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Nikons! Nikons! Everywhere!!

Posted in erotic, fetish, PHOTOGRAPHY, pinup, Sexy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 24, 2011 by cliffmichaels

I’m a Nikon guy. Of course. What other brand of dSlR would I ever use!? What? A Canon!?? You’ve got to be kidding…

By next weekend I will be able to say (god willing) that I have owned three Nikons: the D50, D40 and now the D5000. Three fine cameras, of course, each nearly perfect in its own way. Each as lovely and refined as the next. Ahhh! I am so blessed.

But there is one thing, one wee winged insect in the medicinal  goo: I don’t really understand Nikon’s camera nomenclature. The numbers to the various cameras make no sense. Take my recent purchase, the D5000. “Five Thousand” sounds impressive, especially compared to my venerable D50. I mean, five thousand is one hundred times fifty! But five thousand is 1,667 times  three, but the Nikon D3 is about twelve times more costly than the modest D5000. Indeed, the D3 (and D3x) are the top of the Nikon line.

The D40 replaced the D50 as Nikon’s entry level dSlR. Then the D40 was replaced with the D60, which was better than the D70 which had come several years before. The D80, in a bit of rationality, was followed by the D90. The D90 was throughly trumped by the D700. The D7000, Nikon’s latest dSLR entry may or not be better than the D700, but is better than the D90, the D300 and it’s elderly older sister, the D200. Wouldn’t you think you might named your best camera “One”? But the Nikon D1 is hopelessly out of date.

For the record, there have been 24 Nikon digital SLR cameras produced since 1999. Dropping various letters appearing after the number, here the numbers (in ascending order):

D1 (3 variants), D2 (2), D3 (3), D40 (2), D50, D60, D70 (2), D80, D90, D100, D200, D300 (2), D700, D3000, D3100, D5000, D7000.

Of course, here’s the fun part – the lowly Nikon 3000 (10 megapixels), which sells for about six hundred dollars, is ten times better at producing digital photos than the D1, a 2.7 megapixel monster, was in 1999 when it cost $5,600, or the D100 (6 megapixels) introduced in early 2002 and priced around $2,000 (body only). When I got my D50 I lusted after the D200. Now that camera, in terms of photo quality, lags behind the  D5000 and its much more advanced sensor and imaging technology.

And, of course, ten years from now the Nikon D92000X costing $600 will make the D3x seem like a Kodak Brownie.

UPDATE: A new Nikon, the full sized sensor D800, will debut soon…

Whichever Nikon I had, I’d use it to snap as many photos as possible of this glorious blonde!

Original by R0cks7ar, modified by me, courtesy of a creative commons license

Video! Video!

Posted in PHOTOGRAPHY, tennessee with tags , , , , , , on October 9, 2010 by cliffmichaels

Want to waste a lot of your time? Here’s how to do it: download a Flickr set to your iPhone 4, then use the iMovie editing software to make a slideshow video of your images. Oh yeah, add some nice music (don’t bother thinking about copyright), then spend more time tweaking your production before you upload it to You Tube. A good way to kill a couple of hours at least…

Here are two short videos that consumed more of my time than I’d like to admit. The first features some of my florals, the second Cades Cove in the Smokies.

Loyal to a Fault

Posted in FLICKR, PHOTOGRAPHY with tags , , , , on December 13, 2009 by cliffmichaels

I tend to be a loyal customer. I’m a Coke drinker and have been since I was a kid. Pepsi et al are, in my opinion, swill.

I’m a Honda driver, have been since 1994. As far as I’m concerned all other cars are just tin boxes on wheels.

And I’m a Nikon shooter. Canon? Ok, I guess, but it lacks the cache of the Nikon brand. Canon people tend to be a little dull and lack imagination. I’m not just a Nikon guy, I’m a Nikon D50 guy. I’m sure the D90 is nice. Maybe it has a few features some might prefer, but it seems overpriced, D3? Too flashy with way too many bells and whistles. Who could possible use all of them!? No, my D50 is sensible. It has everything I need. It understands me. It’s more than perfect!

The D50 went on sale in America in July of 2005. Sadly I did not purchase mine until June of ’06. Here’s a brief rundown of the D50’s specs from Wikipedia:

It has a 23.7 mm by 15.6 mm DX format image sensor with 6.1 million effective pixels. It also has a 2.0″ (50 mm) polysilicon TFT LCD with 130,000 pixels. The camera uses a through-the-lens full-aperture exposure metering system. It can simultaneously record NEF and JPEG data to a Secure Digital storage device. Like its newer, higher-end sibling (the D80), the D50 uses Secure Digital instead of CompactFlash cards found on previous Nikon digital SLRs. The camera is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery which is claimed to be able to take up to 2,000 shots on a single charge. The camera is compatible with PictBridge printers and can shoot 2.5 frames per second in continuous mode. The camera’s dimensions are 133 mm in width, 102 mm in height, and 76 mm in depth.

Despite its “maturity”, the D50 is still going strong on Flickr. Over 14,000 D50 photos were uploaded yesterday! Its the eighth most popular Nikon on the site, too!

I have labored to put together a Flickr gallery of some of the better recent photos taken with my beloved camera. Almost every D50 photo posted to Flickr is magnificent; it was hard culling them down to eighteen.  Prepare to be amazed!

Nikon D50: Still Going Strong