This is our third buyer’s guide dedicated to lenses. If you were forced to choose between a good camera and a good lens what would be your choice? Many of us would normally choose the camera since it is full of gadgets and innovations. But, would that really be the best choice?
The lens: your camera’s most crucial component
The lens is one of your camera’s most crucial components, if not THE most crucial (for both reflex and hybrid cameras): the lens is what makes it possible to capture light. Put a poor-quality lens on a good-quality camera and you will quickly discover that the camera will not be able to achieve its full potential. The opposite is also true to a lesser extent, and there is really no point in putting a very high-end lens on an entry-level camera.
The idea here is to find the right balance, without forgetting that a lens is an investment that will undoubtedly outlive your current camera – if you intend to remain with the same manufacturer when you buy your next camera. It is probable that you will change cameras in 3, 6 or 8 years, but the same can not be said about your lenses, especially if you have chosen good-quality ones. Lenses do not really wear out, they do not really get damaged (depending on how you use them) and do not really diminish in quality relative to the new lenses appearing on the market.
Full Frame: Nikon’s bold gamble
When Nikon announced D750, two things happened. First, some slowdown was noticed amongst buyers of D810, of which a quite significant number would have waited a little more to invest in a D750 and by the way saved 1000 dollars in price difference. I can understand them, it makes sense even if, a closer examination shows that Nikon D810 has some specificities that D750 does not have; we will get back to this. Then, and strangely enough, some have thought that the launch of D750 marked the end of Nikon D610. And that frankly, I do not buy for a second, I rather believe the opposite. I think that with the launch of D750, Nikon has firmly established its range of digital SLR (Single Lens Reflex), taking up the challenge of full frame. Personally, this range does holds up, up to four times better. Except for Nikon D750, I have used all cases of the Nikon full frame range during long work sessions. Just yesterday, I was working on pictures taken with Nikon D610 and I was captivated by the image quality, dynamism and sharpness. Last July, during an interview, I was asked what would be my advice to a young professional photographer wishing to start using the Nikon range and I answered without a moment’s pause, Nikon D610. My answer might be different today with the announcement of Nikon D750, but nonetheless, each Nikon case belonging to the full frame frame range has its own assets. It is impossible to contrast one with another and difficult to compare them. Each reflex has its target and its customers it will match. Following is a brief overview of the Nikon 24*26 range, but first a basic question. Why choose a Full Frame?
Why a full frame format DSLR?
Photographers from Argentina (mentioning no names) would look at you in a funny manner if you were to ask them that question. This is because, in olden days, you see, the film was not cut into pieces, a SLR (single lens reflex) camera was 24*36 and that was it. When the digital showed up, there were contingencies and technical requirements which made it more economical and less costly to manufacture sensors that are not full format. In the beginning, Nikon has delivered DX sensors with a conversion factor of 1.5. Canon, on its side, has made APS-C sensors on its amateurs range (conversion factor of 1.6) and even APS-H (conversion factor of 1.3) on some SLR of the Pro range (e.g. EOS 1D Mark IV). Some have seen in the non full frame sensor a major advantage. Indeed, an optical of 200mm behaved like a focal of 320mm, all this with the help of APS-C sensor alone. But what was interesting upstream proved more difficult in the other direction. It was not wise enough for a 16mm to become a 26mm. Full format also affects other parameters such as the depth of field, the quality of the image and its dynamics and leads to a more demanding range of optics.
With the announcement of the D7500 and Nikon’s intentions of retaining the D7200 in their product catalog, choosing a professional APS-C DX reflex camera has become more difficult. So, Nikon D7500 or Nikon D500, which one should you choose? Listed here are the main differences between these two devices as well as a comparison chart to help you make up your mind.
Nikon D7500 or Nikon D500: Which Nikon DX should you choose?
By announcing the Nikon D7500, Nikon was satisfying the demands of users interested in a professional device with an ergonomic design (see the test of the Nikon D500) as well as those users interested in a lighter, more compact device that is as capable as any other.
Late last month, Sony silently launched the latest full-frame mirrorless camera A7II. I can’t help but admire how well Sony kept this innovation confidential before its release. Sony is perhaps one of the few companies that could afford to launch a new model of a full-frame camera at a yearly rate. Actually, it’s no wonder that the A7 series has been selling so well. Their integral market performance since their release is surpassing Sony’s expectations. The latest A7II may have caused some confusion for those planning on purchasing one– Sony α7II and Sony α7, which model is better?
Before that, we all regarded the three models of A7, A7R, and A7S with different positioning as the three brothers of the full-frame SLR cameras in the Sony A7 series. However, the latest A7II is the brother with the closest kinship to A7. Even so, between these two brothers, which one should we choose? This is a question we need to ponder. Since the A7II was just launched, currently its single body price is $1698. The A7 has been marketed for more than a year and features a higher performance price ratio, but its current price on Amazon is only $1298. With that price difference of $400, we can almost buy another Sony A6000. So what justifies this gap of $400?
The latest product in the long chain of entry level Canon DSLRs are the Canon EOS Rebel T7i and EOS 77d. The origin of the Canon DSLRs can be traced back to the original EOS Digital Rebel that was introduced sometime in 2003.
From then till date, all the updates and iterations following it have all been generally accepted as a market choice by both experienced and new users. The latest EOS Rebel T6i/T6s from Canon has proven to be a market best choice entry-level DSLRs. It comes with features that make it suitable for new users, while its polished handling makes its usability easy.
The T7i and the 77D can be considered as two different models of the same product. While the T7i follows the model style of the classic Canon XX0D series in manipulation, the 77D takes 80D as an example, as it is not only equipped with a top LCD display but also has an installed Quick Canon Control dial, forming the classic double-command dial control style of Canon.
These days, compact cameras are struggling against smartphones which have become people’s everyday cameras – always at hand. By the way, we cover our favorite smartphones in another guide.
Compacts cameras are starting to loose their appeal, to such an extent that manufacturers of these types of cameras are constantly offering ever larger sensors in order to compete with reflex cameras. These professional compact cameras are perhaps the right answer to competing with smartphones since they easily fit in your pocket. They are often the ideal secondary camera for highly mobile reflex camera owners. And if you have no need for the other features of a very expensive smartphone, a conventional compact camera might be right for you.
As Morpheus explained to Neo “The body cannot live without the mind”. He could just as easily have said that “The PC is nothing without the monitor”. And he would have been right to say it! Indeed, the monitor is the PC’s most essential component (for portable gaming computers or for any other type) and the one that allows you to experience different emotions whether by viewing family photos, watching a movie or playing a game. While, in general, LCD technology introduced improved visual comfort compared to CRT displays – the kind used in the 1990s – choosing a specific monitor is something which needs to be done wisely because the diversity of available displays is increasing all the time, something which can be a source of confusion for uninformed users.
In fact, over the last three years, there have been many innovations. First of all, QHD displays which have a resolution four times superior to the base HD resolution (1280 x 720 pixels) – some 2560 x 1440 pixels – are becoming increasingly popular – at a moment when 4K resolution displays (3840 x 2160 pixels) are making their way into the market. What’s more, 21:9 format displays are beginning to be built by manufacturers; this ratio is complementary to the traditional 16:10 and 16:9 ratios. Lastly, many new technologies have recently been introduced (144 Hz, G-Sync, ULMB, etc.), all of which aim to improve the fluidity and clarity of video animations.