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My daughter (almost 12) is on the yearbook staff at her magnet school. Her grade went on a field trip to the Atlanta Aquarium, and she was one of four people allowed to take a camera. I set her up wit

A night out in the rain with the X-Pro2 & XF 23 f/2 

One of the reason I stopped posting was there just seemed to be so much drama. Getting angry and going off because of someone's post is just not a good use of my time. Being offended by these pics is

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SI sucks ... just ask Carl.  I agree it's a business thing, and they likely got a ton of stuff from independents, but still sucks.  Is Nat Geo next?

 

Jeff, I've owned and shot with 14-24, 16-35 and an old 20, 2.8 D.  Loved them all, but in a ranking, it would go  like this: 1: 14-24. 2: 20 2.8, 3: 16-35.  If starting over, I'd grab the 20 first, because it's so small and easy to carry.  

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You guys should have come out here. Today is open house so they let you back in the labs/hangars to see the stuff they are working on now. They also have a lot of kids stuff going on.

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I assume you are at the Udvar-Hazy wing out at Dulles. It would have been fun.

We are just killing time while people take looks at our house. I hope it sells soon.

Edit: I have never been to the wing out there.

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It is a fantastic museum. I have never made it into the restoration areas, it was pretty neat.

 

First a few ISO 16000 samples.

 

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I found Major Tom

 

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Tiny little stunt plane.

 

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Tiny little non-stunt plane.

 

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Slightly larger tiny plane

 

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Shop happened to have the hard to find battery grip for the D750 so I bought it and a new Nikon branded Black Rapid Sport strap.  Of course I just got the L Bracket for the D750 w/out battery grip this week.

 

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Yeah, I was very happy with a usable ISO 16000.  The lights are being upgraded at the Museum so lighting was fairly weak throughout, especially in the Shuttle area.

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Owners of Nikon D800s (that'd be me now), be careful with the bottom plate area regarding stress (large lenses on tripods) and drops:

 

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1342802/0

 

http://www.fotozones.com/live/index.php/topic/57797-d800-loose-camera-base/

 

http://www.bythom.com/photographic-travel/africa/botswana-2013-workshop-blog/the-measure-of-a-safari.html

 

I baby my stuff and almost never use tripods (and only plan to own small primes), so I should be fine, but look at that thin strip of magnesium.  It should be twice as thick.  The fact that the D810 has been beefed up in that area is telling.

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I've spent the last 3 years trying to persuade myself that I don't need a FF DSLR.  The itch just wouldn't go away.

 

I've just picked up a good deal on some second hand gear.  A D700 body and a Nikon 50mm f1.4 g.

 

So far, I'm very impressed by this combo.  I'm now looking to expand my lenses.  From KEH I've picked up a Tokina 28-70 f2.6/2.8 and a Nikon 105 f2 DC.  I'm considering my options for a wide angle prime.  I'm thinking a 24mm f2.8D but have read mixed reviews.   I'm also attracted to the Sigma 35mm Art.

 

Any recommendations?

 

 

 

 

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Sigma 35 is pretty great.  I have also been really impressed by the 20 f1.8 so far.  Not sure about Australia but always great deals on Fred Miranda for great lenses.

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I'm thinking a 24mm f2.8D but have read mixed reviews.

 

I love my 24F2.8 AIS. The prophet Ken Rockwell (and yes I'm joking about the prophet thing) assures us that the optics are the same. 

 

That being said, I would decide on a FOV~=focal length, and go from there. Its not *really* fair to compare such widely dis-similar focal lengths. 

 

Or since this is head-case, just buy them all. 

 

Because 24mm. 

 

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Remembering by Lord Nikon 12, on Flickr

 

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Bridge in the fog by Lord Nikon 12, on Flickr

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