stevenjames

stevenjames

Lives in United States Athens, GA, United States
Works as a Radiation Therapist
Joined on Oct 29, 2009

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On article Mobile Speed: Portable SSDs for photographers (202 comments in total)

I Just purchased the Samsung T3 SSD to go with my new Laptop (SSD as well). I'll be doing most of my edits on the laptop. I'll have my entire Lr catalog & images on the portable T3 and keep it backed up on the desktop and other portable USB drives that I keep in separate locations in case of fire/theft etc.

Its awesome to do the edits on site, on vacation etc. on the laptop and not give up any of the performance of my desktop (SSD as well).

The T3 got very high reviews on amazon as well.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2016 at 18:55 UTC as 5th comment
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flumpet: when the 70-200 f2.8 vr2 was out, it was a great lens. It still is a great lens. Just because a new model comes out with slightly better coating or optical enhancements does not make the older models useless all of a sudden.
End of the day, it is still how you use the equipment that is available to you at that certain point of time.

What's the point of all of us arguing over whether this lens is better/worse, or pricey, or lousy design etc.

It's great when manufacturers come out with new gear. It lets those with deep pockets & professionals purchase new gear and allows everybody else to get the "older" (time tested) gear at great discounts.

I always look for MANUFACTURER factory refurbs. These are usually returns for no good reason and are repaired & updated. They always look & perform as new and come with Nikon 90 day warranty.

Retailers other than Nikon offer these factory refurbs around the web including ebay (from high rated sellers only) just make sure they are authorized Nikon dealers.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2016 at 00:40 UTC
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1105 comments in total)

In short the D500 is a D5 with a DX sensor.
Blazing focus, capture & transfer speeds aided by XQD & SD cards with high speed USB 3. Also more custom fn buttons

With the D500 anything moving I use 25-point dynamic-area AF & AF-C. It nails every shot every time. Never before possible with previous Nikon DX bodies.

Informative tips via mother Nikon:
www.nps.nikonimaging.com/technical_solutions/d500_tips/

Also get Thom Hogan's Complete Guide to the Nikon D500. Appx 1000 pgs. You can create bookmarks and since its pdf have on every device so always with me:
www.dslrbodies.com/books/bythom-complete-guides-/nikon-d500-guide.html

The novice scene modes (which I never used and got in the way) on the left dial are replaced with more useful controls keeping in line with the other Nikon pro bodies.

The shooting & custom setting banks can take a little while to get accustomed to if you've been shooting with the D7xx line for a long time but after using them for a few months I do prefer them.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2016 at 00:26 UTC as 26th comment
On article Top 5: Hands-on with Nikon D500 (783 comments in total)
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VIzslaworld: Intriguing camera in all respects. I have a D300s - splendid solid camera still. I find it a bit too heavy to carry on hiking (nature photography). The D500 offers small advantage - still 860 grs. (vs D3400s 938 grs). What I like in the D300s is the in-built AF motor which allows for non G-type type lenses (e.g. the 80-400 mm) The D500 regretfully misses this feature.

Investing in a great body and have mediocre lenses is throwing money away. Dx lags behind in this respect. So the in-built motor is a great addition. An in-built flash overall is pretty useless, high ISO rates make it in most situations redundant (noise?), outdoors external flash is necessary anyway.

The price tag of the D500 is more than I would like to invest now. The D300s still offers a lot. I consider a D610 Fx as I want an Fx. I contemplate the D750 (much lighter) - but plastic feel. The button's not as good as the D300s or D500. (also counts actually for the D610).

So they omit the built in flash (good for those of us who also like to take happy snaps and not have to carry around my SB900!), and the built in focus motor? Oh well all my lenses are AF-S anywho but still. I guess they can make a more solid body, reduce some weight, save a ton of $$ and double the price from the D7200, not bad!

Link | Posted on May 13, 2016 at 12:57 UTC

Oh no!
How am I supposed to take pictures now?!

Steve

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2015 at 16:03 UTC as 2nd comment
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xmeda: Gitzo? Giottos? Manfrotto? Velbon? Triopo? Novoflex? Benro? Cullman? Kood? etc...

To not include a Manfrotto head in either article is bogus. I've been using Bogen - Manfrotto for 35ys and swear by them.

For the last few years I've been using a Manfrotto 055 magnesium ball head that supports up to 27lbs. They also
make a 057 that holds 34lbs.

I've had my DSLR with battery grip, 70-200mm f2.8 lens & SB900 speedlight attached and the camera was turned for vertical and no slip at all, solid as a rock.

I also love that the quick release plate can stay on my camera and quickly attached to my Manfrotto monopod.

I use the 055 carbon fiber tripod along with the 055 head:

www.adorama.com/BGMH055M0Q5.html

www.adorama.com/BGMT055CXP4.html

Prior to this I used the Manfrotto MT190CXPRO4 carbon fiber tripod with Manfrotto 496RC2 ball head. This could not support the above setup without slipping so I sold it for the more robust 055 kit and highly recommend it.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2015 at 23:00 UTC
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