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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Background Control in Closeup Photography
by Tom Whelan | February 5, 2015

A 100mm macro lens is a classic choice for closeup work. It’s the first macro lens many photographers use. It’s great handheld or on a tripod, and there are versions from different manufacturers with excellent sharpness and bokeh. But for a number of subjects, such as medium-sized flower...

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The Fish-eye Lens In Landscape Photography
by E.J. Peiker | October 22, 2014

The novelty fish-eye lens has long allowed photographers to explore a unique look and perspective in their picture-taking endeavors. Invented more than 100 years ago, the ultra-wide angle lens has a 180-degree angle of view and produces a hemispherical rather than the linear view that normal rec...

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Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR Review
by Nikhil Bahl | February 3, 2014

When I bought my first long lens (AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II Lens) in 2007 I didn’t even consider the older 80–400mm lens as it was inadequate for my needs. I was looking for a lens to photograph birds and other wildlife. With moving subjects, the auto focus on a lens is critical an...

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

It 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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Finding Character Through Your Macro Lens
by Mike Moats | September 3, 2011

If you have ever had a chance to see a performance by the singer Lady Gaga, you would be amazed by some of the elaborate costumes she wears in concert. It is part of her shock and awe style that she brings to the stage. I have heard many comments by those who have seen her perform, and the com...

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Fisheye Lens Landscapes
by Darren Huski | May 16, 2011

Wide angle lenses are a staple of landscape photography. The wide angle zoom seems to be the modern standard in everyone’s camera bag. Often, when a grand landscape presents itself, the wide zoom is the first and sometimes only lens that gets used. It seems that “go wide and include...

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Long Lens Landscapes
by Bret Edge | October 20, 2010

Pick up most any coffee table book featuring landscape photography and you’ll likely be confronted with image after image of sweeping vistas and vast panoramas. Most of the images are probably photographed using a wide angle to moderate focal length lens. What you won’t see are a bun...

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Infrared Photography
by Deborah Sandidge | September 14, 2010

Photographers from the novice to the professional can photograph in infrared. Infrared light surrounds you—you just can’t see it. However, when you use a special filter with your digital camera, it becomes capable of recording infrared light. You can learn to envision the behavior and ef...

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Adapting Filters to Fit the Nikon 14-24mm Lens
by Steve Fines | January 11, 2010

Nikon’s 14-24mm f/2.8 lens is highly regarded as an excellent wide-angle lens. Many articles and lens tests claim that this lens performs as well as or better then just about all other lenses in this focal range, including primes. A few of these articles are noted at the end of this docume...

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Long-Exposure Astrophotography
by Jeff Hapeman | September 30, 2007

Many nature and landscape photographers have an interest in integrating the night sky into their photo portfolio. Typically, this takes the form of star-trail photography or landscapes lit by only the moon. However, the night sky can make an excellent subject on its own, especially with longer e...

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