I have the same lens, probably an older version, I think ca. 1981. This is a focus stacking shot of a geranium I took last August. It was 7 photos stacked in PS, and I have stacked over 20 photos a couple of times. Just go try it! You will answer all your questions by doing it.
There are also several good youtube videos that are free.
For me the lack of a quick release is a deal killer. I keep an L-bracket on my camera for use on my tripod head of choice. I would have to first remove that and then screw my camera to this device.
I recently bought the new Nikon 10-20 AFP, also for use on a D7200. I love the lens and the AFP design makes it less expensive.
I was born and raised in Oregon and never gave it a second thought, until I lived elsewhere. For many years I have thought it strange that Oregon has not allowed self-service. The article in the link above was hilarious and right on. Pumping gas does not require training or expertise. My favorite line: "On the skills spectrum, pumping gas is closer to 'urinating by yourself' than it is to 'properly eating a lobster,' or 'building a model rocket.' It’s just not that big a deal." Amen.
The part of this that is still weird is the new law only applies to counties with less than 40,000 people. That means 16 or 17 counties out of 36. I guess people living in Portland, Salem and Eugene (my home town) lack the rural skills necessary to handle something as inherently dangerous as pumping gas. What is the death rate at these self-service danger zones in those wild and crazy 48 states anyway?
By the way, comparing the price of gas in Oregon to other states in risky without subtracting out the state tax portion of the pump price. Washington charges one of the highest taxes in the country, and that tax overwhelms any savings from self-service.
However, I am a little surprised at the cries I am reading about from Oregonians. While I am confident they represent a shrill minority, they need some reassurance. Everyone manages just fine in 48 other states and many or perhaps most foreign countries. Even in Western Europe, that great bastion of government over-regulation, they allow their people to pump their own gas. California, a state with a devotion to big government (there is a Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation), has self-service gas. And they don't drive around smelling like gas. Urine, maybe, but not gas.
St. Peter's (Peterskirche), shot from Graben where Habsburgergasse crosses. I take groups of people to Vienna often and usually stay in a hotel back up the street.
A few shots from my stay with my wife's family in Panama. And yes, I know there was dirt on my sensor. I discovered it part way through the trip and cleaned it.
The last shot was at a Christmas party we held for about 45 children living in Penenome, a poor area about 100 miles SW of Panama City. My wife's family decided that I, the only gringo in the group, should be Santa! I joked it was a racially motivated decision (sure, pick the white guy to be Santa!), but I loved it. My wife and her sister had coordinated with their other sister, still living in Panama, and had carried all the presents in large suitcases they checked as part of the baggage for the flights down there. It was a sweet moment, as you will see in the eyes of the little girl. My wife is in the background and my elf helper is one of her brothers. One little boy got one of those scooters with handles and wheeled up to me: "Santa, best Christmas!" It was the only English I heard.
Obviously I cannot take credit for the last photo. I was busy sitting downstream from an a/c unit and not holding the camera. That was in my daughter's hands, for whom BBF was a challenge. She shot four frames of the entire group of children and I have not yet discovered a point in any of them that was in focus. However, all is forgiven for this photo.
Christmas morning; sunrise on the Pacific side
Casco Viejo in Panama City
Dec 23rd Christmas Party for local children
Been there twice. Can only speak from my personal experiences. I carried my camera just like I would here in the states. Had no problem or ever felt threatened or found myself in any kind of compromising situation. Many times I was all alone!
Go, enjoy yourself, and get lots of pics.
Excellent! Thank you for adding your experience to the reply.
Just there. Lots of interesting stuff to shoot in the old town. Walked around with my Nikon D810 in the open and my backpack of equipment. Tons of police and guards in the old town but was warned by my guide of areas to avoid. Great nature shots in the canal zone and rural areas.
Exactly the feedback I was hoping to solicit. Thanks!
I am spending Christmas in Panama with my wife's family and doing a lot of tourist stuff. First time there for me. My question is whether it is foolish to carry around my dslr and be identified immediately as a tourist. I understand staying out of certain parts of Panama City, and my wife has a good feel for that. Has anyone been there in recent years with full gear?
Absolutely no risk to memory cards.
I understand growing tired of repetitive subjects. I sometimes think I will scream if I see another snapshot of someone's cat. (Of course, my theory there is that self-indulgent cats trained them to take repetitive photos.) Although I would prefer to see mostly exceptional photographs, without seeing the humdrum snapshots we would never appreciate the great. Besides, there is a wide variety of talent here. Exposure to great photography will inspire some few to move beyond point-and-shoot, fully programmed travel pics. After all, the ultimate purpose of this forum is to give everyone a severe case of GAS, right?
Love it! Great composition and exposure.
Thank you all for such nice comments!