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This unboxing and sniff test at Allens Camera started off like many of the ones I have done in the past. This time around it was time to unbox and sniff the new Nikon 35mm F1.8G ED FX. This lens is priced at just under $600 and I am here to tell you if I think it is worth spending the money.
Like many of my previews I take sample images and allow you to download the RAW files for yourself to pixel peep as much as you would like. Being that this is a preview and I am just giving my first thoughts on the camera I generally look at the sample images while I am at Allens.
What happened this time was slightly different. I took sample images with the new FX 35mm and noticed at 1.8 a ton of vignetting. Now many of you know that Nikon has a 35mm F1.8G for the dx cameras and I personally own one. That lens is very interesting, it is meant for the DX but you can use it on the FX with pretty good results.
Since I noticed so much vignetting with new lens I figured I would compare it to the older version that is not even meant to go on the FX cameras. What I found was at 1.8 there was more vignetting as expected with the DX that you can slightly correct with lightroom.
Time and time again people prove that it’s not the camera it’s the photographer. Don’t you love when someone says what camera is that, it takes fantastic pictures? It’s like saying wow that food was amazing what oven to you own?
People are always asking what do I look for when I am selecting sets for the rapid fire critique? I simply look for a set of images that has potential to give me a lot to teach. I don’t look at the settings or anything else other than a few of the images when I am deciding. The reason is the settings and camera don’t matter it comes down to the images first and foremost.
The images in this set were captured with the Nikon D40 a camera that was released somewhere around 2006. Like I have said a million times a lot of what you do comes down to having the proper settings as well as quality glass.
This set shows us that the photographer has an eye, a way to see the world and capture it no matter what camera is in their hands.
If you would like to submit your set of images for a critique please click the submit images tab above. Please keep in mind I do not get to everyones sets as I can only critique roughly 40 a year.
Atomos just announced a NEW NINJA called the Blade. I have one of these in my hands right now and I can tell you that the new screen on it is amazing. It now has a IPS 5 inch screen that is not only easier to touch, it’s more accurate and easier to see outdoors.
I will be showing this off on a future RAWtalk as well as highlighting the new features that Stephen and I are really excited about.
The price of the new Ninja is $995 and the Ninja 2 is still $695.
After announcing the development of the Nikon D4s a few months ago, Nikon has officially announced the D4s. Thought this camera adds an s I personally think it adds much much more.
There has always been this idea that when Nikon replaces their top of line model after two years all they do is add an s and some minor changes. But once you hear what changes have actually been made I think you will be very happy.
First off who is this camera for? It is for working professionals who need the best of the best with honors. There is a difference between needing the best and wanting the best. Most people out there want the top of the line but don’t actually need it. There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting the best of the best by the way.
Before I get to ahead of myself let me tell you about the specs that I find to be the most important.
The Nikon D4s has a brand new 16.2 Megapixel CMOS Sensor. They say this is a newly designed sensor which means it is not the same as the one that is in the Nikon Df. It’s always nice to know that the sensor that you have in your flagship model is not the same as in a sub $3k body.
What is a lens hood, when should you use a lens hood and why should you use a lens hood, that’s the question.
This is not the first time I have visited this subject but I think a quick demonstration was in order.
I was about to make a video at the computer when I realized how much sun flair was hitting the camera. See, my computer faces a big window and in the morning the sun is directly entering the window. The video looked all washed out with a bunch of solar flair. Mind you I was using my Imac but the same general principles would apply to your cameras lens.
I thought to myself how could I cut down on this lens flair and pump up this flat looking image. I could have waited until the sun moved, I could have put something in front of the window to cut down on the flair or I could have used a lens hood.