The Tokina AT-X 35-200mm f/3.5-4.5, a review

Introduction In early March, 2012, I pushed away from the desk to go make dinner, bumped the tripod, and knocked the D7000 and reverse-mounted Nikon 75-150mm f/3.5 E-Series face first into the wooden apartment floor. This fall had two effects: 1) it loosened a wire or something in the MD-D11 battery grip such that the […]

Super Macro Brothers: the Weigh-In

I’ve been reading up on Macro photography quite a bit lately. Well, that’s not quite true… I’ve been thinking of buying a proper macro lens for several days—the Tokina 100mm f/2.8, specifically—and reading review after review and spec sheet after spec sheet, and in the process I decided to see how the macro rig (the […]

365.66 Proof of Concept (with outtakes)

So I used the Light Pipe I made earlier today to create a Beauty Dish-ish type of thing. The fresh (and really bad) haircut didn’t do me any favors here, but this was really more of a proof-of-concept project than anything else. I didn’t take any in process shots. Apologies. But I just cut a […]

365.25 – The Cereal Box Strip Box

365.25 Candy & Cigarettes: Monumental Sculpture from the Cockroft Collection. (Yes, it’s a silly title, and yes, I could’ve done a better job with it…) Nikon 75-150mm f/3.5 E Series, at about 150mm, ISO100, 1/80, f/16, and lit with my new toy: the Cereal Box Strip Box! All credit for the idea goes to Alex Koloskov, and […]

365.19 D7000 Family Portrait

Families the world over are glad they didn’t pay me to take a family portrait today… 365.19 D7000 Family Portrait, versions 1 & 2 On the left: Nikkor 50mm 1.8G, Nikkor 10-24 3.5-4.5G, and wacky Auntie Holga. On the right: Nikon 75-150mm f/3.5 E Series, Nikon 36-72mm f/3.5 E Series, and the LensBaby Muse. Center: […]