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« Reply #75 on: 06/09/2015, 08:19 AM »
I use eclipse with sensor swabs but just check... I think there is a better fluid for non-AL filter cameras.
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« Reply #76 on: 06/09/2015, 12:08 PM »
Good discussion.

Note there is a good independent servicing mob in Sydney. I can only say this on the basis of one job, but I had a lens repaired & serviced by them in April and they were very good to deal with (talk direct to service tech) and fast. No BS, and lens as good as new.

I had spoken to canon (shield your eyes chaps  :stir) in Melb but wasnt happy with their telephone advice. A professional photographer friend gave me the name and details of this mob in Sydney, and I went from there.

If you ever want the name, just ask.
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« Reply #77 on: 06/09/2015, 01:38 PM »
I'd love the name of the service agent thanks Fresh Coffee.  Moreover, I reckon you could print it the thread as we're badly going to run off and buy grinders, tampers and beans from them.... Or will we  As I'm pretty regularly the on mod on duty here (light workload) I am want to play fast and loose with the rules when It sums me :stir  :rofl:

I've had a lens repaired in Sydney by Nikon.  It was a glorious example of the 35-70F2.8 Macro.  These generally suffer from hazing on internal elements at this age due to a widely established manufacturing issue with the oils used causing mould/hazing.  The lens came back like new but you know, it never really shot as clean.  Especially when you subject the poor thing to a 36mp sensor at a stupidly high ISO.  Remember, I shoot in low light much of the time!

I sold it on and bought the 24-120F4 which is so good it's boring.  Because of the stabilisation it's brilliant in low-light but the bokeh is less arty.  I was leaning towards the 16-35F4 but it too is to good. I'll stick with my 20mmF2.8 until I can afford and then justify the 14-24F2.8.  Expect an update on that puppy on the fourth of never... I've no use for that wide.... sadly.



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« Reply #78 on: 06/09/2015, 02:35 PM »
Hi FC. I would like the name also. I'm sure in the not too distant future I will have a need for service/repair.
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« Reply #79 on: 06/09/2015, 07:47 PM »
Had some fun with the 105mmF2.8 macro on the D750 today. 
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« Reply #80 on: 06/09/2015, 07:49 PM »
Hey....nth eyre not real sharp viewed here.  Much better locally... Why is that?

Shield bud intentionally blurred with exception of the eye.
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« Reply #81 on: 06/09/2015, 09:58 PM »
Hey....nth eyre not real sharp viewed here.  Much better locally... Why is that?

Shield bud intentionally blurred with exception of the eye.
nice pics mate. Love macros. Not sure why they are not that sharp here on the forum. Might be a compression / down sampling thing?

I took my wide angle out today too and snapped this up. Need to get used to it. It's not like a 'normal lens' and autofocus is much harder. I use continuous servo autofocus with the back AE/AF set for focus and the shutter button just for a shutter and not autofocus. That way one press of the back button I can focus on a stationary object, then reframe and shoot. Or if I hold down the back button ive got it set to 3D tracking. So in essence I've got AFS single for stationary and AFC/3D set up with a press of a button for action shooting.

Some of my candid images of the family came out blurry or my camera focused on the wrong thing while the subject matters were moving (on f2.8 ). All down to user error. Looks like I need to take a different approach to autofocus with the wide lens for candid shots. It's a different beast all together.

Did post process the images below to further dramatise the hell of a windy and stormy day we had here down in Melb.

Pic is of cherry lake. First pic some Hollywood style HDR.  Second pic has some bold grungy type HDR processing and some dehazing to bring out the blue sky from beneath? the clouds. I think it dramatises the scene well. Both pics at 11mm f11.

I had the sun in the first pic right above (slightly out of frame) and had minimal glare. I did another shoot with the sun in frame and the glare / flares again were tolerable. Very surprised.

Both pics had any distortion removed with dxo optics lens profiles.
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« Reply #82 on: 06/09/2015, 10:25 PM »
final pic is a B&W of my nephew on a hill at the park today

I'm really liking this u/wide lens, can make some shots really dramatic and comic.

tomorrow I'm going to set aside some time to fine tune the AF on all my lenses and see how they are.
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« Reply #83 on: 07/09/2015, 06:11 PM »
Lovely stuff!  I've always found with landscape it's easier to manually focus.
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« Reply #84 on: 07/09/2015, 08:17 PM »
Lovely stuff!  I've always found with landscape it's easier to manually focus.
Hi Brett. Have you tried the dottune autofocus fine tune method?

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1187247

I've never used it and always used the trial and error method by taking snaps. I might give this a go. I was going to get around to it today but time just flew out the window.
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« Reply #85 on: 08/09/2015, 02:16 PM »
Errrhhh. Not really on topic but following on from above re straps. You will have to forgive canon camera name in photos, the bag will accept nikon as well :stir

Just thought to mention that sometimes its not a great idea to lug the dedicated gear bag around and when o/s there areas where it is inappropriate to show your (large) gear as in have it dangling from your person.

So I often leave real gear bag in hotel and only take the set I think I will want on the day.

I bought this bag at a market stall, big and sturdy enough for camera and lens, spare battery and other odd bits. It will handle the weight of the full frame and zoom lens.

the pic FC posted of his camera bag reminded me of this one - a real classic [before they became branded] - prob 40-50 years old and originally housed a Leica [not mine].

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« Reply #86 on: 08/09/2015, 04:36 PM »
Beautiful A!

New 50mm 1.4G arrived today.  Sharp and fast!  There's not much in it between the two but I'm enjoying extra speed.  The other will sit in the dry box and my FIL may get a nice gift for his D750 ;)
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« Reply #87 on: 08/09/2015, 04:58 PM »
Hi FC. I would like the name also. I'm sure in the not too distant future I will have a need for service/repair.
I'd love the name of the service agent thanks Fresh Coffee....

Here you go then  :)
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« Reply #88 on: 08/09/2015, 07:36 PM »
Many thanks!  It's always good to have a back-up plan!
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« Reply #90 on: 09/09/2015, 04:02 PM »
Ok so I fine tuned my 3 lenses today using the dottune method and a cross hatch target.

Distance was set at 50x the focal length of the length at max aperture.

Lens 1: Nikon 35mm f1.8 (prime)
Focus confirmations between -2 and +4
Fine tune Value then set to the Midpoint of +1

Lens 2: Tokina 11-20 f2.8
Focus confirmations between 0 to +9, +2 to + 10 and +3 to + 11 for focal lengths of 11, 16 and 20mm.
Mid point were averaged across the three focal lengths and I set it to +6 for the fine tune.

Lens 3: Nikon 18-140 f3.5-5.6
Similar approach to the above and I set my fine tune to +5 (mid point).

Pretty happy for the results.

Attached is the tuning target used.

Notes: critical focus established in Live view mode zoomed in.
I've got my camera set to back button focus
Focus mode was AFS centre.
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« Reply #91 on: 09/09/2015, 04:08 PM »
Holy Crikey... That Tokina is wayyyyyyy out!  Thank heavens for fine tune or many third-party lenses would be non-af.  There's a lot of variation in any lens manufacture.  If you get a truly sharp specimen never sell it unless you get a replacement it's equal! I e a plastic horrible 185mmF2.8 that is so sharp I mount it across the room to shoot gemstones!!! I want an 80-200 to replace it but have not yet met it's equal!
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« Reply #92 on: 09/09/2015, 04:34 PM »
Holy Crikey... That Tokina is wayyyyyyy out!  Thank heavens for fine tune or many third-party lenses would be non-af.  There's a lot of variation in any lens manufacture.  If you get a truly sharp specimen never sell it unless you get a replacement it's equal! I e a plastic horrible 185mmF2.8 that is so sharp I mount it across the room to shoot gemstones!!! I want an 80-200 to replace it but have not yet met it's equal!

My Tokina is actually better than the Nikon 18-140. I hardly used the 140mm focal length and if I catered and averaged the range for the mid point including that focal length it's terrible. I've got my Tokina now set at +5 after repeating the tests.

And yes. Thank goodness for fine tune. All good.
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« Reply #93 on: 09/09/2015, 06:31 PM »
Those kit lenses are really incredible value for money given the often resell for under $100.  You can't really compare them with semi and pro lenses.  My only kit lens was an 18-70F3.5-5.6DX G on the D70.  It was like the camera body attached a revelation in economics and performance given it outperformed the $750 24-85 at the time. 

Hard to believe we've come this far in such a short time.  The D100 was a serious digital camera for pros wanting a less-expensive D1... then Nikon trumped them both with the consumer-focused D70. 
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« Reply #94 on: 09/09/2015, 06:40 PM »
Those kit lenses are really incredible value for money given the often resell for under $100.  You can't really compare them with semi and pro lenses. 

True that. Keep forgetting the 18-140 is a $500 lens.

Then again the Tokina cost me $650 (after negotiation gave me nearly $100 off) but they give you pro grade at half the price of others.

Regardless. Happy with all of them. The 18-140 is not a bad lens. Some of the pics I've taken are really sharp but I'm going to keep it to minimal photo duty as its mostly for video.
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« Reply #95 on: 10/09/2015, 11:02 PM »
Bit of an update on the Tokina glass. Since fine tuning the sharpness is amazing. It was great before but now it's on another level. Very impressed. The bokeh though in a wide angle at f2.8 is nothing to rave about but stopping it down is what's it's meant to be about - subject and background in focus.

Getting very close to subject where the lens nearly hits their face provides a very cool depth perception of the subject to the background.

Loving it. For now this lens is permanently on my camera.
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« Reply #96 on: 14/09/2015, 12:38 PM »
Do you use any smartphone apps to help your photography.

I've got 3 that I use from time to time, one is a simple fstop calc (STOPS) the other is a DoF calc (simple DOF) and the third is a long exposure calc (LE CALCULATOR) when using ND filters. All are free on the Apple App Store.

Post your apps...
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« Reply #97 on: 14/09/2015, 01:03 PM »
Ha....no mate I am still looking for the rotary dialer on my mobile, dont know where they put it !

Interesting scenario with mobile phones where there are two separate groups of people using them and expecting different things from them.

Business people...its a phone mate ! My phone is principally for, in no particular order: making & taking calls to and from work and clients; work emails.  ...Facebook what  ;)?

Other people....its a social networking tool, camera and music station, used for sms, whatsapp, viber, facebook, twitter et all.....!

Therefore I ask you.....what's an app ?

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« Reply #98 on: 14/09/2015, 01:29 PM »
My Father's Day present came one week late

A new STM Zoom lens for my camera

55-250 mm with macro

Nice for holiday snap shots when you need to get close

These are my first test photos
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« Reply #99 on: 14/09/2015, 02:42 PM »
what sort of camera system do you have KK; what does STM stand for?

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