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