February 21, 2017
NiMH puzzle, D200 dead?, Triptych tips and more.....Here are some of the topics and news items we're tracking for our community this week.
1- NiMH batteries puzzle
I was wondering if anyone has encountered a problem trying to use nickel metal hydride batteries in the MB-D17 battery grip with the D500?
When I tried using my 2700mAh, fully charged batteries, the camera would show a full charge, then after one picture, it shows low charge and will not work. If I remove the batteries and re-insert them, the camera once again shows full charge, take one picture, then shows low charge and won't work. I called Nikon tech help and all they could tell me was I'm using the wrong brand of battery, I should use Energizer or Duracell. I don't think the camera cares what brand I use as long as they supply the necessary voltage.
I know Ni-MH batteries don't have as high voltage as alkaline or lithium, so I thought that's the reason for the three battery type options listed under MB-D17 battery type, so it would accept the lower voltage, 9.6 vs 12. Anyone have any input on this issue?
Replies to this particular question may be useful to any of our members with battery issues.
2- Nikonians Uploader for Mac v1.32 now available
The Nikonians Uploader is an application allowing you to easily upload images to the Nikonians galleries directly from your Mac by simple drag & drop functionality.
The latest version of the Nikonians Uploader works on Mac OS X Lion (Mac OS X 10.7) up to and including El Capitan (10.11).
It is available for free to Nikonians on a Silver membership or higher.
3- Pocket Watches anyone?
It all started with a simple question about a certain purchase-- and soon our members with collections started listing their favorites.
The neat part is our members used well-done macro shooting to illustrate their replies.
Here's a sample:
I own five, all family heirlooms. The ones at 12:00 and 2:00 belonged to my father, a violinist who felt a wristwatch interfered with his ability to play. The newer Hamilton was presented to him by the Women's Committee of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 1959. Continuing clockwise around the circle, my paternal grandfather's watch, my maternal grandfather's watch (a college graduation gift perhaps, engraved with his name in 1905), and finally, a watch belonging to a great uncle.
All are in working order. I have no idea what their dollar value is, and I don't care.
For the record, my dad was also a Nikon man. He bought his Nikon Photomic T and a variety of lenses at the Sony Galleria in Tokyo on a CSO world tour sponsored by the U.S. State Department in 1966. He brought one back for me, too.
Join the discussion if you want to show us your favorite pocket watch.
4- D200 Disaster
Here is the original question:
I am desperate, I bought today a nice D200 second hand. I decided to upgrade the firmware.
I downloaded the file from Nikon's website, formatted a CF card (Sandisk Ultra 4GB) in camera, copied the A file to the card with a card reader in my PC and started the update.
Once he was done and told me to switch off the camera I had a PG UP warning on the top LCD.
I took out the CF card copied the B file to it and put it back in. When I tried to switch the camera back on it stayed with the PG UP warning and nothing happened. I took out the battery to restart the camera.
However now the camera is completely dead. It doesn't switch on. There is nothing on the top LCD. It just doesn't do anything.
If anyone has any idea, please let me know. Thanks a lot.
5- Jig-saw selfie
During discussion on the project he told us:
I think that the most useful feature of PS that I discovered answered one of my biggest frustrations: how to easily identify and select a particular layer within a multi-layer document...simply right click on the point in the image that you want to manipulate and a window pops up showing the stack of layers (and masks) that exists under your cursor: just click the one you want and it's selected without having to visit the layers panel.
How is it that all the tutorials I've followed didn't mention that?
6- Triptych tips
Here is a sample of some comments:
• Terrific action shots, but I'd love to see more of the horses.
• I agree with Candy, more horse. Is there a chance you could change to Landscape mode, widen each panel?
• Lovely and exceptional works. My eyes visualize the scene better with the vertical presentation,it seems to flow better.
• Great attempt - and so much to work with. My two thoughts echo the other's thoughts.
The top attempt;
The middle photo is a nice composition but it took study to figure out what was going on. Also if you study the triptychs in the history of painting, you may notice there is a composition of each and a composition of all three. The composition of all three in the top group is very poor in my opinion.
The second group;
This is so much better. It is clear what is going on and the composition is more pleasing. If the center image was slightly more to the left and the top to the right, you would have the classic triangle composition.
7- February Assignment no shows
Rob tells us:
February is a short month. Rather than burden you with a specific assignment that you may or may not be able to perform during this short month, I am instead letting you decide what your subject will be.
The assignment is wide open. - You decide! Shoot anything you want. Have fun with the assignment, but make sure the image is wall worthy.
There are no other restrictions except that your image(s) must be taken during the month of February, 2017. Using images taken prior to February, 2017, is not permitted and will be deleted. Please honor the rules of the assignment.
We encourage you to grab your camera and enter your image in the February assignment today.
8- Markins Ball Heads explained
Nikonians co-founder J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) has posted an article explaining Markins ball head models and new modules.
The brief article includes the introduction of new modules -- the BV-12 which can be used on the Q10i and Q10i-Q and the BV-22 for the Q20i and Q20i-Q.
These modules mount on the ball head clamp (dropped on the open channel) and serve to constrain all camera-lens movements except for up and down tilt, allowing for use of the ball head pan capability. This makes Birds in Flight (BIF) photography and Video (hence the denomination BV) an efficient delight. In fact, the BV module replaces the need for an obtrusive Gimbal head or a Sidekick for BIF and for another head for video.
Posted by flashdeadline at February 21, 2017 10:45 PM
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