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January 5,2009 (MoreNikonD90Monday)

The Nikon D90 package came with all of the accessores (strap, cables, battery, charger, software) except for the lens.  We had thought about getting the 18-105mm VR kit lens, but decided we wanted a more versatile lens for the D90 which we could leave on the camera most of the time.  As with all of our images, click on them for a larger version and a closer look.

The first thing we noticed about the D90 is how substantial it feels.  The layout of the various controls and buttons are similar to the D40, but more ergonomically arranged.  The Mode dial is now on the left.  There is also an LCD control panel which gives the photographer a quick at-a-glance view of the camera's status.

The D90 has a large 3" LCD monitor in the back.  Its high resolution display is perfect for previewing the D90's 12.3 MB images.  The D90 also has "LiveView" and "D-Movie" capabilities... a first for a Nikon at this level.  We will have more to say about these features in future reviews.

The Nikkor AF-S DX 18-200mm VR lens offers an 11x zoom coverage and the ability to shoot 4 F-stops faster.  The lens has Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass and three aspherical lens elements to minimize chromatic aberration, astigmatism and other forms of distortion.

On the side of the lens is a selector for the M/A mode for rapid switching between auto focus (A) and manual focus (M) operation.  There is also one for the VR mode.  Vibration Reduction is a Nikon technology which is custom for each lens.  Follow the link if you want to find out more about this amazing technology.

There is a lot to this Nikon D90 and 18-200mm VR lens.  We will be exploring this combo until we run out of interesting things to say about it.  Hopefully, Nikon will have something new for us to review by then :-)  In the meantime, continue to send us ideas and suggestions on what you would like to know or what accessories to test with this pair.  [Permalink]- Nikon D90 FirstLook


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