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Nikon D7100 Digital SLR Camera Receives EISA Award

TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that the Nikon D7100 DX-format digital SLR camera is the recipient of the European Camera 2013-2014 award presented by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA).

The Nikon D7100 is equipped with a DX-format CMOS image sensor with an effective pixel count of 24.1-million pixels and the EXPEED 3 high-performance image-processing engine. It offers excellent definition and superior rendering performance as it is not equipped with an optical low-pass filter. It offers a densely packed 51-point AF system with cross-type sensors adopted for the most frequently used 15 focus points at the center of the frame, making it a digital SLR camera that combines excellent rendering performance and superior subject acquisition with a compact and lightweight body. The D7100 has been extremely popular, and is also the recipient of the TIPA Awards 2013, selected in May of this year.


Nikon D7100

Reasons for selection of the D7100 as the European Camera 2013-2014 (EISA comments)

“The D7100 is the current flagship model in Nikon’s family of DX-format cameras, combining excellent image quality and advanced features. Its APS-C sensor is designed without an optical low-pass filter, which allows users to take full advantage of its 24.1-million-pixel resolution with no loss of sharpness. The fast 51-point AF system and high-speed continuous shooting are perfect for capturing action, while the reliable metering system delivers consistently accurate exposures. The bright optical viewfinder and crisp LCD monitor allow for both traditional viewfinder and ‘live view’ framing with shooting. Those who record movies will appreciate the clean, uncompressed HDMI output, which can be recorded directly to an external storage device.”

About the EISA awards

EISA is the association of 50 magazines in photo, video, audio, home theater, and mobile electronics, from 20 European countries. Each year, EISA chooses the best products released in Europe over the past year from a number of categories of imaging, audio and mobile devices.

Source :Nikon News

In-depth Review

My Poor Experience With Nikon Repair Service UK (D800/E)


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Nikon Image

Nikon

Nikon Service UK

Having had an accident whereby my Nikon 14-24 2.8 lens and my Nikon D800/E fell over on the tripod landing squarely on the front of the lens, I had to send both items to Nikon service for repair. As an NPS member I expected the pro-track repair to be at least done correctly if not quickly.

First the lens is awaiting parts so I asked if my camera could be repaired and sent back to me while the lens is on hold. I was told the camera could be repaired and would be done A.S.A.P.

This morning I received my camera, so the first thing is to check it. Scuffing and loss of paint on the body near the battery chamber is still there, the viewfinder is dirty inside and the worst thing is that even though the camera focuses correctly the viewfinder is blurry no matter how much I adjust the diopter.

So a phone call to NPS service is made. I am told that this must have happened in transit (absolutely no way) the camera was well packed inside the original box with bubble wrap and polystyrene chips around it.

The repair list states that the bayonet mount was replaced and the focus and such things as playback,delete image,record image were checked as well as clean as required.

As far as I can tell nothing more than replace the bayonet mount has been done and this cost £200.00.

To return the camera has to be at my own cost and be again without my main camera while it is repaired is a joke as far as I am concerned.

I have read with interest complaints from people about Nikon service repairs and took them with a pinch of salt, as those with repair problems will always shout louder than those without, well it seems I was wrong.

I am now dreading what my 14-24mm 2.8 lens will come back like and am contemplating what best to do about getting my camera repaired. I am thinking I will probably find somewhere local and pay for the repair to be done correctly and efficiently which is obviously not the way Nikon prefer to do things.

Update

While shooting at night (the first time since I had my camera repaired) I noticed a scratch on the focusing screen that was definitely not there before the camera was repaired. !!

Heard nothing yet as to when the 14-24mm lens will be repaired, still listed as “awaiting parts that will arrive shortly”

Anyone else like to share their experience  with Nikon repair services. good or bad.?

How Did You Find Nikon Service

Expert Shield Screen Protector

Expert Shield Screen Protector.

Expert Shield Screen Protector

Expert Shield Screen Protector

Having found myself on the market for a screen protector for both my Apple iPad Mini and my Nikon D800, When I was approached to review the   Expert Shield Screen Protector Brand, I jumped at the chance.

I have to say that when it comes to screen protectors of any description I am ham fisted when it comes to installing them, I seem to attract air bubbles from all corners of the universe. They land on the underneath of the screen protector with total disregard for my attempts to avoid them.

Micro dust appears from the atmosphere and covers my screen in bits invisible to the naked eye, but very visible when said screen protector is laid on top of it.

So before fitting the Expert Shield screen protector I googled ways to avoid this happening.

In doing so I came across this method on U tube. This method really helps with the alignment of the screen protector.

After rigorously cleaning the screen on my Ipad mini, then checking again to make sure it was clean. I applied this method of installation.

strangely enough it worked very well and I only ended up with one or two air bubbles which were easily squeezed out using a credit card before removing the top cover.

I used the same method to fit the screen protector to my D800 and again all worked out well with the installation.

I have not yet seen any scratches or blemishes appear on the protector and I have wiped it a few times to clean of sweat and dirt that accumulates on the screen, even sand from shooting on the beach.

 

Expert Shield Screen Protector

Expert Shield

So in conclusion I rate these screen protectors, but as always with these things it is a matter of adhering  to tried and tested methods of installation.

Taking shortcuts or rushing these things as always can end up in disappointment.

How Easy Did You Find Your Screen Protector To Install?

 

FUJIFILM launches the X-M1

Compact and lightweight, the X-M1 offers enhanced operability whilst bringing the outstanding design, picture quality and performance of the multi-award-winning FUJIFILM X-Pro1 and X-E1 cameras not only to photo enthusiasts but also to a broader scope of users. 

Featuring the same internationally-acclaimed proprietary multi-award-winning 16.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS Sensor as the FUJIFILM X-Pro1 and FUJIFILM X-E1

The FUJIFILM X-M1 is equipped with a large APS-C X-Trans CMOS Sensor, which offers picture quality comparable to that of full-frame sensors. The sensor’s unique colour filter array minimises moiré and chromatic aberration without the need for an optical low pass filter, while dramatically boosting resolving power even at identical pixel counts to deliver sharp and texture-rich pictures.

The design draws out the potential of high-performance lenses to the maximum. It delivers clear images with stunningly low noise even in low-light conditions at night and indoors, where high sensitivity would usually be required. The sensor faithfully reproduces the warm tones of human skin and the vivid colours of the sky from deep blues to the red hues of the setting sun.

Users can set the sensor sensitivity from the regular ISO200 to as high as ISO6400 in 1/3 step increments, and can even take advantage of the extended range of ISO12800 and ISO25600 to obtain incredibly clear and low-noise images even in low-light or at night.

Fujifilm EXR Processor II for high-speed reactions

The EXR Processor II boasts fast performance, offering stress-free photo capture with its:

  • start-up time of 0.5 seconds (*1)
  • shutter time lag of 0.05 seconds
  • maximum burst speed of 5.6 frames per second (max. 30 frames*2)
  • *1 Quick Start mode

Designed to enable one handed operation with intuitive and quick selection of functions for casual shooting with beautiful results

All of the adjustable buttons and dials are positioned on the right-hand side of the camera’s rear LCD panel in pursuit of optimum operability and ease-of-use for casual shooting. When holding the camera with just your right hand, the placement of the buttons has been designed to allow you to access all functions and adjust the settings easily.

Visit the Fujifilm UK Image Bank

 

The Mode Dial allows you to select the optimum scene setting with access to the “Advanced SR Auto” function, which automatically recognises a scene type for fail-safe photography, and the “Advanced Filter” function for artistic photographic effects.

The camera is equipped with two Command Dials, allowing users to adjust the aperture, shutter speed and exposure compensation quickly with their thumb. Individual buttons are also provided to access frequently-used functions such as White Balance, Burst Mode and Macro, so that you don’t have to go to the menu screen for each change of setting, enabling an intuitive and quick operation.

Sporting a compact and lightweight body, with a cool, retro design inherited from the FUJIFILM X-Pro1 and X-E1

The X-M1 has a classical and elegant feel just like the popular FUJIFILM X-Pro1 and X-E1 cameras. And importantly, at about half the size of a regular SLR body (66.5mm high and 39.0mm deep), its compact and lightweight design means users can casually carry it in a bag without having to worry about the bulk.

Featuring a 920,000 dot high definition tiltable 3-inch LCD for creative and multi-angle shots

Wireless image transfer allowing you to instantly transfer high quality images to a mobile device or computer

 

FUJIFILM X-M1 Key Features:

  • 16.3 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor (same sensor as X-Pro1/X-E1)
  • Hi-speed EXR Processor II
  • Start-up time of 0.5secs (*1), shutter lag of 0.05secs and a maximum burst speed of 5.6fps (max. 30 frames (*2))
  • Compact and lightweight body (half the size of an SLR)
  • Tiltable 3-inch LCD (920K dot high definition)
  • Built in flash with FUJIFILM’s Super i-Flash technology
  • ISO200-6400 in 1/3 step increments (and extended range of ISO 12800 to 24600 at reduced resolution)
  • Full HD Video recording at 30fps
  • 49 point AF
  • Art filters: 8 Advanced Filters plus 5 Film Simulation modes
  • In-camera RAW processing
  • Q button for list view of frequently-used menus and smooth configuration
  • Hot shoe
  • Wireless image transfer to smart phones and tablet PCs via FUJIFILM Camera app
  • PC Autosave Wi-Fi® (*5) connectivity to PCs (for easy image backup)
  • The X-M1 camera is available in three colours: Black, Silver and Brown (colours may vary based on your country)

*1 Quick Start mode

*2 Max. number of frames can be shot on JPEG setting, use an SD card Class 10 or higher

*3 Including the battery and memory card, excluding the lens

*4 ISO200・m

*5 Wi-Fi(R) is registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance

*6 35mm format equivalent

Model Name FUJIFILM X-M1
Number of effective pixels 16.3 million pixels
Image sensor 23.6mm×15.6mm(APS-C)X-Trans CMOS with  primary colour filter
Total number of pixels: 16.5 million pixels
Sensor Cleaning system Ultra Sonic Vibration
Storage media SD memory card / SDHC memory card / SDXC(UHS-I) memory card *1
File format  (still image) JPEG (Exif Ver 2.3 *2)
RAW (RAF format)/RAW+JPEG
(Design rule for Camera File system compliant, DPOF-compatible)
            (movie) Movie File Format : MOV
Movie Video Compression : H.264
Audio : Linear PCM  Stereo
Number of recorded pixels L:<3:2>4896x3264 <16:9>4896x2760 <1:1>3264 × 3264
M:<3:2>3456x2304 <16:9>3456x1944 <1:1>2304 × 2304
S:<3:2>2496x1664 <16:9>2496x1408 <1:1>1664 ×1664
Lens mount FUJIFILM X mount
Sensitivity AUTO/Equivalent to ISO200  – 6400   (Standard Output Sensitivity)Extended output sensitivity : equivalent to ISO100/12800 /25600
Exposure control TTL 256-zones metering, Multi / Spot / Average
Exposure mode Programmed AE/Shutter priority AE/Aperture priority AE/Manual exposure
Exposure compensation -2.0EV – +2.0EV, 1/3EV step
Image Stabiliser Supports with OIS type lens
Face Detection Yes
Shutter type Focal Plane Shutter
Shutter speed
(with mechanical shutter)
(Advanced SR AUTO mode) 1/4 sec. to 1/4000 sec.
(All other modes) 30 sec. to 1/4000 sec.
Bulb (max.60min.)
Synchronised Shutter speed for flash :1/180 sec. or slower
*In S or M mode, 1/160 sec. or slower can be set .
Continuous shooting approx. 5.6fps (JPEG: max. 30 frames, RAW/RAW+JPEG: max. 10 frames)
approx. 3.0fps (JPEG: max. 50 frames, RAW/RAW+JPEG: max. 10 frames)
* SD card Class10 or higher
Auto bracketing AE Bracketing (±1/3EV/±2/3EV/±1EV)
Film Simulation Bracketing (3 types of film simulation selectable)
Dynamic Range Bracketing (100%・200%・400%)
ISO sensitivity Bracketing (±1/3EV/±2/3EV/±1EV)
Focus              (mode) Manual Focus/Area AF/Multi AF/Continuous AF/Tracking AF
                    (type) TTL contrast AF, AF assist illuminator available
                    (AF frame selection) Area AF (49 areas with 7x7), Changeable AF frame size
White balance Auto/ Custom/ Preset(Fine/ Shade/Fluorescent light (Daylight)/ Fluorescent light (Warm White)/Fluorescent light (Cool White)/Incandescent light
Self-timer 10sec. / 2sec. Delay
Flash Manual pop-up flash (Super Intelligent Flash)
Guide number : approx 7 (ISO200・m)
Flash modes Red-eye removal OFF: Auto/Forced Flash/Suppressed Flash/Slow Synchro/Rear-curtain Synchro/Commander
Red-eye removal ON: Red-eye Reduction Auto/Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash/Suppressed Flash/
Red-eye Reduction & Slow Synchro/Red-eye Reduction & Rear-curtain Synchro/Commander
*Red-eye removal is active when Face Detection is set to ON.
Hot shoe Yes ( dedicated TTL Flash compatible)
LCD monitor 3.0-in.   aspect ratio 3:2  approx. 920K-dot Tilt  type TFT colour LCD monitor (Approx. 100% coverage)
Movie recording 1920×1080 30p  Continuous recording : up to approx. 14 min.
1280x 720 30p  Continuous recording : up to approx 27min.
* SD card Class 10 or higher
Mode dial Advanced SR AUTO/P/S/A/M/C/Portrait/Landscape/ Sport / SP (Scene Position) /Adv./AUTO
Film Simulation mode PROVIA(STANDARD)/Velvia(VIVID)/ASTIA(SOFT)/MONOCHROME/SEPIA
Dynamic range setting AUTO(100-400%)/100%/200%/400%
Advanced filter Toy camera/ Miniature/Pop colour/ High-key /Low-key/Dynamic tone/ Soft focus/Partial colour (Red/Orange/Yellow/Green/Blue/Purple)
Other photography  functions Face Detection, Auto Red-eye Removal, Setting (Colour, Sharpness, D-range, Gradation, Film Simulation), Multiple exposure, Film Simulation, Depth of Field display, Histogram display, Framing guideline, Frame No. memory, Monitor Sunlight mode, Focus Peak Highlight, Date stamp, Fn button setting
Wireless transmitter    (standard) IEEE 802.11b/g/n (standard wireless protocol)
                       (access mode Infrastructure
Playback  functions RAW conversion, Image rotate, Auto image rotate, Red-eye reduction, Photobook assist, Erase selected frames. Image search, Multi-frame playback (with micro thumbnail), Slide show, Mark for upload, Protect, Crop, Resize, Favourites
Wireless function Geotagging setup, Image transfer (Individual image/Selected multiple images), View & Obtain Images, PC Autosave
Other functions PictBridge, Exif Print, Language selection, Time difference, Quick start mode, Silent mode
Terminal     (Video output)
       (Digital interface)
     (HD output)
USB 2.0 High-Speed
HDMI mini connector (Type C)
         (Others) Remote release terminal for RR-90 (sold separately)
Power supply NP-W126 Li-ion battery (included)
Dimensions 116.9(W) mm x 66.5 (H) mm x 39.0(D) mmMinimum depth: 32.1 mm
Weight Approx. 330g / 11.6 oz. (including battery and memory card)
Approx. 280 g / 9.9 oz. (excluding accessories, battery and memory card)
Operating Temperature 0° – 40°C / 32°-104° F
Operating Humidity 10 – 80%  (no condensation)
Battery life for still images Approx 350 frames  (with XF35mmF1.4R lens )
Battery life for movies TBC
Start up time Approx 0.5 sec, when QUICK START mode set to ON
Approx 1.0 sec, when QUICK START mode set to OFF
* FUJIFILM research
Accessories included Li-ion Battery NP-W126
Battery Charger BC-W126
Shoulder strap
Body cap
CD-ROM (Viewer software, RAW File Converter etc. *3 )
Owner’s manual
# *1 Please see the Fujifilm website to check memory card compatibility.
# *2 Exif 2.3 is a digital camera file format that contains a variety of shooting information for optimal printing.
# *3 OS compatibility
Viewer software      :   Windows8/7/Vista/XP
RAW File Converter   :   Windows8/7/Vista/XP,   Mac OS X 10.6-10.8

Sigma USB Dock

Sigma Releases Lens USB Dock

Sigma Lens Owners Now Have a Lens Firmware/Focus Update Tuning System.

Now This Is Really Cool

By connecting the USB cable to a computer, SIGMA USB DOCK enables photographers to update the lens firmware and adjust parameters such as focus. The adjustment is processed with special software (SIGMA Optimization Pro). The AF speed, focus limiter and OS function are also customizable for Sports lenses.

Sigma USB Dock

Sigma USB Dock

SIGMA USB DOCK

Compatible lens
Art: 35mm F1.4 DG HSM
Contemporary: 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM / 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO HSM
Sports: 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM

* The Appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice

Contemporary, Art, Sports

Updating Lens Firmware
It is possible to update the lens firmware via the internet.

Focus Setting
Multiple focus setting options are available: 4 categories for fixed focal length lenses, and 16 categories (4 options for focal length) x (4 options for shooting distance) for zoom lenses.

For Sports line

AF Speed Adjustment
There are 3 AF speed modes.

Focus Limiter Adjustment
Offering customization for the driving range of auto focus enables a photographer to exactly reflect the personal preference.

OS Setting
There are 3 OS (Optical Stabilizer) adjustment modes.

You can download “SIGMA Optimization Pro for Windows” and “SIGMA Optimization Pro for Macintosh” from the link below.

http://www.sigma-global.com/download/en/

Condition of Operation :

Windows
This software operates in the condition that meets with the following criteria;
* Core2Duo or faster processor
* Windows 7 or Windows 8
* 1GB of RAM
* 1GB of available hard disk space
* 24bit or more graphics card
* 1024 x 768 or higher screen resolution
* PC with USB 1.1 port

Mac OS
This software operates in the condition that meets with the following criteria;
* Mac OS X Ver.10.7 or 10.8 and Intel Core Processor
* 1GB of RAM
* 1GB of available hard disk space
* 24bit or more graphics card
* 1024 x 768 or higher screen resolution
* PC with USB 1.1 port

The Sigma USB dock works in conjunction with Sigma Optimization Pro software in order to connect a photographers lens to their personal computer to update firmware and other parameters such as focus, and for the Sports category: Autofocus speeds, focus limiters, and optical stabilization functionality. Updating the firmware can be done via the internet. Sigma Photo Pro is available for Mac and PC computers.

Focus Settings:
4 Categories of customization for fixed focal length.
16 Categories of customization for zoom lenses (4 options for focal length) x (4 options for shooting distance).

Sports Line:
AF Speed: 3 adjustment modes.
Focus Limiter: Customize auto focus range.
OS: 3 adjustment modes.

The Sigma Optimization Pro can be downloaded at the Sigma Global Vision site.

USB DOCK COMPATIBILITY CHART
LENS Product Line Firmware Update Focus Setting OS AF Speed Focus Limiter
DG 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art O O X X X
120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports O O O O O
DC 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM Contemporary O O X X X
30mm F1.4 DC HSM Art O O X X X
18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art O O X X X
OS Function, AF Speed and Focus limiter are only adjustable with the lenses with a custom mode switch
**DN Lenses are no compatible with the USB dock currently.

Nikon D800E focus problems

Nikon D800E Focus Problems

Nikon D800 Front View

My Nikon D800E has some serious focusing flaws

After having used my Nikon D800E for the better part of a year and persevering with a camera that failed to be able to deliver well focused images 50% of the time I decided to do some tests.

My 4 most used lenses are the Nikon 14-24mm 2.8 Nikon 24-70mm 2.8, Nikon 70-200mm 2.8 and a Nikon 85mm 1.8 prime.

I stopped using my 14-24mm 2.8 a while ago because no amount of AF fine tuning would coax this lens to give an acceptable amount of sharpnesss at any focal length with my D800/E.

As I don’t don’t make a lot of images at very wide angles it kinda got put away and forgotten about.

I got up early this Sunny Sunday morning with no plans in mind for the day, so I decided to gather my lenses together and try and get all things camera and lens wise into some kind of working order. First I set up a test shoot with Reiken Focal a piece of software allegedly to simplify and streamline AF fine tuning.

After a good hour trying to get it to give me an AF tuning setting for my 24-70mm 2.8 lens I gave up.

Next I tried it with my 14-24mm lens same thing no go,no results no use.

I then tried multiple shots of a car number plate at varying AF settings and found the sharpest setting for the 24-70mm was -13. Ok at 2.8 at 24mm this gave me a sharp image. Next I tried the using the lens at different focal lengths.

I found that the more I extended the focal length the further back the point of focus moved. So focusing on a number plate at 70mm moved the actual point of focus a couple of yards back from where the actual focusing brackets were aimed. This was the case for all the lenses I fine tuned and tested except the 85mm of course which as a fixed prime has no other focal length settings.

I did find that everything I tried focusing on  with Live View was in focus and perfectly acceptable at all focal lengths.

After trawling the internet and searching for related posts I did find other people who have commented on the same thing happening to them so this is not a unique problem. The interesting thing is that all the focus points (far left far right etc)

produce the same sharpness as each other so the left focusing point problem which seems to be a to be a hot topic among D800/E owners is not in the equation here at all.

So now I am pretty sure I have a lemon of a camera and I am also convinced I am not the only one. I have been lucky in the past, having used Nikon equipment since the F4 film camera and only ever having needed Nikon service once in all that time (which was for a D100 LCD).

So now I have to convince Nikon to look at the camera and not tell me it is within specs or just use all my expensive lenses at F8 to give some degree of sharpness to make useable images with a bigger percentage of keepers.

My personal thoughts about this camera is that it was not ready for release and more research and development was needed before unleashing it on an unsuspecting public.

Anyone else have any thoughts on this problem ? are you having any issues with your cameras? I would like to hear your thoughts on the problems, or if your camera is perfect, maybe we could start a poll ?

As a matter of interest the firmware has been updated and the reports by some users claiming this improved their cameras AF certainly does not apply to my camera.

Sanho Updates iUSBport App

Sanho Updates iUSBport App

iUSBport

iUSBport

Sanho have updated the application for iUSBport camera control to version 1.54. The app now has a redesigned interface and for the short time I could see the App interface, they have also added a histogram.

Unfortunately for me the App crashes whenever I take an image.

Initially when joining the network with my iPad, the firmware on the iUSBport camera control unit (CameraMator) is updated over wifi.

This part went without a hitch.

I then proceeded to test the unit with the IOS App, the live view screen showed up perfectly and touching the screen focused the camera on the part selected, also now a focus rectangle shows exactly where the focus point is (Something that was missing in the previous version)

Taking an image seemed to work initially, with a .Nef image showing up on the film strip.

On trying to load the image for viewing to access sharpness etc, the App crashed.

I then changed the camera settings to take a raw image on the SD card and a basic small jpeg on the secondary CF slot.

On taking a photo the filmstrip showed an image with a raw.jpeg extension which on trying to load said image into the viewer the App again crashed

After restarting everything again I gave it another try and again the App crashed, so as far as I am concerned the IOS app is still unstable and unusable with my Nikon D800E.

The web App on the other hand seems to be a lot more stable and useable, with everything working as advertised. Using the settings for a small basic jpeg on the CF card, only a jpeg loads on the film strip, which can then be loaded to view in the viewer without problems..

I applaud Sanho for taking over the support of the so far ill fated CameraMator, but it seems that more testing is required before releasing applications that simply do not work correctly.

Maybe the problems are camera specific so anybody reading this who has had success with their cameras and the iUSB camera control app  leave a comment, maybe it can be narrowed down to just certain cameras showing problems.

I am sure that eventually they (Sanho) will get it right as they certainly seem to be standing behind the product, but so far for me and my camera the IOS App is still unuseable.

Update.

After contacting Hyper Support, I received a very quick reply explaining the reasons for the crashes.

“Are you using iPad 2?
The reason I ask is because iPad 2 is unable to handle the 36 megapixel image taken by the Nikon D800E, hence the app will crash.
Right now when you record both raw and jpg, we are obtaining the 36 megapixel jpg preview image within the raw file.
The reason why we are using the jpg preview within the raw file instead of the actual jpg is because if both raw and jpeg are shot at the same resolution, the  jpg preview within the raw file has a smaller file size and will transfer faster than the actual jpg.
In the next version 1.6 which will be available in 1-2 weeks, we will set the app to use the actual jpg instead of the jpg preview of the raw file.
In version 2.0 which will be available in 3-4 weeks, we will allow the user to determine whether to use the actual jpg or jpg preview.
Meanwhile for your case, you can either use the iPad 3 or 4 or shoot in jpg/raw that has smaller than 36 megapixel resolution to prevent the crashing issue.”
Sure enough this worked perfectly reducing the raw file size to the 1.2 setting makes the App work perfectly
Now waiting patiently for the next update. I have to say that the support from Hyper is quick and concise, a very unusual trait these days.

iUSBport CameraTM

iUSBport CameraTM

iUSBport

iUSBport

Having got my hands on one of these devices (formerly CamerMator a kickstarter project), I changed the firmware to the Sanho offering from here.

It looked promising as they were offering a web app and also an IOS App (from the Apple App Store). I think it is excellent that Sanho

are offering support for a device that seems to be doomed as far as the original idea is concerned. I have mentioned in previous posts that the app for the original CameraMator is no longer free, also that the original developer (Wooblue) appear to be releasing the unit under a new name of Camnexus with the promise of better,more and new applications.

So where does this leave the unfortunate soles who backed the project and haven’t as yet received their units, as yet nobody seems to know. Sanho have promises of updates for both Android,IOS and their web app.

All these Apps seem to have timelines of next week if one reads their blog, these promised updates have in fact exceeded this timeline. The app’s that are available are for me at least buggy and unuseable as the applications crash,refuse to import images or import the same image twice and then crash.

For an item carrying this kind of price tag I for one find it unacceptable, as I am sure do many others who find themselves in the same position.

I have emailed Wooblue with no reply forthcoming, I also have asked about the upcoming applications from Sanho.

Sanho  stated that the Android App due to be released “next week” is actually under development putting it one to two month’s away making it a very long week.

Sanho did say that the IOS app update has been submitted to the app store and is awaiting approval. One can only hope it is a great improvement on the original app.!!

What Is CameraMator

So far it seems that cam ranger  is the clear winner for wireless tethering as from what I have read and seen the software is far more slick ,reliable and better supported at this point in time.

Maybe future updates will change this, I am sure that many people who have these so far failed units live in hope.

Nikon Release Firmware Updates

New Nikon Firmware Updates

Nikon have released firmware updates the link below is for European downloads.

The Firmware Can be downloaded here

 

Full list of modifications in the new D600 C:1.01 firmware:

 

  • Support for the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR has been added.
  • Subject tracking performance in AF-C (continuous-servo autofocus) autofocus mode with framing using the viewfinder has been improved.
  • Frame output size has been changed from 95% to 100% when movie live view display is changed to “Information off” and an HDMI-compatible device is connected.
  • An issue that caused the right edges of images to be somewhat white when captured at an Image area setting of DX (24×16) 1.5x with Active D-Lighting set to Off has been resolved.
  • When the camera’s shutter-release button was pressed repeatedly for uninterrupted shooting with the “Record to:” option in Camera Control Pro 2’s Storage tab set to “PC+CARD”, the camera would stop responding with displaying “Err” in its control panel. This issue has been resolved.
  • In some very rare cases, colors would change with shooting when white balance was set to a specific color temperature, as with Preset manual or Choose color temp. This issue has been resolved.

The new Nikon D800 A:1.01 / B:1.02 firmware update contains:

  • Support for the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR has been added.
  • Subject tracking performance in AF-C (continuous-servo autofocus) autofocus mode with framing using the viewfinder has been improved.
  • Gamut for Adobe RGB images displayed in the camera’s monitor has been changed. This enables more vivid display of images.
  • With live view photography in [M] (Manual) exposure mode, exposure preview was always on.  This issue has been resolved.
  • In some very rare cases when certain memory cards were used, movie recording would stop, even when the time remaining display indicated remaining recording time.  This issue has been resolved.
  • With shooting at an image quality setting of TIFF (RGB) and an image size setting of Small, the right edge of images contained a purple line.  This issue has been resolved.
  • In some rare cases, images recorded in JPEG format could not be opened by some software applications.  This issue has been resolved.
  • In some very rare cases, colors would change with shooting when white balance was set to a specific color temperature, as with Preset manual or Choose color temp.  This issue has been resolved

The Nikon D4 and D3X also get firmware updates the Nikon D3X update is for the newly released Nikon 800mm Lens.

The Nikon firmware updates for the D800 are causing rumblings on some discussion boards about improved AF performance, part from the continuous AF mode mentioned I doubt anything has changed. My D800E fortunately focuses as good as it always did.  I doubt a firmware upgrade could even improve focusing issues. Ever hear of the Placebo Effect?

One good thing is the improved Live View in manual mode for studio shooters or indeed when shooting in dark places.

Still the trap focus does not work as it did on previous models but Nikon claim this is intentional.

I personally see no difference in the display of the Adobe RGB image on the LCD, but I never had the green tint that people were discussing.

camnexusTM released by Wooblue

camnexusTM released by Wooblue

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRLog (Press Release) – Mar. 11, 2013 – IRVINE, CA–(March 11, 2013) – Wooblue, Inc. (“Wooblue” or the “Company”; www.wooblue.com (http://www.wooblue.com)) is pleased to announce the upcoming release of its camnexusTM wireless photography device and app interface.  The camnexusTM is a next generation wireless photography device that creates a WI-FI network enabling wireless control of select DSLR cameras and photo sharing directly from a camera to multiple iPad, iPhone or Mac devices through the proprietary app interface.  camnexusTM users will enjoy all the benefits of Wooblue’s cameramatorTM with additional features including Apple© and Android© support, multiple simultaneous DSLR camera activations, real-time slideshow builder and viewer, on-camera file browser and photo sharing across social media.

“The enhanced features and multi-device functionality of our innovative camnexusTM tool provide DSLR users with an unprecedented wireless photography experience and access to tools previously unattainable,” said Ian Shanno, Wooblue’s Managing Director.

About Wooblue, Inc.

Wooblue, Inc. is an Irvine, California based technology development company and the creator of cameramatorTM and camnexusTM.

About cameramatorTM

cameramatorTM is a wireless tethered photography device and app interface designed for a host of professional grade DSLR cameras by Nikon and Canon.  When connected to a compatible DSLR camera, the cameramatorTM enables wireless control of the camera via an iPad, iPhone or Mac and enables real-time photo sharing.  Controls include wireless camera and shutter control, wireless image transfer, live viewfinder, time-lapse, HDR and self-portrait, in addition to multiple image and color manipulation features.  cameramatorTM works with CF and SD cards across multiple camera brands, drains no battery power from the DSLR camera, provides internet and Wi-Fi pass-through and supports social media integration.

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More Information at   http://camnexus.com/index.html

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