Cardinal

warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home/cardinal/public_html/cp.com/modules/taxonomy/taxonomy.pages.inc on line 33.

Nikon unleashes new 400mm f/2.8 lens, TC-14E III, and 20 fps Nikon 1 J4

Nikon 1 J4 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 10-30mm and 30-110mm Lenses (Black)Nikon has introduced a slew of new products aimed at a variety of different groups of photographer. At the high-end, the Nikon 400mm f/2.8E lens gets a makeover and a price increase to $12,000. The updated Nikon TC-14E III features improved surface coatings and weather proofing (I definitely plan to order one, but check to see whether your lenses are compatible). Nikon has also upped its game in the compact mirrorless market with the new Nikon 1 J4 body – featuring 20 fps shooting with a zillion AF points. You can get it in a kit with the most popular two Nikon 1 zooms for under $900. Read on for details…


Wildlife Photos: Subject + Light + Background–Painted Bunting

_dsc3212When most people think of wildlife photos – whether of Mammals, Birds, or Reptiles – they think of the subject. But there is a lot more to making a compelling photograph of an animal in nature than the subject. Light plays an essential role, for starters. Dull, drab, images are seldom capable of commanding our attention. Backgrounds, while under-rated, are also key. All three came together in this image of a Painted Bunting from our Hill Country bird photo workshop this week. Each element plays a role… Read more »

Safari photo tips & FREE Alaskan safari giveaway!

_djc7631hWe’re excited to let you know that our friends at Datacolor have announced a new contest open to everyone, with the first p

Sigma 24-105mm f4 Global Vision Lens Delivers the Goods in our Field Test

by David Cardinal

There is no question that Sigma has really upped its game with its new family of Global Vision lenses. I love the GV-version of the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 OS HSM Lens, and continue to feel it is the world’s best lens for vehicle-based wildlife photography. This month I’ve had the pleasure of shooting with its new Sigma 24-105mm OS HSM Lens on both a Nikon D4S and a Nikon D7100. The short version is that the lens lives up to the Global Vision brand, but read on to see whether it might be the right mid-range zoom for you:


It’s not heavy, it’s my Nikon D4S

MoonAlice 4-20 show by David CardinalWith apologies to various rock legends for ripping off their song title, that’s how I felt after shooting a concert yesterday with a review Nikon D4S. I wanted to stress the low-light shooting capability of the camera, so I deliberately brought a slower zoom (my really handy Nikon 70-200mm f/4 AF-S). That allowed me to be a little more maneuverable in the crowd, but forced me to bump my ISO way up. I picked ISO 25600 (I probably could have survived with half that, but I wanted to really push the envelope). In any case, the Nikon D4S delivered in three really major ways: Read more »