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For some time now, I’ve been searching for a good quality wide-angle lens. Allen Weitz from B&H recently spent some time with Nikon’s AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm/4G ED VR lens.

The first thing you notice about Nikon’s new AF-S 16-35/4G ED VR is its size. Though in no way heavy, and if anything, quite well balanced, the lens looks more like a moderate zoom lens, say a 28-105, as compared to the shorter physical sizes of ‘typical’ wide zooms. Looks aside, Nikon’s latest ultra-wide addition to its growing optical line-up is a true wide-zoom workhorse.

Read the complete review over on B&H.


A couple days ago Midwest Photo Exchange began their Time and Timelessness Photo Contest. It’s a Nikon photo contest from MPIX with some great prizes:

  1. Nikon D5000 Kit
  2. Nikon Coolpix S70
  3. Nikon Coolpix L22

The theme of the contest is shutter speed so this is a great opportunity to show what you can do with varying shutter speeds.

Images are timeless. In this regard, we decided to make this competition about some of the most fundamental aspects
of photography; filtering light through aperture and the speed of a shutter, to produce timeless images ‘frozen’ in time. While
we leave the title open to interpretation, we will judge the first place winner based on the creative use of shutter speed and

You may submit up to 3 photos until the submission deadline of May 24, 2010. Files can be .JPG, .PNG or .GIF and not larger than 3 MB. Winners will be announced on June 7, 2010. And Canon users, don’t fret, it’s not mandatory that you shoot with a Nikon. For more information, check out the contest page here.

In addition to Scott Kelby’s tutorial for shooting tethered into Lightroom, Matt Kloskowski provides other options.

1) If you shoot Canon then you can use Canon’s free EOS Utility. This is probably your best option if you’re a Canon shooter.

2) If you’re a Nikon shooter the waters are a bit murky here. First, you can use Nikon’s (NOT FREE) Camera Control Pro (which is what I’ve used).

3) If you’re a Nikon shooter then you also have a free option but it’s only for Windows users only. It’s called Camera Control and they’ve got a video on their site on how to use it.

4) Finally, Tom Hogarty (Lightroom’s Product Manager) let me in on a plug-in for Lightroom 2 (for Mac only though). It’s called MountainStorm Lightroom Tether and you can grab it here. Of course if you find it useful, it’s nice to leave a donation considering your other alternatives are not free. I’ve tested it out and I have to say it works pretty darn good. I’ve used Camera Control Pro for so long so it’s a little weird to change, but I think I’m now switching over to the free plug-in.
(edit: Sorry everyone. I forgot to mention one small thing that I was reminded of in the comments. Some one had told me not to use the “Enhanced” setting so make sure you leave it unchecked. Seems pretty unstable in this mode) [via Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Killer Tips]

Read the rest of the story here.

For some people December can be a depressing time. For many people this December brings fears of economic hard times and a global depression. But, life goes on, and so must business.

To put a little cheer into your month, and to stimulate our business, we are holding a December Anti-Depression Contest.

Our prize is either a Nikon D90 or a Canon XSi Rebel. We have recently reviewed both of these fine cameras and now are making our review cameras available as prizes in this contest. If you win, you get to choose which camera to receive. (Body only). [via Luminous Landscape]

For more details see the website here.

I don’t know how I missed this one. Over on dPS I just learned of a photography competition where

First prize is a choice of either a Nikon D60 or a Canon XSi (pictured above). Both of these DSLRs get great reviews and are the ideal way to step into the world of DSLR. If you’ve already got a DSLR they’d make a great second body or a gift to that special person in your life! [via dPS]

The rules are pretty simple:

  1. There is one entry per person
  2. Entries can be submitted from 1 October (Noon) to 31 October (Noon) – Eastern US Time.
  3. Participants need to be over 18 years of age (sorry, I know this excludes some but if you want to get a guardian to submit for you then this is fine).
  4. Shots need to be ‘portraits’ – this is the theme for this month’s competition
  5. No nudity – please keep photos family friendly
  6. You must have copyright of the image you submit – it must be your own work.
  7. Winning photos will be published on DPS Blog
  8. You may enter from any country – we don’t exclude anyone based upon their location.
  9. Winners will be announced here on the blog and in our newsletter early November.
  10. The winner will be selected by a combination of public votes and a judging panel. The bulk of this weighting comes from the judging panel but the public vote does count so feel free to let people know about your entry. The judges will be a small panel from our moderation team of the DPS forums (update: the panel will also include a couple from outside of DPS). [via dPS]

Hurry because this contest ends October 31, 2008.


Before I say anything else, let me make clear that I have been a Canon fan for years. I may continue to be so for a time yet, however The Online Photographer has a lot praise for the Nikon D700. Here are just a few that he discusses in length on his blog.

  • Ergonomics
  • Features
  • Auto Focus
  • Image Quality
  • High ISOs

Until you get a card that automatically records the lattitude and longitude of your photos, you may want to look into a gadget like the one Nikon is introducing next month.They will also be introducing a pretty cool lens. The lens is 18-105mm (VB) Vibration Reduction and should make for a pretty good telephoto.

More information here.



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  • Veronica Lynne: Did you use it? It's RODEO time! That might make a good pic for the fb page to.
  • Veronica Lynne: Certainly. I am flattered. Just give credit--ChromaticSoul Photos. Also, I would love to see how you use it. The rodei is this weekend! Veronica Lynn