Auto ISO and flash on the Nikon D7000, D5100, D3100

Newer Nikon DSLR cameras seem to choose unnecessarily high ISO values when using a flash in combination with auto-ISO – specifically in “P”, “A” and “S” modes. I have verified this issue for the Nikon D7000 and the D3100, and from forums, I deduce that it also goes for the D5000, D3000, D5100, and D300s. Auto ISO is a very … Read more

12bit vs 14bit RAW and compressed vs uncompressed: Does it matter?

You know that to get the most out of your DSLR, you should be shooting in RAW, right? But these days, Nikon cameras give you even more options: 12-bit or 14-bit, compressed or uncompressed RAW (NEF) files. Which should you choose? Short question: Does it matter? Will you see any difference between compressed (lossy) and uncompressed (lossless) … Read more

A stabilized Sony 50mm f/1.8 just published their review of Sony’s new stabilized 50mm f/1.8 lens, available for their NEX mirrorless system. The thing that makes this lens special is the fact that it combines a big aperture with optical stabilization. In fact, to my knowledge, this is the fastest (lowest f-number) stabilized system lens (of any focal length) ever built! Large apertures are … Read more