Archive for the ‘Nikon’ Category

Sturdy Pixels

June 13, 2019
Eye-AF?

Eye-AF?

Tested a Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera yesterday. First thing I did was upgrade it to version 2.0 firmware. The one that introduced eye-autofocus. (more…)

Nobody Expects Backfocus

May 10, 2019
Bad printing on your test chart, in focus, that's what you want to see!

Bad printing on your test chart, in focus, that’s what you want to see!

Took up bird photography lately. Using the 200 – 500 mm f/5.6 supertelezoom on my Nikon D850, I was getting good results, I thought. But when I reached for more reach,
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The Last Film Samurai

January 6, 2019
What's in my bag?

What’s in my bag?

A Nikon F6 film-loading SLR buried under a lot of rolls of Kodak Portra 800! Got new film yesterday in Lübeck (more…)

Baubles

November 26, 2018

I’ve fallen into the fisheye trap. There is a long-standing fascination with these lenses.
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Mirrorlessless

October 8, 2018
Vanilla ice cream, Apfelstrudel and a 45.7 megapixel beast

Vanilla ice cream, Apfelstrudel and a 45.7 megapixel beast

I’m being ungrateful and have been replacing the Nikon D800 that served me so well shooting the wedding with a new body. Ten days ago at Photokina, mirrorless system cameras were all the rage. I had a look through a Nikon Z7 and found the electronic viewfinder straining to my still blissfully good eyesight. Same with the other manufacturer’s EVIL (electronic viewfinder, interchangeable lens, that moniker should be standard!) camera proposals. Only the Leica SL stood out, but that one is a bit out of my price range, especially it’s autofocus lenses.
I kept the Sony alpha 7RIII for last and had a salesman at a big camera store in Nuremberg demonstrate it to me last Saturday. But when neither he nor his colleagues (more…)

Amateurs imitate, Pros copy

September 15, 2018
Two Vaders. No reflections in the shop window pane because of off-camera flash.

Two Vaders. No reflections in the shop window pane because of off-camera flash.

A little birdie at Leica told me something. (more…)

Shooting a Wedding

September 4, 2018
A legally married couple, happy!

A legally married couple, happy!

The long awaited wedding of my son and his bride has come and gone. In this post, the emotional content is not the topic, though I hope it will appear in the example photos that I add as they develop. No, I want to talk about my experiences as a wedding photographer and the technicalities of the photographs.
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Poseurs

August 26, 2018

Waving good-bye to a cloud with High-Speed-Sync (more…)

Going Steady on a Pro Zoom

July 4, 2018
GAS in the kitchen!

GAS in the kitchen!

If you forego the current version of Nikon’s 24 – 70 mm f/2.8 Pro zoom and instead get the version before that, you can save a lot of money. I did when I got a used Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24- 70 mm f/2.8 G ED the day before yesterday. Been putting it to the test since, here are some first results:
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Birding in the Kitchen Sink

May 31, 2018
A healthy bird population at the Lebrade ponds.

A healthy bird population at the Lebrade ponds.

I‘m on vacation (as if you couldn‘t tell from the increased rate of posting here) and today was a photographically successful day. Here‘s a photo diary (more…)