When Nikon pre-announced the D850 a little while ago, I was filled with a mix of excitement and a sense of trying not to get my hopes up. I have long been an owner of the Nikon D700, which was Nikon’s first model in this style of full frame smaller body cameras. I love the D700 and I still use it all the time, but it’s starting to show its age. I really want a high resolution camera for landscape and nature work, but I also want one that does video. I had hoped when the rumours started of the D850, that Nikon would come out with something similar to the Sony A7RII. I was not disappointed.Read More
Sony has been recognised by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) for delivering inspiring products to its customers that are redefining the boundaries of what is possible in the imaging and home theatre markets. This year, Sony was honoured with a record seven awards, more than any other manufacturer and more than Sony has ever won in a single year.
With 53 expert magazines from 25 countries across the globe, EISA represents the largest editorial collaboration in the world of consumer electronics, and has been celebrating the very best products for over 35 years.
Chris and Jordan review the Canon 6D Mark II. Given that a lot of people have been complaining about the 6DII, I think that this has been a pretty balanced review. While they do point out the flaws, I think that they’ve been more than fair about it. Like many of the reviews, the biggest issue seems to be the dynamic range, but it does seem to be seriously limited though, for no other reason than marketing. Canon seems to have put out a half assed update here.
While the Huffington Post probably isn’t the place you would normally expect to find a camera review, the site has a good review of the Panasonic GH5 by Dan Watson. It’s primarily about shooting video, and its from the point of view of a wedding photographer, but if you’re curious about the GH5, it’s an interesting review to watch. There’s also an accompanying article on the website too.
Via 43 Rumors
As part of their 100th Anniversary celebrations, Nikon announced the “development” of the D850. The D850 will be a replacement for the current D810, but other than that, the company hasn’t offered many details. A teaser video posted on the company’s website has revealed that it will support 4K video and 8K time-lapse video, but aside from that, everything else remains a mystery, including the release date.
While it is unusual for companies to pre-announce products like this, it’s not the first time. Nikon had a similar teaser release for the Nikon DF, and more recently, Sony pre-announced the development of the “high end e-mount camera” which turned out to be the Sony A9, as well as announcing the development of what became the A99.
Here is the full press release:
Development Of Digital SLR Camera Nikon D850 MELVILLE, NY – Nikon Inc. is pleased to announce the development of the next generation full-frame, high-resolution, high-speed digital SLR cameras with the upcoming release of the highly anticipated Nikon D850. This announcement coincides with Nikon’s 100th anniversary of its establishment, which is celebrated today.
The D850 will be a formidable tool for creators who will not compromise on exceptional image quality and versatility, including both aspiring and professional photographers as well as hobbyists who capture landscapes, weddings, sports, fashion, commercial imagery and multimedia content creators.
The D850 is the successor to the D810, which has been highly praised by its users for offering extremely sharp and clear rendering, with rich tone characteristics. This powerful new FX-format digital SLR camera is engineered with a range of new technologies, features and performance enhancements that are a direct result of feedback from users, who demand the very best from their camera equipment. The D850 will exceed the expectations of the vast range of photographers that seek the high resolution and high-speed capabilities that only a Nikon of this caliber complemented by NIKKOR lenses can offer.
To learn more about the Nikon D850, please visit nikonusa.com/d850. Information regarding the release of this product will be announced at a later date.
Nikon 100 Year Anniversary Since the company was established in 1917, Nikon has cultivated its status as a pioneer of optical technologies around the world. Guided by a corporate philosophy of “Trustworthiness and Creativity,” Nikon provides a wide range of products and services globally by harnessing advanced opto-electronics and precision technologies. Nikon is proud to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2017. For more information about Nikon’s 100th Anniversary, please visit www.nikonusa.com/100th
Macphun have a great deal on Luminar for the next few days. They’re offering the software for a great discount, and if you have been considering getting it, now might be the time, as it’s a pretty good deal with the discount they’re offering.
- $49 instead of $69 - for all first-time purchasers
- $39 instead of $59 - for anyone who currently owns a Macphun product
To find out more or avail of the special sale price just click here to go to the Luminar page. The sale is only on for the next few days, from Tuesday July 25th - Thursday July 27th.
Just a note for full transparency, I am part of their affiliate program, so I do get a tiny percent for any sale that comes from here.
After years of declining popularity, Adobe has announced that it would be discontinuing the development of Flash, and ceasing distribution of the Flash player in 2020. This has been a long time coming, and the majority of websites have long since moved away from Flash in order to support mobile devices. There are however still a few holdouts, especially in the photographic community.
If your website still uses Flash, then it’s time to start planning to replace it. You have three years to get up to speed and use an alternative technology. While most websites are no longer flash exclusive, every now and then, I still come across a Photographers site using flash to display images.
The reason many people seem to do this is that they believe it prevents their images form being stolen. It doesn’t. There are plenty of tools and services out there to create great looking photography websites without having to know any code, and all of which are flash free. I personally use Squarespace for all my websites, but there are plenty of other options too, such as wordpress, wix and so on.
You can find the official announcement on Adobe’s blogs.
Due to costs and scarcity, the vast majority of photos captured during World War II were shot on black-and-white film. Some images were captured in color, however, and those rare shots reveal what scenes from the Second World War looked like to people in them.
Some really amazing images in this collection. These aren't "coloured in" photos either, they are proper colour images from the time, and they're really high quality too. The photos will be part of a new book on the war being released by the Imperial War Museum in the UK.
Via Peta Pixel
Sony has just announced their long rumoured “High end” camera, dubbed the A9. The A9 is a new version of the company’s E-mount mirrorless camera, designed for the high-end sports and photojournalism segment of the market, currently occupied by the likes of the Nikon D5 or the Canon 1DX. The camera features a lot of engineering breakthroughs, and Sony is really pushing the new technology angle.Read More
The news that Sony had taken the number two spot from Nikon was announced last week. Sony put out a press release saying that they had passed Nikon to take the number two spot for full frame interchangeable lens cameras in the United Sates. Needless to say that some Nikon users weren’t happy with these figures and took issue with the data.Read More
As expected and widely rumoured, Nikon announced the new D7500 today. This looks like a great enthusiast camera. It is basically a smaller, lighter D500. My only issue is the crop factor for 4K recording. It's a pity they can't seem to manage to get this using the full sensor, especially when Sony seem to have no problem with that, but given the relatively low price of the camera, this seems like a great option for many photographers. If uses the same sensor as the D500, wich has won a lot of praise, so I expect this will do well.
There is lots of coverage of the launch this morning, so here are a few recommendations:
Hands on by the Photography Blog
The announcement on Nikon Rumors, with lots of videos.
What you need to know about the Nikon D7500 from Dp Review
This is a fascinating video uploaded to YouTube from a Demo Tape of the now defunct "D-Theatre DVHS system". DVHS was an attempt by JVC to extend the life of VHS by making a digital version of it. The chances are you've never heard of his though, right? The format did not catch on. They also attempted to make an HD version of the format, which this appears to be from.
According to some of the commentary, the video itself was shot in 1993, based on the ads in Time Square. This is interesting in itself, as HD Video wasn't widespread at the time, and this was probably recorded on an analogue HD system. The D-Theatre DVHS system didn't come into production itself until 2002.
It's fascinating because it's unusual to see HD Video from the time period. Most HD content from that time would have been shot on film. The video look, with its 60fps gives a sense of hyper-reality in the same way news footage does, compared to film, and even though you can clearly see the limitations of the recording format, it's a really different way to see New York in the 90's. Footage recorded on film at the time, would be 24fps and look more, well "filmic" which, while having a more artistic quality, doesn't have the immediacy of the video format.
A funny unrelated story is that I actually worked with DVHS once. It wasn't the HD version, but a pro version of the SD format. The person I worked for at the time didn't want to invest in Sony's widely used (and still, in some places) DigitalBetacam because he was convinced that this DVHS was going to be the pro format going forward. He wasn't very good at predicting future trends. Or reading current ones at that.
It was an awful format to work with.
The scary thing about this video, as someone in the comments pointed out, that this is now a quarter of a century ago. Ok, now I feel old.
The original article that I'm linking to here isn't strictly about photography, but it is a nice list of places to go where there are dramatic flower scenes, and so if you are into landscape or flower photography, I thought it might make an interesting list. I wouldn't have thought of some of the places here.
A great webinar on using Capture One's extensive array of colour correction tools. It's a bit long for a casual view, but there's lots of information here.
There have been a lot of rumours about the not yet released D7500, and if they turn out to be true, depending on the price, this could be a very interesting little camera. It has the potential to be a cheaper version of the D500 which has been widely praised. I'm quite curious to see this if the rumours turn out to be accurate, and I'm especially curious to see if the video features are any good.
(By the way, the original article says "Next Week", but that was posted last week, so now it's this week! Do you see where I'm going with this? )
This is a really interesting article on PetaPixel by Calder Wilson about the use of Bots to generate likes and increase people followers. It's a really interesting and worthwhile read if you use instagram, and it's a bit of an eye opener. If you use instagram a lot you will immedietly recognise some of the things he talks about here.
A very comprehensive review as always from Dp Review. Some interesting points made throughout it and the conclusions are surprisingly complex. For example, while they say:
Overall, this is the best image quality we've ever seen. Which is what you'd hope for, given it's one of the most expensive cameras we've ever reviewed.
They also point out...
And though it does offer the best combo of dynamic range, resolution and noise performance of any camera on the market, it only beats its full frame competition by a small amount. The Nikon D810, Pentax K-1, Canon 5DS R and Sony a7R II all offer 90% or more of what the Fujifilm offers in terms of IQ, at a substantially lower price and weight, with a far more versatile lens selection that, at times, allows these systems to overtake the GFX in terms of low light performance and subject isolation (shallow DOF).
Overall they gave it 85% and a gold rating. It's well worth a read if you're interested in this camera.