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      09-11-2009, 02:23 PM   #89
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because the S-system is medium format.
just as full frame 35mm-format cost much more than a crop sensor DSLR.
huge differences.

but Leica IS quite expensive - a very niche product. quality unsurpassed.
the new M9 is bitchin'. but i wouldn't trade my D3's for it, because the only lenses i'd want to use for it, cost as much as the body itself, and more.
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      09-12-2009, 03:34 AM   #90
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where did you guys learn how to do what you do? i.e. where did you learn proper techniques, how to use the hardware, what was what, how to process, etc? did you take a class, study photography extensively, just read a lot? its just that there is so much outstanding work on here and id like to find out how to improve
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      09-12-2009, 10:20 AM   #91
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thinking about getting a SB-600 for my d40. is it already a wireless flash or would i have to buy a cord or something? or should i get a SB-900 since i'm going to upgrade to a d90 in a few years?
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      09-12-2009, 10:36 AM   #92
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no clue about it sorry Bill


Anyone (specifically Alex) have any tips for shooting an IronMan tomorrow at 5am with my 70-200 F4 L?
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      09-12-2009, 11:45 AM   #93
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bill, honestly not sure about the nikon flash, perhaps rodi has some input? (ill look into it though!)

seth..

if you're going to be doing a lot of panning (not sure how far away youre going to be standing), you can set the IS to mode 2 (panning IS) and then set your cam to AI Servo so you can point at your target and pan with it and with the shutter half depressed itll continuously focus on the moving target. Works fantastic in my experience with that lens.

depending on the weather, but assuming its going to be really nice outside, you can get some great results by taking a few steps back and going a little more wide open on the lens to get fantastic bokeh on some of the individuals (it will help if you have some ND filters).

shoot in raw, because that will make the variety of white balance much easier to deal with since youre going to be shooting a variety of locations/situations, especially the water portion with glare on the lake.

and use your hood (which I assume you will anyways...)

that aside...have fun man, perhaps a meet next week?
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bill, from what I can tell, with the D40, you would not be able to use the SB600 as a remote flash trigger, you would need the higher up model the sb-900 to be able to use the remote flash function since the D40 does not have i-TTL
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bill, honestly not sure about the nikon flash, perhaps rodi has some input? (ill look into it though!)

seth..

if you're going to be doing a lot of panning (not sure how far away youre going to be standing), you can set the IS to mode 2 (panning IS) and then set your cam to AI Servo so you can point at your target and pan with it and with the shutter half depressed itll continuously focus on the moving target. Works fantastic in my experience with that lens.

depending on the weather, but assuming its going to be really nice outside, you can get some great results by taking a few steps back and going a little more wide open on the lens to get fantastic bokeh on some of the individuals (it will help if you have some ND filters).

shoot in raw, because that will make the variety of white balance much easier to deal with since youre going to be shooting a variety of locations/situations, especially the water portion with glare on the lake.

and use your hood (which I assume you will anyways...)

that aside...have fun man, perhaps a meet next week?
thanks bud, yeah I always shoot raw and in Al Servo for moving objects. just was wondering about that setting 2 function on the lens cuz i remember you telling me about that at our 1st meet. I dont have any filters, just the HT Ultra Clear I paid $100 for. Hopefully they'll turn out well. I just went to breakfast at a cafe that displays local photog's work so I'm hoping if I have like 5-10 good shots I can get the work up there for sale and make a few bucks.
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thanks bud, yeah I always shoot raw and in Al Servo for moving objects. just was wondering about that setting 2 function on the lens cuz i remember you telling me about that at our 1st meet. I dont have any filters, just the HT Ultra Clear I paid $100 for. Hopefully they'll turn out well. I just went to breakfast at a cafe that displays local photog's work so I'm hoping if I have like 5-10 good shots I can get the work up there for sale and make a few bucks.
very cool. I just sent one of my pics for printing @ adorama on kodak endura metallic vc, curious to see how it comes out in 12x18 format, hoping to sell some prints in the near future as well locally.

speaking of selling prints...thats one of the functions of the forum ive been working on...almost done...(autophotog.com/forums), putting some final touches on it visually and functionally, but its basic functions seem to be going good for now...fun project its been

(heres the print...)



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bill, from what I can tell, with the D40, you would not be able to use the SB600 as a remote flash trigger, you would need the higher up model the sb-900 to be able to use the remote flash function since the D40 does not have i-TTL
thanks! i'm new to this flash stuff and it's pretty confusing to me.
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fixed that for you Alex
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nice thread!
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thanks! i'm new to this flash stuff and it's pretty confusing to me.
Read the lighting 101's at http://strobist.com. I recommend not using Nikon's (or canon's for that matter) wireless systems. You end up paying 2-3x more for the same results. You don't get all the fancy auto metering, but you'll learn more doing everything manually anyways. Pick up decent wireless triggers and remotes and you can use any flashes you want. I use alienbees triggers/remotes and they work great. You also don't have to worry about IR and line of sight with all your flashes.
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where did you guys learn how to do what you do? i.e. where did you learn proper techniques, how to use the hardware, what was what, how to process, etc? did you take a class, study photography extensively, just read a lot? its just that there is so much outstanding work on here and id like to find out how to improve
I like to know what some of you have done also....

I'm getting ready to purchase my first DSLR camera. I've taken some photo classes in the past, few years worth, but that was with the film type 35mm. Learned quite a bit, as well as how to develope and make prints. I've messed with our company Canon XSi quite a bit and even have taken it to some meets, but now I'm at the point where I want my own and start getting back into it. I went and held many different camera's, T1i, 50D, D5000 and the D90. As much as I love Canon, the Nikon D90 just felt so nice in my hand. I held the D5000 and the T1i and my hands felt cramped. I was considering the D40 because of the price, but others mentioned its near the same size as the D5000. I've decided on the D90 and figure I'll start with the kit lens 18-105mm VR. I was thinking of getting a prime lens 50mm f/1.8. Anything thing else I may want to look at for my first purchase? Suggestions?
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OK need some critique love.

what do you think?

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^ It looks a little busy IMO but still a good pix. Honestly I wouldn't really know what to do to make that picture better (crop? zoom in closer? etc.). I would probably focus on 1-3 people instead but like I said I'm not really certain what I would have done.
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this was from about 500 yrds away @ 200mm so its as close as it got.

I was trying to show the chaos at the start of the race


EDIT: more like 800 yrds away looking at the other photos
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this was from about 500 yrds away @ 200mm so its as close as it got.

I was trying to show the chaos at the start of the race


EDIT: more like 800 yrds away looking at the other photos
I think it's the boats that killed it. Without them it would have been a great picture.
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^^^^^^ is that a shark fin on the top right?
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