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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Planes

We've heard about planes landing right on the beach, we've seen videos (see below). We wanted to see it live, so we visited St. Marteen's Maho Beach. It was a blast, literally! Here are a few images of the landings. All images taken with Nikon D700 and a Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G. For more pictures from St. Marteen, please visit my Fotki page.







More from St. Marteen

All images taken with Nikon D700 and a Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G. For more pictures from St. Marteen, please visit my Fotki page.



Le Gallion Beach - calmest and warmest beach!
Orient Beach - waviest and funnest beach on the island.

Friars Bay Beach - opposite of the beach there is this small body of water with lots of pelicans.
Sunset at the Friars Bay Beach

Sunset at the Friars Bay Beach

St. Marteen Zoo
St. Marteen Zoo
St. Marteen Zoo
St. Marteen Zoo
Grand Case - see all about our adventures at Grand Case in my other blog post here.
Dawn Beach

Update on the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S lens

So Nikon has returned my Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S lens slightly over a week later after I sent it to their Melville location for service. I received the now "fixed" lens on April 24, 2009. After some testing, the lens appears to have been fixed. The auto focus is now working and the lens is no longer making the grinding noise I reported. It still appears to have some difficulty focusing in low light which I find a problem. I will do more testing this weekend and let you know if I find the above still a problem. You can read more about the initial problem in my earlier post here.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Butterflies of St. Maarten!

We visited a Butterfly farm while on the island. Below are some of my favorites! More pictures here. All images taken with Nikon D700 and a Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G.








Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S

On February 26, 2009 I purchased the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S lens from the B&H store in NY. I used the lens minimally in the last month and on March 22, 2009 I began to have problems. When I was researching the lens I came across bad reviews, not in the actual image quality it produced but rather the built quality of it. You can read some of them on Amazon. Even though I was aware of the potential problem I purchased the lens and was at first very excited and satisified with the results it produced. It is, after all, also known as one of the best Nikon lenses ever made. However, I have found the lens to be somewhat soft and most recently unable to focus. I have also gotten the grinding noise people described and as stated above, worse, the inability to focus on objects when in AF mode. Manual focus works fine. This is somewhat disappointing, to say the least. When you pay $1,800.00+ for a piece of glass, you expect it to work and work flawlessly. This is not the case.

As the lens is under Nikon warranty, I have sent it to Nikon for service. What I am really hoping that they will replace the lens since it is clearly defected. I would really hate for them to just fix the one I sent and send it back. The bottom line is, I just need the lens to work. However, it would still be nice to have a brand new working lens and not a refurbished one.

So, for those of you looking to buy this lens, be careful. The problem is real and can cost you at least two weeks of wait as well as costs involved of sending the lens to Nikon.

I will let you know the outcome of this situation when I receive answer from Nikon and my lens back.

New York Botanical Garden

We recently visited the Bronx Botanical Garden also called the New York Botanical Garden and here are a few pictures from there. Some of people, some of flowers.

All images taken with Nikon D700 and a Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G. For more pictures from the Garden, please visit my fotki page.














Thursday, April 9, 2009

News

I also forgot to mention that my website is up and running. It is still work in progress but it's out there. Check it out. Your comments are welcome! www.keselmanphotography.com

Alex @ Krystal's

Few images from a photoshoot I did in mid January. Click on the images to see a larger picture. More images here. Unfortunately, there were issues with lights or lack thereof. Consequently, I had to work with what I had which is my Nikon SB800. :(













Chiaroscuro Lighting Tutorial

I stumbled upon a wonderful step by step tutorial on fotki and wanted to share it with you. You can see it here.