Wahrsager

Wahrsager

Lives in United States United States
Joined on Nov 13, 2011

Wahrsager's current gear

Nikon D4S
Nikon D5
Nikon D500
I still use this body in 2019 - very solid machine, very reliable AF and extremely good performance under difficult light.
Indispensable for use under difficult light such as night-time stadium scenes.
The best, easiest to use and most satisfying camera I've ever owned. Button placement, customization, acceptable weight, essentially faultless AF and exceptional battery life make the D500 an incredibly reliable tool. It's always with me, always turned on ready to catch whatever unfolds on any occasion. Yes D5 and Z 6 files are nicer but the combination of just right size, weight and battery endurance make this body my main squeeze.
Nikon D7000
Nikon D800E
Nikon Z6
An extremely solid and capable camera with a brilliant flash command center built in for infinite exploration with Nikon CLS. It's my first Nikon, DSLR and I still use it.
Delivers extreme-quality files at base ISO with careful consideration of white balance and f-stop. Fantastic for "35mm look" portraits and landscape, especially in controlled-lighting. Kind of ridiculous dynamic range- why bother with HDR?
Sony a7 III
Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 200mm f/4D ED-IF
Nikon AF Nikkor 135mm f/2D DC
Grisly menu and ergonomics especially if you have any tendon troubles. Very nice jpegs with pleasant colors. Middling EVF and undesirable shutter sound. I don't enjoy using it despite its studly feature set and capabilities. I think the most impressive aspect about this camera is its stellar Autofocus.
I went though a Micro (Macro) phase but admittedly bought this lens because it looked like an old military instrument - it sure is built like one. It's a fine tool, one that can create exceptional images as well. Sadly it can't play along with the focus-shift shooting on my new Z 6 but I'll still keep it as they don't make lenses like this anymore.
Produces beautiful "nostalgic feeling" images wide open with some caveats - namely the C/A that can occur in certain conditions. I find this lens extremely flattering for torso-up portraits of normal-weight people. Relatively easy to use manually on Z 6 with peaking engaged.
Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-6.3G VR
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II
Extremely versatile, light, easy to use with very effective VR. Produces sharp information across whole range. AF speed could be faster but the overall versatility and ease of use make this lens a must have for DX.
Hits above its weight in sharpness, VR effectiveness and overall image quality. Diminutive size, weight and low cost make it cheap enough to leave in the hotel room.
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm F1.8G
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 105mm F1.4E ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
Very useful little lens. I think it's best feature is its size. Optically it's okay in challenging light/ contrast situations. In good light at around f/5.6 is where it really shines. Slow focusing. Rugged despite being plasticky. I've dropped it countless times and it keeps chugging along.
A very special lens that delivers enduring quality with some minor caveats. Hefty and a bit unwieldy but a must have for when you need to dive in the middle of the action.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.4G
Almost perfect, but I hardly ever use it. Just a touch too wide. If you're a sociable person and are comfortable shooting people and things in tight spaces than this lens is a must have.
Wow! It's sharp. And heavy.
Old faithful sharply delivers but expect HEAVY C/A wide-open in some high-contrast scenarios while wide-open. Extremely useful focal length on 35mm format for many everyday things and "storytelling" without being overly wide. Just enough drama. Too heavy to act as a pretend 50 on a D500 body in my opinion.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 600mm F4E FL ED VR
Versatile, short-term hand-holdable, high-performance. It's one of the sharpest lenses I own.
A little long for a 50, but makes very appealing background defocusing for many situations. NOT sharp wide open. Some C/A but not troubling. Overly priced and insultingly cheap plastic hood. Body light, easy to manage with satisfying manual focus feeling.
Very useful focal length for beach to surf type shooting. Very nice contrast, color, flare control for backlit imagery. Autofocus essentially instant. Some easily corrected light falloff wide open, very heavy when TC-14E III attached albeit with little sharpness and AF tenacity (in center) lost. Light enough to manage on long days with monopod and brief hand-holding. I do wish the HK-40 hood locking mechanism were more robust.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G
Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III
More or less a gem. Sharp, rich beautiful images. Super-solid and reliable. VR extremely effective. The close-focus thing where it's not able to give you 200mm doesn't bother me in practice.
Almost perfect. Shines particularly on a pro-body with less demanding resolution. Some defects wide open, but only when pixel-peeping. Elegant, expensive looking rendition of colors, bokeh. I don't know what it is, but there is something special about this lens in the way it renders color. Maybe it's just my imagination?
I'm extremely dependent on this tiny device. It's a game-changer in many scenarios I often find myself in. It makes my little D500 and 600 F/4E combo into a 21 megapixel 1260mm equivalent monster!! Very very impressive results with careful consideration of AF and shutter duration.
Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III
Nikon Nikkor Z 24-70mm F2.8 S
Nikon Nikkor Z 24-70mm F4 S
Sony FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS
Sony FE 50mm F1.8
Adobe Photoshop CS6
Extremely useful range. Heavy. Crude zoom effort. Makes an A7 III even more out of balance. Makes very nice images even in difficult light when coupled with A7 III body.
Disconcertingly difficult to mount on A7 III. Very good results wide open with careful technique.
Everybody needs Photoshop. A must-have.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5
Phase One Capture One Pro
Good at sorting. Not so good at quality in my opinion. My version corrupted several years worth of work.
It's my go to. Raw conversion utterly superior to LR5. Gorgeous color. Less of an "organizing catalogue."

Wahrsager's wish list

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Nikon D6
Sony a9
Fujifilm GFX 100
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 180-400mm F4E TC1.4 FL ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR

Wahrsager's previous gear

Nikon D800
Nikon Df
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 10-24mm f/3-5-4.5G ED
She was a a good teacher this old clunker. Loud, ugly-sounding shutter delivered gorgeous files with EDUCATED use of white balance and f-stop. A solid workhorse with some caveats. Simply brilliant TTL/ flash results.
GORGEOUS, juicy files up to 12,800 with totally sh***y AF and controls. LIGHT body and beautiful-sounding shutter. Feels like a Franken-camera as in you can sense that it's cobbled together with multiple, non-similar bodies. Cheapish feeling.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm F4G ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G
Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D
Somehow, I never loved the best images I got from this lens. Sure, they were sharp, but they lacked "soul." They also seemed slightly desaturated. Is that possible? I don't know.. I don't miss it. Huge barrel distortion at 16mm.
A solid workhorse although I don't miss it. A great combo- a D800 with flash at f/5.6. That's where this lens shines.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR
An inexpensive, FAST-focussing and LIGHT workhorse. Extremely effective and comprehensive VR. Softish after ~220mm as the edges start to lose their edge and some C/A creeps in.