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Upgrading Firmware in Your Nikon D7100
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Upgrading Firmware in Your Nikon D7100

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) on October 14, 2013

Time to upgrade! Nikon has released a firmware upgrade for the Nikon D7100 camera. Find out how you can download, operate the firmware for both OS - Windows and Mac. With a quick and easily revised version, you'll find yourself using the latest and up-to-version and be up and shooting photos in no time. Read more...

Camera & Flash Cookbook for Any Lighting Situation
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Camera & Flash Cookbook for Any Lighting Situation

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem) on September 30, 2013

Don't you ever wish you could read all there is about your Camera and Flash lighting situations, all in one neat place? Reading this article will act as a "Cookbook" approach that should lead to excellent results. Read more...

Why use Camera Manual with Flash Indoors?
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Why use Camera Manual with Flash Indoors?

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem) on September 23, 2013

Should you use your camera in Manual Mode when shooting flash in low ambient conditions? What about what's better than shooting Aperture priority? Here you'll find all the reasons as well as detailed images explaining various scenarios and showing the effects of Rear Sync vs. Front Sync when movement is involved in photographs. Read more...

Does moving the focus points affect flash power?
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Does moving the focus points affect flash power?

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem) on September 16, 2013

"Lately there have been several comments made by experienced photographers stating that selecting different focus areas in the camera will change the place in the image that the flash meters from. I knew that this wasn't true based on my knowledge gained by designing flash and camera integrated circuits. I knew that the flash meters the entire frame based on center weighted brightness. However, I needed some proof, so I took the following series of images." Read your proof, here! Read more...

When is Full Power Flash not Full Power?
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When is Full Power Flash not Full Power?

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem) on September 9, 2013

When you set your flash in Manual mode and full power, you expect to get a full power flash, right? Mwahaha, think again! Many of us will be surprised to learn that even with your flash in Manual Mode, it will not produce a full power of flash - there are restrictions. Find out why though. Read more...

Basics of Flash Brackets and Diffusers
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Basics of Flash Brackets and Diffusers

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem) on September 2, 2013

Diffusers and brackets? What do they do, and which ones are best to use? Well, both the bracket and the diffuser were introduced into photography to solve problems of the small flash. What's small flash, what problems do you face with it and how do you overcome it? Read more...

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

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem) on August 26, 2013

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...

Speedlight Trick #1
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Speedlight Trick #1

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem) on August 19, 2013

Ever run into a situation where you're fairly far from a subject who is in a dim ambient setting, and there is something closer to you that will affect the flash metering? It could be a bird, a plane!, a wall!?, a plant! Well, whatever it may be, guaranteed it will reflect the pre-flash pulses back to your camera, and your shot may not look as you'd have wanted it to. What do you do, you ask? Find out with this article that gives you the answer, step by step! Read more...

Auto FP High Speed Sync Explained
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Auto FP High Speed Sync Explained

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem) on August 12, 2013

One of the most confusing aspects of the Nikon flash system is this thing called 'Auto FP High Speed Sync'. And before you can understand FP High Speed Sync, you first need to understand what FP means and how the Normal Flash Sync works. This article will hopefully clear up the mystery about this mode! Read more...

TTL and TTL-BL Study  - Distance and Subject Positioning
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TTL and TTL-BL Study - Distance and Subject Positioning

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem) on August 5, 2013

So! You've read nearly as much theory as possible and seen some on hand workflows as to how one operates Flashes with their DSLRs. However, let's have a more practical study to see for certain how TTL and TTL-BL work with respect to the off-center subjects and distances that you use. All you Wedding Photographers out there, this is your article to read. Read more...

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

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem) on July 29, 2013

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...

How to Shoot Large Groups with Nikon CLS
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How to Shoot Large Groups with Nikon CLS

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem) on July 24, 2013

Trying to achieve accurate focus on a specific point in your photos? What settings are you using, and are they the best option? With so many modes to choose from, learn a few tips and tricks about AF-S mode in Release Priority, AF-ON, AF-S mode, and more! Read more...

Sequence of Events for TTL Flash
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Sequence of Events for TTL Flash

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem) on July 22, 2013

There are several conditions we are faced when using TTL Flash, and some are not so familiar, while others make for easier use. What takes place in: Flash in a Hotshoe, or Remote Wireless Flash? Which sequence is better to use when. Read more...

A Study on Camera Compensation when using Flash in TTL Mode
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A Study on Camera Compensation when using Flash in TTL Mode

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem) on July 9, 2013

The SB-800 Flash Instruction Manual (as all the manuals for iTTL capable Nikon speedlights) says that when using the flash in TTL mode, adjusting Camera Compensation will lighten or darken the entire image, which means it must increase or decrease flash power, so let's find out for certain, what takes place and examine through various conditions that we'd all use in our photography! Read more...

So, What is Flash Value Lock?
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So, What is Flash Value Lock?

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem) on July 1, 2013

Flash Value Lock is used to make sure the subject is exposed properly by the flash. Knowing key features and the many useful shooting scenarios make all the difference when using this in photography. What about those fast blinkers in your shots? All your questions answered here, just Read more...

Nikon TTL-BL Flash
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Nikon TTL-BL Flash

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem) on June 24, 2013

Ever wonder which Camera Mode is best to shoot fill flash? Is it P, or S? What about the coupling between the camera's metering system and the flash metering systems? Or what about the steps the camera and flash go through as you press the shutter? Find out all your answers in this weeks article here! Read more...

Nikon TTL Flash Metering System
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Nikon TTL Flash Metering System

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem) on June 17, 2013

Did you know that the Nikon TTL Flash Metering System is not actively coupled to the Camera metering system? They use the same metering sensor in the camera, but act independently. Find out what else is important that isn't always documented, and learn the tricks of the trade! Read more...

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

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem) on June 10, 2013

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) on May 29, 2013

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...

Nikon D600 Delicacies and Downloadable Supplements
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Nikon D600 Delicacies and Downloadable Supplements

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) on May 14, 2013

Find out more about your Nikon D600. Browse through our PDF selection on an array of topics covered. At Nikonians, we aspire to Share, Learn, and Inspire! Be ontop of your gear and know all there is to know. Read more...

Understanding User Settings U1 and U2 in the D7000 Series of Nikon DSLRs and the D600
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Understanding User Settings U1 and U2 in the D7000 Series of Nikon DSLRs and the D600

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) on April 26, 2013

Just when you thought you knew everything about your Nikon D7000... Simplicity is key, and making sure you can just grab and shoot is ideal. But, how do you get there? Learn a few simple User Settings tweaks and configure your camera for specific shooting situations so you can change to them quickly. Read more...

Nikon D800 Streaming HDMI Video
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Nikon D800 Streaming HDMI Video

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) on April 17, 2013

Uncompressed video stands to hold a significant higher quality compared to compressed, allowing even resolution up scaling. However, with technology advancing so quickly, there's always the latest gadget that can do anything quicker and smoother than your previous toys. See what many Nikonians worldwide use, and why. We'll go in depth with formats, video standards, compression, and of course the external video recorders available for your camera. Read more...

Nikon D800 - Hands-On Review
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Nikon D800 - Hands-On Review

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) on March 4, 2013

The highly anticipated, Nikon D800 and all of its mysteries revealed! Read here, as you can explore all the features, inside and out, with detailed images, card processing, image formatting,shutter features and plenty more! Read more...

Nikon D200 Review
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Nikon D200 Review

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) on November 28, 2012

You've probably been asking yourself recently, "How can I tell if the Nikon D200 digital camera is the one for me?" This technology review attempts to provide you with enough information to make an intelligent purchase decision, by learning in detail about the camera and its systems. What should you ask yourself before purchasing the D200? Read more...

Nikon D2X AF System Revisited
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Nikon D2X AF System Revisited

Edward Erkes (EdErkes12) on November 23, 2012

This in-depth review by seasoned Nikonian Ed Erkes, shares with you his findings about the multiple autofocus options available with the D2X. If you are the proud owner of a Nikon D2X, D2Xs, D2H, D2Hs, or Nikon F6, and getting tired of spending endless long nights trying to decrypt the manual, this article is for you. Read more...

Nikon Film SLR Body Comparison Chart
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Nikon Film SLR Body Comparison Chart

Mark Goodell (Safari) on November 14, 2012

Our extensive comparison chart will provide you with the quick overview of Nikon film camera bodies. We list everything you need to know - price, lens compatibility, ISO range, speedlight control, power, you name it. 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) on November 13, 2012

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) on November 13, 2012

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) on November 13, 2012

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) on November 13, 2012

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) on November 12, 2012

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) on November 6, 2012

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...

Nikon D800 AF Custom Settings
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Nikon D800 AF Custom Settings

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) on October 8, 2012

The Nikon D800 has a very powerful autofocus system with new features not before seen on a Nikon D-SLR. So, with great power, comes great responsibility, isn't that how the saying goes? In this article, you'll have a great read, about all your Custom AF-Settings refined to simplicity from an excerpt from Mastering the Nikon D800 by Darrell Young, published by NikoniansPress/Rocky Nook. Read more...

Nikon Digital SLR Body Comparison Chart
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Nikon Digital SLR Body Comparison Chart

Armando Heredia (Covey22) on September 13, 2012

Our extensive comparison chart will provide you with the quick overview of Nikon digital camera bodies. We list everything you need to know - price, sensor, speedlight control, power, you name it. Read more...

Nikon Coolpix Comparison Chart
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Nikon Coolpix Comparison Chart

Armando Heredia (Covey22) on April 25, 2012

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- Coolpix model: 8800 8700 8400 7900 7600 5900 5700 5600 5400 5200 5100 4800 4600 4500 4200 4100 3700 3200 2200 S1 S2 Price: Quoted in US$, April 2005. Prices marked "n/a" were not listed then $ 999 $ 799 $ 899 $ 499 n/a $ 349 n/a $ 279 n/a $ 299 n/a $ 399 $ 199 n/a $ 234 n/a $ 319 $ 199 n/a n/a Major features: 8 megapixels 10x Zoom-Nikkor lens (35-350mm equiv. Read more...

Nikon D4 review
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Nikon D4 review

Martin Turner (Martin Turner) on April 16, 2012

It was the year of the Olympics, and Nikon released its Olympian camera, the D4. Remember the D1, D2X, and D3? Well good! Because in order to understand the significance of the D4’s release, one needs to look back and remember how the D1 transformed the world of photography – first true digital SLR built from scratch and photojournalism was transformed forever. Read more...

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

Hendric Schneider (Hendric) on October 14, 2011

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) on June 16, 2011

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...

Nikon D700 Picture Control
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Nikon D700 Picture Control

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) on September 6, 2010

I thought for long that pre-set modes/settings were of little or no practical use for those of us who shoot RAW (NEF), in Manual Exposure Mode and always post-process even if minimally. The D700 has taught me otherwise. Read more...

The Nikon SB-24 Speedlight Review
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The Nikon SB-24 Speedlight Review

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) on August 3, 2010

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The SB-24 Speedlight flash unit is the ancestor of the SB-25, SB-26, SB-28 and SB-80DX units and quite a number of photographers still use it. This article is devoted to all of you looking for more information regarding this specific flashlight. Read more...

The Nikon F5 - Hands On
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The Nikon F5 - Hands On

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) on June 30, 2010

Here you can read about my first experiences with the Nikon F5 camera and accessories, read about how I [mis]used the stuff and get some price information. Read more...

The Nikon F4 Review
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The Nikon F4 Review

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) on June 24, 2010

My Nikon journey started early. First I had a Nikomat FS (1965). Then a Nikkormat FT2 (1975) with integrated meter. Upgrading brought me into the FE2 (1983) and the fun of the MD-12 speed winders. Later, the Nikon N4004s (1989), the N6006 (1990) and then the great N8008s (introduced in 1991). So with my own cameras and my father's 1959 Nikon F I lived the Nikon tradition hands-on. However, even that did not prepare me for the F4. Read more...

The Nikon F80/N80 Review
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The Nikon F80/N80 Review

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) on May 30, 2010

Carry it with you everywhere! That seems to be the philosophy behind the Nikon® N80 camera. It is a well made, small bodied camera that is light and strong enough to carry with you on a daily basis. Slide it into your purse or briefcase, or do like I do and carry a small camera bag with a couple of lenses. Read more...

The Nikon SU-4 Review
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The Nikon SU-4 Review

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) on May 30, 2010

The SU-4 is a small gadget with a powerful punch. More than just a simple slave unit, this SU-4 is a wireless remote TTL flash control. A relatively inexpensive unit that takes on the duties of a fully armed studio lightning system. Not only it is capable of receiving the signal to fire, but also the signal on when to stop. Read more...

The Nikon F5 Review
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The Nikon F5 Review

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) on May 30, 2010

Most obviously the F5 is one of the killer SLR 35mm bodies on the market: 8 frames per second while autofocusing in-between letting the mirror dance at such a pace that your eye cannot see the dark pauses, 5 CPU's (3x16bit, 1x8bit and 1x4 bit), 4 coreless motors, a memory (ROM) capacity beating any camera before it, a self-diagnostic shutter designed for at least 150.000 operations all coming in an aluminum-alloy housing with a detachable viewer in titanium. Read more...

Nikon F100 Custom Settings Pocket Guide
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Nikon F100 Custom Settings Pocket Guide

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) on May 30, 2010

The Nikon F100 camera comes out of the box with initial factory settings for 22 functions. These can be easily changed by yourself to your personal preferences by following the instructions below. 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) on April 29, 2010

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...

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) on February 6, 2010

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...

Nikon D3x Preview
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Nikon D3x Preview

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) on December 1, 2008

This is our Nikonians preview and first thoughts upon learning the details of the new king of the Nikon digital single-lens-reflex (DSLR) domain, the brand new and hot Nikon D3x. Welcome, you long awaited monster. Read more...

Nikon D300 Review
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Nikon D300 Review

Romulo Lubachesky (Romulo Lubachesky) on July 11, 2008

Nikon's camera releases have always been revolutionary. It was like this with the Nikon D70, my first SLR digital camera, and then with my Nikon D200. Both very complete and with a superior quality. Now, one more release. The acclaimed Nikon D200 substitute. But what's new there to expect over a camera that was already incredible in so many aspects? Maybe an improvement in the high ISO -a worry for many DSLR photographers- or 14 bits RAW images? The Nikon D300 exceeds all expectations. Read more...

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