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Old 06-17-2014, 11:35 AM   #1481
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Old 06-17-2014, 06:48 PM   #1482
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Nice shots explanade! Is that Italy?
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Old 06-17-2014, 07:34 PM   #1483
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Yes, Amalfi Coast and Pompei.

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I'm tossing around the idea of splurging on a Nikon D800, and a Nikon AF-S Zoom Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF lens. I find myself shooting mostly landscape shots and this combo is highly rated.

I have a D5200 now. I see the weight of the D800 is 32 oz where the D5200 is 20 oz.

For you full frame people out there, does the extra weight wear on you after a while?

My D200 is not FF, but the lenses I use are older lenses for the film cameras, which are FF. You just need to find a comfortable and effective way to carry equipment. The camera and one lens (doesn't matter which) fit into a hip holster. The camera has a chest strap attached as well. The other two lenses, a 1.6x teleconverter, small flash and light meter fit into a small (self and heavily) padded back pack. A D800 wouldn't add that much more weight - not enough to notice. Perhaps I'm just used to it, but it's no big deal to carry all day. As someone else pointed out, in hot weather the back of my shirt gets wet. Buts, so does my hair, armpits... That's not from the weight, just the weather lol.

It's up to you to decide what you can carry comfortably, and whether it's worth - to you - the extra weight.

As to loss of auto focus when using adapters, I understand there are some which permit use of autofocus. Better yet, just learn how to effectively focus manually. It's not a big deal. Then you can purchase good, older (pre autofocus) prime lenses at lower costs.

Just my $.02...

I've been putting a lot of thought into a new camera, and which format, myself. My biggest turnoff is the menu driven crap, and all the worthless - to me - automatic crap such as 'portrait mode', etc. letting the camera make decisions for me is kind of insulting....
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I've been putting a lot of thought into a new camera, and which format, myself. My biggest turnoff is the menu driven crap, and all the worthless - to me - automatic crap such as 'portrait mode', etc. letting the camera make decisions for me is kind of insulting....
Which is why I'll probably never use a point 'n shoot again if I can help it. I use aperture priority or shutter speed mode mostly but am going to manual more and more often. Especially inside when using the speedlights to bounce light off the ceiling/walls.

The automatic mode does have a use. It is the one DW uses. She likes my photos, will watch as I place lights around a room, and has zero interest in learning what I'm doing or why. She has gone to a couple of the community college photo classes but then never picks up the camera afterward.
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I continue to carry my full frame beast. In this particular application the 24-70 was the only lens I thought would be necessary. The ideal combo for what I do would be the Nikon 12-24 and the Canon 24-70, both lenses are the best at what they do IMO.

Top of Marble Mountain in the Sangre de Cristos. The valley on the left winds southward to the Great Sand Dunes Nat'l Park. I hope to explore that one this summer.



When we got back Sophie would have been happy to turn around and do it all again.
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That one with Sophie almost looks like a studio backdrop behind her!
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Which is why I'll probably never use a point 'n shoot again if I can help it. I use aperture priority or shutter speed mode mostly but am going to manual more and more often. Especially inside when using the speedlights to bounce light off the ceiling/walls.

The automatic mode does have a use. It is the one DW uses. She likes my photos, will watch as I place lights around a room, and has zero interest in learning what I'm doing or why. She has gone to a couple of the community college photo classes but then never picks up the camera afterward.

I'll use the automatic functions on my Metz flash, but the camera is always, with rare exceptions, in manual mode. If I do let the camera meter, the camera's initially biased -1 stop. But it's more consistent to use a handheld meter, get the base exposure, then tweak it after a sample shot. Then it's set unless you change your angle to the sun or the light changes. But quick spot checks deal with that issue. Couldn't do that with film, which is why I used to use a spot meter.
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That one with Sophie almost looks like a studio backdrop behind her!
+1. Keep the Sofie shots coming!
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If I do let the camera meter, the camera's initially biased -1 stop.
I've found on mine the in-camera meter works well, so well that buying a light meter would be a very hard sell. I just don't see how things could improve that much exposure-wise. Unless the scene has unusually high contrast I'll add +1/3 stop, sometimes more, on the exposure compensation to "shoot to the right" on the histogram. It's easy enough to darken down if needed but if it's burned out that part is gone.
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This lens could be my 'gateway drug'.

Good glass was one of my main reasons for choosing m43. The Oly 45mm f1.8 (=FF 90mm) is my first prime for a digital body. The initial results exceed my expectations. So did my happy reaction to those results. It's one of the less expensive primes. If it makes me buy lenses 2X - 3X expensive, will that make it a gateway drug?

Samples which are more about learning the lens quality than doing something aesthetic:

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Primary illumination was a single florescent bulb.

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In the shade of a truck under the shade of a large carport.
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Nice shots! Great lighting in the first one. I like the tone of the 2nd. Unless my eyes are getting worse, 2nd doesn't look like a B&W.
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Nice shots! Great lighting in the first one. I like the tone of the 2nd. Unless my eyes are getting worse, 2nd doesn't look like a B&W.
Thanks. You're right, the second one is color.
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I've found on mine the in-camera meter works well, so well that buying a light meter would be a very hard sell. I just don't see how things could improve that much exposure-wise. Unless the scene has unusually high contrast I'll add +1/3 stop, sometimes more, on the exposure compensation to "shoot to the right" on the histogram. It's easy enough to darken down if needed but if it's burned out that part is gone.

A light meter allows me take an incident reading of light. A reflective meter - such as a cameras - cannot always balance out the readings to your desired exposure. It averages. A large light background, therefore, will affect the meters calculations and your main subject may appear too dark. That's where a spot meter (also reflective) comes in handy so you can choose which area is most important. An incident meter measures how much light is falling on the scene, before reflection - it's not affected by ratios of light light being reflected back towards the camera, and gives a better overall base reading: more compatible to what the eye actually sees. There are disadvantages, which were more prominent with film. Now you can tweak the exposure from the base, since you have an instant preview in the viewfinder. Also, one quick reading and your exposure is good as long as you're n that same light. No constantly checking the meter. In addition, the dial on my LunaProF shows all the possible shutter/aperture combinations to achieve the ensure metered. Very convenient.

Using VPS I always overexposed one stop, for a thicker emulsion on the developed film. Opposite digital. To be sure, though, one always did film tests to see how a particular shutter/meter/film batch worked on conjunction. So even using the cameras meter, I generally underexposed 1 stop.i just prefer an incident reading, and I've had the meter for almost 30 years. If I didn't have it, I might not buy one.

I prefer nice dark shadows, so I don't 'expose to the right'. I expose to the get the exposure as close to the image I have in mind as possible. The only pure white I like to see is in small highlights. Easy enough to create small clean highlights using levels. But, as you say, too far to the right hazards burned out areas one can't recover.
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Good glass was one of my main reasons for choosing m43. The Oly 45mm f1.8 (=FF 90mm) is my first prime for a digital body. The initial results exceed my expectations. So did my happy reaction to those results. It's one of the less expensive primes. If it makes me buy lenses 2X - 3X expensive, will that make it a gateway drug?

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In the shade of a truck under the shade of a large carport.

Nice images.
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In the shade of a truck under the shade of a large carport.
For some reason I really like that shot. The dog looks retired.
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For some reason I really like that shot. The dog looks retired.

He's living on a pension...
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Does anyone else print and hang photos in the house? With the recent acquisition of a mat cutter I'm going to start framing and hanging more photos in the house (with DW's approval of course). I've done a couple by just getting and 8x10 frame and filling that, and one she liked so much she paid a frame shop to frame.

Anyway, here are two that made the first round using the mat cutter. The Martinsburg roundhouse is a local landmark and there are lots of other photos of it online.
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