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#56260 What is the downfalls to teleconverters?

Posted by morticiaskeeper on 17 July 2018 - 12:41 PM

Be careful about the mechanical fit when looking for a teleconverter. I was offered the use of a Nikon TC on Sunday. It had glass sticking out of the front. My Sigma zoom had glass sticking out of the back.

If we hadn't have taken measurements, it could have been a costly mistake if the zoom was pulled back.

#54151 Portrait shoot

Posted by morticiaskeeper on 25 February 2018 - 10:11 AM

Very nice. Particularly No.2. Good use of depth of field.

#54150 Upgrade D40?

Posted by morticiaskeeper on 25 February 2018 - 10:10 AM

I upgraded my D40 for a D80. Last year I upgraded the D80 for a D7000, after the D80 went swimming :-)

Moving up to a semi pro body will be the biggest step. Having two control wheels makes a big difference, as does auto bracketing. The biggest improvement I found was the CLS flash system for indoor work. Controlling two remote flash heads, making brightness adjustments from the back of the camera, makes things so much easier.

You will notice an improvement in the sensors these day. The lowlight capability is much improved. Continuous shutter and focus speeds are a lot better than the D40. More metering points may be of help to you, but I tend to manually meter these days!

#53608 Memory card for D7000

Posted by morticiaskeeper on 21 January 2018 - 02:55 AM

My D7000 has two 32gb cards. The RAW slot is 90mb/s, the JPEG slot is 45mb/s.

#52457 Nikon D3100 Speed Flash

Posted by morticiaskeeper on 15 November 2017 - 01:56 PM

A Yongnuo and a radio trigger, bounce the light off an available ceiling or wall. The flash comes with a diffuser and bounce card built in, or you can make something for pennies.

I'm a fan of the CLS flash commander system, but I don't think your camera has that, Peter will confirm. A radio trigger will do the job.
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#50761 Who uses Russian equipment?

Posted by morticiaskeeper on 28 August 2017 - 12:59 AM

I've got a couple of T mount prime lenses, one is my goto aircraft lens, due to its 600mm reach.

I'd love to play with a digital version of the Lubitel 166B twin lens.

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#50731 Upgrade from D3100

Posted by morticiaskeeper on 27 August 2017 - 01:44 AM

I upgraded my seawater infected D80 last year. The main reason for choosing the D7000 was it being the first body in the range to have the flash command system. Once you've remotely controlled flash levels, you don't want to go back.

I paid about £230 for body only, from MPB. My first shoot with it was glamour studio, the day it arrived.

One of my favourite features is the user defined settings. I use some old manual focus, manual aperture lenses. U1 gives me a quick aperture priority setting for hasty aircraft shots. U2 adds back button focus.

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#50730 Flash newbie and off D7000 camera flash question

Posted by morticiaskeeper on 27 August 2017 - 01:33 AM

My standard flash setup, using two Yongnuo 565 and a D7000, is all controlled from the camera. Once the flashes are inside soft boxes, I leave them well alone. I rarely have sync problems, except when outside, when the distances involved get larger.

Onboard flash to command, with very little real power. Left side flash to channel A, right to B.

TTL on shutter priority, keeping and eye on the aperture. If I add a slave flash as a hair light, it confuses the TTL, so I switch to manual.

Overall light levels are controlled by the compensation on the D7000, flash balance is controlled by the compensation on each channel. It makes it very easy to adjust light levels from the back of the camera, rather than disturbing the flash heads.

The biggest improvement I've made to my flash system is slave battery packs for the flash heads. Being able to take shots, knowing the flashes are charged, is great. Rather than buying packs, I've made my own using SLA batteries and the dummy battery method of connection.

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#49535 Post Processing Software?

Posted by morticiaskeeper on 01 July 2017 - 11:57 AM

Today, I have finally achieved the holy grail, not editing a shot!

This was a photoshoot in an evening woodland, so used a bit of available light and a lot of diffused flash.

I loaded one of the RAW files into Photogenie, rotated it so the model was the right way up, then went to do the edits. Everything I tried to improve the shot just didn't work!

I thought it might be me, being under the weather through illness, so I waited for She Who Must Be Obeyed to come home. She couldn't find anything wrong with it either.

I suppose it'll happen again in another 51 years :-)

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#49494 Hi there from Bristol, UK.

Posted by morticiaskeeper on 29 June 2017 - 01:35 PM

Hi Rod

You've got one of the best cities for photography, make the most of it.

Get down to New Passage for sunset under the old Severn Bridge, Tog Hill for the hot air balloons, if the wind is going that way.

It's a shame the powerboats aren't in the docks anymore.

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#48697 Editing Software that keeps intregity

Posted by morticiaskeeper on 25 May 2017 - 02:31 PM

I edit my RAW files in Photogenie on the iPad or Darktable on a Linux PC, although I believe it is available for Windows.

In both, I produce my final output in jpg

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#47380 Camera straps

Posted by morticiaskeeper on 18 March 2017 - 10:16 AM

I tend to use a wrist strap for out & about shooting.

When it's going to be a long session, like an airshow, I use a double harness, like a Black Rapid, but normally a cheaper, eBay alternative.

I have spent many days walking around with 70-300 D80 on the left and 600 D7000 on the right. When switching between the two, I just drop one and pick up the other.

#46803 What's Wrong With This Picture?

Posted by morticiaskeeper on 28 February 2017 - 12:12 PM

The flower head looks a bit too perfect :-)

The greenery just below the head is perfect, but the head LOOKS doctored. Maybe shooting from a different angle?

#46306 D5300 - Black circle on every image

Posted by morticiaskeeper on 15 February 2017 - 12:41 PM

Looks like a hair on the sensor.

Get a blower, mirror lock (or whatever it's called) from the menu. The next time you press the shutter, the mirror will stay up. Make sure you hold the body upside down so nothing else gets in, the give the sensor a puff of air. Turn the body off and test it.

I have been advised by a distributor of sensor cleaning kits to do the job in the bathroom. Run the shower for a few minutes with the curtain shut. This will keep the dust down.
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#45832 Yongnuo YN-565EX N and YN-568EX

Posted by morticiaskeeper on 04 February 2017 - 01:18 AM

I use a couple of 565 lights via the CLS in TTL and never have a problem with them, even in soft boxes. The only time I managed to confuse the TTL was when I put a non TTL slave behind the model for a halo effect. So I switched to manual for that shot :-)

I have even installed the lights in the roof of a room for use the next day. When the wedding reception arrived, I reached up to turn them on and left them to it.

Recharge time can be a bit slow for studio work, but that is down to the batteries. Attach a power pack, or make your own following the various DIY instructions online. Just be careful about overheating, the flash will shut down if it gets too hot.

Having the ability to control the power of both flashes from the back of the camera is priceless. When I was looking to upgrade my D80, CLS was the number one priority.