Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Seems like there is some kind of problem with Firefox and my portfolio. In Firefox none of the images will load. I'm looking into the problem. The portfolio is long overdue for a update as well. In the meantime there are a few pictures at my photoshelter account. 

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Comments on the new equipment from Nikon

Just some comments on some of the new Nikon equipment.

Nikon SB-700, ouch... they really missed quite a few features on this flash:
#1 No PC-Sync terminal, so forget about this one if you use pocketwiard II triggers.
#2 No external battery pack.
#3 still no real battery indicator
#4 Less power than the SB-600 (SB-600: 98' (30 m) at 35mm) vs SB-700; 92 at (30 m)35mm
#5  Weight; the SB-700(15.9 oz (450g) vs SB-900(14.6 oz (415g) and the SB-600 is 10.6 oz (300g) So currently the SB-700 is the heavies i-TTL flash from Nikon
#6 Price, compared to the SB-600 the SB-700 is more than $100 more expensive.
#7  Still only one IR receiver on the flash for the wireless. Personally I was hoping that Nikon would add a 2.4ghtz system to their wireless and move away from the IR.

But they did put in a few new features that looks promising:

#1 Light Distribution Patterns, now accessible using a dedicated button on the back of the flash. Best new feature of the unit without a doubt.
#2 Recycle Time, slightly faster than the SB-600 (3.5 Sec),  vs SB-700; 3 seconds (AA Alkaline)
#3  A:B light ratios (previously only available on the SU-800)
#4 Accessories, you do get more included than on the SB-600, but you are paying more than $100USD for it.

Nikon D7000; They really missed with the name(D90x would have been a better choice in my opinion), but the specs make this a very interesting camera. My only gripe is that I wish it would take CF cards instead. I´m currently waiting for my pre-order. Who knows I might begin to start filming again. But that´s not my main reason for getting it.  I really need something smaller because of my shoulder. I will start a Nikon D7000 sample images page as soon as I get the camera. This will of course be images straight from the camera without post processing added to them, just as it is on my lens reviews.

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G Long awaited update of the manual focus Nikkor 35mm f/1.4 AI-S. The new 35mm 1.4 is packed with Nikon features, only thing missing for some might be the lack of VR. Personally I´m ok with lenses without VR, especially if they are fast and wide.
If you thought the manual focus version was expensive.., the new AF-S versions  costs almost twice as much. The current price for the AF-S version is $1,799.95, compared to just under $1000 for the manual focus version. If this new 35mm even is slightly improved over the older manual focus version it will be a killer lens for PJ
I do believe that lots of photo-journalists are happy with the recent introduction of the new wide-angle primes from Nikon, but is it enough?

Friday, September 17, 2010

Nikon Pre-orders

B&H is now taking pre-orders for most of the new Nikon equipment. I have a feeling that the D7000 is going to be hard to get a hold of. So if you are looking for any of the new equipment you should hurry over to B&H and pre-order it now, or you will be waiting:) And just so you know, if you are a Nikon NPS member you can use that at B&H as well. Just type Nikon into the searchbox at the B&H website

I'm going to try and get a hold of some of the new equipment, leave a comment at the end of this post and tell me which item you want a review of:)