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Apr 11, 2024 10:21:16   #
BurghByrd wrote:
From what's been said thus far it seems that the camera won't reformat either slot, SD or QXD. To me that suggests the problem may be with the camera. Have you tried upgrading or re-installing your firmware? Perhaps a new SD card? Even a cheap one would eleminate the question of wheather the existing cards have been corrupted. I wish you luck resolving this problem.

This is the same recommendation I was just about to post. But to do it you will need a formatted card in the Primary slot.

Another suggestion is to turn off the camera. Remove the battery. Add a different and freshly charged battery. Then add the cards. Turn on the camera and see if the camera recognizes each card. Then try and reformat them in the camera. I know this sounds like a crazy suggestion, but nothing else seems to be working.

To double check the cards, use your card reader and attach it to your computer. Add the card. Open Nikon Studio and see if it will recognize the card and the images on the card. You can download the free Nikon software at NikonUSA.
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Apr 7, 2024 11:58:03   #
Bill Fried wrote:
Hi, all
Thanks for the unexpected avalanche of responses (and sorry not for the incorrect <reply> button, a first timer's mistake.) I'm still all over the place on this, but for clarity, I'm more "serious" about my photos than the word "vacation" suggests, so I'll end up on that side of the balance, but you folks have given me a lot to think about, and I appreciate it despite the fact that you keep changing my mind, which is not pleasant, and you failed collectively to provide one absolutely uncontroversial, extremely high quality, low weight, totally affordable approach.
Hi, all br Thanks for the unexpected avalanche of ... (show quote)

Bill, one thing I do when traveling is to get up early and go out and start shooting as the city is waking up. I usually do this for one hour before I meet my wife (and other travelers in the group) for breakfast.
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Apr 7, 2024 11:55:41   #
leftyD500 wrote:
Yes, I can leave the secondary slot (CD slot) empty, and the camera will read photos to the primary slot (the XQD slot). However, if I put a card in the secondary slot, along with the XQD card in the primary slot, I am not able to use the camera.

If you send the camera to Nikon, I would also send them the specific cards you are using where you have this problem.
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Apr 7, 2024 11:21:27   #
I have a D 500 and have never had this problem. One thing I would do is to turn off the camera, remove the battery, wait about 10 seconds, then install another fully charged battery. Then I would install the SD card and see if the camera recognizes it. If that does not resolve the issue, contact Nikon to start the repair process. I do this by going online at this link:
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Apr 7, 2024 11:13:35   #
Bill Fried wrote:
I have a Canon 5D Mark ii with the 24-105L lens and wonder if it makes sense to get a 2X extender for my trip to Spain. I also have an older Canon 75-300 lens but don't want to carry both. Concerned about quality with the extender and also whether a good one exists that fits my camera. (Thanks, Canon...) Also considered a used Canon 55-200, but Rockwell said that my camera couldn't handle the color problems.
Appreciate your help and snark,
Bill from Somerville MA (long time lurker)

My travel kit is a Nikon DSLR, usually a D800e, and a Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 G AF-S lens. I usually add a fast prime lens for indoor and shoots at night, like a 24mm, 35mm or a 50mm. I used to take a 70-200mm but stopped traveling with it as I used it rarely and it was not worth lugging it around.
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Apr 3, 2024 11:10:25   #
Just Fred wrote:
Let's start by going backwards: You said Photoshop and Lightroom. That indicates either Windows or Mac and eliminates Linux. So then the question becomes one of hardware. 64GB RAM is a good start. What else will you be using the computer for? If it's not dedicated to photo processing, you'll want to make sure you have storage (you said 1TB). External storage is also handy. External SSD up to 4 or even 8TB are available. So far, the only item untouched is the GPU. NVIDIA is making bank by powering AI with their GPUs, so if you're not going Mac, which includes the GPU of their specification, you should look into that.

This may ruffle some feathers, but if you're not going Mac, you might want to check out a Micro Center or similar store where you can get one built to spec. No, it's not going to have a label saying "Dell" or "IBM" or "Lenovo" or similar, but what you save on the name can be made up for in components.

Personally, I'm a Mac guy. I rarely read Mac users complaining about the performance of Adobe products as long as there' enough RAM on board.

I don't know if it helps, but it should give you some food for thought.
Let's start by going backwards: You said Photosho... (show quote)

I m not a Mac guy, but I am a very pleased customer of MicroCenter. I am on my third windows desktop MicroCenter has built for me for photo editing. If I were buying a new desktop today, I would start at 64GB RAM, win 11 Pro 64 bit, SSD of 1 TB, a motherboard that had enough and the variety of ports I needed for fast downloading of images, fast access to attached external hard drives; a GPU (video card) with enough RAM for fast noise reduction software; extra cooling fans, and enough internal storage for your images and access to external storage for backups of your images. If you use two monitors, make sure your video card will allow you to attach two monitors. My current desktop needs a better/more advanced GPU for today's software.

Read info at Puget Systems to see their current recommendations for desktops equipped for LR and Photoshop.
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Apr 2, 2024 12:26:13   #
I use Black Rapid Sport strap designed for my left shoulder. I attach a arca swiss Quick Release clamp to it. And then I attach the QR clamp to the arca swiss lens plate I have added to the lens foot of my tele lens. The lens is attached and hangs at my right side so I have easy access to it. And I can hold it next to my body when walking.

The key is to attach the lens and not the camera. And to have the weight dispersed across your body and shoulder and not your neck. In addition to Black Rapid, look at Peak Design and Op Tech straps for models that might be able to do the same thing.

An alternative to a QR clamp is a strap that has a QD quick release plug connector. BlackRapid used to have one but I do not see it listed at their website anymore. Some lens plates are drilled for attaching QD plugs.
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Mar 31, 2024 11:45:14   #
Check out one of the Lens taxis made by ThinkTank. Or other products from this company.
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Mar 31, 2024 11:42:42   #
Dean37 wrote:
Well, I broke down and ordered a Nikon D810 with roughly 15,000 shutter actuations, leaving me with about 185,000 to use, meaning it should be like a new camera, it is rated as Excellent by MPB. It is supposed to arrive by next Thursday 4/4/2024.

Since most of my lenses are FX or 35mm film camera lenses, I won't have to buy lenses, FOR NOW. My version of the Trinity is my Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8, Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8 and Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8.

I will begin using it as soon as I have reviewed the Nikon D810 books and owners manual that comes with it, and done some settings changes or not.

David Busch recommends settings that I might use at least until I know better. That will be a long time coming, because there is so much the D810 is capable of that I need to learn. I might smarten up and enroll in a photography class here at Fresno Community College.
Well, I broke down and ordered a Nikon D810 with r... (show quote)

I loved my D810 when I had it. If you are not familiar with Auto ISO, I suggest you try it out, in Aperture mode. Adding a 300mm f4 pf or 500mm f5.6 pf lens will really make you love the camera.
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Mar 28, 2024 10:24:09   #
alexskoz wrote:
100--600 lens that can be used with the Nikon Z8

I suggest you consider or buy the Nikon Z mount 180-600mm lens. If you want a prime, then there is the Nikon Z mount 600mm f6.3. If you want a shorter zoom, the Nikon z mount 100-400mm with its matching 1.4x tc. Or the Tamron Z 150-500mm F5-6.7 Di III VC VXD. More info at Brad Hill's blog, especially entries around Dec 2023 and Jan 2024.
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Mar 26, 2024 10:54:27   #
Cylus wrote:
I am off for Alaska agin - to see the scenery and wildlife. One of my instructors recommended I get a new tripod (old one has broken) and recommended a Feisol 3442 and their ball head too. Having a hard time finding recent reviews of them. Anyone familiar with the brand? Thank you!!

This article may help you pick the tripod you need. Check out all of the tripods made by Benro as they have purchased some brands recently like Induro. I suggest to buy a tripod with a greater weight rating than the weight stated by the company. If you need 12 pounds, get one rated for 24 pounds.

I use ball heads with Arca swiss clamps as all of my cameras and lenses have arcs swiss plates or L brackets on them.
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Mar 26, 2024 10:39:08   #
PLT wrote:
Would like to hear from you regarding your choices of portable SSD storage. Looking to add both a travel unit and a back up unit for my laptop. Not looking for a RAID drive or anything super expensive. See lots of nice looking options from Seagate but found lots of negative stuff regarding failures. That however was dated back in 2023. Have their issues been solved yet?

I assemble my own SSD drives as the metal cases I buy allow for faster heat transfer. I buy a 1 or a 2 TB SSD drive and a metal SSD enclosure case that comes with the cable compatible for my laptop. It is very easy to slip in the SSD drive into the case. I prefer the metal cases although many now have durable plastic cases.

For my desktop I use spinning drives with much larger capacities, like 12 TB to 18 TB. I buy enterprise spinning drives and install them in metal hard drive enclosure cases. Just make sure that the ports are what you need and want and are compatible with your computer. You can use a docking station too if you do not want a case. Being able to slip in a different drive makes these very convenient to use.

Some brands of cases to look for are StarTech, Sabrent, Orico, etc.

Here are a few links to look at:
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Mar 25, 2024 22:20:44   #
Judy795 wrote:
Get the 500 PF and keep the D850

I should have added this comment too. My long lens for my Z9 is my F mount 500mm f5.6 pf. I use the 500mm on my D850, Z9 and D500.
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Mar 25, 2024 12:12:31   #
RoswellAlien wrote:
Currently I have a 200-500 on a D850. The rig takes great pictures (wildlife, birds, and such, but just turned 80; it is starting to become a beast to lug around.
I have a Z7ii with several shorter lenses, but am seriously thinking about going all mirrorless. So, I would appreciate personal experiences with the 100-400 (with and without the 1.4 converter) and/or the 180-600. I am aware of the speed, size, weight — and cost differences.

Also, I try to have to do as little post as possible — not much could be done with E-6 or Kodachrome for all those years and that’s what I grew up with.

Thanks to all in advance. I appreciate your responses.
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When I bought my Z9, I got two Z mount lenses, the 100-400mm S and the 24-120mm. I also got the z mount 1.4xtc. I have found the 100-400mm to be very useful for a lot of wildlife shooting situations. It is easy to use, the extension that takes place when you zoom out to 400mm is not that bad and the lens focuses quickly and accurately. At shorter focus lengths its minimum focus distance is small which can be a benefit if you shoot flowers, butterflies, etc. For birds and wildlife the 180-600m allows for more reach and its price is very attractive. If its weight and size is OK with you, the 180-600mm might be more versatile. I usually find that I need the extra reach.

If the 180-600mm is a possibility for you, check out the 70-180mm Z mount for other shooting situations. It costs less than the 70-200mm S lens.
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Mar 19, 2024 12:20:51   #
Rgandel wrote:
What is the best way to photograph white birds without blowing out the highlights?

Given that you are shooting in bright sunlight, in general use matrix metering or evaluative metering and then set some level of negative exposure compensation. The amount set can vary with the camera body and light conditions. The key is to see detail in the whites of feathers and avoid feathers or birds that look too "grey". My starting amount might be a -.7 or maybe a -1.0. I am rarely at anything greater than -1.7.

If you are using a mirrorless camera the effects of the exp comp settings should be present in the viewfinder before you take the image. Being able to preview the impact of such changes is a major benefit of suing a mirrorless camera.
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