Archive | August, 2007

8 New Coolpix Models

30 Aug

P5100F

Nikon has just announced 8 new/updated Coolpix models ranging from the top-of-the-line P5100 (pictured above) to the L14 budget model. Most of the new models incorporate VR image stabilization and high ISO capabilities, with the P5100 offering a version of the new Exceed image processor that will be included in the new D3 and D300 SLR models announced earlier this week.

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Nikon D3 and D300 Videos Posted

28 Aug

Some new videos to watch:

Nikon D3

Nikon D300

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Nikon Teams up with Flickr

28 Aug

Partnership delivers educational resource featuring Nikon sponsored professional photographers

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MELVILLE, N.Y. (August 22, 2007) – Nikon, known for its dedication to helping everyday people take better pictures, continues to raise the bar with the launch of the Nikon Digital Learning Center on Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/Nikon). Complementing an interactive educational site on Nikon’s USA Web site, the launch of this new program on Flickr is revolutionary for a camera manufacturer. As an extension of Nikon School, this online resource provides Flickr members with tutorials, practical photography tips and advice from Nikon photo professionals to assist them in taking the photos they’ve always dreamed of capturing.

In addition, Nikon’s targeted sponsorship program on Flickr helps connect avid photographers with others who share their interests and/or use the same camera via Nikon-sponsored Groups on Flickr. The Nikon D50 and D80 digital SLRs rank among the most popular cameras in the Flickr community, and over 50,000 Nikon enthusiasts worldwide are already active participants in the many Nikon Groups on Flickr.

Different from other photo education sites, Nikon’s Digital Learning Center on Flickr offers live interaction with Nikon sponsored pros—including Rosanne Pennella, Cliff Mautner, and Nikon School instructors Reed Hoffman and Bill Durrence—who post images, interact with the community, explain the techniques used to achieve their end result, provide tips, and answer questions for those looking to improve their photography skills or just interact with other passionate Nikon photographers. The Nikon Digital Learning Center also includes information about understanding aperture, shutter speed, and composition, to specific genres like action, close-up, travel, landscapes, and portraits.

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Looking Inside the New D3 and D300 Cameras

27 Aug

This C|NET article provides a close look at some of the interior components of the new D3 and D300 cameras just announced by Nikon.

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D3: World’s First ISO 25,000!

24 Aug

Nikon’s new D3 shoots as high as ISO 6,400 with regular settings and at an unprecedented equivalent of ISO 25,600 using the Hi2 setting! Though Nikon hasn’t provided any sample photos yet, they did show of some samples in their slide presentation during the D3/D300 product announcements in Tokyo this week, available for viewing at e-photographia.com. E-photographia.com also has a nice D3/D300 Hands-On Preview available for viewing.

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2 New DSLRs and 5 New Lenses!

23 Aug

Nikon has shaken the industry and exceeded all expectations with a wallop of product announcements today, unveiling both new D3 and D300 cameras, as well as no less than 5 new lenses. Here’s what was announced, more details are available on Nikon’s website.

Nikon D3
D3

  • A Nikon-original 12.1-megapixel FX-format (23.9 x 36mm) CMOS sensor, in concert with Nikon’s exclusive Expeed digital image processing technologies, delivers breathtakingly rich image quality and greater handling speed, while also reducing noise to unprecedented levels, even high ISOs.
  • Continuous shooting at up to 9 frames-per-second at full FX resolution eliminates the image quality issues that face so many low-light sports shooters.
  • The 3.0-inch Super Density 920,000-dot VGA Color Monitor with 170-degree wide-angle viewing makes possible even more critical image review.
  • Nikon’s exclusive Scene Recognition System, with an enhanced 1,005-pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering II, provides even more intelligent light metering capabilities, along with smarter white balance detection and faster and more accurate AF performance.
  • Nikon’s self-diagnostic shutter system, tested to 300,000 cycles, is a clear indicator of advanced engineering and durable construction.
  • 2 LiveView Shooting Modes are just one of the D3’s features that support unmatched versatility.
  • Available November 2007

Nikon D300
D300

  • A new 12.3-megapixel DX-Format CMOS Sensor, in concert with Nikon’s exclusive EXPEED digital image processing technologies, advances handling speed while making possible even greater DX-format image quality.
  • Continuous shooting at up to 6 frames-per-second, and up to 8 frames-per-second with the new MB-D10 High-Speed battery grip, makes the D300 a powerful performer in a variety of shooting disciplines.
  • The 3.0-inch Super Density 920,000-dot VGA Color Monitor with 170-degree wide-angle viewing makes possible even more critical image review.
  • Nikon’s exclusive Scene Recognition System, with an improved 1,005-pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering II, provides even more intelligent light metering capabilities, along with smarter white balance detection and faster and more accurate AF performance.
  • A new Dynamic Integrated Dust Reduction System stands guard against dust-born image degradation.
  • 2 LiveView Shooting Modes are just one of the D300’s features that support unmatched versatility.
  • Available November 2007

5 New Lenses:

AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED

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AF-S Nikkor 400mm f/2.8G ED VR
AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/4G ED VR
AF-S Nikkor 600mm f/4G ED VR

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D3 Announcement Imminent?

16 Aug

Many Nikon professionals from around the world have confirmed receiving invitations from Nikon this month to a “very exciting launch” in the August 23 – 25th time frame. Speculation is rampant that this my be the announcement of the long awaited Nikon full frame DSLR body. The photo below posted on a Japanese web site recently makes mention of 51 Autofocus Points, 9fps Continous Shooting and a 3.0 inch TFT display with 920,000 pixels. Our guess is that this soon-to-be-announced camera will not be a full-frame body, but rather a replacement for the D2H, geared for journalists and sport shooters with a 1.5x crop. Expect to also see some new lens announcements and a “possible” minor upgrade of the D200 to “s” or “x” status.

New Nikon D3?