Das ist die Nikon D7100

Die Lücke ist geschlossen – mit der D7100 stellt Nikon ihr neues DX-Flaggschiff vor!


Die technischen Daten sind wenig überraschend: Body wie die D600, 24MP ohne AA-Filter, AF-Modul der D4 (51 Felder, 15 Cross). Photoscala hat die Liste der weiteren Einzelheiten.

Der UVP liegt bei 1179,– , verfügbar soll sie ab Mitte März sein.

So richtig vom Hocker haut mich das nicht – sicherlich eine fantastische Kamera, aber sie bewegt sich vom Preis her in einem bereits sehr vollen Marktsegment, von unten bietet die D5200 fast gleiche Leistung, die Spiegellosen drücken ebenfalls mit viel mehr Innovation, und von oben kommt die D600 mit einem Straßenpreis um 1400 Euro. Einzig Canon kann sich warm anziehen – der Abstand zu 7D und 60D ist nochmals größer geworden.

Hands-On Preview bei DPReview

Diskussion im DSLR-Forum

Die Nikon D800 – as good as it gets

Nikon hat endlich den lang erwarteten D700 Nachfolger, die D800 vorgestellt. 36,6 Megapixel im Vollformat, da kommt einiges auf Speicherkarten, Festplatten und Prozessoren zu!

Die sonstigen Features entsprechen den Erwartungen: 1080p Video, neuer Prozessor, bis ISO25600. Mir hätte noch ein integriertes GPS gefallenb, aber da setzt Nikon wieder auf den externen Adapter.

Ich finde es gut daß Nikon eine solch gute Kamera in der groben 2000 Euro Kategorie hat, als Gegengewicht zu Canon. Ein Nachfolger der 12 Megapixel D700 war ja überfällig (ja, ich weiss wie gut die Bildqualität ‘trotz’ der ‘niedrigen’ Auflösung ist…).
Persönlich bin ich eher nicht interessiert – der Body ist schon extrem groß, ich finde den Kompromiss im APS-C Bereich mit den Modellen wie der NEX-/ deutlich spannender. Wie war das noch: die beste Kamera ist die, die man dabei hat!


Offizielle Nikon-Produktseite

D800 Prospekt (PDF)

Diskussion im deutschen Nikon-Forum

Erste Beispielbilder

Wex Cameras (UK) hat die D800 für Vorbesteller für GBP 2.399,–, in Deutschland wird von EUR 2.899,– geredet

Are you using a battery grip on your DSLR?

In this video, Jared tests the Nikon MB-D11 battery grip for the D7000.

Nikon MB-D11 hands on Nikon D7000

Watch this video on YouTube or on Easy Youtube.

I’ve tried a grip on my D90 and my D300, but I always returned to no grip. While shooting with a grip is great, there are two issues I have with those grips: they make the camera so big that it’s a lot harder to find a good bag to carry the camera, and in the case of the MB-D11/MB-D10 you even have to take the grip off to recharge the battery in the camera.

I also think camera manufacturers are not making use of all the opportunities in camera grips yet.

– Why not have a grip with a built-in LiPolymer battery that charges with a small USB charger?

– Why are there no grips with extra slots for memory cards?

– Why is there no grip with built-in GPS?

– Why is there no grip with built-in WiFi, bluetooth or 3G?

I mean, there’s so much empty space in a battery grip – where’s the innovation?

UPDATE 2011-02-07: There is a third party grip for the D300 with a car charger – has anybody tried that?

Site recommendation: FroKnowsPhoto.com

http://froknowsphoto.com is one of my favourite photography related sites. Not only does it have great and up to date information, Fro is also a funny and entertaining guy (not to forget Lil!).

Fro has a unique way of presenting and teaching. Here’s an example of the “super secret project” where he shows that you can shoot great pictures with ‘just’ a cheap Nikon D3000 and the 35mm f1,8 prime lens, i.e. a ~ $500 kit!

Photography Tutorial Nikon D3100 D7000

Watch this video on YouTube or on Easy Youtube.

Then he also asks visitors to send in RAW files that he and a friend both edit in Lightroom. These are my favourite posts because you can learn new tricks every time.

Nikon D3000 RAW Lightroom Edit

Watch this video on YouTube or on Easy Youtube.

Scott Bourne: An Open Letter to Digital Camera Manufacturers Regarding Camera File Naming

This is a letter I can support (excerpt):

“The default file naming protocol should include the capture date in this format (YYYYMMDD), followed by a 4-digit number created sequentially from 0001 to 9999. For example, if I format a card in my camera and choose continuous file numbering, the first image on the card that I capture (if my camera is in JPEG mode, and if I take the photo on 9/13/2010) will be 20100913_0001.JPG. If I take the next photo on 9/14/2010, the file name will be 20100914_0002.JPG. It’s important to use continuous file numbering with this approach, or the system will not work when a new card is formatted on the same day as another card. This is the renaming procedure I currently use, and virtually all file renaming software currently provides this renaming functionality.

For all DSLRs (and potentially all other digital cameras), I recommend giving users the ability to designate one or two letters after the YYYYMMDD in case a photographer has multiple cameras, or if the photographer is part of a team of shooters who submits cards for post-processing on a computer that handles multiple photographers’ cards. As long as each camera has a unique letter or letters following the YYYYMMDD, this system will go one step further toward avoiding any duplicate file names (unless more than 26 cameras are involved!). An example of the file name in this case would be 20100913A_0001.JPG, or 20100913AD_0001.JPG.”

The only thing that I would disagree with is this:

“3. Certain countries use YYYYMMDD and others use YYYYDDMM for indicating a specific date. I recommended adding a menu option for either format. Other date formats are commonly used, but I recommend this one because it is compact, easy to read and allows for easy viewing when sorted by file name on a computer or other device. Many cameras already have the ability to choose a specific date and time format.”

YYYYMMDD should _always_ be used – if you use YYYYDDMM (or rather DDMMYYYY in germany) any file list in a window will not be able to be sorted properly, YYYYMMDD is the only way to go.

Instead of using sequential numbers, though, I would suggest using the camera time (HHMMSS).

Including the optional characters, a file name would look like this: YYYYMMDD_HHMMSS_D90.jpg


Can I go wrong with a Canon EOS 350D Digital Rebel XT?

I was planning to get a new digital camera at the end of the year, most likely the Panasonic DMC-FZ50. I had one before, traded it in for a Fuji FinePix F31fd for portability, but I’m missing the zoom lens of the FZ50 a lot.

Yesterday I happened to find a Canon EOS 350D Digital Rebel XT at a real bargain price – EUR 399 for the kit with the 18-55 lens, which is EUR 70 below the cheapest vendor on the net.

Now – do I eBay it off for a higher price and get the Panasonic, or do I keep it? What do you think?

Canon Digital Rebel DRM alert!

You may have heard that the latest Harry Potter book has appeared in digital form before its release, people have published digital photographs of the books pages.

Now The Times reports that the camera owner may be identifiable thorugh the pictures EXIF data:

“By examining the vital information – or ‘metadata’ – built into each photo, the company’s technical officers have established the serial number of the camera that was used, which could in turn lead to the identity of the camera’s owner.

The information, known as Exchangeable Image File Format (Exif) data, has already revealed that the camera used was a Canon Rebel 350. Because the model is three years old, the device would likely have been serviced at least once since it was purchased, in which case the owner’s name would be known.

The serial number itself would not necessarily give away the name of the owner, Canon said, as it can only match serial numbers with owners if the purchaser registers the device after buying it. Every time a Canon camera is serviced, however, the serial number and owner are logged together. “

Spooky. But it goes on:

“”The Exif data is like the picture’s DNA; you can’t switch it off. Every image has it. Some software can be used to strip or edit the information, but you can’t edit every field,” Mr Solomon said.”

You can’t? I bet you can…

After the fuss around user data stored in iTunes songs, will we see EXIF cleaners next?