Man-Fai Wong

Lives in United States NYC metro area, NY, United States
Works as a Software Engineer; maybe Photog someday
Joined on Jul 30, 2003
About me:

Just another amateur learning to paint w/ 'the light of the world.' (John 8:12)

Just learning and growing in this amateur photog thing. Broad interests in the cinema, music and art in general, and baseball(!) too. Picked up violin (and viola) w/ the kids a decade ago and loving it!

Nikon Z6 + D800 + D5100 + D200 + (now dead?) D70

Nikon Z 24-70 f/4 S + 16-35 f/4 VR + 17-55DX f/2.8 + 18-70DX + 35 f/2 D + 50 f/1.8 D + 55 f/2.8 AIS Micro + 85 f/1.8 D + 105 f/2.8 AIS Micro + 180 f/2.8 D + 70-300 VR + #6T Close-up + Sigma 20 f/1.8 EX + 105 f/2.8 EX OS Macro + 70-200 f/2.8 EX + Tamron 150-600 VC G2 + Lensbaby 2.0

Feisol CT3401 tripod w/ Giottos 3300 ballhead + Manfrotto 535 tripod w/ Nitrotech N8 videohead and Hejnar Arca-Swiss QR converter + Feisol CM1401 monopod w/ Manfrotto 234RC tilt head + (dead) SB800 speedlight + Newton Di100FR2 flash bracket + SC28 TTL flash cord

iPhone 7 for pocket cam -- good for general snaps and Facebook-type stuff :-)

Panny HC-V770K HD cam for easier shooting of HD video when lighting permits (and/or slightly lower quality is fine) or continuous AF and/or handholding is needed

Sennheiser MKE440 (stereo) + Rode VideoMic Pro (mono) for video when shotgun mic is needed. Also use a Tascam DR-2d recorder (w/ my old Utrapod 2) to double as stereo mic for video when shotgun's not needed

Kata LT-315 for primary (sling) bag (replacing old T-214 from my Nikon D200 days) -- pretty good, moderate-size sling bag for DSLR+widezoom+telezoom+another small lens or similar (or even mirrorless cam)

Tenba DNA15 for (moderately slingable) messenger-style bag that can also store 15" laptop

Kata D-3N1-33 for (barely slingable) full-size backpack-style bag that can also store 15" laptop

Previously considered Tokina 11-16 f/2.8, possibly Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VR, but probably not anymore. Probably Atomos Ninja V external monitor+recorder and Peak Design Travel Tripod. Maybe Nikon Z 70-200 f/2.8 S. Possibly some more advanced lighting gear like AlienBees plus a new speedlight

Stuff from old Canon G3 kit: 58mm Hoya HMC CPL + WC-DC58N 0.7x WA + TC-DC58N 1.75x tele + Ultrapod 2

PCware: Adobe PSE+PremE 11, Adobe CS Premium (original version), RAWMagick Lite, Nikon Capture 4.x, Nikon ViewNX 2, CyberLink Media Suite 10, Nero 6.6, X-Rite i1DisplayPro

PC: Dell XPS8700: 4th gen Core i7 w/ 32GB RAM and lots of HDD space, including networked DiskStation DS416j RAID unit w/ 4x3TB storage, NEC PA272W for monitor. Dell XPS15 (9550) for laptop

/****** WEB RESOURCES *******

CTF thread to good basic photog resources:
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1010&message=3697387

More resources:
* Imaging Resource (for reviews, tips, etc.):
http://www.imaging-resource.com/

* Toomas Tamm's basic photog pages (w/ some Canon info):
http://www.chem.helsinki.fi/~toomas/photo/

* A free, basic photog course:
http://www.bigirishgit.com/photography/courseintro.htm

* An excellent thread of inspiring photogs for all to check out:
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1005&message=4968316

* A good site for the aspiring, amateur street photog:
http://www.pinkheadedbug.com/

* Petteri's excellent essay on candid/street photography:
http://194.100.88.243/petteri/pont/Pontification/n_Telephoto_Is_For_Wimps/a_Telephoto_Is_For_Cowards.html

* Photographer's Rights, Laws, etc:
http://www.krages.com/phoright.htm

http://www.photosecrets.com/p14.html

* DoFMaster calculator:
http://dfleming.ameranet.com/dofjs.html

* Bob Atkins' DoF calculator:
http://bobatkins.photo.net/photography/technical/dofcalc.html

* Moose Peterson on White Balance:
http://www.nikondigital.org/articles/white_balance.htm

* Julia Borg's tip on White Balance for max DR:
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1021&message=17142860

* EPP's Photoshop for Photogs:
http://epaperpress.com/psphoto/

* Russel Brown's Photoshop Tips & Techniques:
http://www.russellbrown.com/tips/photoshop.html

* Petteri's Pontifications on photography (w/ lots of Canon-specific info):
http://194.100.88.243/petteri/pont/Whats_new/a_Recent_changes.html

* Rob Galbraith's DPI site:
http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/index.asp

* Dry Creek Photo for printer profiles:
http://drycreekphoto.com/

* Battery University:
http://www.batteryuniversity.com/

Nikon-specific resources:
* Thom Hogan's Nikon DSLR resource site:
http://www.bythom.com/index.htm

* Fotogenetic's Nikon DSLR landscape photography site:
http://fotogenetic.dearingfilm.com/index.html

* David Chin's large collection of useful Nikon links:
http://www.pbase.com/dlcmh/nikonlinks

* Some simple PP fixes for D200 blooming induced streaking (ie. short banding):
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1021&message=17067223

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1021&message=17390213

* DigitalDarrell's pointers on D200's MultiCAM 1000 AF system:
http://www.nikonians.org/nikon/d200_multi-cam_af/

Canon-specific resources:
* Canon G-series/Pro90 FAQ:
http://www.botzilla.com/photo/g1faq.html

* Flash photog w/ Canon cameras:
http://photonotes.org/articles/eos-flash/

* Kazutoku's G3 tele/wide lens comparisons:
http://kazutoku.cside.com/G3CON_eng.htm

* Marc Jutras G3 hyperfocal settings:
http://www.marcjutras.com/ehyperfocal.html

* My G3 settings for point-and-shooting 1/2 height adults, full height little kids:
f3.2, manual focus to ~15ft (usable throughout zoom range w/ better background exposure)

* Canon's G3 support page:
http://www.powershot.com/ciw/ppg/PowershotG3.html

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Comments

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On article Benchmark Performance: Nikon D810 review (2007 comments in total)
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OceanFroggie: Looks a superb spec. Pity about 36mp, fine for pro's but totally OTT for most leisure users. Having recently returned to SLR with an APS-C sensor I am beginning to regret the size and weight of even that smaller gear, so won't be going FF despite the human desire and draw of this superb looking camera. In the century of higher spec'd 'less is more' gear I don't see a long term future for these large heavy SLRs outside of the pro community. A D300 control layout on a D3300 sized body might 'blow skirts up' more than 35mm sized SLR bodies of yesteryear. I suspect I will end up back in super zoom land or an ultra compact ILC with min 10fps. I'm on a boat this weekend with a bag full of DX lenses, 2 years ago I had a lightweight CB super zoom and got all the shots - why did I not resist the draw of 'gear' and nostalgia my 35m film days of the early 80s. Personally for leisure use 16mp is more than adequate for me.

Looks like you're coming from the D5200 (according to your profile).

It'll definitely feel hefty (w/ bigger/roomier grip) compared to that... although it didn't take me long to readjust from shooting mostly w/ a D5100 for the last couple years -- then again, I had mostly been using the 17-55DX f/2.8 (and 70-300VR) on the D5100, which won't exactly feel lite.

The weight/size and balance isn't all that different from my old D200.

Switching from the D5200 (and looks like not being used to heavier lenses either), I imagine you'll feel the heft in your right wrist until you get used to it.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2014 at 13:31 UTC
On article Benchmark Performance: Nikon D810 review (2007 comments in total)
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eastwestphoto: If Nikon makes a serious Mirrorless DSLM, I would consider going Back too Nikon! I still have a draw full of high end Nikon AF lenses; waiting. Interesting that Nikon is buying Sony chips in full Frame, isn't it? You thought Nikon was king? Don't think I don't like Nikon idiot, I have five very expensive Nikon Rangefinders, and Five pro-SLR Nikon's. I made a living shooting Nikon Film cameras & even sold my D-70s a while ago. Still The konica Minolta Sony Nex 7 made a real believer out of me & so does the Sony A7r, so friends, Nikon cameras are just too huge in size and weight, Nikon DSLR are too large for the travel photographer, who needed Light, ultra compact, ultra precision digital cameras. Sony moved in with there electronics technology and bought a merged optical house who made great cameras going back to the 1920's. One day soon Nikon will make a serious DSLM in Full Frame of ultra compact size using the Nikon AF lens mount. I am waiting...... Don@Eastwestphoto

Live view has its usefulness, but it isn't always a good substitute for a good OVF.

Better to have option to choose as one needs me thinks.

And personally, I'm not sure I want things cluttering my view all the time anyway -- somethings can be better done the old fashioned way instead of relying too much on the latest tech.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2014 at 23:16 UTC
On article Benchmark Performance: Nikon D810 review (2007 comments in total)
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HarrieD7000: Jake64
And I'm convinced that is the reason why the D610 only has 39 points, more to the centre of the frame. I don't need 36 megapixel but for all the other possibilities I want to have on my new camera, I must buy the D800 or now the D810.

It's probably because they essentially recycled the D7000 body to make the D600/610 and didn't fully redesign the AF module for better coverage.

39 points could be enough if distributed well.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2014 at 23:02 UTC
On article Benchmark Performance: Nikon D810 review (2007 comments in total)
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Hauer: The possibility of a prosumer DX camera being launched is preventing me from deciding to buy the D810. Just wish Nikon would at least inform us in respect of their DX-strategy!
We D300/s owners have been waiting now for such a long time...

There's almost certainly no D400 coming.

However, if you're inclined, I'd suggesting waiting a few more months before jumping on the D810. Might be good to wait for any issues to get ironed out first (w/ the first batches) before taking the plunge... unless you really need the camera asap, which you probably don't since you still have a D300/s.

I went w/ a refurbed D800 a few months ago myself, but I was coming from my D200 antique (w/ busted/unreliable built-in AF motor) and a D5100 that I defaulted to for the last couple years.

IF the modest improvements of the D810 over the D800 don't excite you, you might consider getting a refurbed D800 and save the $$$ toward lenses instead -- a refurbed D800 goes for ~$2500 from reputable dealers and comes w/ 90-day Nikon warranty (and possibly additional extended warranty if it's a company like KEH).

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2014 at 22:57 UTC
On article Benchmark Performance: Nikon D810 review (2007 comments in total)
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Jake64: I am still convinced that if the D610 got 51 point AF to cover more of the frame, it would remove the need for the D8xx cameras.

I don't know about that, but agree the AF coverage was one definite aspect that turned me off wrt the D610.

Seemed like the problem had more to do w/ Nikon seemingly recycling the D7100 body into the D600/610 w/out fully redesigning the AF part for better coverage in FF.

Still, even the AF coverage on the D800 isn't quite as big as on the D7100 though... unless one shoots in a crop mode -- I often shoot in 1.2x crop myself.

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2014 at 22:33 UTC
On article Benchmark Performance: Nikon D810 review (2007 comments in total)
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mike concannon: I'l continue waiting for the D400
Until then.. My D300 does everything that I need it to do.

The D400 is almost certainly not coming given how long it's been and how the landscape is shaping up...

That's why I ended up taking the plunge on a refurbed D800 a few months ago... That's not to say everyone should move to FF (or some other new body) of course -- I stuck w/ my old D200 for a long time too and then defaulted to my daughter's neglected D5100 for a couple years...

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2014 at 22:24 UTC
On article Benchmark Performance: Nikon D810 review (2007 comments in total)
In reply to:

OceanFroggie: Looks a superb spec. Pity about 36mp, fine for pro's but totally OTT for most leisure users. Having recently returned to SLR with an APS-C sensor I am beginning to regret the size and weight of even that smaller gear, so won't be going FF despite the human desire and draw of this superb looking camera. In the century of higher spec'd 'less is more' gear I don't see a long term future for these large heavy SLRs outside of the pro community. A D300 control layout on a D3300 sized body might 'blow skirts up' more than 35mm sized SLR bodies of yesteryear. I suspect I will end up back in super zoom land or an ultra compact ILC with min 10fps. I'm on a boat this weekend with a bag full of DX lenses, 2 years ago I had a lightweight CB super zoom and got all the shots - why did I not resist the draw of 'gear' and nostalgia my 35m film days of the early 80s. Personally for leisure use 16mp is more than adequate for me.

I don't generally care for 36MP either and mostly shoot 1.2x crop for ~25MP on my D800 -- and yes, w/ my old 17-55 f/2.8 DX for widezoom. :-)

Still, 36MP can be useful at times -- or very often if you shoot lots of landscapes and such -- and I do use it occasionally.

Truthfully, I would've just gone for the D7100 if the body was a bit better w/ deeper shooting buffer and more robust AF motor. Yeah, I'm one of those who waited for a D400, but that's almost certainly not coming at this point.

Still, I'm happy w/ finally taking the plunge on a refurbed D800 a few months ago -- yeah, stings just a little to see the D810 coming out so soon after my purchase, but I wouldn't spend the extra $$$ on the modest improvements anyway (and needed the camera at the time, not 1/2 year from now)...

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2014 at 22:21 UTC
On article Benchmark Performance: Nikon D810 review (2007 comments in total)
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Ajaykdelhi: I wonder why Nikon was in a hurry to replace D800. It is yet to upgrade D300s and d7100

Unfortunately, Nikon has apparently decided it's probably not worth their while to produce a direct successor to the D300s. You should give up waiting for a D400 or the like.

I gave up a couple months back and chose between the D7100 and a refurbed D800... and went w/ the refurbed D800. Sucks a little to find out about the D810 so soon after taking the plunge, but then again, since I didn't really want to spend that kind of $$$ in the first place (and got it in part as a big anniversary present), I wouldn't spend the extra for the modest improvements of the D810 anyway...

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2014 at 22:05 UTC
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