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Old 25-07-2013, 08:05   #1 (permalink)
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Morning all, I have just joined Pixalo as I find forums a great source of information, whether it be photography or computer programming.
I have been a photographer for many years, my first camera was the Kodak Brownie when either my Uncle or Father use to dev the film and print it out for me up through a few Nikons to the F4 when I use to develop them, I actually had an extension built just to be a darkroom, now it is the Computer Room. So now I just download the files to my computer and spend hours trying to categorise the files and work out how Elements 11 or NX2 works. I currently own Nikons D300, D700 and lately bought a D800 plus of course a few lenses. current projects are mainly bird and nature but I'll photograph most things and even undertake events for the local Indian Restaurant.
I do have my own website but it needs updating and some of the poorer pictures taken out.
Now retired I should have more time to go out and photograph, but you know what it's like fellas, " can we decorate this room", "Can you just transform this room by taking out the fireplace". Oh yes how did I manage my hobbies, DIY AND work!
Enough blathering from me, on to look at Pixalo forums
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Old 25-07-2013, 08:16   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to Pixalo cmajor335 Pleased to have you as a member.

I've found the same issues prevent me from taking more photographs since I retired! Still, it is better than working, isn't it?

Have a look around and if you have any questions, please ask
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Old 25-07-2013, 12:35   #4 (permalink)
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Old 26-07-2013, 07:49   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for the greetings one and all and yes dabhand, it is better than working but then I have always said that I am only retired Monday to Friday; the days I use to work as Saturday and Sunday are still the same
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Thanks for the greetings one and all and yes dabhand, it is better than working but then I have always said that I am only retired Monday to Friday; the days I use to work as Saturday and Sunday are still the same


I have the edge on you here then. I used to work shifts including weekends.

Our digital camera history is similar. I got into proper digital photography with a D70s, then got a D300 and now have a D700. Not felt the need to upgrade further though as there are a few things that I'm not convinced about on the D800.

Back in the film days I also started with a box Brownie, my first 35mm camera was a Kodak Retinette, replaced with a Pentax SV bought from Wallace Heaton in Fleet Street in 1965 (which I still have), then an Olympus OM2SP, Rolliecord 5b and a Bronica 645.
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Welcome to Pixalo cmajor335, a mighty fine camera system you have there. I look forward to seeing some of your images
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Old 27-07-2013, 19:08   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks for the comment Slade, yes I wanted a camera with a better MPx quota, not that the D700 gives bad pictures even with 12mpx but wanted nearer 20mpx but wanted to stay with the 'Pro' spec cameras e.g. using CF cards. The D4 would have been nice but I couldn't justify the extra 2k, and as Nikon wasn't forthcoming with a new 'Pro spec' camera; not saying that the D600 and the D7000 range are not good but I am geared up with CF cards, But have been glued to Nikon Rumours for a year following the D400 saga, so thought at Focus the prices for the D800 wouldn't get lower so bit the bullet, in my case the Credit Card .
Won't say it's an easy camera to get to know intimately but I'm getting there.
One thing I had got use to with the D700 was where the ISO button on the top was, on the D800 they have moved it 90degs clockwise, to put in a BKt button, so when in Scotland taking photos of Red Kites I thought I had shifted the ISO when in fact I had activated the Bracketing! so ended up with pictures Over and under exposed by 5 clicks! good job I was blasting away like a goodun so lesson learnt there.
Dabhand, if you want to know anything about the D800 please ask.
I also had a Bronica, started with the ETRS and swapped it for an SQA when shooting weddings, sold it a few years ago for a pitance. Still have some of the Bronica Magazines, (hoarder did I here from my partner ) I also have a comprehensive Miranda/Soligor lens kit inherited from my late father.
Another reason for plumping for the big 36mpx camera, you can crop quite a bit without losing resolution so using a 400mm lens you can simulate a 600mm or longer, but you do need high shutter or a tripod. NEFs avg 40MB when converted to TIF though the full FX file tends to be a wopping 200MB! so resizing to 10x8 @ 300dpi brings it down to about 20MB.

Interaction on the forum looks good so will be putting my thoughts forward and also asking questions.
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I, too was waiting on the fence for a D400 to be released. I was using a D200 and was starting to outgrow it. Mostly the problem was noisy high ISO and me shooting in low light.. Otherwise I was happy with the D200.

I tried and tried to like the D7000 but having used a 'pro level' body with the D200, I was used to having the command dials for controlling the camera. I REALLY did not want to take a step down in that regard.

I felt that getting a D300/300s was a mistake due to age and it was just a small upgrade not a big move upward.

I really wasn't looking to get into a full frame body but ultimately ended up doing so by buying a D800. It's the only thing that made sense to me at the time and I still feel that way.. Though, in retrospect, I PROBABLY would have been happy with a D700..

I have taped over the D800 logo with black electrical tape because I don't want to advertise what I'm packing.


I recommend Thom Hogan's book on the D800. It's available as a PDF and it quite excellent. I've read it cover to cover 4 times now. I've also read the Nikonian's D800 book via amazon's kindle book store. It's also excellent. The book that comes with the camera of course tells you everything about the camera but it's written from a technical standpoint. Not a "I'm a pro and use this camera, here let me tell you about it" standpoint.. I also like the fact that Thom Hogan's book gives references/page numbers for things he says so you can look it up in the Nikon manual to reinforce points.. He also updates the book from time to time and sends a link to purchasers to pick up the latest revision.


I feel as though I am quite competent with this camera now in part due to these books and in part due to just getting out there and using it. Knowing the camera, I can now get down to blaming my bad shots on my composition skills...
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Hi Lcraft, thanks for the tips on the books. Yes the camera instruction books are like trying to wade through computer software manuals and a good tip on taping over the camera model, but then I would have to get a new strap as Nikon conveniently have the camera model glaring out in day-glo yellow advertising the model, still I could take the neck strap off and get a wrist strap just for safety.
My D300 was a step up from a D70; notice I avoid the 'S' on my models but think the D300s would have been a better buy. I bought the D700 mainly as I was photographing Blues artists at a small venue where I live; without flash, and the D700 gave me a better ISO, now though the D300 sits in a camera bag in the 'computer' room that looks out on our very small garden, just in case I get some interesting bird life visit.
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Hi Lcraft, thanks for the tips on the books. Yes the camera instruction books are like trying to wade through computer software manuals and a good tip on taping over the camera model, but then I would have to get a new strap as Nikon conveniently have the camera model glaring out in day-glo yellow advertising the model, still I could take the neck strap off and get a wrist strap just for safety.
My D300 was a step up from a D70; notice I avoid the 'S' on my models but think the D300s would have been a better buy. I bought the D700 mainly as I was photographing Blues artists at a small venue where I live; without flash, and the D700 gave me a better ISO, now though the D300 sits in a camera bag in the 'computer' room that looks out on our very small garden, just in case I get some interesting bird life visit.
I wear the strap upside down so the day glow yellow is on my neck

I'd have taken either the 300 or 300s. 720P video isn't something I get excited about.. Heck I have only shot about a minute of video on my 800 just to try it out..

Since selling my D200, I have also sort of kicked myself for it because of shooting birds/squirrels. Man it might be nice for my 70-300 to be a 105-450 equiv for that. I might snap up a used D300* if the opportunity presents itself at the right price..

I've pulled off some amazing low light shooting inside skating rinks with no flash on my 800. Stuff that my 200 would have just laughed at me for trying.. ISO 6400, under exposed 3 stops to attain a fast enough aperture to stop motion. Then processed in lightroom for noise and color correction that turned out very usable..
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Hi cmajor335 and

'Nuvver D800 user. Similar background, having used many Nikons since the F. Still retained the D300s as it is quite useful. I can't deny the picture quality of the D800 but the change in position of many controls takes some getting used to. And yes I agree retiring does NOT mean you stop working - sounds like we all get the house transformation requests pretty soon after.

Out of interest, how do you get to 200Mb TIFFs? I only manage 120Mb out of the box.
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You're probably using 8 bit tiffs. If you go 16 they're 210-250ish with compression depending on the content of your image..

I've got them littered all over my photo drive.
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Hi Grease Spot, thanks for the greeting, yes as Lcraft says I use 16bit files, think it's a throw-back from doing monochrome in the beginning.
The DX multiplier was the reason why I got the D300 Lcraft, it made the 80-400mm Nikkor behave like a 120-600 at 12mp whereas the D700 in the DX mode was only about 5 or 6mp hense the reason for the D800, although you don't need to change the modes just crop it in NX2 or Elements11, leanrt that lesson at a Red Kite fedding station in Scotland, swapped the 800 mode to DX to get the 'pulling power' and started cropping the wings off when they got too close! so now keep it at FX and crop on the Mac or PC.
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