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Marcus Rowland

Marcus Rowland

Member Since 19 Feb 2017
Offline Last Active Jun 17 2019 03:12 PM

In Topic: Vivitar Series 1 100-500mm f5.6-8.0 - Sample Photos

06 June 2019 - 06:26 PM

And here are some sample photos - from my usual lens test area, Kensington Gardens in London - with a Nikon D90




I'm very pleased with this lens - I'd previously been using a no-name T-mount 500mm f8 lens on the rare occasions I needed that sort of focal length, this is a huge improvement in image quality and handling; I guesstimated exposure in these pictures, I've since bought a D7000 which will meter with this lens, but haven't had a good reason to use it since I got the body.


See the album for a lot more pictures at full size











In Topic: Nikon D7000 - Sample Photos and Specs

17 April 2019 - 10:29 PM

Test of a Tamron 28-300 on a D7000, testing the camera as much as the lens



In Topic: D2Xs computer connection

12 April 2019 - 06:46 PM

Which operating system are you using?


I quite like DigicamControl which is freeware for Windows, but your camera isn't listed as supported. Might be worth trying anyway.





This page will help you find out what's available for any given system and camera combination.





Unfortunately there don't seem to be any good free programs for Mac unless I'm missing something - I've been trying to find one for my laptop for ages, but everything I've seen has been slow or unworkable on a fairly old MacBook Pro. I ended up installing Windows as a Bootcamp partition and using DigiCam Control. SofortBild seems to be the closest Mac program similar to DigicamControl, but it's painfully slow.




Annoyingly, Canon's own program is free and works on Mac and PC, but only works for Canon cameras, of course.

In Topic: Body recommendations?

12 April 2019 - 06:20 PM

Nikon are actually pretty good about compatibility, or were until AF-P came along, but if you're looking at a lens it's always a good idea to check compatibility. I usually use this page:




I disagree with a lot of what Ken Rockwell says about cameras etc., but this page is factual and I've never found any serious errors.

In Topic: Body recommendations?

11 April 2019 - 01:00 PM

Delivered by courier today, which is pretty good service, and working well. One snag - the 18-55 turns out to be an AF-P one, and is not supported by D7000! I'm assuming it's OK, but I have no way to test it, it won't even focus manually on anything as old as either of my bodies. Fortunately I have another 18-55 which I very rarely use, so it's no big deal. I've asked the vendor for either a replacement lens or a partial refund, we'll see what happens.