My camera's from A to Z
Istanbul after sunset. Nikon Z50 + Nikkor F DX 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 @90mm, ISO 2800, 1/60s, f/5.6
For over 40 years, I am a dedicated user of Nikon SLR (single lens reflex) and DSLR (digital single lens reflex) cameras and lenses. As the era of DSLRs is coming to an end* I recently started a new chapter with a new
From A . . .
I started with photography around the age of 10 and took my first pictures with my brother's Agfa Clack. My first 'own' camera was a Kodak Instamatic 33 which was soon followed by an Agfa Isola. A couple of years later I bought my first SLR.
With this Praktica L, together with a manual light meter and a number of lenses (28mm, 50mm, 135mm, 300mm and 450mm), I had my first real camera gear. With this equipment I took my first steps in travel photography.
Soon after the introduction of the Nikon FM and FE (both SLRs) in the late 1970s, I made the switch to Nikon.
Both cameras with a built-in exposure meter! Then the the Nikon F301 in the 1980s and Nikon F80 in the 1990s.
A selection of my camera's over the years: From the left: Agfa Clack, my Kodak Instamatic and Agfa Isola. Right: the new Nikon Z50.
. . . via D . . .
As a travel photographer, I am limited in what equipment I can take with me, both in terms of size and weight. That is why, since the introduction of the DSLR cameras, I have always opted for the more compact Nikon APS-C (Advanced Photo System type-C) or DX types, like the Nikon D70, D40, D3000, D5000, D5300 and D5600, instead of full frame cameras.
Süleymaniye moskee, Istanbul. Nikon Z50 has an excellent high-ISO and dynamic range performance for an APS-C size sensor.
Nikon Z50 + Nikkor F DX 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 @60mm, ISO 2000, 1/40s, f/7.1
. . . to Z
The end is nigh for DSLR cameras, as Nikon announced the halt of the development of new DSLR cameras*.
With the introduction of the Nikon Z50, I recently took the decision to make the step to 'mirrorless'.
The Nikon Z50 is the first-generation Z-mount DX mirrorless camera with an APS-C sensor. The camera packs many attractive features putting it above my Nikon D5300 and D5600 DSLRs.
I had a chance to test my new Nikon Z50 during the past months and had a lot of fun shooting with this camera so far.
My first mirrorless DX camera seems to be an ideal choice for travel photography and I cannot wait to see what Nikon has in the pipeline for the Z mount DX future!
*Source: The Japan Times, July 13 2022
Zaanse Schans, Holland. Nikon Z50 is packed full of great features, like the Selective Color function. All colors other than the selected colors
are recorded in black and white. Nikon Z50 + Nikkor Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 @170mm, ISO 100, 1/640s, f/6.3
Sunset in Istanbul. The sharpness of the Nikon Z50 is spectacular.
Nikon Z50 + Nikkor F DX 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 @62mm, ISO 100, 1/320s, f/8
Nikon Z50 + Nikkor Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 @250mm, ISO 200, 1/500s, f/9
Nikon Z50 + Nikkor Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 @98mm, ISO 200, 1/400s, f/8
Zaanse Schans, Holland. Nikon Z50 + Nikkor Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 @94mm, ISO 100, 1/800s, f/9
Winter beach walk on the North Sea beach, Texel, Holland.
Nikon Z50 + Nikkor F DX 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 @57mm, ISO 200, 1/400, f/13