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D300 Buyers Beware!

10 May 2008 - 12:04 PM

Anyone considering buying a Nikon D300 should be aware that many people have had trouble with the camera body and AF "D" lenses. One of my D300 camera bodies won't AF or change apertures, though it works perfectly fine with DX lenses.

My 50mm and 85mm, both AF lenses but with aperture rings, work fine on other D300's, but not my "broken one. Two different camera shops have confirmed that my "D" lenses work fine and the D300 camera body does not! I did several searches on Goggle and found out that many others are having this problem.

When and if you buy a D300 camera body, put a "D" lens on the camera and make sure it will AF and change apertures (you need to set the aperture to F22, BTW). Don't do like I have and not do this until after the 30 day return policy from Amazon- they told me I'm on my own.

In all fairness, the Amazon help department did e-mail me with a contact e-mail at Nikon- that didn't work. I wrote back to Amazon to ask for the correct e-mail address and the return address Amazon used won't accept return e-mails. Oh, did I mention that I had to write Amazon twice, after waiting a week for a response from them.

Just thought I'd give a "heads up" on my experience with Nikon and Amazon.

Buyer beware.......


New iMac 3.06GHz vs. Mac Powerbook 2.5GHz

08 May 2008 - 05:23 AM

So, I need some opinions about an idea I have.

1) I travel full time so a desktop computer with desktop display is out of the question.

2) I have been considering a 17" Powerbook Pro, but then I had this idea.....

3) I could travel with a 24" iMac packed in foam in a hardshell suitcase. I live in Australia and Qantas only charges $22 for an extra suitcase up to 32 kilos (international is another whole story). So, my thought is- with the new iMacs out with

Configured as:

* 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
* 4GB memory
* 1TB hard drive1
* 8x double-layer SuperDrive
* NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS with 512MB memory
* 6MB shared L2 cache. Shared seems like a "bad" word here.
* Frontside bus, 1066MHz

the 17" Powerbook Pro configuration is-

* 2.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
* 4GB memory
* 300GB hard drive1
* Double-layer SuperDrive
* NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 512MB, 6mb L2 cache
* 667 MHz front-side bus

So, unless I'm missing something (likely), the iMac seems like it may be better suited to run FCP's Color and Motion?

Any opinions please. I'd love to go the Mac Pro route, but it just won't "fly"- sorry for the bad pun, though it's not really a pun......

Which MacBook Pro for Final Cut editing

14 January 2008 - 08:23 PM

My wife and I are "on the road" fulltime and have been for almost 8 years. At the end of this month I'm picking up my new Gates housing for my "also new" V1. Our problem is we don't have a "home base" so owning an Apple Mac Pro desktop workstation is out of the question.

Here's the question- FCP on a Macbook Pro- to edit HVR-V1's 24P? Is it possible? Even if it were painfully slow- can the Macbook Pro handle 24p editing?

I ask this because the next purchase is going to be to upgrade to a new Macbook. sigh. Is there any light at the end of this UW video tunnel? :ninja:

Steve J. is supposed to give his keynote within a day or so and I'm sure there's a newer, faster, model out there coming our way- so if anyone has any opinion on the new hardware once it's announced, I'm all eyes.



FS- Ikelite D70 Housing, non-iTTl- 2 Nikon D70 camera bodies

29 November 2007 - 04:21 AM

I have two Nikon D70 camera bodies and an Ikelite D70 housing only, non- iTTl, with no ports for sell.

The camera bodies and housing are in ++ excellent condition. I'm selling just the camera bodies and only the housing with no ports because I've bought two D300 camera bodies (I like having that back-up camera body should Nikon discontinue the model- der) and an Ikelite D300 housing- therefore I plan on using the ports and lenses I have for the new camera/ housing.

I have two bodies as "insurance" in case one should fail and it also means that the housing will be useful for more years with a backup camera body. The housing has never flooded and the camera bodies are in like new condition- I take obsessive care of my equipment! Also included are the battery chargers, manuals, 3 batteries, etc.

I also have 2 DS125 strobes that I intend on keeping. I do have two manual controllers for the strobes that I will be willing to sell.

To get up and running with this system you'll need to buy lenses, whatever port(s) you'll want, and a strobe or two.

Make an offer as I have no idea what the kit may be worth.

I may be willing to sell the 18-70mm kit lens and port for this lens if you think you'd want it. I have them both and haven't used them. I use 60, 105 and 10.5 lens and ports with this set- up and for the D300, so you'll have to buy your own!

This may be a good way to get a start with a DSLR system.