I did not have to wait to long to get my hands on my NEW Nikon D4s. I got the call from Allen at AllensCamera.com and than I was on my way to the store to pick it up.
But no NEW Camera purchase would be complete without the Unboxing and Sniff Test from the store. There is not much to report different than the D4 other than the adding of the S, a strap that now has an s on it and a battery charger that is now grey. All the major changes take place inside the camera and have me excited to get out and shoot with it. The only major news to report back to you guys is that this camera now has more nipples, a lot more nipples.
What you guys can expect over the next few weeks or months. I do plan on doing a full review of the camera and not one where it’s sample shots shot in a lab. It is one thing to “test” a camera it’s another to actually get out into the world and use it. I am all about getting it out there to use it and not wasting my time pixel peeping or seeing how high the iso will go to shoot that dark corner over there in my loft.
This camera will be shooting a lot of video. It will be used to capture my angle on RAWtalk as well as film many of my other videos for the website.
I look forward to sharing the results with you and I will be sure to upload some RAW files to play with.
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The Nikon D3300 is Nikon’s latest foray into the entry level market. Replacing the D3200 the D3300 does add some major changes from the prior model.
One of the biggest changes is the new 24 megapixel CMOS sensor that removes the OLPF. It is quite possible that the sensor in this camera is the same that is in the D7100. If that is the case the images that come out of this camera are gong to not only be sharp but they will pop.
In terms of build quality this camera is feather light. Yes that means it is all plastic and cheap feeling. But again this is a very low end entry model and they try to keep the price down.
If you are just starting out in Photography and you want to capture stills and video this camera has plenty to offer. But like I say all the time it is more about the glass than the body. You can have the best body in the world with the worst lens on it and get terrible results. Or you could have an entry level camera with better glass and get quality results.
So if you are just starting out my advice is learn the basic functions of your camera as well as the fundamentals of the exposure triangle.
Or on the flip side if you just want to take pictures and video and not really dive into anything else, just have fun.
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Jared Polin froknowsphoto.com, welcome to Allen’s Camera where I have the Nikon D3300 with the new 1855 VR II. That’s right. It’s a new kit lens. It’s lighter, sharper, faster and it sounds like a what’s that bands name? What’s that bands name? Lighter, quicker, stronger, faster, you know, they have their helmets on. Anyway those guys, anyways let’s on boxes give it a sniff test and see what we think about it. Let’s just go over the specs real quick.
I wrote them down because there are some major just key specs that I want to hit first. 24.2 megapixel sensor with no OLPF, what does that mean? It’s possible that this has the D7100 sensor in it, which is cranking out some really sharp, colorful contrasting and boomfied [Phonetic] [0:01:12] images that I so far like. Now Nikon couldn’t verify whether it is the same sensor, or most likely it is. You have your 3-inch LCD screen which is fine, 11 point AF that’s a big deal. Remember back to something like a D70 and you had maybe 5 and then a D40. You had 3 11 points focusing 11 point focusing system in this, and 5 frames a second is pretty darn quick for a base bottom of the line entry-level DSLR camera. ISO upto 25,600 so no longer can anybody ever complain that they can’t shoot at higher ISOs, but remember better glass is always important to get better shots. And it does not have wireless built-in that’s something that you can add separately. It would be nice if they did add it in.
And what do you get this for? Under 650 bucks out. Now that it is an unbelievable price. And for a beginner, anybody just starting out, looking for their very first DSLR camera this is going to do everything that you need from still images to HD video at 1080P. So that’s what you’re looking for, and this could be it. So let’s unbox to sniff it, and tell you what else I think about it. Boom, oh this is the Version 2 lens. Let’s see if it’s 25% lighter and sharper. Oh yeah it’s definitely lighter. It now has a button on the side to lock it and unlock it. It’s a kit lens. For anybody just starting out the kit lens is going to be very, very basic. It’s going to do a fine job. It’s not the end-all be-all, but just starting out get to learn your camera, get to learn what you’re doing, then you can upgrade to something else in the future so you got that lens, let’s get out the body, let’s just feel what it’s like and then we’ll wrappy make wrap us in it up.
So it’s wrapped up in the Styrofoamy popping buttons, no Styrofoam. Oh yeah, South Beach smell, because it has that suntan lotion oil smell go into it. Yeah you like that so smaller camera, extremely light without a battery in there. But again you got to remember baseline camera right off the bat if you’re just looking to do some basic still images, it’s going to do a great job. You’re looking to make little short videos and you’re starting to figure out how to progress as a videographers it’s a okay place to start. What makes it better for a video camera now is that Nikon has finally included a mike input meaning you could get something like I’m wearing or you could get a road Smart Lab [Phonetic] [0:03:43] which is going to give you a better audio. Very simple, you’ve got your on/off switch. You’ve got your record video. The back is very easily or very well put together. Everything is where it should be and you’ll take your one SD card right there.
Other than that this thing is the lightest thing I’ve ever felt. I can’t believe that this is a camera and I can’t believe that it’s not butter, but it is extremely light. It’s all plastic, but it is what it is for 650 bucks just a little less than that to get into the game with DSLR video and photos. This is going to be a nice option. So that is what we have this time. That’s an Unboxing and Sniff test of the Nikon D3300 from Allen’s Camera. If you’d like to pick one up or anything that Nikon offers check out allenscamera.com. Give him a call. The phone number is on the screen and they will help you out, and there you have it Jared Polin froknowsphoto.com, see ya.
Nikon just announced the D3300 which will be replacing the D3200. As you know I tend to be a little to critical when it comes to entry level gear but this time I took a step back.
It is very important that I look at this gear as exactly what it’s for and who it’s for. It is a very basic entry level camera for someone someone who has an interest in photography and is picking up their first camera.
Let’s take a look at the important specs in this camera.
I would love to tell you that Nikon announced the Nikon D4s but they didn’t. What they did do is tell you that they are developing a camera to replace the Nikon D4 and that will be the Nikon D4s.
I know you all want to know what the specs are so here is what I know. It will have an updated focus system and have better image quality.
Yup, that’s all we have for now on the Nikon D4s.Read More »
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.
Is this camera for you or will you take a pass?Read More »
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.
For now I leave you with the picture and a press release.Read More »
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.