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Forum: Nikon Tuesday 30th August 2016, 06:48
Replies: 15
Views: 12,476
Posted By flanken
After going through the same dilemma myself, I...

After going through the same dilemma myself, I wound up going with the Sigma 150-600 Contemporary after renting it and the Nikon 200-500 and comparing the two lenses side-by-side. They're both very...
Forum: Nikon Wednesday 15th June 2016, 18:10
Replies: 21
Views: 5,132
Posted By flanken
Thanks for pointing that out. Somehow I hadn't...

Thanks for pointing that out. Somehow I hadn't seen their tether before in retail stores, but that does make the strap a lot safer to use. Since our Cotton Carriers also came with safety tethers, I...
Forum: Nikon Wednesday 15th June 2016, 02:13
Replies: 21
Views: 5,132
Posted By flanken
Happy to do so. I sent the binoculars to Canon's...

Happy to do so. I sent the binoculars to Canon's Costa Mesa repair center. I just approved the repair quote today, so I'll provide ongoing updates on how long it takes to get them fixed, and how well...
Forum: Nikon Wednesday 15th June 2016, 01:20
Replies: 21
Views: 5,132
Posted By flanken
My wife and I were Black Rapid users up until...

My wife and I were Black Rapid users up until last week. Walking around on Alcatraz, the tripod socket screw somehow worked its way loose, and her Canon 10x42 IS binoculars fell 2-3 feet onto...
Forum: Canon Sunday 1st May 2016, 07:55
Replies: 130
Views: 63,467
Posted By flanken
My understanding is that DEET is a plasticizer,...

My understanding is that DEET is a plasticizer, and therefore degrades any rubber it comes into contact with. I've also read that picaridin is an effective alternative to DEET as an insect repellent,...
Forum: Nikon Thursday 7th April 2016, 20:46
Replies: 1
Views: 1,096
Posted By flanken
I actually think the Sigma 150-600 Contemporary...

I actually think the Sigma 150-600 Contemporary or the Nikon 200-500 are your best bets on a D800 with that budget. The Sigma would be my preference, but they're both very sharp. See my comments and...
Forum: Nikon Thursday 24th March 2016, 21:01
Replies: 96
Views: 62,053
Posted By flanken
My opinion would be to go with a good copy of the...

My opinion would be to go with a good copy of the Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary. Having tried them all, both Sigma 150-600s and the Nikon 200-500 are superb lenses, although I suspect there is a fair...
Forum: Nikon Sunday 20th March 2016, 13:59
Replies: 195
Views: 78,940
Posted By flanken
I have used the 300mm PF with the TC-17E. It has...

I have used the 300mm PF with the TC-17E. It has pretty good overall image quality stopped down to f/8, and retains decent AF capability with both the D810 and D5500. That said, the resolution is...
Forum: Micro Four Thirds 4/3 Photography Thursday 10th March 2016, 07:07
Replies: 61
Views: 18,054
Posted By flanken
Definitely much better shots there. They look...

Definitely much better shots there. They look about as sharp as what I saw from that lens. You might consider slightly higher shutter speeds (e.g., 1/500s or faster) to further reduce the risk of...
Forum: Micro Four Thirds 4/3 Photography Friday 4th March 2016, 18:11
Replies: 61
Views: 18,054
Posted By flanken
Sorry to hear about all the frustrations you've...

Sorry to hear about all the frustrations you've experienced with this camera/lens setup. I think these test shots (particularly the lack of blur in pic no. 3), and my own experience suggest you're...
Forum: Nikon Wednesday 3rd February 2016, 00:47
Replies: 6
Views: 1,843
Posted By flanken
The D7100 does have a small buffer, but if you...

The D7100 does have a small buffer, but if you use a fast SD card (e.g., a 95 MB/s Sandisk Extreme) it clears pretty quickly.

I used to have the 50-500, but mainly used it with the D7000; I sold it...
Forum: Nikon Friday 31st July 2015, 04:14
Replies: 195
Views: 78,940
Posted By flanken
Some shots with the D810, 300mm f/4E, and the...

Some shots with the D810, 300mm f/4E, and the TC-17E II. These are all close to wide open at f/7.1; I find that f/8 yields peak sharpness. AF performance is very good even with the TC-17E mounted....
Forum: Micro Four Thirds 4/3 Photography Friday 24th July 2015, 15:25
Replies: 13
Views: 10,995
Posted By flanken
Thanks, Oobly. Regarding my shots, they are in...

Thanks, Oobly. Regarding my shots, they are in focus, although focus on the Booby in the fourth shot is on its back rather than on its head. I think the sharpness of those shots is within reasonable...
Forum: Nikon Friday 24th July 2015, 05:49
Replies: 195
Views: 78,940
Posted By flanken
After months of waiting - and taking the time to...

After months of waiting - and taking the time to sell my 80-400 AF-S to fund it - I managed to get a 300mm f/4E PF from Best Buy's eBay site. They get a few in stock every few days, and offer...
Forum: Micro Four Thirds 4/3 Photography Thursday 23rd July 2015, 23:53
Replies: 13
Views: 10,995
Posted By flanken
I use a GM1 and the 100-300mm, and find it makes...

I use a GM1 and the 100-300mm, and find it makes for a great compact wildlife kit. The combination does look a little silly as the 100-300 dwarfs the GM1, but it is quite easy to handhold, and...
Forum: Nikon Wednesday 8th July 2015, 19:28
Replies: 195
Views: 78,940
Posted By flanken
I can also confirm the 300mm f/4 PF that I rented...

I can also confirm the 300mm f/4 PF that I rented autofocused without any issues with the TC-14E and TC-17E, on both my D5500 (same AF system as a D5300) and my D810.
Forum: Sigma & Other Third Party Lenses Tuesday 25th November 2014, 05:03
Replies: 1,450
Views: 385,211
Posted By flanken
As a former D7100 and current D810 user, I'd...

As a former D7100 and current D810 user, I'd second the D810 as the camera of choice if you were to go Nikon (not that I think that would be absolutely necessary given how good the 7Dii is...). The...
Forum: Nikon Wednesday 17th September 2014, 19:39
Replies: 7
Views: 2,466
Posted By flanken
Which model 500mm f/4 are you looking at? I have...

Which model 500mm f/4 are you looking at? I have the lightest of the bunch, the 500mm f/4 AF-S II version, which comes in at 3430g, which is almost half the weight of the 400mm AF-I. If you view my...
Forum: Nikon Saturday 13th September 2014, 20:06
Replies: 73
Views: 29,297
Posted By flanken
Very nice shots, Neil! Despite my early...

Very nice shots, Neil!

Despite my early comments, I did wind up selling my D800E and stepping up to a D810. All in all, I think it's a nice improvement to what was already a very good camera. The...
Forum: Sigma & Other Third Party Lenses Friday 15th August 2014, 23:39
Replies: 11
Views: 5,441
Posted By flanken
I can weigh in a little bit as one who owned both...

I can weigh in a little bit as one who owned both the Sigma 500mm f/4.5 as well as the 300mm f/4 & 1.4x combo that I shot on a Nikon D7100. The 300/1.4 combo was a very practical size, had decent...
Forum: Nikon Wednesday 6th August 2014, 18:06
Replies: 15
Views: 8,234
Posted By flanken
On a D5100, try using AF-C mode and 11-point...

On a D5100, try using AF-C mode and 11-point dynamic autofocus. For flight shots, I usually shoot in manual mode, with auto ISO enabled, which lets me control the aperture and shutter speed. I...
Forum: Nikon Sunday 3rd August 2014, 05:17
Replies: 5
Views: 3,728
Posted By flanken
The key advantages of the D7100 over the D5300...

The key advantages of the D7100 over the D5300 are a better autofocus system (the 51-point system is a step above the 39-point system for tracking birds in flight), a larger pentaprism viewfinder,...
Forum: Sigma & Other Third Party Lenses Tuesday 22nd July 2014, 22:25
Replies: 1,450
Views: 385,211
Posted By flanken
A couple of thoughts. First, comparing high-end...

A couple of thoughts. First, comparing high-end lenses with high-end scopes, based on the tests in this article, it doesn't seem like the Swarovski ATX holds up in rendering detail compared to some...
Forum: Sigma & Other Third Party Lenses Thursday 3rd July 2014, 01:02
Replies: 1,450
Views: 385,211
Posted By flanken
I agree with the others that you have some very...

I agree with the others that you have some very nice shots! You just gained a Flickr follower. Nice to see what this lens can do on a 70D - I'm usually a Nikon shooter, but I'm renting a 70D over the...
Forum: Nikon Thursday 26th June 2014, 06:28
Replies: 73
Views: 29,297
Posted By flanken
It's officially here:...

It's officially here: http://www.dpreview.com/previews/nikon-d810

I think I'll be hanging onto my D800E unless the D810 winds up having at least a 1-stop advantage on noise, which I highly doubt....
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