Ugh. So this happened. See that large dent in the pentaprism housing (aka the “CVR-VF cover” according to Nikon)? The damage occurred when the D500 detached from the Luma Loop 3 sling I had attached to the camera. I could blame Luma Loop, but this was at least partly my fault. The loop attaches to the tripod screw on the bottom of the camera. I normally have a Really Right Stuff ball head quick release plate on the camera…Continue reading D500 Down!
Today’s photo: Doubtful Sound, New Zealand, near sunset.
I’ve used a variety of digital SLRs over the years in a seemingly endless quest to capture my daughters in action. Whether indoor sports (volleyball), nighttime marching band, or winter guard inside dimly lit gyms, I believed I fought for better low-light captures. Each camera body upgrade and better quality lens netted slightly better image quality in low light. I was so, so wrong about my photographic priorities. I wrote about the D500’s impressive ability to minimize noise in an…Continue reading The Insanely Fast Nikon D500 Autofocus
Now that I’ve returned to the world of Nikon APS-C format sensors, I need a reasonably good lens kit. I don’t require the big, fast glass I used when I shot full-frame. Back then, I’d carry a Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8, 70-200 f/2.8, and sometimes a 16-35 f/4. Toss in a full-frame body, and you have a bulky, heavy setup. On the other hand, I want reasonably good glass. I’m willing to trade off some speed for weight, given the high-ISO…Continue reading My D500 Lens Kit
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…Continue reading 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. 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…Continue reading My Camera Mistake: Nikon D600
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…Continue reading I Should Have Kept my Nikon D800
I learned more about photography shooting with the Nikon D300 than any other camera I’ve ever used. Because Nikon designed the D300 as a pro-level body, the camera offers little in the way of hand-holding features. The camera lacks scene modes or other souped up automation. A single program mode came the closest to hand-holding automation. This lack of hand-holding is the primary reason I became a better photographer using the Nikon D300. Getting back to the basics of composition,…Continue reading The Favorite Son: Nikon D300