iKlip Puts Your Tablet Where You Need It!

Sure, the case on your iPad lets you prop it up, vertical or horizontal, but you need a surface to set it down on.
Or you get to hold it for indeterminate lengths of time.
When it’s a matter of sending txts or watching vids, checking email, or heck, even a little shopping, it’s not so bad.
But when you need to really rock the tablet to do actual work, like controlling your DSLR in a non tethered manner, using something like a CamRanger, how do you mount it?
We’ve been looking for the right solutions for awhile.
There is one out there that requires you take out your tablet out of the case and snap it into a backing, then use an expensive connecting device, which then goes to ANOTHER expensive connecting device. It does lock and load, and is very heavy.
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Then iRig entered the picture. The company makes items primarily for the musicians, but when they announced the iKlip® Xpand, it had to be checked out.
Winner, winner, chicken dinner!
First of all, it assembles very easily.
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Then it is heavy spring loaded adjustable, so I could even use my ancient iPad 1st gen, WITH case on, now relegated to camera control apps. Of course the new iPad air, mainly on the road with me, fits in the holder, WITH the case on.
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Made of high impact plastic, the ball joint allows for easy adjustment of angle, the rubberized back and clips insure a good, secure mounting.
I have banged it, shaken it, and bumped into it to see if there was any movement.
OK, not very scientific, but it replicated, what could happen, and all was secure.

Did NOT tip it over for a fall though. Nothing will protect the iPad then, BUT having the case on does help, as it absorbs some of the impact.
Have a look at this video for a demo.
How much for the iKlip® Xpand Universal

About $50

My other system cost me about $200+ for all the parts,and I had to get a new backing for the iPad air.
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Only thing i wish it had: a rubber cap on the end of the bolt that secures it to the light stand.
It hasn’t stripped the paint so far, but I’m always looking for non-marring connectors.

Olloclip 3-In-1 Macro: Extreme close-up photography in your hand

I love the Olloclip lenses. There. I said it.

There are so many ways to add lenses to that phone in your pocket , and I’ve tried a bunch. Forget the magnets, not a good idea to put one next to your camera. And the cases that have screw in lenses may be good (new ones coming) but a bit unwieldy when you want to get that shot, fast.

When it comes to quality glass lenses that fit easily on the camera,  have usually 2 lenses on a unit, come with a bag that can double as a lens cloth, and a full range of focal lengths from fish eye to telephoto, Olloclip is my product of choice. My shoulder bag has a compartment filled with the little lenses, ready to go anytime.

They  just come out with a lens for the iPad, but I wanted to share with you one of their products I’m having a blast with: the Macro 3-IN-1 Lens

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The beauty of this set-up is that is comes with a light diffusing tube, set to the perfect distance to get you a great shot, when used flat.

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and when the subject has a few more curves:

IMG_3719-11Basically , you just slip it over your iPhone camera lens, open the camera app, and you are good to go.

Give your Instagrams and Vine a whole new unique look with this lens, or any of the lenses in the line

And they have a case which is designed to protect your phone and easily fit the lenses on. Plus a piece swings out of the body to become a shutter release. The Olloclip Quick Flip Case

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For $66 dollars , it’s a pretty cool solution to a fun shooting opportunity. I did find out that you really need to clean the itms you are shooting. When you get that close, you see everything. And I mean everything!

Yes, it’s only for Apple products, right now. As time marches on , I wouldn’t be surprised if the line was expanded.

 

 

CE Week 2014 : Tools And Toys

At the half year mark, CES does a small preview coming products in the electronics field,and it;’s called CE week

It’s always a goal to see what may enhance your photographic life in the shape of smart thinking, manufacturers listening to the needs of the public, and I’ll admit, some cool gadgets and toys.

Please note- many of these items were seen and not tested. Some at market, some almost available for purchase.

Here are some highlights of what I saw:

This phone case looks just like a camera and has a module with lenses that flip out and over your phones lens.

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With a flip-out cover to access your charging ports and speakers, the Ztylus will retail for $100, complete. Total package could be a sweet phone/camera case.

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Like GoPro? Sure, who doesn’t? Everyone has at least one in their kit. Well, it’s so small that unless you have mounted it securely, you’re gonna get some shaky footage.

The company that brought you the Steadicam, have a sweet new design, The Steadicam Curve, for the GoPro. Check this out. Should sell for about $100.

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Let’s talk bout some power. The folks at MiMoco always want you to have fun, and that includes your power blocks. About to be introduced in a variety of characters. $50-$60.

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PNY has maybe the highest capacity small battery block at about 10,400 mAh. With a readout so you know what you have. About, you guessed it:$100.

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Don’t have the power and your phone is dying? this sweet Thinium charger is one of the best designs I’ve ever seen.  Sleek, versatile and has 2 power options.

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Pop out the Thunderbolt connector and put your phone right on it, Then choose whether you charge via built in USB, OR AC. There is a standard 2 prong plug that is hidden in the back and flips out. Plus they also make a USB cable in a card format with a retractable feature Look at the vid on the site.About $50 for the charger. Made for iPhone,Samsung, Motorola, and LG

Both items are already in my bag, where they don’t take up much space. Audio-Technica made one of my favorite shotgun mic, the AT-4073, and of course are also know for headsets. In a move to make the earbud actually comfortable they have come out with set that fits 3 ways: An curved piece, that fits in the flat of the era, various sizes of rubber covers, and  the SonicFuel ATH-CKX7iS headphones  features 360-degree rotating eartips that adjust to the angles of the listener’s ear canals, helping to create a perfect seal for maximum bass impact and sound isolation unique pivoting sound delivery system that ensures a solid fit.

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Of course all buds have volume and phone controls, these are no different. About $80. Fit and sound great.

These days, a lot of smaller manufacturers, do a proof of concept and desire on Kickstarter or IndieGogo.

The problem: how do you get your media onto your iPad. Yes, I have a few workarounds involving my SD cards. Have a look at this iStick, coming soon.

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KIM_4866-23and a sample product. This will ship with a variety of storage capability and will be priced based on size of media storage

Sony showed off the new RX100 III, and with a tiny form factor, great specs, and the same $800. price point, the unit they had at the booth had a rather flimsy feeling variangle LCD, and the finish on the metal frame of the screen had a sharper than normal edge to it.

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Not the same firm feel of the NEX series  vari-angle LCD. Perhaps this was just a pre-production model. Hope so, It had been on my consideration for purchase list.

OK, when you need to prop up you phone, and you don’t have a tripod or stand, this little bit of engineering wizardry in plastic goodness, Pocket Tripod, not only fits in your wallet. but WORKS! Order it with sizer for your phone ,with case or no case, and this unit will transform into a cool stand that can change the angle of the phone with a solid feel for about $25.  Split it apart for horizontal viewing.

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When you need to sketch out that idea, or communicate a design, or perhaps you’re not only a photographer but a graphic artist, there is a search for the holy grail of touch screen stylus’s. 53 Pencil may have found that solution. 90 min charge gives you a month of bluetooth usage. I’ve been using it, and loving it,  but have put one in the hands of a creative director for the truest test. Reporting back. Click the link for their website. Very cool design

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Another item I’ve been tracking for years has been the LiveScribe pen.

Basically you write on a special page, pad, moleskin type notebook, and your scribblings are sent to the cloud, and the handwriting recognition gives you back a searchable document. Always a challenge since the days of Newton (too long ago?), this time it actually seems to work.  At the booth I wrote words, it converted them, and was searchable and found them. In my handwriting.  A big question was the special paper. Now you can print it out on your home printer. You still have one of those , right? And the pen now feels sooo much better.

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Announced and revealed was our a lens set fro the iPad air and Mini from our favorite device lens company, Olloclip. About $70.

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By the way, coming up is a detailed review of one of my favorite products from Olloclip, the Macro 3-IN-1  This one is a macro lens, with a built in hood to give you perfect macro shots every time.

And of course there were some toys. Smart toys. Robot toys. Toys that you can control with and app and gestures . All work and no play makes Jack  dull boy.

Check out MIP:

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Yes, there were some cameras: Pentax had the 645Z , medium format digital camera with ergonomics that were amazing, $8500. price point, 51 mp,16 available lenses, your old Pentax 645 lenses will work, and it SHOOTS VIDEO! they can’t make em fast enough. Once one of those is in my hands, I’ll be able to tell you more. Killer reviews all over. SD cards

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And at the same booth , the Ricoh dude showed me a 360º camera. Low-ish res but whaaaaaa? Can’t wait to check this out. Tiny unit, about $400. Indulgent but whatever.

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STM, a company declaring to protect your digital cargo, does just that with an outstanding iPad protective case: lightweight, clear backing so you can see distinctive markings or bar codes (great for schools to keep track and scan iPads). Tested to meet or exceed US Department of Defense Standard 810F/G durability tests. I saw a video of a drop test, but heck, I won’t try that.

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So there you have it: some good tools, some fun stuff, and there is more but we need to get some stuff in the hands to really let you know about it. In the next month or 2 some of the things I saw will be ready for market, and I’ll let you know if it looks like a purchase consideration. I think we may be after the same stuff.

 

 

Nikon Beloved D800 gets an upgrade: D 810 – Worth the Dough?

A short while ago I sat down to write , dare I say, a love letter to the Nikon D800 : with the ergonomic excellence, all of the controls in all the right places, files that are mega beautiful @36 megapixels, video quality that’s hard to surpass, fast accurate autofocus features that make my life in the concert pit a success, and the Nikon glass that I own, basically sing.

and then this happens:

D810_24_70_front34r-2Yep, after 2 years, this gem of my ocean gets an upgrade.

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So, is it time to get the latest? Are the improvements worth the selling of the old, and purchase of the new?

After having it it my hands only briefly and giving it a lot of thought, here is where I netted out:

Lets go through some of the highlights:

ISO from 64-12,800 – so now you have a native lower ISO, and can still lower and much higher. Those 36 megapixels never looked so good.

Here are some of the video features, and my first blush comments in red

  • Broadcast quality video: Full HD 1920 x 1080 video capture at a variety of frame rates, including 60/30/24p.
  • This was always a good feature
  • Versatile crop modes: FX and DX crop modes give users a telephoto boost when needed, a feature that has been very popular with camera operators because of its added flexibility on set.
  • and this is a great advantage and possible lens cost savings
  • Flat Picture Control profile: This neutral color profile is ideal for video and gives the user maximum flexibility in post-production.
  • THIS IS HUUUGE! If you are a DP you know that would like to have a flat ass on files to get maximum post production, color correction. to get his in a DSLR is pretty remarkable. The best control of your files.
  • HDMI output: The D810can relay uncompressed digital video to an external recorder via HDMI, while simultaneously displaying the video on the rear LCD display and external LCD monitor. Operators can now also record both to the internal card (compressed) and to the external recorder (uncompressed) simultaneously.
  • Back it up while you shoot uncompressed.Woah
  • Smooth in-camera time-lapse and interval timer: Like the Nikon D4S, the D810uses an auto-exposure setting to help create super-smooth exposure and tonal transitions for professional results with time-lapse and interval-time shooting.
  • Like Kooyanskasti? Make your own.
  • Audio control: The D810 features a built-in stereo microphone, and an external microphone can also be attached, such as the Nikon ME-1. Additionally, wide and voice frequency ranges are also now available for audio capture.
  • Never like this on any DSLR. go external and use PluralEye to sync
  • Expanded ISO for video: The ISO range is expanded for video, now encompassing a clean ISO 64 to a versatile 12,800. The Auto-ISO function is also available while recording to adapt the exposure as the light changes, which can eliminate the need to adjust the aperture (in manual mode, ISO 200- 51,200).
  • Can’t wait to see these files
  • Zebra stripes: A zebra pattern can be displayed during live view, making it easy to spot overexposed areas.
  • Videographers know how helpful this is: know your exposure limits as you shoot.
  • Highlight weighted metering: This new setting helps to prevent blown-out highlights in video. This is especially useful when capturing spot-lit stage performances or shoots with harsh directional lighting.
  • Excellent for the concert shooter (could’ve used this more than 3 times!)
  • Full manual control: With the innovative Power Aperture setting, it is simple to adjust the exposure and depth of field on the fly while recording to an external recorder or SD/CF cards. In manual mode, users can also control shutter speed and ISO while recording. Additionally, white balance and  exposure compensation can be adjusted prior to recording.
  • More video features? hmmm.. where are you going with this Nikon?Want to make me sell my video camera??
  • Full time AF: The Live View AF has been improved, and now provides faster full-time AF (AF-F mode).
  • cool, but not mind blowing
  • NIKKOR lenses: Cinematographers and filmmakers are supported with more than 80 NIKKOR lenses, many of which are a popular choice for cinema applications because of their brilliant optical quality and characteristics.
  • ummm, duh, of course, one of the prime reasons to love Nikon

At the end of the day, if you don’t own one of these beauties, now is the time to stp up your game and buy it.

If you already own one, it’s a tough call. At a $300 higher price, the main advances , for me, are the video advances. Sure, this are faster, better, cleaner for stills. But enough to sell your D800?

Probably not. As a matter of fact, if the D800 drops in price, which is likely, that’s a good spend of your dough.

If video is your game, then the ability to shoot a flat pass to give you outstanding color correction possibilities PLUS being able to pass through uncompressed video to an external hard drive, while simultaneously shooting on to CF car, albeit compressed is damn cool, and useful.

One thing I never found out was if you could edit with the compressed files, and then finish with the uncompressed files.

Remember, the camera does not have time code., so you can match scenes.

So there you have it. You can save some dough and stick with your D800 for stills, but if video is in your future, get in line for this pup.

And the D810 is like the D800E, which incorporates an optical glass element between the substrates of the OLPF that negates their effect and results in greater sharpness and resolution in imagery. This increase in definition comes at the expense of an increased likelihood that moiré patterns and false colors will occur. If you can control your lighting, you’re in good shape.

 The official word:

Today, Nikon Inc. announced the D810, the next benchmark in D-SLR image quality for professional photographers and cinematographers. The D810features a brand-new 36.3-megapixel, full-frame FX-format sensor without an optical low pass filter (OLPF) for extreme resolution and staggering dynamic range. Bolstered by Nikon’s EXPEED 4 image processing engine, the D810 delivers enhanced response and performance for a wide variety of photographic, cinematic and broadcast disciplines. Whether photographing weddings, fashion or landscapes, shooting documentary-style cinema or video for broadcast, this is the one D-SLR that provides the ultimate in versatility and capability.

 

“Once a user experiences the intense level of fine detail they are able to render using the immersive resolution of theD810, it will be hard to imagine a project without it,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “When coupled with the amazing imaging capabilities of NIKKOR optics, the D810 becomes a powerful storytelling tool to create images and broadcast-quality video with unprecedented detail, dynamic range and sharpness.”

 

Nikon’s Greatest Image Quality Yet

The Nikon D810 is the pinnacle of D-SLR image quality, continuing to rival medium format cameras thanks to a variety of Nikon technologies engineered for professional image capture. At the core of the D810is a brand-new, 36.3-megapixel FX-format (7360 x 4912 resolution) CMOS sensor that lets photographers wield the benefits of extremely high resolution, with rich tonality and a broad dynamic range. This super-high resolution gives professionals the power to capture with stellar sharpness, make massive prints or crop liberally with confidence. The OLPF has been removed to maximize the potential of every pixel, resulting in outstanding resolution and sharpness, yielding images that render subtle details with striking fidelity.

Image quality further benefits from the application of Nikon’s exclusive EXPEED 4 image processing engine, which also provides enhancements to overall performance while suppressing instances of false color and moiré. Photographing in the field or in the studio, users will see the difference with the ability to create stunning images with unprecedented clarity in gradation rendering, expanded dynamic range and high accuracy white balance. Additionally, EXPEED 4 enhances noise reduction performance, and helps to achieve a wider ISO range, from 64 to 12,800, to improve low-noise image capture in a variety of lighting conditions. The ISO range is also expandable from 32 (Lo-1) to 51,200 (Hi-2) letting the photographer shoot with maximum fidelity under studio lighting or confidently capture a faintly-lit wedding reception or other subjects in even the most challenging light.

 

Nikon has also implemented a myriad of new features aimed at improving overall image quality for all types of photographers. Nikon’s Advanced Scene Recognition System with the 91,000-pixel 3D Color Matrix Meter III provides unbelievably balanced exposures in difficult scenes. The system analyzes each scene to recognize factors such as color, brightness and human faces with startling precision to determine what type of subject a user is shooting. The system then compares all the data using an image database to adjust exposure, AF, auto white balance, i-TTL flash control and enhances subject tracking.

 

Further enhancing the D810’s image quality, a “Clarity” setting has been added to the available Picture Control adjustment parameters, which adjusts mid tones to enhance details within an image. To help preserve the most amount of detail in shadows and highlights, the new “Flat” Picture Control Profile is now available. This Picture Control Profile allows both photographers and filmmakers to get the widest tonal range out of their cameras for maximum flexibility in post processing. For further customization of Picture Controls, users are now able to make adjustments in .25 step increments for the maximum level of custom color, saturation and brightness levels. Additionally, the D810 employs a new highlight-weighted metering option, which detects the brightness in a scene and determines optimum exposure, preventing blown-out highlights, which is ideal for stage and performance capture.

 

Video Features Fit for Production

TheD810has powerful video features that make it a valuable tool for any production environment. Whether a user is looking for manual control for pro video application or portability and lens selection for episodic broadcast, the D810 delivers a truly cinematic experience with a wide range of professional-oriented features:

  • Broadcast quality video: Full HD 1920 x 1080 video capture at a variety of frame rates, including 60/30/24p.
  • Versatile crop modes: FX and DX crop modes give users a telephoto boost when needed, a feature that has been very popular with camera operators because of its added flexibility on set.
  • Flat Picture Control profile: This neutral color profile is ideal for video and gives the user maximum flexibility in post-production.
  • HDMI output: The D810can relay uncompressed digital video to an external recorder via HDMI, while simultaneously displaying the video on the rear LCD display and external LCD monitor. Operators can now also record both to the internal card (compressed) and to the external recorder (uncompressed) simultaneously.
  • Smooth in-camera time-lapse and interval timer: Like the Nikon D4S, the D810uses an auto-exposure setting to help create super-smooth exposure and tonal transitions for professional results with time-lapse and interval-time shooting.
  • Audio control: The D810 features a built-in stereo microphone, and an external microphone can also be attached, such as the Nikon ME-1. Additionally, wide and voice frequency ranges are also now available for audio capture.
  • Expanded ISO for video: The ISO range is expanded for video, now encompassing a clean ISO 64 to a versatile 12,800. The Auto-ISO function is also available while recording to adapt the exposure as the light changes, which can eliminate the need to adjust the aperture (in manual mode, ISO 200- 51,200).
  • Zebra stripes: A zebra pattern can be displayed during live view, making it easy to spot overexposed areas.
  • Highlight weighted metering: This new setting helps to prevent blown-out highlights in video. This is especially useful when capturing spot-lit stage performances or shoots with harsh directional lighting.
  • Full manual control: With the innovative Power Aperture setting, it is simple to adjust the exposure and depth of field on the fly while recording to an external recorder or SD/CF cards. In manual mode, users can also control shutter speed and ISO while recording. Additionally, white balance and  exposure compensation can be adjusted prior to recording.
  • Full time AF: The Live View AF has been improved, and now provides faster full-time AF (AF-F mode).
  • NIKKOR lenses: Cinematographers and filmmakers are supported with more than 80 NIKKOR lenses, many of which are a popular choice for cinema applications because of their brilliant optical quality and characteristics.

 

Accuracy and Speed

With the ability to brandish the results of such staggering resolution, accuracy and precision become paramount as the need for razor-sharp focus is critical. The D810 renders every subtle detail and nuance in epic clarity, with the enhanced Multi-Cam 3500-FX AF sensor module that utilizes new AF algorithms for fascinating precision, even in challenging light. The focus system also has 15 cross-type AF sensors for enhanced accuracy, and works with the Advanced Scene Recognition System to provide accurate face detection even through the optical viewfinder. The camera also utilizes 11 cross-type sensors that are fully functional when using compatible NIKKOR lenses and teleconverters (aperture value up to f/8), which is especially useful for wildlife photography. In addition to normal, wide area, face tracking and subject tracking modes, the D810 also features the new Group AF mode for enhanced accuracy, even while tracking subjects.

 

Despite the D810’s immense imaging power, it will astound with its rapid response and speedy performance, thanks to the implementation of the EXPEED 4 image processing engine. The addition of EXPEED 4 allows for an overall 30% boost in performance, as well as a faster burst speed and enhancement to overall energy efficiency. Now the D810 is capable of shooting at 5 frames-per-second (fps) at full resolution and 5:4, 6 fps in DX or 1.2x modes, (15.4-megapixel, 25.1-megapixel, respectively), and 7 fps in DX mode (15.4-megapixel), with battery pack. For full workflow versatility, the D810 also gives users the option to shoot in full resolution 14-bit RAW/NEF file format or the new RAW Size Small format. This 12-bit file format is half the resolution and approximately 1/4 the file size of full RAW files, for increased flexibility when speedy downloads are desired or memory space is at a premium.

 

Refined Controls and Construction

From all day in the studio to an extended assignment in the field, the D810 has been engineered for superior comfort and operability. When looking through the wide and bright viewfinder with 100% coverage, users will see shooting data displayed on an organic EL display element for maximum visibility. The viewfinder now also features a prism coating for enhanced clarity. In addition, the grip has been refined for comfort and ergonomics, and the “i” button has been added for quick access to common mode-dependent settings.

Both photographers and videographers will clearly see the benefits of the new high-resolution (1229K-dot) 3.2-inch LCD screen, which makes it simple to check focus, review images or compose a scene. The color space of the LCD screen can now also be fully customized, a feature that is useful for matching monitor or print calibration settings. Using the high-resolution LCD screen, users can also activate the new Split Screen Display Zoom function. This new mode magnifies two separated points on the same horizontal line, making it easier to confirm the two points are both level and in focus; a true advantage for architecture, industrial and landscape photographers.

 

Inside the durable magnesium alloy structure of the D810 improvements have also been made, including the use of a redesigned mirror sequencer / balancer unit, which minimizes vibration during shooting to increase sharpness during multiple frame bursts. Additionally, the electronic front curtain can now act as an electronic front shutter when using live view or first composing through the optical viewfinder in mirror-up mode. This new feature is useful to attain exacting sharpness when shooting slow-shutter landscapes or astrophotography. The shutter unit has also been tested to 200,000 cycles for years of maximum reliability. For further durability, the body of the D810 has been thoroughly sealed and gasketed to resist the elements, reinforcing this camera’s role in extreme production environments.

 

Superior System Support

Such extreme resolution requires that no compromise be made on glass, and NIKKOR lenses are the perfect choice to complement the D810. With more than 80 FX and DX-format lenses available, NIKKOR lenses offer the ultimate in image quality with sharpness and faithful color representation that is second to none. To light a scene imaginatively, the D810 has a built-in flash and is compatible with Nikon’s acclaimed Creative Lighting System, including a built-in Commander mode for controlling wireless Speedlights. The MB-D12 battery grip is also available to give users both extra grip and extra power when it is needed most.

 

For wireless control, the D810 is compatible with a full range of Nikon’s remote systems, including the new wireless remote system with the WR-1 to trigger the camera remotely. This system uses radio frequency rather than infrared, eliminating the need for line of sight communication.

 

Nikon will also be making a Software Developers Kit (SDK) available in the near future for the D810. This SDK will give third party developers the resources needed to create applications and enhance the flexibility of the D810.

 

Robust New Software Suite: Nikon Capture NX-D

Capture NX-D is Nikon’s new software for processing and adjusting RAW images captured with Nikon digital cameras. Capture NX-D is a free software application that will replace the current Capture NX 2 program, and adds interface and performance enhancements. In addition to RAW images, the program can also be used to adjust JPEG and TIFF files. This new software will support many functions needed by professional photographers, including batch image processing, filtering and an enhanced user interface with a variety of displays and floating palettes that are ideal for multiple monitors. Additionally, photographers will also have the ability to adjust parameters including exposure and white balance in RAW files, and can adjust tone curves, brightness and contrast, as well as functions for correcting lateral color aberration and vignetting in JPEG and TIFF files. The software also features a new “sidecar” format, which retains and saves the adjusted image as a separate file.

 

Nikon will also make available at no charge the new Picture Control Utility 2 software. This new software allows users to create custom Picture Control profiles, which can be easily loaded into the camera.

 

Price and Availability
The Nikon D810 will be available in late July for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $3299.95.* The MB-D12 battery pack is currently available for $616.00 SRP. The new Capture NX-D software package will be available mid-July for download at no additional cost. For more information about these products, NIKKOR lenses or to download the new Capture NX-D software, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

Additionally, Nikon will be offering two kits designed for videographers and filmmakers; the D810 Filmmaker’s Kit consists of the D810 body, AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G, AF-S NIKKOR 50mmm f/1.8G, AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G lenses, 2 additional EN-EL15 batteries, ME-1 Stereo Microphone, Atomos Ninja-2 External Recorder, and Tiffen® 67mm and 58mm Variable Neutral Density Filters (8-Stops). For stop motion applications, the D810 Animator’s Kit features the D810 body, AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G ED VR lens, EH-5b Power Adapter, EP5B Power Supply Connector and Dragonframe™ Stop Motion Software plus Dragonframe USB Keypad Controller. For more information and pricing for these kit configurations, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

Samsung “Ditch Your DSLR” Event in Times Square : Your Old DSLR for a New Samsung NX30

Yep, if you have an old DSLR that you wish was faster, better in low light, smaller, and in general newer?

And you’ve been considering getting into that whole mirrorless craze but weren’t sure what it was all about?

Last point: and you can be in Times Square tomorrow afternoon, starting at 12?

Well,then Samsung is giving away NX30 mirrorless cameras with a trade in of your old DSLR. And if you’ve tried to sell your old DSLR you know it’s pretty worthless. Like a computer, there are always new ones.

Tomorrow is your day!

12pm – 6pm (ET) – Open to the public

Times Square between 42nd and 43rd Streets across from Nasdaq Marqee

The first consumers that #DitchtheDSLR (via trade in) will receive a NEW Samsung NX30 SMART Camera ($999 value)

Good deal, right?Just make sure you read the fine print below:

Trade In Criteria
All Items submitted for trade-in under this Promotion are subject to acceptance by the Promoter in its sole discretion.

Items that the Promoter accepts for trade-in under this Promotion will be paid for with the Trade Up Reward. Participants will not be entitled to any other form of payment or exchange for items submitted for trade-in under this Promotion.

You represent and warrant that you have the legal right to sell all items you submit for trade-in under this Promotion, that the items are not counterfeit or stolen, and that your submission of them complies fully with the Promotion requirements. Promoter may utilize a national stolen goods database to determine if submitted items were ever reported stolen.

Qualifying Digital Camera : For your existing digital camera to qualify for the Trade Up Reward, it must be a digital camera which is fully operational, including the main battery. and power supply and functioning lens, must not be permanently marked or defaced and must be complete and undamaged (reasonable wear & tear excepted) (the “Trade-In Criteria”). For the avoidance of doubt, each of the following is considered beyond reasonable wear and tear; cracked/split or open chassis structure, cracked or non-working display, does not power on, missing/failed AC adaptor or battery charger, missing battery (if applicable), lens cracked, or mechanism seized or failed. Only cameras that fully comply with the Trade-In Criteria shall be deemed a “Qualifying Digital Camera” for the purposes of this Promotion and such determination shall be at the sole discretion of the Promoter.

Participants may only submit one Qualifying Digital Camera for a maximum of one Trade Up Reward.

You may want to be there early.