Nikon UK has announced some changes due to Brexit. The company has temporarily stopped all orders, and it’s possible that your orders will be delayed even if you placed them earlier.
The Nikon Z5 is an interesting little camera. A full-frame Nikon mirrorless camera, with a relatively low price tag that seems to tick most of the boxes, even for working photographers (including dual card slots). Body only, it can be had for under $1,400. A significant difference over the $2,000 Nikon Z6 II. But is the Z5 worth getting at that price? Or are you better paying the extra to go for the Z6 II?
That’s the question that photographer Matt Irwin explores in this pretty in-depth and almost-27-minute long video. He takes a look at the autofocus, low light performance, image quality, and a bunch of other factors in a variety of scenarios in order to try to answer the question and I think he puts forward some good cases for when you might or might not want to use the Z5.
A few days ago, an apparently leaked press release from Capture One indicated that the price of their software would be going up. And now, it’s official. The prices of Capture One for Sony, Fuji and Nikon have all increased from their previous price of $129 up to a $199 – a whopping 54% increase.
While the price has indeed gone up, it apparently comes with the benefit of “2 seats” (meaning you can install it on two machines), but from looking at the Capture One website a few days ago, they’d already implemented that at the lower price. I’m not sure it’s even worth them pursuing four separate versions at this point.
Nikon has announced that it will no longer offer an international warranty for its interchangeable lenses and accessories. This goes for both F-mount and Z-mount lenses, as well as mount adapters, speedlights, and other Nikon accessories you may have in your arsenal.
According to a report on PhotoRumors, the folks at CaptureOne are about to significantly bump their perpetual license cost for Capture One for Nikon, Fuji and Sony from $129 up to a whopping $199 with monthly subscription starting prices (for the annual-but-still-monthly-non-prepaid-deal) going up from $9.99/mo to $14/mo.
The information comes from what appears to be a leaked press release stating that Capture One will be increasing its prices from January 11th. They will, however, apparently be also increasing the number of activations to two per license – so that you can run it on say, a desktop and a laptop – similar to the way Adobe and Blackmagic license their software. Although, the current licensing also says “2 seats”, so not sure how it’s different.
The rankings for 2020 are in from BCN, which collects sales data from across its platforms, and it looks like the most popular DSLR sold in Japan throughout the course of 2020 is the Nikon D5600. Don’t get too happy just yet, though, Nikon fanboys and girls. Canon still managed to grab 7 of the remaining 9 spots in the top 10.
Although the overall number of photography and video productions has been cut short this year, there have still been many going ahead. Many photographers and filmmakers have taken to working from home, shooting products while other productions have been able to ahead with appropriate safety measures in place. That some shoots have been able to still go ahead, though, means that gear rental is still doing quite well.
LensRentals has posted their annual lists of the most popular rental gear for 2020, and it’s an overwhelming Canon majority in just about every list. They say they’ve still been able to rent out thousands of items each month for those ongoing productions, and it’s given them a decent sample size to pool data.
Nikon recently announced that the Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II will get the ability to record both Blackmagic RAW and ProRes RAW to the Blackmagic Video Assist 12G models and Atomos Ninja V respectively. Well, now, the Nikon Z6 and Nikon Z7 have also received Blackmagic RAW support with the release of a new v3.20 firmware update.
The new update also includes video metadata for ProRes RAW video files shot with the Atomos Ninja V, allowing you to adjust white balance and ISO in post if you’re using Final Cut Pro (v10.4.9 or higher). But hold your horses, it’s not all great news.