Gimbal and replacement foot for the Nikon 600mm FL

Unfortunately, the Nikon 600mm f/4E FL ED VR does not balance with the D810 and the foot replacement LCF-13 by Really Right Stuff nor with the Nikon stock foot. The LCF-13 worked perfectly with the previous model 600mm f1/4G ED VR. After some research I ordered the foot LF-N604FL by jobu design. It is 4 […]

New Nikon 600mm F/4 FL ED VR is too front-heavy with D810 attached

Update 04.03.2017: Perfectly balancing a Nikon 600mm FL with a D810 / D500 works now. I not only replaced the stock foot, but also use the gimbal Heavy Duty MK IV by jobu design. Update 23.04.2016: Balancing the 600mm FL horizontally works fine now. I finally went with a foot replacement by jobu design. Update […]

Nikon D810: Limit Selection of Autofocus Area Mode

I haven’t read about this in most reviews of the Nikon D810. It’s a small, but very welcome addition to customize your camera settings. You can now limit the selection of AF area modes. I for example never use neither 3D-tracking nor Auto-area AF. Now I can disable them in the menu a11 Limit AF-area […]

Nikon D800/D810: Turning ISO-AUTO on/off single-handed

I love my D800, but I was always annoyed, that I could not turn on or off the ISO-AUTO setting with one hand. But after playing around with my camera settings I found the following solution: First create an new entry in your MY MENU and make sure it’s the first item at the top. […]

The dawn of the Nikon 300mm f/2.8

For a long time my Nikon lens 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II has been upstaged by the 600mm f/4G ED VR when photographing birds. But after a stupid tumble on my part which not only disabled its bigger 600mm sister, but also ripped some parts out of my camera D800 and completely destroyed the GPS, […]

Comparison of Nikon 300mm and 600mm with Teleconverter TC-14

I’ve always been skeptical when it came to teleconverters. The few times I used one I wasn’t really happy with the results, until now.

Best way to transport your photo equipment including a 600mm/f4 lens

When traveling by airplane, the size of the case and the weight of the photo gear is usually a big problem. Currently, luggage size on international flights is limited to an overall length of 157 cm (length + width + depth) and weight is limited to 23kg. Carry-on is limited to 115 cm (56 + […]

Nikon versus Canon lenses: If weight is important.

A few weeks ago Nikon announced the release of the new AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR. This is the first Nikon telephoto lens, which has basically the same weight as its Canon counterpart. It is Nikon’s lens with the best focal length to weight ratio. You get 176 mm per kilo. I also […]

Canon vs. Nikon Telephoto Lenses: If weight plays a major role

The table (sortable) and charts on this page may help you decide which telephoto lens to buy if the weight plays a major role. It is kind of frustrating that the Canon lenses are about half to a full kilo lighter than the Nikon ones if you are an owner of Nikon equipment. For the […]