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(Near) Future Digital Camera Specifications
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(Near) Future Digital Camera Specifications

guy eristoff (geristoff)

What will a 35mm Full Frame or APS-C format high-end camera look like in the year 2022? Imaging sensor specialist and Nikonians member Guy Eristoff gives us some background and his thoughts on the topic. Read more...

Do I Really Need a Polarizer Filter?
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Do I Really Need a Polarizer Filter?

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

The question on whether it is important to use or not to use a polarizing filter continues to pop up frequently in our forums. The answer is simple: Yes. It is important. It will add drama to the sky and clouds, cut through reflections, reduce and even eliminate glare. NikoniansPress books author and long-time Nikonian Darrell Young explains why and shows us a very illustrative example. Read more...

thinkTANK Modular Component System Review
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thinkTANK Modular Component System Review

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

The quest for the perfect bag to carry our camera gear may never end, as needs, locations and gear do change over time; not to mention materials and innovative designs. Nikonians co-founder J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) proposes another approach to find a happy load solution: a search for a system. Read more...

Dressing for photography in the cold
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Dressing for photography in the cold

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

How to keep warm when taking pictures outdoors in cold weather was the subject of much research to successfully avoid it. Photography should always be joyous and J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) shows us how simple is to solve this issue, once you know the variables and the requirements for each piece of garment. Read more...

Neutral Density Filters – When, How, Why
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Neutral Density Filters – When, How, Why

Ernesto Santos (esantos)

Starting with What are Neutral Density Filters, Ernesto Santos illustrates with his own images When to use them, How to use them and Why, showing us the possible wonderful results when used appropriately, reason for which they are must-have lens accessories, always in his bag. Read more...

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

Ernesto Santos (esantos)

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)

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...

The New MAGICA Series 4
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The New MAGICA Series 4

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

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...

Tele-Converter Compatibility Table
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Tele-Converter Compatibility Table

Brian Tilley (briantilley)

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...

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

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

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...

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

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen)

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...

Nikon Speedlight A and AA Modes
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Nikon Speedlight A and AA Modes

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

Find out all there is to know about working with Nikon Speedlight A and AA Modes. It may be difficult to differentiate between the two, but once you read Russ' article, you'll see how simple the concepts are. Learn when to use each of the modes best, and which modes suffer from the same problems as TTL. Read more...

How The Built-In Flash Metering Works
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How The Built-In Flash Metering Works

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

How do built-in flashes work on your Nikon? It might be a simple thought, overlooked, but at the same time, understanding its true functions and capabilities is what really enhances not only your photography skills, but your overall outcome of you taking photographs. See for yourself and be at ease knowing you've got yet another how-to under your belt! Read more...

Nikon Flash - Two Separate Metering Systems
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Nikon Flash - Two Separate Metering Systems

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

In a series of articles - Nikon CLS Practical Guide, you'll have an in depth view of Separating Metering Systems, TTL Flash Metering System, TTL-BL Flash, and more. Learning to adjust different backgrounds at will, especially with Flash Photography can be complex. However, a few concepts, tips & tricks, and with plenty of practice, you'll be a pro in no time! Let's read the first, in multi-part installment. Read more...

Understanding Nikon’s Three Light Metering Systems
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Understanding Nikon’s Three Light Metering Systems

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

The basis for a Nikon DSLR’s exposure meter is an RGB sensor that meters a wide area of the frame. When used with a G or D Nikkor CPU lens, the camera can set exposure based on the distribution of brightness, color, distance, and composition. Most people leave their cameras set to Matrix metering and enjoy excellent results. Others use the Center-weighted meter, or the Spot meter. Let's look more closely at each of the Nikon exposure meters. Read more...

Camera Bag Review: Gura Gear Kiboko
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Camera Bag Review: Gura Gear Kiboko

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen)

Camera bags and photographers. Sometimes I think we go together like peanut butter and chocolate. Other times, I think we go together like oil and water. Picking the right camera bag for every situation is pretty near impossible and that’s why I have an entire closet devoted to just camera bags. Small ones. Big ones. Medium ones. Waist bags. Shoulder bags. Backpacks. Black. Green. Yellow. Read more...

Profoto RFi Review
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Profoto RFi Review

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen)

Profoto has quickly become one of my favorite manufacturers of lighting equipment. More than other manufacturers, they seem to fully understand that lighting gear needs to be functional and durable while also producing amazing light. Profoto is highly regarded in the photo industry because photographers know they can rely on Profoto gear to deliver the best equipment and the best quality of light day in and day out. Read more...

Markins ball heads - Comparing leaver clamp and screw knob
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Markins ball heads - Comparing leaver clamp and screw knob

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen)

In this video Mike Hagen reviews the different functionalities of two Markins ball heads. He explains us the differences between the QL and QR quick release and the convenience that goes with each of them, as well as the various dimensions of the two top plates provided for the ball heads and the right usage for them. Read more...

Ilford Printer Paper Testing
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Ilford Printer Paper Testing

Dennis Owens (DennisOwens)

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Thanks to Nikonians and Ilford for asking/allowing me to review/test some very nice photo paper.  I hope my review and data will be helpful to not only Ilford, but also potential customers looking for great printing paper for their photos, both pros and home printing photographers. I am an American living in Germany with an Event & Studio Photography business.  Primarily, I shoot Equestrian sports, but I do not limit my self to a single sport or subject. Read more...

What is the best memory card for you?
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What is the best memory card for you?

Hayo Baan (hrbaan)

While at first this may seem like a silly question (just get the cheapest and fastest card available), choosing the card that's best for you is in fact not a straightforward thing... First there's size to consider. Bigger is better, right? Well, not particularly. Read more...

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