D7000 & the 24mm f1.4 G as a walkaround (lots of pics)...

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Mannypr
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Re: Hi vkyr...
In reply to Ray Soares, May 4, 2012

That lady in the photograph is 80 years old ? You have got to be kidding . She looks way younger ! Ray...are you capable of taking bad pics ? Congratulations to your mother on her 80th birthday . Having your mother alive at that age is truly a blessing and looking the way she looks you must be a proud son . Thank you as ususal for sharing .

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Re: Thanks Steve!...
In reply to Ray Soares, May 5, 2012

Wide angle tends to elongate noses, which is the reason it's not usually recommended, but the effect is not so obvious if the person looks straight at the camera or close to straight at the camera, which is the case in the OP's photos.

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Good work! However, this is precisely why we moved to full frame. For less than the cost of a D7000 + 24/1.4, we bought a D700 + 35/2 that also provides more DOF control while weighing less. Once we did the math, we realized that it was actually cheaper, lighter, and faster to go FX and buy basic primes than it was to buy high end primes for DX bodies.
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Thanks Manny! nt
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I'm a little more radical...
In reply to brokensocialscenester, May 5, 2012

If money is a non issue, get a D4 and bunch of top FX lenses.
I just did that
My FX lenses were bought for this purpose not for use in a DX only.
My D7k will soon go to backup/second camera.
Waiting in B&H pre-order list though ;(
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Agree, but easy to correct in PP (pics)...
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That's the reason I got a 85mm too but in this case I decided to travel pretty light
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Re: Hi Juan...
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Ray Soares wrote:

Plz check if you set your camera to matrix metering. If so, check if the SB-700 goes to the delfault iTTL-BL.
I've been using this settings for a long time with no issues.
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Thanks Ray. Looks like the flash mode was set to Slow Sync which seems to be the case. Putting it in Fill Flash seems to keep the Auto ISO working to keep the min shutter speed. Do you have the camera flash mode to "Fill Flash".

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Ray Soares wrote:

Plz check if you set your camera to matrix metering. If so, check if the SB-700 goes to the delfault iTTL-BL.
I've been using this settings for a long time with no issues.
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Thanks Ray. Looks like the flash mode was set to Slow Sync which seems to be the case. Putting it in Fill Flash seems to keep the Auto ISO working to keep the min shutter speed. Do you have the camera flash mode to "Fill Flash".

iTTL-BL stands for Balanced fill-flash:

" i-TTL BL: i-TTL mode type in which flash output level is
adjusted to well-balanced exposure of the main subject and background
Standard i-TTL: i-TTL mode type in which flash output level is adjusted to the
correct exposure of the main subject regardless of background brightness"

It doesn't matter the flash settings for the in-camera flash in D7000.

If the camera is in Matrix metering and AFC the default for the SB-700 is iTTL-BL and that is a kind of fill-flash for sure.

But make no mistake: in my old D300 iTTL-BL only worked outside when the background was brighter than the main object! But with the D7000, it seems Nikon did a whole new implementation that is working in a marvelous way IMO, inside, outside or in any condition!!!

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In reply to Ray Soares, May 5, 2012

Partly due to seeing your images I got a 24 1.4. I was lucky and found someone who bought it and only took a few shots before saying it was terrible. His loss, got it for a bargain.

That was a while back and it has become my main walking around lens on D7000. Yesterday my long time plan to replace my 17-55 with a new 24-70 came to fruition when my delivery from B&H arrived. I only have one more lens alignment, replacing the 85 1.4D with the 1.4G and I will not need or want any more moves......except it appears that a D800 has suddenly appeared to be available. A woman pre-ordered a D800 and a D800E from two dealers and was surprised they both came in, now she is testing both to see which she will sell to me. I return to Russia via England and a week in Scotland in two weeks so my bag is suddenly a lot heavier. I do not really "need" a new camera but it is a camera that someday I might grow into or be worthy of it. Besides it is produces stunning detail and DR, who wouldn't want one. Now all I have to do is figure out what to eat on nothing for the next 6 months;> )

I have been using TTL BL mode for general photography, not just backlit situations with the D7000 and it works great. It did not make sense but just experimented and sure enough it really works for all sorts of situations except really low light. That is definitely different BL behavior than earlier cameras. I have not heard if the D800 adopted that system instead of using the D700 behavior. I'll know soon.

I have to agree with a few posters, the sharpening on #3 is not flattering with a granular look to the skin that surely does not look like that in person. On the other hand, the image of the mother is Great! What an attractive woman.
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Fully agree with your decision regarding your equipment!
And thanks for the feedback on TTL-BL.
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Re: D7000 & the 24mm f1.4 G as a walkaround (lots of pics)...
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Good looking family and nice set, Ray
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Hi Dez! Long time no see :) Thanks! nt
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Re: Hi Juan...
In reply to Ray Soares, May 6, 2012

Thanks Ray. I tried multiple times and everytime I put the camera into Slow Sync or Rear Curtain it would go to 1/30 or 1/40 shutter speed and not respect the Auto ISO 1/125 that I set with Max ISO 1600. Only way I can get it to use 1/125 is to do the auto flash. Maybe I am not putting it correct but it seems to work fine now. Thanks for your responses and tips.

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Re: Let me explain the settings...
In reply to Ray Soares, May 18, 2012

Ray have you had any problems with using the D7000 & SB700 with AF Assist turned on the SB700?? some claim it causes backfocus issues?

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Just post an answer for this in another post! Sry!

No problems at all. My camera works perfectly in any light, any lens, any flash: thank God

Of course the AF of the D7k is not a pro AF but it is pretty good for a $1.2k camera body IMO.
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In reply to Ray Soares, May 19, 2012

forget about explaining the settings... please explain how at 80 years old she looks like 50 ??? thats what I need to know !!!

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LOL Bobby...
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Maybe some magic and a touch of CS5
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