Antal I Kozma

Antal I Kozma

Lives in Canada SW Ontario, Canada
Works as a Graphic Designer / Photographer - Retired long ago
Has a website at http://naturephototrail.com
Joined on Feb 23, 2006
About me:

Started out way back when Asahi Pentax Spotmatics and SMC Takumars were top pro gear. I retired from commercial work long ago. I am heavily involved in nature conservation and spend most of my time in the outdoors to photograph birds, wildlife and scenery. Photographing nature for one's own pleasure is a very relaxing and self fulfilling activity.

Antal I Kozma's current gear

Nikon D500
Nikon D850
Nikon AF-S Micro-Nikkor 105mm F2.8G IF-ED VR
So far so good, delivers what I expected it would. Replaces my D4 and D7200 in one rugged and agile body for wildlife photography. -------- Added to above after using it for a long time now: All is good, this camera is a bird photographer's delight. Among other uses of course.......
Excellent for landscape and very useful in general. Best on tripod to get all the fine details sharp. If handheld it requires a reasonably high shutter speed and/or VR to avoid softness created by camera shake.
The foundation of macro shots, good as gold. I often use it with the 1.4x TC III. They match very well.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm F4E FL ED VR
Very good. I am not one for UW lenses, 20mm is my cut off point and this lens serves me very well.
Keeps working and the images are very nice with this lens.
The best lens for small songbird photography on a D500. Lighter than the 600mm f4, much easier to hand hold without support. Excellent with the 1.4x TC III.
Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III
Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
Epson Stylus Photo 1400
What to say? It is the go to teleconverter on long lenses. Also very useful with the 105mm Micro Nikkor.
This lens works great for me, retired my Nikkor 200-500mm in favour of this. ------- Added after a year of use: this lens stays in my arsenal till it wears out, hopefully a long way away. A good companion to the D500 for wildlife and birding.
Still works fine, nice prints. Although I mostly print on a 7880 with ColorBurst. It is more economical plus the size is needed for most of my prints. That said, for general printing and photographs up to 13" wide it is still a good piece of hardware.
Adobe Photoshop CS6 extended
onOne Perfect Photo Suite
Phase One Capture One Pro
Last fully licensed version, will work for years in tandem with third party software. Looking for alternatives in the meantime, like Affinity Photo that made a nice entry.
I use ON1 Photo RAW 2020 by now. A pretty impressive program even for one who got old while using Photoshop........
Version: 9.2
Other gear:
  • Benro C2580T Classic tripod for light travel and hiking.
  • Benro C3570T tripod & Benro GH2 Gimbal head
  • Bowens Studio Falshes
  • Epson Stylus Pro 7880 with ColorBurst RIP
  • iMac Retina 5K - 2MB VRAM, 1TB Fusion Drive, 24 MB RAM
  • MindshiftGear FirstLight 40L Backpack, the ever best long trail backpack.
  • ON1 Photo RAW 2020
  • Painter 12
  • Photo Ninja RAW Converter - Very-Very nice........ My go-to converter for fast professional results.
  • ThinkTank Glass Limo, the top solution for easy trekking with long telephotos. Outstanding design.
  • Two sets of RAID 1 setups, 4TB each for safe keeping images. One set of RAID 0 1TB for image editing. + two 4TB LaCie drives for further archiving, one back ups the other.
  • Wacom Intuos

Antal I Kozma's wish list

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GoPro Hero8 Black

Antal I Kozma's previous gear

Fujifilm FinePix S2 Pro
Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro
Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro
My first DSLR, loved it.
My second DSLR, I still have it and take it out occasionally.
I really liked the S5 Pro. I wish it had a few more Mp. Sold it only after getting the Nikon D3 for work.
Nikon D3
Nikon D300
Nikon D4
The D3 was a five star camera in its days.
Served me well,very good camera. It deserved five stars in its days.
Nikon D800
Nikon D810
Nikon D7200
It was a good camera, replaced by the D810.
The D810 is a nice upgrade over the original D800.
Excellent DX camera, still very good, my daughter uses it now.
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II
Nikon AF-S Micro-Nikkor 60mm F2.8G ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II
A cute camera with questionable AF performance and artificial looking viewfinder image quality. I could not get it working for me after a year of trying. It was primarily its AF performance that made me to sell it.
Very good lens. As it turned out I didn't need it a lot.
This lens is awesome, replaced by the 500mm f4E FL for wildlife.
Nikon PC-E Nikkor 45mm f/2.8D ED
Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III
Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 2,8/21
Great tool, I sold it after retiring since I do not have commercial need for the lens any more.
Used it with the 300mm f2.8 VR II, it made the lens into a very good 600mm f5.6 lens for wildlife.
Very good lens but the Nikkor 20mm f1.8 is "good enough" for me.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm F5.6E ED VR
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 300mm F4 IS Pro
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS Pro
A very good lens albeit a bit slow when it comes to focusing speed.
Excellent lens, would require a camera with much improved AF, unlike the OM-D E1 MK II.
Excellent lens, would require a camera with much improved AF, unlike the OM-D E1 MK II.
Other gear:
  • Hasselblad CM 500, Bronica SQ Ai, Sinar F2, Sinar P
  • Nikkor PC 85mm f2.8D
  • Spotmatic, Pentax SuperA, Pentax LX, Olympus OM-2s, OM-3, OM-4, Nikon F3HP, Nikon FM2, Nikon F4, Fuji S2 Pro, Fuji S3 Pro, Fuji S5 Pro, Nikon D3,