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Jun 25, 2019 07:40:35   #
Jun 18, 2019 08:41:30   #
If you want to do a test on your patience, religion, and mental stability...get a Tamron super zoom like the 18-400 with the Tap-in-console...then proceed to fine tune the lens. It would be lot less frustrating if Tamron would include a decent set of instructions. I believe Sigma has a similar system but haven't tried it. Results are usually a improvement...not sure if it's worth the effort.
May 24, 2019 09:00:20   #
MT Shooter wrote:
Just wondering when the 20MP D500 became a "high pixel count" camera????

I was wondering the same...guess it's all relative. Compare it to my D50 of several years probably is.
May 22, 2019 06:34:38   #
Reminds me of the time I was kayaking the shore around Coleto Lake which I have done many times. This particular time I decided to leave my camera in the truck and just do a leisurely paddle. As I entered this one cove...water was flying all over the place...I paddled up to within 10 feet of all the commotion. After about 15 seconds watching this the action stopped...a bobcat with a nutria in its mouth was staring at me for about another 15 seconds. The bobcat then dropped the nutria and ran off...the nutria then swam off. Figured I saved that nutria's life that day. Around the next bend a eagle was perched in a tree.
May 15, 2019 08:00:53   #
On a recent of our stops was the Colorado National Monument. Stopped at one of the outlooks to take some scenic photos of the canyon. A guy next to me asked if I seen the couple climbing Independence Monument way off in the distance. All I could see was a couple of specs of color. Got my 200-500 out of the car and spent the next hour photographing them. Some cool shots of them hanging on their ropes and finally sitting on the peak enjoying the view. Sure was happy I had my 200-500 with me.
Mar 17, 2019 07:06:54   #
rook2c4 wrote:
Limit the amount of dust in your home as much as possible. Vacuum carpets at least once a week, dust off surfaces with both a feather duster and damp cloth at least twice a week. If you don't do this, you may as well get used to dealing with a constantly dusty camera.

Probably good advice...if you never take your camera outside your home.
Mar 17, 2019 06:58:58   #
I drove 95 miles to check out the Tamron 18-400 at a brick and mortar, was willing to pay the extra sales tax. Asked about their return policy...10 days for store credit only. Went home and ordered from Adorama...had it for about 6 weeks (Christmas returns policy) to try out the lens and fine tune it...decided it wasn't what I needed. Returned it for a full refund, no questions asked.
Mar 6, 2019 07:50:56   #
My first real (SLR) camera was the Pentax K1000. The only electronics it has was a + to - meter and a small battery which was turned off by putting the lens cap on. The battery lasted years. When I finally went digital...I longed for a camera just like the K1000, but just digital. What was I thinking...
Feb 3, 2019 08:26:50   #
dyximan wrote:
I may be mistaken but when I shoot birds I would need a spotlight for a flash as they are often 100+ feet away from my camera. I wouldn’t think any flash other then An actual spotlight full-time would work. Does anyone actually make a flash that would shoot that far?

That's where the Better Beamer Flash Extender comes into play.
Jan 21, 2019 11:34:07   #
Making the switch to my first DSLR several years ago...a Nikon D50...and trying raw...I shot raw plus jpeg one time. I haven't shot a jpeg since.
Jan 13, 2019 18:09:32   #
FreddB wrote:
Was the sales tax really a deal breaker, especially since you were already in the store?
Where will you go to check out equipment when they go out of business?

I was willing to pay the $50 tax...their return policy was the deal breaker...10 days and in store credit only.
Jan 13, 2019 08:47:57   #
Strodav wrote:
Tamron lenses tend to be the same price everywhere and don't get taken by a bunch of extra junk you don't need in "packages". Looks the the price right now is $649. If you are near a camera store, get it there as it's easy to return if needed. Now, you might be able to save yourself about 20% buying used if you can find one in excellent condition. BTW, had mine for a while now and am very pleased with it.

I drove 90 miles to the closest camera store to check out the them to match on line prices with the Tap In Console...but was $50 higher due to taxes. The deal breaker for me was their return policy...10 days for in-store credit only. Went home and ordered it from Adorama. I'm in the process of doing the 'Tap In' focus adjustment...a real trick. Hoping to give it a good field test today.
Jan 13, 2019 08:18:50   #
markngolf wrote:
I still have not found a satisfactory solution to the slight Parkinson's in my right hand. It is worst when focusing and shutter release. I bought a wired cable release and that is quite helpful when the Sony is mounted on a tripod because I can use my left hand. I seem to manage at 200 - 300mm focal length, but beyond that, holding steady is impossible. I've not yet tried BBF, but I have my doubts about that scenario. The worst shake is with my index finger at shutter release. In the past, I found with my Canon DSLR's, wearing a hand strap helped. I have one for the Sony arriving tomorrow via Amazon. Here's the one I ordered:

I'm not necessarily looking for suggestions, but I'm open to recommendations. I'm just sharing more of this issue with my friends at UHH. I'll report results after tomorrow. I don't up give easily.
Thanks for visiting,
I still have not found a satisfactory solution to ... (show quote)

Hi Mark...markinvictoria Texas here. I appreciated your post. I came down with polio when I was 5 (70 years ago) which settled in my right hand. My main after effects today are weakness between thumb and index what I call my twitching trigger finger. 'Back button focus' has made my photography much easier...there's just no way I can half press the shutter button. I also get a lot of 'burst mode'...want it or not. Tripod and wired remote are my best solutions...but not always feasible. I think I will try your 'hand strap' might help my keeper rate.

Mark O
Jan 11, 2019 13:08:19   #
I got the Tamron 18-400 with the Tap In Console for Xmas. Been trying to do the Focus Adjustment with my D500. Tamron's instructions for the focus adjustment is really lacking...even on line research leaves a lot of questions. I've been using a LensAlign along with the in camera AF fine-tune for a starting point. Figured out the LensAlign is too small for the full adjustment range...working on a DIY solution.

1.Do you measure the distance from the test pattern sensor, end of lens, or ??? And is the exact distance critical...especially on the short end adjustment?

2.Do you go through all 24 adjustment settings...then input all the numbers at one time with the Tap In or enter them in different stages...short, medium and infinity?

3."Infinity" How do you adjust for infinity...especially at 8 different focal points? If I knew what distances to use...maybe Dot-Tune would work. The 18-400 doesn't have a distance no infinity indication.

Any help would be Greatly Greatly Appreciated...time is running out on the return window. Thanks

Jan 8, 2019 05:55:05   #
CHG_CANON wrote:
Photography has nothing to do with cameras.
– Lucas Gentry

Welcome aboard

Photography without cameras? How do you do that?
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