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Fuji X100 Firmware Updates Ver 2

Fuji X100

Fuji X100

Fuji still showing support for a discontinued camera..

Detail of the update

The firmware update Ver.2.00 form ver.1.30 incorporates the following issues:

  • 1.Improvement of AF speed
    Approximately 20% faster AF speed is achieved in various conditions such as bright scenes, dark scenes and changed focus distance compared to the previous firmware version.
  • 2.Improvement of close-up focus performance
    The focus distance from the lens surface without switching to macro mode is approximately 30% shorter compared to previous firmware version.
  • 3.”Focus Peak Highlight” function for manual focusing is added.
    The function, which features on FUJIFILM X100S and X20, is added and assists accurate and sensitive manual focusing by enhancing the outline of your subject in high contrast.
    * With this update, “Focus Peak Highlight” function is selected as a default setting. Pressing the center of the command dial for a while enables you to switch the setting of “Focus Peak Highlight” and “STANDARD” (off of “Focus Peak Highlight”). And “MF ASSIST” is added in SHOOTING MENU where you can select “HIGH” and “LOW” in “Focus Peak Highlight” and “STANDARD”.
  • 4.Improved manual focus operation
    This makes it easier to capture the peak of the focus by displaying the image with shallow depth of field, using open aperture, when adjusting the focus with the electronic view finder or the LCD.
  • 5.Faster start-up time
    The camera start-up time is shortened by approximately 0.2 second with QUICK START mode OFF.
  • 6.Improved operability of selecting focus area
    Previously, the focus area was selected while holding the AF button on the back. With the upgraded firmware, pressing the AF button will switch to the focus area selection screen and the area of your choice can then be selected.
  • 7.The phenomenon is fixed that a camera will automatically turn off during “Bulb (B)” shooting with the “CONTINUOUS” setting in “IMAGE DISP.”

The firmware update Ver.1.30 from ver1.21 incorporates the following issues:

  • For operation of newly added functions, which are described as following item 1, please download PDF data issued as “X100 New Feature Guide”.
    • 1.New function for the WIDE CONVERSION LENS WCL-X100 is added to the shooting menu. The function for the WCL-X100 can also be allocated to “Fn/RAW” button.
    • 2.Hold the “AE/AF LOCK” when changing to OVF after one of 25 focus points(inner portion of 49 focus points) is selected in EVF or LCD.
    • <Notice> “AE/AF LOCK” will be canceled when changing to OVF after one of 25 focus points (outer portion of 49 focus points) is selected in EVF or LCD. In this case, you need to use EVF or LCD to hold the “AE/AF LOCK”.
    • 3.Change of “MIN. SHUTTER SPEED” setting in “ISO AUTO CONTROL” of the shooting menu will be reflected without OFF/ON operation.
    • Get The Firmware Here 

Sony Announce New Mirror less Camera A7-A7r

Sony-A7R

Sony-A7R

Sony’s new A7 And A7R

Sony-A7

Sony-A7

 

Press Release:

Sony Unveils World’s First Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras 1

New Sony A7 Series Are World’s Smallest, Lightest Full-Frame Interchangeable Lens Cameras 2

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 15, 2013 –

Sony’s new A7 and A7R digital cameras are the world’s smallest full-frame interchangeable lens models 2.  Highly anticipated by professional photographers and imaging enthusiasts alike, the two new cameras offer an unmatched combination of creativity, customizability and portability.

The A7R model features a 36.4 effective megapixel 35mm Exmor® CMOS sensor – the highest resolution sensor in the history of Sony’s A line – with no optical low pass filter for added resolving power and increased image detail.  The A7 model boasts an impressive 24.3 effective megapixel 35mm Exmor® CMOS sensor and an innovative fast Hybrid AF system.

Each camera is equipped with advanced imaging features including a powerful new  BIONZ® X processor; fast AF capabilities; a clear, bright XGA OLED Tru-finder, full HD 60p video recording, Wi-Fi® and NFC connection, dust-and moisture- resistance and more.

“With these new A7 camera systems, Sony has completely redefined the look and feel of a professional-grade digital camera,” said Mike Kahn, director of the interchangeable lens camera business at Sony Electronics. “The A7 and A7R cameras are significantly smaller, lighter and more portable than any other full-frame interchange lens camera yet deliver image quality, power and performance that professionals and enthusiasts crave.”

Both cameras feature full customization and control to meet the needs of the most demanding photographers.  There are 9 different customizable buttons and 46 assignable functions that can be adjusted based on shooting preferences, including fully customizable front and back dials, a rear control wheel and an exposure compensation dial 3.  Users can preview all changes to photographic settings in real-time on the high-contrast, 2.4 million dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder or the high-resolution tiltable 3” LCD screen.

The new cameras share a powerful new BIONZ X processor that accurately reproduces details in textures in real-time via extra high-speed processing capabilities, and allows for exceptional low noise performance in all types of lighting conditions.  Additionally, the powerful processor combined with the advanced, high resolution sensors allow both cameras to shoot pro-quality Full HD video (AVCHD progressive, 1920x1080p @ 60p) with richly detailed colors and ultra-low noise.

Clear Image Zoom has been enhanced for video recording as well, allowing for powerful close-up shots without sacrificing pixel count.  Other pro-style movie features include an audio recording level control and display plus a “live” HDMI® output for passing through video to an external monitor or recording device.

The new cameras both have on-board Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities for instant image sharing and transfer to compatible smartphones and tablets.  The A7R and A7 models can access Sony’s platform of PlayMemories™ Camera Apps, allowing users to add new effects, filters, utilities and more.  This platform includes new ‘Multiple Exposure’ app, which automatically combines sequential exposures into one creative shot, and ‘Smart Remote Control’ 4, which allows for direct control of exposure and shutter speed from a connected smartphone and is particularly useful for self-portraits or group shots 5.  Find out more at www.playmemoriescameraapps.com .

The new A7 and A7R cameras each have a tough, magnesium alloy build and are dust and moisture resistant for standing up to some of the toughest weather conditions.

A7R Camera

Designed for professional photographers and highly advanced enthusiasts, the new A7R model is the world’s smallest and lightest full-frame interchangeable lens camera2.

It has an impressive 36.4 effective megapixel full frame sensor and no optical low pass filter, ensuring that the extraordinary resolving power is fully realized and resulting in an unprecedented level of detail and clarity in images.

The camera features a new Fast Intelligent AF technology that delivers blazingly quick, accurate autofocus. Additionally, there are a total of three selectable sizes for the Flexible Spot AF frame, minimizing the risk of accidentally focusing on the wrong target.

A7 Camera

Offering an exciting entry into the world of full-frame photography, the A7 camera features an advanced 24.3 effective megapixel full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor paired with the powerful new BIONZ X processor.

The exciting new camera has an innovative Fast Hybrid AF system that combines phase- and contrast-detect AF methods to ensure speedy, accurate autofocus.  It can also shoot at up to 5 fps continuously with non-stop AF tracking, allowing it to keep pace with fast-moving athletes, wildlife or energetic children.

New Sony A Lenses and Accessories

There are a total of 5 new full-frame E-mount lenses designed to take full advantage of the powerful imaging capabilities of the A7R and A7 cameras, including mid-range zoom lenses from Sony and Carl Zeiss, two bright Zeiss Sonnar T*™ prime lenses and a premium-quality G Lens™ telephoto zoom.  Sony’s growing E-mount interchangeable lens lineup now consists of 21 different lenses including the new full-frame models.

In addition to the new lenses, there are also two new-generation mount adaptors that give photographers the ability to utilize full-frame Sony A-mount optics on the A7 and A7R cameras.  The LA-EA3 adapter simply adds compatibility for existing A-mount lenses the new cameras, while the LA-EA4 model adds the ultra-fast focusing and shooting capabilities of Sony’s innovative Translucent Mirror Technology.

There is also a new vertical grip (VG-C1EM) that offers greater comfort during vertical shooting and can accommodate two separate NP-FW50 batteries for extended battery life and shooting time.  A new BC-TRW compact external battery charger that quickly charges batteries and is great for travel, and FA-CS1M off camera shoe allows the use of external flashes (HVL-43M, 20M) in off-camera wired applications.  Additionally, the new LCS-ELCA premium soft leather carry case protects the A7 and A7R cameras from scuffs and marks while being carried.

Ricoh/Pentax K3 DSLR

Ricoh/Pentax K3 DSLR Announced

08.10.2013

Pentax K3 Black

Pentax K3 Black

 

RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX K-3 digital SLR camera. Developed to be the flagship of the PENTAX K digital SLR camera series, this new model features a host of advanced functions and user-friendly features to optimise image quality and performance when shooting outdoors.

 

Designed for top performance, the K-3 provides an array of outstanding features, including high-resolution image reproduction with approximately 24 effective megapixels; a 27-point AF system; high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 8.3 images per second; high-precision exposure control with a newly designed 86,000 pixel RGB light-metering sensor; a new, large, high-resolution LCD monitor; and an optical viewfinder with the largest, brightness subject image in its class.

 

The new anti-aliasing simulator — a highly innovative function developed specifically for the K-3 — allows the user to effectively minimise moiré without the installation of an optical anti-aliasing filter in the camera, providing a choice of filtered or filter-free shooting for a given scene or subject.

 

The K-3 also offers greatly-enhanced movie-recording features and smartphone-accessible functions. The time-proven dustproof, weather-resistant body construction ensures dependable, flawless performance in the field.

 

The PENTAX K-3 Premium Silver Edition* will also be simultaneously launched—but in a limited run of just 2,000 units around the world. This limited-edition model has a silver body and silver grip, making it a perfect match for the silver versions of the high-performance Limited-series lenses, designed for unrivalled image rendition. This special package also includes an exclusive leather strap and a spare battery.

 

* The specifications of this limited-edition model are identical to those of the PENTAX K-3.

 

Main Features

 

1. High-resolution images produced by a brand-new sensor with approximately 24 effective megapixels and a new imaging engine

The K-3 is equipped with a new APS-C-size CMOS image sensor (23.5mm×15.6mm) with approximately 24 effective megapixels. By coupling this sensor with a newly developed PRIME III imaging engine with high-efficiency noise and image processing capacities and an anti-aliasing filter-free design, the K-3 delivers high-resolution, fine-gradation images. It also offers a top sensitivity of ISO 51200, for taking detailed images under poor lighting conditions, and to simplify handheld shooting of nightscapes.

2. PENTAX-original SR mechanism to reduce moiré as effectively as an optical anti-aliasing filter

(1) In-body SR mechanism

The K-3 features a PENTAX-developed SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism that can be used with any compatible PENTAX interchangeable lens.** Thanks to the addition of an SR-dedicated servo controller and an increase in the magnetic force driving the SR unit, this mechanism assures more stable, effective camera-shake compensation than ever before.

(2)The World’s-first***, innovative anti-aliasing simulator function

Newly developed for the K-3, the anti-aliasing simulator**** applies microscopic vibrations to the image sensor unit at the subpixel level during image exposure, generating the same level of moiré-reduction effect as an optical anti-aliasing filter. Unlike an optical anti-aliasing filter that always creates an identical result, this innovative simulator allows the user not only to switch the anti-aliasing filter effect on and off, but also to adjust the level of the effect. This allows the user to set the ideal effect for a particular scene or subject.

(3)User-assisting shooting functions

The SR unit’s flexible design, which tilts the image sensor unit in all directions, is one reason why the K-3 can offer a host of handy shooting functions, including auto level compensation, image-composition fine-adjustment, and ASTRO TRACER, which simplifies advanced astronomical photography in combination with the optional O-GPS1 GPS Unit.

** Lenses compatible with this mechanism:  K-, KA-, KAF-, KAF2-, and KAF3-mount lenses; screw-mount lenses, (with adapter); and 645- and 67-system lenses (with adapter). Some functions may not be available with all lenses.

*** World’s first as an interchangeable-lenscamera to carry this functionality as of October 2013. (Based on RICOH IMAGING COMPANY’s research)

**** This function is most effective with a shutter speed of 1/1000 second or slower. This function is not available during HDR shooting.

 

3. Newly designed SAFOX 11 AF module with 27 auto focus points

The K-3 features a new SAFOX 11 AF module with an expanded image-area coverage using 27 AF sensors (25 cross-type sensors positioned in the middle). The centre sensor and two sensors just above and below it are designed to detect the light flux of an F2.8 lens, making it easy to obtain pinpoint focus on the subject when using a large-aperture lens. This newly developed AF module is highly light-sensitive and covers a wide AF working range of –3EV to +18EV. Since the AF module takes data from RGB light sensors into calculation to optimise AF operation, the K-3 also provides such advanced functions as high-accuracy auto-focusing during the shooting of fast-moving subjects, and the zone-select AF mode to automatically select the best possible in-focus point within a designated nine-sensor zone.

 

4. High-precision exposure control with a new PENTAX Real-Time Scene Analysis System

The K-3 is equipped with newly introduced PENTAX Real-Time Scene Analysis System that consists of approximately 86,000 pixel RGB light-metering sensor and improved algorithm, which allows it to not only control the exposure with extreme accuracy, but also to utilise the data taken in by the light-metering sensor to further enhance the accuracy of auto-focusing and white balance adjustment.. This has expanded the measurable minimum luminance level to as low as –3EV. By detecting the type of scene or subject using the light sensor, the K-3 can not only select the exposure settings that are more consistent with the photographer’s creative intentions, but can also make more precise distinction between  the main subject and the background to improve the accuracy of flash discharge level.

 

5. High-speed continuous shooting with a maximum speed of approximately 8.3 images per second

The K-3 continuously records as many as 22 images in the RAW format or 60 images in the JPEG format***** in a single sequence, at a maximum speed of approximately 8.3 images per second. This has been made possible through the use of several innovative technologies, including a high-speed, high-accuracy control mechanism that regulates the shutter, mirror and diaphragm independently; a damper mechanism that effectively minimizes mirror shock; and a high-speed data transmission system incorporated in the PRIME III imaging engine.

 

***** JPEG Recorded PixelsL, JPEG Quality:★★★

 

6. Optical viewfinder with new optics, to provide a nearly 100% field of view and a larger, brighter viewfinder image

The K-3’s glass prism has been treated with a new coating designed to improve reflection, resulting in a much brighter viewfinder image. The eyepiece optics have been completely redesigned to assure an approximately 0.95-times viewfinder magnification to provide a broader image field, making it easier for the photographer to confirm the subject’s focusing status and compose the image.

 

7. Full HD movie recording with creative tools

The K-3 captures beautiful Full HD movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels; 60i/30P frame rate) in the H.264 recording format, which assures flawless, high-quality movies even with fast moving subjects. It also comes equipped with a stereo mic terminal for external microphone connection and a headphone terminal. The user can even adjust the audio recording level manually and monitor sound levels during microphone recording. In addition to a variety of creative special-effect modes,****** the K-3 also provides an upgraded interval movie mode, which captures a series of 4K-resolution movie clips (3840 x 2160 pixels) at a fixed interval.

 

****** When special image processing is required, the frame rate may vary depending on the selected special-effect mode.

 

8. Smartphone-support functions*******

By installing the optional FLU CARD FOR PENTAX 16GB memory card in the K-3, the user can release the K-3’s shutter, check the live-view image, and browse and download the images recorded on the card using a smartphone.

 

******* This software supports smartphones operating on iOS6 or later and Android 4.2 or later.

 

9. Large, easy-to-view 3.2-inch LCD monitor with approximately 1,037,000 dots

l,The K-3 features a newly designed 3.2-inch high-resolution LCD monitor with approximately 1,037,000 dots (in a 3:2 aspect ratio) on its back panel. In addition to its wide-view design, this monitor also features a protective tempered-glass front panel for added durability, and a unique construction in which the air space between LCD layers is eliminated, effectively reducing the reflection and dispersion of the light to improve visibility during outdoor shooting. During playback, the K-3 even allows the user to check recorded images at life-size magnification.

 

10. Compact, solid body with dustproof, weather-resistant construction; perfect for outdoor shooting

The K-3’s exterior casing is made of sturdy yet lightweight magnesium alloy. Thanks to the inclusion of 92 special sealed parts in the body, it boasts a dustproof, weather-resistant and cold-resistant construction, assuring solid operation at temperatures as low as -10°C. It also features a dependable, durable shutter unit that can handle some 200,000 shutter releases. Despite all these features, the K-3 has been designed to be compact and manoeuverable, assuring exceptional operability when shooting outdoors.

 

11. Other features

・Dual SD card slots for memory card flexibility (compatible with SDXC UHS-1 speed class in SDR104 bus speed mode)

・DRII (Dust Removal II) mechanism for effective elimination of dust on the image sensor using ultrasonic vibration

・HDR (High Dynamic Range) shooting mode with RAW-format data filing

・PENTAX-invented hyper control system for quick, accurate response to the photographer’s creative intentions

・Mode dial with a choice of lock mechanism engagement (ON or OFF)

・Redesigned, resized grip for steady, comfortable hold of the camera

・Compensation of various parameters: lens distortion, lateral chromatic aberration, brightness level at image-field edges, and fringe effect (available in RAW-format processing only)

・Compatibility with Eye-Fi wireless LAN memory cards

・Compatibility with USB3.0-standard interface accessories, with HDMI (type D) terminal

・Newly designed Digital Camera Utility 5 software included, to provide upgraded programs and enhanced overall performance

 

Optional Accessories

D-BG5 Battery Grip

Exclusively designed for the PENTAX K-3, this optional battery grip accepts six AA-size batteries as well as the standard lithium-ion rechargeable battery. It provides an extra set of shutter-release, AE-lock, AF, ISO, exposure-compensation and green buttons, as well as a preview lever and dual electronic dials to facilitate vertical-position shooting. It features the same dustproof, weather-resistant construction as the K-3 body.

 

O-FC1 FLU CARD FOR PENTAX 16GB

Newly developed for the PENTAX K-3, this SDHC memory card offers wireless LAN connection to a compatible smartphone. Via a designated Web browser, the user can inspect a live-view image, release the K-3’s shutter, shift the AF sensor point, and check images recorded on the card using the smartphone screen.

 

O-ST1401 Camera Strap

This versatile camera strap measures four centimetres wide and 50 centimetres long — a very functional length when the photographer wants to wrap it around a hand or wrist. It comes with a PENTAX logo, in a choice of black or red.

 

Note: Designs and specifications are subject to change without notice.

 

RRP

K-3 body                                                                                                          £1,099.99

K-3 single + DA L 18-55mm WR                                                                      £1,199.99

K-3 body + DA L 18-55mm WR & DA L 50-200mm WR                                   £1,349.99

K-3 Premium + DA 18-135mm WR                                                                   £1,449.99

K3 Silver Limited Edition                                                                                  £1,399.99

 

Available from November 2013

Adobe Servers Hacked

Adobe Servers Hacked User data Stolen

 Adobe recommends that customers change their passwords on any website where they may have used the same user ID and password.

Important Customer Security Announcement

Cyber attacks are one of the unfortunate realities of doing business today. Given the profile and widespread use of many of our products, Adobe has attracted increasing attention from cyber attackers. Very recently, Adobe’s security team discovered sophisticated attacks on our network, involving the illegal access of customer information as well as source code for numerous Adobe products. We believe these attacks may be related.

Our investigation currently indicates that the attackers accessed Adobe customer IDs and encrypted passwords on our systems. We also believe the attackers removed from our systems certain information relating to 2.9 million Adobe customers, including customer names, encrypted credit or debit card numbers, expiration dates, and other information relating to customer orders. At this time, we do not believe the attackers removed decrypted credit or debit card numbers from our systems. We deeply regret that this incident occurred. We’re working diligently internally, as well as with external partners and law enforcement, to address the incident. We’re taking the following steps:

As a precaution, we are resetting relevant customer passwords to help prevent unauthorized access to Adobe ID accounts. If your user ID and password were involved, you will receive an email notification from us with information on how to change your password. We also recommend that you change your passwords on any website where you may have used the same user ID and password.

We are in the process of notifying customers whose credit or debit card information we believe to be involved in the incident. If your information was involved, you will receive a notification letter from us with additional information on steps you can take to help protect yourself against potential misuse of personal information about you. Adobe is also offering customers, whose credit or debit card information was involved, the option of enrolling in a one-year complimentary credit monitoring membership where available.

We have notified the banks processing customer payments for Adobe, so that they can work with the payment card companies and card-issuing banks to help protect customers’ accounts.

We have contacted federal law enforcement and are assisting in their investigation.

We are also investigating the illegal access to source code of numerous Adobe products. Based on our findings to date, we are not aware of any specific increased risk to customers as a result of this incident. For more information, please see the blog post here.

We value the trust of our customers. We will work aggressively to prevent these types of events from occurring in the future. Again, we deeply regret any inconvenience this may cause you. If you would like additional information, please refer to Adobe’s Customer Support page.

Brad Arkin
Chief Security Officer

Nikon D610 Could Be Announced In October.

Nikon D610 Logo

Dust Free?

Nikon D610 release immenent

I own the Nikon D600, I purchased one the day that my D800E went in for repair because I expected a long and agonising wait for it to be returned as is Nikon’s reputation.

The D600 Image quality is good, and the camera offers a good feature set in a quite compact form factor  and a relatively-reasonable price.

The only blemish on the otherwise nearly perfect record of the Nikon D600 has been persistent reports of “dust and oil” gathering on the sensor that takes a lot of cleaning.

It seems that the blemishes are an oily compound thrown out from the shutter mainly in the top left corner.

I personally haven’t yet experienced this phenomena, and hopefully won’t.

It does seem though that this has been a quite widespread and nasty blemish on the D600’s reputation as a solid performer with above average image quality.

Many forum post’s appeared with pictures of blue sky’s shot at F22 just to prove the issue does exist.

Just how badly this affected the sales of the D600 is not known and Nikon seemed to be ignoring the issue many people have.

It appears that sending the camera in for repair results in the camera getting a new shutter and a good clean, which judging by the reports does nothing to alleviate said problem.

Now the rumour mill has it that Nikon is launching a new model namely the Nikon D610, in answer to the dust and oil issue.

The specs of the Nikon D610 are said to be the same as the Nikon D600 except for a slightly faster shutter speed, plus of course a fix for the issue which has reportedly blighted the sales of the D600.

The camera is rumoured to be announced on the 7 or 8Th of  October

So where  will this leave Nikon D600 owners? probably with a camera with a poor second hand price and a lot of time cloning out of spots in Photoshop..

Any Nikon D600 owners out there with thoughts on this ?

Whitby Street At Night

Image Taken With Nikon D600

Update For Nikon 610

Seems the rumour mills were correct about the newly announced Nikon D610.

Nothing special a slighter faster frame rate (.5 Per second) making the camera a 6 frame per second unit instead of 5.5 frames per second. Plus some very minor changes !!

D610 Primary Features

  1. Nikon’s exclusive technologies for superior image quality
    • An effective pixel count of 24.3-million pixels and an FX-format CMOS sensor for superior image quality over a broad range of standard sensitivitiesThe D610 offers an effective pixel count of approximately 24.3-million pixels and is equipped with an FX-format CMOS sensor developed exclusively by Nikon. This sensor enables images exhibiting very little noise and rich expression of tones throughout the entire range of standard sensitivities, from ISO 100 at the low end to ISO 6400 at the high end. In addition, ISO sensitivity can be expanded down to the equivalent of ISO 50 (Lo 1), or up as high as the equivalent of ISO 25600 (Hi 2) to offer the superior image quality expected of an FX-format camera with both still images and movies recorded under a variety of lighting conditions.
    • The EXPEED 3 image-processing engine with high-speed processing capabilitiesThe D610 is equipped with the same EXPEED 3 high-performance image-processing engine built into high-end D4, D800, and D800E Nikon FX-format cameras. This enables faithful rendering, vivid color reproduction, and a broad dynamic range. It also effectively suppresses noise with advanced noise-reduction processing for images captured at high sensitivities, all while preserving definition and sharpness.
    • Auto white balance that achieves natural color reproductionGreater optimization of image analysis of the most common scenes enables Auto white balance achieves more natural color reproduction for images captured indoors as well as outdoors in the most common scenes.
    • Picture Control for accurate reflection of user intent or creativityPicture Control is Nikon’s exclusive imaging system that allows users to adjust various image characteristics to achieve a desired effect or to match creative intent. Images that match the user’s intent can be captured by selecting an option—Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape—prior to shooting. Specific elements, including Sharpening, Contrast, and Brightness, can also be fine-tuned individually to suit a particular scene or preference. A Picture Control button on the back of the D610 enables direct access to the Picture Control menu.
    • NIKKOR lenses that maximize the superior rendering performance of the D610The performance of the CMOS sensor built into the D610 is maximized with the use of NIKKOR lenses equipped with Nikon’s advanced optical technologies for clear and sharp reproduction of even the finest details. This year marks the 80th anniversary of NIKKOR lenses for Nikon interchangeable-lens cameras, and total production has reached 80 million. The rich lineup of NIKKOR lenses, from ultra wide-angle to super-telephoto, fisheye, zoom, Micro, and PC-E lenses, makes photography of any type of scene, and for a wide variety of applications, more enjoyable.
  2. High-speed continuous shooting at approximately 6 fps*1 for up to 100 shots*2, and quiet continuous shooting at approximately 3 fps*1
    • The dedicated drive mechanism for independent high-speed mirror operation, and the high-speed processing of the EXPEED 3 image-processing engine enable high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 6 fps*1 in both FX and DX formats for up to 100 shots*2. This makes it easy to capture decisive moments with moving subjects, such as an approaching train or a wild bird taking flight. When combined with Dynamic-area AF, which precisely captures moving subjects, users can feel free to leave focusing to the camera so they can concentrate on framing their photos. The D610 also offers a power-up time of just 0.13 s*1 and a release time lag that challenges the approximately 0.042 s*1 of the D4 at approximately 0.052 s*1. Positioning of the shutter-release button on top of the power switch enables smooth operation from turning the camera on to releasing the shutter, and a comfortable grip that also helps to optimize operation enable quick and comfortable shooting for instant response to photo opportunities. The D610 also offers a quiet continuous shutter-release mode (Qc) for quiet, continuous shooting at approximately 3 fps*1.
      • *1Measured in accordance with CIPA guidelines.
      • *2With shooting of JPEG-format images. Excluding shooting of FX-format images at an image quality setting of JPEG Fine and an image size setting of Large (up to 51 shots possible), or an image quality setting of JPEG Normal and an image size setting of Large (up to 90 shots possible).
  3. Superior basic performance and operation
    1. AF system with 39 densely packed focus points, 7 of which are f/8 compatibleThe D610 is equipped with an AF system of 39 densely packed focus points. 9 of these at the center of the frame utilize cross-type sensors for more accurate subject acquisition. What’s more, 7 focus points at the center of the frame (3 vertical and 5 horizontal) support a maximum aperture of f/8. This makes autofocusing with lenses that have a combined maximum aperture of f/8 or faster possible. For example, accurate autofocusing is possible when a telephoto lens with a maximum aperture of f/4 is used with a 2x teleconverter for a combined maximum aperture of f/8.
    2. Scene Recognition System with highly precise and practical auto functionsUsing the highly precise 2,016-pixel RGB sensor, which also functions as the metering sensor, and an effective pixel count of 24.3-million pixels, the Scene Recognition System accurately identifies a number of scene characteristics, including brightness and brightness distribution within the frame, contrast, subject brightness and colors, subject position, the range of the frame taken up by human subjects, and the position of human faces. A variety of data based on these characteristics are then reflected in control of a number of automatic functions so accurate they are regularly used by even professional photographers, including autofocusing, auto exposure, i-TTL balanced fill-flash, auto white balance, and Active D-Lighting.
    3. An optical viewfinder with approximately 100% frame coverageThe D610 maintains the same approximately 100% viewfinder frame coverage as the D4 and D800-series cameras so that the optical viewfinder can be used for precise framing of a wide imaging area. Viewfinder magnification is approximately 0.7x*, a value that makes viewfinder display, including information displays, easy to see. A glass pentaprism is used. A framing grid convenient for landscapes and architectural photos can also be displayed in the viewfinder (with shooting in FX format).
      • *With 50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1 m-1.
    4. Double memory card slots for effective use of 2 SD memory cardsWhen 2 SD memory cards are inserted, the role played by the card in slot 2 can be selected from “Overflow”, “Backup”, or “RAW Slot 1—JPEG Slot 2” so that with NEF/RAW + JPEG recording, NEF/RAW copies are recorded to the card in slot 1 and JPEG copies are recorded to the card in slot 2. Images can also be copied from one card to another. With movie recording, the slot used to record movies can be specified to ensure that movies are recorded to a card with sufficient space. SD and UHS-I compliant SDHC and SDXC memory cards are supported. Eye-Fi cards (available from third-party retailers) are also supported.
    5. Built-in flash capable of wireless multiple-flash controlThe built-in flash that covers the angle of view of a wide-angle 24mm lens and has a guide number of approximately 12/39 (m/ft, ISO 100, 20°C/68°F) enables simple and beautiful flash photography with natural brightness. It is also equipped with a commander function for controlling multiple flash units with Nikon’s exclusive wireless multiple flash-unit photography system, Advanced Wireless Lighting. The built-in flash can serve as the master flash to control up to two groups of optional Speedlights (remote flash units).
  4. A compact, lightweight Nikon FX-format cameraThe D610 offers rendering performance and superior basic performance that challenges that of our high-end models. Despite adoption of the Nikon FX format, it is a model that is also portable enough to easily be taken anywhere. In addition to adoption of a magnesium alloy that reduces weight and maintains strength and durability for the top and rear body covers, all joints are effectively sealed for the same superior dust- and water-resistance as the D800 and D800E.
  5. Recording of 1920 x 1080/30p full-HD movies that make a variety of forms of expression possibleBy simply pressing the movie-record button just above and to the left of the shutter-release button in movie live view mode, users can enjoy movie recording that makes the most the camera’s approximately 24.3-million effective pixels. In addition, adoption of the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC video compression standard ensures that superior picture quality is maintained while data is compressed to allow for recording of a single movie for up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds*.
    • *Maximum length is 20 minutes with some frame size/rate and movie quality settings.

    Multi-area mode Full HD D-movie: Offers two movie formats, FX-based movie format and DX-based movie format, for recording of full-HD 1920 x 1080/30p movies. Users can choose the format that best suits the way in which the final movie will be used. The FX-based movie format makes full use of the large image sensor and offers a shallow depth-of-field with an emphasis on blur characteristics while the DX-based movie format is optimal for recording movies that bring subjects closer.

    Time-lapse photography: This function enables recording of movie files consisting of photos automatically captured at a specified interval over a specified period of time. The still photos are combined and the resulting movie can be played back at a speed of 24-36,000x. This function is optimal for recording of very slow-moving subjects, such as clouds moving across the sky. This allows users to express their own individual intent.

  6. Support for a variety of accessories for complete system expansionThe D610 offers users powerful support for their photography with system expansion that includes support for wireless accessories such as the Wireless Remote Controllers WR-R10/WR-T10 and Wireless Mobile Adapter WU-1b (accessories available separately).
  • Specifications, design, product name and supplied accessories may differ by country or area. Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacture.

So basically a d600 with hopefully an oil and dust monster free shutter. Nikon still have said nothing about the D600 oil and dust issues, they seem to hoping that this will now go away, but it won’t for the people who have camera’s affected by this issue.

Also the announcement will de-value the D600 as the list price of the D610 is lower than the D600.

Way to go Nikon……

For the buyers of the new camera lets all hope there are no quality issues with the new Nikon D610 that affected the D600..

Nikon Capture NX 2.4.4 Released

Nikon Capture 2.4.4

This software is offered to those who have purchased Capture NX 2. When this software is run, it may be necessary to enter the product key again to confirm ownership of a previous version of the software.

Be sure that you have read and understand the terms of the license agreement and the sections below before initiating download of this software from the links at the bottom of this page.

Modifications enabled in this version

Modifications that apply to both the Windows and Macintosh versions

  • Support for RAW images captured with the COOLPIX P7800 has been added.
  • An Automatic (Underwater) option has been added to the Auto Distortion pull-down menu under Camera & Lens Corrections in the Adjust section of the Edit List.
    However, the Automatic (Underwater) option is only displayed when all of the following conditions are met.
    – The image was captured with an advanced camera with interchangeable lenses that supports underwater automatic distortion control, and a lens that also supports the function.
    – The image was captured in RAW format or in JPEG format with the camera’s Auto distortion control function disabled.
  • The following issues have been resolved.
    – When the slider bar was manipulated while applying settings such as Gaussian Blur, High Pass, or Colorize, flicker in the form of random blocks was sometimes displayed.

Additional modifications to the Windows version

– When OK in the Page Setup dialog opened from the Print layout dialog was clicked after changing printers using the Print button in the Print layout dialog, only the default printer (that normally used) was named in the Printer section at top left in the Print layout dialog.
– “aaa…” was displayed for Artist in the File & Camera Information section of the Metadata palette. (Language versions other than the English version).
– When a date was entered in the Date Created text box in the XMP/IPTC Information section of the Metadata palette, and the user attempted to save the image, an error was displayed and the image could not be saved. (German language version only).
– When an image was edited using the LCH tool in the Adjust section of the Edit List, a message prompting the user to restart the application was sometimes displayed.

Notes
  • When this software is installed on a computer to which ViewNX 2 Ver. 2.2.3 or earlier has been installed, the Picture Control Utility cannot be launched from ViewNX 2. Please upgrade ViewNX 2 to Ver. 2.2.4 or later.
  • RAW images saved with Thumbnail only selected for Embed Preview When Saving NEF/NRW in Capture NX 2 Preferences will appear grainy with display in and printing from ViewNX 2.
  • If either Capture NX 2 or the Picture Control Utility (one or the other) is launched in 32-bit mode on a Macintosh computer, Capture NX 2 may freeze unexpectedly if Save as a new Custom Picture Control or Load Custom Picture Control Settings is selected from the Manage Picture Control menu in Capture NX 2.
    To use the software in 32-bit mode, be sure that both Capture NX 2 and the Picture Control Utility are running in 32-bit mode.

Lady With Wolf

Lady With  Wolf

After the shoot the other night I have got to editing some more of the images. Lady With Wolf is probably not an Imaginative enough title.

Anyone who can think of something better?

I rather like the outcome of this one, the wolf,moon and the fantastic model helped me create this image.

Lady And The Wolf (Book Cover Photography)

Lady And The Wolf

I always enjoy creating this kind of image, slightly impossible but yet beleivable ?

What do you think too much? or Just enough.

Everybody has their own thoughts about Photoshop edited images but this shot which was taken as the sun fell behind the horizon seems to lend itself to a bit of fantasy editing….

Comments about the image are welcome

The second image in the series of Lady With Wolf

Lady,Lamp And Wolf

Lady,Lamp And Wolf

Maybe not as much going on but I like the completed edit, I still find blending images very  rewarding if the outcome matches the vision of the initial drawing board for which the  image

was created…

TFP/CD Models Always Required

TFP/CD Models Always Required

Young Woman In Green Cloak (TFP/CD Models Always Required)

Young Woman In Green Cloak

TFP/CD Models Always Required

Light-play TFP/CD Shoot

Working for time is a co-operation for mutual benefit:
The model puts in her (his) time, resources and effort and the photographer does the same.
No money changes hands. Both, the model and the photographer cover their own expenses and benefit from each other’s skills and talents.
The model’s fee consists of photographic images.
Typically, the photographs are supplied as digital files, either on CD (time for CD or TFCD), for download from the photographer’s website (TFDL, time for download) or, rarely nowadays, as prints (PFT or prints for time, sometimes also called TFP time for prints).

This is a really good way for models to build a portfolio and of course for me to get new models for photographic shoots.

Woodland Scene (Woman In Cloak)

Woodland Scene

Themed shoots can be fun also, so any costumery or outfits you have, for say Vintage shoots or fantasy themed shoots, bring them along plus your own ideas are always welcomed.

Girl Sat On Wall

Girl Sat On Wall

If you are interested contact me !!

Last Day for Half Price Topaz Restyle

Not my cup of tea but plenty of people seem to use Topaz plugins so I suppose topaz restyle will be no different.

I was actually going to review the program but found it ran so slow and and crashed a few times on my machine so  I didn’t bother.

Here’s the link at Topaz.

Apparently Pro Photographers use this all the time now, “can’t live without it ” and “revolutionised my photography” are comments widely used about Topaz Restyle and nearly every other new addition of programs and plugins to hit the market.

I always compare of these type of plugins to fishermen who always buy the latest bait,lure,or fly. The only thing that they catch is the fisherman……

How often do you use this type of plugin?

Do You Find These Plugins Useful

 

Nikon D610 and D5300 Rumoured For Release

The Image below was  taken With Nikon D600

Woman In Woodland (Book Cover Photography)

Woman In Woodland

Nikon D610 And D5300 Rumoured for Release In September or early 2014

The latest rumors are that Nikon will release two new  cameras, namely the Nikon  D5300 and Nikon D610 DSLR cameras. details are still sketchy, but it is said that such an announcement will be within the new company strategy to concentrate on entry level DSLR’s. (Again rumours at this point)

The D5300 will most likely be a marginal improvement over the D5200, maybe with built-in Wi-Fi and GPS (Possibly?)

The D610 is the more interesting possibility. The rumours have it that the main reason behind the D610 release is not so much to introduce new functionality, as to quench once and for all the sensor dust and oil issue that is well documented across the internet.

The rumour mill has it  compared to the  SB-910 flash release  which was spawned simply to fix the overheating issue many people had with the SB-900.

None of the above information has been confirmed yet and are still well, just rumours but a lot of these rumours are based on valid information!!

I own a Nikon D600 and fortunately have not experienced the dust and oil issues for myself, but this does not mean it doesn’t exist, or lessen the reported problems people are having with their cameras. The main gripe about the D600 I have is the fact that all the focus points are squashed into a small space in the centre of the viewfinder.

I also find the battery life to be pretty rubbish also.

If this is Nikon’s way out of admitting they had a problem with the D600, then it is pretty underhanded.

They should admit the problem and repair or replace such faulty cameras.

For further rumours visit Nikon Rumours.com

Are you a D600 owner? What are your thoughts?

 

 

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