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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

Nikon D850 Unboxing & Initial Setup

Setting up the Nikon D850

Nikon D850 unboxing video
The new Nikon D850 is here!

Woot! My UPS guy just dropped off my brand-new Nikon D850 DSLR. With 45.7 megapixels and 7fps continuous shooting (9 fps with the optional MB-D18 battery grip), this is one killer DSLR. Let’s unbox this Nikon masterpiece and get it set up! Check out my Nikon D850 unboxing video after the jump… Continue reading Nikon D850 Unboxing & Initial Setup

The L-Bracket

Why Your Camera Needs an L-Bracket

The L-bracket is a must-have accessory for tripod photography.

I always mount an L-bracket on my DSLR cameras. These Arca-Swiss compatible plates have a bottom and a side dovetail plate that attaches to a clamp on your tripod head. While these brackets cost more than a simple bottom plate, L-brackets are extremely useful for landscape and portrait photographers.

L-Brackets attach your camera to a tripod head via a dovetail plate (Arca-Swiss System). Most quick-release plates mount to the bottom of your camera via the tripod mounting screw. With standard plates, you have to “flop” the camera on its side using your tripod head if you want to shoot vertical (portrait) orientation. With an L-bracket, you simply detach the camera from the QR clamp, and then re-mount it on its side. If you use a tripod head with a lever-release clamp, then this process is quick and easy. Continue reading The L-Bracket

Nikon D850 Officially Unveiled

Nikon D850: The Do-Everything DSLR?

The new Nikon D850 sports 45.7 megapixels and up to 9fps continuous shooting.

Early this morning, Nikon formally announced the full details of their newest DSLR, the Nikon D850. Most of the specs seem to match what others predicted, and are exactly in line with what I wanted to see!

I’ve always been an “all-purpose” photographer. I like photographing landscapes, wildlife, and the occasional sporting event. The D850 looks like it will deliver the goods for photographers like myself. From my perspective, the new Nikon D850 may be the only camera a Nikon enthusiast really needs. This camera is going to be really good at just about everything from landscapes to weddings to sports. For faster shooting and higher ISO ranges, the Nikon D500 (DX) and Nikon D5 (FX) are still going to be excellent options, but neither of those cameras appear to be the all-around killer DSLR that the D850 looks to be.

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First Impressions of the Nikon 8-15mm Fisheye Zoom Nikkor

A fun fisheye zoom that will spark your creativity… just be careful not to photograph your feet!

The Nikon 8-15mm Fisheye zoom Nikkor is a fun way to get creative with your photos.

I received a production copy of the new Nikon 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5 E ED Fisheye Nikkor from B&H Photo to test and review.

I’m still playing around with this lens, but so far, it’s been fun! At 8mm, you get a circular fisheye with a whopping 180° angle of view when you mount this lens on a FX-format Nikon DSLR. Point this lens straight up and you will get subjects both in front of you and behind you in the frame! Yep, you’ll want to be careful of getting your feet or tripod legs in the shot with this lens. Continue reading First Impressions of the Nikon 8-15mm Fisheye Zoom Nikkor