Off to Moab, quick updates

I’m off to Moab, Utah to photograph Arches and Canyonlands NP as co-leader of the third annual Image Doctors Photo Safari.  I won’t be able to respond to emails right away since I’ll be in the field most of the time.

Quick thoughts:

I’m still loving the 85mm f/1.4 AFS G Nikkor.  It’s a fantastic lens.  If you want to see a detailed comparison between it and the previous model, check out Lloyd Chambers’ site.

The new Nikon lenses sound great, especially the 35mm f/1.4 AFS G.  It’s probably not a lens that I’ll buy, simply because I don’t do a lot of PJ-style shooting.  If you do street photography or weddings, this is going to be a must-have prime.  With a price tag of nearly $1800 USD, this is a lens aimed at photographers who make a living with their gear.

We’re in the middle of the refreshing of Nikon’s DSLR lineup.  It’s a tricky time to decide what to buy, because some of the newer models (D7000) have a blend of features that are not only better (on paper) than the model they are designed to replace, but also models slotted above them in the product line.  The D7000 has 16MP, shoots 6fps, and has 39-point AF and a new 2,016 pixel RGB meter.  Many people considering a D300s might be tempted by the new D7000; and it looks like it’s going to be a killer DSLR body.  The D300s still offers more customizability, more direct controls, and the ability to get to 8fps with the optional grip.  My guess is that we won’t see the D300s replaced until next spring/summer (based on Nikon’s traditional release cycles). If you are moving up from a D80 or lower, the D7000 is a no-brainer.  If you own a D90 (or D300), you may want to hold off a bit on purchasing depending on your needs.

New P7000: fewer megapixels and more manual control.  Finally, it looks like Nikon is ready to compete with the Canon G-series.  I’m very tempted by this camera, which offers a good focal length range (28-200 equiv.) and (theoretically) better IQ than the P6000.  Hopefully, the days of megapixel count trumping all other features are finally over.

New educational products

People keep asking me when I’ll release new content through Luminescence of Nature Press.  I’ve got several projects in the planning stages right now that I hope to have completed by the end of November.  Stay tuned!

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