Nikon AF-S 600mm f/4E FL ED VR Lens Review
by Nikhil Bahl | September 1, 2015

Copyright Nikhil BahlIn 2011 Canon released the lighter versions of their 500mm and 600mm lenses. At that time, I owned Nikon’s very first AF-S 600mm f/4 version which weighed in at 14.5 lbs, on my scale. Safe to say, I didn’t do much hiking with it and was very envious of Canon’s new offerings. About 4 years...

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RAW Perfection – Get in the Zone!
by Greg Basco | July 31, 2015

Copyright Greg BascoThose of you who follow my blog and/or have traveled with me on a photo tour here in Costa Rica know that I strive to capture the best RAW file possible and that I consider only a perfect (or near perfect!) RAW file to be a full success in my own photography. I don’t pretend that every photogr...

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The Case For and Against Medium Format
by E.J. Peiker | January 23, 2014

© E.J. PeikerMuch has been written in the last 18 months stating that new high resolution cameras like the Nikon D800 and D800E equal medium format image quality. In September I had the opportunity to photograph with what is widely seen as the highest quality digital photography format available to photograp...

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It’s Not About the Camera
by | March 7, 2013

© Bret EdgeLast holiday season, we took a quick trip up to the La Sal Mountains. Because this was designated as a “family” trip I took only my trusty Canon S95 point and shoot camera to ensure that photography didn’t accidentally take a front seat to the great Christmas tree expedition of...

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D800, D800E – A New Generation Of Tools
by E.J. Peiker | May 10, 2012

© E.J. PeikerIt has been four years since my switch back to Nikon after 8 years with Canon. In mid-2008 I acquired a D300 and D700 to fulfill my DX (1.5x crop) and FX (full frame) shooting needs. In November of that year I added the Nikon D3x for my serious landscape photography. After acquiring the D3x, the...

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Understanding & Using the RAW File Format
by | May 1, 2008

© Ron DayModern digital cameras require us to choose a file format for saving our images. The JPEG and RAW formats are the most common choices, but which one to use has sparked debate and led to confusion. This article examines the RAW file format, and provides guidance on how to use it to improve the qu...

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First Impressions – Nikon D3 & D300
by | October 31, 2007

© Bob SmithNikon has announced two new DSLRs – the full frame sensor D3 and the D300 with DX size sensor. I had the opportunity to use these two cameras over a 3-day period in late October. I found the cameras to be substantial improvements over the D2xs and D200 respectively.

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My Dream SLR
by E.J. Peiker | September 30, 2007

NatureScapesIt has now been 4 years since my initial article and challenge to DSLR manufacturers to build a better digital camera. Fortunately, many of the items have come to fruition, but there is still work to be done. My initial wish list, and the one-year follow up, as well as the NatureScapes.Net lette...

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The Economics of Digital Photo Sensors
by E.J. Peiker | September 1, 2006

© E.J. PeikerQuite frequently, I see written on and many other photography sites that Canon is ripping off the public with their full sensor cameras since they cost approximately double what a cropped sensor camera costs. Having worked in the semiconductor industry for over 23 years, over ha...

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The 10,000th Frame: My first 180 Days with a Digital SLR
by | December 1, 2004

© Matt KuchtaA quick slide down the learning curve.

With all the advertising, hype, and testing, you would think that the last four years of digital SLR advancements have been the saving grace of photography. Everything is better with a fancy new digital camera at your side. So how could my own experienc...

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The Shen-Hao HZX4x5-II Large Format Field Camera
by | December 1, 2004

© Ken CravillionWhy large format? Large format allows you to slow down and methodically perform every aspect of image making. You have control over metering, focus and composition. Another advantage is the large film area. We are talking 4″x5″ of film to render even the minutest detail, thirteen t...

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