Rich Rosen

Lives in United States Stanhope, United States
Works as a retired
Joined on Aug 1, 2001

Rich Rosen's current gear

Nikon D1X
Nikon Z fc
Nikon Z6 II
Maybe it's value will come back as an antigue ;-)
Many complain about the AF on the pre Z 9 cameras. Maybe they are correct if they expect the AF system to do all the work. I haven't run into a lot of problems with auto focusing on this camera. I did learn the hard way, what modes are appropriate for certain kinds of shooting, and have adapted accordingly. No problems since. The images this camera produces with Z mount S lenses are great. Color is rich and images are sharp. The Z 9 is on my wish list, but my current Z 6II is really good. I think I will always have one "small body" camera in my kit. Right now that is the Z 6II
Nikon Nikkor Z 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 VR S
Nikon Nikkor Z 14-30mm F4 S
Nikon Nikkor Z 24-120mm F4 S
I've this lens since mid March 2022 (currently late May 2022). I also use the Z 1.4x TC. In daylight this lens is excellent! Bare naked, on a Z 6II this lens is really sharp at 400mm. Clad with the TC, it seems to be just as sharp. AF is fast and precise. I love the weight and size.
This little lens (I say little compared to other ultra wide zooms, such as the 14-24 f2.8 G, and f2.8s) has a lot going for it. It renders excellent images for a such small lens, and can take filters without adapters (82 MM). For years I thought about buying the 14-24 G to replace my 17-35, but was never moved to make that switch until two things happened: My 17-35 started to send wrong exif information to my camera, and I decided to go mirrorless. This is the first lens I purchased after getting the Z 6 kit with the 24-70 f4S. Haven't regretted it. Im sure the new 14-24 f2.8S is a fabulous lens, if its anything like the 24-70 f2.8S, but I asked the question, Do I need a pro lens in that focal range. My answer was no. It was especially no after seeing the images this little lens produced. Some cons: 1. I don't like the zoom lock that keeps the lens small when carrying. Its a pain. 2. The lens depends a great deal on firmware to keep distortion down. It doesn't always give you what you see in the EVF, cutting off edges.
Nikon Nikkor Z 24-70mm F2.8 S
Nikon Nikkor Z 28mm F2.8 (SE)
Nikon Nikkor Z 50mm F1.8 S
Rates five strs for weight and size alone :) This brilliant observation is coming from a guy whose last mid range zoom was the AF-S 28-70 f2.8 D...the Beast. Seriously; besides it smaller size its image quality, is excellent.
I'm not a great fan of 50s. It normally my least used lens. But this 50 is exceptional.
Nikon Nikkor Z 70-200mm F2.8 VR S
Nikon Nikkor Z 85mm F1.8 S
Nikon Nikkor Z DX 16-50mm F3.5-6.3 VR
The Z 70-200 f2.8 VR S, is the fourth lens I've owned in this category, the previous being the AFS 70-200 f2.8G VR (I). I wish it was lighter, smaller for me Z 6II. But I cant complain about image quality. or versatility. Really sharp.
Here is another Z prime that is amazing. Its sharpness and rendering on a Z 6(II), make it the best 85 I've owned. That includes the 85 1.4D (better Bokeh than the S), and the 1.8g.
Not impressed with this lens. Its maximum aperture is just too limiting in low light situations.
Nikon Nikkor Z MC 105mm F2.8 VR S
Sigma 1.4x EX DG Tele Converter
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Ive had a 105 macro in my kit for over 20 years. In fact I've the same 105 in my kit for over 20 years. I used it from time to time, but never really utilized it to its fullest potential. It was a hassle to use, with extreme slow noisy auto focusing, that hunted forever. The new Nikon Z MC 105 is a revelation to me of what a macro lens can do and be in photographers kit.
Very disappointed in its construction. ill contact Sigma for repair.
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Apple iPhone 12
Apple iPad WiFi
Other gear:
  • Adobe Photoshop CC
  • Nikkor Z 1.4X TC
  • Nikon FTZ Adapter
  • Nikon SB500
  • Nikon SB800 flash (2)
  • Nikon SB910 flash
  • Sigma 105mm f2.8D Macro EX

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Nikon Z9

Rich Rosen's previous gear

Nikon Coolpix 950
Olympus E-10
Sony Mavica FD-71
Nikon D70
Nikon D90
Nikon D2H
Nikon D2X
Nikon D3
Nikon D100
Nikon D200
Nikon D600
Nikon D610
This deserves a much higher rating. But the oil and dust issue, really tarnished its reputation. I am glad Nikon FINALLY established a decent policy, that led to my getting a D610, a camera that finally delivered on the promise of the D600
A little bit cleaner, a little bit faster, than the D600, the D610 delivers on the promise of its predecessor: a full frame enthusiast's camera, packing a 24 mpixel sensor, that many prefer over the D8xx sensor. I like having both.
Nikon D810
Nikon D500
Fujifilm X-E3
Now that I sold it, I'm not feeling that good about the sale. The D810 was a Monster camera that did everything I asked it to. I used it for almost everything. Landscapes, people, street, and even sports. It performed without issue for the three years I had it. Only the D500 replaced it as far as sports shooting when it came out. I think I'm missing it.
I made the decision to go all mirrorless in the beginning of 2021. Other than an old D1X which I keep around for sentimental reasons, this was the last DSLR I owned. At time of purchase and until I sold it in 2021, there was not a better APS-C DSLR available for sports and action photography. It was truly a miniature D5. I combined this camera with a Sigma 120-300 f2.8 Sport for shooting football and Lacrosse. Great combo.
Bought this for my wife, because it was small and reviews of this camera were pretty good. It also seemed to be an excellent camera to learn on. It is.
Nikon Z6
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR
Nikon AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED
This lens came out in 2004, which is when I got it. I continued to use it until 2021. It was my first sports lens which I used with a 1.4 TC. I didn't replace it, because its use in sports was taken over by a Sigma 120=300 f2.8 (on a D810, then a D500). which gave me greater reach. This first 70-200 Nikon was a monster lens. It had its problems with vignetting on full frame, but in the center it was sharp.
Fun lens. Since I am going back to DX with the D500, I may try to pick this one up aain
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED VR
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G ED-IF
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D ED-IF
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D ED-IF
Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28-70mm f/2.8 ED-IF
A monster of a lens that served me well for 19 years, and was still going whenI traded it in
Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm F1.8G
Not impressed by it. I think I got spoiled by my 70-200 2.8 and 120-300 2.8. Under those circumstances, the 70-300 would have to be rated lower.
Least used lens. Good lens, but focal length is boring. I like to carry it when I'm out shooting primes. The wife loves it on the D610, because the kit is light.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm F1.8G
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28mm f/1.8G
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm F3.5-4.5G ED VR
When a great image is taken with a particular lens, one finds an affinity for that lens. The AF-S 28 1.8G and some of my images from the Grand Canyon, is just such situation.
The one without VR. Considered pretty good by most. I thought it lacked pop
Fujifilm XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS
Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM
Like the Nikon Z 24-70 f4S, this is a surprisingly good kit lens. In fact the controls on this lens are more useable than the Nikon controls. They include a zoom ring, a focus ring and a aperture ring...an aperture ring with click stops, something that Nikon omitted on the f4S, making the focus ring a combination focus/ aperture/ exposure comp/ISO ring without click stops. In fact you don't even get click stops on the 24-70 f2.8S which does have an function control ring, as well as a focus ring. For those who don't understand my obsession with click stops, try using the ring for aperture or ISO, without having the feedback of click stops telling you you've changed a setting. Fun photos.
Traded this in for my Z 70-200 f2.8 VR S, and Z 100-400 f4.5-5.6 VR S. While the Sigma was a great lens; relatively fast Af and excellent image rendering, it was just too heavy to carry around. I used it for field sports, on a monopod, and in that role it was an excellent optic. For those who want to shoot sports, but cant afford a D(x) and a 400 f2.8, a good substitute is a D500, and the Sigma 120-300 f2.8 Sport. I do not recommend this lens for adaption on a Z. It works, but AF slows down significantly.
Other gear:
  • Nikon 24-120 AF D
  • Nikon AF-s 80-200 2.8D
  • Nikon F100
  • Nikon F3 (not high eye point)
  • Nikon F5
  • Nikon FM2N
  • Nikon N50
  • Nikon N90S
  • Nikon Pronea 6i
  • Pentax ME Super