Category Archives: Gear

Holiday Gifts for Photographers

Gift ideas for the photography enthusiast

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Make sure the photographer in your family gets what they want this year.
Hope you’re on the “nice” list this year!

Ah, holiday shopping season is upon us again, and that means it’s time to take a look at some of my recommended gift ideas for 2017. We all know that photography enthusiasts can be a picky bunch, so here are some ideas for gifts that every photographer will find useful. I’ve come up with ideas that should fit everyone’s budget, from stocking-stuffers to the ultimate gift for your photo sweetheart. You can also check out the current holiday deals at B&H,  or see my recommended deals here. 

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Nikon D850 Hands-On Review

The Amazing Nikon D850

My hands-on, non-techincal, totally subjective review
Nikon D850 Review
Sunset at Bandon Beach, Oregon captured with the Nikon D850

I’ve had the Nikon D850 for about a month now, and I’ve been able to use it on two of my landscape photo safaris so far. I figured then it’s time for a Nikon D850 review! I want to briefly present my impressions with this camera based on my experience in the field. I’ve previously shot with both a Nikon D800E and Nikon D810. This is my subjective review of how the Nikon D850 DSLR camera has impacted my photography. I’m sure others will post detailed technical reviews of noise, dynamic range, etc. I’ll leave that to the technical geeks and instead focus on my personal experiences with this new camera. Continue reading Nikon D850 Hands-On Review

Introducing the (BIF) BullsEye™

Arca-Swiss Shoulder Stock for Action/Outdoor Photography

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The (BIF) BullsEye is an Arca-Swiss compatible shoulder stock for action photography

I’m pleased to announce that a project I’ve been working on since last year has gone live. After attending one of my field workshops, one of my clients approached me with a design concept to fully modernize the camera shoulder stock for autofocus DSLR photography using today’s telephoto lenses. Thus was born the (BIF) BullsEye™. For the last 18 months, we’ve been building and testing prototypes and now we are ready to bring you this exciting camera accessory: an Arca-Swiss compatible shoulder stock that can hold and stabilize modern telephoto lenses for hand-held and monopod shooting. Continue reading Introducing the (BIF) BullsEye™

Nikon D850: High ISO Samples

Nikon D850 High ISO Performance Tests

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My test scene for Nikon D850 high-iso images

The Nikon D850 DSLR camera not only produces 45-megapixel images perfect for landscapes and studio work, but its fast frame rate makes it potentially appealing for sports and action photographers. In sports and action photography, shutter speed is critical, and that means being able to push the camera ISO well above its base value. I decided to do some Nikon D850 high ISO testing to see how it fares.

Watch: Nikon D850 unboxing video

The Nikon D850 has a base ISO of 64, but you can expand it up to 25,800. Beyond that, you can push the ISO two full stops (Hi 1 and Hi 2 settings) to get corresponding ISO values of 51,200 and 102,400, respectively. Nikon uses the “Hi” nomenclature to denote sensitivities that are not truly “in-spec” and in accordance with the ISO standard.

Nevertheless, we push our gear, so I captured a  sequence of shots from ISO 1600 through Hi-2 (102,400). Continue reading Nikon D850: High ISO Samples

Quick Test: D850 Dynamic Range

D850 Dynamic Range Example

Nikon D850 Dynamic Range Test
A slightly backlit, pre-dawn shot of my backyard, mimicking conditions one typically finds on landscape shoots. Let’s see how much detail I can pull out of the shadows…

I grabbed a quick backyard test shot this morning to test the Nikon D850 dynamic range. This is not a scientific test; instead it is simply a photo I captured using settings and conditions that I typically encounter in the field while leading my landscape photo safaris. With the D850 adding nearly 10 more megapixels than the Nikon D810, there was some question as to how well the new sensor would deliver in the dynamic range department. For most Nikon shooters I know, we are less interested in having more megapixels than we are in having the ability to capture wide tone ranges in the field. Continue reading Quick Test: D850 Dynamic Range