Canon Reveals Their Mirrorless System!


With about a week between them, Canon and Nikon are back in the race.
Or has Sony already won?
It’s Canon’s turn now with the EOS R mirrorless.
So what’s different? Continue Reading »

Nikon Z7 : Straight Outta Camera

here are some images taken right from the card, no post work, no cropping. Yes, converted to jpg for posting.
Please Note: all images were captured on a pre-production model.
Did not have much time to learn and customize the camera, so these are pretty raw. This first one has the top people of Nikon and one of the ambassadors.

On Left: Bo Kajiwara, President & Chief Executive Officer, Nikon Inc.
In Middle: Masashi Oka, Representative Director, Senior Executive Vice President & CFO, Nikon Corporation
On Right: Sandro Miller, Nikon US Ambassador, Master of the art
Nikon Z7 ISO:8000, 1/200sec @ f/4.5, 35mm


Linsey Addario, photojournalist, Nikon Ambassador
Nikon Z7 ISO:8000, 1/200sec @ f/4.5, 35mm


Cocktail Bartender
Nikon Z7 ISO:1000, 1/500sec @ f/4.5, 35mm


I did do some video shooting with a music video ambassador as the guide, but will need to shoot my own for a true look.
His workflow settings were damn good, and you need to make sure you have the once you are comfortable with.


Nikon Z7 ISO: 500, 1/500th sec, F/7.1, 500mm lens

Nikon Mirrorless – They’re Real, And They’re Spectacular!





It’s true.
After a loong time of teasing, Nikon has entered the mirrorless market with not one, but 2 models. Full Frame!
45.7 MP and 24.5 MP (above photos are all Z7 model)
Before getting into some of the specs, let’s talk about some of the Nikon legacy that you need to know with these cameras:
Your DSLR batteries will work! Not sure yet about the battery life, as most mirrorless cams use more juice (EVF and whatnot)
look like a familiar shape?
There is an adaptor, available timing as the Z7 model, so you can use your F-Mount lenses! That alone is massive. About $250.

with a lens:

Image stabilization? BUILT IN! I’m curious to see how that affects the older F mount lenses.
Silent operation? you bet!
There is a dial and an LCD info screen up top, as you can see

Have now learned to hate having to go into menus, for fast operation, and this is a help. Customization of buttons will most likely be the order of the day.
Yes, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
External mics can be used AND you can use headphones on the body
Autofocus is Hybrid phase-detection/contrast AF with AF assist

How much you ask?

The Z7, avail Sept 27, will be comparable in price to the D850 at about $3400, the Z6, avail late Nov. will be about $2000. Both prices body only.
Remember: If you are a Nikon user, you already have the glass and the batteries!
One thing that must be mentioned: Nikon has decided to go all in on XQD media cards. Yep, one slot and new cards.
Word is hat there will be some updates that will allow for CF Express cards as well.
That will be an investment, although they are the faster cards that SD.

there you! a first look at the camera(s) There are 2 models with a primary diff being MP

Once this camera is on our hands, we’ll give you a better assessment.
Nikon, you did good!

the official word:
NIKON INTRODUCES THE NEW NIKON Z MOUNT SYSTEM, AND RELEASES TWO FULL-FRAME MIRRORLESS CAMERAS: THE NIKON Z 7 AND NIKON Z 6

MELVILLE, NY (AUGUST 23, 2018 AT 1:01 A.M. EDT) – Nikon Inc. is pleased to announce the release of the full-frame (Nikon FX–format) Nikon Z 7 and Nikon Z 6 mirrorless cameras, as well as NIKKOR Z lenses, featuring a new, larger-diameter mount to enable the next generation of ultimate optical performance.

The new Nikon Z mount system is comprised of mirrorless cameras and compatible NIKKOR Z lenses and accessories. This system has been realized through the pursuit of a new dimension in optical performance. It has inherited Nikon’s tradition of quality, superior imaging technology, intuitive operability and high reliability, all innovated from its digital SLR cameras.

At the heart of the Z mount system is the new, larger-diameter mount, which unlocks further possibilities of lens design. The Z mount system will offer a variety of high-performance lenses, including the fastest lens in Nikon history, with f/0.951. Additionally, the new mount adapter will enable compatibility with NIKKOR F mount lenses, adding to the range of choices for photographers.

Z 7, Z 6 Product Overview
The Z 7 and Z 6 are equipped with a new backside illumination Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor with built-in focal-plane phase-detection AF pixels, and the latest image-processing engine, EXPEED 6.

The high-resolution Z 7 has 45.7 effective megapixels, and supports a standard sensitivity range of ISO 64–25600. In combination with NIKKOR Z lenses, the camera achieves an outstanding level of sharpness and detail, all the way to the edges of the image.

The versatile Z 6 is an all-purpose FX-format camera with 24.5 effective megapixels, and supports the wide sensitivity range of ISO 100–51200. With superior performance at high ISO sensitivities and full-frame 4K UHD video capture with full pixel readout, the Z 6 responds to a variety of needs, such as shooting in dimly lit environments and high-quality movie recording.

Primary Features of the Z 7 and Z 6
1. Equipped with a new backside illumination Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor with focal-plane phase-detection AF pixels
The Z 7 and Z 6 are equipped with a new backside illumination, Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor with focal-plane phase-detection AF pixels, and the latest image-processing engine, EXPEED 6. The Z 7 has 45.7 effective megapixels, and supports ISO 64–25600 range of standard sensitivities (reduction to the equivalent of ISO 32 and expansion to the equivalent of ISO 102400 is also possible). The Z 6 has an effective pixel count of 24.5 megapixels, and supports a broad range of standard sensitivities, from ISO 100–51200 (additional reduction to the equivalent of ISO 50 and expansion to the equivalent of ISO 204800).

2. A fast and accurate hybrid AF system with focus points covering approximately 90% of the imaging area
The Z 7 has 493 focus points2 and the Z 6 has 273 focus points2, enabling broad coverage of approximately 90% of the imaging area both horizontally and vertically. This hybrid AF system uses an algorithm optimized for the FX-format sensor, to automatically switches between focal-plane phase-detection AF and contrast-detect AF when focusing to achieve focus. Newly-designed NIKKOR Z lenses take full advantage of this system, providing faster, quieter and with increased AF accuracy than previously possible for both still images and videos.

3. The new EXPEED 6 image-processing engine for sharp and clear imaging, and new functions that support creativity
The Z 7 and Z 6 are equipped with the new EXPEED 6 image-processing engine. Employing the superior resolving power of NIKKOR Z and NIKKOR F mount lenses, subjects are rendered more sharply than ever before. Noise is also effectively reduced.

Additionally, a mid-range sharpening option has been added to Picture Control sharpness parameters. This option, along with existing sharpening and clarity parameters, allows users to make various textures within the screen sharper or softer, for both still images and video3. The cameras also offer 20 options of Creative Picture Control, supporting creative imaging expression. The effect level is adjustable from 0 to 100.

4. An electronic viewfinder that utilizes Nikon’s superior optical and image-processing technologies to offer a clear and natural view
The electronic viewfinder adopted for the Z 7 and Z 6 is comfortable and easy to use, comparable to optical viewfinders. Both cameras are equipped with an electronic viewfinder for which an approximately 3690k-dot OLED panel has been adopted. The electronic viewfinder has frame coverage and magnification of approximately 100% and 0.8×, respectively, as well as an approximately 37.0° diagonal viewing angle. It draws on Nikon’s superior optical technologies and image-processing technologies, ensuring a clear and comfortable view, with reduced aberration and minimum eyestrain, even during extended shoots. Furthermore, a fluorine coat that effectively repels dirt has been applied to the eyepiece protection window. In addition, the menu can be displayed in the electronic viewfinder, allowing users to quickly view and adjust a variety of shooting settings, including ISO sensitivity, AF-area mode, and Picture Control, all while looking through the viewfinder.

5. An ergonomic design unique to Nikon that enables intuitive and familiar operation
The Z 7 and Z 6 have inherited the superior operability that Nikon has cultivated over the years through its development of cameras. The bodies are compact, while boasting a firm grip that is easy to hold, and the sub-selector and buttons such as AF-ON, ISO, and exposure compensation are all placed so that they can be operated swiftly and easily. Additionally, a display panel has been placed on the top plate of the camera, where information about settings can be displayed, similar to high-end digital SLR camera models.

6. Video functions such as 10-bit N-Log that enables wide dynamic range, and timecoding that respond to professional needs
The Z 7 and Z 6 support recording of not only full-frame 4K UHD (3840 × 2160)/30p movies using the FX-based video format, but also Full-HD/120p movies. Sharper 4K UHD movies are made possible, using the full-pixel readout4. Additionally, Active D-Lighting, electronic vibration reduction, and focus peaking can be used with 4K UHD and Full-HD movie recording. Nikon’s original N-Log color profile can also be used with 10-bit5 HDMI output. The N-Log setting utilizes extensive color depth and twelve-stop, 1,300% dynamic range to record a wealth of tone information from highlights and shadows for more effective color grading. Timecode support makes synchronizing video and sound from multiple devices easier. Additionally, the control ring built into NIKKOR Z lenses can be used to quietly and smoothly adjust settings such as aperture and exposure compensation.

7. Nikon’s first in-camera vibration reduction with approx. 5.0-stop7 effectiveness
The Z 7 and Z 6 are equipped with in-camera vibration reduction (VR). The VR unit provides compensation for movement along five axes. The effects of vibration reduction are equivalent to a shutter speed up to approximately 5.0 stops6. This function can also be used effectively with NIKKOR F lenses, including those not equipped with a VR function, with the Mount Adapter FTZ (sold separately)8.

8. Other features
• Same level of strength and durability, as well as dust- and drip- resistance, as the Nikon D850, offered in a compact body
• A 3.2-in., approximately 2100k-dot touch-sensitive LCD monitor, with a tilting mechanism
• Silent photography function eliminates shake and noise caused by shutter release,
• Peaking stack image function9 enables confirmation of the area in focus after shooting using focus shift, which is convenient for focus stacking10
• High-speed continuous shooting (extended)11 at approximately 9 fps (Z 7) and 12 fps (Z 6) captures fast motion
• Interval timer photography that makes 8K (Z 7) time-lapse movie creation10 possible
• An extended low-light metering range12 allows users to easily capture scenes such as the transition from sunset to starry night sky, using aperture-priority auto exposure
• Built-in Wi-Fi® for direct connection to a smart device using SnapBridge
• Built-in Wi-Fi® makes the transfer of images and movies to a computer possible
• Support for existing digital SLR camera accessories such as the EN-EL15/a/b batteries, WT-7/A/B/C Wireless Transmitter (available separately) for transferring images and movies at high speed over a wired or wireless LAN, and radio-controlled/optical controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting, which makes flexible multi-flash photography possible

Development of the MB-N10 Multi-Power Battery Pack
The MB-N10 Multi-Power Battery Pack that is currently in development will hold two EN-EL15b, effectively increasing the number of shots possible and/or movie recording time by approximately 1.8×. It will provide the same level of dust and drip resistance as the Z 7 and Z 6, and will support USB charging using the EH-7P Charging AC Adapter. Information regarding the release of this product will be announced at a later date.

Price and Availability
The Nikon Z 7 will be available September 27 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $3399.95* for the body-only configuration, or for $3999.95* SRP as a kit with the new NIKKOR Z 24-70 f/4 S lens. The Nikon Z 6 will be available in late November for the $1995.95* SRP for the body only configuration, or for the $2,599.95* SRP with the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S lens kit. For more information on these and other Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

Nikon Enters The Full Frame Mirrorless World! Soon…..

So the rumors are true!
Nikon has listened to the consumer and have a full frame mirrorless camera in development, along with a series of specially fitted lenses.
What’s that you say?
When, and how much?
good questions.
no answers.
One thing that was in the press announcment was the fact that they are also working on an F-Mount adaptor for the camera.
For me, that continues the Nikon legacy of no lens left behind. Huge news in my book.
Now let’s see the camera.
Patience is a virtue my mom always taught me.

Magnum Square Print Sale: FREEDOM!

USA. Baltimore, MD. October 31, 1964. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. being greeted on his return to the US after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. Leonard Freed USA. Baltimore, MD. October 31, 1964.

You have 4 days left to pick up some of the finest photography by the luminaries of the Magnum Photo world.

OK, not to dwell on the hyperbole, but these images are just the right size to sprinkle about your house. Gems fro the artists that you admire, for the price of $100.
And after you buy, get them framed and place them where you eyes will catch them in the special place on the wall.
The quality is spectacular, and they are either signed or estate stamped.
One of my friends has about 40 of these.
Time to spruce up your collection! Only available til Friday 6/8/2018!

The sale is now live through Friday, June 8, 2018

Signed or estate-stamped, museum quality, 6×6” prints for $100. For five days only.
The Magnum Square Print Sale takes place at the Magnum Photos Online Shop: shop.magnumphotos.com

These are a few of my faves:


Steve McCurry Rabari shepherd. Rajasthan, India. 2009.

Bar girl in a brothel in the red-light district. Havana, Cuba. 1954. © Eve Arnold/Magnum Photos


Ernesto “Che” Guevara, Argentinian politician and minister of industry for Cuba (1961-1965), during an exclusive interview in his office. Havana, Cuba. 1963 © Rene Burri / Magnum Photos

1968 was a seismic year of deep societal and political shifts – all in the name of freedom. International issues of freedom from oppression, freedom of speech, political, sexual and religious freedom all came to the fore as student protests racked cities, declarations of independence were made, and in America particularly, the civil rights movement took hold, Martin Luther King was assassinated, whilst anti-Vietnam war protests concurrently emerged.

Fifty years on, the Magnum Photos June 2018 Square Print Sale examines both the definition of freedom, and the legacy of this quest for freedom through the work of Magnum’s photographers. Inviting a wide interpretation of the theme, the project includes iconic images that have defined and documented humanity’s quest for freedom over the past 70 years, and the deeply personal images that symbolize creative freedom.

From Stuart Franklin’s photograph of Tiananmen Square in 1989, to Bruce Davidson and Leonard Freed’s images of the US civil rights movement, and Robert Capa’s photograph of the liberation of Paris in 1944, the project creates a potted history of the 20th century. These well-known works are presented alongside personal images that demonstrate photography itself is a tool of freedom – symbolizing freedom of speech and subjectivity. Photography can document the quest for and limitations of freedom, and as a medium has enabled many artists to find a voice and an identity through unhampered creative practice.

When Magnum was founded, in 1947, one of its core principles was to enable photographers to take back control over the copyright to their work while simultaneously giving them freedom over the choice of stories they wanted to cover. Ever since, Magnum photographers’ work has been imbued with a sense of freedom, both in the personal approaches to their work and in the themes and subjects they explore.

For the first Square Print Sale of 2018, Magnum’s photographers and estates have responded to the theme in images and texts, exploring their own relationship to freedom and what it means to them.

ABOUT MAGNUM
Magnum Photos was founded in Paris in 1947 as an artists’ cooperative by four pioneering photographers, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, David “Chim” Seymour, and George Rodger. The legendary photo agency continues to shape photographic practice and maintains its original values of uncompromising excellence, truth, respect and independence, representing an idiosyncratic mix of journalist, artist and storyteller. Magnum photographers share a vision to chronicle world events, people, places and culture with a powerful narrative that defies convention, shatters the status quo, redefines history and transforms lives.

It is open from Monday, June 4, 2018, at 8AM EST until Friday, June 8, 2018, at 6PM EST.

During the sale, and for five days only, over 70 archival-quality prints, signed by the photographers or estate-stamped by the estates, are available for just $100.

Magnum Square Prints are printed on 6-by-6-inch (15.24-by-15.24- cm) archival paper. They are not editioned by quantity, but editioned by time, as these items will not be made available outside the sale window. The images in each sale are always different, and will never be available in this format again.

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  • Oct. 25 – Oct. 27, 2018
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  • Oct.28, 2018
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  • Annenberg Space for Photography
  • PHOTO ARK
    One Man’s Quest to Document the World’s Animals
  • OCT 13, 2018 – JAN 13, 2019
  • 2000 Avenue of the Stars, #10
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  • Getty Center
  • In Focus: Expressions
  • Oct. 7th, 2018
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  • Los Angeles, CA. 90049
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  • Howard Greenberg Gallery
  • THE NEW BEGINNING FOR ITALIAN PHOTOGRAPHY: 1945-1965
  • SEPT. 12 – NOV 10, 2018
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  • New York,NY 10022
  • Tel: 212-334-0100
  • Peter Fetterman Gallery
  • http://www.peterfetterman.com/exhibitions/the-fashion-show
  • Through Oct 20th, 2018
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