New Nikon Compacts

Posted February 24th, 2016 by   |  Flash Photography, Photography  |  Permalink
Nikon DL

The Nikon DL18-50.

Nikon announced a bevy of new compact cameras for CP+ 2016. The cool thing about the higher-end models is they are large-sensor compact cameras. It is clear that Nikon is listening to their user-base and offering professional quality cameras that don’t weigh as much as a DSLR.

In my opinion, two of the cameras are very enticing and worthy of your attention: The DL18-50 and the DL24-85. Both of them have a f/1.8-f/2.8 fluorine coated lens and the 18-50 has the Nano coated lens to help reduce lens flare at the wide-angle settings.

Nikon DL24-85

The Nikon DL24-85

The DL18-50 and DL24-85 have a compact form and are small enough to fit in your pocket. Nikon is claiming the DL cameras have DSLR functionality, which includes fast/accurate autofocus, a blazingly-fast frame rate of 20 FPS, 20.8 megapixel 1″ sensor, and 4K video. If these specs hold up in real-world shooting situations, then these little powerhouse cameras will be tremendous for travel photography, street photography, and multi-media story telling.

As a prolific user of Nikon’s wireless flash system, I was happy to see that these cameras support the Nikon CLS (creative lighting system). I’m looking forward to testing out these enticing little cameras.

Nikon DL

The DL series cameras support the Nikon CLS (Creative Lighting System) and wireless flash photography.

Check out these early reviews from Nikon shooters Steve Simon and Drew Gurian:

Steve Simon DL Review at ThePassionatePhotographer

Drew Gurian DL Preview at

Purchase Links here:


Nikon DL18-50 articulating screen

Nikon DL18-50 F/1.8-2.8 Compact Camera – $846.95

DL24-85 with pop-up flash

DL24-85 with pop-up flash

Nikon DL24-85 F/1.8-2.8 Compact Camera  – $646.95

DL24-500 super-zoom

DL24-500 super-zoom

Nikon DL25-500 F/2.8-5.6 Compact Camera  – $996.95

Nikon B700 compact

Nikon B700 compact

Nikon Coolpix B700 Digital Point & Shoot Camera – $496.95

Nikon B500 compact

Nikon B500 compact

Nikon Coolpix B500 Digital Point & Shoot Camera – Black  – $296.95

Nikon Coolpix B500 Digital Point & Shoot Camera – Red – $296.95

Nikon A900 compact

Nikon A900 compact

Nikon Coolpix A900 Digital Point & Shoot Camera – Silver – $396.95

Nikon Coolpix A900 Digital Point & Shoot Camera – Black – $396.95

Which Teleconverter to Buy for Nikon 70-200mm f2.8?

Posted September 6th, 2011 by   |  Photography  |  Permalink

Great question today from a reader:

QUESTION: Mike thanks for your newsletters.  They are great and very informative for me.  Thanks again

Question:  I have a D700 and a 70-200mm f/2.8 G ED VR II lens and want to bug a teleconverter.  What do you recommend, the 1.4, 1.7 or 2.0?  I would appreciate your advice.

Again, thanks for the help and I hope our paths soon cross again.


ANSWER: George,

The TC-14E II is very good with the 70-200 f2.8. I use it with mine all the time. I get excellent results and excellent sharpness.


TC-17E II is pretty good. You’ll get good results and decent sharpness.


TC-20E II is terrible. Don’t buy it. In fact, this model is discontinued.

TC-20E III is great. New optics greatly improve is performance and it is now regarded as a great optic.


So, which one to buy? That’s hard for me to say since I don’t know your end use. In my case, I bought two TC’s. The 1.4x and the 2.0x. I use them depending on what I’m shooting and how much more reach I need for a photo.

Sigma? Tokina? Nikon? Tamron?

Posted September 28th, 2009 by   |  Photography  |  Permalink

I receive more questions every week about lenses than just about any other topic. I sympathize with all the questions because I struggle with making the same choices that you do. Should I buy the Nikon 24-70mm f2.8 or should I get the Sigma 24-70 mm f2.8 or the Nikon 24-85mm f2.8 – 4 or the Tamron 28-75mm f2.8? The cost of the Nikon lenses are always significantly higher than the TamronSigmaTokina lenses.

So what are you paying for when you buy the Nikon lens? In one word … Quality. In fact, Quality with a capital Q.

I currently own lenses from Nikon, Tokina and Tamron. In the past, I’ve owned lenses from Sigma, Vivitar and some other random brands that I’ve forgotten. Most of these lenses are the “professional” lenses from the manufacturers and are large aperture zooms or primes. In just about every case, I’ve found that the Nikon lenses have performed flawlessly. In all the years I’ve owned Nikon lenses, I haven’t had one single lens break down for any reason. I could attribute that to simple luck or to Nikon’s consistent quality.

On the other hand, at least 50% of the lenses I’ve purchased from the third party lens manufacturers have failed in some way or another. My Tamron lens hood cracked under light duty wear and tear. Another Tamron’s internal focus gears “skip” every once in a while. My Vivitar fell apart in my hands.

My Tokina lenses have all performed very well and have been a bright spot in my lens choices from third party manufacturers.

From a sharpness standpoint, all of the lenses I have purchased have been pretty sharp. In fact, many of the photos I sell or use in my books were taken with Tokina, Tamron and Sigma lenses. I haven’t run into any major issues with poor optical quality from these manufacturers. Therefore, I sometimes put up with a little bit of structural integrity problems because I paid a lower price for the third party lens.

When it all comes down to it in the end though, buying a Nikon professional lens will almost always be the better choice than buying a third party lens. As the old saying goes, you get what you pay for. This holds true in spades for lenses!

Here’s a link to a company who rents lenses to the public (thanks for the link Chuck!). They have an interesting commentary on Sigma lenses that I think you’ll enjoy reading.

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