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  1. I use a Nikon D800 with two batteries. One of batteries now reached 3 in Battery Age (0-4), so any day it will become 4 and I will need a replacement. No camera shops seem to stock these batteries any more and I am reluctant to buy the replacement from either eBay or Amazon. Then I came across DuracellDirect.co.uk where they sell Duracell DRNEL15 replacement for Nikon EN EL15. My question is Has anyone ever used this Duracell replacement battery before (for any DSLRs)? Duracell replacement is 7.4V 1600 mAh whereas Nikon EN EL15 is 7.0V 1900mAh. Does this difference matter? Any experience or advice would be much appreciated. Many thanks Sung
  2. My new D800 works absolutely wonderfully with my favourite lenses – primes and my 14-24/2.8. But I should really get a mid-range zoom for times when using primes just aren’t practical, such as when I’m with someone who can’t wait for lens changing and such. What I’m looking for is flexibility combined with sufficient quality to pass Alamy QC without drastic solutions such as resizing down to 24mb - which would probably get almost anything shot with good technique on the D800 onto Alamy!. My research indicates there are two candidates, which all have strengths and weaknesses (I’ve excluded the Nikon 24-70/2.8 because although it's otherwise the obvious candidate, there’s no VR, which is useful for certain effects I like such as blurring moving people while keeping the background sharp). These are: 1 Nikon 24-120 f4. Good focal length range. However, reviews seem to all say the same thing – on the D800, it’s plenty sharp enough in the centre, but a bit dodgy around the edges. As I photograph a lot of architecture, edge sharpness would seem quite important. 2 Tamron 24-70 f2.8. Good to have f2.8. I wouldn't normally go with non-Nikon lenses, but this one sounds much better than most third parties. Reviews say that it’s almost as good as the Nikon 24-70 f2.8, and much better than no 1 at the edges, though loses a bit towards the long end. So – my question: I’d love to hear people’s Alamy experiences (something reviews don’t cover) with either of these two lenses on a D800. Are there circumstances (e.g. wide open at the long end) where you’ve decided not to submit images to Alamy due to image quality issues, or have had to take drastic steps such as resizing to Alamy's minimum size? Issues such as that are likely to be a bigger deciding factor than whether to go for f2.8 or the extra length – though at the moment I’m swinging towards the Tamron for its f2.8 option.
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