Recent Firmware Update Fix for D-Link 655 Wireless Router and Galaxy S-4 (T-Mobile) compatibility issues

There is a fix to the D-Link 655 N wireless router and Samsung Galaxy S-4 compatibility issues…

On a  recent upgrade of my Galaxy S to a Samsung Galaxy S-4, to help with various presentations of my photography to clients and prospects, I ran into significant networking issues..  Both wired and unwired.

Instead of an iPad or similar, I use the Galaxy’s fairly large bright screen and handy pocket size to be able to make presentations on the fly…. I also use it to make phone calls…

This was put at risk almost immediate  Router Crashes with the D-Link N+ 655 that happened as soon as I started using the Galaxy S4, and required a router reboot.. and only worked for a few mins there after…

Turns out it was a know issue… Don’t believe me?  Google it… I did.

Continue reading Recent Firmware Update Fix for D-Link 655 Wireless Router and Galaxy S-4 (T-Mobile) compatibility issues

Learning my Canon Mark III and these video tutorials at Canon USA really help

Took some searching and here they are.

Canon has made a slew of video tutorials on how to use the Canon 5D Mark III.

The folks at Canon helped me to find them.  But it still took some searching to find them again on my own, so I thought I’d book mark the tutorials here.

Cameras being so visual, nothing like a quick video to help learn a new system.

Find them Continue reading Learning my Canon Mark III and these video tutorials at Canon USA really help

D7100 24.1 Megapixel Nikon DSLR in DX format announced and available for preorders

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Nikon D7100 DSLR

Adorama and Amazon are taking preorders for the 24.1 Megapixel (MP) D7100 for $1,196.95. These are scheduled to go into full release and ship as they become available from Nikon on a rumored release date of March 21, 2013.

From what I can glean from the tech specs on the Nikonusa tech specs, the D7100 seems like a Nikon D7000 platform using a Nikon D5200 sensor at 6,000 x 4,000 pixels and 24.1 MP.

In addition to the standard D7000 feature set, the D7100 seems to include a further 1.3x crop mode at 4,800 x 3,200 pixels (13.5 MP) and maybe one or two other nice Continue reading D7100 24.1 Megapixel Nikon DSLR in DX format announced and available for preorders

You buy on eBay? Well, they are hiding the feedback some more !!!

How eBay feedback system hides poor buyers and sellers
Notice the 100% Feedback Rating. And the 75% feedback as seller, nicely hidden in the details. (Click to view full size)

Okay, eBay is still used for some purchases and sales… But, it keeps getting dicier and dicier.

Aside from the fees and other expenses… The feedback used to mean something.

A seller used to be able to control to whom they sold.

A buyer, or seller were able to leave feedback, including bad feedback, easily.  It is almost impossible to leave bad feedback on eBay these days.

So, this means less about the value of good feedback.  The 100% positive feedback here it turns out is quite a bit less.

How much less?

Ever look at the feedback details Continue reading You buy on eBay? Well, they are hiding the feedback some more !!!

Switching to Canon 5D Mark III from Nikon D800 and D7000 – Unhappy with Nikon Low Light Mid Range Pro Camera Offering…

Nikon’s D800 is an excellent camera for still life or landscapes.  I’m switching to the Canon 5D Mark III.

While I love the D800‘s on body pro control features, I prefer DX (APS-C) formats, and do shoot my D800 in APS-C mode, even with full frame glass.  There is currently no Nikon body offering which I feel addresses my shooting requirement.  I feel there are many pro and perhaps uneducated pro-am shooters not well served by Nikon’s lens and body offerings.

My backup camera is currently  the DX Nikon D7000.  Love this body… which is getting long in the tooth.  I’m looking for a DX camera body with control features like the D800.

Or, even a full frame FX like the Nikon D600, with the D800 control features.  The D600, while possessing a superior (IMHO) sensor to the D800, has dumbed down control features.

Nikon hasn’t undated the  D300s…. This leaves Canon’s 5D Mark III, currently Amazon’s 5th best-selling DSLR body.  No surprise to me now…

What’s so nice about the 5D Mark III (aka 5D3) ?

I’m a 35 plus year Nikon shooter, switching to the Canon side… What would make me leave the Nikon fold?  Nikon has left me with no great choice for a body with the 16-24M Pixel resolution I prefer with great on camera pro control features and great high ISO/Low Light performance.

The Canon 5D3 can be bought for a bit over $3,000 new, or a bit over $2,000 used…  That puts in on price parity with the Nikon D800…

And, the 5D3 has fast auto- Continue reading Switching to Canon 5D Mark III from Nikon D800 and D7000 – Unhappy with Nikon Low Light Mid Range Pro Camera Offering…

Sigma 8-16mm Ultra Wide Angle Lens on Nikon D800 in DX mode for Fashion Shoot … Works Great !!

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Nikon D800, Sigma 8-16mm @ 8mm f/11, ISO 1600.  Click image for larger view.

The Nikon D800 full sized (FX) sensor body takes images which for my purposes generally have far too many megapixels.

Fortunately,  the D800 can be used in crop sensor APS-C  or DX mode.

Unfortunately, there is currently no pro or semi pro Nikon body which can match the D800 in DX mode performance.  If you like to shoot in DX mode, the D800 is best choice… for low frame rate shooting…

Today, I gave the D800 a run at a fashion model in DX mode with  Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 DC HSM FLD AF Ultra Wide Zoom Lens for APS-C sized Nikon DSLR’s attached.

As you can see, the image pops.  I much prefer my results on the D800 in DX mode with the Sigma 8-16, to the D800 in FX mode with the Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 II DG HSM.

Click here to see some pixel peeks of a direct comparison of these lenses.

View a larger version of the image by clicking here.

Seen full size, the whole image is very Continue reading Sigma 8-16mm Ultra Wide Angle Lens on Nikon D800 in DX mode for Fashion Shoot … Works Great !!

Ultra Wide Zooms for Nikon DSLRs by Sigma and Tokina Tested and Reviewed Sigma 8-16mm, Sigma 12-24mm Version II and Tokina 11-16mm on Nikon D800

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Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 EX DG IF HSM Aspherical Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens for Nikon SLR Cameras (Top) and Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 AF II DG HSM Lens for Nikon Digital SLRs and their cases(Bottom).

I have been and have not given up on being a crop sensor (DX) shooter.  However, I recently acquired a Nikon D800 full sized (FX) sensor body and have been experimenting with it.

Being a shooter who likes to go wide, I am experimenting with wide angle options.  Not having given up on DX … I’m trying out DX vs FX ultra wide angle options before committing in any direction.  These lenses can be pricey and can be sharp or not so sharp…

Why did I, a DX guy,  buy the FX D800?

It was in Continue reading Ultra Wide Zooms for Nikon DSLRs by Sigma and Tokina Tested and Reviewed Sigma 8-16mm, Sigma 12-24mm Version II and Tokina 11-16mm on Nikon D800

Problems Running PS CS6 with Dell XPS 8500 i7 Intel Quad Core Windows 8

I bought a Dell XPS 8500 Desktop, Intel® Core™ i7-3770 3.4GHz, running Windows 8 PRO.

It was configured as a really hot machine to run Photoshop CS6… which was choking on my  two-year old Windows 7 HP machine after I upgraded to the Nikon D800 and its 36 Mega Pixel files.  A Photoshop PSD file grew from about 200 MB typical with a Nikon D7000 16 Megapixel file to about 1 Giga Byte typical with the D800 files… Just a save operation took maybe 30 seconds…  So, I considered upgrading…

This was a built to order standard configuration Dell.  That is, it was a standard choice, I could buy, but was built and shipped after order.

The monitor and system came separately.

Full machine configuration is further down in article.

For a few days, I had the joys of using two monitors on my system.   Addicted.  Don’t know how I ever made do with only one monitor all these years.  Better living through technology now.

Dell?  They shipped the system without a Continue reading Problems Running PS CS6 with Dell XPS 8500 i7 Intel Quad Core Windows 8

What is Nikon doing for Pro DX and for a Pro Sub 20 Mega Pixel FX Camera?

Bought a Nikon D800 used for cheap… and now have to spend a ton on FX lenses in the wide to medium focal lengths… and am not happy…

The 36 Megabyte files are too big for most portraits which most folks like for their web sites…

12-18M seems a very sweet spot for web use images, which more and more clients are demanding.

Why did I buy the D800?

Cause it was only $2300 used in great shape… But… It requires a faster computer and longer wait times for processing EVERYTHING. Why was it only $2300? Because the pro who bought it couldn’t justify the price of ownership when his clients wanted a 50-200 Kilo byte JPG for their Facebook photos…

I really like a number of the pro features and high ISO capability of the D800.

Thing is… for what most of us produce most of the time… we do not require more megapixels.

What we do like and need is less noise, faster Continue reading What is Nikon doing for Pro DX and for a Pro Sub 20 Mega Pixel FX Camera?

Nikon 80-200mm f2.8 ED vs 70-200mm f2.8 AF-S VR2 Zoom Lens Nikkors

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Nikon 80-200mm f2.8 ED versus Nikon 70-200mm f2.8G AF-S VR2 -Click image to see full size

If you follow my blog at all, you know I love the Nikon 70-200mm f2.8G ED VR II AF-S. It is one of my go to lenses.   Search within the blog and you will see several articles about this excellent lens.  It is a love story.

Recently, I had an opportunity to buy an inexpensively priced copy of the Nikon 80-200mm f2.8 ED (two ring model) so I tried it.

What makes the 80-200mm 2.8 ED better than the 70-200 VR2?  Continue reading Nikon 80-200mm f2.8 ED vs 70-200mm f2.8 AF-S VR2 Zoom Lens Nikkors

32 GB UHS-1 Class 10 45MB/Sec SDHC SanDisk Extreme vs SanDisk Extreme Pro Memory Cards

SanDisk Extreme SDHC UHS-1 Memory Card, 45MB/S, 45 MB/SecFrequent readers will know that we tested the SanDisk SDHC Extreme Pro 45MB/sec UHS-1 (June 13, 2012 $74.95 at Amazon) cards versus the more expensive “higher performance” 8 GB Delkin Elite 633x 95MB/Sec UHS Speed Class 1 in the Nikon D7000.

What we had found was that there were no performance differences between the Delkin and the SanDisk Extreme Pro, in the D7000, even though technically, the Delkin had a higher read/write speed rating, 45 vs 95 MB/Sec respectively.

Well, now there is the SanDisk SDHC Extreme 45MB/sec UHS-1 Memory Card (June 13, 2012 $37.17 at Amazon), which has the same speed rating at the SanDisk Extreme Pro UHS-1.

Notice… the Extreme is half the price of the Continue reading 32 GB UHS-1 Class 10 45MB/Sec SDHC SanDisk Extreme vs SanDisk Extreme Pro Memory Cards

Boudoir Photograph taken using Nikon 70-200mm AF-S f2.8G and Nikon D7000

This boudoir photograph was captured using a Nikon 70-200mm f2.8G ED VR II AF-S and Nikon D7000 DSLR body.

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Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VR2 @ 70mm f4.0 1/200 sec ISO 100

 
 
There is just enough in sharp focus to leave mystery to form…

The 70-200mm f2.8G is the fastest focusing lens in my bag.  I usually shoot Continue reading Boudoir Photograph taken using Nikon 70-200mm AF-S f2.8G and Nikon D7000

What is high speed flash sync and how does it work?

Is there a bit of confusion about high-speed flash sync?

Here are details for you:

What high-speed sync is… when the shutter speed is fast, the shutter does not completely open at once… in fact, there are two curtains to the shutter, the first one followed by a second one…

In normal photography the first curtain opens, and the flash is fired before the second curtain starts to close.

In high-speed shooting, the second curtain is closing before the first curtain has Continue reading What is high speed flash sync and how does it work?