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  1. The credentials of the E-M1 Mk2 as a 4K DCI video camera is pretty good so this may be one reason why Olympus equipped it with such for stills-photographer wanting to shoot 4K video (a more video-oriented shooter will most likely choose a Panasonic GH5). But I think Olympus can do better with the screen design. I used a friend's Fuji X-T2 with an L-plate recently. I had a chuckle when I found out that he did not know that the X-T2 rear screen can articulate while on vertical orientation. I promptly showed him and he was all smiles after that. I said that I also tested the Fuji GFX 50S and saw that its rear screen has a similar mechanism. I hope that Olympus can implement a similar rear screen for the E-M1 Mk3.
  2. These are very good results from your new lens Andrew! I have reached my self-imposed quota on acquiring any new lenses for the F-mount but am thinking of making an exception for a Nikkor 300mm f/4 PF or a Nikkor 19mm f/4 PC-E. The decision of which to acquire will depend on what FX camera Nikon will announce this year. Looking at your photos with the 300mm f/4 PF, I will need to view some excellent photos with the 19mm f/4 PC-E to balance the equation!
  3. Luc, I always combine ambient light and flash as much as possible. In low light, I set the camera setting at -1 EV from the metered values, and then supplement this with fill-in light using the flash. When the subjects are posed as yours have been, I set the flash on manual mode, then set power setting accordingly. To minimize having have to set the flash on high power setting, I tweak the flash zoom setting (if available) so that the light will be directed to the subject as needed rather than to all over the place. in sum, my method involves fixing two settings, one for the camera and one for the flash. The flash is used primarily to supplement the ambient light and set at a power as to make the use of flash not apparent when the final image is processed.
  4. Thank you for your feedback on this. With an RRS L-plate on both my pair of E-M1, I understand your concerns on how Kirk has designed its L-plate for the E-M1 Mk2. I will not be migrating to the E-M1 Mk2 but am curious as to how RRS will handle the design of its L-plate given the new design of the E-M1 Mk2 rear screen.
  5. When no photos are involved, I have used the "Like this" button to indicate that I mainly concur with what has been posted. I do this when repeating what has been put out already would be repetitive and trite.
  6. Ann, the suggestion that a hefty knock that could distort the upper framework of the D700 magnesium body would likely also knock out the D700 as well and not just the hot shoe flash. Reading the various postings online, I asked the head-technician of the Nikon Service Center where I sent my D700 for service as to what was causing the problem. He believed that the problem was with the D700 hot shoe. The problem was common among those the early buyers of the D700. With the hot shoe replaced, he noted that there was no further problem among D700 users. many of who were using the D700 for wedding photography. My problem-free use of the D700 many years thereafter synch with what the head-technician said. Since the repair, I have not had the same problem occur. Had the body itself been the problem, the problem would have recurred immediately or shortly after after the hot shoe was replaced. I cannot imagine that the Nikon Service Center had the ability and would actually work to repair any disalignment in the D700 upper Magnesium body ... then after going through such arduous work, charge me an inconsequential fee for replacing the D700 hot shoe.
  7. I find it amazing how the D700 continues to feel so right in one's hands even as newer models with better sensors are now available from Nikon.
  8. Thanks Tom for that happy story of your D700. One reason why I am keeping my D700 is that it has been a faithful companion over the years and captured some of the most memorable photos of our family life. I shirk from the thought of selling it and having it go to someone who will not value and care for it as I did. I would say that my story could be a variation of Woody in Disney's "Toy Story" (if you are familiar with that animation movie). It must be a great consolation to have a favorite gear go to someone who will care and use it well, as seems to be the case with your D700. The color characteristic of the D700 and the D3s are practically identical so they make a good pair when I need a dual body. The D700 is seeing more use than the D3s as while the D3s excel at higher ISO, they are nearly identical until ISO 800 and the D700 is much lighter. For international travel, the weight and bulk of the body matters significantly so I have given up bringing the D3s for international travel. The D3s battery charger alone pretty much occupies the space and weight and an E-M1 and Panasonic 7-14mm f/4. Now that I use much quieter cameras (which includes the Nikon D500 and of course, the mirrorless cameras), the loud metallic crunch of the D3s shutter seems to is a bit too much for covering the Deaconal and Presbyteral ordination of Jesuit priests which I have covered as a volunteer for about 10 years now. So I supplemented the D700+MB-D10 + 24-70mm f/2.8 and the D3s + 70-200mm f/2.8G with a pair of quiet E-M1 matched with the Panasonic 42.5mm f/1.2 and Olympus 75mm f/1.8. I have used the E-M1 on totally silent mode while shooting at its highest frame rate during the most solemn part of the ordination where I could previously take only very few single shots with the D3s to avoid disrupting the ordination. The totally silent E-M1 have been a game changer in that respect! With the mass over and mirror and shutter noise no longer an issue, I switch over to the D8x0 for the ceremonial posed photos that follows and the D700/D3s for the candid shots. Larry
  9. Mine is now going 9 years and except for some wear on the rubber bits, is in tip-top shape as I always thoroughly clean it after every use before storing it in a humidity-controlled cabinet (a virtual necessity due to the high humidity). I still use this in conjunction with the D3s for covering events though I sometimes use a pair of D8x0 for covering events if I expect to take a good number of portrait or environmental/landscape photo. I learned MUP operation when I started taking more photos with a tripod. I used MUP even with the 12mp D700. My typical print size is 36" x 24". I appreciate the value of using MUP when I view very well defined prints taken with the 12mp of the D700. While there are those who would consider MUP as more essential in high resolution bodies, I think it is just as needed (or possibly perhaps even more so), when working with larger-sized prints with the 12mp D700.
  10. I use MUP for handheld shooting but rarely use MUP and shutter delay for handheld shooting. Its different when I am using a tripod. When equipped with a wireless shutter release, my minimum wait time after MUP is typically 5 seconds. When I am not using the wireless shutter release, I typically use the timer along with the 3-seconds delay after MUP. When conditions allow it, I dispense with the timer and instead use MUP followed by a 30-seconds delay after MUP for best results. The battery drains faster with the longer delay but the result makes it worth it. Having said that, the best that Nikon offers is a 1,2 3, or 30-seconds delay. My diminutive Panasonic G85 can be set anywhere from 1 to 9 seconds of delay after shutter release. Shooting this way with a mirrorless camera is a bit more convenient and more flexible. I typically use the electronic first curtain along with a 5, 7 or 9 seconds again depending on the subject and shooting conditions. Being mirrorless, the MUP and its attendant vibration is dispensed with completely.
  11. Its not a problem really but more that I find it easier to shoot vertically with a D500+MB-D10 than a D5. But I did however return the D5 so this is not an issue for me anymore. Chicken-wing photographer ... that's quite hilarious Ann! OK ... I learned a new word today. This might come as a surprise but I oftentimes use MUP even while handholding a dSLR whenever I am shooting at low shutter speed a non-moving subject. This initially required a bit of practice but I have no difficulty doing it now. In such instance, the ability to hold the camera steady while shooting vertically is needed so I put a premium on having easy access to the needed buttons. As an aside, doing away with the need for an MUP when using a mirrorless camera, plus the ability to use the electronic first curtain while looking out through the EVF (instead of a blacked out OVF) is one reason why I at times choose a mirrorless camera even as I find a dSLR the persuasive tool for certain uses.
  12. I find myself on the other side. It was the Nikon D700 hot shoe mount that was problematic and not the D700 chassis. This weakness was quickly remedied at minimal cost. I have had no problem with it since it was replaced despite using the D700 extensively with the big and bulky SB9x0. This is the only problem I ever had with the Nikon D700 and it has been a solid performer since I got it. I have no issue whatsoever with buying it at a lower price compared to my D3s. =) The D700 mated to an MB-D10 is ergonomically better than the D3s in that it had a separate AF point selector available when shooting on a vertical orientation. The top-of-the line D3 and D3s did not have this. The D4 and D5 have since remedied this. The MB-D10 can accept the D3s battery while the D700 can still take in an EN-EL3 battery. The D700+MB-D10 thus had a higher battery capacity than the D3/D3s and for me, is better balanced still than the D3s. I plan to keep my D700 indefinitely but will likely not do this with my D3s. The MB-D10 accepts AA battery and will ensure that I can use the D700 long after Nikon and after-market manufacturers stops making a battery for this. This will not be how it will be for the D3s which will become unusable for lack of a battery in the future. Interestingly, the D500 with the MB-D17 has better ergonomics than the D5 for vertical shooting. If the D500 body is mated with a 20.8mp or 24mp FX sensor, it may once again repeat the D700 experience where a lower model will have better ergonomics. The battery advantage from using the D500 + MB-D17 versus the D5 will also apply.
  13. Nikon's research did not do much for its decision to design, make and sell KeyMission cameras. Rather, it puts Nikon deeper in the mud. You only need to look at the reviews in Amazon and BH Photo to understand this. Personally, I have little trust in Nikon's ability to accurately identify the market needs. One only has to look at long delay of a D300 replacement and the absence of direct replacement of the D700 to date as an indication of this. The D750 can be a substitute but I would not consider it as a replacement of the D700. The D8x0 on the other hand is a more affordable, smaller and lighter substitute (so not a replacement thus) for a Nikon D3x. But I understand why you do not put much value on the Nikon DL. You do not have any interest in mirrorless camera and as such, have not followed it over the years and possibly missed much of the development that have happened since. Quite a number of us who do however consider the Nikon DL as critical in Nikon's continued success in the marketplace, specially when so much of the Nikon DL technology underpins Nikon's future mirrorless camera. I have absolutely no doubt that Nikon will need to introduce competent mirrorless camera if it is to remain competitive and profitable in the market.
  14. I eagerly await the time when Nikon would release a dSLR that would deliver the above-mentioned features I listed above. Hopefully, this would happen within the next 4-8 years though Nikon announcing such a dSLR this year would really be terrific.
  15. I would classify the Nikon DL as substantially higher up than the typical P&S camera so even as the P&S camera market has essentially faded away due to the extensive use of camera phones, the Nikon DL could have been successful and help add to Nikon's bottom line. A rising tide lifts all ships and every camera product that Nikon successfully makes has the same effect on all its other camera products. Without a wider market that would spread out the fixed expenses over many more camera units, Nikon would likely be selling its future cameras at 1.5x to 5x of its current pricing.