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Spring Cleaning: Nikon Gear For Sale

It’s that time when I gather up equipment that I really don’t use anymore and try to find it a good home. All of my gear is pampered, Nikon USA equipment in its original packaging with all manuals, accessories, and paperwork. Please help me find a home for the following items, all rated in top condition. Due to customs restrictions, I am only able to ship these items to the continental United States (CONUS). I accept PayPal payments and credit cards via PayPal. Images are posted below.

  • Nikon D300 body in original box ($899 + shipping to CONUS)
    • 9921 shutter actuations (rated to 150,000 cycles)
    • Includes manuals, strap, EN-EL3e battery, charger, and all cables
  • Nikon D3s body in original box ($4299 + shipping to CONUS) Sold
    • 27,888 shutter actuations (rated to 300,000 cycles)
    • Includes manuals, strap, EN-EL4a battery with dual-charger, all cables
  • Nikkor 18-70mm DX lens ($185 + shipping to CONUS)
    • in original box with manual and warranty card
    • includes hood and front/rear caps
  • Nikkor 18-200mm VR DX lens (original version) ($525 + shipping to CONUS) Sold
    • in original box with manual and warranty card
    • includes hood and front/rear caps

If you are interested in any of these items, please contact me directly at jason(at)luminescentphoto.com

Trebuchet in Action! High-speed Video with the Nikon 1 V1

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We got my dad a model trebuchet last year as a holiday gift, and I got to see it in action this weekend. It occurred to me that my Nikon 1 V1 will shoot high-speed video clips (400 fps)… and I thought that the siege weapon would be fun to record.

As an interesting aside, when I was working on my doctoral dissertation, I needed to record high-speed video (500 fps) of the escape reflex in fish. At the time, our lab had to come up with nearly $16,000 to get a black and white video camera capable of high-speed recording. Moreover, I had to transfer each clip from the memory buffer (there was no removable storage on it) to videotape with a VCR, then re-digitize each clip back into a computer for analysis later. It’s amazing how far we’ve come in such a short time.

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Nikon D4: Thoughts for Outdoor Photographers

The Nikon D4 Flagship DSLR (Image Courtesy of Nikon USA)

You’ve probably heard that Nikon officially unveiled the D4 flagship DSLR last night. If you’ve been away or under a rock, the official press announcement is here. Since I’m not a reviewing agency or Joe McNally, I haven’t seen, held, or smelled a D4 yet. But like you, I’ve looked at the specs and asked myself if a D4 is worth upgrading to, considering that I love my D3s.

The D4, like the D3/D3s before it, is built as a sports/PJ workhorse. These are the cameras designed for guys out there in remote places, taking gunfire, and working to meet deadlines from sidelines. A lot of the features of the D4 are also geared around advanced video (1080p) capabilities. While I think having video in my DSLR is nice, it’s not the reason I go out and plunk down serious cash for a camera. So I’m going to look at some of the features that make the D4 attractive from my point of view, which is outdoor and wildlife photography. Continue reading Nikon D4: Thoughts for Outdoor Photographers

Final Thoughts on the Nikon 1 V1

Putting the 105mm f/2.8 AFS G VR micro-Nikkor on the V1 gives you a fast, sharp 280mm lens that can focus as close as you want.

I’ve had my Nikon 1 V1 for less than a month, and I’m very pleased with it overall. I guess I should have titled my original review “The Nikon V1, Or How I Quit Worrying and Learned to Love CX Format.” Well, not exactly… Keep in mind that my overall opinion of this camera system has not changed. It’s an excellent family compact camera that delivers substantially better image quality and performance than its Coolpix peers. It’s not a camera that’s going to go head to-head with the image quality of larger sensor mirror-less models. With that in mind, here’s where I think Nikon has room to improve upon the V1, and the Nikon 1 System. Continue reading Final Thoughts on the Nikon 1 V1