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Tamron SP 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di AF zoom lens
Lens Reviews

Tamron SP 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di AF zoom lens

Paul Fisher (Paul_Fisher)

Tamron released a compact lightweight high speed medium range zoom and macro lens. This brief review will attempt to describe the lens, give an indication of its quality, and meaningfully compare it with a well-known Nikkor zoom in the same price range. Read more...

How does a digital camera work?
How-to's

How does a digital camera work?

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

The operation of a digital camera, from the standpoint of the user, is virtually the same as the operation of a 35mm camera. Most digital cameras imitate their older film cousins very well, so a new digital user has little to fear in the operation of the camera. If you are used to a point-and-shoot, or even an SLR (single lens reflex) 35mm camera, then you will be able to find a digital camera to meet your experience level. Read more...

UV, Haze & Skylight Filters
How-to's Accessories Reviews

UV, Haze & Skylight Filters

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

When we buy a lens it is with a purpose in mind, with great expectations and with some effort. Surely we want to protect it from dust, dirt, moisture, fingerprints, scratches and even from a fall. From my own personal perspective, the best way to give our lens that protection -in addition to care- is to place a good multicoated filter and a hood on it and leave them both there at all times, except when using an also multi-coated polarizer. Read more...

The Manfrotto 393 (Bogen 3421) Long Lens Support
Accessories Reviews

The Manfrotto 393 (Bogen 3421) Long Lens Support

Luc VN (LucVN)

Many of us dream with making wildlife images, as those at the Nikonians Wildlife Photography Forum and in well made nature books. To begin to learn how, the need for a truly long lens soon becomes very apparent. Finally, I bought a 600mm f/4 AF-I Nikkor and was then confronted with how to gracefully support such a monster. My regular ballhead didn't seem to be the best of means. Read more...

How to Adjust Hoods for Rotating Filters
How-to's

How to Adjust Hoods for Rotating Filters

User

I often use a polarizer and neutral graduated filters. These filters rotate to different positions, depending on the effect desired. The recent trend to deep, scalloped lens hoods (tulip shaped) present a problem with these filters. Because the lens hood is so deep, it's almost impossible to reach the filter ring. As a practical matter, these filters must be used with the hood removed. Read more...

What Filter System?
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What Filter System?

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

There are two basic filter types or systems to choose from, the screw-in and the slide-in types. The first are circular integrated filters with a mounting ring that screws into the front thread of a lens, and with a thread on the other end to screw other filter(s) or attach a hood. The second consists of a threaded adapter to screw into the front of a lens and a filter holder with one or several slots, where square or quadrangular optical resin filters slide-in. Read more...

Starting with Diffusion & Softening filters
How-to's

Starting with Diffusion & Softening filters

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

You may have wondered what are these filters for and what is the difference between the two. Both "diffusion" and "softening" filters are used towards the same objective: to reduce blemishes and wrinkles in portraiture. Make people look better. The soft filter is just a more elaborated diffusion lens. Read more...

Nikon F3 - The never failing old friend
Camera Reviews

Nikon F3 - The never failing old friend

User

There have been so many rave reviews of this superb camera that my adding one here would be pointless. It's enough to say I've used them heavily since 1984, I have one of my own, and if it ever broke I'd replace it with another without a second thought. Read more...

The Nikon EM Review
Camera Reviews

The Nikon EM Review

User

At first glance, the Nikon EM looks almost too simple to be taken seriously. It's tiny, uncluttered, and if you were to remove the NIKON logo off the pentaprism, you'd never guess who made it. To appreciate the true qualities of this superb little SLR, you need to take a deeper look. Read more...

The Nikkormat FT3 Review
Camera Reviews

The Nikkormat FT3 Review

User

This was the latest and greatest of all the Nikkormat models, aimed at those serious amateurs and professionals not wanting to spend the money on a second F2. Read more...

Nikkors Shootout at 70mm
Lens Reviews

Nikkors Shootout at 70mm

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

Very pleasing portrait perspectives can be accomplished starting at 70mm. On APS-C DX format, this focal length is equivalent to 105mm, so the perspective further improves. Two zoom lenses providing this focal length, qualify as "pro" Nikkors as they are both "fast" -constant f/2.8 aperture- quite free of aberrations and very well built. Read more...

Monitor Gamma and Calibration
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Monitor Gamma and Calibration

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

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The images on this comunity look best on a calibrated monitor and in a low ambient light room. To achieve a good "gamma calibration" of your monitor, please follow the steps outlined below. You should also have a system capable of producting 16-bit (high color) or 24-bit (true color) color depth. Read more...

Fujichrome Velvia 50 Pro Slide Film Review
Accessories Reviews

Fujichrome Velvia 50 Pro Slide Film Review

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

Velvia is a great film. I've just recently started to use it, though I am already quite impressed. You don't use Velvia handheld too often (it's an ISO 50 film) - I used tripods for most of the pictures on this page. Read more...

Importing Photo Gear to Europe
How-to's

Importing Photo Gear to Europe

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

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Even if equipment in the USA may look way cheaper at a first glance, beware of the charges you got to pay at the customs and the additional costs arising out of paying with an international money order! You often have to add some 25% to the price before the goods are here. Typically, goods at online auctions are some 15-35% cheaper than in stores. Read more...

FAQ - What Camera to Buy?
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FAQ - What Camera to Buy?

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

This is one of the most common questions we see at most photography forums, both by beginners and amateurs - Yet, there is no site that offers a thorough easy-to-follow complete guide to go through the maze. Quite frequently sound advice but imposed, not explained. Read more...

Flash Guide - The Teddy Bears Test
How-to's

Flash Guide - The Teddy Bears Test

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

The Nikon flash system is a wonderful tool. Notwithstanding, new users seem disconcerted with the names, descriptions and instructions to use it, not to mention how to use it well. Most feel a visual demonstration is imperative, so here it is - the shot of two teddy bears, one light, one dark. Read more...

The Gary Fong WhaleTail Flash Diffuser Review
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The Gary Fong WhaleTail Flash Diffuser Review

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

Complex lighting situations requiring light balancing were already largely solved with the Gary Fong Lightsphere System II. So it was quite a surprise when Gary told us he was launching a newer product. What for? was our first question. Read more...

Nikkor AF 80-200mm/2.8D Review
Lens Reviews

Nikkor AF 80-200mm/2.8D Review

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

Bo Stahlbrandt reviews one of the legends in the Nikkor series and lists 11 first impressions. Read more...

Nikon Coolpix 990 Folding Sunshade - DIY
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Nikon Coolpix 990 Folding Sunshade - DIY

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

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Make your own folding sunshade for the Nikon CoolPix 990's LCD panel using Nikonian, BJ Nicholls' template page complete with instructions - It's easy to make with inexpensive materials. Read more...

Nikkor AF-S 17-35mm/2.8D ED IF Review
Lens Reviews

Nikkor AF-S 17-35mm/2.8D ED IF Review

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

As my partner Bo Stahlbrandt said, "most obviously the F5 is one of the killer SLR 35mm bodies on the market". Now the question was, after the immense pleasure of buying one, with what lenses to arm the killer. Read more...

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