Earlier this year, we saw a patent for a fingerprint sensor from Canon. Nikon has just taken things a bit further. The company has filed a patent for biometric sensors that will read photographer’s emotions. They will be placed on the lens, as well as on the camera, to record your biometric information while you are shooting.
Nikon’s KeyMission line of cameras arrived with a pretty huge fanfare. Their entire Photokina 2016 press conference was based around them. But they’ve been a bit of a flop, really. Now, Nikon websites around the world are showing various models of KeyMission as being “Discontinued”.
It’s not surprising, really. While there have been a couple of KeyMission proponents and stories of extreme survivability, the KeyMission line had a rocky start, a not-too-great middle and now, apparently, an entirely underwhelming end.
The Tamron 70-210mm f/4 Di VC lens has had a lot of hype. Leaked in February, announced a day later, and subsequently reviews on its own, it’s seems to be quite a good lens. But how does it stand up against the Nikon 70-200mm f/4 VR and the brand new Canon 70-200mm f/4 IS II? And which should you buy?
That’s what this video from DPReview TV aims to find out. Chris and Jordan team up with photographer Kyle Marquardt to put them to the test. Which is going to be best for you will depend on your needs.
Just over a year ago, we reported on a lawsuit filed by Nikon against Zeiss and ASML. They accused the two companies of using Nikon’s patented lithography tech without permission or licenses. Now, a court has ruled that Zeiss and ASML did not infringe upon Nikon’s patent, and has ordered Nikon to pay €475,000 in court fees.
It seems like Nikon might actually be making an effort with their new mirrorless offering, after all. A derivative of Nox, Latin for “night”, NOCT is Nikon’s latest trademark. And while the registration doesn’t specifically state that it is for a mirrorless system, its uses include cameras, lenses and “mount adapters for lenses”.
Filed on May 18th, the trademark application is currently under examination. As well as the nocturnal nature of the new trademark, you might remember that Nikon filed patents for 52mm f/0.9 and 36mm f/1.2 full frame mirrorless lenses last year. And the last time the “Noct” name was used was for Nikon’s Noct-Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 Ai-S.
Well, this is quite the interesting turn of events. Nikon seems to have been struggling the last few years since Sony’s mirrorless domination began. Their latest annual financial report, however, paints a different story. Although overall income was down 4.3%, it shows a whopping 776% increase in profits over the previous 12 month period.
Since Sony started to produce their range of mirrorless cameras, we’ve seen a mass exodus of DSLR shooters making the switch. The overwhelming majority of them have come from Canon. While a few Nikon shooters have made the switch, many of them haven’t. Canon users have had one big advantage, though. The array of reliable lens adapters that let them keep using their Canon glass.
For Nikon shooters, this option hasn’t really been there. There are few adapters, but most haven’t been very good in the past. And switching to another brand is an expensive move that a lot don’t want to risk all at once. Now Nikon shooters have a few more options, though, and Matt Granger puts three of them up against each other in this video to figure out which is the best.
I treat my camera like I treat a car, it has one core job and that’s what I use it for with very little interest or need for the peripheral add-ons and shiny new features that may also be part of that product. A car gets you from point A to B and everything else is fairly superfluous, sure there are often quality-of-life features but when it comes down to it, we buy a car for transport not seat warmers and illuminated mirrors in the sun visor. A camera, like a car, is a tool.
“Gigapixel” and “Timelapse” aren’t phrases one often hears together. Both, individually, require massive amounts of storage to do well. When combined, things start to get a bit ridiculous. It’s been done before, though, at least as early as 2010, when Carnegie Mellon University’s CreateLAB made this.
Now, UK contact lens retailer Lens Store has teamed up with Nikon, Canary Wharf Group and photographer Henry Stuart to produce 24 Hour London, a 7.3 Gigapixel “timelapse” covering a 24 hour period over the city of London. The use of the word timelapse is a bit debatable here, but it’s definitely pretty cool.