18 September 2014

Nikon adds D750 support for ViewNX, Capture NX-D, and Picture Control Utility

Nikon has released an update to its ViewNX, Capture NX-D, and Picture Control Utility software. The new versions add support for the new D750 DSLR. For Capture NX-D, an issue converting images to TIFF or JPEG with the Resolution box under Output settings enabled, has been resolved.
You can download the updates from the Nikon support sites:
  • ViewNX 2.10.1: EU / USA
  • Capture NX-D 1.0.2: EU / USA
  • Picture Control Utility 2.0.1: EU / USA

15 September 2014

New Canon 7D Mk II DSLR and 3 new lenses

The rumour was there for a while now, but today Canon officially announced the new 7D Mark II DSLR. They also announced 3 new lenses.

Camera: 7D Mark II

The new Canon EOS 7D Mark II is a 20.2 megapixel APC-C (1.6x crop factor) digital camera. The specs look pretty awesome: It can shoot up to 10 frames per second at ISOs ranging from 100–16000 (expandable to 51200). It's AF system has 65 all cross-type (!) AF points and it has has a dual card slot for both CF and SD cards. GPS connectivity is also built in. For more specs and features, see below.
Price: ±$1,799 (body only)

Lens: EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Pancake

This new 24mm pancake lens is incredibly lightweight and small. With a 35mm equivalent focal length of 38mm, it is quite a multi-purpose lens, handy for a variety of purposes. It's STM motor allows for silent and smooth focus tracking during video shooting (on EOS cameras with Movie Servo AF). For more specs and features, see below.
Price: ±$149

Lens: EF 24-105 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

The new EF 24–105mm f/3.5–5.6 also boasts an STM motor for smooth and silent focus tracking during video shooting. A first for a Canon EF lens for full-frame sensor cameras. For more specs and features, see below.
Price: ±$599

Lens: EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II

This is Canon's new model of the popular 400 f/4 DO. It has a 3 mode Image Stabilization system, offering up to four stops of compensation. The design makes use of the more environmentally friendly lead-free glass. For more specs and features, see below.
Price: ±$6899


More specs and features of the new products are given below.

13 September 2014

New Nikon D750 DSLR, SB-500 Speedlight, and 20mm f/1.8 lens

Nikon has just announced another new DSLR camera, the D750. Along with it, there is an all new MB-D16 battery grip, SB-500 speedlight, and a fast 20mm f/1.8 lens.
Given the flow of new (and indeed improved) products from Nikon, one wonders what's keeping Canon from bringing out competing products? Apart form some pretty definite rumours of an upcoming 7D Mark II, there doesn't seem to be anything new in the DSLR-pipeline from Canon…


The new D750 DSLR is Nikon's first full-frame camera to feature a tilting Vari-angle display and built-in Wi-Fi® connectivity. The 24.3MP camera has the pro video features as inspired by the D810 and uses the same autofocus and metering systems as the D4S and D810. The price of the body will around $2,299.95 (available: mid-October).

For extended battery life and addition vertical controls, the D750 can be paired with the MB-D16 battery grip ($485.00).

SB-500 Speedlight

The new SB-500 is a compact, lightweight i-TTL Speedlight and LED video light (a first for Nikon Speedlights!). Price: $249.95 (available: late September).

AF-S Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G ED

With the new fast ultra-wide 20mm f/1.8, Nikon extends its range of fast fixed focal lenses, once again (we already have 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm f/1.8 counterparts). This new lens, of course, makes use of Nano coating to keep flare and chromatic aberration to a minimum. Price: $799.95 (available: late September).


Below are the full specifications of the new products (from the Nikon website).

6 September 2014

Firmware update C1.10 for the Nikon D4s

Nikon recently released a firware update for it flagship D4s camera.

You can download the update from the Nikon Support site: EU

The update is quite big and contains the following new features and fixes:
  • When SPORT VR mode, built into the AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR, is selected, the same continuous shooting rate available when OFF is selected is now possible.
  • When memory cards with capacities greater than 128 GB were formatted with the camera, they were formatted using the FAT32 file system.  They are now formatted using the exFAT file system.
  • Operation has been changed so that when menus are displayed during movie live view and the movie-record button is pressed, the menu display disappears and display returns to movie live view. To begin movie recording, press the movie-record button again.
  • The Zoom on/off option for playback mode with Custom Setting f1: Multi Selector Center Button can now be used to zoom-in on images with zoom display centered on the active focus point, even if they were captured with live view photography. However, the focus point will not be displayed.
  • The Help explanation provided for the Preset focus point option under Custom Setting f19: Lens Focus Function Buttons has been revised.
  • The following issues have been resolved.
    - When NEF (RAW) recording > Image size in the shooting menu was set to RAW S (Small), the number of shots possible with uninterrupted shooting (buffer capacity, C-REM) displayed by the camera differed depending upon the NEF (RAW) recording > NEF (RAW) bit depth setting selected.
    - When Camera Control Pro 2 was used to take pictures with Record to set to PC+CARD, and Secondary slot function in the camera's shooting menu set to Overflow, the shutter could not be released when the memory card in the primary slot became full.
    - When Image review in the playback menu was set to On, images were sometimes not displayed in the monitor when the shutter was released while exposure meters were off.
    - When images were output to an HDMI device, resolution seemed insufficient with display in full-frame playback mode (did not apply to playback zoom display).
    - When images, captured with Image review in the playback menu set to On, and Auto distortion control in the shooting menu set to On, were automatically displayed in the monitor immediately after capture, auto distortion control was sometimes not applied.
    - When the multiple exposure function was used to capture images with Image review in the playback menu set to On, and Auto distortion control in the shooting menu set to On, auto distortion control was not applied to the recorded images.
    - When an image to which an image comment had been added was copied to White balance > Preset manual, only the first 24 characters of the image comment were copied.
    - If log-in to the FTP server failed when network settings were applied with Wired LAN selected for Network > Choose hardware in the camera's setup menu, and FTP upload selected as the connection type and IP address acquisition set to Obtain automatically with the Connection Wizard, the IP address displayed when the camera tried again to obtain it automatically was "".
    - When a movie recorded at a frame rate of 30p, 25p, or 24p was played back on a TV to which the camera was connected via HDMI with HDMI > Output resolution in the the camera's setup menu set to 1080p (progressive), display on the TV was distorted.
    - When a file containing an IPTC preset (IPTC information) that included double-byte characters in its profile was copied to the camera, the camera froze when attempting to view the contents of the IPTC preset.
    - When Add items was selected for My Menu, OK was displayed even for items that cannot be added.
    - When Language in the setup menu was set to Arabic, text and icons in some menu displays overlapped, and text was positioned too far to the right.

New Distortion Control Data for Nikon Cameras

Nikon has released a new version of its Distortion Control Data for correcting barrel and pincushion distortion during shooting and editing (on those cameras that support it).

The L2.000 version of the Distortion Control Data can be downloaded from the Nikon imaging website.

The following cameras and firmwares are supported:
CameraCompatible firmware
D4SC:1.00 or later
D4A:1.10 or later, B:1.10 or later
D810C:1.00 or later
D800EA:1.10 or later, B:1.10 or later
D800A:1.10 or later, B:1.10 or later
DfC:1.00 or later
D610C:1.01 or later*
D600C:1.02 or later*
D7100C:1.02 or later*
D7000A:1.04 or later, B:1.05 or later*
D5300C:1.00 or later
D5200C:1.02 or later
D3300C:1.00 or later
D3200C:1.03 or later
D90A:1.00 or later, B:1.01 or later*

*Please note that the new L2.000 Distortion Control Data requires a just released firmware update for the following cameras:
  • Nikon D90 Firmware Update A 1.00, B 1.01: EU
  • Nikon D7000 Firmware Update A 1.04, B 1.05: EU
  • Nikon D7100 Firmware Update C 1.02: EU
  • Nikon D600 Firmware Update C 1.02: EU
  • Nikon D610 Firmware Update C 1.01: EU