Nikon D850 Launched

Nikon D850 Launched (But on Pre-Order)


Inspired by Photographer Feedback


Tech Specs At A Glance

Image sensor

FX, CMOS, 35.9 mm x 23.9 mm

Effective pixels

45.7 million

Storage media

XQD, SD, SDHC (UHS-II compliant), SDXC (UHS-II compliant)

Frame advance rate

Up to 9 fps
With an EN-EL18b battery inserted in an MB-D18 battery pack
CL: 1 to 8 fps
CH: 9 fps
QC: 3 fps
Other power sources
CL: 1 to 6 fps
CH: 7 fps
QC: 3 fps

ISO sensitivity

ISO 64 to 25600 in steps of 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV. Can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, or 1 EV (ISO 32 equivalent) below ISO 64 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1, or 2 EV (ISO 102400 equivalent) above ISO 25600; auto ISO sensitivity control available

Movie – frame size (pixels) and frame rate

3840 x 2160 (4K UHD); 30p (progressive), 25p, 24p
1920 x 1080: 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p
1280 x 720: 60p, 50p
1920 x 1080 (slow-mo): 30p x4, 25p x4, 24p x5
Actual frame rates for 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively; quality selection available at all sizes except 3840 x 2160 (when quality is fixed at “high”) and 1920 x 1080 slow-mo (when quality is fixed at “normal”)


8-cm (3.2–in.) diagonal tilting TFT touch-sensitive LCD with 170° viewing angle, approximately 100% frame coverage, and manual monitor brightness control. Resolution: approx. 2359k-dot (XGA)


One EN-EL15a rechargeable Li-ion battery. Up to 1840 still images. Based on CIPA standards.

Dimensions (W x H x D)

Approx. 146 x 124 x 78.5 mm (5.8 x 4.9 x 3.1 in.)


Approx. 1005 g
(2 lb. 3.5 oz.) with battery and XQD memory card but without body cap; approx. 915 g/2 lb. 0.3 oz. (camera body only)


Summary of main features

Resolution: 45.7 megapixels of effective resolution. extremely detailed 45.4 MP files. Back-illuminated FX-format CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter.

Speed: shoot at 7 fps. Or shoot full-resolution images at 9 fps when using the optional MB-D18 Multi-Power Battery Pack (with the EN-EL18B battery inserted).

Light sensitivity: the latest EXPEED 5 image processor delivers exceptionally clean images across the ISO range of 64–25600, extendable from 32 to 102400 (equivalent). The full ISO range is available for 4K video shooting also

Precision: the same fantastic 153-point AF system as the flagship D5 offers sensitivity down to -4 EV at the central point (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F). Metering down to -3 EV enables precise automatic exposures even when the only light is the light of the moon.

4K video with no crop factor: record full-frame 4K/UHD movies at 30p, with no crop-factor limitations. Shoot more than three hours using the MB-D18 Multi-Power Battery Pack.

In-camera 4K timelapse: film 4K timelapse movies in-camera, and harness the D850’s 45.7 effective megapixels to create spectacular 8K timelapse movies in post.

RAW flexibility: shoot 45.4 MP RAW size Large, 25.6 MP RAW size Medium, or 11.4 MP RAW size Small (both Medium and Small are 12-bit lossless compressed).

Any environment: extensive weather sealing readies the D850 for harsh environments. The same full-button illumination seen on Nikon’s D5 ensures easy handling under the blanket of night.

Fast storage media: a dual card slot unit enables use of a UHS-II SD card and an XQD card—the fastest combination possible.



Massive NHS Blunder

Massive NHS Blunder..

This is a sad story of what can go wrong so quickly after thinking everything was going to be ok, My partner Ann had Leukaemia but everything seemed to be going well. This is what happened.

Massive NHS Blunder

I am putting this story on my blog as it relates to me personally, I hope in some way it may help others to find this story and maybe get in touch if you have had a similar experience.

I find it too difficult to write about at the moment hence the link to the article the papers ran..



Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art Lens

Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art Lens

Having been on the market for a fast prime lens , I decided to go with the Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art lens. I went to my local dealer who unfortunately did not have it in stock, but could get one the next day.

Good enough I thought and ordered it.

Let me say straight of the bat this lens is seriously well built and heavy, it seems to ooze quality and has a good heft mounted on the camera.

Below are the specs :

SpecificationsOptical construction 13 elements in 11 groups including SLD and FLD elements

Number of aperture blades 9 (rounded)

min. focus distance 0.3 m (max. magnification ratio 1:5.2)Dimensions 77 x 94 mm

Weight 665 g

Filter size 67 mm (non-rotating)

Hoodpetal-shaped (bayonet mount, supplied)

When my lens arrived needless to say I was eager to try it out and test the focus accuracy of  my new toy.

Disappointed is the only word to describe what I saw when I tried to use it.

The lens severely front focused and the +20 AFMA on my camera’s  adjustment was not enough to bring it into line.

I have read various reviews around the internet some saying it is the best thing since sliced bread and I still hope it is when I either get a new copy or this one calibrated.

I think this just goes to show that Sigma still have quality control problems whether these are worse than other manufacturers I do not know not having dealt with Sigma before.

On getting in touch with Sigma UK they told me either send it in to them or buy a USB dock..

They did also say they would exchange it and that they send lenses out on a next day service to their dealers.

I have not yet decided on either exchanging the lens or buying a USB dock which will also give me access to firmware updates.

I plan on updating this review when I decide which way to go.

No images are in this review as I can not calibrate this particular lens as of yet..

Images hopefully coming soon.

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’s new A7 And A7R



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 .

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.

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..

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

Nikon Image

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.


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.?

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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.

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