Darrell Young: Blog http://portfolio.young.photography/blog en-us (C) Darrell Young cheappics@gmail.com (Darrell Young) Thu, 20 Mar 2014 02:57:00 GMT Thu, 20 Mar 2014 02:57:00 GMT http://portfolio.young.photography/img/s/v-5/u217462808-o922352891-50.jpg Darrell Young: Blog http://portfolio.young.photography/blog 120 108 No More Dust on MY Sensor! http://portfolio.young.photography/blog/2014/2/No-More-Dust-on-MY-Sensor I found some dust on my camera’s sensor so I decided to clean it. I got my bottle of Eclipse fluid, some Pec pads, and a flashlight. I diligently made sure I had a fully charged battery, used the shutter lock up function in my camera to get the shutter out of the way, and commenced cleaning.

I squirted a little Eclipse fluid on my pec pad and noticed that it smelled kind of nice. I sniffed it for a minute or two and felt a little dizzy. I remembered that I was cleaning my sensor so I rubbed the pad back and forth on my camera’s exposed sensor. Once I felt that it was clean, I went outside and took a picture of the sky. Back inside and—still some spots on the sensor. In fact, now there were more spots.More Pec pads, more Eclipse fluid, and more pad sniffing. I woke up screaming in the front yard, with my camera and I lying on our backs in a puddle of water. A still-running water hose was in my hand, and my wife was standing over me with a concerned look on her face. “Have you been cleaning your sensor, again?”, she asked.

To make a long story short, it was difficult, but after a while I got the sensor clean enough. The water hose helped a lot! I have come to understand one thing clearly: Dust is watching us!

After cleaning my camera’s sensor, I decided to eradicate dust from my house. I started seeking dust, and found it. I crawled down behind the toilet, and found some dust collecting back there. I blasted it with an air can and it fled. I then sprayed the area liberally with Lysol to kill the nasty dust. I don’t want it to breed.

Next I looked above my bathroom cabinet and found some dust lurking on top of one of the light bulbs. I unscrewed the bulb and put it in a ziplock baggy for later washing in the yard with my water hose. I sprayed the air to make sure that dust wasn’t trying to follow me out of the bathroom.

As I went downstairs, I saw it. Some dust was on my left arm! It tried to blend in, but I could see it hiding behind the hairs. I whipped out a moist towelette, eradicated the dust, and from excessive pressure the hairs too. I hope it doesn’t scar. But, it was worth it, ’cause there’s no more dust on my arm.

When I sat down at my computer, I noticed that my monitor had some dust on the bottom lip of the screen. I squirted a bottle of sensor-cleaning Eclipse fluid on the screen, and it ran down on the dust, effectively killing it and washing it away … right into my keyboard.

After I replaced my keyboard, I noticed that my monitor was changing colors. Stupid cheap Samsung SyncMaster! I’ve been wanting to get a better monitor anyways.

I’ve figured it out! These little dust creatures are entirely evil and mean. They do anything they can to get to camera sensors. I think they must eat sensor surfaces, or breed on them, or else why would they go to such lengths to get on the sensors? I think I saw a dust crop circle on my sensor earlier today. They are clearly signalling their brethren.

As I sit here looking around the room, I realize that dust is everywhere around me. This is much worse than I thought. I’m going to go boil one of those allergy masks in Eclipse fluid, so that I can safely wear it. I don’t want to be breathing this dust into my delicate lungs, especially after all that screaming I did at the sensor dust while spraying it with my water hose this morning.

Hmmm, my chest is still sore from screaming … or is it? Could it be that dust is ALREADY in my lungs, and THAT’s why they are sore? OMG, I think dust has gotten to me. It’s killing me. I am going to go eat some moist towelettes soaked in Eclipse fluid. Hopefully that will help!

If you don’t hear from me for a few days, it could be because of these guys in white coats that Brenda called. They just told me that they were going to take me to a special room to wait while they clean all the dust out of my house. Whew … I just love my dear Digital Brenda.

Well, I gotta go. The guys brought me a special dust repellant coat with arm coverings and cool buckles for safety. I am gonna wear it for a few days to protect me while they remove the dust. I guess this will help my arm heal too!

Talk to you guys soon. Watch out for dust bunnies!

Keep on capturing time…
Darrell Young

Dancing clouds on Blue Ridge ParkwayDancing clouds on Blue Ridge Parkway

Darrell Young is an active member of the Nikonians User Community, Nikon Professional Services (NPS), Professional Photographers of America (PPA), North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA), and the author of 15 photography books from NikoniansPress through Rocky Nook, including Beyond Point-and-ShootMastering the Nikon D610Mastering the Nikon D800Mastering the Nikon D7100, and the upcoming Mastering the Olympus OM-D E-M1, to name a few. He’s been an avid photographer since 1968 when his mother gave him a Brownie Hawkeye camera.

His website, www.PictureAndPen.com, was created to support the readers of his educational books, photography students, and clients. Visitors to his website will find articles and reviews designed to inform, teach, and help you enjoy your photographic journey.

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Nikon to Replace D600 Shutters Free of Charge http://portfolio.young.photography/blog/2014/2/Nikon-to-Replace-D600-Shutters-Free-of-Charge Technical Service Advisory for Users of the Nikon D600 Digital SLR Camera

Thank you for choosing Nikon for your imaging needs.

Affected Products: Nikon D600 Digital SLR Cameras

Nikon D600 - Free Shutter Replacement, even if out of warranty

Nikon D600 – Free Shutter Replacement, even if out of warranty

Some users of Nikon’s D600 D-SLR camera have reported the appearance of tiny spots on certain of their images. Not all users have experienced this issue. Nikon has thoroughly evaluated these reports and has determined that these spots are caused by dust particles which may become visible when the camera is used in certain circumstances and/or with certain settings. It is a well-known fact that the presence of dust particles cannot be completely avoided when using a D-SLR camera even after normal sensor cleaning procedures, because of a number of factors including components moving at high speeds when images are taken, the use of interchangeable lenses, and the different environments in which a D-SLR camera may be used. As part of its customer-service commitment, Nikon is providing a customer-service measure to reduce the potential impact of dust particles on images taken by its D600 D-SLR cameras.

The solution: Nikon is making available to all owners of D600 cameras (even if Nikon’s product warranty has expired) this customer-service measure, which includes the inspection, cleaning and replacement of the shutter assembly and related parts of your camera, FREE OF CHARGE as well as the cost of shipping D600 cameras to Nikon and their return to customers. Once again, please understand that regardless of this service, your D600 camera as is the case with all D-SLR cameras, will continue to require normal periodic sensor cleanings. To have your D600 camera serviced free of charge please follow the steps below:

  1. Click on the Schedule Free Service link below.
  2. On the following pages, you will need to provide the serial number of your D600 camera and your contact information.
  3. Then, you will be prompted to create and print your Pre-paid UPS Return label and packing slip.
  4. In shipping, please secure the D600 camera in a plastic bag inside the shipping box with several inches of quality packing material on all sides of the D600 camera. Please send your D600 camera and packing slip only. Do not include any lenses, batteries, memory cards or other accessories. Please do not ship in the original display box (It will not be returned)
  5. Drop the shipping box off at any UPS facility. (Visit https://www.ups.com/dropoff for hours and locations.) You may also arrange to have your shipment collected by a UPS driver.

Click here to Schedule Free Repair Service

Nikon will notify you by email when your D600 has been received at Nikon’s repair center. Nikon will notify you by email when the service is complete and ship your D600 back to you free of charge via UPS Ground.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this issue may have caused. Nikon remains committed to providing only the highest quality cameras and components, and we hope that you will continue to choose Nikon for your photography needs.

Contact

For more information regarding this matter, contact Nikon Customer Relations by phone at 1-800-Nikon US (1-800-645-6687), 9AM–8PM EST, Monday to Friday (closed certain holidays) or online here.

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Nikon D4S Press Release (Shipping in March 2014) http://portfolio.young.photography/blog/2014/2/Nikon-D4S-Press-Release-Shipping-in-March-2014

A next-generation flagship model offering advanced specifications that respond to the needs of professional photographers

TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the D4S, its latest flagship FX-format digital SLR camera.

Based on the D4, the D4S responds more completely to the demands of professional photographers with revisions to a number of features and functions, including AF performance, image quality, workflow and operation, and movie recording, adopted after running a variety of simulations of the functions required by professional photographers who sometimes find themselves working under quite severe conditions.

Nikon D4S

Nikon D4S: Front View

Algorithms used by the AF system have been refined for greater accuracy and versatility demanded by professional photographers. Autofocus is initiated faster and is better able to acquire and track the intended subject, whether it enters the frame suddenly or takes up the entire frame for a more powerful composition. In addition to the four time-tested modes available with the D4 (Single-point AF, Dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking, and Auto-area AF), the D4S offers a fifth AF-area mode known as Group-area AF (uses 5 focus points: one specified by the user, as well as one each above, below, to the left, and to the right of the selected focus point). This mode enables not only smoother autofocusing, but also a faster workflow with continuous shooting at approximately 11 fps* with AF and AE tracking.

  • *Measured according to CIPA guidelines. Value with shooting in AF-C autofocus mode, [S] or [M] exposure mode, shutter speed of 1/250 s or faster, all other settings at their default values.

The new EXPEED 4 image-processing engine, a new Nikon FX-format CMOS image sensor, and an effective pixel count of 16.2-million pixels enable capture of images that exhibit stunning sharpness, enhanced depth, and natural skin tones. A range of standard sensitivities from ISO 100 to ISO 25600 achieves images exhibiting sharper edges and smoother, more beautiful colors. The D4S also supports extended sensitivities as low as the equivalent of ISO 50 and as high as the equivalent of ISO 409600. What’s more, the accuracy of auto white balance has been increased for clear color reproduction, even with shooting under difficult artificial lighting.

Nikon D4S, Top View

Nikon D4S: Top View

A number of other improvements have been adopted without compromise in consideration of the advanced demands of professional photographers. Among these are improved viewfinder visibility with a more stable viewfinder image during continuous shooting and a shorter viewfinder blackout time, as well as smoother operation with less stress from a redesigned grip and refined layout of operational buttons and controls. Communication speed has also been increased with 1000BASE-T support for wired LAN communication, making extremely fast image transfer possible. A RAW S Small (12-bit uncompressed RAW) setting has also been added for faster post-capture editing on a computer.

The D4S supports movie recording at a frame size of 1920 x 1080 with a frame rate of 50p or 60p. EXPEED 4 enables rich tone reproduction, with very little noise, throughout the entire range of standard sensitivities (ISO 200-25600). Movies recorded at a 1920 x 1080 crop setting exhibit especially sharp and clear picture quality. Changes in exposure are also better controlled for smoother transition between frames with recording of scenes in which brightness changes greatly, even with time-lapse movies.

Development Background

Nikon’s flagship D4 camera, released in February 2012, expanded possibilities for photographic expression for professional photographers primarily in the fields of sports, press, and nature photography. The D4 offered a number of features that not only responded to the demands of professional photographers, but also enabled capture of images of decisive moments that moved those who saw the images. Among these were excellent performance over a broad range of sensitivities for superior image quality under difficult lighting conditions, fast and accurate AF capable of capturing the intended subject, the Advanced Scene Recognition System, which provided more advanced automatic control that allowed photographers to concentrate more fully on shooting itself, and support for the superior rendering characteristics of NIKKOR lenses developed with optical technologies only Nikon can offer. Moreover, the D4 also contributed to cultivating new possibilities for imaging expression with the ability to express shallow depths of field and maximize the characteristics of excellent performance at high sensitivities with movie recording.

Nikon D4S, Oooo, Ahhh View

Nikon D4S: Oooo, Ahhh View

Developed as the next-generation flagship successor to the D4, D4S functions, features, and performance were thoroughly examined and analyzed from a variety of angles, resulting in a digital SLR camera that responds more completely to the demands of professional photographers. With this background, the D4S was developed to embody Nikon’s response to the demands of professional photographers, upon which we place great importance, with functions and performance that support shooting in even the most difficult environments, and are able to respond to a variety of subjects and situations, as well as various lighting conditions.

D4S Primary Features

  1. Advanced AF performance that responds to the strict demands of professional photographersHigh-performance AF that more accurately acquires and tracks the intended subject, even under extreme conditions
    Reflection of ideas from professional photographers and repeated simulation of various advanced techniques they often use has resulted in the very precise subject acquisition and tracking performance that these photographers require, and upon which they can rely, under the most extreme conditions. Very precise adjustment of AF algorithms based on the Advanced Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module enables certain acquisition of even erratically moving subjects and those exhibiting little in the way of contrast. D4S autofocus performs even better, keeping the acquired subject in focus, even when it is coming closer, or moving away, at high speed. What’s more, the D4S offers better balanced AF control with more precise focusing on the intended subject, and more accurate tracking of that subject, even when photographing team sports, such as soccer and rugby, when action may temporarily obstruct the intended subject.5 AF-area modes for flexible focusing
    In addition to the four time-tested modes built into the D4—Single-point AF, Dynamic-area AF (9-, 21-, 51-point), 3D-tracking, Auto-area AF—the D4S is equipped with a new Group-area AF AF-area mode for more powerful and versatile autofocusing. When Group-area AF is selected, the camera uses one focus point selected by the user and one each above, below, to the right, and to the left of the selected focus point, for a total of five focus points, for focusing. By capturing the subject within the five-point group, even if it is small and moving quickly and erratically as is often the case when photographing athletes and animals, the intended scene can be captured with greater certainty without focus shifting to the background.
    In addition, an AF-area mode can be assigned to the AF activation button on super-telephoto NIKKOR lenses. When this is done, the specified AF-area mode is enabled while the AF activation button is held down. This enables strategic switching between the AF-area mode selected with the camera and a different AF-area mode assigned to the AF activation button, allowing users to switch back and forth between vital modes instantly, without ever taking their eye off the subject, when photographing a variety of scenes that change drastically. This allows users to better maximize AF performance between bursts of high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 11 fps* with AF and AE tracking.

    • *Measured according to CIPA guidelines. Value with shooting in AF-C autofocus mode, [S] or [M] exposure mode, shutter speed of 1/250 s or faster, all other settings at their default values.

    Powerful AF with a variety of combinations of NIKKOR lenses and teleconverters
    The D4S is equipped with 51 focus points capable of acquiring the intended subject throughout the frame. 15 cross-type focus points at the center of the frame use phase-detection AF to detect the subject horizontally and vertically, and as all 51 focus points support a maximum aperture of f/5.6, the performance of line sensors and cross-type sensors is fully utilized with all AF NIKKOR lenses. In addition, the 15 focus points (9 at the center of the frame, and three each to the left and right of these 9)*1 support maximum apertures faster than f/8, and 11 focus points (9 running horizontally at the center of the frame and 1 each above and below)*2 support maximum apertures of f/8. This results in stress-free focusing, even when using 1.4x or 1.7x teleconverters, and certain autofocusing capability when a 2.0x teleconverter is used with super-telephoto NIKKOR lenses for a combined maximum aperture of f/8.

    • *19 focus points at the center of the frame function as cross-type sensors; the remaining 6 focus points function as line sensors.
    • *21 focus point at the center of the frame functions as a cross-type sensor; the remaining 10 focus points function as line sensors.
  2. Superior image quality with stunning sharpness and enhanced depth that responds more completely to the demands of professional photographers and supports the speed press photographers requireBeautiful image quality straight out of the camera
    Press photographers working on-site demand not only certain capture of decisive moments, but also the ability to quickly transmit their photos as soon as they are taken. Understanding this need, the D4S captures JPEG images with stunning sharpness, enhanced depth, and natural skin tones that allows use of these images straight out of the camera. Less noise with shooting at high sensitivities and a range of standard sensitivities from ISO 100 to ISO 25600 enables images exhibiting sharper edges and smoother, more beautiful colors throughout the entire range (sensitivity can also be reduced to the equivalent of ISO 50 (Lo 1), or increased up to the equivalent of ISO 409600 (Hi 4) as shooting conditions demand). Images captured with the D4S also exhibit little significant loss in resolution, even when cropped for use in newspapers, magazines, or online. An effective pixel count of 16.2-million pixels, and the new EXPEED 4 image-processing engine and Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor, both developed by Nikon with meticulous research and repeated simulations, contribute greatly to these capabilities.Accurate white balance for healthy skin tones and textures
    Auto white balance achieves healthier, more vivid skin tones under a variety of lighting conditions. Adoption of a new image analysis system enables more accurate extraction and identification of white portions within the frame. In addition, as white balance can be fine-tuned in smaller steps than ever before, more precise settings can be specified.

    Nikon D4S: Back VIew

    Nikon D4S: Back View

    The D4S is also equipped with a spot white balance option that allows users to manually measure white balance data beforehand from even a very small white or gray portion of the frame. When the D4S is unable to accurately or satisfactorily measure preset white balance data, simply changing the area from which data is measured as many times as needed eliminates the need for repeating the process from the beginning. This helps to increase shooting efficiency for professional photographers who must work quickly when on-site.

  3. Exclusive Nikon technologies and functions for more convenient and smoother workflowA high-performance viewfinder with greater visibility achieved with suppression of viewfinder image shake during continuous shooting
    Improvements to components such as the mirror bouncer with the D4S suppress shake caused by mirror bound movement for more stable display of the viewfinder image. Viewfinder visibility with continuous shooting has also been improved with a shorter viewfinder blackout time and continuous display of the active focus point, even when the shutter is released.RAW S Small* (12-bit uncompressed) image size option
    A new RAW S Small option that records images using 1/4 the number of pixels used for full-sized RAW images has been added. This makes editing images on a computer after they have been taken faster and more convenient (file size is approximately 1/2 that of 12-bit uncompressed RAW L Large images).

    • *Editing functions built into the camera and available from the Retouch menu, such as NEF (RAW) Processing and Image Overlay, cannot be applied to images captured at this setting.

    1000BASE-T support
    The D4S is equipped with an Ethernet connector (compatible with the 1000BASE-T standard) that enables smooth transfer of high-quality image data, regardless of the format in which it was recorded (JPEG, NEF, TIFF), after capture.

    LCD monitor with function for customizing colors
    The D4S is equipped with a 3.2-inch, approximately 921k-dot wide viewing angle TFT LCD monitor with which the protective glass and LCD panel have been integrated to suppress internal reflections. Display characteristics have been carefully adjusted for more faithful color reproduction. In addition, the camera is equipped with a function that allows users to customize colors to suit their individual preferences.

    A form and layout for operational controls that make the camera easier to hold and operate
    The shape of the grip has been optimized to make holding the camera more comfortable, even for those with small hands. What’s more, thorough examination of the shape of the rear of the camera, and design and materials used for the sub-selector have resulted in a camera that offers a better hold and more reliable operation.

  4. D-Movie function for recording full-HD 1920 x 1080 60p/50p moviesMovies recorded at a frame rate of 60p exhibit smooth subject movement and changes in exposure, even when the brightness of the scene changes greatly. Noise is effectively suppressed throughout the full range of standard sensitivities (ISO 200-25600) for rich expression of tones and stunning sharpness that preserves details. The D4S offers selection from three image area* options that respond to imaging intent—FX-based movie format, DX-based movie format, and 1920 x 1080 crop. With recording at a setting of 1920 x 1080 crop, 1920 x 1080p full-HD movies are generated without resizing for stunningly sharp movies rich in detail.In addition, uncompressed movies can be recorded directly to an external HDMI device connected to the camera’s HDMI connector in movie live view mode. A dedicated HDMI cable clip is supplied with the D4S. When used with the optional HC-E1 HDMI cable, this clip prevents accidental disconnection of the HDMI cable from the camera. In addition, movie recording with the D4S is even more convenient as movies can be recorded to an external HDMI device and a memory card inserted in the camera at the same time.
    Nikon D4S and ME-1 Microphone

    Nikon D4S and ME-1 Microphone

    The D4S responds to demands for movie recording with a variety of other capabilities as well, including the ability to change the image area in movie live view, and to enable Auto ISO Control for automatic adjustment of ISO sensitivity at a fixed shutter speed and aperture value.

    The D4S also offers a new exposure smoothing function for time-lapse movie recording. This function smooths exposure between frames for less flicker in resulting movies.

    • *Movies are recorded with an aspect ratio of 16 : 9 regardless of the format selected. Aspect ratio is 3 : 2 with recording at a frame size/rate of 640 x 424/30 fps and 640 x 424/25 fps.
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Nikon D4S: Front Top View

Nikon D4S: Front Top View

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cheappics@gmail.com (Darrell Young) Master Your Nikon® http://portfolio.young.photography/blog/2014/2/Nikon-D4S-Press-Release-Shipping-in-March-2014 Tue, 25 Feb 2014 08:38:33 GMT
New Book Released: Mastering the Nikon D610 http://portfolio.young.photography/blog/2014/1/New-Book-Released-Mastering-the-Nikon-D610 A new title from Rocky Nook, Inc. — for photographers, by photographers.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Alison Smith
Rocky Nook, Inc.
Ph: (805) 687-8727
press@rockynook.com

Mastering the Nikon D610 – New from Rocky Nook

Santa Barbara, CA— January 16, 2014 – Mastering the Nikon D610 by Darrell Young provides a wealth of experience-based information and insights for owners of the new D610 camera. Darrell is determined to help the user navigate past the confusion that often comes with complex and powerful professional camera equipment.

This book explores the features and capabilities of the camera in a way that far surpasses the user’s manual. It guides readers through the camera features with step-by-step setting adjustments; color illustrations; and detailed how, when, and why explanations for each option. Every button, dial, switch, and menu configuration setting is explored in a user-friendly manner, with suggestions for setup according to various shooting styles.

Darrell’s friendly and informative writing style allows readers to easily follow directions while feeling as if a friend dropped in to share his knowledge. The learning experience for new D610 users goes beyond just the camera itself and covers basic photography technique.

For a review copy or more information please email press@rockynook.com. Please include your delivery address and contact information.

About the author:

Dancing clouds on Blue Ridge ParkwayDancing clouds on Blue Ridge Parkway

 

 

 

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) is a professional nature and event photographer and an active member of Nikon Professional Services, Professional Photographers of America, and the North American Nature Photography Association. He’s been an avid photographer since 1968 when his mother gave him a Brownie Hawkeye camera.

Darrell has used Nikon cameras and Nikkor lenses since 1980. He has an incurable case of Nikon Acquisition Syndrome (NAS) and delights in working with Nikon’s newest digital cameras.

Living in the foothills of Great Smoky Mountains National Park has given him a real concern for the natural environment and a deep interest in nature photography.

He loves to write, as you can see in the Resources area of the Nikonians Online community (www.Nikonians.org). He joined the community in 2000 and his literary contributions led to his invitation to become the Founding Member of the Nikonians Writers Guild. You can visit his website here.

About Rocky Nook

Rocky Nook is a leading publisher of books written by photographers for photographers. Rocky Nook boasts over 100 titles by renowned authors from around the world covering a variety of photography topics, including composition, fine art, cutting-edge technology, and instruction manuals. Rocky Nook titles deliver premiere content that helps beginning through professional photographers master the art, craft, and technology of photography.

Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Santa Barbara, California, Rocky Nook is closely associated with dpunkt.verlag, a German publisher of computer and digital photography books.

Rocky Nook’s books are distributed worldwide by O’Reilly Media.

For information about the book and about Rocky Nook, visit: www.rockynook.com

Copyright © 2014 Rocky Nook, Inc., All rights reserved.

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cheappics@gmail.com (Darrell Young) Master Your Nikon® http://portfolio.young.photography/blog/2014/1/New-Book-Released-Mastering-the-Nikon-D610 Fri, 17 Jan 2014 18:59:20 GMT
Some Sigma Lenses Incompatible with New Nikon DSLRs http://portfolio.young.photography/blog/2014/1/Some-Sigma-Lenses-Incompatible-with-New-Nikon-DSLRs Sigma has posted a notice that some of their lenses are not compatible with newer Nikon DSLRs such as the new Nikon Df and D5300. Often the affected lens will experience autofocus and “OS” problems. A firmware update will be released soon.

If your Sigma lens is compatible with the new Sigma USB dock, you should be able to update your lens by yourself.  If not, you will need to contact a local Sigma Service Center and send the lens in for an update.

Here is the text Sigma posted on their website:

We have found that the current firmware of our Nikon fitting interchangeable lenses may not work properly with the Nikon Df camera’s OS and Auto Focus functions.

This is similar to the phenomena described in “Information Regarding the Nikon D5300 Cameras” that we have announced on November 19th. However, for the Nikon Df cameras, it includes those lenses that do not have an internal AF motor, and the following products will require a firmware update.

For those customers who use Sigma lenses in Nikon mount with the Nikon Df camera, we are going to provide a free firmware update. Please note that all the products we dispatch from the factory will have the latest firmware.

Phenomenon
Without the latest firmware, the OS and Auto Focus functions do not work properly when it is used with the Nikon Df cameras.

Concerned Products
Nikon fitting interchangeable lenses not yet updated for the Nikon D5300 camera.

  • It includes the following lenses that do not have an internal AF motor:
    1. 8mm F3.5 EX DG CIRCULAR FISHEYE
    2. 15mm F2.8 EX DG DIAGONAL FISHEYE
    3. 20mm F1.8 EX DG ASPHERICAL RF
    4. 24mm F1.8 EX DG ASPHERICAL MACRO
    5. 28mm F1.8 EX DG ASPHERICAL MACRO
    6. MACRO 50mm F2.8 EX DG
    7. MACRO 70mm F2.8 EX DG
  • For some discontinued products, we may not be able to offer the firmware update due to the discontinuation of related repair parts. Please contact your nearest authorized Sigma distributor for further details.
  • Please refer to the link below for further information on the firmware update for the Nikon D5300: http://www.sigma-photo.co.jp/english/new/new_topic.php?id=402

Support

For those customers in need of the latest firmware, we are going to provide free firmware update from December 4th. For discontinued products, please contact your nearest authorized Sigma distributor for the further details.

For lenses that are compatible with the SIGMA USB DOCK, it is possible to update them via SIGMA Optimization Pro.

For detailed information on the SIGMA USB DOCK, please find it from the below link;
http://www.sigma-global.com/en/lenses/cas/product/usb.html

For the detailed information on the SIGMA Optimization Pro, please find it from the below link;
http://www.sigma-global.com/download/en/index.html

Local Service Center
You can contact your nearest authorized Sigma distributor for the firmware update. Details of your nearest authorized Sigma distributor can be found on the following web page: http://www.sigma-photo.co.jp/english/network/index.html

Compatibility Sticker
We are going to put either of the following sticker on all the Nikon lenses that we will dispatch from the factory from now on:

SIgma Compatiblility Label基本 RGB

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cheappics@gmail.com (Darrell Young) Master Your Nikon® http://portfolio.young.photography/blog/2014/1/Some-Sigma-Lenses-Incompatible-with-New-Nikon-DSLRs Wed, 15 Jan 2014 16:14:56 GMT
No More Film For Me! http://portfolio.young.photography/blog/2014/1/No-More-Film-For-Me I’ve been wanting to scan about 50,000 slides stored in my cabinets. However, this blasted Nikon CoolScan 9000, even though it is Nikon’s premium (US$2000) scanner takes forever to scan slides or negatives. I hate this scanning process. Too much work!

However, I want to digitize my older work, for memory sake. I think I will buy a gizmo that allows me to photograph my slides. I’ll use my Nikon D2X at ISO 100 with my 60mm Micro Nikkor and make nice 12 MP versions of each of my treasures. Even that will take years because of the number of slides I have, not to mention negatives.

When digital first came in and I saw the need to scan my images (before I had a good digital SLR back in early 2002), I bought my CoolScan 9000 to do the job. After days of hard work, I had only scanned a small number of slides. It was just awful work, and the results were not all that exciting because a scan is an inferior second-generation image.

Then, I bought my Nikon D100 in late 2002. I shot a wedding with my F5 and the D100 as a backup, but ended up using the D100 more than the F5. Within a few weeks my F5 was sitting in the camera bag untouched. I had found my niche. No more aggravating scanning or running out of frames at 36 exposures. I just took the picture with my D100 and there it was, ready to use with no extra cost. However, the D100 could not produce the maximum results that a good drum-scanned Provia F slide could make.

Then, after a few years, along came the Nikon D800, which produces images on the medium-format level, with the best images I’ve ever seen from any other camera I’ve used in my life. It has a 16×24 inch (40×60 cm) print at 300 dpi with no enlargement. The D800 with a pro lens makes images of such high image quality, deep resolution, and massive dynamic range, that I do not feel the need to shackle myself again with film. No scanned film, 35mm, medium format (6×7), or even large format (4×5) can outdo the results from a D800 and a pro lens. If you don’t believe me, just rent a D800 and find out for yourself.

However, I still missed my old film cameras. I’d take them out of my storage bag and play with them, peering through my old AI Nikkors. I felt sad that my old faithful lenses with aperture rings were sitting mostly unused. I thought of shooting a little film again, just so I could use my beloved old manual Nikkors. About that time Nikon released the Nikon Df. It uses all Nikon f-mount lenses since 1959. I took my old Nikkors out of the bag and started using them in manual mode on the Df. My goodness, what deep quality this Df sensor has! I can shoot images that look like Provia F slides at ISO 1600. I can get perfectly usable results at ISO 12,800. No more do I have to worry about ISO or image quality.

With the Nikon D800 and Df, I have the best of cameras and lenses—with my pro Nikkor lenses on the D800 (e.g., AF-S Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8G ED) and my old AI Nikkors on my Df. Now, I no longer have any desire to use my old film cameras. The Df reminds me of my old FE; thereby satisfying that strange inner desire to return to days of long ago. The Nikon Df looks like yesterday, yet shoots like tomorrow!

What I am trying to say is that I am Digital Darrell, permanently. I respect that many still want to shoot film. However, in my own personal experience, no 35mm film of any sort can approach what I can accomplish with the digital cameras and lenses I am now using. I take the picture, I process it in my digital darkroom, and I make a Giclée print on Fuji Crystal Archive paper on my 17″ Epson archival pigment-ink printer, which produces prints that will last 300 years in the dark and 100 years on the wall without beginning to fade.

I’m free at last, praise the landlord, I’m free at last! I am Digital Darrell, the High Priest of Digital Deliverance. I have thrown off the shackles of film limitations: No more reciprocity failure for me. No more awful expense from processing. No more lab-induced image destruction. No more storing billions of slides, hoping the bugs don’t get them before the light fades them. No more limitations on the number of frames I can afford to shoot. No more tedious and inferior scanning. No more stained fingers from print fixer. No more wondering if that last frame was a keeper, I can see the picture and the histogram on the back of my camera. I am freeeeee!

Keep on capturing time…

Darrell Young

Dancing clouds on Blue Ridge ParkwayDancing clouds on Blue Ridge Parkway

Darrell Young is an active member of the Nikonians User Community, Nikon Professional Services (NPS), Professional Photographers of America (PPA), North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA), and the author of 15 photography books from NikoniansPress through Rocky Nook, including Beyond Point-and-ShootMastering the Nikon D610Mastering the Nikon D800Mastering the Nikon D7100, and the upcoming Mastering the Olympus OM-D E-M1, to name a few. He’s been an avid photographer since 1968 when his mother gave him a Brownie Hawkeye camera.

His website, www.PictureAndPen.com, was created to support the readers of his educational books, photography students, and clients. Visitors to his website will find articles and reviews designed to inform, teach, and help you enjoy your photographic journey.

Join Darrell on FacebookTwitter, and Google+

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cheappics@gmail.com (Darrell Young) Master Your Nikon® http://portfolio.young.photography/blog/2014/1/No-More-Film-For-Me Tue, 14 Jan 2014 15:24:33 GMT
Do You Want a New Camera…Again? http://portfolio.young.photography/blog/2013/11/Do-You-Want-a-New-Camera-Again Camera buying season has arrived. New cameras are appearing in droves. Some of them are merely incremental updates to an existing camera and others are exciting cameras that could establish new standards. Do you really need a new camera? If so, why? What will a new camera allow you to do that your two-year old model won’t?

Nikon Df – Top View

Nikon Df – Top View

Very advanced gear allows one to push the edges of photography more easily. As an example, a camera with excellent high ISO capability and a nice pro f/2.8 lens allows a photographer to get low-light shots unobtainable with lesser equipment; such as at a wedding in a dark chapel with no flash allowed. However, how many of us regularly shoot in that type of environment?

An extremely high-speed frame rate pro camera with a huge telephoto prime lens allows one to capture sports action like no other setup; but, again, how many of us shoot in that arena?

The majority of photographers do not need an FX camera, even if they greatly desire one. Most imagery created today could be shot successfully with a Nikon D40 (6 MP) or D200 (10 mp), both of which will make a great 11×14 inch (28x35cm) image—who prints much larger than that? Therefore, the rat race we find ourselves in is mostly hot air and gas, and fun. This year’s highly-desirable camera will be next year’s trade-in.

However, there is an inner desire that most of us have; the desire to own a fine piece of camera equipment, a beautiful piece of glass, and artistic images that express our souls.

Nikon FM with AI-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 Lens

Nikon FM with AI-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 Lens

We used to make great images with film cameras, then with older digital cameras, and now with even better digital cameras. Maybe our images are a little sharper, have more accurate color, and can be enlarged a little more (which most people won’t do). However, it is truly not the camera, and it really is the photographer. To excel, unless one is shooting for a “grunge” (grainy) look, you need a certain minimum level of photo gear to be able to create wonderful memories and even make some money. Once that level of gear is surpassed, all future advancements are only small increments of improvement. We surpassed the minimum level of camera equipment somewhere between 6 and 12 megapixels. Everything now is striving after the wind, except for those photographers with highly specialized needs.

Nikon D800 with an AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens

Nikon D800 with an AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Lens

That said, I love my Nikon D800, D610, D7100, and even my tiny COOLPIX A. I am about to start an affair with a new camera in about a week. My Nikon Df will be delivered on the 29th (www.Berger-bros.com). I no longer use my poor old D100, D200, D70, D50, or even my old D2X (except for some limited studio work).

Part of my “photography” is the intense interest I have in the tactile sensations of operating a fine piece of camera equipment and peering through a new lens. That will never change with me and millions of others. The major camera companies are betting their existence that we enthusiasts will remain enthusiastic. They expect that we will groan and swoon when a new camera is dangled in front of our glazed-over eyes. Like a moth to a flame, we will rush to the computer and lay our money down, and we’ll do it again in two years. Why? Because we are photographers, and we love cameras.

Nikon D610 with an AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens

Nikon D610 with an AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens

Photography is not just taking pictures, for most of us! It’s a feeling that surrounds taking pictures. It’s a revelry of skill that few people have. It’s the smell of a new camera or lens, the feel of its body in your hands, the sound of its shutter in your ear. They way you can manipulate its controls and make it obey you. The art you can produce that impresses others.

How do you feel when you open the box from UPS or FedEx and pull out a new lens? How do you feel when you turn on a new camera for the first time? Are you eager to explore the menus and test out the new advancements?  I bet you even have a ritual picture that you take first with each new camera. (How does Darrell know stuff like this?)

Burning Sky from my Nikon D800 and AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G Lens. © 2013 Darrell YOung

Burning Sky from my Nikon D800 and AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G Lens. © 2013 Darrell Young

Do you really need a new camera, this year? Probably not! Last year’s model used to be simply spectacular, and that has not really changed. Will you buy a new camera soon? Oh, most certainly! Who can resist? Why do we hang around forums talking about our dream camera or lens? Why do we read blogs on subjects like this?

We are photographers and we love, not only photography, but also the sensations surrounding the taking of pictures. We adore the technology and feel (and smell) of new equipment. We slobber over nano-coated glass! Honestly, I’m a camera addict, and I bet you are too!

Keep on capturing time…er, cameras and lenses!

Darrell Young

Dancing clouds on Blue Ridge ParkwayDancing clouds on Blue Ridge Parkway

Darrell Young is an active member of the Nikonians User Community, Nikon Professional Services (NPS), Professional Photographers of America (PPA), North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA), and the author of 15 photography books from NikoniansPress through Rocky Nook, including Beyond Point-and-ShootMastering the Nikon D610Mastering the Nikon D800Mastering the Nikon D7100, and the upcoming Mastering the Nikon Df, to name a few. He’s been an avid photographer since 1968 when his mother gave him a Brownie Hawkeye camera.

His website, www.PictureAndPen.com, was created to support the readers of his educational books, photography students, and clients. Visitors to his website will find articles and reviews designed to inform, teach, and help you enjoy your photographic journey.

Join Darrell on FacebookTwitter, and Google+

Copyright © 2013 Darrell Young, All Rights Reserved
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cheappics@gmail.com (Darrell Young) Master Your Nikon® http://portfolio.young.photography/blog/2013/11/Do-You-Want-a-New-Camera-Again Wed, 20 Nov 2013 20:32:08 GMT
Nikon Df Camera is Coming at 12:01 a.m. Tonight (11/05/2013)! http://portfolio.young.photography/blog/2013/11/Nikon-Df-Camera-is-Coming-at-12-01-a-m-Tonight-11/05/2013 Are you ready for a very handsome camera that takes baby-boomer Nikon users back to the days of their film-shooting youth? The Nikon Df is coming, unless the rumor mill is completely wrong, and with these pictures floating around the net (from NikonRumors.com), it is apparent that something real is happening. Tonight’s the night at 12:01 a.m. (11/05/2013).

Nikon Df – Top View

Nikon Df – Top View

Nikon Df – front view

Nikon Df – front view

Nikon Df – rear view

Nikon Df – rear view

Nikon Df – uses a standard mechanical release cable

Nikon Df – uses a standard mechanical release cable

Nikon Df – has a magnesium-alloy and polycarbonate frame like the D7100 and D610

Nikon Df – has a magnesium-alloy and polycarbonate frame like the D7100 and D610

See Brad Berger at www.Berger-Bros.com (1-800-542-8811) to preorder, I did! I can’t wait until this camera arrives. I will soon have a book titled Mastering the Nikon Df for you at this link. Please check in frequently. Here we go!

Keep on capturing time…

Darrell Young

Dancing clouds on Blue Ridge ParkwayDancing clouds on Blue Ridge Parkway

Darrell Young is an active member of the Nikonians User Community, Nikon Professional Services (NPS), Professional Photographers of America (PPA), and the author of 12 photography books from NikoniansPress through Rocky Nook, including Beyond Point-and-ShootMastering the Nikon D600Mastering the Nikon D800Mastering the Nikon D7000, and now Mastering the Nikon D7100, to name a few. He’s been an avid photographer since 1968 when his mother gave him a Brownie Hawkeye camera.

His website, www.PictureAndPen.com, was created to support the readers of his educational books, photography students, and clients. Visitors to his website “will find articles and reviews designed to inform, teach, and help you enjoy your photographic journey.”

Join Darrell on FacebookTwitter, and Google+

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cheappics@gmail.com (Darrell Young) Master Your Nikon® http://portfolio.young.photography/blog/2013/11/Nikon-Df-Camera-is-Coming-at-12-01-a-m-Tonight-11/05/2013 Mon, 04 Nov 2013 10:17:34 GMT
Nikon’s Response to My D600′s Dust Spots on the Sensor http://portfolio.young.photography/blog/2013/10/Nikon-s-Response-to-My-D600-s-Dust-Spots-on-the-Sensor October 21, 2013

Today I decided to really examine my Nikon D600′s sensor for the dreaded oil and dust spots issue. I went outside—used manual mode—and shot a blue sky picture at f/22. I found a large quantity of dust spots on the sensor. Therefore, I realized that I had been bitten by the D600 Oil & Dust bug.

Here is a crop of a corner of my camera’s sensor:

Oil & Dust Spots on my Nikon D600

Crop of the corner of my D600′s sensor, with spots

With pain in my heart—due to the fact that my warranty had expired on 09/18/2013—I called Nikon Technical Support (1-800-645-6687, https://support.nikonusa.com/app/contact) and told them my tale of woe. The service tech asked me if I had tried using a blower to blow the dust off, and I told her I had used a blower a time or two.

The tech’s voice then became quite soothing, saying words like, “If you are having dust and oil problems and there is no impact or water damage to your D600, we will cover the problem.” I asked, “By ‘cover,’ do you mean that you won’t charge me to fix the problem?” She replied, “That’s right, and we will pay for shipping and insurance in both directions. It will take 7 to 10 business days for repair.” 

Full Screen sample with contrast raised to max

Full Screen sample with contrast raised to max

She sent me an email that arrived immediately, providing a link to upload a couple of unretouched, full-size sample pictures to Nikon. Here is a copy of the email:

Hello Mr. Young

Thank you for submitting your question and I’m sorry to hear you are having problems with your Nikon camera.

In order to properly diagnose the issue please update this incident (using the link below) with one or two unedited sample images showing the problem; we’ll take a look and let you know what we think. It’s important that original, unedited images be sent. If you must resize the images only do so in a Nikon program as other programs remove important embedded information.

For more assistance attaching images to incidents please see:

http://support.nikontech.com  (Note: I removed my ID number from this link)

After we’ve reviewed your samples we’ll contact you with more information.
Your reference number is [CENSORED].

Thank You
Nikon Support

I went to the Nikon support site, uploaded my pictures, and I am now awaiting another email containing approval, return authorization, and shipping labels.

I will update this blog entry as this case progresses and keep you up to date with Nikon’s solution to this problem. So, far, the response from Nikon has been very professional. I am satisfied and will remain so if the problem is resolved. Check back soon for an update.

Update: October 29, 2013

I waited eight days to see if Nikon would contact me with information or shipping labels, as described by the last person I spoke with. Today, when checking the website to see the status of my support request, I saw the status marked “solved” and the message:

This incident cannot be reopened or updated. If you need further assistance, click here to submit a new question.

I was a bit puzzled about why I had not been contacted, so I called Nikon support on the phone. I talked to a friendly individual who told me she was puzzled about why I had not been contacted yet. She briefly put me on hold, saying, “Let me go look at your sample images.” When she returned to the phone she informed me that Nikon would repair the problem and that I needed to ship the camera to them. She reiterated that it would take about 7 to 10 business days or less to have the repair completed, “as long as there are parts available, and there is no impact, sand, or water damage to the camera.” (Sand, huh?)

Within a few minutes the following email arrived:

Dear Mr. Young,

Thank you for calling Nikon. I am sorry to hear about the problem you having with your camera.

You should be receiving the shipping labels within 24 to 48 business hours.

Below is the link to schedule your repair on line along with the step by step instructions on how to send your Nikon product in for service.

http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Service-And-Support/Service-And-Repair.page

The reference number for your call is [CENSORED].

If you need any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact us again.

Kind regards,
Nikon Tech Support

Now I am awaiting an email with shipping labels so that I can send the camera in for—hopefully—a shutter replacement. I’ll also have to go to the provided link and schedule the shipment.

By the way, while waiting for Nikon to contact me, I checked to see how many pictures I had taken with this particular Nikon D600. I uploaded a NEF file to http://www.myshuttercount.com/ and was informed by that handy service that my Nikon D600 has 1987 shutter firings. This clearly shows that even a newer D600, with low mileage, is suspect. If you have a D600, go now and check your camera’s sensor for spots by taking a picture of a blue sky at f/22 and then examining the image on your monitor at 100% view. Nikon seems willing to help, even when the camera is out of warranty, like mine. However, I wouldn’t wait long if you have a similar situation to mine.

It appears that Nikon has acknowledged my problem and is ready to repair the camera at no cost. Check back soon for an update.

Update: February 25, 2014

In their last email, Nikon told me that they would send me a prepaid shipping label within 24-48 hours. I waited four months and the label did not arrive in my email. :-)  I was so busy writing a new book that I just dropped the ball, but so did Nikon.

A few days ago I sent an email to Nikon asking about the promised labels and got this reply, with a prepaid UPS 2nd-day Air label attached:

Dear Mr. Young,

Please see the attached pre-paid shipping label to send in your D600 for service.

1) Please print the attached PDF file to attach to your shipping box.

2) Pack your equipment carefully in a shipping box with several inches of a quality packing material completely around the equipment. Please do not ship products in their original boxes. Accessory items, like straps, should be removed.

3) Enclose a letter explaining the reason for returning the equipment and your return mailing address.

4) Call UPS at 800-742-5877 or visit http:www.ups.com to locate an office in your area. If you choose to have UPS pick up your package at your residence or place of business, you will be responsible for any additional charges UPS may apply.

Regards,
Nikon Inc.

I packed up my Nikon D600, attached the label, and dropped it off at the UPS store. It will arrive at Melville NY on Friday (Feb 28th). I am looking forward to getting my D600 back from the camera hospital.

In the meantime, Nikon issued a worldwide Technical Service Advisory that proclaimed their willingness to fix any and all Nikon D600 cameras with dust & oil problems, at no cost, even if out of warranty! If you have a D600 with the problem, click this link and get your camera fixed at no cost.

Now, I am playing the waiting game to see how long this process takes and how the camera does when it is returned. I will be back with more information soon.

Update: March 07, 2014

I got a snail mail letter from Nikon today affirming that they have my D600, that they are working on it, and that the repair will cost me nothing. The letter says that the repair is a “B2 Service Repair Rank B2″ and “Reason for Service: SENSOR DUST, No Charge/Good Will Repair.”

I received email from them last week with the same information; therefore, I suppose they are simply being thorough. They’ve had my D600 since February 28th, so it has been a little over a week. I expect to see my D600 in only a few more days. This saga is nearing an end, I hope.

What will I call my Nikon D600 when it comes back with a D610 shutter assembly? A fellow member of my PlanetNikon forum suggested that I call it a Nikon D605 since it is not quite a D610 and more than a D600. Here is a picture of what I envision my camera will look like, once it is returned and I have found a nice 5 to put over the last zero in D600:

Nikon D605?

Nikon D605?

In only a few more days my beloved Nikon D600, with its better than Nikon D3X image quality, will be back. Oh the party I’ll throw! Wanna come?

Final Update: March 12, 2014

My Nikon D600 (or 605) arrived today and looks like new. The sensor is spotless, all dust has been removed from the camera everywhere, and it even smells like a new camera (maybe that’s wishful thinking, except that it really is only a little over a year old).

The repair took about two weeks to complete, from shipping to UPS home delivery, and was completed at no cost. The repair ticket says the following:

B2
Service Repair Rank B2
Write Up
Repair
*
RPL Shutter Mechanism
Related Parts
Related Parts
Related Parts
Related Parts
Related Parts
Related Parts

I have no idea what “related parts” were required, but in addition to the shutter assembly, six other parts were replaced. I suspect it has been well tested. Time will tell.

I am very happy with Nikon’s service. They treated me well and fixed my camera with expert care. I will test it and report back here if any other problems are detected, but for now, I am very satisfied. My beloved D600 is back!

Keep on capturing time…

Darrell Young

Dancing clouds on Blue Ridge ParkwayDancing clouds on Blue Ridge Parkway

Darrell Young is an active member of the Nikonians User Community, Nikon Professional Services (NPS), Professional Photographers of America (PPA), and the author of 12 photography books from NikoniansPress through Rocky Nook, including Beyond Point-and-ShootMastering the Nikon D600Mastering the Nikon D800Mastering the Nikon D7000, and now Mastering the Nikon D7100, to name a few. He’s been an avid photographer since 1968 when his mother gave him a Brownie Hawkeye camera.

His website, www.PictureAndPen.com, was created to support the readers of his educational books, photography students, and clients. Visitors to his website “will find articles and reviews designed to inform, teach, and help you enjoy your photographic journey.”

Join Darrell on FacebookTwitter, and Google+

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cheappics@gmail.com (Darrell Young) Master Your Nikon® http://portfolio.young.photography/blog/2013/10/Nikon-s-Response-to-My-D600-s-Dust-Spots-on-the-Sensor Mon, 21 Oct 2013 08:02:52 GMT
Too Many Cameras, Too Fast! http://portfolio.young.photography/blog/2013/9/Too-Many-Cameras-Too-Fast For nearly every camera, of any brand—released in the last few years—there have been a spate of complaints about the camera. Spots, lines, AF issues, all sorts of things. The reputation of some wonderful cameras, like the Nikon D600 and D800, were damaged by these complaints.

We are living in a highly technical and quite imperfect world. Demand is for the next big thing. A camera is basically obsolete when it’s released, like a computer, smart phone, or tablet. If a camera maker could take the time to work out the bugs and sell a particular camera for ten years (like in days of old, 15 years ago), things would be different. I bought a Nikon F4 in the late 1980′s, and an F5 in the mid 1990′s. In 2002 I went digital with a Nikon D100 and never looked back at film. However, those film cameras I used lasted me for years and years. They were much simpler in design and did the job for many thousands of  transparencies.

However with one and two year camera lifecycles for new enthusiast digital cameras, there is simply no time to properly design, test, and deliver a perfect product. Such is life in today’s society. We demand more, more, more, faster, faster, faster. Are we surprised then when camera companies can’t keep up?

Even the pro model Nikons are designed for only about a three or four year lifecycle. It is still hard for me to pay US$6,000 for a camera body, when I used to pay US$2,000 for one that lasted at least twice as long, before obsolescence. Therefore, I have mostly bought one-step-down-from-pro camera bodies since digital arrived, such as the D700 and D800 (if you can consider the D800 a step down from anything).  I paid about US$5800 for my Nikon D2X in 2004, and while still a great camera, it is obsolete for anything except ISO 100–400 pictures. Because I’m a nature photographer and do not need blazing speed, such as the D4 provides, I have never considered that camera for purchase. However, a D4X with 40+ MP FX sensor might just open my wallet.

I am merely ruminating this morning. I sit here, in between Mastering Your Nikon books, awaiting Nikon’s next release so the excitement can build and new camera babies can be delivered—with imperfections and forum complaints, of course. Where is my D400? Do I really need a D610 when my D600 works great. How can they improve on the D7100? More features are coming, we can be sure of that. My first Mastering the Nikon book (D300) was about 250 pages long. My latest (D800, D600, and D7100) are all pushing 600 pages. Where does it stop? When will we have cameras that require 1000 page books to understand—next year?

I’m not complaining, I like technology and I love writing books for my readers. However, I do miss the intimate familiarity I had with my Nikon F4 and F5 after many years of usage. Nikon, if you are going to give us new cameras on such short lifecycles (as we evidently demand), at least make the controls work the same. Stop adding so many menu items. Simplify!

What are your thoughts on this issue? Please tell me!

Keep on capturing time…

Darrell Young

Dancing clouds on Blue Ridge ParkwayDancing clouds on Blue Ridge Parkway

Darrell Young is an active member of the Nikonians User Community, Nikon Professional Services (NPS), Professional Photographers of America (PPA), and the author of 12 photography books from NikoniansPress through Rocky Nook, including Beyond Point-and-ShootMastering the Nikon D600Mastering the Nikon D800Mastering the Nikon D7000, and now Mastering the Nikon D7100, to name a few. He’s been an avid photographer since 1968 when his mother gave him a Brownie Hawkeye camera.

His website, www.PictureAndPen.com, was created to support the readers of his educational books, photography students, and clients. Visitors to his website “will find articles and reviews designed to inform, teach, and help you enjoy your photographic journey.”

Join Darrell on FacebookTwitter, and Google+

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cheappics@gmail.com (Darrell Young) Master Your Nikon® http://portfolio.young.photography/blog/2013/9/Too-Many-Cameras-Too-Fast Thu, 26 Sep 2013 08:31:15 GMT