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Running out model numbers to use after the very successful D40/D40x/D50/D60 product line, Nikon provided the entry level consumer market with the all new D5000 digital SLR camera. At the first glance this is a very exciting new product. Read More…

Posted in Digital SLR Cameras, News on April 14th, 2009. No Comments.

Jason Odell, the author of the excellent ebook, The Photographer’s Guide to Capture NX2 (eBook for NX 2), is now offering online training workshops. Two workshops are currently available: Introduction to Capture NX 2 and Capture NX 2: Advanced Image Processing. The workshops cost $39.99 and $79.99 and last 2 and 4 hours respectively. After you enroll (registration form), you will be provided with a URL and a phone number. You can watch the live presentation online while listening in on the phone. Jason will also answer your questions over the phone.

You can find Jason’s announcement here.

Posted in News on April 13th, 2009. No Comments.

Being green is no longer just an expensive burden placed on businesses. Environmental consciousness in general public has been greatly increased over the past decades. For businesses, it is becoming fashionable to be environmentally conscious and even bringing profitable opportunities by catering to the ranks of the environmentally concerned.

Nikon just announced its environmental friendly Ecobins binoculars (full product spec in PDF Format) made with lead and arsenic-free Eco-Glass™ lenses and prisms, non-chloride rubber, and fully biodegradable Lenzing TENCEL® fiber for the case and strap. In addition, no harmful inks or dyes are used in the manufacturing process according to the company’s press release (PDF).

Nikon didn’t simply stop here. The eco-friendly features of this product carry all the way through to its packaging. Ecobins packaging is constructed from 85% post-consumer waste and is printed on recyclable FiberStone™ paper. This recyclable paper is completely TREE-FREE and made from limestone collected as waste material from existing quarries for the building and construction industry. Production of this product uses no water or bleaching chemicals and releases zero pollution into the air. 

Additionally, to minimize resources used to produce Ecobins, the instruction manual, product registration card and information regarding Nikon’s 25-year warranty are available online only and were not included in the packaging as printed inserts.

What’s the price of being green? $169.99, according to the press release (PDF). Being green still carries certain premium over a similar product (e.g.  Nikon ProStaff ATB 10×25 Waterproof Binocular).

What do you expect from Nikon for photographers? Green DSLR, green lenses, green straps, green packaging, green cables (so we don’t need to wash hands after handing them). You can also forget about product manuals, warranty cards, etc. Can we not see it coming in near future?

Posted in News on April 4th, 2009. No Comments.

April apparently comes to Europe earlier than America. Nikon Europe site has post the Capture NX2 2.20 updater as announced earlier. Among the changes, you will find NRW support, increased batch processing speed, automatic distortion correction function, renaming of the Auto Color Aberration to Auto Lateral Color Aberration, and some bug fixes.

Download – EU

Download – US

Posted in News, Software on March 31st, 2009. 4 Comments.

It is rare for Nikon to announce upcoming software updates. But this time they announced the April release of Capture NX2 V2.2. It will be a free update for users of current V2.x versions.

The new version will include improved processing speed in batch processing, Intel-approved logo permitted for Core 2 Duo/Core 2 Quad support, NRW (Coolpix P6000’s RAW data) support, vignette control function utilizing lens information, and axial color aberration correction.

Posted in News on March 27th, 2009. No Comments.

Nikon has announced two software updates for ViewNX and Nikon Transfer. 

The ViewNX update introduces a long list of usability improvements (full list of modifications can be found below for your reference). The change list for the Nikon Transfer version 1.4.0 is significantly shorter but it finally provides an alternative option to the very annoying “feature” of the previous version: adding trailing numbers to folder names formulated using the transfer date. Read More…

Posted in News, Software on March 25th, 2009. No Comments.

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For body only price of $799 and kit (with 18-55 mm IS lens) price of $899, this Full HD capable entry level DSLR is destined to be very popular. It also puts some pressure on Nikon D90, which has less pixels (12.3 vs. 15.1 megapixels) and less capable video recording capability (720P vs. 1080P).

However, it seems the 1080P HD is a stretch for its underpowered hardware. At the full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 (1080P, 16:9), the EOS 500D / Rebel T1i can only shoot 20 frames per second (fps), which is kinda awkward. 720P video (1280 x 720) is capable of a good 30 fps (compared to Nikon D90’s 24fps at the same resolution). The new Canon DLSR can also shoot up to 30 minutes (or max file size of 4GB). Nikon D90 can only shoot 5 min at 720P resolution and 20minutes at other resolutions.

Please don’t get it wrong though. Video shooting is fun and maybe important for some people, still photo taking should still be the number one consideration for a DSLR camera. In that regard, I doubt Nikon D90 is any significantly inferior than the Canon 500D. The side-by-side comparison of spec sheets can provide you with some quick ideas. Read More…

Posted in Digital SLR Cameras, News on March 25th, 2009. 1 Comment.

The famous Actress Angelina Jolie is on the cover of Digital Photographer Magazine issue #79. As expected, she looks fabulous. However, you might have a different perspective after watching this video titled Sex, Lies and Photoshop and going through some examples.

In the digital age, the truth can sometimes be enhanced beyond recognition and reality is buried in the zealous pursuit of visual impacts. How wonderful it is to be able to create a perfect fantasy world.

Posted in Miscellaneous, News on March 13th, 2009. No Comments.
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