*****UPDATE****** If anyone couldn’t tell this was and April Fools joke that I came up with months ago and filmed in early March. ******UPDATE*****
The other day I received an interesting press release from Nikon. Normally when I get press release or notifications of new products they are accompanied by NDA Agreements. What that means is in order for them to give me information I have to sign a form saying I wont divulge the information before its embargo date.
Well this release was different and I think it came to me by accident. I reached out to Nikon for more information and they did not return my call. So at this point I decided to share this information with you.
Nikon is doing away with RAW in all consumer end DSLR’s in the future. So based on the current lineup the D610 and below would have no option to shoot RAW what so ever. The Nikon D800 and D4s which are the top of the line models would continue to have RAW as an option.
My worry is that in the future Nikon will ship all cameras with the ability to shoot RAW but you will have to pay to unlock it to use it in your cameras. If that day ever comes I am completely done with Nikon.
The quote in the press release coming from Japan “Here at Nikon we feel that the RAW Format is no longer needed. The cameras we are building are so advanced and sophisticated at processing that the resulting jpegs are close to perfect.”
Of course the first thing that comes to mind is that they might as well call this the Ken Rockwell edition camera.
I understand what they are doing, they are trying to take as much control away from amateurs as possible thinking they never will want to shoot RAW.
Well of course I think that is a load of crap and if this release is real and this is something NIKON is thinking of doing I will be the first to trade in all my Nikon gear and go Canon.Read More »
I wanted to share with you a Nikon D4s RAW File. As of now Adobe Lightroom does not let me open the Nikon D4s RAW Files but the beta candidate for Photoshop CC does. Since that allows me to tweak the D4s files I converted the NEF to a DNG which allows me to open it in Lightroom.
I went ahead and saved the DNG as a file that just about any version of Lightroom will recognize so you can download and edit it.
A lot of people like to see how I edit the file so I went ahead and did what I think is an edit I am happy with. Yes I BOOMIFIED it slightly and tweaked a bunch of other settings. Like with any form of art, editing is subjective and subject to personal preference. Some people like softer images, others like them to be more boomey and others are just wrong, jk jk.
CLICK HERE TO download this DNG file. Feel free to edit it and post it on the FroKnowsPhoto Facebook Fan Page. Please be sure not to take ownership of this image and give me full credit when you post it online (Jared Polin FroKnowsPhoto). This image is for personal use only do not try and sell it or pass it off as your own.
As soon as Lightroom allows me to import all my Nikon D4s RAW FILES I will be making more videos about the camera.
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One of the issues I had with the Nikon D4 was how it tracked subjects. It sometime had a tendency to back focus or miss focus from where I wanted it thought it should be.
With the introduction of the Nikon D4s, Nikon brought out a mode called Group Area AF. This mode is supposed to help you when shooting in continuos focus to keep the focus from shifting away from the subject.
Canon on the other hand has an entire manual dedicated to just setting up the different auto focus modes. This is something that I think the Canon 1D X does better. Yes there are a million options to set but once you understand them and lock them in you are good to go.
Nikon doesn’t really give you many options to tweak when it comes to customized how long a subject stays in focus vs shifting the focus to something else.
So what could I do to actually test out this new focus mode? Could I sit in a studio and take test shots trying to find it’s “mark” or could I go outside and shoot real world pictures. I chose to venture outside with my neighbor who offered up her dog Corona as our subject.
I did not have to wait to long to get my hands on my NEW Nikon D4s. I got the call from Allen at AllensCamera.com and than I was on my way to the store to pick it up.
But no NEW Camera purchase would be complete without the Unboxing and Sniff Test from the store. There is not much to report different than the D4 other than the adding of the S, a strap that now has an s on it and a battery charger that is now grey. All the major changes take place inside the camera and have me excited to get out and shoot with it. The only major news to report back to you guys is that this camera now has more nipples, a lot more nipples.
What you guys can expect over the next few weeks or months. I do plan on doing a full review of the camera and not one where it’s sample shots shot in a lab. It is one thing to “test” a camera it’s another to actually get out into the world and use it. I am all about getting it out there to use it and not wasting my time pixel peeping or seeing how high the iso will go to shoot that dark corner over there in my loft.
This camera will be shooting a lot of video. It will be used to capture my angle on RAWtalk as well as film many of my other videos for the website.
I look forward to sharing the results with you and I will be sure to upload some RAW files to play with.
If you are looking for any NIKON gear be sure to check out AllensCamera.com or give them a call at 215.547.2841. They are a mom and pop store that can compete with the big boys and win on customer service.Read More »
The Nikon D3300 is Nikon’s latest foray into the entry level market. Replacing the D3200 the D3300 does add some major changes from the prior model.
One of the biggest changes is the new 24 megapixel CMOS sensor that removes the OLPF. It is quite possible that the sensor in this camera is the same that is in the D7100. If that is the case the images that come out of this camera are gong to not only be sharp but they will pop.
In terms of build quality this camera is feather light. Yes that means it is all plastic and cheap feeling. But again this is a very low end entry model and they try to keep the price down.
If you are just starting out in Photography and you want to capture stills and video this camera has plenty to offer. But like I say all the time it is more about the glass than the body. You can have the best body in the world with the worst lens on it and get terrible results. Or you could have an entry level camera with better glass and get quality results.
So if you are just starting out my advice is learn the basic functions of your camera as well as the fundamentals of the exposure triangle.
Or on the flip side if you just want to take pictures and video and not really dive into anything else, just have fun.
Check out AllensCamera.com or call 215.547.2841 for more information.
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Jared Polin froknowsphoto.com, welcome to Allen’s Camera where I have the Nikon D3300 with the new 1855 VR II. That’s right. It’s a new kit lens. It’s lighter, sharper, faster and it sounds like a what’s that bands name? What’s that bands name? Lighter, quicker, stronger, faster, you know, they have their helmets on. Anyway those guys, anyways let’s on boxes give it a sniff test and see what we think about it. Let’s just go over the specs real quick.
I wrote them down because there are some major just key specs that I want to hit first. 24.2 megapixel sensor with no OLPF, what does that mean? It’s possible that this has the D7100 sensor in it, which is cranking out some really sharp, colorful contrasting and boomfied [Phonetic] [0:01:12] images that I so far like. Now Nikon couldn’t verify whether it is the same sensor, or most likely it is. You have your 3-inch LCD screen which is fine, 11 point AF that’s a big deal. Remember back to something like a D70 and you had maybe 5 and then a D40. You had 3 11 points focusing 11 point focusing system in this, and 5 frames a second is pretty darn quick for a base bottom of the line entry-level DSLR camera. ISO upto 25,600 so no longer can anybody ever complain that they can’t shoot at higher ISOs, but remember better glass is always important to get better shots. And it does not have wireless built-in that’s something that you can add separately. It would be nice if they did add it in.
And what do you get this for? Under 650 bucks out. Now that it is an unbelievable price. And for a beginner, anybody just starting out, looking for their very first DSLR camera this is going to do everything that you need from still images to HD video at 1080P. So that’s what you’re looking for, and this could be it. So let’s unbox to sniff it, and tell you what else I think about it. Boom, oh this is the Version 2 lens. Let’s see if it’s 25% lighter and sharper. Oh yeah it’s definitely lighter. It now has a button on the side to lock it and unlock it. It’s a kit lens. For anybody just starting out the kit lens is going to be very, very basic. It’s going to do a fine job. It’s not the end-all be-all, but just starting out get to learn your camera, get to learn what you’re doing, then you can upgrade to something else in the future so you got that lens, let’s get out the body, let’s just feel what it’s like and then we’ll wrappy make wrap us in it up.
So it’s wrapped up in the Styrofoamy popping buttons, no Styrofoam. Oh yeah, South Beach smell, because it has that suntan lotion oil smell go into it. Yeah you like that so smaller camera, extremely light without a battery in there. But again you got to remember baseline camera right off the bat if you’re just looking to do some basic still images, it’s going to do a great job. You’re looking to make little short videos and you’re starting to figure out how to progress as a videographers it’s a okay place to start. What makes it better for a video camera now is that Nikon has finally included a mike input meaning you could get something like I’m wearing or you could get a road Smart Lab [Phonetic] [0:03:43] which is going to give you a better audio. Very simple, you’ve got your on/off switch. You’ve got your record video. The back is very easily or very well put together. Everything is where it should be and you’ll take your one SD card right there.
Other than that this thing is the lightest thing I’ve ever felt. I can’t believe that this is a camera and I can’t believe that it’s not butter, but it is extremely light. It’s all plastic, but it is what it is for 650 bucks just a little less than that to get into the game with DSLR video and photos. This is going to be a nice option. So that is what we have this time. That’s an Unboxing and Sniff test of the Nikon D3300 from Allen’s Camera. If you’d like to pick one up or anything that Nikon offers check out allenscamera.com. Give him a call. The phone number is on the screen and they will help you out, and there you have it Jared Polin froknowsphoto.com, see ya.
Nikon just announced the D3300 which will be replacing the D3200. As you know I tend to be a little to critical when it comes to entry level gear but this time I took a step back.
It is very important that I look at this gear as exactly what it’s for and who it’s for. It is a very basic entry level camera for someone someone who has an interest in photography and is picking up their first camera.
Let’s take a look at the important specs in this camera.
I would love to tell you that Nikon announced the Nikon D4s but they didn’t. What they did do is tell you that they are developing a camera to replace the Nikon D4 and that will be the Nikon D4s.
I know you all want to know what the specs are so here is what I know. It will have an updated focus system and have better image quality.
Yup, that’s all we have for now on the Nikon D4s.Read More »
I had a chance to sit with the Nikon Df for thirty minutes and see what it’s all about. First things first it is a DSLR with a nikon D4 sensor in it. It has 39 auto focus points and shoots 5.5 frames per second. It takes an SD card and smaller battery than you would think. The reason being is it does not shoot video at all.
This is a retro styled camera with one of the best sensors ever made. But, is that enough to get people to fork over $2,749.95 for manual dials and knobs? Nikon must think so or they would not have unleashed this bad boy.
If you have a ton of old AI or AI-S lenses you will be happy to know that you can use them on this camera and get metering. Just flick a little lever in the mount and boom, your ready to go.
Is this camera for you or will you take a pass?Read More »
When Nikon told me about an upcoming lens the Nikon 58mm F1.4 I kind of laughed. One I did not understand the price of $1,699 and two I didn’t understand the history behind this lens. The reps told me it was a throwback to the Nikon 58 F1.2 Noct from years past. This Noct lens is said to be one of the best lenses ever produced.
As you guys know, when AllensCamera.com gets a new lens in of interest they give me a call to come in, sniff it and run it through some tests. Keep in mind my goal with these reviews is to give you the FULL RES Jpegs and some RAWfiles to pixel peep yourself. Of course I have to toss in there what I think about the files and lens.
While I was taking test shots with the 58 1.4 a customer walked in with a bunch of old Nikon lenses. One of them so happened to be a 1.2 Noct which I personally have never seen. Talk about perfect timing, I asked if I could take some pictures of it and with it and he was nice enough to allow me the pleasure.Read More »
This lens from Nikon leaves me scratching my head going huh??? Of all the lenses to make and actually put in to production they came up with this. Well no use in complaining as it’s here to stay for now.
I really don’t have much to say about it other than its going to cost $1,699.95. I will get my hands on it, sniff it and tell you what I think about it.
For now I leave you with the picture and a press release.Read More »