I had a chance to sit with the Nikon Df for thirty minutes and see what it’s all about. First things first it is a DSLR with a nikon D4 sensor in it. It has 39 auto focus points and shoots 5.5 frames per second. It takes an SD card and smaller battery than you would think. The reason being is it does not shoot video at all.
This is a retro styled camera with one of the best sensors ever made. But, is that enough to get people to fork over $2,749.95 for manual dials and knobs? Nikon must think so or they would not have unleashed this bad boy.
If you have a ton of old AI or AI-S lenses you will be happy to know that you can use them on this camera and get metering. Just flick a little lever in the mount and boom, your ready to go.
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When Nikon told me about an upcoming lens the Nikon 58mm F1.4 I kind of laughed. One I did not understand the price of $1,699 and two I didn’t understand the history behind this lens. The reps told me it was a throwback to the Nikon 58 F1.2 Noct from years past. This Noct lens is said to be one of the best lenses ever produced.
As you guys know, when AllensCamera.com gets a new lens in of interest they give me a call to come in, sniff it and run it through some tests. Keep in mind my goal with these reviews is to give you the FULL RES Jpegs and some RAWfiles to pixel peep yourself. Of course I have to toss in there what I think about the files and lens.
While I was taking test shots with the 58 1.4 a customer walked in with a bunch of old Nikon lenses. One of them so happened to be a 1.2 Noct which I personally have never seen. Talk about perfect timing, I asked if I could take some pictures of it and with it and he was nice enough to allow me the pleasure.Read More »
This lens from Nikon leaves me scratching my head going huh??? Of all the lenses to make and actually put in to production they came up with this. Well no use in complaining as it’s here to stay for now.
I really don’t have much to say about it other than its going to cost $1,699.95. I will get my hands on it, sniff it and tell you what I think about it.
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Nikon has announced the replacement to the Nikon D5200 and guess what it’s called, the Nikon D5300. The D5200 follows in the footsteps of what Nikon did from the D7000 to the D7100. There is a new sensor in the D5300 which is 24.2 Megapixels. I asked Nikon if this was the same as in the D7100 and they could not confirm that.
With this new sensor they have removed the OLPF or optical low pass filter. I have seen images out of the Nikon D7100 that also has no OLPC and man do they go BOOOM.
The camera now has a 3.2 inch vari angle screen though it does not have touch screen like the new Canon’s. I personally love the touch screens in the Canon’s and wish Nikon would adopt something similar.
I have posted Nikons press release below so you can read over all of the specs for yourself. You can watch the video above to see who I think this camera is for.
Nikon has just announced a replacement to the D600 in the way of a D610. Does this mean that Nikon knows there was a major issue with the D600 and they had to replace it so soon? The answer to that is maybe, we know they have put out a press release in the past stating they will repair anyones D600 that has issues. But they fell short in saying that yes this will fix the issues that the D600 had.
So what has changed form the 600 to the 610 you may ask? Honestly nothing majorly important. It is still the same sensor and focusing system though it now does shoot a half of a second faster at 6fps vs 5fps.
To quote Nikon “this is an evolution of the D600″. I guess you could call it that if you would like. If you already have a D600 there is nothing to worry about, this camera is not for you.
I really liked the D600 when I did a review on it and can only imagine that the D610 will do exactly the same thing as its predecessor.
This camera is for anyone who is looking to jump into the full frame realm. The D610 is now priced just under $2,000 and is a fantastic purchase at that price. Please don’t forget that once you go full frame you really need to focus on using better glass to take advantage of the full frame sensor.
For a review of the Nikon D600 which pretty much is the same as the D610 please watch the video below.
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Before you start yelling at me for being so harsh on the Nikon 18-105 Kit lens I suggest you watch the video above and read the review below.
As many of you know I rail on kit lenses all the time. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be successful with kit lenses. As long as you have a fundamental understanding of how your exposure works, you can shoot with anything.
So now let me take a step back and enter a beginners shoes who is picking up their first camera. Most DSLR cameras today come as a basic kit with a 18-55mm lens. One of the reasons companies include this lens with the kit is because of how inexpensive it is. But the problem here is that basic kit lens doesn’t give people the feeling that they are getting enough zoom or reach. Because of this, people right off the bat get into the habit of having to crop their images.
This is where we kick into the importance of the 18-105. It is an affordable lens that will allow beginners to get a little more reach for not to much extra cash. At some point beginners will come to the realization that to sometimes get better results you need to spend some money on better glass. But just starting off the 18-105 will get the job done.
The Nikon 18-105 Kit lens is all plastic, with a plastic mount but it does include VR. Most people wont understand the proper way to use VR but it’s there so that’s a plus. I think the key selling point to this lens is the fact that it will give someone a nice wide angle group shot or landscape shot as well as a tighter portrait or action shot.
As always I am not going to dive to deeply into analyzing and breaking down every nuance of the sample images. I have include all the full res sample images form the video for you to download and pixel peep at your leisure.
Is this just what the dr ordered, the first interchangeable, shockproof waterproof camera interchangeable lens camera? It is pretty insane to think about what this camera really does bring to the table.
Now you have the ability with one body to not only change lenses but dive to 49 feet, wow. Not only is it waterproof it is shockproof and freezeproof as well.
Now I can’t comment on the quality of the camera until I get my hands on one but it definitely has peaked my interest.
But on the other hand I am not sure I am ready to drop $1,000 on a two lens kit.
What do you think, is this camera for you?
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Nikon has just announced a NEW DX Lens which is a 18-140mm F3.5-5.6 VR. As you can tell this announcement did not warrant its own preview video.
First off I am not a fan of mega zooms or kit lenses for that matter. This is a nice zoom range with some nice features like four stop VR but guess what, its still a SLOW KIT LENS. Okay, maybe its slightly better then a kit lens. Sure some people out there will yell at me and saying it like it is but would you spend $599 for something like this.
If this was the only lens that came bundled with a NEW DSLR I would be ok with that for starters. But most people out there already have an 18-55, 18-105 or even the 18-200. I am not to sure who would purchase this lens over the one they probably already have.
For $599 there are better faster options out there. Sure you wont get as large of a zoom but you can get in to a 2.8 lens. Sigma makes the 17-50 2.8 which is a fantastic choice and if your okay with a variable aperture lens they make a 17-70 2.8-4 for only $499.
I understand that the four stop VR is great for hand holding during video but I have such a hard time getting past the slow aperture.
There is no doubt that this lens will help you get solid stills and video but its not for me and it’s probably not for you. The only people I would recommend this lens to are people who are just picking up their first DSLR and are looking for a nice zoom range to start. If it comes as a kit with a DSLR then I would recommend it to people just starting out.
See that Nikon, I found positives there. Now if you could come out with a 24-70 2.8 II or even a 24-200 2.8 Magical Pony Lens I would be forever in your debt.
I have been testing out the Nikon 200 F2 VRII for the past few weeks and I wanted to share some RAWf files with you. This lens is beyond tack sharp and you will see that as soon as you open the DNG Files which you can download right here in the FroForum.
Look at how the background just dissipates, its like its not even there. It’s so clean and buttery compared to any other lens at its range.
Both of the images below were shot at 1/1000th of a second at F2 ISO 100 with the Nikon D4.
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The Nikon D7100 is the latest in a line of midlevel DSLR cameras to be released. Thought it’s natural to wonder how the D7100 compares against the D7000, which it replaced, and its Canon counterparts, I’m more interested in just reviewing the D7100 as a camera and not as a comparison unit.
To start, this camera sells for $1,199 (body only) and is currently Nikon’s top of the line DX camera, since the D300s has yet to be replaced. We all know that as cameras progress, the tech inside continues to get better and better. The D7100 definitely benefits from some major tech updates.
When I do my reviews, I like to use the camera, push it to its limits in the real world and let you analyze the results for yourself. That is why you can access all of the FULL-RES images from this review as well as download eight RAW FILES; to me it’s about giving you the samples to make your own judgments and decisions about a camera.Read More »