Nikon Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S: The Best 24-70mm Zoom on the Market

Making a zoom lens that covers focal lengths from wide to telephoto is no easy task for an optical engineer. We have seen a number of attempts from different manufacturers to make a solid 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom over the years, but most of those lenses disappoint when it comes to consistent sharpness across the focal length range, high levels of vignetting, distortion and lateral chromatic aberration. We have already published our assessment of the best 24-70mm f/2.8 lenses on the…

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PL Garage Sale (Nikon and Fuji Cameras + Lenses)

It is that time of the year when I go through my camera gear closet and decide what to keep and what to sell. I accumulated a ton of gear over the years and decided to fully go mirrorless, so there is quite a bit of DSLR gear below, which is mostly Nikon. I take especially good care of my cameras and lenses, so unless stated otherwise, you can assume that it is in mint condition. All camera gear was…

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102 MP of Goodness: Fuji GFX 100 Announcement

Earlier today, Fujifilm announced the full details of its top tier GFX camera, the Fuji GFX 100. The camera was first teased back at Photokina last year, but we now finally have all the specifications, as well as pictures of the production version of this 102 MP beast. Featuring a 44x33mm BSI CMOS sensor that is powered by a quad-core X-Processor 4 capable of outputting 16-bit RAW images, in addition to world’s first medium format phase detection autofocus, 4K video…

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Understanding Camera Lenses: A Beginner’s Guide

Lenses. They’re arguably the most important piece of equipment a photographer can buy – even more important than the camera itself. But what makes lenses so useful? Why are some camera lenses so much better than others? The answer goes beyond simple things like sharpness and image quality. Instead, lenses matter because they control which photos you can even take in the first place.

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Mastering Wide Angle Lenses

The first lens a lot of landscape photographers want to buy is a wide-angle. Intuitively, it makes some sense that the most useful lens at an amazing scene is the one that captures as much of the scene as possible. But that mindset only works so well in practice. So, for this week’s video, I traveled to Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah to photograph some amazing slot canyons and talk about how to use your wide angle lens.

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Nikon Z6 and Z7 IBIS Service Advisory

Earlier this week Nikon issued a “Technical Service Advisory” for faulty Vibration Reduction (VR) mechanism on the Nikon Z6 and Z7 mirrorless cameras. We have been doing what we can to collect some information regarding this service advisory to see what type of a recall it is and what serial numbers are affected. Unfortunately, there is not much information regarding this particular recall, but from what we are able to tell from the information we gathered so far, the number…

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Nikon Z6 and Z7 Firmware Update Wishlist (Updated)

Without a doubt, camera firmware is one of the most important parts of any modern digital camera, and this is especially true for mirrorless cameras that have a lot more electronics compared to DSLRs. The Nikon Z6 and Z7 are Nikon’s first attempts at getting into the mirrorless market. Considering that these are first generation cameras of their kind for the company, they are already highly capable and solid, something that cannot be said about other mirrorless camera launches we…

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Nikon Z6 and Z7 Firmware Update 2.0 with Eye AF Released

Today Nikon revealed its promised 2.0 firmware with Eye AF capability for both Nikon Z6 and Z7 mirrorless cameras. This is a fairly big firmware update that encompasses a number of new features, as well as some small bug fixes. Although many of the issues we reported in our Nikon Z6 / Z7 firmware update wishlist have not been addressed in this firmware release, this is still a rather significant update for Nikon, since this is the first time we…

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Comparison of 24-70mm Lenses for Nikon F Mount

If you are wondering which 24-70mm lens is the best for the Nikon F mount, we put together a detailed article that compares the sharpness of all currently available options on the market today. The comparison involves both 24-70mm f/2.8 lenses from Nikon, as well as three 24-70mm f/2.8 third party lenses from Tamron, Sigma and Tokina. In this article, we will analyze each focal length in detail and do a direct comparison between all five lenses to figure out…

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Recommended Camera Menu Settings for Landscape Photography (Video)

In the following ten minute video, I go over the most important menu options that you can use in your camera when photographing landscapes. I start off by going over RAW image quality settings, then go over long exposure noise reduction setting, then picture controls and their impact on your images. From there, I move on to explaining how you can reduce camera shake by using specific camera modes and settings like timer, Mirror Up and Electronic Front Curtain Shutter.

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