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Doing my part to oil the gears of capitalism!
Posted by: john dough
Date: June 08, 2009 10:32AM
This weekend was a spending spree! I purchased a D700 (AGAIN!) as I think that the rattle in my last camera was an anomaly. That camera is too good to not give another chance. I also purchased a Tamron 28-300 VC lens for travel shooting when I don't want to lug out the 105 F/2 lens. The reviews are mixed for this lens, but for $580, I am not expecting the world. Many have said that it works better full frame than cropped sensor, so that is promising. It may not be as sharp as my 50 MM 1.8 or the 105, but until Nikon makes a good-range zoom that covers that range (they may never do this) I will do testing this week to see if I will keep it or swap out for a 70-300MM VR and a 20MM prime.

A colleague who is getting into photography just bought a tripod but did not realize that he needed a head as well (he purchased only the legs) and called me because he could not figure out how the camera would stay on. I have been want to get a different ballhead for a while, so I sold him my Gitzo ballhead. After much back and forth between RRS, Kirk, Arca Swiss and Acratech, I went with this head:


[acratech.net]

as well as a nodal rail, as I am going to be do panoramic landscape shots this summer in the Southwest. I pocked this head for its open form, so dirt/dust will not sit in the bottom of the ball socket as it would with other designs.

Also on order is an L bracket from Really Right Stuff for the D700.

This was all done by Saturday morning. Saturday afternoon, my wife went shopping and insisted that I get some new shirts. 2 hours at Nordstrom later, I am $300 lighter for 4 shirts (they are VERY nice).

Last night we went out for sushi and although it was not cheap ($70 with sake) it was fantastic!

Suffering from financial hangover now! thumbs up
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Re: Doing my part to oil the gears of capitalism!
Posted by: mikebw
Date: June 08, 2009 10:34AM
So what did you wind up doing with the other D700?
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Re: Doing my part to oil the gears of capitalism!
Posted by: guod
Date: June 08, 2009 10:40AM
I've been looking at either the Tamron 18-270 VC or the 28-300 VC . I'm leaning towards the 18-270, but I'm not sure.

Mind if I ask if you debated between the two and what made your final decision for you ?

Thanks,

Doug
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Re: Doing my part to oil the gears of capitalism!
Posted by: john dough
Date: June 08, 2009 10:41AM
I sent it to Nikon and after several back and forths, they refunded what I paid for it ($2400 for the body). I picked up a brand new one from BH Photo for $2350 and another (after 2 months) $50 cashback from Microsoft. The frustration was NOT worth $100 but it is over with and if it does NOT work out this time (if this one comes with a rattle) I will be looking at a Canon 5D mark II with a 24-105.

I picked the 28-300 as I have read that at 18MM, it is too soft and that the 28-300 was better suited for full frame. I also wanted a little extra range at the end of lens rather than at the beginning.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/08/2009 10:44AM by john dough.
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Re: Doing my part to oil the gears of capitalism!
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: June 08, 2009 10:47AM
Well, the Chinese and Japanese thank you. Pity there ain't no UhMerican camera company to speak of. (I'm sure there are some speciality boutique guys that make golliwog view cameras out of virgin burled wood or something)
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Re: Doing my part to oil the gears of capitalism!
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: June 08, 2009 10:56AM
they don't call you John Dough for nuthin'~!
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Re: Doing my part to oil the gears of capitalism!
Posted by: john dough
Date: June 08, 2009 10:57AM
I know that there are no American camera companies, but the tripod head and the nodal rail ARE made in the US (in CA).

I would buy stuff from the US if that was the last difference, but unfortunately, most stuff is not made in the US anymore.
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Re: Doing my part to oil the gears of capitalism!
Posted by: Racer X
Date: June 08, 2009 12:16PM
numerous small cottage camera makers in the US. usually wooden field large format cameras. I can't, for the life of me, remember the name of his company, but a friend of the family makes assemble and finish yourself wooden field camera kits, based in Leavenworth, Washington. You supply the sheet film holder, the lens, and the elbow grease.
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Re: Doing my part to oil the gears of capitalism!
Posted by: mikebw
Date: June 08, 2009 12:27PM
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Racer X
numerous small cottage camera makers in the US. usually wooden field large format cameras. I can't, for the life of me, remember the name of his company, but a friend of the family makes assemble and finish yourself wooden field camera kits, based in Leavenworth, Washington. You supply the sheet film holder, the lens, and the elbow grease.

If you can ever remember the name I would be interested in checking that out.
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Re: Doing my part to oil the gears of capitalism!
Posted by: Don Kiyoti
Date: June 08, 2009 01:02PM
Spending-Shock Leader!

I wonder what Kodak and Argus were thinking in the late 50s and early 60s as Pentax and Nikon and Canon began selling SLR cameras in the US. Kodak especially would have been in a position to get in on that market as they were certainly capable of making excellent cameras and optics. Argus was still selling the C3 "Brick" in 1966 and it was an ancient design even then.

Maybe it was the same line of thought that had GM, Ford and Chrysler laughing at VW, Toyota and Datsun.





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Re: Doing my part to oil the gears of capitalism!
Posted by: Racer X
Date: June 08, 2009 02:16PM
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john dough
I know that there are no American camera companies, but the tripod head and the nodal rail ARE made in the US (in CA).

I would buy stuff from the US if that was the last difference, but unfortunately, most stuff is not made in the US anymore.

There is at least 1...... [www.benderphoto.com]
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Re: Doing my part to oil the gears of capitalism!
Posted by: john dough
Date: June 08, 2009 03:29PM
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Racer X
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john dough
I know that there are no American camera companies, but the tripod head and the nodal rail ARE made in the US (in CA).

I would buy stuff from the US if that was the last difference, but unfortunately, most stuff is not made in the US anymore.

There is at least 1...... [www.benderphoto.com]

Nope, they're gone: (from their front page)
Bender Photographic will be CLOSED from November 2008 until future notice. We have sold our buildings, ceased production, and will not be selling view cameras or other Bender Photographic items for at least a year, possibly longer. Please do not send orders for products as they WILL NOT BE FILLED. This applies to ALL Bender Photographic products, including pinhole cameras. If you currently own a Bender View Camera and need product support, please email us to see if we can get to the parts you may need.

I should have phrased it as "I know of no camera company that produces a camera that I want to buy that is an American company". I am sure that there are camera companies in the US, but I have been using Nikon or Canon for years and unless they pull up stakes and come to the US, my choice, unfortunately, will not be an American company.

On the other hand, there are good companies making products in the US that I will buy from (camera tripod head, for example). Once I get everything, I will take some pics of my new setup for the forum to see.
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Re: Doing my part to oil the gears of capitalism!
Posted by: Racer X
Date: June 08, 2009 03:43PM
Ooooops. I missed that. I need to call his mom and find out what's up. She went to nursing school with my mom (if the owner is who I think it is)
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