review: Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.8G lens

review: Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.8G lens

At the same time that I photographed Anelisa for the review of the Nikon 28mm f/1.8 AF-S lens, I had the brand-new Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.8G lens (vendor) on my other camera body. For every place that I photographed Anelisa with the 28mm f/1.8 lens, I also shot similar images with the 85mm f/1.8 lens. In a way, these two  Read more inside...

review: Nikon AF-S 28mm f/1.8G lens

review: Nikon AF-S 28mm f/1.8G lens

To test out the Nikon AF-S 28mm f/1.8G (vendor), I met up with Anelisa in Brooklyn to try my hand at some environmental portraiture. With such a wide field-of-view, you inevitably have to include the background. I wanted to show the effect of the shallow depth-of-field of this lens, so I shot at f/1.8 or f/2.0  Read more inside...

Nikon D4 / Nikon D800 time-lapse photography – review

Nikon D4 / Nikon D800 time-lapse photography - review

The highly anticipated Nikon D4 (vendor) and Nikon D800 (vendor) are loaded with features, and both cameras offer exceptional image quality. Hidden in the list of camera specs, is an item which is of specialized interest - Time-Lapse Photography. So if a photographer doesn't have a specific  Read more inside...

lens review: Nikon 50mm f/1.4G vs Nikon 50mm f/1.8G

lens review: Nikon 50mm f/1.4G vs Nikon 50mm f/1.8G

The 50mm lens in general is an interesting optic. Not necessarily for what it does, but how it seems to have fallen out and back in favor over the years. For example, in the 1970's pretty much all 35mm film cameras shipped with a 50mm lens. Zooms weren't something that just came with the camera as a kit lens. It was  Read more inside...

Auto FP flash setting for Nikon D300s & D700

Auto FP setting for Nikon D300s & D700 - high speed flash sync

The Nikon D300s and Nikon D700 have a custom setting to enable high-speed flash sync - custom fucntion e1. However, you have the option of setting it to either 1/250 Auto FP, or 1/320 Auto FP. I've often been asked which is the preferable setting ... and you know, I never quite knew either. So it  Read more inside...

using the new Nikon D3100 for its video capability

Melissa & Dennis - their wedding day from Neil van Niekerk on Vimeo.

review of the Nikon D3100 video capability

Nikon recently released two very interesting D-SLRs - the Nikon D3100 (B&H) and the Nikon D7000 (B&H). Improving on several of the entry-level Nikon D-SLRs, they also offer HD video capability (1080p at 24 fps), and even does so with  Read more inside...

Nikon focusing modes – Nikon D300 / D700 / D3

Auto-focus (AF) settings for Nikon cameras

The current line-up of top Nikon D-SLRs offer a range of AF settings.  The combination's in settings seem daunting at first.  But with other settings on my D3 bodies, I keep it fairly simple.  Instead of flip-flopping between numerous settings, I keep it simple by generally using the AF settings in just two ways.  This  Read more inside...

review: Nikon 85mm f/1.4G

review: Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.4 G

So after a slight delay, my copy of the brand-new Nikon 85mm f1.4G (affiliate) actually did arrive. I was itching to try it out on a photo session, and yesterday afternoon had Jessica model for me. During the short photo session, I used the new 85mm f1.4G and the classic 85mm f1.4D side-by-side. As you can see in the photo  Read more inside...

review: Nikon 24mm f/1.4G

review: Nikon 24mm f/1.4 G AF-S

For a long time the only wide-angle auto-focus prime lens that Nikon had available, was the remarkable 28mm f1.4D ... which caused the lens to reach astronomical prices eventually on the used market when it was discontinued.  I sold my copy of the 28mm f1.4 a few years ago - a move I still regret - but I couldn't pull the trigger on a  Read more inside...

my take on Nikon’s flash settings – TTL vs TTL BL

Nikon flash system - TTL vs TTL BL

Nikon’s TTL flash system is generally accepted as being quite exceptional.  The camera and speedlight working together according to various algorithms to control the flash exposure.  The TTL flash exposure will depend on various factors - the tonality of the subject and scene; the brightness of the scene;  and how the camera  Read more inside...