BartyLobethal

BartyLobethal

Lives in Australia Adelaide, Australia
Works as a Curdemudgeon
Joined on Apr 21, 2011

BartyLobethal's current gear

Nikon D300S
Nikon D50
Nikon D700
Picked this one up on eBay in 2011 in 'near new' condition for a song. Excellent ergonomics and operation, it would be difficult to go back to a 'lesser' build. That said, I don't like the colour rendition as much as that of my D50. It's CMOS vs CCD, but I though we were meant to be moving forward?
My first DSLR. Excellent IQ and still 'good enough' for most purposes, I prefer the colour rendition of this over that of my D300s.
Purchased 2nd hand September 2013. Clear 1.5 to 2 stop noise advantage over the D300s at ISO1600 and up. Fairly clean results up to ISO6400 with correct exposure. Excellent colours. AF works well in light I can hardly see in, so nothing to complain about there.
Nikon AF Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D
Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF
Acts as a mild-wide on DX. If I had to only have one of my current lenses, I would probably choose this* (*this stopped being true after I bought my Nikkor AF-s 24 - 70mm f/2.8!)
Good to great centre sharpness at all apertures. Border and corner performance not so good until f4, but good to great after that. Practically distortion-free. Good contrast. Bokeh not as good as the AF-S wide open, but by f2.8 it's close enough. Excellent value-for-money.
OK. Good contrast and sharp enough stopped down at the wider focal lengths. Soft at 70mm. Ugly moustache distortion at 18mm. Update April 2012: Have recently started using Lightroom 4.0 and re-visited some old shots taken with this lens. It's actually pretty sharp at all focal lengths, and the moustache distortion is easily dealt with by using the Lens Correction Profile.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D ED-IF
Samyang 14mm F2.8 IF ED MC Aspherical
Awesome! Vignettes a bit nastily at 24mm at wider apertures, but this gets better by 28mm and isn't an issue by 35mm. Distortion characteristics are not great without correction, but as a LR user I never see the problem. Otherwise, a really versatile lens which is usable at any aperture and focal length. Capable of excellent results stopped down.
Other gear:
  • Kodak Pocket Instamatic 110 My first camera ever! Still have it in a drawer somewhere.
  • Nikkor AF 105mm f/2.8 micro Nice sharp lens. Heavy and with razor-thin DOF. Really only good for one thing, but good at it.
  • Nikon AF Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6G Cheapest lens I own, but by no means the worst. Noticeable chromatic aberration, and unremarkable contrast, but really sharp at all focal lengths at f/5.6-8. Have owned this for years and hardly used it 'til earlier this year (2011) when I 're-discovered' it.
  • Nikon AF Nikkor 70-300mm f/3.5-5.6G Little to recommend it. 'OK' stopped down between 70-190mm, very soft at longer focal lengths. Slow. Noticeable chromatic aberration.
  • Nikon AF-S 80-200 f/2.8D ED (IF) Really sharp across the whole frame at all apertures unaffected by diffraction. Fast accurate AF - makes a squeaking noise when focussing sometimes. Heavy.
  • Nikon F55 Very inexpensive plastic SLR. Given to me as a gift by my brother following a burglary in which I lost my old Minolta, good on him! Back in the day when the quality was determined by the film and lenses and not the body it was 'good enough'.
  • Nikon F80 Loved this although I haven't shot with it since I 'went digital'. Has the On Demand Grid Lines feature as a display feature.

BartyLobethal's wish list

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Nikon PC-E Micro-Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D
Nikon PC-E Nikkor 45mm f/2.8D ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED

BartyLobethal's previous gear

Other gear:
  • Minolta MC Rokkor 58mm f1.4 I owned and lost this lens years before I realised how good it was. Lost to burglars.
  • minolta srt101 My first SLR. Excellent introduction to photography. Lost to burglars. I liked this so much that I'm tempted to re-buy one for sentimental reasons.
  • Nikon F601 The lesser version of the excellent F801. An 'OK' camera that got me started down the Nikon path. Lost to burglars.
  • Sigma 28-300 Hyperzoom f3.5-6.3 (Nikon mount) Rubbish. Heavy and slow and soft at all focal lengths. I wasn't that sorry when the burglars took this.
  • Vivitar 28 - 210mm f3.5 - 5.6 push-pull MF I can't remember if I had this in a Minolta or Nikon mount (Minolta I think). Haven't looked at any photos I took with it for some time, but I remember it as being pretty good (for the money). Lost to burglars.