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Nikon D810 Review – King of the hill

Nikon D810 Review – King of the hill

New DSLR releases used to be met by massive throngs of rabid fanboys and girls, frothing at the mouth in anticipation of the latest and greatest new thing. This is how it was in 2007, when Nikon announced their first full-frame digital SLR, the D3, and the pro-level, DX-format D300. Then they blew people away again with the D800/D800e just two years ago. Writing a review of that camera would have been easy. Reviewing the D810, however, is a much more difficult task. That’s because most of the important things to be said of the D810 have already been said of the D800/e. Things like the gargantuan megapixel count and what the heck an antialiasing filter is good (or not good) for. (Note: I don’t think anyone knew what an antialiasing filter was before the D800e. I didn’t. At any rate, apparently you don’t need one as the D810 forgoes it entirely.) Continue Reading

June 2014 monthly photo contest winner(s)

June 2014 monthly photo contest winner(s)

Sometimes, our monthly photo contest on Facebook receives more than a few really good entries. Last month, while all three judges were in agreement on the winning photo, we also all felt strongly about a second image. So, for the first time, we’re publishing a runner-up. Not only are these both great images on their own, but when we placed them side-by-side, we realized they also work surprisingly well together, offering two distinctly unique subjects. We think this kind of accidental synergy is pretty cool, and felt the community could benefit from learning about more than one photo this time around. So, without further ado, congratulations to winning photographer, Jeremy Wilder, and runner-up, Audrey Bell. Read on to learn how they created these great portraits. Continue Reading

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 review: speed thrills

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 review: speed thrills

I have owned one Sigma lens in my life, the ultra-wide, full-frame 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6. That was several years ago, and I didn’t much care for it. It wasn’t horrible, by any means, but I was shooting an APS-C camera at the time and the lens I really wanted was the Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 (which is still one of the best wide-angle lenses available, in my opinion). Jump forward a few years and things have changed over at Sigma. Their Art-series primes have consistently blown photographers away on full frame cameras, and it seems every new lens they churn out just gets better. So when Sigma announced the APS-C specific 18-35mm f/1.8 about a year ago, crop frame shooters had a very good reason to get excited. Continue Reading

Nikon D810 – Refining a revolutionary camera

Nikon D810 – Refining a revolutionary camera

Interested in learning more about the D810? Be sure to register for our launch party with Nikon!

On paper, the D810 may not appear to offer significant upgrades over the D800/D800e. In part, this is just Nikon following the pattern of how they upgrade their pro cameras, like the D4 to the D4s, but it is also a testament to how good the D800 is. Two years on, it still boasts the highest megapixel count of any DSLR and is regarded as offering the best all-around image quality of any 35mm sensor, with the one exception of high ISO performance (which, especially after normalizing to a lower resolution, is still really good). So some may wonder why Nikon needed to upgrade the camera at all, but, despite how incredible a machine the original D800/e was, there were a few things that felt a little lacking. Continue Reading

How many images will fit on my memory card?

How many images will fit on my memory card?

It’s a seemingly innocuous question and one we get asked all the time. You just bought a new camera and now you want a memory card that suits it. But how do you know which one to get? Is 8 gigabytes enough, or do you need 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB?

Unfortunately, there isn’t exactly a simple answer. The number of pictures you can fit on a memory card is determined by several factors, including number of pixels, file type, amount of compression, and even the complexity of the scene in your photograph. To illustrate just how complicated this can be, take a look at the below chart which lists out the file type and compression options for a Nikon D7100 DSLR and the corresponding number of images that will fit on a 32GB card. Continue Reading

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