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Astrophotography - The Telescope
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Astrophotography - The Telescope

David Goldstein (dagoldst)

After his introduction to astrophotography and the details of the tracking telescope mount, Nikonian David Goldstein (dagoldst) now goes into telescope types and what he uses himself. Read more...

Using Microscope Objectives for Macro Photography
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Using Microscope Objectives for Macro Photography

Jon Nadelberg (jnadelberg)

There are several different ways to do macro photography. In addition to the typical ways you may be familiar with, such as using macro lenses or extension tubes, you can also use microscope objectives which allow you to do extreme macrophotography on subjects in ways that normal macro photography cannot. Read more...

What Nikon lenses to buy – The Three Big Dragons
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What Nikon lenses to buy – The Three Big Dragons

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

What lenses should I buy is a recurrent question at the Lenses forums. The levels of commitment to photography and/or budgets don’t always allow to buy the latest. How to reduce the cash outlay and still make sound decisions to have good lenses is answered here by J. Ramon Palacios (jrp). Read more...

How To Fine-Tune your Lenses using the Green Dot Method
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How To Fine-Tune your Lenses using the Green Dot Method

Roger Rowlett (RRowlett)

If you are unsure that your lens is autofocusing correctly, after checking that you have not made human errors, like miss-estimating depth of field or others, you may want to give a try to fine-tuning your lens. Nikonians Charter Member Roger Rowlett (rrowlett) shows us how to do it using the Green Dot Method. Read more...

Digital Infrared Photography – A Brief Introduction
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Digital Infrared Photography – A Brief Introduction

Dan Wiedbrauk (domer2760)

Infrared Photography is an opportunity to flex your creative muscles by seeing the world differently than your own bare eyes do, discovering invisible details, colors and tones of landscapes, flowers, buildings, and everything around you. Read more...

Going lighter with an FX system
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Going lighter with an FX system

Rick Walker (walkerr)

There are times when you want, need or should travel lighter, however still making wonderful quality images, not just snapshots. Rick Walker presents us his current solution on occasion of a trip to Paris with his wife. Read more...

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

User

Reviewing the Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM lens. With detailed examples, and sample shots, you'll have the picture painted – clearly. Read more...

The 105mm f/2.8G ED IF AF-S VR Micro Nikkor Review
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The 105mm f/2.8G ED IF AF-S VR Micro Nikkor Review

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

The 105mm f/2.8D AF Micro Nikkor lens has long been a classic choice for 35mm film macro, close-up and even portrait photography. On DX format (APS-C) digital cameras it further expanded its preference among Nikonians. In February 2006, Nikon announced its engineers had further enhanced it. This announcement was just in time for the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) International Show. We had an opportunity to try it at the show in Orlando, Florida. "Further enhanced" turned out to be quite an understatement. Read more...

Nikkor AF 80-400mm/4.5-5.6ED VR Review
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Nikkor AF 80-400mm/4.5-5.6ED VR Review

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

In the Nikkor AF Lenses forum of this our community someone asked what were our opinions on the recently announced but yet expected on the shelves Nikkor 80-400mm AF VR zoom lens. That is how this story began. Read more...

Nikkor AF 28-105mm/3.5-4.5D IF Review
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Nikkor AF 28-105mm/3.5-4.5D IF Review

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

This lens, released along with the Nikon F100 35mm film camera, has become a very popular companion of the N80/F80. "The 28-105 has been like my Swiss Army Knife of lenses" is the typical enthusiastic kind of comment from many Nikonians, whether shooting film or digital SLRs. Read more...

Nikkor AF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED IF VR DX Review
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Nikkor AF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED IF VR DX Review

Victor Newman (vfnewman)

If you have been pondering owning an all-around convenient zoom lens for your Nikon DSLR, you need to read this. The lens has already been described as perfect for lightweight travel needs but are there compromises? Are you wondering how convenient it really is or how fast will it autofocus? These and other pertinent questions are answered in this review. Read more...

Nikkor AF 20/2.8D Review
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Nikkor AF 20/2.8D Review

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

The 20mm/2.8D AF lens is interesting, whether on 35mm film or on FX digital format. With it you can go out taking landscape shots without getting fish-eyed while still getting more or less the whole view at 94 degrees. You can also use it for "environmental portraits", having a humble object somewhere in the middle of the frame and all of the interesting surroundings too. Read more...

Nikon Camera and Lens Compatibility Chart
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Nikon Camera and Lens Compatibility Chart

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

The Camera to Lens Compatibility Chart has been updated 12-JAN-2016 with the latest additions to the Nikon lineup, the D5 Pro FX DSLR and the long awaited D500, the DX successor of the beloved D300/D300s. Read more...

General information about Nikkor macro lenses
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General information about Nikkor macro lenses

User

Nikon's macro lenses have always had a special appeal to me and to many other photographers. These specialized lenses, of superior optics, combined with close focusing capabilities to actual size ratios, or even larger ratios with extension devices such as a bellows or extension tubes, can go far and beyond the call of duty. Read more...

Nikkor AF-S 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Review
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Nikkor AF-S 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Review

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen)

Nikon’s newest super zoom, the 28-300mm has big shoes to fill considering Nikon’s history for creating some of the sharpest lenses in the world. Nikon has been making great zoom lenses for many years and created a cult-like following with their famous DX 18-200mm f3.5 – f5.6. The lure of a super zoom is that you can buy just one lens for travel and you won’t need to carry along a bag full of gear. Read more...

Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 Model 272E Lens Review
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Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 Model 272E Lens Review

Paul Fisher (Paul_Fisher)

Since 1979, Tamron has produced 90mm macro lenses whose optical quality has rivaled the extraordinary Micro-Nikkors. Some photographers claim to have preferred the Tamron over the Nikkor because of its superior handling of out-of-focus areas ("Bokeh"). More recently, Tamron have introduced a range of “digitally integrated” Di lenses. Read more...

Tokina AT-X M100AF Macro lens review
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Tokina AT-X M100AF Macro lens review

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

I had long yearned for a true micro lens. The great pictures of bees, butterflies and detailed exotic flora had me wanting. Because of an accidental misfortune I could not buy the 105mm f/2.8D Micro Nikkor when I was out there looking for it several years ago. So, no Nikon that time around. I had admired the Tokina lenses for quite some time, so an alternative was there. Allow me to explain why. Read more...

Tamron SP 17-50MM F/2.8 Di II XR VC LD Aspherical (IF) Review
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Tamron SP 17-50MM F/2.8 Di II XR VC LD Aspherical (IF) Review

User

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For those who expect extraordinary photographic performance look for the Tamron SP lens. The SP designates it was delivered by engineers who are free to innovate in an uncommon atmosphere where optical performance comes before price. Read more...

Tamron SP70-300mm F4-5.6 Di VC USD Review
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Tamron SP70-300mm F4-5.6 Di VC USD Review

Armando Heredia (Covey22)

For most photographers, a telephoto lens is like a specialized tool; you don’t often have need for it, but when you do, you want it to work right the first time. Tamron’s latest telephoto zoom, the SP 70-300 f4-5.6 Di VC USD, is exactly that – a very useful lens that gets you the shot you want when you need it. Read more...

Tamron SP AF60mm F2.0 Di II LD [IF] Macro Review
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Tamron SP AF60mm F2.0 Di II LD [IF] Macro Review

Thomas Berg (twberg)

This review of the Tamron 60mm f/2 Macro/Portrait lens for Nikon DX cameras is completely subjective and concentrates on practical aspects such as usability,  bokeh and field‐of‐view characteristics. It concentrates on the "hands‐on" aspect instead of the intricate performance data used by authors who emphasize resolution figures and lab‐style technical aspects determined through the use of equipment designed to gauge, measure and analyze lens performance. Read more...

Tamron SP AF10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical Lens Review
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Tamron SP AF10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical Lens Review

Jason Odell (DrJay32)

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"Image Doctors" Jason Odell and Rick Walker, got their hands on a new super wide-angle lens from Tamron. Jason and Rick put the new Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II to the test on their D300 bodies and compared it against some other super-wide lenses. Read more...

Lensbaby 2.0 Review II
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Lensbaby 2.0 Review II

Jason Odell (DrJay32)

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I first heard about the Lensbaby about a year ago. I was casually surfing photo-related sites on the Internet. Strange, I thought — an accessory that deliberately causes images to be out of focus! With all talk these days about high-speed autofocus lenses with the most refined optics and technology, the Lensbaby represents a technological leap—backwards! And that, my friends, was refreshing. Read more...

Sigma 500mm f/4.5 EX HSM Review
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Sigma 500mm f/4.5 EX HSM Review

Jason Odell (DrJay32)

I'll admit, spending twice as much as my F5 for a lens was an intimidating feeling. Talk about credit card anxiety! But “big glass” doesn’t come cheaply, and I really wanted to get closer to wildlife, especially small birds. I carefully did my homework to decide on a lens that would get the job done, would be of professional caliber, and wouldn’t completely bankrupt me. When the dust settled, I got the Sigma 500mm f/4.5 EX HSM. Read more...

AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED podcast review
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AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED podcast review

Rick Walker (walkerr)

In Episode #116 of the Image Doctors Podcast, Jason and Rick review the new Nikon 24mm 1.4 AF-S lens. This lens, which has been rumored and desired for years, is now out and available. The Image Doctors discuss its optical performance, handling and intended uses in the podcast. Read more...

Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD IF Review
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Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD IF Review

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

Do you entertain yourself by reading lens reviews and spend hours on eBay looking for the ultimate lens? Do you have the desire to own every lens ever made? Does your camera bag weigh more than you do? Then you may be a good candidate to read this article. Tamron® SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 Lens on a Nikon D300s Collecting lenses can be like collecting used Boeing 747 airplanes. Read more...

Nikkor 70-210mm f4-5.6 vs. Nikkor 75-240mm f4.5-5.6 Review
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Nikkor 70-210mm f4-5.6 vs. Nikkor 75-240mm f4.5-5.6 Review

Wayne Lorimer (wjlorimer)

Having recently (late 2009) purchase a D300 with which to shoot Weddings and Portraiture, my thoughts immediately turned to lenses. I have the 18-70mm f3.5-4.5 'kit' lens as my main coverage lens (and what a fantastic lens it is for the price), but wanted to be able to get closer at times to really isolate the subject from the background. Read more...

Lensbaby 2.0 Review I.
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Lensbaby 2.0 Review I.

User

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I first heard about the Lensbaby about a year ago. I was casually surfing photo-related sites on the Internet. Strange, I thought—an accessory that deliberately causes images to be out of focus! With all talk these days about high-speed autofocus lenses with the most refined optics and technology, the Lensbaby represents a technological leap—backwards! And that, my friends, was refreshing. Lens Baby 2.0 I recently got a Lensbaby 2.0 in the Nikon mount and I decided to see for myself what it was, how it worked, and what it could do. Read more...

Great value in used Nikkors
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Great value in used Nikkors

Rick Walker (walkerr)

For those wishing to save a little money by purchasing used Nikkor lenses, well now is as good as ever to buy! The introduction of newer Autofocus (AF) designs has driven down the price of their predecessors, creating remarkable value in some cases. Even those using AF bodies can find some great bargains out there in lenses that are one or two generations back. Rick Walker shares his thoughts on what he perceives to be some of the better values out there. Read more...

Tokina AT-X M100 Pro D 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens Review
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Tokina AT-X M100 Pro D 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens Review

User

For about a month I've been shopping for a macro lens. I need to set the stage for some of my comments and comparisons by saying that initially I was looking at the 150mm Sigma or 180mm Tamron models to get longer working distance. After being unsatisfied with their performance for one reason or another I decided to try a lens from a different manufacturer in the 100mm range. Read more...

Super-Wide Angle Lenses Shootout
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Super-Wide Angle Lenses Shootout

Jason Odell (DrJay32)

Shootout between the 12-24mm/4.0 DX AF-S Nikkor, Tokina AT-X Pro 12-24mm/4.0, Tamron SP 11-18mm/4.5-5.6 and the Sigma 10-20mm/4.0-5.6 Read more...

The 200mm f/2.0G ED IF AF-S VR Nikkor Review
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The 200mm f/2.0G ED IF AF-S VR Nikkor Review

Luc VN (LucVN)

This lens, released in time to be paired with the F6, D2H and D2X cameras, confirms Nikon's intention to bring AF-S and VR into all telephoto Nikkor lenses. At first glance it is an impressive lens. Later, one cannot but say that it is awesome. Read more...

The 85mm f/2.8D PC Micro Nikkor Review
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The 85mm f/2.8D PC Micro Nikkor Review

Roger Engle (ziggy7)

Perspective control objectives are commonly associated with architectural photography. However, their capacity to regulate the distribution of depth of field make them susceptible of consideration by macro photographers, discipline where DOF is always a limiting factor. The 85mm f/2.8D PC Micro Nikkor is tried here from the perspective of the nature photographer, not only to learn about its quality but to also understand its functionalities as applied to this specialty. Read more...

Tamron SP AF 17-35 f2.8-4 Di LD IF Ultra Wide
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Tamron SP AF 17-35 f2.8-4 Di LD IF Ultra Wide

Paul Fisher (Paul_Fisher)

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The Tamron 17-35mm f.2.8~4 wide angle zoom lens is a recent addition to the Tamron line-up. This review arises from approximately two week's use of the lens in a wide variety of settings. Read about it's mechanical and optical performance here. Read more...

Phoenix 100mm f/3.5 Macro Lens Review
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Phoenix 100mm f/3.5 Macro Lens Review

Paul Fisher (Paul_Fisher)

High quality macro lenses are not inexpensive. Super performers such as the Micro-Nikkors can cost several hundreds of dollars or euros. And the offerings from independent manufacturers such as Tamron and Sigma are somewhat lower priced, but still not inexpensive. Read more...

Nikkor AF 28-200mm/3.5-5.6G ED IF Review
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Nikkor AF 28-200mm/3.5-5.6G ED IF Review

Victor Newman (vfnewman)

All I can say is "All-in-one" zooms have come a LONG way. I am quite impressed with this little lens. I have to call this a "consumer" lens, but that's NOT because of the image quality. I'm still amazed at the results that can be gotten from this very compact, wide-range lens. Read more...

Tamron SP AF 180mm f/3.5 Di LD [IF] Macro 1:1 Lens Review
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Tamron SP AF 180mm f/3.5 Di LD [IF] Macro 1:1 Lens Review

Paul Fisher (Paul_Fisher)

Tamron has long had a 90mm macro lens in both manual and autofocus versions, with a maximum aperture of f/2.5 or f/2.8. This lens has had a formidable reputation for sharpness and performance, and continues in production to this day thorugh several technological updates. More recently, Tamron has introduced a new lens which has attracted a lot of interest. Read more...

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

Nikkors Shootout at 70mm
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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...

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

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

A hands-on review using the Nikkor AF-S 17-35mm/2.8 lens with sample images. Read more...

Tokina AT-X 280AF Pro Lens Review
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Tokina AT-X 280AF Pro Lens Review

User

Reviewing the Tokina AT-X 280 AF Pro 28-80 and comparing it with the AT-X 270AF Pro II 28-70. With sample images. Read more...

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