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on May 21, 2010 in Camera Tech

Nikkor Lens Simulator

Which came first, the photographer or the camera? I ask myself that question often. Did someone look at the world and think they should have a means of faithfully record and present it to others? Or, did some mad scientist just happen to smere some goop on a glass plate and stumble onto recording life faithfully? Yes, history tells us the answer except what was going through their minds prior to the invention. What lead them to take the steps that produced the desire to take photography from the mind to reality? If we could ask them, could we learn something about our own photography today?

”Your photos and technical insights are outstanding, and I enjoy reading your emails each day. After looking at the incredible results you get, I often wonder what your photos would look like if shot with a D200/300/300s or other mid-level camera. (I am a Nikon shooter still working with a D200, and plan to upgrade when Nikon puts HD video into either the 300s or 700 replacement). Your compositions wouldn’t change of course, but you often take advantage of the extraordinary technical capabilities of the cameras and lenses you own. Would you ever consider spending a day with a D300s to see how it would change your approach and results — it would be interesting for those of us who will likely never own a D3s or equivalent to see what you would do.”

Jim’s question is pretty common and as far as I am concern, a very, very, very valid question. At the same time, I’m not sure the answer whatever it might be has really any relevance. As he rightfully points out, I only shoot with FX with the D3x and D3s shooting those lenses designed for that format. The DX format and those lenses I don’t shoot. Is that a quality call or, rather, just a personal preference? Whatever that answer might be for me, does it make any difference to your photography?

I’m going to try to answer this question today in a couple of posts. Let’s start by all being on the same page. This is where Nikon lends a helping hand. They have put out the Nikkor Lens Simulator. No clue if we’ll find the answer, but we’ll give it a go.