PIX 2015


Lives in United States Tualatin, United States
Works as a Electrical Engineer
Has a website at www.almy.us
Joined on Sep 7, 2004
About me:

My wife has a D7000 with the 18-200 VR. I bought my (adult) daughter a D60
with the 18-55 VR and 55-200 VR, and my (adult) son has my old D70, 18-70,
a Sigma 10-20, and my old Sigma 70-300 APO.

Film - Used to shoot with Minolta SRT102 with three prime lenses and a
teleconverter (and had a garbage K-Mart telephoto zoom). 20 year old Pentax
P&S when weight was a concern.

Computer Gear -- All Apple: iMacs, MacBooks, Minis (including one server)

talmy's current gear

Nikon Coolpix P7100
Nikon D200
Nikon D810
When I need a pocketable camera. And I don't like to use my iPhone. This one does much better.
Converted to IR
Just bought. Seems like the first perfect camera I've owned.
Nikon AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED
Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF
Fun lens. I use it more than my Tokina 12-24.
It was just wrong for the DX cameras, but is "just right" for the D810.
Use only on IR converted D200. I've had this since it came with my D70 in 2004. Nice lens.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR
Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC
Samyang 85mm F1.4 Aspherical IF
Wife's lens I borrow when I need a VR telephoto. Avoid 250-300 unless stopped down to f/11
Bought in Vivitar dress and saved $100. My copy is great, centered and no AF fine-tune necessary.
Going all prime with my D810. Needed AF fine tune for accurate focus.
Samyang T-S 24mm 1:3.5 ED AS UMC
Tokina AT-X Pro 12-24mm f/4 (IF) DX
Apple Aperture
Virtually no CA and sharper than my other lenses that cover 24mm. It's a winner even if I don't tilt or shift. It's a very manual lens but I take my time and shoot only landscapes which luckily move slowly.
It's pretty long in the tooth these days. I learned quickly that you don't really want an ultrawide for landscapes so it doesn't get as much use as I originally thought. I use it mainly for waterfalls where I can't back up. Luckily it also works over 18-24 for FX, so I won't be buying a WA FX zoom.
It's a shame its being dropped
Other gear:
  • Nikon 24mm f/2.8 AI The 12-24 Tokina is a smidge better in DX but worse in FX. This certainly wins for small size -- easy to pocket this lens.
  • Nikon Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 No VR! No focus motor. It's not the current version, but in tests it's sharper than the new one, and also more compact. Focus ring is very smooth.
  • Nikon Micro-Nikkor 200mm f/4 AIS Nice macro lens and also works well as a compact telephoto.
  • Signma 50-500 original "Bigma" Heavy use. AF has failed so I have to manually focus. But I found that the autofocus would cause the camera to jiggle and was spoiling pictures. Not very sharp at 500 especially wide open.

talmy's previous gear

Sony Mavica FD-73
Nikon D70
Nikon D300S
Actually I had an FD-83, and used it for many years! It was a great camera for web posts and EBAY.
My first DSLR. Lots of dust problems. Luckily I never got the feared BGLOD.
Great camera. I'd be happy using it today if it weren't for the draw of the D810. I kept it 7 months after the D810 purchase before selling it. I only used it once in that time when I needed a normal zoom.
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm f/2D
This was superb on my D300s but it's a DX lens, and I also wanted to "go prime" with the D810.
Other gear:
  • Minolta SRT-102 Great SLR I used for two decades. Even runs without batteries!