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    What is your favorite Christmas Memory?

    I don't have a specific Christmas, but I cherish all the Christmas eves celebrated with my family in Cuba as a child. I was part of a very large family and on that night we all gathered at someone's house, usually about 30 people. It was an all day affair that started early in the morning with...
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    Nikon Coolwalker

    David, >> Were off to Cuba in February << Please do post some pictures when you come back. Where are you going in Cuba?
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    Hi! My name is Nadja Marina ...

    Congratulations Harry on this most wonderful experience. My son Mikey was born 16 months ago and I will never forget that day. Now you have a wonderful subject to take lots of pictures of!
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    Nikon View Problem

    >> Picture project and Nikon view can not be run together << I read someplace that if you install Picture Project then you can install View and it would work, not sure if this is true, but I can't see any reason why these 2 programs cannot co-exist in the same computer once they are...
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    I'm Really Upset

    Greg, I agree with the post that tells you that fighting this may label you in a negative light, but legally you may be entitled to shooting the pictures unless the school has a policy in place as a result of the grounds being private property, you may want to drop the coach a note to read...
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    Nikon View Problem

    Rex, Are you running Windows 2000 by any chance? There was an issue with View a while back that did what you describe only on some computers running W2K. My friend had that problem and we could never figure out a fix until he gave up and installed Windows XP.
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    after firmware upgrade - is your d2x better?

    >> no real negatives << It's a digital camera! I know, I should stick to my day job, commedy has never been my strong suit. :Headset:
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    Lunchtime Raptor: New D2X Firmware

    Great shots Jim. I took mine to the local botanical garden today to shoot some orchids, my previous attempts at close focusing left a lot to be desired. The results after the firmware update are short of amazing. Let us know how you make out this weekend.
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    after firmware upgrade - is your d2x better?

    My autofocus performance has improved tremendously. I am on my second D2X and was ready to jump the wagon to go to Canon.
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    Firmware Updates V1.01 D2hs and D2x

    >> 'autofocus performance has been increased' << Basically they fixed the problems a bunch of us were having. I just took mine out for a quick shoot of some local flowers and my only comment is holy s***, the autofocus performance is what I expected when I plunked down $5k of my hard earned...
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    D2X Sharpening...Your Work flow?

    Jim, Nik Sharpener Pro allows you to "paint" in the sharpening. I believe there is a free demo in their web site.
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    D2X and SB800s

    >> Did you say you use a cord?? << Well, actually more like Pocket Wizard, but I don't want to spend the man's money :smile:
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    Will the D200 sting?

    I won't be upset, for me it is more of an issue of feel, when I got the D2H I gained back the feel of the F5 that I liked so much, the D100 was nice, but it could never compete with the fit of the F5. On the other hand when Nikon dropped the D2H $1k soon after I bought it I was steaming!
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    D2X and SB800s

    Jay, Just curious, why would you want to disable the master flash? My guess is to avoid direct frontal lighting, if so how about a remote cord? That is how I am using mine, I put it on a stand and can get it about 3-4' away from the camera.
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    D2hs and My Hols

    >> my heart goes out << Thanks James.
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    D2H meter. What is it going to cost?

    Vernon, I have also seen posts saying $300.00. Mine failed a month before the warranty was up, but I have seen a lot of messages about Nikon repairing the camera at no charge even after the warranty was up.
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    Understanding Auto Focus in D2 series

    Rich, During the time I was having problems with my D2X I spent a considerable amount of time working with a level 3 technician (I don't know how many levels there are). His recommendation was to turn off A4, he added that doing so seemed to give better results and that Nikon USA was waiting...
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    Understanding Auto Focus in D2 series

    From my experience that article has some flaws that go against what Nikon's upper level technicians recommend, specially the A4 setting. I would take its recommendations carefully.
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    Why So Much D50 Bashing?

    Vandyu, My prediction is that you are going to have a lot of fun with the D50 and my suggestion is to ignore anything negative you hear about it. If you think DPR is bad, you have not seen the stuff that goes on in other forums.
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    SC-17 Cord (1/4-20 threads) to 5/8 light stand adapter

    Thanks Charles, That's exactly what I need. The extra capability of setting it up horizontally may also come in handy.
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    SC-17 Cord (1/4-20 threads) to 5/8 light stand adapter

    Hi, I would like to attach my SC-17 remote flash cord flash end to a standard light stand with a 5/8" stud and would like to know if anyone knows if there are any adapters available that will accomplish this? Thanks in advance for your reply.
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    POLL: Are you a Northern or Southern - Californian?

    >> 120 in the shade &lt;&lt; But is is dry heat right? You can fry an egg on the sidewalk, but it is dry!
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    POLL: Are you a Northern or Southern - Californian?

    >> How about a NON US citizen &lt;&lt; Give it enough time and someone will be asking about non earthlings!
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    Again with the focusing

    Thanks Ruffles, At any point in time did you get poor results with color rendition? Mine seemed fine in that department, but when I got it back after Torrance adjusted the autofocus the images are prominently soft and lifeless when it comes to color. I have spent hours messing with WB, color...
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    Again with the focusing

    Ruffles, Please let us know what you find when you do more testing. >> AF Bracket areas are performing within standards &lt;&lt; I hope their standards are not too loose.
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    Again with the focusing

    Beezle, I believe Nikon cares and eventually will resolve the problems, whether they are localized to individual units, or a model wide problem. They can't afford to not do so. I have been a Nikon customer for 27 years and I am still not ready to give up on them, although with the D2H we took...
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    Again with the focusing

    Grant, >> "my technique must be faulty" theory &lt;&lt; I am with you on this one. With mine the first 500+ shots were predominantly out of focus; no matter how I tried, solid tripod, cable release, mirror lockup, high speed shutter or stopped down lens, etc. nothing seemed to help. I...
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    Bugs (Literally) in my D2X!

    Jim, Nikon's out to get you!! I am sorry to hear this, it has to be extremely frustrating. I would at least write Nikon and let them know about it right away. We bought a Toyota minivan recently and it came with a black cat inside. To make a long story short it took me one full day to...
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    Figure I would post these here

    You are welcome Mike, those deserve the praise. What lens did you use? Do you find yourself having to be more careful when handholding the D2X in comparison to other cameras?
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    Figure I would post these here

    That's what I am talking about, you need to bring your bathing suit to view these images because you are going to feel like you are getting wet! Now if I could get half the quality out of my D2X I would be happy, but I am still trying.
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    D2X Focus Performance and Repair/Replacement Poll

    Jim, As a side note. Something that has happened to me twice is that I find my camera switched from AF-S to AF-C. The first time I thought I had done it and had forgotten about it. I shot a bunch of flowers and only realized it until the end and a lot of shots were out of focus as a result...
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    D2X Focus Performance and Repair/Replacement Poll

    Thanks Jim, Besides USM, are you applying "in-camera" sharpening in Capture? I'll give your USM settings a try as a baseline to see how far off my needs are.
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    D2X Focus Performance and Repair/Replacement Poll

    Thanks for the feedback. >> I am thinking that this camera doesn't need careful handling so much &lt;&lt; I hope so. There is no way that you can use this camera to do any useful work other than in an extremely controlled manner if you are going to listen to some of the advise going...
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    D2X Focus Performance and Repair/Replacement Poll

    Jim, >> Images are supposed to need USM! &lt;&lt; In your opinion, do you think the D2X's images need a lot more of it than the ones from the D2H? Right now I am finding myself cranking up sharpening in Capture on the RAW images and then applying a large amount of USM, much more than I...
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    Happy Father's Day!!!

    Thanks Frank, For me it is going to be extra special, this is going to be my first.
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    My D2x doesn't seem to like zooms :(

    Ruffles, Please let us know what the repair shop tells you. I took mine out this morning, the results with the 60mm micro and the 85 f/1.8 were pretty good, but the 24-120VR was a disaster.
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    D2X Focus Performance and Repair/Replacement Poll

    Thanks Jim, My focus settings are AF-S with single area AF. My white balance yesterday was set at direct sunlight 0, although there was an overcast, the RGB histogram was showing more balanced with this setting than with cloudy. My color space is setup to Adobe RGB, but I also tried sRGB to...
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    D2X Focus Performance and Repair/Replacement Poll

    Jim, Yes I often manage to confuse people!! I may be off here, in my mind an image can be in focus, but yet soft, sort of when you put a softening filter in front of the lens, the camera will lock focus, but the image will be soft. What's your opinion on this? I guess a better statement...
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    focusing screen

    I thought that the other screen that comes with the camera is the same as the one installed, except that it does not have the grid for the cropped mode, am I mistaken?
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    D2X Focus Performance and Repair/Replacement Poll

    I picked mine up from Torrance yesterday, I took 50 shots this morning of various subjects hand held and every shot came back in focus. However all the shots are predominantly soft. The first 500+ shots were mostly out of focus so it seems adjusting the auto focus mechanism helped one problem...
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    My D2x doesn't seem to like zooms :(

    Ruffles, I went out this morning and took 50 shots handheld with a 17-55DX, 85mm f/1.8 and the 70-200 VR. All 50 shots were quite sharp, a tremendous improvement over what I got with the first 500+ shots, but every one of them was very soft. I am going to send some samples to Nikon and call...
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    D2x question ;-)

    I have been playing around with the Smart Sharpen in CS2 and I like it. I also received the upgrade to Nik Sharpener 2.0. I am looking forward to being able to "paint" sharpening selectively and also there are some options for sharpening the highlights, mid-range, shadows, color range, etc. The...
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    My D2x doesn't seem to like zooms :(

    >> This focus testing is driving me nuts &lt;&lt; What do you mean, you are not enjoying your job at Nikon as test pilot? I know the feeling.
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    My D2x doesn't seem to like zooms :(

    Thanks, I seems that they just checked everything, but no parts were replaced. I am curious to know if while checking those items they were also adjusted. When my D2H started acting up with autofocus and metering, the repairs listed checking those items, but also the invoice said...
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    My D2x doesn't seem to like zooms :(

    Steve, I would be interested in hearing what is listed on your invoice as far as repairs. Mine is in Torrance right now listed also as class C repairs.
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    Convincing A Person

    Leigh, I was being sarcastic when I mentioned the car. I know there are a lot more important things to succeed in a relationship, perhaps a Mercedes? &lt;g>.
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    Convincing A Person

    Forget about proposing, the keys to a nice new Lexus will change her mind. Just make sure she knows she has to come back early to take the pictures!
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    Hobbies we don't do anymore?

    >> Interesting how photography changes our lives &lt;&lt; Photography or age? &lt;g>
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    Hobbies we don't do anymore?

    Scuba Diving: Other interests keep me from going on trips to places where I liked diving. Skiing: Lost track of all the friends I used to go skiing with. Woodworking: Since moving from NJ to CA I have not yet moved into a new place to setup a shop. Piloting small airplanes: The hobby...
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    My very first camera, what was yours?

    My fist camera was a Yashica 35mm with one 50mm lens. I don't remember the model, I sold it long ago. My uncle who was an avid amateur photographer talked me into trying photography, took me to the store and told me what to get. That was about 35 years ago and I have not given up the hobby...
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