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Where to test the Nikkor 16-35 mm under this grey, equal sky today? Not outside, although I got this lens for border less skies and full size buildings.. . The minimal distance from the lens is 28 cm … none of my other lens can reach it. Let’s test it with flowers and apples! Awesome lens, it substituted my 17-35 mm dream lens but I am not aware of what I lost. For sure, I earned a VR stabilizer, very useful at least for “macro” subjects. Let’s hope in Spring finally coming for outdoor tests …
Once upon a time, on a very foggy winter day I shot a picture with a D800 plus 70-200 mm VR II f/2.8 to the far distant lake bridge (small insert 100% cropped). Once home I worked on brightness and contrast and … the JPG version (set to maximum quality) showed its weakness. Or was it the Vignette control ON? I doubt it works on the centre of the picture. So, keep in mind the power of RAW files in difficult light conditions.
The Säntis (Switzerland) cablecar brings you above the clouds after an impressive climb along its massive glacier. To survive on Alps in winter you should not forget what I forgot:
– sun glasses
– sun cream
– thin warm gloves
About photo gears, I was the only photographer up there without
I had them, but their profile is to high for my new lenses and give strong vignetting.
Despite 5 of the most important points were not respected, I had plenty of battery, three different light meterings to test and several memory cards. This (and HDR and photo retouch) helped to have material for this new artborghi gallery on flickr.com : click it and enjoy the show!
Additionally, you can give a look to the panorama pictures made out of this gorgeous Alpine day by clicking here
Click on post pictures first and on the opened new tab after to zoom and give a look to the several hi-res panorama I shot on Säntis (CH) . Below a few hints:
– use the D800 tilt indicator to get parallel pictures
– fix the focus on the subject (i.e. after focusing switch to M)
– work on A priority with f/7.1 or more to get all in focus
– Quickly downsize your Fx pictures with XnView or similar to 5000px x 3333px (with less than 16 GB ram try as low as 1600px x 1068px) .
– Stitch the resized pictures with Hugin
– Tilt / crop the panorama picture with a photo editor (vertical and horizontal lines in long panoramas can be difficult … find what was corrected in this additional panorama)
– Adjust the HDR toning if you use it like in the first post picture (click it for a larger hi-res view)
– In case no colour adjustment does satisfy you, don’t forget about B&W conversion.
– Load your pictures on zoom.it
For low-res (fast download) plus pan and zoom views, click on the zoom.it links below:
I recently had the duty to shoot overcast-outdoor-mixed-with-tungsten-and-candle-lit-low-light-indoor (quite a nightmare without flash) and I always had the D800 AWB on. I tested Lr on raw files to see how good was my choice. D800 AWB was doing a very good job … look at the paper in the hand of the girl in the post picture: it was white, not cyan, not yellow.
WB is quite an artistic choice, not a technical one. That said, there are different WB schools out there. Purists go for a fixed daylight WB. Warm-saturation lovers go for a fixed overcast WB. If you do not belong to any of them, you are probably very often satisfied with your AWB and you correct it in raw when needed.
There are many rumours around D800 bad quality AWB and suggestions agree on A2, M1 (or even A3, M2!). It’s a good solution to get better pictures on the LCD … and magenta overcast pictures on the card. So, I would not suggest doing such adjustment.
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 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.4000 and close to f/2 is not excellent as expected, but
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!
It is quite difficult choosing which gear to buy for a new camera. You are used to your old gears and, especially when switching brands, a whole new world has to be explored. First questions you have to answer are:
1) What do I need this new lens for?
2) What do I like to shoot with my camera?
3) How much do I wanna spend?
I previously used a Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM and a very nice Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS. The long tele was nothing special and I have seen it often equally compared to the prime lenses. The D800, like many others, requires some field work to be fully appreciated and I wanted to focus on it more than on immediately learning a new lens.70-300mm. The 17-55mm was a precious toy but with the D800 I wanted to give a try to easy
So, what I did was:
1) Scavenging lens data online on Nikon photography blogs, something like Ken Rockwell and Nasim Mansurov and other forums, newsgroups and so on.
2) Avoiding pure technical test websites: boring and not really informative as I like to shoot something more than Siemens stars
3) Looking for ebay and new prices
The knowledge I hopefully gained pushed me to own, order or just dream the following lenses:
[Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.4G]
Easy, light, small, very fast, no cons if stopped at 2, still ok if you go down to 1.4. I am very happy with it and the kind of dim light pictures I can shoot now I could dream with other lenses for this price.
[Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF VR II]
Ordered and hopefully soon on my D800. I did not want another average 70-300 like the Canon I had, I could not spend so much money for the wonderful Nikon prime long lenses, I was not convinced by the quality of Sigma 50-500mm or equivalents. I really do not believe wonderful reviews on barrels like the Nikon 28-300mm being as sharp and fast: I stay far, far away from this all-round lenses … it is like when new “family-movies” are announced: you now it will be no good.
[Nikon AF-S 17-35mm F/2.8 IF-ED]
Still dreaming on it. One day I will get this excellent wide angle, I really want to go down to 17mm for landscapes, this time on a Fx camera! If you have one home and you do not use it donate it to me!
[Nikon AF 200mm F/4.0D IF ED MACRO]
Another wild dream. THE macro, as I could see and read around, with a long focus distance to have 1:1 whatever fearful subject you shoot.
[Nikon 135mm f/2 DC]
Many call it the portrait king … maybe one day when I will win the lottery I will finally buy also this one
So, I hope the several hours I spent online might be useful to you too in choosing the lenses you need, if your needs and wishes are similar to mine. Enjoy shooting!
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!
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!
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!