Friday, August 1, 2008
D-SLRs For The Landscape
Choose the best camera for your landscape photography
The D300 delivers on its promise of terrific image quality. The camera is remarkable at higher ISOs, and its Active D-Lighting preserves detail throughout high-contrast scenes. Another great feature for landscape photography is the 920,000-dot, 3.0-inch LCD monitor with two Live-View modes: Handheld, which employs 51-point phase detection AF; and Tripod, which uses focal-plane contrast-detection AF. You even can route the live image to a laptop monitor and control the camera from the computer using Nikon Camera Control 2 software. You also can focus manually in either Live-View mode.
Picture Control settings let you start with four presets (Standard, Neutral, Vivid or Monochrome) and then modify sharpness, contrast, brightness, color saturation, tone and monochrome filter effects as desired, while Nikon’s new EXPEED processing concept and your choice of 12- or 14-bit A/D conversion result in excellent image quality (in-camera processing is 16-bit). On-demand viewfinder grid lines help you align image elements, while Nikon’s first self-cleaning sensor keeps dust off the sensor assembly.
Nikon offers a host of lenses for its D-SLRs, ranging in focal length from a 10.5mm fish-eye (equivalent to 15.75mm on a 35mm camera) and 12-24mm superwide zoom (equivalent to 18-36mm) to a 600mm supertelephoto (equivalent to 900mm), including three 1:1 macro lenses and two manual-focus tilt/shift lenses that provide some of the perspective control capabilities of a view camera.
Cool Factor: Ideal for low-light and harshly lit landscapes, the D300 produces very low noise at higher ISOs (it goes to ISO 6400), while Active D-Lighting tames contrasty scenes.
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