Friday, September 22, 2017

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Reviews on digital imaging, Nikon Cameras, Canon Cameras, Macro, Micro, Telephoto and Super Telephoto lens and all things photo optics and equipment, such as the D5, D500 and D850. My ambition is to provide useful and solid photography tips and information with the best real world reviews of all the photographic gear and astronomy equipment - that I use.

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....

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

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.....

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.

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.

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 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 ......
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.

Nikon D7200 Hands On Review Read more

Nikon D7200 Hands On Review

Back to the DX future with a Nikon DX crop body that is a spectacular example of Nikon's advances in the craft of creating fine photographic instruments. The D7200 camera body has a soul that will drive your creativity and photographic desires beyond the mundane.
Tokina 11-20mm f2.8 Review Read more

Tokina 11-20mm f2.8 Review

The Tokina 11~20mm f/2.8 is made for “crop” sensor camera’s such as Nikon or Canon’s APSC type sensors. This is Tokina’s third and newest release for this popular wide angle zoom lens replacing Tokina’s older 11-16mm which has a strong following, for good reason.  Let’s dive into the details of this lens..

Nikon 1 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR Review Read more

Nikon 1 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR Review

This is my fourth series 1 lens since owning the Nikon 1 V3 camera body. I made this choice to round out my series 1 lens from wide to telephoto and had no hesitation based on all I read about the performance.Read the rest of the article to hear my likes and dislikes and recommendations if your in the market.

Promote Control Review Read more

Promote Control Review

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.
Nikon 6.7-13mm Lens f/3.5-5.6  Review Read more

Nikon 6.7-13mm Lens f/3.5-5.6 Review

The Nikon 1 series Cameras and Lens are Nikons first introduction into the world of mirrorless cameras with interchangeable lenses.  With so many new mirrorless cameras on the market and the various sensor sizes I was on the fence about a CX sized sensor camera system, capability and image quality.   When Nikon released the V3 I was ready to give these new smaller cameras a try so I jumped off the fence, and if you have a new Nikon 1 camera body you need a lens or two  to go with it – enter the 1 Nikkor  6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 VR.  Let’s take a look!

Nikon 300mm f/4 PF Review Hands On Read more

Nikon 300mm f/4 PF Review Hands On

Like so many photographers I could not resist adding this super light weight to my bag and soon you will have to page through my boring photos taken with it. I at one time used the old 300mm IF for many years but eventually sold it off in favor of more modern faster Nikkor Glass that was close to the 300 focal length.  Now, we have a new era breaking loose from Nikon and this lens makes me excited!  If you want to see many photographs taken with this lens - visit the blog link.  For the review Read On.....

Nikon D810 the next edition Review Read more

Nikon D810 the next edition Review

Well here we are, as I said I was going to wait on the next BIG release from Nikon before I upgraded my D800. Nikon announced a D810 trade up program and for me it meant lots of benefits considering my recent lens purchases. Maybe this was Nikon’s ploy to move these new D810s faster.

Here I am with a new D810 and to tell you the truth, it looks almost indistinguishable to my older D810.  This D810 feels like home with the exception of a few new button changes everything is familiar, the grip is kind of narrower and deeper giving it a different feel in the hand, your mileage may vary depending on your hand. I wished the grip was more like the perfect D700 grip I once owned, the D700 was ergonomically fantastic in the hand. I have a collection of D800 batteries and they are all compatible with the D810 along with my MD-12 grip. When I fired the 810 up I began to notice the differences, all are very pleasant.

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Sigma 35mm f1.4 Review Art Lens Review Read more

Sigma 35mm f1.4 Review Art Lens Review

I had been contemplating a 35mm fast aperture lens for quite some time and being a Nikon owner I looked hard at the

Nikon 35 1.4 as an option, but Nikon's over priced lens put me off from making that purchase.

One year Later!

  I  do use other third party lens and for the most part at the end of the day they work very good.  Hearing Sigma was about to release a new line of lens that raised the bar on 3rd party lens, I waited to see what Sigma would do.  Sure enough Sigma offered a new 35mm 1.4 with a hyper sonic motor in it’s newly established art (A) category.  Sigma announced recently three new lines of lens; Contemporary (C), Art (A), and Sport (S)

really right stuff 400mm Lens Plate review Read more

really right stuff 400mm Lens Plate review

Shortly after buying my Nikkor 400mm FL lens I was quite impressed at the modest weight reduction Nikon was able to achieve and still deliver an even better lens to the sports and wildlife photographer.  However, my old Really Right Stuff lens plate did not fit the new lens.
Two 5 MP 360 IP Camera Review Read more

Two 5 MP 360 IP Camera Review

In my quest to cover my house exterior with full video surveillance I recently wanted to add two more cameras to the mix.  So here today is a side by side comparison of the VIVOTEK FE8174V and the AXIS M3027-PVE Network Camera.  Both of these cameras are currently in use, and additionally we will discuss the IntelliSecu 7" Intelligent IR High Speed. 20x Optical PTZ camera as well.


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