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Aug 22, 2015 06:53:58   #
joer wrote:
Got to give it to Sony. They really scored with this one.

This Sony is so tempting. If only they had a decent selection of long lenses and flashes.

Hope Nikon does something similar while I'm still able to hold a camera.

And wouldn't it be great if the Nikon camera took all of the current Nikon lenses.
Aug 21, 2015 06:35:52   #
These smaller Sony cameras are nice but lens selection is still limited. Telephoto guys will have to wait for the long fast ones to come out. Yes, you can get an adapter but you lose focusing points and focusing speed. On the other hand the 90 micro is amazingly sharp and some of there small zooms are also worth a look. But I will wait for a better line up of lenses before I leave Nikon. One further comment, external flash selection is also limited, and a Sony TTL flash extender still needs work.
Aug 21, 2015 06:31:17   #
Ianooc wrote:
I've recently acquired a new Sony A7mII and am dazzled by the images it can produce, especially in low light. I never thought I'd say this, but I am starting to consider getting rid of all my Nikon hardware, but I got Nikon down pat! That brings me to my real question...does anyone know of some good literature for the new A7mII? I've found stuff online but I'd like to have a book that is comparable to the Nikon books I've found.
Thanks a bunch in advance!

Don't give up on your Nikon gear just yet. Lens selection for the new A7mII is very limited. Only fast long lens is the 70-200 f4. This camera is great as you said in low light and the 90 micro is amazingly sharp but with limited lenses it is still off my bucket list.
Aug 21, 2015 06:20:29   #
Susieb721 wrote:
I've just learned that my D7100 has an option to change the crop ratio to an (additional?) 1.3x. In quick comparison testing I can see that my image is indeed "closer" with the 1.3x. What can anyone tell me about this option? I have a couple of points I am concerned about and would appreciate any input.

My options for lens use are 35mm 1.8, 18-140mm variable, 80-200mm 2.8, and 17-55mm 2.8

* Will I get any vignetting, pin cushion or barrel on my images

* Will this decrease my image quality in any way.

I am thinking this would be a great feature for weddings where I am limited to the far back of the church. Thoughts?
I've just learned that my D7100 has an option to c... (show quote)

OK, with a 80-200 2.8 you can shoot at 300mm at f2.8. Just how far back in the church do you plan to be, on the next block! I used this lens with a full frame camera and got great shots from the back of the church. Use the 80-200 without the 1.3 crop factor, you will not need it. I always set up my tripod in the isle at the end of where the last person sat. Usually about half way to 3/4 of the way back and I was shooting head and shoulders of bride and groom from there at 200mm, at 300 you'll get nose hairs, I don't see what the fuss is all about. You just need some experience and you'll be fine. Don't short change your bride, don't use the 1.3 factor and instead use the proper lens and the correct technique.
Aug 21, 2015 05:28:54   #
unclebe1 wrote:
Wakodahatchee wetlands in Delray Beach is a great location (just south of West Palm Beach). Virtually around the corner is Green Cay Nature Center. A few minutes south of those, still in Delray Beach, is Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. Several miles further south in Coconut Creek is Butterfly World. There are an untold number of things for your wife in West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boca Raton, and further on down to Fort Lauderdale and Miami.

I second these two locations. They come alive in January through March with baby birds everywhere. The boardwalks at both of these locations bring you close to the action. Keep in mind that there are many, many walkers so tripods have to be managed to keep them from being in the way. We live for six months minutes away from these locations, my wife walks and I shoot, then in the evening I take her, and myself to dinner at Delray Beach, a wonderful location that has an historic and wonderful hotel right downtown. Good luck.
Aug 19, 2015 06:01:43   #
Bud S wrote:
I asked the question a while back about my D7100 not able to scroll after zooming in except by constant tapping the arrows. After doing a Google on it, I find out that several Sigma lens are causing the problem. My 17-70 2.8-4.0 macro stabilized lens is the culprit. If I turn off a/f and IS on the lens, the camera scrolls as it should. You can also wait 40 seconds or so and after a "clunk" it works also. Would like to see if Sigma has an answer for that. I really like that lens. Of course Nikon could care less.
I asked the question a while back about my D7100 n... (show quote)

I am not sure why you say "Nikon could care less". Do you mean you blame Nikon for the fact that your Sigma does not work properly on it? Or do you mean Nikon could not help you fix the problem your Sigma lens was causing? Or do you mean Nikon blew you off when you contacted them about the Sigma lens that did not work properly on their camera? I leave you with another quote, "you get what you pay for".
Aug 19, 2015 05:55:34   #
Kappa Bob wrote:
I'm using the Sony a6000 e-mount camera for mostly indoor shots, and occasionally outdoor shots with low to no lighting. I'm considering purchasing the Sony HVL-F43M external Flash. Any words of wisdom you can offer concerning this flash unit or another choice would be appreciated. Thanks.

I use the HVL-F20M on my Sony HX50V. The flash head tilts straight up, I use a large white plastic card and bounce flash with it, works great. That's why I use the HX50V because it has the flash shoe. I have also used the F60M flash on this camera, yes, this flash is big, but, I can adjust the flash output and I get great balanced flash at sunset, works great.
Aug 18, 2015 07:23:44   #
corryhully wrote:
ok, my name is terry and i have been hooked on 28mm primes for years.
i have worn out many a shoe while zooming in on foot.
spent silly money on obscure glass to feed my addiction,
and see no change in the near or distant future :)

any one else afflicted by this poison of choice ?

For me, hands down, 24mm lens. Cannot wait for the new 24mm f1.8 Nikon. I still own a Nikon 24mm f2.0 AIS manual focus lens. My all time favorite lens.
Aug 18, 2015 07:21:21   #
NormanHarley wrote:
My girlfriend has 'stolen' my D7100, two zoom lenses, one flash and a few other odds and ends. She went with her girlfriends this weekend and we loaded up my gadget bag with her gear to keep it safe while they had more than several drinks. She told me, with a huge, adorable smile, that I probably need to buy myself a bigger camera bag... ;-)
The bag that she has 'stolen' is pictured below. It came with my D3200 kit and is (was) my only bag. I think I may want another Nikon bag, not sure yet, but not another one of these because my D610 was a little too wide for this narrow bag. I could use some advice and would love to hear what bag you own. I don't want a huge bag, maybe something that is a little bigger than this kit bag with lots of pockets and can accommodate a D610's width and several accessories and lenses. Thank you.
My girlfriend has 'stolen' my D7100, two zoom lens... (show quote)

My favorite bags are the old Tenba orange bags and the F2 bags. Look around and you can still find them on ebay and old camera stores. Cheap, very well built and easy to get equipment out. For a modern messenger bag, check out the type with pull out camera pads and then it becomes a messenger bag.
Aug 18, 2015 07:17:46   #
arvath3112 wrote:
I have a D7100 and am in the market for a good, reasonably priced [say abt. $500 or less] wide angle lens. I'm looking for suggestions as well as comments regarding the Sigma 10-20 f/3.5 EX DC HSM Autofocus zoom lens which I saw recently [for $449] and thought might be a good option.

A used, mint condition in the box Nikon 10-24mm on ebay are going from 590.00 to 650.00. Consider the Nikon, it matches your body, has very good reviews, and will be worth more than the Sigma down the road. $100.00 more for a quality product is not bad, and, you will get that $100.00 back when you decide to sell it over the Sigma.
Aug 16, 2015 06:38:10   #
dennisj wrote:
anyone have experience with sonys 18-135 zoom lens? want to use on my a77 . want it for better optics and a little more reach . I will use it for vacation photos. thank you all for advice.

If reach is important I shoot with the Sony 18-250mm zoom. I am very pleased with the quality of the image. I compared ratings on B&H before ordering and they also liked it. Not too big physically with a big reach. On the A77 you would have a 27-375mm lens. Nice all around for not a ton of money.
Aug 14, 2015 05:36:19   #
sarge69 wrote:
Worked perfect for me. Only thing was that I got firmware 1.2 installed without 1.1 on first. Is that going to be a problem?


According to Nikon 1.2 should have the stuff from 1.1 so the latest version will be the right one to get.
Aug 13, 2015 08:36:34   #
boberic wrote:
Why did you have flashes in your shorts? LOL

So I can get a CHARGE out of them!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Aug 13, 2015 07:37:59   #
sueyeisert wrote:
But that's for shoes. Who would buy shoes on line if you had to pay return shipping.

Boy, some hogs really like to attack under any and all cases. I have returned many items on Amazon, cameras, lenses, books, lamps, children's toys. All have given me paid shipping labels to return the item, no questions asked. I am sorry profusely for not mentioned this first. You guys really like to attack don't you. Attack first, ask questions later. Glad your not in law enforcement.
Aug 13, 2015 07:25:11   #
Sportsphoto wrote:
I have been trying research for a new dslr I currently have the Sony A77 ! I do a lot of sports mainly football and scenery plus portrait. I do not mind spending a bit of money if needed but on the other hand only want to spend what's needed. In addition looking for a camera where I can purchase some nice 2.8 high zoom glass. Lots of cropping and blowing up so pixels would play a part. I am not sure if I go with Sony A99, Nikon 810 or canon eos I hear a lot of personal opinions getting confused ?

I have been trying research for a new dslr I curre... (show quote)

If you own a Sony A77 you should have 10 frames a second as will as the A99. If you are looking for frames a second you already have one of the faster DSLR's out there. If you want better tracking then go with the Sony A77 II which have improved focus tracking combined with the 10 frames a second.
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