tclune

tclune

Lives in United States Central, MA, United States
Works as a software engineer
Joined on Oct 1, 2005

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  • I think you did everything right. I often shoot birds, and they have a distressing tendency to avoid getting too close. When I'm shooting at the outer reach of my lens (which is often), I set the...
  • I've used one of these for the last few years. It's OK, but nothing special. FWIW
  • They aren't talking about the aperture that you set: they are talking about the maximum aperture of the lens. The 7100 can actually focus using a lens with a maximum f/8 aperture as long as you use...
  • Replied in Camera bag?
    Like Chris says, you'll probably end up with a variety of bags for differing circumstances. But my absolute favorite bag is the big brother of this one from Opteka.  I have travelled all over the...
  • Did you notice that the Photography Life test was performed using a D800E, while PhotoZone used a D200?
  • Replied in Why monopods?
    quezra wrote: Some tripods have a detachable leg that can attach to a ballhead, making it both a monopod and tripod in one. Mine does. The only disadvantage is that as a monopod some might find...
  • Replied in Why monopods?
    leno wrote: AlbertInFrance wrote: Judy Stone wrote: if you can use a tripod as a monopod? Carbon fiber tripods are not heavy. Bulk? Clumsiness? Weight -- even if only a couple of hundred grams...
  • BobSC wrote: I like the looks of the head on the first one better. Funny, my immediate thought was that the head on the Dolica makes absolutely no sense for someone who specifically says that they...
  • Chris R-UK wrote: The spots seem to be in different planes. Some are quite sharp and other are more diffuse. I personally have never seen sensor dust produce this effect before, but could it be due...
  • Probably the most accessible introduction to optics and related matters that I have seen is Science for the Curious Photographer. It isn't devoid of math, but there is no math in it beyond a basic...
  • The above reply is right on-target and hits just about every point worth making. I would just add one point about Cokin filters (and step-up rings that aren't very close to the lens filter size):...
  • Image stabilization has, indeed, gotten better with time. My rule of thumb is that first-generation VR might offer a two-stop advantage over no stabilization, and VR2 offers another two stops....
  • Suggestions about the new Tamron 150-600 (just out, and very hard to get hold of right now) or  one of the Sigmas are pretty much on-target. But what I would want to alert you to is how hard these...
  • By far the best advice I'e read on tripods is this. I would add one thing: over time, you are likely to buy more than one tripod -- not because you bought the wrong thing, but because you can't...
  • As others have mentioned, 200mm just won't cut it for birding. The "category killer" for this kind of thing right now is the new Tamron 150-600, which is priced at just over a thousand dollars and...
  • Nikon is famous for defaulting to very low processing of photos in-camera. Their expectation appears to be that SLR users will want to do their own processing, and they don't get in the way of...
  • Replied in lens weight
    Lenses that are heavy enough to be a balance problem on tripods have tripod collars that allow you to attach the lens instead of the camera body to the tripod. Any lens that doesn't have a collar...
  • Replied in Sekonic L-758D
    CJVW wrote: I understand the F stop settings re the lens on the camera and the increments in between the F stops, what I don't understand about the sekonic L-758 light meter is that when set to...
  • Replied in Sekonic L-758D
    To understand this, you need to understand a few things about your camera's aperture. First, lens apertures are referred to as "stops." Full stops are 1/1.4, 1/2.0, 1/2.8, 1/4, 1/5.6, 1/8, 1/11,...
  • Wide angle lenses may or may not be of use to you. They are often used for architecture shots, and can be quite effective. However, for real estate, they could be counter-productive. The issues of...
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