While preparing this review, I was reminded again of how ridiculously long the names of Tamron lenses can get. See the name of the lens in the title of this article and think it looks long? Well that is actually not the full name because I trimmed it for the title. For the sake of completeness, I will reproduce the full name of the lens I am reviewing: Tamron SP AF 60mm f/2.0 Di II LD [IF] Macro 1:1. Whew! For the sake of readability I will abbreviate it as the Tamron 60mm f/2M in this review. Continue reading
In my original comparison of raw converters for Nikon NEF files, I mentioned DXO Optics Pro briefly. While it appeared to be a decent RAW processor software, a major shortcoming was that it did not have any local adjustment capabilities. Hence it was a difficult option to recommend, especially since it was not significantly cheaper than competitors which do have local adjustment capabilities and which were selling at similar (or lower!) prices.
Fortunately, things have changed now. DXO Optics Pro has evolved to become DXO PhotoLab and now includes the very highly regarded U Point technology from Nik Collection Plugins for making local adjustments. With this change, the value proposition of DXO PhotoLab has improved dramatically and is now a serious challenger to the other tier 1 RAW processor giants including Adobe Camera Raw (from Adobe CC/Lightroom/Photoshop) and Phase One’s Capture One Pro. Continue reading
The Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G (35DX) was introduced in 2009, and launched in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the death of Henri Cartier-Bresson. HCB almost exlcusively shot with 50mm lenses with his full-frame Leica film camera. The 35DX provides a good approximation to 50mm on full frame and is diminutive enough to give us a fairly small and portable package when paired with a smaller Nikon APS camera body. Indeed, HCB would have approved of its portability as well as its performance. Continue reading
Here is a companion gallery to my review of the Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR. As I mentioned in my original review, this is a pretty good general-purpose do-almost-everything lens. I have been using it for street photography, a little bit of architecture, some food and still life. Pretty much nearly everything you may need for a travel lens. Even for professional photographers, this lens could suffice for a non-work-related casual day out.
2018 July 16 Update: Added an additional image gallery here.
Kit zoom lenses typically do not get a lot of good press because they usually deliver average performance. But it is a disservice to ourselves to dismiss them totally, as different kit lenses from different manufacturers can produce different results. There is also a good reason why the “kit lens” exists – because it covers an extremely convenient and practically useful focal range that satisfies 80% of what most people need. This real-world review of Nikon’s newest DX kit lens (as of mid-2018) AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR (abbreviated AF-P 18-55VR for the rest of this review) might change your mind about the usefulness of a kit lens. Continue reading
My Guide And Tips For Nikon Snapbridge has been amended. Check out the update if you use Nikon Snapbridge and find it useful!
As of today, Snapbridge is Nikon’s solution for transferring images wirelessly from their cameras to a mobile phone. So far, reactions of users are generally average. Main complaints revolve around unreliable connections, and a somewhat unintuitive workflow as well as insufficient documentation.
Actually, Snapbridge can work well if you understand the underlying technology and the design approach. Continue reading
I have updated my Guide To Working With Nikon Capture NX-D, revising recommendations for the Colour Moire Reduction setting. Check it out!
I shared in my previous post that I no longer own any camera system. So I have been spending a lot of time trying out Fujifilm and Sony ML cameras in their respective showrooms in town. Unfortunately, no matter how many hours I spend in the showrooms, I never experience the “ah-ha I want this!” moment. The respective ML companies want you to believe that their products are perfect. The youtubers and bloggers getting invitations to launch events, launch parties, free accommodations, VIP treatments also want you to spend money on this stuff because they make money when you click on their referrer links and watch their channels. But the fact is that there are still things that bother me about the Fujifilm and Sony systems. In this blog post I will describe them. Note that these observations are current as of April 2018, and may no longer be relevant in the future. Continue reading
I have to start by apologizing. I have been inactive for a long period of time. And that reason is because that I have not owned a camera system for the past two months. That’s right, I have sold off my Nikon FX DSLR system.
A glance at the title of this blog entry might lead a reader to believe that I am switching to a mirrorless (ML) system because I think the time of DSLRs is over. That is not entirely true. To ensure I communicate this clearly, let me emphasize my primary reason in bold: Continue reading