So here's a weird thing about me. I don't do TOP primarily as a business. "Content" is not a business problem that I need to solve in order to draw readers; the content itself is my interest (I like to write and despite being an agonizingly slow typist, I need to do it every day), and if lots of people share that interest then that's cool. One of the things that inspired me to launch TOP in the first place was that I realized I was writing long, elegant (and often researched) emails and forum posts every day, and I figured since I was doing it anyway I might as well do it for more people.
So when you see me post little blats like "Any Love for the D500," yes, it mentions current products, and yes, I do be a dutiful blah-blah-bloggah so I link to those products, because that's one of the engines that keeps the choo-choo chugging. And you could be forgiven for thinking that it's just knee-jerk click-bait. But, usually, it isn't—usually, it's mainly because my OCD gets going and I start thinking about gear and I wanna talk about it. It's not deliberate click-bait, in other words...
...It's more like a form of suffering. Ha!
Just thought I'd mention that.
DX, FX, [x]X
So John Krill just commented on that post,
"Nikon continues to make bodies and lenses for the FX line but fails to support DX. Yes, I know, they just released the D500 but what of lenses for the DX line? Not much at all and still only three primes for the DX bodies. The zooms for DX aren't all that great either."
Made me think of two things...one, whenever you say that, many Nikon people will say some version of the following: "Yeah, but you can do anything you need to do with the AF-S Nikkor 35mm ƒ/1.8G DX!" It's as if, yes, true, Nikon has only a few DX-specific primes, but Nikonista are ecstatic they get any at all.
And here's a funny blip, which I think kind of shows where Nikon's corporate head is at. I was at an official Nikon site the other day searching wanly for lenses for my imaginary D7200 that I don't have, and the 35mm ƒ/1.8G DX lens was listed under "Wide Angles." Made me chuckle.
It's probably just an understandable mistake by a lower-level functionary who doesn't get that 35mm is a normal lens on DX, or who got the DX version confused with the FX version which, after all, has a nearly identical name. Thou art forgiven for thy flub, thou flunky.
I've recently had a serious case of jonesing for the D7200. Go look at some pictures taken with that camera sometime this weekend. Parade of lovliness.
But in the end, Nikon just doesn't have the lenses I'd want for a DX camera. Strange thing to say, about a marque that traditionally had the biggest system of all, servicing every need and fulfilling every desire.
So here's a bit of pure click-bait. (And off-topic, too.) I've been outfitting my kitchen here at the TOP digs at scenic Keuka Lake, and after cleaning up yet another smashed drinking glass and stressing over missed shards of glass interacting in unpleasant ways with bare feet and with doggies—who, after all, live down there near the floor (I really dislike broken glass)—I found these Tritan tumblers by Michley. And, go figure, I absolutely love 'em. So click on that link and buy some.
They're clear enough, they can go in the dishwasher and they dry without spots (I use a drying aid in the dishwasher), they're very light (when you lift a full one it seems oddly that you're just lifting the liquid and nothing else), and the nicest thing is that they're somehow soft-feeling. I find their peculiar tactility appealing. Don't really know why. And of course if you drop them they don't shatter. They bounce. I'm a fan.
A little on the expensive side, but, another problem solved by modern materials engineering! These are my best purchase recently, in any realm. Recommended.
Next, I'm going to try to kill weeds in the driveway with steam. I'll let you know how that goes.
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Ken Bennett: "I like the Tervis Tumblers (feel free to add a click-bait link here). They are double walled plastic, so they keep drinks cold longer, and the glass tends not to sweat in hot weather, so no wet ring on the table or drops of water in my lap."
k4kafka: "Hey Mikey...those Tritan tumblers don't shatter because...(wait for it)...they're plastic!"
Mike replies: But not just any plastic. It's a copolyester developed by Eastman Chemical Company that's been extensively tested and has among the best safety and durability features of any clear polymer approved for food. And not all plastic is shatterproof by a long shot. Don't make me tell the sad story of my (plastic) Fuji GS645s medium-format rangefinder again....
Steve Higgins: "As someone who is so clumsy that I managed to trip over my shoe-laces while walking around my flat in my bare feet, and has had to replace all my dinnerware with melamine items (which does, unfortunately, bring back some memories of the old, often chipped plastic plates used for school dinners when I was a boy) to save buying a new dinner service every year, those tumblers look ideal for me...."
Mike replies: Funny! I use melamine plates too.
Let me know what you think of the tumblers. I've now replaced all my drinking glasses with a dozen of them.