The Concise Thom Hogan


Fewer Words.

After last week's two-hour plus podcast interview with the Image Doctors, no one wants to hear or read anything lengthy from me for awhile. To atone for my long-winded sins, I hereby offer the most concise reviews and advice I've ever written. 26 products in 156 words (just six per product). (Updated 4/14/2010)

Nikon D3: Best Nikon design, best Nikon sensor

Nikon D3s: Like D3 only better with video

Nikon D3x: Pixel proliferation perfection: High Rez D3

Nikon D700: 95% of a D3, much cheaper

Nikon D300: Can't afford D700? Then buy this

Nikon D300s: Still a D300 but with video

Nikon D80: Old before its time, now retired

Nikon D90: Decent enough camera, enough for most

Nikon D60: Great AI camera; meter/focus yourself

Nikon D3000: D60 messed up, mostly in UI

Nikon D5000: Odd feature set, but nice camera

Any Coolpix: Look elsewhere, nothing to see here

10.5 f/2.8 DX: DX funhouse is not for everyone

35mm f/1.8 DX: Everyone buys; see anyone using it?

18-55mm VR DX: small range, high performance, low cost

55-200mm VR DX: right telephoto range, performance; low cost

16-85mm VR DX: useful range, great performance, but pricey

18-200mm VR DX: superzoom does nothing perfectly, all decently

12-24mm DX: Wide both ways: DX or FX

17-55mm DX: Too expensive, heavy, for better performance

14-24mm AF-S: Most exceptional lens I hardly use

16-35mm AF-S: Cheaper, Slower, Filters; otherwise get 14-24mm

24-70mm AF-S: Where's the VR? Otherwise no complaints

70-180mm Micro-Nikkor: Short-lived wonder of macro world

70-200mm f/2.8 AF-S VR: Perfect except for the FX corners

70-200mm f/2.8 AF-S VR II: Now perfect for DX and FX

105mm Micro-Nikkor VR: Workhorse macro, but previous Micros better

200mm f/2: Pug-nosed perfection, practice lifting weights

70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 AF-S VR: Good value, but nothing is exceptional

300mm f/2.8 AF-S VR: Tests how good your camera is

200-400mm f/4 AF-S VR: Perfect on paper, less so otherwise

400mm f/2.8 AF-S VR: Top dollar brings image quality nirvana

Capture NX2: If it runs, you might like

ViewNX: Reinventing the wheel again, and failing

Transfer: It's free, it works, big deal

Camera Control Pro: Too expensive for a necessary item

Photoshop CS4: Best and trickiest Swiss Army Knife

Lightroom 2.x: Gets images from here to there

 

 

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