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#255251 Nikon Key Mission Cameras Discontinued?

Posted by Sailjunkie on Today, 12:45 PM

I can't say this is surprising. 




The Key Mission Camera appears to be the Nikon version of the Ford Edsel.  <_<

#255234 A Day at the Races (Part 5) - Fly By for the National Anthem

Posted by Sailjunkie on Yesterday, 11:45 AM

Nice shots Art... they are/were known as Harvard trainers here... the RNZAF had lots...a number in private hands these days.


Very nice series, Art.


I think Peter is right.  Harvards are pretty popular on the Canadian airshow circuit.  :)

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#255167 First wedding with my Fuji gear outside in 96 degree heat argh

Posted by Sailjunkie on 15 July 2018 - 01:09 PM

Jim, I have to say that, as someone who recoils from the thought of photographing a wedding, I salute you, sir!


To make things even sweeter, you beat the heat and produced a very nice series.  Well done.  :)

#255166 Prideaux Haven, Desolation Sound, British Columbia

Posted by Sailjunkie on 15 July 2018 - 01:00 PM

Two very nice shots, Ed.  Especially #1.


Given the time of year, and the fact that it was a long weekend, I'm surprised that it wasn't packed with boats.   :)

#255080 Eagles on top of a crane

Posted by Sailjunkie on 14 July 2018 - 12:19 PM

Nice shot, Ed.  :)

#255054 Now THIS is Dedication!

Posted by Sailjunkie on 13 July 2018 - 12:44 PM

This guy deserves a place in the photojournalism Hall of Fame.  :D



#255053 Insect on a Lily

Posted by Sailjunkie on 13 July 2018 - 12:33 PM

Jeff, as a cheap effective option I recommend getting a reverse-ring adapter with a screw in diameter that fits the front of your lens. You will have outstanding magnification but bear in mind that DOF is very shallow. Tricky but workable.


Nikon makes one, and it won't cost an arm and a leg either.  I paid about $60 CDN for mine.  Herman's last two sentences are very true.  I really had a hard time getting used to it, but that may because I was using my old 50mm D series 1.8.


Other alternatives are pricier.  Extension tubes are another way to go.  However, I have no current information on how they work; or how they are priced.  Sigma makes a 70-300 macro lens, but the macro only functions between 200 mm and 300 mm.  That wasn't working for me either.  Fortunately, I bought it used, from a reputable camera dealer, at a good price.  To this day, it makes a nice general purpose lens.


The Sigma 105/2.8 is now my favourite macro lens.  I really like this lens.  It's great for macro; and I also like the focal length when I'm shooting still life/product.  It's pricier than the alternatives above, but was roughly one-half the cost of Nikon's macro lens at the time I bought it.


Your choice is a matter of preference.  However, if you are just starting to explore this, the reverse-ring adaptor or the extension tubes might be an affordable way to get your feet wet.  :)

#255019 Lens Deal from our Official Dealer

Posted by Sailjunkie on 12 July 2018 - 12:39 PM

That is a great deal. 


However, having just bought a MacBook, I'm going to have to pass.  We make our choices, and have to live with them.  C'est la vie.  :rolleyes:

#255012 Bald Eagle in my dingy.

Posted by Sailjunkie on 12 July 2018 - 12:17 PM

Thanks, Ed.


So the score is Eagles 1 Otters 1?  Unfortunately for the Eagle, he loses his cache as soon as you weigh anchor and head for your next destination.  :)

#254971 NIK IS BACK --- NIK 2018

Posted by Sailjunkie on 11 July 2018 - 12:17 PM

Thats because they knew what would happen and force people to pay the 50$. I love it but when it breaks due to updates to Mac OS Ill just move one. My friend had paid full price twice actually once when he bought it when it was Nik, then he switched to Mac and of coarse that was after Google bought Nik so he ponied up the money again only to have DXO wipe him out again to say that least he was done.



I love Nik, but my work flow has changed in recent months.  LR CC is becoming so feature rich that I'm not using Nik as much as I used to.  It's still functioning (as of last week), but I use Color Efex much less than I used to.  I still love Silver Efex for B & W.


Unfortunately, for Nik and DxO, even Adobe-haters have lots of alternatives, with reputable companies who respect their customers.  When my iMac version of Nik finally crashes, my business will go to one of those companies.  :)

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#254930 Bald Eagle in my dingy.

Posted by Sailjunkie on 10 July 2018 - 12:20 PM

Very nice series, Ed.


Like everyone else, I think the propane powered outboard is really nice.


However, I'm really curious as to what attracted the bird to the boat?  :)

#254896 Moscow

Posted by Sailjunkie on 09 July 2018 - 12:47 PM

Nicely done, Bill.


I have a hunch that it won't be too long before you take us on a "world tour".  :)

#254845 Juvenile Pied Avocet

Posted by Sailjunkie on 07 July 2018 - 12:41 PM

Nice, Herman.  The second shot is even better than the original.  :)

#254818 An impression:Bird hide near Harderwijk, The Netherlands

Posted by Sailjunkie on 06 July 2018 - 12:34 PM

The link worked for me, Herman.


Very impressive bird hide.  Congrats on your first video.  :)

#254817 Juvenile Pied Avocet

Posted by Sailjunkie on 06 July 2018 - 12:28 PM

Nice shot, Herman.  :)