Thursday, July 30, 2009

Nikon updates

We are finally seeing some updates from Nikon, the most exiting one being the new Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II. The updated version includes no less then 21-elements, with 7 ED glass elements(up from 5 from the last version). The lens is expected to ship in November 2009 at an expected street price of US$2399.95. Ouch, Nikon needs to think twice about these price increases in my opinion. For more info on the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II

Other news from Nikon was less interesting in my opinion, which includes: Nikon D300S, Nikon D3000 and an updated version of the 18-200mm VR

But wait, there is of course so many other products Nikon should update, and or should introduce. It is long overdue that they release an updated version of the PB-6 bellows, which as you might know you can't mount the Nikon D3 on, without an extension ring. It might be a wise move to also make the new bellows with full cpu support so you could even controll Nikons AF-S lenses with full AF on the bellows. Pretty easy task to do if you ask me.

Other then that there is quite a few gaps that could and should be filled in the lens lineup. Nikon used to come up with quite interesting lenses back in the days. Probaly their last atempt to really think out of the box was the Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 70-180mm f/4.5-5.6D ED

I'm not saying that they haven't produced good lenses the last few years- they have. Like the AF-S 14-24mm and the AF-S 24-70mm which are just amazing. What I'm trying to get to here is an alternative to some of the most expensive lenses out there like the, 400mm, 500mm,  and the 600mm lenses. Why not make a 500mm f/5.6? atleast a 200-400mm f/5.6, I mean Tamron did that a loooong time ago.  I'm sure Nikon could outperform and match the price of that lens. But will we see it? Don't hold your breath.
As it seems for the moment Nikon is more than busy introducing cameras when they should focus more on lenses.  There is no doubt that the DX format is going to stick around for a long time. There's nothing wrong with that, but maybe they finally should make a pro wide angle for the DX format?. 

Friday, July 24, 2009

Nikon PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED Review

Just added the Nikon PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED Review 
As soon as there is time I will write a "how-to" to use tilt and shift lenses here on my blog. In the meantime I hope you will like the review

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The server is now moved, and all content should be working properly. Any bugs or errors can be reported to

Nikon PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED review will be out in a few days.  After that the following items are due for review: NEC P221W 22" LCD monitor, Nikon Fisheye Nikkor 16mm f/2.8D, Nikon MF Fisheye Nikkor 16mm f/2.8, MF Nikkor 135mm f/2, MF Nikkor 300mm f/4.5 ED-IF, and much more. The reviews won't necessary be out in that order.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Skateboard Photo Session

I finally had the chance to do some skateboard photos again. It's been a long time since I did this, as most of my pictures latley have been product shots.

I once again hooked up with Fredrik Salhus, which I've worked with quite a bit in the past. He is actually in 90% of the images in my Skateboard portfolio on my website:

This time we went to the brand new skate hall in Bergen Norway. 

Setup for the image: Nikon D3, MF Fishey Nikkor 16mm f/2.8, 1/250sec f/11, SU-800 for triggering the flashes, 2 SB-800 as main light, one on a boom that can be seen in the background, the other one next to camera on a lightstand. One SB-600 which lights up the person in the background. (Click on the product names to read reviews of the items)

Setup: Nikon D3, Nikon AF-S Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D ED-IF @ 19mm 1/250sec f/8, Su-800, 2 SB-800 as main lights, one on a boom on top left corner, one SB-800 on the floor of the bowl next to me, and one SB-600 pointed to the bottom of the bowl from a lightstand. Image converted to BW with Nik Silver Efex Pro updates?

I know it has been very quiet on my website latley, the reason for this is that I recently moved and that have pushed reviews back a bit. But as of today new reviews are coming out. I just posted Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm f/2D Review

And there is several more reviews in the making. Next review that's due is Nikon PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED. And as usual more manual focus Nikkor's are on the list of equipment ready for reviews.

I'd also like to thank everyone that has supported my website. Without the support more reviews would be next to impossible. Purchasing equipment through the links on my blog, or on my website helps me get a hold of more equipment for reviews.