Saturday, January 31, 2009

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Nikon D90 Pictures - V

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Review: Canon 50d DSLR Camera

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Canon 50d lens AutoFocus micro-adjustment

The one thing that I was really impressed with on a Canon 50d body, is its ability to allow custom lens auto-focus micro adjiustments for lenses that front/back focus. This is a common problem with third party lenses since their engineers reverse-engineer the lens-body communication, and thus dont have a perfect idea if this mechanism will work right.


I saw that the first lens I bought with my 50d, a Tamron 17-50mm 2.8, was back-focussing by quite a lot! In the camera body, a compensation of +17 units was needed to correct this problem (the scale for micro adjustment follows the closed integer range [-20, ..., 0, ... +20], the units are un-specified).

It took me about 1 hour to calibrate the body for this lens. I thought this was a grossly mis-calibrated lens... even though I dont know what the units of adjustments are... but I would have had to move the barrel quite a lot to correct the focus everytime on any other body that didnt have this adjustment feature.

All in all, this is a great feature on the 50d... and although it is a great to have feature, it couldnt stop me from getting the D90 instead because of brilliant colors and low noise images. Needless to say, the Tamron and the Canon 50d both went back for a refund.. and my Kata H-14 bag now hosts a shiny new D90 kit:-)

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Nikon D90 Pictures IV

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Nikon D90 Pictures III

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Once you go (Nikon) you dont go back!

I had never thought this would happen to me. I have always been a proponent of good skills and not just the tools.

But the moment I tried this Nikon D90, I knew I had been bitten. I even tried a more expensive Canon 50d for a while after that... but I HAD to go back to Nikon. So now, after 4 camera bodies, I am at peace with a D90. It produces colors and textures that dont need any post-processing to evoke the critic in me. I love them as they are.

You did it Nikon.

Nikon D90 Pictures II

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Slumdog scores big

One of the best movies I have ever watched: Slumdog Millionaire. And it scored 4 golden globe awards today.

Go Rahman!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Another D90 hot (pixel) story


I bought a D90 kit online from Adorama Camera last month. First off, the manual bag was torn. It looked like it wasnt packed right, OR it was repackaged after use. I was living with it.. until the next day when I removed the LCD plastic cover to clean the LCD with a brush, and it was *scratched*!!!

Now I was sure I needed to return it. So I got in touch with Ms. Helen Oster (their cust svc ambassador), who was very polite and agreed to have it returned. I returned that one, and bought a second one from them for the same price since I didnt want to wait for a 10 day exchange cycle.

Guess what: the second one arrived clean, with the manual bag only partly damaged (still not intact), BUT with one bright green hot pixel in lower left corner visible even at ISO 200 and fast shutter speeds!!! I contacted Adorama again, and even this time Helen offered to exchange it. And while we were discussing that, a new one developed.. within 2 days of purchase!!

I also talked with Nikon Cust Support and they are asking to look at it under warranty, BUT I will have to pay the forward shipping. WHY????

I am pissed. I know it is pixel peeping, AND I love the camera otherwise, AND I can use a software (Capture NX2 or Lightroom OR Photoshop) to auto map them out, but why cant Nikon have better quality control and reject sensors that show hot pixels even at ISO 200 in bright conditions? Why must we have to pay extra for software fixes for hardware faults?

I agree hot pixels may develop with time and use and environmental conditions. But right off the box?? How bad is their testing?

If I didnt love the camera otherwise, I would return it for a full refund.



Good luck guys!

P.S. I must commend Ms Helen Oster for being courteous through this whole episode and for suggesting alternatives. However now its like a lottery game.. no one knows if the 2nd replacement will be better or worse.. only NIKON knows. Funnily enough, in the Rebel XSi I owned before, I never noticed any hot pixels.. not even at 1600 ISO. And with the D90, I could see the hot pixel right there in a normal day light shot.
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