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Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM Review
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Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM Review

Josh Larkin (tonupbandit) on February 4, 2013

Josh Larkin has a whimsical way of making his reviews on products and experiences as a whole. Read his review of the Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM lens (from herein referred to as Sigma 17-50mm) and you will find yourself able to relate, learn, and be inspired through his process. With detailed examples, and sample shots, you’ll have the picture painted – clearly. Read more...

FAQs - What tripod
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FAQs - What tripod

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) on July 11, 2011

Do I Really Need A Tripod? For most situations, yes, one really needs a tripod; even accepting that at times it is simply not possible to deploy it or take it with us -like in crowded public places.  A tripod not only forces one to slow down and check composition, but also sharpness largely depends on rock steady camera support, so it makes no sense to invest in the best camera body and good glass -for the maximum resolution and contrast one can afford- and then not plant it firmly. Read more...

Review Epson Stylus Pro 3880
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Review Epson Stylus Pro 3880

Ernesto Santos (esantos) on February 10, 2011

When I first heard that Epson was about to introduce a desktop printer in the 17 inch-wide category and after reviewing the specifications I was a little puzzled. At the time I owned Epson’s other 17 inch printer, the 4000 Stylus Pro. What made me skeptical was that the 4000 was the first and only (at the time) pro-line printer in the Epson line that allowed for both matte black and photo black inks to be installed simultaneously. Read more...

Review: Why Markins Ball Heads
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Review: Why Markins Ball Heads

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) on June 24, 2011

The absolute sharpness of the landscapes and architectural images we admire has a lot to do with the rock steadiness of the camera while shooting. To obtain it, a sturdy tripod and an unmovable tripod head are a must. Having a ball head therefore meant to be at least halfway towards the professionals level in terms of camera support, adding to vibration reduction, ease of use in the field and equipment safety. Read more...

FAQs - What film to use
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FAQs - What film to use

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) on October 29, 2005

Once again, this is one of the most common questions we see at photography forums. Both by beginners and even advanced amateurs. It is not easy to keep up with all the film offerings, even now. Yet, infrequently there is a site that offers a thorough, easy-to-follow, complete guide to select among the more than 115 possible choices we fortunately still have for 35 mm photography. This is our contribution in that direction in the hope it proves itself useful to fellow Nikonians. Read more...

FAQs: What every photographer needs to know
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FAQs: What every photographer needs to know

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) on April 1, 2012

What camera to buy? What film to use? What tripod or lens to choose? These questions haunt many photographers. Nikonians co-founder, J. Ramón Palacios, put together articles guiding you through the choice of equipment and listed them in this overview. Read more...

Markins M10 Whitepaper
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Markins M10 Whitepaper

Marsel van Oosten (Marsel) on April 23, 2011

An extensive user report of the Markins M10 ballhead. In pdf file format, 17 pages, 1.5 MB. A wealth of information right in front of you. Read more...

Accessories Reviews

"L" Brackets for Ballheads

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) on March 28, 2011

I'm not a fan of big, bulky cameras and the last thing I thought I'd want to do is add a bulky aluminum Arca-type L-bracket to one of my cameras. But then we saw the light. During the 2nd Nikonians Photo Adventure at Moab Utah, Nikonian Photo_phil showed us an L-bracket that he had crafted for his F100. After fighting clearance problems with my F100 and its single plate with the wide platform on my Gitzo G1348 tripod, I saw the L-bracket as a real convenience. Read more...

Markins M10/M20 Ball Heads Review
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Markins M10/M20 Ball Heads Review

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) on July 3, 2010

A ball head is a ball head -- right? I used to think so! I've always had the attitude that it really doesn't matter what ball head you use, since all it does is clamp the camera in the position you want. I figured any ball head that was big enough to handle the weight was good, and all that really matters is the price. Read more...

Epson Perfection V750-M Pro Scanner review
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Epson Perfection V750-M Pro Scanner review

Martin Turner (Martin Turner) on June 11, 2010

At less than the price of a Nikon 35mm transparency scanner, the Epson 750 offers almost equally good scans from negatives or slides up to large format, as well as excellent A4+ scans from prints or graphic originals. This is a scanner which fits very well into a graphic design studio, with smooth, even and (relatively) rapid performance. Read more...