Why Do You Read Us?

There are plenty of things we like about our work. We love writing. Every single thought we put out here, we love taking our time and writing it down for you to read. We love coming up with ideas to keep you interested – is it a workshop being planned, a Camera Selection guide, another review, a Lightroom tutorial or a giveaway contest, we love seeing how you appreciate and compliment our work. We also love every single hit we get on our articles, and even more so – every single comment, which we answer all, too, whenever there’s enough time for it, and we still try our best when there isn’t. We love how you address us by name – it makes our writer-reader relationship seem much more personal and close than it otherwise would, and we also love seeing our regular readers appreciate every single new article we add. It’s always so good to see you visit!

More? We love seeing you express your opinion. Our opinions – those of Lola, Nasim, Bob, Tom and me – vary very often, and it’s a good thing, but even better is the fact our readers have their own and are willing to share. We love seeing you discuss with us and among yourselves, politely, with an open mind and heart. We love seeing your work whenever you share your portfolio’s and ask us what we think. We think you’re great, dear reader, and often nothing short of amazing, and are very grateful for every time that you visit us.

Cats and Dogs

But then, that’s us. That’s why we – the five of us – like the whole Mansurovs website, which you are a huge part of. Some of you are beginners, others – working professionals, but you’re all different and important. There are plenty of other review sites and photography blogs, many of which are very, very good. What, then, in your opinion, makes Mansurovs.com special? Why do you read us? What else do you think we can do to make this website even better for you and what would you like us to focus on more in the near future?


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Avatar of Romanas Naryškin About Romanas Naryškin

A student and a wedding photographer with a passion for cinematography and writing. You'll see me buying film even when there's no food in the fridge. Follow me on Google+, Facebook or visit my wedding photography website to see some of my work.

Comments

  1. 1
    ) Marcin

    Hi Roman,
    Thank you for your post. Of course I can speak only for myself, but when I have discovered your blog I have almost immediately saw three factors where you guys standing out of the rest:
    1. Something I call ‘no-nonsense’ expertise. You have the ability of filtering all kind of specifications, opinions, buzz around new trends into aspects that count most in the practical life. It looks that you are not biased to any technology or brand – just show what is best in your work and why.
    2. The proper level of depth of your posts. You are very well aware of your broad audience and their varying needs. You address them in my opinion very well, explaining (when required) the basics, but going into advanced stuff to satisfy more advanced users.
    3. You always reply to the comments in a very professional way. And still revealing your great passion for photography.
    Keep up the good work!

    Cheers,
    Marcin

    • Thank you for letting us know, Marcin, we are very grateful :) Do you have any suggestions for future growth of our website, anything you miss or would like to see more of?

      • 15
        ) Marcin

        Roman,
        What I would welcome in the future is a kind of library reference, something like “What inspires us?” list. Nowadays to become an expert you need to read and visit a lot of other sources of information on the Net. I think you do the same every now and then when preparing the posts. Sure, you don’t want to end up as a mini-Google but a small overview of external pages that you found interesting for particular topic would be in my opinion interesting.

        • A list of friends? A great idea. Thank you, Marcin, I will look into it!

    • 46
      ) Tom

      +1

      Kind of what I used to get from Rockwell before he started all the rants (or I started getting tired of them)

  2. I would love the ability to add a user profile, and also the ability to upload pictures to the site itself. It would be nice if, for example, a 16-35mm VR lens review would also include image uploads from the users who own that lens.

    I enjoy most articles here, especially Nasim’s, because I think it gives a unique perspective of someone who is actually taking pictures and not just someone who deals with technical mambo jumbo all day long. The accompanying photographs to the articles are great. I would love to have all of them in full size instead of just tiny jpegs.

    I would also love to see the chart images in full size instead of the very small images you show today.

    All in all, I like the advise that I am getting on this website and that’s why I keep coming back. Keep up the good work!

    • Thank you for your thoughts, Oded!

      Actually, we have a lot of plans and the website will grow, but that I will reveal in more detail in a separate article soon.

      Thank you again for your time, it is very much appreciated :)

      • You’re welcome, Roman.

        May I also suggest a *moderated* forum on this website? The comments system is great but not always the best place to ask questions on a specific topic. Some of the most well known forums like thos in dpreview occasionally tend to become a war zone between people who can’t write two sentences of constructive criticism. A place where you can ask questions and discuss photography is a pleasant manner would be wonderful.

        • I will discuss this with Nasim, I believe that if the website is to grow substantially, such a forum would be needed. However, what we really don’t want is “war zones” like you mentioned, so at first a rather strict moderation might be necessary. The best thing about this community, in my opinion, is a polite way of expressing your opinion. I would never want to lose that!

  3. 3
    ) Sam

    gogo, write even more, don’t ask :D

    just do it associative, sometimes its matters not what, writing style and competence are important.

    some articles are informative, some are entertaining, others are advertising (which may be fill your pocket)
    anyway a good balance is always keeping more people on this site :D

    and “first” :D

    • 4
      ) Sam

      well, some do a better work and are faster :S

      • Thank you, Sam, we will keep working, you can be sure of that :)

  4. 6
    ) Wolf

    Just continue with your current style and content, it’s perfect! I read your posts to learn how to improve my photography and to get inspired. Keep up the great work! Thanks.

    • Thank you, Wolf, it is very nice to hear you like our content so much and that we’ve been moving towards the right goals all along. Stay with us, more to come. :)

  5. 7
    ) Bent Hansen

    As a danish owner of Nikon D7000 and Nikkor 16-85 mm I am very satisfied with this website. The articles are so understandable and useful, and I learn by each newsletter from mansurovs. Please, go on!
    Regards, Bent Hansen

  6. 10
    ) Tony Padua

    I’m pretty sure I was an early adapter to Manusrov’s Photography, and I was struck by the way Nasim and Lola have managed to “do their own thing in there own time,” a popular line uttered by Peter Fonda in the film “Easy Rider”.

    It’s like putting your money where your mouth is, walking that thin line between giving back to the photography appreciating community, while trying to be fair in critiquing the latest big thing, doing all this while maintaining the web site.

    My earliest recollection of Nasim’s work is the shot he took under the rock formation forming a bridge overhead. This I titled “How to know when you’re good enough.” If I could do that once, I would retire my D3100.

    • Thank you, Tony, it’s very rewarding to know we have loyal readers from the very beginning of the website.

      Nasim has a lot of great articles and photographs here – I remember the landscape you describe perfectly. The good news is we have a lot of new projects coming up which, I’m sure, you will love.

      Thank you again for your time, it was a pleasure to read your thoughts!

  7. 14
    ) Martin

    Just go on, the way you do it right know. It is important that we know about new products, skills, and that we sharpen our senses

    • Thank you for your input, Martin, your time is appreciated!

  8. I read this website because I like the way you write your reviews and because, judging from your pictures, you are entitled to make a technical review :). I don’t trust reviews which are done by people not able to show some great pictures they did so far, who are not photographers.

    I first found this website when I was looking for reviews for Nikon 24-120 f/4, which I wanted to purchase. By googling around, I found a lot of negative reviews, and three positive review, all three from professional photographers: from Nasim, from Todd Owyoung and from Moose Peterson. I trusted a professional review and bought the lense and I wasn’t disappointed, so thank you for that. I am able to use that lense from vacations all the way to concert photography which I’m doing a lot lately, and it never let me down.

    • Mugurel, I am very happy that Nasim’s review led you to a satisfying purchase. I am also immensely interested in that lens as my travel choice, by the way :)

      I’m glad you’re here with us!

      • 87
        ) Peter Looper

        I too was pleased with Nasim’s review. I had purchased it before the review and was very pleased with the sharpness and overall performance. I had the 16-85mm DX lens on my D300 and found it to be excellent (the second one though, razor sharp unlike my first copy) and I wanted the same focal range on my future D700. I purchased the 24-120 f/4 and put it onto my new D700 and was as impressed with it as my DX lens. Reading Nasim’s review showed the depth he goes to in his reviews, very well balanced, technical but also with a real world perspective! After all, we are meant to be taking photographs and that happens mostly in the real world.

  9. Dear Roman, Nasim and team
    I read you because you guys are honest & thorough, you are real. You share problems with new equipment (like the D800).
    You guys are encouraging and polite. Too many site have unnecessary sarcastic & bitter comments/responses. This site has alot of humanity.
    I am a busy professional who uses the camera to document my passion, birds & nature. Do not know much about cameras but very happy to use them. The site offers great ideas and I enjoy the responsiveness to questions.
    And as Sam said “gogo, write even more, don’t ask :D” Ditto

    Blessings
    Amar (Malaysia)

    • Hello, Amar-Singh. I’ve read about you in your Gravatar profile. Still can’t believe we have such amazing people from all over the world coming to read us, thank you very much for your kind words.

      Best of luck in everything!

  10. 22
    ) Feodor

    I personally read your blog regularly because of its honesty. I like the way you explain technology and methods of taking and post-producing pictures. I like the way you show examples and I have learned a lot from you. I am not a professional photographer, and probably will never be, but you have helped make my pictures much better.

    Best regards,
    Feodor

    • You should trust yourself more, Feodor. If you ever want to become a professional, I know I’m right by saying you can.

      Thank you for your input, it was a pleasure to read!

  11. 23
    ) hussein

    i like your ability to provide material in a way as to make meaning to the reader. the ability to provide useful and concise technical information in a not too technical way has also endured me to your site. in addition, picture samples from different cameras and lenses speak for the quality of the equipment.

    • Thank you, Hussein, I’m glad you find our content of use and to your liking :) To be fair, I was expecting a bit more critique from this article, but what I’m reading so far shows, I believe, we are on the right path. Thanks again!

  12. 24
    ) Jeff

    You guys have interesting articles, excellent reviews, and great tips! I also love how you guys always respond to comments! Everyone seems so nice! Keep up the great work!

    • Keeping the atmosphere as pleasant as possible is a huge priority, Jeff. Thank you so much for your kind words!

  13. 25
    ) Anthony

    The only good thing about the D800 AF problem is that Internet searches brought me to your blog, which I have enjoyed immensely, because it is: personal, honest, well-informed, helpful, not filled with ads,…and even seeks feedback! Wow!
    I shall now make it regular reading.
    Suggestions? By all means continue to moderate it. As somebody at dpreview said, you don’t want to enter that site without protective clothing!
    Since you mention workshops, and nobody to my knowledge keeps track of, reviews, or evaluates workshops (which I love), I would appreciate it if you did that. It is a niche which needs filling.

    Question: do you receive any compensation or support from camera or photo equipment manufacturers? Are you compensated for your extensive reviews by anyone?

    Keep up the good work!

    • In that case, Anthony, I’m almost tempted to say I’m glad D800 has AF problems. :) Thank you for being so enthusiastic about our work, it means a lot and will keep us going for sure.

      And to answer your question, no, we receive no support or compensation from any manufacturer other than what regular users would receive in a case of malfunction, etc. To be fair, we are regular users, too – we don’t just review the gear, we use it for our work and free time.

      The only kind of compensation Nasim gets at this time is from our readers if they use our affiliate links to buy gear from B&H, for which we are immensely grateful.

      Thank you for your time, Anthony, we hope to see you back here often. Good luck!

  14. 26
    ) Allen

    I like your blog because when I’m reading it I feel as if I was sitting with a friend over a cup of coffee and just discussing unfiltered wisdom and experiences.You guys are very transparent,and I mean that in a good way.

    • Very pleasantly put, Allen, thank you! That is a big compliment and I hope the feeling will be there for years to come. :)

  15. 28
    ) Gordon

    I appreciate your unselfish sharing of tools and techniques that help non professional photographers, like myself, improve our skill level and understand more of the mechanics of good photography.

    • Where I live, it is not common for working professionals to share their “secrets”. That is what surprised me the most when I started reading international websites and talking to photographers from other countries, and it surprised me in a very good way. Because we are all so different, it is hard for me to see photographers as rivals – we’re colleagues, and colleagues should share their experience.

      Thank you, Gordon!

  16. 30
    ) John Richardson

    This is clearly one of the better sites. There is no BS here, just friendly solid advice, with no wasted space or words. Perfect.

    • Always nice to see you here, John, thank you for your honesty!

  17. 38
    ) Jaquillia

    I read you because I was referred by someone who began giving me tips, I have a little Fuji, spent $200 on it but it is still way more then I can handle, can you give us beginners more reading materiel? Thanks!

    • Jaquillia, remember, it’s not the camera, but the person holding it ;) Even those of us with fancy DSLRs often miss those point-and-shoot cameras, or use ones in our cell phones, because you can’t carry a DSLR everywhere you go.

      There will be more beginner content, you will see. :)

  18. 39
    ) Len Burgess

    Clear, concise,level headed commentary on items relevant to photographers of all skill levels. I am thrilled with the site and think y’all should keep doing what y’all are doing, thank you all for your work.

    • A big thank you, Len, I’m glad you find our articles of use!

  19. I only discovered this blog a few moths ago but I love it already :) Why? Well, here’s why:
    1) Inspiration and pitcures. Every good photo – even in a tutorial – gives more inspiration. Which is a good thing.
    2) Very usefull tips, guides, tutorials! No need to explain this any further.
    3) High professional level
    4) Out of the Box thinking. You cover a lot of stuff I would nod not mind ant shot thing that I would not think of shooting. Kinda stetching the whole thing for me
    5) Allways striving to achive better photos. Whatever helps is welcomed. And reading your blog helps for sure!

    Keep it up :)

  20. 41
    ) -treat-

    hi, roman.

    been visiting this site since spring and have been enjoying all the articles so far. very informative, helpful and enjoyable.

    would just like to suggest that you guys include more lens review/field-tests/comparisons on not just nikkors, but also third-parties and even old e-series and other ancient nikon/nikkors. money’s tight all around and the preferable shiny nikkor simply just can’t be afforded every time. justifiably or not.

    good luck and more power to you guys.

    • We are slowly expanding to other systems and manufacturers – Nasim is working on a few Canon reviews at this time. As for legacy lenses, they are surely in our plans, however, there are so many current lenses yet untested, we just have to take care of them first.

  21. 42
    ) Michelle

    I found this website last year when it was just Nasim and Lola. As someone new to photography, I have learned a great deal from the articles Nasim posted and continues to post. I keep coming back, as Len Burgess stated above “clear, concise…relevant…all skill levels”. They also take the time to interact with their followers. With the addition of three new blog contributors, I have enjoyed reading the different styles and view points. This is hands down my favorite photography go to blog.

  22. 43
    ) Shree

    I accidentally stumbled upon this site when I was looking for a tutorial to reduce noise in photos (thanks to google). But then I started reading the articles on your website for beginners, and ever since I keep coming back to you guys looking for photographic advice. I love the way the website is setup in its current state and have no complaints whatsoever. Keep up the Great Work!!
    If there was anything that I would like to see you guys add on…I currently use a Sony Nex-5N and Sony SLT-A37 for my photographic needs and therefore would like to see you guys review more Sony cameras and lenses. It would be nice to see your recommendations for good Sony prime lenses.

    • We are currently expanding to other systems, but it will take time to review all that gear, Nasim is working very hard. But Sony is on our priority list. Thank you, Shree, for your time!

  23. 44
    ) Bev

    Hi Roman,

    I found your site quite by accident when I was looking for instructional information on bird photography. I posted a question on June 17, 2012 @ 10:26pm asking for feedback as to the camera and lens equipment I recently upgraded to and whether or not the equipment was good for wildlife/bird photography. To date, I have not had a reply to my post. Now, I realize Nasim and others are very busy but the reason I stayed with your site was because I noticed all the positive instructional responses given to members who post questions and ask for assistance. So, my thoughts are maybe there should be one area on your site designated to questions/requests for assistance. This would make it much easier for members to post and find their responses. Does that make sense? I am a relative beginner wanting to get better at taking all kinds of pictures.

    • Hello, Bev!

      I found your question and will answer it for Nasim. Please do know that answering all the comments is extremely time-consuming – your best bet, as of now, is to ask questions under newest articles, where we still have the time to go through comments.

      Your suggestion is very valuable, thank you – we already have plans to establish a forum for these kind of discussions.

      Thank you for visiting, Bev!

      • 124
        ) Bev

        Thanks Roman for your quick response. Will do as you suggest if I have other questions or am looking for advice. Great site, lots of tutorials for us beginners.

        Regards,
        Bev

  24. 45
    ) David White

    I’ve been taking pictures of my family for several years with a nikon DSLR. I’m by no means professional, or even an advanced amateur. I am however very technical in nature and I love reading and expanding my camera knowledge. I stumbled across your site when I was looking for some black and white conversion tips for lightroom. I happily found a very nice article helping me refine my B&W process which yielded some stellar results.

    I’ve added your website to my “daily reader” list, and happily look forward to new offerings even if they don’t necessarily apply to the type of photography I like to do.

    As far as improving, if it’s within the scope of where you want to take your website, I’d love to see some more workflow articles or walkthroughs on how to achieve certain looks with pictures during post. It’s all fine and dandy to load up someones finished lightroom filter, but I don’t LEARN anything by clicking a button to apply someone else’s work.

    Thanks!

    • I’m glad you’re not satisfied with just using someone else’s tricks and want to learn, David – there will be more Lightroom tutorials :) Thank you!

  25. 47
    ) Mark Adams

    I like the way you folks “keep it real” without going over the top! No pandering here. I appreciate that!

  26. 48
    ) Andrew

    I enjoy your articles very much. Especially those reviewing new equipment, lenses in particular. It’s always nice to see what someone who uses this gear everyday thinks of it. I recently purchased a D800 and have been following your (and many others) trials in tribulations with the new monster Nikon. It’s a bit of a love/hate relationship and I feel a need to commiserate with others. On the one hand it is the most amazing photographic device ever and captures images better than anything I have ever used. On the other, it’s focus issues creep up even after I have done everything in my power to fine tune to my lenses. I find myself more often than not grabbing the focus ring and doing it old school. I just wish I didn’t feel like I had to.

    Sorry, back to your question: 1) I love your reviews, 2) I love to hear that someone else has the same problems I am having and what you are doing to get them fixed, 3) I love the variety of articles and the quality of your test images… you all are obviously pros!

    What I would like to see: 1) When you refer to something (e.g. micro contrast), could you include a small example of what it looks like when a lens has it, and when it doesn’t, 2) May be a few more destination guides? You all capture some really incredible pictures, but half the battle is knowing where / when, 3) I really can’t think of a third… Keep up the great work! Love your site!

    Andrew

    • Thank you very much, Andrew, I’m sure Nasim will take a look at your suggestions – he’s the one to review most of the gear so far. :)

  27. 49
    ) Mayank Manu

    Hay Mansurovs team

    for me as an enthu beginner day by day i am finding my self more confident with your blog and real simple way of under standing the things.

    there are lot of blogs where by some times the queries are lost.

    is there any special segment where by you can ask you queries and get answers.

    Regards
    MM

    • So far, Mayank, the best way to get an answer is to ask under the most recent articles. Of course it would be best if the question was relative.

      We do plan to have a forum for future discussions, however!

  28. 50
    ) kish

    You do explain everything well , it is easy to understand and you are never afraid to criticize faults in cameras. only wish you provide photographic data of all you photos, they are so beautiful.

    • Hello, Kish, I’m used to excluding my EXIF data – part of my Lightroom workflow, but Nasim often leaves it attached to his image samples.

      Thank you so much for your compliments!

  29. 51
    ) Michael

    Hi,
    I would love to see the possibility to download all our nef files from the camera and lens tests ;-)
    Just a wish!
    Everything else is great.
    Greetings, Mike

    • Hello, Mike!

      The problem with that is storage – we’d need a lot of it. But I’m sure Nasim will review your suggestion, thank you!

  30. 52
    ) Alan

    I came across your site when I was looking for reasons to buy a D800 (as if I needed any)!
    Thank you for your honest reviews and examples, but also, thank you to all you blog contributers. I’ve only been around this site for only a short while, but I am of the opinion that you are all members of a friendly and like-minded group – unlike some other groups I have looked into.
    Great, simple site, great, sensible reviews and great contributors. Long may it continue.

    Regards,
    Alan (from the UK)

  31. 53
    ) Michael G

    I read The Mansurovs because:
    1. Nasim writes in a way that I can understand and absorb.
    2. Nasim has earned great credibility. When I read a review of his I know I’m getting straight talk, no nonsense and that he is reporting it exactly as he experienced it. No shading the truth to flatter a manufacturer for some hidden agenda.
    3. The variety of infomation available in this one blog is amazing.
    4. Nasim is a “real person”, not some remote, unreachable, celebrity writer. I don’t know how he does it with all the things he does, but I know every time I’ve written to him I’ve received a personal answer.
    5. Adding you and Bob to the site has really expanded the areas of interest being covered. I get a wealth of helpful information from all of you.

    Michael (in sunny Southern California)

    • Thank you very much, Michael, it means a lot.

      We do try to be as personal as possible – part of it is addressing and being addressed by name. :)

      Hope to see you back here soon!

  32. 54
    ) Walter

    I was referred to your site by Nikon Rumours as a reliable source for new information about impending Nikon releases. Wanting to upgrade from my faithful old D300 and possibly moving over to full frame, pondering the pros and cons (see Thom Hogan’s considerations), thinking there might be an upgraded DX in the offing parallel to a downgraded FX, and not knowing what to think and in what direction to move – I found your site most refreshing, professional, user friendly and giving me some indication of what to wait and what to look out for. Also, I find the way your site attractively designed.

    • I’m glad you found our previous articles useful, Walter, and I hope you’ll stick with us for more :)

  33. 55
    ) Mark M.

    3 weeks ago I was looking for my first DSLR (actually first camera ever) not knowing anything about aperture, shutter speed etc. When google directed me here I did take some quick tour around the site and found those beginner tips & tutorials. Bookmarked instantly.
    Now I can handle my D7k with ease because of all the great advice found here and I see a lot of useful information still to be processed :)
    Bare in mind that I’m not a professional photographer and will never be – it’s just a hobby I was dreaming of for several years. Takes my mind off things. From that perspective it was really nice to find a website without usual fighting against each other in comments etc. I just don’t have to time to read that blsht.
    Keep up the good work!

    Mark M.

    • Thank you, Mark, I’m glad you’re well on your way and congratulations on a wonderful purchase!

  34. 56
    ) Paul Corsa

    Roman, I appreciate the technical equipment updates and the ability to post answers on the forum.I also read the Lightroom tips with great interest. I hope if you or Nasim ever see an error in something I’ve posted you will jump in and correct me. I am retired as a working photographer, but still feel I can share my experience and knowledge with others. The fact that your forum is polite and accepts the opinions of guests makes it a stronger community of learning. I understand that you gage participation via Facebook- unfortunately due to numerous security issues I don’t participate in the social media sites other than e mail. I have learned from the site and hopefully have sharred some learning too. I love the photo of the tuxsedo cat facing off the dog. We have a cat that looks just like that.

    • Thank you, Paul, for your wonderful comment.

      I don’t use Facebook, too, only for my business :) It’s not that difficult to stay ahead of things, though, and once we have our forum up and running, I’m sure you will find it a great place for discussing, teaching and learning from others.

  35. 57
    ) jack t

    Dear Roman,
    Practical, reasoned, and unbiased advice is always welcomed (cherished, in fact); I have found your website offers such information regularly. I do have a few suggestions:
    1. You might consider querying your readers to ascertain who, in fact, visits the website. How many of us are active photographers (whether pros, skilled amateurs, or novices) or arm chair readers of photography equipment reviews.
    2. When reviewing cameras or lenses, offer information that serves the needs of these different groups. For example, while one lens may be slightly sharper than another, would this improved quality be visible to most observers in the real world? Commentary on why a premium priced product is a better investment than one of lesser cost- when image quality is modestly improved- would be very useful to many (at least to me).
    3. With regards to cameras and lenses, what are the most important qualities? For example, what functions and qualities of a camera are most critical to obtaining the best image?
    Thank you again for your efforts and valuable advice.

    • Thank you, Jack, I’ll make sure we go through your suggestions along with all the others

      As for the point 3, that is a rather subjective matter, but in short, most photographers will value autofocus speed and accuracy, optical performance (such as sharpness and bokeh), as well as mechanical durability of a given lens. The latter is often irrelevant when it comes to result, but not often – you need durable, dependable equipment in harsh environments.

  36. No obvious attitude.

    Most of your content can be understood by an advanced amateur or a pro and much of it by a beginner. Well written, interesting fun. And the emails alerting us to new articles make it easy to decide what’s worth the time to read in full and what’s not of interest.

    Keep it up and thank you very much.

    Phil in San Diego

    • Thank you, Phil, I’m glad you find our content well written and easily understandable. :)

  37. 59
    ) Michael

    I like the mix of review, art, technique and humour that is constantly provided by both the contributors and those who comment on the articles. The difference of opinions and ability of all involved to be accepting and not be condescending yet see things differently helps keep the site vibrant and interesting. That’s what makes it enjoyable to read both the articles and the comments and keeps me coming back.

    Michael

  38. 60
    ) Marsha

    I am new to your site and have found the information very useful. I have been looking for a new DSLR for several months now and have gone back and forth between Nikon and Canon more times than I can count. I currently have a D300 with only two FX lenses and was interested in the D800 but between problems with focusing and no even being able to purchase one, I thought the D700 would suite my needs. I have several photographer friends who have the Canon Mark V II or III, but when I call a variety of camera stores they only promote the Nikon. I have a hard time understanding why Nikon continues to be the top selling camera when you can’t even get what they “supposedly” have. I did get the D700 and have a few days to decide whether to return it, but am still thinking about the Canon. I am really torn what to do. I mainly shoot wildlife and landscapes.

    • Both brands are very good, Marsha, and both have their weaknesses – while Nikon tends to deliver rather small quantities to sellers and is hard to find, Canon often delays its equipment. I would suggest you try both before deciding – personally, I could work with both just as well, and it all comes down to how you like the look of the images, lens choices and overall handling/ergonomics.

      Other than that, these companies tend to leapfrog one another every few years, with Nikon being at the top for the last few (since the D3 revolution). That doesn’t mean it’s better, though – you should really see which one works best for you and not someone else.

  39. 61
    ) Radovan

    I found your site when I was looking for Infrared photography and liked it so much that I read your blog everyday. Why do I read it? Because I can learn something. It’s not only reviews about new technology but about photography and how to be a good photographer or at least how to get better. And I can also read comments from other photographers like myself. Some pros or just beginners. And also let me mention the pictures you post here. I find them very interesting and inspiring. So thank you for your great work. Keep doing what you do.
    Sincerely yor reader Radovan

  40. 62
    ) Gary

    I love the coaching and teaching I get from Mansurovs, all of you. You make me feel like I am being helped by a friend not a lecture form a disinterested party. I am a beginner with a little experience. I have become better from what I learned on this website. I would like to see some lens reviews on DX format like the 35mm f1.8g which I already have. Still, I would like to see more DX format information for those of us who are working up the ladder.

    Kind regards,
    Gary

    • 64
      ) Mark Adams

      Hi Gary,
      The 35mm 1.8 is probably one of the top 10 Nikkor lenses. It was the first DX lens I bought too. Sharp as a tack! You can see many more DX lens reviews also at http://www.kenrockwell.com

      He goes off on rants sometimes but he is very knowledgable.

      Hope this helps!

      Mark Adams

      • 78
        ) Gary

        Mark,

        I did first find that lens on Rockwell’s page. He does rant and some of his views are out of left field! I do not read him much unless I need a laugh. 8^)

        Thank you,
        Gary

    • You may want to read this comparison, Gary – the 35mm f/1.8G is a great lens indeed! http://photographylife.com/nikon-35mm-f1-8g-vs-50mm-f1-4g

      • 123
        ) Gary

        Roman,

        Thank you so much. How did I miss that as I pour over Mansurovs almost daily. Can’t get enough. I enjoy your work and your insight. You are part of why I love this website.

        Gary

  41. 63
    ) Cathy Laska

    everything thus far!!! Your creativity and work is most beautiful! Do you teach lightroom 3?

    • Some of our Lightroom tutorials are suitable for Lightroom 3 as well – experiment. In the future, we should have video tutorials and even workshops regarding Lightroom :)

  42. 65
    ) AK

    This one is specifically to narsim, though applicable to other four too – There hasn’t been a single disrespectful comment I’ve read so far in Mansurovs and that pretty much says everything about the good work you do. Thank you for everything!!!

  43. 66
    ) Max

    Why?
    Because you are the best.
    Far from the commercial reviews websites

    • Thank you, Max :)) I’m not sure we’re the best, but we sure put all the effort we can!

  44. I like the professional tenure of your comments and the detailed level of analysys. The first time I read your articles, I immediately opted for receiving your comments and have no regrets.

    You seem to cover the entire DLSR/hybrid field and this is a good thing as everyone can choose according to his level of competence and type of activity.

    I also like your writing style which is excellent, good English is so rare these days.

    All in all, its a display of competence, intelligence and mental concentration as well as a very personal and friendly approach that enable the reader to feel at ease with the somewhat technical level of your analyses.

    Also, your photographs are perfect.

    In my opinion there is no need to answer each comment from readers, it will end up taking up too much of your precious time, would prefer that you concentrate on what you do best, giving us good advice.

    • Thank you, Peter. This time I will take my time to review all the comments and answer them even if very briefly. I’m still working on a few articles, so don’t worry :)

      As for the English, Nasim and the others are much better at it than me – after all, English is not my native language, but I’m doing the best I can with occasional grammar mistakes.

  45. 68
    ) KSPGM

    MIRRORLESS !!

    In case this has not been covered, you may have noticed a competitor’s site ‘Sans Mirror’. Have the Manusov’s considered going down this path also?

    For my own personal interest, I would like to see some tests of the Nikon 1 – FT1 adaptor. No other site seems to have made a thorough sudy of its capabilities and yet it was cornersone in Nikon’s policy for the CX sensor – i.e … and you can use all of your DX lenses as well!

    Thanks for a great site

    KSPGM

    • KSPGM,
      For a great review of the Nikon 1 V1 and the adapter, see Brad Hill’s site (http://www.naturalart.ca/artist/fieldtests/). His blog is also one of the best out there (at the “Voice” tab) — right up there with Mansurovs (although he only uses Nikon gear).

      Virginia

      • 73
        ) KSPGM

        Thanks Virginia … I’ll give it a go.

        I have a D300s plus a kit bag of lenses but have recently been expeimenting with the V1+FT1 combination and, for day to day shooting, have been getting remarkably good results. So much so, that I invariably go out now with only my V1 plus 16-85 DX lens (the Nikkor 1 +_ 30-110 is just too long for a single lens option for me) – it’s a great combination for the sort of photography I like and due to its aspect ratio and small weight I can carry it around all day in my normal bag (no special camera case!).

        • 75
          ) KSPGM

          I gave it a go …. fantastic review! It has confirmed for me just what I , as a fumbling amateur photographer, have been finding. Sometimes you just wonder if you are fooling yourself …. I love the V1… am I overestimating its capabilities? After reading Brad’s review I can now categorically say No! He hits the nail on the head for me. Thanks again for the ‘heads up’ Virginia.

          KSPGM

  46. 69
    ) Paula

    I’m a recent follower of Mansurovs and chose to do so mainly for the excellent, thorough reviews which I trust as primary source.
    The web page is well designed and easy to navigate and exudes solid knowledge.
    I’ve also watched a couple of tutorial videos and liked the humble yet very professional appearance of Nasim and Lola.
    It’s true that a proper use of the language is not easy to find on the web and although not critical from the technical standpoint, it certainly is a plus of those of us for whom English is not the first language.
    Have you considered on-line lessons and on-site workshops? It would be very interesting.
    Thanks a lot for sharing your knowledge and experience!

    • 85
      ) Gary

      Paula,

      Mega Dittos on your post. I am addicted to The Mansurovs.

      Gary

      • I’m glad, Gary – I hope you’re addicted in a good way :)

    • Workshops, both live and on-line, are on our priority list, Paula. Thank you so much for your thoughts!

  47. 71
    ) Jay

    I’m reading the site to learn. And there’s lots to learn. The guides, such as LR, PS, photography, how to’s and so on are very in depth, yet simple to understand. My girlfriend is very, very new to photography and didn’t understand the terms and how it all fitted together. 15 minutes on your website and it all became clearer to her.

    Although, this is not the only site and how-to’s I’m reading. I like cross referencing, as I’ve learnt to veiw information with critical eyes. And alot of the art is subjective aswell. For example, I’ve seen professional photographers dissuade filters – here you recommend them. Opinions vary alot, and what we as readers have to do is to try it all out ourselves, but sites like these gives you a great starting point.

  48. 72
    ) Srini

    Roman,

    1) A balanced and a well researched article/reviews on the site and yet informal in every way
    2) Tutorials
    3) Unbiased Recommendations.

    What I would like to see:

    a) Keeping the tutorials and advances/techniques in photography et. al. up-to-date with further in-depth and detailed analyses in real world settings

    b) Links to interesting articles/reviews found on other sites

    c) Mansurovs may not want to publish information on rumoured Nikon releases. You may leave it to others :)

    d) Recommendation of cameras/flash/lenses with point and shoot and non-Nikon inclusive to suit all types of users/budgets; we would rather prefer you making those recommendations after your own (extensive) testing.

  49. 74
    ) John D.

    From the first time I discovered your web site I felt it was a site I can trust. This is where I first come to review equipment that I intend to purchase. Looking forward to some of the suggestions others have made for your web site.
    Keep up your EXCELLENT work!

  50. 76
    ) Patrick Sullivan

    I came across this website when I was looking for flash / fill flash tutorials. Nasim has a couple of videos on the subject that I was able to watch and learn from. I keep coming back for those kind of tips.

  51. 77
    ) Umer

    Hi Roman,

    i came accross this website via youtube a couple of weeks back looking for low light/indoor photography and have been a frequent visitor ever since.

    Just upgraded from a D40 to a D5100 and went out to Toronto Zoo to snap some pics, here they are.
    All of these with a VR 55-700 lens. did not know the Auto ISO Sensitivity settings and the LCD seemed a bit dim to review pics taken so some pictures seem too bright since i kept playing around with ISO.

    would appreciate any comment/review.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ramzal_mszu/

    Thanks much.

  52. 86
    ) Mark

    Gentlemen,

    The website is great and the reviews, blogs, etc. are written well and can be understood by both the beginner and the professional. Keep up the good work and I always look forward to your postings.
    Thank you very much.

  53. 88
    ) Peter Looper

    I am very pleased with all of the subjects on your site, I read it every day. All of the above comments apply to what I think of this site, please keep up the top quality content. Expand if you feel the need but do not lose what you have attained so far. More videos like Nasim’s flash series would be great.

    With the lens focus calibration articles recently I began to wonder if most of the ‘poor’ lenses just need matching to the camera bodies as Nasim’s articles seem to suggest. I will have to try out calibrating my lenses although I do not think I have any poor ones at the moment. Each lens has problems in some way or the other be it distortion, sharpness etc. With correct autofocus and in-camera or post production lens correction a lot of the technical imperfections are now not too noticeable in the ‘real world’. Which is probably why so many photographers get great shots with ‘so called’ technically inferior lenses (i.e. Nikkor 18-200mm). Before someone shoots me down, I do not mean that reviews showing lenses with some poor performance parameters can all be made great, I mean that some of the negatives can be reduced so that they are acceptable to the majority of photographers, but a rubbish lens is still a rubbish lens.

    I am considering the D800 at the moment but with every review I read I go hot and cold on it. Would it be possible to do an article on the diffraction side of the D800? I read that you should not stop down the lens past f/8 as diffraction becomes a noticeable problem, but we see no photographs that clearly show the differences that different apertures make to the image. This would be extremely helpful.

  54. 89
    ) Martin Griffith

    Hi,
    I like th site because Nasim has interests I share. He writes with a clear knowledge of bird photography, landscape photography, portrait photography and architeural photography. I also share his focus on Nikon cameras.

    I appreciate the way that he reviews cameras as a photographer. He does look into technical issues but does not let his interest in that dominate his interest in photography. I have upgraded from a D90 to a D800, so that I can build my skills as a photographer. I do have to admit that I like the fact that it is a more challenging gadget, but I am much more interested in the fact that it allows me photographic options the D90 could not.

    I like the way Mansurovs places gadgetry in its correct place. The site places photography first and gadgetry second.

  55. I bought a Canon 60D to shoot video with and have been very pleased with the quality of my videos but then I figured since I had a DSLR I might as well learn to take photographs. That’s when I was blown away about what I didn’t know about photography and it seems the more I am learning the worse my pictures are getting!

    I’ve started out with lenses I can afford and am slowly working my way up as more funds become available. I’ve read everything I can get my hands on about taking good photographs but the information I am looking for has eluded me: what is a good lens upgrade path? Right now I just can’t afford L glass for photos and Carl Zeiss lenses for video though I am working my way in that direction. What are a few good lenses to be had for a professional on a budget?

    I came across this site as I was searching for reviews comparing a EF mount Tamron, Sigma and Canon 70-300 (with stabalization). I appreciate the layout and information. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

  56. 91
    ) Mark

    Dear Roman, Nasam, Lola, Bob and Tom.

    Like many others I arrived at this site looking for a guide on ‘how to’, in my case how to shoot fireworks. Nasims style and helpful manner meant it was a rare site in amongst very gadget oriented websites. I love everytime that a post starts with ‘How to’ because I know I am going to learn something.
    The equipment reviews are useful because they are made by people who love the art of photography and have to do it for a living and not by people who simply compare cameras by putting stats next to each other and using it to shoot a half dozen studio images.
    If only there was a post on how to fit in a few extra hours into the day between all the other demands on ones time so i could get out there and put it all into practice more often.
    Best regards,
    Mark (a different one to Mark at #86)

  57. 92
    ) Elena

    Hi, I am new to your blog. I am a Canon user. As I understand you mostly cover Nikon goodies?

  58. 93
    ) Shawn

    I was attracted to the Mansurovs blog because the name kept coming up in regards to proving many people complaining about Nikon products were actually suffering from user error (specifically D7000 sharpness issues). Nasim got right down to business and proved that so many cases were just bad handling (http://photographylife.com/reviews/nikon-d7000-follow-up). That established credibility with me so I stuck around.

    Though I love a good review of a camera I will never be able to afford, I generally enjoy the non-gear/technical related articles about how the camera doesn’t really matter and how you can genuinely take better pictures.

    What I don’t like is the D800 pre-order ass kissing (sorry to be so blunt). Nearly every blog I’ve read has put this camera on top priority over the last few months and it’s a little sickening. I get it, these blogs have to bring in money and one way to do that is referral money for pre-orders and what not. But honestly, the low-end Nikon and other brand cameras out sell the professional bodies 100 to 1 or more. Those of us who will never buy a D800 or a camera costing more than $1000 might get a little tired of D800 coverage saturation.

    I do want to know things about the D800 and 5D MKIII (I read the reviews and the manuals). Mostly so I can see what new features will hopefully make their way down to the more affordable and practical bodies, but it has gotten a little out of control over the last few months.

    Anyone is free to criticize or dismiss my point of view, but I’ve noticed myself reading Mansurovs a little less lately assuming the coverage will be more D800 this or that. There may be more people like me who won’t comment and will read Mansurovs a little less too. You know your customers (I assume) and if the only people you want reading this site are those with $3,000 in camera bodies then please continue your level of D800 (or high end model) coverage.

    This is a good blog, and I’m sorry for ending with a negative opinion, but I hope to see a higher ratio of articles that us “little people” can use.

  59. 95
    ) Marc

    I would really appreciate an edit button and a delete button

    For editing/deleting the re-entering of the own email address can serve as the verification that this person is really the original author of the comment. So your website can still work without registration — which is great because simple and comfortable.

    • 100
      ) Marc

      Sorry, one negative point, though I have understanding, but here it is: I posted a question on the articel “first lens” but never got an answer. When hitting the “contact us” button you inform not to ask questions about gear. But another girl from “first lens”, which got no answer there, got an answer via “contact us”, and had to tease us with that. So I tried the same, but I got no answer. I know, I am not a girl and you guys will have a lot to do (so I imagine), still its not so nice to have no answer since several monthes. Do you have an idea how to improve such situations? Maybe a mansorov-forum? Or a mansurov hotline with high fee, for easy and very short questions?

  60. 98
    ) Martin Griffith

    I think the D800 is very important because it is a game changing device. It opens up areas of photography I have never been able to reach before. I buy one major item each year, last year it was a lens. The decision to buy a D800 was a difficult decision, but it is value for money that counts here. I won’t be in a position to buy that 16-35 F4 until 2013 but I am pleased to see it looked at.

    I don’t want to see any restriction on what should be covered based on what an average person may do. I will never be able to afford a 300 F2.8 but I am still interested in know what is out there. Interest in significant items that will change the what can be done must always be discussed and given the emphasis they deserve.

    I can understand the idea that new items take up a higher percentage of the on-line articles when they first arrive. It is after all a new instrument and like any other complex instrument, it takes a long time to learn how to play it.

    In the last two days I have noticed that the images I have taken with the D800 look sharper when I use the RAW image with Nikon View rather than with Photoshop or Aperture. I am not sure why that is, or if my observations are correct. Perhaps it is because I have always ignored the Nikon software until now. There is so much I don’t know yet.

    For me the Mansurovs site is part of sharing information. I have no interest in what the motives for selecting an item to write about may be. I think it is important to respect the professional overview that the site offers.

    I am happy to let them decide what they want to write about. If they decide to look at lenses I can never afford, I am still happy to read the reviews and observations.

    • 102
      ) Marc

      “In the last two days I have noticed that the images I have taken with the D800 look sharper when I use the RAW image with Nikon View rather than with Photoshop or Aperture. I am not sure why that is…”

      I am not a phtographer, but I think that I have read earlier in this forum, that the Nikon software applies a digital correction for Nikon lenses (to correct aberation or whatever). So your observation was probably right.

      • 127
        ) Martin G

        Your comment is interesting. I have looked at this more closely to see if there is uh difference. The differences seem to be minor. I do notice that the Nikon View is faster (I have photoshop 5 so I have to use camera raw to convert and this doubles up on files so I avoid it) Aperture images seem to be darker but the resolution does look the same when you do a 100% crop. I think it is just that the overall impression in Nikon View is different. I am sure there are some slight differences in the way the images look. I have not used Lightroom and I don’t see any reason to. I will lookkat upgradeing my version of Creative suite soon.

        • When looking at pictures in Lightroom or Photoshop, I think they are written to the screen in a low res fashion to make it quicker. I have noticed that they look very soft when working in Lightroom. But the minute I zoom to ANY degree, everything sharpens up, as if the software is only then applying all of the data to the image. Maybe I have something set wrong in Lightroom but if it is making the “write speed” apprecialby faster then I don’t mind a little softness until I am ready to Edit.

  61. Your’s is one of the best photo sites on the web. The quality of the information is excellent. I used to work as a news photographer, but got out of the business. I still love photography and like to keep up on current information.
    Simply put, your content is excellent, and you have the right kind of attitude for a broad audience.
    Keep up the good work!

    Paul Crouse
    Kyoto, Japan

  62. 125
    ) Ralph

    One of the best photography website. Hands down.

  63. 126
    ) Ralph

    There are three sites I’ve been visiting for information about photography. Of course, one of them is Mansurovs, the other two are … and …. . Mansurovs is more on articles or written reviews. The other one is more on video reviews, and the last one is also written reviews but more on the technical side.

    I think, Mansurovs is the 2nd placer among the 3. I like video reviews of camera so I can see its real world performance.

  64. 128
    ) André

    I read the blog for the first time, when i need a information about the 24-120Vr nano lens. I liked the review, and buyed the lens. It is a very good lens and the review shows that. Then i come back, becouse i´m sick for phothography, but some times i just pass my eyes. I know is very dificult write about some thing that ins´t words (photography).
    The blog is very good but very amatour. I work with photography for more than ten years and sometimes i want things more deep. I don´t now …talk about great photographers, great works, like Steve Mccurry, Sebastião Salgado, John Tool (cinematographer), Victorio Storaro, Jonh Mcnally, etc…Sometimes it is boring for me talk about equipament, becouse the tecnice dont must be a probleb if we want make art…and pothograpy is art. Photos tecnics is for biginners. But the blog is very good and i like it. Sorry about my english…i´m from Brazil. Best regards. André

  65. I don’t find myself missing anything while reading “The Mansarovs”. Some things are geared toward consumers, some toward more advanced photographers, and some for professionals. I don’t mind skipping through the more elementary stuff because I know you have included the more in-depth analysis as well and I will slow down and read that more thoroughly. So I don’t find catering to all of us a problem at all.

    I will tell you why this blog is my favorite. It is because of your followers. The folks who reply, ask questions, make comments, share experiences, here, are much more generous, polite, and forthcoming than any other audience. I like the fact that we leave the contentiousness to the politicians and we have fun here.

    So, the best part of “The Mansurovs” is your readers.

  66. 131
    ) Douglas

    Several months ago, I found your site to get hints on some aspects of photography. Recently, I read your article on the dreaded “ERR” blinking message which kept coming up on my Nikon D-90. It was more frequent and annoying than ever and started to concern me whenever I set out to take pictures.

    After I read your piece, I removed the lens and cleaned the contact points on it and the camera (Yes, it was my first time). Ten minutes of trying unsuccessfully to repeat the “ERR” message told me the problem was solved. After that, I reformatted the memory card, recharged the battery and took photos with the enjoyment I had not felt for so long.

    I started to read more of your blog and thought you all were knowledgable and extremely generous in sharing a passion. I hope to now be able to interact with you whenever I get the chance. For your perspective, I am a senior who is rekindling an old hobby. I had a movie camera at 14yrs. and bought a 35mm Voigtlander the following year.
    I took a computer course in 2008 (Yes, it was my first time, too!). Then, in 2010, I purchased my Nikon D-90. The film guy was now going digital and it has been just great. Let me add, I have been paraplegic since an automobile accident in 1970. Sometimes some things are a struggle, but even on Canada Day, I went out to take photos with my tripod and remote.

    Thank-you for your expertise and sharing it with so many of us who have this passion. See you soon.

    • 133
      ) Drew

      Douglas

      Struggling with a disability myself…i have turned to macro and backyard photography so i don’t have to give it up…I am inspired by your love and persistence in pursuit of the photographic passion.

  67. 132
    ) Drew

    In general i like the friendly tone of your communicatio…it is postive and fun to read the snippets of information you send out.
    I have been doing photography since i got my first plastic twin lens reflex at the age of 8…i’ve been shooting Nikon for over 35 years. I’m not a pro but do use photography and videography in my work. I love your site for many reasons…one thing I enjoy is that you help me with practical information and techniques that i don’t have time to dig up on my own…you mentor me in any number of ways that enhance my skills as and enthusiast. You test and critique equipment and software which is very helpful to me as well. I started using SLR Pentax and switched to a Nikon F2s, F5 and went digital with the D2x. I’m now waiting on the D800E that i ordered. Keep on helping us move forward and Thanks of all you do.

    • 134
      ) Douglas

      Thanks for the encouraging support, Drew. I’ll be looking out for your activities with your new D800E.

      • 135
        ) Drew

        If it ever comes we’ll see what’s possible

  68. 136
    ) Ryano Tandayu

    Why do I read you guys:

    1. Good informations and detailed reviews in simple words. Even as a guy who doesn’t speak English well, I can easily understand your writings. ( I live in Jakarta, Indonesia).

    2. honest, sincere and not a fan boy of specific brand(s)

    What I like to see in the future is more videos demonstrating how to do specific things, i.e: how to use a reflector, how to set off camera flashes using 1,2 or even 3 lights etc.

    Regards,

    Ryano.

  69. 137
    ) Mike P

    I was shocked to read deep in your gear page comments that Nasim bought his first camera in 2007! This is the same year I started in earnest – a planned trip to see wildlife in Africa prompted my first DSLR, a Nikon D40 (gray market, which I had no clue about, broke before our trip, long story!) This blog is fantastic, and has become my go-to photography source. Thanks so much to all of you dedicated contributors. I’m finally upgrading from that old D40 (which has been to Africa 3 times now)to a D700 today–thanks to you guys…

  70. 138
    ) Tiago Mota

    Hey, guys!

    Well… I have worked with photography for few years following my older brother and some other photographers in my city. But recently I decided to start working for myself. And surprisingly, even for me, I’m getting better than them, the ones who inspired me to be a photographer are now asking me for tips… And it’s always a pleasure to share what I’ve learned and even what I’ve figured out by myself.
    I find your website a GREAT tool for learning, perfectioning and sharing knowledge of photography. It’s one of my favorites.

    Your tips and reviews are awesome! Very well detailed and easy to understand for both beginners and professionals. I’m just beginning in this business, but I hope I’ll be seen as a great photographer in my city with a big help from you guys!

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