Category Archives: Photography
Forget drones. Try driving a remote controlled 4×4 car equipped with a Nikon D800E into a pride of lions in Botswana.
The “Car L” project was hatched by Chris McLennan and engineered by Carl Hansen to capture unique images of lions with a Nikon D800E, fired remotely by Chris McLennan using a trigger system built into the remote control unit.
Sony’s new Alpha 7 (24MP) and Alpha 7R (36MP) 35mm full-frame, mirrorless, interchangeable lens cameras are now available in the US. I just bought the Alpha 7R (no anti-aliasing filter) and can barely contain my excitement! Prior to this camera, the Leica M-system was the only game in town for a full-frame 35mm, interchangeable lens, mirrorless compact camera. Now I can use my Leica M lenses on the Sony (with an adapter), which at $2,300 is about one third the price of an M Type 240. The Sony has great high ISO performance and a large, bright EVF (Electronic Viewfinder) with focus peaking. The 36MP sensor with no anti-aliasing filter (similar to the Nikon D800E) is capable of delivering very sharp high-resolution images. And I deliberately said “capable of” because any 36MP (or above) camera requires impeccable shooting technique.
Make no mistake, these new mirrorless cameras by Sony are not Leicas. They don’t have the hand-made precision build quality of a Leica. They don’t have a family of native lenses, with only one Sony/Zeiss lens – a 35mm f/2.8 – available as of December 4. The Sony Alpha 7R 36MP sensor is prone to vignetting and color casts when used with lenses wider than 35mm, both of which can typically be fixed in post-processing. The shutter is loud. But even so, the Sony Alpha 7 and Alpha 7R cameras are quite capable and potentially revolutionary products.
In this video The Camera Store TV’s Chris Niccolls checks out the new Sony Alpha 7 and Alpha 7R. Enjoy.
Today marks the 75th birthday of the Golden Gate Bridge. Since it’s one of my favorite photo subjects, I thought I’d post a few of my favorite images of the bridge. Happy birthday!
Today’s announcement of the Nikon D800 has upped the ante in the world of DSLR photography. With a 36.3 megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor and full HD 1080p video with stereo sound, the D800 is a game changer. And Nikon has set the bar even higher by announcing the D800E, which according to Nikon “incorporates an optical low pass filter (OLPF) without anti-aliasing properties to facilitate the sharpest images possible and is a great option for RAW shooters who are in a position to control light, distance and their subject to the degree where they can mitigate the risk of moiré and any false color.”
Some of the D800′s specifications (see the Nikon website for a complete table of specs):
- 36.3-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor
- 35.9mm x 24mm sensor size
- 1/8000 to 30 sec. shutter speed
- Up to 4 frames per second in FX-format
- TTL exposure metering using 91,000-pixel RGB sensor
- ISO 100-6400
- 51-point dynamic-area AF
- Built-in flash
- Live View
Already, with very few who have even touched the new camera, there are reviews, articles and digests appearing on the Web, including:
- Nikon’s product page
- Rob Galbraith’s “Announced: Nikon D800 with 36.15 million image pixel sensor”
- Rob Galbraith’s “Links to all things Nikon D800″
- Digital Photography Review’s “Nikon D800 Hands-on Preview”
- diglloyd.com (Lloyd Chambers) blog posts on moire, lenses, lens requirements, technique and tolerances, and an overview of the D800 and D800E
- Thom Hogan’s article “The Nikon D800 Introduction”
Nikon USA now has the 20 pages Nikon D800 | D800E Technical Guide available for download. The guide is particularly useful in describing and illustrating techniques for getting sharp images with a 36-megapixal camera.
Stay tuned. This is exciting!
Having used Lightroom since its initial release 6 years ago, I’m excited about the announcement and availability of each new version. Today Adobe announced the availability of Lightroom 4 Public Beta. This version introduces two new modules – Book and Map – and adds major new functionality to the existing modules.