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Now that I'm not at the con, I've taken another look at the pics I shot there. For the most part, I'm pretty happy. I've chucked probably 40 more pics that I thought were OK, but were too badly exposed or out of focus to be salvagable for anything other than use on the web. I'll be posting a "FC09 Gold" set up to flickr at higher resolution.

I love the new camera. I still barely know how to use it. I'm getting the results I want often enough, though. As I become more familiar with it, I'll be able to control the focus and exposure better.

I love the 50mm f/1.4 lens. It was just fabulous to shoot with at the convention.

I am absolutely thrilled with ColorMunki. I had no idea how bad the color was on my monitors until living with properly calibrated monitors for the last week. I'm also really happy with the print profiling. I'm a profiling madman, even creating profiles for the little baby i70 that we use at cons.

I love Lightroom. I still barely know how to use it. The Kelby Training Photoshop CS4 for Photographers has been useful in finding my way around; lightroom is very much a spiffed-up interface to the basic adjustment and retouching features in Photoshop, so the basic information translates well.


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Jan. 30th, 2009 07:36 am (UTC)
I love my 50mm f1.4, but it's not short enough to get full costumes.

However, you got some great portrait shots.

Jan. 30th, 2009 11:26 pm (UTC)
It's too long for a crowded hotel corridor.
Jan. 30th, 2009 11:44 pm (UTC)
Once our finances recover a bit, I'm going to get a prime somewhere between 22 and 30, that's at least 2.8. The sigmas recieved good reviews.

The low 20s are short enough to get all of a person from not to far away, yet long enough you don't get any fish-eye going on.

My first pass through fc09 shows a bit of bending in the corners for from zooming out to 18, but most of that will be cropped out when I get around to processing them all.
Jan. 30th, 2009 11:58 pm (UTC)
18mm is about right for not-quite-fisheye wide angle. I love the capture area on the wide end of my 18-200, just can't stand the slow f-stops.
Jan. 31st, 2009 02:10 am (UTC)
Sigma's got a really expensive 30mm f/1.4 rectilinear prime. Everything else is zooms or fisheyes.

Tamron only has zooms.

Nikon has a rectilinear 24mm f/2.8. The 20mm f/2.8 shows pretty noticeable barrel distortion.
Jan. 30th, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking of getting the 50mm 1.4, it would almost be a smaller, faster version, on the D300, of my old 70mm mug shot lens.
Jan. 30th, 2009 11:42 pm (UTC)
I've got the 1.4d (not hsm/in-lens). The focus speed is pretty good. The new 1.4g is more expensive, but it's got the hsm focusing motor in-lens (not that it performs any better speed-wise), and it's got a slightly more advanced optical design. I would save the $100 or more...
Jan. 30th, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the clue.
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