Nikon D4S

Nikon D4S 

TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is preparing for the release of its next-generation flagship model, the D4S Nikon digital SLR camera, and will exhibit it, before official release, at the Nikon booth at the 2014 International CES, to be held Tuesday, January 7 through Friday, January 10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. International CES is one of the world’s largest consumer technology exhibitions.

As Nikon’s new flagship model, the D4S will offer advances over the Nikon D4 digital SLR camera that include even better image quality enabled with adoption of a new image-processing engine, and more advanced autofocusing performance.

The D4S represents a concentration of Nikon’s advanced camera development technologies and long experience. It is a model that offers a higher level of completion as a next-generation flagship camera, and expands the possibilities for professional photographers who always require the best possible performance in severe environments, particularly those in the fields of sports, press, and nature photography, as well as advanced amateur photographers looking for greater power of expression in their photographic works.

Nikon began as an optical device manufacturer developing and manufacturing optical lenses. This year marks the 97th anniversary of the company’s establishment. Nikon will continue to develop high-performance, highly functional products based on the optical technologies it has cultivated over its long history.

*Details including release date and suggested retail price for this product have not yet been determined.
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.

Nikon Df Press Release

Digital SLR camera Nikon Df
November 5, 2013

The fusion of responsive, intuitive dial operation and “flagship D4 image quality” in the smallest and lightest FX-format body

TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the Df, a Nikon FX-format digital SLR camera.

The Df combines intuitive, worry-free dial operation with superior image quality over a broad range of sensitivities in the smallest and lightest FX-format body, making the camera extremely portable. Large metal mechanical dials on the top of the camera enable direct, intuitive operation, offering tactile pleasure of shooting with precision mechanics, and allowing users to feel the joy of creating images that reflect their individual intent. The camera also provides a system that allows users to focus on shooting with the security that comes from visual confirmation of ISO sensitivity, shutter speed, and exposure compensation values, as well as the convenience of direct adjustment of settings at any time, even when the camera is turned off.

Nikon Df Retro Camera
Nikon Df Retro Camera

With the same FX-format CMOS sensor, effective pixel count of 16.2-million pixels, and EXPEED 3 image-processing engine as the D4 flagship model, the Df offers stable, superior image quality under a wide variety of lighting conditions. It supports a broad range of standard sensitivities, from ISO 100-12800, with additional reduction to the equivalent of ISO 50 and expansion to the equivalent of ISO 204800 when necessary.

Superior portability and stable D4 image quality over a broad range of ISO sensitivities, from low to high, release users from common restrictions such as time, place, and lighting conditions, thus increasing the range and flexibility of expression.

What’s more, the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G(Special Edition) kit lens, which maximizes the portability of the Df, will be released at the same time as the camera. Based on the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G normal lens, which was so well received for its superior optical performance in a compact and lightweight body, this lens was redesigned to serve as the perfect match for the Df. A leather-like texture on the outside surface of the lens, a silver aluminum ring, and a focus ring that reproduces the knurls on manual focus lenses were adopted for the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G(Special Edition). In addition, an optical design utilizing an aspherical lens element enables both sharp rendering and beautiful blur characteristics. This compact, lightweight, and fast fixed focal length lens is perfectly suited to the flexible, nimble photography for which the Df was designed.


AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G(Special Edition) kit lens,
AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G(Special Edition) kit lens

Adoption of a collapsible metering coupling lever also enables use of non-AI lenses with the camera. As the Df is equipped with the Nikon F mount, which has not changed since Nikon released its first SLR camera, the combination of older NIKKOR lenses and a camera incorporating the latest digital technologies allows users to enjoy capturing photographs exhibiting a wide variety of forms of expression.

Development background and goals

In recent years, the digital SLR camera market has responded to demands for higher pixel counts, faster operation and performance, and more functions with high-spec cameras that support capture of images as intended with advanced technologies and the ability to respond to a variety of techniques, shooting situations and conditions. The spread of such high-performance digital SLR cameras offer photographers greater convenience in a variety of ways. The Df was developed with a different approach and with an eye on offering different forms of value. Not only does it support the capture of more beautiful and artistic photos, as well as a variety of photographic expression, possible with other cameras, it also allows users to take their time with each individual photo to achieve images they will enjoy, as well as making the process of photography itself more pleasing.

The Df presented by Nikon, which has developed interchangeable-lens cameras and NIKKOR lenses for decades, and also achieved a number of technical innovations, was developed based on the concept of fusing responsive and intuitive operation with the feel of a precision device and D4 image quality in a compact and lightweight body that is extremely portable. This embodiment of a tool that stimulates user creativity and enables the pure enjoyment of photos responds to the needs of photographers looking to capture more creative photos.

Df Primary Features

Dial operation that offers tactile pleasure of shooting with precision mechanics, a body design that delights owners, and an advanced optical viewfinder expected of an SLR camera
Simple and intuitive dial operation that stimulates creativity


Nikon Df Top View
Nikon Df Top View

Application and adjustment of shooting settings is simple and intuitive with the Df, allowing users to capture photos as intended. ISO sensitivity, shutter speed, and exposure compensation are set using dedicated dials*. The camera provides a system that allows users to better focus on shooting with the security that comes from quick visual confirmation of current settings, as well as the convenience of direct adjustment of settings at any time, regardless of whether the camera is turned on or off. Shutter speed can be fine-tuned by setting the shutter-speed dial to “1/3 STEP” and rotating the main command dial.

*Aperture setting is applied and adjusted using the sub-command dial. The aperture ring on lenses other than G-, E-type or PC-E lenses can also be used.
Precision design that delights owners
Large mechanical dials and a linear form have been adopted to offer tactile pleasure of shooting with precision mechanics. The level of detail applied to all aspects of layout and materials of the Df reminds users of traditional Nikon cameras and lets them fully recognize that digital SLR cameras are precision devices. A magnesium alloy has been adopted for the top, back, and bottom covers on the camera body for solid metal touch, and surfaces such as those of grip finished with an elegant leather-like texture fit the hand comfortably. Each of the metal mechanical dials has been carved, and all indicators on the top of the camera are engraved and painted Fine knurling around dials offers comfortable feel and finger placement, and dials themselves rotate smoothly and “click” into position for a smart, high-precision feel with operation.
An optical viewfinder utilizing a glass pentaprism and offering frame coverage of approximately 100% for clear display of the view through the lens in real-time
The optical viewfinder built into the Df preserves frame coverage of approximately 100% for efficient utilization of the large and bright viewfinder image offered by the FX format and a glass pentaprism. Visual confirmation of the arrangement of all elements within the image area allows users to frame their shots with great precision. Viewfinder magnification of approximately 0.7x* allows users to easily confirm all visual elements, including the viewfinder display. The focusing screen, on which images are clearly formed, enables precise focus confirmation with autofocusing, and also supports the same precise focusing with manual focus. In addition, a camera menu option enables display of a framing grid that makes composing shots that are level horizontally and vertically simple.
*With 50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, -1.0 m-1.
D4 image quality achieved with an effective pixel count of 16.2-million pixels, FX-format CMOS image sensor and EXPEED 3 image-processing engine
Equipped with the same image sensor and image-processing engine as our D4 flagship model, the Df offers stable, superior image quality under a wide variety of lighting conditions. It supports a broad range of standard sensitivities, from ISO 100-12800, with additional reduction to the equivalent of ISO 50 and expansion to the equivalent of ISO 204800 when necessary. In low-light situations when a tripod cannot be used, the camera utilizes superior high-sensitivity performance for hand-held shooting of images exhibiting sharp rendering of details with very little of the grain caused by noise, and preserving vivid colors. The Df is also able to reproduce textures with a superior three-dimensional appearance at low sensitivities, such as ISO 100, without sacrificing dynamic range. Sharp and clear rendering with crisp edges in images captured in brightly lit situations or those exhibiting great contrast due to a bright light source enables rich expression of tones in both highlights and shadows. With its superior portability and ability to respond to a wide variety of lighting conditions, the Df will expand the flexibility with which users take on their photographic works.

A camera that is both strong and the smallest and lightest in the history of Nikon FX-format digital SLR cameras
The Df measures approximately 143.5 x 110.0 x 66.5 mm (W x H x D) and weighs approximately 710 g*, making it the smallest and lightest in the history of Nikon FX-format digital SLR cameras. Adoption of a magnesium alloy for the top, back, and bottom covers on the camera body makes the camera compact and lightweight while preserving strength and durability. All parts of the camera are effectively sealed for a level of dust- and water-resistance equivalent to that of D800-series cameras. The Df is a camera that offers superior mobility with a compact and lightweight size that is extremely portable, excellent basic performance, and a high level of strength and reliability.

*Camera body only.
Excellent basic performance and advanced technologies that support full-scale imaging
The Df offers simple operation and powerful support for capturing photos as intended with excellent basic performance and advanced functions that respond to the demands of photo hobbyists intent on capturing artistic and creative photographs.

Equipped with an AF system offering 39 focus points
The Df is equipped with the Multi-CAM 4800 autofocus sensor module. The densely packed 39 focus points enable certain acquisition and tracking of the intended subject, and adoption of cross-type sensors, which provide further accuracy, for the 9 points most frequently used at the center of the frame offer more precise focus acquisition. 7 of the focus points support f/8, making accurate autofocusing possible even 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.
Scene Recognition System with built-in 2,016-pixel RGB sensor
The Df is equipped with the Scene Recognition System, which analyzes detailed information acquired from the 2,016-pixel RGB sensor and the image sensor regarding aspects such as scene brightness and colors for optimal control over autofocusing, auto-exposure, i-TTL balanced fill-flash, and auto white balance.
Quick, stress-free response
The Df offers superior, high-speed response with a power-up time of approximately 0.14 s*1, a release time lag of roughly 0.052 s*1, and high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 5.5 fps. It also supports SDXC and UHS-I*2 high-speed memory cards, as well as Eye-Fi memory cards that enable simple wireless transfer of images captured with the camera.
*1Measured in accordance with CIPA guidelines.
*2Interface standards.
An button that enables quick access to frequently used camera functions
The button, positioned to the bottom left of the camera’s monitor, enables simple access to convenient functions with viewfinder and live view photography, and image playback. Pressing this button displays options for the desired setting, allowing immediate access to setting options for normal shooting, live view photography, and the retouch menu in playback mode.
A variety of live view functions
In addition to the 16-cell framing grid available with previous models, the Df also offers users the choice of a 9-cell framing grid, or display of the 16 : 9 or 1 : 1 aspect ratio in the camera monitor with live view photography. Further, the virtual horizon displayed in the monitor allows users to verify the direction of both roll (tilt to the left or right) and pitch (tilt forward or back), and a roll indicator can also be displayed in the viewfinder. The spot white balance function enables precise white-balance measurement using a specified object or portion of the frame in the live view display. This eliminates the need to prepare a reference object, such as a gray card, and enables quick acquisition of data for subjects that cannot be approached for application of a preset white-balance value without missing photo opportunities.
Power-saving design that supports worry-free focus on shooting
Adoption of more efficient power supply circuitry and use of EXPEED 3, which consumes little power, minimize the camera’s power consumption. When a fully charged compact and lightweight Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL14a supplied with the camera is used, approximately 1,400* still images can be captured.
*Measured in accordance with CIPA standards.
Use of non-AI NIKKOR lenses
Not only is the Df capable of capturing high-quality images using the latest NIKKOR lenses optimized for digital SLR cameras, it is the first Nikon digital SLR camera equipped with a collapsible metering coupling lever that enables the use of non-AI lenses.

When focal length and maximum aperture value for non-AI lenses are registered with the camera beforehand, optimal exposure can be achieved with exposure metering when the camera aperture setting is matched to the aperture value specified with the aperture ring on the lens by rotating the sub-command dial (supported only in [A] and [M] exposure modes). As the Df is equipped with the Nikon F mount, which has not changed since Nikon released its first SLR camera, the combination of older NIKKOR lenses and a camera incorporating the latest digital technologies allows users to enjoy capturing photographs exhibiting a wide variety of forms of expression.

The Nikon Df Has a UK RRP of  £2749.99

Nikon Df Sample Images

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Nikon Retro Add Campaign

Nikon : It’s in my hands again

Nikon New Retro Add Campaign



The final Video in this series. An announcement is expected November 5Th

November 5Th it appears will be the announcement date and all will be revealed…

The new Nikon Retro add campaign seemingly leading to the release of a new retro styled Nikon camera is underway. It appears that a series of videos will be released headed as Pure Photography?

Nikon seem to  be the latest camera company to turn out a retro-style DSLR in what appears to be a new “Pure Photography” ad campaign. In the first of five videos, a photographer is seen snapping pics of the Scottish countryside.

The camera is never seen, the viewer can clearly hear the sound of a shutter clicking,

A new Nikon micro-site shows the video with the text  “Nikon presents a series of short movies depicting a photographer roaming through Scotland with a camera as his only companion. Discover how he reunites with his creative self during this uniquely ambitious trip.”

It appears that the camera could be coupled with the Nikon 50mm f/1.8G.

Well I for one won’t be buying into this latest Nikon camera as my D800/E sit’s on a  Nikon repair bench once again. Hopefully getting my camera back to what it should have been the last time it was repaired. Fujifilm and Panasonic have already gone down this route with retro styled cameras this must be why Nikon fell the need to do the same.

Fujifilm had great success with the X100 and Panasonic launched the  Lumix GX7 Micro Four Thirds camera. I have to admit I own the Fujifilm X100 but haven’t really used it that much and will probably be boxing it up and selling it on. The idea is a good one for sales, but not nearly as good for the photographer using them, I find these styled cameras to be a ok for a pocket carry around camera, also street type photography but not what I would use for serious photography.

I am personally hankering after a medium format back such as the PhaseOne system, but it is still only a pipe dream…..

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.

  • 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.

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

Are you a D600 owner? What are your thoughts?



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

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