Nikon has announced the D300s. The D300s replaces the D300. This 12.3 megapixel DX-CMOS-based camera includes HD video (720p), a stereo mic input, auto-focus and dual card slot. The D300 offers seven frame per second still imaging, Live View, quiet drive mode, virtual horizon, multi-selector mode, dust reduction system, and ISO ranges of 200 to […]

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This week I am celebrating the one year anniversary of my switch to Nikon from Canon. After 17 years as a Canon user, I switched – mostly because no Canon camera could come close to the performance of the Nikon D3. So what have I learned in a year? That the camera brand wars still […]

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The D5000 is a digital SLR camera with a 12.3-megapixel sensor and High Definition video. It has a 2.7-inch Vari-angle LCD, Nikon’s D-Movie Mode and expanded automatic Scene Modes The D5000’s D-Movie Mode allows users to record HD movie clips (1280 x 720) at a cinematic 24 frames per second with sound. The D5000 uses […]

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A review of The Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light from Small Flashes. Review by Scott Bourne Usually Conrad does all our book reviews. And that’s the way it should be. He’s the best in the business. Once in a while I will throw in a review from a book that particularly impressed me. And Joe […]

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Upon unboxing my new Nikon Speedlight SB-900 in Florida this week, I was prompted to adapt the old movie line – “Is that a flash in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?”

This thing is huge, big, large, enormous, grand – okay you get it – the SB-900 takes up a lot of space. It’s the largest flash head I’ve ever seen from a major camera manufacturer.

Once I got over the shock of the size, it dawned on me that this was a good thing. In most cases involving photography, the larger the light source, the better the light.

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  Nikon Inc. announced the AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G lens. It’s a fixed focal length, fast-aperture DX-format lens that affords photographers using crop sensor cameras the versatility of the classic 50mm focal length (FX-format equivalent of 52mm). “The development and release of the 35mm f/1.8 NIKKOR lens delivers new and added versatility to the […]

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Nikon Announces D3X – TWIP One of the worst kept secrets in the photo world has been revealed. Nikon has announced details of its newest flagship body  –  the D3X. The official Nikon site info can be found here. A more detailed 28-page PDF is also available for download. Finally, the official news release is […]

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Photo by Scott Bourne - Nikon D90, Nikon 14-24 F/2.8 lens - handheld - ISO 400shot at 14mm - F/8 - 1/2000th of a second

Let me say this right off the bat. The D90 is not a perfect camera, but in my opinion, it’s one of the best DSLRs you can buy for less than $1000 IF – your primary concern is image quality. If you’re buying it because it’s sturdy, or because it does video, (I’ll get to that,) or for ergonomics, maybe it’s no better than any similarly-priced camera.

First-let’s talk about the D90 as a still camera.

This is an all-new product on the inside. It doesn’t just cannibalize other Nikon gear. It’s a 12.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor with a 4.5 FPS burst mode. It offers live view on a lovely three-inch LCD. It also offers Nikon’s cool Active D Lighting which improves dynamic range.

I tested the D90 with several high-quality lenses and found it to work well with all of them, including the Sigma 300-800. I installed the spare battery grip, but I did find the standard battery life to be incredibly good. Double incredibly good with the grip. I shot on and off for two full days and the batteries still had juice into the next morning.

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I am primarily a wildlife photographer. My tools need to help me photograph action. Whether it be wildlife or sports, no camera has ever been able to deliver such consistent results for me. After several months of constant use, I have a better understanding of the value of this camera.

The key features include…

1) Tremendous autofocus

2) 9 FPS

3) Auto ISO

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Photokina announcements are starting to pour in.

We received Nikon’s latest news release announcing the launch of the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G lens…

Cologne, Photokina 2008 – Nikon Europe is pleased to announce the introduction of a new wide aperture fixed-focal length NIKKOR lens, the 50-mm AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G. This lens has a fast maximum aperture of f/1.4 respectively for a bright viewfinder experience, beautiful background blur with shallow depth of field.

It also incorporates Nikon’s ultra-compact Silent Wave Motor (SWM) ring-type for silent, fast and accurate focusing and enables autofocus in cameras without a built-in motor such as the Nikon D40 and Nikon D60.
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Nikon Inc. introduced a new AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens, alongside the new D90 Digital SLR camera. It contains a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) and Vibration Reduction (VR) Image Stabilization technology. The new lens includes the integration of an Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass element and an advanced aspherical lens element. This lens also contains Nikon’s Super […]

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Nikon announced its new 12.3 megapixel D90 camera with 24fps video. Read the official deatils at the Nikon page. UPDATE: Wow this camera looks very interesting. Nikon has sample video from the camera on its site and looking at the video quality, I am very tempted to buy one of these as a video camera […]

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Nikon recently started shipping the D700. This is a direct competitor to Canon’s 5D. But how does it stack up against its older brother, the D3?

Having had the D3 for a few weeks I was very familiar with its capabilities and looked forward to the D700. I wasn’t disappointed.

The D700 is $2000 less than the D3. What are the differences?

Where it counts – there’s no real difference between the two cameras. The image quality is identical since both cameras share the same sensor 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, Expeed processor and autofocus.

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I was excited to see this lens. Several Nikon pals had raved about its sharpness and here it is. The Nikon AF-S 14-24 mm F2.8G ED The lens came with a very nice pouch/case, although it’s too bulky to fit in my camera bag that way so I’ll just leave the case at home. There […]

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As promised, I am posting some images from the Nikon 200-400. I made these images at the LA Zoo. I am very pleased with the autofocus. The ability to frame in the 200-400 range was tremendously valuable. The lens acquired focus quickly and accurately. I also like the VR. It works. While I was using […]

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*Two D3 bodies *D700 (coming July 25) *SB 900 (coming July 25) *AF-S Zoom Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF Lens *TC-17E II 1.7x Teleconverter *Zoom Telephoto AF VR Zoom Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8D G-AFS ED-IF Autofocus Lens (Vibration Reduction) *Nikon Zoom Wide Angle-Telephoto AF-S Zoom Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Autofocus Lens *Zoom Telephoto AF Zoom Nikkor […]

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The Story On My Switch to Nikon I’ve been shooting Canon for 17 years (other than a brief six month affair with both Canon and Nikon when the DX2 came out.) Before I shot Canon, I shot Minolta, Hasselblad and Nikon. So I have been there before. I recently purchased the 1DS MK III being […]

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Nikon has announced the D700. This is a full-frame body that fits in their line right underneath the D3. It will no doubt cause the D300 to fall in price. At $3000*, this is potentially a really important camera. It’s a professional-level body at a price point that is within reach of serious amateurs. I’ve […]

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Nikon has announced the release of Capture NX 2 for both Mac and Windows. A free trial download is available. While this update will be of primary interest to Nikon shooters, it’s obvious that Nikon has its sights set on all digital photographers. The program offers some features that might compete with Photoshop, Aperture and […]

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Canon is losing market share to Nikon. Perhaps the Twippers are not the only folks paying attention to the fact that Canon hasn’t been innovating lately. Read the CNET article.

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