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Nikon Z9

In General Stuff, Standard by Patrick

The rumored Nikon Z9 camera is supposedly going to be announced in October of 2021. The wait will be long according to Nikon Rumors secondary to part shortages and labor issues. It has been common knowledge that the Nikon Z9 was being used at the Olympics and all the EXIF data was removed so as not to draw questions. Here …

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Nikon slowly discontinuing DX lenses

In General Stuff by Patrick

It appears as if Nikon is slowly phasing out their DX cropped sensor cameras and lenses. Check any reputable site for Nikon like NikonRumors and you will see that for DX sensor bodies there are only about six lenses that they have not discontinued or archived. Here is the list to date: AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G AF-S DX …

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First day of fall

In General Stuff, Standard by Patrick

Leaves are turning and the temps are falling. Sure signs of the autumnal equinox. Much like the trees getting ready for the upcoming change, so are the birds. They are busy feeding, prepping their winter homes and changing their appearance to become less noticeable to predators. Take for example this American Goldfinch. Beautifully adorned in bright yellow during the summer …

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Better or Worse Upgrade

In General Stuff, Standard by Patrick

Nikon released a new remote transmitter for there flash system that has not gotten any fan fare.  The replaced  the WR-R10 with the WR-R11.  This one I questioned a bit as I pondered the differences, or lack thereof.  I use the WR-R10 and the WR-A10 and reviewed them here.  I rely on them and paired with the Nikon SB-5000, it …

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Are DSLR cameras still worth it

In General Stuff by Patrick

Both Canon USA and Nikon have announced that they are working on professional mirrorless bodies.  I am unsure about Canon, but Nikon has plans on continuing to discontinue more DSLR lenses.  Is this a sign of things to come and the end of the DSLR as we know it?  This has been coming for some time and I have discussed …

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Questions rolling in F or FTZ

In Camera Bag by Patrick

With the advancement of mirrorless over the past few years, a great many photographers have been asking the question, should I go mirrorless completely or hybrid with DSLR given my current investment in F-mount lenses.  Great question!  One that I can only answer for myself at this point but do have t his to offer.  To those just getting into …

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Panning technique and NX Studio

In Standard, Tips and Tricks by Patrick

One essential skill for a photographer that captures moving objects is panning.  Panning is simply keeping the film plane in sync on the subject while it is moving so to the camera it nullifies any movement.  This is a skill that needs to be practiced so when called upon, it is second nature.    So, how can you tell if …

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Firmware Update for Z Series

In Standard by Patrick

Nikon Japan announced a firmware update for the entire Z-series line of mirrorless cameras today.  AF enhancements are the main updates cited in the press release.  Updates will be available on April 26th per the release.  Here is the download link.

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Nikon D6 Firmware update

In Standard by Patrick

Nikon just release an update for the Nikon D6.  Usually the updates are minor, but this has included some new functionality for the camera making it a better user experience.  Here are the updates Nikon posted for the update.  To download  you can go here: A Recall shooting functions (hold) item has been added to Custom Setting f3 Custom controls. Assigning this …

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New versus used gear

In Standard by Patrick

Since the pandemic has been upon us, I have gotten a fair amount of questions in my inbox about buying new gear versus used gear.  A valid question for sure given the cost of camera equipment.  I will usually reply by having them ask themselves three questions before making a decision.  This will allow them to hopefully make and informed …