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by Alan425
Wed 16 Sep 2020, 10:00 pm
Forum: Photography Hints, Tips & Questions
Topic: Nikon Z5 Z6
Replies: 10
Views: 1006

Re: Nikon Z5 Z6

Nlkon are rumoured to be releasing updates of their Z 6 and Z 7 in the not too distant future, with twin processors and two memory card slots, so it may be worth waiting. I have a Z 50 (crop sensor) for general photography, and It coped well with approach shots of Phenoms/Prefects/Tutors at Cranwell...
by Alan425
Tue 09 Jun 2020, 1:04 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Dates on war memorials?
Replies: 12
Views: 1158

Re: Dates on war memorials?

I believe also that the Ottoman commander of the holy city of Medina (in modern day Saudi Arabia) refused to stop fighting until January 1919, besieged by a British and French backed Arab army.
by Alan425
Fri 15 May 2020, 10:35 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Aircraft music?
Replies: 80
Views: 6416

Re: Aircraft music?

Three by by The Byrds:

"Gunga Din", a song about flying in a DC-8

"2-4-2 Foxtrot (The Lear Jet Song)"

And of course, "Eight Miles High"

Alan
by Alan425
Thu 14 May 2020, 8:33 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Any swifts/swallows yet?
Replies: 15
Views: 1710

Re: Any swifts/swallows yet?

Noticed plenty of House Martins flying in and out of the neighbour's roof eaves while out in the garden here in Lincolnshire last Friday, along with a few Swifts that also nest locally.

Alan
by Alan425
Mon 20 Apr 2020, 11:35 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: COVID-19: Your Thoughts and it's effects on you.
Replies: 2876
Views: 138417

Re: COVID-19: Your Thoughts and it's effects on you.

So firms will need to get their applications ready to go before they launch the portal, but they don’t know exactly what’s needed until they launch the portal All eligible employers (and their agents) have (or should have) received emails from HMRC advising them of the information they need to get ...
by Alan425
Thu 16 Jan 2020, 2:57 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Military aircraft retirements
Replies: 34
Views: 6838

Re: Military aircraft retirements

Do you know what ZH102 & ZH107 of the Sentry fleet are doing?


Both still at Waddington but haven't flown for several years.

Alan
by Alan425
Thu 16 Jan 2020, 12:29 pm
Forum: Photography Hints, Tips & Questions
Topic: Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/4 G ED VR TeleConverter
Replies: 5
Views: 1178

Re: Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/4 G ED VR TeleConverter

D500 and D7500, both crop sensor. Crop sensor won't affect the autofocus and recent Nikon cameras can autofocus at f8, so an f4 lens with 2x converter (making it an f8 lens) will still autofocus (not sure about the D7200 though).

Alan
by Alan425
Thu 16 Jan 2020, 10:06 am
Forum: Photography Hints, Tips & Questions
Topic: Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/4 G ED VR TeleConverter
Replies: 5
Views: 1178

Re: Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/4 G ED VR TeleConverter

I regularly use a Nikon 1.4x converter on Nikon 70-200 f2.8 and 300 f4 lenses and see negligible loss in image quality. Bear in mind that adding a 1.4 converter to your 70-200 f4 lens will make it the equivalent of a 98-280 f5.6 I also have a Nikon 1.7x converter but very rarely use it - autofocus i...
by Alan425
Thu 16 Jan 2020, 9:51 am
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Military aircraft retirements
Replies: 34
Views: 6838

Re: Military aircraft retirements

ZH104 went to us today for storage, leaving 103 and 106 that have flown in the last year!


Although it hasn't flown for a while, ZH101 has carried out ground runs (most recently in November & December) so is still active-ish!

Alan
by Alan425
Mon 22 Jul 2019, 6:29 pm
Forum: Photography Hints, Tips & Questions
Topic: Calling Nikon D7500 users
Replies: 10
Views: 2523

Re: Calling Nikon D7500 users

I use a Nikon D7500 as a second body to my D500, usually with a Nikon 300mm f/4E PF (sometimes with a 1.4x converter) or Nikon 70-300mm AF-P FX lens and have been very happy with the results. Autofocus on flying aircraft is excellent (I can't detect any significant difference from the D500), as is i...
by Alan425
Sat 13 Jul 2019, 7:07 pm
Forum: Photography Hints, Tips & Questions
Topic: Which would give me better results
Replies: 4
Views: 2033

Re: Which would give me better results

A 2x converter should work OK with your 70-200 f/2.8, but you will lose two stops, making your lens f/5.6 (not a Canon user, so can't advise on how much image quality you may lose). With a 1.4x converter you lose one stop, ie f/4.

Alan
by Alan425
Mon 07 Jan 2019, 11:49 am
Forum: Photography Hints, Tips & Questions
Topic: Nikon D850
Replies: 8
Views: 2260

Re: Nikon D850

I have also used Panamoz to buy Nikon gear in the past without any issues.

They seem to get good reviews and as you say offer their own warranty scheme.

I have also used HDEW but they no longer seem to sell Nikon gear!

Alan
by Alan425
Wed 11 Jul 2018, 10:46 am
Forum: Airshow Photos
Topic: RIAT Arrivals... LIVE! 2018
Replies: 145
Views: 53641

Re: RIAT Arrivals... LIVE! 2018

what's the first one from today?


G-GMAD is one of the King Airs used for training by 14 Squadron at Waddington.

Alan
by Alan425
Fri 15 Jun 2018, 6:47 pm
Forum: Photography Hints, Tips & Questions
Topic: Lens recommendation
Replies: 14
Views: 2514

Re: Lens recommendation

Another vote for the Nikon 300 f4, although I use the newer PF lens. Very sharp, compact and light, even with a 1.4x converter attached.

Bad news is that Nikon have just hiked up their prices!

Alan
by Alan425
Sun 11 Mar 2018, 4:06 pm
Forum: Aviation Waffle
Topic: Airshow RAF Cranwell 1974?
Replies: 2
Views: 1088

Re: Airshow RAF Cranwell 1974?

I can recall attending a Lord Taverners Cricket match at Cranwell in (I think) the early 1970's at which the Reds displayed. I believe they may have been regular events from the late 1960's to mid 1970's so could have been one of those?

Alan
by Alan425
Mon 30 Jan 2017, 7:21 pm
Forum: Photography Hints, Tips & Questions
Topic: Please help
Replies: 7
Views: 2354

Re: Please help

Have you checked which focus point is set? If anything other than the centre one then your camera could be trying to focus on the sky rather than the aircraft.

Alan
by Alan425
Sun 31 Jan 2016, 11:00 pm
Forum: Photography Hints, Tips & Questions
Topic: Nikon 2nd body dilema
Replies: 4
Views: 1763

Re: Nikon 2nd body dilema

I purchased a D7100 in 2014 and kept my D300s as a second body. The image quality and low light performance of the D7100 is superior to the D300s, so much so that I found I rarely used the D300s. Ended up trading in the D300s for a D7200 last year and happily use the D7100 and D7200 alongside each o...
by Alan425
Sat 21 Nov 2015, 12:35 pm
Forum: Photography Hints, Tips & Questions
Topic: 7D mk 2 batterys
Replies: 6
Views: 1999

Re: 7D mk 2 batterys

I regularly use www.premier-ink.co.uk for memory cards, ink and batteries.

I've had a quick look and they have a choice of three for the Canon 7D mkII from Blumax and Hahnel, ranging from £16.99 to £44.99.

I've used Blumax batteries in my Nikons in the past and they have been as good as the Nikon originals.

Alan
by Alan425
Mon 27 Jul 2015, 10:33 am
Forum: Photography Hints, Tips & Questions
Topic: Lens for airshow photography - Nikon
Replies: 10
Views: 2395

Re: Lens for airshow photography - Nikon

Rob68, I suspect you are referring to the old Nikkor 80-400D ?

The newer 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G VR AF-S is a very different lens, very sharp and fast focussing, but still expensive!

Alan
by Alan425
Wed 03 Jun 2015, 1:06 pm
Forum: Photography Hints, Tips & Questions
Topic: RIAT lenses
Replies: 3
Views: 1441

Re: RIAT lenses

70-200mm on a D300s/D90 should be OK for most landing/take-off shots. 120-300mm will give you more options on different angles, but may be too long at the 120mm end for the larger types. As for static, your 24-70mm may not be wide enough on a D300s/D90. I use a 16-85mm on my D7100/D300s but an 18-XX...
by Alan425
Sun 03 May 2015, 8:49 am
Forum: Photography Hints, Tips & Questions
Topic: Shooting into the sun
Replies: 25
Views: 3930

Re: Shooting into the sun

I'm pretty sure filters won't help.

Use exposure compensation - you may need anything from +.03 to +1 (or even higher) depending on the strength and angle of the backlighting.

Use Raw rather than Jpeg and you'll have some leeway with burnt out skies.

Use a lens hood!

Alan
by Alan425
Fri 10 Apr 2015, 8:32 am
Forum: Photography Hints, Tips & Questions
Topic: Nikon 80-400 vs Sigma 150-600
Replies: 9
Views: 5564

Re: Nikon 80-400 vs Sigma 150-600

I am currently using the new Nikon 80-400 on a D7100 and it is an excellent combination. As previously mentioned, the new 80-400 is a complete redesign (much like the new Canon 100-400) and much better than the old one, both in terms of image quality and autofocus (I previously had the old version)....
by Alan425
Sun 04 Jan 2015, 5:11 pm
Forum: Photography Hints, Tips & Questions
Topic: What lens please
Replies: 4
Views: 1210

Re: What lens please

I am using the new Nikon 80-400G on a D7100 and it is very sharp, but it is significantly larger and heavier than the 70-300. It is expensive but I'm very happy with mine! For extra reach the Nikon 1.4x converter is compatible, with minimal affect on image quality from the reports I've read. An alte...
by Alan425
Tue 30 Dec 2014, 12:59 pm
Forum: Photography Hints, Tips & Questions
Topic: Nikon upgrade
Replies: 5
Views: 1776

Re: Nikon upgrade

D7100 gets my vote too. I upgraded early last year and kept my D300s as backup but very rarely use it as the D7100 image quality is so much better.

As zigzag said there's a free grip offer on at the moment which makes it excellent value for money.

Alan
by Alan425
Sun 14 Dec 2014, 6:22 pm
Forum: Photography Hints, Tips & Questions
Topic: Storing photos on JPEG
Replies: 4
Views: 1498

Re: Storing photos on JPEG

If all you have done is to copy the files from the CD's to the external hard drive, then you will not have lost any data, they will be exact copies of the originals.

You will only lose data if you had opened the JPEG files in image editing software and resaved as JPEGS.

Alan