My thoughts on Nikon D800 (not the “E”).

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Welcome back everyone!

As everyone knows (at least those that have been around long enough to have shot with film cameras like myself), a lot has changed in the world of photography.  I myself gave up film and moved to digital during the time Canon’s 20D was in it’s second year of existence.  I started out shooting with a Pentax K1000 before the idea of “digital capture” was discussed at a round table meeting or brilliant minds.  Then at some point I moved to the Minolta x370 (I’m pretty sure I named that right but it’s been so long ago).  I held on to that camera for a long time until the 20D came out with rave reviews and then that was the end of film for me.  It was quite the “progression” for me as I went through digital camera (Canon 40D, Nikon D300, D300s, D7000, D600, D7100) after digital camera.  My thoughts on the D7100 will be coming up later.  I just picked the camera up and I’m currently putting it through it’s paces.

The Nikon D800 (not the E) is truly an amazing camera in so many ways.  Of course nothings perfect…right?  Well…it’s true for the D800 as well.  I don’t shoot charts or anything like that but I do tend to pixel-peek.  You kind of have to if you expect your pictures to be printed in wide format.  I have read that the D800 is not a camera you want to shoot handheld.  I shoot handheld a lot because I move around a lot.  They are right.  Due to it’s “near medium format” resolution you will see your mistakes.  At least if you aren’t shooting at a fast enough shutter speed.  Many of my pictures (including the one here) was shot with the Nikon D800.  The picture of the bee in flight was shot handheld as well but I was it was shot at 1/2000th SEC @ f/8 with an ISO of 1000.  The lens?  Tamron 180mm macro lens.  If you are looking at this camera or the D810 as your main camera you need to think about what you are shooting.  This camera is great for fine art and such but I would look else where if you are into shooting sports, wildlife or photojournalism.  The one thing I can not give feed back on is how it hands with a VR lens.

I can attest that the camera does a pretty bang up job in the video side as well.  Unfortunately, like all DSLR’s, you are limited to time.  The D800 max running time is just shy of a full 30 minutes.  That’s just one of the negatives, the other is, when you are shooting continuously the camera will over heat and shut down.  So you have to be mindful of what you are shooting.  I’m personally not a fan of shooting video with a DSLR but sometimes you do what you have to do in a pinch.

Another gripe I do have with this camera is that Nikon’s QC seems to be slipping.  Either that or Nikon is too worried about the “bang-for-the-buck” features (as they are constantly trading blows with Canon it seems in product releases).  Something that you might have experienced already if you own one of these cameras or have read about it as a problem is the 10 pin receptor.  It sucks!  Period!  Mine stopped working and after doing some research I discovered that MANY people were having the same problem with this camera.  Way too much money for that to happen.

All in all I’m happy with the camera when it comes to specific types of shooting.  I admit that I have been tempted a time or two to switch back to Canon.  I have a few friends in the industry that shoot with Canon’s and I have always envied how well they handle in low light when it comes to noise compared to my Nikon’s.  I’m sticking with Nikon for the time being in hopes that they get it together over there and I’m quite intrigued about the new D750.  On the spec sheet it sounds like a beast of a mid range camera but will the “bells and whistles” outshine the important stuff once again…we’ll see.

Best wishes to you all!

R

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It helps to read the small print!

So it’s Friday.  The day I had wanted to give my friends here a video blog that comprises of interviews and insights on the indie film industry.  As you are all aware, I’m quite the novice when it comes to blogging and it was between WordPress, Tumblr and Google’s Eblogger.  Of course WordPress won over due to everyone’s suggestion that this in the most by successful bloggers.  I knew that other than printed text that I had also planned on videos as well.  I knew Tumblr allowed videos so I never thought twice about it with WordPress.

Of course!  Wouldn’t you know it!  The day (today) that I go to put out my first video blog EVER I am hit with reality that I have to upgrade to do so.  What does upgrade mean?  It means money.  We are talking about $100 bucks.  As for Tumblr, they have a limit of 5 minutes.  Not much of an interview then.  I did go back and try to edit it down but it was going to look terrible and I will not do that to you.  At least now I know.  So next week it will be on Tumblr.  Not because I’m a tight wad but because I have put out too much “green” already just trying to revamp my image and career.

Don’t forget to come back Monday as I will be talking about my experience working with the Nikon D800 and the Tokina 100mm macro lens with a sample image or two.

Until then, I hope you have a great day.  Please be safe and be courteous!

Warmly,

Robert

Great place for being a shutter bug!

Hi everyone.

As my blog is only in it’s infancy (day two of blogging) stage I have yet received any questions regarding photography and indie filmmaking.  So I will tell you about a place that I love to shoot at.  Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.  The garden is a must for those of us into nature photography.  As you will see from the pictures below, you just never know what you’ll come across.   While you won’t be guaranteed to see these particular birds on a daily basis, what you can bank on is beautiful floral of all kinds thanks to the teams tireless work.  Pay close attention because some of the coolest things to shoot end up being pretty small.  I have even seen a couple of resident chipmunks there!  It’s a big garden but not overly big (unless you are carrying like 40lbs of equipment…then it feels like a it’s the size of Long Island).  I won’t go into all the different sections the garden has but I will tell you that you can get in free from 10am and 12pm on Tuesdays and Saturdays!  If you are interested in my weekend work shop on “Closeup with Nature” just drop me a line and I’ll give you all the details!

Warmly,

Robert

www.robertwallaceproductions.com

“where photography and videography meets artistic imagery”

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Introduction

 

Hi everyone.

As promised, it is Monday, the first day of my blog.  I must say I was very close to delaying it by another week.  I have been very busy working on a new website as one of my steps to reinvent myself and it has put me “behind the eight ball” with preparation for the blog.   So today is the official introduction and to let you know what you can expect. I will post early to mid evenings (on the days below) most of the time but there will be those occasions where I’ll be forced to throw it out there early mornings.

Day one (Monday) will be about the world of photography.  There will be how to’s, tips, reviews and possibly interviews with other folks in the industry of photography.  So if you have anything that you would like to see covered or suggestion…well…drop me an email!

Day two (Wednesday) is all about answering the questions of enquiring minds.  Don’t worry about bad information though.  If I don’t know the answer, I will get it.  As mentioned before, in the case of an absence of questions, I will fill in the day’s blog on locations and my experience shooting there.

Day three (Friday) is all about the independent film industry.  On this day you can look forward to interviews of directors, producers, crew members and talent.  I’ll work hard at getting you behind-the-scenes when possible.  There will be an occasional off day where I’ll fill in with my personal views of movies.

So come on back and visit.  Your support, suggestion and feedback are very important to me.

Warmly,

Robert

www.robertwallaceproductions.com

“where photography and videography meets artistic imagery”

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