Cameras and Lenses

Everything You Need to Know About Nikon Cameras (2019) – Photography Article

No camera manufacturer is perfect, but there’s no denying that Nikon has an amazing lineup of cameras at the moment. Beginner or professional, DSLR or mirrorless – chances are good there’s a camera for your needs. The purpose of this article is to compare all the current Nikon cameras on the market and explain the most important things you need to know about each one. Understanding Nikon Cameras DX vs FX The first thing you need to know about Nikon…

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iPhone X Camera Review – Photography Life – Photography Article

My iPhone is always with me. That’s what makes it so versatile compared to the big cameras I shoot with. I use it at home and I have taken it with me all over the world. Apple iPhone X We look at the continuously declining camera market and wonder how the smartphones can inflict so much damage. And yet when I look back at the photos I have taken with mine, I realize that while we busy ourselves geeking out…

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Sony RX100 Series Comparison (I, II, III, IV, V, VA, VI and VII) – Photography Article

Since the original release of the Sony RX100 back in 2012, the company has been pushing updates to the camera and releasing one new iteration every year. Which means that as of today, we have had a total of 8 such releases: RX100, RX100 II, RX100 III, RX100 IV, RX100 V, RX100 VA, RX100 VI and RX100 VII. Sporting a 1″ sensor and superb optics from Zeiss, these point and shoot cameras have been widely popular among photographers. And thanks…

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Recommended Nikon D3500 Settings – Photography Article

For many photographers, especially first-time DSLR users, the menu settings on the Nikon D3500 can be confusing and overwhelming. Even though the Nikon D3500 is easier to understand than some other advanced cameras, it still has dozens of menu options to work through. How do you even begin to set everything correctly? Hopefully, this article will give you a good place to start. Below, I’ve explained every single important camera setting on the Nikon D3500, including my recommendations as to…

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Nikon Z 85mm f/1.8 S Announcement – Photography Article

Today Nikon announced a highly anticipated full-frame portrait lens for its Z mount, the NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S. After the release of the high performance primes like the Nikon Z 35mm f/1.8 S and Z 50mm f/1.8 S (which we praised for their stunning optical performance in our reviews) we know that Nikon is not going to disappoint with this release. Thanks to its advanced optical formula comprising of 12 elements in 8 groups (2 of which are Extra-Low…

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Nikon D3500 Review – Photography Life – Photography Article

This is a detailed review of the Nikon D3500, Nikon’s entry-level DSLR announced in August 2018. Nikon releases a new D3000-series camera about once every two years, although the last few updates have been criticized for their minimal improvements. Does the D3500 break this trend? It’s actually quite a good camera, but it does have some flaws – not surprising at this price point. Below, we’ll cover everything you need to know if you’re considering the D3500 for yourself. Nikon…

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Nikon D3500 Review – Photography Life – Photography Article

This is a detailed review of the Nikon D3500, Nikon’s entry-level DSLR announced in August 2018. Nikon releases a new D3000-series camera about once every two years, although the last few updates have been criticized for their minimal improvements. Does the D3500 break this trend? It’s actually quite a good camera, but it does have some flaws – not surprising at this price point ($450 at publication; check current price). Below, we’ll cover everything you need to know if you’re…

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What to Bring on a Landscape Photography Trip – Photography Article

NIKON D800E + 20mm f/1.8 @ 20mm, ISO 100, 1/30, f/16.0 Photographers always talk about the best equipment for certain photographic purposes – lenses, cameras, accessories, and so on. But what about packing and carrying your equipment in the first place? For something like landscape photography, you’ll often need to pack the most versatile possible kit given very limited space. This article provides several tips for optimizing the equipment you bring on a landscape photography trip. Roadtripping This is the…

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Sony A7R IV Announcement – Photography Life – Photography Article

The megapixel race is still on and this time Sony is leading the pack with its new full-frame mirrorless offering. The company has just released its fourth iteration of the A7R camera and the specs look impressive. The new Sony A7R IV features a super high-resolution 61 MP full-frame BSI CMOS sensor, 4K video shooting (full sensor 6K to 4K resampling), Real-time Eye AF for video, built-in AF converter for audio, refined ergonomics and improved weather sealing. All this will…

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What Is Bulb Mode in Photography? – Photography Article

With bulb mode, I used a shutter speed of 2.25 minutes to capture stars “raining” over the Southern Alps.NIKON D800E + 70-200mm f/4 @ 86mm, ISO 100, 136 seconds, f/5.6 Photographers often feel frustrated by the 30-second shutter speed limit on many cameras. What they may not realize is that there is an easy way around this limitation – if you know how to use it. The solution is known as bulb mode. What Is Bulb Mode on Your Camera?…

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Mechanical vs Electronic Shutter vs EFCS – Photography Article

Many cameras today, especially mirrorless cameras, let you pick between a mechanical and electronic shutter. Others – including a lot of DSLRs – have a third option called “electronic front curtain shutter” (EFCS) which is a blend between the other two types. Each shutter mechanism has several pros and cons, more than you might have realized. If you pick the wrong one, you could be harming your image quality. What Is a Mechanical Shutter? Today, mechanical shutters are the default…

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Best Camera for Landscape Photography – Photography Article

NIKON Z 7 + NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S @ 14mm, ISO 64, 1/15, f/11.0 If you are into landscape photography, you might be wondering which camera on the market today is the best. With so many great cameras out there, it is hard to pick a winner. We decided to put together a detailed guide that shows the top cameras we recommend for your landscape photography needs. It is important to note that every single tool in the list…

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Best Camera for Landscape Photography (2019) – Photography Article

If you are into landscape photography, you might be wondering which camera on the market today is the best one. With so many camera systems out there, it is hard to pick a winner. We decided to put together a detailed guide that shows the top cameras we recommend for your landscape photography needs. It is important to note that every single tool in the list below has been tested extensively by our team members, so we only provide recommendations…

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Nikon Z 50mm f/1.8 S Review – Photography Article

The Nikon NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S is the third lens released for Nikon’s Z-series mirrorless cameras, and one of the most important as well. In this in-depth review, we will take a look at the performance of Nikon’s first mirrorless “Nifty Fifty” and discuss whether it lives up to the high standards of Nikon’s other Z glass so far. With a retail price of $600, the Nikon Z 50mm f/1.8 S is the least expensive Z lens released so…

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Venus Optics Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Review – Photography Article

In this detailed review of the new Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 for Nikon Z mount, we will take a look at the world’s widest rectilinear full-frame zoom lens and see how it performs on the Nikon Z7 mirrorless camera body. We had a chance to test this lens for a few weeks and we prepared this review specifically for its official release at the end of June of 2019. Although we have not yet seen many third party lens releases for…

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Nikon 500mm f/5.6E PF VR Initial Impressions – Photography Article

This is an overview of the Nikon 500mm f/5.6E PF VR lens. It has been four years since I sold my favorite Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4D lens. Since then, bird photography for me was just a waiting game until I got a new lens. My only lens which allowed me to taste bird photography in the mean time was the Nikon AF-S 70-200 f/2.8G VR II along with 1.4x TC II – a makeshift combo for larger birds. When Nikon…

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Nikon Z 14-30mm f/4 S Review – Photography Article

The Nikon Z 14-30mm f/4 S was one of the most hotly anticipated Nikon Z lenses, especially given that it is the first ultra-wide for the new mirrorless system. So far, every Z lens has received near-universal praise for its image quality. However, photographers’ initial impressions of the ($1300) Nikon 14-30mm f/4 were… much more mixed. How does this lens really fare overall, from automatic lens corrections to sample variation? This review explains everything you need to know. In order…

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Nikon Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S Field Report – Photography Article

After two weeks and more than 2600 photos taken with Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 S, I wanted to share my initial impressions with this new Z-mount lens. Just in case you are impatient and want to hear my short verdict here: this is the best zoom lens I have ever used. Here is why. NIKON Z 6 + NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S @ 46mm, ISO 100, 1/250, f/4.5 Why I Bought It in the First Place Until recently, I preferred to…

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Nikon Z 35mm f/1.8 S Review – Photography Article

In this in-depth review of the Nikon NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S prime lens, we will take a look at how the lens performs on Z-series cameras like the Nikon Z6 and Z7, and discuss its ergonomics, features and optical characteristics. In addition, we will compare it to its F-mount counterparts from Nikon and Sigma. We have been using the lens for over 8 months now and have been able to test several copies of it to make our review…

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The Best 24-70mm Zoom on the Market – Photography Article

Making a zoom lens that covers focal lengths from wide to telephoto is no easy task for an optical engineer. We have seen a number of attempts from different manufacturers to make a solid 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom over the years, but most of those lenses disappoint when it comes to consistent sharpness across the focal length range, high levels of vignetting, distortion and lateral chromatic aberration. We have already published our assessment of the best 24-70mm f/2.8 lenses on the…

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PL Garage Sale (Nikon and Fuji Cameras + Lenses) – Photography Article

It is that time of the year when I go through my camera gear closet and decide what to keep and what to sell. I accumulated a ton of gear over the years and decided to fully go mirrorless, so there is quite a bit of DSLR gear below, which is mostly Nikon. I take especially good care of my cameras and lenses, so unless stated otherwise, you can assume that it is in mint condition. All camera gear was…

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102 MP of Goodness: Fuji GFX 100 Announcement – Photography Article

Earlier today, Fujifilm announced the full details of its top tier GFX camera, the Fuji GFX 100. The camera was first teased back at Photokina last year, but we now finally have all the specifications, as well as pictures of the production version of this 102 MP beast. Featuring a 44x33mm BSI CMOS sensor that is powered by a quad-core X-Processor 4 capable of outputting 16-bit RAW images, in addition to world’s first medium format phase detection autofocus, 4K video…

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Understanding Camera Lenses: A Beginner’s Guide – Photography Article

Lenses. They’re arguably the most important piece of equipment a photographer can buy – even more important than the camera itself. But what makes lenses so useful? Why are some camera lenses so much better than others? The answer goes beyond simple things like sharpness and image quality. Instead, lenses matter because they control which photos you can even take in the first place. 1. The Anatomy of a Lens Modern lenses look something like this: Each part of the…

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Mastering Wide Angle Lenses – Photography Article

The first lens a lot of landscape photographers want to buy is a wide-angle. Intuitively, it makes some sense that the most useful lens at an amazing scene is the one that captures as much of the scene as possible. But that mindset only works so well in practice. So, for this week’s video, I traveled to Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah to photograph some amazing slot canyons and talk about how to use your wide angle lens. First…

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