Nikon

Established in 1917, Nikon is one of the world’s leading camera and optics manufacturers. Their SLRs and DSLRs have long been staples of professional camera kits, and more recently their new mirrorless lineup (Z-series) has added innovative new features.

A Nikon SLR was the first camera I bought with my own savings (in 1990; a Nikon F-801), and while I’m lucky enough to have the opportunity to shoot with a bunch of different gear, Nikons have been my primary shooting rigs ever since.

These are the posts on this site that mostly or substantially relate to Nikon camera gear.


Screenshot of Nikon Zf Menu System for Battery Health Check

How to Know Whether It’s Time to Replace Your Nikon Zf Battery

Like other newer Nikon cameras, the Nikon Zf has a built-in battery check feature. This isn’t so much about showing how much charge is left in the battery (although it does that). More interestingly, it can tell you when the battery has reached the end of its working life and is ready to be put out to pasture.

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Nikon Zf Sample Images

I’ve been out shooting both black and white and color with the Nikon Zf, a full-frame retro-styled street shooter. Here’s a selection of sample images I’ve taken with it.

How to Update Nikon D3400 Firmware Version Confirmation

Nikon Firmware Codes

Nikon uses several codes to designate types of firmware for their cameras and accessories. Here’s how to make sense of the codes.

Nikon Z f ISO Dial. Photo by David Coleman - havecamerawilltravel.com

Nikon Zf ISO Range Sample Images

Here are some side-by-side examples of photos taken with the Nikon Zf throughout its native ISO range to give a sense of the image quality under different lighting conditions and at different ISOs.

Nikon Zf High ISO Sample Images

Nikon Zf High ISO Sample Images

The Nikon Zf has some really impressive low-light shooting capabilities. Here are some side-by-side examples of high ISO photos I’ve taken with the Nikon Zf from ISO 3200 up to ISO 64000.

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How to Enable Framing Grids on the Nikon Zf

Enabling on the framing grids on the viewfinder or back screen display of the Nikon Zf isn’t as intuitive as it could be. That’s because it’s a two-step process. Here’s how to do it.

Nikon Z f. Photo by David Coleman - havecamerawilltravel.com

How to Update Nikon Zf Firmware

Keeping your camera’s firmware up-to-date gives you the benefit of the latest bug fixes and features. Here’s how to check the firmware version and update the firmware on the Nikon Zf.

Nikon Z f. Photo by David Coleman - havecamerawilltravel.com

Nikon Zf Default Settings

If you’ve changed settings on your Nikon Zf but want to roll them back for whatever, here’s a reference for the default settings so you can take a more targeted approach than the reset all function.

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Nikon Z 40mm f/2 Sample Images

The Nikon Z 40mm ƒ/2 is probably the closest thing to a nifty fifty in Nikon’s current Z lens lineup. Here are some photos I’ve taken with it to go alongside my hands-on review.

Nikon Z NIKKOR 28mm f2.8. Photo by David Coleman - havecamerawilltravel.com

Nikon Z 28mm f/2.8 Test & Review

Here’s my hands-on review of the Nikon Z 28mm ƒ/2.8, a small, light, and cheap prime lens for Nikon Z-mount mirrorless cameras.

Nikon NIKKOR Z 40mm f2 Prime Lens for Mirrorless Z-Mount Cameras. Photo by David Coleman - havecamerawilltravel.com

Nikon Z 40mm ƒ/2 Test & Review

I’ve been out shooting with the Nikon Z 40mm ƒ/2 prime lens. It’s a small, light, and relatively fast prime that is a great option for candids, street, and travel photography. Here’s my take on it.

Nikon Z f Memory Cards. Photo by David Coleman - havecamerawilltravel.com

Nikon Zf Memory Card Recommendations

To take full advantage of the power the Nikon Zf has to offer you’ll need SD cards that are fast enough. Here are some practical recommendations.

Nikon D850 Memory Cards XQD CFexpress-B SDXC. Photo by David Coleman " havecamerawilltravel.com

Nikon Z7 II Memory Card Recommendations

The Nikon Z7 II has two memory cards slots. Here are some practical recommendations on which memory cards are good choices to take advantage of all of the camera’s features.

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Nikon Z 14-30mm ƒ/4 S Sample Images

I’ve been testing the Nikon NIKKOR Z 14-30mm ƒ/4 S wide-angle zoom lens for Nikon mirrorless cameras. Here are some high-resolution sample images I’ve shot with it on a Nikon Z8.

Nikon Z8 Mirrorless Camera. Photo by David Coleman - havecamerawilltravel.com

Nikon Z8 Battery & Charger Recommendations

The Nikon Z8 is very picky about which batteries and chargers it uses. After having tried several batteries and chargers, here’s what I’ve found that works for me and what doesn’t. Includes batteries, chargers, and external power.

Nikon D850 Memory Cards XQD CFexpress-B SDXC. Photo by David Coleman " havecamerawilltravel.com

Nikon Z6 II Memory Card Recommendations

The Nikon Z6 II has two memory cards slots. Here are some practical recommendations on which memory cards are good choices to take advantage of all of the camera’s features.

Nikon Z8 Mirrorless Camera. Photo by David Coleman - havecamerawilltravel.com

How to Update Nikon Z8 Firmware

In February 2024, Nikon released a major firmware update for the Nikon Z8 (v.2.00). It adds a bunch of major new features and a very long list of fixes, tweaks, and enhancements. Here’s how to apply the update on the Nikon Z8.

Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-120mm f/4 S Zoom Lens. Photo by David Coleman " havecamerawilltravel.com

Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-120mm f/4 S Lens Hands-on Review

Here’s my review of the Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-120mm ƒ/4 S zoom lens. It’s used as a kit lens with some of Nikon’s mirrorless cameras, but it’s better than your average kit lens and a versatile option for a take-anywhere, shoot-almost-anything lens.

Nikon Z8 Mirrorless Camera. Photo by David Coleman - havecamerawilltravel.com

Nikon Z8 Default Settings

If you’ve changed settings on your Nikon Z8 but want to roll them back for whatever, here’s a reference for the default settings so you can take a more targeted approach than the reset all function.

Nikon Z8 Mirrorless Camera. Photo by David Coleman - havecamerawilltravel.com

Nikon Z8 Image Formats, Sizes & Types

The Nikon Z8 lets you choose from among a few different image file formats, as well as several frame sizes, output dimensions, and levels of compression. Here’s an explanation of the options.

Nikon Z8 Mirrorless Camera. Photo by David Coleman - havecamerawilltravel.com

Nikon Z8 Memory Card Recommendations

The Nikon Z8 is an awesome camera. But if you want to be able to use all of the camera’s features, you can’t just put any old memory card in it. Here are some recommendations on which memory cards to get to take full advantage of all of the impressive features available on the Z8.

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Nikon Lens Codes

Nikon uses a bunch of different codes in naming their lenses. Here’s how to make sense of them.

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Nikon Fisheye Lenses

There are three fisheye lenses in Nikon’s current lineup. Here’s how they compare.

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Nikon D3500 Intervalometer: How to Shoot Timelapse with a Nikon D3500

The Nikon D3500 isn’t compatible with standard external intervalometers. So it’s not practical to shoot a long timelapse sequence of photos natively. But there is still a way to shoot timelapse with a D3500 by connecting it to a computer and using a software intervalometer. Here’s how.

Nikon Z5 Mirrorless Camera

Nikon Z5 Memory Card Recommendations

It’s not always easy to know which type of memory card to get, and if you get one that’s not good enough for the camera, you can end up with errors or not be able to use all of the camera’s features. Here are some practical recommendations on which SD cards will work well in the Nikon Z5 mirrorless camera’s dual SD card slots.

How to Reset a Nikon D3500

Here’s a guide on how to reset a Nikon D3500 back to factory settings. This can be useful if you’re troubleshooting an issue, selling or trading-in your D3500, or just want to start again with a clean slate of settings.

Nikon D610 Memory Card Recommendations

It’s not always easy to know which type of memory card to get, and if you get one that’s not good enough for the camera, you can end up with errors or not be able to use all of the camera’s features. Here’s a rundown of what kinds of memory cards you need for the Nikon D610’s dual memory card slots, focusing on cards that are fast enough, reliable, cost-effective, and readily available.

Nikon D500 Memory Card Recommendations

There is a little trick to what kind of memory cards the Nikon D500 takes. That’s because of a tweak that Nikon made with a firmware update to add CFexpress B compatibility to the XQD memory card slot.

Nikon Z50 Memory Card Recommendations

The Nikon Z50 doesn’t come with a memory card standard. Here are some practical recommendations on which SD cards work well in this camera to take advantage of all of the Z50’s features.

Nikon COOLPIX P950 Camera

Nikon COOLPIX P950 Memory Card Recommendations

It’s not always easy to know which type of memory card to get, and if you get one that’s not good enough for the camera, you can end up with errors or not be able to use all of the camera’s features. Here are my practical recommendations on good choices for the Nikon COOLPIX P950.

Nikon D3200 DSLR Camera

Nikon D3200 Memory Card Recommendations

It’s not always easy to know which type of memory card to get, and if you get one that’s not good enough for the camera, you can end up with errors or not be able to use all of the camera’s features. Here are my practical recommendations on good choices for your Nikon D3200 DSLR.

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Nikon D810 High ISO Sample Images

Here’s a selection of images I’ve taken at high ISOs with the Nikon D810, to give a sense of how it performs in real-world shooting in low-light conditions.

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Nikon D800 High ISO Sample Images

Here’s a collection of high-resolution photos I’ve taken at high ISOs with the Nikon D800 DSLR to give a sense of what you can expect when shooting with it in low-light situations.

Nikon D850 Video Shooting. Photo by David Coleman " havecamerawilltravel.com

Nikon D850 Video Modes & Features

Here’s a rundown of the video modes and features of the Nikon D850 camera. The camera’s strengths are in stills photography, but it still has capable video features.

Nikon D3500 Setup Menu Screenshot: Format Memory Card Confirmation

How to Format an SD Card in a Nikon D3500

Formatting the SD card in your Nikon D3500 is an important step that you should do regularly to reduce the risk of file corruption and issues in saving your photos and videos. Here’s how to do it.

Nikon D850 Memory Cards XQD CFexpress-B SDXC. Photo by David Coleman " havecamerawilltravel.com

Nikon D850 Memory Card Recommendations

There is a little trick to what kind of memory cards the Nikon D850 takes, and that’s because of a tweak that Nikon made with a firmware update a few years after the camera was released.

Nikon D750 DSLR Camera

Nikon D750 Memory Card Recommendations

It’s not always easy to know which type of memory card to get, and if you get one that’s not good enough for the camera, you can end up with errors or not be able to use all of the camera’s features. Here are some practical recommendations on which cards to get for the Nikon D780 DSLR camera.

Nikon D850 Memory Cards XQD CFexpress-B SDXC. Photo by David Coleman " havecamerawilltravel.com

Nikon Z6 Memory Card Recommendations

There is a small but important trick to what kind of memory card the Nikon Z6 takes, and that’s because of a tweak that Nikon made with a firmware update after the camera was released.

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How to Format an SD Card in a Nikon D3400

Formatting the SD card in your Nikon D3400 is an important step that you should do regularly to reduce the risk of file corruption and issues in saving your photos and videos. Here’s how to do it.

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Nikon D3500 Sample Images

Here are some sample photos I’ve taken with a Nikon D3500 to give a sense of how it performs in real-world shooting conditions.

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How to Use a Nikon D3400 as a Webcam or for Live Video Streaming

Whether you’re looking to upgrade your home office for Zoom meetings or building a basic home vlogging studio, you can use a Nikon D3400 as a webcam or for real-time video capture to a computer. But it’s not quite as simple as just plugging your camera in with a USB cable. Here’s a guide on how to do it and what you’ll need to make it work.

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Nikon D810 Sample Images

I’ve been shooting with the Nikon D810 for a few years. Here’s a selection of sample images I’ve taken with the Nikon D810 under various lighting conditions.

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How to Charge Nikon D3400 Batteries

You can’t charge the Nikon D3400’s battery by leaving the battery in the camera and connecting the camera to a USB power source. So here’s how you do it instead.

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How to Find & Update Nikon Z7 Firmware Version

Keeping your camera’s firmware up-to-date gives you the benefit of the latest bug fixes and features. Here’s how to check the firmware version and update the firmware on the Nikon Z7.

How to Change Aperture on a Nikon D3500

There are a few different ways to change aperture on the Nikon D3500. Which method you use depends on the lens and shooting mode you’re using. Here’s a guide.

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How to Change Aperture on a Nikon D3400

The method for changing the aperture, or size of the opening to let the light in, varies according to the lens you’re using. Here’s how to do it with the lenses most commonly used on the Nikon D3400.

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Nikon Lens Filter Size Charts

If you’re looking to add screw-in filters to your Nikon lens, you’ll need to know the lens diameter to know which filters will fit. Sometimes it’s marked clearly on the lens itself; sometimes it’s not. Here’s my updated master list of the lens diameters of Nikon lenses, including Z-mount and F-mount, as well as older manual-focus lenses.

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Nikon D3500 FAQs

The answers to some common questions I’ve gotten from readers about the Nikon D3500 DSLR camera.

Nikon D3500 Battery Compartment

Nikon D3500 Battery & Charger: A Guide

A rundown of some of the good options for batteries and chargers that are compatible with the Nikon D3500, including Nikon’s own as well as some good ones from aftermarket manufacturers.

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Nikon D3500 Memory Card Recommendations

It’s not always easy to know which type of memory card to get, and if you get one that’s not good enough for the camera, you can end up with errors or not be able to use all of the camera’s features. Here are my practical recommendations on good choices for the Nikon D3500 DSLR.

Nikon D3400 High ISO Tests with Sample Images

I’ve been out shooting with the Nikon D3400. Here’s a collection of images taken across the D3400’s ISO range (ISO 100 through ISO 25600) to give a sense of how it performs under low light conditions at high ISOs.

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Nikon D7200 Memory Card Recommendations

It’s not always easy to know which type of memory card to get, and if you get one that’s not good enough for the camera, you can end up with errors or not be able to use all of the camera’s features. Here are some practical recommendations for SD cards that work well in your Nikon D7200, focusing on cards that are fast enough, reliable, cost-effective, and readily available.

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Nikon D7500 Sample Images

Here’s a selection of photos I’ve taken with the D7500 to give a sense of how it performs under real-world shooting conditions.

How to Use the Nikon D7500’s Virtual Horizon Tools

The Nikon D7500 has built-in virtual horizon tools that provide a more precise alternative to the old-fashioned bubble level method of making sure you’re shooting level. Here’s how to use the three different versions of it.

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Nikon D7100 Memory Card Recommendations

It’s not always easy to know which type of memory card to get, and if you get one that’s not good enough for the camera, you can end up with errors or not be able to use all of the camera’s features. Here are my practical recommendations on good choices for the Nikon D7200 DSLR.

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Nikon 18-55mm VR Lens Sample Photos

Here are some samples of photos I’ve taken with Nikon’s AF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR to give a sense of how it performs in real-world shooting.

Nikon 105mm f/2.8 VR Macro Sample Images

Here’s a collection of sample images I’ve taken with the Nikon AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED lens to give an idea of how it performs in real-world shooting conditions.

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Nikon 18-55mm Lens Zoom Range

Here are some practical examples that show the zoom range of the Nikon 18-55mm lens in case you’re trying to decide which lens bundle to go with.

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Nikon D5500 Sample Images

A collection of photos I’ve taken with a Nikon D5500 to give an idea of how it performs in real-world shooting conditions.

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Nikon 50mm f/1.4G Sample Images

This is a selection of photos I’ve taken with a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G to give an idea of how it performs in real-world shooting. It’s an extremely versatile lens and one of my favorites.

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Nikon AF Fisheye 16mm f/2.8D Lens Sample Images

The Nikon NIKKOR-Fisheye 16mm f/2.8D lens is designed for Nikon’s F-mount full-frame FX DSLRs. It provides a dramatic wide-angle fisheye look that can be very effective. Here’s a selection of photos I’ve used it on to give a sense of how it performs under real-world shooting conditions.

Nikon D3400 Batteries and Chargers

Nikon D3400 Battery & Charger Options

A rundown of some of the good options for batteries and chargers that are compatible with the Nikon D3400, including Nikon’s own as well as some good ones from aftermarket manufacturers.

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Best Books on the Nikon D3400

If you’ve just bought yourself a Nikon D3400, or even if you’ve had one for a while and are looking to make use of more of its features, here’s a quick rundown of what I think are the best books on using this camera.

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Nikon D3400 Sample Photos

The Nikon D3400 is Nikon’s entry-level DSLR. I’ve been out shooting with it. Here’s a selection of high-resolution photos I’ve taken with it to give a sense of what you can expect under real-world shooting conditions.