First Hands-On Review of the Nikon D810A


Nikon’s dedicated astrophotography camera isn’t planned to start shipping until next week, but Swedish astrophotographer Göran Strand was lucky enough to get his hands on a D810A for a review.

The review includes high ISO noise comparisons between the D800E, D810, D810A and D3s, and covers some of the camera’s new astro-oriented features.

Göran also shares sample images of daylight photos and tests how well this camera performs, despite Nikon’s recommendation not to use it for ‘general photography’.

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Nikon Wants Your Money, Offers Up To $900 Instant Savings


It is this time of the year again and Nikon is the first one to push the SALE button. (Usually they are a day or two behind canon, but this year they were first).

Nikon’s model is one where if you buy a body you get a small rebate and for bundling a lens and a body, you receive a bigger rebate. If you are sitting on the fence for a new body, this is a great opportunity to ease that purchase.

Rebates range from as little as $80 for a D3200 + 18-55mm start lever kit ($446.95 instead of $526.95, roughly 17%) to as much as $900 for a D810 + 24-120mm behemoth kit ($3,696.95 instead of $4,596.95, a slightly bigger 20% discount). Some of the options let you get rebates for multiple lenses and speedlights.

Here are some of the more interesting options:

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Getting Married at New York’s City Hall? Joe McNally Will Take Your Portrait for Free


Some couples get married at City Hall to save money; others do it to keep things simple.

Either way, regardless of the reason, couples getting married at New York’s City Hall during the first week of June are in for a pleasant surprise.

Renowned photographer and Nikon ambassador Joe McNally will be waiting with his team outside the City Clerk’s office on June 4th and 5th in Nikon’s custom designed 20’ Wedding Truck Studio to take newlywed portraits – for free.

The portraits will be taken as part of Nikon’s “I AM Generation Image” campaign, using Nikon’s D750 DSLR and a selection of their lenses and speedlights.

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Canon Rumored to Be Working on a Full Frame Astrophotography Camera

Nikon D810a. Will Canon respond with a 5D Mark IVa?

Nikon D810A. Will Canon respond with a 5D Mark IVa?

Not wanting to leave the astrophotography market to Nikon’s upcoming D810A, Canon is said to be working on its own dedicated full frame camera.

When the D810A was announced Nikon said it will start shipping in late May, so any day now, but its Canon competitor is expected to be released only in 2016.

Could we see a Canon 5D Mark IVa?

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Dear Canon and Nikon, I Have Some Suggestions


Dear Canon and Nikon,

Last November, a spacecraft which had traveled 6.4 billion miles over ten years successfully landed on a comet. A COMET. This means we can now do ANYTHING, which is why I am writing you today with a list of suggestions, nay, improvements that I hope you will consider implementing in future DSLR’s.

None of the suggestions are as daunting as landing on a comet, I assure you. Let’s get the idea machine started!

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Nikon Introduces Heartography; a Camera Triggered by a Dog’s Emotions


Nikon’s latest development, heartography, couldn’t be truer to the company’s slogan – ‘At the heart of the image’.

The contraptions is claimed to “connect to emotions” as it monitors the heart rate, in this case of a dog named Grizzler, and captures a photo when there’s a noticeable increase.

“Photos can capture the world’s beauty within a single frame, and photographers translate what they feel into what others can see”, the Nikon website states, adding that “with Heartography, anyone with a heartbeat can be a photographer”.

Despite the cool insight gained by the street photography of the first canine photographer, or phodographer, it’s unlikely that you’ll see the device taking over anytime soon.

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This Crazy Rig Is Perfect For Shooting Airplanes


Photographer Jim Winters is shooting lots of aviation. As the way of Aviation photography, the camera/lens combo can be quite a heavy lift, and not easy to ballance. Some photographers use a lens collar or dual camera/lens bracket as a mounting point on a tripod, and while this setup is good for stabilizing the camera, is anything but portable.

Jim Winters came up with the perfect (pink solution) he built a triple axis rig which mounts both the camera, heavy/long lenses and a plethora of other goodies. He named it the TRIAXEZ.

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Nikon Rumored to Be Working on a Full Frame Mirrorless Camera



The Nikon 1 mirrorless system has the advantage of being a small camera with a huge X2.7 crop factor. While this is especially useful to some, there seem to be many Nikonists who will happily give up the crop factor in exchange for a full frame mirrorless camera and all the accompnying benefits.

Based on the latest rumor, the camera is on its way and is already being field tested. That being said, the expected lack of an electronic viewfinder could lead to another disappointment.

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Sony Semiconductor’s New Site Hints Next Olympus and Nikon D5400 Cameras


As we have it today many camera makers are using sensors from Sony Semiconductor. Canon is using them, so is Nikon, Olympus and many of the medium format digital cameras:  phase one, Pentax and Hasselblad.  So looking into Sony’s sensor plans gives a pretty good understanding of what the camera makers have in store.

So it is just super kind of Sony to make a new site with their current sensor offerings. Of course some of the sensors are ones that we are familiar of, like the 36MP full frame sensor.

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Interviews with a Nikon Product Manager and Lens Designers Offer Insight to the Company’s Processes


Nikon has recently uploaded a video interview with a couple of its lens designers which is the first volume in a series of videos titled ‘Philosophy of Nikkor’.

The name of the video, ‘What do designers think, and how do they create lenses?’, sums up the essence of it.

Another video interview, this one with a product manager for Nikkor lenses in Europe, lets us in to Nikon’s planning process and discusses some of the hottest topics surrounding the company and its competitors.

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