Lives in USA
Works as a Engineer
Joined on Apr 22, 2012
About me:

Photography: Just an amateur hack who started photographing my kids doing action in football, skiing, wrestling, x-country, gymnastics, swimming and track & field. As their activities changed started doing a little theater, event/action, ballet, musical, dragon boating, and cheer/dance on the side ( yeah a lot of different stuff but I got 3 of them, kids that is and they did something different every fall, winter, spring) . Shooting pretty much whatever my kids or family are doing. Not big on scenic or landscape for photograph's sake. I'll take a shot if I happen to be someplace but you won't find me waking up early or traveling just for the sake of taking the picture. What's the point, life is too short to be consumed with capturing the photons yet memory too fleeting not to capture some of those photons. For pretty pictures of places, they are found everywhere on the WWW and dime a dozen. When you capture a moment in time that is special & personal that is unique and treasurable forever, now that is something special!

Paying the Bills & my login name: Driving Moore's law that enables making the best chips on earth, not the kind you eat getting fat on the couch or snacking while you peep and measurbate. No, it's the chips that makes surfing, peeping, shooting RAW ;D & everything else related to computing so cheap and fast! Driving 15+ generations of Moore's Law and counting. Imagine taking a square sheet of paper & cutting it in half, soon that sheet is pretty small ( do it 15+ times )! It will end soon and it won't be pretty. It will be a sad day but the day of reckoning is really really close now! A new time when the next model of camera, computer/laptop/tablet, iPhone, SD/CF/xQD card won't be faster, cheaper, last longer, store more, or do more, that will be a sad day indeed, likely when that time arrives I'll be retired and it won't matter anymore that there isn’t progress as it will be fast and good enough for old slower me!

Fetishes: NAS, the bodies tried them all, use and sell / discard on CL, flebay, or FM what I don't need or want. Every season is an opportunity to buy, use then sell. No body is worth keeping its just a tool and depreciates ( you know about Moore's Law ? ), the bits they capture that is what is special. Even lens, no attachment to the AFS ones, buy used keep what I use and discard to the market the others. The classic D lens, building inventory and find they aren't as nice as the newer G, but good enough I'll be keeping them. As long as Nikon continue to make the in body motors, these are like a fine mechanical watch not the most accurate time piece but a classic, can be passed down to your children.

PS. Even though an engineering and technologist at heart, when it comes to my photography & gear you will find me the last to dive into brick wall shooting, nuances of optics, science of sensors or such. Totally just a hobbyist who shoots jpg with minimal post work and staying far away from anything but enjoying the fruits of Moore's Law and what it brings in the new toys.

chipmaster's current gear

Nikon 1 V1
Nikon D5
Nikon D810
Cycled thru a couple J1s and never could stand the interface. Now that I've had the V1 for a few weeks and done some shooting its passable. Great response and IQ at low ISO. I'm liking it so much will get a second one. Have one with the 6.7-13 and another with the 10-100 and weighs less and takes up less room than just a FX lense! Mated with fast 2.8 or 1.8 FX lenses makes for a awesome sports camera in good ligh if you can get used to the horrible menu system, stupid preview feature and that damn dial. Nikon was so close to having a superstar mirrorless if only... Nice deal used, would never pay full price for the crazy prices Nikon started with these. What are they thinking with the V2/V3 MSRP... To this day as V3 and 70-300CX reviews come in wonder what this could have been with the better marketing and a slightly larger sony based sensor, sigh, but good enough for me when iPhone is not good enough and FX is too much. What the V4 needs to be is merge the dials from V3, new Sony 1" sensor into the V1 body and price it about 599 or so. But look what we get is the DL line, I guess this is the end of the road for the 1, too bad as I rather liked their initial direction.
Yeah the low ISO DR is not as good as D4 nor 1D but for that high ISO a necessary tradeoff. Thought long and hard about getting a D500 as the CFO recommended, but life is short why compromise. Scored a crazy good deal on a LNIB D5, yes LNIB on flebay. You will rarely find me buying new. As I posted in a thread here, biggest regret is buying anything "new". Okay after one dance shoot and three portrait sessions almost the perfect camera. The focus and JPG engine are astounding. It has enough pixels, somehow 12 though claimed by many enough, it wasn't. 16 was a step up but compared to 24 or 36 to few. I can live with 20! The minus, big and expensive. Hear that Nikon, too big and too expensive, LOL! Having 20Meg is nice but would D4s for 3K cheaper or D4 for almost 4K cheaper be a better value is a good question to ponder! But, scored this for 5500 BNIB with 0 on the shutter, so there you go got a D5!!!
Best all around camera out there! 5 time owner of this, keep selling and missing and coming back. This time going to keep it as the d810 successor will likely have more pixels and I really don't need more. 36Meg gives me more than what I need and pushes me and my lens enough with amazing detail and DR. Sweetest shutter ever, just fast enough as my backup to my D5 for sports action when I need reach. Almost thought of going with two D810, but once you have a D* there is also no going back. Thought of doing a D500 as my backup for 10FPS too, but decided once you go FX you simply can't go back either, as nice as the D500, still a crop, fewer pixels and a step back in sensor capability LOL. Now that the D850 is out this doesn't get much love out there, but even more a great value, who really needs D850 level pixels ?
Nikon Df
Nikon 1 Nikkor 10mm f/2.8
Nikon 1 Nikkor VR 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6
Lots of love and hate on this, both me and the community. I've owned three copies of the black and recently scored a used silver one. Love the small size, love the sensor, love the look, the ergo on buttons/dials could really be improved, but just a fun retro camera. Can't complain about the sensor, bought used, not a bad deal. Far from a perfect camera but my fun travel toy to go with my iPhone
Notihng special beyond a small compact and fast prime for the Nikon 1
Great all around travel / vacation lense for the Nikon, great build, whats not to like beside the price. With patience can pick it up used for a reasonable price! After getting this sold off the 10-30 and 30-110 zooms. The CX 10-100 is like the 28-300 FX / 18-300 DX utility lens, only better as its smaller!
Nikon 1 Nikkor VR 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6
Nikon AF Nikkor 20mm f/2.8D
Nikon AF Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D
My favorite lens on the Nikon1, nuf said
Value 4/5 stars, optically so so on Df and on D810 easy to see all the faults for this very old design. But you can't beat the size and value I got for this baby on flebay compared to the new G, for 149 bucks I give it 4 stars.
Another little used classic I picked up when I had my Df. Can't complain about the value but shows it's age when I shot it on my D810
Nikon AF Nikkor 28mm f/2.8D
Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm f/2D
Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D
Value give it 5/5 stars, optically passable on Df and marginal on D810, of course it ain't no 28 1.8G but for 112 bucks I'm not complaining for the fun this lens give me on Df. I'm not a big prime guy but my recent 3 D additions are so fun on the Df.
3/5 stars as I wasn't too patient and overpaid for this one on fleaby at 200 bucks wanting to complete out my wide D prime collection. Like the others passable on my Df and all the shortcomings clearly obvious on the D810, but for about and about fun on Df can't be beat.
Adding to my D prime, scored for so cheap on flea bay couldn't resist. Yeah it ain't no AFS and shows it's weakness on the D810 but wide open still so sweet and stopped down mighty fine for how cheap, light this baby is. It don't feel fragile like them new AFS. Likely can hand this down to my kids and it still work if they still have inbody motors than. So much fun for random shooting thinking of getting the 85 1.4 cream machine but that is still a tad pricey.
Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200mm f/2G ED-IF VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm F2.8E ED VR
Not the cream machine but pretty damn close. My 85 1.8G is better but something about the build/plastic, and scored for 200 bucks on fleabay can't complain. I have yet to do a side by side focus speed test, but I'd swear it is faster than my 85 1.8G, IQ not as good...
If you can get over Chubby's heavy weight, $$$$, and odd size its Nikon's most spectacular lens yielding images and a look matched by no other lens, what bokeh!! Converts very nicely to a 280 F2.8 - 400F4 with converters, still insanely fast focus and not to shabby IQ, what a value there! Now a three time owner and loved it each time, vowing not to sell it again, really!
Broke down and bought this baby new ( said I'd never buy another Nikon product new after all their quality issues but hey it is Christmas time ) A bit bigger, heavier and a lot more expensive than the older 24-70. Once mounted can't fault to much the size as the original was already pretty big. Some say the focus is faster but I'd call it at least equal to the version 1. Sharpness on quick inspection looks improved in the corners, but center sharpness a tad less than the original. I'm not a peeper so good enough for me. Really really nice to have VR and it works well. Already enabled some shots that I wouldn't have gotten on the version 1, in my mind that has already paid for itself as no prime in my arsenal enables 1/15, ISO12800, matching IQ in lowlight situations. My new go to all around PJ lens, well worth spending the extra money if you got it! If my original wasn't having that nasty known zoom lens grind I probably would have kept it.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8E FL ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm F1.8G
Most people get this as a all around FX or portrait DX. FOr me its is fast/medium telephoto for the nikon one. If only Nikon enabled full field focus on the one with their F-mount. Finding myself shooting it more and more on my Df picked up the classic 1.4D. This is around just to mount to my Nikon 1
BIC or GOAT, what else do I have to say
What a value and works great on Nikon one as my in the pocket super light 200F2 replacement, finding I like it as well on both the D810 and Df for portraits. Looking now on flebay for a cheap / value 84 1.4D
Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E II
Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-17E II
Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III
Scored for 150 bucks, older version but still good bolted to my 70-200VII and 200F2 . Gives me a little more reach without popping for a 200-400 or 300 2.8 for when I need more reach
Works nicely with my 70-200 and my 200F2 giving even more reach without too much speed or IQ degradation. Simply not ready to pop for a 200-400F4 or 300 F2.8 for the limited time I need the reach.
Added to the stable for when I need more reach. Far cheaper mated to my 200F2 than getting another supertele. Oh the results aren't too bad either!
Apple iPhone 5s
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Apple iPhone 7 Plus
My current chinese phone, good enough, can a phone be too big? Pictures, video, and focus so good it is no wonder P&S are history. Hoping for a iPHone6c, same face size but thinner for my next one!
The CFO's phone, best phablet out there, great phone too! Pictures, video, and focus so good it is no wonder P&S are history. Would never by a Samsung on the principle and how that company competes, BUY AMERICAN!
Got if for the dual camera lens, yup pretty handy to have such a nice two feature. IQ is a step up from 5s, but not best in class. As a phone, not too bad, but I think it is too big, but can't complain about how easy it is on the eyes! No question Apple is losing it's mojo. They better get their act togather for the iPhone8 for their tenth year anniversary
Apple iPad 2

chipmaster's wish list

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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II
Nikon 1 Nikkor VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6
Added Nov 3, 2016
Prices for this are getting crazy cheap. Want one for field sports and flexible indoor fast action, the Sigma 120-300 2.8 is in play.
Added Apr 18, 2016
Highly reviewed, looking to add this as my small light supertele to go with my V1. Expect this to be plenty good in good light, now to find one used. Ain't going to be investing in anything new in the N1 land as that is a dead line

chipmaster's previous gear

Nikon D40
Nikon D300
Nikon D700
First DSLR I owned, nice, small, but moved up the food chain quickly
Second DSLR I owned, nice DX, need more low light performance and moved to a D700
3rd DSLRI owned for better low light/fast action. Died in a fall in Alaska, had insurance and upgraded to a D3s. What a deal when it came out, a D3 for so much cheaper! Nikon really should release a D750s that was an 8FPS 16Meg D4, but alas we got the D750, D810 and Df to choose between.. such hard choices
Nikon D3S
Nikon D7000
Nikon D5100
4th DSLR I owned and amazing, probably a true classic. Great value, amazing performance and good balance of pixels and ISO. I should never have let mine go, but I got a D4 as replacement. Served me well before my mistake to sell it. Used prices are still so high for this classic that I find a used D4 with it's so many small improvements more than compelling over a used D3s.
Very nice DX, my second second body
Down graded from D7000 to this as my second body then sold it when I went to D4
Nikon 1 J1
Nikon D4
Nikon D800E
Nikon reall blew this one, and new firmware still not so good, bought twice around and still sold it as this is a dud of a line
4 time owner of this camera, each time come back to it as nothing beats the performance / response of the pro Dx line. You can't beat the pro bodies in response, buffer size,, focus, low light etc. Each time buy this baby back for a season of sports / action shooting. Silly me bought my first one new, that was my last new nikon, bought used and can be had now for mid 2K range, what an amazing value used. I really thought this would be my last pro body to be replaced by the D500 then I got my hands on the D5 and the specs and the JPGs on the back screen... I feel GAS/NAS overcoming me! Sold again as I clear the bodies for a D5
Almost the perfect camera, amazing resolution requiring me to work to get the best. Downsampled almost as good as my previous D4 for high iso. Really the only thing that can be improved.. the focus and buffer and FPS. Then nikon introduces the D810, I may have to get that camera! Still noodling Df, D810 or maybe back to D4/D4s this fall for my performance shooting. V1 is working fine for now.
Nikon D3200
Nikon D600
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR
This is a great little camera with awesome sensor. Got this for my son to shoot with a 18-200. WOW, what a value, who and why would anyone go mirrorless with this kind of value. Of course FPS, focus and other features are castrated, but still amazing IQ for the buck. In the end my son shot his iPhone more than this.. that is the larger problem for P&S and DSLR companies. The iPhone is getting so good and with immediate satisfaction to edit and share that who really needs a DSLR for anything but the most demanding action/event and low light action or where you need to blow up to huge print sizes. Canikon better reset the business model or they will be the next Kodak or Blackberry
Cycled thru three D600s, all have had the oil issue. One had the shutter replaced only to develop debris and oil in the upper left corner. Sold this piece of crap executed camera. Will never buy another Nikon camera new because of this experience. Will let others try out and buy used. Loved the balance of value and performance, but Nikon got an F in execution and customer service with this one. 1 star for potential
Replaced when version II came, soft in corners and at the long end on FX but a solid lens for sports if you can't afford V2
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G II
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Nice and cheap, but 16-85 better in every way
VR is nice but 16-85 better in everyway
Was my niciest DX mid range travel zoom
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm F1.8G
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED VR
Nice all purpose, even with plastic mount, but 16-85 / 70-300 is a far better combo and if you are going superzoom why limit yourself and get the 18-200.
Nice cheap, small, fast prime, but I just didn't shoot primes on my DX
Nice super purpose lense, good at nothing but avoiding lense changes on vacation.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm F4G ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
Owned this for a brief while before settling on the legendary 14-24. I need wide so an extra 2mm is worth it, I shoot often wide open so F4 even with VR isn't enough. Nice range but no comparison to the 14-24. If you need filters or shoot stopped down and don't mind the distortion you need to fix on the wide end this is a lense to consider. Really the 14-24 is the one to get ;)
A great classic lense but I don't shoot wide so much anymore and the 6.7-13 CX is good enough for what I do, why carry this monster when my whole CX kit is lighter than this thing. But if you got to have the best and going wide this is the lense. Only thing missing is an update with VR. Having VR even for a 2.8 is well worth it!
Fast focusing and reasonably good on the lower pixel bodies, less than perfect on the wide side and edges. Big and pricey but mine had the zoom ring issue. Eventually broke down sold this for the improved VR version.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Gets lots of love, but never found it that special and now that I've tried the 50 1.8G wonder why anyone would spring more money for the 1.4. Is that 1/2 stop worth that much?
Focus breathing aside, fast focus, stellar IQ, 99.9 % of my actions shots are with this naked or with the TC. Bought it when it first came out, mine had the visual speckle and rough rings internal ( another sad case of Nikon's bad QC ) but performed well for the hundreds of thousand of pictures I took with this baby. The focus motor started squeaking in year two and sent in for a full replacement / clean in year five of the warranty ( put a little confidence back in me that Nikon does some things well. )
Nice value lense, but not as flexible as a zoom and moved on to the G lense shortly after
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28-70mm f/2.8 ED-IF
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR
Tamron AF 28-75mm F/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF)
Scored on CL for 700 bucks, but sold once I got the 24-70
Nice, but when you have the 2.8 not worth it, if I go small I go with my iPhone or Nikon One with a FX mounted 1.8 lnes
first cheap fast FX zoom, non-BIM far better than the BIM, sold when I scored the 28-70 nikkor for 700 bucks. Rated highly for bang for buck but like all things you get what you pay for and you need to pay for what you get.
Tamron AF 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 XR Di VC LD Aspherical (IF) Macro
Tamron SP AF 17-35mm F/2.8-4 Di LD Aspherical (IF)
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm F4G ED VR
Cheap FX superzoom and it shows...
Went thru two copies, scored for ~150 bucks, can't be beat for size and IQ/buck. Will tidy me over till I score a 14-24 2.8 or 16-35 F4. A nice budget wide but no match for the Nikon or Tokina but so much cheaper. As long as you don't peep or print larger more than adequate.
Great all around FX lens with good IQ, but I've migrated to the Nikon One for my walk around kit and the FX is for specialized low light / action shooting only. I shoot a lot and often at 2.8 so let this baby go, it is a good one though!
Nikon 1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6
Nikon 1 Nikkor VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm F3.5-4.5G ED VR
Nice IQ and all around lense, but got the 10-100 so this one was sold
Nice medium tele for the one serious, but got the 10-100 so this wasn't needed anymore
Perfect light zoom for D600 but the 24-120 is just soo much more versatile and better IMHO for a few more bucks and grams.