Wednesday 26 December 2012

Nikon autofocus system

The autofocus system is one of the main features in a DSLR camera. It helps you get a fast and precise focus on the subject that you target. The Nikon DSLR cameras have different autofocus system and some are shared among different models. Learn here which model share the same autofocus system.

The newest engine has so far only been used in one model, but seem to be a variant of the autofocus system used in DX models. It is the Nikon Multi-CAM 4800FX (Introduced in 2012):
Two upper high model uses a variant of the FX autofocus system from above. It is the Nikon Multi-CAM 4800DX (Introduced in 2010):
The current top model in the FX world. Nikon Multi-CAM 3500FX (Introduced in 2007):
In one of the longest living Nikon cameras which as of 2012 still is sold is this autofocus model. Nikon Multi-CAM 3500DX (Introduced in 2007):
This autofocus model has been used in a couple of models in the lower end. It is the Nikon Multi-CAM 530 (Introduced in 2006):
The autofocus module with the longest life is used in many models, where it started in models in the upper range, but are now used in low end models. It is the Nikon Multi-CAM 1000DX (Introduced in 2005):
2nd generation top model autofocus system where used by a couple of top models. It is the Nikon Multi-CAM 2000 (Introduced in 2003):
The autofocus used by some of the early models that were targeting the normal users. It is the Nikon Multi-CAM 900 (Introduced in 2002):
And finally the autofocus model used by the first DSLR from Nikon. It is the Nikon Multi-CAM 1300 (Introduced in 1999):
Within each model there might be some minor differences as Nikon fine tune the models as time goes by and some of the early models might be shared with some film based cameras.

So if you want to know more about your autofocus model you now know which models that you also can look at when you want to learn more about it.

Sunday 23 December 2012

Nikon D5100 vs D5200: What to buy?

These two camera models are the in the same product line, where the Nikon D5200 is expected to replace the D5100 model. So which model should you buy and do you get enough extra from buying the new D5200 model?

So here is why you should buy the Nikon D5200:
  • You get a newer and bigger sensor. Where the sensor megapixel has gone up to 24 MP from 16 MP in the Nikon D5100. The D5200 sensor hasn't been measured by Dxomark yet, but expect it to be better than the D5100, but don't expect much. My guess is it will score a little better in each section
  • The D5200 has gotten the metering engine from the older D7000 model, which is considered to be a higher product line. This is very good news as this is an important factor for getting more pictures that have the right exposure
  • You get a better autofocus engine. Again Nikon has taken a feature from the better D7000 and put it into the D5200. This is also important as this make it easier to take sharp pictures.
So why should you buy the Nikon D5100:
  • The only reason is price. The currently about 40% cheaper and this is money you can spend on better lenses or something else.
If you have the money then buy the Nikon D5200. It is clearly the better camera. It begins to be a hard choice when you take into consideration that you will be able to buy a better lens with the Nikon D5100. My advise would be to buy the Nikon D5100 with better lenses for almost anyone except if you shoot a lot of action pictures where the better autofocus system might come into great use.
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Wednesday 19 December 2012

Nikon D3200 vs D5100: Which to buy?

If you are looking for your fist DSLR camera you choice might come down to the new Nikon D3200 and the Nikon D5100. Both are excellent choice for your first DSLR camera. So which one should you choose?

These are the features that might lead you to choose the Nikon D3200:
- It has a newer and bigger sensor, but if you look closely at the scores the two sensors gets at Dxomark they score almost the same, so performance wise they should be about the same. Things move fast in the digital world, so normaly it would be wise to choose the newer sensor
- It has retouch functions in the camera, where you can do basic things with your photos like at filter effect and more

These are the features that might lead you to choose the Nikon D5100:
- It has a swipe LCD screen as the only model in the Nikon world (the newer brother the Nikon D5200 also has one)
- It has bracketing function. This means that if you have hard light conditions you can take the same picture that are over and under exposed (with more or less light), so you can get the picture with perfect lightning. You can do the same with the Nikon D3200, only here you have to do it manually
- You can push the camera one step higher in ISO, which can be nice in indoor lightning where you don't want to use a flash
- You get 14 bit imageprocessing, which don't really mean much if you just are entering the DSLR world
- You get some more scene selection options. This can be nice if you remember to use them. It preconfigure your camera to a certain situation

The decision is really a draw. You get a couple of more features in the Nikon D5100, but for most people buying their first DSLR this doesn't really mean much. So go out in the store and select the camera you fill are best and with which model that you get the best deal.

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Tuesday 18 December 2012

Nikon D600 vs Canon EOS 6D: What to buy?

Which camera should you choose if you are getting in to DSLR world and you want it to be a full frame camera? From the two major DSLR vendors there are two options. The Canon EOS 6D and the Nikon D600.

So why should you choose the Canon EOS 6D:
- It has build in wifi. You can get it with the Nikon D600, but you have to pay extra for it. I have been waiting for DSLR cameras to get this build into it. If you should a lot of pictures within your home Wifi range this can be a great feature to be able to share your pictures fast, but for me it wouldn't be the killer feature to choose the 6D
- You get a build in GPS. Again you can get it with D600, but it is something you have to pay extra for. This is also a feature I can't understand why it have been included earlier. This is a feature that I really am missing, but I have lived without it for nearly 10 years, so I guess I can live without it a bit longer
- ISO can be pushed to 102400. This is two step higher than on the Nikon. If you are a shooter that takes a lot of pictures inside or it bad light situation this can be a killer feature for you to select this camera, but the Nikon scores higher in low light performance measured by DXOMarks, so at the same ISO you should get a little bit clearer picture with the Nikon

So why should you choose the Nikon D600:
- It has a bigger and better sensor. The scores from Dxomarks is higher in every section, where the overall score is 94 for the Nikon vs 82 for the Canon.
- You get 2 card slots which can be important if you also use the camera for video or if you want to take backup at the moment you shoot the pictues
- You get more features in your autofocus in the Nikon with 39 AF points vs 11 AF points in the 6D
- You get 1 more fps in the D600, but that shouldn't mather very much
- You get 100% viewfinder coverage against 97% in the 6D, which shouldn't mather much either.

So based on this what should you get? Well in my mind it is a draw. You get something with the Canon 6D that you don't get with the Nikon D600 and you get something in the Nikon D600 that you don't get in the Canon 6D. Both are great cameras and should serve you very well. For most of you it is an easy choice as you most likely have gotten stuff from one of these camera makers that might be the deciding factor.

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Thursday 13 December 2012

Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs 6D: What to buy?

This year Canon has introduced two new full frame cameras that one might consider if you wanted a new Canon DSLR camera. It is right choice the Canon 5D Mark III or the Canon 6D? Or do you want to go for the older 5D Mark II, which is still available to buy, so which should you buy?

This article will focus on the Canon 5D Mark III vs Canon 6D, but you might also want to check out the articles about the other combinations:
So why would you want to go for the more expensive 5D Mark III:
  • The autofocus is the main reason why you might want to go for the 5D Mark III compared to the 6D. It is the same as in the professional 1D X. So it will give you great performance in getting a lock on your subjects
  • The sensor performance the same when you look at the score from DXOMarks with a little bit of difference
  • You get the 1/8000 shooting option where in the 6D you only get the 1/4000 and you get a little bit better flash sync speed but not much
  • And you get a more professional body, but also one that is a bit heavier
  • You fps is about 1,5 fps higher, but that shouldn't be a big factor
  • You also get 100 viewfinder frame coverage, but you are not missing much in the 6D.
The 6D only really have the price and the lighter body going for it.

The decision between the two really comes down to one thing. It is the autofocus system. Can you live with what you get in the 6D or do you need and want a professional autofocus system. Only you can make that decision. All the other factors is that big of a deal.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II vs 6D: What to buy?

This year Canon has introduced two new full frame cameras that one might consider if you wanted a new Canon DSLR camera. It is right choice the Canon 5D Mark III or the Canon 6D? Or do you want to go for the older 5D Mark II, which is still available to buy, so which should you buy?

This article will focus on the Canon 5D Mark II vs Canon 6D, but you might also want to check out the articles about the other combinations:
So here are the reasons that might want to buy the newer Canon 6D:
  •  A newer and better sensor is in the Canon 6D. It scores better in the DXOMarks test with an overall score of 82 for the Canon 6D vs 79 for the 5D Mark II, where the main difference is in the high iso picture ability. If you are shooting a lot of indoor shoots then the Canon 6D might justify the price difference
  • You get a better metering method. The Canon 6D uses the same engine as in the Canon 5D Mark III
  • Autofocus systems are about the same, but real life testing might tell a difference story.
  • You can go higher in ISO with the Canon 6D with a push ability up to ISO 102400.
  • You get 50 and 60 frame rate option in you video mode.
  • You get a 200g lighter body
So here are the reasons why you might go for the cheaper 5D Mark II:
  • You get a lower price where you at the moments saves about $300
  • You get a professional body with no plastic in it, which means that it can take some more physical 
So based on this the recommendation is as follows. If you already have a Canon 5D Mark II then there isn't that much reason for you to get the new Canon 6D. Yes you get a newer and better sensor, but it isn't a huge step forward, so it is better to wait until next round of upgrades comes along. If you have a need for a full frame I would go for the Canon 6D. Yes it is more expensive, but only about 10% which isn't much considering what you get extra.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs 5D Mark II: What to buy?

This year Canon has introduced two new full frame cameras that one might consider if you wanted a new Canon DSLR camera. It is right choice the Canon 5D Mark III or the Canon 6D? Or do you want to go for the older 5D Mark II, which is still available to buy, so which should you buy?

This article will focus on the Canon 5D Mark II vs Canon 5D Mark III, but you might also want to check out the articles about the other combinations:
Here are the reasons that you want to buy a 5D Mark III:
  • Newer and better sensor. It is 81 vs 79 in overall score in DXOMarks with the big difference in high iso performance. So if you do a lot of this kind of shooting then you should go for the 5D Mark III
  • The autofocus system, which one of many drawbacks of the 5D Mark II, has been improved a lot and  is the same in the more expensive professional model. This is a major factor in going for the 5D Mark III
  • The high iso can be maxed out at 102400, which is two step higher than the 5D Mark II
  • You get a 2 fps faster than the 5D Mark II, so that you now can shoot at 6 fps
  • Also you frame rate in video can be set to 50 or 60
The only thing that is going for the 5D Mark II is the price. It is $1200 cheaper, which is a lot. 

If you are on a budget then you should go for the 5D Mark II. It is still a very good camera, but you do get a lot more if you decide to go for the 5D Mark III. Mainly it is better in low light and has a professional autofocus system. 

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Tuesday 4 December 2012

Nikon D3200 vs D3100: What to buy?

With the new D3200 on the market this year anyone going for an entry model DSLR from Nikon might wonder if it is a good idea to go for the $120 dollar (as of December 2012) cheaper D3100, which are only about 1 year older.

Well if you go for the D3200 here is what you get extra:
  • A newer and bigger sensor which in test like Dxomark has the D3200 scoring higher in every category and the overall score is 81 vs 67 in D3200 favor. This is a major difference and a high motivator for getting the newer model
  • You get 4 fps vs 3 fps. This isn't much of a difference
  • You can use higher ISO. This is important as many use their camera indoor as well as outdoor. This is a major advantage for the D3200
  • You get a little bit better video options. Not that big a difference
  • You get some more retouch options. Also not a big difference

The only two things going for the D3100 is that you get some smaller image files from the camera, which might be important if you don't have the largest computer for post work and you do a lot of it. And you get the camera $120 dollar cheaper.

The price difference can be big for some people, but for most people you should go for the D3200. It is a clearly better camera that will last longer.

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Monday 3 December 2012

Nikon D800 vs D600: What to buy?

After the introduction of the Nikon D600 many are wondering if they should get the Nikon D600 or the Nikon D800. As you might have read in some of my previous blog entries. I have been in the same situation. In the end choosing the Nikon D800. Both models have reports of having a bit of early manufacturing problems with autofocus issues in D800 and oil/dust issue in the D600.

So why should you go for the more expensive D800:
  • Larger sensor. The D800 has a larger sensor and this can be both an advantage and disadvantage. You will get a lot of details in your pictures and if you crop in/zoom in it will easier show bad photography shooting style. But you also get a camera with a DX crop mode that is about the same as the D7000. There are some that thinks the big files are a big issue and if you do a lot of post processing it can be an issue, but remember you don't have to use the max setting. If you use the M (5520 x 3680) setting in image size you get something that is pretty close to the size that D600 produce at L setting (6016 x 4016). All in all you get a sensor with more options than in D600. It is up to you if you want to use these options.
  • More advance autofocus. The autofocus model in the D800 is professional and from the D4. I like it more than what I have seen on the D600 as it covers a larger part of the picture.
  • More advance metering. The metering in the D800 is a step above the D600. This means that you should have a greater part of your pictures that are correctly exposed. Especially if you shoot most in hard lightning situations
  • 2 extra format settings (1.2x and 5:4 format). Again this gives you options that you don't have in the D600, but for most people this doesn't really make a difference.
  • Faster max shooting speed. You get the 1/8000 with the D800 compared to the D600. Again more options, but for most it isn't a deciding factor. 
  • Faster flash sync speed. This can be important if you do a lot of indoor shooting, but again for most people it doesn't really make a difference
  • Some of the more minor difference is more frames with different bracketing and you get USB 3 compared to USB2 in the D600. All minor difference that doesn't make a difference for most users.

So why should you go for the less expensive D600:
  • You get two SD card slots compared to the D800 with one SD and one compact flash. 
  • You get U1 and U2 and a lot of predefined settings like landscape, beach/snow. This means it is easier to configure you camera for different camera taking situations, but you have to remember to use them otherwise they don't make a difference
  • You got better remove release options. It is weird that Nikon makes a standard that fits all cameras instead of many different solutions.
  • You get a lighter camera.
All in all I think of the D800 as a camera that is more prepared for the future. It gives you more options and it is more likely to live with you longer than the D600. It does require higher photographer skills. Another big advantage is the autofocus and metering, which are on a higher level than the D600. So what you need to decide if you want to pay the extra money for the more options you get with the D800. My decision was that I was prepared to pay the extra money for those (for me) nice to have features. If you like predefined settings with options to create your own, then the D600 is your choice.

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Sunday 2 December 2012

Nikon D7000 vs Nikon D5200: What to buy?

These two cameras are at the moment almost at the same price, so a good question is which one should you buy? The new D5200 version which has gotten many features from the D7000 or the two year older D7000 with more advance features?

So why would you buy the newer D5200 model:
  • Newer 24 megapixel sensor. No one hasn't measured the sensor yet, but a good idea about the performance is to look at the performance of the D3200 vs the D7000. The D5200 sensor is at least as good as the D3200. Maybe a little bit better. If you look at the D3200 vs D7000 sensor they score almost the same at Dxomark. So I don't see any reason to buy the newer D5200 over the D7000 because of this.
  • Video has higher frame rate option. The video has the option to run 50 or 60 frames/second. For most this doesn't really make as an important advantage. As they don't need this feature.
  • Vari-angle monitor. If you previous have shoot a lot with point-and-shoot camera you might find this a important feature, as the Nikon D5200 is the only DSLR camera with this feature.
So why should you buy the older D7000 model:
  • If you have older (pre AF-S) lenses are you want to buy one of these used. Then you would want to go for the D7000 as this is the only model of these two that can autofocus with the lenses.
  • You have the double card slot option. With video and cheap memory this is a very nice extra feature to have, but you can live without it too.
  • Bigger and better viewfinder. The viewfinder (the one you look through when you take pictures) are better in the D7000. You have complete coverage over the picture you take compared to the D5200 where you loose very little around the edge. Most people wouldn't be able to see the difference. The magnification in the D7000 is closer to normal than in the D5200, so you get a better sense of the picture you take in the D7000.
  • You have some more high speed option. The D7000 you can take picture with 1/8000 second and with flash sync of 1/250. Most people don't need this and if you do you know it.
  • More bracketing options. In the D7000 you have both Active D-Lighting and flash bracketing. These can be an advantage if you take a lot of indoor pictures with flash, but it does require you to remember to switch it on and you can live with take a lot of pictures.
All in all there isn't much difference in the two cameras and you can't really say that one is better than the other. It really depends on what you find important. But in most cases I would advice to go for the D7000, who might be older, but have some really nice features that you someday might find useful. Remember that both models have the same autofocus engine and metering engine, which is some of the important features to consider when you buy a new DSLR camera.

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Tuesday 27 November 2012

Canon DSLR prediction 2013 (7D Mark II and more)

I have done the DSLR prediction for Nikon and now is the time for Canon. Canon has over the last couple of years announced 2-4 models each year, so it is very likely that 2013 will be the same.

The easy part is that there will be a 7D Mark II model. It seem like the battle between Nikon and Canon will focus on this segment in the start of the year. Who will arrive first and how will they match up against each other. Only time will tell. This would be the high end model from Canon in the APS-C world.

In the second part of the year the semi-professional model 60D will be upgraded to a 70D model with some of the same features as in the 7D Mark II, but in a smaller scale where some of the more advanced features have been removed.

A guess could be the entry model 650D also gets replaced as it has been upgrade each year for the last couple of years, but I think Canon will skip next year with no upgrade to the entry model, so there will be no Canon 700D.

Just like with Nikon I believe that both companies wants to introduce a cheaper model below the 6D and it should be interesting to see if 2013 will be the year for this. I believe that Canon will ship one for the Christmas season of 2013 for around $1400.

It will be also be interesting to see if Canon will play the high megapixel game that Nikon started with their Nikon D800.

Canon will deliver at least one Full-frame DSLR camera next year. So I guess that will round it up. Two models for APS-C market and one for the Full-frame market.

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Best place to find your next photography gear

I have created a major update to my list to photography equipment, so that it includes both lenses and camera body. The expansion also includes Canon equipment. So now it possible to get an overview of all current Canon and Nikon lenses (with a lot of older lenses too) and all Canon and Nikon digital camera SLR bodies.

So why the expansion to include Canon equipment? Well I am not switching to Canon equipment. I am very happy with the Nikon equipment that I have. There are several reasons:
  1. I have some friends that are Canon users and I want to help them too
  2. I would like more visitors on my web-site
  3. And I want to make some comparison between Canon and Nikon equipment
The Canon part isn't as big as Nikon yet, but my goal is that it should be about the same amount of articles. Someday Canon might even have more articles. Who knows? Here are links to the different sections:
As always. If you have something that needs to be in some of the lists or you have some correction to the list. Leave a comment or contact me on G+ (see the icon with link in the right sidebar).

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Thursday 22 November 2012

Nikon DSLR prediction 2013 (D7100/D7200 and more)

The year is almost over and it has been a very busy year for Nikon as it has been a record year with 6 DSLR. Two of them are almost the same (D800 and D800E), but still a record year.

In 2012 Nikon has introduced the following cameras:

  • D4 (16 mp full-frame)
  • D800E (36 mp full-frame)
  • D800 (36 mp full-frame)
  • D600 (24 mp full frame)
  • D5200 (24 mp DX frame)
  • D3200 (24 mp DX frame)
This is a great deal of the product lines that got an upgrade in 2012, with only a small amount that hasn't been upgrade. This include:
  • D7000
  • D300s
  • D700
  • D3X
So it is among these that we are going to see an upgrade unless we are going to see completely new models, which we saw this year with D600 and D800. Next year will be more like a normal year where Nikon creates 3-4 models. 

The most obvious model to come is the D7100/D7200. This will be (as I have written before) and model to replace the D300s and the D7100. There isn't enough market for both models as I have written about in this blog post: What to expect from the replacement of D7000 and D300? This will be the only DX announcement next year, but a D3300 might sneak in as it replacement, but I think that one will wait for 2014. A surprise might be a mirrorless D1000, but it might also be the D3300 model that is going to be mirrorless.

Then we are going to see some FX models. Most likely two. There will be a replacement for the D700 with the 16 mp sensor from the D4, BUT it will be not so close as the D700 was to the D3. And my guess is that is going to be called D710. 

The other FX model to expect is the D400 entry model in the FX world, where you get the same 24 mp as in the D600, but will a lot less features. This might depend on the sales of D600. If it keeps going strong they might wait until 2014. 

There might also be a D4X model with maybe 48 mp where Nikon really is going into the medium format with this camera.

Even with a smaller number of announcement in 2013. It is still going to be an interesting year.

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Sunday 18 November 2012

What to expect from the replacement of D7000 and D300?

Everyone that has an advance Nikon DX camera model like the Nikon D7000, Nikon D300 or similar is waiting for their upgrade model, which comes under many names, but most likely will be called D7100.

I am sure there will be a new model above the D5200 as it is missing some important features that some Nikon DX users demand in their camera. So lets take a look at what might be important:
  • Autofocus. The new D5200 has the autofocus system from the D7000, so Nikon has to deliver something here as this is one of the main reason why you go up a model.  My guess is that we are going to see a DX version of the autofocus engine from D800 and D4. Lets call it the Multi-CAM3500DX.
  • Lightmetering: It has to have a better lightmetering than the D5200 which has a 2016 pixel mode. Again it will look at the Nikon D800 and D4 and take the 91k lightmeter.
  • It has to have 100% viewfinder coverage
  • It has to autofocus with older lenses
  • It has to have a fast fps. With at least 6 or 7 fps like the Nikon D300
  • It has to have a shutter speed of 1/8000
All in all it has to target the users that want to stay with DX format for things like using the crop factor to your advantage, when you shoot wild life or other fast moving subjects. A sports camera for those that can't afford the Nikon D4. And the price should fit in around $1600. Would this be a body you would buy? What feature can you live without?

All of the above is just speculation from my point...

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Wednesday 14 November 2012

Are we ever going to see a Nikon D400?

The short answer is yes we are going to see a Nikon D400 simply because it is a number that fits in well with what Nikon already have a model names like D600, D700 and D800.

What may come as surprise (my guess) is that is going to be something completely different than people expects.

At the moment people are expecting an upgrade for D300s which is way overdue. Got a nasty surprise a couple of days ago where I visited Nikons web-site and saw that you are still able to buy it. Wonder if there are even selling those anymore. Why not go for the D7000 if you are going to buy an advanced DX camera?

Well the D400 has been a wishing camera upgrade for advanced DX users for several years and Nikon has nothing to show for it. My guess is that many of them now are moving on to FX which just might what Nikon wants. Some have taken the D800 where you get a D7000 mp DX camera inside if you need that and then you still have the FX feature. Others are hoping on to the D600 wagon and seeing what a wonderful camera this is.

Yes there will an upgrade for D7000/D300/D300s next year (2013) some time early summer or late spring. Why not before. Well they want all you advance DX users to buy a D600 or D800 because there are more money in it for them as they get to upgrade your lens collection to.

The D400 will in 2013/2014 be the new entry level FX camera when the sales of D600 and D800 is going down. Just look at the numbers. In DX they are going for D3xxx, D5xxx and D7xxx and in FX they have the D8xx and the D6xx. Do you see a pattern?

My guess for the year 2013 in DSLR from Nikon is called:

- D7100 the most advanced DX camera (most likely spring time)
- D400 entry FX model (most likely late autumn)
- D4X medium format FX camera (not sure about this one)

And a surprise might be a D1000 as the first mirrorless DX camera...

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Sunday 11 November 2012

Wet autumn leaf

It is just the season for trips to the woods and when the color is like this you just have to take some nice pictures. For some reason I have a thing for taking pictures of leaves with my macro at the moment and when the weather is a bit wet like today it gives you the possibility of creating some very nice pictures of these leaves.

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This is where the picture were taken:

Sadly it started out with a bit of foggy weather when we drove from home, but that was gone when we came to the place. Better luck next time.

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Thursday 8 November 2012

Nikon D7000, Nikon D300 upgrade options? Is it D5200?

Are one photographers of the more advanced Nikon DX cameras like the Nikon D7000, D300, D90, D200 or other like those, then you might wonder what are your upgrade options.

If you ask me I think that Nikon has forgotten those users. There have been a long wait for an upgrade for Nikon D300 users. I think a lot of them have waited for the Nikon D400, which may or may not appear any time. The same with Nikon D90 users where there are the Nikon D7000, but would you buy one now that the Nikon D5200 has been annonced. I don't think so. 

Nikon normally has upgraded it's topmodel first and then move down to the smaller cameras, but recently they have flipped in the DX world and upgraded the entry model (D3200) first and now the middle model (D5200) and one can only guess what is coming next. Most likely the D7100. 

I think that DX users can forget about the Nikon D400 or similar. That aren't coming to the market. You options (for those models listed above) is to wait for the D7100 or go to the full frame with the Nikon D600. 

So sad to say it, but unless you want to go down in model to the D5200, then your only option is to wait and  it is sadly that it is going to be a longer wait. The indication that Nikon is waiting to the start of next year to present the Nikon D5200 in the USA only shows that there wouldn't be any new DX cameras in January. You have to wait to at least February or Marts with a delivery date one month later.

Why the long wait? Well they want most of the users to move to Nikon D600, which would boost they lens sales. The question is how long time do they dare to wait? 

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Tuesday 6 November 2012

Nikon D3200 vs Nikon D5200 - what to buy

So which of these cameras should you buy? Forget the Nikon D7000 if you are going to buy a DX camera. What is the difference and when do you need to buy the D3200 and when do you need to buy the D5200.
A couple of days ago I wrote an article about this based on the rumors and there isn't much that has changed now that the Nikon D5200 has been introduced. 8/10 should still go for the Nikon D3200 as the extra features that are coming with the Nikon D5200 isn't that big of a deal for most Nikon shooters in this category. Let me run through the main reason why you might buy the Nikon D5200:
  • Autofocus: The D5200 has 39 points vs 11 points in the D3200. The autofocus system comes from the Nikon D7000. What this really means is that autofocus will be a lot better in the Nikon D5200 than the Nikon D3200. This should be the main reason why you might want to buy the Nikon D5200 over the Nikon D3200. Do you need it? Well it depends on what you are going to shoot. If it is slow moving subjects like landscape, family events and as a tourist camera you don't really need the better autofocus. If you are shooting fast moving action like children player some kind of sport, then you better go with the D5200.
  • Light metering: 2016 pixel sensor vs 420 pixel sensor. What this means is that it will in some situations give you a better light metering in the Nikon D5200 over the Nikon D3200. If you are going to shoot a lot in hard light conditions (large difference between light and dark) then you should go for the Nikon D5200
  • High speed: 5 fps in the Nikon D5200 vs 4 fps in the Nikon D3200. Not an important difference
  • Iso push: 25600 in the Nikon D5200 vs 12800 in the Nikon D3200. Yes you can take pictures where it is more dark, but it is much so not really a major difference
  • Flip screen in the Nikon D5200. Nice to have in a compact camera, but in a DSLR not really an important feature
  • Bracketing: This is an important feature for the advanced photographer, but most people wouldn't even notice that this feature isn't available in the D3200.
So all in all you have to think one or two of the above features is important to your shooting to choose the D5200 over the D3200. List price difference is 400 euro or 500 us dollar which is a lot just to have those extra features.

If I was going to buy my first DSLR or upgrade from a D40 or similar I would go for the D3200 and get to know what is like to shoot with DSLR.

What is missing here is for the more advanced DX shooters. They don't really have an option at the moment. They could go FX, but it is expensive and require that you do something with your lens collection. Otherwise I would wait. It can't be long before the D7000 also gets an upgrade to something similar with the D5200 just with more features. If you are a D200, D300 or similar user waiting for a D400 or similar you choices are either for the D7100 or go to full frame. I don't believe there will be a D400 DX version. 

Links to Nikon D5200 articles:

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Monday 5 November 2012

Do you have the right Nikon standard zoom lens?

Do you think you have the right standard zoom lens for your Nikon DSLR or are you looking for a new lens to your system. Take a look at this analysis I have created for you. It lists a lot of articles about the different options that you have:

It is the professionel lenses that tops the list which doesn't come as any surprise. The big surprise is that one of the lenses from the film days are doing very well here in the new full frame world. And guess what I have that lens and it has been packed away for 8 years and I even thought that I would sell it to help pay for the new Nikon body, but know I am going to keep it until I decide to upgrade my standard zoom.

If there are any other lenses you are looking for take a look here to start your research or just get an overview over which are available. You might even learn something about the lenses that you already have.

If you have written an article yourself about the lens (doesn't even have to be an review). Let me know, so we can get a good collection of articles about the Nikon lenses.

More is coming soon and the goal is to also have Canon lists by the end of the year. Enjoy ;-)

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Saturday 3 November 2012

Nikon D3200 vs Nikon D5200 based on rumors

A new camera is on the market from Nikon and if you are upgrading from existing camera or just wanted to buy your first Nikon camera you might wonder what camera to buy.

This year Nikon has introduced two DX camera. The Nikon D3200 and the Nikon D5200 and you might wonder what is the difference between the two cameras.

Based on rumors the difference between the two cameras looks to be minimal:

  • You will be able to go up higher in ISO, but not something most will use as the IQ isn't that good over ISO 6400
  • There will be a better metering, so you have a better chance of getting the right exposure in difficult light
  • You will be able to shoot 5 fps vs 4 fps
There has to be more to it that this. Might be build in wifi, build in gps or something different for the buyers to want to buy the D5200 vs the D3200. We will see next week...

Based on this information it is very minimal with the better metering as the only really serious reason to buy the rumored D5200, so the advice at this point is to buy the great Nikon D3200 or wait for the D7100, which I guess will be the next to be upgraded maybe in the start of the new year.

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Thursday 1 November 2012

Wide angle lenses added to the lens datbase

Well another section is done. It is the section about the wide lenses. This is where you want to go if you want something that is light in weight or/and if you need to shoot pictures at very low light or indoor. There are some extremely great lenses among them, where the 16mm fisheye is a bit of a surprise as a very sharp lens, but also a special purpose lens. Otherwise it is the newer 24mm 1.4g, 35mm 1.4g and 28mm 1.8g that offers some of the best lenses. So here are the complete list:
More is coming soon and the goal is to also have Canon lists by the end of the year. Enjoy ;-)
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Wednesday 31 October 2012

Yonder, where the road bends - H.C.Andersen (Hist, hvor vejen slår en bugt)

A couple of weekends ago my family visit my farther in law in Svendborg and as always we took a drive through the very wonderful landscape of south Fyn. As many knows H.C. Andersen is born and lived most of his life on Fyn (Odense).

He wrote many things in his life and is know around the world for his great fairy tales. What I didn't know was that my wife grew up just very short from the place that inspired H.C. Andersen to write the text to the song "Yonder, where the road bends" or in Danish:  "Hist, hvor vejen slår en bugt".

Here is a picture of the place and if you think a bit about it your might be able to see what H.C. Andersen saw about 175 years ago:

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[1/160s, f/4.5, ISO 100]

If you want to find this place:

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Monday 29 October 2012

Frosty leaves with Nikon D800 and Nikon 70-200 VR

There is just something about frosty leaves that makes them very attractive for me as a photographer to just keep shooting. And it helps that my oldest son (3½) wants to go out in the garden to play and "let" father do some shooting with the camera from time to time.

Often you have to get out early in the morning before the sun melds away the ice on  the leaves and the leaves have to stay on the trees as it gives the most lives to the pictures. So actually I only have a rather small window of opportunity as most of the leaves fall of the trees here in Denmark and most of the time before there even is frosty weather.

[1/400s, f/2.8, ISO 500]

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Saturday 27 October 2012

DX standard zooms added to the lens database

Well another section is done. It is the section about the DX standard zooms, Where there are a lot of options both for the more serious shooter and for the casual shooter. So here are the complete list:

Enjoy ;-)
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Winter October morning with Nikon D800 and Nikon 105 VR

Last night with got a little bit of snow and some frosty weather, so me and my son Julius spend a little time this morning out in the garden. My son just wanted to play, but I wanted to capture a couple of pictures with my macro as many of the leafs still was on the trees and the leafs were frosty and with a couple of snow drops on them.

This picture was from a blueberry busk that has a very nice autumn color for its leafs:
[1/160s, f/5, ISO 100]

And this was from a blackcurrant busk that we also have:
[1/160s, f/3.2, ISO 280]

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Friday 26 October 2012

A windy autumn afternoon with Nikon D800 and Nikon 14-24

Yesterday me and my familie went on a little afternoon getaway and we thought that we would check out a local ruin. The weather was windy and so the clouds changed a lot during the short time we were there. That made gave me the opportunity to take a nice picture with my great Nikon D800 and my great lens the Nikon 14-24:

[1/160s, f/8, ISO 100]

If you want to check out the place yourself you can find it here (there is a small parking spot marked): 

Another time I think that we will take a longer time along the path at the lake, but it was just to cold and windy yesterday...

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