Sunday, October 27, 2013

Helpfull Nikon D90 Apps.


Here's a couple of recent apps released that seem to be useful. Nikon Setup Guides looks to be only available on android which I don't have.

Nikon Setup Guide

 
I've downloaded Nikon Lenses and its very cool. Instant lens information and reviews by guys like Ken Rockwell, Brian Tobay, Tom Hogan, and more.

Nikon Lenses

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

New Sigma 18-35mm 1.8 DC HSM For The D90 - First Constant Zoom 1.8 Lens Ever!


Wow, I just found out about this new lens and after reading some reviews I'd love to try it. At only $799 for a ultra fast zoom lens I'm sure its going to be must have for a lot of people. Time to upgrade the old Tamron 17-55 2.8? Anyway let us D90 owners hear from you if you get one.

Here's a Good Review on CNET

$799 at Amazon!


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Nikon D90 Distortion Control Data Firmware Update 2013

Barrel Distortion

I like the fact that the D90 still gets love from Nikon. Here's a new firmware update you can download if you choose to.

Nikon Published 02/17/2011 - Updated 03/26/2013

The Distortion Control Data firmware upgrade is available for Nikon D4, D800(E), D90, D7000, D5100, D5000, D3200, and D3100 cameras.

Distortion control data are used to correct barrel and pincushion distortion during shooting and editing. They can be loaded into cameras that support distortion control.

Click Here

Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Nikon D90 and Nikon 70-300 VR Take On Indoor Basketball Game!

shutter priority - exposure 1/250 - F4.8 - 250mm - ISO 3200
 
How good would the Nikon D90 with the Nikon 70-300 f/4.5-5.6GED IF AF-S VR lens perform indoors with no flash and fast moving action? You be the judge.

I recently had chance to shoot a relatives collage basketball game at Maples Pavilion. He plays for Utah and was going to be my main subject obviously. Wishing I had the perfect indoor 2.8 telephoto zoom lens and knowing that wasn't going to happen I turned to my trusty Nikon 70-300vr lens.

At first I started in aperture mode and wide opened with my ISO set to 800. This setting was definitely not going to work very well after experiencing a few shots that were blurry and plain bad. I then said "what the heck lets go to shutter mode and bump the auto ISO up to a very rarely used 3200". I instantly started getting better shots and the 70-300vr was tracking good in continuous focus mode and getting pretty sharp shots. But you know how looking at the little LCD screen of your shoots could look nothing like that when you download them to your big computer and see your shots on your monitor. I was worried that the noise from such a high ISO would rear its ugly head once I got home and downloaded the photos. I was very surprised. I probably ended up taking over a hundred RAW shoots and Id say 75% came out good. The D90 handled the high ISO just as claimed. The 70-300vr performed very well for such tough shooting conditions and being a lens most can still afford. Now I'm not saying these shots were totally noise free at full size but they were deffenitly workable in my editor to end up pretty good shots.

Here are Some Shots with Settings.

shutter priority - exposure 1/250 - F4.5 - 90mm - ISO 3200
shutter priority - exposure 1/250 - F5.0 - 180mm - ISO 3200
shutter priority - exposure 1/200 - F5.6 - 240mm - ISO 2800
shutter priority - exposure 1/320 - F4.8 - 155mm - ISO 2800
shutter priority - exposure 1/250 - F5.6 - 260mm - ISO 3200

Sunday, January 6, 2013

D90 White Balance Tip!


Here's a great D90 White Balance tip from Mark Belliveau called:

Nikon D90 Tip for Fine Tuning a Preset Manual White Balance
 
One of the most important settings for getting the look you want right out of the camera is white balance. Nikon cameras have had the ability to warm or cool a given white balance setting for some time. For example if you like warmer images you can set your white balance setting to auto with A6 (for amber 6) which will perform the usual auto white balancing then warm it up +6 in the amber direction so to speak. Of course you can accomplish the opposite if you prefer cooler images by dialing in B1 up to B6 for bluer, cooler images. All of this can be accomplished by pressing WB (white balance) button on the back of the D90 and using the command and sub-command dials to select Auto and A6.

This is great, and it can be done separately for each white balance setting (e.g. Incandescent, Fluorescent, Direct Sunlight, Flash, etc...). At first glance however it does not appear possible with the Preset Manual white balance settings, since neither command or sub-command dials alter the blue or amber component of that WB setting when the WB button is pressed. Fortunately if you choose the Preset Manual white balance setting via the menus, rather than the WB button, you can then alter the amber or blue compensation as it were.

So if you are shooting under difficult lighting, like a combination of fluorescent and incandescent, where your best bet is a Preset Manual white balance, but you still want to warm or cool it a bit, now you know how.
 
Thanks Mark! you can check out Marks Photo web site here

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Nikon D90 Everything on Flicker - Join the Group


OK, I know don't ask. I have no idea why I never started a D90 Everything Blog Flickr Photo Group! But seems to me its a good idea and place for all the followers and visitors of this blog to share their D90 photos. I'd like to see all the followers pictures posted. Maybe if we get enough people to join I'll have a few contests for a prize. Anyone with a D90 how to, tutorial, or review that would like to add to the blog and photo discussion please do!

Please join the group if you would like to show off your D90 shots or start a D90 discussion....

http://www.flickr.com/groups/nikon_d90_everything/

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Cleaning your Nikon D90 Camera



With your D90 being a big investment you want to keep it as clean as possible. I was cleaning mine yesterday along with my lenses and thought I’d blog a little from the book on cleaning your camera. Here’s the short of it…

CAMERA BODY
Use a blower to remove dust and lint, then wipe gently with a soft, dry cloth. After using the D90 at the beach or seaside, wipe off sand with a cloth lightly dampened in distilled water and dry thoroughly.

LENS, VIEWFINDER, and MIRROR
These glass elements are easily damaged. Remove dust and lint with a blower, if using an aerosol blower; keep the can vertical to prevent the discharge of liquid. To remove fingerprints and other stains, apply a small amount of lens cleaner to a soft cloth and clean with care

MONITOR
Remove dust and lint with a blower. When removing finger prints and other stains, wipe the surface lightly with a soft cloth or chamois leather. Do not apply pressure, as this could result in damage or malfunction.

Note: Do not use alcohol, thinner, or other volatile chemicals.

LOW-PASS FILTER
The image sensor that acts as the cameras picture element is fitted with a low-pass filter to prevent moiré. If you suspect that dirt or dust on the filter is appearing in photographs, you can clean the filter using the Clean Image Sensor option in the setup menu. The filter can be cleaned at any time using the Clean Now option, or cleaning can be performed automatically when the camera is turned on or off

Cleaning is performed by vibrating the image sensor. If dust can not be fully removed using the options in Clean Image Sensor menu, clean the images sensor manually or consult a Nikon authorized company to clean for you.
 

Friday, July 27, 2012

New Tokina AT-X 11-16mm f/2.8 PRO DX ⅡNow Avalible for the D90!


Hey, There's a new updated Tokina 11-16mm 2.8 Wide Angle lens avalible for purchase today! I have the orginal one and love it for wide angle stuff. This new one has some updated features from the older one. You can see my little review of the older version here. I wonder if this means the price on the older one might come down now.

Some of the updates to this new one are:

1. Faster AF
2. SD-M (Silent Drive-Module) autofocus motor
3. Aspherical element
4. New coating for improved performance

The New Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II is an update to the widely popular and award winning AT-X 116 PRO DX, 11-16 F/2.8 lens.

The main update to this lens is in the Nikon mount, the AT-X 116 PRO DX-II has an internal silent focusing motor to allow the lens to AF on Nikon bodies that do not have an AF drive gear and motor.

There have also been some adjustments made to the coating for slightly improved optical performance.

This compact ultra wide-angle zoom has a bright constant F/2.8 aperture make viewing and auto focus possible in lower light situations but still maintaining a reasonable size and weight.

Two Super-Low Dispersion glass elements and two aspheric glass allow the proprietary optical design to achieve excellent contrast and sharpness as well as controlling chromatic aberration.

Tokina’s exclusive One-touch Focus Clutch Mechanism allows the photographer to switch between AF and MF simply by snapping the focus ring forward for AF and back toward the lens mount for manual focusing. The lens is also designed to stand up to the rigors of daily use by photographers in a wide variety of shooting conditions and environments.

Check it out Here

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Nikon's Most Powerful All-In-One Zoom Lens Ever for the D90!

AF-S DX NIKKOR
18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

In stock on September 2, 2012. Get one here!

If you want a single lens that can cover every imaginable shooting situation, from wide-angle groups to ultra-high-power zoom shots, look no further than the new AF-S DX NIKKOR 18–300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR. Boasting the longest reach of any NIKKOR all-in-one zoom lens, it delivers the equivalent of 450mm—enough reach to bring the most distant action up close. Nikon's second generation VR II technology ensures every photo and HD video is razor-sharp, and Nikon's advancements in lens design deliver consistent, exceptional performance in any setting. It's also great for close-up shooting. Even more amazing, the AF-S NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR does all this in a surprisingly compact, lightweight lens.

No subject is too far or too close
450mm (equivalent) of super-telephoto reach Building on the success of the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18–200mm f/3.5-5.6G VR, Nikon proudly introduces the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18–300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR for those who want even more reach in an all-in-one lens. Its astounding 16.7x zoom range goes from a wide 27mm equivalent, great for group shots, vast landscapes and more, all the way to a super-telephoto 450mm equivalent, enough reach for wildlife photography and more. The lens can focus as close as 1.48-ft. from your subject at 300mm. This ultra-high-power zoom capability means no subject or composition will ever be out of reach again.

Sharp, beautiful images in any light VR II image stabilization At super-telephoto focal lengths, even the slightest camera movement can cause image blur. Fortunately, the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18–300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR features Nikon's second-generation Vibration Reduction technology (VR II) to ensure every handheld photo and HD video is razor sharp. Shoot at shutter speeds 4-times slower than otherwise possible, a major advantage in low-light situations where a slower shutter speed means brighter, richer images.

User reviews are in! Check them out here.


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

D90 and the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary Celebration!


I'm fortunate enough to live about 50 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge so me and my d90 had to take advantage of this great photo opportunity. The city and the bridge were celebrating 75 years since it was built and planned a big fire works display on the bay and bridge.

Since crowds were suppose to be in the hundreds of thousands I planed accordingly and left my house at 9:am to get a good spot. After waiting 10 hours for the show to begin, I was ready! I set my tripod up and grabbed my remote. I was using my tamron 17-50mm 2.8 lens. My D90 settings were, manual programing, shutter set to bulb, aperture varied though out the shoot as was exposure time. I tried to expose anywhere from 2 seconds to 7 seconds. Anyway I had a blast and must of took over 200 pictures through out the day and evening. So I thought I'd share with you all.

See My Flickr Slide Show Here

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Smart Phone Apps that Calculate DOF For Your Nikon D90!

Simple DoF Calculator
Let's see a show of hands - how many of you miss the colored lines that used to be printed on the barrel of the old manual focus lenses showing Depth Of Field? Hmm, not many. Well, I miss them (of course, maybe I am the only one old enough to remember them!)

Back in the days of manual 35mm SLR cameras, the lens manufacturers printed various colored lines on the barrel of the lens that matched up with similar lines on the focus ring. On each particular focal length lens, you could instantly see, based on the distance to the subject and the f/stop you selected, the distances where everything would be in focus. Say you were shooting a close-up of a flower you could see if the leaves in front or behind would be in or out of focus and, depending on what you wanted to achieve in the picture, either change the f/stop or to go to a shorter or longer focal length lens. Similarly, if you were shooting a landscape and wanted everything from almost at your feet out to infinity to be in focus, the lines on the lens barrel would tell you what f/stop adjustments you had to make to achieve the depth of field that you wanted.

Honestly, I shoot probably 25% of my pictures off of a tripod or a "bean bag" filled with foam peanuts. And, I Manual focus my D90 almost all of the times when it is on a support. I was going crazy trying to calculate depth of field to see what would be sharp (for me the Depth of Field preview button is worthless for finding precise DOF). I would shoot a picture and zoom it larger on the screen to try to see what was in focus; if I needed to change something I would have to recompose the picture with the new settings. That was until I discovered Depth of Field apps for my smartphone!

Depth of Field apps are available for Droid and iPhones - they sure make life easier. And they are usually free so you can try several and see which you like best. How they work is: you select your D90 from a list of cameras and select the focal length of the lens you are using. Then you select your f/stop and distance to the subject and the app tells you the closest and farthest distance that will be in sharp focus. And you can then make any changes to the camera/lens settings to achieve your desired results.

One more thing - like I said, these apps are almost all free. So, if you don't really understand Depth of Field, go ahead and get an app and just play with it. You don't have to pay for film or pay for the app, so shoot a bunch of pictures and switch lenses, f/stops, focus distances, shutter speeds and ISO and use the DOF app on your phone - before long it will all begin to make sense how all of these things work together and you'll begin to see your photographs moving to a whole new level.

Written By BayDogs

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

New Lightning, Sound, Laser Trigger for the Nikon D90!



This is one cool new product for the D90. A multi-trigger for capturing lighting, waterdrops, and more!

NERO is a versatile device for photographers to take special photographs by triggering their SLRs or external flashes. The device has been designed based on microcontroller technology. It is equipped with built-in light, laser and sound sensors, also incorporates a timer for flexible control of timelapse photography.

  • Lightning Trigger
  • Sound Trigger
  • Sound Trigger with Lock
  • Time Lapse (1-10 secs)
  • Time Lapse (1-10 mins)
  • Laser Trigger with Delay
  • Laser Trigger with MultiShot
  • Long Exposure
  • Super Bulb
  • Manuel Trigger



  • Read More Here at there Website

    Thursday, April 19, 2012

    The Best Item on the D90 Menu (That you probably don't even know about)


    I'm sure that you've closely examined all of the Main Menus on the back of the D90. They are all laid out there in sequence top to bottom: Playback Menu, Shooting Menu, Custom Setting Menu, Setup Menu, Retouch Menu and toward the bottom is the Recent Settings Menu. But there are sub-menus buried under sub-menus (some I am sure I have never found) so if you haven't discovered the My Menu, don't feel like you are The Lone Ranger.

    My Menu is where you can save other menu settings that you use and might need to change frequently. By saving them in My Menu, you don't have to click and scroll from one main menu to another and then to a sub-menu and another sub-menu - and on and on.

    Go to the Recent Settings/My Menu on the left (the bottom main menu above the question mark). When you click it will show all of your recent changes to all of the menus. Hidden at the bottom of the list is Choose Tab. If you select Choose Tab and click OK, you will see My Menu and click on it. Now you have your own personal menu where you can add the settings that you need to access or change most often. At this point, you can click on Add Items which will bring up the five main menus and allow you to go to the sub-menus and add your settings to your list. Once you add a few items you can change the order in which they are listed or remove something if you decide in the future that it isn't as important as you once thought.

    Now, just when you think life with your D90 couldn't get any better - if you find yourself using your My Menu often, try reassigning a designated button on your D90 to take you directly to My Menu so you can access your selected settings quickly. I reassigned my FN button which I wasn't using (found on the right front under the autofocus assist light) so that when I push the FN button, the first item on My Menu list pops up on the screen. You can reassign the FN button or one of several other buttons by going to the Custom Settings menu / Controls sub-menu and find Assign FUNC button (or one of the other buttons you don't use) and find Access Top Item on My Menu and click OK. Now every time you push your designated button, My Menu will pop up and you can scroll backwards through My Menu to other items you have saved as important.

    I have AF-Area Mode as my first assigned item so I can change it quickly without searching. Among other selections, I also have Assign AE-L/AF-L button, Focus Point Wrap Around and Battery Info on My Menu.

    Take a look and give My Menu a try and tell us what you put on your My Menu. I think once you use it you will be glad you found out about it.
     
    Witten by BayDogs

    Wednesday, April 4, 2012

    New Nikon D90 Book - Everything You Need to Know!


    Nikon D90: Everything You Need to Know About the Camera Including Features, Optional Accessories, Reception and More [Paperback]

    No reviews yet on this new book but I thought I'd post it since it is about the Nikon D90.

    This is the perfect guide for everyone, especially those who are interested in learning about Nikon D90 which is a 12.3 megapixel digital single-lens reflex camera model by Nikon. Read about features, optional accessories, reception and more. This book will provide you with substantial information about the camera and allow you to keep up with photography enthusiasts.

    Project Webster represents a new publishing paradigm, allowing disparate content sources to be curated into cohesive, relevant, and informative books. To date, this content has been curated from Wikipedia articles and images under Creative Commons licensing, although as Project Webster continues to increase in scope and dimension, more licensed and public domain content is being added. We believe books such as this represent a new and exciting lexicon in the sharing of human knowledge.

    Paperback: 174 pages
    Publisher: Webster's Digital Services (February 28, 2012)
    Language: English

    Check it out Here


    Wednesday, March 7, 2012

    Nikon D90 Cinema Kit Pro - Videoing Made Easy!


    For the D90 owner who uses the videoing capability's of this great camera.

    I found this great little product after doing some more research on making better videos with my D90. Seems to be built really well and attaches easily to the hot shoe flash mount.Videoing with my D90 is definitely not a strong point for me so any help I can get is wonderful. Has anyone tried this? The reviews seem to be good!
    • Manufactured to the Highest Quality Available.
    • With True Enhanced Performance.
    • Latest Technical Development.
    The Cinema Kit Pro # HCKP gives you all you need for improved outdoor video capture on your DLSR camera. With the HoodLoupe pressed up against your eye, you will have a glare free LCD screen to pull focus from, German glass to view through and 3 points of contact for steady hand held shots. The Cinema Kit Pro mounts in just seconds and fits all DSLR camera bodies.

    Just the Facts:
    Kit includes HoodLoupe 3.0
    HoodMag 3.0
    HoodCrane
    Mounts to hot shoe
    For DSLR Video Capture