Real world review of the newest release from Skylum the Luminar 3. Is Luminar 3 a disappointment?
Strobe & LED Solution
I was intrigued by a continuous LED light for my still photography and video work and found the Rotolight Company who offers a few nice selections and accessories. My research has turned up what I think is a very good solution for my needs - the Neo 2.
Full Frame Z Mount
What to do what to do! You found this article either because you are thinking about buying a Nikon Z camera or already have one and now considering what if any Native Z mount lens to use with it. Good news, as of now you have a couple of choices. You can pick up a Z with a Kit lens 24-70 or buy the Z camera with the F to Z adapter and use your current staple of F mount lens, or even add a Native S lens to your purchase.
Full Frame Goodness
Nikon made the jump into Mirrorless territory with their first ever two new Full Frame Mirrorless Z series cameras. Following the release, many comments have been posted on both YouTube and Websites. Me personally I am not an armchair camera collector that sits and talks about camera gear. All the equipment I purchase I also use in my daily photography needs. Here is my review of the Nikon Z6.
400mm f/2.8 ED FL
The Nikon Z6 is now out in the wild and being used in various situations. I decided to take mine out and mount it on my Nikkor 400mm ED FL f/2.8 lens and to experience the difference between my D500 and the new kid on the block Nikon Z6.
8 X 42 Monarch 7
Excellent visual help spotting those small birds and wildlife using these excellent Nikon Monarch 7 Binoculars. Nikon is known for optics and the Monarch Line will not disappoint.
Steady She Goes
Are you in the market for a sturdy budget friendly Tripod for your general purpose photography needs. Well, take a look at what Benro has to offer in their series 3 set of legs.
Here are my three main Ball Heads I use on a daily basis for my photographic needs. In this article, I will compare these three and make an overall recommendation as to which I would buy again. When shopping for a new ball head both Acratech and Really Right Stuff always enter my mind - a premium life time quality.
Nikon Z7 and 600mm
I took my new Nikon Z7 out with my 600mm f/4 to find out if the camera is up to the task for bird photography. What I found was a camera that adapts well to the past and is the path for the future.
Nikon Pro Mirrorless Camera
Great News for Mirrorless Camera Fans! Nikon released their new Full Frame Mirrorless Z series camera, the next generation mirrorless camera - a new mirrorless camera system that will take photography into the next 100 years with A Nikon Full Frame Mirrorless, available now (Z7) for order.
Mass Storage Solution
So, you are an avid photographer with thousands of images in your collection. Maybe you have been relying on an USB 3 external drive to as your file backup along with your lightroom database; one copy on your work computer and a backup on the external - does this sound familiar? While that approach is a viable one, you just might be at risk of serious data loss. 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.
Best enthusiast level Mirrorless
September is here and with it arrives the announcements of new exciting camera gear from all camera manufacturers. Here is my thoughts about the new XT-3!.. Read on.
Small Super Sharp Multipurpose
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.
Excellent Quality and Performance
New Fujifilm XF lens arrived and now for testing.
My thoughts about the Fujifilm XT-2 from a DSLR shooter perspective. Why I think this camera line is amazing and worth your time and attention to take a few minutes to check out what Fujifilm is doing - even if you are a loyal fan of other brands.
Two Super Macro Lens Compared
Many visitors to the site may have noticed I have a few articles centered on Macro Photography. My first real macro lens was the older Nikon 105 manual lens, and after seeing the fine details and textures from the images I was hooked, the photos took on an inner surreal world of their own.
When not out doing landscapes, birds or wildlife photography – I am doing macro photography because it is such a rewarding aspect of Photography, and I encourage anyone who has not tried it to do so. Let’s get on with it...
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?
After many years of using f/2.8 zooms that covered the range of the 50-60, I finally decided I had enough of the compromise.
Almost four years to the day of the announcement of the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G lens I bought one. What was the influence and reason for the expenditure? read on to find out.
Light and Compact
Nikon is said to be ready to announce the release of their newest super telephoto - the 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR This will be their second Phase Fresnel lens the first being the awesome 300mm. I am very excited to see this newest lens and run through the technical details as it relates to weight, compactness, and sharpness. All of which are expected to be superior.
Super Sharp Zoom
This is one of my sharpest lens I own, It is amazing as compared to any other lens available on the market. If you can forget about the size, weight and money you spent on it – it can offer your great photos. This lens uses two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) elements and PGM aspherical lenses control chromatic aberrations while enhancing sharpness and contrast. Boy is it sharp!
Best of the Best
After a year of searching, test driving two great lenses the 28mm and 24mm f/1.4 for my D850 my search has ended and the choice are one of the two great lenses... Read on to find out what I decided and purchased.
Dehumidify your Gear
A dry box is normally a metal cabinet with a lockable rubber-sealed door with glass panes that allow the owner to view the contents of the dry box. These dry boxes have LCD displays that indicate the ambient temperature (in Fahrenheit or Celsius), relative humidity, and other settings. Interior LED lights make viewing your camera and lens much easier. The dry boxes have shelving that is both padded and adjustable. So do you need one for your camera gear...
Nikon's newest Professional Zoom the Nikon 180mm - 400mm f/4 is a rock solid performer - with a price tag to match.
Raw - Image - Edit
Thanks for your interest on this topic. I will start with this is not a full out comparison between these two products, but more of information sharing of my experience. A little background, I begin photography when it was all film based emulsion, and your software was the darkroom or a dependable lab you could drop your film off for processing – at that moment in time the process of buying film, exposing, then dropping the film off or doing the development yourself all seemed normal. My last film cameras were a Nikon F4s and Nikon F100. During the transition to digital, I struggled with “film scanners”, editing software, and then finally a full-fledged Digital Single Lens Reflex camera now called a DSLR. A new era in computer-based editing began.
Get Your Colors Correct
There is noting more frustrating than being on location doing great photography only to be frustrated once you are doing the post processing and the colors are off. Even the best photographers may not always get the perfect color mach as to the original - there is a way to get perfect color matching.. read on.
Compare & Use
Nissin has a nice flash available for cross platform use when paired with a Nissin Air - let us drill into the use of this great little flash.
Nissin Digital is making great strides in their dedicated flash and wireless controllers with their out of the box thinking and designs.
Mirrorless Super Hero
This is my second true mirrorless camera system, and this time around I choose Fujifilm over the crowded competition. For the last year I have been poking around looking for a travel camera that would fit a simple philosophy - it needs to be small, light, offer great optics, outstanding image quality, lower cost - and most of all be fun to use. This past September Fujifilm answered my calling with the announcement of the Fujifilm X-E3 mirrorless camera, read on to find out why and how I use this beauty.
The best Eyepiece for Macro
The Nikon DK 17M magnifying eyepiece for your specialized work in Macro photography, and especially when using a manual focus lens. Gives you excellent views to ensure you have critical focus.
Spider Easy Carry on Hip
The Spider Camera Holster. Try something different in the way you carry your camera. Are you getting tired of neck straps? Does your back ache after a long day of shooting? Tired of the camera flopping around, if you said yes - read on.
Awesome Tilt & Shift
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.
Mini D5 for Nature only Sharper
Since it's release the D500 is reported to be one of Nikon's best DX offerings to date, and I agree - It is a solid high-performance camera. I share my thoughts and experience after 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 ......
One year testing
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.
Lighting for your small products
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....
Take Control of your camera
I bought my Promote Control a number of years ago; In fact I may have been an early adopter of their product.. At first, I was critical of the product due to the cost and my lack of "true understanding" of the benefits to expand your photography.
Long Macro - Field 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.
Now a Reality
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.
Great for Macro Photographers
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.
Go Wide and Circular
The review of the newest Nikon fisheye lens. This new fisheye was released along with two other new lenses 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
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.....