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May 5, 2024 04:14:19   #
Orphoto wrote:
Bebu...nice try. As linda noted they are on sale right now for the lowest price they've ever been.

I think I did see them a little lower about six months ago for $1995. l'm kind of sorry I didn't jump on that.
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Mar 30, 2024 01:41:08   #
Warhorse wrote:
I’ve preordered one, and am anxiously awaiting my turn to get one. Has anyone here gotten one yet, or waiting for one?

Yes, I ordered one about a week ago from B&H. My choice was black, or black, so I ordered a black one.
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Feb 29, 2024 01:50:14   #
joehel2 wrote:
You can’t beat the D850. I’m guessing the Z8 is the mirrorless equivalent to the D850, the Zf obviously is not. If I’m traveling for photography, the D850 is going. I like the size and weight of the Zf and the EVF. I intend to use the Zf as a pocket camera, i.e, a more sophisticated cellphone camera ready to go when we stop on the road for a quick photo. The resale price of the D850 and D810 make them a super bargain, especially when you have a bag of lenses.

Thanks Joe, that's kind of what I was thinking too. Especially since I do have a ton of older lenses. Will have to keep my eyes open for a clean 850.
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Feb 28, 2024 00:11:57   #
joehel2 wrote:
I have the Zf, my first mirrorless. I have the D810 and D850. Took the Zf with the 40mm f2 to the park and fell in love with it. I set it up using Henry Hudson’s advice. The EVF was amazingly bright with rich color and contrast. I love that while looking through the viewfinder, you can use your right thumb to move the focus point. The dials are intuitive and allow you to change settings in an instant. Compared to the D850, it is much lighter and smaller. I needed to buy an old school look half leather case to give me a proper grip.
I have the Zf, my first mirrorless. I have the D81... (show quote)

Joe, may I ask what you would choose if the choice was between your Zf and the 850? That's the decision I am trying to make at the moment. I have the Df, and I love the retro look and simplicity (I cut my photo teeth on film Nikons and Leicas), but I would have preferred a Zf with the D850 sensor and no AA filter. It seems for some reason Nikon wants to handicap their retro cameras when it comes to resolution. The cost is about the same for a new Zf and a decent used D850. I also have tons of Nikkor lenses and no Z lenses at this point.
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Feb 20, 2024 14:57:27   #
John N wrote:
Last night I got my sons old Fujifilm HS50exr out of its box. It's gone all sticky externally. I emailed Fuji who say they can't pin a reason why this happens on some cameras and not others but the % is fairly small. The camera is knocking on for 10 years old, so there's nothing Fuji can do for it.

A little bit of research has led me to conclude that its not just a problem with Fuji, but as Fuji said the problem is relatively minor - unless you have it.

Fuji sent me a link, a U.K. group has advised Isopropyl Alcohol (100%), and I've even found one or two other 'suggestions' that I'm not brave enough to try.

If anybody has encountered this and can recommend a solution I'd like to hear of it. Also I've been informed that once degradtion starts you can't stop it, so is removal of the rubber the final and only option.

thanks in anticipation.
Last night I got my sons old Fujifilm HS50exr out ... (show quote)

It is a common problem, but without a common cause. I have the problem on a large scale with vintage stereo speakers. The speakers are covered with vinyl that looks very much like real wood. Many people have used furniture polish on them (possibly even my wife), perhaps thinking they were real wood. Once the oil based polish meets the vinyl, the jig is up. Majorly sticky ever since. I have tried several solutions, but nothing seems to work.

It also happened to a pair of my binoculars, but I took the easy way out and smeared them with baking soda. It took the stick away, but didn't really solve the problem.
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Jan 19, 2024 00:38:36   #
Bison Bud wrote:
Money is indeed the deciding factor here and I don't know how much money Peacock paid to have exclusive rights to the game, but I'd bet it was a heck of a lot! In any case, I hope they didn't make enough for it to be very profitable! If they want to stream the game in addition to normal network coverage, I have no issue, but to exclusively stream the game is cheating a lot of fans out of watching and lower viewership will directly reduce the price paid by advertisers for their commercial spots, which is the classic way to make money in broadcasting. Frankly, I'd love to see the numbers, both on cost verses profit and whether the total viewership was down or not, but I guess we will just have to wait and see if this exclusive streaming thing turns into the norm for sporting events. Personally, I will do without, unless it stays on "Free TV."
Money is indeed the deciding factor here and I don... (show quote)

118 Million dollars paid to NFL by NBC for the game.
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Oct 26, 2023 02:26:11   #
Ysarex wrote:
Probably too much trouble. Right now they're saying 3 nights of frost in a row with the lowest temp 25 F. We had a good season and I'll probably pick a lot of the green ones and cook with them.

Just pick the green ones and place them in the lid of a cardboard box. They will all ripen perfectly within a few weeks.
Keep them out of direct sunlight.

Your plants look great this late in the season. Mine bit the dust about three weeks ago. We had the first frost last night, but it wasn't too bad, about 34 degrees. Didn't hurt my lettuce or green beans.
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Oct 14, 2023 03:34:18   #
Tote1940 wrote:
35 mm size sensor is great but 24 mP? Does this bother anyone?

Indeed it does. This one was supposed to be 45mp. I know Nikon over priced the Df when it came out, so they had to hit a lower price point with this one. But I find it hard to believe an older sensor like the D850, or even the 36mp D810 sensor, which is even older, would cost more than this 24mp. Even if it did price out $100 more, I think most people would pay it willingly, to get a superior higher resolution sensor with no softening filter.

The real killer for me is the AA softening filter. I know the wedding guys will be all over me on that, but I would rather not see my trees at infinity turn to mush.

I know there have been a few responses to this thread saying they feel 24mp is all the detail one needs. I'm going to go out on a limb here, and suggest those folks probably never shot with a true high resolution sensor like the 850 or Z9. If they had, I would think there is a good possibility they might reconsider that opinion. Just sayin.
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Oct 14, 2023 02:37:25   #
bcheary wrote:
Going the e-mail rounds.

The other day, a young person asked me: - What did it feel like to be old?
I was very surprised by the question, since I did not consider myself old. When he saw my reaction, he was immediately embarrassed, but I explained that it was an interesting question. And after reflection, I concluded that getting old is a gift.
Sometimes I am surprised at the person who lives in my mirror. But I don't worry about those things for long. I wouldn't trade everything I have for a few less gray hairs and a flat stomach. I don't scold myself for not making the bed, or for eating a few extra "little things." I am within my rights to be a little messy, to be extravagant, and to spend hours staring at my flowers.
I have seen some dear friends leave this world, before they had enjoyed the freedom that comes with growing old.
-Who cares if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 in the morning and then sleep until who knows what time?
I will dance with me to the rhythm of the 50's and 60's. And if later I want to cry for some lost love...I will!
I'll walk down the beach in a swimsuit that stretches over my plump body and dive into the waves letting myself go, despite the pitying looks of the bikini-wearers. They'll get old too, if they're lucky...
It is true that through the years my heart has ached for the loss of a loved one, for the pain of a child, or for seeing a pet die. But it is suffering that gives us strength and makes us grow. An unbroken heart is sterile and will never know the happiness of being imperfect.
I am proud to have lived long enough for my hair to turn gray and to retain the smile of my youth, before the deep furrows appeared on my face.
Now, to answer the question honestly, I can say: -I like being old, because old age makes me wiser, freer!-.
I know I'm not going to live forever, but while I'm here, I'm going to live by my own laws, those of my heart.
I'm not going to regret what wasn't, nor worry about what will be.
The time that remains, I will simply love life as I did until today, the rest I leave to God.
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Spoken like a poet, with the wisdom of time.... Very nice.
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Oct 10, 2023 00:03:30   #
tradio wrote:
Christmas lights stay up all year now in town. They really light up the colorful leaves this time of the year.

Looks like a scene out of a Hallmark movie. Beautiful!
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Oct 7, 2023 14:48:34   #
Call me nieve, but seriously? I'm not much of a phone person, so I can't tell if you are serious or not. Hard to believe they were shot with a cell phone. Nicely done!
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Oct 6, 2023 14:31:52   #
Really nice model of one of the most impressive engines in history! I have the Lionel version and it is one of my favorites as well. Model railroading is a great hobby and will keep you young.

Funny story.... Several years ago my wife and I wanted to take my 8 year old nephew to Steamtown, the train museum in Scranton, Pa. He didn't want to go at all. He said he didn't want to go to a stuffy museum, and he was quiet and mopey all the way up.

The first thing we saw when we went through the gate was the Big Boy. Talk about impressive! It is longer than my house, and it's not a small house. My nephew was immediately hooked. He was thrilled looking at all of the trains, and when it was time to go, he didn't want to leave. He still talks about it to this day.

Trains, both the models and the real thing, seem to have a magical effect on people.
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Sep 29, 2023 14:03:07   #
Mau wrote:
We have to keep in mind that to charge our electric vehicles, we use the grid system, which very little, if at all, used clean energy. Our grid system is still based on carbon fuels, nuclear power, etc.
Solar or hydroelectric is still a small percentage. So when we "feel" we are following a "green" fuel philosophy we are delusional.

It's true that anytime society undergoes a major technological change, the transition is difficult. I am sure the horse and buggy manufacturers went out kicking and screaming, but in most cases the changes have been proven to be worth the effort.

In the case of using EV's with the current fossil fuel based grid, most international studies have proven driving an electric car is far and away better, carbon-emissions wise, in all areas of the world. Even in China, where they still rely heavily on coal to fuel the grid, can realize 37% to 45% fewer emissions.

We do have a visual precident to evaluate this theory. If you think back to the early days of the Covid epidemic, all of the worlds major polution centers cleared up. The air in the major cities all of a sudden became clean and fresh for the first time in over 100 years. Even the Taj Mahal, which resides in one of the worlds most poluted cities, became visible up to a mile away. All because people stopped driving their cars. The electric grids were still very much in use and supplying electricity, but it was parking the dirty gas dirven cars that cleared the world's air.
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Sep 27, 2023 01:26:34   #
Nice shot! Full of mood. Draws you in.
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Sep 27, 2023 01:13:11   #
I agree, they are incidious. They will kill any tree they get into, given enough time. I had four beautiful hybrid Poplars all in a row in the back of my property, eighty feet tall. They killed one per year until they were all dead and had to be cut down. They attacked by the thousands.

They throw off a disguisting black sticky substance called honey due, which gets all over everything around and on the tree. It attracts bees, ants, and disease. It's disease that ultimatley kills the tree. I called Penn State, but they had no difinitive answers for them at this point.

I ended up developing my own defence system that seems to be working for the most part. You might find it helpful if you have an infestation.

I use the high pressure setting on my garden hose to knock them off the tree. They jump off as soon as they are hit by the stream of water. When they fall to the ground, I step on as many as I can, then us a good fly swatter to get the ones that climb back onto the tree, Amazon sells a leather one. They always start back on the bottom of the tree and climb up the trunk. That's when they are most vulnerable. I also use a ring or two of the wide sticky paper around the trees to slow them down. I havn't lost any trees since using this method. The down side is it takes time, as it is best to do this more than once a day.
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