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Review of Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 for Night Photography

As if another review of the venerable Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 was really necessary. Everyone knows this is the best wide angle lens ever made. I wanted to show something more specific to night photography though. Along with using it on aCanon 6D. Note: The 14-24 was provided to me by B&H for this review. I will keep

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Canon 6D vs. Nikon D600 High ISO Night Photography

For the price the Canon 6D and the Nikon D600 are the best cameras for night photography hands down, you can’t go wrong with either. I felt it was time to put them head to head. This test is intended to compare the high ISO capabilities of these cameras specifically for dark sky night photography. Note: The Nikon D600

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35mm f/1.4 Lenses Compared for Night Photography

In a previous post The Best Lenses for Night Photography I highly recommended Rokinon lenses due to their lack of coma and low price. With the recent release of the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens I felt it was time to put all the fast 35mm lenses head to head and see which rises to the top.

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Review of MindShift Gear Rotation 180 Pro Backpack

For the past 6 months I have been using the MindShift rotation180° Professional as my main day hiking pack. Prior to this I was using an f-stop Loka. Both of these packs have similar designs of accessing your gear from the back side of the pack. MindShift took this one step further and added a belt pack that you can access your gear from without taking off your pack. MindShift was launched by Think Tank Photo last year.

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The Last Photography Planning App You Will Ever Need

I use my iPhone for planning and scouting my photography locations a LOT. Over the years I have found a variety of apps that help me get the job done, the problem is they’re all separate apps. I was continuously switching between apps and most of them didn’t do exactly what I wanted them to.

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Nikon D7100 – Cropped Sensor for Night Photography?

After my previous test The Best Nikon for Night Photography I was bombarded with requests to test the new contender in the APS-C sensor arena; the Nikon D7100. The initial numbers from DXOmark looked very promising for a cropped sensor, previous cropped sensor bodies do not fare well with the extremely high ISO’s needed for night

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Focusing at Night

Over the years I’ve dabbled with many different techniques to achieve proper focus at night

Hyperfocal

This has become my go-to method that is quick, easy and accurate for prime lenses, which is all I shoot with at night now. On prime lenses you’ll find markings that coincide with your aperture. To set hyperfocal simply set the infinity mark to align with your selected aperture. Below is an example of the Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 set to the hyperfocal distance for f/4. There are no markings below f/4 so you have to eyeball it between f/4 and the center white line.

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