I am going to complete this introduction quickly. Canon has fully revealed their full-frame mirrorless system. After a few days of reading through the information available from Canon and first-hand accounts, I cannot help but notice it has some major issues compared to its main competition – Sony and Nikon. My focus is on how the end-user is affected, so this article is about real practical considerations. These are issues that the person who is going to hand over their hard-earned money for a Canon R system needs to think through, and they should. Photography is an expensive hobby if you are not making money from it. Continue reading “5 Major Problems with the Canon R System (2018)”
Some of you may have noticed I have been away from posting more regularly for quite a while. The reason is because I have been shooting private portraits for people who want to preserve their precious memories and keep it to themselves. In other words, really nothing much I can share publicly.
So perhaps I will be posting more about opinions on random photography-related news for a while. This is just me blogging about random stuff. Maybe something interesting gets written and shared. Maybe nothing. We’ll see. ;D
The rumour mill has been going very strong for a while for Panasonic this past month. They have a countdown timer for Photokina 2018, and it is a really, really long countdown timer. In fact, it is about the same length as Nikon’s countdown timer for their new product line of Z cameras – nearly a month! One would think that if you have such a long timer you would have something really interesting to announce. Indeed, rumours suggest that Panasonic is going to release a new camera line with a mount size larger than micro-four-thirds. Of course, rumours are rumours. But sometimes there is no smoke without fire, and the timer is truly a long one. So let us try to make some intelligent deductions and manage our expectations. Continue reading “What Is Panasonic Planning For Photokina 2018?”
It was just a year ago when I wrote my guide “4 Tips On How To Avoid Getting SD Cards Corrupted”. I had no idea how relevant it would be now, seeing the paranoia and teeth-gnashing photography geeks are going through at the moment. Yes, both Canon’s and Nikon’s first foray into full-frame mirrorless introduced cameras that only feature one card slot. And if you have read the guide linked above, you would think that it actually does not matter. And you are right! Consider this follow-up article a successor to my original article, with more information and clearer explanations. Continue reading “Is One Card Slot Enough? How to Prevent Corruption For Any Card-based Media.”
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 “Real-world Review: Tamron SP AF 60mm f/2.0 Di II LD Macro for portraits”
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. In this review, we will make comparisons with Adobe Lightroom and Nikon NX-D. My observations come from working with Nikon NEF files. Of course you can make the usual inferences if you are work with RAW files from another camera maker. However, please note that there may be differences in results among different RAW formats. If you want to be sure you will be satisfied with the results from DXO PhotoLab and your camera’s RAW files, download a trial of the software and try it yourself.Continue reading “Real-world Review: DXO PhotoLab 1.2 with Nikon NEF”
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 “Real-world Review: Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G”
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 “Real-world Review: Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR”
My Guide And Tips For Nikon Snapbridge has been amended. Check out the update if you use Nikon Snapbridge and find it useful!