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  1. SoCalBob

    Swans in Jackson Hole

    Wonderful work with what looks like pretty tricky lighting, Mike. I particularly like the first and last ones.
  2. SoCalBob

    Low-flying Female Mallard

    Thanks Rich. Thanks Eric. I love the back and oblique sidelight in the late afternoon at Riverwalk, but it can definitely present challenges for BIF shots. These were taken earlier with the sun higher than when I usually get my best shots so I was pleasantly surprised at how the light played...
  3. SoCalBob

    More oystercatchers

    Outstanding set and my vote gives the last one a slight edge over the first because of the low angle perspective and excellent background.
  4. SoCalBob

    Low-flying Female Mallard

    Thank you William, Louie and Karen. I'm returning to the Cafe after more than a year's absence (going to post on that over in General Discussions this evening). But I have been shooting quite a bit in the meantime. Health and mobility difficulties have limited my photography mostly to this...
  5. SoCalBob

    The Click Ponds

    Wow is all I can say, Harry. But I'll join the chorus -- that first one absolutely blows me away!
  6. SoCalBob

    Yep, its eagle season

    These are wonderful, I love the couples shots. Sadly, no eagles around my area, they are majestic birds. I have to settle for egrets.
  7. SoCalBob

    Eagle leftovers

    Those "leftovers" would make my day, Rich. Great stuff and that background helps make the shots (much more interesting than just sky, I think).
  8. SoCalBob

    Coppers Hawk at ISO 12800

    Fantastic sequence. That is not a happy looking bird.
  9. SoCalBob

    Greater yellowlegs

    Your timing was perfect and the reflection makes it even nicer, Eric.
  10. SoCalBob

    Tri-Colored Tongue Action

    Excellent.
  11. SoCalBob

    Low-flying Female Mallard

    Late afternoon back light at the Riverwalk mini wildlife refuge and duck pond. My favorite place to shoot birds. This 3-shot sequence with my D7000, Tamron 18-270 PZD, 185mm, 1/2000 @ f/8, ISO 2500 (all are nearly full frame). Flying Low 1/3 by SoCalBob, on Flickr Flying Low 2/3 by...
  12. SoCalBob

    Thanking our Military and veterans for their service.

    A Vietnam-era vet here echoing your sentiments, David, with my thanks to you and wishing you all the best.
  13. SoCalBob

    No more compacts?

    While they lack the flexibility of a DSLR, cameras in the upper tier cell phones today take remarkably good pictures -- certainly adequate for the non-photographer snapshooter. That surely explains why I seem to see fewer and fewer people using little P&S cameras. When I got a new cell phone a...
  14. SoCalBob

    The Evidence is Piling Up... Secret Terror Society.

    I used a slide rule in high school (1958), but still didn't pass the course -- maybe because it was plastic, not one of the authentic wooden ones.
  15. SoCalBob

    Need some help - Short senior boy with big truck - How would you pose?

    He's obviously very proud of the truck, and justifiably so. A rather different senior photo would put him in the drivers seat, but stepping out with the door open (head and shoulders out of the cab) to show all of him almost standing up. Shoot moderately wide angle (like about 18-24mm on DX) and...
  16. SoCalBob

    Sigma 17-50 vs. 17-70

    I think you'll be quite happy with the newer Sigma 17-70 version. It's a complete redesign of the former model -- actually a whole new lens -- and a lot better.
  17. SoCalBob

    D90 or d7000 as upgrade

    I went from a D90 to the D7000 and absolutely agree!
  18. SoCalBob

    Sigma 17-50 vs. 17-70

    Even with the variable f/2.8-4 aperture, I don't think you'll be disappointed. The 17-70 earns my rare description: "I don't know how they can make it so good and sell it so cheap." You will find that it's a rather soft at f/4 between 62 and 70mm (the only Achilles heel of this lens). But...
  19. SoCalBob

    Sigma 17-50 vs. 17-70

    Both lenses are excellent with no really significant difference in build quality. I've been using the 17-70 f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM since it first came out as my walkaround lens on a D7000. I find the additional 20mm of zoom range on the long end more useful than the f/2.8 fixed aperture of the...
  20. SoCalBob

    What would you do?

    Dianne, I'm sure a couple of king sized bedsheets will suffice, and the biggest favor you'll be doing for her is getting the job done for such a reasonable price.
  21. SoCalBob

    Red Shouldered Hawk

    The catch light in the eye is perfect, and what a majestic pose. Beautiful, Birgit!
  22. SoCalBob

    Finally, a Hummer Pic...

    Beautiful, perfect focus and lighting. I know what you mean about pics of hummers at a feeder. Some of them are really excellent technically, and very impressive, but they always remind me of fishing with dynamite.
  23. SoCalBob

    I'm still surprised at what I can get from D7000 images

    Thanks, Jim. The new 39-point AF system in the D7000 really does make shooting BIFs easy coming from the very limited 11 AF points available with my former D90 and D80. With those cameras, BIF shots were an exercise in frustration where keepers were few and far between. By all means give it a...
  24. SoCalBob

    I'm still surprised at what I can get from D7000 images

    Very impressive with exceptional detail (that 200-400 is a terrific lens). BTW, what kind of bird is that? Regarding my shot of the mallard coming in for a landing, what pleasantly surprised me was how well it held up overall at ISO 2200 with the moderate cropping (about 30%), but especially...
  25. SoCalBob

    I'm still surprised at what I can get from D7000 images

    Pa, like you I continue to be amazed by the relatively high percentage of keepers I can get with the D7000 and 70-300 VR compared to my old D90 shooting things like birds in flight. Mostly I credit the D7000's fantastic new AF system and remarkable high-ISO performance. Two examples, if I may (I...
  26. SoCalBob

    focusing d7000

    I agree with Mike. Use AF-S in Aperture priority with a small enough lens opening to give you the DOF you need. Then try focusing on the second person closest to you of the five. Trial and error.
  27. SoCalBob

    D7000 continues to amaze

    Thanks for that observation, Mike. I must say that so far, based on my early experience with the D7000, the matrix metering seems to be very consistent and accurate -- noticeably improved from the D90 and significantly better than the D80.
  28. SoCalBob

    D7000 continues to amaze

    That's undoubtedly the right decision in your situation, Mark, especially in light of the bargain basement prices on D300 bodies now when all you need is a backup for your D700. Reviewing your justifications: *I needed a backup for shooting important (paid) events; -- The D7000 would also...
  29. SoCalBob

    D7000 continues to amaze

    A good decision IMO (because I'm biased), but you can't go wrong either way replacing your non-OS 18-50. A couple of things you should know about the Sigma. 1. The zoom ring rotates counter-clockwise to zoom in (the opposite of Nikon lenses). Easy to get used to after a couple of days of use...
  30. SoCalBob

    D7000 continues to amaze

    I'm afraid you lost me. Am I missing a chance to win something from Sigma?
  31. SoCalBob

    D7000 continues to amaze

    Exactly right. :wink:
  32. SoCalBob

    D7000 continues to amaze

    I'd have to say (no surprise) that it depends on your priorities. Constant f/2.8 throughout the zoom range is ideal if the lens will be used primarily in low light. However, in everyday shooting the difference between 50mm and 70mm is very noticeable. Every review I've read pegs the image...
  33. SoCalBob

    D7000 continues to amaze

    Congratulations, Omar, I hope you like it as well as I do. Last February I initiated a Flickr discussion group devoted to this lens (with 200 members now). If you'd like to read up on it, check out user discussions about it, generally learn more and review sample photos, feel free to have a look...
  34. SoCalBob

    D7000 continues to amaze

    Mark, The practical conclusion you draw from the link you cited is correct. An 8x10 print of a sharp photo taken with a D7000 won't look any less sharp than the same picture taken with a D40, D80, etc. In fact, an extremely sharp image may appear very slightly sharper due to the higher...
  35. SoCalBob

    D7000 continues to amaze

    Pa, I was very close to replacing my 18-200VR with the Nikon 16-85VR when Sigma came out with their new 17-70 a year ago. After reading early reviews that pegged the two lenses in a virtual tie in terms of IQ and sharpness, I opted for the slightly faster (f/2.8-4) Sigma with its impressive...
  36. SoCalBob

    D7000 continues to amaze

    Thanks, everyone, for your comments and compliments. By way of a further update, this afternoon I took my Nikon 18-200 VR out of mothballs, put it on the D7000, and banged off 20 test shots. Sure enough, as Thom Hogan said in his review, with so many more megapixels crammed onto a DX sensor the...
  37. SoCalBob

    D7000 continues to amaze

    Thanks to you and others for confirming that. :smile: Additional clarification on the pics: The photos are all JPEGs, taken with the D7000's Picture Control sharpness setting at 6 (increased from the default of 3 on a 0-9 scale). This is the permanent sharpness setting I use to minimize the...
  38. SoCalBob

    D7000 continues to amaze

    Thanks, everybody. One reason I was so pleased with this sequence is because it was the very first time I had used continuous shooting and dynamic area AF with my new D7000. In the past I would have needed a lot more practice with a particular camera to get results like this. The D7000 just...
  39. SoCalBob

    D7000 continues to amaze

    Thanks for initiating this thread, Pa -- excellent comments so far. I certainly don't want to hijack the thread, but since we're talking about amazing aspects of the D7000, I thought this would be an appropriate place for the following observations and examples. No doubt about it, the D7000's...
  40. SoCalBob

    D7000 continues to amaze

    Alan, I'm going to address precisely that point (shooting birds in flight) in my next post. :wink:
  41. SoCalBob

    D7000 continues to amaze

    You're another among a handful of people I know who have done the same thing. And even more folks I know have retired their D300 bodies in favor of the D7000. One thing for sure, your arms won't get as tired holding the camera. :biggrin:
  42. SoCalBob

    D7000 focus problems...send it in for service?

    If you want a much more precise autofocus test protocol to check for errors (particularly front and back-focusing), try this website. The author, Jeffrey Friedl, provides detailed instructions on how to perform the tests, as well as a test chart for you to print out and use...
  43. SoCalBob

    D7000 Out of Stock

    That seems to be true. I have a friend who pre-ordered a body from Adorama at least six weeks before I ordered mine from Amazon, and our cameras arrived the same day. Nothing against Adorama. It's just that, when it comes to sales volume, Amazon is the 800 pound gorilla on the block. And they...
  44. SoCalBob

    D7000 continues to amaze

    Well, Pa, you're definitely not the only new D7000 owner who is saying this over and over again. And I don't think the poster above was being sarcastic at all about retiring his D700 in favor of the D7000. I have almost a dozen online friends who are shelving their D300, and even D700 bodies...
  45. SoCalBob

    D7000 Out of Stock

    I did the same thing -- pre-ordered from Amazon (the body only) on 12/15 and received the camera with free two-day shipping on 12/24. Amazon does not like to disappoint customers when they are the seller, not a third party retailer using their site. So they don't take pre-orders unless they're...
  46. SoCalBob

    D7000: kudos and gripes, user experience

    Oh, and by the way (and this is a fantastic offer!) ... Purchase a new D7000 between now and 12/31/10 from any vendor -- either the kit or body only -- along with an Epson Stylus Photo R1900 Printer. Order both items on the same invoice and receive a $450 mail-in rebate from Epson. You get...
  47. SoCalBob

    D7000: kudos and gripes, user experience

    Agreed. To my mind, the kind of work he does, and his extensive experience with various bodies and lenses, makes his assessment and impressions more valuable than a lot of other reviews I've read so far. What's really telling IMO is how favorably he was impressed by the D7000 compared to...
  48. SoCalBob

    Does YOUR D7000 have AF issues?

    It's no surprise to me that the combination of the D7000's additional megapixels and new AF technology will definitely emphasize differences between various lenses. That consumer grade lens I've been happily using on my D90 may not acquit themselves quite so well on the D7000 compared to...
  49. SoCalBob

    Does YOUR D7000 have AF issues?

    Very impressive, indeed. That's the best test of the new AF system I've seen so far.
  50. SoCalBob

    D7000: kudos and gripes, user experience

    Thanks for the update, Pa. I'm delighted to hear that all is well with your D7000 and Nikon lenses. I am going to hold off for awhile myself until this apparent third party lens problem with Sigmas is resolved.
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