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ScottinPollock

ScottinPollock

Member Since 14 Jul 2015
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#63621 Your Best Photo, Week Ending 4 August 2019

Posted by ScottinPollock on 01 August 2019 - 11:06 AM

An early morning vistor... experimented on with DxO FilmPak (Ilford HPS 800 with sepia/selenium)

earlyMorningVistor.jpg


#63303 d3400

Posted by ScottinPollock on 13 July 2019 - 08:18 AM

The stupidity and strangeness that is Nikon, at least for the entry-level models. It is a good thing for the future that Snapbridge seems to be a parenthesis in Nikon history.


Unfortunately, it isn't just SnapBridge. I remember buying what I think was Nikon's first WiFi enabled camera, a nifty little shirt pocketable P&S. On OS X it required an app that used a proprietary kernel extension to communicate with the camera. 6 months later when the next version of OS X shipped (and changed the kext architecture) their app was dead in the water, and they never bothered to address the issue.

A proprietary kext to connect over 802.11g. Wow!


#63300 d3400

Posted by ScottinPollock on 13 July 2019 - 05:19 AM

I stand corrected.

Bluetooth is all that is necessary for shutter release (without liveView), and preferred over wifi to conserve power. And, the considerably higher bandwidth of wifi is much better suited for file transfer.

So Nikon decided to include BT, but use it only for file transfer? Wow! Just... wow!


#63297 d3400

Posted by ScottinPollock on 13 July 2019 - 04:43 AM

It works with SnapBridge over BlueTooth.
 
I remember something about the removal of the infraRed receiver from this camera... turns out it was just the one on the back. So the ML-L3 will also work, provided you can point it at the front of the camera


#63295 d3400

Posted by ScottinPollock on 13 July 2019 - 01:28 AM

I believe your only option is your phone via SnapBridge.




#63207 Why is my lens hood off 10 degrees?

Posted by ScottinPollock on 07 July 2019 - 01:44 AM

It is a genuine noname Chinese lens hood with "HB-N106" printed on it.

 

Well... you takes ya chances on Chinese hoods on the 'Bay. I have purchased several which did not fit properly. The good news is the seller will usually refund your money to avoid negative feedback. Then I just try another vendor 'till I get one that is right.




#63081 Those Articulating View Screens--Well Built?

Posted by ScottinPollock on 29 June 2019 - 06:09 AM

They seem reasonably robust, but have to admit I treat them gently. I can't remember seeing any topics online about problems with them.
 
They have the advantage of a bit more angles and being able to close it to protect it. But with that said, I prefer the ergonomics of the tilting screen.



#63033 D3500 worth it?

Posted by ScottinPollock on 26 June 2019 - 11:32 AM

The D3500 will have better image quality and lower noise, but at the cost of sensor cleaning, acc. terminal, audio in, and support for the ML-L3 remote.

 

If you can, look for the D3300, which maintains the above features (they were pulled from the D3400) and has better image quality and lower noise.




#63014 Camera accessories--price gouging?

Posted by ScottinPollock on 25 June 2019 - 10:07 AM

It's not just the camera store... take a look at the pricing of any OEM (Nikon, Canon, Etc.) accessory such as lens hoods, flash, remote shutter release, etc. They are just crazy.

Thankfully, the Chinese third party market has really hit its stride with the help of eBay and the web. All of my accessories are Chinese (Godox, Benro, Yongnuo, SmallRig) and I find it works easily as well as the major brands... all at dimes on the dollar.


#62988 Arca Quick Release Plate for D3500 / Tripod

Posted by ScottinPollock on 23 June 2019 - 09:32 AM

I like an "L" bracket so I don't have to flip the head over 90° to shoot portrait. I can use it with a nodal rail so I can avoid parallax when shooting panos.

 

There are scads of Chinese made arca-swiss plates, clamps, and brackets on eBay that cost next to nothing and are of surprisingly good quality.




#62943 In need of advice on a new camera

Posted by ScottinPollock on 20 June 2019 - 06:47 AM

You have a camera with two DX kit lenses... and are considering another with 2 more kit lenses. That is not a path most follow... which is more like 1.) kit, 2.) better glass, 3.) better body.

The problem with auto focus may be as simple as cleaning the contacts on the camera and lenses. But I would ask the same as Snorky... what in your current setup is preventing you from getting the shots you desire? If the answer is "nothing" then I would wait until you discover "something" so you know what gear to strengthen.

And if you think you may even consider a FF body in the future, I would not recommend buying any more DX glass.


#62780 Unsplash... from an Affinity Photo user's POV

Posted by ScottinPollock on 12 June 2019 - 02:56 PM

It could be that Serif took care to compensate them adequately
as it is a cool feature for v. 1.7.


Except you don't need AP to access the site. It is free and open to all. Here is an example download from the site from a browser.

mae-mu-1528128-unsplashSm.jpg




#62696 Your Best Photo, Week Ending 9 June 2019

Posted by ScottinPollock on 06 June 2019 - 08:55 AM

Nicole... I have seen some amazing astro photos from M43 with something like the Laowa 7.5mm f2, so it is definitely possible. I just don't know if there are extra hoops those photogs have to jump through to get them. 

 

The best M43 forums I have come across are at www.mu-43.com. Not quite as well mannered as our group here, but strides above DPR. There are a number of showcase threads there. Obviously the pics aren't displayed full rez, but many users link to Flickr where larger images can be seen. Drop in and have a look.




#62681 Your Best Photo, Week Ending 9 June 2019

Posted by ScottinPollock on 05 June 2019 - 11:03 AM

Fun and super intriguing abstract, ScottinPollock--existing light only, or did you modify somehow? Seems tricky! And I'm dying to know what your subject was--take a step back, and what do we have?


Hi Nicole...

Existing light from a nearby window, with my hands cupped around the object for the reflections. The object is an ittalia shot glass, taken from top down.

mystery5A2.jpg

ScottinPollock, I think you're still using Nikon too, right? What do you both think? Good move? I should probably start a separate thread to ask this, eh? But I'm seriously considering making the jump


I still have most of my Nikon gear, but I just don't pick it up much any more. The things I like most about mirrorless are:
1.) Dead perfect auto-focus (for still subjects) every time, every lens, every focal length.

2.) Live exposure/histogram/zebra-ing. It simply makes getting perfect exposure on the first shot. And if I want to blow out some hilights for more shadow detail, I can see exactly where that will be.

3.) IBIS - Tripod? What tripod?

4.) Video is extraordinary, without limitations.

5.) I actually have a capable camera I can put in a coat pocket (depending on lens).

6.) Stellar WiFi - Can instantly copy in camera pics to my server (a Mac), Google Drive, or even YouTube (no mobile device needed).

7.) Mobile app that works everytime, and allows me to tether from phone or tablet, with control of all camera functions (including magnified manual focus with peaking).

The cons:
1.) Tracking focus in most models (other than the A9). X-T3 and other Sonys are good, but not D500 good. Fortunately I don't do BIF and comparable stuff so not an issue for me.

2.) Not great for landscapes and astro... less dynamic range and more noise in low light then FF Nikon, but I can stack. Still it is noticeable.

I went Panasonic because of their amazing DFD contrast focusing. And there is some pretty small, amazing glass for cheap. And while I readily admit a D810 is capable of 2 stops better image quality, the overall quality of image also depends on nailing exposure and focus (something that is an absolute no brainer on mirrorless). And I seem to be getting more "pop" for the kinds of things I do than from my DX Nikons... plus, it's just more fun to use... and did I mention I can carry it in a pocket (c;... without getting "that look" from phone photographers and other standers by.

So yeah, it is hard for me to believe that any experienced photographer would not be excited about many of the new freedoms and features of mirrorless, especially if they're looking for a smaller kit. Definitely go with X-T3 over X-T2 as there have been massive improvements in auto focus and video.


#62649 Your Best Photo, Week Ending 9 June 2019

Posted by ScottinPollock on 03 June 2019 - 12:11 PM

I like how this one turned out... despite the damn dust.

mystery5.jpg

DMC-GX85, OLYMPUS M.30mm, ISO 200, Shutter Speed 0.4, Aperture 3.5