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  • Posted on: Nikon D700 long term test

    I bought a D700 6 months ago and I was soooo impressed with it. My first FX camera after using the D300s for over a year.

    The build of the D700 is a marvel. A total tank. And with the MD-B10 (did I get that the right way round?) added on it gives you a full days shooting without any thought of battery worries.

    I bought all the 'recommended' FX lenses. The Holy Trinity was the biggest layout. But then, the D4 was announced. I succumbed to it's charm, and only this last week added it's little sister, the D800.

    So what happened to the D700? This marvellous camera is now winging it's way to Oz (Australia to any Troglodytes that don't know that) - with the MD-B10 battery add-on, a Nikkor 85mm F1.8G AF-S lens, extra battery, all the kit and kaboodle that came with the box, including the box. And a 32GB Panasonic SDHC card.

    A new, young fashion photographer - daughter of a mate who has shown me her work and all she needs is a 'step up' - is going to get all this 'gratis' as I am a great believer in helping the 'new blood' as much as possible.

    She is over the moon about it. Her mum, my old dancing mate from a company with both danced for, is a happy bunny too.

    So, I could not give higher praise to a camera than to encourage someone NEW with what I believe is one of the best FX DSLR's Nikon have ever made.
    • 3 Oct 2012 1:25PM
  • Posted on: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G Review

    I have this lens in my kit and I just love it for portrait work. More and more I am using it for that speciality. Although, it has to be said, the Nikkor 70-200mm VRII Zoom is probably the ONLY lens in my kit that would knock the socks of the 85mm if I were to be nit-picking over a portraiture situation.

    For the most part, the lens is sturdy as a rock. Sits on either my D4 or my D800 and gives remarkable results. For hi-res megapixel shots with the D800, the bokeh is simply stunning.

    I do not use filters. I am one of 'those' photographers that subscribe to the "Why put something of inferior quality over a perfect blend of glass?"

    I ALWAYS keep the hood on for damage control and whether ambient or flash lighting, the 85mm F1.4 rocks.
    • 3 Oct 2012 1:05PM
  • Posted on: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Announced

    Got it. Love it. Great for portrait work. Superb piece of glass.
    • 12 Jul 2012 3:37PM
  • Posted on: Nikon D4 Digital SLR Hands-On Preview

    Got one a few weeks ago. Love it. Now, learning how to tame the beast...LOL.
    • 12 Jul 2012 3:20PM
  • Posted on: OnOne Software Perfect Photo Suite 6.1 Review

    I bought this software and have used it a few times for some SFX fun. It is a great piece of kit to play with. The Perfect Mask and Resize is 'fall off a log' simple. You can really get some interesting copies of your original.

    I mainly use PSCS6 Extended and Lightroom 4.1 for most work. If I want a real 'stand out' effect or I am feeling lazy, the suite of 'one or two clicks to near perfection' is nice to have in the tool box. LOL.

    As with anything in the UK, it's expensive beyond it's real value. But, if you can swallow that and like the options of playing for ages getting some marvellous dichotomy's to your originals...buy it!
    • 7 Jul 2012 5:16PM
  • Posted on: Wacom Intuos 5 Touch Graphics Tablet Review

    I purchased one of these when they first hit the market. I had been using an Intuous 3 A3 which was wonderful and has retired back into it's original packaging if an emergency arises.

    The Intuos 5 Medium Touch is an absolute joy to use not only in Photoshop/ Illustrator and Lightroom, but in ANY application that needs precise navigation. I have not used a mouse in years.

    The new features are welcomed. Wacom have certainly done their research into the things their customers (Professionals in this case) have been asking for.

    Retouching a photo in Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop takes much less time. Then again, I do have CS6 and that is an advantage right there before we start. Lightroom 4 is very responsive to the Intuos 5 Medium Touch.

    All in all, can't say a bad word about it. As for the CONS listed by the reviewer of the main article, I think that he/she had to think long and hard to find such a petty excuse for a con. The fact is, the border does not get in the way at all. Unless you have the hands of the Incredible Hulk or a Professional Wrestler. LOL.

    Serious about working in the apps mentioned? Buy one of these and watch your productivity leap up three or four rungs of the ladder. A "must buy" for small/medium sized graphic studios. Not to mention any serious photographer that needs to do post-production work on RAW/CR2 files.

    Thoroughly recommend.
    Mark Patten
    • 13 Jun 2012 3:13PM
  • Posted on: Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Review

    I too use it on my D300s as my standard lens. It has proved itself more times than room here allows me to describe. If you are looking for a medium priced all-purpose lens then I can thoroughly recommend this one.
    • 16 May 2012 12:23AM

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