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In Topic: Topside: surf and the 70-300 VR

30 January 2007 - 04:13 PM

As a former D2X shooter, I thought the camera had a tendency to lose higlights. Bright white break water would be a great test of this. Have you had many times where blown highlights were an issue?

I now have a D200 and am trying to talk myself back into a D2Xs as I miss the focussing abilites. I am looking for input from folks who appear to shoot a lot of subjects with bright areas in the frame and see if overexposure is much of a problem.

Greg, I am not sure how to answer this except by example. Did you feel that the highlights in the surf shot I posted above were blown out? I am sure I pushed the histogram to the limit as I wouldn't want any detail in the foaming edge of the wave, and the reflections on the wetsuit are just reflections of the sun.

How about another example. This shot had the setting sun directly behind the model, as I was looking for a very bright halo effect, I exposed for the bright background and use a strobe for balance. Doesn't the sun burst still seem to have enough detail to be a bit yellow/gold? I personally don't consider this blown out.

Does this help any?

BTW, I looked at the D200 long and hard before I got the D2Xs, and to date am still quite pleased with the decision. I also always felt the AF on the Xs was superior my yards to the D200. IMHO.

In Topic: Wanted: Housing for Fuji S2 pro

29 January 2007 - 04:44 PM

I have an Aquatica S2 setup for sale. Housing, Flat port, extensions, and gears for the 60mm and 105mm, with the extra extension for a 2X T/C; Dome port, extensions and gears for the 12-24mm.

I also have the S2 body for sale with a variety of lenses, (2) Inon Z220 strobes and arms, etc.etc.

Drop me an email if you are interested.

richorn at negative-altitude dot com I will respond with a phone number!

In Topic: high frame rates - who uses them??

16 January 2007 - 10:28 PM

When they get high res cameras up to 36 fps...

no real need! once you hit 30 frames it is video! :P

In Topic: Your favourite shot of 2006

16 January 2007 - 02:55 PM

another WOW for the sub.... damn that is a fine piece of work!!

glad I didn't have to post AFTER it! :P

In Topic: Topside: surf and the 70-300 VR

16 January 2007 - 02:32 PM

I am not Luiz, but I play him... never mind! :wub:

I shoot both the 70-200 f2.8 VR and the 200-400 f4 VR.

OK, you already said the 200-400 was out, so I won't bother telling you how freakin' amazing it is...

The 70-200 is a remarkable piece of glass. If it is too short for you, it works so well with the 2x T/C as to still be called "amazing". Surprisingly, the autofocus and the VR still work great, and it is still sharp as a tack!

The first image attached is a shot at the 200mm end of the lens, taken last week at Lovers Point in Monterey. In studying the shot I think focus on the face was a bit soft, but that could be my eyes... The hands and water around him are REALLY sharp.

The second shot is a 100% crop of the face. Pretty sure he just saw the rock he is heading towards... :P

I am not sure if jpegs on the web are a good way to show off this lens, but these are incredibly sharp on the screen as well as when printed at 11x17. YMMV, but I think this lens ROCKS!

BTW, killer shots Luiz!!