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Merco_61

Merco_61

Member Since 15 Oct 2013
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#59798 Nikon 200-500 VR lens

Posted by Merco_61 on Today, 01:33 PM

What swayed me to the Sigma was that I like to support long lenses at, or even under the lens hood. The Sports supports being used as a push-pull zoom according to the manual, the others don't. Holding a heavy, long lens like that makes panning at ridiculous shutter speeds easier. This is a very specific usage and I know that the Nikon definitely is in the top three in this class of lenses.




#59783 Nikon 200-500 VR lens

Posted by Merco_61 on Today, 10:20 AM

I really like my Sigma Sports after I finetuned it using the dock. Here are some samples. I tried all the affordable supertele zooms before I decided on the Sigma. To me, it handles much better than the Nikon.

 

The advantage of finetuning using the dock instead of just performing an AF fine tune in the camera is that the correction curves are produced using 4 distances and 3 focal lengths. These more affordable lenses tend to vary much more in what correction is needed at different settings than your pro zooms.




#59751 Matt Granger 10 Stop ND Filters Compared - $10 to $360

Posted by Merco_61 on 14 January 2019 - 03:21 AM

Fallout’s link didn’t post. It seems like Irwin found the clip on youtube.


#59730 Your Best Photo, Week Ending 13 January 2019

Posted by Merco_61 on 13 January 2019 - 07:26 AM

45809942705_6a7e6c37d4_o.jpgPES_2019-01-13_13-24-03_22mm_ by merco_61, on Flickr

 

Model: NIKON D7200
Lens (mm): 22 (Tamron 17-50/2.8)
ISO: 1000
Aperture: 4.5
Shutter: 1/30

Picture Control: [VI]Vivid
 




#59729 Another guitar build

Posted by Merco_61 on 13 January 2019 - 07:24 AM

It is finished, more or less intonated and fully playable.

45809942705_6a7e6c37d4_o.jpgPES_2019-01-13_13-24-03_22mm_ by merco_61, on Flickr

 

32850429068_96d19e194d_o.jpgPES_2019-01-13_13-24-24_24mm_A by merco_61, on Flickr

 

46725404101_5bd99fcfb7_o.jpgPES_2019-01-13_13-24-34_50mm_ by merco_61, on Flickr

 

32850425838_4103e92763_o.jpgPES_2019-01-13_13-24-56_24mm_ by merco_61, on Flickr

 

46725401921_68d8b38df6_o.jpgPES_2019-01-13_13-25-06_32mm_ by merco_61, on Flickr

 

45809934565_ac7205a599_o.jpgPES_2019-01-13_13-25-40_40mm_ by merco_61, on Flickr

 

39760486543_1a2622dcac_o.jpgPES_2019-01-13_13-26-07_48mm_ by merco_61, on Flickr




#59699 Water Mark Photos

Posted by Merco_61 on 11 January 2019 - 11:30 PM

The D5600 NEFs are supported from LR 6.8 onwards. I don't remember what release was on the last install discs made, but an update is the full installer so you won't save any time or data on your limited internet plan over downloading something like Affinity Photo if you need to update LR anyway.




#59695 Transfer Photos from Z6 with USB-C

Posted by Merco_61 on 11 January 2019 - 11:13 PM

What version of MacOS are you on? I am not sure if Image Capture handles the Z6, but the latest release probably does.

 

Nikon did away with the mass storage mode 10 years ago, so your camera won't show up in Finder.

 

Have you tried downloading and installing Nikon's own software?




#59682 Grey Card White Balance

Posted by Merco_61 on 11 January 2019 - 07:30 AM

I often use either a grey card or a colour chart (ColorChecker) to profile the light. I still let the camera use Auto WB, but shoot the card now and then as the light changes. I then correct the WB in batches in post. correcting WB in-camera works, but isn't necessary if you shoot raw and have a raw converter or even a pixel editor that doesn't suck.




#59677 Water Mark Photos

Posted by Merco_61 on 10 January 2019 - 11:38 PM

Remember that the Adobe camera raw module in older versions of PS, LR and PSE don't support your D5600. You can get around this by converting your raw files to DNG using either Adobe's or a third-party DNG converter but it is a hassle.

 

The only current PP application that still comes on cd is Corel Paintshop Pro AFAIK. 




#59642 Another guitar build

Posted by Merco_61 on 08 January 2019 - 11:53 PM

The neck is finished.

46672769391_bea8e170ee_o.jpgPES_2019-01-09_06-40-52_26mm_ by merco_61, on Flickr

 

46672766011_6397cb14d0_o.jpgPES_2019-01-09_06-42-13_48mm_ by merco_61, on Flickr

 

45757609805_8dbca71f5c_o.jpgPES_2019-01-09_06-41-15_40mm_ by merco_61, on Flickr

 

39707835963_2602dc7c26_o.jpgPES_2019-01-09_06-41-55_38mm_ by merco_61, on Flickr




#59580 Another guitar build

Posted by Merco_61 on 06 January 2019 - 07:35 AM

A group photo of the parts that will go into the guitar as soon as the Tru-Oil has hardened enough for me to buff the finish.

32755825858_75202af240_o.jpgPES_2019-01-06_14-04-49_29mm_ by merco_61, on Flickr

 

Gotoh tuning machines and a Shaller string bar will go on the head.

Seymour Duncan pickups, Sentient in the neck position and Pegasus at the bridge.

A licensed Floyd Rose to start with, it will probably be replaced with a Shaller Lockmeister sooner or later.

A 5-way super switch, logarithmic pot for volume and linear pot for tone.

A Switchcraft output jack.




#59579 Your Best Photo, Week Ending 6 January 2019

Posted by Merco_61 on 06 January 2019 - 07:21 AM

I thought I would take a photo of most of the parts that will go into my Axis-inspired guitar.

32755825858_75202af240_o.jpgPES_2019-01-06_14-04-49_29mm_ by merco_61, on Flickr

 

Model: NIKON D7200
Lens (mm): 29 (Tamron 17-50/2.8)
ISO: 2500
Aperture: 4.5
Shutter: 1/50

Picture Control: [VI]Vivid, but with slightly reduced saturation




#59574 Problem setting the Histogram for the D5600

Posted by Merco_61 on 06 January 2019 - 01:20 AM

If the D5600 works anything like older Nikons, the Playback display options menu lets you select what options are available for playback. You then scroll through the different screens by pressing the multiselector up or down while in playback mode.




#59570 Halo effects

Posted by Merco_61 on 05 January 2019 - 12:55 PM

This looks like a combination of chromatic aberration and overly enthusiastic sharpening or contrast. See what happens if you start your post work with a CA removal tool. In hard light, you can reduce the CA by stopping down a bit.

 

As this was shot in jpg, what Picture Control did you use? Some of them apply far too much sharpening and contrast as standard.




#59544 Worth buying: Sigma 18-250 mm Macro?

Posted by Merco_61 on 03 January 2019 - 01:00 PM

Fast focus and sharp images are not the design targets when designing any superzoom except possibly the Canon L 35-350 and 28-300. Convenience and portability are what they are all about.

 

I would much rather split the range in two lenses to get less compromise in the design. A 16-80/2.8-4 in combination with a 70-200/4 are probably the best semi-affordable solution for portability, fast AF and crisp results on DX.

 

Macro on the third-party zooms only means that it focuses a bit closer than non-macro designated lenses. When used up close, they usually have a mushy rendering where lines that should be nice and contrasty just lack definition. A real macro lens OTOH, shows amazing detail and can come even closer.