Lives in United States United States
Works as a Retired
Joined on Mar 14, 2015
About me:

My interests include natural history, botany and plant geography, and the landscapes and deep history of the western U.S. In the realm of photography I focus on landscape photography (color, B+W, and infrared) but dabble in wildlife, ultraviolet, and macro now and then.

In terms of gear I'm mostly straddling Nikon F and Z mounts for now. Z is my default for general use, and is now my high-quality travel system. At some point I'll be getting a high-res Z camera for landscape use.

My F system has been mostly relegated to high-res landscape photography on a tripod for now, and this will continue in the future with a monochrome-modified D850 as well as infrared work. The Z sensors are not well adapted to either of these uses due to PDAF striping.

I also have a Nikon DX system, now relegated to wildlife, and a compact Micro Four Thirds system.

NFE's current gear

Nikon D500
Nikon D850
Nikon Z6
Wildlife mainly.
I used the D850 for landscape and macro, mainly with Sigma Art and Zeiss lenses.
A wonderful camera for general use and now my go-to camera. Great handling and IQ. Won't upgrade mine until at least generation III.
Olympus OM-D E-M5 III
Carl Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 2/135
Nikon AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-5.6E ED VR
Great little camera for when I want a small kit and is now my default compact camera. A pleasure to use. Replaces my old E-M10.1.
Outstanding IQ.
Excellent handling and very happy with IQ for casual photography. Used when faster lenses would be too heavy and bulky.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 105mm F1.4E ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28mm F1.4E ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D ED-IF
Limited experience to date but love IQ.
Love IQ. Prefer color to Sigma 28/1.4.
Excellent IQ. Use on a gimbal mount for landscape.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 400mm f/2.8D ED-IF II
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm F5.6E PF ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8E FL ED VR
Bought well-used copy. Outstanding wildlife performance and IQ; very impressed and a dream come true. Too much bulk and weight for casual use.
Outstanding IQ and amazingly portable for a lens of this reach.
Fantastic IQ.
Nikon Nikkor Z 14-24mm F2.8 S
Nikon Nikkor Z 20mm F1.8 S
Nikon Nikkor Z 24-70mm F2.8 S
Just acquired.
Just acquired.
Outstanding IQ. A real pleasure to use, and a tool that just gets out of the way and lets you transparently capture a scene.
Nikon Nikkor Z 24-70mm F4 S
Nikon Nikkor Z 35mm F1.8 S
Nikon Nikkor Z 50mm F1.8 S
Midrange workhorse on Z6 for on-the-go shooting. Lose some aperture and zoom range in exchange for compactness and light weight.
Just acquired.
Excellent IQ including sharpness, color rendition, and bokeh. Best 50 I've ever shot with.
Nikon Nikkor Z 85mm F1.8 S
Nikon Nikkor Z MC 105mm F2.8 VR S
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 300mm F4 IS Pro
Just acquired.
Just acquired.
Fantastic for wildlife under decent lighting. Have not used much yet.
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm F2.8 Pro
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-45mm F4 Pro
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm F2.8 Pro
Midrange workhorse for M4/3.
Now my default lens for MFT. Compact, ergonomic, and high IQ.
An absolute pleasure to work with and delivers great IQ.
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm F2.8 Macro
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm F1.8
Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm F1.7 ASPH
Haven't used all that much but handy for wildflowers.
Great IQ and beautiful subject isolation for portraits. Handy compact tele for travel.
Now my default prime for MFT. Love the FL for general use and pleased with the IQ.
Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH
Sigma 28mm F1.4 DG HSM Art
Sigma 40mm F1.4 DG HSM Art
Useful wide angle for travel and outings. F/2.8 at wide end appreciated for close quarters and forest settings.
Sigma APO Macro 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM
Outstanding macro for wildflowers in field when a larger lens is OK. Great ergonomics and handling. Love IQ.
Other gear:
  • Coastal Optics 60mm f/4 macro Reference lens for UV photography. Also works well in visible and IR.
  • Nikon D610 Infrared Conversion Use for near-infrared photography using F-mount lenses. 830nm filter for monochrome images.
  • Nikon D610 Wide-Spectrum Conversion Use for ultraviolet photography with F-mount lenses.
  • Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R Wide-Spectrum Conversion Use for ultraviolet and near-infrared photography using lenses with a variety of mounts that won't fit on the D610.