Posts Tagged ‘Nikon’

Nikon announce 3 stunning new lenses

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Nikon announced three stunning new lenses today, the 24mm f/1.8G, 200-500mm f/5.6G VR and 24-70mm f/2.8G VR

AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED

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Today Nikon extends its versatile f/1.8 line-up of prime lenses with the all-new AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED. Lighter and more compact than its brother, this fast FX-format lens easily captures dynamic, immersive images.

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This new lens is a great addition to Nikon’s f/1.8 line-up and gives the wide-angle series a definitive edge. It offers exceptional image quality and low-light performance, ensuring photographers can capture beautiful scenes and atmospheric shots. Not only this, movie shooters who want to create a cinematic feel can achieve this and deliver excellent video. The compact and lightweight design also makes it an ideal travel companion, and ensures that it is built to last.

Available to pre-order soon, RRP £629

AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR

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Nikon updates its ‘holy trinity’ of fast zoom lenses with the brand new AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR. The beneficiary of a complete overhaul, the most widely used professional zoom lens in the NIKKOR line-up is now faster, stronger, and steadier than ever.

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The 24-70mm is a new and improved update to the already successful 24-70mm f/2.8G. Nikon has improved every aspect of this legendary lens in terms of image quality, construction, build and speed, as well as adding more stability with VR, minimising camera shake and allowing photographers to shoot at slower shutter speeds. This is an exceptional lens built to keep up with the demands of the professional photographer.

Available to pre-order soon, RRP £1849

AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR

Nikon unveils a brand new ‘big zoom’ and introduces a whole new level of super-telephoto versatility. Packed with the latest lens technologies, the AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR offers incredible reach.

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Whether you shoot wildlife, birds, planes, or amateur sports, this powerful new FX-format zoom delivers unwavering performance. The new 200-500mm lens is an exciting addition to Nikon’s super-telephoto range, as it offers exceptional reach, enables consistent speed and smooth control, and it won’t break the bank. The 200-500mm is an exciting option for photographers who want that extra reach when capturing distant subjects at an affordable price.

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Available to pre-order soon, RRP £1179

Nikon announce new 16-80mm f/2.8-f/4 DX lens

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

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Nikon’s latest DX-format lens is its most interesting and promising yet. Covering a 24-120mm full-frame-equivalent focal length, the lightweight 16-80mm f/2.8-4E features relatively fast apertures, an incredibly useful and dynamic focal length range (already proven with the popular full-frame 24-120mm f/4G ED VR), and professional treatments such as nano coating, an electromagnetic diaphragm, and even a fluorine coating on the front element.

While the electromagnetic diaphragm (a first for the DX format) helps give accurate and effective auto-exposure during high-speed exposure sequences (i.e. on “Continuous High” for action shots), full-fledged vibration reduction helps keep shots steady in the potentially shaky hands of any photographer.

The fluorine coat repels water, dirt, and oils on the front element and is a happy trickle-down addition that I didn’t expect would make it quite so soon to lenses for the mid-sized sensor format.

Finally, Nikon’s “Nano Crystal Coat” is the first of its kind in a DX lens as well and comes from a heritage of providing world-class ghost and flare control on Nikon’s most prestigious line of professional, full-frame lenses (for those without experience with such a lens, it’s actually difficult to get lens flare even when pointed directly into the sun thanks to the nano coat).

What may at first sound like a mess of features turns out to be the recipe for what will likely and easily become Nikon’s most versatile and impressive DX lens. While it won’t come cheap, the 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR is, in fact, a bit of a bargain considering it could easily replace three lenses in any kit.

Nikon announce the D7200

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Today, Nikon announce their new flagship DX sensor camera body, the D7200

The Nikon D7200 is a sophisticated, high performance DX-format DSLR aimed at the passionate and serious photographer looking for superior image quality, class leading performance and enhanced movie capture capability. Designed to inspire enthusiasts who want to develop their photographic skills, the D7200 features professional-level technologies such as a 24-megapixel CMOS sensor, 51-point AF system, an ISO range of 100-25,600, 6fps continuous shooting and Full HD 1080p movie recording.

Available late March, Body £939, 18-105VR Kit £1119

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Nikon D7200: Key Features

  • 24-megapixel DX CMOS sensor
  • 51-point AF system
  • AF Detection down to -3 EV
  • ISO 100-25,600 (Exp. to 51,200 and 102,400 in BW)
  • EXPEED 4 Image Processor
  • Up to 6 fps shooting (7fps in 1.3x crop mode)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC
  • Full HD 1080p video recording
  • Exposure Smoothing / Time Lapse
  • 15% improved battery performance

View the Nikon D7200 and D7100 comparison sheet here.

Rich 24.2-megapixel detail
Achieve a new level of image quality. Specifically designed without an optical low-pass filter (OLPF), the D7200’s DX-format image sensor makes the most of its 24.2-megapixel resolution to sharply capture images with wide dynamic range, low noise, and rich colour gradation.

EXPEED 4
Boosts the camera’s overall performance for extraordinary results. Enables superb image rendering and ISO performance, and allows high frame rates when shooting movies.

Multi-CAM 3500 II 51-point AF
With an autofocus system inherited from Nikon’s professional cameras, the D7200 offers phenomenal precision. The system is sensitive down to -3 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F), so you can shoot sharp, even in the dark. Fifteen cross-type sensors in the centre deliver superior subject acquisition. One centre point is f/8 compatible, enabling more lens/teleconverter combinations.

1.3x crop
Gain extra reach, speed, and wider AF coverage. Crop mode extends the reach of DX lenses by 1.3x, almost doubles the telephoto effect of FX lenses, and lets you shoot at up to 7 fps. This mode also enables the AF system’s 51 focus points to cover the entire frame.

Picture Control 2.0
Take complete control over sharpening, contrast, brightness, hue, and saturation when shooting stills and video. Ease postproduction with Flat setting for maximum dynamic range; achieve crisp detail with the Clarity setting. Settings can be visually adjusted as you shoot, and you can streamline the shooting process by saving different options for movies and stills in a dedicated menu.

Multi-area D-Movie
Shoot broadcast-quality video with markedly reduced noise in multiple frame formats. Record DX-format Full HD movies at up to 25p/30p, or switch to 1.3x crop mode for extra telephoto reach and record at up to 1080/50p/60p. The camera offers clean HDMI out, plus simultaneous capture of full-resolution footage in-camera and on an external recorder.

Moviemaking freedom
An array of settings let you take complete control over footage. Transition smoothly between dark and bright areas with Auto ISO control in M mode. Shoot in Zebra mode to see exactly where highlights are blown on the camera monitor. Apply Flat Picture Control for easier colour grading in post. A dedicated movie menu lets you store all movie settings in one place.

High-fidelity audio
Record movies that sound the way you want with the D7200’s superior options for audio control. You can select the sound range (wide/voice), and wind noise can be reduced when recording with the built-in microphone. For maximum freedom to record sound direct from the source, the Nikon ME-W1 wireless microphone records high-quality audio from up to 50 m away.

Bright viewfinder
offers approx. 100% frame coverage and exceptional visibility outdoors, even with harsh backlit situations. Boasts an organic EL display element for a bright, high-contrast information display with low power consumption.

Colour-tune monitor
Push the colour balance and brightness of the screen in any direction to suit your personal preference. The anti-reflective 8.0-cm (3.2-in.), 1229k-dot RGBW LCD screen enables easy operation under all conditions.

Tough and durable
Built to withstand diverse conditions, the D7200’s body is dust, weather, and drop resistant. Magnesium alloy top and rear covers enhance durability, and the shutter unit is tested to 150,000 releases.

NIKKOR lenses
the D7200 is compatible with the Nikon’s full range of DX-format lenses and a wide range of FX lenses. With their exceptionally high resolving power, NIKKOR lenses deliver exceptional results, and the compact size of DX-format lenses is a real advantage when you want to travel light or shoot telephoto. Shoot in 1.3x crop mode and you can extend the telephoto reach of a lens like the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18–300mm f/3.5–6.3G to 390 mm, equivalent.

Built-in flash
With intelligent i-TTL flash control and a commander function that lets you wirelessly trigger and control up to two groups of remote Nikon Speedlights from the camera.

Creative Lighting System
Use the D7200 with a range of versatile Speedlights for creative flash photography on- or off-camera. Nikon’s industry-leading Creative Lighting System includes fast high-end flashes like the SB-700 as well as flash units like the SB-500, which boasts an onboard high-intensity LED light that’s ideal for movie recording.

Remote operation
Dedicated accessories give you multiple options for wireless control and image transmission. Release the camera remotely via a smart device using the camera’s built-in Wi-Fi and the dedicated WMU app.¹ To take further control over wireless shooting, use the WR-R10 Wireless Transceiver and the WR-T10 Wireless Transmitter, or control your camera settings with the WR-1 Wireless Remote Controller. To connect to Ethernet and wireless LAN, use the optional UT-1 Data Transmitter together with the WT-5 Wireless Transmitter.

NFC support
Easily transfer images to an NFC compatible smart device. Simply touch the D7200 with a smart device and you can transfer the image that’s showing on the camera’s LCD screen.

Energy saving design
Shoot for longer on one charge. Capture up to 1,110 still images and up to 80 minutes of movie footage³ on a single charge of the ultra-compact and lightweight lithium-ion rechargeable EN-EL15 battery.

Storage media
Two SD card slots enable a smooth shooting experience. Both card slots are compatible with high-capacity SDXC and UHS-I cards.

Included software
Continue the creative process after the shoot. Dedicated Nikon software provides a comprehensive way to import, organize, edit, and share photos or movie clips. Benefit from a wide range of editing options for your movie files, including the option to adjust Picture Control parameters. Take advantage of functions that enable instant uploads to social networks.

New Nikon COOLPIX range

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Hot on the heels of the D810A announcement, Nikon follows up with an expansion to its popular COOLPIX compact camera range with a number of exciting new products.

Bridge range

Two new additions to the Nikon COOLPIX bridge line-up are announced today, bringing exceptional performance for recording life in exquisite detail.

COOLPIX P610

The 16-megapixel COOLPIX P610 offers new possibilities in everything from night shoots to nature photography, with an astonishing 60x optical zoom, extendable to 120x Dynamic Fine Zoom. An electronic viewfinder and large high resolution 921k-dot vari-angle screen with bright RGBW technology inspire creative framing, plus sharing is instant with built-in Wi-Fi and NFC support – as simple as tapping the camera to a smart device. Built-in GPS and GLONASS track shooting locations, while Dual Detect Optical VR (vibration reduction) keeps the camera stable for sharp details even at full zoom or when shooting one-touch Full HD movies (1080/60p).

COOLPIX P610: £339.99  – Available 19th February 2015

COOLPIX L840

It’s easy to zoom in on life’s special moments with the 16-megapixel L840. Capture landscapes and wildlife or take amazing close-ups at family celebrations with the 38x optical zoom, extendable to 76x Dynamic Fine Zoom. Taking detailed shots of the moon or wildlife are made simple with Scene auto selector, plus you can create a unique viewpoint with the large LCD tilt screen and shoot Full HD movies (1080/60i) at the touch of a button. Favourite images can be shared instantly with built-in Wi-Fi and NFC support.

COOLPIX L840: £209.99 – Available 26th February 2015

SuperZoom range

Two new high zoom cameras with instant sharing are announced today – the vari-angle COOLPIX S9900 and the slimline S7000.

COOLPIX S9900

The 16-megapixel COOLPIX S9900 makes it easy to find your own unique perspective. This high performance camera gives you the freedom to frame images creatively with the large vari-angle LCD screen whilst the powerful 30x optical zoom, extendable to 60x Dynamic Fine Zoom, allows you to get close to the action. Share instantly with built-in Wi-Fi and NFC support – it’s as easy as tapping the camera to a smart device – and record shooting locations with built-in GPS and GLONASS. Track up to 30 locations on a built-in world map, shoot Full HD movies (1080/60p) or create impressive time-lapse movies easily in-camera too. The mode dial gives easy access to exposure modes (P/S/A/M) to give your images the personal touch.

COOLPIX S9900: £279.99 – Available 26th February 2015

COOLPIX S7000


The 16-megapixel COOLPIX S7000 a 20x optical zoom into a very slimline body, for catching all the action – near or far. It’s simple to be social, sharing photos easily with NFC support just by tapping the camera to a smart device, or using the dedicated Wi-Fi button. Full HD movies (1080/60p) come at the touch of a button, time-lapse movies are easy to make and stunning travel scenes are captured effortlessly with easy panorama.

COOLPIX S7000: £169.99 – Available 26th February 2015

All weather range

Nikon today announced two new additions to its all-weather camera range, the adventure-proof COOLPIX AW130 and the go-anywhere COOLPIX S33, make it easier to capture all your outdoor explorations and fun in the sun with stunning photos and Full HD movies.

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The 16-megapixel COOLPIX AW130 fits your active lifestyle like a glove. Wherever you go, it can go with you – as deep as 30m underwater, equivalent to Advanced Open Water certification, plus it’s resistant to -10oC, dustproofand shockproof to 2m. It’s a social camera too, with NFC support and built-in Wi-Fi, so images can be shared instantly just by tapping it to an NFC-enabled smart device, or using the dedicated Wi-Fi button.

COOLPIX AW130: £279.99 – Available 26th February 2015

COOLPIX S33


The 13-megapixel COOLPIX S33 makes holidays and daily life even more memorable. It’s ultra-tough, simple to use and can easily keep up with even the most adventurous of travel plans. Swim with it at up to 10m depth or use underwater face framing to detect faces without having to get in the water at all. It’s shockproof to 1.5m, resistant to -10 oC and dustproof too, so it can take anything life throws at it.

COOLPIX S33: £89.99 – Available 5TH March 2015

Nikon launch an astro camera and much more!

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

If you’re thinking that the price is astronomical, wait til you see the results! (Especialy if you’re taking snaps of nebulae that emit on the hydrogen-alpha wavelength)

Nikon today announces the D810A, the first FX-format D-SLR engineered for astrophotography. With a host of specialised functions, this camera captures magnificent 36.3-megapixel images of the cosmos.

The phenomenal D810A is a specially modified version of Nikon’s high-resolution master, the D810. With a redesigned infrared (IR) cut filter, this specialised D-SLR is four times more sensitive to the H-alpha spectral line (a wavelength of approx. 656 nm). For the first time with a Nikon, the true colour of nebulae that emit on the hydrogen-alpha wavelength can be captured without the need to modify the camera. Working alongside the new filter, the camera’s ultra-high ISO, outstanding resolving power, and a host of specialised functions combine to ensure photographers can capture deep sky marvels in brilliant detail.

Release date: end of May, SRP £2999, pre-order now

HIGH-DEFINITION ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY Designed to deliver the ultimate in image detail, the FX-format sensor enables high-contrast 36.3-megapixel images with minimised false colour. The standard ISO range of 200¬–12800 can be extended up to 51200 ISO (equivalent) and 3D noise reduction enables clean, well-defined images at high ISOs

MODIFIED INFRARED (IR) CUT FILTER The characteristics of the D810A’s optical filter have been modified to increase the transmission of reddish light from the hydrogen-alpha spectral line by approximately four times (compared to the D810). As a result, photographers can now capture the beautiful, “true-red” colour of nebulae that emit along the H-alpha wavelength without modifying the camera.

SPECIALISED FEATURES Equipped with a number of specialised functions, the D810A effectively counters some of the challenges astrophotographers face. Alongside Bulb and Time settings, a new Long Exposure Manual mode allows exposures of up to 900 seconds. To minimise internal vibrations during exposure, photographers can activate the camera’s electronic front-curtain shutter and reduce the risk of micro-blur in even subtle details

EXTENDED SHOOTING POWER Designed to keep you shooting for long periods of time, the D810A’s energy efficient design ensures the camera will reliably capture thousands of images with long exposures. The camera’s high-capacity EN-EL15 battery can capture up to 3,860 still images on a single charge, and additional power sources will keep you shooting for even longer. Nikon’s optional MB-D12 Multi-Power Battery Pack works seamlessly with the camera and can capture up to 10,660 still images on a single charge.

NIKKOR LENSES A great advantage of the D810A is the chance to use NIKKOR lenses. Acclaimed by astrophotography enthusiasts worldwide, NIKKOR lenses will draw out the full potential of the camera’s 36.3-megapixel sensor with ease. The highest calibre optics are vital for such a high-megapixel camera: from fast wide-angles like the AF-S NIKKOR 14–24mm f/2.8G ED lens, to a high-performance telephoto like the AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II lens, FX-format lenses ensure outstanding results.

New lenses from Nikon including compact 300mm f/4

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Nikon has announced two new lenses today including an exciting compact 300mm f/4 with a Fresnel element.

AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR

Overview

Close the distance with this FX-format 300 mm lens. As the first F-mount NIKKOR to be equipped with a phase Fresnel element, it offers the ultimate balance of compact build, telephoto reach, and high image quality.

Ideal for sports and wildlife photography as well as travel shots and tight, detail-oriented portraiture, this lens is the smart choice when you want to fill the frame but not your bag.

The combination of f/4 maximum aperture, 300 mm focal length, and impressive VR technology enables superb results in diverse conditions. The phase Fresnel lens element significantly reduces size and weight, and a fluorine coating repels water, dust, and dirt for enhanced durability.

Lens release date and pricing information to follow shortly.

Key Features

High-performance telephoto lens: offers 300 mm focal length and f/4 maximum aperture. (450 mm focal length when used with a Nikon DX-format SLR.)

Phase Fresnel element: this telephoto lens delivers great optical performance and boasts a remarkably compact build. Use of a phase Fresnel (PF) lens element noticeably reduces the weight, without degrading image quality.

Vibration Reduction (VR): with SPORT mode. VR minimises the effects of camera shake and lets you shoot at shutter speeds up to 4.5 stops slower.¹ SPORT VR mode delivers a stable viewfinder image when shooting high-speed movement, and allows a continuous shooting frame rate with reduced release time lag, similar to those that are possible when VR is turned off.

Advanced optical performance: Nano Crystal Coat effectively reduces ghost and flare, increasing the clarity and contrast of images. An ED (extra-low dispersion) glass element minimises chromatic aberration.

Electromagnetic diaphragm: enables consistent, more precise exposures, especially when shooting at high frame rates.

Fluorine coating: actively repels water, dust, and dirt without compromising image quality. The coating enhances durability and makes it easier to clean the glass without damaging the surface.

Minimum focus distance: 1.4 m.

RT-1 tripod collar ring (optional accessory): enables the lens to be rotated freely for smooth transition between vertical and horizontal orientation.

AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II

An all new DX-format telephoto lens that boasts a serious size advantage. With a versatile 55–200mm focal range and an ultra-compact design, this telephoto is the perfect partner for smaller DX-format D-SLR cameras.

Compact, light, and easy-to-handle, this lens is great for close-ups of distant subjects, travel shots, sporting adventures, and amateur wildlife photography. The compact design ensures comfortable handheld shooting, and the retractable lens mechanism enables superior portability. Autofocus is fast, precise, and super-quiet, and Nikon’s Vibration Reduction system enables blur-free images.

Lens release date and pricing information to follow shortly.

Key Features

Portable telephoto zoom lens: covers a versatile 55–200mm focal length range (35mm equivalent: 82.5–300mm). Great for travel shots, distant subjects, sporting adventures, and amateur wildlife photography.

Retractable lens mechanism: retract the lens when it’s not in use for superior portability.

Ultra-compact and lightweight: weighing just 300 g, this lens is a mere 83 mm long when retracted.

Vibration Reduction (VR) system: delivers clear, blur-free images. Enables more stable handheld shooting and lets you shoot at up to four stops slower. VR operation is quiet, even when filming.

Nikon quality images: this lens produces beautifully sharp photos and videos, even when shooting handheld. One extra-low dispersion glass element helps minimise chromatic aberration for high-contrast images.

SWM (Silent Wave Motor): for fast, precise, and super-quiet operation.

Minimum focus distance: 1.1 m throughout the zoom range.

Small system: with its streamlined design, this telephoto lens offers great versatility and portability. By combining it with a small Nikon D-SLR camera body and the NIKKOR 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6G VR II zoom lens, you’ll have a powerful double zoom kit that won’t weigh down your bag.

Nikon announce the D5500

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Nikon has upgraded the D5300 with the D5500, which is the first DX-format model to feature a vari-angle touchscreen. The slimmer, lighter model also features built-in Wi-Fi connectivity alongside a full specification, which includes a 24.2 megapixel resolution, 39 point AF system and ISO sensitivity up to 25,600.

Pricing and release date information to follow shortly. For full details on the new model, take a look at the official press release below:

D5500 Summary Overview

Do your world justice and capture your best images yet with the D5500. Lightweight and powerful, this slimline D-SLR with familiar touchscreen operation frees you to do more with your photography.

From fast movement to challenging low-light situations, the D5500 doesn’t disappoint. Even when printed large or shown on a big screen, your photos and movies will be crystal-clear reflections of the way you see the world.

The responsive Vari-angle touchscreen offers intuitive operation, and built-in Wi-Fi makes it simple to share your high-quality photos via a smart device. Exceptionally portable and incredibly comfortable to handle, this D-SLR puts perfection within your reach.

Inspiring image quality

Leave image-blur behind and enjoy vibrant, richly detailed images. From fast movement to low-light situations, your shots never looked this good.

Vari-angle touchscreen

Control your camera like a smartphone. Flip, tilt or rotate the touchscreen to compose shots from exciting angles, and then tap to focus and shoot.

Built in Wi-Fi

Your smart device will be one of your favourite camera accessories. Use the built-in Wi-Fi function to easily share impressive photos via a compatible smartphone or tablet.¹

Perfect grip

Curve your fingers around the deep grip and you won’t want to put this camera down. Combined with its lightweight, slim-line body, the D5500 is all about comfort.

Superior light sensitivity

Shoot brilliant photos and movies even when the light is scarce. With an ISO range of 100–25600, you’ll achieve crisp, clean images more often than ever before.

Summary of Key Features
• Incredible image quality: 24.2-megapixel DX-format sensor with no OLPF
• Superior low-light performance: ISO 100–25,600
• Vari-angle monitor: large 8.1-cm (3.2-in.) LCD with wide-viewing angle and high 1,037k-dot resolution
• Responsive touchscreen: tap to focus and shoot, or adjust settings such as aperture, ISO, and shutter speed
• Touch Fn function: quickly adjust key settings with a finger swipe when shooting through the viewfinder
• Built in Wi-Fi: easily share impressive photos via a compatible smartphone or tablet
• Streamlined design: monocoque structure and a deep grip. Approx. 124×97×70 mm, this camera weighs just 420 g (without battery and memory card)
• 39-point AF system: with nine cross-type sensors in the centre
• Improved contrast-detect AF: 20% faster than the D5300 when shooting in Live View
• Fast and powerful EXPEED 4 image processing engine
• Up to 5 fps continuous shooting
• Full HD movies: at 1080/50/60p and Full HD/60p output supported
• Picture Control 2.0: invaluable tools for shooting photos and movies just the way you want. Includes the new Flat setting for maximum dynamic range
• Built-in stereo microphone: and compatibility with Nikon’s ME-1 Stereo Microphone
• Viewfinder: approx. 95% frame coverage with approx. 0.82x magnification
• 10 special effects for still images and movies
• 16 Scene Modes
• Creative tools: retouch menu, bracketing functions, HDR photography, interval timer shooting, vignette control
• Expandable system: Compatible with the full range of NIKKOR DX-format lenses and specific Nikon Speedlights
• Compatible with the WR-R10/WR-T10 Wireless Remote Controllers

Nikon launch the D810

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Today Nikon launch what they claim to be in their own words a camera featuring “The Highest Image Quality in Nikon’s History” the D810.

Yesterday we were able to get hands on with the new D810 in London with acclaimed Nikon Ambassador John Wright.

John talked us through the new features of the D810 including its newly designed 36.3-megapixel sensor designed from the ground up with no optical low pass filter for supreme detail and sharpness. The ISO range is now a staggering native 64 – 12800 with this new low base giving exceptionally detailed and defined images in bright light and is even extendable to 32 to 51200 ISO equivalent.

Equipped with the Expeed 4 processor, the same processor as used in the flagship D4S, overall performance gets a boost with image rendering improved for both stills and video and allowing movies to be shot in 1080p at 50/60p.

Designed to be ready to tackle any situation the D810 features the flagship Multi-CAM 3500FX 51-point AF system allowing it to capture anything that moves, firing at up to 5 fps in FX mode and 7 fps in DX crop mode. Nikon’s new Group Area AF mode also features along with an all-new shutter mechanism that is quieter, reduces shake and even has the option for an electronic front curtain shutter for shake free images.

Other new features include a small RAW setting which is half the size of a normal RAW file, Highlight Weighted Metering, Exposure Zebras in movie mode, a new easier to hold grip, a split screen live view display, simultaneous internal and external movie recording and a new flat picture profile for post production friendly video grading.

Overall we felt the D810 offers a solid list of improvements over the D800/E taking an already very accomplished camera and turning it into surely on of the best Nikon has ever made.

Available to pre-order shortly here and due to ship from the 17th July for £2699.

Nikon announce the D4S

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Nikon have today formally announced the full details of the long awaited D4S

Designed with absolutely no compromises in mind, The ultimate imaging machine has advanced. Built to keep you ahead of your game, everything about the D4S powers exceptional images at exceptional speed.
An expanded ISO range of up to ISO 409,600 and EXPEED 4 image processing take low light photography to another level, making the camera a master of the dark as well as the light.

Advances to AF performance offer improved acquisition and tracking at 11 fps, plus finer control over the AF area with the new Group Area AF mode.
Nikon’s RAW Size S file format allows accelerated image transfer onto networks, and a Gigabit 100/1000TX Ethernet port enables ultra-fast connection.

Available to buy from 6th March, RRP £5199 body only

Key Features
16.2-MP FX-format sensor The D4S’s revamped sensor offers the ultimate image quality. Boasts fast channel readout, wide dynamic range, and clean performance at high sensitivities.
ISO range expandable to 50-409,600 Shoot crisper, cleaner, better-defined images at high ISOs. An expanded ISO range of 100–25600 is extendable up to an industry-leading 409600 (equivalent).
11 FPS with AF The D4S offers improved acquisition and tracking performance. Fires at a blazing 11 fps in FX format with AE/AF superior to its predecessor (the D4).
Superb image rendering and ISO performance on EXPEED 4 Boosts the camera’s overall performance to a whole new level. Vastly improves image rendering and ISO performance, and allows higher frame rates when shooting movies.
D-Movie Record Full HD (1080p) movies at 50p/60p. Access the ISO range from ISO 200-409,600(equivalent)  while filming and control shutter speed, aperture, and audio levels.
51-point AF system The D4S takes the class-leading accuracy of the D4 and advances it further. The Multi-CAM 3500FX  system is configurable in 9-point, 21-point, and 51-point coverage settings and sensitive down to -2 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F). Advancements include improved lock-on, expanded ‘store by orientation’, and options for AF mode restrictions.
Group Area AF Track fast-moving subjects over long distances with phenomenal precision. Group Area AF mode constantly monitors five different AF fields, offering improved acquisition and background isolation when shooting subjects that are comparatively small and close to a high-contrast or distracting background. The five-point AF area can be shifted across the 51-point array as composition demands.
Colour adjustable monitor Push the colour balance and brightness in any direction to suit your personal workflow preference. The anti-reflective 8.0 cm (3.2-in.), 921k-dot LCD monitor also offers auto brightness control.
Refined ergonomics Nikon has honed subtle details that make all the difference to handling when shooting on assignment. Changes include improved button layout and re-shaped control buttons to improve operation in damp conditions, as well as re-contoured thumb and middle finger rests and a smoother grip.
Fast durable shutter When milliseconds matter, the D4S’s 42 ms shutter lag can gain you the critical edge. The Kevlar/carbon fibre–composite shutter unit boasts a standard life cycle rating of 400,000 releases and a shutter speed of 1/8000 to 30 s, with flash synchronization at up to 1/250 s.
Stable viewfinder shooting A new shutter and mirror mechanism delivers a stable viewfinder image during high-speed shooting. Image shake caused by mirror movement is effectively reduced with minimal viewfinder blackout.
Fast track Built for speed, the D4S implements Gigabit 100/1000TX Ethernet port and offers a new RAW Size S option for extended continuous raw shooting and accelerated image transfer, plus compatibility with Nikon’s fast WT5 Wireless Transmitter.
Multi-area D-Movie For moviemaking in diverse conditions, D-Movie offers broadcast-quality video in multiple frame formats. The D4S records Full HD (1080p) movies in FX and DX formats at 50p/60p frame rates. It offers three sensor crop formats: FX, DX, and native crop (approximately 2.7x) as well as clean HDMI out.
Moviemaking freedom Operational enhancements allow more control over footage while recording. You can set sensitivity and select maximum ISO in M mode, and select the sensor crop format, control power aperture, and fix shutter speed. Nikon’s 3D noise reduction reduces random noise, distortion, and noise flicker when filming at high sensitivities.
HDMI out The D4S offers uncompressed full-resolution HDMI output to external devices. You can simultaneously record full resolution HD movies in-camera and with an external recorder via HDMI, and an HDMI cable clip is provided with the camera for a secure connection.
High-fidelity audio control With more options for audio control, the D4S offers improved sound recording. A stereo microphone input and an audio out let you fine tune audio levels in isolation both before and during recording. You can select the sound range (wide/voice), and wind noise can be reduced when recording with the built-in microphone.
3D Colour Matrix Metering III Offers stable exposure control through the 91k pixel AE sensor. With selectable full-time face recognition function and smoother exposure alteration for improved results when shooting stills, movies, and time-lapse photography.
Picture Controls The colour rendering and tone curve have been refined for enhanced definition and additional depth in stills and movies. Picture Controls streamline in-camera image processing by enabling customisation of image parameters before capture, as well as complete control over sharpening, contrast, brightness, hue, and saturation in various colour modes.
New High-capacity battery New battery EN-EL18a Ultra-compact and lightweight lithium-ion rechargeable battery with a capacity of 2500 mAh (10.8 V).
Versatile dual storage media Dual card slots, one for high-speed CF (UDMA 7) cards, and one for high-speed, high-capacity XQD cards.

Nikon announce the new 35mm f/1.8G ED lens

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

The AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G.FX, an FX prime lens that street photography enthusiasts have been waiting for.

With a fast maximum aperture and optics designed for high-megapixel D-SLRs, Nikon’s new 35mm lens captures compelling images with amazing clarity and contrast.

Ideal for street photography as well as environmental portraiture, landscapes, and city views, this medium wide-angle lens allows a timeless approach to framing subjects and can capture background context without sacrificing subject intimacy.

Lighter, more compact, and more affordable than its professional counterpart, the NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G is set to become a fast favourite amongst keen photographers who want to work with a classic 35 mm focal length.

Available to pre order now, delivery expected early Feb, RRP £519