About the Photographer
"Jack" has been a lifetime naturalist and has turned his causal photography hobby into a lifetime passion and mission. Your visit to this site is most appreciated and he hopes you enjoy the experience :)
Nikon professional DSLRs have defined excellence in the industry for wildlife photography, studio, portraiture, and sports, for quite awhile now. Nikon cameras consistently offer “best in class” Base ISO performance (D850), low-light performance (D5), as well as most complete APS-C offering (D500), capped-off with the finest focus tracking available + rugged build quality (ALL). Nikon empowers the photographer with optimal tools for capturing the moment, with each shutter actuation rendering the finest color fidelity and widest dynamic range available. In a nutshell, Nikon enables the discriminating photographer to nail a once-in-a-lifetime shot like no other. Nikon cameras simply deliver—and it’s a good feeling to know you have one (or more) of these tools at-the-ready when you’re out there.
This camera is on my wishlist. The Nikon D5 has the finest AF tracking, and best high-ISO (i.e., low-light) image quality of any camera made to date—all housed within the finest, toughest, weather-proofed build quality in the industry.
See @ Nikon: Nikon D5
The Nikon D850 was the first DSLR of any kind to receive a perfect 100 DxO Mark, offering the finest base ISO performance of any camera available today, surpassing even medium format. To quote DP Reveiw, “… we feel that the D850 will satisfy the needs of an incredible variety of photographers, and we’re comfortable saying the D850 is the best DSLR on the market today.” To the exquisite image quality, Nikon has added very robust construction as well as an incredible panacea of options and customization potential. Although the D850 is quite capable for capturing wildlife images, where this camera remains peerless is for landscape, portraiture, and artistic macro imagery. With stunning dynamic range and incredible color fidelity at Base ISO, the D850 remains The Standard for image quality within the industry. The ability of the D850 to add Focus Shift Shooting to its class-leading image quality makes this a truly exciting camera to own and use.
See @ Nikon: Nikon D850
As a wildlife camera, the D500 is hard to beat. Winning multiple awards its first year in production, The D500’s combination of reach (1.5x crop factor), top image quality within its class, great dynamic range, along with pro-level ergonomics & customization—and a better AF system than any other camera but the D5—all add up to make the D500 a solid choice for wildlife. Quite simply, the D500 is the best APS-C (DX) camera ever made. While many FF cameras offer better image quality “in a perfect world” (when you can fill the frame with the subject) … the truth is, for wildlife, most FF cameras give you wildlife images that have to be cropped … and the D500 beats all FX options when images have to be cropped to the D500’s framing. This makes the D500 the finest wildlife and action camera more often than not.
See @ Nikon: Nikon D500
Having watched the mirrorless revoloution grow, Nikon has now made a strategic entry into this market. While other brands have struggled pioneering mirrorless tech development (poor build quality, over-heating batteries, limited EVFs, and sub-optimal lens mounts), Nikon sat back and watched. With the mirrorless market now mature, and proven tech having been established, Nikon has now launched its own mirrorless camera series: The Z-Mount. Once again, Nikon offers “best-in-class” advantages in multiple important structural aspects, distinguishing what it is to be a “pro” mirrorless camera, the polish and class of which are still missing in the others. Not only are the fit & feel, the build quality, the weather sealing, and the EVF of Nikon’s Z-series cameras several cuts above the others, but (more importantly) the Z-Mount itself possesses critical specifications for future leadership. The Z-Mount’s 16mm flange distance, mated with its 55mm throat width, means more light is coming through to the Nikon Z sensors compared to all other systems. This means the new NIKKOR lenses for the Z-mount mirrorless cameras (S-series lenses) will be able to achieve levels of edge-to-edge clarity, and subtle color-correction, not seen before in any brand. Stay tuned …
This camera is on my wishlist. Right now, there are no dedicated Z-mount lenses that fit my highly-specialized needs. However, as a private investigator, when a Z-mount action camera comes out (w/ sports/wildlife specs), and/or when Nikon comes out with an APO-quality, Z-mount macro lens, the smaller size + silent shutter of the mirrorless evolution will be critical for what I do.