Pixel Peeping

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Its so easy to be a victim of this – and to then find everything lacking.

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At normal viewing sizes (or web viewing) everything looks great,

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but then you zoom to 100% and SHOCK! you notice that focus isn’t exactly spot on.

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Damn, didn’t you know that lens was a dud?  – send it back!

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I jest not, I fall victim to this myself.

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I pay for a lens (normally not cheap) and I want it to work perfectly.I don’t want to mess around with AF fine tune and all that malarkey.

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But, in all seriousness, unless the problem is actually noticeable un-zoomed, much as it peeves me, I am less than likely to do anything about it.

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Now when it comes to camera bodies (yes Nikon, I am specifically talking about you) that’s a while ‘nother story.

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(P.S Which may get more than a passing mention depending when mine is finally returned to me)

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O.M.G

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I am (currently) camera-less!!

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Not quite sure what to do with myself. I’m so used to having a camera wherever I go that I feel somewhat redundant without.

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But I am hoping its a short separation. I’ve shipped it off to Nikon repair for a focussing issue, quite well reported with this particular model.

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It’s a bit of a test too, I want to see how well Nikon deal with the warranty repair – before buying an FF body to round out my kit.

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Watch this space…

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…..and check out the WEIRD ‘bokeh’ from the 85mm F1.8D

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Builder’s Hands

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Despite having thoroughly researched all the necessary equipment for ‘Pro’ work there still seems to be a myriad of options, within each option, and budget.

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Bearing in mind that every photographer is different – some have vast kits comprising many different lenses to cover a vast array of scenarios.

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Others are very specific in the look they like to achieve and the lenses they require for their work.

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MOST recommend a fairly basic setup of two camera bodies, a fast standard zoom (24-70mm F2.8), a telephoto zoom (70-200mm f2.80 and an even faster prime (85mm F1.4ish).

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On this basis I have acquired a D7k as a back up body with a 50mm F1.8 and Sigma 50-150mm F2.8, bearing equivalence to FF in mind, and, an 85mm F1.8G and 24-70mm F2.8 for either a D750 or D810, I cant decide which, though i might swap the primes around.

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Amidst this little building project i have to send my brand new D7k to Nikon for repair/Service as it seems plagued by the well reported back focus issue. (see below).

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Whilst that is in the shop I will let heal the callouses on my hands, from the ridiculously difficult job of spending.

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Re-Record, Not Fade Away

Who remembers that advert (Scotch Videotape 1985)

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Well, the best way to test a lens is of course, on a tripod, with flash, on a static subject. That’s what I did. Though its not the way I shoot at all (wouldn’t it be great? every pic would be flawless!)

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As you can see Casey was more than eager to participate (NOT) in the five minute test.  But it proves that lens and body work perfectly well.

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Happy days. (Except the flash didn’t fire in the  B & W shot)

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Baby Bazooka

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I thought I would have to wait longer for this ‘little’ lens to arrive in the post. But today it appeared, as if by magic!

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The parcel was really small, to the point that I thought it was actually something completely different, as the full frame alternative – Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 – is significantly bigger and heavier. I thought there would be less to distinguish them.

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For those potentially upgrading to FF it really is a bit of foolish purchase, unless weight is REAL issue, as it is specifically made for DX format bodies, like the D7000.

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On crop sensor bodies it supposedly performs better than its FF counterpart, but i’m sure that would be splitting hairs in real use.

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Still, right now I have a crop sensor body and the Sigma 50-150mm F 2.8 is half the price of its bigger brother, The Bazooka, and that suits my pocket right now. 

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How’d it do? Pretty good. I’m not blown away (as in the Sigma 100-300mm F4) but there is nothing to dislike at all. The focussing speed and acquisition, (and this is the non IS version i’m speaking of) , contrast, colour and sharpness are all subject to the same user flaws as any other lens.

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So…..am I happy? Yup. My crop sensor set up is growing, and whilst I really should refrain from DX lenses as a majority, this one is a perfect example of all that right with the smaller sensor format.

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Size/Weight, affordability and NEED. Yes folks, need, not desire. You read it here first. Lol. 

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