9 January 2016

Mac users beware: bug in the latest Nikon Capture NX-D deletes files after renaming a folder

Important notice to Mac users of Capture NX-D: The latest version will delete all files in a folder (in the root) after you change its name in NX-D.

Update: Nikon has released an update to NX-D that solves this issue. You can download it from the Nikon website.

This is Nikon's official warning:
It has recently come to our attention that the following may occur with Nikon Capture NX-D RAW processing software for Macintosh.
When the user attempts to change name of a folder saved in root directory (the top-most directory in startup disk's hierarchy) on a Macintosh running a compatible version of OS X using the folder palette of Capture NX-D, all files (still images, movies, texts, etc.) saved in that folder will be deleted. Files deleted with the above operation will permanently be deleted and cannot be restored.
We are currently working to resolve this, and plan to release an updated version of Capture NX-D. Until that time, we ask that users do not use Capture NX-D's folder palette to modify name of a folder saved in root directory on a Macintosh computer. Should you need to save your image and/or movie files, save them in a home folder (Desktop, Pictures, Movies, Documents, etc.) located in the Users directory, or in an external hard disk drive.
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Nikon remains committed to providing only the highest quality products and services, and we hope that you will continue to choose Nikon for your photographic needs.

6 January 2016

The new D500: the long awaited professional crop body from Nikon!

I nearly missed it in all the D5 news (in fact, the info I initially received from Nikon only mentioned it in a link; the news was too fresh to get included), but Nikon yesterday also announced a new professional breed DX (APS-C crop sensor) DSLR. Not the D400 everyone was hoping for, but something even better: a D500.

The specifications for this camera are quite astonishing, and truly make it a professional grade camera: 20.9 MP sensor, ISO 100 – 51,200 (extendable to 50 – 1,638,400), 4K Video, 153 AF points (same as D5), 10fps, 200 image buffer etc.

Suggested retail price: € 2369 (NL, inc. 21% VAT), $2000 (US, ex VAT)
Availability: March 2016

Here are some more specs:

5 January 2016

The New Nikon D5 DLSR: 153 AF points, up to ISO 3,280,000

The rumours where flying around already, but I just got the official announcement from Nikon Netherlands: The new Nikon D5 has been announced!

The new D5 boasts two things, previously unheard of: an all new 153 points AF system (their last top models had “only” 51 points) able to autofocus in almost absolute dark (-4 EV) and on top of that, the camera has a new record high ISO of 3,280,000. This latter is probably only usable for small prints, but at 102,400 the images are supposedly still quite clean and usable.

Suggested retail price: € 7109 (NL, inc. 21% VAT), $6500 (US, ex VAT)
Availability: March 2016

Some more specifications:
  • Sensor: 20.8 Megapixels.
  • ISO: 100 – 102,400, extendable from 50 tot 3,280,000 ISO equivalent.
  • Frame rate: 12 fps with AF/AE, 14fps with Mirror Up (no AF/AE).
  • Buffer: 200 14-bit lossless compressed RAW images.
  • AF: 153 sensor points (of which 99 are cross sensors!).
  • Video: 4K UHD, 25/30 fps.
  • Monitor: High res 2350kdots with touchscreen.
  • Storage: Double XQD 2.0 slot (I love XQD in my own D4: they're incredible fast).

Two all new Nikon AF-P 18-55 DX lenses (with and without VR)

Nikon has announced two new 18-55 DX lenses. These new lenses have a new denomination: AF-P, which indicates a new stepper motor technique allowing for fast and quiet autofocusing.

The lens comes in two flavours, one with and one without Vibration Redution (VR).

The full technical specifications of the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f:3.5-5.6G and AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f:3.5-5.6G VR lens: