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bio website pfarrell.com
location outside Washington DC
age 63
visits member for 2 years, 8 months
seen Sep 13 at 23:03

Programming since punched cards


Jul
19
answered Why can't software fix bad lighting?
Jul
19
comment What are the metal items on top of an older Nikon lens?
Yes, the AI and later work much better. I was buying old non-AI into the 90s, as they were very cheap and worked perfectly on my F/Ftn.
Jul
19
comment want a new lens but not sure which one?
I love my 17-55 F2.8. It changed how I approach photography. I paid a bit more, I think it was more like $1,100. Worth every penny.
Jul
17
answered DIY motion trigger for use in High Speed Photography?
Jul
15
comment Can I get sharper 35mm negative scan with a CanoScan 8800f flat-bed scanner?
+1 on dedicated 35mm scanners. I have a Nikon Super COOLSCAN 5000 ED and I like a lot. Sadly, Nikon doesn't seem to offer any consumer priced scanners anymore. I think I paid about $500 for it, they sell on ebay for twice that.
Jul
13
comment How does Canon 70-200 f/2.8 II compare with Canon 300mm f/2.8 II for image quality for weddings?
I can't think of any reason that you would need a 300mm lens for weddings. I usually use my 17-55. The 300 is overkill for 99% of the shots. After you have shot a few dozen weddings, you will know what you need. In the meantime, think shorter.
Jul
10
answered Looking for lighting for 3-light setup
Jun
30
comment Will the Nikkor 55-300mm/f4.5-5.6 lens work with Nikon D5200?
expert level? I sure see a lot of beginner questions that are trivially answered by a FAQ, manual, or spec sheet. Are you perhaps being a bit rough on the rookie?
Jun
26
answered How can I modify a webcam to use an SLR lens?
Jun
23
comment How much additional light does an f2.8 really let in?
Yes, your one-stop is by definition correct. However, on kit lenses, when you compare the F-stop on the box (or end of the lens) you see only the best case condition. Another answer shows how with the kit, you only get the full one stop at 18mm. When you zoom out, the lens gets a lot slower very quickly, and for a lot of shooting, its really two full stops and sometimes a bit more.
Jun
23
comment Why aren't more lenses white?
At my local pro-Football and pro-Baseball stadiums, they allow cameras but "no professional lenses". They have a soft definition of a professional lens, but white Canon L lenses are always professional.
Jun
22
answered How effective is HAMA STAR 61 tripod for shooting with Nikon DSLR?
Jun
21
answered what is the best compact system camera for taking low light shots in nightclubs?
Jun
21
comment What matters most when buying a first DSLR in terms of ruggedness, lens system, megapixels and being discontinued?
Sadly, Nikon's well advertised backwards compatibility of old lenses is not as complete as they claim, depending on how old your lenses are. I bought a Nikon F/Ftn in 1970 and collected about ten lenses over the years for it. When I went looking for a DSLR, I took three of these old lenses with me. They would not work on any of the consumer/enthusiast Nikon bodies. They would not physically fit on the entry bodies -- the coupling prong used to connect the lens aperture ring to the meter hit the pentamirror. The pro-level bodies could use them, but I was not interested in spending $4000.
Jun
21
answered What matters most when buying a first DSLR in terms of ruggedness, lens system, megapixels and being discontinued?
Jun
20
comment Should I upgrade my body or lens first?
We have no idea if the OP is complaining about less than ideal image quality, his question is too vague. There are many options short of going to fast primes that a beginner should consider. A nice 17-50-ish F2.8 zoom (everyone makes one) is an obvious choice.
Jun
7
comment I keep getting asked to do wedding photography - what is a fair price to ask?
For me, the big difference is that for money, you have with the bride when she hates the photos, or when you forgot to get a picture of Aunt Tillie. As @dpollitt says, its not about photographic skills.
May
27
comment Best way to photograph an object when the background has to be replaced in post
@esa, only some lights pulse. Incandescent lights, carbon arc, and some others use the AC mains power to heat something, and it can't cool down enough during the off cycle to matter. Florescent, LED and other lights do flicker and it can have major impact.
May
27
comment Best way to photograph an object when the background has to be replaced in post
You don't specifically need flashes, but you need to control the light on both your subject and the background. Any lighting setup that lets you do this will be fine. I suggested flashes because even the cheapest ones have variable power output, and because they are easy to rent.
May
26
answered Best way to photograph an object when the background has to be replaced in post