The Walimex Fisheye – Review of an excellent lens

Walimex Fisheye Fisheyes are a lot of fun but they belong to the category of lenses that you won’t take out of your camera bag on a daily basis. If overused, the distinct look of the fisheye can easily get on your nerves. It was that paradox that created a bit of an investment problem for me: should I purchase one of the pretty expensive Nikon lenses or is there a cheaper alternative? Research quickly surfaced a solid alternative: the Walimex 8mm F3.5 Fisheye. It had received very decent reviews. It is also sold under the Samyang and Rokinon brands. …

Nikon D800 Battery Life – Part 2

D800 battery life A few months ago, I wrote about my disappointment with the D800 battery life. I was only able to get around 500 photos out of each charge. It was disappointing and also extremely annoying. However, Nikon had a recall on a certain battery batch. There was supposedly a risk of the battery catching fire while being charged. I was happy to find out that my battery was also affected. Kudos to Nikon for the extremely efficient and easy return process. I simply had to fill in a form on their website. Three days later, UPS showed up …

Nikon D800 impressions – part 2

Nikon D800 impressions. The Nikon D800 is an awesome camera. I am super happy with it so far. It is a major step up from my prior Nikon D300s. Picture quality is unbelievable. Here are some additional impressions after photo number 1500: Photo quality is amazing. Colors look beautiful. When you pull up the photos on a large screen you can immediately tell the difference between the D300s and the D800. Working with the files is totally ok. Even my MacAir 2011 can handle the RAW files ok. Aperture is a bit slower. No big deal. Noise is extremely well …

Nikon D800 file size

D800 File Size There is a big discussion going on about the D800 file size. A 36MP camera does produce HUGE files. Last weekend, I had the opportunity to shoot a few photos and upload them to my two Macs: a 13inch 2011 MacAir (i5, 4GB RAM) and a 2011 iMac (i5, 8GB RAM). I use Aperture as the main tool in my workflow. Here is what I have learned so far. I am comparing my experience with the old D300s: Processing: The D800 file size is heavily influenced by the RAW settings in the camera. The difference between 14bit …

D800

D800 – More tests

The D800 is truly awesome. This morning, I sat down to take a look at some the photos I took last night. Most of these were shot with higher ISOs. Take a look at the crops. The amount of detail in the photos is almost shocking. Click on the images to see the larger version.

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