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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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