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Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Sigma 300-800mm f5.6
« on: July 22, 2014, 02:16:18 AM »
I'm interested to hear about this too; I had a 200-400 for the local airshow but I'd be very curious to shoot the next one with this lens and see what I get.

Jim

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Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod legs locking mechanism
« on: July 21, 2014, 03:23:29 PM »
I have a Berlebach wooden tripod with an integral leveling base; that and an L bracket saves the need for a ballhead a lot of the time.

Jim

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...But then if the performers slow the hell down and get closer, things like this happen.  Jim

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 20, 2014, 10:26:03 PM »
I will sincerely miss this lens when it goes back to the rental place!  Jack Douglas made a kind remark about a previous shot I put up, here is one better; I'd say the lesson is that the iridescence of magpie feathers is strongly directional.  This particular bird seemed quite curious where the rest of the local squadron (well, charm apparently) of them had fled, he or she or it even came down from the roof onto the deck rail and stood around for a bit.

Jim

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1Dx + 200-400; I ran the shutter up as fast as I could get away with, but there never is enough light is there?

Jim

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Software & Accessories / Re: Apply Loctite to RRS foot replacement?
« on: July 20, 2014, 04:47:29 PM »
I definitely would; the medium-strength compound will keep them snug but allow for their removal with hand tools.  Make sure you don't get the permanent stuff, you'd need heat as well to bust them loose.

Jim

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The idea of Nikon RT flashes came up in the thread on the rumour of a new Canon flash; I have little doubt Nikon has examined a 600 thoroughly and probably has investigated the radio protocol too.  Maybe one day after Yongnuo knocks off Nikon's notional radio protocol, a common standard will emerge...   ::)

Jim

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Software & Accessories / Re: Noise reduction in Lightroom
« on: July 19, 2014, 08:12:17 PM »
Could you post a before and after shot?  One without and one with NR I mean.

Jim

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 19, 2014, 01:38:06 AM »
Jim, I'm glad I'm not you!  If it provides half the satisfaction of my 300 2.8 II I wouldn't part with it.  There is always some way to scrimp and get by!!

Jack

I'm actually trying to sell my summer car to fund one...  ;)

Jim

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 19, 2014, 12:27:56 AM »
This is cropped to its current size, no scaling; I think it will be difficult indeed mailing this lens back on Monday!

Jim

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 18, 2014, 11:40:31 PM »
1Dx + 200-400, cropped & WB only.

Jim

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I'm a big believer in the secondary market... so that's my concern.  If I buy a lens that is paired and coded with a pin, the first time I want to do is pop it on my body and test it out.  If the buyer doesn't know to release the lens or they lose the CD... then that could pose a problem. 

Maybe a USB key that you can input software... and then a Sigma style dock... or via usb through the body to unlock. 

I think a USB key that you keep @ home in a lock box would be the figurative and literal key to this plan being feasible.

What about a microSD card in a little compartment, install it to leave the lens entirely unlocked (so you could sell it), remove it to enable the locking functionality?  Something like that.

Jim

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Having a PIN to enable each lens to a given body strikes me as feasible - no aperture/AF/IS without it.  The disable-after-24 hour thing is interesting also.

Jim

I was thinking that too but what about those of use that have multiple bodies that use the lenses interchangeably on the shoot - You'd have to be able to pair a lens to X bodies and then "lock" it from being paired to any other camera.  Then, of course, there'd have to be someway to reset that when customers forget their PIN so I think that would all be pretty easily bypassable.


It could be as simple as "enter PIN to enter pairing menu".  Employing that option would make keeping receipts even more important so you could prove ownership if you had to get that PIN reset, but if it saves me on insurance then so much the better.

Jim

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Having a PIN to enable each lens to a given body strikes me as feasible - no aperture/AF/IS without it.  The disable-after-24 hour thing is interesting also.

Jim

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What about the pick & pluck foam?  If you can live with pixels a quarter-inch across you can get a useful fit pretty easily.

Jim

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