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LightMeter

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#263959 Using touch screen to set focus point.

Posted by LightMeter on Today, 08:49 PM

l just found this picture on the internet.

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#263953 Pentax party starts next week.

Posted by LightMeter on Today, 02:54 AM

l've already received my 18-135 weather resistant lens. And the Nikon 6t close up lens fits on it for close up work. My K-5 body should be here next week. And l found a 50mm f/2 from Roberts Camera on Ebay for $22 and free shipping. The 50 is not weather resistant, but a fast prime for that price...why not?

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#263951 l'm ready for a bike ride

Posted by LightMeter on Today, 01:51 AM

With us being on standard time it gets dark a couple hours after l wake up. When we go up an hour and my days off roll around, l'm going on a bike ride. Haven't rode in about 5 months. l topped off the tire pressure with the hand pump. Then changed the CR2032 battery in my speedometer and programmed the tire size into it. l'm ready! Will have my Canon M50 and kit lens with me.

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#263950 Master-of-Camouflage

Posted by LightMeter on Yesterday, 06:21 PM

Good one.




#263940 My new tripod fits here

Posted by LightMeter on 21 February 2020 - 05:46 AM

lt fits into the rear rack bag. Good if l want to do a long exposure or take a pic of myself with the bike. Actually, the original Backpacker tripod will fit in there but it's a very tight fit. My phone fits in the top tube bag. lf l want to use GPS while riding, l can prop up the lid on the bag. l can carry the Canon M50 in my Lowepro sling passport thrown over my neck and shoulder. Now l'm ready for some warmer rain free days so l can go for a ride. Tired of cold rainy days we've been having.

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#263931 Wunsche Cemetery

Posted by LightMeter on 18 February 2020 - 09:01 PM

This tiny cemetery is located between lnterstate 45 and the access road. lt's a good thing the Tamron 16-300 has VR because it was shortly after sunrise with heavy overcast and fog. Even at 800 iso shutter speeds were slow.  Unfortunately the fog wasn't thick enough to show up in the photos. D40, Tamron 16-300.

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#263900 l'm going to the dark side(Pentax)

Posted by LightMeter on 16 February 2020 - 06:00 AM

For years l've kinda wanted one of those weather sealed Pentax bodies with in body image stabilization. With a weather sealed zoom lens. So with part of our tax refund l'll be looking for a K-7 or K-5 body and 18-135 lens. A K-7 can be had for about 175usd and a K-5 about $40 more. But Pentax will NOT be my main system.Why? Lack of superzooms(no Tamron 16-300 in K mount)and affordable telephoto glass in K mount. And Pentax SDM lenses seem to have many problems with the focus motors. l think SDM is the same type of focus system as Nikon AF-S. So l will stick with screw drive AF lenses. l'll still keep my Nikon and Canon gear. When l want the best AF and high ISO performance, l'll use the D7100. When l want to go small and light, the Canon M50 is the best option. When l want image stabilization with prime lenses or if the weather is bad, then Pentax should get it done. l know there are limitations on the weather sealed gear. You can't submerge it and heavy downpours should be avoided.




#263894 D6 Officially Announed

Posted by LightMeter on 15 February 2020 - 07:13 AM

Is it me or is it a bit underwhelming, not sure what I expected but I was thinking at least 24-26mp and north of 15 FPS. But I might have had unrealistic expectations.

l've seen some Youtube videos on it. Seems it's almost a D5. Someone said it's a great camera for 2014 or 15.




#263886 Young Male Buck

Posted by LightMeter on 14 February 2020 - 07:14 AM

The first is definitely a wall hanger.


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#263885 Comorant and egrets

Posted by LightMeter on 14 February 2020 - 07:11 AM

Last year l sold the Tamron 150-600 and pretty much retired from wildlife photography. But l'm still going to do the "light duty" stuff with the smaller lenses l have. D40, Tamron 16-300. The D40 only has 3 focus points, and that means focus and recompose on almost every shot.

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#263859 2020 February Challenge

Posted by LightMeter on 11 February 2020 - 07:42 PM

lt's been a long time since the D40 has been on an outing. l was still awake at 8am and it wasn't raining. So l hopped in the car and went to a pond 2 miles from where l live. Was hoping some interesting creatures other than the typical "pond ducks" would be there. Were they? Oh yeah! For these l used the Tamron 16-300. Had to turn up the ISO to 800 because of the heavy overcast. Wanted 1600, but that's not a good thing to do on the D40.

 

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#263855 B&H comedy

Posted by LightMeter on 09 February 2020 - 06:25 PM

$99 for a D40?? ln 8+ condition??? My D40 is in better condition than that and l'd probably be lucky to get $40 or 50 for it.

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#263840 MeFoto Backpacker Air tripod.

Posted by LightMeter on 08 February 2020 - 04:08 AM

Compared to the original Backpacker, it's 1 3/4 inches shorter when folded. And lighter-870g vs 1150g. Conclusion:Who's it for? Someone who absoultely needs the lightest and smallest tripod. it's good for smartphones and small point and shoot, or a very lightweight mirrorless setup. lt does come with a smartphone mount and bluetooth remote for phones, which l won't be using. Will l use it much? Probably not. Only when l'm using the Canon M50 and a light lens. ls it rugged and stable?-no way. Would l take it on a once in a lifetime overseas vacation? No because l'm afraid something on it would break on it and leave me tripodless. The original Backpacker is much more rugged-l'd trust that one. Do l wish my other tripods had that super cool paint job? You bet! lt's the coolest looking tripod l've ever seen.

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#263839 MeFoto Backpacker Air tripod.

Posted by LightMeter on 08 February 2020 - 03:57 AM

Don't extend the center column!! When extended, it's about as wobbly as a drunk walking on a windy night. And the most annoying thing about it-when you pan the ball head counter clockwise, it ALWAYS loosens the lock on the center column extensions. Since l never plan on extending it, it's going to get glued "shut".

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#263838 MeFoto Backpacker Air tripod.

Posted by LightMeter on 08 February 2020 - 03:48 AM

lt arrived from B&H today. The good news is that it is very small and lightweight. But it's flimsy. lf l had paid full price, l would probably have sent it back for refund. Since it was on sale, l'll keep it, why not :-) l tried it with the Canon M50, Canon M-Canon EF adapter, Canon 18-135 STM, and an L bracket, a setup that weighs 1,113 grams. Normally that would be too heavy for this tripod IMO. But since you can mount the L bracket to the lens adapter, it balances very well. lf you lower the center column about 2 inches, it increases stability greatly(see photo). This yields a height of about 40 inches. Since my M50 has the articulating screen, l don't have to lower my head too much if l use live view. The twist lock on the legs has to be tightened very tight to prevent the legs from retracting. l mean tight enough to feel like you're going to break something! Hopefully it will hold up for long enogh to feel l got my money's worth.

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