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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Photo by Scott Bourne

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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