This page will contain an archive of all of the main articles I’ve written by category and sorted with the most recent first – it seems that there are some fundamental navigational issues with WordPress that I can’t get around other than by manually updating this page with every new article. It’s a work in progress, of course…

Last update 1 January 2016

Review: The Nikon D5500 (or, a solution to the compact 50-e problem) (21 Dec 2015)
Long term lens review: the Nikon AF-S 24-120 f4 VR G (1 May 2015)
Nikon 300/4 VR: anybody else seeing double images? (30 Mar 2015)
Long term review: The Nikon D810 (22 Mar 2015)
So…I bought a Nikon D750. Here’s why (17 Oct 2014)
The Nikon D810 review: a worthy D800E upgrade? (29 Jul 2014)
Photoessay-review: A rainy evening, and summary thoughts on the Nikon D4 (7 Jun 2014)
Photoessay-review: the Nikon AFS 70-200/4 VR and Havana cityscapes, part I (30 May 2014) (30 May 2014)
Rational love: the D800E long term report (2 Apr 2014)
Tested: the 2013 Nikon Df (24 Dec 2013)
Lens review: The Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 APO Distagon, part II (18 Dec 2013)
Lens review: The Zeiss Otus 1.4/55 APO Distagon, part I (17 Dec 2013)
Retro for the sake of retro: thoughts on the Nikon Df (5 Nov 2013)
FD Shooting with the legends: the Nikon AI-S 58/1.2 Noct-Nikkor (6 Aug 2013)
FD Shooting with the legends: The Nikon F6 (25 Jul 13)
FD Shooting with the legends: The Nikon F2 Titan (23 Jul 13)
Battle of the 28mm compacts: Ricoh GR vs Nikon Coolpix A (7 May 2013)
Lens review: The Nikon AF-S 80-400/4.5-5.6 G ED VR II N (2 May 2013)
Review: The Nikon Coolpix A (26 Apr 2013)
Quick first thoughts – Nikon Coolpix A and Fuji Finepix X20 (7 Apr 2013)
Major D800/ D800E firmware update (additional: more Nikons, ACR 7.4 final) (2 Apr 2013)
Lens review: The Nikon AFS 60/2.8 G Micro (2 Feb 2013)
Lens review: The Nikon AF-S 85/1.8 G (23 Nov 2012)
Mid term report: The Nikon D800E (27 Oct 2012)
The Nikon D600 review: full frame for the masses? (24 Sep 2012)
Inspirations from older cameras: the Nikon D3, part two (3 Aug 2012)
Inspirations from older cameras: the Nikon D3, part one (2 Aug 2012)
Inspirations from older cameras: the Nikon D200, part one (26 Jul 2012)
Inspirations from older cameras: the Nikon D200, part one (24 Jul 2012)
Inspirations from older cameras: the Nikon D2H, part 2 (20 Jul 2012)
Inspirations from older cameras: the Nikon D2H, part 1 (18 Jul 2012)
Nikon D800/ D800E left focus problem update: fixed successfully! (4 Jul 2012)
Review: The Nikon AFS 28/1.8 G (4 Jul 2012)
How to tell if your D800/ D800E/ D4 has the ‘left focusing problem’ (3 Jul 2012)
Recommended lenses for the Nikon D800E (30 Jun 2012)
Good news: there’s an official Nikon D800/D800E focusing fix! (29 Jun 2012)
Minor firmware update: Nikon D800/ D800E (29 May 2012)
May 10, Part 3: Bayer vs. non-Bayer: Leica M-Monochrom vs. Nikon D800E (27 May 2012)
Lens review: The Nikon AF-S 85/1.4 G (7 May 2012)
An unfair fight? 35mm vs Medium Format: Nikon D800E and the Leica S2-P (5 May 2012)
Just arrived: Nikon D800E (3 May 2012)
Long term review postponed: The Nikon D800 (1 May 2012)
Review: A controversial lens: the Nikon AFS 28-300/3.5-5.6 VR G (26 Apr 2012)
And the Nikon D800 autofocus saga continues (with some comments on specific lens performance) (5 Apr 2012)
Nikon D800 quick update: diffraction and studio work (2 Apr 2012)
Update on Nikon D800 focusing issues (30 Mar 2012)
Popular Nikon D800 woes, problems and solutions (29 Mar 2012)
More D800 autofocus observations (27 Mar 2012)
A very long term (and final) review: the Nikon D700 (25 Mar 2012)
A quick note on D800 autofocus… (24 Mar 2012)
A couple more D800 images, and some commentary (24 Mar 2012)
Nikon D800 review update: daylight shooting (23 Mar 2012)
A (very detailed) first impressions review: the Nikon D800 (23 Mar 2012)
Nikon D4 ergonomics (18 Mar 2012)


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  1. I have read all your Leica articles and reviews as well as most of your Nikon reviews. Curious why you have only the Leica Q in your equipment list.

    • I don’t. I sold that, too, and frankly can’t recommend ANY Leica products – at least not in my part of the world. Complete lack of service in Asia, arrogant management, poor quality for the price and high unreliability.

      • I share Ming’s thoughts regarding Leica. I sold a lot of my Nikon equipment to buy a Leica Monochrom. I at the time believed the specific Leica would suit how I photograph, and for awhile I did enjoy the camera, although I took my Sony to the Middle East and babied the Leica it still packed up. First the sensor, the shutter, then the circuit board, and amongst this I had endless back and forth miscommunication, and seemingly uninterested people who I had tried appealing to. I will never buy another digital/ electronic Leica! It’s not the tool if photography is the priority

  2. Frederich Schepp says:

    Lens Review: Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR Auto Focus-S NIKKOR Zoom Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

    I recently got this new lens from Nikon, and hope you have an opportunity to review it, if possible.

    My question is, for a teleconverters to use for it- I tried the following:

    Nikon D810 with :

    AF-S TELECONVERTER TC-14E III (lose 1.4 F stops)
    AF-S Teleconverter TC-17E II (lose 1.7 F stops)
    AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III (lose 2 F stops)

    The TC 14E and TC 20E was fast auto focus and worked well with the lens. (.75 – 1 second auto focus)
    The TC 17E is an older design and took about 3-4 seconds to focus (auto focus)

    The TC 17E and 20E also wobbles a bit laterally at the camera / Teleconverter interface, The 17 more than the 20 (about 1 mm).
    I would highly recommend supporting only the lens as I was even worried about breaking at the camera body interface.

    Naturally, I like using autofocus to get a general focus, and manually dial at shooting.

    I think you would have a blast playing with this lens, and would enjoy the pictures you create with this.
    Your work is truly inspiring, and your reviews have always been spot on.
    I have only seen a vague review by Ken R. (and thankfully this lens is too awkward to take pics of his ugly kids) and Fro (who gives a pretty thorough review), but not quite like you, who actually TAKES pictures to actually “see” what a lens will and won’t do.

    Keep up the great work

    Fred Schepp

  3. Ming, do you intend to test the D750?

  4. Lens review:
    Ming, will you be reviewing/testing the new NIKKOR AF-S, 58mm, 1,4G? All the best, Per

  5. Any chance of a review of the Nikon mirrorless system offerings?

  6. any chance to review 24-85mm 3.5/4.5 Zoom?

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