stevenjames

stevenjames

Lives in United States Athens, GA, United States
Works as a Radiation Therapist
Joined on Oct 29, 2009
About me:

To keep treating caner patients full time & to enjoy photography as a passion but to also keep shooting a few weddings/year.
I have been learning & improving my skills for 35+ yrs and plan to keep doing so.
The world of digital photography and processing is nothing short of amazing to me. In the 80s shooting film and printing in pro photo labs I always dreamed of having my own darkroom when I bought my first house. How little we all knew the advances that technology would bring to us!

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On article Top 5: Hands-on with Nikon D500 (801 comments in total)
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VIzslaworld: Intriguing camera in all respects. I have a D300s - splendid solid camera still. I find it a bit too heavy to carry on hiking (nature photography). The D500 offers small advantage - still 860 grs. (vs D3400s 938 grs). What I like in the D300s is the in-built AF motor which allows for non G-type type lenses (e.g. the 80-400 mm) The D500 regretfully misses this feature.

Investing in a great body and have mediocre lenses is throwing money away. Dx lags behind in this respect. So the in-built motor is a great addition. An in-built flash overall is pretty useless, high ISO rates make it in most situations redundant (noise?), outdoors external flash is necessary anyway.

The price tag of the D500 is more than I would like to invest now. The D300s still offers a lot. I consider a D610 Fx as I want an Fx. I contemplate the D750 (much lighter) - but plastic feel. The button's not as good as the D300s or D500. (also counts actually for the D610).

So they omit the built in flash (good for those of us who also like to take happy snaps and not have to carry around my SB900!), and the built in focus motor? Oh well all my lenses are AF-S anywho but still. I guess they can make a more solid body, reduce some weight, save a ton of $$ and double the price from the D7200, not bad!

Link | Posted on May 13, 2016 at 12:57 UTC

Oh no!
How am I supposed to take pictures now?!

Steve

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2015 at 16:03 UTC as 2nd comment
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xmeda: Gitzo? Giottos? Manfrotto? Velbon? Triopo? Novoflex? Benro? Cullman? Kood? etc...

To not include a Manfrotto head in either article is bogus. I've been using Bogen - Manfrotto for 35ys and swear by them.

For the last few years I've been using a Manfrotto 055 magnesium ball head that supports up to 27lbs. They also
make a 057 that holds 34lbs.

I've had my DSLR with battery grip, 70-200mm f2.8 lens & SB900 speedlight attached and the camera was turned for vertical and no slip at all, solid as a rock.

I also love that the quick release plate can stay on my camera and quickly attached to my Manfrotto monopod.

I use the 055 carbon fiber tripod along with the 055 head:

www.adorama.com/BGMH055M0Q5.html

www.adorama.com/BGMT055CXP4.html

Prior to this I used the Manfrotto MT190CXPRO4 carbon fiber tripod with Manfrotto 496RC2 ball head. This could not support the above setup without slipping so I sold it for the more robust 055 kit and highly recommend it.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2015 at 23:00 UTC
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