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Nikon Has Upgraded its Optics; Should You, Too? January 5, 2011

Filed under: Technical Tips,Weekly Photo Tip — Kerri Kirshner @ 11:52 pm
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“Glass”, as us professional photographers call it (lenses) are a huge, and necessary, expense of photography. In my humble opinion, the better the optics the better potential the image has to be clear and sharp.  Here is a review I found helpful if you are in the market for a new Nikon lense, or two.



Nikon has just announced four lenses that are destined to be very popular additions to Nikon DSLR owners’ lens arsenals. Which lens might be your next one?

Whether you’re a wedding pro looking for a competitive edge in image quality, an enthusiast looking to upgrade to the latest goodies or seeking to expand your visual repertoire, or a beginner looking to add a second lens, Nikon’s latest crop of lenses offers you options. In some cases, the earlier models might suit you just fine while saving you money so if money is an object, here are some alternatives to what you may already own.

AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G ED: First up is an ultra-fast, high-performance portrait lens designed for pro studio and field use; portrait and wedding photographers will appreciate the lens’s shallow depth of field. Internal focus, ghosting and flare reduced, rugged construction, and claimed edge-to-edge sharpness with full-frame and APS DSLRs (35mm equivalent on APS cameras: 127.5mm). Combine the big aperture with the rounded 9-blade diaphragm and you should get extremely pleasing out-of-focus qualities (bokeh). Expected price: Approximately $1,699.95.

A less expensive alternative that’s available now: Check out the Nikon 85mm f/1.4D IF AF, which lacks the Extra-Low Dispersion lens coating but is still an excellent lens and it’s price has just been reduced to $1,224.95.

AF-S 24-120mm f/4 G ED VR: This is a high-performance lens with constant f/4 maximum aperture, this is a prosumer lens that offers a versatile range and high quality. A nano crystal coat, 2 ED elements and 3 aspherical elements reduce ghosting, improve sharpness and color correction, and minimize all kinds of aberrations. The internal-focusing lens work with APS and full-frame sensor cameras. The 5x zoom range provides the 35mm equivalent of 36-180mm on an APS camera. A rounded 9-blade diaphragm will provide natural-looking bokeh (out-of-focus background). Expected price: Approximately $1,049.95.

This lens is an upgrade over The Nikon 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AFS VR, mainly because its f/4 maximum aperture remains constant throughout the zoom range, while the earlier version has a variable aperture. The main advantage of the older version is its price which, at $569, is not quite half the cost of the newer model.

This surprisingly compact lens is designed for APS-sensor cameras only. Price: $399.95. Available Now.

Nearest comparable lens? Either the 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G, which carries a relatively hefty price tag ($519.95)  and is optically more of an enthusiast lens and you lose those first 20 millimeters of focal length, or the 55-200mm f/4-5.6G, which is a tad faster, a lot less expensive at $219.95, but its telephoto range falls 100mm short.

AF-S DX Nikkor 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR II: Designed to complement to the 18-55mm kit lens, this is a consumer-grade lens that brings a longer-range telephoto option. Tripod Detection Mode, which lets users shoot with the camera mounted on a tripod without switching out of Vibration Reduction mode, is a cool feature. Nikon claims its VR enables hand held shooting up to 4 stops slower than without it, while HRI and ED elements improve contrast and chase the chromatic aberrations away. The lens focuses down to 4.6 feet at all focal lengths, and has a rounded 9-blade diaphragm for more pleasing Bokeh. This surprisingly compact lens is designed for APS-sensor cameras only. Price: $399.95. Available Now.

Nearest comparable lens? Either the 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G, which carries a relatively hefty price tag ($519.95)  and is optically more of an enthusiast lens and you lose those first 20 millimeters of focal length, or the 55-200mm f/4-5.6G, which is a tad faster, a lot less expensive at $219.95, but its telephoto range falls 100mm short.

AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR: An enthusiast level lens, it’s Nikon‘s first 10.7X long-range zoom, and works with APS and full-frame Nikon cameras. Specs include 2 ED glass elements to minimize chromatic aberration, 3 aspherical lens elements, claimed quiet, accurate internal focus, M/A focus switch, a zoom lock switch and closest focus to 18 inches at all focal lengths. Rounded 9-blade diaphragm should produced pleasing bokeh. VR II image stabilization is said to produce sharper hand held shots at 4 stop slower exposures. Price: Approximately $1,049.95

An overview of four new Nikon lenses,  By Mason Resnick



Weekly Photo Tip: Digital Photo Expo, Lynnwood, WA Oct 11th & 12th , 2008 October 2, 2008

Hello friends of Acclaimed Photography,

For all of you who want to learn more about your cameras and photography, for FREE, this Expo is for you! It is at the Lynnwood, WA Convention Center (address and directions below). There will also be plenty of good deals on camera equipment.

There will be several classes offered on the 11th & 12th: The New Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR; America from 500 Feet; Beyond Your Speedlight; The New Canon Powershot; Landscape and Nature Photography; Portrait Lighting; Composition and the Power of Canon Lenses; Exposure, Light and Composition; Tools for Better Imaging; Learn to See Photographically.

Expo Hours:

Saturday, October 11th, 2008, 10am-6pm.

Sunday, October 12th, 2008, 10am-5pm.

Lynnwood Convention Center
3711 196th Street S.W.
Lynnwood, Washington 98036

From Downtown Seattle

  • Take I-5 North for 15 miles
  • Take Exit 181B (Alderwood Mall)
  • Take left onto Poplar Way (first light)
  • Take left onto 196th Street
  • Drive West over freeway block to convention center on the right

From North/ Everett

  • Take I-5 Southbound
  • Take Exit 181 West
  • Drive West one block to convention center on the right

From Eastside/Bellevue

  • Take 405 Northbound
  • Merge onto I-5 Southbound
  • Take Exit 181 West
  • Drive West one block to convention center on the right


For more information click on this link:


Weekly Photo Tip – Great prices for electronics! August 4, 2008

Filed under: Weekly Photo Tip — Kerri Kirshner @ 8:56 pm
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Hello all,

Over the years I have purchased a LOT of electronic goods, etc. One of my favorite places to check first is They usually have some of the best prices for you to get set up with all the camera gear and accessories you may need.

If you know of any other places please leave a comment to share with others. Thanks!


Kerri Kirshner

Acclaimed Photography

Bothell Portrait Photographer


Weekly Photo Tip – What makes photos blurry? July 15, 2008

Hello friends,

Have you ever had a photograph come out blurry? Well here are a couple of reasons why and solutions to help correct that issue.

There are a couple of reasons WHY your photo is blurry. One, the camera moved while you pressed the shutter, or the subject moved while you were taking the photo.


  • One solution is to use a tripod while taking photos. This is a very easy way to steady the camera while taking photos (especially in low light situations). Tripods come in a variety of sizes and styles.
  • Steady yourself. If you don’t have a tripod available you can steady yourself. A couple of ways to do that is to take a deep breath before you depress the shutter and stay still, lean up against a wall while you take the photo, or bring the camera close into you, giving you more stability.
  • Turn the flash on.
  • Increase the ISO. The ISO setting tells the camera how sensitive the image sensor inside the camera should be. The higher the ISO number, the more sensitive the sensor is to light.
  • Focus. Yes, this may seem obvious, but double check to make sure your lense (if you can adjust it, is in focus).

Enjoy! Kerri Kirshner

Acclaimed Photography


Weekly Photo Tip – Dead Battery? Don’t throw them… Recycle! June 15, 2008

Ever wonder where to recycle all those batteries your camera and small electronics use? For a recycling center close to you go to This website lets you know where you can recycle batteries and computer equipment (i.e. Radio Shack, Staples, Best Buy, etc).

Have a great day! Kerri

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Weekly Photo Tip – Which camera should I buy? May 31, 2008

Hello all,

I am often asked “what digital camera should I buy?” Unless you are going to purchase a professional model I really don’t have a solid answer. There are soooo many models from which to choose!

I came across a FANTASTIC website that lets you search for the perfect camera (along with MP3 players, cell phones, laptops, DVD players, etc.) . You can sort by price, brand and features. The website is:

Have a wonderful week, Kerri

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Weekly Photo Tip: Wait…. Don’t Delete…..From Your Camera! May 17, 2008

Ever find yourself deleting images from your camera?  Before you do please consider the following reasons NOT to:

1- The tiny LCD screen on the back of your camera is not color calibrated. It is hard to really see what IS on the screen. Sometimes the poor color of the LCD can make a good image look bad. Wait until you get home and download all your images onto your computer. View the images on a large screen and a better monitor–then use the delete key.

2-The LCD screen uses a lot of battery power. The more time you spend viewing and deleting the less time you have to take photos You may find yourself viewing and deleting your images and then end up with no battery power or images on your flash card.

3-Slippery fingers? Deleting one image may accidentaly end up deleting two…. one of which you did not intend to. It is possible to try and recover the accidentaly deleted image, but that means you cannot write over the deleted file. At this point you would need to put in a new flash card to continue photographing.

4-Distracting…. It is very destracting to edit your images as you are taking photos. While you are editing you may be missing ‘the moment’.

If you have anything to add, why it is NOT a good idea to delete right from the camera please leave a comment.


Kerri Kirshner

Acclaimed Photogrpahy

Take Time to Create a Memory



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