An insane perspective of fireworks from 10 kilometers away, shot with the Nikon 500mm f/8 Reflex-NIKKOR lens

An insane perspective of fireworks from 10 kilometers away, shot with the Nikon 500mm f/8 Reflex-NIKKOR lens ($200-$500) by Klaus Tan (Facebook | Flickr | Instagram):

I took a trip to the eastern regions of Singapore to scout for a unique location to shoot National Day fireworks as Singapore celebrated it’s 52nd birthday.

Typically, one would head down to the Central Business District area to get as close to the fireworks as possible, but this time I headed the furthest away I could. My idea / rationale was simple: Use a Nikon 500mm f/8 Reflex-NIKKOR to capture a never captured before perspective of the fireworks, and avoid the crowds. The photograph was to include the Central Business District and fireworks in the most aesthetic way possible.

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Cheap speed: Yongnuo YN 50mm f/1.8 lens for F-mount review (with Nikon 50mm f/1.8G comparison)

This review of the Yongnuo YN 50mm f/1.8 lens for F-mount ($72.50) and comparison with the Nikon 50mm f/1.8G lens ($216.95) is written by

Yongnuo, initially famous for their incredibly affordable flashes and off-camera triggers, caused quite a stir when it moved into lenses, for two reasons: (1) They came out at unheard-of price points, some below $100, and (2) they were, at least externally, blatant copies of existing Nikon and Canon designs.

Then again, #2 shouldn’t have been a huge surprise considering much of Yongnuo’s lighting equipment takes (ok, basically steals) exterior design from Canon and Nikon offerings.

Sketchy design aside, given how affordable Yongnuo’s lenses are, and that they’re mainly large-aperture primes, I thought it’d be valuable to find out how good they really are. If the image quality is comparable with pricier Nikon, Canon, Sigma, or Tamron lenses, nighttime photographers on a budget should be extremely interested: that means Yongnuo has made large-aperture primes—which are extremely effective for low-light photography—accessible to a much larger audience than before, including beginners and students.

To get a feel for Yongnuo’s lens savvy, I pitted the Yongnuo YN50mm F1.8, currently selling for $68.99, against the proven Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G, which sells for $219.95. Identical specs, but the Yongnuo is 1/3 the price, making it a trivial addition to your shopping cart (but one that’ll make a huge difference in low-light!) after spending several hundred on a Nikon DSLR and 18-55mm kit lens. But how much of a real-world image quality difference is there between the two? To find out, I shot a few nighttime comparison scenes:

(But before that, exactly how much of an external copy is the Yongnuo? You can actually fit the Nikon lens hood for Nikon’s 50mm on it, and it fits perfectly, snugly snapping on and off:)

Nikon hood on Yongnuo lens. The exterior plastics feel very similar too.

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Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR lens review

This Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR lens ($306.95) review is by

The full review video:

We recently had a chance to review the newest ultra wide zoom crop lens that was introduced by Nikon earlier in 2017 called the AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR.

For the past 8 years or so Nikon had a 10-24mm lens which is considered to be a pretty great DX lens but is a quite expensive at close to $900. Nikon decided to make a much more affordable ultra wide lens and in this review, we shall look at what sort of compromises, if any, this new lens comes with.

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List of not yet announced Nikon cameras registered with various agencies

Here is an updated list of upcoming Nikon cameras that have already been registered with various government agencies but are not yet officially announced:
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Nikon’s 100 years of imaging excellence (brief history of Nikon)

Nikon timeline (click for larger view)

Nikon's most important events in their history courtesy of Adorama:

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Nikon D850 hands-on field test/review by The Camera Store

The Camera Store published their Nikon D850 hands-on field test/review:

Check D850 availability: B&H | Adorama | Amazon | BuyDig | BestBuy | Cameta | eBay | WEX | Jessops

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