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A Day with History

In Standard by Patrick

Military history is a passion of mine and when I had the opportunity to walk through actual history, I jumped at the chance. The piece of history that I am referring to is the the USS Yorktown Essex class Aircraft carrier. Known as the Fighting Lady, this carrier was first commissioned in 1937 and was named after the battle of …

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Nikon firmware update for Z9 Z6II and Z7II

In Standard by Patrick

Massive long awaited firmware updates for the Nikon Z9, the Nikon Z6II and the Z7II. Nikon created a webpage just for these updates which indicates the significance of the update as they usually don’t have a dedicated site for updates. You can find it here: Firmware 2.0 The firmware is going to drop on April 20th.

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Re-work of Lightroom Catalog

In Standard by Patrick

I have done numerous posts on how I manage my images using a combination of Adobe Lightroom and Photomechanic. Lightroom Migration – Part 1 Lightroom Migration – Part 2 Benefits of one Lightroom Catalog Way back in 2016 when Scott Kelby introduced me to his SLIM system for managing images I have been using a variation of that with pretty …

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The forever wish list

In General Stuff by Patrick

I don’t know a photographer that doesn’t like new gear.  Camera bodies, lenses, accessories you name it.  Nikon just announced the development, which usually means in layman’ terms, that a production version is already being tested and has been built, of the the NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S Lens.  This is the ultimate in super-telephoto.   According to Nikon: The …

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Do you need Fine tuning for Mirrorless

In Standard by Patrick

When I first heard this I thought this is odd. Mostly because the beauty of mirrorless is that focus is always taken right off of the sensor and no AF-fine tuning is needed. My mirrorless cameras work fine with the F-mount lenses and I have not had any issues to date with focusing. In the old DSLR days, if you …

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NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S

In Standard by Patrick

Nikon just announced their latest mirror-less telephoto lens that has been rumored to be in the works for some time according to their timeline.   The NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S is going to be upwards of $14,000 once available to the public.  Boasting some impressive optical performance, the price tag is on par with it’s competitors Canon and …

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It has arrived!

In Camera Bag, Standard by Patrick

Over the last few months I have written blog posts about the Nikon Z9, the release of the Nikon Z9 and my finally taking the plunge to order the Nikon Z9 to replace the more than capable Nikon D6.  This was not a decision that I arrived at lightly as you can read in the previous post, but the writing …

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Nikon Z9 Released

In Standard by Patrick

Huge announcement from Nikon on October 28th, 2021 with the release of what they are calling their flagship camera, the Z9 plus 2 lenses. This further confirms to me that the age of the DSLR is fading fast as mirrorless is where camera companies are going to invest there efforts and time.    I own both a mirrorless and and …

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Nikon Z9

In General Stuff, Standard by Patrick

The rumored Nikon Z9 camera is supposedly going to be announced in October of 2021. The wait will be long according to Nikon Rumors secondary to part shortages and labor issues. It has been common knowledge that the Nikon Z9 was being used at the Olympics and all the EXIF data was removed so as not to draw questions. Here …

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Nikon slowly discontinuing DX lenses

In General Stuff by Patrick

It appears as if Nikon is slowly phasing out their DX cropped sensor cameras and lenses. Check any reputable site for Nikon like NikonRumors and you will see that for DX sensor bodies there are only about six lenses that they have not discontinued or archived. Here is the list to date: AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX …