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   EQUIPMENT SHOWCASE
    Big Glass:

 

Sigma 300-800 F5.6

 

Nikkor 1200 F11 AIS   (sold)

 

 

400 F5.6 Nikkor P

 

 

Vivitar 800 F8

    Collectible:

   

Contax IIIA   

 

  Nippon Kogaku

 

 

18 F4 Nikkor

 

 

200 F4 Nikkor Q

 

 

   PRIMARY KITS:

 Breakthrough:

   82  X2 CPL

   82  X4 3X CPL

   82  X2 6X NG

   77 - > 82

     
  (XUME)

Travel - Landscape Weekend  Travel - Wildlife Extreme - Wildlife

 

  Accelerator (fits 737)    5.5
  Z7 + 24-105 A Sigma    3.25
  Z7 + 17-70 Sigma  C    xx
  D850 + 100-400 Tam.    3.8
  14-30 Nikon    xx
  Tamron 1.4x    0.5
     16.45

 

  Tamrac Backpack 787    7.5
  Z7 + 14-30 Nikon    2.4
  Z7 + 35-150    3.0
  D850 + 150-600 G2    5.7
  Tamron 1.4x    0.5
    
     19.1
  Antedote v2  (fits CRJ)    3.5
  Z7 + 14-30 Nikon    2.4
  Z7 + 35-150    3.0
  D850 + 150 - 600 G2    5.7
  Tamron 1.4x    0.5
  77 mm Close-up    0.5
     15.6
  Antedote v2  (fits CRJ)    3.5
  Z7 + 24 - 120 Nikon    2.4
  P1000    3.1
  D850 + bat + 150-600 G2    7.9
  Tamron 1.4x    0.5
    
    17.4

 

 

         Accessories:

 

A Step Beyond

Bag Swap

In-Field Bag   (Carry-on)

     

-  Graduated ND filter:  82 mm 3X soft   

  -  Select filter size fold. (Pol. / 4 stop)

  -  2 Remote Releases (850 / Z7)

  -  Hoodman Loupe

  -  Flash light

 

 

  -  Slik Pro 724CF / level / Acratech

   -  Sony RX100 II - Infrared

 

 

   Croakies

   Liner Gloves
   Gortex hat
   Knee Pad

   Rag

   Gaffers tape / Rubber Bands

   Suntan lotion

   Deet 30 wipes

   Band-Aids

  

 

  Sun  /  Reading glasses / Croakies

  Cold Glove / Lte Glove / Chem Warm
  Gortex Hat / Warm Hat / Neck Warmer
  Packable rain pants & hoodie

  Totes Umb.

  Micro fiber cloth  / Towel  
  Bonine / Band-Aids

  Selfie stick

  Bottled Water (at location)  

 

  

 

   DSLR PROPERTIES:
 

 

          DSLR Physical Specs Comparisons    (non tested performance)

 

Z7 (*)

D850

D810

D750

D500

D7200

Z6

 Introduced: 2018 2017 2014 2014 2017 2015 2018
 Coverage:  FF FF FF FF DX DX DX
 MP: 45.7 45.7 36.2 24.3 20.9 24 24
 Low Pass Filter: No No No No No No Yes
 FPS: 5.5 / 9 7 / 9 5 6.5 12 6 5.5 / 12
 Buffer: (Raw/JPG) 23  na / 200      na / 200  97 / 200 12
 Auto ISO: Yes Yes ? No ? No ?
 Ho Lite Wtd Meter: Yes Yes no no yes no yes
 DXO / ISO: 99 / 2668 100 / 2660 97 / 2853 93 / 2956 84 / 1324 87 / 1333  
 7 Stop DR min:   3,200 ISO 2,500 ISO        
               
 Battery: EN-EL 15A/B EN-EL 15A EN-EL 15A EN-EL 15A EN-EL 15A EN-EL 15A EN-EL 15A
 Battery Life: 310     1230     330
 Weight: (lbs) 1.29 2.01 1.94 1.7 1.68 1.49 1.29

       (*) Z7 at 9FPS locks exposure and won't shoot 14 bit RAW.  JPG and 12 bit RAW OK.

 

  

 

   BODY SETUP:

 

New Body - Hardware

New Body Startup - Settings

D500 Auto Fine Tune

    

Install hard, back LCD cover.
Install generic camera strap.
Gaffer tape over front ID.
Install auto twist & release plate.
Place body ID label on prism.
Place owner ID label somewhere.
Add bubble level to hot shoe.
Record serial number.
  
  
  

    

        

     Back LCD - stay on 5 sec.

         View "highlights".

         View "Histogram".

     Meter Mode - Multi Segment

     Drive Mode: H

     Auto Focus- single point

          Auto Focus - Continuous

     Turn image rotation off    

     Pencil ... shooting mode ... 100%    

    Histogram in Live View   

         (LV ... OK ... INFO)   1st time only

 

 

 1) "Single point focus" and "AF-S"  (A10)
 2) Place on tripod and "manual focus"
 3) Hold down "AF Mode" (bottom left) and
      "Video Record" (top right) for 2 sec.
 4) "Wrench" "auto fine tune" for value
 5) Perform test 12 times ...median & enter

     (Put back on AF-C when done.)

 

  
  
  

 

RX100 II - IR

xxx

Z7 Assign Exp. Bracket to Fn1 Button

    

    - Place camera in P (red) mode

  MENU
    - Image size:  L:20M
    - Quality: Fine

    - Focus mode: single shot AF

    - ISO: ISO Auto

    - White Balance: Auto WB

    - Picture Effect: High Contrast Mono

    

        

  

  
 
   

 

   

    

   

   

 

  Custom Setting Menu

  Controls
  Custom Control Assignment
  Fn1 Button  
  Bkt

  

   
   

 

P1000 Setup

 

 

      BIRDS     (No RAW in BIRDS MODE - JPG only):

         MACROS:

   

        (Turn  MODE DIAL to "S" (Shutter priority)

        Image Quality ... RAW + F

        Image Size ... 16m

        Metering ... matrix

        Continuous ... S (Single)

       AF Area Mode ... Subject Tracking

       Autofocus Mode ... AF-F  (Full Time Autofocus)

       Startup Zoom Position ... 135

   

       Use Viewfinder to change SHUTTER SPEED

     

     (Turn  MODE DIAL to SCENE)

        Menu ... Scene ... Close Up ... NORM Single Shot

                       Scene ... Image Quality ... Fine

                       Scene ...  Image Size ... 16m 

 

 

        Menu ... Wrench ... Format Card

      

    

 

   LENS  REVIEWS:

 

Parameters:

Tamron 100-400 vs Sigma 100-400

Sigma Lens Settings

          1. Resolution (3D quality)

          2. Contrast

          3. Micro Contrast

          4. Lens flare

          5. Bokeh

          6. Clarity

          7. Continuity

          8. Manual focus override

        10. Auto focus while zooming

        11. Close Focus

        12. Focus shift / breathing

        13. Weight

        14. Aperture change in Live View

 

  100-400 Tamron Sigma
  Aperture:  4.5-6.3 5.0-6.3
  Resolution:  V. Good V. Good
  Flare: Good Good
  Lens Correct:  V. Good V. Good
  Bokeh:  OK

OK

  AF: V. Good OK
  AF Over ride: V. Good OK
  Stabilization: V. Good Hmm
  Close Focus: 4.9' / 1:3.8 5.25' / 1:3.6
  Close-up Res:  Good V. Good
  Tripod Collar: Yes No
  Weight: (lbs) 2.45 2.55
  DXO Score na na

 

   

Before adjusting lens, compare images taken through viewfinder versus

through "live view" at sensor.   

             

  Sigma 150-600 S

         FAR
150 10 12 14 14
300 8 7 7 7
450 2 2 2 2
600 2 9 14 0

  

 

 

   Lens  - Wide Angle:

* = z7 Compatible 

  

 

Nik S 14-30 *

Nik 16-35 *

Nik 17-35

Tam 17-35 *

Sig 24-105 *

Nik 24-120 *

Tam 35-150 *

 Max Aperture: F4 F4 F2.8 F2.8-4 F4 F4 F2.8-4
 Introduced: 2019 2010 1999 2018 2013 2010 2019
 Coverage: FF FF  FF FF FF FF FF
 Retractable: yes no  no yes yes yes yes
 Glass: 4 ED / 4 asph 2 ED / 3 asph 2 ED / 3 asph 4 ED/2 GM 19 / 3 asph 2 ED / 3 hybr 19/14 3 LD
 Diaphragm: 7 9 9 7 9 9 9
 Filter Thread: 82 77 77 77 82 77 77
 Auto Focus: Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
 MF Override: Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes  
 Stabilization: No Yes No No Yes VRII  
 Weight: 1.07 1.5 lbs 1.65 lbs 1.1 lbs 1.95 lbs 1.6 1.74 lbs
 Close Focus: 11.02 in. 11.4 in. 11 in. 11 in. 1.48 ft. 1.48 ft 1.48 ft
                             
DXO / Sharp 24 / 17 25 / 19 22 / 14   28 / 25 25 / 15    

   

 

 

   Lens - Telephoto:

 

  

 

Tam 100-400 *

Tam 150-600 *

 

 

 

 

 

 Max Aperture: F4.5 - 6.3 F5 - 6.3          
 Introduced: 2017 2014          
 Coverage: FF FF          
 Retractable: Yes Yes          
 Glass: 17/11 3 LD 21/13 3 LD          
 Diaphragm: 9 9          
 Filter Thread: 67 95          
 Auto Focus: Yes Yes          
 MF Override: Yes            
 Stabilization: Yes yes          
 Weight: 2.45 lbs 4.4 lbs          
 Close Focus: 4.9 ft 7.2 ft          
                             
DXO / Sharp   22 / 16                    

   

 

 

   BAGS & TRIPODS:

 

Think Tank Camera Bags on Planes

Tripods

xxx

 

Think

Tank

 

Accel

erator

Anti

dote

Com

muter

  Airline

737

CRJ

CRJ +

Tall: 22" 20.5" 17" 18"
Wide:  14" 14" 12" 12.5"
Deep:  9" 9" 7" 8.5"

 

 

         

 

   COMPUTER:

 

Post Processing Computer Specs

Software - Post process

 

    

           - Antec case

           - 650 watt power

           - i7-6700k 3.5ghz

           - Asus Z170 Delux LGA ATX Mother

           - EVGA GTx 970 4gb Video

           - Samsung Evo Pro 1TB SSD

           - 3 x WD 6tb Green HDs

           - DVD

           - Windows 7 pro 64

 

      

           - Photo Mechanic 5.0

           - Photoshop CC 15.5

           - Nik Collection

           - Pictocolor

           - Topaz - Noise AI / Sharpen AI

   

 

 

 

   TRAVEL:

 

Pre-trip Prep

Travel Docs

 Electronics  Case

 

 1)  Charge batteries.

 2)  Format memory card.
 3)  Clean sensor.

 4)  RAW + Fine.

 5)  Aperture priority / Auto ISO.

 6)  ISO 200.
 7)  F11.        

 8)  Check Exposure compensation.

 9)  Check Bracketing.

10)  Check highlight weighted metering

       

 

Airline Itinerary
Hotel  Itinerary
Passport
Passport copy
  
Trip Insurance Doc.
Emergency Tele #
Currency / Tips Envelopes
 
 

 

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   NIKON DSLR HISTORY:                                               NIKON MP HISTORY:

 

 

DX

DX

DX

DX

 

FX

FX

2000

 

F100

 

 

 

 

 

2001

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2002

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2003

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2004

 

D2H

 

 

 

 

 

2005

 

D2X

 

 

 

 

 

2006

 

 

D200

 

 

 

 

2007

 

D300

D200

 

 

 

 

2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2010

 

D2000

D2000

 

 

 

 

2011

 

 

A580

A77

 

 

 

2012

 

 

 

A57

 

D800

 

2013

 

D7100

D7100

A77 II

 

 

 

2014

 

 

 

A77 II

 

D810

 

2015

 D7200

D7200

 

P900

 

 

 

2016

D500

 

 

RX100 4

 

D750

 

2017

 

 

 

 

 

D850

D850

2018

 

 

 

P1000

 

Z7

 

2019

 

 

 

 

 

Z7

 

2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MP

2000

F100

 

2001

 

 

2002

 

 

2003

 

 

2004

D2H

4.1

2005

D2X

12.4

2006

 D200

10.2

2007

D300

12.3

2008

 

 

2009

 

 

2010

D7000

16.2

2011

 

 

2012

 

 

2013

D7100

 24.1

2014

D810

36.3

2015

D7200

24.2

2016

 D750

D500

24.3

20.9

2017

D850

45.6

2018

Z7

45.6

2019

 

 

2020