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The Nikkormat FT3 Review
Camera Reviews

The Nikkormat FT3 Review

Mike Graham (Merlin)

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
How-to's Accessories Reviews

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)

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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?
How-to's Camera Reviews

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. CLOUD for warm close-ups; CLEAR for wide spaces, groups and cooler portraits; CLOUD with CHROME dome for higher ceilings and further reach; CLOUD with AMBER dome for tungsten light balancing. No more dark areas, shadows under the eyes, or red-eye, with pleasing natural look - no "deer-under-the-headlights" effect or hot spots. 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
How-to's Camera Reviews

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...

Tokina AT-X 280AF Pro Lens Review
Lens Reviews

Tokina AT-X 280AF Pro Lens Review

Doug Dever (f5fstop)

I have used the Tokina AT-X 280AF Pro lens for approximately three months and in those three months I have taken quite a few photos with this lens, and it has developed into the standard lens on one of my camera bodies. Read more...

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