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Wonderful report with exciting images!  I like the way you use the diagonal line nicely and effectively.  The portraits of the participants are vividly captured.

Thanks for sharing!
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Thanks for the kind comments, Børge, Amando and John. This is certainly an enjoyable time of the year in Fairbanks.
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Nature, Flora, Fauna & Landscapes / Re: Pintail on Ice
« Last post by Tom Hook on Today at 04:44:51 »
This is a lovely picture of a Northern Pintail, one of my favorite ducks. The feathering is striking and you captured the fine details of the bird in every regard. It's unusual for me to see a duck sitting on the ice but it makes the picture more pleasing because of it. Usually when the ice arrives in these parts, the ducks head south or out to open water. 

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Lens Talk / Re: Dandelion lets me down
« Last post by Øivind Tøien on Today at 04:44:03 »
Good to know if the Dandelion breaks, I thought the AFS block would be too deep, but never really checked it.
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Perhaps it might not appropriate to post it here, but I just couldn't resist.  And I dared to post it here, because its scale is rather in the class of the universe than nature.

The scene is spectacular in the true sense of the word but chilling (no pun intended), too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC3VTgIPoGU&feature=youtu.be

I would highly recommend to watch it in the full screen mode.
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Camera Talk / Re: Sadly Leaving Nikon!
« Last post by bjornthun on Today at 03:28:47 »
To me, 33x44mm format is too small to "step up" from the 24x36 format, simply because the difference between 33x44 and 24x36 is much smaller than that between FX and DX.  When the 4:3 format is trimmed to 3:2, the difference is even smaller.

I also consider Sony BSI 42MP sensor as game changer.

I remember Bjørn's review of D1.  Its "lowly" 2.7MP sensor (see the decimal point?) already surpassed the resolution of Fuji Velvia 50.
We can look at it another way: If 24x36 is trimmed to 24x32 yielding a 4:3 aspect ratio, the difference between the two formats become 1.89. I think that the ultimate choice here will be a personal one based on taste. The 4:3 aspect ratio is closer to many classical MF and LF formats than the 3:2 of 35mm format and APS-C/DX sensors.

I agree also that the Sony 42mp BSI sensor is a game changer, but for many more reasons than just competing favourably with the 50mp sensor in the Fujifilm GF50s camera on image quality. It helps provide speed and versatility to the Sony A7RII and the Sony A99II, that you won't associate with a slower paced MF camera.

I think both 35mm and mini MF 33x44 will find their friends.
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Themes, Portfolio Series, PaW, or PaM / Re: [Theme] Clouds
« Last post by armando_m on Today at 03:26:57 »
cloud at sunset
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Lens Talk / Re: Dandelion lets me down
« Last post by bjornthun on Today at 02:54:07 »
I think this comment is right on. I only have one Dandelion, on my BR-2A (the rest of my lenses including PN-11 I modified with Bjørn's chips), and it is always a bit tricky to mount an requires a lot of care both on insertion into the mount and twisting it into place. Even if I built up well with marine epoxy at the rear and the sides, images presented at NG before show that the plastic around the contacts on the front is very thin.

I also wonder about the long term durability of the type of plastic used in Dandelions. Certain plastics like the one used for buckles on my backpacks and bike panniers seem to break down with time (possibly due to UV exposure?), and then they start self destructing one after another (often several within a short time span) with almost no load at all.
The BR-2A can also be modified with one of Bjørn R's chips and an AF-S contact block.
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Lens Talk / Re: Dandelion lets me down
« Last post by Øivind Tøien on Today at 02:31:49 »
The issue is that with vertical walls on the pins, a sideways load does not translate into an axial force which would depress the pin.

I think this comment is right on. I only have one Dandelion, on my BR-2A (the rest of my lenses including PN-11 I modified with Bjørn's chips), and it is always a bit tricky to mount an requires a lot of care both on insertion into the mount and twisting it into place. Even if I built up well with marine epoxy at the rear and the sides, images presented at NG before show that the plastic around the contacts on the front is very thin.

I also wonder about the long term durability of the type of plastic used in Dandelions. Certain plastics like the one used for buckles on my backpacks and bike panniers seem to break down with time (possibly due to UV exposure?), and then they start self destructing one after another (often several within a short time span) with almost no load at all.
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Les:

I like all three, but the joey is so darn cute peering out of the pouch!

Interesting fill reflector effect on the kookaburra from the metal top.

Cheers

Randy
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