Nikon Releases AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3G ED VR

Nikon has launched the successor of the original AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR. This lens is for all the photographers who wanted a compact and lightweight solution with a better range of focal length. The Nikon 18-300mm VR (16.7x zoom lens) was announced on 10th April 2014 and will be available in the market from May 2014. This lens is available for pre-order at Adorama and Amazon. As compared to older Nikon 18-300mm, the newer version has got better specs while being daintier and smaller. The newer version is also light on your pocket; it comes $100 cheaper than the previous version – not really a good excuse to buy this lens (more on that later). With that said, let’s take a look at the specs of this lens. Price Range The good thing about this lens is that as the lens has become lighter, the price of the lens…

Is It Worth Buying Nikon D5100 Now That D5200 Is Here? [Part II]

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Nikon Coolpix P7700 — What It’s All About [Part II]

This is part II of Nikon Coolpix P7700 s hands-on-review. Refer part I of the review here. The Back Plate Of The Camera A glance at the well-populated back plate will show that the P7700 means business. We’ve discussed the vertically sliding control that activates the pop-up flash. We’ve also covered the well-knurled dials on the top deck, so we can now turn our attention to the Disp button. Pressing this changes the amount of exposure-related data on the LCD monitor during replay. Each successive press of this button nudges the amount of data available on-screen, going from no data to minimal to comprehensive (which includes a tone-map with a movable cursor to highlight various areas with the same tone, for accurately exposing a particularly perplexing scene in terms of giving priority to the most important tonal areas). This is not something casual shooters may need or appreciate, but for the…

Sony Cybershot DSC-H70 — What’s Good About This Point And Shoot Camera

It was almost by accident, as it were, that I returned to photography after a gap of almost a quarter of a century. I’d bought a Samsung notebook online, and had been intrigued to discover a little stowaway in the parcel – a freebie in the form of a Samsung pocket digital camera! I wasn’t too impressed by its appearance. I had last used some pretty solid Nikon SLRs and some of the sharpest lenses in 35mm photography, including the legendary 105mm f2.5 tele-Nikkor and the laser sharp 55mm f3.5 micro-Nikkor. So after a quick scan of the user’s manual it didn’t need much guessing. I loaded the battery and card (they share the same compartment at the base, next to the USB / tripod socket), set the ISO to its base setting and I was in business. Out there, in the brilliant sunshine, began a journey that was to…

The Magnificent Seven — The Best Professional Cameras Of 2012

This article lists some of the finest new cameras launched in 2012. Though the selection is obviously colored by our own preferences and predilections, it will be hard to deny that each one is a top performer in its respective category. However, you have all the say in the matter. Feel free to mention your favorite cameras in the comments. Canon EOS 1DX [Best Professional DSLR] The Nikon D4 almost made it here, but was beaten by a worthier opponent. This is definitely the very best camera for professionals, no two ways about it. If you’re one of those wealthy amateurs who simply must have the best, you will also hopefully have the back, legs, stamina and motivation to lug this huge camera around; it weighs over 1,500 gms with battery and card. Add a few more kilos for a couple of long, super-fast Canon L lenses like the 300mm…

Hands-On Experience With The Sony Cyber-Shot RX1

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Which Lens Should You Buy

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Choosing a lens for the DSLR can be quite overwhelming. Should you go in for a kit lens or invest in a specialized high quality lens? Will a prime lens help you take the shots that you want or it would be better to consider a zoom lens?

Then there is focal length, aperture and other lens terminology that comes into play. Seriously, choosing a perfect lens can be a tedious job! And there’s no right answer to this question. In fact the best lens depends on what your requirements are. You can win over this complicated puzzle by answering this basic question: What do I love to photograph?

Best Lens For Starting Out

These are lenses which work well for every situation. They are a must have for every photographer no matter what they specialize in. And they are an absolute must-have for the photographers just starting out. These lenses let you photograph everything without letting you down. What kind are these lenses?

Well they are tailored for everything, they allow you a wide range of coverage – from closest to the farthest possible. They also have excellent distortion specs. These come with the largest zoom range possible. Eg. AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR.

It lets you frame from a wide focal length of 18mm to a telephoto range of 300mm. You’d want to carry this everywhere where you don’t know what you might come across. I personally resort to my Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 for all photography.

However you can always go in for a dedicated lens for the type of images you like to shoot. And here is a quick reference guide for the same.

Lens Best Suited For Portrait Photography

Ask a pro “what is your favorite portrait photography lens” and the most likely answer is going to be a 85mm lens. The 85mm lens is by far considered as the “ultimate” portrait lens – 85mm lens on the DX body (the one with the APS-C sensor-size) and 135mm lens on FX body (full-frame sensor) to be more precise. However, 50mm prime lens is also a good lens of choice for portrait photography.

Portrait Shot With 50mm

Wedding Photography Lens – What Should I Look For?

You need to have a well built kit of lenses and camera bodies if you are serious about wedding photography. As a wedding photographer, you will need to be ready with two lenses at any time.

One, you need a wedding portrait lens (50mm or 85mm will suffice) for photographing the wedding couple and second, you need a walk around lens (generally a wide angle zoom to add contextual feel to your wedding shots). If you are a wedding photographer, you’d be carrying at least two camera bodies and 3 or more lenses.

Choosing a fast lens will always be beneficial for wedding shots. First fast lenses will help you in efficiently taking the shots in low light (like church, bride’s room) and secondly, wider apertures will help you in adding some awesome effects like creamy bokeh, overexposure spill and magical lens flare.

Sports & Action Photography Lenses

The challenges with shooting sports & action photographs are low light (in case of indoor games) and distance from the players. And sometimes you have to capture not only the action but emotions and facial expressions as well. Thus picking up a fast lens in the telephoto range will help you freeze the action without under-exposing the shots. You won’t be happy with such a lens alone. You’d need a body with an excellent FPS like a Nikon D4 which would work fine at high ISOs.

Landscape Photographer’s Lens Of Choice

Landscape photography is not restricted to a specific range of focal length like portraits or wildlife. Sometimes you may need to take wide angle shots and other times you may need to get closer to a far-off scene. You can thus try your hands on a fish-eye, wide-angle and a telephoto lens. Using a wide angle prime lens, 24-70mm and 70-200mm or simply a 18-200mm will do a lot for you. What you need to consider for shooting impressive landscape shots is the contrast and sharpness the lens offers.

Lens Consideration For Wildlife Photography

Longer lenses are the choice of wildlife photographers. Wildlife photography requires high quality fast telephoto lens (that’s because some sport happens in the wild too). The zoom allows you a safe distance to shoot from without scaring the subject or being scared for yourself. 70-300mm is a decent choice for wildlife shots, but you can always choose from a variety of telephoto zooms available in the market (not to forget recently launched Nikkor 800mm f/5.6).

Macro Photography Lenses

Typically a macro lens allows you to shoot microscopic details in a subject. This requires excellent distortion characteristics. They have the shortest focus distance. Macro lenses also need to allow you a higher depth of field. Unlike most other lenses which you have to look up on a manufacturer’s site, macro lenses are called (well) macro lenses. So scroll down and take your pick. (Sadly you won’t find lenses tagged as wedding lenses etc. but macro lenses are mentioned as – “Macro Lenses”.)

If you are interested in macro photography, the cheap and smart way is to buy a reversal ring and employ reverse lens technique for achieving 1:1 life reproduction. Check out our step by step guide for the same here. But if you want to seriously get involved in macro photography full-time, you can look after a fixed focal length dedicated macro lens anywhere in the range of 50 to 200mm. You can pick one from the list of top macro lenses here.

What lenses do you carry? Want to suggest some?

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Why Would You Not Want Nikon’s Latest FX Camera — Nikon D600?

Why Would You Not Want Nikon’s Latest FX Camera – Nikon D600?

Nikon D600 rumors have finally turned into a reality. Nikon D600 premiers as the first ever Nikon FX line up which happens to be in prosumer range. If you have been waiting for a professional camera like Nikon D800 and the budget was a constraint, Nikon D600 is surely one to look up at.

This 24.3 MP FX camera is packed with enticing features of its big brother – the megapixel monster Nikon D800. On the similar lines of D800, Nikon D600 is also powered by EXPEED 3 processor, has same LCD size and an ISO range of 100-6400, expandable to 25600.

D800 does overshadow D600 with the maximum shutter speed of 1/8000sec., 51 AF points and shutter life cycle of 200,000 shots. But it still manages to hit a sweet-spot between high-end DX cameras and professional FX cameras like D800. It is more like a DX camera (in terms of size and some of its features; scene modes) packed with the power of an FX camera – the full frame sensor for better image quality and high color depth.

Why Would You Not Want Nikons Latest FX Camera - Nikon D600?

Key Highlights: Why You Should Plan To Invest In Nikon D600 Too!

When D800 was out a few months back, I was quite impressed by its specs and professional image quality. But its high cost kept it away from me. Now that a budget FX camera is out, I am making up my mind to buy Nikon D600. Here are some of the reasons why I am looking forward to invest in D600.

  1. Economic Price

    Nikon D600 camera body comes $900 cheaper than D800. Nikon D600 costs around $2099.95 approx. The deal is clubbed up with a 24-85mm VR lens kit for $2699.95. And the major dealers like Amazon and B&H are offering exclusive discounts. You can check out the discounts here.

  2. Pixel Density [Low]

    Other than price the second most important factor for investing in Nikon D600 is it’s image quality. Theoretically, lower pixel density means better image quality given all other factors are equal. Now comparing it with Nikon D800′s megapixel count; i.e. 36.3 million effective pixels crammed on 35.9mm x 24mm sensor size, it is obvious that Nikon D600′s 24.3 million pixels etched on a full frame sensor result in a better image quality.

  3. A Higher FPS

    Nikon D600 features 5.5 fps in continuous shooting mode at full resolution as compared to 4 fps burst rate of Nikon D800. And as far as videos are concerned, Nikon D600 has basically the same fps as D800 – 1920 x 1080 resolution video at 30, 25, 24 frames-per-second and 1280 x 720 video at 50 and 60 fps.

  4. ISO Equivalent To D800′s ISO Sensitivity

    Both the cameras rank equally for low light performance, both of them have an ISO range of ISO 100 – 6400 expandable to ISO 25600. Take a look at one of the official sample images of D600 below.

    Why Would You Not Want Nikons Latest FX Camera - Nikon D600?

  5. Wi-Fi Functionality

    Nikon D600 provides a sophisticate Wi-Fi functionality as compared to traditional WT-4A support for D800. You get an optional WU-1b Wireless Adapter with the camera which enables you to wirelessly fire the shots and transfer the photos to Wi-Fi enables devices like your laptop, printer and smartphone.

  6. Lightweight Full Frame Camera

    Nikon sheds 140gms of camera body weight while moving from D800 to D600 to make D600 Nikon’s most compact full-frame HD-SLR ever (as Nikon promotes it). It’s lightweight build makes it easier to move about with the camera for shooting through the day.

Quick Overview Of Nikon D600 Specs

  • Sensor: 24.3 MP FX (full frame sensor – 35.9mm x 24.0mm)
  • Max Image Size: 6,016 x 4,016
  • Viewfinder: Eye-level pentaprism with 100% frame coverage and 0.70x magnification
  • Lens Compatibility: AF-S or AF lenses fully compatible, metering with AI lenses
  • Fastest Shutter Speed: 1/4000 sec.
  • FPS: 5.5 frames per second
  • ISO Sensitivity: ISO 100-6400, expandable to 25600
  • Auto Focus Points: 39 AFpoints
  • Movie: HD 1,920×1,080 at 30,25, 24 fps and 1,280×720 at 60, 50, 30 and 25 fps
  • Screen Size: 3.2 in. diagonally, 921k dots
  • Wi-Fi: WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter
  • GPS: GP-1 GPS unit, GP-1A GPS unit
  • Battery: EN-EL15 Lithium-ion Battery (Battery Life: 900 shots per charge)
  • Approx Weight: 26.8 oz. (760g) – camera body only

So, why should you not want Nikon D600?