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jdroach

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#260987 The mirrorless bug is contagious

Posted by jdroach on 15 May 2019 - 01:08 PM

I wish those with the new Nikon Z Series Mirrorless the best.  I am sure they must be fun and have lots of benefits.  However, I am not sure they can best what I have for what I do these day.  I will stay with my Nikon D500 and Df (my favorite for all around use) for now (just sold my D750 and D800 for lack of use) and still use an old Coolpix P7000 often as well as the Coolpix A.  My mirrorless are Fuji X-Series (X100, X-E1, X-T1 and my favorite in that line up the X-Pro2.  These Fuji perform some wonderfully for much of what I do.  My focus in better images and less about gear the older I get.  I am happy with what I have.  




#234965 Nikon Df2 rumored to feature 24MP D750 sensor

Posted by jdroach on 08 February 2017 - 11:58 AM

I am plenty happy with my Df...I just need to use it more and really remind myself not to worry or even think about what the next camera is that is coming down the pike.  I will just, as an aside, say the rumor per the link posted by Herman seems odd if that is Nikon thinking, but overall, it matters not that much to me since I see lots of Df years to come for me.  Happy light capturing!  Df does it very nicely.  This image was captured using the 24-85 Nikkor.

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#189242 Freesia

Posted by jdroach on 19 February 2015 - 01:57 PM

Neat flower just right for conversion.  Taken with Nikon D700, Tamron 90mm, 1/60s, Aperture Priority, f/32, -2/7 EV, Diffused light with two remote flash (SB 700 and SB 900), Lightroom 5.7, Topaz for basic adjustment and B & W conversion via Nik Silver Efex Pro.

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#188775 The Inversion Layers

Posted by jdroach on 12 February 2015 - 05:20 PM

Kind of cold today in Milwaukee...single digits...so decide to review past images for possible monochrome conversions.  Here is one from a little road trip last summer taken early morning among the rolling farm country of southwestern Wisconsin not far from the Mississippi River.  I think it ended up having some possibilities even though the original color was not quite what I was hoping for shooting in intense morning sunlight.

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#187185 Rokinon 24mm PC Tilt-Shift Lens -- a new experience

Posted by jdroach on 22 January 2015 - 11:16 AM

Two variations Milwaukee Skyline with primary view of the Milwaukee Center this afternoon as captured with Nikon D700 and my new Rokinon 24mm PC Tilt-Shift Lens and then converted to B & W through Lightroom and Nik Silver Efex. There is a lot to learn using a tilt-shift PC lens, and a little hard in hard weather adjusting the tilt and shift, but it looks like fun and there are so many possibilities to minimize perspective adjustment in post processing.  This lens is certainly a lot cheaper with some decent (even if slightly qualified) reviews.

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  • Milwaukee Skyline from Pere Marquette Park #2.jpg



#177124 Best of two worlds -- Nikkor Glass and Fuji X Mount Cameras

Posted by jdroach on 16 September 2014 - 10:58 AM

I think sometime back I asked in a few groups and forums about adapters for using Nikkor Lenses with Fuji X series cameras.

 

I often shoot with my array of Nikons camera. But sometimes I like to have a good time and go "light weight" with my Fuji X series cameras. I still have my Fuji X10 and love it having traveled a lot with it especially in South America. I have the Fuji X100 and love it, since it is versatile and cool looking..great for street photography. A year ago I got the Fuji X-E1 and love it with the 18-55mm kit as well as the 55-200mm Fuji X mount lenses. An overall very versatile camera.

 

Instead of purchasing either new Nikons (only slightly tempted to get the Nikon Df) or Fuji cameras or additional Fuji lenses (I passed on the Fuji 10-24 f4, since I have a Tokina 11-16 F2.8) I decided to have a little fun with my Fuji X-E1 and many of my Nikkor lens. I purchased both the Metabones G & F adapters to give me flexibility.

 

The Metabones G adapter allows me to attach Nikkor G lenses (especially the DX lenses I don't use much anymore), set aperture manually on the adapter, manual focus the lens using focus peaking on the camera.

With the Metabones F adapter I can use the older Nikkor lenses which have aperture control on the lens. I am pleased with the test results so far.

 

I have tested my 35mm f1.8 DX Nikkor as well as 18-300mm and 55-300mm (both DX) along with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 DX and Tamron 10-24mm Di II with the G adapter and now I know I can carry some pretty light weight and decent glass instead of buying a lot of new Fuji lenses.

 

I also tested the Metabones F Adaptor with my primes consisting of 50mm f1.8, 35mm f1.8, 20mm f2.8 AF-D lenses and my 35 year old Series E mount lenses (35mm and 50mm both f1.8) that I use with my old Nikon FM2, since back in 1980. One just sets the aperture on the lens once fastened to the adaptor and adjusts shutter speed via the camera and manually focus.

 

It is kind of fun to have some options that are very light weight. It requires manual focus, but that is a lot of fun makes you feel like you are experimenting while having fun. If you are a former Nikon camera owner and love that glass I recommend the Metabones adapter if you are interested in doing what I have done to experience the best of two worlds. :huh:

 
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#168032 Nikon D810

Posted by jdroach on 28 June 2014 - 11:53 AM

Eric, Hi!  All that sound great and is all very tempting as all the new breeds...but, more importantly how would I explain getting it to my wife who already went nuts when I got a D600 and D800 and then my Fuji adventure.  She wants some money to use when she retires and starts spending on her hobbies.   :unsure:  I guess at some point, anti-NAS has to kick-in and we use what we have and love every moment that we have in our golden years enjoying each of them and be satisfied!   :P


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#166565 Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Posted by jdroach on 11 June 2014 - 07:23 AM

Thanks for sharing, Herman...these are wonderful city images.




#166402 Easter Island Surf -- A Minimalist Perspective

Posted by jdroach on 09 June 2014 - 05:38 PM

As some of you know, I am an avid Nikon user but recently I have become dazzled with the lightweight flexibility, ease of carry, as well as performance of Fuji X10, X100 and X-E1.  Here is one I especially like and wanted to share with you.  Taken with X-E1, 55mm, ISO 800, f/20, 1/500s, Aperture Priority.

 

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#163130 Circular Quay.

Posted by jdroach on 18 May 2014 - 08:59 AM

Nice Images




#163128 A place named Hiorthhamn

Posted by jdroach on 18 May 2014 - 08:54 AM

Herman, I like the images as black and white (very suited for these stark scenes) and think the compositions are wonderful.  The only thought that comes to mind, and I hope you don't mind, is some tonal adjustment would let the lights and darks pop more...perhaps add some contrast and they would be a little less flat and would be even more compelling.




#160674 Iguazu Falls

Posted by jdroach on 02 May 2014 - 09:39 AM

I love my Nikons, but use Fuji X series sometimes.  On my trip to Brazil in April to see the falls, since I would be getting wet a lot, I decided to take the X10 with me and captured some cool images.  I cheated and put in EXR Auto and let it do the thinking at times and used its Pano feature, too.  It handles Dynamic Range very well.  So nice to carry in my photographers vest pocket and under the rain jacket.  Here are some that were not so wet:

 

1.  One panorama taken from the Brazil side.

2.  Three other views even one with rainbow, too.

 

I hope you enjoy...if you can get to Iguazu Fall in your life times, go...do not hesitate, it is a wonderful experience.

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  • View from Brazil of Iguazu Falls #1.jpg
  • Rainbow at Garganta del Diablo -- Iguazu Falls.jpg
  • Looking at the Devil -- Iguazu Falls.jpg



#160671 Nikon Coolpix A

Posted by jdroach on 02 May 2014 - 09:27 AM

Glen,

 

Have fun with you Coolpix A.  I sort of would miss the optical/electronic view finder.  I hear it captures wonderful DX equivalent images.  I agree about the ISO on the Fuji X10.  However, have been quite pleased with mine...it was my first Fuji.  Now I have the X100 and the X-E1.  On my recent trip to South America, I carried the X10 in my camera vest pocket as the quick and convenient go to camera while I switched between a Nikon D600, the X-E1 with various lenses for some more serious shots.  The X10 was my most used in EXR mode when moving quickly with a Tour Group and rarely let me down except in low light.   




#160666 April at Machu Picchu

Posted by jdroach on 02 May 2014 - 09:17 AM

Here are a couple of images using the D600 with the 20mm f2.8 AF-D lens.  I got that lens over a year ago for a trip to Alaska to photograph Northern Lights and have really fallen in love with fine prime lens.  Just moving up higher to get another perspective gave me a panorama almost as wide as the original post in this thread.  I pushing it a bit with the handhold limits of endurance.  The first was at 1/80s, f/13 and the second images was 1/40s, f/14 each at ISO 400.   I certainly could have gone higher with the ISO.  

 

The third image was with a 28-75 Tamron f2.8 Di which is pretty nice, since it gives some speed without the weight of comparable Nikkor Lens like the 24-70mm.  That third image was taken at 40mm, f/14, 1/160s still at ISO 400 in portrait mode to provide different compressed look of this magical site.  

 

The overcast lighting was constantly changing as the clouds drifted in around the citadel.  It is funny how when I handhold I don't stop and check as I would when I am on a tripod where my settings are especially if I am pressed for time.  Anyway I thought you might like these perspectives.  It continue to be mesmerized by the experience.

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#160600 April at Machu Picchu

Posted by jdroach on 01 May 2014 - 03:50 PM

I have been busy since getting back a week ago from a three week trip to South America.  I thought I would share this image which is a pretty special experiment when at Machu Picchu in Peru.  Taken with Nikon D600 (set to DX area mode) with a Rokinon 8mm Manual fish eye lens, ISO 400, f/1800s, f3.5, Manual Exposure and Auto White Balance.  I was amazed at how little the distortion existed and how sharp the lens was, and how I was able to achieve a really neat panoramic view.  Earlier in the morning I had used the Nikkor 20mm AF-D in usual FX mode with superlative results, but this was not too shabby given I could only hand hold at the site. (Tripod not allowed unless a Pro Photographer permit gotten in advance).  Anyway, I hope you enjoy.

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