Nikon whips out another DSLR, this time beating Sony at their own game. I thought sure Sony would be the first
to come out with a movie mode on a DSLR, but it's not to be. Check out the Nikon D90, an upgrade to the D80 and
the newer D60 that was brought out just a couple of months ago. The biggest news is the movie mode, but more stuff is
new too, look below.
Sony has some good deals on the A700, $1099 for the body only or with the 18-200mm
lens for $1299. Buy this kit and eBay the lens for $300, and get the body for a grand. Beware of dealers selling
Sony DSLRs for less than retail, Sony has a unilateral pricing agreement with their legit resellers, which means they can't
offer it for less than retail. Beware of NYC joints low-balling prices.
- Nikon D90
- 12.3mp CMOS DX
- 3.0" LCD VGA quality
- Movie mode with sound, 1280-720 (720p)
@24fps and lower, must use manual focus and zoom.
- Live view, obviously!
- Optional GPS unit, no price yet.
Face advanced face detection.
- ISO 200-3200 with Lo1 and Hi1, 100-6400.
- Active D-lighting, distortion control
with registered lenses, and image straightening.
- HDMI out for viewing on your HDTV.
- Burst rate of 4.5fps for
(?) frames, JPEG.
- Possible CA correction, but not listed.
- Same old Li-ion battery, but a whopping 850 shots
- Available 9/08
- New plastic 18-105mm F/3.5-5.6 VR lens, $399
- $999 or $1299
D90 and above lens.
Ready for your scrutiny is the Sony 28mm F/2.8
. It's the same basic lens as the Minolta AF 28mm reviewed here also. I've had the Sony copy quite a while
and decided I'd wait to review it 'till I got my second phase lens review page all worked out and finalized.
I hope you'll check it out and let me know if you like it better. I think it's better because it gets more information
to you quicker using a more cohesive format with less clutter than before, and more lovely product photos. Also, no
more test charts. I haven't used any for over a year now but I will continue to use my stamp for close focus shots
etc, it just works great for that. I'll be using this review as a template for all others from now on, and I might
try to convert some of my older lens reviews into this new page.
I updated the Minolta AF 28mm F/2.8 too
. Plus, I'm working my way through all the close focus shots for all lenses using the A700.
|Click for review.
|Hoya close-up set, +1, +2, +4
|Click for review.
I used the Hoya 49mm set, which fits my Sony/Minolta 28mm F/2.8, and the Minolta 35-70mm F/4 lenses. I tested
them on both but most of the review uses the 35-70mm which has a better macro to start with. Check out the nice close-up
I took with the 28mm lens, not bad for a 0.13x reproduction ratio.
Next up is the Sony 28mm F/2.8
review. I'm still plugging away at the new macro page, be patient.