Crabby Guy

Lives in United States So, CA, United States
Works as a Retired economist
Joined on Mar 13, 2008
About me:

Current gear:

Nikon D300 (I love this camera)
Nikon D200 (borrowable from my son when required)
Nikon F100
Nikon N80
Nikkor 12-24mm DX (Great IQ, a bit heavy and bulky, wider would be nice--a bit too much overlap with the 16-85mm DX VR to carry both under most circumstances. Swap for a Sigma 8-16mm???)
Nikkor 16-85mm DX VR II (strongly recommended)
Nikkor 28-105mm FX
Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 G DX (Wonderfully light and small)
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 D
Nikkor 55-200mm VR bought for light weight and small size for travel photography.
Nikkor Micro 85mm DX f/3.5 VR II (See below)
Nikkor 70-300mm G VR II (Very good lens through 240mm)
Nikkor Micro 70-180mm D (just back from Nikon where it received a service and lube) with Nikon 5T and 6T close-up lenses
Nikon SB-400 (used mainly with SC-17 cable for lighting macro subjects and when weight/bulk are important)
Nikon SB-600
Better Beamer (for SB-600)
Demb FlipIt flash reflector/diffuser (for SB-600)
Stroboframe Press-T flash bracket
Nikon Coolscan V ED 35mm scanner
Epson flatbed scanner
Numerous Manfrotto pieces incl. 3221B tripod with added capability of holding laptop for tethered shooting, tabletop triod, monopod, macro flash bracket (just arrived--haven't used it yet), numerous heads and feet for tripod and monopod, etc.
Three Tamrac camera bags (Recommended)
14" laptop for travel
Windows 7 desktop w/24-in. LG monitor, overclocked, 8 GB of RAM and Intel 8500 processor, several HDDs, etc., mostly dedicated to photo use.
Three Seagate FreeAgentGo external HDDs just for photo work.
Lightroom 3.3 (using D-65's setup and methods and the LR Queen's LR FAQ book) and PSE9.
Spyder 3 Elite
Epson R2880 13-in. color and B&W pigment-ink printer--wonderful!
HP 7960 8.5-in. color and B&W dye printer with text capability and duplexer

*Still* waiting for Nikkor 300mm f/4 to receive VR II and Nikkor 80-400mm to be upgraded to AF-S, VR II, and likely a new formulation. I now often carry Nikkor Micro 85mm DX VR as a travel closeup lens without a tripod, not usually for macro but for closeups on trips up to 1:2, e.g., flowers. This is an excellent lens, also great on a tripod w/VR off, has a 8-in. working distance at 1:1, and is a wonderful bargain. Good for portraits as well. 12.5 oz., 3.9-in. long, and under $500. Recommended.

Hoping for more Nikkor *DX* lenses. A small and light wide angle, maybe 12mm, is at the top of the list. T&S and DC would be lovely.

I now have Jon Cone's color ink system for Epson R2880 in hand but I'm waiting for one of my Epson inks to run out before I install it. (Different individual inks but same gamut as Epson's and uses their ICC Profiles. This is magic to me.)

Recent activity


Snapshot of threads updated recently in which you have recently participated.

Subject Forum Last post
The V1 goes to the fair... Nikon 1 System Talk Jul 14, 2012
Police Chief Confirms Detaining Photographers Within Departmental Policy Nikon SLR Lens Talk Jun 22, 2012
Compare V1 with best 4/3 cameras, please Nikon 1 System Talk Jun 4, 2012
I don't understand who the G1X is made for Canon PowerShot Talk Mar 30, 2012
V1 buyers remorse - is this right the camera for me? Nikon 1 System Talk Mar 22, 2012
What new FX/DX Lenses would you like Nikon to make? Nikon SLR Lens Talk Mar 20, 2012
V1 + 300mm f/4 + 1.4 TC + monopod? Nikon 1 System Talk Mar 14, 2012
V1 for me? Nikon 1 System Talk Mar 11, 2012
V1 and LR4 Nikon 1 System Talk Mar 8, 2012
Nikon lens for a f100? Nikon SLR Lens Talk Mar 5, 2012
12-24mm as DX Walk Around Lens Nikon SLR Lens Talk Mar 4, 2012
Quality improved on later Sigma 8-16mm (Nikon mount)? Third Party Lens Talk Mar 2, 2012
J1 vs Canon S100 Nikon 1 System Talk Mar 1, 2012
Are later copies of S100 better? Canon PowerShot Talk Feb 29, 2012
D400 - DX & FX Camera Lineup Nikon Pro DX SLR (D500, D300, D200, D100) Talk Feb 28, 2012
Nikkor 300mm f/4 w/TC--DX vs. FX Nikon SLR Lens Talk Feb 19, 2012
16-85mm refresh? Nikon SLR Lens Talk Jan 18, 2012
Lightroom 4, when?? Retouching Jan 17, 2012
Which smaller camera should I buy? Nikon 1 System Talk Dec 16, 2011
Nik Sharpener Pro 3.0 vs. LR 3 sharpener vs. Perfect Resize 7? Retouching Dec 14, 2011
30 bit graphics card PC Talk Nov 23, 2011
Is there really a concern about the S100's performance? Canon PowerShot Talk Nov 21, 2011
IR posts S100 studio test samples (initial impression: S95 "wins") Canon PowerShot Talk Nov 16, 2011
PC sort of has dimentia PC Talk Nov 14, 2011
How about a G12 for pros? Canon PowerShot Talk Nov 14, 2011
V1 flash questions, please Nikon 1 System Talk Nov 12, 2011
I picked up the 10mm on Saturday. Nikon 1 System Talk Nov 12, 2011
How big is the Nikon 1? Nikon 1 System Talk Nov 11, 2011
How much have D-SLR's improved? Canon PowerShot Talk Nov 11, 2011
Nikon 55-300VR vs Nikon 55-200VR Nikon SLR Lens Talk Nov 7, 2011
What would an upscaled Nikon 1 V that takes F-mount lenses look like? Nikon DX SLR (D40-D90, D3000-D7500) Talk Nov 7, 2011
Would Nikon V1 replace Nikon DX for some users? (Heresy) Nikon 1 System Talk Nov 7, 2011
S100 vs. Nikon 1 Canon PowerShot Talk Oct 30, 2011
Ever tried Nikon 24-70 or/and 300 f/4 on Nikon 1 ? Nikon 1 System Talk Oct 29, 2011
Compact flash cards for Nikon 300. Nikon Coolpix Talk Oct 7, 2011
Nikon 1 SB-N5 Nikon Coolpix Talk Sep 22, 2011
Nikon mirror-less Nikon Coolpix Talk Sep 21, 2011
Very hard to wake up Logitech trackball PC Talk Sep 21, 2011
What Elf is right for my wife? Canon PowerShot Talk Sep 20, 2011
Lens for whale watching in Surfer Paradise Nikon SLR Lens Talk Sep 18, 2011
New Shuttle PC display off-center PC Talk Sep 14, 2011
Small Camera Replacement for D7000 Nikon Coolpix Talk Sep 14, 2011
Canon P&S w/same sensor as S90? Canon PowerShot Talk Sep 12, 2011
X10 viewfinder questions Fujifilm X System / SLR Talk Sep 9, 2011
Your Favorite Lens ???' Nikon SLR Lens Talk Sep 5, 2011
Nikon mirrorless already obsolete? Nikon Coolpix Talk Sep 3, 2011
Happy ending to a decentering issue. Nikon SLR Lens Talk Sep 1, 2011
Tamron 18-270mm for Nikon vs Nikon 55-300mm Nikon SLR Lens Talk Aug 30, 2011
What size sensor will the new Mirrorless have? Same as Sony NEX?? Nikon Coolpix Talk Aug 28, 2011
How does IQ of 16-85 compare to 17-55 at f/8? Nikon SLR Lens Talk Aug 24, 2011