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Manitou Handlers October 5, 2009

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With all the potential crushed steel and accidents that could happen on race day, you need something small, mobile and fast to remove things off the tracks in a moment’s notice. And I guess it was the first time I see such a one on the island.

Or is the customized crane hander used to allow drivers to be lifted out of an inferno blaze in a flash?

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Singapore F1 Was Fun! October 4, 2009

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Review – my first F1 shoot was enjoyable and very casual, with results I am quite pleased, being a super amateur and all. The Nikon system makes dummies like me shoot with surprisingly crisp subjects despite the speed the objects were traveling in. That’s superb. I guess it was my first panning exercise with a DSLR!

So, if you ask me, I would probably attend the 2010’s F1 next September, and this time round will attempt to shoot beyond the fences!

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New Picture Control Files Available for Nikon D300s October 4, 2009

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I have not been using all the picture control files found on the Nikon D300s save Neutral and Vivid, for I think it suffice for most situations. But with the introduction of the two additional PC files for it, it’s more of a stimuli that I download them and put it into my camera!

Maybe, a second look will reveal the need for them after all?

They can be found [here].

Pull-Ups and Photography October 4, 2009

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It’s linked. The more you can do them, the easier you can handle your camera’s massive weight! Thinking back when doing twenty successive chin-ups is normal, I am struggling to get back my form recently to six a go! Well, that’s 15 years ago! But with some persistency, it should not be too difficult a task. With an additional 300g with the Nikkor 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6 VR lens, this muscle build-up on my wrist is a sure welcome!

So, far, it’s fast becoming a norm to carry the body with the SB-900 too…making it a hefty 2.3kg on my right wrist! A deja-vu feeling related to carrying the M-16 field rifle in the good old days of military service.

UPCOMING RADAR… October 4, 2009

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  • Nikkor 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6G VR Review for Nikon D300s
  • Next Mini Project  – Fireworks on China’s National Day 1st October 2009
  • Next Mini Project – Fragrant Harbor Hong Kong City Shoot
  • Next Mini Project – Frangant Harbor Mountain Treks Shoot
  • Weather-resistant Lenses Examined In-depth

New Addition – Op/tech Rainsleeve October 4, 2009

Posted by Lawrence Oei in Editor Notes, Enhancement Gears.
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It must be fear that has driven me to get this, a sales pitch most insurance agent would use against humans. I was looking for something less flimsy but could not find anything more so than the Op/tech Rainsleeve. OK. It’s now equipped in the Lowe Pro Outback 100 all the time. I think I am ready for a rougher ride. (O yes, my Gore-tex paclite shell and hat is my favorite jacket for such scrabbling shoot trips, where bulk is undesirable here)

No big deal accessory. More of a necessity. Comes in a pack of two. Just nice – one for each camera of mine. I did not choose the one with room for the SB-900 for one simple reason – bulk.

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Designated Purpose of the Nikon D300s October 4, 2009

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Some how with this article in mind, I have been exercising a routine cycle of critical thinking on how my shots are released with the Nikon D300s. You can say the Nikon D90 is my practice camera, with shots released to serve the purpose of result examination rather than composition or value point perspective.

Thus far with Macau behind me, I am today pleased to say approximately 40% of my shots are worth blogging about, as compared to 10% for the past one year with the Nikon D90. And for all my dear visitors and friends, you would also notice the increasing use of my own images on each article for the last three months. That’s my goal.

And maybe, when another thousand articles I can enthusiastically talk about is past here, I will move up to the Nikon D3 family!! Yup. My goal for next year I guess.

Waterguard WG-AS2 for Nikon D300s and SB-900 Review October 4, 2009

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Nice accessory, functional accessory. Inexpensive. Fits snugly on the Nikon D300s but not on the Nikon D90, with a small gap exposed on the latter. Makes dust and water attacks a thing of the past when mounted under the Nikon SB-900. In fact, I have been researching on the actual weak points of the camera and has embarked on a mini project to safeguard water tight integrity for the Nikon D300s. From the purchasing of stronger weather-resistant lens to all available Nikon accessory to bulletproof the camera, its all been done.

Remember my various articles on weather-resistant Nikon lenses on my Nikon D90 blog…well, I will be expanding on it this time round on the D300s blog. So stay cool, we will cover it all here. Ever since the WG-AS2 has been purchased, it has not been removed ever since under my SB-900. Excellent, very professional looking piece of gear that makes the camera looks much stronger too!

A Keen Observation October 4, 2009

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It may be my eyes but its creeping up to me as I put both the Nikon D90 and D300s side by side. The images from both camera are just quite different! Despite that physically, they are derived from identical sensors of 12.3 megapixel. First, the tonal gradient. Yes, the JPEGs are both 8-bit, but within this 8-bit lies millions of differently rendered pixels, with a special settings on the Nikon D300s – Optimal Quality JPEG images (a feature not found on the Nikon D90)

An additional note, in quite a few cases, when focus point is identified far, the Nikon D300s tend to want to choose a smaller aperture size to release the shutter, in an attempt to give sharper overall images at the expense of ISO…something I am still not quite used to. I have to switch it to Aperture mode to take back the ISO territory to closer to 200.

Lastly, with the SB-900 in use, I am now seeing that the image ISO is no longer pushed to a standard 200. Image quality is now hovering in 800-1200, where I will need an explanation for this. Perhaps, it was the flash diffuser, and I am about to discover something new here…stay tune.

Macau is Spectacular! October 3, 2009

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Enough said! One word – Amazing! An excellent site for photographers almost everywhere, and more true when the sun sets!

Will share with all when I begin uploading later tomorrow…if the weather prohibit me from going out to shoot more.