Klindar

Klindar

Lives in Canada Calgary, Canada
Works as a Retired (scientist)
Joined on Sep 8, 2011

Klindar's current gear

Nikon D7000
Nikon D800
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G ED-IF
What's not to like apart from a little noise starting to creep in at ISO 800? Until the D7100 was announced, the best DX unit you could buy.
The best DSLR out there if image quality is your top priority. Challenges medium format in quality of large prints, providing you use the best lenses.
Excellent W/A for DX. but architectural shots will require a bit of distortion correction. Extremely sharp over the entire frame.
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Nikon AF-S Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
Fantastic "walk-around" for DX. A mystery why it's not more popular. Not the best for architecture as a bit of distortion at the wide end although easy to fix in processing. Very sharp throughout the FL range apart from slight weakness right at 16 mm.
Superbly sharp but a very tiny bit of CA at times if there are specular reflections. Easy to fix in processing and rarely visible anyway but a small flaw, nevertheless. Inexplicably softens with tele-converters so don't try turning this into a 200 mm macro with a TC-20E.
Best W/A available for a DSLR. Be careful with that huge, unprotected front element, though. Unbelievably sharp with remarkably low distortion.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR
Exotic in both price and performance. A perfect optic that consistently delivers eye-popping images having superb detail (right into the corners on FX), contrast and color saturation. No visible distortion, CA or any other defects. Loves Nikon teleconverters. With the TC 20E III you get an excellent 600 mm. Worth every penny.
Apart from speed, said to outperform the F/2.8 version. It's reasonably light and compact as well. Works well with Nikon tele-converters if you can tolerate losing the speed. Throughout its FL range, better even than the 70 - 300 mm. No carrying case ... just a mouse-fuzz bag and the tripod collar is extra cost.
Excellent up to 250 mm, then softens slightly in the corners on FX with a touch of CA. Great value ... a poor man's 70 - 200 and it weighs far less. Especially attractive to DX owners who should find 300 mm just about as good as rest of focal range.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G
Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM
Sigma APO Macro 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM
No gold ring but outperforms the F/1.4. No noticeable flaws of any sort.
Much better than some of the negative reviews would have you believe. Wait at least 2 seconds for the stabilization to kick-in (after which it is rock-solid) or you will get some unsharp images at the long end. I suspect some reviewers haven't discovered this. Max F/6.3 at the long end is a bummer but then, you are paying only $900. Has proved rugged, no wobble when extended and comes with an excellent carrying case.
Near perfection in every respect, even wide open. Expensive but worth it.
Epson Stylus Pro 3880
Other gear:
  • Corel Paintshop Pro X6 Ultimate Excellent product. For me, does everything I ever wanted to do in Photoshop and it's less than 10% the cost. Accepts alll .8bf plug-ins as well. Major downside is that there is no Apple/Mac edition.
  • QImage Printer Application This is a dedicated printing package. Provides much more flexibility and image appearance options than using the built-in printing of Photoshop or Paintshop.
  • Zerene Stacker If you do a lot of macro, something like this is extremely useful. It vastly simplifies focus stacking for improving DOF. There are other, similar products but I found this to be the best one.

Klindar's wish list

Sorted by most recently added.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR
Added Mar 25, 2014
Well, who wouldn't want this for wildlife?

Klindar's previous gear

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Quite good at wide-angle but unacceptably soft for large images above 100 mm FL. Possibly a reasonable option for travel if intending not to display images at greater than snapshot size. Suffers from "zoom creep" and is wobbly when extended. Sold mine a couple of years ago to someone who travels a lot and doesn't print big. He's very happy and so am I. Get the 16 - 85 mm instead. If you really need more reach, supplement with the 70 - 300 VR.
Other gear:
  • Adobe Photoshop CS5 Very poor value. Over-rated, over-hyped and vastly over-priced. Paintshop Pro is as good or better at 10% the cost and has a more generous license. I stopped using CS over a year ago and don't miss it in the least. Unfortunately, if you have Mac/Apple it's just about the only game in town for serious image editing.