Camera Bodies

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Sony a7R: World-class image quality in a small package rivals Nikon D800

For the last year, the Nikon D800 (and especially the Nikon D800e) have reigned as the highest-scoring camera in DxO’s extensive and widely-cited tests. For those willing to carry the moderately large 2.2 pound camera, and shell out $3K to buy one, you get massively sharp, colorful 36MP images. However, the Sony a7R is threatening to knock the Nikon D800e off its pedestal… Read more »

Nikon Df: Retro design DSLR packed with performance

Nikon’s poorly kept secret of its classicly-lined Df photo-only DSLR is finally out in the open. The Nikon Df, harkening back to Nikon’s flagship “F"-Series” pro SLRs is now available for pre-order, and the specs are head-turning. It isn’t for everyone, but serious street photographers, classic photojournalists, collectors, and hobbyists should take a look.

I wrote up the camera and its features, along with new 50mm lens for Extremetech, so see what you think. If you decide to buy, you can pre-order in either Silver or Black for $2750, or in Silver with the new 50mm lens or Black with the new 50mm lens for $3000 from B&H.  Read more »

Nikon 5300: Bringing pro-quality images to the consumer DSLR

Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera (Black)Nikon has continued to push the envelope of what’s possible with DSLRs, by relentlessly taking technologies – especially sensors – from its more expensive models and using them in less expensive versions. The Nikon D5300 is a perfect example. Using the excellent, very sharp, 24MP sensor from the Nikon D7100 and an updated EXPEED 4 processing chip, the Nikon D5300 is likely to make those looking for amazing images in a small package very happy. Read more »

Nikon updates the D600 to the Nikon D610, but should you care?

It is unusual for a camera vendor to release an update to a flagship model after a year that only includes very minor changes, but that is exactly what Nikon has done with its new Nikon D610 DSLR. A year after the release of the amazing Nikon D600 Nikon has updated it with an almost identical model. The Nikon D610 has a few, tiny changes, but it is the same price as the Nikon D600 a year later…  Read more »

Nikon D610: How much is a clean sensor worth to you?

I fell in love with the Nikon D600 the day I got one to review, and purchased one the day they were released. It’s been nearly 100K miles with me, and done a workman-like job on six photo safaris and countless other opportunities. Image quality is stunning, and the camera offers a great feature set in a relatively compact form factor (at least compared to a Nikon D4) and a relatively-reasonable price. The only blemish on the otherwise nearly perfect record of the Nikon D600 has been persistent reports of “dust” gathering on the sensor that doesn’t come loose with self-cleaning. It appears that the spots are actually a somewhat oily compound thrown from the shutter…. Read more »