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Jul 12, 2024 16:50:38   #
billnikon wrote:
Sorry Mike. I shot the Z9 when it first came out in Florida wetlands, compared it's focusing lock on and tracking speed against a complicated background. At that time my Sony A9 out preformed the Z9 in both focusing lock and tracking speed and at that time the A9 was much older than the Z9,the Sony had been out for years before the Z9 was introduced.
Listen Mike, I want Nikon to be on par with Sony, look at my sure name, BILLNIKON. I shot Nikon professionally for over 45 years from my Nikon Ftn to my D5. I went with the Sony a9 because they had a 200-600 mm lens and the tracking was great, I got tired of waiting for Nikon to catch up, finally last year they brought out a nice 180-600 years and years behind Sony.
Now I own and use the Sony a1, which still Mike, tracks and holds focus better than the Z9, and shoots 30 frames per second RAW, Nikon Z9, only 20 frames per second RAW. For me, that extra 10 fps on moving wildlife is a game changer.
Look Mike, I think the Z9 is a great camera, and I am sure the latest firmware (how many have they had, a lot) will be a focusing improvement over what they currently had.
Again last year I had the Z9 with the 180-600 out comparing it's focusing speed in lock on, and tracking and compared it to my Sony a1 with the 200-600 lens. It was NOT scientific comparison in the least. But in my opinion, the Nikon Z9 was great, it was just that, in my opinion, my a1 did better. While I missed some shots with the Nikon , I lost none with the a1, NONE.
So, for me anyway, and again, I am not a professional influencer, it is my humble opinion, that Nikon is very close to Sony on speed of focusing, lock on focusing, and tracking against a complicated background. But for now I will stay with my Sony a1.
Maybe a Nikon Z9II will finally make them equal to Canon and Sony. We can only hope.
Sorry Mike. I shot the Z9 when it first came out i... (show quote)

I appreciate that Bill. At least you took the time to try it in the last 12 months. So many people knock the Z9 based on 2 years go in first release. A lot of influencers now think that Nikon, Sony and Canon are all very close and not enough differences to matter.

Before I bought my Z9, I rented a Sony A1 with a 200-600. The focus was very, very good. But I was heavily invested in Nikon glass and decided for me, not worth changing since I'm not a pro. I've found a marked upgrade in sticky focus since the last firmware update. And my 180-600 sure seems on par with the Sony 200-600. You probably have better technique.

My overall point is for 99% of amateurs, there just isn't a life altering missed shot due to the camera equipment. And the technology growth curve seems to be flattening out, where the upgrades are small and none of the Big 3 are separating that much from the pack.

Oh, and I find gwilliams6 overbearing, relentless shill for Sony terribly annoying. But you're cool.
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Jul 12, 2024 07:37:09   #
SuperflyTNT wrote:
They’ve already had firmware updates to improve AF and after the first firmware update some were rating it equal or better than the others.

Of course, none of these naysayers have a Z9 in hand to know from actual knowledge whether Nikon is behind, equal or ahead in Af performance these days.
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Jun 17, 2024 06:57:49   #
Howard5252 wrote:
I am the owner of Lightroom 6. I bought it on Jan. 30 2016, I paid for it, I did not rent it or subscribe to it. It was mine; bought and paid for. There was no expiration date for this application nor was there any need to sign on with each use. It was installed on my computer and was properly registered as was required at the time.
The program worked perfectly for years, and then …..
Adobe went to a rental system for their products, including a new form of Lightroom. I cannot give exact dates because the problems I encountered with my Lightroom program were small at first – more or less annoying. Over the years it has become harder and harder to use. The bulk of the problems revolve around signing in or opening. When I subscribed to Lightroom Classic (with Photoshop thrown in), my Lightroom 6 became almost un-useable because of imposed requirements of logging in, which I should not have to do in the first place. I have tried all of the obvious methods to clear up the troubles including re-installing LR6. My current problem is the program opens for about 4 seconds and then closes. Over the years I have Googled whatever the problem was at the time and discovered that other owners of LR6 were having the same problems. I believe Adobe is behind all of the problems I have had and am currently having with my Lightroom 6, … the one I bought and own. It is my program, installed on my computer; you had no right to to create situations that caused the program to work any differently than the day I installed it.
I am the owner of Lightroom 6. I bought it on Jan.... (show quote)

Amazing. 2024 and there are still people in the world who don't understand they purchased a license to use someone else's software.
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Jun 10, 2024 08:43:43   #
jeffhacker wrote:
I have a Z6ii and a Z7ii, and have acquired a bunch of lenses since I got my first Z6 several years ago. That came with the 24-70 f/4 kit lens. I have now got several other lenses, including the 50mm and 85 mm f/1.8 primes (which I use pretty much only for portraits, the 24-200mm variable telephoto, which I'm thinking about selling because I bought the 70-200 mm f/2.8 - but not sure because if I travel the 24-200 is a lot smaller if I can do without the fixed f/2.8 aperture -, and the 100-400 telephoto. I'm thinking about the 28-75mm f/2.8 to replace the 24-70 but I've heard mixed reports (apparently, its actually made by Tamron, but that doesn't bother me because I have been told by a couple of guys at a couple of the bigger camera stores that there's been a relationship between Nikon and Tamron for years; and the 24-70mm is actually a better lens. Has anybody out there used that, and can you give me your thoughts? Should I make the change? Thanks, all!

I have a Z6ii and a Z7ii, and have acquired a bunc... (show quote)

Why would you replace a 24-70 with a 28-75 f2.8 just to gain one stop? If anything, get the 24-120 to overlap coverage.
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Jun 4, 2024 08:00:47   #
DaveyDitzer wrote:
There is no weight savings comparing the bodies - 32.1 oz. vs. 32.3 (D850).
For me the D850 body is as much as I care to lug around.

Great point. Except, someone else hiking through the brush would probably lug lenses, too. I think the OP indicated telephotos. Z8 should also be better at video.
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May 29, 2024 22:57:35   #
frankraney wrote:
Every thing he said is true, just as yours. He said "if" concerning gas. What is really needed is a new computer for processing, as the current one is slow. That would be the starting point in my opinion.

I don’t understand how a slow computer edits soft pictures. Why do you think that to be a solution?
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May 29, 2024 12:17:59   #
CHG_CANON wrote:
Canon stopped competing directly against the D500 in the DSLR line. Personally, I think a new camera, especially at the D500 tier, is a waste of money for this situation. If there's no way to head off this GAS, an 'upgrade' that maintains the same size with significantly upgraded inside technology, that's the final EOS Rebel T8i (850D). The closer EOS DSLR match to the Nikon D500 is the EOS 90D, much larger, more expensive, and similarly a discontinued DSLR.

While I respect your position of "never buy new tech while the old equipment still lives," I think those who quickly point the finger at GAS sometimes forget this is a hobby for most and is supposed to be fun. Newer tech can equate to better results and easier to get a satisfactory result which means more fun.

Photography can be confusing and frustrating to a novice. I see nothing wrong with greasing the skids to happiness. It's a hobby and by definition should not be taking food off the table but using dollars from disposable income. How much one can afford in pursuit of a hobby is a personal decision and not up to me.

I did recommend a used camera. But if I were to succumb to GAS on someone else's dime, the suggestion would have been a Z8, Z9, R7 or R5!
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May 29, 2024 07:00:53   #
dmeyer wrote:
This post is an exercise in getting a consensus from those with sports experience, and I am seeing the pattern for shooting parameters, so glad for the input. Auto ISO is possibly the first change she needs to make, continuous focus the second. Wish I could give her one of my Nikon D750's, but not sure it has high enough FPS or that there's a decent lens option that doesn't weigh a ton and cost a fortune. But the external controls on the D750 would be handier for her, I think.

She can buy a used D500 (or Canon equivalent) for a fairly reasonable price. Then get a faster lens. By the way, I've shot quite a bit of college and high school softball. Always on AF-C. I use BBF, but many pros I stand next to don't. That's matter of preference. You might aso post this question in the Sports Photograph section.
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May 27, 2024 08:25:44   #
dmeyer wrote:
I shoot Nikon, so I was uncertain about offering advice on settings for shooting sports to a family member who uses a Canon EOS Rebel T6 with a 75-300mm F/4-5.6 lens. She has been shooting RAW in Manual Model, but isn't happy with the sharpness, even after processing--a little soft. I kicked around some suggestions such as going to Shutter Priority and using a minimum speed of 1/600 to 1/1000 sec. when extended to 300mm. But, that means using ISO Auto. What cap would you Canon shooters recommend, 1600 (or higher) for clean images? Wouldn't the camera in Shutter Priority automatically select the lowest aperture--which would probably be whatever the FL is at 300mm? Since I like stationary subjects (as in landscapes), sports is way out of my comfort zone. Was I wrong to suggest she go to Shutter Priority and let the Auto ISO adjust for changes in lighting?
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Not bad advice, just not maybe the best. Your instincts were good. Your friends biggest issue is gear not up to the task. Many new sports photogs buy beginner kit and expect professional results. I shoot a lot of sports and get by with my 24-120 or 100-400 and renting a longer prime when needed. I can’t afford a $13,000 lens. But no one needs that shooting kids soccer. The Canon equivalent to a 300 f4 or 400 f4.5 will work fine.
I also didn’t nail shots until I got a D500 and now my Z9, although I did well with D7200 in spots. But 10 fps or higher yields better results.
My best work comes from 1/1500 or higher, f2.8 to f5.6 and auto ISO. Technique is also important. Took me awhile not to jerk the shutter because I was over excited shooting the action.
I see ChgCanon has outlined perfect responses ahead of me, so I’m really just passing along my learning curve.
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May 26, 2024 08:31:14   #
prcb1949 wrote:
Thanks for your input. If you were to recommend an outlet or several what would they be?

Most manuals are available on the brand websites. Online, you can look to,, B&HPhoto used dept, Hunts Canera Store Used and Adorama. Locally, you could go to Houston Camera Exchange at 5900 Richmond. They have plenty of trade ins you can touch and feel. And they have fresh new batteries.
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May 23, 2024 06:52:10   #
Jules Karney wrote:
This game was on Friday afternoon to determine who goes to the final game. Palo Verde won here and again on Sat. to win it all.
3:00 game time.
D4 paired with 200-500 5.6
D500 paired with 70-200 2.8
Auto white balance
Auto Iso
1/3200 at 6.3

Safe or out? Super shot!
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May 23, 2024 06:51:18   #
raymondh wrote:
A big for #2!

Same here! Great work Jules. I hope to shoot that tight one day!
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May 22, 2024 19:29:32   #
Jules Karney wrote:
Mike this is some good work here. All shots well composed, colors spot on as well as the focus too. You sure know what your doing. You have captured the game feel. Nice stuff once again.

Thanks Jules! High praise coming from you!
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May 19, 2024 20:19:34   #
UL Lady Cajuns vs Baylor Lady Bears. First game was won 13-0 by Louisiana to force game 7. Bears score 2 runs in top of 6th to win 4-3 and advance to Super Regional at Gainesville.








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May 19, 2024 08:54:06   #
joecichjr wrote:
From when I was much, much younger at digital photography

These are terrific! Love the sunflowers!
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