Been Updated Jan - May 2006
31 May 2006, Wednesday
Pentax Spot Meters no longer seem to be available new. I added this to my report on light meters. That's OK; I've used my digital cameras as light meters for my film cameras for the past couple of years as you can read here.
25 May 2006, Thursday
24 May 2006, Wednesday
NEW: Stock Photography
23 May 2006, Tuesday
Rewrote my How to Make Great Prints page and added detail pages:
NEW: Printing Online
NEW: Inkjet Printers
NEW: Walk-In Printing
22 May 2006, Monday
21 May 2006, Sunday
Added clarification to focus scales at Determining Optimum Apreture on a View Camera.
19 May 2006, Friday
Added a B/W film lab to my film page.
18 May 2006, Thursday
Added example and clarification to 18 - 200mm Flash Shadowing.
17 May 2006, Wednesday
Added photos and examples of my 18 - 200mm zoomed out to different focal lengths.
16 May 2006, Tuesday
NEW: D200 Goes Skydiving!
NEW: exciting report on the 18 - 200 VR Hood
15 May 2006, Monday
Updated Should You Buy a Digital Camera for this century.
14 May 2006, Mothers' Day
11 May 2006, Thursday
NEW: The Importance of Timing in Getting Great Color. Live examples from Hawaii!!
02 May 2006, Tuesday
NEW: How to Use the Nikon D50. Every button and menu entry explained, free!
30 April 2006, Sunday
Updated Apple Aperture review.
29 April 2006, Saturday
27 April 2006, Thursday
Rewrote and added a diagram to clarify Why Sync Speed is Critical.
25 April 2006, Tuesday
24 April 2006, Monday
Added instructions for power for exposures many hours long with the D200.
Added more observations about the D200's viewfinder, batteries and LCD.
22 April 2006, Saturday
Clarified zoom creep observation for my 18 - 200 VR. It's about halfway down the huge page under "Zoom Creep."
21 April 2006, Friday
Added observation that new 18 - 200 VR lenses now seem to come from Thailand.
20 April 2006, Thursday
Added reference to an eastern-European psy-ops technique at the wireless section of Why Pros Use Mac.
18 April 2006, Tuesday
Added link to sunset and sunrise preditcions at How to Get Great Colors
14 April 2006, Friday
Added a quote from myself, "Photography is the power of observation, not the application of technology," to How to Make Great Photographs.
13 April 2006, Thursday
11 April 2006, Tuesday
Updated What's in My Bag. I just bought a Casio EX-Z850.
10 April 2006, Monday
Added how to edit image comments in the D70. See D70 Set Up Menu under Image Comment.
Updated The Zone System.
NEW: Nikkor AF-s 9mm f/2.8G DX speculation
06 April 2006, Thursday
Added explicit detail about the D70's Optimize Image menus at D70 Shooting Menus.
05 April 2006, Wednesday
NEW: How I set and use the D70 and D70s Here's every secret trick for how I set my D70, how to use it and decipher all the menus. This is an eBook free for the reading! It starts off simple and gets complex.
NEWS: Apple Computers Run Windows! No joke!
04 April, Tuesday
03 April 2006, Monday
NEW: What's in My Bag Who cares? I don't, but here's the list if you do.
NEW: D200 Owners' Manual reviewed, also added a link to it online.
02 April 2006, Sunday
NEW: D200 Clock Accuracy
Added more praise and clarity to the intro of my 18 - 200 VR review.
01 April 2006, Saturday
29 March 2006, Wednesday
Added the D200 to my Wireless Flash page.
NEW: My observations of the Oakland Airport.
24 March 2006, Friday
Added to my 18 - 200 VR review that of course it works great on a the D50 or other digital Nikons. I just happen to use it on my D200 most of the time. I'd rather have a D50 and an 18 - 200 VR than a more expensive camera with a lesser general-purpose lens.
Added a caveat to my Adding Dynamic Range article.
23 March 2006, Thursday
Sorry to be amusing myself here, but I just added a link at the Windows Vista section of Why Pros Use Mac. to videos showing lat year's Apple's Mac OS 10.4 doing everything Bill gates was showing off about a prototype of Vista which may or may not become available in 2007. While I'm laughing another friend had their Windows hard drive crash yesterday and destroy everything due to a virus. Some people never learn. This was their office computer' it's sad that large corporation's IT departments are so inbred with Windows just to save their own jobs fixing all that. Life goes on.
22 March 2006, Wednesday
Microsoft still can't get Windows Vista to work, and pushed back introduction of its sorry copy of Mac OSX to 2007. More on Why Pros Use Mac.
Minor update to Logitech S530 keyboard. I found out how to add some more configurations to it.
21 March 2006, Tuesday
Added a link to a Nikon page with more instructions about wireless flash at the bottom of my wireless flash page.
Confirmed that the Casio EX-S600 really is made of stainless steel. It's one tough and sharp camera.
20 March 2006, Monday
Buying new gear does not improve your photography. For decades I thought "if I only had that new lens" that all my photo wants would be satisfied. Nope. I still want that "one more lens," and I've been shooting for over 30 years. There is always one more lens. Get over it. I just added a new link to an article called "The Station" from my Why Your Camera Doesn't Matter page which explains this better than I do.
18 March 2006, Saturday
17 March 2006, Saint Patrick's Day
Updated and clarified Lens Recomendations.
16 March 2006, Thursday
NEW: How Much Nikon Pays Me.
14 March 2006, Tuesday
Added new info to How to Shoot Sports. I added some camera and lens suggestions to the previous how-to.
Updated Teleconverters page for recent lenses.
12 March 2006, Monday
Added new information to Copyrights for Photographers page.
Added a hot package deal for the Nikon 70-300G to it's review.
11 March 2006, Saturday
Added a lot of new information to my D200 vs. Film test.
07 March 2006, Tuesday
Added a third-party manual focus screen supplier link to my D200 review. Se the second performance page under viewfinder.
06 March 2006, Monday
Added performance measurements to 105mm VR review.
03 March 2006, Friday
01 March 2006, Wednesday
NEW: Casio EX-Z750 firmware uddate adds free "restore faded photo" mode.
21 February 2006, Monday
18 February 2006, Saturday
NEW: Nikon D200 in Siberia at -39ºC from our freinds in Russia
17 February 2006, Friday
NEW: All Digital Wide Zooms Compared! I've spent the past four weeks working on this exhaustive comparison. I compare Nikon, Tamron, Tokina and Sigma, There are about 70 pages if you print the entire article, of course prohibited by copyright since I'm always updating it. Let me know if I made any typos or missed anything.
16 February 2006, Thursday
NEW: Search Page! Now you can find anything on my site, easily.
15 February 2006, Tuesday
Adding more to my unpublished review of all wide zooms for digital cameras. It's up to 68 pages if you print it all out! Coming soon.
14 February 2006, Tuesday
Nikon replies to D200 banding issue.
Still working on wide digital zoom comparison and D200. I've been busy shooting with over 13,000 images on my D200, and I'll eventually be adding all I've learned.
Added minor clarification to AI-s definition at Nikkor Lens Tech page
10 - 12 February 2006, Friday - Sunday
Away photographing on Rt 66 Workshop
07 February 2006, Tuesday
Added a hot deal to my CF Card page.
06 February 2006, Monday
Added color and luminance measurements to my Apple 30" Cinema Display Report. I nearly went blind because it's so bright.
02 - 05 February 2006, Friday - Sunday
Photographing along California's central coast.
01 February 2006, Wednesday
31 January 2006, Tuesday
Updated Nikon Flash page.
30 January 2006, My Birthday!
NEW: Field Backups how I copy from my cards each day while traveling
29 January 2006, Sunday
Brought my 2-year old 18 - 70 mm review up-to-date and put it in perspective with the latest lenses.
Updated D200 banding article. I've made over 8,000 shots on mine and have no problem.
28 January 2006, Saturday
Added a lot to the first page of my D200 review with important impressions and battery life info.
I'm still working on the comparison of the Tokina, Sigma, Tamron and Nikon ultra wide zooms. I've got about 20 profusely detailed and illustrated pages under construction and way more information than anyone will ever want to know. I discover whether I got ripped off paying $1,000 for my Nikon when the others cost half as much.
I may make you wait a week or two till my new computer shows up with a big enough screen for me to see what I'm doing on all these comparison images and enough horsepower to calculate all the distortion coefficients for about 25 shots. My 12" 800 MHz laptop is all I've used these past two years for photography and this website.
I just sold my unused desktop machine and then had to do all the math to calculate these coefficients. Having an empty desk and all this data to crunch I bit the bullet for all you folks and bought a quadruple processor 2.5GHz Apple Mac and a 30" screen. No one needs this for photography (my old laptop is fine), but I do need the bigger machine for jockeying around all the comparative data. This will help me get more done for you all. It takes forever to run successive approximations in the Lens Distortion filter and scroll around on a tiny screen. Once I calculate all the coefficients on the big machine it's trivial to pop in the numbers to do the corrections on a laptop. Many thanks to those of you who help me get this equipment to help out everyone.
27 January 2006, Mozart's 250th Birthday.
NEW: D70 in Cold Weather
24 January 2006, Tuesday
Making tests comparing Sigma 10 - 20 mm, Tokina 12 - 24 and Tamron 11 - 18 mm against my Nikon 12 - 24 mm. Look for a thorough comparison test soon! I've been working on it all day.
I've made over 7,500 shots on my D200 and love it!
23 January 2006, Monday
I just got a Sigma 10 - 20 mm, Tokina 12 - 24 and Tamron 11 - 18 mm to compare against my Nikon 12 - 24 mm. Working all day on a comparison.
21 - 22 January 2006, Saturday and Sunday
Out shooting in Death Valley with my D200. I got some great stuff which I'm working on sharing with you.
20 January 2006, Friday
19 January 2006, Thursday
NEW: Minolta SRT-102 Test
NEW: Minolta Gives Up
18 January 2006, Wednesday
17 January 2006, Tuesday
Updated my Lens Suggestions page to add the new 18 - 200 VR which I suggest for everyone.
Added a new tool to my Panoramic Software page.
NEW: My wife got an iPod so I got to fill it up with music. I researched and share my Recording Engineering Secrets of iPod and iTunes. That's what I was doing yesterday, in addition to the D200 noise tests I'm still writing.
14 January 2006, Saturday
I just ordered myself a spare D200 battery and new SanDisk CF card to add to the reviews.
Added section on dust to large format page.
Update to Compact Flash page.
Usual updates to D200 page and added how to use the VR system to my 18 - 200 VR page. My apologies: I have so much more to write and add to these pages that I'm waiting till I get most of it done and then I'll break it all into logical pages. Unlike commercial review sites who take 5 minutes to run a camera through the same set of standard lab tests I've been shooting, learning and writing about my D200 these past 5,000 shots.
Friday the 13th of January, 2006
NEWS: I'll be teaching at a Route 66 Workshop in February.
Update and solution D200 Banding.
Added some card speed tests to D200 High Speed Performance.
Added multiple filter vigneting info for 18 - 200 VR.
Updated much of the Nikon dropping cheap film cameras article.
12 January 2006, Thursday
11 January 2006, Wednesday
NEW: Font Management
Added comments about iView, what I use to sort my images instead of Aperture or Lightroom or iPhoto or Picasa etc.
Added distortion measurements to 80 - 400 VR review.
Rewrote beginning of Film vs. Digital.
Added new ColorVision Spyder2 Express to Colorvision Spyder review.
10 January 2006, Tuesday
Added acoustic noise info and a VR example to 18 - 200 VR review
Added battery door and noise info to D200 review
09 January 2006, Monday
Minor update to Aperture review. It runs fine now.
Update to D200 Banding.
08 January 2006, Sunday
Also added a lot to my D200 pages, like buffer depth and battery tests.
Added ghost information to 18 - 200 VR review with example image.
07 January 2006, Saturday
Minor tweak to noise article.
Added an example photo to the distortion section, VR performance and falloff info to bottom of 18 - 200 VR review.
Added freedom-from-blooming and exposure and color info to D200 review, performance pages.
06 January 2006, Friday
I then noticed all the images which have this flaw just happen to suck, regardless of the flaw. Sorry for the coarse language. It's been a long week. I added:
I think this striping issue is an great new feature where the D200 automatically marks shitty images for deletion. Not that my photos are all winners, but I can't think of any reason why anyone wouldn't just delete a shot of a sloppy office or a direct-flash shot of junk on top of a pet cage. The real problem with those shots is that the subject sucks; the heck with the minute banding!
Updated Minolta 20 mm page.
05 January 2006, Thursday
04 January 2006, Wednesday
Added this link to a free Nikon D200 online class.
Update to Raw vs. JPEG page. I'd been making the mistake of capitalizing raw, forgetting, duh, that raw is a generic phrase for a range of undefined proprietary formats, not a uniform format and not used as a file suffix.
03 January 2006, Tuesday
Update to Batteries page. I added that I'd never buy a non-name-brand replacement rechargeable camera battery. The cheaper ones sometimes skip important safety features and explode. That's not worth the $10 saved.
02 January 2006, Monday
NEW: Serbian translation of The Megapixel Myth.
Updates to D200 pages.
Added this quote from Andreas Feininger (French, b. 1905 - d. 1999), to my page about why your camera doesn't matter: "Photographers — idiots, of which there are so many — say, “Oh, if only I had a Nikon or a Leica, I could make great photographs.” That’s the dumbest thing I ever heard in my life. It’s nothing but a matter of seeing, thinking, and interest. That’s what makes a good photograph. And then rejecting anything that would be bad for the picture. The wrong light, the wrong background, time and so on. Just don’t do it, not matter how beautiful the subject is."