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Uncle B’s new camera

Actually, this is a lousy way to show off his new camera. There was so much foliage in the image, the filesize was huge and I had to squeeze the .jpg down to stupid lossy.

Suffice it to say it’s awesome, and the first picture he took was this handsome shot of Jack.


Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: August 12, 2014, 9:49 pm

It’s so good Deckard can read the serial numbers off of Jack’s whiskers!

Comment from Brother Cavil
Time: August 12, 2014, 9:49 pm

I see Mad Jack is coming along nicely, the little devil…

Comment from Deborah
Time: August 12, 2014, 9:53 pm

Lemme say it 🙂 That’s the Cat’s Whiskers!
Did you get the D3300 Uncle B?

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: August 12, 2014, 10:48 pm

Hi Deborah – over here the D5300 is sometimes bundled with the 18-140mm lens but the 3300 isn’t. If I couldn’t have got a better zoom range than the 18-55 which the 3300 comes with I know I’d have been tempted to take a pocket camera with me when I went out. That would have been just plain silly.

Doing the maths, it worked out not a lot more expensive to buy the D5300 with the lens I wanted, rather than a D3300 body and the 18-140mm separately.

Now I’m having to think about spare batteries (I always buy a spare). In the UK Nikon charges an obscene $75 or so for the battery for this camera. Usually I buy a copy but they are chipping batteries now so that cameras reject off-brand replacements. It’s a disgraceful price for a damned battery.

So far, so confusing… The D5300 has more controls than my badgery brain can handle but I imagine I’ll eventually learn what I need to learn to drive it.

BTW, that picture of Jack is a lot nicer than it looks in Stoat-O-Vision!

I have a ritual that means I always take the first picture on a new camera of someone or something I love. It was Jack’s turn 🙂

Comment from Deborah
Time: August 12, 2014, 11:59 pm

What a wonderful ritual! The 18-140 lens sounds like the perfect size.

Many moons ago, I worked as a newspaper photographer. I carried my own camera, but requisitioned flame-throwing flashes and Ni-Cad batteries on the newspaper’s dime. I could burn though flash batteries in a heart-beat, though my camera battery was very long-lasting. All this being pre-digital of course. Digital must really suck the juice. I have to admit that my Canon somethingShotdoes not inspire me creatively, so I have no idea how long the batteries last.

But the good thing about a digital camera is that you can’t shoot the same roll of film twice!

Comment from anonyTx
Time: August 13, 2014, 1:37 am

So Lauren Bacall went to the Big Sleep. Who won the dick?

Comment from Nina
Time: August 13, 2014, 2:44 am

That is a great ritual for a new camera!

Jack is looking good, and seems to have figured out where the comfy spots are in the yard.



Comment from dissent555
Time: August 13, 2014, 4:24 am

Yeah, I can see that our little (?) Jackie is a natural show cat. So when is the Westminster Cat Show anyway?

I shot a D5100 a couple years back. Got some fine images with it. Upgraded to the D7xxx series for the dual card slots and improved exposure controls. I hear the D5300 produces very fine images as well.

Looks like Anonymous wins the dick.

Comment from drew458
Time: August 13, 2014, 4:59 am

Yes, Lauren Bacall checked out. They say these things come in 3s, and she’s #2. So who will it be tomorrow to this weekend?

Comment from Oceania
Time: August 13, 2014, 1:35 pm

I can do you all a special on Ebola this week.

Although you will find that this strain binds dystro-glycan, and not the TEM-1 protein …

I wonder what other negative single strand Class V virus similar to Ebola binds glycoprotein?


Only 18,000 base pairs of tinkering.

Comment from caseyreno
Time: August 13, 2014, 4:02 pm

Uncle B –

I purchased a D5200 in May w/ 128 GB memory and 18-200 lens. The lens is a bit heavy, but I shoot a lot of outdoor critter pix, so the 11x magnification comes in handy. The memory card is overkill – it will hold a thousand images in raw format. Who has the time to sort through all the pix? I guess someone has to help shore up the disk drive market… BTW, my batteries last for 5-6 1 hour sessions before having to swap.

Comment from David Gillies
Time: August 13, 2014, 7:38 pm

I buy a card big enough to not worry about running out of room , plus a spare, and never delete images off it (other than botched shots that get deep-sized immediately). In the unlikely event it gets full, I just buy another one and stick the old one somewhere safe. That way there is an additional backup, should it be needed (I’m quite paranoid about backups).

Editing images above 10 MP is a challenge. Even with a pair of 1920×1080 monitors, at one-to-one zoom you’re only looking at a gragment of the image. Thankfully the days of having Photoshop constantly swapping image data out to disk are gone. Even RAW files in .psd with a bunch of layers are only 100 MB or so, so I have enough memory to have many dozen such images open and RAM-resident.

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: August 14, 2014, 1:06 pm

Congratulations on the new camera, Uncle Badger.

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