Nikon Coldpix S800c review by Jeff Keller at DPreview: "Photo quality, battery life, and Wi-Fi reception are all things that need significant improvements"

This must be the very last device to be released with the Victorian era original Android version. Heck, even shacks in Asia putting together 49.99 toys have been putting at least Android 4 on their wares for the past year or so. I spent some quality hours with the S800c myself, and I honestly believe that the 'c' in the name stands for 'crap'. Jeff is a lot kinder than me however, he actually likes some aspects of the camera:

"Camera performance is good in most respects, with two notable exceptions. First, startup times. The camera takes 1.8 seconds to extend its lens and prepare for shooting. If the camera's been off for a while, then you'll have to wait for an additional 30 seconds for Android to boot up before the S800c is . . . read more

Battle of the bokeh: Kai W checks out the full frame 35mm royalty, and some models too.

After Top Gear gets canceled, because of Jeremy's nth remark for verbally abusing minorities/foreigners/the Welch or whatever, I hope we'll see Jezza and Kai doing a Top Photo Gear program together, with explosions, tanks (lots of optics in these nowadays) and even more explosions!

Back to reality now, this time Kai gets his hands on the crème de la crème of 35mm lense$: The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.4G, the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L USM, and the underdog that ate them all for breakfast, the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM:

"The Battle of the Bokeh is back and we're looking at some fast 35mm lenses from Canon, Nikon and Sigma with the Canon 35mm 1.4L, Nikon 35mm G AF-S. This time, however, it's up to you to vote, and the video shows you the results of the blind-bokeh test. Which lens has the best bokeh?"

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VRII review at Camera Stuff Review: This is an absolute winner. It is a mechanically very solid lens, meeting the highest optical standards at all focal lengths and apertures.

Ivo Freriks tests the lens with a Nikon D800E Dslr Body:

"The resolution of this lens is amazing. On a D800E (on which the performance of the lens comes out very well), we even scored over 3500 line pairs per picture height at maximum aperture at all focal lengths. You do not come across this often. The corners remain behind a bit at f/2.8 (well - 1500 LP/PH is still a very good result) but already after stopping down 2 stops, you get above 4000 LP/PH. This lens draws sharper than many professional fixed focus lenses!" . . . read more

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4 G ED VR lens review at PhotoZone: An excellent lens that performs on a very high level, but Nikon should have included the tripod collar.

Markus Stamm tests the lens with a Nikon D3X Dslr body:

"The Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/4 VR is an excellent lens that performs on a very high level. Resolution is generally excellent in the image center and very good at the borders and corners. Distortion is a bit on the high side at the long end of the zoom range, while vignetting and CAs are well controlled. The bokeh is quite smooth. The build quality is excellent, it's a bit annoying though that Nikon does not include the tripod collar with the lens. Thanks to a silent-wave drive the AF is silent and very fast. The new third-generation VR module is impressive and works very well. Which in summary means: a highly recommended lens." . . . read more

Nikon AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED macro lens review by Ming Thein: '...of all of the lenses I own, it’s the one that’s been with me the longest"

Ming Thein mostly uses this lens with the Nikon D800E Dslr body:

"I actually don’t have much to say about resolution and optics: what do you expect? It’s a macro lens. There’s almost zero distortion or field curvature, and nothing funny going on with the focal plane. Sharpness is already excellent at f2.8, though with the D800E you’ll probably have to go to f4 or f5.6 to hit peak resolving power across the frame. Note that diffraction softening will set in by around f13 or so with the D800E; I try not to go past f16 unless I absolutely have no choice. That said, you can get away with f22 on the 12MP FX cameras if you need to.

Something I’ve been asked in the past is why I don’t use the 105/2.8 VR instead for greater working distance; the answer is that for the kind of work I do, the 60 actually holds several advantages. Firstly, I don’t need as many extension tubes to achieve higher magnifications*; secondly, the lens itself has . . . read more

Nikon D5200 camera review at Trusted Reviews: The D5200 is a worthy addition to Nikon’s APS-C DSLR range that borrows some features from the more expensive Nikon D7000 to bring additional functionality to a smaller and more affordable model.

"Given the high pixel count, we were especially interested to see how the D5200 performed at high sensitivity settings. The good news is that it handles luminance and colour noise commendably. It’s not until you push beyond ISO 800 that you begin to notice traces of noise creeping in to images, and then only when they’re viewed at 100%. ISO 1600 and 3200 are both perfectly useable too, as is ISO 6400, although you will need to move the luminance noise reduction slider to 35 within Adobe Camera Raw. If possible it’s best to steer clear of the extended settings; chroma noise becomes more obvious at ISO 12, 800 while ISO 25,600 also has an adverse affect on edge sharpness.   . . . read more

Nikon Announces 2 new FX lenses, the exotic ultra tele AF-S 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR and the modest AF-S 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED ultra wide zoom.

Neither lens was a complete surprise, the 800mm was spotted by some eagle-eyed connoisseurs back at the London Olympics, and the 18-35mm lens saw its picture and spec list posted on the net many days ago. No word from Nikon if the 800mm monster is part of the Nikkor 80 years celebration theme. The lens will come bundled with a 1.25x tele converter, the AF-S Teleconverter TC800-1.25E ED, designed to work exclusively with the new 800mm lens. I wonder why they didn't incorporate the converter into the lens in the first place. Talking about firsts, the usage of 2 fluorite elements in the 800mm lens is one such feat. . . . read more

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VRII zoom lens review at Camera Labs: The Nikon 70-200mm f2.8G VR II is the professional version of a 70-200mm zoom with a large aperture, a very good performance and a build to last.

Thomas reviews the lens with a Nikon D800 Dslr body.

The Nikon 70-200/2.8G VR II delivers very good overall performance throughout the zoom-range with a graceful decline in sharpness/contrast in the corners. But nothing that a little stopping down can't heal. Mount it on a DX-body and it delivers a flawless performance from f4.0 with very high sharpness and contrast at all apertures. Its resolving-power also makes the lens quite a good match for a tele-converter should you need to reach beyond the 200mm focal length. Combined with image stabilization, a fast and reliable AF, and a large constant f2.8 aperture that can cut exposure times in half for fast moving action shots or deliver shallower depth of field effects, a robust body, and weather-sealing this lens is the tool of choice for the pros. . . . read more

Nikon celebrates 80 years of Nikkor lenses

No word by Nikon on commemorative-or any, lenses to be released in 2013, just 'promotions and other forms of communication'. For the history, among the first lenses was the pictured R-Aero-Nikkor 50mm f/5.6 lens used by the Imperial Japanese Army Air Service during the Second World War. Understandable a very rare lens, since most of the reconnaissance planes carrying it were shot down or destroyed on the ground.

Nikon Press Release

TOKYO - Nikon Corporation celebrates the 80th anniversary of the launch of its NIKKOR photographic lenses this year
In commemoration of NIKKOR's 80th anniversary, Nikon hopes to strengthen and increase awareness of the historic and . . . read more

Kyle Clements revisits the Nikon D600 oil/dust/? on sensor splatter issue, finds its still there, but less gory.

Kyle is the original 'Nikon D600 sensor oil/dust on sensor time-lapse showcase©' inventor. In the 4th installment of the series, he has this to say:

"After having the camera serviced by Nikon, my D600 is still suffering from an accumulation of dust, even after 5000 shutter releases"

Now, as someone that has used everything but a toilet brush (darn thing didn't fit in the mirror-box) to clean out goo off my various EOS cams, I have just one thing to say: If you buy a Dslr, especially a full-frame one, you have got to learn cleaning  the sensor yourself. Don't be afraid of it, there's a very high chance the official service center will do a worse job than you anyway. Befriend Google, check out some of the myriads of tutorials out there, get some cheap cleaning accessories and swab that CMOS (CCD if you're unlucky) clean! . . . read more

Famous Photographer Dave Kai Piper posts a gallery of gorgeous pics taken with a Fuji X-Pro1, taken with a Nikon D700, or maybe something else. (Updated)

Dave Kai Piper is famous for his award winning model & portrait work and also known to work with only 'with natural light or an Orbis Ring Flash'. So, here's his wonderful X-Pro1 gallery, but at least the dozen or so images I've checked out so far are all shot with a Nikon D700., according to their EXIF. The disparity is compounded by the fact that each file name contains the words 'fuji-Xpro1'.
Since the same EXIF information is repeated in photo after photo, all shot on the same day, with a 85mm lens, at ISO 200 and 1/200 sec speed, it makes this probably a case of EXIF manipulation gone wrong, but it still begs the question: Why?

Update: Dave Piper sent us this message:

"Hello Sir, I can clear up this problem - All of the photos in the gallery had been placed onto a template in photoshop ( all of the photographs in my portfolio have been laid out this way

AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED-IF review at Digital Photography School: So good, it can be tempting to switch systems just for this lens.

Professional photographer Peter West Carey tested this lens with a Nikon D800E body. Lots of gorgeous full size EXIF-ed sample photos inside:

The lens is a joy to use and the results, to me, are stunning. It has me seriously thinking of adopting a Nikon camera and this lens in the future. It was very useful both in Utah when I had to get a little closer, without getting physically closer, at Mesa Arch. It was also helpful when shooting from a helicopter over Hawaii, The Big Island as the blades and skids started to show as I could zoom in just a little and make it work. If I had a Nikon camera body, I would already own this lens and it will be the first Nikon lens I ever buy. It is an excellent lens. . . . read more

Nikon D5200 video review by Kai at DigitalRev TV: Is it just a D3200 with a twisty flippy screen? Maybe, but the autofocus system is vastly improved.

Kai Wong doesn't think too much of the new Nikon D5200. He thinks the body is too small and cumbersome to handle, and, If it's biggest achievement is incorporating the D7000's AF system, why not buy the latter in the first place? The difference in price is not that great, and as an added bonus you'll get the ability to autofocus with some of Nikon's older AF lenses, plus plenty of real estate to put your creative fingers on. . . . read more

Nikon D800 Review at Digital Camera Review: It's great for studio, portrait and product photographers, as well as landscape shooters who want the ultimate amount of information.

The reviewer, Theano Nikitas tested the D800 with the Nikkor 16-35mm, 24-70mm, 70-200mm and 24-120mm lenses, with the latter struggling to meet the demands of the camera's sensor in the detail department.

"With its 36 megapixel sensor, sophisticated feature set and amazing image quality, the Nikon D800 offers a solid--and more affordable--alternative to photographers who crave medium-format files without stretching a budget to the breaking point. It's no speed demon with a continuous shooting speed of about 4fps but it's not designed that way. It's great for studio, portrait and product photographers, as well as landscape shooters who want the ultimate amount of information. Heed our warning, though. Be sure your computer and storage systems are up to the task of handling large files. This . . . read more

Interesting Retro review: The Nikon S3 Rangefinder camera, by Ken Rockwell

What is really interesting is that Nikon-in a streak of sentimentality-revived this model 13 years ago, as a Year 2000 Limited Edition Celebration model. Strangely the S(P) Rangefinder camera was revived yet again, in 2005.  Even stranger,, that was the third time Nikon revived this Lazarus-on-Steroids of a camera, the first one was in 1964 for the XVIII Tokyo Olympic Games, the camera was made only in black, and came with a titanium curtain shutter. 

Nikon still makes two film cameras, the F6, and the FM10, and keeps much of the older film body tooling & machinery in a mothballed state. In 4 years Nikon will celebrate its centenary, and there's no doubt in my mind that we'll see yet another revival of a classic Nikon film design. Or maybe a totally new Nikon F7? 

"The life-size finder is excellent, however it's always cluttered with all the framelines at the same time. It's fine for use . . . read more

Nikon Low Light photography tutorial: Setup your Nikon Dslr to paint with light, by JMeyer at Nphoto Magazine.

"Even though there are fewer hours of daylight in winter, it doesn’t mean that you have to put your camera into hibernation. You just have to be a bit more creative to get great pictures. You could simply use the artificial light of towns, cities or traffic as a light source, or even shoot stars and other bodies in the night sky, but one of the most creative and unusual ways to illuminate your night shots is using a technique known as ‘painting with light’. . . . read more

Steve Huff claims another soul for Leica: Photographer Peter Tomlinson waves goodbye to his beloved Nikon gear and says hello to Leica, no reasons given other than Steve's contagious Leica enthusiasm.

His farewell bid does not answer a single question, more specifically, WHY? And how is he going to replace his 200mm tele range in the Leica world? Why do he post some gorgeous images taken with his Nikon gear (D700 and D300) over the years, does he honestly believe he will do better with a Leica on safaris? Anyway, I'll wish him the best of luck, and congratulations to Steve Huff for reeling in another one :)

"Dear Steve, Having found your site about 6 months ago I’ve become convinced, with a passion that grew from your own passion, that I need to say goodbye to my Nikon DSLR gear (D700 and D300 with f2.8 lenses of 20mm, 24-70 and 70-200) and say hello to Leica. After your helpful input and a search around various shops I’ve chosen an M9-P, still under warranty, and at a very good price. I collect it on January 7th. . . . read more

Nikon AFS DX Micro Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G lens review by Markus Stamm at Photo Zone: Until Nikon offers a native macro lens for the CX mount, the AF-S DX 40/2.8 G is the most affordable AF lens to explore macro photography with a Nikon 1 series camera.

This is a rather interesting review, the lens is tested with the FT-1 adapter on a Nikon 1 V1 body, and that transforms the Micro-Nikkor 40mm to something of a short tele 108mm macro lens:

"The Nikon AF-S DX 40mm f/2.8 G offers excellent resolution in the image center straight from the maximum aperture. The borders and corners struggle a bit at large aperture settings, but stopped down reach very good resolution. Since the lens is designed for a larger sensor, distortion and vignetting are no issues on Nikon 1 cameras. CAs are a bit pronounced at small apertures, but can easily be taken care of in post processing. . . . read more

The Nikon Nikkor AF-S 85mm f/1.8G scores very high at DXO Mark: If you can live its one downside, the Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.8G is a cracking piece of glass for portraits and low-light photography.

"With an Overall DxO Mark Lens Metric Score of 35 the Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.8G is the best 85mm lens in the DxOMark database and well exceeds the average DxO Mark Overall Score of 28 for this type of lens. Costing $500, a whooping $1149 cheaper than the Nikon f/1.4 version at $1649, it also represents excellent value for money if you can live without the f/1.4 maximum aperture. In terms of sharpness the Nikon AF-S 85 mm f/1.8G finishes 3rd on the podium out of all 14 85mm primes lenses we’ve tested and again surpasses the average score for this category of 15 P-Mpix. Its best characteristic is homogenous sharpness with no edge softness even with the aperture wide open at f/1.8. It . . . read more

Using Adapted Lenses On Your Mirrorless Cameras, by Chris Gampat at Digital Camera Stuff.

"Mirrorless Cameras are not only capable of shooting really amazing images, but they have the ability to do so with nearly any lens. Sure, many systems have their own lens lineups with autofocus and other bells and whistles, but maybe you've got a collection of lenses already. Even if you don't, browse around Flickr and you'll see that people hunt after lenses in order to adapt them to their cameras. If you see yourself becoming one of those lens collectors, then you'll want to keep in mind a couple of pointers before and when you put that lens onto your camera. . . . read more

Nikon D5200 review by Daniel Bell at EPZ: The successor to the D5100 has an excellent set of features and takes superb pictures.

When we reviewed the D5100 in April of 2011 we were impressed and gave it our highly recommended award. The biggest change on the D5200 is the upgrade to the 24.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, with the D5200 producing 5 star quality images. The D5200 can also shoot at a faster rate of 5 fps in continuous shooting. The D5200 is compatible with a number of accessories such as the Wireless Mobile Adapter (WU-1a) allowing sharing of images with mobile devices. There are also a couple of wireless remote controls available to purchase. . . . read more

Nikon D5200 gets DXO marked, surprises us all: It's Toshiba made sensor scores higher than the Sony counterpart used in the D3200, and Sony's own cameras, of course.

"With the introduction of the D3200 last year, the decision to refresh the APS-C (DX) format DSLR range from the entry-level model and now the D5200 with 24-megapixel sensors was a bold move for Nikon. The new sensors comfortably out-perform the current Canon offerings in practically every metric. And, by adopting a new sensor design in the D5200, it appears to be an attempt to differentiate that model from their entry-level camera while also overshadowing the Sony SLT Alpha 65.

An overall sensor score of 84 places the Nikon D5200 in first place in the DxOMark rankings for a camera with an APS-C size sensor, just two points ahead of semi-pro (and considerably pricier) Pentax K-5 II and the K-5 IIs derivative. Both these models employ a Sony sensor, but a 16-Mpix model with theoretically larger light gathering pixels.

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Nikon D5200 video review (with transcript) at Digital Camera World: Thanks to it’s 24.1 million pixel sensor and EXPEED 3 processing engine the D5200 is capable of recording lots of detail and noise is well controlled, but better keep it below ISO 3200.

"Nikon has given the D5200 the same 2,016-pixel metering sensor as the D7000 and this proves very capable so images are well exposed in most situations. Colours are also good, although in shaded conditions the automatic white balance system can produces images that look a little bit too gloomy and under-saturated. All things considered, the D5200 is a very good camera, but it’s a shame that the screen isn’t touch-sensitive and it doesn’t have built-in Wi-Fi technology as these look like being key features for 2013.

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Nikon 1 V2 Review at What Digital Camera: A greatly improved camera that is a pleasure to use, although is ultimately still hamstrung by price and image quality.

The Camera was reviewed with the NikkorR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 lens.

"There's a lot to like about the Nikon V2; a camera which sees a real marked improvement on its predecessor. Although the design might not be to everyone's taste on an aesthetic level, there's no arguing with the fact that the addition of a fully functioning mode dial on the cameras top plate, as well as an ample hand grip, both make the V2 a more enjoyable camera to shoot with. Throw in the headline features, such as the 60fps burst mode and lightning fast AF system, and the V2 seems like a winner. 

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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX ED VR II (wheew!) Lens short review by J.Meyer at Nphoto Mag: Feature packed and effective, without the pro price tag.

"The 16-85mm acquits itself well in the lab and is a joy to use. The VR system is superb and image quality is impressively sharp, even at the largest apertures, making the f/5.6 at 85mm all the more usable. Contrast is excellent and the lens gives superb results in practically any shooting conditions.

What’s good – Class-leading zoom range, ring-type autofocus, dual-mode stabilisation and superb image quality.
What’s bad – The maximum aperture is f/5.6 at the long end of the zoom range, and only f/5 at about 50mm.
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Nikon D5200 review by Angela Nicholson at the Tech Radar: All things considered, the D5200 seems like a solid proposal, even if it doesn't have anything very new or exciting to offer.

"Provided you are happy not to have an array of buttons and dials allowing quick access to key features, the D5200 looks like a great option for enthusiast photographers looking for a small, versatile camera. Obviously we have to add the caveat that we haven't actually seen any images from the D5200 yet, but its pedigree and the fact that we have seen the majority of its constituent parts in action elsewhere, leads us to be fairly certain that this camera will be capable of delivering high-quality results. . . . read more

Jamie Oliver dishes out some delicious food photography tips

Jamie Oliver and renowned food photographer David Loftus come together as Nikon ambassadors and share a video and some nice food photography tips for us:

Photographing food is a trend that has swept across social media sites over the past year, and the topic is a firm favourite with bloggers all over Europe, so how can you get the most out of your DSLR to make your food photos look good enough to eat, and impress your food-loving friends?

To explore the food photography trend and find out exactly how the professionals make their culinary creations look so tasty, Nikon has teamed up with celebrity chef, Nikon ambassador and DSLR photography enthusiast Jamie Oliver, and his collaborator – professional food photographer David Loftus – to discover the tricks of the food photography trade. . . . read more

Nikon ViewNX 2.7.1 Update Available for Download, adds support for the D5200, and Nikon 1 models J3 and S1, fixes a bunch of bugs.

Modifications enabled with version 2.7.1 :

Modifications that apply to both the Windows and Macintosh versions

Support for the D5200, and Nikon 1 models J3 and S1 has been added.
The following issues with movies recorded using the Nikon 1 V2 with White Balance set to Underwater have been resolved.
Thumbnails for movies transferred with Nikon Transfer 2 using a card reader are not displayed in the thumbnail list area.
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Nikon D5200 review by Mark Goldstein at the Photography Blog: The new Nikon D5200 may not reinvent the wheel in any way, but it is undoubtedly a great all-round DSLR that's well-suited to a lot of different users and experience levels.

"The new Nikon D5200 is a solid upgrade of the previous D5100 model, with better auto-focus and metering systems, enhanced video options, slightly faster burst shooting, friendlier user interface and more resolution, although that all comes at a slight increase in price. D5100 owners won't find enough to tempt them to upgrade, but like its predecessor the D5200 still offers a compelling mix of excellent image quality, straight-forward handling and quick performance, all in a light and compact body. . . . read more

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.4G Lens Review by Gary Wolstenholme at Ephotozine: Extremely sharp in the centre and highly resistant to flare but sharpness towards the edges of the frame falls behind.

"As this is one of Nikon's top of the range lenses, it comes with a top of the line price tag of around £1300. As the sharpness levels are so high in the centre, this may be justified if your usage suits the characteristics of this lens. What sets this lens apart is its weather-sealed magnesium construction, which helps to justify the price.

Sigma do offer an alternative in their 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM lens, which retails for around £750. The performance of this lens is comparable in many ways to the Nikon optic, so may make a worthy alternative. . . . read more

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