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Australian Grand Prix 2019

Selected photos from the GP. More photos here.

USB Transfer to iPads and iPhones from Nikon Z6/Z7 and Canon EOS-R/RP cameras

This should simplify photo backup and quick editing without the need for a laptop when travelling. Just two cables and a lightning to USB3 adapter will allow you to transfer JPEG and RAW to an iPad or iPhone. The 3rd generation iPad Pro uses USB-C connector so a dual ended USB-C cable like this one or this one is all you need. For iPhones and iPads other than the 3rd Gen, The Apple Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter is needed and a Super Speed 3.1 USB-A to USB-C cable to get the fastest transfer speed from cameras. If you use a USB-A to USB-C charging cable, transfers will only occur at USB 2.0 speeds which is woefully slow. I’ve also found that a USB-C female to Lightning adapters that you can find on Ebay doesn’t work for data transfers, requiring the Apple Camera Adapter and a USB-A cable.

These cables and adapter will work for both the Nikon Z6/Z7 and the Canon EOS-R/RP Mirrorless cameras as they both have USB-C connectors.

Use a small catalog to speed up import – Adobe Lightroom

Here’s a tip for my Lightroom friends. Was frustrated that my imports were taking too long – over 20 seconds to import a small number of images.
Decided to test it with an empty catalog and not unsurprisingly the import was nearly instant. So my workflow is now use a new catalog during an event and then import that into an archive catalog afterwards.

Nikon Z7 with 180-400mm Autofocus example

As a follow up to the Nikon Z7 with 500mm post, here are a few photos from covering the MotoGP in Australia. All photos are out of camera JPEG, shot with the Z7 and the 180-400mm zoom. Some are with and some without the 1.4 teleconverter flipped on. The lighting condition ranged from cloudy to spots of sun. Very windy, about 15 degrees celsius.
It’d be fair to say that the AF isn’t as fast to acquire the first frame as the D5 or D500, but it’s certainly capable enough to get sharp photos. It’s important to fill the AF area with the subject for the AF to work well.

Nikon Z7 with 500mm f/5.6E PF Autofocus example

Took the new “tiny” Nikkor 500mm f/5.6 PF lens with the Nikon Mirrorless Z 7 out for a run last night at the A-League opening match for the season. Lots of mixed autofocus posts and youtube reviews by bloggers so I wanted to see how it went in an event. The round 1 derby at Marvel Stadium is under artificial lights. Fairly even lighting but by no means bright. Normally a fast f/2.8 lens is the standard. More recently the zoom lenses like the 200-400mm and the 180-400mm are f/4, but a super-tele at f/5.6 is pushing it. But the lightweight and small 500mm is a game changer in bright conditions. And so too the equally small and light Z7. The combination would allow handholding and breakthrough portability. The challenge was to see how it would go in an indoor stadium.
The good news is that the AF worked fine. No difference to the D850, and the viewfinder brightness is so much better than the D850. Switching between the two, the clarity in the Z7’s viewfinder was in a different league.
Here’s an example sequence of 8 continuous images of @keisukehonda fighting with Kearyn Baccus shot at 1/800th @ f/5.6, ISO5000 – Autofocus setting Wide Small, AF-C Continuous, AF Lock On = 1, VR Off, High ISO NR High, Continuous High Extended, JPEG Fine*, JPEG Size Large.

1/800th @ ISO5000 f5.6 – Autofocus setting was Wide Small, AF-C, AF Lock On = 1, VR Off, High ISO NR High, Continuous High Extended, JPEG Fine*, JPEG Size Large