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{Photography.5.1143}: Coyote {coyote} Wed, 23 May 2012 13:36:21 EDT (5 lines)

Terry's camera would be a great choice for you. The flash isn't
automatic, it has a large diameter lens, a very nice grip, a great
zoom, awesome macro capability, and a long battery life. You'll need a
big pocket to put it in, though. And, if you have questions about its
functions, you can ask Terry! Bonus!

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{Photography.5.1144}: TJ {tj2} Thu, 24 May 2012 23:32:40 EDT (2 lines)

I broke it. It's gone. Wasn't a bad camera though, and that zoom was
fabulous.

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{Photography.5.1145}: TJ {tj2} Sat, 14 Jul 2012 20:21:54 EDT (HTML)

Just ordered this lens to replace a Tamron 24-135 that I dropped on the concrete last winter. The Tamron still works, but the zoom function is screwed up and sticks, freezing up just when you need it. I really like the Tamron, but it has been long ago discontinued so I can't get another one new. This Nikkor doesn't have a hood, so I'll have to find something.

Something else a little disconcerting is that the lens has a plastic mount. I hope that doesn't prove to be a problem, because I change lenses a lot. At $400 on Amazon it was the most I was willing to spend, but that mid-range zoom is my go-to lens, and I needed that.

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{Photography.5.1146}: Coyote {coyote} Wed, 18 Jul 2012 18:04:31 EDT (1 line)

Didja get it yet, didja get it yet? Huh, huh?

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{Photography.5.1147}: TJ {tj2} Thu, 19 Jul 2012 00:36:58 EDT (7 lines)

I got it! It's really a nice lens. I took a few shots at the farmers'
market today and it seems sharp and the colors are good. It has VR II
for Vibration Reduction second edition, silent wave focusing motor,
low dispersion glass, all the good stuff. I don't generally test
lenses with resolution charts and all that stuff, I just shoot and if
I like the pictures, it's a good lens for me. I'll be posting some
pictures in the near future and you can judge for yourself.

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{Photography.5.1148}: TJ {tj2} Thu, 19 Jul 2012 00:47:54 EDT (HTML)

my-booth-7-18-12

Link to Original Size: "http://www.flickr.com/photos/lightcraft/7601569366/sizes/o/in/photostream/"

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{Photography.5.1149}: annie {oceanannie} Thu, 19 Jul 2012 10:19:00 EDT (HTML)

Oh those lovely boxes!

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{Photography.5.1150}: Coyote {coyote} Thu, 19 Jul 2012 14:24:04 EDT (6 lines)

Oh, good! I'm glad you're liking it. I looked at the above image in
the larger sizes, and everything looks nice and crisp. Yay!

The larger sizes also reveal the awesome details of your
craftsmanship. I especially love the hummingbird, and the cute
addition of the little blue bird in the bird house :-)

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{Photography.5.1151}: Paddrick Mackin {paddrick} Thu, 19 Jul 2012 23:43:10 EDT (1 line)

I think that lens has already started to serve you well.

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{Photography.5.1152}: Donald Dozier {donaldpd} Fri, 20 Jul 2012 10:28:04 EDT (1 line)

Are all those yours, Terry?

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{Photography.5.1153}: TJ {tj2} Fri, 20 Jul 2012 23:28:23 EDT (4 lines)

I do all that, mostly on the scroll saw. The hummingbird and the elk
on the right are my most popular patterns. The large key shape rack on
the bottom and the fifth wheel trailer are the two best selling key
racks.

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{Photography.5.1154}: Donald Dozier {donaldpd} Sat, 21 Jul 2012 09:22:45 EDT (1 line)

I hereby pronounce it good work.  Keep it up, my child.

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{Photography.5.1155}: Donald Dozier {donaldpd} Fri, 17 Aug 2012 14:44:04 EDT (8 lines)

I want one of these cameras.

"http://www.ted.com/talks/ramesh_raskar_a_camera_that_takes_one_trill
ion_frames_per_second.html"



http://www.ted.com/speakers/ramesh_raskar.html

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{Photography.5.1156}: TJ {tj2} Tue, 12 Feb 2013 22:37:45 EST (HTML)

I have been using an older model Nikkor lens, an AF-VR 80-400 "http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=207360&is=GREY&Q=&A=details" since I got my first digicam maybe ten years ago or more, and that is the one that I use for all my bird pictures. It's a good, sharp lens, but it has some drawbacks. Focus is slow, because it doesn't have the internal Silent Wave Motor, and relies on the camera's focusing motor, and also it is very heavy. It has Nikon's original VR (for Vibration Reduction) which works well, but handheld at full zoom it is not terribly effective. There has for some time been a more modern 70-300, but it is a pro lens and sells for $9000, way out of my range.

But now comes the AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300 f/4-5.6G IF-ED. "http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/449088-USA/Nikon_2161_AF_S_VR_Zoom_Nikkor.html" For less than half the price of the old lens, I get the internal Silent Wave Motor and VRII which Nikon claims allows hand-held shots down to 4 stops slower than without it. Reviews on Amazon were very good, and so I gave it to myself as a birthday present. I am hoping that this will allow me to get even better bird shots, especially on my next trip to Tucson and the Sonora Desert Museum.

This lens is slow at f/4 max aperture, but you pay a lot more for another stop or so. Also, it's still heavy at 26.3 oz. and lacks the tripod mount collar that the older lens has, but it is smaller and fits in my hand nicely, so I hope to utilize it a lot. I'll keep the other one, mainly for use with a tripod, where it excels.

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{Photography.5.1157}: TJ {tj2} Tue, 12 Feb 2013 22:39:15 EST (1 line)

Max aperture above should have read f/4.5.

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{Photography.5.1158}: Frank Vehafric {fvehafric} Thu, 14 Feb 2013 15:22:01 EST (4 lines)

I find that with the higher density pixels and better software in the
cameras that you can push isos up to 3200 or more with very little
extra noise. The speed of modern dslrs is making ultra large fstops
less necessary.

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{Photography.5.1159}: TJ {tj2} Fri, 15 Feb 2013 07:37:38 EST (4 lines)

Not my 10 year old Nikon. It has some kind of built-in noise
suppression for high ISO but the noise over ISO 200 is unacceptable to
me. In any case, the fast lenses are also (not coincidentally) the
best glass.

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{Photography.5.1160}: Frank Vehafric {fvehafric} Fri, 15 Feb 2013 13:03:36 EST (5 lines)

I wonder if there is a firmware update available or is it that the
sensor just isn't capable of being pushed?

My Sony is really good up to 1600, and acceptable at 3200. It's good
enough that I can't remember the last time I used a flash.

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{Photography.5.1161}: TJ {tj2} Fri, 15 Feb 2013 19:52:57 EST (10 lines)

There was one firmware update years ago, and that was the last. In
many respects it's a great camera, but for low light it just doesn't
have it. I don't know about other Nikons, or newer versions of the
sensor, but this is Nikon's CMOS and it was new when this camera was
made. They may have improved it over the years.

I shoot a lot of birds, and one way to stop action of birds in flight
is to push the ISO up to get incredibly fast shutter speeds. I can't
do that, because even in bright sunlight I get unacceptable noise at
ISO 800. I just have to live with it.

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{Photography.5.1162}: TJ {tj2} Sun, 30 Jun 2013 21:34:55 EDT (10 lines)

I was at a new local flea market that promises to be a pretty good
one and as we were leaving I spotted a display case with cameras and
lenses. Prominently featured was this Nikon D70s, so I asked the price
for the body alone. She wanted $150, I offered $100, and we settled on
$110. After taking off the lens and finding that she had no body cap,
I told her my offer was back to $100. She took it, I paid her, and
then I noticed the pop-up flash won't lock down. Too late; it's still
a decent if not spectacular price, and the flash works just fine. I
just put a piece of black Gorilla Tape on the flash and it's not going
off when I don't need it.

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{Photography.5.1163}: Coyote {coyote} Wed, 03 Jul 2013 14:26:39 EDT (1 line)

Nice score! How will you be using it?

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{Photography.5.1164}: Donald Dozier {donaldpd} Wed, 03 Jul 2013 14:59:30 EDT (2 lines)

I would look through that little spot on top then press a button.
Hopefully I could capture the images of thingies that way.

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{Photography.5.1165}: {oceanannie} Wed, 03 Jul 2013 15:51:25 EDT (HTML)

Donald Dozier, you are a caution!!!

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{Photography.5.1166}: TJ {tj2} Fri, 05 Jul 2013 16:37:46 EDT (9 lines)

Coyote, I got it as a sort of an intermediate. The D2X is twice as
big and heavy, and carrying it around when I'm somewhere that I may
only want a few snapshots can get tiresome. This one uses the same
lenses as the D2X but weighs a lot less. It shoots raw files, unlike
the little pocket camera which only shoots jpegs, so if a serious
photograph presents itself on a walk in the woods e.g., I can still
expect to get a decent shot. It's half the size, but at 6 megapixels,
it's also half the sensor size as the D2X, so I'll still be using the
pro camera when I do any portrait or serious scenic stuff.

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{Photography.5.1167}: Coyote {coyote} Sat, 06 Jul 2013 14:42:52 EDT (1 line)

Sweet! What a great way to cover all your bases.

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