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    RRS Ascend tripod leg locks

    Anyone know if the legs on the RRS Ascend tripods can rotate? I'm in need of a new travel tripod (my 18 year old Velbon has served me well), and the Ascend looks great. However, my experience with Gitzo's ring leg locks is they're a PITA if the leg sections can rotate; when I unlock a lower...
  2. J

    New Z firmware updates

    Z7 firmware 3.30 here: Updates seem to be available for all Z cameras. (Go up to the updates and pick your camera.)
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    Z7 in camera aspect ratio/crop?

    Since Nikon release their webcam utility that allows using many of their current cameras as webcams, I've been using my Z7 for remote work - with generally excellent results. One problem however is that the video is 16:9 and gets pillboxed top and bottom to fit into the more generally expected...
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    Z6 and Z7 in-body VR with adapted lenses

    I just discovered with my Leica M Tele-Elmar 135/4 that if I enter non-CPU lens data for it, in-body VR becomes enabled. Apparently the VR system needs the focal length. Without the data, no VR. I think my use pattern will be to pre-set U1/U2/U3 for non-chipped lenses, basically enable...
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    Windows 10, printing on Epson

    I thought I'd give Qimage a shot, so downloaded the Win10 drivers for the Epson 3800. I haven't printed on Windows in probably 15 years, so I'm curious to see what's changed. But I'm not sure how to install the driver, or what I need? The driver installer seems to want the printer plugged in...
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    Using the Nikon 200-500/5.6 for Wildlife

    I've been shooting this lens for about a week in private game reserves bordering Kruger NP in South Africa now, with a D800E, and it's just the tool for the job. It has a very classic tonal scale, meaning slightly compressed, but never murky or dull. Bokeh is just perfect for making scrubby...
  7. J

    WTB: Fuji X-Pro1 and Fuji XF 35/1.4

    Up to $575 for the body, depending on cosmetic condition. Up to $475 for the lens, depending on cosmetic condition.
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    Some extremely good light drawings

  9. J

    SB-700 and Auto ISO

    If I shoot at auto ISO and pop up the built-in flash on the D800, with flash set to -1.5EV, I get a nice fill flash, with the ISO settings in the menus used. In fact, there's no difference with or without the flash popped open, except for a bit of fill. Everything else looks and works the same...
  10. J

    Speaking of saving money...

    Has any of you folks tried Google Wallet? It can transfer and make payments similar to PayPal, verify people and bank accounts, but has no fees! At all!
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    Forum Suggestion

    I'd like to suggest that instead of outputting images with the pixel sizes of the image, use <img width="95%">...</img>. This will make browsers resize the image to fit the width of the table data item (or div) it's inside. This would also be useful with mobile browsers which typically allow...
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    SmallHD DP4 on D800?

    Anyone have experience with this? SmallHD DP4-EVF 4.3" On-Camera Monitor + Electronic Viewfinder w Nikon D800 Battery Bracket I'd get it mostly as a small articulating screen I can keep with me in the bag, for shooting from awkward angles. So the fact that it can use EN-EL15 batteries is a BIG...
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    M.Zuiko 9-18

    Is anyone here having fun with the m43 ZD 9-18? If it performs comparably to the Panny 7-14 then I think it might be a more practical focal length... 18-36 equiv. would be perfect for me. It also looks nice and compact. And it will fit the reasonably priced Oly underwater housing for the...
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    OMG it's an OMD! New to the party...

    So I just got one of these - and really like it! I don't like the EVF, but I love the controls, the touch OLED, the general feel and layout of the camera. With it set to MF and the rear Fn button set to AF it feels and works just like a camera should! But I do have a few questions... Is...
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    New 80-400 VR

    5 ED elements... so looks like an optical redesign. Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens 2208 B&H Photo The MTF (tele) actually looks pretty decent for a zoom like this. The wide end isn't that much worse. There are a lot of surfaces in there, so overall contrast will never be...
  16. J

    FS: Leica M9, 75/2 ASPH, 135/4 Late, CV 35/1.2

    Leica M9 As shown - a few minor cosmetic marks on the bottom plate. A small paint chip on bottom underneath the plate along with a few scratches in the plastic. A small scuff on the rear screen, I tried to show it by angling against the light. Three batteries - the original plus two extras...
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    Nikon AF-S 800/5.6 + 1.2x TC

    Holy mother of mercy... Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR Lens 2205 B&H Photo With a matching 1.25x TC! Only $17k... I think I'll be renting for my safari needs... :eek:
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    Nikon makes 70-200/4 VR public

    Nikon | Imaging Products | AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR 9 rounded aperture blades 850g 67mm filter Slightly better than 1:4 max reproduction ratio MTF looks excellent (the ones on the page are at f/4) Should be a great little travel, hiking, and landscape lens. At 850g I doubt I'd get the...
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    D800 Auto ISO with AI-S lenses

    I shot a bit with my AI-S 105/2.5 on the D800E today and noticed auto ISO didn't seem reliable. The lens info is set to 105 f/2.5 and it shows correctly in the EXIF. Yet, the shutter is allowed to go all the way to 1/30s before it starts bumping up the ISO... anyone else notice this? Did I...
  20. J

    Mamiya 645 2x TC, 35/3.5 AF and Mamiya 7 150/4.5 with finder

    Mamiya 645 APO 200/2.8 - SOLD Mamiya 645 2x N teleconverter A few minor cosmetic marks around the mount and some light fading of the focusing rubber. A few dust specks inside that are visible on careful inspection. Caps included. $200