Friday, October 16, 2009

New Nikon 85mm VR Macro Lens for the D90!

AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR
Medium-telephoto Micro lens with VR enhances the enjoyment of macro photography

Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the new AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR, a DX-format, medium-telephoto micro lens with built-in Vibration Reduction (VR II) and Silent Wave Motor (SWM). With a focal length of 85mm, this compact and lightweight lens is recommended for users of Nikon DX-format digital SLRs such as the D5000 and D90. The18°50’picture angle is equivalent to a focal length of 127.5mm in Nikon FX- and 35mm-format cameras)

The AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR can be used in a wide range of applications. While users can enjoy the natural perspective and beautiful blur that a medium-telephoto lens can offer in landscapes and portraits, this micro lens is especially expected to promote the enjoyment of macro photography for taking insects, small animals and flowers. High resolving power is realized throughout the entire shooting range from infinity to the closest focusing distance (1:1 life size) to reproduce even the fine texture of flower petals. Only $529.95

Check it out Here and see User Reviews

Friday, October 2, 2009

Nikon D90 and Photographing Hummingbirds!

See Larger Photo Here

I got a few questions from people asking how i got this photo, so i thought I'd explain my set up!

I picked up a hummingbird feeder at the store and set it up in a tree in my backyard so it was hanging just off my deck behind our BBQ. I used the big BBQ as a kind of blind I could sit behind.

I set up the tripod and placed the d90 on it and focused on the hummimgbird feeder so I would be close to focus when the hummer arrived to feed. I set my camera to shutter speed and dialed in 1/2500 exposure. Aperture was set on F5.6. Focal length with the nikon 70-300mm vr lens was 250mm with VR off.

I set my metering to center-weighted average and auto-focus to Dynamic Area. ISO was at 800 so I could get the faster shutter speed without the picture being to dark. Even at ISO 800 I still had to bump up the exposure compensation to +2 to get more light. That seemed to work best.

My white balance was set manual to sunny but I'm sure auto would have worked fine.
For over 3 days I played with different setting and my speedflash (SB600) trying to find what worked best for me and these setting I used for this photo seemed to be the best.

It was fun capturing these little guys coming into feed i hope you give it a try and post your best shot so we can all see.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Nikon D90 Companion Iphone App!

Another Nikon D90 Iphone App!

Through easy-to-follow lessons, this handy book offers a complete class on digital photography, tailored specifically for people who use the Nikon D90. This is not your typical camera guide: rather than just show you what all the buttons do, it teaches you how to use the D90's features to make great photographs-including professional-looking images of people, landscapes, action shots, close-ups, night shots, HD video, and more.

With Ben Long's creative tips and technical advice, you have the perfect, camera-bag-friendly reference that will help you capture stunning pictures anywhere, anytime. The Nikon D90 Companion will show you how to:

* Take creative control and go beyond automatic settings
* Learn the basic rules of composition
* Capture decisive moments, including fast-moving objects
* Discover ways to use a flash indoors and outdoors
* Learn about different lenses, and the best time to use them
* Understand the options for shooting RAW, and whether it's right for you
* Use the D90's ability to shoot high definition video