2 March 2015

New: Nikon D7200 DX Camera

Nikon today announced an upgrade to the D7100, the D7200. The D7200 is Nikon's latest top level DX (crop sensor) camera body. The D7200 will have a new 51-point AF system with improved performance, especially in low-light situations (it can still focus at -3 EV). An extended buffer capacity allows for continuous shooting of up to 100 shots (JPEG fine/Large) at 6 fps. And, to many a very welcome things, the D7200 has built-in Wi-Fi, and (with Android OS), supports NFC for fast, easy wireless communication.

The D7200 will be available from 19 March at a price of €1,199/$1,199.

Full specifications

10 February 2015

Nikon unveils the D810a, a modified D810 designed for astrophotography

Today Nikon unveiled a new version of the D810, the D810a. This new D810a DSLR camera is designed specifically for astrophotography. Canon has always been the brand for astrophotographers (they have a solid reputation in that field and have had a specific camera for a while now, the EOS 60Da), but now Nikon shooters have a very good option as well, and with 36MP quality!

Full specifications

9 February 2015

Nikon software updates

Over the past couple of weeks, Nikon has released a number of software updates:

Capture NX-D


Changes (Mac and Windows)
  • Support for the D5500, COOLPIX L31 (not released in Japan), COOLPIX L32, COOLPIX S3700, and COOLPIX S2900 (not released in Japan) has been added.
  • When Capture NX-D is used to edit files that were once edited with Capture NX 2, additional adjustment of editing performed with Capture NX 2 is now possible.
    • However, only items in the Develop section of the Capture NX 2 Edit List can be adjusted with Capture NX-D. In addition, images that have been edited using Color Efex Pro may be edited after settings are reverted to their original values.
  • A PF Flare Control item has been added to the Camera and Lens Corrections palette.
    • This item can be used to reduce flare (ring flare, circular flare, etc.) caused by bright light sources in images captured with compatible lenses.
  • A Revert to Last Saved State option has been added to the Adjust menu.
    • This option resets adjustments applied with Capture NX-D.
  • A Launch Camera Control Pro 2 option has been added to the Tool menu.
  • The following issues have been resolved.
    • When images to which Distortion Control has been applied are opened, edges were fringed with colour.
    • When Noise Reduction was applied, the application would quit unexpectedly.
    • When a RAW image captured with a camera that does not support the Picture Control system (D2XS, D2X、D2HS, D2H, D1X, D1H, D1, D200, D100, D80, D70S, D70, D60, D40X, D40) was displayed, the icon indicating that the image had been edited was displayed, even if the image had not actually been edited.
    • When Quick Adjust was applied to RAW images captured at a Picture Control setting of Neutral, Flat, or Monochrome, and for which Recorded Value was selected in the Picture Control palette, the Quick Adjust value reverted back to "0.00" when the images were again displayed in Capture NX-D after the application was once closed and then launched again.
    • A Noise Reduction setting of Better Quality 2013 could be selected for JPEG and TIFF images.
Changes (Windows only)
  • The following issues have been resolved.
    • Multiple images in the My Pictures folder could not be selected to copy or move under Windows 7 or an earlier operating system.
    • When files were saved with different file names using the Convert Files function, the new file names were not accurately reflected.
Changes (Mac only)
  • Support for OS X version 10.10.1 has been added.
  • OS X version 10.7.5 is no longer supported.

You can download the updated version from the Nikon support site

ViewNX 2.10.3


Changes (Mac and Windows)
  • Support for the D5500, COOLPIX L31 (not released in Japan), COOLPIX S3700, COOLPIX L32, and the COOLPIX S2900 (not released in Japan) has been added.

Changes (Windows only)
  • When images were converted to JPEG format using the Convert Files function with Quality set to Good Compression Ratio or Highest Compression Ratio, the resulting JPEG images could not be displayed in ViewNX 2, Capture NX 2, or Capture NX-D. This issue has been resolved.

Changes (Mac only)
  • Support for OS X version 10.10.1 has been added.
  • OS X version 10.7.5 is no longer supported.
You can download the updated version from the Nikon support site

Capture NX2 2.4.7 (Mac installer update only)


Changes
  • Updated installer now compatible with Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite).
Note: the application itself has not changed, Nikon only updated the installer. So this update is of interest only to people wanting to (freshly) install Capture NX2 2.4.7 on their Mac with Yosemite (OS X 10.10).

You can download the updated version from the Nikon imaging website

Nikon Camera Control Pro 2.20.0


Changes (Mac and Windows)
  • Support D5500 has been added.
  • With continuous shooting using the D4S, D810, or D750 with image quality set to a NEF (RAW)+JPEG option, and the Transfer only JPEG to PC option set to On, the transfer of JPEG images to the computer would be terminated before all images in the series had been transferred. This issue has been resolved.
Changes (Mac only)
  • Support for OS X version 10.10.1 has been added.
  • Mac OS X version 10.7.5 is no longer supported.
  • If an application other than Camera Control Pro 2 was brought to the front, and the Camera Control Pro 2 window was minimized, under OS X version 10.9, images sometimes could not be transferred. This issue has been resolved.
You can download the update from the Nikon support site.

Wireless Transmitter Utility 1.5.3 (Mac only)

Changes
  • Support for OS X 10.10.1 has been added.
  • OS X 10.7.5 is no longer supported.
You can download the update from the Nikon support site.

Picture Control Utility 2.0.2

Changes (Mac and Windows)
  • Support for the D5500 has been added.
  • Preview images can now be rotated.
Changes (Mac only)
  • Support for OS X version 10.10.1 has been added.
  • OS X version 10.7.5 is no longer supported.
You can download the update from the Nikon support site.

5 February 2015

New Canon 50.6 MP (!) cameras announced

Canon just announced their new 50.6 Mega Pixel (!) cameras. Like the earlier Nikon D800, the new EOS 5DS comes in two flavours. One with and one without an optical low pass filter. (Which, to be honest, I do not understand; clearly Nikon, and others, have shown that with these high mega pixel counts there is no need for an optical low pass filter any longer).

EOS 5DS Key features

  • ISO 100-6400 (expandable to 50-12800)
  • 50.6 MP CMOS sensor with dual DIGIC 6 processors
  • 150K Pixel RGB+IR Metering Sensor
  • Up to 5.0 Frames Per Second
  • 61-point AF
  • Cropped Shooting (1.3x, 1.6x and 1:1)
  • Low-pass cancellation filter (EOS 5DS R)


31 January 2015

Canon firmware updates for the EOS-1D X and EOS-5D Mark III

Canon just published new firmwares for two of its flagship cameras.


EOS 1D X firmware 2.0.7

Firmware version 2.0.7 incorporates the following functional improvements and fixes:
  1. Improves the AF controllability when shooting in Live View mode with a wide-angle lens (fixed focal length or zoom).
  2. Fixes a phenomenon in which, when shooting long exposures (several minutes), vertical lines appear on the right edge of captured images (still photos).
  3. Fixes a phenomenon in which the Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) may not perform as intended when in continuous shooting mode and where the shutter speed is longer than 1 second.
  4. Improves the reliability of the control mechanism for the Picture Style Auto setting.
  5. Fixes a phenomenon in which the electronic level indicator does not work correctly.
  6. Fixes a phenomenon in which, when using the "Save and read camera settings" function, the color space data that is selected in "Custom shooting mode (C1-C3)" is not saved. *1
  7. Corrects some incorrect indications on the "English" and "Russian" menu screens.
*1 As a result of this fix, cameras with Firmware Version 2.0.7 will not be able to read the "camera settings file" created with cameras running Firmware Version 2.0.3 (or earlier). If you require the "camera settings file", please create it after updating to firmware version 2.0.7.

You can download the new firmware from the Canon website.

EOS 5D Mark III firmware 1.3.3

Firmware version 1.3.3 incorporates the following improvement and fix:
  1. Improves the AF controllability when shooting in Live View mode with a wide-angle lens (fixed focal length or zoom).
  2. Corrects some incorrect indications on the "English" and "Russian" menu screens.

You can download the new firmware from the Canon website.



New Nikon D5500 camera and 300 f/4 and 55-200 f/4-5.6 lenses

Note: I've been quite busy in beautiful (and snowy!) Bavaria so I bring you this news with some delay…

Nikon recently announced a number of new products: a new D5500 DSLR, an updated and much lighter 300mm f/4 telephoto lens as well as a third generation of the popular 55-200 f/4-5.6 zoom lens.

Nikon D5500 – Highlights

  • Vari angle touch screen monitor
  • Strong monocoque body (i.e., chassis and body are integral)
  • Built-in WiFi
  • 24.2 Mega Pixel
  • 5fps continuous shooting
  • Video of up to 1920x1080 at 60fps
Full spec: see Nikon website
Price: ± $899.95


AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR – Highlights

  • Nano Crystal coat suppresses chromatic abberrations and ghosting
  • Fluorine coat repels water and oils
  • PF (Phase Fresnel) lens element
  • Electromagnetic aperture
  • Much lighter (almost half the weight!) and compacter than the previous model
Full spec: see Nikon website
Price: ± $1,999.95


AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II – Highlights

  • Retractable barrel, reduces size
  • Second generation VR (up to 4 stops)
Full spec: see Nikon website
Price: ± $349.95