aufinger

Lives in United States Stone Mountain, United States
Works as a USMC (Ret)
Joined on Sep 11, 2006

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On article Hands-on with new Nikon FTZ II adapter (234 comments in total)

What I don't get is if the FTZ and FTZ II function the same with the only difference being the tripod mount, why doesn't the FTZ II cost less considering it has to be less costly to manufacture. In any case, I think both FTZ's are overpriced. From what I see, all they do is bridge the electrical connections between the lens and camera body. I personally would like to get a second FTZ just so I can keep them permanently attached to a couple of F lenses - but not at $250 a pop.

Link | Posted on Dec 22, 2021 at 02:43 UTC as 30th comment | 10 replies

The Z9 takes two best categories and it's just now about to begin to ship. The reason that's premature for year 2021 is that you may remember the D80's hot pixels, oil spots on the D600 sensor and left focus issues with the D800 (those are the three I remember only because I had all three). Usually, these issues don't come to the surface until the camera has been on the street for at least a short time. I have no doubt the Z9 is a great camera, but it probably belongs on 2022's list.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2021 at 03:39 UTC as 10th comment
On article iPhone 13 Pro sample gallery (DPReview TV) (60 comments in total)
In reply to:

vFunct: iPhone 13 Pro is good enough to replace most mirrorless/dSLRs in almost every way, the first phone camera I can say that about. The lens is huge.

If you aren't getting paid professionally for your photos, then you likely don't need anything besides an iPhone 13 Pro.

Whenever I see a post like yours, I'm not sure if I'm going to LMAO or just vomit.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2021 at 00:42 UTC
On photo Flyover in the Propeller Planes in Flight challenge (1 comment in total)

Correction to the lens. It was a Nikon Nikkor Z 70-200 F2.8 S.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2021 at 00:26 UTC as 1st comment
On article Why have cameras and lenses become so expensive? (757 comments in total)

I'm not sure what's described in the article is what I experienced. My first DSLR was a Nikon D70 that I purchased in 2005 for $1,000. If I wanted to spend about the same amount today, I would be looking at a Nikon D7500. The fact is the D7500 is a much more capable camera that blows the D70 away in every category yet it costs the same as my D70. I can say the same about my recent purchase of a Nikon Z7 II. I paid the same price for my Z7 II that I paid for my D800 eight years ago, and again, the Z7 II beats the D800 in just about every category. And even if the Z7 II did cost more than my D800, I think you have to look a little past the price and take a close look at the new and improved features.

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2021 at 01:50 UTC as 43rd comment | 6 replies
On article DPReview TV: The best $4000 camera kits (367 comments in total)
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aufinger: If I needed to quickly replace my camera gear with a $4k budget, I would put 3/4 of it in the camera and get an all-in-one lens to start out. I would then, as my budge allows, begin to rebuild my lens collection with higher quality glass. For me, as a Nikon fan, I would be looking at a Z7 II with a Z 24-200.

Thoughts R Us. The reason I would go for the best body first is that I already played the body upgrade game once and that's enough. In my first 10 years using a DSLR, I went from a D70, D80, D300s, D600 and a D800 which I've had for the past eight years. I should mention that I recently picked up a Z7 II, but having my D800 for eight years is not exactly jumping on "newer/better" like I initially did.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2021 at 02:59 UTC
On article DPReview TV: The best $4000 camera kits (367 comments in total)

If I needed to quickly replace my camera gear with a $4k budget, I would put 3/4 of it in the camera and get an all-in-one lens to start out. I would then, as my budge allows, begin to rebuild my lens collection with higher quality glass. For me, as a Nikon fan, I would be looking at a Z7 II with a Z 24-200.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2021 at 20:08 UTC as 8th comment | 3 replies
On article DPReview TV: Our favorite $1000 camera kits (286 comments in total)

Anytime I see a review, a favorites list, or a best of anything list that has a "Shop Now" link, to me it's nothing more than an advertisement and is pretty meaningless.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2021 at 04:46 UTC as 9th comment

I don't see anything unique about the PD bag. They're acting like they created the idea of a shoulder bag. Certainly they are not the first to bring a similar bag to market.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2021 at 03:49 UTC as 22nd comment
On article 12 Things Not To Do When Buying Your First Film Camera (236 comments in total)
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Michael Firstlight: Some pretty poor advice here on several points.

I would revise my original post that read "What wasn't poor advice was worthless advice." to read "There was also some worthless advice."

Link | Posted on May 30, 2020 at 06:18 UTC
On article 12 Things Not To Do When Buying Your First Film Camera (236 comments in total)
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Michael Firstlight: Some pretty poor advice here on several points.

I purchased my first SLR in 1973, a Pentax Spotmatic II, and then a Nikon FM2 in the 80's. My first auto focus camera was a Nikon that I purchased in the 90s.  I went digital in 2003, with a Nikon D70.  The writer indicates that there are plenty of good film cameras available for $100 or less.  True, you can go to Craigslist and buy a good used brand-name camera cheap,  90 percent of the article was fill.  Don't need to read; don't buy a pro body; a low-end Nikon N55 can make just as good a picture as a pro-level Nikon; don't buy a medium-format camera yet; don't start out with good film, etc.  Personally, he lost me when he said film photography is wonderful.  Not in 2020 (not to offend you old-timers still enjoying film).  In 2020, for the average photographer digital photography is not just wonderful, it's amazing.  Sorry, I didn't see very much useful information here.  What you have here is little substance spread out over 13 pages to get us to see the ads.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2020 at 05:43 UTC
On article 12 Things Not To Do When Buying Your First Film Camera (236 comments in total)
In reply to:

Michael Firstlight: Some pretty poor advice here on several points.

What wasn't poor advice was worthless advice.

Link | Posted on May 30, 2020 at 02:39 UTC
On challenge reptiles (1 comment in total)

I don't think frogs are reptiles.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2019 at 03:05 UTC as 1st comment
On challenge Helicopters (2 comments in total)
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vbuhay: Would an Osprey VSTOL aircraft be OK to submit?

The 2nd Additional Rule says "No fixed wing, non-VTOL aircraft." If it's VTOL then it should be ok.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2019 at 00:46 UTC
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thetoolman: In North Korea, one minute you are here and then in a flash you are gone.

Post removed. It posted under the wrong comment.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2019 at 03:36 UTC
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ewelch: Thank goodness for the Ninth Circuit, one of the few courts not compromised by the mass migration to the right in so many other courts from the very top down.

I strongly disagree. The Ninth Circuit is a cesspool of liberal crazies. It's not the job of the Ninth Circuit or any other court to impose their personal leanings to their findings. They should merely rule what is or isn't lawful under the Constitution or other stated laws.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2018 at 01:12 UTC
On photo Taking-off in the Random Items - Challenge 6 challenge (1 comment in total)

Looks like a swan to me.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2016 at 03:02 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Crane in the Random Items - Challenge 6 challenge (1 comment in total)

No need to tell you that's not a goose in that you already know it's a crane.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2016 at 05:13 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Lamp in the Random Items - Challenge 6 challenge (1 comment in total)

Is that lamp inside a tractor?

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2016 at 05:00 UTC as 1st comment
On challenge Age old photos (5 comments in total)
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JahnG: Continuing the previous question. What is requested:
a) a "genuine " sepia picture developed from film (and then scanned)
b) an old "normal" aged photo print turning brown/yellow after 50 or 100 years
c) a normal picture generated into sepia in PS

In that the general rule is that the photo must have been taken by the submitter, you would have to be pretty old to submit a 100 year old photo. In any case, I thought this site was for digital photography.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2015 at 01:28 UTC
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