Astrophotography is a discipline dedicated to photographing the night sky in all its splendor. For this exercise to be successful, there are a series of environmental conditions, equipment demands and photographic operational- plus post-production techniques that we will explore in broad lines in in this arti
For little under a decade, the Nikon D90/D7K series has been the jumping point for those who were looking to move into the major leagues. Or for those looking to move down and still get a DSLR with pro-akin performance at an affordable price. Today, the…
Many a telescope owner, after gazing at the sky for a while, wants more; wants to share what she or he is seeing. There are several ways to achieve this. The most obvious is shooting through the telescope eyepiece with a small camera or cell phone.…
The Crayford telescope focuser design – developed in 1971 by John Wall and named after the Crayford Manor House astronomical society – has a number of important advantages over rack-and pinion and can be home built out of wood by almost anybody with a bit of patience and the right tools at hand. I designed this focuser specifically to carry the weight of a Nikon D7100 camera on prime focus (± 800 gr), which is considerably heavier than even the largest eyepieces. So far, it is holding up admirably.
Quite a few people end up here to try to get answers to their “million-dolar” questions, such as: “Is my D50 motorized or not?”, “Can my D100 focus and meter with manual focus lenses?”, “Is my D3100 geo-tagging (GPS) capable?”, and so on. I have concocted a compatibility table that pretends to answer these questions all at once, and is available in both HTML and PDF format. I hope it helps :)
The Nikon F-Mount was launched with the Nikon F camera in 1959 and has remained virtually unchanged since, making it the only lens mount still in production over 5 decades after its introduction. The camera mount comes essentially in 3 flavors: F, AI-S and AF, with some minor adaptations for particular cameras, mostly the digital entry-level models, which feature 2 extra screws and the minimum aperture confirmation notch, discussed later on.
It's been already more than five years since I wrote this article (in Spanish) on autofocus and although in many areas the innovation of DSLR’s has slowed down some, autofocus systems are still making unimagined jumps. In this article we review the 51-point system, which was introduced in late 2007 in the Nikon D3, D300 and the evolved version of which is used in the D7100, D810 and D4S (Advanced Multi-CAM 3500).