Category Archives: photography

35mm vs 50mm Nikon DX lenses! (and telephoto too)

Question from longtime friend RW: Hey JD, I’m settling in with the Nikon D5100 and have been using the 18-55mm kit lens to get a feel for using the camera, and I think I am ready to upgrade and buy 1-2 more lenses and wanted to get your opinion. First I am looking at a decent portrait lens for snapping shots of the little one when she arrives and am either going with a 35mm or 50mm. I am kind of

Nikon flash size comparisons? SB400, SB600, SB700, SB800, SB900

Looking to purchase a Nikon speedlight (flash)? It may be helpful to checkout the size differences beforehand as there really is a big size difference between the smallest and the largest! Here are some videos and photos showing the different sizes for comparison. I will eventually try to post a high-res photo of ALL the flashes together but that may take me a bit… until then, checkout the first link below for a lower-res version and the subsquent links for

Best CHEAP Nikon/Nikkor lenses

These are the best cheap lenses available for Nikon. The definition of “cheap” in this list is going to be lenses readily available for less than $250* USD. Some of these lenses are out of production and you will have to buy used, others are brand spanking new and you can pick them up on Amazon or your other favorite photo store. These are all “5 star” lenses in my book: [starreview tpl=16] Read on for the goods… *if $250 is too

Bought & Sold: Olympus E-P1 – 12.3 MP Digital Camera & 14-42mm lens

Introducing: Bought & Sold This entry marks a new feature on jdhodges.com: Bought & Sold Here I will list items that I purchased and then sold at a later date. Simple enough huh? Here we go… First item: Olympus E-P1 12.3 MP & 14-42mm kit lens This was my second Micro Four Thirds based camera and it was quite a lovely little camera. 🙂 Purchase date: 2009.06.16 Purchase price: $799.99 (from Amazon.com) Sale date: May 27th, 2011 Sale price: $320.00 Owned for:

The best dynamic-range cameras, updated for 2013

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NOTE: this is a rough-draft and as such it is meant to be updated, please view these findings as preliminary and in progress. Thanks! As photography enthusiasts are well aware,  there are a number of image-quality criteria that are important when choosing a camera: +lens/optical quality +color fidelity and color vibrance +dynamic range I will save the first two for later, but today I did want to briefly discuss dynamic-range and start compiling a list of the best d-range cameras:

Official OLYMPUS Battery Charger for XZ-1 the LI-50C

SUMMARY: Normally the XZ-1 charges via USB but Olympus also makes an official plug-in battery charger for the XZ-1 AND it is available via Amazon with Amazon Prime free 2-day shipping 🙂   Amazon.com: Olympus CHARGER LI-ION LI-50C: Camera & Photohttp://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0017GSPN0/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=pixensity-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399369&creativeASIN=B0017GSPN0Item Weight: 13.6 ounces Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies) Shipping:  ASIN: B0017GSPN0 Item model… Item price, approximately $23.57 USD     BACKGROUND INFO: The Olympus XZ-1 is a wonderful little camera. My wife makes extensive use

Canon SX230: an awesome GPS geotagging camera! [REVIEW]

As you may have already read in my mini-review, I’ve been having fun playing with my mother-in-law’s snazzy new camera, the Canon Powershot SX230 HS. Canon SX230 HS Review & Sample Photoshttp://www.jdhodges.com/review/cameras/canon-sx230-hs-review-sample-photos/My mother in law recently purchased the camera and my wife has one of its predecessors, the SX210. Overall Canon has made some nice enhancements to this latest model and it truly is a splendid little camera for walkabout photography. Its main draw being that it packs an amazing

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