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The 24-70mm/2.8G ED IF AF-S Nikkor Review
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The 24-70mm/2.8G ED IF AF-S Nikkor Review

Joseph Gamble (JCGamble) on March 19, 2015

If I were headed out to take a photograph and I could only take one lens, it would likely be Nikon’s 24-70mm/2.8G ED. The lens simply covers the essentials and it is the type of workhorse zoom that any professional or serious enthusiast really needs to own. Read more...

Mindshift Gear Rotation 180° Panorama - Bag Review
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Mindshift Gear Rotation 180° Panorama - Bag Review

Ernesto Santos (esantos) on March 10, 2015

In the endless search for the perfect bag, we requested savvy landscape Nikonians photographer Ernesto Santos to review this new bag. He found it to be a very well made and more than suitable solution that could very well be what you may have been waiting for. Read more...

What to do with Older Nikon Gear
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What to do with Older Nikon Gear

Jon Nadelberg (jnadelberg) on February 4, 2015

Does Your Used Stuff Still Work? Nikon cameras have been around for over 50 years with the professional Nikon F hitting the market back in 1959. Some of us who use Nikon started out decades ago, amassing a large collection of equipment and cameras. Long-time Nikon users often wonder if their old equipment is still worthwhile. Let's try to sort it out. Read more...

Nikon's New AF-S 20mm 1.8G Review
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Nikon's New AF-S 20mm 1.8G Review

Joseph Gamble (JCGamble) on January 22, 2015

A Long Overdue Digital Update: It's been 30 years since Nikon updated its 20mm f/2.8D wide-angle lens and this new version, announced in September along with the Nikon D750 and SB-500 Speedlight, is sharp and capable. This report brings you the sample images gallery to see that for yourself. Read more...

20mm f/1.8G AF-S FX Nikkor Review
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20mm f/1.8G AF-S FX Nikkor Review

Leonard Taupier (Leonard62) on December 17, 2014

Nikon continues to progress in the design and performance of its lenses as shown here for the newest 20mm lens versus the previous design and the current best Nikon (zoom) lens which can also take a photo at 20mm. It is remarkable, to say the least. Read more...

Nikon D750 Initial Impressions - User Review
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Nikon D750 Initial Impressions - User Review

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen) on December 8, 2014

Mike Hagen looks at Nikon's newest DSLR camera and tests it in sports photography and beyond. Look at his observations and see what made him say, that "there is so much to like, that I am officially giving it one of my highest camera recommendations ever." Read more...

Digital Tidbits: Photoshop CC Perspective Warp
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Digital Tidbits: Photoshop CC Perspective Warp

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen) on November 18, 2014

Adobe released recently a number of updates for Photoshop CC, but the one that was most interesting for me was the new Perspective Warp feature. This is a tool that allows you to modify the perspective of elements within a picture while not impacting other parts of the picture. A common situation where this presents itself is in architectural photography where a building needs perspective correction. Read more...

Nikon D750 Review - More Than an Update
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Nikon D750 Review - More Than an Update

Joseph Gamble (JCGamble) on October 29, 2014

Three months before Christmas Nikon presents a new full-frame DSLR - a camera which lies between the D610 and D810, but is more than the long time desired update of the D700: the Nikon D750 DSLR. Discover the extras which come with this novelty in our first review from Nikonian Joseph Gamble. Read more...

Capture One Pro 8 Review
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Capture One Pro 8 Review

Martin Turner (Martin Turner) on October 20, 2014

Capture One is the premium Raw Developer package, squarely aimed at professionals who need to combine excellent results with a robust workflow and the ability to manage large numbers of big files swiftly. Now it comes with the Pro Version 8. Get to know the new tool from Phase One. Read more...

How to Digitize Your Slide Library with a Nikon FX DSLR
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How to Digitize Your Slide Library with a Nikon FX DSLR

Joseph Gamble (JCGamble) on September 25, 2014

If you ever were in possession of a pre-2002 camera, you have an archive of film negatives or slides collecting dust in a box or binder. You’ve thought about digitizing them but don’t own a scanner and are reluctant to ship them off to an online scanning service. In this article Joseph Gamble explains you how to easily migrate your film archive into a digital state. Read more...

How to freeze motion in low light - an optical viewfinder advantage
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How to freeze motion in low light - an optical viewfinder advantage

Tim Marchant (timpsm) on September 12, 2014

In his article Tim Marchant reviews a technique to capture moving objects in low-light by under-exposure and then post-processing to recover the image - but without motion blur. Read more on how to show some crisp keeper shots under difficult conditions from your new gear. Read more...

Photo Techniques: How to Expose for Pinpoint Stars Over a Landscape
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Photo Techniques: How to Expose for Pinpoint Stars Over a Landscape

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen) on September 11, 2014

Trying to capture detail in both the landscape and the stars can be difficult, but from about one hour before sunrise to approximately 30 minutes before sunrise there is a sweet spot that allows you to capture enough information in both areas to produce a stunning final image. Follow Mike Hagen as he goes through the checklist of 10 steps to perfect star photography. Read more...

The Nikon D810 is impressive - User Review
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The Nikon D810 is impressive - User Review

Rick Walker (walkerr) on July 31, 2014

In this article, Rick Walker summarizes his first impressions of the new and highly anticipated Nikon D810 and enthusiastically states that it is "the best general purpose camera he has ever used." How does the new model compare to the D800E? Read more...

Digital Tidbits: Three Methods for Post-Processing Greens
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Digital Tidbits: Three Methods for Post-Processing Greens

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen) on July 14, 2014

For most photographs of nature, the color green is essential to the overall impact and believability of the image. If the greens look good, then the rest of the photo is believable. In this article, Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen) will show you three ways for achieving believable greens using a variety of software tools. Read more...

How Long Exposure Noise Reduction Works
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How Long Exposure Noise Reduction Works

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) on July 9, 2014

Many people have wondered about how Long Exposure Noise Reduction (Long Exp. NR) works. To clear up any misconceptions, this article will describe the unusual method the camera uses to remove noise caused by a long exposure. Let’s examine how it works and how to enable it on your camera. Read more...

The New MAGICA Series 4
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The New MAGICA Series 4

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) on July 2, 2014

I have been using a Series 3 MAGICA for several years. To move up from a Series 2 to a Series 3 was an easy choice; it became a need as soon as I went above 200mm focal lengths. But the prospect of acquiring a 500mm f/4 Nikkor lens to seriously incursion into birding has been haunting me for long. Read more...

Vibration Reduction - The way to a blurry free image?
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Vibration Reduction - The way to a blurry free image?

Jan Stimel (photocyan) on June 27, 2014

Vibration reduction (VR) technology in a Nikkor lens is a great way to reduce shaky images in general. The technology may be great, but some users are confused about how it really works, and what it can and cannot do. To help ease that confusion, Jan Stimel presents the basics behind image stabilizing techniques and goes deeper into the topic of reducing shaky images with Nikon's VR. Read more...

Why Post Process RAW Images?
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Why Post Process RAW Images?

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) on June 24, 2014

Some people have asked what is the point of post processing images. Darrell Young shows you an example of why he shoots in RAW and post processes afterwards. Read more...

Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Review
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Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Review

Jan Stimel (photocyan) on June 12, 2014

The Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM is an interesting lens with a constant f/1.8 aperture within the whole zoom range. Made exclusively for DX-format camera by Sigma Corporation its characteristics attract the attention of photographers. Jan Stimel performs a real-life test and compares it with two DX lenses: Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 and Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8. Read more...

Hunting for Rhythms in Photography
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Hunting for Rhythms in Photography

Jan Stimel (photocyan) on May 12, 2014

The rhythms and patterns in an image can considerably improve its visual quality. Get inspired by the advice in our article for an effective "rhythm hunt". Read more...

Nikonians Tele Converter Compatibility Table
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Nikonians Tele Converter Compatibility Table

Brian Tilley (briantilley) on April 22, 2014

One of the most common questions regarding Nikon and 3rd Party lenses is "Will lens X work with teleconverter Y?" To help answer such questions, the Nikonians Team has created this chart. Read more...

Digital Tidbits: How to Fill In Missing Pixels From Panorama Stitches
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Digital Tidbits: How to Fill In Missing Pixels From Panorama Stitches

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen) on April 22, 2014

Panoramas are a lot of fun not only because of the pleasing visual effect but also because of the challenges they may represent to get it right. One of such challenges is missing pixels while stitching together the images made. Mike Hagen shows us how to go about it without much hassle. Read more...

What a lens can teach you: A beginner's guide
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What a lens can teach you: A beginner's guide

Jan Stimel (photocyan) on April 7, 2014

It is many times a tough nut to crack to decide for the right "glass" from a vast variety of lenses, especially for beginners. Jan Stimel brings his own point of view on this topic and shares his story. Read more...

How to Master Composition Technique: Leading Lines
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How to Master Composition Technique: Leading Lines

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen) on March 31, 2014

If you are looking to further improve your photographs, this article by Mike Hagen offers straightforward practical tips to use the Leading Lines compositional principle that will definitively add to the ‘WOW Factor’ of your images. Read more...

Thousand shades of grey: The beauty of the black and white image
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Thousand shades of grey: The beauty of the black and white image

Jan Stimel (photocyan) on March 4, 2014

The process of how to convert your color images to beautiful black & white imagery is a fascinating journey to the roots of photography, its history and technique. Improve the look of your photographs and get inspired by this easy how-to. Read more...

The Window Light: Use natural light to shoot appealing portraits
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The Window Light: Use natural light to shoot appealing portraits

Jan Stimel (photocyan) on February 20, 2014

Many photographers use costly lighting equipment to create a pleasing look of their images. In this article our Nikonians author, Jan Stimel, explores the power of the window light and how it can be creatively used. Read more...

Photographing Birds-in-Flight and other quick moving subjects
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Photographing Birds-in-Flight and other quick moving subjects

David Summers (dm1dave) on February 17, 2014

The Nikonians Wildlife Photography forum has a vast number of superb images of Birds in Flight (BIF) and you will surely be tempted to try it out. It is a fun challenge to get an image with the subject completely in focus, frozen in the air, and yet with an excellent background. Learn lens recommendations and field-proven settings. Read more...

Unfettered shooting: The newest dimension in camera freedom
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Unfettered shooting: The newest dimension in camera freedom

Jan Stimel (photocyan) on February 6, 2014

Nikonians author Ján Štimel relates the story of his experiences while exploring what he calls a big innovation in our ever-expanding digital age. It's unfettered photography, a method to control the camera settings without touching the camera. Read more...

Story from the Field: The Eagle That Refused to Die
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Story from the Field: The Eagle That Refused to Die

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen) on February 3, 2014

During November’s Nikonians Academy African Photo Safari to Tanzania, Mike Hagen witnessed a fight of the predators and found his new favorite Tanzanian bird, the Tawny Eagle. Read this inspiring story to find out why. Read more...

The home studio: Inspirational objects in your own home
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The home studio: Inspirational objects in your own home

Jan Stimel (photocyan) on January 29, 2014

There are some things in our world, unseen, small, unnoticed and unique, all waiting to be explored, captured and shared. We would like to invite you to a journey to discover such things, surprisingly - in your own home. Read more...

The glowing fog: How to achieve interesting photographs in foggy weather
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The glowing fog: How to achieve interesting photographs in foggy weather

Jan Stimel (photocyan) on January 16, 2014

In this short article, our new author, Ján Štimel, will explore some methods on how you can achieve interesting, and hopefully appealing, photographs in seemingly dull weather conditions like the thick fog he experienced. Read more...

Composition: Why do we follow the rule of thirds in photography?
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Composition: Why do we follow the rule of thirds in photography?

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) on January 13, 2014

Although a generally accepted composition rule, we are seldom -if ever- explained why. Nikonians co-founder J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) revisits the concept and its origin. It may surprise you… Read more...

Which Nikon Speedlight Flash Unit Should You Select?
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Which Nikon Speedlight Flash Unit Should You Select?

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) on January 7, 2014

Getting ready to buy a Nikon Speedlight, the extensive lineup of options could be a little overwhelming. This concise article may help in your selection. Read more...

Bokeh Revisited
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Bokeh Revisited

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) on December 16, 2013

Nikonians co-founder, J. Ramon Palacios (jrp), explains to us the history and technical aspects of boke, a technique used to render background blurs, which can be seen mostly in portraiture or close-ups. Look at his examples and tips and remind yourself, what makes boke beautiful. Read more...

How Many “Bits” Do I Need - 8, 12, or 14?
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How Many “Bits” Do I Need - 8, 12, or 14?

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) on December 9, 2013

The debate over how many image format “bits” are needed for great photography is frequently discussed in the Nikonians forums ever since the introduction of digital cameras. Your camera usually offers 8-, 12-, or 14-its. Which should you choose? Read more...

In Praise of the Nikon Df and Nikkor 58mm f/1.4 lens
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In Praise of the Nikon Df and Nikkor 58mm f/1.4 lens

Richard Hulbert (rhulbert) on December 2, 2013

Rick Hulbert (rhulbert) wonders why the rabid attacks on the Df. Not only reacts to the comments, he goes out and buys one Df camera and 58mm f/1.4 lens. We bring you here his observations and first hands-on reactions. Take a look at his handheld images made at ISO from 800 to 6400. Read more...

Unraveling the Mysteries of Digital Image Blending
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Unraveling the Mysteries of Digital Image Blending

Larry Anderson (mnbuilder49) on November 22, 2013

While at the 13th Annual Nikonians Photo Adventure Trip (ANPAT) our van took a morning break at the hotel while the snow was not inviting outside. Larry, a very good friend of many years and Nikonians Moderator of the HDR forum, invited us to share his experience on image blending in Photoshop. Regardless of the level of expertise of those of us watching, this brief session was a revelation… Enjoy! Read more...

5 simple steps to service a Gitzo tripod
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5 simple steps to service a Gitzo tripod

Gary Worrall (glxman) on November 11, 2013

All equipment needs maintenance and servicing a tripod should be a routine after you use it around water and sand or mud. In this practical step-by-step guide you will see, how to easily disassemble and reassemble a Gitzo tripod. Read more...

Nikon Df – The Past is the Future
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Nikon Df – The Past is the Future

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) on November 6, 2013

The Nikon Df DSLR is here! Just a few months ago I was thinking to myself, “Wouldn’t it be great to have a digital FM. It could be called the Nikon DM and it would use all my old and new f-mount lenses, and it would have all external controls, like the good old days.” Somehow, the collective thinking of all of us who desire the simplicity of the past was somehow picked up by Nikon. How did they answer our desire for the simplicity of the past—updated? Read more...

The Second Step to Digital Image Excellence
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The Second Step to Digital Image Excellence

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) on November 4, 2013

So, you've bought that Nikon® digital camera and lens you've wanted for a while. The first step is complete! What is step number two? Get a printer? Nope! Step two is to buy a monitor calibration system. Especially if you shoot RAW (NEF) images! Why is THAT the second step to digital excellence? Read more and find out. Read more...

Nikon Capture NX2 Techniques: Active D-Lighting Use Example
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Nikon Capture NX2 Techniques: Active D-Lighting Use Example

Eric Bowles (ericbowles) on October 28, 2013

There seems to be some confusion about the use of Active D-Lighting. As a reminder, Active D-Lighting (ADL) is a setting in the camera that is used for high contrast scenes. It potentially applies an exposure adjustment to reduce exposure, and applies a complex curve to brighten shadows while protecting highlights. Find out the best settings, what implications are met in photo editing software, and more! Read more...

Differences between Markins ballheads (video)
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Differences between Markins ballheads (video)

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen) on October 26, 2013

Another Mike Hagen's video review about which Markins ball head is the right one for your camera and lens. Watch his review and find out which size is the right one for you. Read more...

Photo Techniques: Autofocus Tracking with a Cluttered Background
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Photo Techniques: Autofocus Tracking with a Cluttered Background

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen) on October 21, 2013

It's a bird, it's a plane! Ok, they're just birds, not superman. But with Autofocus Tracking techniques like this, you'll feel like you've conquered a lot in getting those epic shots. Photographing small birds, fast in flight, is one of the most difficult things to photograph. Learn how you can overcome this challenge, and practice practice! Read more...

Upgrading Firmware in Your Nikon D7100
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Upgrading Firmware in Your Nikon D7100

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) on October 14, 2013

Time to upgrade! Nikon has released a firmware upgrade for the Nikon D7100 camera. Find out how you can download, operate the firmware for both OS - Windows and Mac. With a quick and easily revised version, you'll find yourself using the latest and up-to-version and be up and shooting photos in no time. Read more...

How to Fix a Hazy Photograph in Under 10 Minutes
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How to Fix a Hazy Photograph in Under 10 Minutes

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen) on October 7, 2013

It's always a challenge to overcome when you take photographs and they come out hazy. Do you remove, and spare another precious moment that might not be captured? Well, it's always worth another shot - no pun intended - but don't delete that photograph. Read how fellow Nikonian, Mike Hagen makes things crisp and clear. Read more...

Camera & Flash Cookbook for Any Lighting Situation
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Camera & Flash Cookbook for Any Lighting Situation

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem) on September 30, 2013

Don't you ever wish you could read all there is about your Camera and Flash lighting situations, all in one neat place? Reading this article will act as a "Cookbook" approach that should lead to excellent results. Read more...

Why use Camera Manual with Flash Indoors?
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Why use Camera Manual with Flash Indoors?

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem) on September 23, 2013

Should you use your camera in Manual Mode when shooting flash in low ambient conditions? What about what's better than shooting Aperture priority? Here you'll find all the reasons as well as detailed images explaining various scenarios and showing the effects of Rear Sync vs. Front Sync when movement is involved in photographs. Read more...

Does moving the focus points affect flash power?
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Does moving the focus points affect flash power?

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem) on September 16, 2013

"Lately there have been several comments made by experienced photographers stating that selecting different focus areas in the camera will change the place in the image that the flash meters from. I knew that this wasn't true based on my knowledge gained by designing flash and camera integrated circuits. I knew that the flash meters the entire frame based on center weighted brightness. However, I needed some proof, so I took the following series of images." Read your proof, here! Read more...

When is Full Power Flash not Full Power?
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When is Full Power Flash not Full Power?

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem) on September 9, 2013

When you set your flash in Manual mode and full power, you expect to get a full power flash, right? Mwahaha, think again! Many of us will be surprised to learn that even with your flash in Manual Mode, it will not produce a full power of flash - there are restrictions. Find out why though. Read more...

Basics of Flash Brackets and Diffusers
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Basics of Flash Brackets and Diffusers

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem) on September 2, 2013

Diffusers and brackets? What do they do, and which ones are best to use? Well, both the bracket and the diffuser were introduced into photography to solve problems of the small flash. What's small flash, what problems do you face with it and how do you overcome it? Read more...

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