Product Highlight: Nikon D6

July 2020 issue Tech

The Nikon D6 takes its place as the flagship DSLR with Nikon’s most powerful autofocus system to date, featuring 105 selectable cross-type AF points to help capture the moment even in challenging conditions.© Courtesy NikonWith the promise to be an uncompromising workhorse, the FX format Nikon D6 is engineered to work fast and shave time off your workflow. The Expeed 6 processor is Nikon’s fastest, most comprehensive image processing engine to date. Features and upgrades deliver... Continue Reading >

Review: Nikon D780 is a Winning Hybrid Camera

June 2020 issue Tech

Seemingly a hybrid of Nikon’s D750 DSLR and Z 6 mirrorless models, the camera-maker’s new D780 sounds promising, but does it live up to my hope of being the best all-around Nikon of the modern era?Since its introduction in 2014, the D750 has been Nikon’s most popular DSLR for advanced amateurs and many professionals, myself included. Yet after six years and the introduction of the Z 6 mirrorless, the D750’s shortcomings, though few, are apparent. This is particularly true with respect... Continue Reading >

Review: An unprecedented Nikkor lens

September 2019 issue Tech

I’m consistently impressed by the Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/4 S lens that I use with my Nikon Z 6 camera body. So I was anxious to see how the new, faster Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S lens compared. I also wanted to try the latest AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8E ED-IF VR DSLR lens mounted with the FTZ adapter. What I found amazed me in a number of ways.The new 24-70mm f/2.8 S is clearly targeted to the professional (and perhaps the enthusiast with deep pockets). It’s both larger and heavier (by about a... Continue Reading >

Camera review: Nikon Z 7

July 2019 issue Tech

It’s the whole package that distinguishes the Nikon Z 7—the combination of high image quality and an enjoyable user experience. It’s not perfect, but it’s darn close to everything a mirrorless camera should be: user-friendly in almost all aspects and versatile.Nikon wants Nikon DSLR and film camera users to feel at home with the Z 7 while also inviting new customers through the camera’s ease of use, ergonomics, responsiveness, and style. BODYMirrorless cameras can be smaller and... Continue Reading >

Nikon releases firmware update for Z 6 and Z 7 cameras

5.17.2019 Tech

Nikon announced a major firmware update centered around autofocus performance in Nikon Z 6 and Z 7 cameras. The firmware adds eye-tracking autofocus for still photography, improved low-light autofocus capability for still and video photography, and enables auto-exposure subject tracking in the continuous high-speed (extended) frame rate mode.Eye tracking in still photographyWith a Z 6 or Z 7 in auto-area AF mode and photographing in either AF-S or AF-C mode, the camera now can automatically... Continue Reading >

Camera review: Nikon Z 6 System

March 2019 issue Tech

Having had a Nikon Z 6 on loan for an extended period, I’m reluctant to return it. While no single camera is the perfect answer for every photographer in every situation, this one addresses many of my needs, and, I think, would probably address many of yours.I was sorely tempted to purchase a Nikon D5 as my next upgrade, but its weight, cost,  somewhat undersized 20.8-megapixel sensor, and sound level deterred me. The Nikon Z 6 solves these issues while providing nearly all the benefits of... Continue Reading >

Like no other: Nikkor Z 14-30mm f/4 S lens

March 2019 issue Tech

© Courtesy NikonThe giant leap in mirrorless camera technology opened new doors in lens design. Nikon has made a grand entrance with its Nikkor Z 14-30mm f/4 S lens, the first ultra-wide zoom to take advantage of the capabilities made available by the Nikon Z Mount. With its flat front lens element, it’s the first filter-attachable ultra-wide-angle zoom lens covering a focal length from 14mm.Landscape, architecture, and event photographers as well as videographers will appreciate the... Continue Reading >

First look: Nikon Z 6 and Nikkor Z series 50mm lens

11.9.2018 News

In August, Nikon announced the upcoming release of its new mirrorless Z-mount Nikon Z 6 and Nikon Z 7 cameras, and writer-photographer Stan Sholik had an opportunity to train the Z 6 on a variety of subjects in a variety of lighting situations. Here’s his first look at the Nikon Z 6.  About the Nikon Z 6: The Z mount system is a new, larger diameter mount that opens new possibilities in lens design. Mirrorless camera Backside illumination Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor with built-in... Continue Reading >

Nikon Z 7 first look

8.30.2018 Tech

Nikon teased the introduction of its new, full-frame mirrorless cameras—the 45.7-megapixel Z 7 and 24.5-megapixel Z 6—with a series of videos, and formally announced the two on August 23 with press events in Tokyo and New York City. I attended the launch in New York and spent a few hours shooting with a pre-production Z 7 (the Z 6 was not yet available) and several lenses.Design and ErgonomicsNikon DSLR shooters will immediately feel at home with the Z 7. Although, at 5.3 x 4 x 2.7... Continue Reading >

Nikon announces new full-frame mirrorless cameras, new lens line

8.23.2018 Tech

Nikon has introduced two full-frame mirrorless cameras: the 24.5-megapixel Z 6, a body optimized for high speed and low light performance, and the high-resolution 45.7-megapixel Z 7. Both bodies are nearly identical in appearance, slightly smaller in width than a full-size speedlight is tall and only slightly taller than the same speedlight is wide. What's remarkable is how thin the body is except for the grip. The bodies are dominated on the front by the new 55mm diameter Z- bayonet lens mount... Continue Reading >