Nikon Wednesday 2019: #7

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Matt Laur, Feb 13, 2019.

  1. Important: please keep your image under 1000 pixels on the longest side for in-line viewing, and please keep the FILE SIZE UNDER 300kb. Note that this includes photos hosted off-site (at Flickr, Photobucket, your own site, etc). Are you new to this thread? The general guidelines for these Wednesday threads are right here: This forum's moderators are allowing up to three Nikon Wednesday images per week, so share some work!

    The non-photographic life ruled again for the last week, which I've spent rigging up a rack of new servers and networking hardware for a relocation project. Well, some of those servers will host image files, so it's SORT of photography related! But after a week of servers and routers and switches and power supplies, it's all a blur, sort of like this image. Brighten my week! Share some interesting work on this Nikon Wednesday! server_blur.jpg
  2. erik_christensen|3

    erik_christensen|3 Self-employed

    Another from the Ha Giang Province

  3. Tao Dan flower fair 2019 _D8E7727r.JPG
  4. D500 + 500mm f4 1/1000 f6.3 ISO 9000

  5. D500 + 500mm f4 1/1000 f6.3 ISO 360

  6. Kitty.jpg D500 + 500mm f4 1/1000 f4 ISO 450
  7. Church of the Wayfarer, Nikon D300, 50mm Nikkor
    Carmel 19a_Church of the Wayfarer_3.jpg
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  8. ShunCheung

    ShunCheung Administrator

    Nikon Z6 with 70-200mm/f2.8 AF-S VR II, F mount + FTZ

    The silent mode in mirrorless is great for these occasions, but I miss the sound feedback when the camera captures an image.

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  9. Shun, what ISO?
  10. Roadrunner in my backyard (Austin, Texas) DSC_5769.jpg
  11. Hmm. I'll add "haptic feedback" to my hardware feature list. (I guess the problem with a smooth shutter release is that it's harder to feel the clunk when the button passes the trigger point.)
  12. ShunCheung

    ShunCheung Administrator

    Sorry, I got mixed up earlier. I was shooting both still and video in that occasion. Ideally I should use mirrorless for both, but since I wanted silent shutter for stills and I had only one mirrorless body, 4K video was done with a D850 and the 70-200mm/f4. I had the 70-200mm/f2.8 AF-S VR II on the Z6 via the FTZ.

    It turns out that 200mm wasn't quite long enough so that I had to crop. Below is the entire frame and then the pixel-level crop.

    The lens was set to 200mm, wide open @ f2.8, 1/250 sec and ISO 2200 to stop any right arm/hand motion.


  13. Impressive high ISO performance.
  14. D810 with 16-35/4 VR at 29mm, f/8, 1/320s, ISO 64

    Nikon Z7 with 24-70/4S at 24mm, f/8, 1/250s, ISO 90
    Natively, the 24-70/4S has a large amount of barrel distortion that gets automatically corrected in certain post-processing programs - but not, as I found out, in photomatix when I initially processed the image above as an HDR. I ended up starting the processing in DxO PhotoLab 2 and finished in PS using ACR as a filter.
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  15. ShunCheung

    ShunCheung Administrator

    Since it was a violin recital, I switched on the silent mode on the Z6, but the EVF still "blinks" for each capture so that there is feedback, but after some 40+ years using SLRs, you kind of expect the mirror vibration and sound. Otherwise, if I don't switch on the silent mode on the Z6, there is still sound feedback for each capture, just not as loud and not the kind of vibration from an SLR.

    And I really like high ISO from the Z6.
  16. Yes; I've had the same "did I actually capture anything?" situation when doing the silent shutter thing with the D850 - modern Nikon shutter releases are smoother than I'd think given that I'm used to something mechanical happening, and I guess what I would have attributed to a notch in the shutter release movement (where there clearly is resistance - I don't actually know how it's implemented, e.g. whether it's like collapsing-spring keyboard keys) has actually been partly down to the camera mechanics. A buzz like a cell phone would be unacceptable, but the level of vibration when you press a keyboard key or activate the fingerprint sensor would be nearly silent (as an option) and still tell you something had happened. Of course, vibration is generally a bad thing to introduce to a camera, so it would have to be managed carefully. Whether extra hardware would be needed or whether the IBIS could be configured to "thud" enough to feel, I don't know.

    Looks decent. I've been way less scared of high ISO on the D850 than I used to be, even though it's only a stop or so better than the D810. I used to get nervous at ISO3200 on my D700, and by ISO6400 on the D800/D810 (since there wasn't much difference between them, and arguably the D810 was worse at higher ISO, it's been a while since I've seen an upgrade). I'm amazed by what ISO12800 gets me on the D850, although obviously I'd prefer to stay lower; now I know what D3s/D4/Df users have been getting! I hit ISO12800 infrequently enough that I now get surprised when the image falls apart - and sometimes even good denoising does a worse job than just letting the image stay grainy. I still know my place compared with a D4s or D5, if anyone would like to donate. :) I've yet to see how well the Z6 holds up in sensor tests - I assume it's at least equivalent to the D850 and ahead of the D750 at higher ISOs, if they've got the same dual-gain amplifier, and I think I saw at least one comparison suggest it was getting into D4s territory, if not D5. There are still times I like the pixel density, though!
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    Mt. Meru
    Nikkormat FTn​
  18. St Francis Convent
    D750 85 1.4D taylor_525eBW.jpg
  19. I agree with Matt, non-photographic life, and snowy weather has kept me somewhat busy. But speaking of snowy weather, did go snowshoeing a couple of weeks ago. It's so amazing how blue and clear the sky is when you get above the pollution. D3400, 1/400 at f11.0, ISO 200; Nikkor 18-55 mm at 24mm.


    While on the trail there was a lady with her sled and dogs that went flying by. Didn't really expect to see that in Utah. 1/500 at f11 and ISO 100. Nikkor 18-55 at 45mm

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  20. Interesting to see the string vibration though...! :cool:

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