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Nikon D500 Real World Review Read more

Nikon D500 Real World Review

WI The Nikon D500 is here and I have found no negative reports about this camera, The D500 is said to be one of Nikon's best DX offerings to date, and I agree - It is a solid camera.  I share my thoughts and experience after four months of solid use. The Nikon D500 has many technical benefits of the D5 making it a super sports camera, fast and agile with reasonable files that are easy to off load, process, and store. and after un-boxing in April my journey has begun, Read on ......
Sigma 180 Macro Lens Review Read more

Sigma 180 Macro Lens Review

This week I bring to you a full two years of the Sigma 180mm Macro lens. Is it a solid lens and worth the price? Does it deliver as a medium telephoto? Can you use this lens as your go to portraiture lens. Over the course of two years now, I will give you my opinion and a few Macro shots.

Savage Product Pro Led Light Table Review Read more

Savage Product Pro Led Light Table Review

Do you need a small led light table for your ads for selling of your products or used gear, if so read on about the Savage Product Pro Led Light Table.  A somewhat straightforward approach for obtaining pleasing images of the smaller type products you wish to sell or place in ads.  In operation, it is simple to use and the results are good.  Read the full review here....

Nikon 1 V3 Hands on Review Read more

Nikon 1 V3 Hands on Review

The Nikon 1 V3 mirror less camera looks and in most cases functions like a DSLR, except it is all digital including the viewfinder. This sounds mostly exciting since I for one in the market for a lightweight, portable, small form factor mirror less camera.  Obviously, being a Nikon fan I gravitate to Nikon 1 series for a possible solution

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Nikkor 200mm F4 Micro Macro Lens Review Read more

Nikkor 200mm F4 Micro Macro Lens Review

The first thing you notice when you pick up the Nikkor 200mm F/4 Micro lens is its build quality, VERY solid. This type of lens build represents an era before plastics became standard fare. Holding this lens you know it is one of the best built Nikkor lenses ever and although this is one of Nikon's older lens with a long service life it is a premium Macro / Micro lens holding it's favor among macro enthusiast since its first release in 1993.
Nikon D85O Real World Review Read more

Nikon D85O Real World Review

My Intel back in 2016 was close to what Nikon announced in the next release of the 800 series, the D850.   This camera is CLOSE to a game changer and now that I have mine let me give you my initial input.

Really Right Stuff Flash Bracket Review Read more

Really Right Stuff Flash Bracket Review

This is my review of the Really Right Stuff flash brackets and flash mounting accessories.  I purchased my setup this past month and have taken it out on a few shooting assignments.  Here is what I have to say about the setup and its operation and dependability in the field.

Nikon 8-15mm Fisheye Review Read more

Nikon 8-15mm Fisheye Review

The review of the newest Nikon fisheye lens.  This new fisheye was released along with two other new lens and this one in particular will be my favorite and must have, the Nikkor 8-15mm Fisheye. The new AF-S Fisheye NIKKOR 8-15mm ED supports a zoom range of 8-15 mm range with a maximum aperture between f/3.5-4.5. Used on your FX body, the lens can produce circular fisheye images and full frame diagonal images, all with one lens when zoomed all the way out (wide-angle position). Zooming close to all the way in enables full-frame fisheye images with a diagonal angle of view of 180°. The best DX diagonal.... read more

Daystar Calcium H-Line Quark Review Read more

Daystar Calcium H-Line Quark Review

Daystar has been busy working on new improved products to release to the public who have an interest in Solar imaging and visual observing. About a year following the release of Daystar's HA Quark is the Calcium H-Line Quark, which shares a few design attributes of their other quarks. Lets find out how it performs and is it worth the money..

Sensor Cleaning Kit Review Read more

Sensor Cleaning Kit Review

For anyone who uses their cameras and or sensors in the field this is one of the best carry along accessories you can have in the field!  Stop trying to blow off that dust your just moving it around and making matters worse.  There is a simple and efficient way to "lift the dust off the sensor.. read on...

Stellarvue SVR102T Review Read more

Stellarvue SVR102T Review

I have been around the Astronomy community for some time with many telescope adventures under my belt. One of the scopes that I was looking to acquire is a nice 4" refactor, not just any refactor but a premium performer, capable of doing what I wanted to do visually and imaging wise, my choice was.....

Stellarvue SV80 Access Review Read more

Stellarvue SV80 Access Review

Stellarvue SV80 Access Telescope.  This new Stellarvue SV80 Access mm telescope will be a nice addition to my solar setup as well as my night time Astronomy for low to medium power viewing.  If you read my earlier post you know I do Solar viewing in HA and white light. hydrogen Alpha has very specific requirements that provide spectacular solar views, while the White light is more forgiving but still offers hours of enjoyment.  Earlier this year I sold off my older Meade 80mm to upgrade to a finer, higher quality instrument. 

iOptron CEM25P Review Read more

iOptron CEM25P Review

I am putting together a small portable imaging solution based on several key requirements;  The mount must be light, quite, have tracking with a guide port. Enter the iOptron CEM25p.  This year I am gearing up to use my Daystar Camera Quark, Stellarvue SV80 Access to do some Solar Imaging as well as touring the night sky. This project is going to be fun and rewarding.   Please read on to see how the mount holds up and hear my comments while I use it out in the field.

DayStar Camera Quark Review Read more

DayStar Camera Quark Review

I have been into Solar viewing and imaging for a few years. I find it more enjoyable than the night time Astronomy because the sun is ever changing and day to day has new features appearing. In general, Solar viewing and imaging is a better fit for my lifestyle. In this article I will cover down on the DayStar Camera Quark, I have the Prominence version. So let us take a look under the hood.

Nikon SB-5000 vs SB-910 Read more

Nikon SB-5000 vs SB-910

In 2016 Nikon announced and surprised many of us with new digital imaging tools, The Nikon D5, "surprise" a new D500 and to go along with it the beginning of wireless flash control, this is a first for Nikon  In this article we cover down on the SB-5000 and SB-910. How should you spend your coins going forward?
Nikon WT-7 Read more

Nikon WT-7

This is a write up from Don C who added an extensive "comment" to my WT-7 post/review. I though it was worthy of an individual post.

The remainder of this post is Don's comments: I decided to breakdown and purchase the WT-7a,..being that 1) I own a D500, and 2) I love to shoot untethered. Note, my forte' in the photography world is "Event Photography. That is, capture and print "onsite". It's 90% of my business model and every since the days of the mighty D2X and WT-2a, I've always admired the ability of "capturing and image and it instantly popping up on a display monitor" for customers to see, and of course, buy prints! Well, time has changed since those 'good old days' to newer 'good old days' of the D500 and WT-7a!

Nikon 600mm f/4E FL ED VR Read more

Nikon 600mm f/4E FL ED VR

It happened just about on schedule - 2 years since the last big update,  Nikon released a stunning update to an already spectacular Super Telephoto lens; the new Nikkor 600mm f/4 FL ED VR lens, and just how could any manufacture make this wonderful lens faster, lighter, and better?  Lets find out.

Lunt Solar Wedge Review Read more

Lunt Solar Wedge Review

Today I would like to introduce you to the Lunt White Light Solar Wedge.  I have been a solar observer off and on for a number of years, one of the first accessories I purchased for my refractor was a solar film attachment.  This allowed me to use my telescope to safely view the sun.  I was hooked!

Nikon 600mm f/4 vs Nikon 400mm f/2.8 Read more

Nikon 600mm f/4 vs Nikon 400mm f/2.8

I have been a photographer for awhile, It has been a long wonderful road to where I am today in respects to my equipment and ability. DSLRs and modern manufacturing capabilities have put in our hands some of the most advanced cameras today, notwithstanding the super spectacular lens designs coming from makers such as Canon, Nikon, Sigma, Tamron just to name a few.   With so many choices out there it is no wonder we sometimes get wrapped around the axle trying to decide what lens to purchase.

Hutech Hinode Solar Guider Review Read more

Hutech Hinode Solar Guider Review

Keeps your Solar Telescope on track without need for your input. Great product for solar guiding with no fuss and no need for a computer + other wonderful options. Thanks Hutech!! Get yours from OPT

 

Lunt LS80THa Solar Telescope Review Read more

Lunt LS80THa Solar Telescope Review

Have you ever wanted to take pictures of the sun? or just do some visuals observations when the opportunity allows.  This is my experience with the LS80THa solar telescope.
Wimberly CK-100 Sidemount Read more

Wimberly CK-100 Sidemount

This is my review of the Wimberley CK-100 Sidemount Conversion Kit.  I have owned the Wimberley WH-200 Gimbal Tripod Head II with Quick Release Base for a couple years without any issues.  But, I was looking for a more compact setup to use.  I ran across the sidemount kit from Kimberley and decided to give it a try.

Nikon 400mm f/2.8E ED VR FL Review Read more

Nikon 400mm f/2.8E ED VR FL Review

2017 update ...  the The Nikkor 400mm 2.8 ed fl is an exceptional lens known for it's flexibility and amazingly sharp images it produces. Lighter and more nimble and all the while retaining and improving on an already great Nikkor 400 heritage, this lens will bring to the photographic market a continued, appreciated, and highly sought after instrument. Unfortunately for me, to acquire this version I had to sell my VRII 400mm, yes this lens is even more expensive but I expect a long wonderful relationship together.

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Nikon 19mm f/4 ED PC Read more

Nikon 19mm f/4 ED PC

After many years Nikon finally did what Canon managed to do years before - produce a Perspective Control lens capable of  tilting parallel or perpendicular to shift, in other words it is awesome.  This will add one more to Nikon's  3 other Perspective Control lens making for a total of 4 PCE to choose from. With that many PCEs converging lines don't stand a chance.

Nikon 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens Review Read more

Nikon 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens Review

Nikon 60mm f2.8 AFS-S Micro-Nikkor Lens is a super choice for your first intro into Macro. You may find others who state they don’t recommend this lens as a Macro due to the very close distance you must get to the subject in order to achieve 1:1, about 2 inches at the closest focus distance (1:1). The lens needs to be 2 inches from the subject for 1 to 1.. I simply believe each lens offers a special interface between the camera and user. I use most all focal lengths of Macro/Micros. I agree a 200mm Macro will put distance between you and the subject but it also has it’s own drawbacks (you can read about it in my blog). I like a 60mm because there are sometimes I need both detail and more of the subject without lugging a 2 pound lens around. With todays mega pixel cameras, even if your not 2 inches from the subject you can crop (as most of us do) to get amazing details. Overall I am very pleased with the lens and look forward to using it more often.

Zoom F8 Field Recorder Review Read more

Zoom F8 Field Recorder Review

Although this site is primarily based around Photography I thought it fitting I would at some point introduce sound into the mix - get it? sound mix!.  Anyway a lot of  photographers shoot video with their nice DSLRs and in choosing to do so like to have great sounding audio.  Audio opens a new aspect and with so many options and mics available, I am taking  a few minutes to start a audio section.  Here it goes....

Nikon Wireless Transmitter D500 WT-7 Read more

Nikon Wireless Transmitter D500 WT-7

The Nikon WT-7 has arrived for use as my studio on location wireless interface to the internet for near instant feedback of images taken with the Nikon D500.  This new product has a few cool features like built in Web Server, FTP upload capabilities, and a web interface that allows you preview, and the ability to change camera settings wireless, we will dig into each.

Nikon 1 Nikkor 10-100mm f/4-5.6 VR Lens  Review Read more

Nikon 1 Nikkor 10-100mm f/4-5.6 VR Lens Review

If you are in the market for a well rounded Nikon 1 travel lens to stretch your photography and keep more of your hard earned money in your pocket, you are in luck.  1 Nikkor VR 10-100mm f/4-5.6 is an excellent choice to fulfill that one lens travel need. The Nikon 1 VR 10-100mm has been optimized for CX Nikon 1 cameras and offers very reasonable performance in this package.  

Sigma 8mm Fisheye Review f/3.5 EX DG Read more

Sigma 8mm Fisheye Review f/3.5 EX DG

The Sigma 8mm f/3.5 Circular Fisheye lens offers some very unique image perspectives, covering 180 degree angle of view, this creates some exaggerated and interesting photography.  Best use of the lens requires some thought, practice and  skills.  

How does this lens performs? Lets begin by covering my last 6 months of use and images and along the way I will help you decide if a "fisheye" will be in your bag sometime in the future.

Nikon R1C1 Close-up System Review Read more

Nikon R1C1 Close-up System Review

Time for macro Photography & I am ready to get out and shoot.
In the early days, one of my least favorite aspect of photography was flash, simply because I sucked at it, and normally got mixed results when I tried using it. Since discovering Nikon's Creative Lighting System (CLS) my Macro has improved.

NIKON 16mm AF Fisheye Review Read more

NIKON 16mm AF Fisheye Review

A quick review of the Nikkor 16MM AF Fisheye. If you need drama in a shot or even extreme wide angle this is one lens that can add it.  When used wisely, this fisheye can make your photos jump off the page with impact.

Pros:  Very Small and light, focus is very quick as most wide angles are, built tough and withstands daily use, flare controlled fairly well for a fish  eye.

Cons: Barrel distortion as expected in a fish eye (this can also be a pro), some coma abbreviation, Sometime your feet are in the photo .

 

 

Nikon Wireless Remote Review Read more

Nikon Wireless Remote Review

The Nikon WR system is a solid wireless accessory for serious remote shutter or flash use and works flawless with most Nikon DSLRs. I ran across this after a failed (cheap) attempt that stopped working after a few months. So, I decided to expend more time and money on a better product, I discovered Nikon remotes that allowed you to fire the camera from a distance, some offerings were wired but another one was wireless.  Perfect.

AVX Wireless - Sennheiser Review Read more

AVX Wireless - Sennheiser Review

Today I wanted to briefly mention a new audio item I began using with good success and results.  The Sennheiser AVX Digital Wireless audio System.  The AVX can simplify and speed up your audio setup making the audio portion of your workflow much easier to implement and also get good results with this awesome wireless system.

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