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  1. MikeA

    NEF, JPEG, and color space

    I shoot JPEG in the camera only for 'emergency' purposes. I never rely on them, except when I've shot a bunch of photos of family and then I hear "send 'em all to us!" In that case I don't want to spend half a month processing .NEF files and posting conversions from them to the relatives. Most...
  2. MikeA

    Hyperdrive Colorspace UDMA questions

    And, the Hyperdrive tech support people were wrong. .BMP didn't work after all. What they were calling an "8-bit color .BMP" needed to be what Photoshop and I would call an 8-bit JPEG file. The Hyperdrive didn't even recognize a .BMP file within its "Wallpaper" directory -- wouldn't even display...
  3. MikeA

    NEF, JPEG, and color space

    Soon after I saw the first result I got a somewhat different one in the next "session" with the Hyperdrive. The JPEGs continue to show no attached color space -- and that's correct (according to ExifTool). The Hyperdrive device now no longer shows "Uncalibrated" for color space attached to...
  4. MikeA

    Hyperdrive Colorspace UDMA questions

    Will wonders never cease, I did get a reply from Hyperdrive's tech support people telling me at least this much: Wallpaper: must use a .BMP file -- 24-bit color, and 320x240 pixels. Woo-hoo...
  5. MikeA

    Hyperdrive Colorspace UDMA questions

    I recently bought a Hyperdrive Colorspace UDMA backup device. As is noted in an earlier message thread here about it, backup with this thing is extremely fast -- fastest CF card transfers I've ever seen. It amazes me how fast the thing can pull D3 .NEF files from the card to its hard drive...
  6. MikeA

    NEF, JPEG, and color space

    Exiftool, which is pretty well-tested program, reports what's there or not there. It reports that the color space for the NEFs is Adobe RGB. Today's backup-device behavior is odd: while the JPEGs continue to be (accurately) described as having an uncalibrated color space -- confirmed by...
  7. MikeA

    NEF, JPEG, and color space

    Hoping this is the right forum for the question... I have just acquired a Hyperdrive Colorspace backup device and noticed fairly wan-looking color on its LCD screen as I was browsing through some just-backed-up shots from a D3. I noticed that the Hyperdrive's EXIF display is showing...
  8. MikeA

    Lens manuals on-line?

    Thanks to all who have replied. The CraigCamera link looks promising. To RickW: your description is correct. Actually by this point I've used the thing enough to have pretty much figured out what it "wants" to do. The lens, locked at 35mm, then goes into macro mode as you described. Manual focus...
  9. MikeA

    Lens manuals on-line?

    Ah, I spotted a link to that site during a Google search but I must have done the search incorrectly, because the recommended link was for a repair manual for the 35-70. I wonder if registration brings with it tons of spam... well, I'll work that one out on my own :-) Thanks for the link!
  10. MikeA

    Lens manuals on-line?

    The 35-70/2.8 was the first lens I got on entering the world of Nikon gear -- I thought it was going to take a while to get the others I'd ordered, and I needed something to shoot with. :-) As it happens the others arrived soon afterward and I set the 35-70 aside. Its age (that is, old...
  11. MikeA

    D3: Unexpected custom WB result

    Yes -- a full-featured RAW converter made by a Japanese company. It has its "core" fans but doesn't appear to be hugely popular in the USA -- perhaps it is in Japan, though. People seem to like it a lot, or completely hate it. I've found it often very accurate for color and it has some good...
  12. MikeA

    D3: Unexpected custom WB result

    Something else about this just occurred to me -- part of a message thread on another site, in 2005. One of the participants was responding to someone who said that it was fine to update white balance during RAW conversion. Another replied as follows: It was the first time I'd heard such a...
  13. MikeA

    D3: Unexpected custom WB result

    I find it effective in sunlight (direct or diffuse) and even under flourescent illumination. I have had pretty poor results with it "out of the box" in tungsten lighting or, as I mentioned, in the shade. Skin tones in that latter situation come out looking absolutely ghastly. Not that they can't...
  14. MikeA

    D3: Unexpected custom WB result

    I haven't used the D3's custom white-balance feature very often. I've had mixed results with it, and that happened again today. I was taking a shot of some of my wife's artwork. I had the camera mounted on a tripod and a couple of daylight-balanced flood lights illuminating the work. I tacked a...
  15. MikeA

    SilkyPix: new user-to-user forum

    I found after using it for some weeks that I can get predictable results most of the time. It did take some struggle. I almost gave up on it -- for one thing, the documentation was bloody-awful -- but went back to it one more time...and finally started getting the hang of it. One major...
  16. MikeA

    SilkyPix: new user-to-user forum

    I haven't heard. You might check in that forum... or go to the shortcutinc.com web site to see if there's an announcement about it. The SilkyPix authors tend to be quick about updating the program to support new raw file formats.
  17. MikeA

    Hogan D3 guide

    He did, with a brief note to say that he has never permitted copying to the clipboard from his e-books. Fair enough. (A short note about this wouldn't have been an entirely bad idea, but anyway, at least it's confirmed.)
  18. MikeA

    Hogan D3 guide

    Perhaps he did. Maybe he'll reply about it. If he did flip that bit, I would have preferred to have a brief note about it in the docs (I searched for the word "clipboard" and didn't find it). I could understand this -- preventing easy copying of entire sections and transferring them to someone...
  19. MikeA

    Hogan D3 guide

    Copying text from the e-Book to the clipboard My copy arrived yesterday. I found Adobe Reader 7 (running under Win XP) crashing when I would close the PDF file, so I installed Reader 9. (Thanks, Adobe, for un-installing v.7 without asking me even though I used different installation directories...
  20. MikeA

    Wrist Strap for D300

    Another vote for the Camdapter. I didn't have a choice with the D3 -- no chance of using Nikon's strap without buying someone else's adapter plate, since (why??) there's no bottom strap lug. Anyway, I got the Camdapter leather model -- not one of the 'designer' models, though -- which is a bit...
  21. MikeA

    NX: Gen -- NX performance on a RAID0 system

    Thanks for this information. The more I talk about it with various people, the more inclined I am to undo the RAID0 setup and have done with it. Just waiting for the local Dell rep to get back to me...
  22. MikeA

    NX: Gen -- NX performance on a RAID0 system

    It makes sense to me. The salespeople thrive or fail depending on what and how well they sell, and they won't do well by having hostile relationships with customers (certainly not if they're hoping for repeat business or additional business via word-of-mouth recommendations). Depending on how...
  23. MikeA

    NX: Gen -- NX performance on a RAID0 system

    No available bays, alas. But today someone at work asked me: "why did you install two optical drives, for crying out loud?" Answer: paranoia. I had a one-optical-drive system and the day that drive failed, I was in a world of hurt. But who knows...maybe this is a case in which I should eat...
  24. MikeA

    NX: Gen -- NX performance on a RAID0 system

    Ok -- great feedback. This does give me an idea what I might expect given one of the possible setups. Thanks! My experience in the past with RAID wasn't exactly thrilling. Hard drive failed. But it turned out the RAID array also failed. That was a "mirroring" setup (not "striping"). Net...
  25. MikeA

    NX: Gen -- NX performance on a RAID0 system

    Hi, Tom -- Everything I've heard up to now about RAID0 suggests that it makes a substantial improvement in HD performance. And, it might well be that the current drive performance (plus CPU speed, plus its being a quad-core CPU) might well be good enough to make these programs "scream"...
  26. MikeA

    NX: Gen -- NX performance on a RAID0 system

    As it happens, a local tech guy for the company has suggested doing exactly that. I had not been aware of some of the newer disk-imaging tools that are available now and it sounds like a promising approach. Thanks.
  27. MikeA

    NX: Gen -- NX performance on a RAID0 system

    Ugh...the sheer hassle of boxing the thing up meticulously and sending it back... that's what is deterring me. I had hoped to convince them that this is their mistake, but because "RAID0" appears on the packing list, it looks to them as if they haven't made any mistake. Ergo, no on-site...
  28. MikeA

    NX: Gen -- NX performance on a RAID0 system

    This isn't about backing up. It's about having a separate "scratch" drive so that the "scratch directories" for NX2 and Photoshop are on different drives from the one where the apps themselves are installed. The theory is that this improves their performance -- sometimes, noticeably. Given...
  29. MikeA

    D3: Am I doing something wrong?

    Assuming I have understood this thread correctly... What of "Easy Exposure Compensation"? No button-press required. Just activate that setting in the menus. Then the dial alone adjusts EC. If the D3 had not been designed that way -- if I'd had to press and hold a button before changing EC...
  30. MikeA

    NX: Gen -- NX performance on a RAID0 system

    Your advice requested -- especially of people running Capture NX and/or Photoshop under Windows, on a single proc/quad core system with fast drives. I ordered a new computer, which turns out to have been set up incorrectly. It has two SATA hard drives. I had asked for them simply to be...
  31. MikeA

    D3/D300...what's this with the AF-ON button?

    robbiemc wrote: >had plenty of time to try out the AF-on button and was very happy with >the results. I can now hold the camera and get the focus, then take >time to steady the lens and compose before I take the shot. It does take a bit of practice. I found I couldn't do this at all before...
  32. MikeA

    Problems with New Firmware v2.0 for D3?

    It was longer, but despite the notice on the LCD along the lines of "This may take several minutes," both the "A" and "B" updates happened quickly -- certainly faster than the several minutes I'd been expecting. And to respond to the first message in the thread: I've seen no problems with the...
  33. MikeA

    The D3 and the Expodisc

    Turns out to be user error here, too. I was too hasty with the thing and did not orient it correctly. Seems to be doing the job after all. I wonder if some day the manufacturers can make this even faster/easier to do. For example: place a small sensor somewhere on the top "deck" of the camera...
  34. MikeA

    D3/D300...what's this with the AF-ON button?

    The D300 has the "MyMenu" menu, right? I haven't tried this with the D3 but I'll bet it's do-able: add the control for using the shutter release (or not) for focusing to "MyMenu." When she wants to use the camera, she could go to "MyMenu," tweak the setting to work the way she wants, and then...
  35. MikeA

    The D3 and the Expodisc

    I certainly thought so at the time. But clearly I've done something very wrong so I'll give it another shot...
  36. MikeA

    The D3 and the Expodisc

    Thanks for checking it and reporting what you found out. I've seen this happen with two different lenses now. I have to conclude that I'm just doing the custom-WB procedure wrong, somehow. I'll go back through the manual and make sure I understand the procedure, and try again...
  37. MikeA

    The D3 and the Expodisc

    Yeah, I'm finding this confusing also. I could write to the Expodisc people, but I found in the past that they weren't very responsive. No problems with custom WB with that system and my 5D, but this is a different matter entirely! I could live without the thing but I would hate to have spent...
  38. MikeA

    The D3 and the Expodisc

    From a different message thread: I gave it another try this afternoon -- first, a shot in the shade with Auto white balance. The light seemed fairly warm even though I was on the shaded side of the house. The Auto white balance did a reasonably good job. I wouldn't need to do much WB...
  39. MikeA

    D3 V2 firmware released

    I think I'm going too far off-topic here, so I'll start another thread having to do with the Expodisc.
  40. MikeA

    D3 V2 firmware released

    I have no complaints at all about the low-light focusing. I think it's a freakin' miracle that these cameras (Nikon or otherwise) can focus as effectively as they do in low light. I don't know if the focusing is any faster. I only just acquired my first AF-S lens -- the 17-35 -- and I'm plenty...
  41. MikeA

    D3 V2 firmware released

    I suppose that Bridge or CS3 can be used to remove the information (no doubt ExifTool could do it easily enough), but I can't imagine removing it (then why add it in the first place...but why remove a copyright notice?). I don't remember seeing "where" the information is added, but I assume...
  42. MikeA

    D3 V2 firmware released

    Regarding: I have now switched on the copyright information feature, but that "(c)" symbol is not appearing in the shooting info display. It's no hardship to type the word "Copyright" into the (c) info text field, but is there some way to make the symbol appear? This must be some kind of RTM...
  43. MikeA

    IS the Dust on the D3 sensor a real problem

    It would be right nice if the D3 had a sensor-cleaning feature, and I don't know why it doesn't. I'd heard it said that automatic sensor-cleaning requires clearing a difficult technical hurdle if we're talking about a full-frame sensor, but I take it this hurdle has been cleared with the D700...
  44. MikeA

    Command-line-driven 'save for web' routine

    At some point the web will somehow become color-managed or color-manageable, so this business with color spaces for display will become less critical. I haven't yet tried the other, more complex application and I'll give it a spin. It will be interesting to read the review and then read people's...
  45. MikeA

    Command-line-driven 'save for web' routine

    I had to find out. :-) I installed the demo version of their Just Resize My Photos program and gave it a try. It did not convert to sRGB. So that needs fixing. It transferred some, but not all, of the EXIF data, and it stripped the IPTC data. If the 'screen sizes' option is used -- useful for...
  46. MikeA

    Command-line-driven 'save for web' routine

    I'll look into the save-for-web thing at the least. I always learn something useful when I take on one of these scripting projects, but I'm a sucker for even new GUI tools. :-) If you have ExifTool on your system, it'd be easy to verify if the program is converting to sRGB: you could take an...
  47. MikeA

    NX2:Gen - Functionality - Interesting Comment about NX2

    I never store the image files on the same drive where the program itself resides -- and the same for all raw converters I use. Never have had a problem like that.
  48. MikeA

    Command-line-driven 'save for web' routine

    Image Genius Pro does sound useful. And certainly it's better-looking than a "vanilla" command-line-based tool... ...but I do love those plain-vanilla tools -- unattractive, but they do provide quick service with almost no waiting. :-) I can see how the ability to upload files via FTP...
  49. MikeA

    Command-line-driven 'save for web' routine

    This might not belong in the raw-conversion forum, but I'm not sure where else it would go (moderator please advise or change "venue" if need be). It's related in my own mind to a raw-conversion workflow -- namely, what I do after raw conversion to TIFF format, when the goal is to convert to...
  50. MikeA

    D3: order of firmware updates

    All right! That's four! Now we can play . . . Oh. Drat. I just remembered. I'm lousy at cards. Never mind. :)
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