4 and probably a little lighter.  It's really sharp -- witness the photo below.  Not a bad purchase for 3 bills.


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Mountains B&W

30 November 2018 - 01:18 AM

From Rim of the World drive in the San Bernardino mountains.  Clouds were covering the lower peaks and we got a perfect vantage point.


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Z 6 is Now Shipping

17 November 2018 - 10:41 AM

Got the email from Nikon this morning.  No idea what that means in terms of delivery times. 

Back Injury and Having to Adjust

04 November 2018 - 01:11 AM

Hi Everybody,


I did some kind of damage to a disc in July and have been trying to deal with it ever since.  Holding a camera is not so easy now, and as most of you know, my main rig is a D610 and a 28-300/3.5-5.6 Nikkor which is a heavy rig.  I've had to make some adjustments. 


I picked up a 28-200/3.5-5.6G which is just a little bigger than a 50/1.4 and very light.  Should make shooting easier until either the cortisone and the decompression therapy do their thing, or I get the surgery.  The jury is still out on the lens as I really need to do some tripod shooting to see how well it performs.  It's not a VR lens, so in low light, I'll need a tripod or monopod.  It reviews pretty well, and it gives me most of the range I get from the 28-300, so I'm hoping it'll serve well until I'm back up to speed.


I also picked up a Benro A48FD monopod (the one with the feet) with their DJ90 tilt head.  That head only tilts up and down, and when the monopod is on the feet, it's a bit like a tripod (though you do NOT want to leave the camera on top of it unattended) and it doesn't rotate side to side all that easily, so for an additional 16 bucks, I added a Slik heavy duty quick release head. which rotates horizontally.  Didn't want a ball head as I found it a bit difficult to control on top of a monopod.  This thing is hefty, but not heavy, and it'll hold a 300/2.8 with no issues.  I'm excited to try it out.


ODS on Phottix Odin works amazingly well

07 September 2018 - 03:00 PM

ODS = Over Drive Sync. This is the same thing as Pocket Wizard's HyperSync. It lets you sync the flash at shutter speeds higher than your camera's max sync speed.

I was able to get a well exposed shot with manageable gradation from an SB-26 at full power on a D610 at 1/4000th sec at f/1.8 and ISO 50. The flash was behind a shoot-thru umbrella.

At full power -1/3 stop, however, banding set because the flash duration drops when the IGBT circuit kicks in below full power.

I'm seriously considering getting a White Lightning x3200 (1320Ws) and trying the test with that.

I like these HyperSync and HiSync scenarios because they get around the power loss from High Speed Sync.