Handiworks

Handiworks

Lives in United States Space City (H-Town), United States
Works as a Industrial Software Engineer & Multimedia Design
Joined on Oct 22, 2016
About me:

Where to start! Grew up military, was in both the Navy & Air Force which brought me to wonderfully exotic places where photography kept me out of trouble... ran Darkrooms in the dark ages and currently create automated control systems for the oil patch and pipelines in Space City USA... "Houston, we have a problem!".

Aside from fast glass, I love guitar, Keys, and everything else in a recording studio, as well as books, cartooning, and web design... all of this is trumped by my wife and 6 children!

"The present is the only point where time touches eternity" C.S. Lewis

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icexe: I don't get it, why not just make a proper video camera instead of this kludgy, awkward looking hybrid? This is like trying to modify a sport car into a pick-up truck.

Perfect analogy.
El Camino or Suburu Brat?
Not pretty enough to be the Hyundai Santa Cruz.
Special Edition model in Stainless... Cybertruck?

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2022 at 10:38 UTC

Honestly never thought I'd see an unergonomic Canon! Thankful Canon is addressing this issue... in such a BIG way :D.

Hey, fans are cool (pun), especially here in Texas!

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2022 at 10:28 UTC as 12th comment
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by DMP: I can't seem to find the Canon options...

"Thats bc overheating is not a category."
I love Canons, but this comment gave me a Santa laugh! :D.

Link | Posted on Dec 27, 2021 at 17:06 UTC
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Beckler8: I guess amazon wanted more demand for the Z9. 👌😀

Or a psy-op to prove they are not biased toward Nikon lol :D. Just kidding, keep your shirt on Barney.

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2021 at 19:46 UTC
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Thoughts R Us: BTW, for those interested, here's a really great article by a bird photographer on the Z9...written very cleverly:

https://photographylife.com/nikon-z9-wildlife-impressions

Great read. love that site.

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2021 at 19:44 UTC
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Savviest: Goodness, the anger is strong with many Sony users in this comment section. Looks like many of them have the online equivalent of a coniption fit if any other company wins an award. Its really kinda sad when you think about it for a moment.

Sony really missed an opportunity with the A7IV. The tech is there for them to have pulled out another A7III moment I bought the Z6ii really as a stop-gap till that model availed itself, but am enjoying the overall Nikon package of Ergs, Build, Lenses, etc. that I'm not planning on jumping ship yet. Nikon has been more aggressive in their firmware updates than even Fuji, so I'm banking on the variance in AF to get sorted as well (90% there).

When renting the A7III and RIII, I loved how I could customize to get the camera completely out of the way, BUT the rear screen rez and lack of touchscreen support were deal breakers. R6 at 20mp was too low. I really thought the A7IV was going to be everything I needed but in the end Sony cut a few too many corners for my personal needs. Maybe Sony will release an A7IVa :D.

Competition is good for the industry and there is so much to appreciate about every platform at the moment. I wish I had the $$$ to invest in all of them!

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2021 at 19:41 UTC
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ottonis: hmmm...has the Nikon Z9 even been released yet, i.e. is it available for purchase?
If not, then how can it be product of 2021? It may crtainly have the potential to be product of the year 2022, though.

Yes. Many have them in hand now :D... sadly, I'm not one of them yet!

Link | Posted on Dec 23, 2021 at 19:32 UTC
On article Hands-on with new Nikon FTZ II adapter (235 comments in total)

Though I'm a Nikon Z user currently, this still feels like a bit of a missed opportunity to me. Canon's approach to their 3 different RF adapters was brilliantly executed... increased the functionality and customization options of the R cameras on the 2 higher offerings.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2021 at 22:40 UTC as 33rd comment | 2 replies
On article Nifty...forty? Nikon Z 40mm F2 sample gallery (291 comments in total)

What an exquisite photo gallery, Barney needs to test shoot all Nikon gear! I can think of many reasons for having a decent light-weight and low-cost lens. Glad Nikon didn't compromise too much on this one.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2021 at 20:54 UTC as 37th comment
On article Nifty...forty? Nikon Z 40mm F2 sample gallery (291 comments in total)
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PankajDubey: Nice colours but I have a suspicion.
All the images appear as if they have been processed by a Fujifilm simulation fan.

Or an pre-production X-H2!

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2021 at 20:30 UTC
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Clyde Thomas: Everything keeps looking brighter for Nikon these days.

Thanks for lending your expertise! Certainly not my arena of acuity, but good to know. Curious if the apparent Z9 interest fosters greater traction along those lines?

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2021 at 04:25 UTC
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semorg: My Z5 is like a new generation of cameras. To think I bought it for $1000 it’s quiet an amazing value.
I think the Z5 is probably the best value for anyone looking into moving to FF cameras from mobile photography or M4/3.
You can’t beat the price if you buy it when sold as special or Nikon referb.

The image quality (especially for doing B&W) and the ergonomics are class leading.

Agree! Hoping the Z5 Gen 2 has a BSI sensor. Deciding whether to snag a Z5 or ZFC for my children :D.

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2021 at 17:19 UTC
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Nilangsu: Nikon mirrorless already has excellent AF performance. The impression of inferiority has been created by Youtubers who have not gone deeper than seeing the admittedly flighty and seemingly non-sticky AF rectangle who is not evidence of actual AF accuracy. Please see this link below where the very good bird-in-flight AF of Z6 and Z7 is documented.

https://mirrorlesscomparison.com/best/mirrorless-cameras-for-birds-in-flight/#test

I use Sony AIII and am very satisfied with it. That camera has a lower success rate in this comparison. It also suffers more in poorer lighting than Z6/7.

Regards
Nilangsu

"The impression of inferiority has been created by Youtubers "

This is not entirely unfounded. Having rented some competitors prior to settling on the Z6ii, The R6, A7III, and A7RIII AF had higher keeper rates for me and they were less fiddly to operate. Essentially their AF allowed me to not have to focus on the focus as much and enjoy composing the composition more :D.

That said, I did have to overcome the unfounded YT negativity surrounding the Nikon Z system as a whole. In the end the Z6ii surpassed the others in many ways (especially cost) and the AF was 85% of the way there.

Seeing what Nikon did for the Z6ii AF with firmware 1.21 cinched the direction for me with the expectation that Nikon would continue to hone their CAF & Eye AF algorithms. I believe my gamble is playing out well.

I am pretty platform agnostic as I truly love many aspects from every platform now offered but my research steered me to the Z6ii... and saved me $1000 with an exceptional 24-70 F4 lens!

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2021 at 17:15 UTC
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FuhTeng: Interesting. Camera "ecosystems" aren't what they were. Perhaps Nikon's acknowledging they can't do everything so they're starting to expand their extra-Nikon ecosystem?

Or maybe that's a step too far. At any rate, I'm curious to see where this goes.

Hoping it goes to Tamron & Sigma!

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2021 at 16:49 UTC
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Clyde Thomas: Everything keeps looking brighter for Nikon these days.

Pun intended! :D, I agree!

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2021 at 16:48 UTC
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Handiworks: "Good things come to those who wait"! Well done Nikon. Not only does this show a high level of continuing commitment from Nikon, but releasing the update for the Gen "i" models first was well played. Excited at what this portends for the Gen"ii" models!

Agree! (Fuji's "Kaizen")... Nikon would be wise to do so, especially at this point in time. If they could show higher levels of support it would further separate them as a preferred choice. Nikon still has some ground to win back.

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2021 at 13:55 UTC
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Alam12: Shieeet
I should've picked Z5 instead of RP

Can’t argue with you there. When more Tammy and Sigma glass shows up I think it will greatly bolster the Z platforms attractiveness.

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2021 at 09:26 UTC
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Alam12: Shieeet
I should've picked Z5 instead of RP

I had the RP for 3 weeks. Still miss the articulating screen and "m-mode" button, but enjoying the image quality from my Z6ii far more.

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2021 at 19:15 UTC
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attomole: Waiting for the D200 FW update.

Still love that camera!

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2021 at 19:11 UTC

"Good things come to those who wait"! Well done Nikon. Not only does this show a high level of continuing commitment from Nikon, but releasing the update for the Gen "i" models first was well played. Excited at what this portends for the Gen"ii" models!

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2021 at 19:10 UTC as 14th comment | 4 replies
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