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 on: June 12, 2011, 05:55:18 pm 
Started by scandal667 - Last post by scandal667

I wanted to share a link to my current photography show taken from my blog, Stiff Peaks Photo.



 on: June 02, 2011, 06:57:47 pm 
Started by forkboy1965 - Last post by forkboy1965
I have a great Canon 580EX II flash and for it I have purchased some basic equipment in the way of a stand, umbrellas, etc. so that I can do some lighted pictures on the go, in the field, etc.

The other day I came across an old Promaster flash I purchased about 8-years ago.  I was considering buying the stand, umbrella, etc. for this flash so that I could have two lights for those in the field moments, but I'm confused about this set-up.

Is it generally ok to mix strobes/flashs from different manufactuers?  I will be using them in manual mode only so I'm not worried about any connectivity issues, but I don't know if there is any reason why it's better to stick with a single brand.

I know it sounds a bit dumb to ask, but that's why we have forums on the Internet!

Thanks anyone.

 on: May 11, 2011, 10:35:04 pm 
Started by Eric Reagan - Last post by Eric Reagan
Chalk this one up with a grain of salt...

RiceHigh posted a catalog entry that has the D700x listed with what appears to be a 24.6MP sensor.  See the photo below for a shot of it.  A little Googling led to the catalog entry page, which doesn't appear to be a Nikon-issued catalog, so it could just be the vendor looking for a bit of attention.


 on: May 11, 2011, 03:46:35 pm 
Started by forkboy1965 - Last post by forkboy1965

For the most part I have been very happy with my 40D, purchased in December of 2007.  While I don't shoot much in the way of action shots (like sports) I have found the ability to auto-focus quickly to be very helpful with my bird and insect photography, which is the bulk of my work.

In addition to the faster auto-focus system on the 7D, I'm also fond of the auto-focus zones which I believe would make the process of getting focus on smaller/more distant subjects even easier than the current single-point system in the 40D (50D, 60D, etc.).

I would much rather splurge on glass over a new camera body, but at this point the few lenses I can think of that I'd like are all pretty reasonably price: much cheaper than a new camera.  Ergo, if I know money will be an issue I think I'd rather strike while I can afford to do such and grab a body that will take me out for another four or five years.

Thanks much for your thoughtful consideration to my question.

 on: May 02, 2011, 07:21:01 pm 
Started by forkboy1965 - Last post by Eric Reagan
Are you shooting a lot of sports/action?  (Your kit seems to be set up well for that.)  If so, I can understand the autofocus concerns, which makes the 7D a reasonable consideration at this point.  I don't know that the AF accuracy is greatly enhanced over the 40D though - speed definitely is though.

I think you've got good points on both sides, which is why I guess you are seeking advice.  I'm guessing that you don't feel a need for any wide glass in your kit?

The 40D has been around for nearly 4 years, which is an eternity in DSLR years.  Kudos for sticking with it and not feeling the "need" to upgrade already.  If you've hung with the 40D this far, I figure that picking up the 7D will get you through til the next opportunity to upgrade.

I know none of this is a direct answer to your question, but that's a decision that only you can make. Hopefully, it's a little more food for though.  I think you are justified with either decision.

 on: May 02, 2011, 05:05:19 pm 
Started by forkboy1965 - Last post by forkboy1965
I recognize that in the not-too-distant future I will be seeing my income drop markedly.  And I further recognize that purchasing new camera equipment will become difficult, if not impossible, for at least four or five years.

I currently own a Canon 40D along with some nice glass which covers my needs well.  This includes the 50mm f/1.4, the 70-200mm f/4, 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 and 100mm macro.  At this point I can't say there is any glass I really feel the need or urge to own.  And while I may like to add some more lighting options to my kit I don't consider their costs to be prohibitive in my future.

My question is thus:  do I spend the bucks I have available right now to move up to the 7D OR do I bank my cash and save it for potential glass options in the foreseeable future?

I'm inclined to make the move to the 7D as I'm very confident some of my photographic habits would be enhanced via the prowess the 7D brings to the table over my 40D (in particular the better metering, the higher res sensor (good for my macro work) AND the much superior auto-focus capabilities).

I don't, however, wish to ignore the possibilities or more glass in the future as my needs/wants/desires may change.

Any opinion is appreciated.

 on: May 02, 2011, 04:56:37 pm 
Started by scandal667 - Last post by forkboy1965
That is pretty cool. I like the fact it's shot on a wood table (or whatever).  The wood gives a nice warm tone to the picture.

 on: May 01, 2011, 07:42:18 pm 
Started by ilkergoksen - Last post by ilkergoksen
Hello Everyone,

I just wanted to share with everyone an email communication that I have had with Plustek, the producer of film scanners. This bad experience happened a few days ago and I wanted to let everyone know what kind of customer service you should expect from Plustek in case you are looking to buy a film scanner. Though I understand one person doesn't represent the whole company, I certainly think that a person assigned to respond customer emails is considered and assumend to be the representive of a company. I hope this helps to you who are considering to buy a film scanner, which is hard to find around these days.

So I've been wanting to buy a scanner recently and considering my options among used Konica Minolta and Nikons and Plustek 7600i. Among the limited options that I have, I was hesitant to invest lots of money on a used 10 year old scanner such as legendary Nikon Coolscan 5000 and I thought I could wait a little more and see if Plustek comes out with a new product that has better specifications. Because their most current products like Plustek 7600i are still behind Nikon and Konica Minolta and it has some features that don't meet my expectations. I wanted to try my chance and emailed Plustek asking if they are planning to bring out a new scanner soon. However, I was completely shocked with the kind of responses that I was getting from Plustek. Below, I am copying and pasting their responses to me and my responses to them. The following communication has been between me and a guy named Edward Dailey from Plustek.

Here is the first original email that I sent;

Dear Sir/Madam,

I would like to ask you if Plustek is considering to bring out a new and
improved 35mm film scanner anytime soon? The current model 7600i seems like a good product but two things that make me not want to buy it is first of all its low D.Max value compared to the dynamic range of negative films and D.Max of other film scanners priced around the same(Konica Minolta 5400 II), and secondly the lack of focus control. The fixed focus of the scanner really decreases its professional value.


And here is the response I got from Edward Dailey;

I do not think so, because really you are the only person I have herd say that they would rather own a different brand. Read shutterbug magazine article on our product and see if you still have the opinion you have. We already have the best.


Next, I responded with the following email;

Dear Sir,

I am sorry but reading your arrogant comment about your product is another reason not to buy it. I would suggest you read reviews on Konica Minolta 5400 II and Nikon Coolscan 5000 and see if you still have the opinion you have. They already produced the best 10 years ago and they are still the best.


And this is the final ignorant comment that I got from Edward Dailey;



So I just wanted to share this with you guys to let you know what to expect from Plustek if you're considering to do business with them. I wanted buy an un-used, new one thinking that I could get better customer service, but seeing how I was treated as a customer, I am not spending even $1 for Plustek. After I sent this same post on flickr, the marketing director of Plustek commented on my post saying that I should call him. Really? I wonder who should be calling who for an apology. What a customer service! So they all look like a bunch of arrogant and ignorant team got together not caring about their customers or what they are selling.

I hope this helps you to get some insight about what you can expect from Plustek that claims to be the best.

 on: April 15, 2011, 09:13:19 pm 
Started by renera - Last post by Eric Reagan
How are you planning to use your camera?  What subjects will you be shooting?

 on: April 15, 2011, 08:58:18 pm 
Started by renera - Last post by renera
Hi guys! I just got my Nikon D5000 & I'm a newbie in photography...I just want to know what is the best option if I'm going to buy a new lens? Coz I'm planning to replace my lens kit (18-55mm) with 18-200mm. But some suggested that - maintain my 18-55mm and buy an additional 55-200mm or 70-300mm. What's the best thing to do? An additional lens or a replacement? Regards & Thanks...

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