Nikon D5200 review at Cnet.uk: Details are sharp, and with 24.1 megapixels to play with there's plenty of opportunities for cropping if you want to recompose the shot in post production.

Nikon has put barely a foot wrong here. The only thing that might count against it is the price comparison with Canon's EOS 650D. Sure, Nikon has the higher pixel count at 24.1 megapixels, compared to the 650D's 18 megapixels, but when you're talking high teens and beyond, those extra pixels become less important. The EOS 650D also has a touchscreen display, and for many users that's becoming more of a draw, which is lacking on the D5200. So, it's good to see that Nikon has put so much thought into the physical layout of the hardware controls, which when combined with the speedy access it gives to the most common settings makes this a camera that's easy to learn and quick to adjust. . . . read more

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G review (mounted on a Nikon D800E) by Ivo Freriks at Camera Stuff Review: One of the best Nikon Lenses we've tested so far.

"For a non-zoom lens of 50 mm (since generations already the 'standard' focal length and therefore very popular), this Nikkor is firmly priced of course. Nevertheless, with its extreme sensitivity, it also lives up to that price. The mechanical and optical qualities are very high. The resolution is exceptionally good, and with the exception of some vignetting at large apertures, there are actually no lens errors. The lens is large enough for you to wrap your hand around when shooting. On our wish list for the Nikon 50 mm 1.4G is only vibration reduction. . . . read more

Mike Lowe at Pocket Lint, about the Nikon D5200: Same sharpness issues as some D7000 models experienced?

Amid the madness of last week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Pocket-lint was able to prise away a final firmware version of the Nikon D5200 for an extended play. The glitzy red devil has a brand new 24-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor at its core, but does it drop photographic bangers or has the increase in resolution caused it to bomb? It seems we've stumbled upon an issue with our particular D5200 sample: a closer inspection of shots reveals they're just not as sharp as they ought to be. . . . read more

Nikon 1 V2 review by Paul Nuttall at Trusted Reviews: Good range of useful shooting features, addition of dedicated mode dial, Improved handling and design but some image quality issues and a high price taint its picture.

"There’s a lot to like about the Nikon V2 and it’s certainly a big improvement on the V1. The addition of an exposure mode dial on the top-plate and a comfortable handgrip both make the V2 a much more enjoyable camera to shoot with. Performance impresses too, with the V2’s 60fps burst mode and lightning-fast AF system being the obvious highlights, and well supported by a good range of shooting modes. Sadly though, the V2 is not without its faults; the in-camera menu system remains clunky and longwinded, and the V2’s smaller one-inch sensor is responsible for a range of image quality issues. Last but not least, the V2 is also expensive – at least for now, although given time the price may well fall. . . . read more

Best of Show: Top 5 Digital Cameras from CES 2013 by Laura Hicks at Digital Camera Review

"#1 Fuji X100S One word - Luxury. This camera is a beautiful. With a retro camera body that looks almost identical to the X100, the X100S is the epitome of a luxury camera. An advanced 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II Sensor and improved EXR Processor II make this camera the fastest autofocus in its class. The X100S has a fixed 23mm f2 lens. But this beauty comes at a price. The camera is expected to be released in the spring of 2013 and available for around $1300. I bet your first reaction was, "Wow, that's a lot of money for a fixed lens compact camera." And I will admit . . . read more

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Lens review by at SLR Gear: Up until now, to get into the 70-200mm range, you didn't have a decision. Now you can save $1,000 and get the smaller, lighter lens - except it isn't quite as good as the 70-200mm f/2.8.

"The 70-200mm ƒ/4G VR offered some excellent results on the sub-frame D7000, producing tack-sharp results when used wide open at ƒ/4, at every focal length save 200mm. At 200mm the lens has a harder time keeping up, producing moderately sharp images at ƒ/4; stopping down to ƒ/5.6 however, will get back to tack-sharp.

The vast resolution of the D800e's 36-megapixel sensor wasn't as kind to the 70-200mm ƒ/4. It provided moderately . . . read more

Ken Rockwell reviews the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-20mm f/4.0 G ED VR Lens: It works great! It's about time Nikon made some reasonable tele zooms for digital, instead of just the f/2.8 pigs from back before we had today's hyper ISOs.

A few notes: Ken tested this lens mounted on a Nikon D800E. Also, it is rather sad to see the 'Made in Japan" engraving go away from even high end Nikkor lenses, it kinda takes away some of the magic. 

"I don't bother with f/2.8 tele zooms when shooting digital. I use them only when shooting 35mm, otherwise, they're too heavy. f/2.8 lenses went out with 35mm film, which only went to about ISO 100 before it started looking ratty. With digital, f/4 and f/5.6 are more than fast enough. It's high time Nikon finally got with the program to make a practical tele zoom like this again so we don't have to hump the f/2.8 beasts. . . . read more

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Lens review by Nick Delvin at the Luminous Landscape: This lens is very good, showing what modern optical design can achieve, it is pleasing to use and the cost is bearable, though by no means a bargain.

Even at f/4, where the f/2.8 lens should have an advantage, I have been able to detect very little difference.  At 70 and 200mm I thought I saw a teeny, eensy, teeny, weeny little advantage in contrast for the f/2.8…..at 2:1 magnification on screen.  And no, I’m not reproducing those tests here because that kind of pixel abuse is not to be promoted <grin>.   The bokeh, or out of focus rendering, of the lens was just fine.  Not anything like a 75mm AA Summicron, but totally acceptable for an f/4 zoom.

I also wouldn't hesitate to us this lens for studio portraiture. It focuses quickly and silently (as expected) and performs as well as anyone would want on a portrait-shoot, throughout its range.

The f/4 lens did seem to have a slightly  warmer colour reproduction than the f/2.8 version – though again only very slightly. . . . read more

Nikon D5200 review by Nik Rawlinson at Cnet.uk: Focusing speed aside, it is a great choice for the all-round, ambitious consumer.

Nikon has put barely a foot wrong here. The only thing that might count against it is the price comparison with Canon's EOS 650D. Sure, Nikon has the higher pixel count at 24.1 megapixels, compared to the 650D's 18 megapixels, but when you're talking high teens and beyond, those extra pixels become less important.

The EOS 650D also has a touchscreen display, and for many users that's becoming more of a draw, which is lacking on the D5200. So, it's good to see that Nikon has put so much thought into the physical layout of the hardware  . . . read more

DXO Optics Pro gains 130 new body\lens combination modules, Fujifilm X-Trans sensor camera users please look elsewhere.

130 new lens / camera combinations have been added to the DxO Optics Modules library, providing supports for Canon, Nikkor, Olympus, Sigma and Tokina lenses, for Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Panasonic and Sony cameras.

To see supported and planned combinations, click on the link bellow then select the second tab.

Supported or planned combinations

New DxO Optics Modules : . . . read more

Nikon expands its mirrorless system with the addition of two new CX Format cameras, the Nikon 1 J3 built for speed and the Nikon 1 S1 built for simplicity

"London, UK,  8 January 2013 Nikon welcomes two new members to the Nikon 1 family: the Nikon 1 J3 with the world’s smallest body,¹ and the simply stylish Nikon 1 S1—the first model in the new S-series. Both cameras boast the world’s shortest release time lag,² and the world’s fastest continuous shooting.³

The Nikon 1 J3 builds on the astonishing speed and ultra-portable design that helped the Nikon 1 J1 become the best-selling compact camera system across Europe.⁴ Achieving the world’s smallest body,¹ the J3‘s finely crafted aluminium exterior feels even better than it looks. With the world’s shortest release time lag,² and the world’s fastest continuous shooting³, it’s always ready to capture decisive moments of active lifestyles with high-resolution images and Full HD movies. . . . read more

Finally, A serious Nikon Patent for a Nikkor 16-35mm f/2.8 VR Lens surfaces, maybe full-frame Nikon users will have a good Christmas next year. Or the the year after that.

A Nikkor 16-35mm f/2.8 VR lens has been on Nikonias wish list for, well, for ever. As always, Egami has dug up the patent, and as always, we can't read Japanese. Actually this is Nikon's second patent for such a lens, but patent number 2012-68303 seemed a little haphazardly put together.
From Google transgorbler we can gather the following: 
Improved Vibration Reduction (VR III?), Improved lens coating, and of course, a constant f/2.8 aperture, just like the one them Canon shooters have been enjoying all this time :) Now for some auto-translator fun, courtesy of Google: . . . read more

Canon 6D vs 5D Mark III and Nikon D600 comparison by Ron Martinsen: From an image quality standpoint these are all excellent cameras that are sure to please at their full range of ISO’s – especially when using in-camera JPEG’s.

"None of these cameras are speed demons, and while the 5D Mark III is the fastest, the buffer on the Mark III is only a couple RAW files bigger than the 6D. As a result, I wouldn’t really classify either Canon body as a sports body, but both – especially in JPEG only mode – will be good enough to capture some basic action shots of kids running around. The AF system of the 5D Mark III blows away the 6D, so if you are going to shoot moving subjects it’s going to give you the best results over the 6D and D600. . . . read more

Nikon's AF-S Nikkor 28mm f/1.8G lens gets a stellar DXO Mark score: The Nikkor 28mm f/1.8G is a highly competitive lens. It is well priced for the quality it offers and for a prime wide-angle lens the optical performance is, quite simply, staggering.

"The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28mm f/1.8G is a highly competitive lens. It is very well priced for the quality it offers and for a prime wide-angle lens the optical performance is, quite simply, staggering. Whatever genre of photography you enjoy, from landscapes to travel, reportage or architecture, the 28mm f/1.8G will ensure you capture the scene as accurately as possible. If you’re looking for an FX-fit wide-angle lens to mount on your Nikon FX camera, the 28mm f/1.8G represents not just the ‘best’ choice in terms of optical performance, but also the ‘smart’ choice because the performance per . . . read more

Mike Johnston (The Online Photographer) finally, FINALLY, picks his camera of the year, shows that this year almost everybody agrees on which camera it should be.

No, we won't spoil it, coz we at Estiasis love Mike, and we want youto head over to TOP and read his award rant that circles mostly around American football:

""Best of" awards have always annoyed me because of a principle I'm highly aware of, yet which doesn't, to my knowledge, have a name. Namely: the closer to equal two things are, the less important it should be to rank them, but the more important it seems to be to humans to do so. So if two DACs (digital to analogue converters) are almost indistinguishable . . . read more

A super-rare Nikon Nikkor 10mm OP f5.6 fisheye lens up for grabs for $49.000 on Ebay. Pop Photo explains the what and why of this remarkable lens.

"This lens was only produced by Nikon for eight years, from 1968 to 1976, and even then was extremely uncommon — fewer than 1,000 were ever made (possibly even much fewer, one website cites just 78 were produced.) Not only that, but the 10mm was a specially designed lens that uses Orthographic Projection (OP) rather than Equidistant Projection, making it one of the first SLR lenses to do so. Perhaps even more importantly, it's allegedly the first aspherical SLR lens ever produced. . . . read more

DCRP final review posted by Jeff Keller, the Nikon S800c Android powered camera: Plenty of goodies like Wi-Fi, GPS, 3.5' Oled screen and Bluetooth, but mediocre image quality, response time and handling.

"Photo quality is just okay. Exposure is generally accurate, though like most compacts, the S800c will clip highlights at times. Colors were nice and vivid, except in our studio, where everything had a brownish cast. Subjects were soft and fuzzy, with some fine details smudged away by noise reduction. You can crank the ISO up to around 400 and still make decent-sized prints, though ISO 800 is best for small prints only. Whether there's redeye in your photos depends on whether the camera's auto removal system catches it. If it does, you should have good results. If it doesn't, look out. Purple fringing . . . read more

Photo rumors roundup of what to expect from Canon, Fujifilm, Olympus, Panasonic, Nikon and Sony at CES 2013: Except for Fujifilms 'x' replacements, mostly point and shoot digicams as usual.

"Fujifilm will announce 5 new FinePix cameras: 3 super zooms, one rugged model and 0ne "regular" compact camera. The top of the line superzoom (pictured above) is rumored to have a very fast AF. I still do not have reliable information about a potential X10 or X100 replacement, but those two cameras are still a possibility.

Olympus will probably announce 6 new point and shoot cameras: 3 rugged models and 3 super zoom cameras (with 24x- . . . read more

Nikon D4 review by Theano Nikitas at Camera Stuff Review: The D4 is a powerhouse camera with amazing video and still image quality.

"The full-frame DSLR market is highly competitive with solid options from several manufacturers including Nikon, Canon and Sony. And while Canon has had a grasp on those shooting DSLR video since the introduction of the 5D Mark II, Nikon has definitely moved forward with the D4's video features.

But this powerhouse of a camera isn't just for shooting video. Exceptional still images, a feature set that is far too long . . . read more

BCN Ranking has compiled the list of most sold mirrorless and Dslr cameras in Japan during 2012, get ready for some surprises.

The Japanese camera market tend to be different from the western ones, and in some cases VERY different, like the relatively strong Pentax presence in both categories. Google transgorbler has this to say:

Top 20 share sales by reflex camera digital SLR series 2012
(: May 24 to 12 January 1, 2012 the aggregation period)
. . . read more

Nikon Coolpix P7700 review by Andy Stanton at Digital Camera Review: With all the Coolpix P7700 has to offer it's hard not to recommend it, but potential buyers ought to be aware of its flaws.

'What flaws', you ask? Flaws of the laggy kind are what annoyed the DCR crew most: 3 seconds for the camera to shut down, 2 seconds video shooting start lag, and having to toggle the on-off switch twice in order for the camera to wake up:

"The Coolpix P7700 for the most part produced sharp, high quality images with punchy colors.  The camera did well indoors, principally due to two factors.  One is that its low light image quality is very good for a non-DSLR, even through . . . read more

Nikon D5200 vs Canon t4i/650D, which one should you buy? Carl Spring at Digital Rev compares the two, throws in some high iso tests in the mix.

So which one should you buy? Well this is likely to be the first camera purchase of many and being honest, wherever you place your money you will have made a good choice. The Nikon does feature a better sensor than the Canon offering and the AF system is a better offering. Does that mean it is the better camera?

Well yes, on the spec sheet and beyond the Nikon is the better camera here. It possesses a better AF system and  . . . read more

100 Nikon DSLR tips you need to know right now, by J.Meyer at NPhoto Mag. (Tip 101 added by us: Don't be an early adopter of a newly released Nikon Dslr, til they sort out their teething quality control issues)

All i can say is that this article is epic in its scope and should be bookmarked by every Nikon shooter, newbie or not:

"You can get great shots with your Nikon DSLR straight out of the box, but your results will be even better once you start taking over the controls and making the shooting decisions yourself with manual white balance, shutter speed, lens aperture and ISO settings. But it doesn’t end there. The Shooting menu offers additional options for extending your camera’s capabilities, such as Nikon’s Active D-Lighting mode.
And the Setup menu handles important housekeeping tasks, such as firmware updates and how your files are named. . . . read more

What is missing from Nikon's Lens lineup? Nasim Mansurov makes a wish-list for lenses to come, readers chime in, none mentions the much needed AF-S Nikkor 12-600mm f/1.2 G IF-ED VRIII lens.

"One topic that many of us Nikon shooters often discuss between each other in local groups, online forums and various photography clubs, is lenses that we wish Nikon had. Sometimes a desired lens comes from our experience from using a lens from another brand, sometimes it is something that does not exist, but we wish existed to make our photography easier, more fun, etc.

While Nikon has been doing a great job filling in the holes during the last several years, with lenses like >Nikon 16-35mm . . . read more

Apparently Nikon recognizes-and fixes the green tint issue on D800 Cameras, (albeit after some nagging) gives AF calibration as a bonus.

Photographer Noah Bershatsky was one of the unlucky few thousands that got a D800 with a greenish tinting lcd screen.
It took a bit of a drama and some wait, but finally Nikon came clean, and were talking about the worst Nikons of all, the dreaded Nikon USA service center:

"There was no communication from Nikon, but out of the blue my D800 was returned today.  It's in good clean condition and the LCD matches my Colormunki Display calibrated monitor!  From the enclosed impersonal letter, you can see that . . . read more

Nikon 1 J2 review by Nasim Mansurov at P.Life: The Nikon 1 J2 is still overpriced. At $550 for a single lens kit, it just makes no sense to buy it. Not when the V1 kit is $299 and not when excellent Micro 4/3 and Sony cameras are priced $500 and less.

For those interested, this review contains sections with comparisons to the Olympus EM-5, the Sony NEX-5R, and the Canon EOS M. Of course, being equipped with a much smaller sensor, the Nikon 1 J2 is no match for these cvameras when it comes to high iso performance, but the little guy does have a couple of aces under its sleeves:

"The Nikon 1 system has an interesting story to tell. When Nikon initially launched its first mirrorless system, it positioned two cameras for different segments – the Nikon 1 J1 for beginners and those who wanted to move up from a point and . . . read more

A black bear gets curious about Dean Swartz Nikon DSLR, decides to try its skills at photography. (And gave up soon afterwards when it probably decided that a mirrorless is what it really wants)

"A Black Bear decides to become a Photographer. What do you do when you're taking photos of a black bear in the woods with expensive photography equipment and the bear starts coming towards you? Run of course. But if you're a true photographer, and have an extra camera, you stop and document what happens after you leave.

The photographer, said "While photographing a black bear sow and her three spring cubs near Ely, Minnesota, I noticed a . . . read more

Roger Cicala asks Santa to bring gifts to his favorite camera and lens manufacturers, notes that Sigma and Tamron have both been very nice kids this year.

"Nikon: I’m asking for a lot here, Santa, but ‘tis the season to help those in need.

First, if you could fit a quality control department in the sleigh that would be lovely.

Also, could you bring Nikon USA a reasonable Factory Service Center, too? If that’s not possible, then I’ll go ahead and ask you to bring them some customers in 2014 or so, because they’ll be needing new customers about then. And . . . read more

Nikon D800E review at Imaging Resource: If you're a nature or wildlife photographer, this camera is just fine for you. But if you're shooting anything else, there will be moire issues, sometimes in the most unexpected places.

"As we said at the outset, this review is more about the single difference between the D800 and D800E: the absence of a low-pass filter and its effects. It's clear from our analysis that both the D800 and D800E have moiré issues, but the D800E's is much more apparent and challenging to address. What we also found was that the D800E indeed captures more detail than the D800, making it uniquely suited to landscape photography, or scientific applications where moiré won't be an issue. . . . read more

Sea & Sea announces the MDX-D600 Underwater housing for the Nikon D600, to be available from 01/2013

Sea & Sea press release

New product release: MDX-D600

2012/12/20

MDX housing for FX format DSLR camera, Nikon D600

MDX-D600 Housing (Dark blue) (Housing only)
(Product No.06165)
* Ports and strobe connectors are optional (*1)
[Accessories] Housing body cap, camera quick shoe, light-shielding plate and two hex wrenches.
MDX-D600 housing will be available in the middle of January, 2013. . . . read more

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