Tag: Equipment

Camera Cleaning

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Well, my camera is dirty on the _inside_. The internal sensor is dirty. “Bob”:http://bobsplanet.com says that you need some special tools from I’d recommend getting the wipes, the fluid, and the wand for serious cleaning from “Micro-Tools.com”:http://micro-tools.com that will cost you about $25 overall: * “SensorWand 14mm for Cleaning 1.5x & 1.6x Sensors”://https://www.micro-tools.com/store/item_detail.aspx?ItemCode=SW1. This is…

P26U Small Camera Plate

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If you have a fancy tripod, you need a special dove-tail plate that works with Arca-Swiss type quick release clamps (Arca, Boga, Kirk, Markins and Wimberly). They are expensive at $45 but perfect for video cameras that go on fancy ballheads like the markins q10 on my tripod. See the “Nikonians”:https://www.photoproshop.com/usa/product_info.php/cPath/21_27/products_id/381 to order it. Powered…

SDHC Cards

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The Nikon d40x uses the high speed SDHC flash card. You can now get 4GB versions of these things. Canon uses the bigger CompactFlash card. “Sandisk”:http://www.dpreview.com/news/0607/06071701sandisk4gbsdhc.asp for instance has one that is 2MBps or Class 2. As an aside an SD card is 2GB or less, an SDHC card is next generation that is 4GB…

Nikon d40x and 18-55 or 18-200 lense

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If you have Nikon (unlike me!) then what’s the best choice for a prosumer right now? Probably the d40x based on “DPReview.com”:http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikond40x/page14.asp. It is a 10 megapixel camera and streets for just $600. Plus the kit lenses are good. The “18-135”:http://www.bythom.com/18135lens.htm is sharp, but has big problems with vignetting and with chromatic aberration plus distortion….

Tamron 18-250 superzoom for Canon

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Well Nikon (the “Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G DX VR AF”:http://www.popphoto.com/cameralenses/2763/lens-test-nikon-18-200mm-f35-56g-dx-vr-af-s.html makes are nice superzoom that is a good reference standard for superzoom. Iisn’t fast and does have optical distortion (0.73% barrel at 18mm so you’ll want to use DxO, vignetting everywhere below f/6.3 and it is good for 8×10 from 18-100, pretty good for 5×7 at…

Indoor Sports Lenses 135mm F/2 or 100mm F/2 or 70-200 F2.8

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Well with the lenses I know I have, I cover just about every situation well but indoor sports for things like basketball. The 100-400 is just too slow but has great zoom with the 1.6x lense factor, so everything looks blurry. The 24-105 F4/L is also too slow as I need 1/500-1/1000 second to freeze…