Sunday, September 9, 2012
Sunday, August 26, 2012
A panorama assembled with Hugins (a wonderful freeware) on an iMac. The picture consists of 8 35MP shots taken with a Nikon D800 with the recent 50 1.8 AFS G lens, resulting in a totally unnecessary 133MP full resolution picture. I just like the colors, this is a view from the restaurant terrace in my hotel during my recent holiday in the French Alps.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
I posted my first impressions about the recent Nikon D4 professional camera on the photography wiki: more details here:
The short version: the D4 is not a revolution compared to the previous D3 generation, more of an evolution: almost everything is better but the D4 is not a real game changer to photographers unlike the D3.
*improved AF (yes it is possible !)
*improved ISO performance (vs D3, less impressive vs D3s)
*much better video specification than other Nikon cameras (couldn't check this YET)
As a conclusion: probably the best DSLR as of today for reporters, events and action photographers.
This new flagship is not without flaws, however: this is not really Nikon's problem, but because of the Japanese government, they had to introduce a new battery/power system, meaning a new charger, new batteries and a seriously decreased battery life -> you need more (expensive) spares. Another thing is the new XQD card format: as of today, only Sony can provide them, and the D4 is the one and only device in the world using them. This is seriously increasing the cost of ownership (readers, cards) and I am not convinced at all by the added value. The buffer is big enough, and the extra speed is not a real need for "normal" shooter. The last CF cards were fast enough, as far as I am concerned.
Final conclusion: highly recommended to recommended depending on the usage.
Sunday, April 29, 2012
More info on the wiki: http://www.techniphoto.com/wiki/index.php?title=XQD
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Monday, February 6, 2012
A 'simple' shot: I put the compact Nikon J1 on the huge 200-400VR with a 1.7 teleconverter on the FT1 adapter, the whole thing resulting in an equivalent 1836mm focal length !!! This is what you need if you want to frame the moon like this. The whole setup has been mounted on a sturdy tripod with a gimbal head (the only practical head to support such a huge and heavy lens). The camera has been used in full manual mode, f8, 1/160 sec ISO400. The amazing thing is that autofocus was still working perfectly, in fact even better than on high end DSLR cameras. The Nikon One combined with professional glass is really astonishing !
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Sunday, January 1, 2012
This camera is more than just a camera. It is a disruptive innovation (other recently introduced cameras as well, like the new Sony NEX-7), because for the first time, we have a compact size mirrorless camera, with professional level (even improved) autofocus, a 2.7 crop factor giving previously impossible possibilities to wildlife photographers. I am really curious about the future evolution but I really think this camera will be remembered in a few years from now as the deal breaker of the DSLR industry. To be followed...