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?”

Real-world Review: DXO PhotoLab 1.2 with Nikon NEF

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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 “Real-world Review: DXO PhotoLab 1.2 with Nikon NEF”

Real-world Review: Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G

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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”

More from the Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR

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 Singapore. Cyclist on Nicoll HIghway on hot day.2018 Singapore. Cyclist on Nicoll HIghway on hot day.2018 Singapore. Cyclist on Nicoll Highway on hot day.

Continue reading “More from the Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR”

Real-world Review: Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR

Nikkor 35mm f/1.8g dxThe AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR

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”

Guide And Tips For Nikon Snapbridge

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.

Screenshot_2018-04-28-10-17-18Snapbridge’s welcome screen

Actually, Snapbridge can work well if you understand the underlying technology and the design approach. Continue reading “Guide And Tips For Nikon Snapbridge”

The Transition To ML (Mirrorless) Is Imminent. What Does Nikon Plan To Do?

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 “The Transition To ML (Mirrorless) Is Imminent. What Does Nikon Plan To Do?”

The practical decision guide: DX or FX?

DX or FX? APS or full-frame sensor? There are many articles and videos which explain the differences between the two formats. But a simple decision guide for users is missing. No problem, it just happens that I’m too lazy to write and qualify a whole bunch of scientific essays anyway – so I’ll just focus on putting together this simple, straight-forward guide to help users decide between DX and FX. Continue reading “The practical decision guide: DX or FX?”