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Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Lens on D800: exciting news, old problems

I recently mounted on my D800 a new 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II lens. This tele, as expected, provides excellent results. Here are my first tests on quite dull, but distant, subjects (100% crop from full pictures shot in the same conditions with a 50mm f/1.4G and this tele). Colors, contrast and speed are exceptional at every length. Autofocus is ultra silent and ultra fast, as well the stabilizer worked solid with me also with slow times.

The lens weight is still acceptable, although I should try day-long hikes before writing anything about it. With its f/2.8 it’s easy to shoot fast moving objects and situations with poor light conditions (click here to watch).

However, such broad apertures (and, although less, even higher) are not really compatible with D800 still having the infamous left AF issue. Although my camera already went through service at Nikon Switzerland, at f/2.8 the image focused using the the left AF bank, whatever fine AF correction value used, is always blurred.

This is the second lens having such problem with my D800: time to ring Nikon Service Switzerland ? Click on the picture for a bigger version.

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Learn the lens you own, find their limits: the Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G example

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The Nikkor 50 mm f 1/4G is a very nice lens, as also reviewers on Nikon USA write … but like every lens it has its limits. Finding them should let you adapt to your lens in difficult situations.

For example, hand-held night shoots mounted on a full frame camera like the D800. Sharpness with ISO 4000 and close to f/2 is not excellent as expected, but optical aberrations at the borders are quite annoying. Click here for a full size zoom/pan version on zoom.it or click on the post picture.

At f/1.4 it  is of course even worse and all the picture lights suffer distortion (click here to see a convincing full size example).

With night shoots I would recommend to remove the UV filter you possibly forgot mounted, unless you like green ghost fireworks on the picture, click here for a clear example.

So, when similar results pop out, keep your subject just in the middle, go up with the aperture when possible or find somebody to carry your tripod along!

How to photo retouch your pale shots into real black&white art

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Let’s say you had a wonderful day on the snow, though without too much sunlight. Most colours in your pictures look like 70s’ toilet paper (pale blue, pale green, pale brown and so on). Pity, you could have had so beautiful shape/contrast silhouette with those black trees, people and white snow background.

It is time to open your photo retouch software and pimp your snow day:

– convert to black and white
– choose maximum whites
– enhance the contrast with blacks
– level blacks and whites up

In this way you get real black and white pictures and not boring shadows of grey. Dare with dark blacks and white whites the more you can and let the atmosphere you enjoyed pop out of your art!

And click here to see other shots we took on our “winter hike” on Uetliberg, the natural terrace on Zurich.

Artborghi goes wedding !

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We enjoy shooting smart, off-path pictures at wedding events. Both religious and civil ceremonies,  summer and winter occasions, open air and indoor. In addition to the must-shoot situations like bride parade, marriage kiss, bouquet throwing and family panorama, we like fixing those details that make each ceremony unique.

We mainly work with fast fixed lenses or short teles, thus to avoid artificial light support and save the natural beauty of such important day. Digital photo retouch might be still applied to portraits or landscape backgrounds. Not only main ceremonies: we like to document also pre- and after- wedding events.

Give a look to the wedding page of Artborghi and give us some feedback …

Fashion photography at a glance: details make the difference

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When talking about upper class parties, details are mostly relevant. On one side, peculiar dress code makes most of the event. Nevertheless, don’ forget dressing up times: they are the perfect overture to a real glamour party. Click here for the full reportage of the gorgeous Black&White party we joined yesterday night.

Pictures of light: the enchanted snow white Ghent (Gand), Flanders, Belgium

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I had the lucky opportunity to visit Ghent (Belgium) in winter (wait…) under the snow (ah!). The city lights plus the white snow transformed this “diamond of the Flanders” in a fairy tale location.  Enjoy my  day and night reportage from Ghent: click HERE for our flickr.com picture set on Ghent!

Artborghi wishes you Happy New Year at high sensitivity and fast speeds!

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Either you are hiking on the snow by night or high-speed skiing by day, shooting good pictures with no blur and deep focus field is often a problem. Not anymore now with a full frame camera (D800) with low ISO noise (pictures in the dark shot at ISO 4000) and a fast fixed lens (50 mm f/1.4). Enjoy a few day and night shots from the Swiss Alps by clicking here!

How many stars can you shoot with your camera? The D800 “astronomy tool”

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During these winter holidays the constellation of Orion was very bright in the sky. So I took a hand held shot (1/25 sec, f/1.4, IS0 4000) – and the result was highly surprising (above here a 100% crop of Orion’s belt). See by yourself in this zoomable version of the full picture here! Except for the distorsions of the fully open 50 mm 1.4 G (look at Jupiter in the top right corner) – the quantity of stars and even their colors are amazing!

D800’s sense of snow: whitest Season’s greetings to everyone!

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Having my D800 for the first time on the ski slopes made me really appreciate this camera. I could not realize before how few were the “whites” present in my pictures. And how cool is to capture the moon light on white mountains, even without tripod. Last but not least, how easy is to shoot with a point-and-click reflex thanks to the (almost) never disappointing AF (at least after it was – almost – repaired). Enjoy our flickr album on white Andermatt (CH) 2012: click here!

Torino winter nights: time to explore the city of “Profondo Rosso”

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I spent a couple of days in Torino and I was lucky being there just before Christmas, when cold nights and empty streets give a mysterious look to this imperial city.

Explore it during dinner time, get lost in its desert city centre and finish the night in one of its pompous coffee shops. Or find yourself by chance in one of the scariest location of the best Italian horror movie : Deep Red, aka Profondo Rosso, by Dario Argento

Find such location among the pictures I shot there (CLICK HERE to open our Turin flickr.com set) … or watch the full Deep Red movie here to get some hints at 14:20 …

The blog picture was shot on Richi Ferrero’s light installation

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