Posted by Paul Harcourt Davies. My assessment of the Nikon macroflash system – the SB -R1C1 was written a couple of years ago and appeared on the ill-fated Images from the Edge Blog (RIP). I have rescued it and revamped it after much more use for, at a rough reckoning, I have made over 50,000 flash-assisted exposures in the 7.5 years since purchasing this unit along with a Nikon D300 camera body. It has always performed extremely reliably with highly consistent exposures and, apart from a faulty flash unit caused when it slipped…

  By  Paul Harcourt Davies © 2014 The saga continues with further thoughts, ramblings and homilies on a great 105mm macro lens in particular… and macro lenses in general. This lens makes a great companion for the Nikon Macro speedlight R1C1 that will be covered  in detail in a forthcoming post. Part 1 can be read here. What about using autofocus at close distances? In general, I have found it better to dispense with AF altogether when working at the closest limits of a macro lens — an AF mechanism can tend to…

Let’s consider the conclusion first – the Nikon D7100 is an amazingly versatile photographic machine that, in the past two months, has delivered everything and more that I have asked from it. Whether it is a question of sharpness, speed of response, quality of colour images or just a general feel in the hand it has cut the proverbial mustard.

by Paul Harcourt Davies © 2014 My 105mm f/2.8G AF-S VR Micro NIKKOR macro has never, in any sense, let me down in the six years I have used it. This is a full “user’s appraisal” since I have owned a disgraceful number of macro lenses of assorted makes and focal lengths over the years in my search for the search for the ‘Holy Grail’ – biting sharpness. So, before I start, let me set out my stall. I am first and foremost a naturalist and a passionate…