I’ve been shooting with the Nikon Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR S for just over a year, and I’ve finally completed all of the extensive lab testing necessary to publish a full review (including testing both TCs). This lens is large, heavy, and optically excellent – built to Nikon’s highest standards, with a $2700 price to match. Here’s how it measures up.
Post Archive By Spencer Cox
Photography Life on DPReview’s Closure
Like most of you, I was stunned this morning to see that Digital Photography Review, the biggest dedicated photography website, is closing their doors after more than two decades of operation. I’m still trying to process the news, but here are a couple of the early things I’d like to say.
Photography News: New Z9 Firmware, Lots of Lens Sales
I'm filling in for Libor for this week's Photography News while he travels in South America in search of wildlife. He's sent me some behind-the-scenes photos already, and let me say, you're in for a treat once he returns. For now, I hope you're enjoying atmospheric sunrises and good light...
From Idea to Print: The Darkroom Process
Last week, I talked about the process of visualizing and composing with large format film during my trip to Yosemite in the fall. I’ve been working in the darkroom to print those photos, and today I finally have some results to publish and discuss!
Sigma Joins the Nikon Z System with Three DX Lenses
Sigma just announced that three of their existing APS-C lenses – the 16mm f/1.4, 30mm f/1.4, and 56mm f/1.4 – are launching for the Nikon Z system later this year! I’ve been a fan of Sigma lenses for years, and it’s exciting to see them finally add some Z mount options.
From Idea to Print: 12×20 Film in the Field
It’s a snowy day here in Colorado, which puts a damper on my plans to visit our studio and test more lenses in the lab. (I do, however, have the Nikon Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 and both teleconverters in hand for testing once the roads clear.) Instead, I’ve spent the day developing film.
Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8 Review
This is an in-depth review of the Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8, which was announced in September of 2022. Although the Nikon Z 17-28mm f/2.8 is a wide-aperture zoom with a constant maximum aperture of f/2.8, it is not part of Nikon's high-end "S-line," and the MSRP of $1200 is less...
Canon EOS R8 Announcement: 30 FPS Pre-Release RAW Burst, $1500
Canon just announced a new addition to their full-frame mirrorless lineup with the EOS R8, a mid-range camera with some nonetheless impressive features and specifications. At the heart of the camera is a 24 megapixel sensor with up to 40 FPS bursts, or 30 FPS when shooting RAW pre-release bursts.
Canon EOS R50 Announcement: Entry-Level But Solid Features
Today, Canon announced their first entry-level camera for the EOS R system, the Canon EOS R50. With a 24 megapixel APS-C sensor, a fully articulating LCD, 15 FPS shooting, and 4K 30p video, the EOS R50 strikes a solid balance for $679 ($799 with the kit lens) despite the camera’s basic design.
Nikon Z 26mm f/2.8 and 85mm f/1.2 S Formally Announced
As expected from last month’s development announcement, Nikon has now formally announced the Z 26mm f/2.8 and the Z 85mm f/1.2 S lenses for their mirrorless Z system. The 26mm f/2.8 will sell for $499, and the 85mm f/1.2 for $2799. They ship in early and late March, respectively.