Nikon SB-910 Speedlight
After trickling leaks around the Net for a while, the replacement for Nikon SB-900 is now officially announced. The new flagship speedlight from Nikon is fully compatible with Nikon Creative Lighting System and is more powerful and versatile than ever. Full press release and image gallery can be found below. Read More…

Posted in News on November 30th, 2011. No Comments.

The abbreviation d.r.f or drf stands for de.rec.fotografie, a newsgroup on Usnet German. Photography enthusiasts there created a wiki-style FAQ site called drf-FAQ. In there you can find various interesting pages. The one that got my attention was their Nikon i-TTL page (Google translation, see original German language page).

The page starts with brief history and the basic principles of the Nikon iTTL system, then it goes through iTTL capabilities of various cameras and flashes (including both Nikon and 3rd party products). It also has a section about the limitations, problems, and workarounds of Nikon iTTL system.

DPTnT is mentioned on the page for our contribution in understanding the working principles of Nikon creative lighting system (CLS) advanced wireless lighting (AWL).

Posted in Online Resources on November 29th, 2011. No Comments.

Photography related rumor sites are popping up all over the internet. Fueled by technology advancements in digital photography and human nature, these sites have enthusiastic audiences who believe new gears are the saviors of their technical weakness that cannot be overcome otherwise.

Brand specific rumor sites

Other rumor sites

  • 4/3 Rumors – Panasonic and Olympus 4/3 digital camera news
  • Mirrorless Rumors – Mirrorless interchangable lens cameras.
  • Lighting Rumors – news, reviews and comparisons of photographic lighting equipment and accessories
  • Lens Rumors – The site is not just for lens as it seems. It has information about Canon, Nikon, Leica cameras in general.
  • Photo Rumors – General photography rumors. Site is run by the same guys behind Nikon Rumors and Leica Rumors.
  • Camera rumors – Latest rumors for various cameras.

Did I miss any rumor sites? Please let me know using the comment box below.

Posted in Online Resources on November 27th, 2011. 2 Comments.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3
Did you miss the $89.99 Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 deal at Amazon? No problem, B&H is selling it for slightly more at $99.95.

Adobe Photoshop CS5 is also on sale for around $500 at various places such as amazon, B&H.

We have a list of photography related Black Friday deals on the Deals page.

Posted in Photography Deals on November 25th, 2011. No Comments.

Back in early 2010, I post the article about how to make a smart optical slave flash trigger using Arduino prototyping system. Wyatt Olson of The Digital Cave has come up with a new design that uses plain AVR.

The circuits and programming codes are not the same but the working principles of both systems are very similar. The smart flash triggers can watch pre-flashes emitted by Nikon flashes and trigger dumb slave flash in sync with the main flash. Read More…

Posted in DIY Photography on November 23rd, 2011. No Comments.

Nikon has released NEF Codec version 1.12.0 that provides support for 64-bit Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems as well as the new Nikon 1 J1, Nikon 1 V1 cameras. The new version can be downloaded from Nikon Imaging website. It is a 90MB download. A system reboot is required to finish the installation.

The 64-bit support has been long overdue. Previously users of 64-bit system had to use third-party solutions.

Posted in News, Software on November 23rd, 2011. No Comments.

Castle in Crystal

The photo above was posted by one of our DPTnT Flickr group’s members, Scott. Basically it is photo shot through a crystal ball. The crystal ball bends light dramatically and the result is a beautiful image popping out of where you don’t expect it.

If you’d like to try it, all you need is to get a crystal ball from somewhere (for example, very affordable one from Amazon).

Scott also has some good tips on using a crystal ball in photography on his blog. You can also check out this Flickr group called Crystal Ball Photography to get some inspirations.

Posted in Digital photography on November 21st, 2011. No Comments.

Nikon Rumors website has posted two photos that were said to be the upcoming Nikon D800 full frame DSLR camera. They have had the specs of the Nikon D800 for a while.

The Nikon D800 is getting many people excited. The rumored 36M pixel sensor will be attractive to many landscape and studio photographers. This may not entirely be a replacement for Nikon D700 because the low noise performance of D700 is largely attributed to its low pixel count/larger sensor areas.

One interesting piece of the rumors is that there will be a variant of Nikon D800 without an anti-aliasing filter in front of the sensor. This will certainly improve the resolution but it is certain the camera or an external software has to handle the aliasing artifacts.

Baseed on the rumored specs, other things we will be expecting include 100% viewfinder coverage, 51-point AF, 1080P high-definition video recording, 4 (6)-fps continues shooting in FX (DX) mode.

300K yen may be an obstacle for wider acceptance outside of Japan. It is about $3900 based on current yen-usd exchange rate.

Posted in News, Rumors on November 20th, 2011. No Comments.
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