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Found a neat video on packing gear.

http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/200...otography.html
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Originally Posted by Marin View Post
LOL

Thanks Marin...
Do you think I can get a quantity discount on 5 of these???

Edit:
P.S. Good luck with your Tammy. I've got a 28-300 VC that's useful in some circumstances, not quite up to snuff compared to some of the better Nikkor glass, but still quite good.

From what I've read about the 70-200, it's a whole different ballgame. I actually had a salesman at Calumet photo try to sell me one in place of my 70-200 f/2.8 Nikkor (he was out of stock on that lens btw), but I hefted the Tammy and took several shots in the store and was impressed.

In the end, I opted for the Nikkor glass which I'm extremely happy with, (but not the bloated price).

From what I've read, the reviewers like the Tammy. In the end, lets see what it can do in the hands of someone with your skill and creativity. Pics!!

BTW, we share the same monopod and head for what that's worth.
Edited by nuclearjock - 4/14/09 at 6:28am
    
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I'm definitely liking the bokeh the it produces, only downside is the dc motor. I'll be gone from OCN for the next few days as I won't have access to a computer due to my laptop not working, but I should come back with some pics.
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please add a Canon EF 17-40 F/4L to my list

finally got it!
cant wait to go play with it!
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Got my Nikkor AF-S DX 55-200mm VR lens today so add it on to my section... and the A-Typical gratuitous lens shot.




Will get some shots tomorrow as the Battery died when i took that shot apparently the Fiance was out taking shots earlier to test i lol.
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Can someone recommend a good NEF viewer and editor? Google Picassa is okay for viewing but I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions.

I'm also looking to get another lense. I am looking at a Nikon 18-200mm VR f/3.5-5.6. Can anyone offer me any suggestions please? Wanting a good lense that is kind of a one-size-fits-all type thing. Currently the 18-55mm Standard is doing it's job well but it fails hard occassionally. Zoom is one example.
    
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Can someone recommend a good NEF viewer and editor? Google Picassa is okay for viewing but I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions.
NEF editor? I've only used Capture NX2 for NEF. It's best for NEF apparently. Supposedly it reads NEFs better than other editors that are merely "compatible" RAW editors and applies Picture Control settings unlike many other "compatible" editors too. It supposedly gives you the greatest degree of control over NEF and reads/applies camera settings better (for NEF) than any other RAW editor. Got to love colour and selection control points too .

Of course, NX2 only supports the NEF raw format, so if you have other cameras that produce other types of RAW file, it can't do anything with them, which isn't much help. It's powerful for NEF though, although of course it should be.

As for a viewer, I just tried opening a NEF in the free program infanview and although the file extension doesn't seem to be listed in the file-type drop-down, going to "all files" allows you to open a NEF file for viewing; looks like you can do a bit of editing too, although I imagine it's severely limited. You'll need the free plugin pack as well I think.

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I use Lightroom 2 and Photoshop CS3 (thank god for school discounts) and love them both. I might look into that Capture NX2 as it's from Nikon, and is probably pretty good, and cheaper than Lightroom + CS (About $150 vs $1500).
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Can someone recommend a good NEF viewer and editor? Google Picassa is okay for viewing but I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions.

I'm also looking to get another lense. I am looking at a Nikon 18-200mm VR f/3.5-5.6. Can anyone offer me any suggestions please? Wanting a good lense that is kind of a one-size-fits-all type thing. Currently the 18-55mm Standard is doing it's job well but it fails hard occassionally. Zoom is one example.
Besides the other suggestions, if you have Photoshop or Elements, you can use Adobe Camera Raw, works very well.

Honestly if you want consistently good shots with a DSLR, a one-size-fits-all lens won't cut it. It's fine to have a "walkabout" lens which you use most of the time, but there won't be one lens that you will only use, if you're serious that is. Tamron and Sigma have made headway into these kinds of lenses, with huge focal ranges and even limited macro capability, but nothing compares to dedicated lenses: wide angle zooms, telephoto zooms, primes, and macros.

And for a lens, the 18-200mm VR is very good in terms of image quality, but very expensive. I suppose if you can afford it no problem, then go for it, but a better and less expensive route would be to get the 55-200mm VR, a great lens which complement your 18-55mm lens and cover the same focal range as the 18-200mm.
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