Happy New Year 2009

in General by on January 1st, 2009

Robin Red Breast
Originally uploaded by DigitalHeMan

Happy New Year to all my readers….. I hope 2009 brings you and your family all you want, both in your professional and personal life.

I seem to remember writing a resolution on my blog 365 days ago promising to write more blog posts in 2008. Well, with only 11 under the belt that didn’t really happen as planned, so I’ll try and improve that for 2009.

I have a couple of ideas for blog posts, and hope to be able to write blogs on the following subjects at the start of 2009:

– Gear review: Lowepro Super Trekker AWII
– Book review: Wedding Photography by Mark Cleghorn
– Book review: Annie Leibovitz at Work by Annie Leibovitz
– Gear review: Nikon 600mm f/4G VR lens
– Gear review: Nikon 200mm f/2G VR lens

So now I’ve written that to the web, I have to do it….. stay tuned!

For now, here’s a shot of a robin I made in my parents’ garden over Christmas. This was taken at iso2200 with the D3, using the 600mm. Still fairly heavily cropped, and could have really done with a bit more focal length on this one.

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Website updated

in General by on November 17th, 2008

Deer Stag, Hoge Veluwe
Originally uploaded by DigitalHeMan

Updated my website over the weekend to include some galleries and hopefully let people see more of my work. Still think I need a slightly less basic design, so would welcome any comments, critique, or suggestions where I can go to get a better one made 😉

The website is at this address
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DRR User? Move your pictures!

in General by on October 31st, 2008

Probably not so many readers of my blog are using the services of Digital Railroad, an online photo archiving solution like PhotoShelter, but in case you are, please make sure you know that they have filed for bankruptcy and have given their users until as early as 2359PST on October 31st to move all files off their servers, or risk them being lost for good.

More information on line here

Of course, backing up is an important part of the digital workflow, and it really doesn’t help if your chosen online archive goes belly up. Hopefully most users were using DRR purely as a backup facility, and still have a local copy of any files that were online…… hopefully…..

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Gear for Sale

in General by on March 30th, 2008

Originally uploaded by DigitalHeMan

I’m selling a bit of gear to make way for some new toys. I’ve posted it in a couple of places, and the interest is rolling in, but thought I would put it up here as well……

Nikon D200 with MB-D200 battery grip, 2x EN-EL3e batteries, boxes, and all cables, chargers, etc

I have two of them, each €750, my preference would go to a buyer in Holland or Belgium to avoid hassle of shipping


SOLD!!! – Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G AF-S lens, including box, soft case, lens hood, and Nikon NC 77mm filter.

€900 ono, my preference would go to a buyer in Holland or Belgium to avoid hassle of shipping, but we can discuss this.

Examples taken with this lens at www.flickr.com/photos/digitalheman/tags/1755mmf28g/

SOLD!!! – Nikon 12-24mm f/4G AF-S lens, including box, soft case, lens hood, and Rilex 77mm filter (very high quality filter).

€650 ono, my preference would go to a buyer in Holland or Belgium to avoid hassle of shipping, but we can discuss this.

This lens will go after all the other stuff is sold – I like it too much!…… just let me know if you would be interested

Examples taken with this lens at www.flickr.com/photos/digitalheman/tags/1224mmf4g/

SOLD! – Nikon 60mm f/2.8D Micro-Nikkor lens and Tiffen 62mm filter.

I bought this lens new a couple of years ago, but shot very, very few photographs with it (maybe less than 100), as I picked up a 70-180mm Micro soon after

€250, my preference would go to a buyer in Holland or Belgium to avoid hassle of shipping, but we can discuss this.

All very good condition, selling to make way for new toys 🙂

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Nikon in Tokyo

in General, Travel by on December 31st, 2007

One thing I noticed whilst in Tokyo was how readily available Nikon cameras and accessories were.

In a time where Nikon D3s are rarer than hen’s teeth, pretty much every store in Tokyo had one on display, and the larger ones claimed to be able to deliver out of stock (maybe a reason why the rest of the world is having such difficulty finding them). Although some of them said they would only sell to people resident in Japan at present.

Also relatively rare (in European terms) lenses were available off the shelf – I was in store that had all the Nikon big guns (400, 500, and 600) in stock, although my temporary excitement disappeared when the shop realised they were advertising the VR version a bit too early….

I was also able to stock up on Nikon accessories, all at low prices compared to Europe. Things like Nikon NC filters, lens caps, gel filters, extension tubes, and the coveted BL-3 battery cover for the MB-D10 were available even from electrical superstores….

Nikon Accessories

But what impressed me the most were two dedicated Nikon stores – one in Ginza, NikonHouse, which only stocked second hand Nikon (but had a good selection at reasonable prices – warning, the owner doesn’t speak too much English), and another one in Shinjuku (whose name I forgot to write down, but you will find it if you walk down the main street in Shinjuku) which sold everything Nikon, both second hand and brand new. Also in Ginza you can find Nikon Plaza, which is one of many Nikon showrooms in the city, run by Nikon, and also housing NPS. Here you can play with new Nikon gear, although unfortunately they also were unable to show me the 600mm 🙁

Nikon House

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