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John Bantin

Member Since 24 Mar 2005
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#315303 Good-bye DX. :(

Posted by John Bantin on 26 August 2012 - 11:35 PM

Well, thanks mostly to you guys here on Wetpixel, I found that I had a cupboard full of cameras and housings. My latest purchase was a D800 with Hugyfot housing.

The problem has been always deciding, in view of checked weight restrictions, which outfit to take away with me. I have been alternating between the DX with Tokina 10-17 and FX systems.

However, in these economic times, that is a luxury nobody should be able to afford so I have sold my DX outfit. I last used it in March of this year and the pictures I took with it were very pleasing. I am really going to miss the Tokina. It is with a feeling of trepidation that I let it go and concentrate on FX. It's all YOUR fault!

#315246 Sigma 15mm lens correction in Lightroom 4

Posted by John Bantin on 25 August 2012 - 11:52 PM

Lens correction? I just go out and take pictures with it. Nobody's suggested my pictures needed lens correction (a lot of other corrections, maybe!).

#315182 Underwater photography - The professionals

Posted by John Bantin on 24 August 2012 - 01:32 PM

The best way to make a small fortune from underwater photography is to start with a large fortune!

#314801 How do I get more Dynamic Blues

Posted by John Bantin on 18 August 2012 - 02:48 AM

One of the gret myths of digital photography has been this idea that you 'see' your finished picture on the LCD. What you see is the software writer's best guess at making a jpeg. I don't think I've had a camera since the original Fuji S2 Pro that gave a really accurate idea of what you get on a RAW file! On the other hand, once you get into processing a RAW file...Wow!

#313360 Offensive imagery

Posted by John Bantin on 22 July 2012 - 12:26 PM

The point is that there are commonly used solutions that could have been used to avoid the problems demonstrated.

#313274 Wetpixel D800 review

Posted by John Bantin on 21 July 2012 - 07:33 AM

Alex, I took a picture of the front of my house to compare D700 and D800. Alas, the weather changed the moment I took the first shot (D800). However, tell me if this amount of noise at ISO400 is what you would expect from the crop. I know it's difficult to make these judgements from compressed jpegs over the Internet. If the clouds clear, I'll do it on the D700. (15mm Sigma - my house has straight walls!)

Edit: I rushed out later and took another with the D700 while the lighting was similar although the sun had moved round. EBC files are on the D700.

Well, I think that proves it!

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#311230 Backup strategies

Posted by John Bantin on 17 June 2012 - 04:13 AM

I too have a heap of junk but it amazes me that so many art directors want junk. As I always think, if you wanna buy shit, I've got tonnes of it!

#239439 Tamron 90mm Macro

Posted by John Bantin on 28 January 2010 - 05:24 AM

I have a Tamron 90mm macro and use it on my D80 without any problems. The version I have doesn't have a motor in it.

It sounds like they are having trouble with the focussing motor contacts. History to me 'cos I went to a Nikon lens instead.

#101459 Removing scratches from a dome port

Posted by John Bantin on 11 September 2006 - 09:20 AM

I use a very fine abrasive (in England called wet 'n dry) that is used for car paintwork. Then I finish off with metal polish wadding called Duraglit. I'm sure you can find it in Dk. Check with Lars at DYK. Reckon to spend about 4 Euros.