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Nikon 400mm f/4.5 S-Line Prime for Nikon Z

The Nikkor Nikon 400mm f/4.5 S lens is a small compact prime lens designed for the Nikon Z Mirrorless camera system. The Nikon 400mm f/4.5 marks a noteworthy accomplishment for Nikon that offers a light and portable professional lens in the 400mm range at a much more affordable price. What is the catch?

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TrueToad, Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Flower Photography for Everyday

I have a couple of photographic weaknesses, Birds and Flowers.  Whenever I am out doing some photography shooting regardless of what my intentions are if I run across a great-looking flower I stop and take a photo or try to incorporate the flower into my scene. The great thing about flower photography is you really don't need any specialized equipment.  I have even taken flower photos with a fisheye lens. If you want to discover more about flower photography read on...

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TrueToad, Friday, May 27, 2022

Copy Data Between Two Synology NAS

Copy Data Between Two Synology NAS using RSYNC - Recently I had a failing drive in my primary Synology NAS. While I have a redundant system I did not want to take any chances of trying to replace the failing hard drive without a full backup of the data.  This is the easiest method to copy folders over to another Synology NAS.

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TrueToad, Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Flower Photography

I have a couple of photographic weaknesses, Birds and Flowers.  Whenever I am out doing some photography shooting regardless of what my intentions are if I run across a great-looking flower I stop and take a photo or try to incorporate the flower into my scene. The great thing about flower photography is you really don't need any specialized equipment.  I have even taken flower photos with a fisheye lens. If you want to discover more about flower photography read on...

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TrueToad, Friday, May 13, 2022

Nikon 800mm f/6.3 VR S Thoughts and Considerations

The evolving Nikon Z line of cameras and lenses gets more and more complicated when trying to make buying decisions in the Nikon Z Mirrorless ecosystem, which is a good thing. Now the Nikon 800mm PF 6.3 is available to tempt you into the world of Super Telephoto photography. You too may be tempted to take the plunge, considering the closest super-telephoto is over 10k, 7.5 pounds, and has a shorter focal length, the new Nikon 800mm PF F/6.3 might just be the killer lens.

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TrueToad, Thursday, May 5, 2022

Blue Jays Habits and Temperament

The Blue Jay is a loud active bird that frequents many backyards throughout the year.  This article will detail my observations of the Blue Jays I know for several years. During these years some are departed and new arrivals have appeared. Join me on a quick read to as I share my observations of the wonderful Blue Jay.

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TrueToad, Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Photo Storage Solution Synology Diskstation

As an avid photographer with thousands of images in your collection, you need a comprehensible solution.  Are you relying on USB 3 external drives as your file backup?  One copy of your work on your computer and a backup on an external drive - does this sound familiar?  Here is my story on the near loss of many years of work, and why I decided to go pro and invest in a serious NAS.

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TrueToad, Sunday, January 9, 2022

Yaesu FTdx10 Review

The Radio is the compact Yeasu FT dx10 Transceiver that covers HF/50MHZ @ 100Watts of output power and is marketed as a hybrid Software Defined Radio (SDR). This article covers my perspective as a receiving operator.

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TrueToad, Saturday, May 1, 2021

Northern Cardinal - Photography

I am lucky to live in an area that has Northern Cardinals year round to perk up my backyard and when I go out for Bird Watchers day. These medium-sized birds frequent my backyard on a daily basis throughout the year and especially during the colder months when I put out food. Not too pushy at the feeder and shares the feeding areas with smaller birds without any fighting. If there is a perfect backyard bird the Cardinal just might be it.

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TrueToad, Friday, February 26, 2021

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