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May
6
comment Nikon Lens Warranty explanation
If you paid for the lens with a credit card, check to see if the issuer offers loss/damage coverage for things purchased with it.
May
5
comment Using a battery grip as a back up battery
I bought mine for the vertical shutter release. Being able to run a second camera battery or AAs is gravy.
May
5
comment Using a battery grip as a back up battery
AAs aren't intended as primary batteries. They're for those times when you've exhausted your primary batteries, aren't able to charge them and have to keep shooting. AAs are easy to find and will power your camera right now.
May
1
comment Will it be a significant drawback to use a Nikkor af 70-300mm f/4-5.6G on an Nikon body without an AF motor?
The lighweight/loose nature of the focus mechanism means the motor doesn't have to expend as much energy to move it, which saves battery. You provide the energy to focus manually, so there's no battery consumption at all for focusing.
May
1
comment Will it be a significant drawback to use a Nikkor af 70-300mm f/4-5.6G on an Nikon body without an AF motor?
One thing you'll notice about motor-driven lenses is that the focus mechanism will have a relatively short throw and be fairly loose, which are both done in the interest of making AF work quickly without the motor consuming a lot of battery. This may make attaining and maintaining focus manually a bit trickier because it's harder to make fine adjustments. It's still doable with practice.
Apr
29
comment For blogging about nail art: Should I buy a superzoom bridge camera or a DSLR?
@MichaelClark: Never said they were macro lenses. I own two copies of the Mark I 35-80 and one of the 28-105, and both turn in very serviceable work at close range, especially with the extra magnification of cropped-sensor cameras. I've tried both versions of the 18-55; neither was much to write home about by comparison. They're also DX, which means they won't live through the transition to full-frame.
Apr
28
comment For blogging about nail art: Should I buy a superzoom bridge camera or a DSLR?
There are a number of Nikkor lenses made during the 1990s that can be had for not much money and do decent macro work. The two I have in mind are the 28-105 and 35-80, discussed here.
Apr
12
comment If I mount a (heavy) cine lens on a DSLR, does it need additional support?
Two pounds isn't a heavy lens. Your 7D has a magnesium body, and the lens mount is attached to that. If you're able to detach the two, you have bigger problems on your hands.
Apr
1
comment How to clean 35mm negative film?
Try PEC-12 emulsion cleaner from Photographic Solutions. I've had good luck with it.
Mar
26
answered Does lens metadata from crop-sensor cameras factor in the crop?
Mar
21
comment What historic reasons are there for common aspect ratios?
I don't know that I'd characterize 110 as "failed." While not the longest run for a format, they did sell a heck of a lot of it between 1972 and 2009.
Mar
12
comment What is the shutter speed, aperture, and focal length of the Kodak Funsaver disposable camera?
It wasn't just disposables. Many consumer-oriented, reusable film cameras, going back as far as the original Kodak Brownie and many of the Instamatic and similar point-and-shoot types that followed, were also fixed. Film has enough exposure latitude that you can get decent results without having to push or pull it.
Mar
6
comment Waterproof Alternatives to Pelican Cases?
You can keep the gaskets and seals from drying out by regularly applying silicone spray (not spray lube, just plain liquid silicone available at dive shops). I have decade-old seals that have been treated this way and are just as supple as they were when new.
Feb
26
comment Converting F-Spot photo collection metadata to Corel Aftershot Pro?
@MichaelKjörling: So how'd it work out for you?
Feb
18
comment How can photos printed on foamcore be prevented from warping?
@Jakub: You don't usually preserve a print by adhering all of it to another substance. Using T hinges to mount to a matte is a better option because it lets all of the materials expand and contract at their own rates, preventing stress on the print.
Feb
15
comment Converting F-Spot photo collection metadata to Corel Aftershot Pro?
Ugh. I don't use F-Spot, but I do use ASP. Hopefully what I added to my answer will be useful.
Feb
15
revised Converting F-Spot photo collection metadata to Corel Aftershot Pro?
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Feb
15
answered Converting F-Spot photo collection metadata to Corel Aftershot Pro?
Feb
8
comment How do I create this soft bright look?
The ones that appear washed out look like they have a low-opacity layer of solid white on top of the image.
Feb
4
comment Can I use a Nikon 50mm f/2 pre-AI on my Nikon D5100?
The manuals for every Nikon DSLR since the D1 have had a section listing the lenses that can be physically attached to the camera and what features work with them. (I know that sounds like I'm saying RTFM, but the table is very useful.)