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Merco_61

Merco_61

Member Since 15 Oct 2013
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#87392 All about the flash in February

Posted by Merco_61 on Today, 01:51 PM

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Model: NIKON Z f
Lens: Z Nikkor 24-70/4 S
Lens (mm): 29

Flash: Godox V860III

Flash mode: iTTL BL
ISO: 400
Aperture: 9
Shutter: 1/60
Exp. Comp.: 0.0

 

Flash on-camera, camera right, angled ~15° up, but straight ahead horizontally, no modifiers. I think the Godox defaults to a reflector setting for 24 mm when the head is tilted.




#87388 That was the week that was, minichallenge for March

Posted by Merco_61 on Today, 11:48 AM

That was the week that was is about doing some kind of week-long photo essay during the month. Feel free to do more than one if you find the time and inspiration.
As so often, I just set a theme, hopefully sparking your creativity. Feel free to interpret the theme as you want. When March is over, the thread will still be open, so it will become a place to post photo-essays. 
 

The title for this challenge/exercise is inspired by (stolen from, that is) a radio spot one of my favourite musicians had in the 60-s, where he did a song inspired by a newspaper headline during the week leading up to the show. Does anyone have a guess on what sarcastic American singer-songwriter this was?




#87376 Measurement of light.

Posted by Merco_61 on Yesterday, 04:26 PM

Sodium vapour lights are the only relatively modern ones in the list. They are mid-to late 60-s. The others are all 30-s or older.

Is the case bakelite or ebonite? 




#87369 Retouch Menus -NEF Raw -No image for retouching

Posted by Merco_61 on 26 February 2024 - 11:11 PM

Do you look at the files in explorer/finder or do you use an image viewer? Image viewer apps sometimes show only one instance when there are more than one file with the same name, but different extensions.




#87361 issues cleaning d850 sensor

Posted by Merco_61 on 26 February 2024 - 11:08 AM

I use the VSGO DDR-24 kit, with their own fluid if the swabs aren’t enough. 
I used to use eclipse II and whatever swabs I could get back in the D3 and D4 days without any problems, but have encountered smearing problems from the D800E onwards, so I asked the tech at my local store what they use. This ended up with the VSGO system, both for DX and FX sensors.

 

It seems to me that the later sensors either are less compatible with eclipse or more finicky as to swab quality… I don’t know which as I changed the whole system at the same time. 
 

I never bought a D850 for myself, but I have borrowed and rented them quite a bit over the years and have had to clean them… 




#87347 Your best photo of the week ending February 25 2024

Posted by Merco_61 on 25 February 2024 - 02:36 PM

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​Model: NIKON Z 6_2

Lens: Z Nikkor 105/2.8 S
Lens (mm): 105
Flashes: Camera left, Godox V860III Camera right, SB-910
ISO: 100
Aperture: 9
Shutter: 1/100




#87317 New here, I hope everyone is well!

Posted by Merco_61 on 24 February 2024 - 01:41 AM

Welcome to the forums!

Don’t miss the minichallenges. They are mostly designed to stretch us creatively…




#87306 Fisheye Friday, permanent post

Posted by Merco_61 on 23 February 2024 - 10:52 AM

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Model: NIKON Z fc
Lens: Samyang 8/3.5 II Fisheye on FTZ
Lens (mm): 8
ISO: 5080
Aperture: 3.5
Shutter: 1/80
Exp. Comp.: 0.0

 

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Model: NIKON Z fc
Lens: Samyang 8/3.5 II Fisheye on FTZ
Lens (mm): 8
ISO: 400
Aperture: 3.5
Shutter: 1/125
Exp. Comp.: 0.0




#87289 All about the flash in February

Posted by Merco_61 on 22 February 2024 - 10:46 AM

This pewter saltshaker was my maternal grandmother's, probably early 30-s.

 

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Model: NIKON Z 6_2
Lens: Z Nikkor 105/2.8 S
Lens (mm): 105

Flashes: Camera left, Godox V860III Camera right, SB-910
ISO: 100
Aperture: 9
Shutter: 1/100

 

 

Positioning:

Camera left: vertically 15° above, horizontally 45°

Camera right: vertically 0°, horizontally 45°

 

Modifiers: 

Camera left: none

Camera right: 25 mm deep raster, 6.5 mm pitch




#87288 D850 taking extremely dark photos

Posted by Merco_61 on 22 February 2024 - 10:07 AM

What are your subjects that you need 1/8000?
 

What does the camera set in program mode and ISO 25600, just to get an idea of the light level you have to work with.




#87282 D850 taking extremely dark photos

Posted by Merco_61 on 21 February 2024 - 03:55 PM

Do you have some exposure compensation dialed in?




#87280 D850 AF-On Button and Back Button Focus

Posted by Merco_61 on 21 February 2024 - 01:53 PM

I like to use a rear button for AF and set the shutter half-press to exposure value lock. 
 

If you decide not to use the AF-ON button for focus it is assignable.




#87269 Nikon 35mm 1.8 lens question

Posted by Merco_61 on 20 February 2024 - 11:46 PM

You might see NX Studio as something you have already paid for, rather than something free.
There is no licensing hassle for Nikon when providing software that is of limited use with other brands of cameras.

The predecessor used to need a valid serial number for a Nikon camera to download. This was many years ago, though.

Back in the day of software on CD, the app was bundled with a new camera.

The license key is the hardware you own as the application doesn’t handle other brands’ raw files.




#87254 leather case for a D850 with lens

Posted by Merco_61 on 20 February 2024 - 08:29 AM

I can't remember ever seeing a never-ready case for Nikon DSLR-s with the larger grips, just D3x00, D5x00, Df, coolpixes and some mirrorfree cameras.

 

My personal experience with these cases is that the nose gets in the way most of the time. I run a half-case on some bodies where I can find one and usually use a shoulder bag as a shooting bag.




#87253 Nikon 35mm 1.8 lens question

Posted by Merco_61 on 19 February 2024 - 11:39 PM

The flat raw files is an Adobe thing. NX Studio uses the picture control set in the camera as a starting point. The only difference from starting with a .jpg is that you can adjust your settings in post if you did set something wrong for what you want to do. With a .jpg, many of the settings are baked into the file. 
 

In the software I use, Photo Ninja, I can set the starting point as a preset that auto-applies when I open a file for editing. It doesn’t read the picture control profile, but it is far from a flat starting point, unless you want it to be.