Tuesday, December 11, 2018

My future Z-Mount/S-Class lenses probable purchases

For the first time since I can remember, Nikon has published any roadmap for their future lenses.  The diagram above shows Nikon's future Z-Mount S-Class lenses. I have purchased the S 24-70mm f/4 and the S 35mm f/1.8 lenses for my Z7.

I have the FTZ adapter.  However, the less I use it, the better. In addition, S (Superior) are Nikon's best.  I have no intention of purchasing any future Z-Mount Macro lenses.  The FTZ adapter is a natural tripod mount for my present four Macro lenses.

I plan to purchase the S 85mm f/1.8, the S 14-30mm f/4, the S 50mm f/1.2, and the S 24mm f/1.8, when released.  Why the 24 1.8 when I already have the AF-S 20mm f/1.8 and the AF-S 28mm f/1.8? I will use the 20 and 28 with the adapter. If I do not want to use the adapter, I would have the S 24.  With the latter, I do not need either the 20 or 28.

I would love to have the future S 58mm f/.95. However, it is rumored that it is going to cost ~ $6,500.  That is too costly for me to spend on a lens. The other lenses that peak my interest are the S 70-200 f/2.8 and the S 14-24 f/2.8.  I'm afraid that they will be comparable in price, size, and weight to their AF-S counterpart. Not only are they going to be expensive, but primarily too heavy for me.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

My New Nikon Z7 Camera

Nikon Z7
24-70/4 S
I just got the Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera with the FTZ adapter, the Nikon Z 24-70mm f/4 S, and the Nikon Z 35mm f/1.8 S lenses. This is the camera I wanted because of its 45MP sensor. The reason for the large MP's is due to my macro / tabletop photography.

I'm getting there in age and I'm not able to get out as much as before. Therefore, my tabletop photography, which I can do at home, is becoming that more important. 

The resolution of the large MP sensor is outstanding.  My tabletop photographs are going to look that much better. Of course, I will use this camera when I'm traveling and when I'm able to go places for a photo shoot. For that reason, I never considered the Z6, because it has the same MP's as my D750.  I am very happy with the camera and the Z6 was not worth the hassle of selling my D75o.

The 24-70 is a great walk around lens. It is an S lens, which means a "Superior"professional grade lens.  It is supposed to be probably the best lenses Nikon makes. It is better to use Z-Mount lenses because there is no need for the FTZ adapter. 

35/1.8 S
I also got the Nikon Z 35mm f/1.8 S lens.

The FTZ adapter is a must because of my F-Mount lenses.  Without it I would not have purchased the camera.  

The Z7 seems to be an excellent camera. It has a built-in Image Stabilization system which converts all my lenses to VR. The reviews are very good.

FTZ Adapter

For the first time since I can remember, Nikon has published a roadmap for their S lenses.  This is great.  I know what is coming, therefore I can plan for future lens purchases. 

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I will certainly purchase the Nikon Z 85mm f/1.8 S lens when released.  The other lens that interests me is the 14-30mm f/4. It all depends on my needs, price, but above all the size and weight. The 20mm and 24mm 1.8 are also interesting.  The other zooms, seem to be very big and heavy.  Weight is a major consideration for me. If I buy any of these lenses, I will sell their F-Mount counterparts.

To finance this purchase, I will sell the D750 and the entire X-T2 system with all nine lenses. I also want to clean my camera closet.  I have too many cameras and lenses most of which I do not use.  I want to get down to two cameras, the Leica Q and the Z7.

Nikon Upcoming Lenses
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I was not going to buy the Z7.  However, when I saw the images reproduced by the Z7 posted in Nikonians and other sites, I came to the conclusion that the Z7 has taken photography to a new level. I bought without hesitation and will finance it somehow without drawing from my savings. The only reservation I have is that the Z7 is a 1st generation mirrorless by Nikon.
I'm familiar with the D850, which I considered the best camera made by Nikon and almost bought it. The photos taken by the camera are exceptional.  They are the best I've seen from what I call conventional photography - the ones we are used to. The Z7 is different. The photos taken by the camera are at another level, imho. I do not know if they are a reproduction of reality or over dramatized.  However, they are spectacular in detail.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Southern Caribbean

On October, 2018, I went on an 8-Day cruise to the Southern Caribbean on the "Norwegian Jade," from Miami:

"Norwegian Jade"

An ode to my beautiful wife

Gone But Not Forgotten

A precious one from me has gone
A voice I loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in my heart,
which never can be filled.

And after a lonely heartache
and after many a silent tear,
But always a beautiful memory
Of one I love so dear.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

California Coastal Cruise

We just got back from a 7-day cruise of the California Coast, on the "Ruby Princess:"

We had a very good trip in spite of the rain that followed us throughout the cruise. I am in the middle of post-processing the photos.

The reason that we are planning a yearly cruise-vacation, for the next few years, is that we are getting up there in age and we cannot  do that much anymore.

It would be nice to go to one city for a week or so like Boston, Paris, Barcelona, etc, on our own, but that would involve a lot of walking. In addition, we can only do a 4-5 hours tour/per day. Which means going back to the hotel for the rest of the day. On a cruise there is a lot of activities, including shows, after we get back to the ship. Not to mention, that all the food is included - no need to search for restaurants.

We believe that cruises are the best vacations for senior citizens. In my youth, many but many years ago, I would not had dreamed of going on cruises.

The rain was not that bad and there were no thunder storms; I got very creative with my photos. :) The San Francisco photos were taken inside the tour bus through the windshield.  Therefore, they are not that sharp.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Barcelona Football Club

I am a diehard Barcelona (Barça) football team (soccer) fanatic; Barça is in my blood.  The Greatest team in the planet has fallen into hard times - very hard times. The present board headed by its president,  Josep María Bartomeu, are a bunch of clowns. They belong in a circus and not deciding the future of our team.

They lost the services of Neymar Jr., a once-in-a-generation soccer player.  PSG, the Parisian team, owned by the Qatar Government with its unlimited source of oil money, bought the player outright, because his release clause was only €222 millions.  In comparison, Cristiano Ronaldo, the Real Madrid great has a release clause of €1 billion. It was this board that set Neymar's release clause. Neymar was a member of the famous MSN, the greatest offensive triad in history comprised by Messi, Suarez, and Neymar. They are just memories now.

Messi, Barça's greatest player ever and the best in the world, is not yet signed.  He can become an unrestricted free-agent. If he walks, the loss for Barcelona will be more than gigantic. Besides being a player that Argentina produces once in a generation, he is almost irreplaceable.  It will take Barça years to find a replacement. But that is not the worse than can happen.  The loss of revenues, into the billions over the next 5 years, due to the loss of Messi, will make it that much harder. If there is no extra money coming in, to be able to sign a suitable replacement is almost impossible.

That is not all.  We have signed players that are not that good and forewent of others that are excellent.  For example, Robert Fernández, the sporting director or head scout, did not want to shell out €4.5 millions for Marco Asensio; Real Madrid did and his present release clause is set at €500 millions. Asensio destroyed us in the last two games. He is a Catalan that wanted desperately to play for Barça.

Barcelona Rulling Board
I have another example,  We are trying to get the winger Dembélé from a German team.  They are asking €130 millions for him.  We could have gotten him, last year, for €15 millions. I can go on, but I won't. The transfer money of Neymar has literally thrown the market into the stratosphere. It seems we are playing with monopoly money.

This board has promised us countless number of players like Coutinho, Dembélé, Seri, and many others. According to them, they are coming - it is a matter of hours. Hours have tuned into days, days into weeks, and weeks into months and no sign of any of them, except for Paulinho, a marginal player that will not make anyone forget Neymar.

These clowns are not good enough to perform for Cirque du Soleil let alone run a historical institution like Barcelona. They remind me of the "Three Stooges" with apologies to Larry, Moe, and Curly for defaming their names and reputation. To say that I am upset it is an understatement!

Larry, Moe, and Curly

Friday, July 21, 2017

My Recent Vacations

In September 2015, I went to Washington DC for 2-weeks. It is my favorite city in the world.  The following are my Washington DC Photos. There is so much to see in that city that two weeks is not near enough. It is not just Washington itself, but also its surrounding States like Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, which are the "epicenter" of our history as a nation not only for the birth of the US but also the Civil War.

On January 2017, I went on a  Caribbean 7-day cruise from Port Canaveral, Florida.  I had a very good experience on the "Norwegian Epic:"

"Norwegian Epic"

The following are my Western Caribbean Photos. Georgetown, capital city of Grand Cayman, is one of the most important "fiscal paradise" city in the world.  The people enjoy a higher standard of living, but nothing for the amount of money that enters Grand Cayman.  As usual, the "haves" enjoy a substantial living compared to the "have-nots."

In September 2017, I went on a 7-day cruise on the "Norwegian Jewel" to Alaska:

"Norwegian Jewel"

In March 10, 2018, I went on a 7-day cruise, on the "Ruby Princess," of the California coastline + Ensenada, Mexico:

"Ruby Princess"

On October, 2018, I went on an 8-Day cruise to the Southern Caribbean on the "Norwegian Jade," from Miami:

"Norwegian Jade"