Photojournalists and documentary filmmakers get into a series of unpleasant, dangerous and even life-threatening situations on a daily basis. Seizing or steeling their cameras is very common, and the unprotected data on camera’s memory card can easily fall into wrong hands. This is why Freedom of the Press Foundation published an open letter to five of the world’s leading camera manufacturers: Nikon, Sony, Canon, Olympus and Fuji. They asked them to build encryption into their photo and video cameras, which could protect the filmmakers and photojournalists who use them.
Grays of Westminster is known around the world as the place to go for high end collectable Nikon gear. They house some of the rarest examples of Nikon’s history anywhere. They also probably have more of it than anybody else. As one of the few independent camera stores left, it’s worth visiting if you’re ever in London.
For now, though, you can see Matt Granger taking an up close and personal tour with some extremely rare and special cameras. As a special treat, Matt got to talk with founder Gray Levett about Nikon’s history. They also discuss how some of these rare cameras are discovered in the strangest of places.
Nikon’s KeyMission 360 camera landed with a fair bit of hype when it was first announced in January. A real camera manufacturer was getting into the 360° market. A company with a hundred years of photographic history. Then after delays in release due to earthquakes, the KeyMission 360 was re-announced, along with two more 80° and 170° cameras.
I got to see the KeyMission 360 in person twice this year, at The Photography Show in March, and at Photokina a couple of months ago, but they wouldn’t let us get our hands on them to try them out for ourselves. With all three cameras now out in the wild, the reviews are starting to come in. After watching this video review from iPhonedo, it’s not looking great for Nikon.
I have been using both the Nikon 14mm f/2.8 and the Nikon 16mm f/2.8 fisheye for a while now, and I have been noticing that the images from the 14mm are very very similar to the images from the 16mm fisheye after a lens correction has been applied.
Of course, there is one very big difference between these two lenses: the Nikon AF Nikkor 14mm f/2.8 ED lens costs $1891.95…while the Nikon AF Fisheye Nikkor 16mm f/2.8D lists for $996.95 – so the big question is: is the 14mm f/2.8 really worth nearly a grand more than the fisheye?
In this article I will post a few sample photos along with my thoughts on the differences and similarities of the Nikon 14mm f/2.8 vs the Nikon 16mm f/2.8 fisheye. [Read more…]
With the number of people making the shift from more traditional DSLRs to Sony mirrorless systems, adapters are often a way of life. I have a big stack of adapters myself for mounting lenses from half a dozen different systems onto four different types of camera body. It’s simply a question of versatility and providing more options. The big drawback with most adapters, though, is that there’s little-to-no communication between the camera and the lens.
One such combination that hasn’t had much love is Nikon lenses on Sony bodies. Mounting Canon lenses to Sony bodies and retaining full control over things like autofocus has become commonplace thanks to Metabones and Fotodiox’s similar adapter for Canon. Now, we can do the same with Nikon bodies with the new Fotodiox Fusion Smart AF Adapter for Nikon G mount AF-I/AF-S lens to Sony E-Mount.
With Black Friday just around the corner, the war for your money is heating up. All three major companies released initial discounts (some are only available until Wednesday).
Depending on how high on the money scale is the gear you’re buying the discounts can be quite significant. (percentage wise, most discounts range between 5% and 18%, though the Rebel SL1 goes 200$, all the way to 28%). Some of the companies will also throw in some freebies, like a memory card, a small tripod or an extra battery.
If you are considering getting a camera, this is definitely a good time to go shopping:
Knowing how well our camera produces jpg files might not be a high priority for a lot of photographers. If you’re only shooting raw, then what does it matter, right? Well, there are still a lot out there shooting jpg, and even pros may switch over to jpg for less important tasks. So, The Camera Store have challenged 8 popular cameras from leading manufacturers to the Great JPEG Shootout!
It’s an interesting comparison. Cameras from Nikon, Canon, Sony, Fuji, Pentax, Olympus and Panasonic are put head to head with an iPhone 7 Plus to see which produces the best looking images straight out of the camera. Perhaps not surprisingly, the iPhone didn’t do very well.
Nikon have today announced the successor to their entry level Nikon D5500. That comes in the form of the not surprisingly named D5600. While the two don’t differ greatly, there are a couple of significant changes. The first being that Bluetooth has been added. This brings the D5x00 range in line with Nikon’s new SnapBridge protocol and their new WiFi workflow.
Also added are the slightly more advanced timelapse features included on bodies like the Nikon D7200. It basically allows you to save space on your card by having the camera automatically convert the sequence of stills to a video file. Personally, I think I’d rather have the individual files so I could process the sequence properly before putting it into a final video.
It’s funny how the Internet rumour mill sometimes seems to work. Some random person makes an off-hand comment to somebody. That somebody then relays it on to somebody else. Then it gets sent to some online publication, perhaps with a slight embellishment or two to make it sound more interesting. Then, before you know it, half the world is reporting that Nikon are firing 10% of their domestic workforce in Japan.
In a completely out-of-character move, Nikon responded to the reports extremely quickly. Within a few short hours, Nikon released a statement. In it, they declare with an emphatic no, that they are not getting rid of 1,000 employees in Japan. Then, a couple of hours later, changed their minds again.
Here is an eye candy for any of you who are going to a costume party this Halloween. Photographer Bryan Troll built a full body Nikon camera custom. That alone was kind of impressing (and by kind of I mean extremely), but he did not stop there. The camera is fully functional with a strobe, “real” camera and an LCD. And the LCD is actually showing the photos that the camera is taking.
We asked Bryan if the costume was hard to build and he told us that