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Old 03-01-2017, 08:22   #1 (permalink)
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I finally went and purchased an aftermarket battery grip. Iknow I posted a couple years ago it was OEM Or nothing for me.. times change..

It's not as nice as the OEM grip as it only holds one camera battery (or 8 AA).. but it is surprisingly well constructed and fits my camera snugly. Oh how good it feels when I'm shooting portrait orientation.

It has your typical command dials, and shutter release on the side, and a 8 way switch to let you pan/zoom images similar to the one on the back of the camera..

Brand is meike.. It had 4.5 stars on amazon so I figured nothng too bad could come of it.

I also treated myself to a genuine leather strap. Solid, top hyde, not super thin leather veneer bonded to fabric/canvas.. I like..

I'm posting this from my raspberry pi set up as a desktop computer. My Mac is in the shop, getting new top shell, kb, mouse, battery.. and a logic board switch.. i found out last sunday that there was a recall on the machine with extended service ending Dec 31, so I've been roughing it to the extreme. this doesn't even have gimp installed.. Its too much for it to handle. I honestly was expecting a little more out of a quad core ARM7 processor at whatever ghz it is - i think 1.1.

The pi is memory and I/O bound.. I find the thing freezes up on me when I push it too far and have too many firefox windows open. BUt it's at least letting me keep up on facebook and IRC..


Going through a week of this is teaching me humility I suppose. 5 or 6 time friends have asked if I could help with this or that graphics wise and I jumped into action only to remember... "Not my Mac..."

I'm going to appreciate my 4 year old i7 workhorse, and not covet a 2016 model machine with the touchbar. I really am. I miss it, so...



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Pardon the mess. I clean once a week to conserve steps while I'm healing my foot, which is going gangbusters.. I'm just happy to have a desk in the house again - instead of piling everything of mine around a lazyboy chair where I recouperate..
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Re: Battery Grip for D800 - other musings...

anyone notice the white chalky look on my camera lens rubber? that isnt' just flash causing that, it's actually like that.. I've been trying to figure out why and all I can come up with is that 18-35 practially lives on my camera.. It's my preferred walking around lens and it gets a ton of use, and hands on it.. I am wondering if that is why, or if it has defective rubber grips or if I've done something stupid to it that I can't recall.. I swab my gear down with 99.9% alcohol from time to time. could that be doing it?
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I swab my gear down with 99.9% alcohol from time to time. could that be doing it?
Do you have any lenses that you don't swab very much and are these ones also showing the same thing?

With my limited knowledge of chemistry I think that alcohol might be having an effect. You might want to try some of the car trim products like back to black or others to see if they improve the look. Maybe a cotton bud will apply it. and a clean one to remove it.

When I got my D810 I wanted a battery grip straight away, but was not prepared to pay the price for the Nikon one. I went for the Pixel Vertax one reviewed here

Pixalo Photographic Equipment Reviews - Vertax D12 Battery Grip for Nikon D800 / D800e / D810 -

But there are plenty of others available and I think that they will all give good service. I now do have a Nikon grip. I got it as a grey import for around 2/3 of the UK usual price. Does it do a better job? Not really. I bought it on a whim and was planning to sell the Vertax grip thus bringing the cost of the Nikon one down to around 50% of the UK price, but I've still got it.......
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I forgot to reply. I clean all my lenses with alcohol and this is the only one doing it...

the 18-35 has sat on my camera 90% of the time since I bought it two years ago. - three this coming June.. I just like the UW, and it still gets me a decent portrait at 35mm if I want to get close enough. I mighta gotten my hands into something that affected it or something. Unsure..
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Yep - if the other lenses are not showing it, it could be contamination, or maybe the rubber on this lens was made differently to the others.

Try removing it with different methods just a couple of grooves at a time. Faded black car trim responds well to smooth peanut butter (probably due to the oil content) or any non-petroleum very thin oil (neatsfoot oil?). Note that 'neatsfoot oil compound' might contain petroleum products.
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I have a can of mink oil for conditioning my leather stuff. that has no petroleum in it and doesn't go rancid.. maybe a test spot and thorough wipe down is in my near future...
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BTW the wound on the bottom of my foot went from silver dollar size (inch and a half). down to the tip of your pinkie finger in 5 weeks. top is healed up from where I burst my stitches. Couple more weeks and I'm gonna be healed up. (knock on wood)
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Glad its healing up - hope it continues.

Does the mark affect the lens performance. Could it be salt from sweat ?
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Does the mark affect the lens performance. Could it be salt from sweat ?
Does not affect performance. Just looks like it's been in the jungle for a decade or something.


I do sweat a lot. could be salt... but a soaked alcohol cotton ball didn't take any of it off.. just made it black as long as it was wet.. when it dried I was right back to the white stuff..
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