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Hi everyone.

after a break from photography due to my ill health: I am back. This time I got myself a Nikon Z5 with the 24-50 lens. I am really loving it.

Its soo much nicer than my old D750, lighter by a lot for me.

I have just pulled the trigger on the Tamron 150-600 G2, to encourage me to get out of the house and go birding/wildlifing at the local nature reserves. I am nervous as I suffer with social phobia; but excited at the same time about starting small and working on my self confidence. Gonna get my mojo back.

Am also starting to get a workflow going. I absolutely love the jpegs straight of the camera (I shoot with vivid). I am torn between just shooting jpegs or RAW as well. I am using lightroom and photoshop and would like to have the raw files for the keepers.

anyways, hi all and I am back and looking forward to sharing some keepers with you all for some critique.
 
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Welcome back, Rachel! Congratulations on your new camera system and about being so determined to beat back your phobia! It could be really interesting to see how your photography helps with that.

I am torn between just shooting jpegs or RAW as well.

The cost of storage these days is relatively inexpensive, so there really is no reason not to shoot both file formats at least for awhile to determine if it's helpful to have the raw files.
 
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Thanks for your replies :)

I have found a local shutterbug that is up for escorting me on a few short trips to the local nature reserves to start me on my journey to recovering my self-confidence. It's really encouraging for me so I cannot wait until next week (as I suspect the Tamron will arrive Mon/Tue) - and get outdoors some more.. . :)
 

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I just did a class this evening on natural light photography given by Scott Robert Lim, a photographer with what some would consider having a fair amount of experience and knowledge. ( :) ). He mentioned that he mostly shot in JPEG as he felt confident enought in his technique as to not to need much post processing. I have heard other long time pro's say similar things. Me, I just shoot in BOTH and go from there!
 
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1) Welcome back
2) It sounds like you are actively trying to work on your social phobia. Kudos for that and all the best of luck.
3) I think Nikon has a winner system in the Z mirrorless. We all just hope that they make smart choices and bring out compelling and competitive products. I love my Z6 and the 50mm f/1.8 lens in Z mount is one of the sharpest lenses that I've ever owned.
 
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Sounds like a new beginning of a great photography journey. Congrats on taking the plunge - on the various levels that you are.

As others mentioned, I think it is worthwhile to shoot RAW + JPG. Compared to the time and energy it takes to go out into the field, storage of the files you capture is an insignificant challenge. It is better to have the NEFs archived in case you decide in the future that you wish to revisit an image for additional post production efforts.
 
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re: RAW vs. JPG

Work on your post processing workflow.
As you smoothen it out, it becomes easier to work with RAW files.

In my case, I primarily shoot JPG for school, because I am shooting VOLUME, 500-3,000 frames per game. The volume depends on the sport and which camera I use. The little bit of extra time doing a RAW to JPG conversion on each frame, adds up to a LOT of time. So, I sacrifice the salvageability of RAW for the faster workflow.

For my own stuff, I rather shoot RAW. Cuz I can tinker with it more in post processing.

But that it the point. YOU are doing more with RAW, vs. the camera doing stuff for you in JPG.
So if you would rather shoot than sit at the computer, JPG may be the way to go.
There is no one perfect answer, "it depends" on your specific situation.
And like me, you could shoot both RAW and JPG.
 
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Congrats 😊

Yes, get out and shoot, and enjoy yourself. 😁

A couple related tips.
1) Get a monopod, to help support the lens when you are out in the field.
My arms get TIRED when holding a heavy kit up for very long.
Using a monopod requires a bit of learning and compromise. But for somethings, I find it valuable, and worth it. I keep one in the trunk of my car.

2) Get an Arca Swiss (AS) plate for your Tamron, and screw it onto the tripod foot, if the foot does not already have an AS mount.
Then get an AS clamp and screw it onto a monopod.
The AS clamp is faster and easier to mount the lens to the monopod than screwing in the tripod screw.
 
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Thanks again for all the supportive comments :)

I got my first ever monopod today (only a £15 Amazon Basics one but it seems very sturdy. Already slapped my Manfrotto flat head on it so I can put my quick release plates on my Tamron (when it eventually get's on a plane and flies into my eager mitts)...

I am definitely going to look into the Arca Swiss thing as it does sound far more convenient than my old Manfrotto mount.

I am so looking forward to getting out and shooting with the Tamron. Plus I think my cat's will be relieved that mummy finally stops pointing that darned camera at them!

I have always shot raw+jpg on my Nikons and Canons. Sometimes it's made a few keepers that I would not have had otherwise. Now it's less off an issue as the exposure and colour of modern sensors have improved so much.

I am still going to shoot both. I like being able to share my favourite images with my friends and family; but I am fully committed to working with the raws for creativity as well as improving my lightroom and photoshop skills. Whilst disk space is cheap nowadays; as I have Aspergers I am very OCD about wastage so I will have to get into a robust culling routine. More time at my PC (3TB of nvme) or Macbook (512GB nvme) is fine with me though. I do have a 10TB NAS to back them all up on as well as my 2TB google drive and flickr accounts.

I need to properly organise my existing Photos folder first as it's not exactly tidy at the moment :( bad bunny lol

Currently looking a holster big enough to take the Z5, FTZ & Tamron 150-600 combo. Also gotta get me some khaki or green cargo pants and a light jacket to match. All of my jackets and cardigans are rather purpley in colour schemes and that's not exactly discrete so I must dress appropriately lol. I am sticking with my purple walking boots though - Rebel.

ok enough for tonight (bad pain day + Morphine = very very chatty bunny) :)

any more advice is welcome (except ghillie-suits, because hell no!)
 
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Ok, just a couple of my recentish pics. The Kitten was Loki (had to rehome as my other two Bengals took a dislike to him as he matured) and the multi-cat one is just so you folks can see myself and my furry children - Dexter, Star and Jackanory. That was the day I got my shiny Nikon Z5 :)

I will post some actual pics in a few weeks :)
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Using a monopod requires practice and technique.
It is like balancing on one leg. While there is vertical support, there is NO horizontal support. Thus VERY wobbly in the horizontal plane.
So I try to brace myself against something, like a tree, post, or wall, to deal with the horizontal stability issue.
Sometimes I will try to brace the monopod against my calf, but depending on what I am shooting, that does not often work, for me.
 
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Currently looking a holster big enough to take the Z5, FTZ & Tamron 150-600 combo. Also gotta get me some khaki or green cargo pants and a light jacket to match. All of my jackets and cardigans are rather purpley in colour schemes and that's not exactly discrete so I must dress appropriately lol. I am sticking with my purple walking boots though - Rebel.

any more advice is welcome (except ghillie-suits, because hell no!)
I use a ThinkTank Digital Holster 50 V2.0. Comfortably big enough for my D7500 with a 150-600 lens attached.

Think Tank Digital Holsters

Cheers
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Hi everyone.

after a break from photography due to my ill health: I am back. This time I got myself a Nikon Z5 with the 24-50 lens. I am really loving it.
Its soo much nicer than my old D750, lighter by a lot for me.
Congrats! I went the other way, from a Fuji x100t to a d750 and love it.

But I'm considering the Zfc w/ 24-50 for a carry around when they're readily available.
 
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Congrats! I went the other way, from a Fuji x100t to a d750 and love it.

But I'm considering the Zfc w/ 24-50 for a carry around when they're readily available.
I thought about the Z fc, in part because you just want to hug it, but I’m not convinced that brick shape will be comfortable.
 
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I thought about the Z fc, in part because you just want to hug it, but I’m not convinced that brick shape will be comfortable.
Well there is the grip that has been shown though it isn't clear where or when it will be released. I suspect there may be third party ones if enough of them sell.
 

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