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#72960 Choosing a full frame Nikon DSLR

Posted by Merco_61 on 05 April 2021 - 06:50 PM

The D4 is cheap today, but it isn't the right tool for architectural as it is optimised for speed rather than for great DR. You would be better off with a D850 or, if money is tight, a D810. You want as much dynamic range as you can get, especially for real estate where you would ideally want to use strobes but there seldom is time to set them up perfectly.


If you are getting into that market professionally, remember to budget for a good wide angle zoom, a wide angle tilt/shift lens and a sturdy tripod as well as the body. Depending on your local market, a good drone and the license to use it commercially is probably necessary.

#72957 Sharpness issue with Nikkor 200-500mm lens on Z 7.

Posted by Merco_61 on 05 April 2021 - 03:48 PM

if its moving target for birds you need vr on. also fact that nikon second try for mirrorless bodies. after giving up on nikon 1 series body's your going to have to work with pros and cons of body. going to need to use tripod or monopod to keep camera steady enough get shoots. since body is way lighter then D850. i get that all time when using Z6 with gen 1 70-200mm nikon lens. hard to keep camera steady enough to get photo with no shakes or keep it still 

The only thing that works for BIF is a short, actionstopping exposure. VR on will just encourage trying to shoot with too slow shutter speeds. VR doesn't help with subject movement, only with camera shake.

#72951 Sharpness issue with Nikkor 200-500mm lens on Z 7.

Posted by Merco_61 on 05 April 2021 - 01:15 PM

Have you tried shooting both without the fill flash and with all VR turned off? 1/1000 should be fast enough that the VR works against, rather than for you.


At what aperture opening do you have the sweet spot on this sample of the 200-500. The two I have tried were markedly sharper at f/7.1 than f/8 and 500 mm focal length on high resolution bodies.

#72942 window photo makes raw files dark then should be.

Posted by Merco_61 on 05 April 2021 - 10:44 AM

The first preview you see when you open a raw file is the camera-generated jpeg that is embedded in the raw file. The software replaces it with its own interpretation of the raw data as soon as it is ready.

#72928 Your best photo of the week ending April 4 2021

Posted by Merco_61 on 04 April 2021 - 01:17 PM


Body: Z50

Lens: Z 16-50

Lens (mm): 16
ISO: 100
Aperture: 8
Shutter: 1/160

#72823 Your best photo of the week ending March 28 2021

Posted by Merco_61 on 29 March 2021 - 01:58 PM

The same photo as above but processed in a more traditional street style with a HP5 emulation, warm tone paper, selenium toning and a yellow filter.



#72821 Howdy from southern Illinois

Posted by Merco_61 on 29 March 2021 - 01:45 PM

Your D7100 is no slouch unless you need a bigger buffer for fast-paced action.

Sometimes your iPhone is a better tool as you will get a deeper depth of field for a given scene than with your DSLR.

To get going, the David Busch books for the D7100 are well worth getting and reading. Both the Guide and the Field guide are aimed for the intermediate user who wants to get better and are basically text books, but tweaked for the camera model they cover. Reading something like this can make it easier to find out what questions to ask on a forum.

#72819 Entry level camera with better lens? Or better camera but with just a kit lens?

Posted by Merco_61 on 29 March 2021 - 01:32 PM

If you don't need the high resolution of a modern body, you could get something like a D700 with a vertical grip or an old D3s with an 85/1.8 and a 50/1.8 without breaking the bank. The D700/MB-D10/50/85 combo should be doable in the region of $800 or so in the US. Most of the used gear dealers in the US ship worldwide, but I don't know what the shipping would be to your location.

#72806 lens hood

Posted by Merco_61 on 28 March 2021 - 03:42 PM

Which 24-85 is it?

The AF/2.8-4 takes the HB-25.

The AF-S/3.5-4.5 takes the HB-28

The VR version takes the HB-63

#72805 DSLR camera which can use my SLR lens?

Posted by Merco_61 on 28 March 2021 - 03:36 PM

Remember, gaffers tape is just like the Force. It has a light side and a dark side and it holds the universe together!

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#72791 Your best photo of the week ending March 28 2021

Posted by Merco_61 on 28 March 2021 - 06:24 AM

A candid street shot from me this week. Spring has, more or less, arrived.



Body: D750

Lens: AF Nikkor 85/1.8D

Lens (mm): 85
ISO: 100
Aperture: 4
Shutter: 1/800

#72751 All Photos are Magenta

Posted by Merco_61 on 25 March 2021 - 11:55 PM

Unless you have somehow managed to set a really screwy white balance, this is a sensor problem.

#72743 Should I buy the D500? Please help me decide!

Posted by Merco_61 on 25 March 2021 - 01:00 PM

I tend to shoot aircraft at ridiculously slow shutter speeds, but that is because I have to deal with propellers. There are some examples in this gallery: https://www.nikonfor...9-rollout-2016/
If you are interested in the shooting data, there is a button that says something about EXIF.

I have a later thread with more jet content here: https://www.nikonfor...-air-show-2018/

#72732 The Case Against the "Z" System — The EVF

Posted by Merco_61 on 24 March 2021 - 04:57 PM

I like where the MILCs are going, but I don't feel they are ready to replace the DSLR yet. As a complement, yes but not replace. 

#72728 The Case Against the "Z" System — The EVF

Posted by Merco_61 on 24 March 2021 - 01:34 PM

They are far less refined than the DSLRs that have a user experience that has been fine-tuned and got better with each generation since the first S-mount rangefinders in the early fifties. People complained of the mirror blanking the viewfinder in the F in 1959....


A Z7 with the current firmware is already much better than it was on introduction and the Z7II is about as much better again than the late Z7 compared to the early ones.