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About Luke_Miller

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  • Real Name
    Luke H Miller
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    Rural Virginia
  • Photographic Interests
    Photography, videography, shooting, golf
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  • Fav. Camera
    Nikon D810
  • Fav. Lens
    Nikon AF-S 105mm f1.4
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    Capture One
  1. I'm on C1 version 12 and have used C1 since version 3. I use Lightroom as well. I prefer its catalog capabilities (all my images get imported into it) and I use it for non-critical image processing. For important work I use C1.
  2. If memory serves the M10-D is the third digital M model Leica has created that lacks a LCD. So while it is not for me, the LCD-less models obviously sell well enough for Leica to keep making them. I find the comments on the new thumb rest interesting. It keeps with the film body tradition (which was one of the prime design criteria for the M10), is functional, and solves the problem of add-on thumb rests that take up the hot shoe. Actually I predicted in a post on a Leica forum shortly after the M10 announcement that eventually we would see a version with an advance lever. The negative comments seem to center on the fact that it looks like an advance lever, but it serves no function other than as a thumb rest. But everyone seems OK with a knob that looks like it rewinds the film, but actually serves a different purpose.
  3. I keep my Nikon 1 V1 system for travel and wouldn't want anything larger. With the FT-1 I can use most of my f-mount lenses.should I wish. My most used Nikon lenses are the 70-200mm f2.8 and the 24-70mm f2.8. But on the V1 they are very awkward to use due to the small size of the body. I suspect Nikon and Canon are looking at their user base of lenses and making sure they will handle well when mounted on their new full frame mirrorless bodies. The Nikon "trinity" of 14-24mm f2.8, 24-70mm f2.8, and 70-200mm f2.8 demand a body of a certain size (not to mention the exotic telephotos). Their z-mount equivalents will be no smaller or lighter (but possibly a bit shorter) since aperture and image circle are the big drivers in lens size. Rumor has it that the upcoming APS-C Nikon Z models will retain the f-mount and natively host the DX lenses. I have to believe those bodies will be proportionally smaller in keeping with the smaller form factor of the DX lenses. I have no doubt that the 1", MFT, and APS-C cameras will continue forward since the demand for light and small will not go away.
  4. I used to be able to do math in my head. I got my first digital body (a Nikon D1) in 2002 which was 16 years ago. So you have me by a year. Now if you want to include film cameras ... 😀
  5. Only 18 years of digital experience here, but I have experienced the same. Dual card slots are a convenience rather than a necessity IMO.
  6. Beautiful shots that do justice to your subjects. I love old aircraft, but the F-22 shot is spectacular!
  7. I use both EVF and DSLR bodies. Each has their place, but neither is optimum for all of my photography. A FF Nikon EVF body would allow me to use my Nikon glass at shoots where an EVF is a better choice than an OVF, so I look forward to it. As technology marches on there may come a time when a mirrorless body can do everything at least as well as a DSLR, but we are not there yet IMO.
  8. Luke_Miller

    Cloud photo storage

    I use a Startech HD Dock to backup to bare hard drives. https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1263502-REG/startech_sta_sdocku33ef_external_docking_station_for.html then store the drives in a protective case https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1067729-REG/cru_dataport_3851_0000_11_drivebox_anti_static_case_for.html This allows me to store the drives offsite as well as provides a use for the drives I've replaced in order to gain additional storage. A fringe benefit is the dock also hosts 2.5" SSD drives so I can clone a rotating drive when replacing it with a SSD.
  9. When in Silent or Video mode I find the Zacuto Z-Finder to be very useful. It is a 3X loupe that attaches to the tripod mount and fits tightly over the LCD. That allows me to shoot with my eye pressed against the Z-Finder eyepiece. So improved focusing ability and no worries about sunlight washing out the LCD.
  10. I don't see the 24-120 as a replacement for the 24-70. I use both, but for different purposes. The 24-120 is the single lens solution for my D700 I have been waiting for. It will allow me to retire my D300 & 16-85 combination as my primary travel camera. No, the 24-120 is not up to 24-70 standards, but it is not bad. If I recall correctly the Photozone tests of each showed the 24 - 120 was actually sharper wide open (f4) at 24mm than the 24-70 was wide open (f2.8) at 24mm. So it is no slouch. In my use the positives outweigh the negatives. Your mileage may vary. However for more demanding work the D3 & 24-70 (as well as the 14-24 & 70-200) are what I use, but I am no longer interested in hauling them around on travel.
  11. I have two of the White Lightning X-800s and they have been bullet proof. Previously I shot with SBs in my small studio, but I much prefer the faster recycle times of the WL units. If I recall correctly the X-1600 allows you to switch out one capacitor and go to a 400 watt second setting. That can be very useful on occassion.
  12. I had to do the same on my D3, D700, and D300. The 50 f1.4 AF (mine is a non-D version) and my 85 f1.4 AF-D are the only models of the many AF lenses I own that require AF fine tuning. I did not have focus issues when using the lens on my F4, D1 series, or D2 series bodies. I am always shooting it wide open or nearly so and am very happy with its performance.
  13. Since we are now down to applying labels to people I'll share this. I had an enlightening experience early in my career when I was making a proposal to a room full of decision makers. It was a complex issue and received a lot of criticism and no visible support. Those who voiced criticism offered no alternatives, they just found fault with what I was proposing. The lesson I learned there has been reinforced over the rest of my life. That lesson is: There are only two kinds of people in the world, those who do and those who criticize. The doers are always in short supply, but there is never any shortage of criticizers.
  14. From Thom's write up it sounds like one of his biggest frustrations was that tourists continued to arrive in the region because there was little in the news about what was taking place and his efforts to get the story reported were unsuccessful. I believe Thom has conducted his Patagonia workshop in previous years so the area and history were familiar to him. Apparently the first word that something was about to happen came out two days before the scheduled departure from Patagonia. I'm struggling to understand what Thom (or any of us in the same situation) could have done differently.
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