November 24, 2012 Nikon D800 Gear

Nikon D800

Perhaps the best way to introduce Nikon’s full-frame D800 DSLR is to note that it is not at all the camera Nikon enthusiasts were expecting. In hindsight, there is a certain logic to the D800’s massive, 36-megapixel sensor—it delivers very nearly the same pixel density as Nikon’s DX-sensor D7000, only spread across a much larger (more...)...

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October 20, 2012 Nikon D800 vs. Sony RX100 Gear

Nikon D800 vs. Sony RX100

Once again I am updating my Sony RX100 review page. Here’s an amazing admission: I bought a Nikon D800 specifically to shoot video on my then-upcoming Rim to Rim hike in the Grand Canyon. D800 video for natural landscapes is astonishingly good—probably you’ve got to spend car-sized sums to do better. So which camera did (more...)...

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September 26, 2012 Nikon D600 Video: No Free Lunch Gear

Nikon D600 Video: No Free Lunch

The D600 is arguably the very first affordable full-frame Nikon DSLR, and for many still photographers, it will be nothing less than a dream come true. We Nikon faithful long ago got used to the limitations of DX-sensor cameras, and their 1.5x crop factor, but spend a day shooting with the D600 and it’s like (more...)...

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July 20, 2011 Nikon D7000 Gear

Nikon D7000

If it weren’t for the D7000’s annoying tendency to overexpose certain kinds of images, I think I could honestly say there is not a single digital frame I’ve ever taken that wouldn’t look better if I had shot it with my Nikon D7000. The D7000 is a formidable photographic tool, capable of handling nearly every (more...)...

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April 7, 2011 Nikon P300 Gear

Nikon P300

Nikon’s 12-megapixel P300 compact is the latest addition to my quiver of field cameras. I’ve learned to carry compacts in addition to or even instead of larger DSLRs and camcorders when I’m climbing and skiing. Anything you can put in your pocket is (1) much easier to use and (2) much more likely to be (more...)...

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