Jim F

Jim F

Lives in United States Prescott, AZ, United States
Works as a Retired
Joined on Jan 31, 2004
About me:

Nikon D800E
Nikon D7100

Nikon 12-24 f/4 G DX
Nikon 16-85 f/3.5-5.6 G DX VR
Nikon 17-55 f/2.8 G DX
Nikon 50 f/1.8 G
Nikon 70-200 f/4 G VR
Nikon 80-400 f/4.5-5.6 G AFS VR
Nikon 300 f/2.8 G VR-1
TC1.4E-II
TC1.7E-II
SB-600

Gitzo 4542LS w/ Markins TH-300 Hub and Gitzo Spikes
Markins M10L head
Jobu Jr.3 Deluxe gimbal head
Wimberley Sidekick

Mid-2010 MacBook Pro - OSX 10.9.4
Lightroom and PS CC 2014 Subscription
Photo Ninja

Comments

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On Nikon D810: What You Need to Know article (142 comments in total)

Excuse me folks, but could someone explain what a zebra stripe display option (mentioned in shooting video live view) is? Not sure I'm following this.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 13:46 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply
On Site Update: notifications article (127 comments in total)

I'd rather be able to control the notifications "globally" by choosing the appropriate user notification choice in my profile than go through this exercise constantly. While a notification might be useful to a recent post I wish to follow, I find it a total waste of my time to get a notification to an old post that's no longer a compelling issue. Too many folks post a comment to threads that are sometimes years old - I certainly don't need a notification for something like that.

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2014 at 15:05 UTC as 16th comment
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JohnEwing: Nikon's first step into the mirrorless world gained them firstly a twisted ankle and secondly a Bronx cheer, before a few people began to see that the Series 1 aren't such bad cameras after all, but that was like people taking to Heaven's Gate after United Artists had turned up their umbilici.

Personally, I'd like to see them bring out a mirrorless body based on the S or SP designs, with a full frame or even an APS-C sensor. FF might be better from a marketing standpoint, but an APS-C camera could be very acceptable indeed. They could probably finagle it to have an F mount, too. Large wow factor there: they immediately upstage virtually all the others, especially if they use the folding Ai tab of the Df and make it compatible with a godzillion lenses.

...well, it's nice to dream.

Except the cell phone/smart phone is cheaper than a V2. And price usually rules.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2014 at 16:59 UTC

Do these Nikon "suits" own a comb?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2014 at 23:24 UTC as 100th comment
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Jim F: Barney: The one question that goes unanswered that baffles me is why do these companies refuse to outline what their "roadmap" for near future development is going to be.

Now, maybe that's a naive hypothetical question on my part. That said, it's clear from forum posts that everyone wants to know what's in the pipeline so we can plan our purchases. Wouldn't it make sense that someone is less likely to "jump ship" and change brands to "XXX" if one knew that there was a V3 or a D400 or whatever in the pipeline? I think the majority of users here would be patient enough to wait for something innovative that takes time to develop if they knew a "Dxxx" is in the pipeline. Think of it this way: A lot of us are just sitting on our wallets and will not buy anything at all, waiting for Canon and Nikon to make a move. Almost sounds like a hostage waiting game. Who's going to blink first. This policy of "no comment" is just plain crazy. Sorry about this rant.

Folks, I fully understand that in reality no company is going to publicly disclose their plans. That said, is there not a middle of the road approach that they can take? ... something like "Dear Nikon Users, Pro DX is not dead and we're going to continue to support it. Look for innovative products in the future." I don't think something like that gives away the company store or puts a company in a bad marketing position. Nikon's interview answers are total mush ... no where as definitive as Fuji, for example.

I sometimes wonder if the CEOs of Nikon and Canon had a secret conversation a few years ago like .... "Hey Canon: Let's keep this quiet ... We promise not to make the D400 if you promise not to make the 7D2."

OK, I'm just joking, but seems like a standoff that's never going to end. Meanwhile all of us wait and try to get by.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2014 at 17:46 UTC

Barney: The one question that goes unanswered that baffles me is why do these companies refuse to outline what their "roadmap" for near future development is going to be.

Now, maybe that's a naive hypothetical question on my part. That said, it's clear from forum posts that everyone wants to know what's in the pipeline so we can plan our purchases. Wouldn't it make sense that someone is less likely to "jump ship" and change brands to "XXX" if one knew that there was a V3 or a D400 or whatever in the pipeline? I think the majority of users here would be patient enough to wait for something innovative that takes time to develop if they knew a "Dxxx" is in the pipeline. Think of it this way: A lot of us are just sitting on our wallets and will not buy anything at all, waiting for Canon and Nikon to make a move. Almost sounds like a hostage waiting game. Who's going to blink first. This policy of "no comment" is just plain crazy. Sorry about this rant.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2014 at 16:02 UTC as 140th comment | 5 replies
On CP+ 2014: Nikon stand report article (47 comments in total)

I wonder what the over and under bet for how long one would need to spend at the Nikon booth to view all the "new and compelling" Nikon offerings would be. My bet would be about 30 seconds. Canon's presentation was not any better either.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2014 at 19:57 UTC as 12th comment
On Sony a7R teardown! Roger Cicala gets his hands dirty article (135 comments in total)

I'm trying to figure out what's the point of Roger disassembling this body? What's the objective here? Not being critical. Just curious.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2014 at 21:01 UTC as 18th comment | 5 replies
On Wyoming's stunning weather and landscapes in time-lapse article (231 comments in total)

Curious about the time interval between shots that, when put together, make up the video sequence?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2014 at 00:22 UTC as 56th comment
On Wyoming's stunning weather and landscapes in time-lapse article (231 comments in total)

Wow. Just awesome. As enjoyable and impressive as Nicolaus's video work is, it's somewhat depressing for me because after I see this brilliant work I then go and look at some of my image/video stuff and just shake my head in frustration about how much I need to learn. Raimundo has it 100% right - Nicolaus's work is truly inspiring.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2014 at 00:17 UTC as 57th comment | 4 replies
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aandegoons: Ha! Can't wait to see how silly this looks on the end of my Nikon V2.... Where do I sign up?

Aandegoons: Don't kill the messenger here ... don't be surprised if this Tamron lens does not work with the V2 and FT1 adapter. There have been many threads about non-Nikon lenses, especially Tamron lenses, not working with the V1/V2 and FT1 combos. Nikon seems to make things difficult for third party manufacturers.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2013 at 19:07 UTC
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miketala: This report is ids the worst fanboy garbge i cannot believe. MTI is a college for ;arty retrds. I cant blieve that DPR would print so stupid things al the time! duh. Those persons who wrk DPR are totum pole bottom to, but they think they so wiley!!@ theyh contstatn ely remove things i say hear and refuse to let me put up shots my wife. never trust crafty MIT or wiley DPR fanboy. they out to trick you jest like they trick me by make up kit remove dog blimesh.

Was that Pig Latin or Rap?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2013 at 00:20 UTC
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lorenzo de medici: I just purchased the Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 zoom for about $1000. I chose the Sigma after ruling out the ancient Nikon 80-400. The Sigma, contrary to what you hear based on their older products, is an extremely well made lens, very precise, and the images are very sharp throughout the zoom range. It works perfectly with my Nikon D600 and D7000. The build quality and image quality are equal to or better than most of my Nikkor lenses. Read the 162 customer reviews on A*****.com. It has Sigma's version of VR, AF-S, and ED glass. With the VR on, you can use it handheld all the way to 500mm, but it does get heavy after a while. Sigma US extends the warranty to four years. Every other lens I have is a Nikkor. But in this case, I'm thrilled with the Sigma and the money I saved will pay for a new D7100.
Regarding APS-C vs full frame, there's no free lunch with sensors. The biggest sensors produce the best images. That means you have to pay for bigger, more expensive glass.

Lorenzo: I agree with what you're saying. I too have the Sigma 150-500. I've had its AF fine tuned and am pleased with its performance. No, it's not as sharp as some of Nikon's expensive big lens. But for a $1000 USD it's a bargain. The Sigma's best lens range is about 200-450mm. As far as comparing it to the new version of the Nikon 80-400, we'll have to wait and see when we get our hands on actual copies of the new Nikon lens.

All I can say is that I think Nikon has overpriced the new 80-400. And I doubt their lens collar and foot will be as good as a Kirk or RRS when they ultimately make a replacement. So, add another $150-$200 for a replacement foot. Bottom line, I have a problem with the notion of spending between $2500 to $3000 for a variable aperture lens. It's going to have to be a stellar performer for me to even consider spending nearly $3K for something that's only f/5.6 at 400mm.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2013 at 16:02 UTC
On Don't Play With My Trains! in the Mini City challenge (1 comment in total)

So much for depth of field management.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 20, 2012 at 19:02 UTC as 1st comment
On Preview:canong1x (1032 comments in total)

I've never commented before in this kind of forum. So, I apologize if this is dumb or naive. I've tried several compacts recently and have dismissed all of them simply because of ergonomics (full disclosure: I have not tried any of the Canon G series). What concerns me about ergonomics is I have very large hands. Some P&S and compacts are almost impossible for me to use because the controls are too small or poorly laid out and I cannot make accurate adjustments or whatever. The G1X looks loaded with controls which I assume is great. But what about the ergonomic factors that I allude to here? How does it 'feel' to work the controls (with large hands)? Thanks in advance for your feedback.

Posted on Jan 13, 2012 at 16:58 UTC as 245th comment | 3 replies
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