Nikon D3000 Digital Field Guide (Paperback)

Recently got a D3000, although the manual says the camera, the D3000 Digital Field Guide outdated manual and any other book I read on digital SLR cameras. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a D3000, it should be mandatory:) The book goes into detail about the different settings that can be used with the camera, how do some photos and also a glossary in the back If you do not understand certain terms of photography like me. The book also comes with a gray card and Checker, color and how to use and the reasoning behind it. As a new mother that I wanted to have high quality photo of my baby and now I do, I do not have to pay someone to do this either! Another great thing about the book is the size, you can take with you on your picture taking adventures, it is easy to browse and find the settings you must use to take amazing photos in any situation. Together, the book prepares you comfortable with your D3000. After reading, you feel excited about taking pictures, because you really know what you are doing instead of just taking snapshots.

Nikon D3000 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera

Looking out over several cameras and select one for someone who has passed the point and shoot, I returned to the Nikon D3000. There is no question that once a model out of an expert photographer, but it covers the basics and more. We caught and tried over the weekend.

First time DSLR users will appreciate the guided mode. We have literally gone through different scenarios via the fixed shoot 3 "LCD screen. An excellent tool, its step by step instructions allowed my niece to go to the brochure operating in no time. After a few more races, I am sure she will be shooting feel very comfortable in the manual mode. The fast shutter was a nice surprise.

Nikon Gadget Bag

Nikon Gadget Bag for DSLR Cameras
Technical Details
  • Interior Dimensions: 10.5"L x 6"W x 6.5"H Exterior Dimensions: 11.5"L x 7.5"W x 7.5"H
  • Holds & Protects Your 35mm or Digital SLR Camera With Zoom Lens Attached, Plus 2 to 3 Extra Lenses & Flash
  • Adjustable Padded Dividers For Easy Customization plus Multiple Pockets With Easy Access
  • Constructed of Durable Wear-Resistant Nylon
  • Nikon 5 Year USA Warranty
I bought one for my D50 and I could not be happier. I am able to adapt to camera with lens attached, two zoom lenses, SB600 flash, two magazines (one for the camera battery and other batteries for flash), the half dozen filters special, and some members of staff from other children. He has a lot of fillings that are velcro attached and can fit any configuration. It is also a large pocket on the front and another baby on the cover. It provides excellent protection for my camera and take my staff conviniece small package. I am very satisfied with the quality of materials. This is defintly a bag to own.

Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G

Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED-IF AF-S VR DX Zoom-Nikkor Lens

Technical Details
  • High-ratio, 11x zoom lens and 18-200mm focal range
  • VR II Vibration Reduction technology provides a four-steps-faster shutter speed
  • Lens incorporates two ED glass and three aspheric lens elements
  • Delivers high-resolution and contrast, outstanding image quality, and fantastic photographic versatility
  • AF-S Silent Wave Motor provides fast quiet autofocusing, and M/A mode makes it easy to switch from auto to manual focus

Product Description

This Zoom-Nikkor lens offers broad 18 - 200mm focal range for use in a variety of situations (equivalent to an objective 27-300 35mm format). 11x zoom coverage offers a perfect compact and lightweight, one lens solution. VR II system offers the equivalent of using a shutter speed 4 stops faster.Two ED glass and three aspherical lens elements minimize chromatic aberration, astigmatism and other forms of distortion while ensuring high resolution and contrast. Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) offers superb color reproduction while minimizing ghosting and lens flare.The incorporates a SWM (Silent Wave Motor) for fast development and peace offers high-level optical performance designed for use exclusively with Nikon DX format lens employs seven digital.The blade rounded diaphragm opening that achieves a natural blur for out-of-focus elements, it allows focusing as close as 50 cm (20 inches) on the topic its entire length range.M / A mode is delivered to the rapid switching between autofocus and manual focus operation. Flower-shaped Lens Hood HB-35 significantly reduces stray light.

Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF-S

Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED AF-S Nikkor Wide Angle Zoom Lens

Technical Details
  • AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lens
  • 21-36mm Effective Focal Length with APS-C Sensor Cameras
  • Ideal for Wide-angle Shots of Landscapes and Scenery
  • Lens Construction: 14 Elements in 11 groups
  • Contains Two ED (extra-low dispersion) Lens Elements for High Resolution and Contrast

Product Description

PRODUCT FEATURES: Fast, ultra wide-angle AF-S zoom lens optimized for edge to edge sharpness on both Nikon FX and DX format image sensorsEnhanced optical formulas, engineered to produce exceptional sharpness, contrast and color , rendering outstanding image integrityTwo ED (extra-low dispersion) elements and PGM aspherical lenses control chromatic aberrations while enhancing sharpness and contrast, even at the widest aperture settingsExclusive nanocrystal reduces ghosting and reflections more, even for larger image clarityNikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables ultra-high rapid development with exceptional accuracy and powerful super-quiet operationInternal Focus (IF) provides fast and silent auto focus without changing the length of the lens, while retaining subject-working distance through the focus rangeRugged and construction professionals from dust and moisture grade resistanceM / A Focus Mode switch enables quick response to changing situations between Auto and operation Manual focus

Nikon D700 12.1MP

Nikon D700 12.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)

Technical Details
  • 12.1-megapixel FX-format (23.9 x 36mm) CMOS sensor; body only
  • 3.0-inch, 920,000-dot VGA color monitor; 170-degree wide-angle viewing and tempered-glass protection
  • Fast, accurate 51-point AF system; 3D Focus Tracking and two Live View shooting modes
  • Base ISO range from 200-6400 can be expanded to range from ISO 100 (Lo-1) to 25,600 (Hi-2); 0.12-second start-up speed
  • Capture images to CF I/II cards; compliant high-speed UDMA CF cards that will enable recording speeds up to 35 megabytes/second

Product Description

The new D700 digital SLR camera with 12.1 effective megapixel Nikon FX-format sensor that measures 23.9 x 36mm, which is almost identical to the size of 35mm. Benefiting from Nikon's legacy of innovation in imaging technology, the D700 offers professional photographers and advanced picture quality amazing, the accurate color reproduction and revolutionary low light performance.

Building on the immense success of the Nikon D3 professional D-SLR, the D700 offers pro-level performance and a wide range of features and innovations in platform comfortably nimble. In addition to the Nikon-original FX-format CMOS sensor, the D700 features Nikon's EXPEED Image Processing System, Nikon 51-car class system of points for discussion with 3D Focus Tracking and two ways of shooting live that allow photographers to frame a photo using the camera's three-inch high resolution LCD monitor. The D700 also features Nikon's sophisticated Scene Recognition System and a new active dust reduction.

Lights Nikon FX and DX-format cameras, the D3 and D300 respectively, established new benchmarks for digital image quality, speed and unmatched ISO performance. The D700 maintains this new measure with exceptional overall image, broad tonal range and depth, and extremely low noise throughout its native range from ISO 200 to 6400.

Nikon Lens Hood

Nikon HB-45 Lens Hood

Technical Details
  • Accessory for the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR Nikkor Lens
  • Twist-lock mounting for extra security
  • Helps reduce sun glare

This plastic cover circular should have come standard with the D40 or D60 18-55mm Nikon AF-S DX goal of the kit, but unfortunately it does not work. Casting off the hood is the same non-textured gloss finish to match the D60 body to perfection. It fits like the bayonet ring in the center of the lens, which also allows a filter and a lens cap. The hood inner ring also has notches that grip the len's focus ring to focus manually by entering the hood without the hood sliding. Hood may also be attached back on the goal of facilitating the storage inside a holster. If not for its high price for a plastic cap, I would give it 5 stars.

Filter Kit

Tiffen 52mm Photo Essentials Filter Kit
Technical Details
  • UV protector
  • Circular polarizer
  • 52mm diameter
  • 812 color warming filter

Product Description

Protect your camera lens against ultraviolet rays and increase your artistic possibilities with Tiffen filter kit Photo Essentials. The kit - which contains a UV filter, circular polarizing filter and warming - is an ideal accessory for cameras with 52mm filter diameter. The UV filter prevents UV rays from reaching the goal of helping to increase clarity and reduce haze. Accordingly, your picture crystal clear, even in mountainous and coastal areas, where ultraviolet light is particularly strong. The circular polarizer, in turn, is essential for photography outdoors, because it deepens intensity of blue skies and reduces or eliminates glare. (Note that the circular polarizer is designed specifically for autofocus cameras.) Finally, the kit offers exclusive color warming filter that improves the color of all skin colors. Ideal for portraits, the filter holder absorbs the warming of the blue cast often caused by electronic flash or outdoor shade, adding warmth to pale washed-out flesh tones. As a bonus, the kit contains a pocket for storing the filter.

Nikon SB-600 Speedlight Flash

This is the first time I've ever purchased a dedicated flash. I used the Superb Vivitar 283 and 285 strobes for years without complaints. However, after buying the Nikon D70, I felt the need for a TTL flash. The camera pop-up flash works well, but I wanted something to get more control.
The SB600 does 95% of what the SB-800 is the most expensive at half the price:

Bounce Flash: Not only can you move the head vertically, you can rotate 270 degrees to get some mild effects Sidell. The iTTL makes bounce flash simple and accurate. When you manually zoom the lens, the SB 600 zooms the flash head to automatically match your focal length and very quiet too.

Power: No problem here. It can easily light an average room. 4 AA batteries give plenty of juice, and the '600 powers himself up in energy saver mode. More importantly, it powers back up quickly when you're ready to shoot.

Goodies: You can dial the flash power down to 1 / 64 full power, and everything else. It's perfect for fill flash. It comes with built in diffuser for ultra wide angle settings. Nikon thoughtfully includes a little stand with tripod socket in case you want to use it off camera. The really interesting part is that SB 600 can be triggered remotely by the D70 or D2H on camera flash! This gives you a studio in a bag "using a flash and a Nikon digital SLR. Very cool.

Ergonomics: Nikon's D70 set new standards in ergonomics, and the SB-600 matches that. The latch for the bounce head has a button handy large rubber to unlock it. All buttons are soft touch, backlit, and very responsive. The TTL is on screen too. There is a good locking device to fix the shoe.

Instructions: Nikon includes a cool, a color book showing what you can do with the SB-600 and 800. Each lighting system has a corresponding page number for the 600 or 800 manual to tell you how. The book is very useful and very well printed. These are the kind of extras Nikon users have learned to respect. I wish all digital cameras have been as well documented as Nikon!

Abstract: For the price, you can not buy a better flash for the D70. Although less expensive than the SB-800 SB-600 is lighter and recycles faster. That's more than the value of money and a perfect companion for your D70.

ADDENDUM. Three years later it is still a flash of choice for all Nikon DSLR done. I recently used to demonstrate the off-camera remote control function built into most better Nikon DLSR. The class I taught were amazed and the Canon shooters were left to be desired. Check out the spontaneous group portrait that I made some students with this thing. Everyone wanted a copy!

Flash for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

Nikon SB-600 Speedlight Flash

Technical Details
  • Versatile remote speedlight for the Nikon Creative Lighting System
  • Available options with D2H Pro Digital SLR and D70 Digital SLR: i-TTL Mode, Advanced Wireless Lighting, FV Lock, Flash Color Information and Wide Area AF illuminator
  • Accurate, seamless fill-flash capability under the most difficult, tricky lighting situations
  • FV Lock (Flash Value Lock) allows you to change the compostition or zoom for the shot while maintaining desired lighting of the subject
  • Auto FP High Speed Sync Mode when used with D2H Pro Digital SLR delivers needed fill flash in bright light or with wide aperture Nikkor lenses

Product Description

Nikon introduces the Speedlight SB-600, a compact flash packed with impressive functionality inherited from the renowned SB-800. It serves as a solid base for the Nikon Creative Lighting System when used in combination with Nikon D70 or D2H digital SLRs.

When used in combination with Nikon's latest digital SLRs, the D70 or D2H, the SB-600 supports Advanced Wireless Lighting as a remote Speedlight that can be positioned as one of multiple remote flashes to significantly extend creative possibilities. To assist in such situations, the Speedlight SB-600 also has two Ready Lights located on both the left and right of the front that can be easily seen from a distance. The SB-600 can also emit an audible alert for further assistance.

Auto FP High-Speed Sync enables the use of Fill-Flash even in bright daylight with wide aperture settings for the achievement of outstanding results and new creative possibilities, including the effective blurring for of out-of-focus background elements. An optional color filter set SJ-1 is also available, allowing imaginative shooting to be pushed even further.

White balance is optimized through the use of flash color information obtained by the Speedlight. The SB-600 also features FV lock, which gives the user the convenience of being able to maintain the measured flash value while recomposing the shot to achieve the appropriate flash output for the subject.

It also offers uncomplicated operation made simpler by an easy-to-view LCD with only six buttons, each of which is backlit and simple to understand.

The Nikon Speedlight SB-600 also delivers plenty of style, both in its compact dimensions and a triangular motif consistent with the Nikon D-SLR theme.

The Nikon Speedlight SB-600 comes complete with a Speedlight stand and a soft case, while two flash cables (the SC-29 and SC-28) and the Color Filter Set (SJ-1) are available as options.

Major Features of the Nikon SB-600
  • Supports the Nikon Creative Lighting System.
  • Supports i-TTL (for automatic balanced Fill-Flash), D-TTL, TTL, Manual.
  • Easy-to-view LCD with 6 simple-to-understand backlit buttons.
  • Guide Number of 30/98 [ISO100,m/ft], 42/138 [ISO200,m/ft] (at 35mm zoom).
  • Auto zoom of 24 to 85mm, extendable to 14mm with built-in wide-flash adapter.
  • Same Wide area AF Assist Illuminator as the popular SB-800.
  • Advanced Wireless Lighting available with D2H or D70 when used as a remote.
  • Auto FP High-Speed Sync (with D2H only); use with fast shutter speeds achieves effective lurring of out-of-focus background elements.
  • Flash Color Information - optimized white balance makes use of data from the Speedlight.
  • FV lock holds flash value, enabling recomposition prior to shooting.
  • Accurate i-TTL flash control achieved through flash exposure monitoring control.
  • Design consistent with those of next-generation D-SLRs, with a triangular design element on the top that complements the D-SLR motif.
  • Supports optional Color Filter Set (SJ-1).
  • Ready light located beside the LCD on the back panel - highly visible even when used as a remote.

Tiffen 58mm UV Protection Filter

Technical Details
  • Most popular protection filter
  • Provides basic reduction of ultraviolet light
  • 58mm diameter
  • Helps eliminate bluish cast in images

The product felt strong, solid and well made. The glass was clear with no visible tint or imperfections. Although this and another filter (same type different size) both arrived with stains on the glass. The smudges were fairly easy to wipe, but I suspect the items are not cleaned before packaging, or I have received the returned item someone. However, I had to return this product because they do not contain any coating anti-glare/reflective them. When shooting towards a light source (lamp, TV, sun, etc) a green reflection of the light source appears on the recorded image. The green reflected image was caused by a reflection bouncing off of my lens green tinted anti-glare that I came back to the camera by this filter. If your goal is not coated with an anti-glare, the result will be even worse.
Instead I picked up a Quantaray filters local Wolf Camera that have been coated with anti-glare. They cost only a little more, and the green reflection is now gone. Make sure you are looking for a filter with anti-glare

Nikon D5000 Review

Nikon D5000 12.3 MP DX Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Lens and 2.7-inch Vari-angle LCD

Technical Details
  • 12.3-megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor
  • Outfit includes the 3x AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens with image stabilization
  • D-Movie Mode with sound; record 720p HD movie clips
  • Vari-angle color 2.7-inch LCD monitor; one-button Live View
  • Capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)

Product Description
A remarkable combination of simplicity and features highly advanced DSLR, the compact and powerful D5000 offers superb image quality of 12.3 megapixels, with a flexible, variable angle, Live View monitor to take photos of costs prospects. EXPEED image processing Nikon, further improves the performance, which helps to divide the response of the second shutter and continuous shooting at up to 4 frames per second to capture fast action and precise moments perfectly.

The D5000 24 fps HD D-Movie mode with sound captures video clips with astonishing clarity - offers new and exciting creative opportunities. Fast, accurate 11-point autofocus with 3D tracking, teamed with renowned Nikkor optics, provides incredible image sharpness, while the active image sensor cleaning dust fighting boring automatically. With a convenient built-in flash, 19 scene modes for automatic exposure features make adjustment easy and 23 options to suit your preferences, and 14 in camera image editing impossible, the D5000 is the perfect digital SLR, starting with the performance to meet your picture taking tomorrow.

3x Outfit includes AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-lens 55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR image stabilization and legendary Nikkor optical quality.

Great Camera. If you're new to the game DSLR (like me) or you update and you can fork up the cash, it has certainly been worth it. It has a very concise, simple and easy to use interface, the buttons are well placed, and the swivel LCD screen is very nice and useful in certain situations (I love how it folds inward to protect the screen). My main purpose of this unit is still photos for the video is cool and a bonus is surprisingly better than I thought (but if you want to make serious HD video, I would go for an HD camcorder or something else instead ).

The D5000 is essentially a D90 body stuck in a smaller lighter (of course it lacks the internal AF motor, not as good adhesion, and has a slightly smaller viewfinder pentamirror instead of the pentaprism in the D90 - all among some other things, but hey, it's cheaper for a reason - he is also admitted that the D5000 has an additional mode to display online a bit more editing tools camera, and several scene modes compared to the D90 - all helpful for someone new to the NPC in the sense that you can learn from them or simply use them to make your life easier and your photos are superb).

So far I love it. It is simple to use and ideal for novices in DSLR, but it also packs enough punch for those who seek to improve and give newcomers a lot to learn and grow with it.

LCD Timer Vertical Battery Grip

LCD Timer Vertical Battery Grip for Nikon D80
and D90

Technical Details
  • LCD screen with Date/time/stopwatch function.
  • Standard vertical shutter button with on/off switch on the grip and infrared remote sensor.
  • Built-in storage compartment for Nikon D80and D90 battery door and tripod mounting thread.
  • Holds one or two 2 EN-EL3e Lithium-Ion rechageable batteries batteries, you don't need to take the g
  • Included one AA battery adapter allows you to use 6 AA size batteries(High Power Battery Only)
Product Description
LCD Timer Vertical Battery Grip for Nikon D80 and D90 makes photographing in a vertical position much easier and provides a better handling of your camera especially when you are using heavy lenses. The battery grip provides more energy for your camera than a normal storage battery would. The battery compartment holds either two lithium batteries (original or third-party manufacturer) or a battery magazine for six AA NiMh batteries. It is also equipped with a vertical-grip shutter button, dial, AE lock/FE lock button, and AF point selector button to enable exposure time setting etc. as well as the infrared remote sensor function. Continuous Shooting with set interval function (1 second-100 hours), Multiple Frame Function (up to 99 frames), Single Frame long exposure function can be set between 1/8000 of a second up to 100 hours.

I was leery about ordering this grip as to what the other person said that you needed Canon batteries for this grip to work. I went to the Satechi site and checked it out and Satechi stated it was made for the Nikon D80 and you can use one or two Nikon D80 batteries (En-EL3e) made for it. So I ordered it and I am extremely happy I did.

It is very light weight compared to other grips, giving you the feeling of being cheap. It is not. It is solidly made. It holds one/two Nikon EN-EL3e lithium batteries (approx. 5000 shots) as well on 6 AA batteries (alkaline, NiMH, lithium or nickel-manganese)(approx. 480shots). It is made to shoot in large quantities or in low temperatures. It is equipped with a vertical-grip shutter button that has the feel of my Nikon D80 and operates the same way. It also has an AE Lock/FE lock button, main and sub-command dials to enable shooting in the same fashion as a horizontal grip of the D80. It also has the functions of exposure control: long exposure, long intermiten exposure time setting, etc. As well as an infrared receipt function. That's right, it comes with a remote similar to the Nikon remote EN-L3 but works at a greater distance. Note: The battery grip is not waterproof. So do not take a bath with it.

The battery compartment has a twist knob/dial that is turned slightly to the right to pop open the cover to add/change batteries etc., and locks quickly without having to remove grip from camera. Just make sure to turn the turn power off to camera before adding/exchanging the batteries. Comes with a AA batteries adaptor that can remain stored in the grip when not being used with batteries.

The grip has an LCD screen/monitor for showing the professional functions of the grip. Shows the calendar, date and time continuously. Does not drain the batteries as it runs on separate battery. It has Setting (Set) button, High Adjust button, Low Adjust button, Start/Pause Button, LCD Background Light Button, Grip On/Off switch, etc. Has a switch to allow you to use remote, and also to take time-lapse photography, shutter released time and set shoot number(s). You can shoot under bulb mode(B). That's right, all this on this grip. Has also a stop watch capabilities function too and you set the grip to shoot up 99 hours later after being set.

Found that the following usages the of the grip reduces the number of images that can be recorded: 1. Frequent usage of LCD monitor. 2. Holding the shutter button halfway down for too long a time. 3. Shooting using only AF mode.

I have nothing but good things to say about this grip. This is a ten star unit and I highly recommend it for Nikon D80 users. It does not add an excess amount of weight and looks like the camera came with it. Others who have seen my unit have asked me how much my Nikon D3 cost me. I smile and tell them this is a Nikon D80 with a Satechi grip. Love to see there mouths drop. Git-it. The price is right and the functions are fantastic. You will have to read the instruction pamphlet as there are many things this unit does/functions. Satechi did a great job. I highly recommend it's site ( [...])to check other remotes etc available for the Nikon D80 that can be ordered through [...]. I will stop as I do not know what else to say, it is the best buy of accessory for the Nikon D80 I got. It is now a permanent attachment to my D80.

D90 my review

Several months before the D90 came out, I bought a D60 to hold me over until the D90 was released. Well, I've enjoyed using both cameras, but this one is a huge step up and more suited to an advanced enthusiast, like me. It's a real pleasure to use.

ERGONOMICS - The D90 is solid, tight, and well-balanced with the 18-105 VR lens. It's always ready and it shoots very fast. I love all the direct access buttons; they're easy to press, with good tactile feedback. And since you're not going into the menus as much, you can work faster. It's heavier than the D60, but that's OK. It's still very manageable to carry around and it fits my average-sized hand better too. The shutter sounds different than the D60 (if that matters to you). It sounds more like a professional camera; more like a fast "whoosh" than a "click-click". And there are so many internal customizations that you can set it up exactly as you want.

LENS - Biggest surprise was the 18-105 VR lens which I expected would be ho-hum, but turned out to be pretty sharp and clear. Better results than the 18-55 VR. We've really come a long way from the days (30 years ago) when you were cautioned to ALWAYS to buy a prime lens, NEVER the kit lens because of it's poor image quality. With computer-aided design and new technology, that's not true anymore.

IMAGE QUALITY - I shoot RAW for maximum detail and the ability to adjust settings afterward if necessary - like exposure or white balance. Image quality is very good to excellent depending on your RAW converter. To my eye, best results are obtained with View NX/Capture NX, but Adobe ACR/Lightroom still do a very good job. When shooting JPGs using the Standard Picture Mode, images are sharp and colors are true, without over-saturation. You can always use different Picture Modes and customize any of them to get closer to the in-camera results you want. For example, you can boost saturation and contrast and save the setting as your default if that's what you like.

LIGHT METER - Metering is fine and seems to be quite accurate in most cases. I use matrix metering mostly. As with any camera, you have to get to know the meter. If I had to be VERY critical, I'd say when it's pushed, it's more likely to preserve shadows than highlights, usually when Active DLighting is on. To me that's a good thing. Another website mentioned a slightly "over-enthusiatic" meter in its review. The good news is: if you really feel exposure results are not to your liking (whether over or under exposed), the meter is fine-tuneable, so go ahead and customize it as you see fit. I would just work with the meter first -get to know the camera and adapt yourself to it before you start making any adjustments. That said, I've used the D90 in a very wide range of lighting conditions and I can truly say that while exposures may vary occasionally, they've always made perfect sense for the situation. I've never been shocked or puzzled by the output.

LIVE VIEW - is great for the occasional high or low shot. I didn't think would need it, but when I had the D60, I found myself in many situations where I really could have used it. Unlike a point-and-shoot, focus is slower in this mode and shooting seems somewhat clunky. I wouldn't use Live View if I were in a rush or trying to get an important shot. It's just a nice little extra.

MOVIE MODE - this is a nice novelty and may be handy in a rare moment, but I'm generally not a video camera person. I'm surprised to read that some people have made movies and commercials with the D90. I keep promising myself to use this feature more, but I don't have a tripod and I'm just too jittery and uncreative to get good cinema-like results. Moreover, from the little I've tried it, I'm not impressed - there's no autofocus during filming and the movie comes out over exposed and far from HD quality. The user manual is not very helpful either. But I didn't purchase the camera for this feature, so I'm not disappointed.

ISO - I really like the new wide range of ISO settings, especially when coupled with the Auto-ISO setting. Mine is customized to keep the camera at ISO 200, but kick in at 1/30. In this example, anytime lighting decreases enough for the shutter speed to drop below 1/30, the D90 will automatically compensate by raising the ISO high enough (up to an ISO limit you set) to help keep your shutter speed at 1/30. Once the ISO maxes-out at your limit, the camera has no choice but to start bringing down the shutter speed. Noise at high ISOs isn't an issue. In fact, you have to zoom in pretty close for it to be even slightly noticeable. I use Auto-ISO mostly all the time. Its an amazing feature! I only turn this feature off when I want to stick to a particular ISO at all times (if its on a monopod or I've stabilized the camera in some way).

ACTIVE D-LIGHTING - helps camera to preserve shadow and highlight detail. More important to use when shooting JPG because the exposure has to be right at the time of shooting, when the camera creates the JPG. RAW shooters can always adjust exposure in post processing. Even though I shoot RAW, I usually leave it on Auto so I can double check the exposure details on the LCD screen. It's available in various strengths from Low to Extra High. Again, another great customization.

-At this price, Nikon should include a robust image editing software, or at least a decent discount on Capture NX2, which works great, but costs extra.
-Kit lens is thick in diameter (67mm). Also, the front glass of the lens seems somewhat exposed, as if it's not recessed that much (it's just enough for a lens cap). I worry that it'll get scratched easily. Good thing Nikon included the lens hood.

AUTOFOCUS TIP - I customized the D90 to autofocus using the AF-L button instead of the shutter release. Now I can focus with one press of my thumb on the AF-L button and shoot with my index finger on the shutter release. This allows me to focus first, let go, then take the shot. Since the subject is already in focus, I can take multiple shots, recompose or go vertical. I'm not forced to continually re-focus for every shot or move the AF point around in the viewfinder. This minimizes AF mishaps on unintentional subjects. And since the VR system remains off until you half-press the shutter (it activates only when you're ready to take the shot, not while you're focusing) you save on battery life as well.

Also, with the D90 set to AF-C mode (continuous autofocus) you can keep a moving subject in focus by holding down the AF-L with your thumb and shooting with your index finger. If the subject becomes still, simply let go of the AF-L button; focusing stops and is locked where you left it. Then shoot when ready. Now your D90 can act as if it's in Single or Continuous AF mode without you having to change settings all the time. This gives you more immediate control over the behavior of the AF system Try it and you won't go back!

SUMMARY - Overall I'm extremely happy with the D90! It's designed for serious shooting, but it's still fun to use; noticeably heavier than the D60, but still not a burden. You do need to be committed to carrying around a solid DSLR in the first place. Once you get used to that, you'll come to appreciate that it's more substantial because it'll be less shaky during shots. Nikon really packed it with a ton of features and customizations. Now I finally have everything I want in a DSLR, without it being overblown and overpriced. I'm actually surprising myself with some really spectacular shots.

If you have your basic photography skills down, you can make any DSLR sing, however, I believe THIS camera, because of its superb sensor and spot-on feature set, can actually help you improve your technique and get better results. You'll take more chances and push yourself farther because now you have the tools (ie. features) to help capture more difficult, more creative shots. And you didn't have to spend $3,000 to get there!

8-MONTH UPDATE: Still love this camera which hasn't lost any of its original excitement. Very reliable - never frustrating. I'm not craving an upgrade - not contemplating a switch to Canon either - I'm perfectly content. Haven't discovered any hidden quirks. In fact, the longer I use it, the more I realize how well engineered it is. The only extras I bought so far were a light monopod and a 50mm 1.8 lens.

Nikon D90 Review

Technical Details
  • 12.3-megapixel DX-format CMOS imaging sensor
  • 5.8x AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens included
  • D-Movie Mode; Cinematic 24fps HD with sound
  • 3-inch super-density 920,000-dot color LCD monitor
  • Capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)

Product Description

Fusing 12.3-megapixel image quality inherited from the award-winning D300 with groundbreaking features, the D90's breathtaking, low-noise image quality is further advanced with EXPEED image processing. Split-second shutter response and continuous shooting at up to 4.5 frames-per-second provide the power to capture fast action and precise moments perfectly, while Nikon's exclusive Scene Recognition System contributes to faster 11-area autofocus performance, finer white balance detection and more.
Nikon D90 digital SLR highlights,br> The D90 delivers the control passionate photographers demand, utilizing comprehensive exposure functions and the intelligence of 3D Color Matrix Metering II. Stunning results come to life on a 3-inch 920,000-dot color LCD monitor, providing accurate image review, Live View composition and brilliant playback of the D90's cinematic-quality 24-fps HD D-Movie mode.

Outfit includes the 5.8x AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED lens with VR image stabilization and legendary Nikkor optical quality.