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Aug 11, 2019 11:45:55   #
If you want one card slot to record RAW and the other to record JPEG you need to do TWO things. 1. Set each card slot for the type of image using a Custom Setting Menu. 2. Then you have to select RAW and JPEG under Image Quality. It appears that you have selected only one type of image.
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Aug 11, 2019 11:40:29   #
Before you consider an new camera, download its manual and read it and see if you can understand how the camera works. And determine if you can live with the way it works. Many cameras are so difficult to figure out how to use even for experienced users. I have been on trips where that problem seems most prevalent with Olympus (and some Sony bodies.)
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Aug 11, 2019 11:34:45   #
There is no way to answer your question without writing a book and that assumes the writer has indepth knowledge of each product listed. Other variables have to be disclosed: MAC or windows? One monitor or dual monitors; Monitor--high res (4K) or regular?; Price? ; compatible with plug ins like NIK , TOPAZ and other?

If all you want is a basic RAW processor, the free software from Nikon works great--NX-D. And it has Control points in it. And it works well with Nikon View . But it is not as capable as ACR or ON1 or Capture One Pro.

I would add DXO PhotoLabs to the list and Luminar and Topaz Studio, and Topaz Studio 2. .

Joe
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Aug 11, 2019 11:20:06   #
I have the D 500 and it is better than my earlier Nikon DX bodies. You have to learn how to master its AF system and settings to get the best AF results. This means you may have to change some of your shooting techniques.

Go to Steve Perry's webste, Backcountry and look at his videos and consider buying his AF Guide. It is worth the price.

https://backcountrygallery.com/secrets-nikon-autofocus-system/

https://backcountrygallery.com/?s=d500
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Aug 11, 2019 11:13:06   #
https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/buying-guide-best-pocketable-enthusiast-cameras

Look carefully at the Sony RX 100 models and the Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 Mark II. With a pocketable camera make sure the lens zoom range fits your needs. 24-70mm might be too limiting; 24-200mm might be better. If you need more reach just take your D 7200 and a 70-300mm lens.

My travel kit is a Nikon DX camera, a 16-80mm zoom; fast prime lens, for indoor and low light shooting. The 35mm prime DX lens is wonderful if it is wide enough for you.
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Aug 11, 2019 11:01:46   #
If you live near a Micro center store, Have them custom build one for you. Make sure it has extra cooling fans as heat kills hard drives and motherboards. And you do no get all that software you do not need.

Or check out the Dell XPS Desktops: 1tb ssd; 32 gb ram, (minimum), good video card with enough separate RAM like 4GB; win 10 Pro;large internal hard drives . Then delete all of the software not needed.

Read about features needed for photo processing at Puget Sound website. Their builds are great but pricey.
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Aug 10, 2019 13:37:00   #
Check out this link from 2017. I agree that a new monitor might require a new video card and a new calibration software.

https://www.naturescapes.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=273656&hilit=new+monitor

I use a NEC monitor that came with its own calibration software and puck--SpectraView.

If you run a dual monitor system, I believe you only calibrate the monitor that displays the images.
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Aug 10, 2019 13:19:34   #
B+W makes thin CPLs. They are great. Other brands to look at are Singh Ray and Breakthrough.

My advice is to buy a 77mm or 82mm filter and then step down rings so they fit lenses with smaller diameters.

https://breakthrough.photography/?rfsn=877304.7b105&utm_source=H%20Hill&utm_medium=banner

https://singh-ray.com/product-category/camera-filters/polarizers/

With wide angle lenses CPLs often cause uneven skies so I rarely use a CPL to enhance skies anymore. I use them most for removing glare from nature subjects.

As you research high quality thin filters, think about getting a 6 stop Neutral Density filter to "slow down" things like water movement, etc.

Joe
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Aug 10, 2019 13:10:06   #
I completely agree! Installing a new SSD, like a 1 TB model, and a fresh install/upgrade of the operating system will do wonders to add life and zip into an older laptop. I did this myself about a year ago to a laptop that has only 12 GB of RAM and it is really fast now.

Another benefit of a fresh install of a SSD and op system is that you load ONLY the software you really need.

Joe
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Aug 10, 2019 13:05:05   #
As a judge, If you know the name of the judges, go to their websites and see the kind of pictures they take and post. That is the best indicator of what they like.

And as others have said, judging is so subjective that results will vary depending soley on the judges preferences and biases.

That being said, make sure the image has one focal point of interest. Images that have greater impact have fewer subjects or points of interest.

Joe
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Aug 10, 2019 12:59:49   #
We need more info from you. Go to DP Review. Click on Buying Guides. Look at Pocketable cameras; Long lens travel cameras, etc to see what type is best for you. I would, look at cameras with a one inch sensor as these can do most of everything.

Send me a private email and I will send you a presentation I just did for a camera club here in Houston.

Joe
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Aug 10, 2019 12:54:45   #
I have been to Botswana and Tanzania on photo safaris. Both were excellent places and I can strongly recommend both of them. If I were to pick one, I would, pick Botswana because your Guide can drive off road to get closer to the animals and you have the opportunity to take a boat ride in the Okavango Delta, which is an amazing experience.

My advice it to go on a photo safari, not a regular safari. Pay extra to have fewer people in the Land Rovers and Guides who know what photographers need to get the best pictures.

In addition to cameras and lenses, you need to have the right camera/lens support equipment with you for the type of Land Rover you will be in. This varies from country to country.

Three Cameras needed: cell phone, One with a long lens attached, and another with s shorter lens attached like a 70-200mm.
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Aug 10, 2019 12:44:30   #
With a high resolution sensor on your D 850 you need the best lenses you can afford for the types of pictures that you most take. Go to this link to see EJ Peiker's recommendations for the best lenses by brand in his quarterly newsletter, Quack.

https://ejphoto.com/Quack%20PDF/Quack%20Summer%202019.pdf

After you have digested that, read up on best shooting techniques when using any camera with a high resolution sensor. If your techniques are weak, no lens, no matter how much you spend, will give you best results.

Steve Perry is a good source of solid info for Nikon shooters. See this:

https://backcountrygallery.com/nikon-d850-review/

And hid ebook on AF is worth it.

Joe
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Aug 2, 2019 11:37:58   #
I use the free Nikon RAW processor, Capture NX-D. It has a control point tool in it for selective editing applications. In addition check out the free version of Topaz Studio. I have not used it but some Adobe LR and PS users are switching to it. Topaz also has some applications that cost money that may fit your needs. While not free, check out the offerings by Luminar, including Aurora HDR--many are using it to process single images and not just a series of images for HDR.
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Jul 28, 2019 11:35:53   #
BluesImprov wrote:
A few days ago I was literally on the verge of buying a Nikon D500. . .BUT just as I was about to go ahead with the purchase a friend (?) told me I better research the murky future of XQD cards before I buy. He says XQD cards are going away and a camera like the D500 is going to have problems when those cards are discontinued by everyone. I have to say, this has caused me to pause and reconsider. I'm wondering if there are any experienced D500 users here who are also concerned about this. He also said Nikon will have to come up with a firmware update to try to make the XQD card slot on the D500 work with the new cf-express cards. . .He says the cf-express cards are the future of card technology. He says there is no way to know if such a firmware update would actually work, or work very well. So now I'm thoroughly confused about whether to invest in this camera or not. It's the right price range for me and has the features I want, but I can't afford to spend this much money only to have an ongoing card problem to deal with. I was so excited to make this purchase but now I'm kinda depressed about the situation. Are there any D500 users who have any thoughts about this? And, of course, the thoughts of any shooters using a different camera model that also uses XQD's would be appreciated. Thanks for reading, and thanks for any ideas you might have about this!
A few days ago I was literally on the verge of buy... (show quote)


You have gotten misinformation from your friend. I love using XQD cards with my D 500 as the read speed is very fast as is the write speed. These high (read) speeds (440 mbs) are necessary if you do burst shooting at max frame rate of 10 frames per second. If you do not need this feature, then perhaps you do not need a D 500 and another DX body might meet your needs like a D 7200 or D 7500.

The fast write speed (400mbs) is needed when you download the images to your computer.

When I use my D 500 for nature shooting I often take between 1000-3000 images in a day's shoot. You need the right cards for this and the right card reader too. Very fast SD cards cost a lot too but they do not come with speeds as fast as the XQD cards I have from Sony and Lexar. The fastest SD card that I know of is about 300mbs, a sd xc II. For a given size, like 64 MB, SD cards can range in price from $11 to $100 depending on the card's features.
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