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 2017 Roundup: Fixed Prime Lens Cameras (463 comments in total)
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Zeegee: $188.00 /oz or $3009.00 /lb ...........absurd.......buy a X100F and donate the remaining amount to those in need.

Heheh, agreed. You just can't beat the looks, design and performance of the Fuji X100F. Having owned the original X100, then the X100S and now the X100F I have never found it lacking (well the original X100 had a few "quirks").

Link | Posted on May 7, 2017 at 23:58 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: Fixed Prime Lens Cameras (463 comments in total)
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ybizzle: X100F does everything well and is the all around winner for me. I can say for what you pay, nothing beats it in terms of handling and customization. Image quality is top notch as well and I love the Acros film simulation with grain. It's really that good! Go buy one now, and this coming from a Leica fanboy!

Agreed! I had the original X100 for a year, liked it so much I purchased the X100S. The X100S was (and still is) a great camera, I didn't have the X100T but it would follow as a great camera also.
After a few years with the X100S I got the X100F and of course its a great camera.

I really don't need another but its never about need is it?
I love the retro looks/design and the Fuji leather case adds to it. Now the case for the X100F finally allows you to remove the SD card and battery via a small snap flap on the bottom w/o having to remove the entire case.

I also love my Nikon D500 but the X100(F) is my take any/everywhere
always-with-me camera.
I get great APS-C images that I otherwise would not have for those times when I just don't want to lug around the beast (or its overkill).

Link | Posted on May 7, 2017 at 23:48 UTC

Agreed, stick with producing the best DSLR's possible. I love my D500!

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 17:44 UTC as 71st comment | 1 reply
On article Throwback Thursday: Fujifilm X100 (174 comments in total)

I loved the X100 so much that I purchased the X100s. It's my go everywhere, always with me camera. It allows me to capture high quality images that I otherwise would miss.

I have had a (D)SLR for over 35yrs and always will but many times it's not practical or I just don't feel like lugging around the large, heavy gear.

The X100s with its DX sensor and high level of control is a great camera to always have with me and it's beautiful retro look especially with Fuji leather case is a huge plus!

Steve

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2017 at 14:14 UTC as 12th comment
On article Throwback Thursday: Fujifilm X100 (174 comments in total)

I loved the X100 so much that I purchased the X100s. It's my go everywhere, always with me camera. It allows me to capture high quality images that I otherwise would miss.

I have had a (D)SLR for over 35yrs and always will but many times it's not practical or I just don't feel like lugging around the large, heavy gear.

The X100s with its DX sensor and high level of control is a great camera to always have with me and it's beautiful retro look especially with Fuji leather case is a huge plus!

Steve

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2017 at 14:14 UTC as 13th comment
On article Mobile Speed: Portable SSDs for photographers (205 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 6th 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 (1130 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 36th comment | 1 reply
On article Top 5: Hands-on with Nikon D500 (784 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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