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  1. Tord S Eriksson

    Sigma 100-400 Contemporary

    The fairly new Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM (introduced in February 2017) is a pure delight, far better than the Nikon 80-400G I used to own, and costing less than a third. Compared to the also impressive Panasonic-Leica 100-400 it is marginally bigger but lacks a tripod mount (the only...
  2. Tord S Eriksson

    Review by 'Tord S Eriksson' on item 'Sigma 150-600 Sports'

    This is a delight, but a wee bit heavy one. I used to own Sigma's earlier lenses (150-500, and the 120-400) when I was a Pentax user, but various things happened, and i switched to Nikon 1 cameras, and a D600. Then I got the then new 80-400, which I eventually sold, and started to look around...
  3. Tord S Eriksson

    Sigma 150-600 Sports

    The Sigma 150-600 Sports is a fast-focusing, water and dust resistant lens, for full format cameras. It has the latest coatings, and the front glass and the rear glass surfaces are extra scratch-proof and dirt repellent. Comes with a big, durable, lens shade.
  4. Tord S Eriksson

    Review by 'Tord S Eriksson' on item 'AF 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 SP Di VC USD XLD'

    I've had mine for a while, and mainly use it on my Nikon 1 cameras, but also on my FX camera. It isn't quite as good as the 70-300CX, but costs less than a third! I had the AF-S 70-300 VR before, but this lens is sharper in its long end, where my interest is (the Nikon lens is excellent in...
  5. Tord S Eriksson

    Review by 'Tord S Eriksson' on item '70-300CX (also known as 1 Nikkor VR 70-300)'

    This is the sharpest long lens I've come across, and I have the fabulous AF-S 80-400 VR II N! Nothing compares to it, not when one consider its compact size. It is designed as a collapsable unit, so it is surprisingly small, when the lens is in stowed position. Ready for use (a matter of...
  6. Tord S Eriksson

    70-300CX (also known as 1 Nikkor VR 70-300)

    For those using the Nikon 1 system, there is one lens that changes the game entirely. It is a 70-300 (in 35mm terms, a 200-800/4.5-5.6), which in sharp contrast to most zoom lenses, is sharper in its long end, in contrast to the AF-S 70-300 VR, which is a really sharp lens, but not in its long...
  7. Tord S Eriksson

    AF-S 80-400/4.5-5.6 G ED VR II N

    The best review I've read, of the new 80-400, is the one written by Ming Thein. Here is a pertinent paragraph: "In my mind, the 80-400 has several alternatives in roughly the same range: the 70-200/2.8 II with 2x teleconverter; the 70-300/4.5-5.6 VR G; and finally, the 200-400/4. The first...
  8. Tord S Eriksson

    Review by 'Tord S Eriksson' on item 'D600'

    I've been around cameras over 50 years, and got my first DSLR in 2010 (a Pentax K-x), but after a number of upgrades, and a few diversions, ended up as owner of then brand new D600, and what a revelation it is! The D600 is just slightly heavier than my last Pentax, but a much more capable...
  9. Tord S Eriksson

    D600

    Digital, full-format, unusually light, single lens reflex camera (already replaced by the updated D610), with excellent auto-focus, excellent, bright, 100% viewfinder. Twin SD card slots, sturdy camera body, and lockable thumb wheels (PASM, camera modes, et cetera) on the left side of the...
  10. Tord S Eriksson

    Review by 'Tord S Eriksson' on item 'AF-S VR 70-300/4.5-5.6G'

    A bird photographer in Honduras, Bobby Handal, posted pictures he had taken with his AF-S VR 70-300 at DPReview (Nikon 1 Forum), which led me to get one, too. A nice zoom, useable for everything from a Nikon 1 camera (CX format), D3200 (DX), or a D600 (FX). Probably works well on other cameras...
  11. Tord S Eriksson

    AF-S VR 70-300/4.5-5.6G

    This lens is one of the very few fairly cheap telephoto zooms with built-in vibration control that is also outstandingly sharp, at least in the center part, a bit softer towards the edges. Works equally good on a Nikon 1 camera, as on a D800, but the CX camera uses only the utterly sharp center...
  12. Tord S Eriksson

    Review by 'Tord S Eriksson' on item '85mm f/1.8G'

    Have this excellent lens, which I use on my CX, DX and FX cameras, that is, from Nikon V1 to D600. When I use it on my V1, it equals a 230/1.8 lens on my D600, a lens far beyond anything available! On my APS-C camera it equals about 130/1.8, also a rare beast ;-)!
  13. Tord S Eriksson

    Review by 'Tord S Eriksson' on item 'APO 150-500mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM'

    I had this lens, and like its sibling, the 120-400 really nice in the short end, not as impressive in the long! Needs clear, sunny days to do its best! The newer versions of the 50-500 has a reputation of being sharper than this 150-500.
  14. Tord S Eriksson

    Review by 'Tord S Eriksson' on item 'V1'

    This is a camera you easily fall in love with, as it is small, lightning fast, sharp, and rugged. Quirky, unusual, and with three minute lenses that have gotten full points with every lens tester. Think MFT (aka M4/3rds) lenses, and then make them 30% smaller! Very much a poor man's Leica...
  15. Tord S Eriksson

    V1

    I never thought I would ever buy a Nikon, nor a handful of Nikon lenses, but I have. As a Pentax man I was disappointed with the Pentax Q, but then Nikon introduced their first mirrorless, exchangeable lens, camera (Variously called an EVIL, CSC or just, in the case of Nikon, Series 1. In 2011...
  16. Tord S Eriksson

    Review by 'Tord S Eriksson' on item 'K-5'

    The last year, or so, has seen four new DSLRs from Pentax, the first being the K-7, aimed at the pros, and advanced amateurs, that wanted a stylish, yet rugged camera, with lots of features, suitable for outdoor, and studio work, where the lighting is good. The 14MP sensor isn't the fastest...
  17. Tord S Eriksson

    K-5

    The K-5 is fully a pro-style DSLR, top-of-the-range at Pentax, which means it is has a durable, rain-proof body, made mostly out of magnesium. At a distance there is nothing that differs it from the K-7, but the K-5 logo, and a button, or two. It has a 16+MP CMOS sensor from Sony (actually the...
  18. Tord S Eriksson

    Review by 'Tord S Eriksson' on item '120-400mm F4.5-5.6 APO DG OS'

    Had planned to buy a Bigma, but this was the one available at the time. Quite quickly it became apparent that if you use it at its extreme ends the result is not very brilliant, but at f8 and medium zoom it is pretty impressive. It is a front-heavy lens, thus feels heavier than it is - recommend...
  19. Tord S Eriksson

    Review by 'Tord S Eriksson' on item 'LUMIX DMC-FZ38'

    Seldom you'll get so much performance from such a relatively cheap camera - it has a more expensive brother as well, with even longer zoom, but I have no experience with that! It takes excellent HD films, with good stereo sound, and has a 18x optical zoom (its 'bigger' brother has a 24x zoom)...
  20. Tord S Eriksson

    LUMIX DMC-FZ38

    Digital compact cameras are developed all the time, but this little wonder runs rings round most. I got my eyes on it when reading the super-zoom review at dpreview.com: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/Q110superzoomgroup/ It weighs less than a pound, fits in a big pocket, has 18x zoom, and...
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