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Nikon Nikkor N 35mm F/1.4 – the Fastest 35mm Nikon Lens Ever

Today we’re looking at a super-fast Nikon lens that no one really needs, yet many shooters covet. The Nikkor-N Auto 35mm F/1.4 from 1971 (along with its newer AI and AIs versions) is the fastest 35mm focal length lens that Nikon ever produced for their F mount cameras. Even today there’s no faster 35mm bearing the name Nikkor. This alone is enough to make photo geeks drool, and after shooting it for more than a month I can confidently affirm…

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Nikon F6 – Camera Review

Well, this is it. I shut the gold box for the last time and laid it into a bigger, blander box, a Priority Mail shipping label from Los Angeles to Boston its only decoration. I headed to the post office and reverently handed the package to a clerk, who unceremoniously stuffed it into a shopping cart and distractedly ordered me to have a nice day. I drove home, the familiar presence of a bulky, black camera sadly absent from my…

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Relive the Past With Eleven Minutes of Nikon Commercials

Are you at work? Do you hate your job? Then why not stick it to your awful boss by spending eleven minutes watching vintage Nikon commercials? We’ve scoured the Youtubes and discovered a veritable cornucopia of nostalgia. These TV ads are sometimes ridiculous, always entertaining. Things start out weird when Nikon pits an F2 against a fleet of Harley Davidson motorcycles (for some reason?), and then get even stranger with La Toya Jackson shooting her backup dancers (check out those face covers…) with…

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Nikon S2 – Camera Review

Every photo geek has their Holy Grail. We all dream of having the perfect machine, and more than most of us spend lots of time and cash actively seeking it out, even though we know such a search is futile. Does the perfect camera exist? Not really. But that didn’t stop me from trying to find it. I took chance after chance on every camera the shooting public calls “perfect” hoping that I’d find my own ideal camera. And in some instances, I got pretty close.…

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Nikon FG – Camera Review

In my last article, I mentioned a shiny, little Nikon FG. The FG happened to be my very first 35mm film camera and remains one of my favorites today. Compact, light, and quite capable, it carried me through my photographic formative days in style. It’s the camera by which I measure every other camera, and I often find that most can’t match the sheer usability of this simple, modest machine. But chat with photo geeks or poke around on the internet and you’ll…

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Nikon FE – Camera Review

My eyes flitted from one glittering storefront to the next, unsure of which to enter. For weeks I’d been craving a cannolo, a Sicilian pastry with a reputation only matched by its ubiquity. These simple tubes of fried dough stuffed with sweet ricotta filling are so common that friends have labeled them “baby’s first Italian pastry,” though this somewhat dismissive nomenclature most definitely belies the dessert’s deliciousness. Sure, a cannolo may be the safe choice, but it’s never the wrong choice. When…

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Nikon F3 – Camera Review

There are rare objects in this world that have the power to stop people in their tracks. Works of art so beautiful that they demand a lingering gaze; music so lovely that it pulls us into a different world. And for us photo geeks, even cameras can be so captivating! I was on vacation, strolling through New York’s Greenwich Village and snapping away when a man stopped me on the street and enthusiastically exclaimed, “Hey, is that a Nikon F3?” We talked a bit, he lamented selling his own…

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Exploded Views – Nikon F3

After an extended hiatus, our Exploded Views feature is back, and I’ve brought to bear my most ambitious effort yet! I’ve chosen a truly legendary camera, Nikon’s F3, and photographed it in a way that brings unprecedented detail to this popular feature. But what’s different about this Exploded View? Instead of laying out every component of the camera and taking a single photo of the lot (as in our previous efforts) I’ve gone through the excruciating process of photographing every single component with…

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Five Best Cameras for Photography Students

There’s a certain question that I get asked virtually every single day. People need to know what camera they should buy for their upcoming high school or college photography class. It’s a great question, and one that I’m always happy to answer, as it means that someone’s about to begin a process of discovery that often grows into a lifelong passion for the medium. After fielding this question three times today, I’ve put together a quick article showcasing what I believe are…

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