Wahrsager

Wahrsager

Lives in United States United States
Works as a Automotive R&D
Joined on Nov 13, 2011

Wahrsager's current gear

Nikon D4S
Nikon D500
Nikon D7000
Old faithful delivers gorgeous, juicy, flexible files in almost any light and is extremely responsive and "alive-" even more so than the newer D500. Kinda magic to use with AF-C Dynamic-9 and AF-C Single-Point assigned to a super-tele custom button and back-button AF enabled.
Uh.. Wow. Impressive little camera. Truly impressive noise, auto-white balance performance and TENACIOUS AF!!! Extremely solidly-built. A must-have IF you desire the benefits of a crop-sensor camera. In practice, the frame rate/ responsiveness seems slightly hobbled compared to my D4s despite being advertised as having the "AF derived from the D5." Sometimes it'll take a picture AFTER I've lifted my finger off the release button during a 10 fps burst using "Dynamic-25 AF" with "release" selected as priority and using the fastest Lexar XQD card. Also, face detect is off and I have all of the "assistants" (ADL, Vignette, etc.) off- shooting lossless compressed raw. It's almost like the brain figuring out what to do is momentarily overtaxed. A touch of latency. While shooting surfing for example, using the above method, the frame-rate or at least the SOUND of the shutter seems to perceivably change which is unsettling. Side note- I don't entirely miss "Dynamic 9" as the way I use this body- (600 f/4E + 1.4x teleconverter) AF-C Single point is just large enough to track somebody's head when using a gimbal head and some skill.
With some knowledge of exposure basics the D7000 can deliver outstanding files- Watch out as it has a tendency to overexpose in brighter conditions. Slow AF compared to newer offerings such as the D500. Noisy at base ISO but only upon pixel-peeping. Kinda perfect TTL system. Just brilliant control of multiple Nikon speedlights despite being optically based. Very good ergonomics, but I'm now spoiled by the D500 which is the best crop camera I've handled. I recommend this camera used frequently despite it's age to younger people looking for a first ILC as if offers such thorough control of the basics.
Nikon D800E
Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 200mm f/4D ED-IF
Nikon AF Nikkor 135mm f/2D DC
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 dynamics range- why even bother with a 9-stop HDR?????
Beautifully made piece of equipment and versatile. I've used it to shoot surfing when my 70-200 was in service and it was great. Very close focusing. Very shallow depth of field. Very sharp.
Long due for replacement. Almost useless at f/2 in my opinion. I use it for flash-lit portraits at f/8-f/11 where the defects are gone. The DC knob is a gimmick as far as I'm concerned as I've fiddled with it extensively over the years. Beautifully made. 135mm focal length on 35mm format for normal weight people is kind of ideal for facial flattery from my experience. Horrible C/A at wider apertures. Basically any twig or line in the background is going to have a green twin.
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
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm F1.8G
This extremely cheap and LIGHT lens delivers SHARP images with consideration of its limited f-stop range and an understanding of when VR is a benefit. It can easily handle sun-flare and challenging lighting. I've noticed no C/A thus far. The VR by the way is almost freakishly effective with good hand/ breath control. Very very impressive for not a lot of money. If you use it frequently you'll likely fall into the habit of "uncollapsing it" before use- If not, it's a bit of a rude surprise when you want a picture in a hurry.
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 as hell despite being plasticky. I've dropped it countless times and it keeps chugging along.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.4G
Kinda magic. A must-have classic. Soft in corners wide-open with a high-res sensor. Use the flare to your artistic advantage when working in backlit-conditions. Doubles as a weapon if your'e accosted in the street.
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. One thing I recently noticed using it as a "35mm" on my new D500 is that the extreme edge AF points in "3D" had a hard-time discerning a rather distinct object. (I do, however have it set to "NORM" for the 3D coverage).
Old faithful sharply delivers but expect HEAVY C/A wide-open in high-contrast scenarios. 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, hand-holdable, high-performance. My only complaint is the size of the various switches and their (lack of) ease of use. Switching from VR on/norm/sport is a pain in the ass without looking at the barrel- The travel and stops between the detents are too damn small! I'm convinced that using "Sport VR" at high shutter speeds causes weird "double bokeh" in some lines/ patters.
Kinda of a weird focal length that can, at times deliver unmatched images if you happen to nail the focus in the right spot. NOT sharp wide-open, but I use it wide open mostly, sometimes f/2 to be safer. You have to chance upon the "right" combination of light, background nature/distance. The pop that this lens can deliver is a tad elusive in practice but might be worth it for you. I don't regret purchasing it as the rendering of out of focus background can be definitely unique. Get good at AF-C single point and aim for that one glint in the closets eye of an organic creature subject when shooting wide open and you'll enjoy a higher hit-rate and beautiful image pop. Oh- another thing.. It's obscenely expensive for what you get. Yes it can deliver a flavor of rendering that truly is special but it's very plasticky and the lens hood mind as well be made of stacked Dixie cups it's so flimsy. DON'T buy this lens if you want a "walk around lens." You buy this lens to look for opportunities to create visual magic.
Almost perfect- So light and sharp, gorgeous rendering. Essentially instant autofocus. Remarkably effective VR. Sport VR works as advertised when you're matching erratic-moving objects. Perfectly weighted with a D4s and a carbon fiber monopod but the hood-screw SUCKS!! (The locking knob even has finicky adjustment screws!) The lens hood "locking" screw is too small/ dainty as are the control switches. I wish they were backlit and bigger. As for the lens-foot pivot- I understand it's an improvement over the last generation, but I wish they'd consider roller-followers or something to make rotating the barrel between landscape and portrait totally stepless with zero "sticktion." Despite my complaints, once I've assembled the lens and am in the field, the weight and optical deliciousness this piece of engineering art delivers wins me over.
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
Focus breathing can be annoying, but it's more or less a gem. Super-solid and reliable. VR extremely effective.
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.
Adobe Photoshop CS6
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5
Nik Color Efex Pro
Everybody needs Photoshop. A must-have.
Good at sorting. Not so good at quality in my opinion. My version corrupted several years worth of work.
Mostly trite crap, but some useful tweaks if you're tone-savvy.
Nik Silver Efex Pro
Phase One Capture One Pro
A must-have for Monochrome conversion.
It's my go to. Raw conversion utterly superior to LR5. Gorgeous color. Less of an "organizing catalogue."

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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR
Nikon D5

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.