Making the most of lightweight lenses when traveling

"Making the most of lightweight lenses when traveling" by Robert G Allen (websites: and

The alarm clock went off at 3:30AM. As soon as I awoke, I thought about the conversation my wife and I had with an airline pilot the prior evening while we were riding in the elevator together. He overheard our idea about taking some photos of the monuments and other major attractions in the Washington D.C. area. Our original plans entailed going to the attractions late in the evening to get the monuments during the golden light and hopefully avoid the crowds that are there during the day.  The airline pilot (who sounded like he travels to Washington D.C. often) suggested the opposite. He said to really see the sites around Washington D.C. without the crowds and in good light, you must rise way before dawn. We heeded his advice. The next morning, my wife and I dragged each other out of bed and were in the taxi by 4:00 AM heading down to the Lincoln and Washington Memorials in complete darkness. After getting up this early, we were hoping the pilot was right!

I was in Washington D.C. for a 4-day conference related to my day job (accountant in Boise, Idaho). I tacked on a few more personal days making our visit around a week in length.  Because I was there mainly on business, photography was not my primary objective. However, since I don’t visit D.C very often, I didn’t want to pass up an opportunity to photograph around the District area, at least the major tourist attractions.

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Pictures of KeyMission 80 and KeyMission 170 leaked online and they look… interesting

Pictures of the two other rumored KeyMission cameras just leaked online and they look... different. What do you think?

KeyMission 80

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KeyMission 170


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Three different KeyMission cameras confirmed: 80, 170 and 360

The Japanese website Nokishita confirmed today what I already reported here on NR a month ago:

There will be three different types of the Nikon KeyMission camera. One of them will be the "regular" version which we have already seen online. The second one will be a 170° camera and the third will be a 80° model which can be used for chest mounting

Update: here are the pictures of the KeyMission 80 and KeyMission 170models:

The three KeyMission cameras models that will be officially launched in the next few days are:

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Zeiss Milvus 2.8/15, 2.8/18 and 2/135 lenses for Nikon F mount announced

Today Zeiss announced the previously rumored Milvus 135mm f/2 lens and two other manual focus lenses (15mm f/2.8 and 18mm f/2.8) designed for Nikon F-mount DSLR cameras (full press release). The 2.8/18 is a newly calculated Distagon optical design. In total, there are now nine Zeiss Milvus focal lengths (see the picture at the bottom of this post). Shipping of the new lenses is expected to begin at the end of October 2016.

Technical data on the new Milvus lenses:

Pre-order / price info:

Few full resolution images can be found on flickr:

Additional information:

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Irix 15mm f/2.4 lens now shipping, new Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 lens announced

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A quick update on two new third party lenses for Nikon F mount:

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Nikon 300mm f/2.8 FL VR lens patent

I have been reporting for months now that Nikon will slowly update many of their current tele photo lenses with a fluorite (FL) element (see the difference between Nikon’s fluorite lens and fluorine coating). You can see the initial list of upgrade candidates that date back to 2014. There has been several patents in the past for new Nikon lenses with fluorite (FL) element and the latest filing in Japan point to a new Nikon 300mm f/2.8 FL lens. Here are the details:

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