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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

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.

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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

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

April 2018: Fujifilm and Sony Cameras – Things That Bother Me

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

2018 Week 7. One From Stockholm.

2018 Stockholm: Winter Morning Commute In The Snow2018 Stockholm: Cyclist In Winter Morning

You would have thought that with a flight that lasts more than 16 hours, I would have gotten more pictures from Sweden. But I was here for work, not leisure. I also needed to leave as early as possible. Suffice to say I had very little leisure time, but did manage to snag one nice little photographic souvenir from this place. Certainly one of my most satisfying image.

-WY

2017 Week 51. Last Images From Victoria.

Melbourne 2017: Lady In Deep Thought Looking Out The Window On Tram RideMelbourne 2017: Lady In Deep Thought Looking Out The Window On Tram Ride

Right, finally I am finishing up on the images I took from the trip months ago. There are still a few images pending in my stock library, but the images in this entry should round up most of what I want to share on this blog. A small collection of street and nature images round up my trip to Melbourne and Victoria. Continue reading

2017 Week 51. Melbourne, Saint Paul’s Cathedral

Melbourne 2017: Saint Paul's CathedralMelbourne 2017: Saint Paul’s Cathedral

Yes, there actually is another Saint Paul’s in Melbourne. Built in the neo-gothic architectural style. You have to make a little donation to take pictures. No problem, since I know it is expensive to keep such historic architecture maintained. Continue reading

Nikon’s mirrorless camera: Too late, but Nikon still as a chance

2017 Self Portrait2017: Self-portrait

It is no surprise to everyone that Nikon’s mirrorless strategy is in a shambles. Although the recently released D850 is getting rave reviews and in high demand, there is no doubt among observers that this camera could well be the DSLR’s last great hurrah. There will definitely continue to be DSLRs after the D850 for users who insist on using them – even Nikon did not kill film cameras immediately when digital cameras usurped film cameras in popularity. But I sense we have reached a turning point. Continue reading