Nature Photography Prints

A couple of quick updates, with an announcement before the weekend. First, we are finally offering printing services through Smugmug for nature photography. For now, I have only uploaded some of my images, but we have plans to soon start selling images by other Photography Life contributors as well. This is something that our readers have asked many times about in the past, but I never had a chance to set it all up due to time constraints. So we are excited to announce this service and we will be enhancing it even more going forward, with more images and printing options. To access the online store for printing, please use this link, or click on the image below.

Photography Life Printing

We made sure to select the best lab for photo printing – Bay Photo. All ordered prints will be printed with accurate color and I made sure to allow selecting different types of sizes – from square and wide to panoramic. You can also choose different type of material to print to, including Metal prints, which are very cool.

In addition to this, we have been still working hard on enhancing our lens database. We have added over 200 lenses to our database, including medium format and large format lenses. Over 50 more Nikon legacy lenses have been added and we are working on adding more rare / exotic lenses from popular lens manufacturers. We are expecting to hit 1000 lenses by the end of the summer and our goal is to find every lens we can, so that we have one place for complete lens information. The only challenge is to find good product images and full information on lenses. It has been incredibly hard to find details on very old and rare lenses – you can imagine the time it takes for us to dig up information, verify it and then post it here. But our team works hard on this every day and we are hoping to introduce a similar camera database later this year.

Lastly, I am almost done with my review of the Nikon 800mm f/5.6 lens, which I am hoping to publish by the end of next week. A lot of information will be provided, including usual comparisons to other Nikkor lenses. My challenge has been finding a Nikon 600mm f/4G VR lens and 400mm f/2.8G VR for MTF tests. If you know someone in Colorado who can loan me these lenses for a couple of days (shipping from other states is very expensive), it would make the lens review very detailed and it would give me a chance to do head-to-head comparisons between these lenses with and without teleconverters. I would happily trade my 200-400mm or any other equipment I currently have in exchange. I already have access to 300mm f/2.8, 500mm f/4G (thanks to Tom Redd) and 200-400mm f/4 lenses right now, so those are already included in comparisons. I have also been updating all existing lens reviews with MTF data, so you can now do a lot more cross-lens comparisons using the data provided by Imatest. The Fuji gear is also being tested extensively, so more information and reports will be posted during the next few weeks.


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is a professional photographer based out of Denver, Colorado. He is the author and founder of Photography Life, along with a number of other online resources. Read more about Nasim here.

Comments

  1. Great choice. I’ve been using SmugMug and Bay Photo and they do just excellent work. Quality is outstanding and customer service is as well.

    Thanks for all the great info you and Lola (and team) post here, Nasim. Greatly appreciated.

    • Thank you for your kind words and support Eric, always good to hear from you my friend!

  2. 2
    ) Martin

    Dear Nasim, great news. I had the possibility to test the Nikon 800mm for a couple of days, used it mainly on kingfishers, and compared it quite seriously against Canon 600mm /f4 plus TC 1.4. I used it with the Gitzo series 5 and a Wimberley head and a Nikon D4. Well, have got some lesions on vibration. Did not like the TC 1.25 with its traditional mounting system. Like to see how you handle that in the battle of wildlife photography!Nikon should have incorporated this into the lens, the traditional TC is not practical and I reached quickly the limits of AF and the fight for reducing vibration and motion blurr is more pronounced. I am using the Nikon 500mm f/ with and w/o TC 1.4 very regularly, so I have experience with similar focal lengths but not with the weight!. I had some serious doubts concerning the practicability of the 800 mainly due to the vibrations one gets in the whole system, the weight and the consecutive demands on the support systems. Even with Gitzo most sturdiest, the limitations is now the tripod head.. But this is also well known when one goes to such a lens. Bean bags are better but you can not use them in many situations..
    I thought that the big watermark on your phantastic pictures is definitely spoiling the pictures. Usually, you had it much more discrete in a corner.Congratulations to all your efforts and thank you.

    • Martin, a lot of info will be provided in the upcoming 800mm review. I sent a shorter version of the review to B&H, which will hopefully be posted within the next couple of days. Once they do that, I can then finish up my review and post it as well. Lab testing is extremely tough with this lens. Planning to devote this entire week to do it right… But yes, handling the 800mm lens is no easy task, especially at 1000mm!

      As for the watermark, not sure why it did that, it looks pretty obvious and out of place. I will remove it shortly.

  3. 3
    ) Aaron L

    Hi Nasim!
    Which place is that in the image in this article?
    Thanks

  4. Hi Nasim,
    Do you know if Smugmug ship printed photos to Spain? I live near to Madrid and I am wondering if I can use this service. Thanks in advance.

  5. Hi again Nasim,
    I forgot to ask if anyone can access Smugmug or if it is necessary to be Pro to access there. I have been checking that web page and I am unable to access. Just to understand how does it works… Thanks in advance and sorry…

  6. Hi!!! Again….
    Ok, I have been checking the web in deep and I have answerted by myself my previous questions… Now I will give it a try to confirm if it deserve to pay basic account.

  7. Hi Nasim,
    I have been checking your pictures and they are really superb… I hope someday I will be able to take such beautiful pictures… Just to comment that at first sight I thought that some of your pictures was used in one Tamron brochure. Your file “False Kiva” was very similar to this one: http://www.tamron.com/es/photolens/di_II_wide/b001.html
    Yeah, but they are different…. ;-)
    Bye!!!

  8. 8
    ) Reagan Pufall

    Sounds good but I’m not sure about bay photo unless they’ve changed in the past two years. The worst print job I’ve ever had done came from them and it was egregiously bad. Metal prints came in with dirt embedded finish, lines in the prints from clogged nozzles, images cut at different sizes, images not cut square, hangers not hung the same distance down in the same print set, and they reprocessed an image blowing out 20% of my highlights and 20% of my darks even though my prints were marked not to be processed. The customer service bad as well and I ended up being short an image for a show as a result of them having to do the same print job three times (which it still wasnt cut right, the image was 3/8″ shorter than the others). I can pass on some documentation of this if you want to see it.

  9. I know, I don’t have a permission to comment my thoughts here.
    But, let me adress a question to Nasim.
    Is it idea to sell photo’s came to your team after I posted my website?
    Where I actually sell prints of my photo’s of sufi saint Sheikh Nazim?

    Just curious…
    I found a few articles coming up on photographylife.com after I post something about it.
    So I’m thinking is this one is also my contribution or not?
    d
    =)

    (Let me post a smile, even I try follow grammar).

    • Hello,

      to answer your question, not a single article or idea on this website came from you or anything you may or may not have done in the past, nor did we ever visit your website.

      I hope that is enough as an answer. Have a good day!

  10. 11
    ) mayank manu

    Dear Nasim
    a good move

    Also I would suggest if you can start some sort of support to the specific queries beside the blog, who so ever enroll to the monthly commitment policy, as with putting query in blog sometime lost and you have to really keep looking and not sure you will get reply

    Best Regards
    Mayank Manu

  11. Amazing….pictures. Such inspirational Blog towards Photography.
    Steve Borsuk

  12. 15
    ) Richard de Lange

    I Have to tell you that your links are not working: I do get to your smugmug page, but cannot browse. Also trying to go to smugmug directly does’t help

    Kind regards,

    Richard

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