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  1. #41
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    Re: Nikon NY Repair Center

    Well, that really sucks.


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    Re: Nikon NY Repair Center

    These folks repaired my D810 after I dropped it and did a good job.

    Best Camera repair and service in Atlanta! CCD Sensor Cleaning
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  3. #43
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    Re: Nikon NY Repair Center

    Quote Originally Posted by Andy W View Post
    These folks repaired my D810 after I dropped it and did a good job.

    Best Camera repair and service in Atlanta! CCD Sensor Cleaning
    Thanks, Andy. I will keep this in mind. There is some type of camera repair in Willow Grove, PA that Allen's Camera mentioned using in the past. Hopefully today the weather will cooperate allowing me to take distance photos and successive VR photos. If they still show an issue, at least I will have the problems documented visually which I didn't do the first time.
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  4. #44
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    Nikon NY Repair Center
    I've been testing this lens since getting it back from Nikon. When photographing a robin in the distance (with only the 300mm lens attached), every image was out of focus - possibly because of lack of contrast. All those images appeared to back focus. With the 1.4x TC, still not great results. Missed quite a few.

    Here are two with the 1.7x refurbished TC attached. Many of these wound up being soft, but these two had potential when using Photoshop's Shake Reduction. Both images are cropped. I will still do more testing but definitely not thrilled with Nikon's service center.

    Nikon NY Repair Center-_5dx3563-shake-reduction-low-res.jpg

    Nikon NY Repair Center-_5dx3580-shake-reduction-low-res.jpg
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  5. #45
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    Nikon NY Repair Center
    I had a chance to test out this lens a little more today - coupled with the 1.7x TC. I followed some advice by @BackdoorArts on when to switch between Single Point and Dynamic 153. There are still some slightly soft images so I will continue to put this lens through its paces. But overall some images are usable. Photoshop's Shake Reduction does help in some instances. This was one (since I cannot use Topaz on this laptop due to only 6GB RAM).

    This was definitely a worthy test. I switched from Single Point to Dynamic 153 after the hawk took off from a tree covered with branches. Fortunately the lens was able to lock on to the bird despite there not being a great deal of contrast present. Then when the hawk took off from this location, I was already in Dynamic 153 which seemed to work rather well.

    There was only a slight crop to this image from the original RAW file.

    Nikon NY Repair Center-_5dx3638-low-res.jpg
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    Nikon NY Repair Center
    Here are a couple more from today. This first one is partially user error. No cropping was done so I filled the frame. In hindsight, being that close, I should have upped my shutter speed to freeze the action a little better. I'm pretty sure I was using Dynamic 153 so had to rely on the D500 to choose the focus points.

    Nikon NY Repair Center-_5dx3659-low-res.jpg

    Nothing to see below except the butt end of a red-tailed hawk. This hawk today was probably a juvenile since there didn't appear to be any red on its tail anywhere. Cropped in from the left side a little to center the hawk better. This was simply to test the lens and see how it performed. All the images from today are at least slightly soft - and definitely not too happy with that. But first I need to perform a new AF fine tune with this lens/TC combo and retest.

    Nikon NY Repair Center-_5dx3680-low-res.jpg
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    Nikon NY Repair Center
    First I performed a new AF fine tune with the 300mm f/4 PF coupled with the 1.7x refurbished TC. Came up with a value of +4 vs the previous value of +7. Armed with that, I went in search of some subjects.

    Here is one - although this duck was very close, and close subjects haven't been an issue. A slight 5x7 crop with a little Shake Reduction applied since the sharpening in Camera RAW just isn't quite enough. Not bad although for this image although I hoped more images would be comparable. That said...I did manage [unfortunately] to capture a guy with his pants partway down his arse while fishing. At least he was wearing underwear.

    Nikon NY Repair Center-_5dx3725-low-res.jpg
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    Nikon NY Repair Center
    This guy was a little further in the distance - and that's where the sharpness seems to take a hit. The uncropped original was a little soft though. However, this is cropped about 50% from the original and the highest amount of shake reduction I've ever used was applied (somewhere around 81 is what Photoshop came up with automatically).

    Nikon NY Repair Center-_5dx3703-low-res.jpg
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  9. #49
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    Nikon NY Repair Center
    I am still testing out this lens after getting it back from Nikon repair. No matter whether I use single point or dynamic 153, focusing just doesn't quite cut it in this type of situation - lots of background branches with a bird or raptor. There simply isn't a whole lot of contrast, and with the lens at f/6.7 wide open (when coupled with the 1.7x TC), it has trouble creating a sharp image. And even though my lens was stopped down to f/8 for this, the AF just doesn't quite cut it in this situation.

    On a side-note, every image of this Great Blue Heron makes me think it must be blind in this eye.

    Nikon NY Repair Center-_5dx3918-low-res.jpg

    Earlier this afternoon I photographed a couple of geese. Normally I keep my shutter speed at 1/2000". Unfortunately I forgot to switch it back after setting it at 1/1250" for the grazing geese. Fortunately sooc the sharpness was better than I expected. Some PCC Shake Reduction also helped.

    Dynamic 153 also works MUCH better with flying subjects than single point with this combo.

    Nikon NY Repair Center-_5dx3865-low-res.jpg

    Nikon NY Repair Center-_5dx3876-low-res.jpg
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  10. #50
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    Re: Nikon NY Repair Center

    Yeah, always use group or dynamic for birds in flight.

    Were you using single point on the Heron in the shot above? If so, putting the point right on the feathers on the bird's back might have provided good contrast and better focus.
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