mandm

Lives in United States USA, United States
Works as a Pro Photographer for over 40 years, Photo Industry
Joined on Jan 27, 2006
About me:

First Nikon purchased in 1969 the 'F' with 50mm 2.0; Honeywell 800 Flash with 510 Volt batt. pack.
Current Cameras: Nikon Df, D750, D300s, D100, The F (3 Bodies), Yashica Mat 124G, Graflex 4x5 Speed Graphic; AF Nikkors: 24mm 1.4, 17-35 2.8, 60 2.8 Macro, 105 2.8 Macro, 50 1.4, 24-120 4.0, 70-200 4.0. 14 non Ai lenses, 24 to the 500 mirror and 200-600.

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On article Don't buy another lens, buy a flash instead (280 comments in total)
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locke_fc: I've tried, but I hate them. They're big, cumbersome and generally annoying. If I were a wedding/event photographer, sure. Otherwise, not for me.

I agree Woodyz, they wounder why the color in their wedding/portrait pic's don't pop, flash gives excellent color every time if you know how to use it.

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2017 at 22:05 UTC
On article How to buy used gear (and not get burned) (131 comments in total)
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Gary Barnett: Regarding grey imports and update gear's registration info, erm I don't think the warranty is transferrable to other owner if bought second-hand?

As far as I have read, Nikon warranty is non-transferrable therefore it is ok to buy an used grey import?

Nikon is not telling anyone that a Grey Market product does not have a warranty, the original country that imported that product will honor the 1 year warranty.
Most camera companies have a 1 year international warranty.
Sooo, if you purchased a camera in the USA with a Nikon USA warranty and you travel to another country and your camera has a defect and needs service within 1 year of purchase, the Nikon distributor in the country you traveled to will repair defective items under the 1 year international warranty. You do need to show when and where you purchased the item to prove it's covered by the 1 year international warranty.
The 1 year international warranty is not valid in the country that imported the item; that countries distributor puts the warranty on the products.

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2017 at 00:28 UTC
On article How to buy used gear (and not get burned) (131 comments in total)
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justmeMN: What about buying refurbished cameras / lenses directly from the manufacturer? Prices may not be spectacular, but they come with a manufacture's warranty.

For MOST camera companies: When a new body/lens/flash comes out the engineers who designed that item want/need any defective units sent to that countries distributor to be returned to the home office so they can see what part failed & get it corrected on the assembly line ASAP.
The distributor sends a new item to the person/dealer who sent in the defective unit.
After initial defective parts are discovered, each countries distributor then repairs the items & returns them to the customer/dealer or resells them to dealers at a discount to sell as Manufacturer Refurbished or sell them themselves as Manufacturer Refurbished.
Each countries distributor is owned by the Manufacturer, that's why they can call a item repaired by the Distributor, a Manufacturer Refurbished item.
Lieca/Hasselblad & other high end, low production items may have to go back to the factory for some services, like the Lieca lens & body shown on DPR a few days ago that got damages by the airlines.

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2017 at 00:12 UTC
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Christopher Tanner: I'd like to think that my D750 is worth more than $500.00 No thanks Sony.

RubberDials, Sony is not setting the Trade In Amount, the Camera Store you go to will tell you how much they will give you. Accept the Trade in Amount and buy the Sony Camera and the dealer will take the additional Sony Rebate amount off.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 03:42 UTC
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Christopher Tanner: I'd like to think that my D750 is worth more than $500.00 No thanks Sony.

This is similar to when any Camera Vendor has an 'Instant Rebate' on their product; the Camera Dealer deducts the Instant Rebate amount from their selling price. The Dealer sends in paperwork to the Vendor showing the Serial # for the Bodies & Lenses they sold, the Vendor Issues a Credit Memo to that Dealer for the Total Instant Rebates they did and then the dealer can use the credit on their next invoice.
Sometimes the Vendor only reimburses the Dealer for 80% of the Instant Rebate, so the dealer also takes a 20% hit on his profit, but the dealer usually doesn't lower his regular price as they would with a Sale. A dealer can always decide not to participate in an Instant Rebate.
Sony will do it the same way, but the dealer will also have to include the Model and Serial # of the camera traded in on the paperwork along with which Sony Camera was sold and Serial #. The Dealer will then sell the traded in camera just like any other camera the dealer will take in as a trade.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2017 at 22:24 UTC
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Christopher Tanner: I'd like to think that my D750 is worth more than $500.00 No thanks Sony.

Amazon has a trade in program, I've never used it or know anyone who has. Info below.
About the Amazon Trade-In Program
With the Amazon Trade-In program, you can send items such as textbooks, electronics, video games, DVDs, and more to a third-party merchant in exchange for an Amazon.com Gift Card.
Submit a Trade-In
Recycling Your Amazon Device
Amazon Trade-In Program

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2017 at 22:58 UTC

Konica also had a very sharp zoom in the mid 1970's, 35-100mm f2.8 Hexanon Varifocal AR. The Varifocal lens required you to refocus after changing the zoom, the lens was a little slower to use, but it was very sharp when compared to the competition. Like the Minolta 40-80mm 2.8, Konica had to find a way to get people to buy zooms as most zooms had a poor record for sharpness.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2017 at 22:39 UTC as 61st comment | 1 reply
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Christopher Tanner: I'd like to think that my D750 is worth more than $500.00 No thanks Sony.

Jacs; Your Dealer offers you the Trade In Value, not Sony.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2017 at 22:27 UTC
On article Canon EOS Rebel SL2 sample gallery (229 comments in total)
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Oldnotdead: I for one will never get tired of seeing images from the pacific northwest as I spent my first 18 years there and would go back if I could. I'm also enjoying getting acquainted with my new SL2 body.

Pic's of the London Tower Bridge always looked great.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2017 at 02:02 UTC
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Gesture: Would a Vivitar 283 do the same thing?

I said older flash units like the well known Vivitar 283 and yes I had one (well known by old guys). I would think that this flash runs low voltage for the trigger, but you never know.
When was the last time anyone made a flash with only 1 pin?

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 at 03:35 UTC
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Gesture: Would a Vivitar 283 do the same thing?

Yes the Vivitar would be similar, but old style flash units can fry your digital camera as they put high voltage through the flash shoe or PC cord; there is a unit to attach to the hot shoe first that drops the voltage.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 18:36 UTC
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cosinaphile: from what i know of married life in America today this photo might be a prophecy
for the love struck couple ... bliss today .. fire and brimstone later

...........having said that............ i sincerely wish the couple seen here the best possible chance for a lasting loving marriage

ahh ..........what the heck......... all the newly married couples,.... everywhere good luck

youll need it

My thought also, it's a great background for a divorcee party that tells all they are back on the market.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2017 at 22:41 UTC
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RedFox88: So nikon is going to scour instagram and pay people they like $10,000?! 🤔

Shutting down or selling off its money losing Semiconductor Lithography business.
Dropping it's Nikon 1 line of cameras/lenses.
Focus on profits (Mid & High End Cameras) rather than revenue.
Trim its headcount by 1,000 employees through a “voluntary retirement” program.
The DL cameras were canceled due to a subcontractor not being able to make key parts work. Notice no one else has announced DL type products!
Nikon’s Camera/Photo Division is Profitable.
Nikon sales were hurt due to the 2016 Kumamoto quake that shut down the major Sony camera-sensor plant there.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2017 at 03:21 UTC
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SaltLakeGuy: I'm actually going to enjoy watching Sony finally kick Nikon and Canon to and under the curb for once and for all. No real innovation and now not even delivery of their product. How pathetic can you get.

I've commented in the last month on DPR that Sony gets what it wants and Sony wants #1; they won't get it, but they will be a strong #3 behind Canon & Nikon.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2017 at 03:33 UTC
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SaltLakeGuy: I'm actually going to enjoy watching Sony finally kick Nikon and Canon to and under the curb for once and for all. No real innovation and now not even delivery of their product. How pathetic can you get.

Yea Saltlakeguy, 'Pathetic' is what came to mind when I read your post.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2017 at 03:25 UTC

Back in the early 1990's a Popular Photo Magazine employee went to France to visit relatives, while there they gave him an old camera. Back in the USA they removed the B&W roll of film and developed it, not expecting to get anything as someone must have opened the back of the camera over the years and exposed the film. Film was OK and they printed a few of the photos in their magazine which were good.
Pic's of troops in the trenches, WW I; the photos were shot 75± years ago!

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2017 at 03:22 UTC as 10th comment
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RedFox88: So nikon is going to scour instagram and pay people they like $10,000?! 🤔

No Money for the people on Instagram, just recognition.
The “#Nikon100 List” will identify photographers on Instagram that are creating inspiring work and telling amazing stories. Nikon will highlight one new photographer to follow each day.
But to know this requires reading more than the headline!

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2017 at 01:09 UTC
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mandophoto: Using Instagram to choose candidates is interesting. No doubt Nikon is trying to broaden the perception of being part of "the establishment." Certainly there are serious young photographers on Instagram who are pushing envelopes, and even more to the point, Instagram is THE photographic destination of developing eyes. Sorry DPReview.

No Money for the people on Instagram, just recognition.
The “#Nikon100 List” will identify photographers on Instagram that are creating inspiring work and telling amazing stories. Nikon will highlight one new photographer to follow each day.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2017 at 01:08 UTC
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Joed700: What's next? Nikon offers dental cleaning and free oil change for cars...

Revenant; it appears you're right, it is beyond some people to understand why Nikon would support new photographers.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2017 at 00:58 UTC
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Storare: So - good bye from from us here in Europe. Nikon RIP.

This program is from Nikon USA and Nikon Canada; not Nikon Japan.
Ask your Nikon distributor in Europe if they are doing anything special.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2017 at 00:55 UTC
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