N Deacon

N Deacon

Lives in UK
Works as a Wildlife conservation professional
Joined on Jun 26, 2016

Comments

Total: 12, showing: 1 – 12
On photo N1518-small in the Owls 2020-2021 challenge (14 comments in total)
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Buzz Lightyear: Really a stunning owl image and worthy of 1st place. My only disappointment (my personal pet peeve -- not a criticism) is that you didn't make the effort to remove the file code and give the image a fitting title.

Fair comment - it's only a very small thing and I will take that on board in future. Thanks!

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2021 at 20:10 UTC
On photo N1518-small in N Deacon's photo gallery (3 comments in total)
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Geoff777: Just... WOW! Super well done!

Thank you for taking the time to post an encouraging comment - much appreciated.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2021 at 19:42 UTC
On photo N1518-small in the Owls 2020-2021 challenge (14 comments in total)

Thanks to everyone who voted, and special thanks to those who took the time to comment - much appreciated. A first and a second in a week is a nice surprise.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2021 at 19:40 UTC as 6th comment
On article Nikon Z7 II review (1500 comments in total)
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Old Cameras: Thank goodness the new Z6/7ii cameras now have a full function grip available that NO ONE IS GOING TO BUY.

Me too, both to balance long lenses on a gimbal head and to have the controls at your fingertip and thumb when the camera is rotated into portrait mode.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2020 at 08:06 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 II review (1500 comments in total)
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N Deacon: I would like to buy a full-frame high-res Nikon mirrorless for lots of reasons, one being to add one or two of the excellent F/2.8 zooms to my toolbox. However, it also needs to do double duty with my long lenses. I didn't buy into the first generation because of the inferior (compared to my DSLRs) AF, the indefensibly crippled buffer, the viewfinder lag when tracking moving targets (it looks great on static or slow-movers, but I couldn't live with it on fast crossing targets) and the lack of a fully functional grip (for telephoto handling). This meets some of those negatives, but I still need to see something convincing about EVF lag and AF performance, and I want to see real FPS and buffer performance, not 12 bit, single AF point, no tracking. That's like saying that this new SUV will go much faster, but only if you strip out all the seats. Thirty plus year Nikon customer, really wants the product and some of the expensive glass, but unfortunately still on the fence right now.

I owned the F mount version for about a decade before parting company with it because although its performance was mostly good (if you could avoid flare, which was not easy with that front element) it was so bulky that I simply never took it out, and picked up a slightly inferior but much more compact f/4 instead. Liked the performance, loved the build quality (apart from the crappy push-on lens cap), detested the add-on filter cludges and didn't ever want to carry it up a mountain with a bagful of other gear. The Z version solves all those problems and is optically better. The Z lenses are looking great so far. Just looking for a camera body that I can live with. This may be it, but it remains to be seen - but I do find some of that release info such as claimed FPS and buffer really irritating - "to get this, you cripple that..." It still implies a lack of fast RAM and/or processing power, or maybe poorly optimised firmware.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2020 at 18:14 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 II review (1500 comments in total)
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N Deacon: I would like to buy a full-frame high-res Nikon mirrorless for lots of reasons, one being to add one or two of the excellent F/2.8 zooms to my toolbox. However, it also needs to do double duty with my long lenses. I didn't buy into the first generation because of the inferior (compared to my DSLRs) AF, the indefensibly crippled buffer, the viewfinder lag when tracking moving targets (it looks great on static or slow-movers, but I couldn't live with it on fast crossing targets) and the lack of a fully functional grip (for telephoto handling). This meets some of those negatives, but I still need to see something convincing about EVF lag and AF performance, and I want to see real FPS and buffer performance, not 12 bit, single AF point, no tracking. That's like saying that this new SUV will go much faster, but only if you strip out all the seats. Thirty plus year Nikon customer, really wants the product and some of the expensive glass, but unfortunately still on the fence right now.

If you can tell me how to fit a 14-24 f/2.8 Z lens to it, that would be just fine. I missed one thing I have been looking for compared to DSLRs - the option of using silent shutter for shy wildlife or where mechanical shutter is just antisocial.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2020 at 17:36 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 II review (1500 comments in total)

I would like to buy a full-frame high-res Nikon mirrorless for lots of reasons, one being to add one or two of the excellent F/2.8 zooms to my toolbox. However, it also needs to do double duty with my long lenses. I didn't buy into the first generation because of the inferior (compared to my DSLRs) AF, the indefensibly crippled buffer, the viewfinder lag when tracking moving targets (it looks great on static or slow-movers, but I couldn't live with it on fast crossing targets) and the lack of a fully functional grip (for telephoto handling). This meets some of those negatives, but I still need to see something convincing about EVF lag and AF performance, and I want to see real FPS and buffer performance, not 12 bit, single AF point, no tracking. That's like saying that this new SUV will go much faster, but only if you strip out all the seats. Thirty plus year Nikon customer, really wants the product and some of the expensive glass, but unfortunately still on the fence right now.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2020 at 17:25 UTC as 237th comment | 4 replies
On photo Goshawk in the A big year - birds 2020 challenge (5 comments in total)
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quatpat: OF course, if you took the shot in the U.S., then it could hardly be a Eurasian Sparrowhawk... so I'd be wrong then.

It's an adult male crested goshawk (Accipiter trivirgatus). A stunning shot of a beautiful bird!

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2020 at 12:44 UTC

Those prices make no sense, We are accustomed to being ripped off in the UK, but having a GB pound price of 1.35x USD price is the exchange rate in reverse ... At the current exchange rate and adding 20% VAT the 64GB card should be around £131.00, not £190.00!
If the prices quoted are correct then congratulations Delkin - you have made the equivalent Sony G series XQD cards look like a real bargain! No thanks...

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2018 at 19:39 UTC as 30th comment
On photo 2018-01-20 (34) in the A big year - birds 2018 challenge (1 comment in total)

Slender-billed curlew.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2018 at 23:19 UTC as 1st comment
On photo 2018-01-12 (52) in the A big year - birds 2018 challenge (1 comment in total)

That's a long-billed curlew ...

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2018 at 11:43 UTC as 1st comment

At first look it seems to be a huge improvement in both UI and function and I think I will now finally find it useful. Someone asked about video functions - at first look I can't find any at all. Not a problem for me, but it would be nice to have the option.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2017 at 08:58 UTC as 25th comment
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