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To Filter or Not to Filter?

That is the question. My ebay shopping sprees have landed me a few accessories that sometimes came with the lenses I purchased. UV filters, Sky 1A warming filters, and a couple of close-up filters. I never gave these filters much thought at all. So when the time came to decide whether they are beneficial or […]

Spray N’ Pray

With ever advancing autofocus technology out there, a whole new string of buzzwords have come about: single servo, group dynamic, 3-D motion tracking, etc. However you want to call it, it’s job is to help you get your subject in focus and keep it there using a number of sensor points, ranging from 3 (boo […]

The Quest for A Monopod

That 300mm f/4.5 Nikkor-H is a monster. The lens itself is 2.42 lb (1.1 kg) plus my D40 at 1.05 lb (475 kg) for a total of 3.47 lb. Add a TC-200 2X teleconverter on it, and we’re talking about a 4 lb camera lens combo. Handholding that combo is definitely not recommended. Even without […]

A small word on macro

“A small word”. “Macro”. Get it? Ok, bad jokes aside, the title is accurate because here is that small word to describe macro: hard. Having purchased a dedicated manual focus macro lens for my D40, I am still trying to take a decent macro shot with it. I’ve seen heard countless praises for the sharpness […]

50mm f1.8 Series E – A test shot

I had a chance today to try out the newly acquired Nikon 50mm f1.8 Series E lens on my D40. Having already owned 2 other 50mm’s, I was hesitant to buy yet another 50. But I’ve been impressed with the Series E lenses so far, and getting this lenses draws me that much closer to […]

A tribute to the 50’s

Just like to start out with a special little something for all the 50mm’s out there. The 50mm was the “normal” lens back in the film days, and are still regarded as one of the best values today, no matter which camp you’re in (Canon, Nikon, Pentax, etc.) I’ve seen Canon’s 50mm f1.8 Mk II […]