Submitted by David Cardinal on Fri, 03/24/2017 - 12:38
If you know the name Arri, it is probably from their century-long dominance of the cinema camera industry. However, now it is bringing its famous Alexa image sensor to the industry’s first all-digital surgical microscope – aptly named the ARRISCOPE. I got a chance to use one of the prototypes when the team brought the beast to Stanford for a talk this week. It is indeed impressive. You can learn more about it by reading the .
Submitted by David Cardinal on Tue, 09/20/2016 - 09:07
After teasing us at CES with impressive 360-degree 4K video from its action camera prototypes, Nikon has finally announced the details of the three models in its KeyMission family of action cameras. Unlike Nikon’s under-performing entries in the mirrorless market, that never took off, the KeyMission cameras are designed to deliver state-of-the-art performance at very reasonable prices – pitting them squarely against the slow-to-ship Samsung Gear 360 and the incumbent line of GoPros, now updated with the new Hero 5.
Submitted by David Cardinal on Tue, 02/23/2016 - 10:40
We’ve written a lot before about the best of the best in point and shoots – typically a tight race between models like the , , and . Now, Nikon wants a piece of the action. Today it introduced a new family of cameras – DL for Digital Lens – that offer a range of zoom options to meet a variety of needs. You can read more about the , , and in my article on Extremetech.com. You can pre-order the cameras from B&H at $846.95 for the , $646.95 for the , and $996 for the – although B&H doesn’t expect them to be available until late June.
Submitted by David Cardinal on Mon, 01/11/2016 - 10:28
I got to shoot with both the new and at CES, and they are each amazing in their own way. For no-holds-barred shooting performance the ’s 14fps (12fps for up to 200 frames of RAW) and borderline-insane 3,000,000 ISO capability can’t be beat. But at over $6K and 3 pounds, with “only” 21MP of resolution, it certainly won’t be for everyone. It’s certainly the camera of choice for big-budget (and big backpack) wildlife and sports photographers, along with photojournalists who can deal with the size in exchange for unheard of low-light performance.
Submitted by David Cardinal on Tue, 11/10/2015 - 07:57
This has been an amazing year for long-lens shooters. For those who don’t want to break the bank and their backs with the Nikon or Canon 200-400mm models, there are now four exciting new options (three of which are available to both Nikon and Canon shooters):
- (which ) (about $1,070)
- (about $2,000)
- (about $1,100)
- (about $1,400)
Before we dig into some of the details, having shot with these lenses, they are all pretty amazing for what they provide at this relatively low price point. They are all head-and-shoulders above the older generation super-telephoto zooms from these companies. However, they are also bigger and heavier than the classic 120-400mm and 150-500mm designs they largely supercede. Which lens is right for you will depend on your specific budget and needs, but I can easily recommend all of them as quality products that provide good value.
Submitted by David Cardinal on Thu, 07/02/2015 - 04:53
After the successful launch of the new, lighter Nikon 300mm f/4E lens, Nikon has continued its drive to lighten up its long prime lenses with advanced technology. It has introduced weight-reduced versions of two of its most popular long lenses. The new is 2 lbs. lighter than its predecessor at 6.5 lbs., and the new is a remarkable 3 lbs. lighter than the previous version, at 8.2 pounds….
Submitted by David Cardinal on Tue, 02/10/2015 - 07:01
Nikon has announced a highly-specialized version of its popular DSLR, optimized for astrophotography – the . It is nearly identical to the D810, except for a few key upgrades that make it ideal for astronomers:
- Sensitive to H-alpha wavelengths (helpful for solar & nebulae photography)
- Enhanced Live View operation when long exposure times are used
- Additional information displayed in the Viewfinder to assist night time shooting
- Manual-mode shutter speeds extended to 900 seconds (in M* mode)
Submitted by David Cardinal on Fri, 09/12/2014 - 08:18
Nikon’s new has something for nearly everyone. State-of-the-art Autofocus, improved 24MP sensor, brand-new, high-performance body design, 6.5 fps full-frame, 100% viewfinder, pro-quality video features, tilting LCD, and a fairly sane price tag of $2300. It is going to be a hard camera to resist for current owners of the Nikon D600, , , and even those who have a Nikon D800 but would love a little more speed and are getting tired of super-large files. I’ll be doing a full field-test when I’m back from Africa, but based on the specs, here are my quick thoughts on pros & cons:
Submitted by David Cardinal on Mon, 07/28/2014 - 12:32
Regular readers know that I’m a big proponent of carrying PDF copies of camera manu
Submitted by David Cardinal on Wed, 05/21/2014 - 10:31
Submitted by David Cardinal on Wed, 05/14/2014 - 07:20
Nikon has introduced a slew of new products aimed at a variety of different groups of photographer. At the high-end, the gets a makeover and a price increase to $12,000. The updated features improved surface coatings and weather proofing (I definitely plan to order one, but check to see ). Nikon has also upped its game in the compact mirrorless market with the new body – featuring 20 fps shooting with a zillion AF points. You can get it in a kit with the most popular two Nikon 1 zooms for under $900. Read on for details…
Submitted by David Cardinal on Mon, 04/21/2014 - 11:41
With apologies to various rock legends for ripping off their song title, that’s how I felt after shooting a concert yesterday with a review . I wanted to stress the low-light shooting capability of the camera, so I deliberately brought a slower zoom (my really handy ). That allowed me to be a little more maneuverable in the crowd, but forced me to bump my ISO way up. I picked ISO 25600 (I probably could have survived with half that, but I wanted to really push the envelope). In any case, the delivered in three really major ways:
Submitted by David Cardinal on Thu, 04/03/2014 - 11:16
Along with the Yeti and UFOs, the Nikon D400 has been long-rumored and much-anticipated.
Submitted by David Cardinal on Fri, 03/28/2014 - 12:03
Submitted by David Cardinal on Thu, 03/13/2014 - 09:38
Nikon’s compact interchangeable lens camera line, Nikon 1, has met with decidedly mixed success. Its small-size, extensive features, and reasonable pricing have made it a popular backup or “pocket-size” alternative to a full-size DSLR. However, Nikon’s choice of a relatively-small 1” sensor in the cameras has reduced their image quality to that of a high-end point and shoot (like the Sony RX-100, that features the same size sensor). Now Nikon has decided to push its luck a little further, with the same small sensor packaged into the new, feature-rich …