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8 years, 2 months ago 0

The most common question I’m asked as a tech rep is, which camera should I buy? That is a question that is a lot harder to answer than you might think. Let me walk you though some things to consider before coming up with an answer for that.

1. Are you professional photographer?
2. If so, what kind of photography do you do?
3. What is your budget for a camera body?
4. If you’re not a professional, how serious are you about photography?
5. What kind of photography do you do?
6. What is your budget for a camera body?
7. Is the weight of a camera a physical factor for you?
8. If you’re a pro or very serious photographer what is the typical size of the largest
prints you make?

O.K. Let’s play this out with a couple of examples.

Caveat, I work for Nikon so with your permission I will make my recommendations with that brand, since I know far more about them than other manufacturers. As always other makers bodies will apply with some study.

Photographer number One is a full time working Pro who shoots mostly sports. He needs a fast camera, with a high frame rate, at least 8 frames per second. He uses his cameras constantly so build quality and ruggedness are very important to him. He often has to shoot in marginal light so very good High ISO noise performance is a must. He makes 24 X 36 prints, and larger, on a regular basis Answer: Nikon D3s That is the camera Nikon made specifically for this kind of user. Cost around $5,000. for the body alone. *If he did 4X6 foot prints I might recommend the D3x at around $7,800.

Photographer number Two is serious hobbyist who does a lot of photography and uses their cameras a lot, at least a couple of times a week. They want the highest quality they can afford,
but frame rate is not a major concern. They will not abuse the camera, but will use it hard. Their number one desire is quality images, number two, good solid construction and longevity. Answer: the Nikon D700 or Nikon D300s. Both are well made cameras capable of delivering first class professional results. D700 around $2,700. D300s around $1,700. The D700 is a 35mm size sensor called FX by Nikon and the D300s a APS size sensor called DX. The biggest advantage of the larger sensor is better low noise at high ISO.

Photographer number Three is a somewhat serious photographer that does not want to learn a lot of photography jargon but does want to make nice images. Their budget is more limited and they don’t want to carry a heavy camera and lens. They will use the camera occasionally maybe a few times a month and ruggedness is not a major concern. Answer: the Nikon D90 with the 18-105 kit lens. Around $1,200.

Now, in the hands of a skilled photographer, working carefully, you would not likely be able to identify the images between the cameras except under the most specific situations. So why would you spend $5,000. if the $1,200 camera is so good? If you have to have 9 frames per second and very rugged construction, plus great low noise performance at high ISO, then the D3s is the only ticket. However if you just want great images, and want and an easy to use light camera then the D90 is the ticket.

I wrote about lenses last Friday, and made the point that you get what you pay for. I made a rather interesting discovery this week. We, (the tech force), have been assigned to supply some images made with various Nikon lenses for catalogs and the website use. They sent us a list of lenses they needed. Fortunately I use many of the lenses on the list on a regular basis so I had plenty of images to send. One lens on the list was a lens, I’ve never used. It is one of our most affordable kit lens the 18-55 VR. It has a very good reputation for a light weight lens, but I had picked the lens up and felt how light it was and lost any interest in using it. This falls under the category of you ”can” teach an old dog new tricks. Since I didn’t have any images with the lens
I took it out and shot some stuff. Wow, was I ever wrong! This lens is spectacularly sharp. Check out the images below.

So you learn something everyday. If a D90 and the very inexpensive, (relatively speaking), 18-55 VR lens can do this, we are in sweet spot photographically indeed……

Now, have a wonderful weekend, I’m on assignment shooting stills and video at the Louisville Slugger factory tomorrow in Louisville, Kentucky, will hopefully get something worth sharing on Monday.

Let me take a moment to thank all of you again that come by and visit with me. I enjoy sharing what the Lord is impressing upon me, and I’m so glad to have you guys as friends, compatriots, and brothers and sisters in Him……


the pilgrim

* Photo note: Top shot, F100 film camera with Velvia, and Nikon’s 105 Micro Nikkor AF lens. Grandfather Mountain, NC, many years ago. I’ve only shot three rolls of film in the last ten years (When Nikon released the Nikon F6 camera).
Shot above, D90 and 18-55 VR kit lens, ISO 800.

8 years, 3 months ago 0

No matter whether you are saved or unsaved, you can be certain you will face problems in life. Because we live in a fallen world we can expect trouble. But once you become a child of God, you have a tremendous asset in a loving Heavenly Father to guide you. He will strengthen you to face any problem you encounter.
* Today’s opening paragraph from Dr. Charles Stanley’s wonderful daily devotional book Pathways to His Presence.

Knowing that He is there is the whole ball game. Life is tough, it isn’t often fair and if you live for very long, you will get hurt and disappointed. People don’t play fair, and they will let you down, but He, never will. Once you start to understand that He is in control and that He is fully aware every second, where you are, and what is happening to you, you can start to relax a little. You can relax because the person that knows you so intimately and loves you so much is God, not a god but “the” God. He is the God that said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” He is the God that said. “All things work for the good of those that love Me and are called to My purposes.”
He created the world you live in, raised the dead, restored sight to the blind, parted the red sea…… should I go on?

Those that come here, come because God brings them comfort and instruction, (I’m just typest). Maybe some come to see what the crazy man is sharing today, but there is just the chance they want to believes. I pray everyday that the people that read the words, that are written here, will come to know that it is true, God does exist, He does love them, and everything He has done would still have been done if there were no one else in the world but them……

So, if you know Him, and trust in Him, take a break, stop spinning your wheels, you can relax sometimes. He is always on duty. If you could ever rest in anything, it would be in His arms.

the pilgrim

*Photo note: HDR with Topaz filter. D90, Nikon’s very inexpensive 18-55 VR kit lens. Wagon wheels, Livingston, Kentucky. Shared with me by my dear friend Jim Begley.

8 years, 3 months ago 0

Sharing your faith.
If you are a believer and sincerely dedicated to Christ, you want to share His love with others. How can we most effectively do that? Let’s be honest, if there is a God, and there is, and if there truly is good and evil, and there is, they are at war with each other. If you were God’s enemy and you didn’t want people to believe in Him what would you do? Well, of course you try to get people to explain Him away, and sadly that works with some. The enemies most effective tool however is to convince those that do not believe, that those that do, look down on them and feel superior to them. If you can get someone to think that they are being unfairly mistreated by someone else, there is little chance they will listen to that person.
As Christians, in and effort to do what is right, we have often given the impression that we think ourselves superior to those that do not follow our path. That is not scriptural. The Word says “We have all fallen short of God’s desire for us.” Nice way of saying we are all sinners. “Is there one among you who has not sinned?” The answer to that question was silence, as well it should be. We are all sinners, we all have fallen way short of what God wants from us. We cannot do extra work to pull up our grade. God made it simple, He gave His only Son to come to the earth and minister to us, teach us, and then die on the cross so that our sin debt would be paid. Our part is to accept His sacrifice for us and accept Him into our hearts.
If you truly love Him and want others to know Him, take the advice in the scripture below.

Colossians 4:5-6 (New Living Translation)
 5 Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.

Everyday we go out into the world and interact with hundreds of people. We may never know where they stand with our Lord, but we can leave them more likely to want to know Him. If you do a thorough study of the New Testament you will discover something really wonderful about Jesus, He never debated or argued anyone into submission. Every person that came in contact with Him was overwhelmed by His love for them and they fell before Him in acceptance of Him. Love does it every time.
Are you overwhelming those in your world with your love, and His?

the pilgrim

* Photo note: Blades of grass with raindrops, Acadia National Park, Maine. Velvia film, Nikon F100 camera and 200mm Micro Nikkor lens.

8 years, 3 months ago 0

Phillipians 2:3-4 (New Living Translation)
Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
The toughest enemy we will ever have to defeat is ourselves. The deceptively simple scripture above is harder to follow than almost any I’ve ever read. Let’s break it down.
Don’t be selfish. The practical application of this scripture should read, put an end to yourself. As long as self is allowed to thrive it will attempt to take over your spirit. It demands it’s way, and it wants only what it wants. Only completely surrendering self to Him will work.
Don’t try to impress others. Wow, it just gets worse and worse. Be honest how many of us live to impress others. How great does it feel when others praise us and tell us how great we are. It feels great but it is as death trap. As long as we strive to win the approval of others we will not seek the approval of our Heavenly Father.
Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Only when we we open our eyes and truly see ourselves for who we often are, can we genuinely see how much we lack that which pleases Him.
Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. When we are broken and honest before God only then can He fill us with His love which always looks out for the interests of others.
Galatians 2:20 contains the solution, “For I have been crucified with Christ, and I myself no longer live, but He lives in me.”
I want that to be the best description of me, I die everyday again to try and maintain it.
Give some time to Him in worship considering the words of this great song, Majesty.
Majesty (Here I Am)
Here I am humbled by your Majesty
Covered by your grace so free
Here I am, knowing I’m a sinful man
Covered by the blood of the Lamb
Now I’ve found the greatest love of all is mine
Since you laid down your life
The greatest sacrifice
Majesty, Majesty
Your grace has found me just as I am
Empty handed, but alive in your hands
Majesty, Majesty
Forever I am changed by your love
In the presence of your Majesty
Here I am humbled by the love that you give
Forgiven so that I can forgive
Here I stand, knowing that I’m your desire
Sanctified by glory and fire
Now I’ve found the greatest love of all is mine
Since you laid down your life
The greatest sacrifice.
the pilgrim