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  • Nikon Df Is Now In-Stock!

    Nikon Df Digital SLR Camera

     

    We recently wrote about the Nikon Df being announced in a previous post. That was at the beginning of November. It seems like ages since then, but we are happy to report that the Nikon Df is now in stock!

    We have the Nikon Df in four different configurations. They are all in stock at the time of this writing, but we anticipate selling out of them quickly. Nikon was unable deliver all of the cameras we ordered, so we still have some backordered, which usually means Nikon is not going to be able to keep up with demand. The silver Nikon Dfs seem to be in tighter supply than the blacks, and the silver body only configuration in tighter supply than all the others.

    Here's what we've got: Nikon Df body only in silver, Nikon Df body only in black, Nikon Df with special edition 50mm f/1.8G in silver, and Nikon Df with special edition 50mm f/1.8G in black.

    If you live local to one of our retail stores in Waterbury Center or South Burlington, VT, please stop on by and check out the Nikon Df. We have the black with special edition lens on display and for demonstration at both stores.

    The Nikon Df takes Secure Digital (SD) cards, so, if you don't have one and you are ordering this camera, make sure to pick one up at the same time. The Nikon Df does not shoot video, but it is still recommended to have a high-speed card for transferring the large files this camera produces, and for if/when the camera is used in continuous shooting mode (it can shoot up to 5.5 frames/second).

  • Nikon Df Digital SLR Camera and Limited Edition 50mm f/1.8 Lens Announced

    Nikon Df Digital SLR Camera If you have been paying attention to the Nikon USA website, you've probably noticed the series of videos they have been posting on the homepage. Over several days, and through a series of well-produced teaser videos, Nikon has been strategically revealing what we can now say is the Nikon Df. Nikon's revelation campaign centered around getting back to "Pure Photography", and made it clear that the Df would be a throw-back to a previous chapter of Nikon's history.

    We feel this has been one of Nikon's best marketing efforts for a camera announcement. Product announcements are typically thrown at the public. One day the product is a secret, the next day the whole world knows. The campaign to reveal the Nikon Df created a lot of buzz, and got a lot of people excited...including us.

    If you weren't already aware, used camera equipment is a big part of our business. I don't think there is a time when we don't have a Nikon FM, FM2, or similar type of mechanical 35mm film camera around. We see them all the time, and that is a testament to how popular the older, mechanical Nikon film cameras were. The new Nikon Df digital SLR is a throw-back to that time, and highlights a lot of the manual features that were standard on those analog cameras.

    Nikon Df Manual Features

     

    As you can see, the control dials of the Nikon Df are built for manual control. It's strange to see a mechanical ISO setting dial on a digital camera. The information display on the top has shrunk. Here the display features shutter speed, aperture value, battery charge, and shots left on the memory card. And that's it. This downsized display has made room for a quite large shutter value dial, and also the mode selector dial (manual, aperture value priority, shutter value priority and program mode). For digital cameras these things are typically manipulated by the press of a button.

    Nikon is using the same 16.2 megapixel (MP) full-frame (FX format in Nikon's terminology) image sensor, paired with the Nikon EXPEED 3 image processor, as seen in their flagship Nikon D4. Nikon boasts that the Df is their thinnest and lightest full-frame digital SLR to date. The Nikon Df also features a huge ISO range that is expandable up to 204,800. I'm sure a lot of users will be happy to get some of the performance aspects (image quality) of the D4 for half the price.

    We're really excited that Nikon has developed a lens mount system for this camera that will allow it to work with all modern AF-S, AF-D and AF NIKKOR lenses, in addition to AI and non-AI lenses alike. Owners of old NIKKOR glass will really appreciate that inclusion.

    The camera also features a continuous shooting speed of 5.5 frames per second, and Wi-Fi with the optional Nikon Wu-1a adapter. Of all the features that this camera does include, the Nikon Df does not have video. The Df has no option for capturing video. I guess Nikon's idea of "pure photography" is still capture only.

    The Nikon Df should be available by the end of this month (November, 2013) in both silver and black, and will cost $2749.95 for the body only. Nikon has produced a limited edition AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G lens with retro styling to match the new Nikon Df. The camera will be sold as a kit with this lens for $2999.95. We'll have the new Nikon Df online and in our stores for demonstration and sale as soon as they come in, and we are currently taking pre-orders. Just give us a call at (802) 244-0883 if you are interested.

    Nikon Df in Black

     

    Nikon Df Back in Black

  • Time For A Firmware Update?

    We have recently seen an increase in camera malfunctions as a result of outdated firmware and the use of newer memory cards. The most common one as of late has been with Nikon's digital SLRs and Coolpix point & shoot cameras, and their compatibility with the newer Sandisk SDHC memory cards. This affects the Coolpix P500, Coolpix L120 and the D5100 DSLR. We have also seen incompatibilities with larger capacity CF (compactflash) memory cards and the Canon EOS 5D (not Mark II). The good news is there is a fix that is simple and free: just update the camera's firmware!

    Here is a list of recent firmware updates for this issue:

    Nikon Coolpix P500 - Firmware Update to 1.1

    Nikon Coolpix L120 - Firmware Update to 1.1

    Nikon D5100 DSLR - Firmware Update to 1.01

    Canon EOS 5D - Firmware Update to 1.1.1

    While it is important to to keep up to date with the latest firmware, there are many cases where the updates are minor and unnoticeable. For full details on all firmware updates you should visit the manufacturers website. Detailed installation instructions are available for any firmware update. Please make sure to follow instructions exactly, and do not begin a firmware update unless you are using a fully charged battery. Visit the following links to see if you are up to date!

    Canon Support 

    Nikon Support

    Sony Support

  • Canon Announces New Professional Digital SLR Camera: EOS-1D X

    Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR CameraCanon announced today a brand new addition to its lineage of flagship professional digital SLR camera bodies, the Canon EOS-1D X (click to purchase from our website). The camera body will retail for $6,800, and it is currently poised for release in March of 2012.

    According to the specifications and features listed on this camera, the engineers at Canon have apparently been working overtime. From what we can tell Canon has kept its ears open to the people using their products--photographers--and have been listening. The EOS-1D X seems to be packed with a lot of what photographers want, and leaves out much of what they don't. We are pretty excited about this new camera, and it already feels like it will be a long winter waiting to get our hands on one.

    Scroll down for more images and information provided by Canon about this new camera.

    Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR Camera

    Back which shows the new, larger 3.2" high resolution LCD

    Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR Camera

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    Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR Camera

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    18.1 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor
    The EOS-1D X features a newly developed Canon full-frame 18.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor that's designed from the ground up to create high resolution, perfectly detailed images with unprecedented speed and clarity. A full 24 x 36mm, the sensor captures 5184 x 3456 large individual 6.95 µm pixels and has a much-improved S/N ratio resulting in better images from the start. A new photodiode structure with an increased photoelectric conversion rate increases the sensor's sensitivity by approximately 2 stops over previous models, meaning higher ISOs with the lowest noise of any EOS digital camera. And a 2-line 16-channel simultaneous signal readout means speeds of up to 12 fps (RAW + JPEG) and even 14 fps (Super High Speed Mode) are possible!

    Canon EOS-1D X Digital Camera Image Sensor

     

     

     

     

    14-bit A/D conversion, wide range ISO setting 100-51200 (L: 50, H1: 102400, H2: 204800)
    The EOS-1D X not only offers 14-bit signal processing for excellent image gradation, it delivers higher standard and expanded ISOs, and a score of new options to enhance shooting in varied and fast-changing lighting situations. With a standard range of ISO 100-51200, the EOS-1D X represents a 2-stop increase in sensitivity over previous cameras. Thanks to the improved signal-to-noise ratio of the new sensor and powerful noise reduction, the EOS-1D X can shoot at expanded sensitivities down to ISO 50 (L) and up to 102400 (H1), and even 204800 (H2)! Beyond the obvious advantages of its wide ISO range, the EOS-1D X has automatic ISO settings, found on the dedicated ISO menu. Minimum and maximum ISO settings can be specified, as can a user-defined range, plus full auto and manual.

    14-bit A/D conversion, wide range ISO setting 100-51200 (L: 50, H1: 102400, H2: 204800)

     

     

     

     

    Dual DIGIC 5+ Image Processors for enhanced noise reduction and blazing processing speed
    For a whole new level of performance, the EOS-1D X uses Dual DIGIC 5+ Image Processors that include four 4-channel A/D converter front-end processing circuits and deliver speeds of up to 12 fps (RAW + JPEG) and 14 fps (JPEG). Compared with the predecessor, Canon's DIGIC 4 Image Processor, the Dual DIGIC 5+ Image Processor offers approximately 17x faster processing speed, and feature new algorithms that promote greater noise reduction at higher ISOs. In addition to conventional image processing functions the Dual DIGIC 5+ Image Processors offer real-time compensation for Chromatic Aberration in both still and motion images. With the power of these two processors, speed improvements are noticeable from the instant the camera is turned on and the stunning results speak for themselves.

    Dual DIGIC 5+ Image Processors for enhanced noise reduction and blazing processing speed

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    All new 61-Point High Density Reticular AF
    The newly designed 61-Point High Density Reticular AF features an Offset Array Sensor (with staggering AF point arrangement) to deliver greater accuracy, no matter the situation. It offers multi-zone wide-area AF for better tracking, has 5 central dual cross-type points (f/2.8 diagonal), 21 central cross-type points (f/5.6 horizontal & vertical) and 20 outer cross-type points (f/4.0 horizontal), and is sensitive in extremely low-light situations (EV-2 for a central point with a f/2.8 lens).

    The EOS-1D X has a dedicated AF menu tab, so AF can be controlled without having to go through custom function menus. It also has 6 AF point selection methods (Spot, Single Point, Single + Adjacent 4 Points, Single + Adjacent 8 Points, Zone Selection, and Automatic AF Point Selection), plus a dedicated AF configuration tool for control of AI Servo AF III tracking parameters (tracking sensitivity, acceleration/deceleration tracking, and AF point auto switching).

    The EOS-1D X uses the 100,000-pixel RGB Metering Sensor to aid the AF system in Automatic Point Selection. This dramatically increases the tracking performance for subjects that were previously unpredictable to follow, such as fast-moving or flying subjects. EOS iTR (Intelligent Tracking and Recognition) AF recognizes the subject based on face and color detection from the AE system, and tracks it using AF points. The EOS iSA (Intelligent Subject Analysis) System incorporates color recognition and Face Detection for proper exposure. Specific parameters can be adjusted and refined and saved in the AF menu for later use.

    All new 61-Point High Density Reticular AF

     

     

     

    EOS iSA (Intelligent Subject Analysis System) Powered by Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor
    The EOS-1D X features a brand new 100,000-pixel RGB Metering Sensor with a dedicated DIGIC 4 Image Processor that delivers substantial improvements in evaluative ambient and flash metering. The sensor has 252 distinct zones for general metering, with 35 zones used for low-light metering. The meter's DIGIC 4 Image Processor uses EOS iSA (Intelligent Subject Analysis System) that incorporates face and color recognition data for more stable performance under rapidly changing lighting situations. The E-TTL Flash metering gains the same improvements. These improvements ensure accurate automatic exposure in a greatly increased group of shooting situations, offering a level of performance that will impress even the seasoned pro.

    EOS iSA (Intelligent Subject Analysis System) Powered by Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor

     

     

     

     

    EOS HD Video Recording
    Addressing the requests of the pros, the EOS-1D X captures HD video with an unprecedented level of sophistication for a digital SLR. It offers both All-I and IPB compression, supports H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile, and automatically splits files greater than 4GB (FAT specifications) for extended recording up to 29:59 minutes without interruption. It offers the option of timecoding only during recording (Rec Run) or at all times (Free Run) - useful for multi-camera shoots. The EOS-1D X offers easy operation with the new Live View shooting/Movie shooting button. Menu options can still be set even when the Live View image is displayed. A dedicated menu tab for video capture allows functions to be changed quickly on the fly. Improved sound recording adjustment capabilities offer 64-step volume control; and a sound recording level meter that is accessible through the Quick Control screen during video shooting. With the Silent Control function, adjustments can be made quietly with a touch pad located on the inner portion of the Quick Control Dial. The built-in wind filter helps suppress unwanted wind noise that can distort or muffle sound. The CMOS sensor's new drive system significantly increases image processor performance, reducing color artifacts and moiré.

    EOS HD Video Recording

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    High-Speed Continuous Shooting
    The EOS-1D X combines fast 16-channel data readout from its 18.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor and the supercharged processing capabilities of its Dual DIGIC 5+ Image Processors with a speedier shutter and mirror system to raise the performance bar for all digital cameras, capturing full-frame images and recording them fast to UDMA cards stored in the cameras Dual Card Slots. Ideal for fixed focus situations, the EOS-1D X's can shoot up to 12 fps (RAW + JPEG). In Super High Speed Mode, high-speed shooting up to 14 fps (JPEG) is possible.

    Thanks to a more resilient design, shutter lag with the EOS-1D X is reduced to 55ms (down even further to 36ms via custom function). A redesigned mirror system, featuring a Quad Active Mirror Stopper, uses more effective material to absorb impact when moving up and down not only aids in speedy shot-to-shot times, but the reduced mirror vibration provides more stable shots at all times.

    High-Speed Continuous Shooting

     

     

     

     

     

    Magnesium alloy body with shutter durability and dust- and weather-resistance
    For professionals who demand nothing less than the best, the EOS-1D X is designed to perform superbly, even in the most treacherous environments, every time. The body is constructed of rigid, high-strength magnesium alloy for rugged performance and features a new grip design for easier finger placement and reduced hand fatigue. Its newly redesigned shutter has lightweight and carbon-fiber blades, and is rated to maintain up to 14 fps performance without compromise, for up to 400,000 cycles. The EOS-1D X and accessories like the new Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E6A and GPS Receiver GP-E1 have extensive gasketing for improved dust and water resistance, even at their connection points.

    Magnesium alloy body with shutter durability and dust- and weather-resistance

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ultrasonic Wave Motion Cleaning (UWMC)
    The EOS-1D X's integrated cleaning dust removal cleaning uses a carrier wave type self-cleaning sensor unit. While previous dust removal systems removed dust adhered to the surface of the infrared absorbing/ultraviolet-blocking glass in a frontward direction by vibrating the glass with ultrasound, the new system effectively rolls rather than shakes the dust particles off, removing an even greater amount of dust, especially smaller particles. As with previous cameras, the IR/UV absorbing glass in front of the EOS-1D X's sensor is treated with an anti-dust fluorine coating making it easier to remove damp or sticky dust particles. As part of Canon's Integrated Cleaning System dust missed by the camera can be identified and removed using the Dust Delete Data feature of Canon's Digital Professional Pro software, bundled with every EOS digital SLR.

    Ultrasonic Wave Motion Cleaning (UWMC)

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Intelligent Viewfinder with Superimposed LCD
    The EOS-1D X's Intelligent Viewfinder offers a sharp, bright approximately 100% field of view with an approximate magnification of .76x, a viewing angle of 35° and a 20mm eye-point. With a new construction featuring aspherical lens elements, the viewfinder displays less distortions and color aberrations than previous models. It uses a transparent LCD to superimpose a customizable combination of focus points and gridlines directly over the image. The AF status indicator can even be directed to display within or outside of the viewfinders image area. With the intelligent viewfinder, unlike with other cameras, the photographer has the choice of seeing shooting information or looking only at the scene in front of the camera. The ability to effectively erase all shooting data and turn it back on with the touch of a button gives the photographer the opportunity to concentrate simply on looking and composing the photograph without distraction, a great advantage in numerous shooting situations.

    Intelligent Viewfinder with Superimposed LCD

     

     

     

     

     

    3.2" TFT LCD Monitor
    The EOS-1D X's 3.2" TFT LCD monitor has 1,040,000 dots, anti-reflective construction and features Canon's Clear View II technology for bright, sharp display in any number of shooting situations. It's ideal for reviewing settings and images, as well as for shooting in Live View mode. In Live View, grid lines can be displayed in 9 sections, 24 sections, or 9 sections with diagonals, as can the dual-axis electronic level, which helps ensure accurate level by displaying both roll and pitch in 1-degree increments. For image review, the EOS-1D X has a new, dedicated Magnify/Reduce button. While pressing the button, zooming in or out (up to 10x) is achieved simply by turning the Main Dial. Images can be protected or erased quickly, individually or in batches, and slideshows can be created with some or all images and can be sequenced by date, folders, movies, stills or rating. A feature guide can be accessed for the selected menu, providing detailed reference information whenever needed.

    3.2" TFT LCD Monitor

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Improved handling with addition of new customizable controls
    Reconceived based on the experience and feedback of professional users, the EOS-1D X's new ergonomic design is more comfortable and intuitive than ever. With a refined and intelligent layout of all control buttons and dials, shooting settings can be made with just the right hand, and quick image check and image processing operations with just the left. New, assignable and tactile function buttons located on the front of the camera enable fast access to features the photographer uses frequently. The vertical grip has been redesigned for comfort and familiarity, and combined with a vertical position Multi-Controller, Mfn2 and Depth-of-Field preview buttons provides every option found with horizontal for uninterrupted, intuitive shooting no matter the camera's orientation.

    During shooting, the EOS-1D X's dedicated Quick Control button enables speedy changes of nearly every shooting parameter with the touch of a button. During playback, pressing the Quick Control button enables the photographer to protect images, rotate, rate, resize, view highlight alert, AF point and much more. Plus, with the EOS-1D X's new Multi Function Lock, the Main Dial, Quick Control Dial and Multi-Controller can all be locked, individually or together.

    The EOS-1D X's Graphic User Interface shows improvements as well. The menu structure has been redesigned so that frequently used functions previously buried in the menu hierarchy are brought to the front. Operations previously assigned to buttons, controls, menus and custom functions have been consolidated for quick access in the menu, ensuring the photographer can concentrate on composing and shooting images.

    Improved handling with addition of new customizable controls

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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