Going Home: the Nikon D500 DSLR

Welcome to Photography Week at Uncertainty. I’ve been writing about the cameras in my life for several months now, but decided to wrap up the series with two more camera stories, thoughts on photographic workflow, other photographic gear, and the new camera entering my life.  I’ve waxed a little poetic about the Nikon D300 I used for several years. So when Nikon announced the spiritual successor to the D500, I decided to return home. I’d been a Nikon user for […]

Photographic Holding Pattern: Olympus OM-D EM-1

Welcome to Photography Week at Uncertainty. I’ve been writing about the cameras in my life for several months now, but decided to wrap up the series with two more camera stories, thoughts on photographic workflow, other photographic gear, and the new camera entering my life.  As a tech geek, sometimes new technology appeals to my lizard brain more than practical sense. Sometimes, though, my interest in different tech lines up with the needs of the day. So it was when […]

Beyond Today’s VR Gear

Let’s take a break for photography for a day, though this topic is peripherally related, as we do mention VR cameras briefly. Oh, yeah, and my Nikon D500 should be in my hot little hands by the time this posts. So we’ve got a bit about photography in our Tools discussion. Meaning People are receiving their first wave units of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. But what’s next for virtual reality? Will the hype and interest hold on long […]

Camera Gear and Gadgets

Welcome to Photography Week at Uncertainty. I’ve been writing about the cameras in my life for several months now, but decided to wrap up the series with two more camera stories, thoughts on photographic workflow, other photographic gear, and the new camera entering my life.  In addition to cameras and lenses, photographers use a lot of other gear. These include lighting equipment, camera bags, straps, software, and PC hardware. I’ll cover software and PC hardware for photography later; today is […]

My Camera Mistake: Nikon D600

Welcome to Photography Week at Uncertainty. I’ve been writing about the cameras in my life for several months now, but decided to wrap up the series with two more camera stories, thoughts on photographic workflow, other photographic gear, and the new camera entering my life.  File this under “it seemed like a good idea at the time”. In reality, it was nowhere near a good idea. I sold what’s arguably one of the best Nikon DSLRs of its day and […]

I Should Have Kept my Nikon D800

The Nikon D800 I owned turned out to be a perfect lesson about learning to be happy with what you have. The D800 is the camera I should have kept. I decided to make the leap to full-frame DSLRs with the Nikon D800. I’d been shooting with the Nikon D7000, an APS-C sensor body (Nikon calls them “DX format”) which I used extensively, but never really warmed up to much. The D800 offered amazing specs for the day: a 36mpixel sensor […]

Build Small or Don’t Build

I’d like to touch on something I ranted about a bit in the April 19 Improbable Insights podcast. The full-tower case is a dinosaur. Look, I know some of you out there love your triple-GPU, overclocked, liquid-cooled monster PCs. I love htat you love building and using these lumbering beasts, and more power to you. However, most people don’t game on triple-4K displays, and the headaches of managing SLI and CrossFire to get a good gaming experience gives me heartburn […]

The State of the PC in 2016

Eric and I discuss in detail the desktop PC in 2016. CPUs remain mostly in a status quo, while GPUs look to substantially evolve this year. I make some general recommendations: Abandon full-size ATX motherboards, unless you really dream of triple graphics cards Forget dual-core CPUs Build small SSDs all the way Efficiency is a win GPUs rule 1080p monitors are dead Skylake / DDR4 unless you’re on a tight budget; AMD quad-core+ if you’re on a tight budget On […]