Panasonic GX8 and manual focus Nikon fit lenses - Samyang 14mm f/2.8 and 85mm f/1.4 lenses - Nikon Df

Panasonic GX8 and manual focus Nikon fit lenses - Samyang 14mm f/2.8 and 85mm f/1.4 lenses - Nikon Df
'The Panasonic GX8 is particularly good for using with manual focus lenses. Add in the Metabones 0.64x Speed Booster and there is the possibility to use some high quality lenses with the equivalent of some fast apertures, thanks to the extra stop of light the adapter gives. This also brings to m4/3 the possibility of a 'full-frame' look.'
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Ten cameras for five days shooting - How did each perform?

Ten cameras for five days shooting - How did each perform?
'I took ten cameras with me for a 5 day shoot in Somerset last week. Deliberately. I still have too many cameras, so I decided I'd give each of them a tryout in a real world situation on a stock photography trip and decide what to get rid of. Here's how they turned out. '
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SOMERSET - DAY 1

SOMERSET - DAY 1
'I've come to one of my favourite parts of the UK, the North Somerset Coast and the town of Wathchet, for a few days. Yesterday was 30+ degrees selsius and incredibly humid, so I was working at a slow pace. '
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Nikon Df and one of my stranger lens combinations.

Nikon Df and one of my stranger lens combinations.
'As mentioned above I've been doing stuff like this for years and using some 'inappropriate' gear to get results few would expect. I realise that not everybody wants to do this, but for me the value of this experimentation is obvious. I've got an easy to carry full-frame DSLR outfit, that weighs and costs far less than you might expect and yields excellent results.'
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Nikon D750 - Why I still use DSLR's and the 'Mirrorless Myth'

Nikon D750 - Why I still use DSLR's and the 'Mirrorless Myth'
'It should be no surprise that cameras, sensors and how files are captured should constantly improve. It would be more of a surprise if they didn't and I fully expect to keep on using that "This is the best I've used' phrase again and again. Because if I don't, then there isn't much point in buying new gear. And the D750, because of this and the other options it offers me has moved into the lead for my Soundimageplus Camera of the year.
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It's flashy, fake retro and a little bit silly, but I love it. The Nikon Df

It's flashy, fake retro and a little bit silly, but I love it. The Nikon Df
'I've been using my Nikon Df a lot lately. Mostly as a reaction to messing around with apps, video, wi-fi and various other complications of the digital photography world. Though as a digital camera it's hardly a back to basics old-school machine like the film SLR's it's presumably based on, it's refreshingly free of many of the frustrating, over elaborate fluff that inhabits many a modern mirrorless / CSC / E.V.I.L camera.
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Nikon Df and 20mm f/1.8 G lens - The DSLR advantages

Nikon Df and 20mm f/1.8 G lens - The DSLR advantages
'Imagine if Panasonic or Olympus released a 10mm f/1.8 m4/3 lens. The users of those cameras would be shouting it from the rooftops for weeks. APS-C mirrorless users wouldn't be able to keep quiet about a 13.5mm f/1.8 lens either. But these are just smaller sensor 'equivalents' of what the Nikon 20mm f/1.8 lens is. And it's arrived with relatively little fuss, because after all this is the kind of lens that DSLR 'Full-Frame' users expect to have available to them. Add in the fact that it's 355g, so not that heavy, costs around £670 (though you can get it cheaper) and turns in a very impressive optical performance. '
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Mirrorless flaws - Nikon Df

Mirrorless flaws - Nikon Df
'Mirrorless cameras are taking over, DSLR's are dying. Everybody says so, it's inevitable. Well, maybe. But even if it's true, there are still some issues with mirrorless cameras that have yet to be solved. I had a day out yesterday with my Nikon Df and several advantages became apparent.'
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Olympus 12-40mm, Fuji 16-55mm, Nikon 24-85mm - Standard Zooms - the ideal lens?

Olympus 12-40mm, Fuji 16-55mm, Nikon 24-85mm - Standard Zooms - the ideal lens?
''Standard zooms' are the most common lenses around, due to many version being bundled with cameras and becoming 'kit' lenses. In my early film days it used to be a 50mm f/1.8 or f/1.7 that came with that new camera, but for some time those have been replaced by zooms. And in many cases, people never buy another lens. They don't get much attention, unless they have a fast aperture, but I suspect that the majority of images taken on interchangeable lens cameras are with a lens of this type. So this type of lens with this type of coverage must have something going for it. '
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Nikon Df / Voigtlander 58mm f/1.4 and Nokia Lumia 1020 - An unlikely combination

Nikon Df / Voigtlander 58mm f/1.4 and Nokia Lumia 1020 - An unlikely combination
'One of the more unlikely combinations I've ever used to take photographs is the Nikon Df + Voigtlander 58mm f/1.4 pictured above and my Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone. 'Full Frame' sensor plus manual focus lens designed for film and a micro sensor camera phone. Unlikely maybe, but it's actually a very creative pairing allowing me to create very different images from the same source material. '
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Nikon Df + 28-200mm lens - The DSLR still rules

Nikon Df + 28-200mm lens - The DSLR still rules
'Whatever issue people have with DSLR's, I don't share them other than to say that I don't like them too big and too heavy. But then the Df is neither. It's one of my favourite cameras ever and it achieves my highest accolade. I just don't notice it when I'm out working with it and it gets the job done with no errors, no delays and the minimum of fuss.'
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DSLR's - 'Their days are numbered' Oh Really! - The rather wonderful Nikon Df and mirrorless moaning.

DSLR's - 'Their days are numbered' Oh Really! - The rather wonderful Nikon Df and mirrorless moaning.
'In many ways the photographic internet is a joke and some may have noticed that my gaps away from it are getting longer. And it's not that I've lost my enthusiasm for photography, photographic gear and writing about both of those things, far from it, but I HAVE lost my enthusiasm for the adversarial nature of camera ownership and all of the airhead banalities and misrepresentations that seems to breed.'
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Nikon Df - The DSLR isn't quite finished yet - the 'mirrorless' dilemma.

Nikon Df - The DSLR isn't quite finished yet - the 'mirrorless' dilemma.
'I took it out the other day, admittedly carried by a leather strap that's got gold plated hooks and trim and I was almost tempted to hide it away, since it seemed everybody who passed me grabbed a look. And of course, I was made very self-conscious by this as I totally disapprove of showing off with a camera. And if you believe that.....................'
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Comparison between Olympus m4/3 and Nikon 'full-frame'

Comparison between Olympus m4/3 and Nikon 'full-frame'
'I was reminded of when the Panasonic G1 was announced and some reviewers were 'shocked' to find that at base ISO the G1 was very close, if not actually better, than the 'full-frame' Nikon D3 and D700.'
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The 20mm focal length. - Nikon Df + 20mm f/1.8 G Lens

The 20mm focal length. - Nikon Df + 20mm f/1.8 G Lens
'I've just bought the Nikon 20mm f1.8G lens, having had a Voigtländer 20mm f/3.5 SL-II Aspherical (Nikon Fit) for years. I've also just written a post on how much I like the Fuji 14mm f/2.8 (35mm 'equivalent' of 21mm) So what is it about this focal length i like?'
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Nikon Df + Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART Lens + Raw file Samples for download + Multi-image panoramic stitches.

Nikon Df + Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART Lens + Raw file Samples for download + Multi-image panoramic stitches.
'And the Df has an ISO 50 setting with which I created the images at the top of the page and the combination of that sensor and one of the best lenses ever made is astonishing in terms of quality and the look it generates. Forget the rest, this is the best!!!.
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THREE DAYS - THREE DIFFERENT CAMERAS - Panasonic FZ1000, Sigma DP2 Quattro, Nikon Df

THREE DAYS - THREE DIFFERENT CAMERAS - Panasonic FZ1000, Sigma DP2 Quattro, Nikon Df
'It's rare that I use the same camera / lens combination two days running. Firstly because I have rather a lot to choose from and secondly because it's a good idea to 'mix it up' in terms of what I shoot with, so that I have a varied selection of images available for sale on the stock sites that sell my work. '
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SONY A7s compared to NIKON Df - HIGH ISO PERFORMANCE

SONY A7s compared to NIKON Df - HIGH ISO PERFORMANCE
'I'm still mightily impressed with the Df at lower ISO's and it does have an incredible dynamic range, but I'll leave that to another post. As far as the upper end of the ISO scale is concerned, then I have no hesitation in declaring the A7s the winner. It's not by a huge difference but it is there and it makes the camera incredibly useful for a variety of photographic situations. A superb camera capable of creating superb image files. And more than that a genuine advance on what's currently available. Something that can't be said for every camera release these days.'
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