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The Boy At The Gate

The Boy At The Gate By Danny Ellis

I thought it worth a mention  as

this book will be released in 15 days. the cover image is one of my images licensed through

Good luck to Danny with his book launch

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Synopsis

Danny Ellis was a survivor, strong and resilient. A successful singer/songwriter, he was proud of the way he’d ‘handled’ his painful past: the grinding poverty of the 1950s Dublin slums, and the brutality of the orphanage, the notorious Artane Industrial School where he was left. He’d safely buried it. Or so he thought.

Then one night, while writing a powerful song that would launch his acclaimed album, 800 Voices, his past came flooding back to haunt him. Long-forgotten memories of betrayal and abandonment burst forth in a shocking revelation: his eight-year-old self was still lost in the orphanage.

Although badly shaken, Danny began a courageous journey that would lead him back to the streets of Dublin, to the tenement slums and, eventually, to the brutality and scallywag shenanigans of the Artane playground. What he found with each twist and turn of his odyssey would change his life for ever.

The Boy at the Gate is a poignant, profoundly moving memoir of forgiveness and redemption, and an inspiring testament to the healing power of music and love.

The book can be pre ordered here for the UK

Contax G2 Kit

Contax G2 Kit

Contax G2 Kit On Ebay

Contax G2 Kit

My Contax G2 Kit went up for sale on Ebay UK Last Night.

If anyone is interested in this kit (the lenses are great on 4/3 cameras using various adapters.

The link to the auction is here. This is a UK auction only.

The Auction Has Finished

Elinchrom Eco Ringflash

Elinchrom Eco Ringflash

Elinchrom Eco Ringflash

The Elinchrom Eco Ringflash

 I decided to buy the Elinchrom Ranger Quadra Eco Ringflash for my Ranger Quadra Kit.

It was a decision I made after a lot of consideration about whether to buy another SB910 or something completely different.

In my opinion a ringflash has a lot more uses than just fashion Photography which is where it seems to have been mainly placed.

Macro photography, and uses for fill flash just being two that spring to mind.

I contacted the Flash centre and asked if they had them in stock, which they didn’t, but the guy on the phone said

I will get one down from London for tomorrow and phone you when it arrives. As with my previous experience with the flash centre they did not phone me next day.

I looked around and found one at WEX.

I ordered it online at 6-23Pm and had it in my hands by 7-30 am the next morning, Excellent service.

The Eco Ringflash costs £357.00, which is not much more than the Nikon SB910

Initial impressions are that this thing is light, the body is a plastic or polycarbonate material.

The way the Ringflash attaches to the camera is by way of a main bracket which attaches to the bottom of the camera

with a thumbscrew wheel onto the tripod socket.

Then two bent metal bars attach to that and the ringflash itself with thumbscrews.

Once attached it seems fairly solid, but the alignment with the lens can be a bit fiddly.

The Eco Flash comes with a plastic white diffuser which attaches by a simple push fit and is held on just by friction mainly,

this is not good and when testing the ringflash around the house, just to make sure it worked it fell off twice, maybe a little Blu Tac will help here.

RQ Ringflash ECO Specs & Features:

  • Flash duration with Quadra RX: Outlet A 100%: 1/1000 s // Outlet B 33%: 1/2500 s
  • 2 pole quality flash tube
  • Detachable 2m flash cable
  • White diffuser cap to soften and spread the light
  • The 9.5 cm inner diameter will  accept a wide range of cameras and lenses
  • 400W/s Flash Tube

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Weight: 1 kg

The flash works well and performs as it should on my Quadra pack.

I will be updating this post as I get more use from the flash unit and actually

use it to make some images but initial impressions are not the best I have had from new equipment.

DTSE D800 MB-D12 Grip

Having found myself wanting a vertical grip for the Nikon D800 and not wanting to pay the ridiculous price for the Nikon branded grip,

I found the DTSE grip on Ebay from a seller in China

DTSE MB-D12 Grip and Box

DTSE MB-D12 Grip and Box

The grip comes complete with a non branded EN-EL18A battery and the battery door to fit the grip.

Two battery trays are supplied with the grip, one for the EN-EL 15 and one AAA battery tray.

Reportedly the trays and batteries are interchangeable with the original Nikon grip.

Along with a mains charger the EN-EL18A battery insert comes a car charger also which is a welcome accessory indeed.

The original Nikon battery has a capacity of 2000 mAh (10.8V), but the DTSE clone battery has a 3900 mAh (11.1V) capacity.

When I tested the battery and grip the video function of the camera does not work, but live view shooting does.

I have seen reports of

neither operation working with this grip when the clone battery is inserted.

Clone Battery and Chargers

Clone Battery and Chargers

DTSE D800 MB-D12 Grip

Thankfully all operations function fine when using both  the EN-EL15 battery in the grip or the  AAA tray.

This leads me to assume that the clone battery is perhaps over  or under powering the live view section of the camera.

All in all though I find the DTSE Vertical grip to be a good substitute for the Nikon MB-D12 grip.

I would recommend this grip as a fine alternative.

The build quality is good and it appears to be well made, the grip matches the body mottling of the D800

It also has the metal strip inside for tripod mounting. the controls all function a they should do and feel positive in use.

The locating pin is made of metal the same as the original.

The only thing that does not seem as good as it could be is the  tightening wheel this is because it

remains slightly loose to the touch when the grip is fully tightened onto the D800 body.

Update

I have found that when an EL15 A is inserted in the camera while using the grip, the live view and movie mode functions

both work as expected, when powered from the grip with the clone EN-EL18.

The battery life of the supplied clone EL-EN 18 is proving to be excellent.

Alone On The Moors

Alone On the Moors

Alone On the Moors

Alone On The Moors

Alone on the Moors is an image I created to show some drama and mystery and to make people wonder why.

Have you ever driven along a quiet road and seen someone walking along miles from anywhere? Wondered what they were doing or where they had been?

Maybe where they were going and what for?

This image was my attempt to re-create these thoughts and add an air of mystery and intrigue.

The clouds were perfect collecting together and looking as if a storm was on the way, the long road and the empty Moorland.

maybe the image produces a different reaction in your mind, things usually do mean different things to different people.

Hopefully an air of mystery is in there.

The image was edited and toned in Capture One 6 and taken with a Nikon D3X.

The image can be licensed through

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Sunrise

Watching The Sunrise

Sunrise (Stock Image)

Sunrise

An image that was created at the North Yorkshire coast early one morning, this image became one of my favourites from this shoot.

The talent wasn’t posing it was just a grab shot as I was setting up my camera.

The silhouetted grass and the pale sun just appealed to my artistic side.

It was a very cold morning even though the image looks as if it was warm. The model still had her coat on, and was looking

out to sea to check the tide movement. the sun had actually beaten me that morning, it was forecast to rise a good twenty minutes later than it actually did.

The bits of light on the grass in the hillock in the foreground are from my flash as there was plenty of dew on the ground.

I usually like to get some images in with the pre-dawn light but as I said that morning we had missed that unfortunately.

Camera used was a Nikon D3X and a 14-24mm 2.8 Nikon lens.

Edited in Nikon Capture NX2

the image can be licensed through

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Long Walk Home

Long-Walk-Home

Long-Walk-Home

Long Walk Home

This image was someone else’s idea, and I assume most photographers will realise that during a photo session

trying to understand exactly what someone wants in an image is to say the least difficult sometimes.

Anyway being an accommodating kind of guy  I tried to follow the on the fly instructions for the requested image as best I could.

There was drama in the sky and the long road ahead over the moors, nice light so after a few images I got back to what the intended shoot was all about.

When I got home I loaded the images onto my computer and began the normal culling of the lousy images such as missed focus, blurry images and just no good images.

I nearly deleted this image but I then remembered the request that had inspired the shot, so I set about editing it.

This is the image I finished up with. It is an image I kinda like, mainly because of the drama in the light and sky.

After I had looked at it for awhile and considered the many meanings the image could have it grew on me.

Most of all the client liked it so that’s all that matters in the end.

This image can be licensed through

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Nikon D800 My Thoughts

Nikon D800E

Nikon D800 Front View

Nikon D800 Front View

Ok I have had my Nikon D800 E for a short while, probably a month and basically it is not in my opinion a camera for everyone,

and certainly not a Pro build body.

The battery life so far has been quite poor having been used to my Nikon D3 series bodies.

The feel and balance of the camera is unwieldy in my opinion and the multi  selector is raised

too high and just plain gets in the way.

Trying to shoot in portrait mode the multi selector rests against your forehead and the focus points

dance around the viewfinder until you realise whats causing it and lock the thing. Trying to hold it so that the shutter release is on the right hand

side is just not comfortable and un balances my grip on the camera altogether, maybe a left handed shooter could use it that way.

Get A Grip

 

D800/E battery Grip

D800/E battery Grip

The alternative of course is to buy the Nikon battery grip, which gives the camera a vertical shutter and other controls also.

The cost of said item being a ridiculous £358.99p and an extra battery of which, at least one is a must, costs another £60.00.

This of course adds over £400.00 to the cost of owning this camera.

Third party grips are becoming available though on Ebay for £48-£69.00 so there are alternatives.

using a third party grip could cause problems but a lot of people report on the various forums (fora) that these grips are well made

and do the job well.

Focus on the Bad 

I have seen many reports that the D800/E has had some serious focusing problems seems that a lot of early

adopters of this camera have experienced an asymmetrical focusing problem.

It seems that on a lot of cameras the extreme left and right focusing points are way of the mark and yet the centre focus point is

ok,

I thankfully have not had this problem on mine.

This does not make the problem any less problematic for the people who have paid a lot of money for a camera that does not

perform as it should. It seems that Nikon are saying nothing about this but a lot of cameras are being reported

as coming back from repair centres as  not repaired.

On the subject of focusing, it also has been noticed that trap focus does not work as it should (used to do), on the D800.

When the custom setting A2 is set to focus only and AFS is selected the camera will fire without acquiring focus if the AF on button is selected for focusing the camera and not the

half press of the shutter release button.

Nikon Uk told me that this is the way it has been designed and maybe or maybe not it will be “fixed ” in the next firmware release.

But don’t hold your breath..

Why on earth did you buy this camera? I hear you ask, well because of the awesome sensor, a whopping 36Mega Pixels of image goodness.

I have to say though to all those who have said this a D3X killer, I don’t agree, sure it has 12 Mp more and the files are really clean, but a D3X killer it isn’t.

The body of the D3X is far superior in many ways and the camera, even as old technology is still an awesome camera.

The two card slots on the D800/E could have been the same instead of one CF card and one SDXC card slot.

To me it is inconvenient to have two different

cards for one camera.

The cost of the Nikon D800/E is £2,599.00 or £2,899.00 for the E version.

For Nikon, removing the anti-aliasing filter in the D800 to create the D800e wasn’t quite as simple as it sounds. The filter in the D800 is actually two layers, surrounding the infrared filter. The first layer blurs the image horizontally, and the second one blurs it vertically.

To create the D800e Nikon has apparently swapped out the second filter with one which re-converges the image that the first layer blurs. Apparently to give sharper images at the consequence of the more likely hood of producing moire (false colour) in

repeating patterns.

Most or all medium format Digital cameras do not have said filter.

I personally have not yet had to remove Moire from any of my images.

The Nikon D800 E comes with Capture NX2 with a Moire removal tool which will account for some of the extra cost.

I will be updating my thoughts on the camera as I get to use it more. For now it is my second go to camera.

Camera Specifications.

Type Single-lens reflex digital camera
Lens mount Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)
Effective pixels 36.3 million
Image sensor 35.9 x 24.0 mm CMOS sensor (Nikon FX format)
Total pixels 36.8 million
Dust-reduction System Image sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (requires optional Capture NX 2 software)
Image size (pixels) FX (36 x 24) image area: 7,360 x 4,912 (L), 5,520 x 3,680 (M), 3,680 x 2,456 (S) 1.2x (30 x 20) image area: 6,144 x 4,080 (L), 4,608 x 3,056 (M), 3,072 x 2,040 (S) DX (24 x 16) image area: 4,800 x 3,200 (L), 3,600 x 2,400 (M), 2,400 x 1,600 (S) 5 : 4 (30 x 24) image area: 6,144 x 4,912 (L), 4,608 x 3,680 (M), 3,072 x 2,456 (S) FX-format photographs taken in movie live view: 6,720 x 3,776 (L), 5,040 x 2,832 (M), 3,360 x 1,888 (S) DX-format photographs in movie live view: 4,800 x 2,704 (L), 3,600 x 2,024 (M), 2,400 x 1,352 (S) Note: Photographs taken in movie live view have an aspect ratio of 16 : 9. A DX-based format is used for photographs taken using the DX (24 x 16) 1.5x image area; an FX-based format is used for all other photographs.
File format NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed, compressed, or uncompressed TIFF (RGB) JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8), or basic (approx. 1 : 16) compression (Size priority); Optimal quality compression available NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Picture Control System Can be selected from Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape; selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls
Media SD (Secure Digital) and UHS-I compliant SDHC and SDXC memory cards; Type I CompactFlash memory cards (UDMA compliant)
Dual card slots Either card can be used for primary or backup storage, or for separate storage of NEF (RAW) and JPEG images; pictures can be copied between cards.
File system DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0, DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), Exif (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras) 2.3, PictBridge
Viewfinder Eye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder
Frame coverage FX (36 x 24): Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical 1.2x (30 x 20): Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical DX (24 x 16): Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical 5:4 (30 x 24): Approx. 97% horizontal and 100% vertical
Magnification Approx. 0.7 x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1)
Eyepoint 17 mm (-1.0 m-1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
Diopter adjustment -3 -+1 m-1
Focusing screen Type B BriteView Clear Matte Mark VIII screen with AF area brackets and framing grid
Reflex mirror Quick return
Depth-of-field preview When depth-of-field preview button is pressed, lens aperture is stopped down to value selected by user (A and M modes) or by camera (P and S modes)
Lens aperture Instant return, electronically controlled
Compatible lenses Compatible with AF NIKKOR lenses, including type G and D lenses (some restrictions apply to PC Micro-NIKKOR lenses) and DX lenses (using DX 24 x 16 1.5x image area), AI-P NIKKOR lenses, and non-CPU AI lenses (exposure modes A and M only). IX NIKKOR lenses, lenses for the F3AF, and non-AI lenses can not be used. The electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster.
Type Electronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
Speed 1/8000 – 30 s in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV, bulb, X250
Flash sync speed X=1/250 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/320 s or slower (flash range drops at speeds between 1/250 and 1/320 s)
Release mode Single frame, Continuous low speed, Continuous high speed, Quiet shutter-release, Self-timer, Mirror up
Approximate frame advance rate With EN-EL15 batteries – Image area: FX/5 : 4; CL: 1-4 fps, CH: 4 fps – Image area: DX/1.2x; CL: 1-5 fps, CH: 5 fps Other power sources – Image area: FX/5 : 4; CL: 1-4 fps, CH: 4 fps – Image area: 1.2x; CL: 1-5 fps, CH: 5 fps – Image area: DX; CL: 1-5 fps, CH: 6 fps
Self-timer 2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1-9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 s
Metering TTL exposure metering using 91K (91,000)-pixel RGB sensor
Metering method Matrix: 3D color matrix metering III (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering III (other CPU lenses); color matrix metering available with non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data. Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 12 mm circle in center of frame. Diameter of circle can be changed to 8, 15, or 20 mm, or weighting can be based on average of entire frame (non-CPU lenses use 12-mm circle or average of entire frame). Spot: Meters 4 mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used)
Range (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20 °C/68 °F) Matrix or center-weighted metering: 0-20 EV Spot metering: 2-20 EV
Exposure meter coupling Combined CPU and AI
Exposure mode Programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M)
Exposure compensation -5 -+5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV
Exposure bracketing 2-9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1 EV
Flash bracketing 2-9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1 EV
White balance bracketing 2-9 frames in steps of 1, 2, or 3
ADL bracketing 2 frames using selected value for one frame or 3-5 frames using preset values for all frames
Exposure lock Luminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index) ISO 100 – 6400 in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV. Can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, or 1 EV (ISO 50 equivalent) below ISO 100 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, or 2 EV (ISO 25600 equivalent) above ISO 6400; auto ISO sensitivity control available
Active D-Lighting Can be selected from Auto, Extra high, High, Normal, Low, or Off
Autofocus Nikon Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, fine-tuning, 51 focus points (including 15 cross-type sensors), and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5-3 m/1 ft 8 in.-9 ft 10 in.)
Detection range -2 -+19 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)
Lens servo Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); continuous-servo AF (AF-C); predictive focus tracking automatically activated according to subject status Manual focus (M): Electronic rangefinder can be used
Focus point Can be selected from 51 or 11 focus points
AF-area mode Single-point AF, 9-, 21-, or 51- point dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking, auto-area AF
Focus lock Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Built-in flash Manual pop-up with button release and a Guide Number of 12/39, 12/39 with manual flash (m/ft, ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)
Flash control TTL: i-TTL flash control using 86K (86,400)-pixel RGB sensor is available with built-in flash and SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600, or SB-400; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix and center-weighted metering, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR with spot metering
Flash mode Front curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync; Auto FP High-Speed Sync supported
Flash compensation -3 -+1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV
Flash-ready indicator Lights when built-in flash or optional flash unit is fully charged; blinks for 3 s after flash is fired at full output
Accessory shoe ISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) Advanced Wireless Lighting supported with built-in flash, SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, or SB-700 as a master flash and SB-600 or SB-R200 as remotes, or SU-800 as commander; built-in flash can serve as master flash in commander mode; Auto FP High-Speed Sync and modeling illumination supported with all CLS-compatible flash units except SB-400; Flash Color Information Communication and FV lock supported with all CLS-compatible flash units
Sync terminal ISO 519 sync terminal with locking thread
White balance Auto (2 types), incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual (up to 4 values can be stored), choose color temperature (2500 K-10000 K), all with fine-tuning.
Modes Live view photography (still images), movie live view (movies)
Lens servo Autofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time servo AF (AF-F) Manual focus (M)
AF-area mode Face-priority AF, wide-area AF, normal-area AF, subject-tracking AF
Autofocus Contrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)
Metering TTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Frame size (pixels) and frame rate 1,920 x 1,080; 30 p (progressive), 25 p, 24 p 1,280 x 720; 60 p, 50 p, 30 p, 25 p Actual frame rates for 60 p, 50 p, 30 p, 25 p, and 24 p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively; options support both high and normal image quality
File format MOV
Video compression H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Audio recording format Linear PCM
Audio recording device Built-in monaural or external stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
Movie options Index marking, time-lapse photography
Monitor 8-cm/3.2-in., approx. 921k-dot (VGA) TFT LCD with 170 ° viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage, and automatic monitor brightness control using ambient brightness sensor
Playback Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images) playback with playback zoom, movie playback, photo and/or movie slide shows, highlights, histogram display, auto image rotation, and image comment (up to 36 characters)
USB SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0 Micro-B connector)
HDMI output Type C mini-pin HDMI connector; can be used simultaneously with camera monitor
Audio input Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5mm diameter)
Audio output Stereo mini-pin jack (3.5mm diameter)
Ten-pin remote terminal Can be used to connect optional remote control, GP-1 GPS unit, or GPS device compliant with NMEA0183 version 2.01 or 3.01 (requires optional MC-35 GPS adapter cord and cable with D-sub 9-pin connector)
Supported languages Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian
Battery One rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL15 battery
Battery pack Optional MB-D12 multi-power battery pack with one rechargeable Nikon EN-EL15 Li-ion battery or eight AA alkaline, Ni-MH, or lithium batteries.
AC adapter EH-5b AC adapter; requires EP-5B power connector (available separately)
Tripod socket 1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 146 x 123 x 81.5 mm (5.7 x 4.8 x 3.2 in.)
Weight Approx. 1,000 g (2 lb 3.3 oz) with battery and SD memory card but without body cap; approx. 900 g/1 lb 15.7 oz (camera body only)
Temperature 0-40 °C (+32-104 °F)
Humidity Less than 85% (no condensation)
Supplied accessories EN-EL15 rechargeable Li-ion battery with terminal cover, MH-25 battery charger (AC wall adapter supplied only in countries or regions where required), Strap (AN-DC6 for D800, AN-DC6E for D800E), UC-E14 USB cable, USB cable clip, BF-1B body cap, BS-1 accessory shoe cover, BM-12 monitor cover, ViewNX 2 installer CD

Mysterious Woodland

Mystery Woodland

Mysterious Woodland

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Mysterious Woodland

Mysterious woodland is an image that came about while testing the Pocket Wizard Flex TTL 5 radio set with a

Nissin Di 866 Mark 2. I wanted to see how they worked together even though the flash is not supported by the

Pocket Wizards, at least not on the Nikon fit sets.

I purchased the Nissin after destroying two expensive Nikon flashes on a shoot out on the North Yorkshire moors.

It was a very windy day and the flashes were mounted on solid light stands that were pegged down also.

A gust of wind took them both over at the same time and smashed the feet and the casing of both flashes.

I like using speedlights on location but decided if I am going to keep breaking them then cheaper versions may do the job.

by the way if you are thinking to yourself ” he should have had these insured”

they were but as we all know claiming for equipment does put your premiums up, so I decided to buy the Nissin’s and avoid a claim for now.

In TTL mode the flashes fire at full power but do observe the HSS protocol. Using the AC3 controller the flashes can be brought down by 3 stops

but using the manual mode on the AC3 and setting the flash on TTL gives more control.

At this moment in time I am wondering if the Phottix Odins would have been a better choice.

Anyway I tested the Pocket Wizards at a few distances and settings and found that it is not too difficult to work

around their shortcomings.

Pocket Wizard have stated to me that they may well include more support for third party flashes at a later date,

I suppose they have enough on their plate working on the existing problems they have with these radio triggers.

So as I say the image was created from the tests I did to see if they would work well enough to be viable with my setup and all in all

weren’t too bad, but at times shots were still being missed because of unexplainable erratic behaviour with this setup.

The camera used was a Nikon D3x, I have not as yet tried this combination with my Nikon D880E but hope to

test them out this coming weekend.

Nikon D800 Focus Problems

Nikon D800

Nikon D800

Nikon D800 Focus Problems

It seems Nikon have quite a few problems with their latest Camera release, after reports on Internet boards of asymmetrical focusing problems

and buttons falling off, it now seems that focus priority mode (Trap Focus) does not work as on the D3 series either.

The focus settings A1 And A2 have a setting that when set should not allow the camera shutter to be released on an out of focus image.

I first noticed this myself yesterday while using my Nikon D800E.

I contacted Nikon about it and also did an internet search to see if the problem was widespread or if it was just something incorrect on my camera.

it seems that it  is the same on all the D800’s.

I am told by Nikon that the way this works is different from  the D3 series.

When the AF on button is set on so that the focus is only controlled by that button, and not the shutter release button the camera will indeed release the shutter

on an out of focus image even though the priority setting A2 (AFS)  is set to focus release only.

On my camera the setting works if the shutter release is set to control the focus

with a half shutter press.

Nikon say this is the correct behaviour for the camera.

When the AFC (A1) is set to focus release only the camera follows the subject where focus was first acquired. So if the camera is focused on a person,then the person moves back

or forward the focus will track the subject.

This  works fine on my camera.

There is a discussion about this here

This youtube video demonstrates the differences between the D800 and the D3 series

[youtube width=”560″ height=”360″ video_id=”lRDEu038S4c”]

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