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 the violin (and viola) a few years back and loving it!

Nikon D800 + D5100 + D200 + (now dead?) D70 + 17-55DX f/2.8 + 18-70DX + 35 f/2 + 50 f/1.8 + 55 f/2.8 AIS Micro + 85 f/1.8 + 105 f/2.8 AIS Micro + 180 f/2.8 + 70-300VR + #6T Close-up + Sigma 20 f/1.8 EX + 70-200 f/2.8 EX + Lensbaby 2.0 + Feisol CM1401 monopod + CT3401 tripod + Giottos 3300 ballhead + (dead) SB800 speedlight + Newton Di100FR2 flash bracket + SC28 TTL flash cord.

iPhone 5c for pocket cam -- good for Facebook-type stuff. ;-)

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

Kata T-214 for primary (sling) bag -- it's one awesome sling bag that's lasted me since the early days of D200... and still going strong.

Previously considered Tokina 11-16 f/2.8, possibly 70-200VR, but probably not anymore. And probably sticking w/ 17-55DX f/2.8 on the D800 (mainly in 1.2x crop) for the forseeable future. Maybe some more advanced lighting gear, possibly some AlienBees plus a new speedlight. Finally upgraded to a refurbed D800 after spending a couple years using my daughter's neglected D5100... ;-p

Stuff from old Canon G3 kit: 420ex flash + 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 View, BreezeBrowser, Colorvision SpyderPro, Nero 6.6, some old Matrox video NLE kits.

PC: Dell XPS8700: 4th gen Core i7 w/ 8GB RAM and lots of HDD space -- plan to upgrade w/ 256GB SSD for system/main drive and maybe additional 8GB RAM.

/****** 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:


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