Category Archives: Gear Reviews & How to

Anything that has to do with the gear of photography. Reviews and how to articles on pretty much everything like lights, cameras, bags and Lenses as well all the stuff leading up to “action.”

Model’s portfolio Boudoir image taken using Nikon 18-200mm VR

Portrait taken for a model’s portfolio using the Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED-IF AF-S VR DX  and a Nikon D90. Have you priced these D90 puppies lately? They cost as much new as a D7000, and used prices are rising too … Continue reading

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Beauty Head shot taken with Sigma 50mm f1.4 for Model’s Portfolio

Beauty Head shot, taken for model’s portfolio using Sigma 50mm HSM f1.4 and Nikon D90. Much of this session was taken using the Sigma 50mm f1.4. The widest open shots were usually taken at f2.2 or so. While f1.4 is nice … Continue reading

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Nikon 85mm 1.8G AF-S versus 85m 1.4D AF Heads up Review Comparison of Images and Bokeh

It has been asked for more clarity by way of direct performance review between the Nikon 85mm f1.8G AF-S and the 85mm f1.4D AF IF. While I mainly shoot in studio at f8.0 or so, using studio lights, I arranged a … Continue reading

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Male Portrait taken with Nikon 85mm f1.8G AF-S Lens and Nikon D7000

Portrait is taken in studio with Nikon 85mm f1.8G AF-S Lens and Nikon D7000. Me thinks Aaron is looking very Paul Newman as “Fast Eddie Felson” from The Hustler in this very strong character studio portrait black and white. Can … Continue reading

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Nikon 85mm 1.8G AF-S verses Nikon 85mm 1.4D AF IF Bokeh King – Review

Got my shiny new Nikon 85mm f1.8G and tested versus the Nikon 85mm f1.4D. Even with the AF-S, the focus speed of both lenses seems about the same… Impressive feat for the Bokeh King 85mm 1.4D.  Little disappointed the 1.8G didn’t … Continue reading

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Photoshop CS6 Beta Test Preview Review of New Features

I downloaded and installed the new Photoshop CS6 free Beta version preview from Adobe yesterday and gave it a bit of a go. It has some really cool features, and some foibles… How does one test drive the new Photoshop … Continue reading

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Top 30 Digital SLR Selling Camera’s, Kits and Current Pricing – Where does yours stack up?

These are the current top 30 sellers of Digital SLRs and Digital SLR Kits at Amazon along with their current as of today pricing. Own a DSLR, or  thinking of buying a Digital SLR? How does your rank in purchase … Continue reading

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Nikon D800 and D800E Previewed Compared Contrasted vs Nikon D7000 DSLR

At first glance the new Nikon D800  and Nikon D800E DSLRs seem like a heck of a lot of camera for about $3000 new. The introductions of the D800 and the D4 are driving down prices for old D3s bodies.  I recently saw a … Continue reading

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Pinup using the Nikon 18-200mm VRII F3.5-5.6 DX and Nikon D7000 DSLR Body

The 18-200mm VRII F3.5-5.6 AF-S DX can make an excellent in studio pin-up lens. This image is plenty

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Nikon 18-200mm VR AF-S for Pinup Shoot

I met a gentleman at the Barrett-Jackson car auction in Scottsdale who shoots everything with a Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED-IF AF-S VR DX zoom lens … What does he shoot? Ferraris, Corvettes, Lamborginis, and the like. He then makes beautiful … Continue reading

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Sunset at the Zoo with Nikon’s 70-200mm f/2.8 VR2 AF-S lens on a Nikon D7000 Body

Sometimes the best way to test gear is to take it out for a camera date.   Why is testing gear different than using it?  Well, a test is an opportunity, when the meter isn’t running with a nervous playing … Continue reading

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Nikon 85mm f1.8G AF-S Lens Announced, Considered, and pre Reviewed vs the 85mm f1.8D, 85mm f1.4D and 85mm f1.4G Nikkor Prime Portrait Lenses

The Nikon 85mm f1.8G AF-S Nikkor Lens has been announced. The  85mm f1.8D is a very sweet lens and quite inexpensive vis-a-vis its competing choices. During a November, 2011 review of the 85mm f1.8D, I mentioned that that if price were no … Continue reading

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Different Photographic Subjects Require Differing Tool Set Considerations

One of the things about photography that keeps it new and interesting for me is how very much there is to know about any particular niche of photography. And, beyond any given niche, how varying from a niche is very … Continue reading

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