Video and the Nikon D850

1.24.2018 Tech

The Nikon D850 is the flagship of Nikon’s centennial year, a summation of everything its designers know about what photographers want from a camera. But how is it as a video camera? Like all hybrid still/video cameras, it’s not a perfect filmmaking machine. But those shortcomings may only matter to dedicated video shooters. For still photographers who shoot video, the Nikon D850 serves as an extremely capable digital video camera. Format sizeAs a novice filmmaker, I really appreciate... Continue Reading >

Camera review: Nikon D850

December 2017 issue Tech

Was there ever any doubt that the Nikon D850 was going to be a great camera? The specs tell part of the story: a 45.7-megapixel back-side illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor, 4K Ultra HD video, a tilting touch-sensitive screen, Nikon’s best autofocus system, great color, highlight peaking indicators, built-in focus shift, electronic front-curtain shutter, and I could go on. But what makes it a great photographer’s camera, beyond the technical specs, even beyond image quality, is that it’s fun... Continue Reading >

Better and better: AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR lens review

July 2017 issue Tech

When it comes to camera lenses, fast and accurate matter, but usability is key. Nikon’s new AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR zoom lens is better than its predecessor in both regards. Still, is it worth the investment to upgrade? I’ll highlight a number of features and changes to help you evaluate the improvements and decide whether upgrading lenses makes sense for you.Even though Nikon didn’t label this lens the VR III, it’s the third generation of the VR 70-200mm lens. At 7.9... Continue Reading >

Review: Nikon D5 camera pros and cons

October 2016 issue Tech

PROSOutstanding image quality at high ISOThe Nikon D5 can reach ISO 3,280,000, but the practical range tops out at ISO 25,600. Processing the raw images with DxO Prime noise reduction in DxO OptcisPro 11 yields great results.  More impressive is the accuracy of the color, the dynamic range, and the overall outstanding image quality at high ISO settings. Other cameras can capture images at very high ISO settings but produce images with uncorrectable color shifts and noise beyond DxO’s... Continue Reading >

Pushing the limits: Three new Nikkor lenses

8.31.2016 Tech

Back in my days as a newspaper photographer (film), the lens I most often carried on my Nikon was a manual-focus Nikkor 24mm f/2. It was compact, light, and delivered excellent image quality when stopped down to f/5.6. It was usable at maximum aperture.The new AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.8G ED is a far better lens in every way, albeit larger and heavier than my old one. Even so, it was the new AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR lens that I chose to use for the majority of my shooting as I reviewed the... Continue Reading >