Imaging Resource's Comprehensive Nikon D3400 Review

A comprehensive review of Nikon's entry level DSLR from Imaging Resource:

The Nikon D3400 combines great image quality from its 24-megapixel APS-C sensor with a user-friendly design and good, reliable performance across the board. Some of its capabilities may be lacking, particularly with regard to continuous autofocus, video and its new SnapBridge support, but compared to its peers, the D3400 still proves to be an excellent entry-level DSLR at a great price.

I have to say; I find this a fascinating little camera. With all the attention on Mirrorless cameras, these days people often dismiss these entry level DLSRs as nothing but the "same old same old". Spec wise this is an impressive little camera, particularly in the price range. When you consider it has a 24mp sensor, and it is a relatively small body, if you're looking for a small companion camera, it might be worth considering something like this alongside mirrorless options. It has compatibility with the full range of Nikon lenses, has a sensor comparable to the Sony A6500, has a relatively small body, and costs less than $500.

Sure it may not have all the features of some of the Mirrorless options, but if you just want something that takes pictures as a second camera, and especially if you're already a Nikon shooter, you should take a look at this, and the larger 5400.

Just a thought. (And I love mirrolrss cameras by the way, so it's not an anti mirrorless thing)

Panasonic Lumix GF9 camera leaked

Panasonic's next release in the venerable GF line has been leaked, with Photo Rumors providing a translation from the Japanese site Digicame-info. The GF1 was my first mirrorless camera and I really like the look of the new one. The world of mirrorless cameras has has come a long way since the GF1.

Here are the rumoured specs:

  • Low pass filterless 16 MP sensor (no low pass filter)
  • 4K 30p / FHD 60p video
  • "4K Selphy" "4K Photo" "Focus Select" "Focus Composite"features
  • Spatial recognition AF using DFD technology
  • 180 degree tilt 3" LCD touch screen with 1.04 million dots
  • Built-in Wi-Fi, USB charging compatible
  • Size: 106.5 x 64.6 x 33.3 mm
  • Weight: 239 g (body only)
  • Color: silver, orange
  • Kit: double lens only (12-32 mm f/3.5-5.6, 25mm f/1.7)
  • Announcement date: January 6, 2017

Rangefinder Wide angle lenses on a7 cameras - problems and solutions

Great, albeit a somewhat technical article from Philip Reeve about using wide angle rangefinder lenses on Sony's A7 series cameras. It's long being a well known issue that sing certain lenses with an adaptor can lead to some issues due to the nature of digital sensors vs film, but there are some interesting solutions in this article that I had't seen before. Well worth a read if you have one of the A7 series cameras and are considering using a wide angle Leica or similar lens.

Sony a6500 review

As should be apparent, many of its core specifications are shared with the a6300 - itself a DPReview Gold winning camera. The biggest differences are the touchscreen, the image stabilization and a ‘Front End LSI’ (processing chip) to allow faster and more complex processing. There are also a few small tweaks, such as the addition of a highlight spot metering mode.

Digital Photography Review with their usual comprehensive coverage of the Sony A6500.

Affinity Photo 1.5 Released

Serif has released the latest version of Affinity photo, which the company touts as the biggest upgrade to the software yet. The new version features a lot of improvements, the most notable of which are the fact that it is now dual platform (There's now a Windows version), and it also adds macro (Actions in photoshop terminology) functionality. This is just the tip of the iceberg though. There's a long list of additions to this release.

Nikon 85mm f/1.4G Review

While the Nikon 85mm f/1.4 has been out for a few years now (It was released in 2010) I always love the reviews on Photography life. I bought some of my favourite Nikon lenses because of reviews on the basis of reviews from Nasim. This new review of the 85mm is no exception. It’s comprehensive and it also includes lots of great photos taken with the lens.

Phase One Releases Capture One Pro 10 Phase one has just released a major new version of Capture One. Version 10 has lots of new features, including a new three step sharpening engine, and panel support. Some of the new features as outlined on the Capture One website:

High Performance Engine The Capture One Pro 10 Engine increases Performance for faster browsing, zooming, panning, adjusting and faster switching between images.

Three Step Sharpening Full control over the sharpening process from Capture to Output. Diffraction Correction, new creative tools for Halo Control makes sharpening easier, and recipe independent output sharpening remove the need to guess amounts for final size.

Output Proofing Instantly take the guess work out of resizing images: Proof ICC Profile, scale, compression and output sharpening from the Recipe in new one-click Proofing.

Camera Focus Tool Focus your tethered camera from the computer. Those tough overhead shots have never been easier.

Tangent Panel Support Support for the Tangent range of professional input panels takes adjustment to the next level. The analogue solution for your digital darkroom.

Supercharged LCC creation LCC has been reworked with multi-threading support, making LCC's up to 10 times faster to analyse.

Folder Merging In Catalogs Folders can now be moved, re-organized and merged in Catalogs using a simple drag drop

Filter By Orientation Images can now be filtered by orientation to find Landscape, Portrait or Square images.

Auto Mask for All Automask functionality is now extended to images formats other than Bayer, like Fuji Xtrans, mRAW and sRAW.

Improved sRAW and mRAW Support Capture One’s full feature set for Lens Correction, Chromatic Aberration Analysis and LCC generation can now be used with most compressed formats from Canon and Nikon. See release notes for full table of support.

Apple Script Extended (Mac Only) Metadata fields, variant selection and EIP pack state can now be targeted for automation routines.

Upgrades and a trial version are available now. I’ll have more details on my main site once I’ve had a chance to try it out.