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#1 pendennis


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Posted 30 June 2016 - 10:43 AM

I'm far from a newcomer to photography.  I started in the early-mid '60's with learning how to use a Speed Graphic, old Weston meter, and sheet film.  After that, I migrated straight to 35mm.


From the late '60's, onward, I did more serious work, taking a couple of classes in pursuit of my undergraduate degree.  I had seriously considered a professional position, and even had a couple of job offers, but family matters took hold, and I opted to remain in finance.  During that time, however, I managed to start a part-time business, concentrating on portraits and weddings.  I continued that until the mid-1990's.


All that time, I still took pictures, pretty much of what pleased my eyes.  I like nature, still-life, and architectural.  I still do.


I got to Nikon after affairs with Pentax (M42) and Canon.  My first was a Nikkormat FT2, an FE, and I eventually graduated to the F3, N90s, and the F5.  And, for years, I still shot large and medium formats.  I had a number of monorails, converted press-to-field cameras, and most of the Mamiya medium format models. :D


My first digital camera was a Nikon Cool Pix 4300, and I still have it.  When I retired as an IT program manager in 2007, I opted to enter the DSLR field with a Nikon D200.  I've used it for the past nine years, and I'm very satisfied with its performance.  My battery of lenses include Nikkors, Tokina, and a couple of Sigmas.  I also have a couple of SB800 flashes.


Last month, I decided to devote more time to photography, along with my love for the shooting sports (trap, skeet, pistol, and rifle).  I went to Nikon's site and started to compare models.  Talk about a quantum change in technology!  Faster processors, multiple memory slots, improved video, quieter shutters; you name it.  I shouldn't have been surprised, since being in IT, I'm a disciple of Moore's law.


I'd read a number of articles about the new D500, and decided to compare that and the D750.  I finally settled on the D500.  For just a couple of hundred dollars more than I paid for my D200, I bought a huge leap in technology, allowing me even more time to concentrate on the image.


Glad to be here.  There's a wealth of information, and It will take a while to start digesting.  Thanks for the invite.



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Posted 30 June 2016 - 10:52 AM

Welcome and congrats on the new D500!! :)


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Posted 30 June 2016 - 11:42 AM

Hi Dennis,


Welcome to PlanetNikon, from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


Congratulations on your purchase of a D500, you are going to love it.  Looking forward to seeing some of your images.


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Posted 30 June 2016 - 01:50 PM

Welcome, my wife is from MI; Redford. Be interesting to see MI again, it's been a long time.

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Posted 30 June 2016 - 02:13 PM

Welcome from Canada's West Coast, Dennis.  


Congrats on the D500.  I have heard many good things about that camera.  Looking forward to seeing your pics.


Meanwhile, two Dennis's at PN?  The more the merrier!  :D


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Posted 30 June 2016 - 08:10 PM

Welcome to the Planet from another SE Mich member.  I live in Farmington Hills.


Like you I have a Speed Graphic.  I acquired mine after I got my first DSLR, a D300, from the estate of a friend who was a former commercial photographer.  So the Speed Graphic is not part of m'y photography history, just an interesting toy.  My first serious camera was a Nikon F Photomic in the mid 1960s.  I also had a Nikormat EL, and Nikon FM, FM2, F100, FM2n, F6 and FM3a before ordering the D300 within 24 hours of it's announcement is 2007.  I've also had a D90 and D800e.  I currently use a D4 and D810.  The D300 has been converted to IR.


Congratulations on the D500.  From what I've read it's a great camera.  Unfortunately I have no way to justify one, even though it's the first worthy successor to my beloved D300.


If you'd like to talk photography or Nikon face to face, send me a PM.

Edited by Gary Poole, 30 June 2016 - 08:13 PM.

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Posted 01 July 2016 - 01:09 AM

Welcome aboard Dennis.

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Posted 01 July 2016 - 05:28 AM


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Posted 01 July 2016 - 06:54 PM

My first crime scene camera was a Crown Graphic.  I too traveled a convoluted road to Nikon, but am happy that I did.  Welcome.

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Posted 04 July 2016 - 12:24 AM

Welcome to the Planet, Dennis!


Enjoy your new D500...



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Posted 06 July 2016 - 05:20 PM

Welcome to the Planet, Dennis. Congrats on the new D500.


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Posted 08 July 2016 - 01:21 PM


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Posted 09 July 2016 - 04:52 PM

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