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.


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:

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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.


Speedlight Ringlights : Right tool for the job

There seems to be a holy grail of lighting mods, and the ring light is right up there in the pantheon of  desired tools. The search for best  in class has been an ongoing quest.

HMC_7976-2Nikon D800, 24-70mm-2.8 lens @66mm,ISO 200, 1/125sec @ 4.5

What is it? Essentially, a circle of light surround your lens giving the subject a flatter, overall light. This will fill shadows, and give a beauty light that can be very forgiving with skin surfaces. It is always connected somehow to the camera, and becomes the key. A mobile key.

First of all, each version has it’s place in a very subjective world. The fact that it’s primarily a portrait/beauty light seems to call out for portability. You may be moving around your subject, since as you move, so does the light.

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Robert Heinecken: A MOMA retrospective of a unique vision

Currently on exhibit at MOMA, is a full span of the work of Robert Heinecken: Object Matter, artist and teacher. Provocative, and sometimes sexually charged, this exhibit may be an adult experience. While writing this, I sat in the gallery and watched as families with young children had to make some detours.

Robert Heinecken called himself a para photographer . He was part of a new age of photographer who eschewed the photographic world of contemporaries Robert Frank and Gary Winogrand , and instead, almost like a throwback to the Bauhaus he explored what power of the still image did to influence us cultural , especially when put up between the onslaught of electronic media and commercialism.

Perhaps closer to his mindset would be Jerry Uselmann, with artistry in the darkroom before photoshop not seen before,or Les Krims, who explored the simplistic world of Polaroid SX-70 and manipulated it present am almost humorous approach imagery. Both walked away from traditional photography, but Heinecken threw out all of the rules and created images/sculptures that connected current culture so specifically to his pieces, that he stands on top of that mountain.

heinecken_recto_verso_2-1-1Robert Heinecken. Recto/Verso #2. 1988. Silver dye bleach print, 8 5/8 x 7 7/8″ (21.9 x 20 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Mr. and Mrs. Clark Winter Fund. © 2014 The Robert Heinecken Trust

The sexually charged 60s gave him a provocative counterpoint to his musings. When in one series he doctored up traditional magazines with pornographic images and left the apparently new family friendly mags in places like doctors offices. One can only imagine the reaction to compromised mags. At the exhibit you can have a free version of this concept, although it is office friendly, shall we say.

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Coming soon : Sony RX 100 III : Broadcast specs for video in a compact camera

Well, as sure as the sun will come up every day we know the compact camera you bought last year will be updated this year.

Just commit and buy when you need.

If you haven’t secured your latest favorite compact, check out what’s coming from Sony in June: The RX 100 III.

Maintaining an $800 price point ( guess the figured that was the ouch number for a compact), this latest iteration of an acknowledged winner, come with a Zeiss 24-70 mm lens and a 1,8-2,8 aperture range. Sweet.

But one that also made me stop was the 50MPS video recording. 50 MPS!!! Last time looked, this was near broadcast quality, although the chip is smaller than required.

And a 1″ 20.2 MP Exmor Rsensor, wi-fi capable, built in ND filter, 12,800 ISO , AND…..HDMI clear output for UNCOMPRESSED video recordings. Oh, and a variable angle LCD screen. on a compact.

Is this the rocket in your pocket you’ve been looking/waiting for?

I don’t know. The specs are amazing, though and Sony has been pretty true to their word in the past.

If you’re waiting for your next compact camera, and have the dough to splurge, June could be your month.




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