We talked about the cheaper alternative to the Nikon OEM battery grip a while ago. DPreview has just posted a brief review of the Pixel Vertax D12 Grip for Nikon D800/E. There isn’t anything new we don’t already know about the grip though.  It is solidly built and offers identical function as the OEM grip that costs a few hundred dollars more. If you are looking for a better bargain, there is another grip available that includes an EN-EL18A lithium battery with charger in addition to the normal EN-EL15/AA battery holders.

Posted in Accessories on August 31st, 2012. No Comments.

Star trails have been one of the most interesting subject of night Photography. If you are wondering about how to shoot it, this article post by Nikon on its Learn and Explorer website offers all the details you need to know to get started.

Posted in Tips and Techniques on July 25th, 2012. No Comments.

Thom Hogan, author of many camera guide books, changed his “Recommended” rating on the Nikon D800 to “Not Recommended”. According to his blog post, the left AF sensor issue is quite widespread and Nikon has been quiet about this problem. Unless Nikon gets a handle on this situation and acknowledges this issue, the Nikon D800 will have the “Not Recommended” rating.

Posted in News on July 24th, 2012. No Comments.

The Pixel Vertax D12 is a low cost alternative to the expensive Nikon MB-D12 made by Pixel Enterprise Limited, a Chinese company based in Hong Kong.

I ordered the Pixel Vertax D12 a while ago from an eBay seller and finally was able to pick it up today from local post office. Like other parcels I received in the past from Hongkong or China, the cardboard box took a beating during transit but the content survived without any issue. The Pixel Vertax D12 battery grip comes in a box about 6″x3.5″x4″ (LxDxH). Inside there are the battery grip, Vt-A12 magazine for EN-EL15 battery, a magazine for 8 AA/LR-6 batteries, and a small carrying pouch. Pixel website claimed that the Vertax D12 can hold two EN-EL15 battery. That is obviously an error. The product box states clearly the Vertax D12 holds one EN-EL15 battery. Read More…

Posted in Accessories on July 17th, 2012. No Comments.

Nikon officially announced the wireless mobile adapter WU-1a in April 2012. This tiny device is designed specially for the 24.2 megapixel D3200 DX-format DLSR announce at the same time. It allows wireless image transfer from the camera to smart devices (currently only Android devices but supports for other devices are coming) as well as remote live view and wireless shutter release. Read More…

Posted in Photography Gadgets on July 9th, 2012. No Comments.

July 4th Fireworks - Five Years Ago
Gearing up for tonight’s fireworks show? Nikon USA has this fireworks shooting tips article on its Learn & Explore website written by Lindsay Silverman. Read More…

Posted in Tips and Techniques on July 4th, 2012. No Comments.

The Nikon D800 is such a popular camera Nikon has had difficulties meeting the demand. Although many lucky Nikon D800 users are happy with the camera, they are quite turned off by the high price of the MB-D12 multi power battery pack, which has a suggest retail price of $616. The actual retail price is currently around $400. Many people could not understand why it would cost so much more than other battery packs such as the MB-D10, which is used for Nikon D300 and Nikon D700. Read More…

Posted in Accessories on July 1st, 2012. No Comments.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G

The AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G (product number 2199) was announced on April 27, 2011 and made available around June 2011 for suggest retail price (SRP) of $219.95. The lens received some very positive reviews online. A year later, the lens is still difficult to find. Most reputable retailers are sold out. Some unscrupulous sellers seized the opportunity to sell the lens over the SRP. Read More…

Posted in Lens, Photography Gadgets on June 3rd, 2012. No Comments.
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