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In Topic: Interesting Mirrorless Article

Today, 12:13 PM

Do you feel their f 0.95 lens should be manual focus only? I'm sure some photographers would use it, but it looks more like they're trying to out gadget Canon as opposed to trying to lead in overall sales.


Manual or AF?

I would have to use it first.  I have no idea how it performs or what the intended use is.  I often use my Wide Angle lenses in Manual mode.  Why?  I set the f stop to 8 or 11, put infinity at f stop indicator of choice (where this is available, I have manual lenses!) and have the absolutely wides depth of field for focus. You don't really need AF.

Also, read my comments below .... AF may be an expensive options to only prove a point.


I think sometimes you make something to showcase your technology prowess and industry Leadership.  I will lean towards them making it to prove a point. Seems like everyone is talking about this.  You can waste 10 million dollars on advertising or on a product and let everyone else advertise it for you.


I don't look at what Canon does, I don't care.  I am heavily invested in Nikon and I am extremely happy with my Nikon gear and my decision.  That said, Canon could come out with a Lens that seconds as a Coffee Thermos and has a built in Shaver and is F .5  .... wouldn't phase me in the least because I simply don't care what the other guy does.  I am not going to dump thousands of dollars of gear just to get one gadget.

I believe there are those who want or need the .95.  Some pros like to be cutting edge just to impress clients.  Others, because they get a look that puts them ahead of their competition. Some people in general have to have the latest thing .... these are not reasons for the masses and most likely, many will not jump ship just for this one lens.


So, to make a short answer as long as possible .....  at the end of the day, I think this lens is just a marketing ploy. It ads credibility to the line and I will bet they purposely left AF out of it.

In Topic: Interesting Mirrorless Article

Yesterday, 03:22 PM



An opinion piece grounded in whining......


I will be the first to rip into Nikon if and when I feel they have shot themselves in the foot but this article is off the mark.


1) Nikon laid out their future road map with Z.  The financial future of the company is riding on its success.


- this is like the migration from Film to digital DSLR to Mirrorless.... 

- Milestone moment


2) the technology behind this move is not like the Nikon 1 line.  That was flawed from the get go. This technology is extremely well thought out.


3) The 2 Z cameras are top notch, maybe not the best on the market, but for the Nikon base, they are pretty bang on.  Not what I like, but I fully expect there will be more to come and they will be even better. This was a solid start.


4) The lens offering could have been better, but SO WHAT?  Really, who cares, buy the adapter and use what you have.  Like, we DON'T HAVE ENOUGH LENSES in our kits?  This is a moot point because there is really NO IMPACT.  There is glass-a-plenty to be used just by buying an adapter.  So, who cares, this isn't even a consideration for me.  I have all the glass I need at the moment.


Why .... would Nikon design a NEW 500mm Z lens when they just recently introduced a brilliant fresnel lens that is perfectly functional ACROSS THE LINE, including Z?

A Z only 500mm lens would sell ZILCH.  There is no saturation of cameras with a Z mount yet, give it some time.


The article is just whining to me.

I think Nikon has done the launch properly. The .95 is most likely a marketing piece... the stuff legends are made of and to talk about ... MIND SHARE.... We can do it, so we did!  I would never buy one at that price, but I don't care, it is all about what the Line can do... and it looks like it can do an awful lot. When the time comes, I will very likely own one...not now.  My D850 is a ton of camera still and I have a long way to go with it around my neck.


Just me 2 cents.

In Topic: White Pelicans

Yesterday, 03:10 PM

Nicely done, Ron, they are photogenic!

In Topic: Gray market

Yesterday, 03:09 PM

Nikon likes to know what photo gear I have, so that have provided an online "camera bag" for me. When I obtain new photo equipment, I "register" it with them.


When I dropped a camera recently, the 24-70 lens that was on the cam, kind of separated into two parts. It's at APS in Chicago getting repaired. It's a big money repair, but that is a good lens. I had to have that lens for my photo work, so I purchased another used from Roberts. When I tried to register the replacement lens, Nikon broke the news regarding it's gray market identity. It's sort of ridiculous they won't "recognize" it. It was made by Nikon, in the Nikon factory, sold by Nikon. It was shipped to the USA in the wrong container, so they turn their back on it.


I notified Roberts about the issue. My contact there, Nick, said they had no way of knowing it was gray market. When I purchased it, I talked on the phone to a different salesperson, and got a one year warranty on it anyway. Nick said they would take care of any matters with the lens.


Does anyone know of a website that might list serial numbers so people can check for gray market gear?





Shipped on the wrong container and you are punished for purchasing from an Authorized Dealer?

I would be calling Nikon Head Office on this one.  Something smells funky here! 

In Topic: new photo shoot ideas?

Yesterday, 03:05 PM

We are in FL now, til April. Not down in the Keys. This year, we are in Bradenton, Sarasota area. All new to us, we will have plenty of time to explore for new places to shoot. I need a kick start. Any ideas where to shoot Nature, Landscapes, Sunsets, etc? I hear that the Myaaka Preserve is cool. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.



Ron is your best bet for resident expert opinion on where to shoot.  I don't know how close you are to these two places, but I always hear they are amazing... I have personal experience with the 2nd one on the list, been there, you will not be disappointed!


• Venice Rookery
• Gatorland

- call them, they used to let photographers in early.... best place on the planet for bird images while they are nesting!


If Ron sees this post, I recommend chatting with him, he is your best source!