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john schroeder

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  1. <p>The design of the R-strap worries me. Was the tripod mount really designed to take stress in that fashion? With traditional straps the load is spread across the body to the lugs. With the R-strap it is focused at the tripod mount. I also don't like the idea of my lens hanging down. I don't think it's the right product for me. I'll stick with my extra long neck strap. There is no rule that says we all have to agree.</p>
  2. <p>The Gary Fong diffusers are nice products but they will never replace proper technique and creativity. I have gotten just as good, if not better, results using an extra large white plastic cup cut length wise in half. It doesn't look as professional but it works just as well. There is a lot to be said about looking professional. Who would you trust more a brain surgeon in a clean pressed lab coat or one wearing bib overalls and a muddy boots. I would buy the SB600 and then upgrade to the SB900 later if you need it. Listen to your father.</p>
  3. <p>I have been very happy with my Tamron 17-50mm f2.5 lens. The 35mm f1.8 lens is an excellent indoor shooter. I spent several days running it through it's paces and it is a very sharp lens. It's only weakness is it's tendency for internal flare. In my experience CA is almost non-existent but strongly back lit subjects tend to get purple halos from internal flare. These halos disappear when using an ND4 filter. This is an extremely minor issue and most shooters will never notice anything.</p>
  4. <p>The problem with the 24-70 is that it severely limits your ability to shoot wide. It's advantage is it's optical and build quality, and that it lets in several times more light. The 17-85 IS is smaller, lighter, and cheaper. It allows you to shoot wide. It's downside is it isn't the sharpest lens and at the long end it has limited light gathering ability. If you don't shoot wide angle then I would recommend the 24-70mm. If you don't need low light ability and you are not making large prints (11x17 and larger) then go with the 17-85mm. Personally I would recommend (budget allowing) the 24-70mm and a 17-40mm. This combination would give you wide angle, low light, and image quality. Hey, it's only money right? Lens reviews are available at www.photozone.de</p>
  5. <p>99% of the time I have my D70 locked onto the center position. It is the most accurate and sensitive sensor. Marketing departments have always had a "more is better" aptitude. It doesn't help that the average consumers thinks the same way.</p>
  6. <p>This camera eliminates the short comings of the D40/D60 bodies. I think this will be Nikon's best selling consumer camera so far. After shooting one for several hours I feel confident giving it 4 3/4 stars. If Nikon wan't five stars then it would need dof preview, two command dials, and a top plate lcd screen. Oh...thats the D90.</p>
  7. <p>The article mentions...<br>

    "<strong>Two potential bidders</strong> mentioned in those documents may seek to continue operating under the Ritz Camera, Wolf Camera, Kits Cameras, Inkley’s, and The Camera Shop brands. The company hopes to obtain an initial “<strong>stalking horse</strong> ” bid from one of the two interested parties and then hold an auction in which assets, including inventory, leases and intellectual property, would be sold to the highest bidder." " <br>

    Who is large enough to buy the bones of David Ritz? I could imagine Adorama or B&H buying a portion of their properties IF they wanted to expand. (That's a big if) Who would have pockets deep enough in this economy and the experience necessary to acquire Ritz? I could stretch my imagination and see B&H buying Camera World in Portland so they could have a West Coast presence. Maybe Broadway photo will buy them? (I could have nightmares about that)<br /> </p>

  8. <p>Occasionally manufactures will do a buy back and then re-distribute the cameras to discount sellers such as Cost-Co. More often than not the manufactures will give the vendors a partial credit so they can clearance price any remaining inventory. I have several models right now which fall under this scenario.</p>


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