Nikon, Leica and Olympus are Not Going to Attend Photokina 2020 – Photography Article

Photokina is still the world’s leading imaging expo, but changes to its structure and a struggling industry may be pushing participants away. In a press release published to the expo’s website, the trade show’s organizer Koelnmesse revealed that Nikon, Leica and Olympus have all chosen to skip Photokina 2020. The announcement strikes a grim-but-hopeful note, under the headline “Photokina 2020: An Industry in Transformation, a Decisive Chance for the Future.” Stand: Leica, Halle2.2 “The imaging industry is currently undergoing massive…

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Nikon Announces D6 in the Making, Plus Rumored D6 Specs – Photography Article

Well, it’s official: The Nikon D6 is under development, as announced by Nikon earlier this week. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, because the Nikon D6 has been whispered about for months, including a lengthy list of rumored specifications. But it’s nice to know the D6 is on its way. Unfortunately, Nikon’s announcement includes no details on the D6, except that it will be the company’s “most advanced DSLR to date.” This may be a reference to the D6’s autofocus…

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Leaked Nikon Z Lens Roadmap Shows 10 Lenses Planned for 2020 and 2021 – Photography Article

An updated Nikon Z-Series lens roadmap appeared online this morning, purporting to show all of the NIKKOR Z lenses that Nikon has in store for 2020 and 2021. From an 85mm f/1.2 to a 100-300mm f/4, it seems Nikon has a lot of glass in the pipeline for its full-frame mirrorless system. First: the grain of salt. This roadmap certainly seems plausible given Nikon’s current lineup and the official roadmap available on the the brand’s website, but it was sent…

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Nikon’s ‘Most Advanced DSLR’ Ever is Nigh – Photography Article

Nikon just officially announced the development of the Nikon D6 professional DSLR, a camera Nikon says will be “its most advanced DSLR to date.” “Nikon released the D1 digital SLR camera in 1999, making 2019 the 20th anniversary of the single-digit D series,” Nikon says. “Thanks to the imaging know-how cultivated over Nikon’s long history in camera development, Nikon’s professional DSLR cameras have continued to evolve by introducing some of the industry’s most advanced technologies and responding to the strict…

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Nikon Unveils the Nikkor Z 24mm f/1.8 S Mirrorless Lens – Photography Article

Nikon has announced the Nikkor Z 24mm f/1.8 S, a fast wide-angle prime lens for its full-frame mirrorless cameras. “The 24mm f/1.8 S is optimized for capturing everything from cityscapes to environmental portraits and is built to take advantage of Nikon’s large Z-mount, delivering the ultimate combination of fast, bright and sharp performance in nearly all lighting conditions,” Nikon says. Equipped with Nikon’s Multi-Focusing System, the lens uses two AF drives working in tandem to achieve fast and accurate autofocus,…

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Nikon Europe Leaked the Nikon D6 This Morning, Announcement Tonight – Photography Article

It’s been a bad few weeks for leaks directly from the source. First, Canon Australia leaked their own promo videos and brochures for both the Canon 90D and Canon EOS M6 Mark II a full week before announcement. Now, Nikon has let the D6 cat out of the bag less than 24 hours before they’re supposed to officially reveal the camera. The leak appeared briefly on Nikon Europe’s social media accounts, where promo videos and announcement posts were live for…

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Nikon to Announce D6 Next Week, Will Feature IBIS and Improved AF: Report – Photography Article

According to the most recent reports out of Japan, Nikon is planning to announce the flagship Nikon D6 DSLR in less than a week! The official announcement of the D6—which is rumored to feature in-body image stabilization, better video, and more—is now expected on September 4th. Previous rumors indicated that Nikon was going to announce their flagship full-frame DSLR sometime in October, but Nokishita is reporting that this date has now been moved up to September 4th: This is almost…

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Nikon Unveils 3D LUT for N-Log Video, Will Charge for ProRes RAW Update – Photography Article

Nikon made two major announcements for video shooters today. First, they released a dedicated (and long overdue) 3D Look Up Table (LUT) for the flat N-Log profile, making it much easier to post-process video footage from the Z6 and Z7. And second, they quietly announced that the long-awaited RAW video update for the Z Series will not be a free firmware update. It’s a mixed bag for fans of the full-frame mirrorless Z Series today. On the positive side is…

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How to Show Off Your Ultra-Expensive Camera Gear with an RC Car – Photography Article

Here’s a bit of lighthearted randomness: someone decided to take their large collection of very pricey cameras and lenses and build a tabletop off-road course for their RC car. The tiny Ford Bronco starts off by rolling over a set of three RED MINI-MAG cards that cost $1,450 each. The rest of the course features a RED camera and accessories, multiple Canon EOS 1DX Mark II DSLRs worth $5,500 each, and several high-end Canon L lenses also worth many thousands…

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Nikon is Only Producing 1,000 Copies of the 500mm f/5.6 PF Lens Per Month – Photography Article

If you’re still waiting for the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR lens you ordered weeks or even months ago, we don’t suggest holding your breath. In a statement posted to a German NPS website, it seems Nikon is only able to produce 1,000 of these lenses every month. The fact that Nikon has struggled to keep up with demand for the 500mm PF lens has been widely reported. Nikon Rumors finally learned why when a reader from…

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Nikon Has Finally Added RAW Image Transfer to the SnapBridge App – Photography Article

Nikon launched version 2.6 of its wireless image transfer app Snapbrige yesterday, and the latest update comes with two long-awaited features: RAW image transfer and wireless camera control for Snapbridge compatible DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. Users of Nikon’s older DSLRs like the D750 could already do some of this with the old Wireless Mobile Utility app, but for all its design and usability advantages, the Snapbridge app was still limited… until now. With the release of version 2.6, Nikon is…

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Shades of Difference and Direction « Joe McNally’s Blog – Photography Article

Hard sun, big silk, beautiful light. Pretty simple. Take a nuclear blast of sunlight and tame it by interfering with its blazing, destructive path with a simple swatch of white material, and it arrives at your subject’s doorstep (face) as cuddly and friendly as a golden retriever puppy. Get fancy and add a simple white fill card to bounce a small amount back and up into the face and you got dead bang gorgeous, wraparound light. Friendly and glow-y. Below,…

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Top 3 Places to Photograph Vienna – Timelapse Travels – Time.Lapse Photography Article

Earlier this summer I went to Vienna, Austria for a weekend and had a chance to explore the beautiful city.  I wanted to give my top 3 favorite places to take photographs! 1. Schönbrunn Palace This is the winter palace of Vienna which is just a short train ride away from the city centre.  This location is perfect because it’s perfect for architecture, landscape, and nature photography.  The palace grounds have several nature walks including a hill after a steep…

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Did Nikon and Canon Follow Micro Four Thirds’ Lead? – Photography Article

I was excited when Canon and Nikon finally stepped into the mirrorless game seriously more seriously, releasing their full-frame mirrorless cameras in 2018. Nikon launched their Z6 and Z7 with the new Z-Mount, while Canon released the EOS-R with a new RF-Mount. Taking a closer look to the mount design, both companies adopt very similar approach, and I can’t help but notice the similarities and be reminded of what Four Thirds promised and delivered in 2003 when Olympus DSLR E-1…

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Showtime! « Joe McNally’s Blog – Photography Article

When it comes to splash, color and the unabashed exuberance of the stage, it’s hard to beat Vegas, and its coterie of wildly diverse, talented, athletic, sensual, magnetic performers. Luckily for me, I know a few, none more vibrant than Joli Irvine, who has dazzled many a Vegas goer from numerous stages on the legendary strip. We have happily been involved here at our studio in a two month, all-consuming series of shoots which occurred in January and February of…

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Searching for the ‘Ideal’ Image Sensor – Photography Article

Like it or not, much of the conversation around image quality these days revolves around sensor size. When Sony announced the a7R IV, it boasted image quality that “rivaled medium format.” When people defend Micro Four Thirds, they show off their ultra-portable system and claim the images are “indistinguishable from full-frame.” And then you have tweets like this: Full-frame has all-but taken over as the professional ‘standard.’ But why? And does it even deserve that title? I don’t think it…

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Nikon CEO Expects Imaging Business Profits to Grow 80% in Three Years – Photography Article

In a recent interview with Japanese publication Nikkei, Nikon CEO Toshikazu Umatate admitted that imaging profits have fallen to one-sixth of their peak in 2012, but painted a more hopeful picture for the near future. These days, financial reports and interviews from camera companies frequently read like death omens and dire warnings. The current climate is always “shrinking” and any hopeful statement is usually tempered by the assertion that the market will continue to shrink for the foreseeable future. But…

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Patent Images Show Rumored Nikon Z-Mount APS-C Camera Without an EVF – Photography Article

Over the past several months, there have been some rumblings in the rumor mill that Nikon is planning to release an APS-C Z-Mount camera dubbed the Z3 by rumor sites. Now, a new design patent filed in Japan seems to show exactly that: an APS-C Z-Mount camera with no built-in EVF. We would never consider a patent image “confirmation” that such a camera is coming, but the coincidence between recent rumors and this recently unearthed patent is raising eyebrows. The…

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Nikon Unveils the Nikkor Z 85mm f/1.8 S Fast Prime Portrait Lens – Photography Article

Nikon has announced the new NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S, a fast prime portrait lens for its full-frame Z Series mirrorless cameras. “The NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S is a fast aperture lens ideal for all types of portrait photography and videography thanks to its edge-to-edge sharpness and beautiful, natural bokeh,” Nikon says, adding that the “fast f/1.8 constant aperture medium telephoto NIKKOR Z lens benefits from the wider, shallower Nikon Z-mount, producing edge-to-edge sharpness, even wide open.” Features of…

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Canon and Nikon Will Release DSLRs With In-Body Image Stabilization – Photography Article

In-body image stabilization (IBIS) has long been resisted by the two DSLR giants, Nikon and Canon. But recent rumors indicate that both Canon and Nikon will be breaking into new territory, with IBIS technology added to upcoming DSLRs for both brands. Up until now, in-body image stabilization has been confined to Nikon’s mirrorless lineup. And while reports indicate that the followup to the (mirrorless) Canon EOS R will include IBIS, there was no definitive information about DSLR in-body stabilization. Then,…

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Working One Room, Two Athletes. « Joe McNally’s Blog – Photography Article

Thrilled that Nikon USA is starting to roll out a series of stills and videos roughly titled “Performers.” I came up with the notion to address the multi-faceted capabilities of the Z camera mirrorless system. Z7 is hi res, handles action, but is the camera I would think of for a set piece. A posed portrait. A defined moment that is, to a degree, under the control of the photographer. The Z6 is more of a photojournalist’s camera, lower res,…

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500px Blog » Meet the 500px Ambassadors – Photography Article

With a global community of over 15 million photographers, it’s safe to say there is never a shortage of talent at 500px When it comes to choosing our Ambassadors, we look for community members who have a strong passion for photography and are constantly pushing past their creative boundaries. They are creators who are driven, eager, and excited to share their knowledge and skills with the 500px community. So without further ado, meet your Ambassadors! Favorite gear: Canon 6D and…

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Is Sony’s Pace of Innovation Actually Hurting the Photo Industry? – Photography Article

Over the past five years, Sony has done more to push digital imaging forward than just about anybody else. But their incredible pace of innovation is straining an industry that just can’t keep up, and the cracks are starting to show. Earlier this week, Sony released yet another a7 camera. It’s the fourth a7R Sony has made in less than 6 years, and the 10th full-frame mirrorless camera it’s released over the same period—all while adding 7 more cameras to…

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Nikon Takes the Crown, Sony G Master Needs Work – Photography Article

Roger Cicala at LensRentals is on a quest. A quest to MTF everything that moves… or in this case zooms. After putting off zoom lens comparisons as long as possible, Roger finally bit the bullet and published his 70-200mm f/2.8 MTF chart comparison. What’s an MTF Chart? For those of you who need a refresher, MTF charts measure a lens’ contrast and resolution from the center all the way out to the corners, putting hard numbers to a lens’ overall…

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500px Blog » Top cameras and lenses for different styles of photography – Photography Article

The last few years have brought a wave of transformation in the field of digital photography, from the emergence of high-quality smartphone cameras to the mirrorless revolution. With so many options available to rent or buy, it’s an exciting time to be a photographer. Trends come and go, but great cameras and lenses stick around and leave their mark. Here’s a look at just eight pieces of gear that prove their worth time and again. If your specialty is landscape…

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Nikon Z6 and Z7 Eye Autofocus Tests Reveal Struggles with Front-Focus – Photography Article

Chris Niccolls and Jordan Drake of DPReviewTV recently took the new Nikon Eye Autofocus firmware for a spin to see how it performs in the real world. But rather than comparing it directly to Sony and Canon, they wanted to put the firmware through its paces all on its own using both the more affordable Nikon Z6 and the high-res Nikon Z7. Overall, Niccolls’ evaluation tracks with everything else we’ve heard, and it goes something like this: This is a…

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Venus Optics Brings 15mm f/2 and 10-18mm Lenses to Canon RF and Nikon Z – Photography Article

Chinese lens maker Venus Optics is bringing two of its ultra-wide angle lenses to Canon and Nikon’s full-frame mirrorless systems. The Laowa 15mm f/2 Zero-D, which is now available for both the Canon RF and Nikon Z mounts, and the Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Zoom, which will only be released for the Nikon Z system. Venus Optics made a name for itself with its “Zero-D” line of ultra-wide lenses with minimal distortion, and now the brand is trying to expand its…

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Nikon’s 24-70mm f/2.8 Z-Mount Lens is ‘The New Benchmark’: DxOMark – Photography Article

We’ll start with the conclusion. DxOMark has dubbed Nikon’s NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S lens “the new benchmark for 24-70mm lenses.” The lens’ overall score of 36 makes it the best 24-70mm f/2.8 lens DxOMark has ever tested, and the 5th best zoom lens overall. Not too shabby. You can read the full review here, but suffice it to say the lens does well in almost every category. The areas where the lens struggles the most are distortion at the…

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Nikon Is Ending Free D600 Sensor Dust Repairs in 2020 – Photography Article

Remember the Nikon D600 sensor dust issue? The problem—and resulting service advisory—dominated the headlines for a couple of years, from the time the issue first surfaced in 2012 until Nikon announced it would fix all D600s for free in 2014. But it seems that free service is finally coming to a close. According to a notice published by Nikon Japan, Nikon will stop offering free repair service for affected D600s on January 10th, 2020—exactly six months from today. “As of…

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Massive Decline in Digital Camera Sales, Plus Nikon Sees Market Share Decrease – Photography Article

Earlier this week, Nikkei revealed the latest digital camera market trends. And for camera manufacturers, things are looking dismal. The market share breakdown First, let’s take a look at the market share breakdown: Canon: 40.5% (an increase of 3.9% from 2017) Nikon: 19.1% (a decrease of 2.7%) Sony: 17.7% (a decrease of 0.7%) Fujifilm: 5.1% (an increase of 1.3%) Olympus: 2.8% (an increase of 0.1%) Notice that Canon had the biggest gains, followed by Fujifilm and Olympus. Nikon’s market share…

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