Nikon Z Mount Nikkor S-Line Lenses: What is it?

z2The initial line-up of Nikkor S-Line lenses

When Nikon debuted their new full-frame mirrorless camera system the Nikon Z, they also introduced a new product line of lenses to the Nikkor lens family. This is called the S-Line. I watched through the entire live stream of the announcement presentation so it was very clear to me what the S-Line of lenses mean. However, there seems to be a lot of misinformation spread by ill-informed and unethical Youtubers desperate to publish videos for revenue-driving hits without doing any responsible research.

Therefore, I present here a detailed, yet simple to understand explanation of what the new S-Line Nikkor lenses are. Continue reading “Nikon Z Mount Nikkor S-Line Lenses: What is it?”

Choosing Lenses: Zoom Lens Or Prime Lens?

As a photographer progresses from being a simple beginner to becoming an enthusiast, questions of choosing which lenses to add to their arsenal eventually arises. Every photographer eventually asks this question multiple times in a life-long pursuit and maintenance of photography equipment: “Prime lens or zoom lens?”

Like most people, I started out in photography with a trusty 18-55mm zoom kit lens. Then I got a 55-300mm zoom lens to cover the telephoto range. Then I started browsing photography forums and learned about the alleged higher performance of fixed-focal-length prime lenses. After a year or two, I started switching to prime lenses for their higher performance and compact nature. In fact, there was a good full year where every lens in my camera bag was a prime. Then I got a zoom lens again, and as of the date of this article my lens collection consists of one zoom lens and two prime lenses.

Now having stood on both sides of the fence with regards to the zoom versus prime debate, I believe I can provide an unbiased opinion on this matter. I am not interested in some kind of theological or philosophical correctness, but rather in sharing advice with others who may be pondering this matter, so everyone can be well-informed and can make their purchase investments wisely.
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Nikkor Promotional Videos By NikonImagingJapan

The camera manufacturers continue to produce some extremely cringe-worthy advertisements for their products that scream, “Let me tell you about all these awesome things from the marketing brochures in this made-up narrative! You need to have this!”. For example, look at Nikon’s “Mongolia” and “Bali” promotional videos. These are so hackneyed, un-subtle and condescending they border on being insulting with their “buy these to become a cool world-traveler” undertones. For the sake of good taste I won’t link to those here – but if you want to engage in psychological self-abuse, you can search for those on Youtube. Just don’t blame me for any trauma. Continue reading “Nikkor Promotional Videos By NikonImagingJapan”

Macro Lenses: What Not To Use Them For

Wild vivacious redSony A37, 90mm, 1/125, ISO 100

I used to be really, really into macro photography. To be more precise, flora photography. I took pictures of the botanical world regularly. It had become my speciality. I was pretty happy with the results I produced. Macro lenses became a key part of my gear list. An E-mount Sony 30mm f/3.5. An A-mount Tamron 90mm f/2.8. Followed by an F-mount Tamron 90mm f/2.8 VC. Whenever I had a change of camera equipment, a macro lens was sure to follow me. I shot flora subjects diligently for nearly two years. These were my primary subjects in my photographic beginnings.

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