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#62415 QXD Card not recognized by my new Z6 anymore

Posted by Merco_61 on 22 May 2019 - 08:52 PM

Cards fail sometimes, that is why there are warranties.

#62340 need new tripod/monopod or just tripod

Posted by Merco_61 on 19 May 2019 - 05:22 AM

Why do you need a 6'+ tripod? The head builds 3-4" and the finder is 2-3" above that, so if you are 5'10 you need a tripod that is 5'5 worst case to be able to stand straight. Prices rise exponentially as soon as you need or want longer legs.


I would look for a set of legs and a head separately as a manufacturer that makes one well usually don't for the other. When shopping for a head, make sure that it as Arca-Swiss compatible as that dovetail is a de facto standard.

#62321 Camera bag for 2 Nikon Camera's

Posted by Merco_61 on 17 May 2019 - 08:56 AM

My suggestion would be to visit a brick-and-mortar store where you can trial fit your cameras and whatever extra things you need room for before you buy. Giving advice on something as personal as a bag is very difficult. Buying sight-unseen is possible, but you will likely not get the best bag for your needs.


Shoulder bag or backpack? Stylish, discreet or a typical camera bag? What degree of protection against both dropping the bag and getting it wet do you need?


I am partial to the quality of Billingham bags for my shoulder bag needs and I have three in different sizes. The old 206 can carry one body and two lenses and it is possible to bring a speedlight as well. The 325 has room for two bodies and three pro zooms as long as the tele zoom is an old 80-200/2.8 as all the 70-200 versions are too long. The 550 has room for everything except for really long teles.


My backpacks are either an old Tamrac Aero 85 when I want one body , some lenses and two speedlights, or a Tamrac Anvil 27 when I want to bring either my old 300 and 500 combination or the Sigma 150-600 Sports and a couple of bodies.

#62317 My Nikon D90 releases half shutter, how do I fix it?

Posted by Merco_61 on 17 May 2019 - 06:54 AM

That shutter is shot and a D90 is old enough that it isn't worth fixing, even if the parts were available.


If I were you, I would look for a used D7100 or a D7200 rather than a D3xxx or D5xxx body as the D7xxx is the descendant of the D90. The current D7500 is even more similar to the D90 as the pro features the D7000 inherited from the D300s have been removed to differentiate it more from the D500. It is *a bit* more expensive, though.


The D3xxx and D5xxx are much more menu-driven than the D7xxx and have a much darker viewfinder.

#62313 Suggestions for taking high-res pictures of store items

Posted by Merco_61 on 17 May 2019 - 12:59 AM

Product photography is much harder than it looks. The lighting will have to be spot-on and you need as much dynamic range as you can get. The megapixels are a second- or even third order consideration. As the viewing distance is quite long, anything above 12 MP can do the work resolution-wise.


A DX body , some speedlights and a lighting tent can be used for web marketing with lots of experience. For print marketing, the DX body is still doable, but you will need a studio and strobes as the lighting quality is more important.


To get awesome product shots, you need an experienced studio photographer to do the work. To do a good job yourself, you need studio strobes with quite a selection of light modifiers, backgrounds, perhaps a shoot-through table, a sturdy tripod with a good head, a camera body with high DR (preferably a D8x0 series) and a selection of prime lenses. This will probably not be enough as you will need some education on both the basics and studio work as you are new to taking pictures. Product photography is an important aspect of a company's outward face and hiring a good photographer is well invested money.

#62294 Is my issue with my AF Nikkor 55~200mm, VR, ED, DX, IF, SWM valid?

Posted by Merco_61 on 14 May 2019 - 02:02 PM

Does it misbehave in the same way if you turn VR off?

#62260 Does the Rokinon 14mm lens work on a Nikon D3200?

Posted by Merco_61 on 11 May 2019 - 10:30 PM

Yes, you can. The older, non-chipped lens can be used as well, but without the light-meter.

#62209 D5300 shutter release issue using AF Nikkor 28-70mm 3.5-4.5 D lens

Posted by Merco_61 on 08 May 2019 - 09:47 PM

You need to lock the aperture ring and then control the aperture from the body. If the ring isn't set to its smallest aperture, you won't have the full range available in S or P modes as the ring blocks the mechanism.

#62186 Live music 2019-04-09

Posted by Merco_61 on 07 May 2019 - 01:59 PM

Here are some photos from round 2 of the talent show Livekarusellen.












































#62176 Help deciding my next upgrade:

Posted by Merco_61 on 07 May 2019 - 01:01 AM

Which of your current cameras do you prefer ergonomically? The D750 is based on the D7x00 series and the D810 is based on the single-digits, but without the integrated grip. Performance-wise they are quite similar.

#62175 New To Me, Sigma 70~300mm 1:4~5.6 APO Macro AF Lens.

Posted by Merco_61 on 07 May 2019 - 12:52 AM

The aperture is electronically controlled in a Canon. Sounds like dirty contacts or a burnt-out aperture unit.


How old is the lens? Third-party lenses sometimes don't work as expected with bodies that are newer than the lens if the camera manufacturer has changed things in the communications protocol.

#62150 I will finally upgrade my D70... will my lenses work with the new one?

Posted by Merco_61 on 05 May 2019 - 08:49 AM

The only reason to get the 7200 over the 7500 today, other than to save $400 (over 15 years it's really not much :-)), is if you MUST have two SD card slots, MUST have the option to have a battery grip, or are a videographer who needs a faster video AF system.


As the AF version of the 105 MicroNikkor was part of the original question, the *much* stronger AF motor in the D7200 is a valid reason. As some of us older users still use Ai lenses, the fact that the lens mount in the D7500 is dumbed-down to the D90 version is a glaring point against the D7500.

#62099 Your Best Photo, Week Ending 5 May 2019

Posted by Merco_61 on 03 May 2019 - 12:32 PM

If they still used the old notation, there would be a DV•N somewhere in the letter salad for 22 elements and Nano coating. That annotation was scrapped in the early 70-s.

#62097 Your Best Photo, Week Ending 5 May 2019

Posted by Merco_61 on 03 May 2019 - 12:12 PM

I’m waiting until tomorrow - my new lens arrived today! AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR (is there any of the alphabet they missed out there?).

Big old lump of glass!

They have retired G ;)

#62082 What is going on with ISO?

Posted by Merco_61 on 02 May 2019 - 11:32 PM

Why? Isn't that a bit like cutting your nose off to spite your face?

AutoISO is very useful, you just need to learn how your light meter works in diffrent situations.


A light meter is calibrated to render everything medium grey. If you have a light or dark background, you will have to compensate for that as the camera body can't think for you or read your mind, thankfully.