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:

More resources:
* Imaging Resource (for reviews, tips, etc.):

* Toomas Tamm's basic photog pages (w/ some Canon info):

* A free, basic photog course:

* An excellent thread of inspiring photogs for all to check out:

* A good site for the aspiring, amateur street photog:

* Petteri's excellent essay on candid/street photography:

* Photographer's Rights, Laws, etc:

* DoFMaster calculator:

* Bob Atkins' DoF calculator:

* Moose Peterson on White Balance:

* Julia Borg's tip on White Balance for max DR:

* EPP's Photoshop for Photogs:

* Russel Brown's Photoshop Tips & Techniques:

* Petteri's Pontifications on photography (w/ lots of Canon-specific info):

* Rob Galbraith's DPI site:

* Dry Creek Photo for printer profiles:

* Battery University:

Nikon-specific resources:
* Thom Hogan's Nikon DSLR resource site:

* Fotogenetic's Nikon DSLR landscape photography site:

* David Chin's large collection of useful Nikon links:

* Some simple PP fixes for D200 blooming induced streaking (ie. short banding):

* DigitalDarrell's pointers on D200's MultiCAM 1000 AF system:

Canon-specific resources:
* Canon G-series/Pro90 FAQ:

* Flash photog w/ Canon cameras:

* Kazutoku's G3 tele/wide lens comparisons:

* Marc Jutras G3 hyperfocal settings:

* 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: