Feb 232016
Nikon DL24-85 and Nikon DL18-50 - without built-in EVF...

I really got quite excited at first after learning about the new DL-line of compact cameras from Nikon all set to be delivered by June 2016 at comparatively modest prices. One inch sensor technology packed into cool looking compact camera bodies with lenses that sound up to the task and even a touch screen to top things up. Finally Nikon got the message…that was my first reaction. Then I caught up with the news. They left out the built-in EVF on both the Nikon DL24-85 f/1.8-2.8 and the Nikon DL18-50 f/1.8-2.8.   By golly, it happened again. IMHO otherwise great new cameras have been crippled (without incorporating an EVF) and left to be more or less mediocre compared to products from competing companies. Maybe that is just me. But this […]

Feb 282014
Nikon 1 V2 vs. Sony Cyber-shot RX100M2 (Mark II or coming Mark III)

I know a lot of folks like the looks of the Nikon 1 V2 (or Nikon V1 or J models for that matter) and are quite happy they have a great array of interchangeable lenses they can choose from. It is a nice camera for what it does. It is small and sleek, fast and handles quite well. The bulky looking EVF may put some people off – but at least it has got one. If you prefer not to have this EVF Nikon offers the option to buy a Nikon 1 J2 without EVF. So everyone should be be happy with that…   Personally, I have tried it and liked the feel of it. But there is one thing I cannot understand. Why is […]

Dec 172013
The very last DSLR...

  …for me 🙂 !   O.k., that headline was a bad trick to catch your attention. But anyway, now that you are here…let me give you a quick insight into why I believe I just bought my very last DSLR – ever.   Which camera did I choose? The Nikon D7100.   Why did I not choose full-frame? I do not have great need for the benefits that can be achieved by using full-frame sensors. At least not at this moment in time. No need for shallow depth of field nor for extreme wide-angle shots with my DSLR. No need even for super high ISO capabilities. A comparable full-framer would have cost twice as much – I did not think the benefits could equal […]

Nov 082013
Camera Opinion: Nikon Df going retro

Nikon has finally jumped on the bandwagon going retro. When the new Nikon Df will be available for buyers near the end of November,  it will offer a warm-up of well-proven features seen in previous Nikon full-framers – all freshly packaged in a newly designed body reminiscent of the good old seventies. The “latest” old fashioned looks will not appeal to everyone though, especially considering the back side still remains quite modern looking. In fact there is not much difference to other D-versions here whereas the front and top of the cam sure will look retro enough for many Nikon fans. Personally, I quite like the black version – maybe because this little flaw in design is less conspicuous in black. Nice are the added […]

Oct 102013
Camera Opinion: Nikon D610 -  a minor update?

The Nikon D610 is available for pre-order now at retailers worldwide and will probably be available in late October. But is it worth it? Has it improved much compared to the previous Nikon D600 – or is it just another minor update?   Nikon states, the new Nikon D610 features a slightly faster shutter with 6 frames per second compared to the 5.5 that can be achieved with the Nikon D600. The improved shutter mechanism also allows for a new quiet shutter mode. This might indeed come in handy for some users, but it is limited to 3 frames per second. White balance seems to have been improved also. Comparing the two camera versions, I couldn`t find any other relevant changes. Of course Nikon does […]

May 082013
Camera Opinion: Nikon Coolpix A

I have been looking for a nice little cam to serve as backup when I am out and about carrying my DSLR equipment or my Leica M gear. I usually do not have much space in my bag, so I am in need of a very compact solution. Of course sometimes I do not want to carry anything big at all (let alone a camera bag) and only wish for a reliable and capable small cam to slip into my back pocket. Well, could this be it, the Nikon Coolpix A? The specs sound impressive for such a small package: 16.2 MP CMOS sensor (DX-format) 18.5mm (28mm equivalent) f/2.8 retractable lens with manual focus ring 3.0“ (7.5 cm) 921k-dot LCD monitor aluminum alloy body (top […]

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