Lives in United States Upper Midwest, United States
Works as a Engineer / Risk managment consultant
Joined on May 26, 2013

NicholasD's current gear

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100
Nikon D40
Nikon D7200
Bought after the S90 demise. Often is my "mid-range lens" when using the 70-300 on the D7200. Very capable pocketable camera, equally good at stills and video. Not sure why Sony sees fit to continuously revise, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it..."
Yes, I admit it, Ken made me do it. But, it was the camera that rekindled my interest in photography. My previous digital experiences were nothing short of garbage. D40 wasn't great, but it did point the way to the future. And, within its comfort zone, capable of taking decent pictures.
Hogan, Ming, and Chambers all say the 810 is more than a simple iteration of the D800/E - as if things just gelled into something where the whole is more than just the sum of the parts. I feel the D7200 is the DX equivalent - it is much more than a simple D7100 upgrade - a well thought out integrated camera that just works. Can't think of a single thing that is a genuine shortcoming.
Nikon AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-5.6E ED VR
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G II
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm F1.8G
Replacement for the AF-S "G". AF speed is much quicker and noticeably more accurate. Obvious softening of previous version is gone. Lens retains more detail at all focal lengths and significantly more detail past 225mm. (with the "G", I had better IQ at 300mm by cropping a 200mm shot vs using the lens at 300..... That is definitely no longer the case). Lens same size as before, lens hood slightly longer. Weight is very slightly lighter - balances well on D7200. Camera has latest firmware - all lens features work. (Mar2018)
Won't work miracles, but not a bad little lens. Decent IQ. Obviously, greatest attributes are size, weight, and cost. Would be interested to know how current AF-P compares, although no plans to replace current lens. (June 2018)
Nice lens with good color. Unfortunately, it now competes with the Sigma 18-35..... But compact lens that is easy and fun. I often use it indoors with bounce flash for quick candid portraits.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm F1.8G
Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art
Tokina ATR-X Pro 11-20mm F2.8 DX
Very nice package. Some chromatic aberration at wide apertures, but solid otherwise. Decent build quality.
the more I use this lens, the more I'm impressed. Excellent image quality, very nice color / contrast rendition. Minor CA in the corners, but easily correctable. Great build quality. If you are a crop sensor shooter and can accept the limited focal length range, then this lens should be on your short list..... (after 8 months of regular use, the only downside is the fiddly lens hood which is becoming harder to get on and off. Other than that, a very solid optic - June2017)
Other gear:
  • Flashpoint/Godox TTL speedlight Flashpoint branded TTL speedlight version with rechargeable Li-ion battery. Except for the locking mechanism (can loosen Inadverdently) the Flashpoint works as good as or better than my SB700. Will see how long term durability holds up. (March 2020)
  • Nikon SB700 Decent price, decent power, decent size, decent weight, tilts/swivels, full CLS compatibility. What more do you want?

NicholasD's previous gear

Canon PowerShot S90
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm F4E FL ED VR
First nice digital compact. Enjoyed until it died while testing a deluge fire sprinkler system. Replaced with 1st generation of the RX100, which is a significant upgrade. Edit 1 - Oct2019: Battery charged and appears that all camera functions work. Details here:
All around solid lens. Yes, it does get soft past 225 mm or so. Yes, aperture at long F.L. means high ISO, but probably the best 300 mm answer this side of $1K. (Edit 1: this was written pre AF-P. If I were in the market now, I'd be looking at the FX version of the AF-P. Better IQ, particularly at the long end. Edit 2: Well, I did get the full frame AF-P; see above)