Deal of the day: Nikon SB-700 flash now $95 off (29%)

The Nikon SB-700 flash is currently $95 or 29% off only at Amazon (regular price is $326.95):

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Nikon D850 review (sort of)

Nikon D850 and the new guitar problem by Christian Handl

I had the chance to play with the new Nikon D850 very early (August 30th, 2017) and could also work with RAW files thanks to Raw Therapee. To make it short, the file quality is very good, nothing to complain about. On the other hand, also nothing to get too excited, as the files of my beaten D800 are more than good enough still for 99% of my work. Even the files of the D750 are perfect most of the time.

Warning, this is pixel peeping at 200%
Both pictures are made with the Nikon 50 mm f1,8 lens @f8 with a tripod and with mirror up. Left D850 with Iso 64 and electronic first curtain, right Nikon D800 with Iso 100. There is a small difference in resolution and dynamic range. With a zoom lens like the 24-120 it is less or not visible at all, with a "better" lens there might be a bigger difference (I do not own an Otus lens).

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Yongnuo 100mm f/2 lens for Nikon F-mount review (YN100mm F2N)

Here is a video review of the Yongnuo 100mm f/2 lens for Nikon F-mount (YN100mm F2N):

The Yongnuo 100mm f/2 lens can be purchased on Amazon.

Update - some sample photos can be found on flickr:

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New Kickstarter project promises digital back for Nikon 35mm film cameras

There is a new project on Kickstarter that promises a low cost digital back for 35mm analog cameras:

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Nikon D850 DxOMark sensor review: the first DSLR to hit 100 points

DxOMark published their sensor review for the Nikon D850 and as I already predicted, the D850 is the first DSLR camera to hit 100 points (click for larger view):

"The introduction of the first BSI sensor in a full-frame Nikon DSLR with a super-high 45.7Mp resolution puts the Nikon D850’s image quality on par with, and often better than, medium-format cameras. The first DSLR to hit 100 points — rather apt for Nikon’s hundredth anniversary year — puts the Nikon D850 in a class of its own for image quality. At base ISO, it’s unrivaled for color in the DSLR class, and its headline dynamic range score is outstanding, too. Against the competitor high-resolution options from Sony and Canon, the D850 offers either better or close to comparable image quality throughout the ISO range. Although its headline ISO score doesn’t quite achieve the same lofty heights overall, it’s still a very capable performer at high ISO sensitivities, too. So if you’re looking for the best image quality at low ISOs, at significantly less cost than a digital medium-format camera, the Nikon D850 looks like the camera you’ve been waiting for."

Comparisons of the D850 with other cameras:

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Sigma rumored to announce a new 70-200mm f/2.8 lens at the end of the month

The current Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM lens for Nikon

Today Sigma released a press release indicating that a new lens will be announced during the PhotoPlus show in NYC at the end of the month - the rumors are that Sigma will introduce a new 70-200mm f/2.8 lens that will replace the current 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM version:

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