Monthly Archives: October 2012

Nikon D800 Review

well, at least I am making a start!

Nikon D800

okay, I have finally given in to the requests to give you my thoughts on the D800… I honestly thought there are enough reviews of this camera online already! anyway, due to it being one of the most popular questions I get I have started a page dedicated to the D800. You will find it HERE

Please don’t get too excited… I have only just started it, so I suggest you check back on a regular basis to get more juicy info on the D800. I will also be using some of the questions I have on the page, so if YOU have a burning question in regards to the D800 (or anything for that matter) then post it on my FACEBOOK page and I will answer it for you!

Cheers

Ben

Fuji X-e1 on it’s way

If you’re not up to speed with the mirrorless scene, the Fuji X-E1 in Fujifilm’s latest to hit the market and I think this will seriously take on the Sony NEX7 and the Olympus… I will post more news as it comes to hand… and I will road test this baby as soon as I have received it and let you know my thoughts so stay tuned!

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Nikon D600 v D800

Full Frame on a budget!

Wow… it constantly amazes me how quickly new cameras are brought to market. It wasn’t long ago that Nikon released the D800 and D4, these two camera are milestones in DSLR technology and then what does Nikon do? Bring out another full frame camera, this time at a price point that is less than we paid for a cropped sensor DSLR just a year ago. It matches or has a higher pixel count than any other full frame DSLR on the market bar one… the D800.

I remember when I got the D700, I had been shooting with a D300, and whilst it was good, full frame was better. I had both bodies and the D300 never saw the light of day, so I sold it, and the D700 to buy the D800! The D800 has come under some criticism, mostly due to it’s large RAW file size and slow continuous frame rate. Personally, I have never been happier with a camera in all my time as a photographer, in particular for landscape work I thing the D800 is the best available on the market today.

Nikon have now released a baby brother to the D800… the D600. It is a 24mp full frame camera with a 5.5fps continuous shooting rate. The D600 will be an easy transition from Nikon’s DX format D7000 with the added bonus of features found on the D800. Here are the differences in specs between the two cameras… maybe it will help you decide what is best for you!

D600 v D800

  • 24.3MP Full-frame CMOS sensor v’s 36.3MP CMOS
  • 10.5MP DX-format crop mode v’s 15.3MP
  • 39-point AF system with 9 cross-type AF points v’s 51-points, with 15 cross-type
  • Autofocus sensitivity down to -1EV v’s down to -2EV)
  • Maximum 5.5fps continuous shooting in FX mode v’s only 4fps in FX mode
  • 2,016-pixel RGB TTL exposure metering sensor v’s 91,000 pixels
  • 2x SD slots v’s one CF slot and one SD slot
  • No ‘Power Aperture’ aperture control during movie shooting v’s ‘Power Aperture’ aperture control during movie shooting
  • Shutter rated to 150,000 cycles v’s 200,000 cycles
  • Magnesium-alloy top and rear, polycarbonate front-plate v’s the D800’s full mag-alloy
  • USB 2.0 interface v’s USB 3.0
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TVC-33 parts arrived

Really Right Stuff deliver the goods!

If you have been following my blog you may well remember I have had a problem with my TVC-33 tripod from Really Right Stuff. After emailing them they were more than happy to send me the replacement parts, and as expected, they arrived well packaged and quickly at no cost to me! Even though I have only had a problem with one of the spring loaded ratchet locks, they sent me 3 replacements, not only did the send replacements, they came with thorough instructions with photos and Loctite threadlock to do the job properly!

 

The parts arrived from Really Right Stuff quickly

It took me about 5 mins to replace one of the ratchet locks properly, this included cleaning the old bolts with acetone. An easy fix in the end and I was pleased of how hassal free it was when dealing with Really Right Stuff… another reason why you would spend the extra dollars and get one of their tripods!

A close up of the ratchet lock I am talking about

 

the daily pic – Reflections

Okay, I have a confession… every time I see water I am obsessed with getting a shot of something reflecting in the water, there is an art to this and I have learnt 2 key things… one, the water needs to be smooth… and t

wo, get down low and I will end up with more of the reflection… I must have looked like a giant seagull on speed as I ran in and out with the waves to get this shot! After about 4 attempts I think I got a keeper…

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Fuji X-E1 announced…

Go Fuji mirrorless on a budget!

Fuji X-E1

Fuji have announced that we will see stock of the X-E1 mirrorless camera on Australian shelves by the end of October! I am hoping so as I want to get my hands on one of these asap… This is an interesting move from Fuji, the X-E1 packs the same sensor as the Xpro1, so theoretically should have the same heralded image quality, yet the X-E1 is smaller and lighter… and wait… CHEAPER than the Xpro1. I think that Fuji have improved on the Xpro1 design, and whilst this is not meant to be an ‘upgrade’ of the Xpro it certainly would get you asking yourself why you would buy the Xpro1 over the X-E1 when you can save a grand and have a much smaller and lighter camera with identical image quality, and for the movie buffs, the X-E1 also has an external mic input (a common complaint of the Xpro1)… Hopefully I will get my hot little hands on an X-E1 before the end of the month, I am off overseas and would like to take it with me.

 the daily pic – The Church

On my drive to the Gold Coast from Sydney I stopped at Armidale. I knew there was a church that I wanted to get a HDR shot of, I had seen it before but did not get a chance to take my camera in… The architecture in most churches is spectacular, and this one does not dissapoint! This is a classic example of when using HDR is a must… not an option… if you want to learn more about creating a HDR image you can watch a couple of videos on THIS PAGE that will show you how I do it…

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Finally Home… YAY!

788 images later…

After a week away I am pleased to be home, there is nothing like my own bed! I have downloaded all my images from my memory cards to my Mac and surprised to see that I had taken 788 images! This will keep me busy for a little while… A lot of them are several of the same composition as I find with sunrise and sunset the colour keeps changing so I just keep shooting, that way I am going to have something I am happy with. A couple of locations I was really excited about shooting was a church in Armidale and the Gold Coast from Q1 skypoint observatory, both of which have turned out to be fantastic shots that I will share with you later.

the daily pic – Night Shift

‘Night Shift’ – The first day I was on the Gold Coast the weather wasn’t very good. I always prefer a few clouds in my shots as it creates drama and interesting shapes and textures, especially at night. The gold coast makes this “Shift” as the sun goes down and the people leave the beach to enjoy the night life… enjoy!

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Lifes a Beach…

Enjoying a short stroll to the beach

I am currently away with my family on the Gold Coast, I have been getting up each morning for sunrise and it has been great to roll out of bed and stroll across the road to the beach. Back home I am an hours drive away from the beach so a bit more planning and thought has to go into my shoots… I am yet to get the ‘cracker’ of a sunrise I am after… Hopefully it will turn up before I have to head home…

It is good to see some of you have registered for the 21st October Photowalk at Long Reef. It is a great location and if you’re into photography I know you’re going to love this spot! If you haven’t registered yet you can do so on FACEBOOK or GOOGLE+ (click on your favourite)

the daily pic – the Seagulls

The beach comes to life early here, a lot of people are out for their morning ritual as the seagulls hold an early morning meeting to discuss their chip snatching strategies for today… enjoy!

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