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Battle of the superzooms

Posted by [email protected] on 15 December, 2015 at 15:00 Comments comments (0)

There seems to be an appetite for megazooms since Tamron introduced its SP 150-600:5-6.3 VC USD. That was the first affordable zoom with such a range and aperture (the previous ones were stuck at 500mm for the same 6.3 aperture) and it opened a whole new world to amateur photographers. Tamron's success was due to the very good image quality of the zoom as well as a price tag around a thousand euros.

Shortly after, SIgma responded with 2 similar zooms : the AF 150-600:5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary (the direct competitor of the Tamron because of a similar price tag) and the more expensive AF 150-600:5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports (around 1600 euros) which is more rugged and features 5 special glass elements for an optimal image quality.

These Tamron and Sigma lenses were (and still are) so successful that the majors had to react. Nikon was the first and although its new AF-S 200-500.5.6 VR is 100mm shorter in focal length, its aperture is a fixed 5.6. But the biggest surprise came from the price as the zoom now retails in major shops for 1599 euros which puts it in direct competition with Sigma's Sport version. The image quality of the Nikon is also pretty incredible for such a range and aperture and this zoom might compete with its bigger and heavier brother, our beloved AF-S 200-400:4G VR, although the latter sports an f/4 aperture.

Now it's time for Canon to join the game. Rumours show that Canon apparently filed a patent for a 200-600:4.5-5.6 IS zoom which would be longer in focal length than the Nikon and have a wider aperture than the Tamron and Sigmas. However, such a superzoom will probably be more expensive than its competitors. But only time will tell...

New Nikon D5 coming soon?

Posted by [email protected] on 13 December, 2015 at 17:35 Comments comments (0)

Seems like Nikon will soon release its pro-level camera that will replace the Nikon D4. The new body is rumoured to feature 153 autofocus points and native high Iso of 102 400!

Gearing up for our Malaysian trip

Posted by [email protected] on 12 December, 2015 at 18:05 Comments comments (0)

Getting ready for our Malaysian trip that will take place in december 2015 and january 2016. Everything has been booked and we are checking the photo equipment to take with us. Our photo bags will probably carry the following :

Nikon D800

Nikon D3

Leica X Vario

Nikon AF-S 24-70:2.8G

Nikon AF-D 85:1.4

Nikon AF-S 200-400:4 VR

Nikon SB-900

Nikon SB-400

Carbon tripod