knightphoto: October 2009 Archives

Detailed Equip. List



D700, D7000, D300, and MB-D10


10.5mm f2.8 G

16-35 f4

24-70mm f2.8

28-105mm f3.5-4.5 AF

50mm f1.4 (Sigma)

70-200mm f2.8 VR II

105mm f2.5 AI

500mm VR (arrived Sep-18, 2008 - took 5.5 months from time of order)




Kirk Flash Extender IV

77mm Canon 500D close-up filter for 70-200 for casual VR close-ups (this plus my 28-105 are my current macro tools).

77mm and 72mm polarizers that don't get used much




D700 for my wide-angle and normal work, plus low-light. D300 for my fisheye and especially for telephoto work (I plan to continue to own a DX body more or less forever, I like the FOV!). With the way sensors are being continuously improved, I believe DX will continue to be very viable indeed, in which case DX offers a very nice telephoto FOV advantage - and especially for my supertelephoto to which it is more or less permanently mounted!

My camera progression was Fuji 1/2 frame rangefinder, Minolta XE-5, XE-7, Nikon F2AS (black), Pentax film 28-90 rangefinder, wfe's Pentax ME-Super, Coolpix 5000 (unfortunately broke it), D200, D300, D700

Capture NX 2.2.3

MB-D10 (with NiMh)

Two Coolpix S51 for family

Sold Items

SB-600 (shouldn't have sold it, would make a nice second flash)

D200 (sold when I got my D300)

10-20mm f4-5.6 Sigma (liked it, sold due to FX)

12-24mm f4.5-5.6 Sigma (not very sharp unless stopped down to f16)

18-200mm f3.5-5.6 version 1 (loved this lens, but due to FX was not getting much use)

50mm f1.8D (great bargain and very sharp stopped down)

70-200mm f2.8 VR I (I was actually quite happy with this on a D700, but VRII is better)

70-300mm f4-5.6 G (cheapo non-ED, non-VR, purchased as a stop-gap)

85mm f1.8D (mistake to have sold it anticipating the 'just around the corner' AF-S f1.4 which of course took several years to arrive and now I have other priorities ;-) )

135mm f2 DC (loved this lens, sold to fund my upcoming first pro body)

180mm f2.8 AF (non-D, metal barrel - great lens just not getting much use due to 70-200)

TC20E I (see me sub-gallery within birds for 70-200 + TC20E images.  With a little effort one can wring some decent images out of this combo.  Still 2x teleconverters are a big compromise) 

Sold back in the early nineties

F2AS & MF 20mm, 24mm f2.8, 28mm f2, 50 f1.4, 80-200 f4.5, 300 f4.5, tokina 500mm f8 mirror


iMac 24" (intel dual core 2.4Ghz), 4gig memory & 750 Gb hard-drive and 500Gb/1Tb external drives (all chock-full)

Jason Odell's two e-books: The Photographer?s Guide to Capture NX and NX2

Photomatix Pro 3.2.6

Thom Hogan's D700 eGuide book

Phottix Cleon N8 wireless remote


Gitzo GT5541LS and a bunch of other goodies from PhotoProShop here at Nikonians (please buy your tripod and other gear here to support Nikonians!)

Manfrotto 681B monopod with Manfrotto 3232 tilt-swivel head and RRS Clamp

(note I recommend the 680B instead for shorter collapsed height)

old Linhof Tripod, and a reflector stand for gold/white reflector and speedlights


Jobu Design Black Widow Gimbal (heavy duty model) and Grande Plate

Jobu Design gimbal flash bracket

Kirk LP-47 replacement foot for the 500VR

Kirk BH-3 Ballhead soon to be mounted on a Jobu Design Ground-Pod

old Leitz Ballhead

D300 Markins BI-DIRECTIONAL camera plate for use in 'forward' orientation on my monopod clamp and on my gimbal


Think Tank Photo - Urban Disguise 40 (fits an amazing amount of kit but is overstuffed these days!) so have now added a TTF Airport International


LumiQuest Soft Screen flash diffuser for my built in flash used as a commander for off-camera flash


Clock - need more time of late to for post-processing!  I have a ton of unprocessed raw kicking around and full hard-drives everywhere I look ;-)

Gear Wishlist

---- Camera WishList ---- DX
Could we someday have a DX sensor with the high iso performance of the current D3 or D3S (or even better when post-bayer arrives?). For now I will plan to order a D400 as soon as it is announced on the assumption that I will get better or same resolution as the D300 but more important to me, better high ISO. Note - now that the D3S is out and seeing what Nikon did there, it is too bad they did not apply the same voodoo to the D300S. A D300S with one-stop improvement over the D300 would have caught my attention!
How about in five years time a high megapixel FX sensor (maybe post-bayer), more frame covering focussing points than current models, and a better than D3-level high iso performance? Lets say an FX camera with D700 size, D3X sensor detail, and D3S high ISO ;-) Oh right, and D-movie with very good AF capability on both my DX (wildlife) and FX (theatre) cameras! To sum up, due to continuing sensor improvements that I find very useful, I expect to continue to upgrade both my cameras for years to come. I find the price difference when selling the previous model and buying the new one tolerable. And the monthly cost of ownership (factoring in new price less sold price of old model) is reasonable measured against the great pleasure of shooting these cameras!
--- Long-term Lens WishList ----
- Nikon 14-24mm - what a lens! - a 24mm PC-E (by the time I'm ready, one that tilts in both orientations) - a 24-105mm f4 N VRII might be nice, but then again if I'm going out shooting with one lens only, perhaps a 28-200mm f3.5-5.6 VR makes more sense? Maybe a Tamron 28-300mm VC, I tested one once and I felt the resulting images were very good! Plus I like to spread my business out to the odd third-party supplier too, even though I generally love my Nikon gear. - 85mm f1.4 AFS and I would like it to be VR for theatre and portraits - Tokina 100mm macro perhaps as a reasonable stop-gap?
- longer-term a 200 f4 VR micro and a Kirk macro focussing rail (was about to order a used 200, but I don't have enough shooting time right now to truly devote to macro, maybe when I retire...) - And you know, I would love that 200mm f2! It is such a great image making machine, but I don't have the shooting time/opportunities to justify that price unfortunately, whereas I get out and and use my wildlife stuff all the time. - 300-800mm OS (Sigma). Before the currency crashes this was an absolute bargain! But they need to add tripod-mode OS perhaps to make it a can't miss lens?
Have you noticed there are a LOT of agonizing decisions in trying to assemble an all around lens kit ;-) I need a Kirk FatBag or BLUBB beanbag or similar ---- Software I need to add over time ----
Vincent Versace Capture NX2 instructional DVD
NIK Software Color Efex Pro and Silver Efex Pro

(the following need to develop stand-alone or Capture NX plug-in versions since I don't use Photoshop)
Topaz filters (especially Simplify and NR)
Portrait Professional
Genuine Fractals

Plus I want to try out pano/stitching at some point too!

Meanwhile I am a committed Capture NX2 user still with lots to learn. Also I just got Photomatix Pro for HDRs, so will be shooting a lot of 5-shot bursts from here on in ;-) ---- Lighting Wishlist ---- - Nikon's A Hands-on Guide to Creative Lighting DVD
- I also would like to add an SB-900 and future SB-700 (for a total of 3 units including my SB-800), plus an umbrella and softbox and other strobist stuff. I am always very impressed with mastery and control of artificial light, and would love to learn this side of photography!

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