Equipment / Reviews

Nikon D7000353_25468_D7000_front “Nikon’s D7000 features a 16.2 MP DX-format CMOS sensor, 6 fps continuous shooting and breathtaking Full 1080p HD Movies with full time autofocus.”Great camera. It has a top and rear cover of  magnesium alloy and provides sealing against moisture and dust. 16.2 MP are enough for what i am doing now but in the future i’ll definitely check the full-frame range. Dual SD, wide sensitivity rage (ISO) and low noise. A camera that i’ll have for many years.UPDATE: 25 / 2 / 14 Internal intervalometer its going to be very frustrating at start. Say you want to do a timelapse. If you have a 30″ exposure naturally you would set interval time say 2″ between shots. But on D7000 you have to add the exposure time plus that 2″. So the interval time would be 32”.. Anyway i am going to post a detailed tutorial on astrophotography and light trails and will cover all that little things you should know on D7000 plus a few tips.
Nikon 18mm – 105mm 3.5-5.6 DX-VR2179_AF-S-DX-NIKKOR-18-105mm-f-3.5-5.6G-ED-VR_front “This 5.8x zoom, designed exclusively for use with Nikon’s DX-format, features Nikon’s VR image stabilization and is perfect for portraits and action.”Very flexible lens, great for everyday use. Not as sharp as 50mm 1.8G. It cannot work on full frame cameras but the worst part of this lens is its plastic mount. I’ve read some reviews that it can crack very easily if you are not careful. So i can tell that it is very heavy for its plastic mount. On the other hand i am very satisfied for the picture quality.UPDATE: 25 / 2 / 14 Took a major bump as it fell off my bag into concrete. It was weist-high  No problems whatsoever. With that experience i could say that it very well built. (except for the plastic thread..).
Nikon 50mm 1.8 G2199_AF-S-NIKKOR-50mm-f18G_front “This updated classic with a fast maximum aperture is ideal for everyday shooting, perfect in low lighting situations and great for producing images with beautiful background blur (Bokeh).”I am using it mostly for portraits and at low-light situations.Great little thing for its priceMetal mount.
GoPro HD HERO 2i_975128.800x500 “World’s most versatile camera”With 11 MP photos and up to 1080p resolution is my companion on my sports . From mountain biking to snowboard i have the best quality available to capture the moment. It can be mounted in every possible angle/surface. Plus it is waterproof up to 60m. It’s succesor is HD 3 with 1080p at 60 frames per second, 12 MP photos at 30 frames per second and Wifi built-in.
Sony DSC-R1ZFRONTLEFT_800 My first camera. Bridge, 14.3–71.5 mm Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*, 24–120 mm equiv. (5× zoom) at 10.3 MP, very large sensor for it’s category (Sigma X3 21.5×14.4mm), dual memory card slot (Compact Flash, Sony memory stick), shoots RAW and full manual mode available. No video and no interchangeable lenses. As my first camera was way more than enough for me. Now, my verdict is that it is an excellent 10.3 MP camera for every day use. At low-light situations tripod (or monopod) is a must. It’s specifications are way better for “vacations” or “Facebook” photos (buy a compact camera if you want that. This thing wont fit in your pocket) unless you are an enthusiast and you want to carry it all day on your neck. (As i did.. Ouch!).  Build quality is great. It has sustained mud, sand, and salt water on my trekking days and journeys and the only visible wear is some rust on the bottom screws!… I’ve own it from 2005! On the other hand is very slow when shooting RAW and it can shoot only 3 frames at continuous shooting with a speed of 3 frames/s. It’s limitations on shutter speed and iso sensitivity plus no interchangeable lenses were the reasons i moved up to D7000. I am using it as my back up camera now and i’ll keep doing so until i get a full frame.
Nikon Speedlight SB – 900Nikon_sb900-thumb-450x300 Purchased it at a bargain price. Feels rugged, pop-up bounce card, wireless operation is awesome..Totally upgraded my approach on photographing subjects. UPDATE: 21/3/2014 I noticed that at low light situations focusing is absolutely perfect! I am pretty sure the reason is that SB900 projects a bright red pattern in order to help  but it was beyond my expectation. Definitely an easy comparison before/after flash focusing.
Meike Battery Gripmeike_battery_grip_for_d7000 Locking very tight, no wobbling, feeling nice on hand and controls working perfectly. I have read a lot of reviews against its quality. I guess time will tell. This one is made of plastic in contrast with the original witch is made of magnesium as the camera itself. Perfect grip for portrait shots.

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