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Offline Cheese

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Nikon School FREE for April
« on: April 06, 2020, 04:03 PM »

Offline FestitaMakool

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Re: Nikon School FREE for April
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2020, 04:54 PM »
Hey!
Haven’t seen such promo here.. hmm.
Joe McNally is pretty nifty with Speedlights. I see this is with the SB-5000 in wich the most exciting feature is the price [blink].
But, I suppose the Nikon CLS System comes in to play. Supposedly even those with other camera systems can learn as well. There are many very exciting things you can do, even with a single unit.
“The Stig” Yes, it is true, at least some part of it..
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Offline Sparktrician

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Re: Nikon School FREE for April
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2020, 06:16 PM »
This promo is also mentioned in Imaging Resource.  Taylor Glenn's class on landscape photography was pretty decent for taking less than one hour.  A Nikon camera and lenses are shown, but the principles apply whichever brand you choose. 
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Offline Cheese

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Re: Nikon School FREE for April
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2020, 06:37 PM »
A Nikon camera and lenses are shown, but the principles apply whichever brand you choose.

Very true...the last Nikon class I attended in person was many many moons ago when I was shooting an F5. I could have arrived at class with a Minolta or a Canon and the class would still have been pertinent and well worth my time.
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Offline FestitaMakool

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Re: Nikon School FREE for April
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2020, 07:48 PM »
True, and that’s how it should be. Being a Minolta Dynax user many moons ago as Cheese says [smile] I was often hammered by Nikon and Canon users, including rep. from those brands. They bragged about their speedlites.. This was before Canon had segmented TTL flash metering. Minolta actually had 3 segmented wireless TTL control and metering also assisted by the honeycomb exposure meter, even before Canon had realised what was happening. The Swedish photo mag “FOTO” was the first magazine in Europe I think who dug into a fairly advanced flash test among those three brands. This was also the first time I think it went “public” that Minolta had such advanced flash system. In the test Minolta came on top ever so slightly over Nikon. Finally I had de facto, especially towards Canon reps who somehow lived in believe that they were even better than Nikon..
I believe that test actually went all the way to Canon Japan (I was in the industry by then) shaking research and dev. team into come up with something better - fast. Cause no one had done such thorough flash test, revealing the differences.
Why Minolta kept so quiet about their flash metering was strange. I remember I was always amazed by the accuracy.

But more to the topic, I learned a lot utilising wireless flash, most often with TTL metering, but also manual at an early stage. It was a very rear occasion if the flash was in the hotshoe on the camera. I urge all to remove their flashes away from the camera and experiment with wireless flash. The payback, even with flaws, shows a dynamic and engaging image with depth that excites.

Regards,
Nerd of Minolta  [big grin]
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Offline Cheese

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Re: Nikon School FREE for April
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2020, 09:12 PM »
Well @FestitaMakool  I also learned the basics of photography on Minolta gear. I was impressed at the time and I still am at the quality of the photos I’ve taken over 40 years ago with Minolta gear.
The total eclipse of the sun road trip to Calgary with the ensuing photos has always been an incredible photo voyage especially as I was using a Minolta 500mm Cat lens.

Back then, black body SRT 101’s and 201’s were my body of choice. I was never able to figure out why I needed to switch to Nikon as Minolta nailed it for me most of the time.

I decided to change when I needed underwater gear, which resulted in the only contender, the Nikonos.

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Offline Sparktrician

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Re: Nikon School FREE for April
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2020, 09:18 AM »
I decided to change when I needed underwater gear, which resulted in the only contender, the Nikonos.


Boy, that brings back memories.  I still have my Nikonos in a Pelican case down in the basement.  Guess I should clean it up and sell it since I've gone all-digital.    [wink]
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Offline FestitaMakool

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Re: Nikon School FREE for April
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2020, 01:27 PM »
@Cheese
Well, I was a little late, as I started with the Dynax series. I did learn though that Minolta had extremely good and compact optics. So also the manual lenses. Some of those were also joint venture with Leica. Actually, what made me switch to Nikon was these reasons:
1. Sadly, Minolta caved in after a law suit, and sold their camera division to Sony only to focus on copying machines [crying].
2. I foresaw a result when Sony Alpha launched their first SLR’s - namely they “Cyber shot’” them. The spirit and ingenuity of the Minolta engineers was washing away. Sony’s thrill (and absolutely a strength) with their video expertise moved in. - I was out, period.
3. Nikon NIKKOR and Minolta Rokkor had similar optical signatures, namely high contrast images with excellent Color rendition.
4. Nikon offered similar button and control layout, which I prefer (loads of buttons and dials - perfect for direct control)
5. The Nikon D700 which was my first Nikon did a long way interact the way Dynax series did. (But it lacked the smart features only Minolta users know of.. [wink])
The D700 still stands and is recognised as the best Nikon D-SLR today. (I still have mine)

Nikonos was always a high strength with Nikon, as was also the comprehensive option of available accessories to the Nikon F system.

@Sparktrician
You are sitting on a theoretical fortune! A Nikonos in a proper Pelicase!  [big grin]
That did leave a lot of paper money on the counter..
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Offline pixelated

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Re: Nikon School FREE for April
« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2020, 02:44 PM »
Many years ago, I attended one of Nikon's in-person Nikon School events. They showed a short promotional film about the Nikonos which hadn't been on the market very long at the time.

It opened with a scene of a family at the beach. Kids are piling sand on dad, he is pretty much covered in sand except for his head. Dad sits up, shakes the sand off the Nikonos he had around his neck, walks over to the surf and rinses it off.

There is a collective gasp in the room [smile].

At that point I decided the Nikonos must be coolest camera ever. But, it took many years before I bought one.
 
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Offline kmickey

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Re: Nikon School FREE for April
« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2020, 06:59 PM »
This guy’s site is free and excellent.  He’s collaborated with Joe McNally and others. https://strobist.blogspot.com/