Sep 132012

The Nikon D600 is the most affordable full-frame DSLR ever released. It is the younger sibling of the immensely popular D800 and carries a lot of the same features. Another way to look at it is a D7000 body with a full-frame sensor since it also shares a lot of things with that camera. The full-frame sensor is 24 megapixels which puts it on par or above every full-frame camera on the market with the exception of the D800. At a MSRP of $2099 this is going to be an extremely popular camera.

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Sep 102012

The Brinno TLC100 time-lapse camera is a very simple device that aims to simplify time-lapse photography as much as possible. There are many ways to take time-lapse videos. You can use any digital camera or any video camera. The difference with a dedicated time-lapse camera like the TLC100 is it takes out a lot of the work that needs to be done such as stitching still images together and creating the video file.

With the TLC100 (currently $135 at Amazon) you simply point the camera where you want, choose your time interval (anywhere from 5 seconds to 24 hours) then press a button and walk away. When you stop it, you will be left with an .AVI file of your time-lapse.

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Jul 142012

So you’ve dabbled in Astrophotography with your DSLR camera somewhat; maybe you’ve shot some star trails or some short 30-second night-time landscape shots. Now you want to move to the next level and take long exposures of stellar objects but you are put off by the cost and the complication. Do you really need to lug around a large telescope and telescope mount? Are you confused about polar alignment? The Vixen Polarie star tracker removes all of that intimidation and a lot of the cost (though not all of it!) and allows even a first-timer to be setup and running in a matter of minutes.

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Jul 112012

Getting started in Astrophotography is easier than you think but mastering it will take a life time. This is a guide for beginners or people with a small amount of experience. I’ll be focusing on taking pictures with nothing but DSLR cameras and regular lenses. No telescope required! The only other piece of equipment you will need is a tripod. If you have another type of digital camera with a “manual” setting you can still follow along though some of the options I talk about may not be available to you. Later on I will go into some other pieces of gear you can buy that will further enhance your ability to take pictures. Finally we will talk about how to process your images in Photoshop as most of the time the image straight from the camera is a bit underwhelming. All the pictures featured in the article were taken by me with a DSLR (either Nikon D300 or Nikon D700). Continue reading »

Jul 042012

For my list of the Top Nikon lenses I am going to cover the best 10 lenses for both DX and FX cameras at different price points. Some lenses, like telephoto ones, are fine for both DX and FX use. DX lenses are for cameras such as the D3100, D5100, D7000, D300, etc. FX lenses are for full-frame sensor cameras like the D700, D800, D3, D4, etc.

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Jul 022012

The Nikon D800 is a full-frame DSLR announced back in February 2012 and launched in March 2012. The camera was exceedingly popular when it was announced and some sites like B&H had so many pre-orders that people who didn’t get their order in the first hour of it being available were waiting several extra months to receive their camera. Nikon was always usually behind Canon in the megapixel war so they came out with this 36.3 MP beast.

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