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    D300 on the job/ First gig

    Well here in Kansas and felling a bit chilly, this is not the desert folks. Well the D300 went into service today and it scored very high marks but left me in the cold too a little. Not it's fault though the 24mm shift was not wide enough and I had to press into service the 17-35 which worked but I really wanted to use the 24 shift . BTW it is sharper than the zoom . Which is nice to know and brings me to some final conclusions but first some highlights. Okay live view is no freaking joke it is extremely useful and I used it a lot today. I am in some extremely small aircraft with lights out because i need to fire the strobes with model lights out and drag the shutter for the screens. So you bloody can't see and worse yet makes it really hard to focus. Live view to the rescue. So how doe live view focus in the dark. Ah ha caught you, SB 800 to the rescue there is a button on the SB800 that gives a almost continuos light for about 4 seconds with hundreds of pulsating light which was enough for AF to kick in and focus than i switch the lens to manual so it would not hunt. Old dog learned great trick today. I also can't tell you how nice the info is in shooting mode. Basically the top deck info on back LCD when you can't move and look on top this is a guardian angel . now a 3 inch LCD is something to write home about , Art director and me chimping all day with no need for laptop plus the zoom and pan on this are as fast as it gets. Okay image time this was with the 17-35 and it is lit for a specific purpose . I still need to clean up and such but a good idea
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    Re: D300 on the job/ First gig

    Most screens will be replaced with updated electronics.

    Now here is when a shift is the only tool in the bag that can get the job done. This is the co-pilot side of the cockpit and I am in the middle and the seats will NOT allow me to move one inch, this is a tight aircraft folks. So the shift to the rescue. I placed in vertical with live view and all my tricks than got as close as I could to that side but than shift the lens over to the right to get in the frame. No other lens in the world can do this but a shift or a T/S lens.
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    Re: D300 on the job/ First gig

    Most screens will be replaced with updated electronics.

    Now here is when a shift is the only tool in the bag that can get the job done. This is the co-pilot side of the cockpit and I am in the middle and the seats will NOT allow me to move one inch, this is a tight aircraft folks. So the shift to the rescue. I placed in vertical with live view and all my tricks than got as close as I could to that side but than shift the lens over to the right to get in the frame. No other lens in the world can do this but a shift or a T/S lens.
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    Again need clean up and instruments replaced and such. Doing shoots like this you realize what gear can get stuff done. So reality is I need to switch thinking some and press this Nikon system into commercial mode more and with that I also realized I need the D3 and D300 both as primary and backups in the system. So with that comes sacrifice and a change of thinking. My M8's will have to become more personal, travel and workshop tools and still do some commercial work when i need to pull the detail out of the hat. Hard to beat a M8 but hoping the D3 can get me close. Fro MF work right now and other stuff i have to wait to Photokinia and see what comes next. The Leica R10 may be in the cards but I need to work today and the Nikons will fill that gap at least to we know what is next for sure. I can't wait until delivery of one. But I am not getting rid of my M8 system but I can get by with one less body and one lens which is so close to my 21mm Leica that is makes almost no sense anyway except it is extremely sharp . So One M8 up for sale and one Zeiss 18mm to get a D3 and still get my 50 pre asph for the M8 I hope. I simply have to listen to business needs instead of what my heart wants. You just can't have it all but I try too. LOL
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    Re: D300 on the job/ First gig

    Nice job Guy - btw - what make is that shift lens?

    Pete

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    Re: D300 on the job/ First gig

    Peter it is the new Nikon 24mm T/S which also rotates. Very nice lens Nikon just introduced with the Nano Crystal coatings which are also in the new 14-24, 24-70, 60 macro, 105 macro. These are all new offerings from Nikon and extremely good from all reports so far
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    BTW I am not leaving Leica gear in anyway just pairing down to a better setup for me. I still will have a 12mm cv,21, 28cron,35 cron version IV, 50 pre- asph and 75 cron
    and one body , a great kit and lucky to have it.
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    Another cockpit today. This is a Mooney small than a darn Hot Wheels. I actually had to spread my two Gitzo legs all the way up to the back seat and sit on them . There was no room for me
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    Re: D300 on the job/ First gig

    Thanks Guy - look sliek that shift lens does a great job. I have been a very naughty boy today...not saying ANYTHING.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterA View Post
    Thanks Guy - look sliek that shift lens does a great job. I have been a very naughty boy today...not saying ANYTHING.
    Sounds like someone who just BOUGHT something


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    I agree and Peter that is not fair. We need full disclousure
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    Re: D300 on the job/ First gig

    BTW battery lasted all day . And pretty much on the whole time with Live view and chimping. Pretty impressed by that
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    Well the D300 went into service today and it scored very high marks but left me in the cold too a little. Not it's fault though the 24mm shift was not wide enough and I had to press into service the 17-35 which worked but I really wanted to use the 24 shift .
    On the D3 the 24mm shift would just be right for this kind of work.

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    The 24/3.5 TS and the D3: a match made in heaven. I have an ongoing gig this year (documenting an architect's work, spread out over a year or two) and that lens will bring home the bacon.

    Guy: using the shift that way for the co-pilot? That's a pro at work! cheers, kl

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    forgot to add: the big batteries on the D3 last forever (I can't say how long, as I always charge them at noght) but I have never flattened one, not even chimping and using the 70-200 VR all day (~600 shots).

    AND if you have that little BL-3, the same battery will fit the D300, in the grip. Still a lot lighter than the D3, and yet with a similar control surface. Perfect for when the extender is just not enough, and much more to hang on to in portrait mode.

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    Re: D300 on the job/ First gig

    Quote Originally Posted by kit laughlin View Post
    Guy: using the shift that way for the co-pilot? That's a pro at work! cheers, kl
    I was thinking the same thing. Some very creative problem solving there. Not just getting A shot, but getting THE shot. Very cool Guy.

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    I think PeterA has a MFD kit winging it's way to the land of Fosters (among other VERY choice attractions..;>)

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    Thanks Tim.

    Wonder what Peter is up. LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by kit laughlin View Post
    forgot to add: the big batteries on the D3 last forever (I can't say how long, as I always charge them at noght) but I have never flattened one, not even chimping and using the 70-200 VR all day (~600 shots).

    AND if you have that little BL-3, the same battery will fit the D300, in the grip. Still a lot lighter than the D3, and yet with a similar control surface. Perfect for when the extender is just not enough, and much more to hang on to in portrait mode.
    With the first charge I got over 1500 shots out of my D3-battery!
    The D3 and D300 is really a dream team.
    I had the D300 with me on a 6 week journey to thailand, laos, cambodia and had absolutly no problems with the camera.
    The dust removal is working fine, too.

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    and I thought I had it hard shooting recording studios which are all inevitably long narrow hallways with a 10 foot mixing board that they want vertical for a magazine cover. the 12cv is my only hope...nice work.

    I can see the live view is something very useful, like 4x5 groundglass but brighter.

    maybe there is a H3D in your future with a 38mm?

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    Nice work Guy, glad you got to put that 24 T/S to work. Looks like the vertical shift was just what the doctor ordered for this gig. Let us know when your D3 comes in BTW, love the way you light these cockpit shots... very professional looking, but no surprise there.

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    Re: D300 on the job/ First gig

    This thread brings back memories of the CZ 21mm cockpit shot so long ago.

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    Robert, better than a ground glass: the LCDs on both go a magnification or two *below* pixel level! I do all my checking at the third level from the max: if it's sharp there, it's sharp. Not sure what mag. is possible in Live View, though, when composing.

    Sorry to say I have not ventured into Live View yet, on either bodies, but it will happen soon, I am sure. Nice to have the option.

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    On the M8 I find it really hard to evaluate sharpness on the LCD.

    truth be told I have exactly the same profile as Guy, I have been using the M8 for the past year for nearly everything, save for corp. portraiture where I used the canon 85mm 1.2. (moire was giving me fits) However, I have been looking for an slr (to own, not rent) that would give me more flexibility as a second body in addition to the M8.

    The things putting me off the nikon are variously

    backwards aperture/focus turning, since I would like to use the camera manually, would have to get used to that

    need to change brightscreen-seems to be solved according to users here

    need to dump various canon accessories like flash and buy all new gear, adds to total outlay

    also that strange overall red "flash" in the viewfinder when the af lights up. what is that? I'm not talking about the individual focus rectangles, the whole screen lights up. I first saw it on the D200 and thought, wtf? If you turn off the rectangles it goes away, but then how do you choose a focus point with the controller?

    the forum has been great! these are the real choices we have to make with our ever shrinking dollars...

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    Guy - HI. I've been tracking these threads for some time but this is my first post.

    It seems inevitable that I will end up with a D300, and I'm particularly interested to learn more [lots more actually] about the 24mm shift lens. I realise they are hardly common, but now you are able to operate a 31 hour day without sleep - are you likely to reveal more about working the PC 24? Would it warrant it's own thread?

    I wrote to you a while back; have you discovered the addictive joy of remote firing Nikon Speedlights from the D300 pop-up flashgun set to commander yet? Flash used to be complicated.

    Wishing you good luck with the forum.

    .............. Chris

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    Re: D300 on the job/ First gig

    Quote Originally Posted by Cindy Flood View Post
    This thread brings back memories of the CZ 21mm cockpit shot so long ago.
    That's exactly what I was thinking! More so because it took me forever to track down that actual image that everyone was talking about... :P
    Last edited by ChrisDauer; 2nd April 2008 at 16:09.

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    Re: D300 on the job/ First gig

    Do you mean this one???


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    Quote Originally Posted by TEBnewyork View Post
    Do you mean this one???

    This is the one and may be the best of its type from Guy or anyone else for that matter. When it comes to lighting, Guy is a genius. Not to mention a really neat guy as well. Great stuff Guy, keep it coming.

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    Re: D300 on the job/ First gig

    The price of the 24 T/S is going to take-off now!

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    Just a quicky from today 17-35 at 35mm
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    Re: D300 on the job/ First gig

    With all the buying and selling around here the forum might need one of these for deliveries. 180mm 2.8 lens
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    Re: D300 on the job/ First gig

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    With all the buying and selling around here the forum might need one of these for deliveries. 180mm 2.8 lens
    Do they have something that can handle a bigger payload?



    Nice images my friend.

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    Your going to need it Charlie. I need this just to get to Carmel with everyones stuff. LOL
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    Re: D300 on the job/ First gig

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris C View Post
    Guy - HI. I've been tracking these threads for some time but this is my first post.

    It seems inevitable that I will end up with a D300, and I'm particularly interested to learn more [lots more actually] about the 24mm shift lens. I realise they are hardly common, but now you are able to operate a 31 hour day without sleep - are you likely to reveal more about working the PC 24? Would it warrant it's own thread?

    I wrote to you a while back; have you discovered the addictive joy of remote firing Nikon Speedlights from the D300 pop-up flashgun set to commander yet? Flash used to be complicated.

    Wishing you good luck with the forum.

    .............. Chris
    Hi Chris glad you are here. I did use the commander once to try it, very very cool and I see lot's of ways to use this feature.


    I will go over the 24mm shift in the morning , beat up tonight. But i did get a cockpit today that let me back far enough to use it until the D3 is purchased. Certainly sharper than the 17-35 zoom
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