Tag Archive for 'Nikon'

Epic 6mm Fisheye with a Whopping 220 Angle of View

Holy epic optics Batman! The Nikon 6mm 2.8 fisheye is something to behold.

Unless you’re Bruce Wayne you’ll probably never own this beauty. In fact it last sold for a whopping price of around 160,000.

True most of us probably don’t need a lens this wide. But a 220 degree view. That’s out of control folks. Like being a super hero or something. This image is from the MIR listing for the lens, where you can read all about it and it’s stunning specs.

Not your every day kit lens, but quite a thing to behold. Watch for scratches though. You’re not gonna be fitting a filter on that 236mm front element.

Gavin Seim

Nikon Page FAIL

Gavin Seim: The folks at Nikon got a little too enthusiastic yesterday and posted this on their FB page, telling us that “A photographer is only as good as the equipment he uses” Perhaps they were momentarily blinded by how the world seems to actually look at photography these days and forgot that it’s actually a skill. Oh wait, I guess it was companies like them that promoted that idea ;)

Don’t get me wrong, quality optics and the like are important considerations. But the best gear is of no value at all, unless your good enough to make it sing. If I play a Stradivarius, it still sounds something akin to cats being run over by trucks.

I’m not sure what’s more scary. That Nikon posted this. Or that 1695 people Like it. Thanks for sending us this Greg. We still love you Nikon (sorta), but really. Teach your social team about photography.

Review: Pocket Wizards Flex TT5, TT1 vs Radio Poppers PX, UPDATED

by Gavin Seim Updated 04/2010: Triggering flashes wirelessly is becoming a popular creative lighting tool. Popular flashes from Canon and Nikon often have built in wireless, but its basically working with old infrared technology making it essentially a line of sight tool with limited reliability.

To resolve this, various third part products have come to the market using RF (radio signal). Pocket Wizards have been a popular choice and their early units, though larger and only providing manual control, seem to have a good reputation. More recently we’ve seen products that offer not only manual, but full auto control. We’ll look at a few today.

pocket-wizzard-review radio-popper-review

UPDATE: 04/2010: Nearly a year has passed since this review first posted. I’ve been using Radio Poppers since then and they have worked amazingly well (note that I have no vested interest in either company). Pocket Wizards have released further firmware updates to their Flex series as well as other workarounds. While I have not purchased another set (and have no intention of doing so), I have seen little evidence that the Flex has been fixed other than tacky workarounds, like wrapping the flash in an RF shield to prevent interference, or holding the unit off camera tethered to a cord to make it work properly.

When a manufacturer has to resort to these sort of things, I consider the product a fail. If you look at even more recent comments you’ll see people are still having the same poor results. I found that Amazon reviews were mixed. There were various users getting the poor results that I experienced and it seems the positive reviews were mostly users satisfied with a short usable range, rather than what PW advertises. You can read them for yourself via the link.

Bottom Line: If you’re just going to use the Flex units very close in a studio, they “might” satisfy you. But if you plan on using them in the way their advertised and getting long range versatile wireless flash, don’t expect much. They did not perform. Nikon units of the Flex are supposed to be coming soon as of this writing, but I can’t say how well those will function. I have little confidence.

In contrast, Radio Popper PX units are great. RP’s work a bit differently. A base transmitter sits on top of your main flash (no they can’t work solo shoe mounted like the PW’s). A receiver unit is mounted to the front of your remote flash (the new bracket that came out last summer makes this much easier). The remote unit picks up the RF signal from the main unit, converts it back to an IR signal which it shot into the flash onto which it’s attached. All the built in wireless flash functions work like normal (even High Speed Sync) and can be controlled form the flash, because all that’s happening RP’s are forwarding the IR signals into a reliable RF signal and then back again on the other end.

While it may sound a bit more janky and clunky the main thing is they do what their advertised to and do it well. That’s what really matters to me. I have used Radio Poppers latest PX units outdoors at over 500ft apart with full functionality. That’s the kind of reliability I need. Radio Poppers also has both Canon and Nikon units available.

I consider the Flex series to be an Epic fail. While I know many Pocket Wizard products are known to be good (mainly their manual units) I have to say that I have little confidence in them as a company after releasing a product this poor. You can take a look thru the review below that I posted last year for some additional thoughts and information… Gavin

_____

Continue reading ‘Review: Pocket Wizards Flex TT5, TT1 vs Radio Poppers PX, UPDATED’

Pro Photography Podcast #56 Roundtable. Nerds, Ziser & Outer Space:

Click To Listen>> 

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

.
Review in iTunes
, or Vote on Podcast Alley
Subscribe in itunes
On Todays Show:
Gavin Seim
Kerry GarrisonDennis ZerwasDavid ZiserBrady Dillsworth

midnight-seattle-panoramic-seim-l

This week we talk about some great new gear and goodies, as well as hear cool tips from some great guests including the one and only David Ziser. Here’s all the glorious links and there’s a lot of them.

Podcast #56 forum discussion:

Deals:

Digital Wakeup Call. Discount with promo code: ZGSDWC09

OnOne Software 15% off: Use Promo Code PRPHTPC

Photomatix Pro from HDR Soft. Save 15% with code PPS15

Cool stuff from PMA 2009:

7″ Album. Portable Photo Viewer. Would be a great client presentation tool.
David also mentioned a similar product by Digital Foci.

The Spyder Cube. Color target.

Lensbabies.

California Sunbounce. Light manipulation tools.

Hahnemuhle do it yourself gallery wraps look really cool. (found them on B&H).

I also found some videos on Hahnemuhle’s news page. And a PMA video over at CameraTown.

Trek Tek monopod .

Kerry like the Sensor Clear and Sensor Pen from Lenspen.

Acratech tripod heads looks cool and well made.

Continue reading ‘Pro Photography Podcast #56 Roundtable. Nerds, Ziser & Outer Space:’

Hitler Angry: Is the D3X Really To Blame?

The D3X is here. I don’t wanna get into the global politics of it all, but I felt this was worth reporting on.  While I’m a Canon guy, I think Nikon makes great systems. Still, the cost of the D3X for what it offers… It does seem a bit spendy.

Frankly though I don’t blame Nikon for this outburst. I think the guy has way bigger problems. Enjoy

Here’s the YouTube link.

Nikon D3X Announced (Updated)

UPDATE: This was rumor, but It’s now official. You can see the Nikon press release here. I’ve updated details in the post to reflect released stats.

The D3X (ultra high resolution version of the Nikon D3) has been in the chatter for awhile. Here’s some rumor details over on Nikon watch. These come from the pages of a Nikon Pro magazine. Looks like the D3X is mainly a D3, but with a few changes. Still no video capability, though that should not bother most photographers… Should it?

Details: (Updated)

  • Full frame 24.5 megapixel FX sensor
  • 5fps full res, or 7fps at 10 megapixels
  • Expanded ISO 50-6400 (No super high ISO shooting like the D3)
  • A new Active-D lighting mode
  • Cost will be about $8000 USD
  • Available in December 2008

Most of you readers know I’m a Canon shooter, but I have nothing against Nikon at all. My observation is that this does not offer much advantage over the current Nikon D3 other than megapixels, and will cost more. It also has less ISO range. Are any of you readers planning on picking one up? Do most of us need more pixels? Your thoughts?

Gavin Seim