Crabby Guy

Crabby Guy

Lives in United States So, CA, United States
Works as a Retired economist
Joined on Mar 13, 2008
About me:

Current gear:

Nikon D300 (I love this camera)
Nikon D200 (borrowable from my son when required)
Nikon F100
Nikon N80
Nikkor 12-24mm DX (Great IQ, a bit heavy and bulky, wider would be nice--a bit too much overlap with the 16-85mm DX VR to carry both under most circumstances. Swap for a Sigma 8-16mm???)
Nikkor 16-85mm DX VR II (strongly recommended)
Nikkor 28-105mm FX
Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 G DX (Wonderfully light and small)
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 D
Nikkor 55-200mm VR bought for light weight and small size for travel photography.
Nikkor Micro 85mm DX f/3.5 VR II (See below)
Nikkor 70-300mm G VR II (Very good lens through 240mm)
Nikkor Micro 70-180mm D (just back from Nikon where it received a service and lube) with Nikon 5T and 6T close-up lenses
Nikon SB-400 (used mainly with SC-17 cable for lighting macro subjects and when weight/bulk are important)
Nikon SB-600
Better Beamer (for SB-600)
Demb FlipIt flash reflector/diffuser (for SB-600)
Stroboframe Press-T flash bracket
Nikon Coolscan V ED 35mm scanner
Epson flatbed scanner
Numerous Manfrotto pieces incl. 3221B tripod with added capability of holding laptop for tethered shooting, tabletop triod, monopod, macro flash bracket (just arrived--haven't used it yet), numerous heads and feet for tripod and monopod, etc.
Three Tamrac camera bags (Recommended)
14" laptop for travel
Windows 7 desktop w/24-in. LG monitor, overclocked, 8 GB of RAM and Intel 8500 processor, several HDDs, etc., mostly dedicated to photo use.
Three Seagate FreeAgentGo external HDDs just for photo work.
Lightroom 3.3 (using D-65's setup and methods and the LR Queen's LR FAQ book) and PSE9.
Spyder 3 Elite
Epson R2880 13-in. color and B&W pigment-ink printer--wonderful!
HP 7960 8.5-in. color and B&W dye printer with text capability and duplexer

*Still* waiting for Nikkor 300mm f/4 to receive VR II and Nikkor 80-400mm to be upgraded to AF-S, VR II, and likely a new formulation. I now often carry Nikkor Micro 85mm DX VR as a travel closeup lens without a tripod, not usually for macro but for closeups on trips up to 1:2, e.g., flowers. This is an excellent lens, also great on a tripod w/VR off, has a 8-in. working distance at 1:1, and is a wonderful bargain. Good for portraits as well. 12.5 oz., 3.9-in. long, and under $500. Recommended.

Hoping for more Nikkor *DX* lenses. A small and light wide angle, maybe 12mm, is at the top of the list. T&S and DC would be lovely.

I now have Jon Cone's color ink system for Epson R2880 in hand but I'm waiting for one of my Epson inks to run out before I install it. (Different individual inks but same gamut as Epson's and uses their ICC Profiles. This is magic to me.)

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