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  • Don't take offence but you have'nt left the lens hood on have you?
  • The 72dpi is a jpg setting for viewing on screens, the original file will be at a higher resolution so just select the higher dpi before saving. The file size will be much bigger as keithh Plus says, the magazine will want higher res for printing
  • Depending on the type of wildlife you shoot should determine the camera you need. I have a D800 and D7000, use both extensively and all thats been said about the D800 is true. Hand held, your technique needs to be spot on using long lenses but the results can be fantastic. I never worry about using up to 3200 ISO for the speed if necessary. It has a drawback, it's only 4fps at full res and for moving action that can mean a few missed opportunities but overall I still love it. Both my computers are 8Gb and process no problem. The D800 will take a 2x ext on a Long F4 and still AF very well in good light so I would still go with a D800 over a D4/D4s unless you need that 9/10 fps

  • Well, as a regular DPI only club photographer, I got my prints done at an outside lab. Even though I've won a few comps with these prints I took the plunge and bought a Pro 10 2 wks ago. I use gloss, luster and matte papers and find that the print quality is way above my previous efforts.
    Don't know where you will source it but as Wex had run out of their 399 offers I went to a dutch/German firm photospecialist.co.uk. Their conversion rates are a little high but it was still by far the cheapest and was delivered in 2 working days by UPS

    Whether Epson or Canon, take the plunge, I'm finally converted to printing

    Bill M
  • In explorer, do a search for *.xls, *.doc, this should list all files still on your drives. If this fails to find them, you need to run a file recovery program that will recover any files that have not be written over.

    Good luck

  • Just remember, if you buy abroad especially non EU, the warranty may not apply. If you have not declared it there is an off chance that if you get stopped by customs they will check serial numbers which will show as a non UK/EU origin and then can confiscate/charge duty.

    The value savings that can be made are substantial but please evaluate risks so it's a considered decision to buy offshore.

  • Don't the in camera adjustments only apply to the jpgs, raw files are not altered. Software such as PShop/ lightroom will allow you full control of such adjustments including 3rd party lenses to the raw file.

  • Software recovery only works if the card can be recognised by a computer, it probably means in this case that the controller chip is fried.

    There are companies that can recover data but they are very expensive

    I had 2 Kingston 8Gb cards bought from Picstop that went this way, they refused to help.

  • Page 75 in manual.

    If you regularly use specific setting for birds in flight or aircraft, you can set a number of settings such as mode, focus points AF style and button functions. These are saved as U1 0r U2 so that you can easily set the camera to these by selecting the mode on the dial.

    You can have a totally different set up for a landscapes/ portraits etc and save as the other setting.

    It just allows you to switch easily between the two without having to remember all the differing options

    No need to worry, if you don't need them, just forget them.


    User Settings: U1 and U2 Modes
    Assign frequently-used settings to the U1 and U2 positions on the mode dial.
    Saving User Settings
    1 Select a mode.
    Rotate the mode dial to the desired mode.
    2 Adjust settings.
    Make the desired adjustments to flexible program (mode P), shutter speed
    (modes S and M), aperture (modes A and M), exposure and flash compensation,
    flash mode, focus point, metering, AF and AF-area modes (viewfinder
    photography only), bracketing, and settings in the shooting (0202) and
    Custom Settings (0206) menus (note that the camera will not store the
    options selected for Storage folder, File naming, Manage Picture Control,
    Multiple exposure, or Interval timer shooting).
  • Your looking at 120+ to recover commercially and could exceed 200.

    Vensys in Manchester and Fields data recovery do a no win no fee option

    Good luck

  • The image example is not good for Nikon, the AF works best when there is a high level of contrast between subject and background.

    I have a D7000 and do not have a problem with getting such shots. I often attend airshows where contrast is good but am a keen wildlife tog. If I were you, I would open up the aperture to F4 and try using the AEL/AEF button on the rear of the camera for focussing, it's the one above the live view switch, using your thumb. (Settings are in the menu) It allows greater hand control.

    Hope things improve but you need to practice as much as possible to improve technique. Changing to Canon will be expensive and won;t necessarily be a cure. If you do go that route, give me first refusal on the 70-200 please,
  • Got this from a review,

    The A580 can record 1080i HD 1920 x 1280 pixel movies at either 25fps (PAL) or 30fps (NTSC) in the AVCHD format, or 1440 x 1080 pixels at 25fps in the MPEG-4 format, useful as this format can currently be shared more easily. There's also a 640 x 480 VGA mode at 25fps. There's a limitation of up to 29 minutes, or 9 minutes if SteadyShot is turned on, for the AVCHD format, and a 2Gb file size for MP4 video. Stereo sound is recorded during video capture, and you can fit an optional external stereo microphone to further improve the quality. The HDMI port allows you to connect the A580 to a high-def TV set, but only if you purchase the optional HDMI mini-cable. Unlike the Sony A55 / A33 models, auto-focusing is not possible during movie recording, and just like those cameras, you can't change the shutter speed or aperture during recording either. On the plus side, exposure compensation, creative styles, white balance, AF area and metering mode all apply equally to stills and moving images.

    Have you read your manual?
  • Try free download Faststone
  • Check this site, the guy gave a brilliant lecture with awesome pics at our local camera club, He used a Nikon d200 with 200mm lenses may be of some use, don't recall he had to modify camera but he used a neat gismo on the tripod to track stellar movement


  • Just come back from St Marten last week, D7000 goes for $950-1000 max body only.Wink
  • Been to Kruger 3x and just booked a 4th for Sept. Elephants won't be a problem with a 300mm but for general game, biggest is best. Go for the 100-400L 2nd hand and sell on. Renting is fine but don't break it.

    Kenyan safaris are generally in a mini van, lots of bouncing around. Just be careful with spare kit and where you leave it on board.

    If you love wildlife, you will return so don't be too sure you won't need it again.