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  1. Old school Reebok high tops. Can't stand dress shoes. I have some Redwing steel toes I wear for work.
  2. Cool pics man! Love the snow on some of the cars.
  3. I'm not a fan of UV or "skylight" filters either; particularly in the subway where you're likely to get a bunch of annoying reflections off the glass. And you REALLY don't want to be using an ND filter in a dark place like the subway...
  4. Be brave, my friend! That lens is, what, $100? A couple shots in the subway with the filter off won't hurt it.
  5. Hmmmm, in that case it might be the lens. I'd still give it a try without the filter just to see what happens. I used to have a 300mm that would flare the headlights without a filter on it. It was so annoying I sold it.
  6. Great shots, definately! I gotta admit I had to look on the map to see where the 6 line is. Cool looking line! Love the tunnel entrance (photo 2) or whatever that is.
  7. Great shots man! Is that flare, or are those just reflections off the clear (or "skylight") filter? I suspect the latter. You might want to try unscrewing the filter and shooting without it, at least in dark places like the subway.
  8. Yes, its the Nikkor. Heavy, built like a tank, and expensive, but its worth it.
  9. I have a Nikon D80. LOL I did the same thing; not long after buying my DSLR I replaced my ancient manual-focus 35/2 with the AF version, then right afterwards they announced the 1.8. Anyone want to buy a lightly used Nikkor 35/2 AF-D?
  10. Exactly. In the tight confines of the subway, you'll want something more wide angle than the 50. The 35/f2 is a good choice and its not that terribly expensive. Even better would be something like a 24 or 28mm but anything faster than f2.8 gets spendy in a hurry. I use a 17-55/f2.8 in the subway; its similar in focal range to the kit lens but its f2.8 even all the way out at 55mm so it would be a lot better underground. However, even at f2.8 I'm usually shooting at something like ISO 800 to keep the noise and shutter speeds at an acceptable level. If I could afford a wide f1.4 lens I'd buy it in a heartbeat.
  11. I agree, this thing is going to be very slow and clunky particularly zoomed out to 300mm when the maximum aperture is going to be 5.6. You'll be stuck with a pretty high ISO in order to ensure a high enough shutter speed so you can hand-hold it without camera shake (and don't even think about using it underground). If you can get something with VR (ideally an actual Nikon lens) you'll be doing a lot better. Even better would be a faster lens like the 70-200/2.8 but that's probably not in your budget (I have an older version 80-200/2.8 which even though it doesn't have AFS or VR, its my favorite lens and I wouldn't give it up for anything!).
  12. You're probably right. Its been a trend; except for 2004, ratings have been declining since 2000. That's something the Cub fans here in Chicago don't want to hear; they love to point out the 2005 series (featuring the White Sox) as "the lowest ratings ever". Unfortunately they've got the media on their side and any lower ratings since 2005 are conveniently never reported in the media.
  13. Exactly. There is TOO MUCH love for the Red Sox on ESPN. Its amazing how fast their coverage of MLB drops way off if the Red Sox are out of it. And now with no east coast teams in the WS this year, ESPN probably won't give it the time of day.
  14. I haven't seen an ex-Santa Fe engine that clean in years!! :tup:
  15. That's the big advantage of digital; you can take one or more test shots beforehand and see what they look like on the monitor. With film, we had to wait for it to come back from processing to see what the pictures looked like. Sometimes they were good, other times not so. Another thing to keep in mind. Watch out to make sure the train's headlight doesn't upset your exposure when it enters the scene. You might have the exposure perfect, but when the train arrives the picture goes dark because the camera's light meter sees the headlight and adjusts accordingly. Use the Exposure Lock feature if your camera has one, or just switch to Manual.

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