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.

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.

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.

Canon vs. Nikon rivalry is always a hot topic among photographers and in online debates. After both companies started shipping their entry level full frame DSLR cameras, the Nikon D800 and Canon EOS 5D Mark III, can we actually declare a winner? Read More…

Posted in Digital SLR Cameras on April 3rd, 2012. No Comments.

The Nikon D800 may be Nikon’s most anticipated DSLR camera. Its great feature list especially the massive pixel count attracted many people to pre-order. The demand has been unprecedented and there are wide spread shortages reported. In the mad rush, are early adopters of Nikon D800 the Guinea Pigs to expose issues with the camera? Read More…

Posted in Digital SLR Cameras, Miscellaneous on March 28th, 2012. 2 Comments.

Visitors of Nikon USA’s D800 product page will see the page title “Nikon D800 D-SLR Camera | High Dynamic Range Camera”. Apparently the high dynamic range is one of its highlighted features. How high is the dynamic range of the Nikon D800 and how does it compared with other cameras? Read More…

Posted in Digital SLR Cameras on March 25th, 2012. No Comments.
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