Posts Tagged: nikon

Day 89

Posted 12 Nov 2009

Day 89

So tomorrow night I leave for 4 days in Bratislava, and 2 days in Vienna. Its just me and my cameras (much to the annoyance of my wife) and the plan is just to shoot photos.

Currently the weather is rainy, which isn’t great, but hopefully the weathermen in Slovakia are as poor as the one’s in South Africa.

This is almost all my camera kit stuffed into my carry-on bag. We have:
* Nikon D90 with Sigma 70-200mm attached
* Sigma 10-20mm
* Sigma 18-50mm
* SB-600 flash
* Polaroid Pogo printer
* Verbatim 360Gb hard drive
* 4x 4gb Sandisk Extreme SD cards

Not in picture:
* Nikon F3 with 50mm f1.4
* 2 rolls of Tri-X
* Manfrotto tripod

Day 67

Posted 17 Oct 2009

Day 67

Since my D90 is on a holiday, I’m borrowing this 80s-era F3 for a photo excursion this weekend. I’m doing a social documentary course at the Cape Town School of Photography and this weekend we’re heading out to the townships to spend some time with an NGO that does homecare for people that can’t help themselves.

This will be the first time I’ve used a film SLR since about 1987. I had to read the manual to figure out how to load the film :) Hope I can coax a few decent shots out of the old thing.

Day 64

Posted 12 Oct 2009

Day 64

Today I sent my D90 off to Nikon to be repaired.

I bought 2 new lenses recently, a Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 and a Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8. I got the feeling they were front-focussing, and after shooting a test chart I saw I was right.

Out of interest then, I decided to test my other lenses, my Nikon 50mm f/1.4, Sigma 150mm Macro and Sigma 10-20mm. The 50 was also front-focussing, by the exact same amount as the two new sigmas. Deduction: the problem is with my camera body, not with the lenses.

(the 150mm Macro seemed to be spot on, but I always use manual focus for Macro, and the DOF of the 10-20 was too great to make any meaningful deductions)

So I expect to be without my Nikon for the next week or so. I’ll be posting pics shot with my tiny Fujifilm Z1.