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MDoc9523 wrote:
What to do. what to do. what to do. I think I have my D7000 w/kit lens sold. Now do I wait to get the D7100 or, go for the D600 for sale locally for $1500 with 1000 actuations or a refurbished one or one listed on the B&S?

CGrindahl wrote:
Whoa! I can't believe I'm reading this! Ray without a DX camera? After all the glowing comments about the D7100?

You know what a big fan I am of FX cameras Ray, but the problems the D600 is having would make it a tough buy for me. Of course, Leighton could have a different opinion and his would be based on first hand experience rather than cyber chatter. I'd definitely solicit his opinion before deciding. Of course, if your camera is soon gone, you'll have a three week wait before the D7100 is available and that assumes it arrives when promised.
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Ray, the one thing I do know is that it wouldn't matter WHAT camera you were using, the images would be great.

When I first got my D600 after selling my D7000 I wasn't happy with my images. I thought and still do that the D7000 metered better than the D600 right out of camera. BUT, and this is a big but, after I started working with those 24mp FX raw files I was blown away! Shooting raw lets me address any of the so-called shortcomings that I might see in the metering system. The cropping ability is so good that it almost eliminates the need for some long lenses. The other thing I noticed first off is what a BIG viewfinder it has and that focusing these good old lenses just became that much easier.

Now for the down and dirty (pun intended). Some of the D600's have an issue with dust/oil. Mine had a lot of spots after about 1000 shots so I decided to wet clean the sensor. I'm happy to say that took care of the problem, at least for now. I've read reports that it goes away after 3000 shots, but who really knows. It's just not an issue for me anymore. ALL DSLR's are going to need their sensors cleaned from time to time so the user might as well get used to doing it. It's really not hard as I'm sure you're aware. If you can tear down lenses, you can certainly wet clean a sensor.

Overall, I'm happy I made the switch mainly for two reasons. The first being that wonderfully big and bright viewfinder. And secondly, the change in focal length perspective. This might go back to my old film days, I don't know. But I like knowing that a 50mm is a 50mm and not a 75mm on a DX sensor, sounds silly doesn't it?

Having said all of that, the D7100 looks like a great camera on paper. But I'm sure people will find all of it's "problems" in due time.

Maybe you and Reagan can get together and you can try out his D600 before making a decision.

Hope this helps.



Feb 27, 2013 at 11:30 AM
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leighton w wrote:
Ray, the one thing I do know is that it wouldn't matter WHAT camera you were using, the images would be great.

When I first got my D600 after selling my D7000 I wasn't happy with my images. I thought and still do that the D7000 metered better than the D600 right out of camera. BUT, and this is a big but, after I started working with those 24mp FX raw files I was blown away! Shooting raw lets me address any of the so-called shortcomings that I might see in the metering system. The cropping ability is so good
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Ray, I'm sure you'll love the D600. Using a FX-camera is in my opinion the way to go for everything except stuff where nothing but reach counts. Your wonderful animal-portraits are maybe a bit harder to do with a D600, but for everyday-shooting FX rules.



Feb 27, 2013 at 12:03 PM
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Oosty wrote:
The lens is sharp but has a very narrow DOF which makes focusing in anythin but bright light very tough. It's also not popular due to the "donut" bokeh. That said properly stabilised and with a fast enouigh shutter speed it can produce some astonishing images.

This is not a great shot but does show the bokeh. Giant Eagle Owl, Kruger National Park, 1990 Nikon AF 401 500mm + 2x extender


Peter, I love this shot! The bokeh might be distracting for some people, I like it ;-)



Feb 27, 2013 at 12:06 PM
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Rafael - what a beautiful set! My favs are the "Driveway" and the last shot. That 25-50 is tempting ;-)


Feb 27, 2013 at 12:08 PM
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Beautiful place to grow up Rafael. I'm not sure I'd ever want to leave it!


Leighton, it took a bloody civil war to get me out of there and I will forever miss what it was, it is a very different place now, although family and friends are still there. Through my lens eye you will see the place as it was.



Feb 27, 2013 at 12:44 PM
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Samy, very nice work at the memorial!

Curtis, beautiful spring-flowers. These are called "Osterglocken" over here ("easter-bells"). I like the unsharp green in the foreground.

Monty, love the Quinn-portrait! I miss your B&W-work here.

Ron, I really like your Longwood-image. Your play with symmetry and reflections does work very well.

Scott, interesting comparison between 55 Micro and the 28/2.8! The test-subject is lovely (have one of it's younger brothers, unfortunately it needs the obsolete 620 rolls). The train-model-shots are fascinating to look at too - scale-models in their downsized environment are really cool subjects.

Chuong, the portrait of your daughter is wonderful.

Jim, I like your Virginian-landscape-shot a lot. Very nice framing and light.



Feb 27, 2013 at 12:48 PM
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georgms wrote:
Rafael - what a beautiful set! My favs are the "Driveway" and the last shot. That 25-50 is tempting ;-)


Georg, the 25-50mm is very useful for daytime and flash work, it is wickedly sharp from 5.6 up and so well built, a bit heavy and large. I allows one to frame the shot while beign as good as any prime on its aperture range.

most of the pics I posted were of the 16mm, here is a couple more of the 25-50mm, this house belongs to a family friend, my dad's was sold long ago. I had an "Out of Africa" longing for the place and this picture reminds me of it.


nikon nikkor 25-50mm d800 coatepeque by Rafael CA, on Flickr

The CROP


nikon nikkor 25-50mm d800 coatepeque crop by Rafael CA, on Flickr

The lake framed differently, this is at the wide end, compare to the one in prior posting at the long end.


nikon nikkor 25-50mm d800 coatepeque 2 by Rafael CA, on Flickr



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Feb 27, 2013 at 12:53 PM
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I've shot nothing really personal in the last days. Here's an image taken with the 24/2Ai, a helicopter on the ground.
A SB-800 was fired via Pocket-Wizards to illuminate the cockpit. The rotor-placement could have been better ;-(
I've asked the pilot to switch the headlamps on, but it wasn't possible for some technical reasons.

D3s, 24/2Ai at f/8, 1/250sec at ISO200



Feb 27, 2013 at 12:55 PM
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rafaelcasd wrote:
Georg, the 25-50mm is very useful for daytime and flash work, it is wickedly sharp from 5.6 up and so well built, a bit heavy and large. I allows one to frame the shot while beign as good as any prime on its aperture range.

most of the pics I posted were of the 16mm, here is a couple more of the 25-50mm, this house belongs to a family friend, my dad's was sold long ago. I had an "Out of Africa" longing for the place and this picture reminds me of it.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8368/8513116500_b49d275a93_b.jpg
nikon nikkor 25-50mm d800 coatepeque by Rafael CA, on
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Rafael, thanks for posting these beautiful examples! The 25-50 would make a nice combo with the 16/3.5 (as demonstrated by you) and a short tele-lens like a fast 105 or so.
A fast 35 would fit in this hypothetical kit nicely too.
Btw, that's a fantastic place, overlooking a lake - it doesn't get much better.



Feb 27, 2013 at 01:01 PM
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Rafael keep those El Salvador shots coming. They are beautiful. On this forum you get to travel and not even leave your home.

Samy the memorial shots are really pretty. That is a surreal place. You don't even have to be a vet to recognize the importance of it.

Scott the old Kodak camera is really cool and the shot you took with the 28 did not surprise me at all. Amazing lens.

Laura and others I can not tell a lie. That floor at Longwood is water! 2 inches over marble.



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rafaelcasd wrote:
Georg, the 25-50mm is very useful for daytime and flash work, it is wickedly sharp from 5.6 up and so well built, a bit heavy and large. I allows one to frame the shot while beign as good as any prime on its aperture range.

most of the pics I posted were of the 16mm, here is a couple more of the 25-50mm, this house belongs to a family friend, my dad's was sold long ago. I had an "Out of Africa" longing for the place and this picture reminds me of it.

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8368/8513116500_b49d275a93_b.jpg
nikon nikkor 25-50mm d800 coatepeque by Rafael CA, on
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Simply beautiful, what a tree!



Feb 27, 2013 at 01:39 PM
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p.2610 #12 · p.2610 #12 · Manual Focus Nikon Glass


georgms wrote:
I've shot nothing really personal in the last days. Here's an image taken with the 24/2Ai, a helicopter on the ground.
A SB-800 was fired via Pocket-Wizards to illuminate the cockpit. The rotor-placement could have been better ;-(
I've asked the pilot to switch the headlamps on, but it wasn't possible for some technical reasons.
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8369/8503594856_e093a108ed_c.jpg
D3s, 24/2Ai at f/8, 1/250sec at ISO200


Great use of the flash to make what would have been a snap shot in to a wonderful image.



Feb 27, 2013 at 01:41 PM
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jhinkey wrote:
For those who are interested in the more rare of MF Nikkors . . . .

http://seattle.craigslist.org/kit/pho/3639630347.html

I won't be making an offer any time soon, though it would be cool to see one in person and throw it on the D800 (after it was AI'd) . . .


Or you could spend a few bucks more and get an AI one. I think Jose needs this one.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/NIKON-Rare-1200mm-Super-Telephoto-f11-ED-ai-lens-with-trunk-122mm-Nikon-Filter-/121073578381?pt=AU_Lenses&hash=item1c308c318d



Feb 27, 2013 at 01:42 PM
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leighton w wrote:
Great use of the flash to make what would have been a snap shot in to a wonderful image.


For a second I could not see struts and thought it was a trick shot! DOH Great image



Feb 27, 2013 at 01:43 PM
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Man these prices seem high for 1957. No wonder people bought a ton of Vivatar lenses for their Nikon.







Feb 27, 2013 at 01:52 PM
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georgms wrote:
Rafael, thanks for posting these beautiful examples! The 25-50 would make a nice combo with the 16/3.5 (as demonstrated by you) and a short tele-lens like a fast 105 or so.
A fast 35 would fit in this hypothetical kit nicely too.
Btw, that's a fantastic place, overlooking a lake - it doesn't get much better.


Great set Rafael,
The shot of the the house reminds me of staying on a coffee plantation in Africa. Aslo your work with the 16mm really is incredble and shows the strength of this lens. Please stop making me want one!



Feb 27, 2013 at 01:58 PM
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rankamateur wrote:
Man these prices seem high for 1957. No wonder people bought a ton of Vivatar lenses for their Nikon.


Was Vivatar even around then?



Feb 27, 2013 at 02:15 PM
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Wow Rafael, that's straight from a storybook!

Well done Georg. Love the look on the pilot's face, a let's-get-this-done-and-over-with look



Feb 27, 2013 at 02:35 PM
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Something totally uninteresting I suppose
Soft-close hinges... the good stuff I'm told

45PCE full tilt



zl_uppser_04 by Zichar, on Flickr



Feb 27, 2013 at 04:05 PM
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+1 - Really well done shot, lovely work.



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