Nikon UK Spring 2017 Cashback; up to £130 on selected cameras & lenses

JOIN US IN CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF NIKON WITH THESE GREAT CASHBACK DEALS

CASHBACK AVAILABLE ON THE PURCHASE OF SELECTED NIKON D-SLRS AND LENSES MADE BETWEEN 27TH APRIL AND 4TH AUGUST 2017 (INCLUSIVE).

CLAIMS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 4TH SEPTEMBER 2017. FULL TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY.

Cashback is available for the following:

  • DSLR:
    • D3400
    • D5600
    • KeyMission 360
  • Zoom lenses:
    • AF-S VR Zoom NIKKOR 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 IF-ED
    • AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f4.5-6.3G ED
    • AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f4.5-6.3G ED VR
    • AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f2.8E FL ED VR
    • AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f5.6E ED VR
    • AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f4.5 – 5.6G ED VR
  • Travel:
    • AF-S NIKKOR 18-200mm f3.5-5.6G ED VR II
    • AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f3.5-6.3G ED VR
    • AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f3.5-5.6G ED VR
    • AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f4G ED VR
    • AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f3.5-5.6G ED VR
  • Macro:
    • AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f2.8G
    • AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED
    • AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f3.5 G ED VR
    • AF-S VR Micro NIKKOR 105mm f2.8 G IF ED
    • AF Micro NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8D

 

 

Nikon Announce the D7500; successor to the D7200

This week, Nikon has announced their latest DX-format enthusiast DSLR, the D7500 This is the successor to the D7200. So, what do Nikon say about it:

“THE SEARCH FOR THE PERFECT IMAGE CAN TAKE YOU ANYWHERE. GO THERE WITH THE D7500—THE DX-FORMAT DSLR THAT’S BUILT TO SEEK OUT THE NEW. ENJOY FLAGSHIP DX IMAGE QUALITY INHERITED FROM NIKON’S D500. PHENOMENAL PRECISION. EPIC LOW-LIGHT PERFORMANCE. 4K/UHD VIDEO. PLUS SNAPBRIDGE KEEPS THE CAMERA CONNECTED TO YOUR SMART DEVICE, SO YOU CAN SHOW THE WORLD WHAT YOU’VE GOT.”

The search for the perfect image can take you anywhere. Go there with the powerful, nimble, and fully connected D7500. Catch the beauty you find with flagship DX image quality inherited from Nikon’s D500.

FEATURES:

Here. Or there. In darkness or light. Put the shot of a lifetime within your reach. 20.9 MP DX-format sensor. EXPEED 5. 180K-pixel RGB metering sensor:

The fast EXPEED 5 processing engine ensures remarkable image quality across the ISO range. Fine noise is dramatically reduced and even cropped images shot at high ISO values retain their quality. The Hi 5 setting lets you shoot at an incredible ISO 1640000 (equivalent) and make the most out of available light.

Excel in low light. With ISO 100-51200 extendable up to ISO 1640000 (equivalent), the D7500 isn’t afraid of the dark:

The fast EXPEED 5 processing engine ensures remarkable image quality across the ISO range. Fine noise is dramatically reduced and even cropped images shot at high ISO values retain their quality. The Hi 5 setting lets you shoot at an incredible ISO 1640000 (equivalent) and make the most out of available light.

Capture precise exposures and dynamic compositions. 180K-pixel RGB metering sensor and Advanced Scene Recognition system:

The camera’s 180K-pixel RGB metering sensor and Advanced Scene Recognition system combine to ensure you’ll get the shot—even when the scene involves smaller or fast-moving subjects. For high-contrast scenes, the new highlight-weighted metering will prioritise the brightest elements in the frame, and help you avoid images with blown-out highlights.

Whatever you shoot, the 51-point AF system will track your subject, lock onto it, and keep it in focus. Even if the only light is the moonlight:

The AF system boasts 15 central cross-type sensors, and is accurate all the way down to an impressive -3 EV. You can capture sharply defined shots at night without using additional lighting. Group Area AF mode delivers enhanced subject detection and tracking when shooting subjects that are comparatively small and close to a high-contrast or distracting background.

Go cinematic. 4K/UHD video footage. Elevate your movies to the next level. Record in ultra-high-definition detail at up to 30 frames per second:

Shoot stunning 4K/UHD 30p footage, or record Full HD (1080p) video at frame rates up to 50p/60p. The camera offers clean HDMI out: you can even output uncompressed HDMI to an external device and the in-camera SD memory card simultaneously. You can optimise video for smart devices by recording in MP4 and AAC formats. And Nikon’s Electronic Vibration Reduction dramatically reduces the effects of camera shake when shooting Full HD movies handheld.

Capture the changes. Time-Lapse Movie. Transform street scenes and sunrises into dramatic high-speed sequences with the built-in interval timer and 4K/UHD-quality time-lapse function:

Easily generate 4K/UHD and Full HD time-lapse movies in-camera. The exposure smoothing function will reduce unwanted flicker effects when shooting with an auto exposure mode such as aperture-priority.

Find the ultimate shot even if it’s hidden inside a blur of motion. Capture 50 NEF (RAW) or 100 JPEG images in one high-speed burst:

Never miss the moment that defines the event. Shoot up to approx. 8 fps for approx. 50 frames in 14-bit lossless compressed RAW. Or capture up to 100 frames in Large JPEG Fine during one high-speed burst. Full AF/AE tracking during continuous shooting ensures there’s no sacrificing precision for speed.

Adventurous images are everywhere. Tap the slimline tilting touchscreen monitor to focus and shoot from high viewpoints and intriguing angles:

The 8 cm (3.2 in) tilting monitor lets you operate AF and shutter-release functions via touch controls when you shoot in Live View. And the well-placed command dial and multi-selector make it easy to change settings as you shoot.

The ultimate image, captured with no distractions. With an optical pentaprism viewfinder that offers approximately 100 % frame coverage—it’s possible.

The viewfinder’s optical system delivers an incredibly clear view through the lens. Sunlight, glare, and external movements are blocked out: what you see is what you get. And if you’re using a telephoto lens, the viewfinder enables you to adopt a shooting position that gives a more stable hold.

Keep your camera connected to your smart device with SnapBridge. Sync photos as you shoot. Use your smart device to shoot remotely:

Nikon’s SnapBridge lets you keep the D7500 constantly connected to your smart device via Bluetooth® low energy technology¹. Sync photos to your device as you shoot, without having to reconnect each time. Transfer movies manually whenever you want via the camera’s built-in Wi-Fi®². SnapBridge connectivity also lets you use your smart device to shoot remotely.

Here’s the press release:

London, UK, 12th April 2017: Nikon announces the D7500, designed to expand the creative possibilities for photographers as they pursue their passion in photography. Powerful, nimble, and fully connected, the D7500 offers the same image quality as the D500—Nikon’s flagship DX-format DSLR, and a performance that overcomes the most challenging conditions.

Packing powerful image technology in a travel-ready body, the D7500 is ideal for photographers who are always searching for the best possible images. As with the D500, the D7500’s 20.9 MP DX-format CMOS sensor offers an ISO range that extends to an incredible ISO 1,640,000 equivalent. Nikon’s EXPEED 5 processor is on board, offering faster, cleaner image processing. And the greatly increased pixel count of the 180K-pixel RGB sensor enables improved metering accuracy. Video shooters can record 4K/UHD movies, and Nikon’s in-camera Electronic Vibration Reduction counters the effects of unwanted camera movement. Ergonomic improvements include the new tilting monitor that offers touchscreen operation, and a deep grip for a stable, exceptionally comfortable hold. And this is the first Nikon DSLR to boast a built-in flash that supports radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting.

Tim Carter, Senior Product Manager, Nikon UK, Says: “The D7500 delivers the same superb image quality as the D500 but in a smaller, more lightweight body with easier handling. For amateur photographers who are looking to up their game and deliver best-in-class imagery, but perhaps don’t need so many of the professional features that the D500 offers, the D7500 is the perfect D-SLR. The camera comes equipped with SnapBridge which lets shooters share their incredible images wherever they are, and the chance to shoot at up to 8 fps with full AF/AE tracking allows the speed and precision to never miss a shot.”

MORE DETAILS:

  1. Nikon’s D7500 site
  2. Amateur Photographer
  3. AP’s First Look at the D7500

Feature Summary:

  1. 20.9 MP sensor
  2. 100-51,200 Native ISO
  3. 51 point AF with 15 cross-type sensors
  4. 8 fps burst in continuous AF for 50 RAW or 100 JPG
  5. Auto Picture Control; generates a specific tone curve for ananalysed scene
  6. 4K movies at 30P and 60P
  7. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for image transfers and remote control
  8. 4K time-lapse movie mode
  9. 3.2-inch tilting touch screen display
  10. new group-area AF mode
  11. 180K RGB metering system
  12. weather-sealed body
  13. 950 shots per charge (per CIPA)

Nikon Software Updates

In case you missed this, in December 2016, Nikon made the following software announcements. Well worth updating if you haven’t already!

 

Nikon Releases Software Updates with D5600 Support

Nikon Releases Software Updates with D5600 Support
From Nikon:

Capture NX-D 1.4.3

Changes from Version 1.4.2 to 1.4.3

  • Added support for the D5600.
  • Added a Size of Text and Icon option to Preferences > View.
  • Preferences > Open With Application now offers the following Conversion Format options for images opened using the selected application: JPEG, TIFF (8 Bit), and TIFF (16 Bit).
  • The print dialog now offers Use thumbnail data (draft mode) and Specify color profile options.
  • The Print information item in the print dialog now offers User Comment and Lens options.
  • Fixed the following issues:
    • Adjustments saved using the Register Updated Adjustments option in the Adjustments section of the Edit panel would not be correctly applied if the saved adjustments were selected after Capture NX-D was restarted.
    • NEF (RAW) images saved to NAS could not be edited.
    • The colors in images opened in Capture NX-D would differ from those of images opened in other applications such as Capture NX 2 or View NX 2.

Download: Capture NX-D 1.4.3


ViewNX-i 1.2.4

Changes from Version 1.2.3 to 1.2.4

  • Added support for the D5600.
  • Print > Advanced Print Information Settings now offers a Lens option.
  • The colors of the Map pins have been changed to make them easier to see.
  • The Convert Files and Contact Sheet options, formerly accessed via Export in the output bar, have been given their own icons.
  • The KeyMission 360/170 Utility can now be launched from the output bar.
  • Photos and movies shot with the KeyMission 360 are now identified with different icons.
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes resulted in the Folder Naming option not being applied when sub-folders were created in the destination folder for the Convert Files option.

Download: ViewNX-i 1.2.4


Picture Control Utility 2.2.2

Changes from Version 2.2.1 to 2.2.2

  • Added support for the D5600.

Download: Picture Control Utility 2.2.2


Camera Control Pro 2.24.0

Changes from Version 2.23.1 to 2.24.0

  • Added support for the D5600.
  • Added support for Custom Setting d3: Limit release mode selection on D5 cameras.
  • The lens type (G, E, D, etc.) for lenses mounted on an FT1 is no longer included in the lens name when a Nikon 1 V3 camera is connected.
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in type E lenses mounted on Nikon digital SLR cameras being listed as type G.

Download: Camera Control Pro 2.24.0

General Photography News June 2016

EverythingD7000 General News Update

Hi All,

Thought I’d release an update on recent general photography news that has caught my eye. A lot of free stuff here! J

D7200 Firmware Updated

On 26th April 2016 Nikon released an update for the D7200 firmware C bank, upgrading to 1.01. This is a bug fix for 4 known issues on the D7200 & is therefore really a mandatory upgrade. Download & more info.

NIK Collection Free!

On March 24th 2016 Google made their NIK Collection of Photoshop/Lightroom/Aperture plug-ins free. This superb class leading filter set also runs standalone. The collection includes;

  • Analog Efex Pro; Explore the look and feel of classic cameras, films, and lenses.
  • Silver Efex Pro; Master the art of black-and-white photography with darkroom-inspired controls.
  • HDR Efex Pro; From natural to artistic, explore the full potential of HDR photography.
  • Dfine; Improve your images with noise reduction tailored to your camera.
  • Color Efex Pro; A comprehensive set of filters for color correction, retouching, and creative effects.
  • Viveza; Selectively adjust the color and tonality of your images without complicated masks or selections.
  • Sharpener Pro; Bring out hidden details consistently with the professional’s choice for image sharpening.

More info & download.

Capture NX-D Updated

Nikon have updated their free image processing software. Capture NX-D is updated to v1.41 & contains a few new features & bug-fixes. Download & more info.

Free Photoshop Course

CreativeLive are currently running a free live PhotoShop CC bootcamp for 4 weeks. The course is free while live & runs 6th June – 1st July.

LEE Apps

LEE filters have updated their free IOS/Android “Stopper” App. It’s free & available to download from the App Store or Google Play.  A video demonstrating the Stopper App is available via our You Tube Channel.

LEE Filters System Match

LEE have also added an innovative online feature to their website called ‘System Match’.  With over 500 lenses photographers can quickly find the LEE System that’s best suited to their camera lens.  Please take a look at the System Match on their website, a demonstration video is also available via our You Tube Channel. If your contemplating buying a filter set then LEE are the Rolls-Royce of filters and this new features matches all yours lenses to one of their filter systems.

Texture-Composites

Interested in texture-composites in Photoshop? PhotoMorphis have an excellent free tutorial including source photos and premium textures. Give it a go, you’ll enjoy it!

Free Printing Guide

Just starting in printing? John Paul Caponigro has a free quick-start guide here.

ON1 Effects 10 Standard Free

ON1 Effects has now been updated to v10 and the base component Is free. Free includes a select number of stackable filters, presets, borders, and textures from ON1 Effects 10 to help create your style Download & more info.

ISO Invariance

I’m seeing a fair bit on ISO Invariance in the “news”. It seems to be a current hot topic. Jim Harmer introduces it a recent email & here on his site. Jack from AlmaPhoto discusses it too. Seems the D7000 and D7200 are pretty ISO-invariant, while the D7100 is “somewhat” ISO-invariant. I’m going to experiment here & see what I get.

Glynn Dewis Tip Sheets

Glynn has been releasing some excellent free PhotoShop tip sheets in recent weeks:

Tip Sheet #1: How to Remove Unwanted Shadows (Frequency Separation)

Tip Sheet #2: Creating Realistic Sun-flare

Tip Sheet #3: Mastering Tricky Selections & Cut Outs

Tip Sheet #4: How to Add Fake Smoke/ Mist to your Pictures

Nikon UK/Ireland Cashback

Nikon are currently offering up to £150 cashback on a variety of lenses until 29th June 2016. More info.

Finally

Thanks for reading. Hope you found that useful? Any thoughts on this? Please post below…

Martin

 

 

Nikon release new Lens Control Distortion Data

On 26th May 2015 Nikon released an update to their Lens Control Distortion Data; v2.009.

This is a firmware update that provide data on how lenses distort images and how the DSLR should modify images to control that distortion.

This update adds data for new lenses.

It’s applicable to the D7200, D7100 and the D7000 so I would strongly recommend updating ASAP. You should firstly ensure your DSLR is at the latest A and B firmware levels before updating the L (Lens data) firmware.

More details and download.

 

Adobe Lightroom and the D7200

Thought I’d just add some clarification around Lightroom and the D7200;

  1. Lightroom 5 will not be updated by Adobe to support D7200 RAW files at any point in the future.
  2. If you have LR5 and don’t want to upgrade to LR6 (CC) then you can convert your D7200 RAW files to Adobe DNG format using Adobe’s free DNG converter.
  3. LR6 (CC) supports D7200 RAW files. This was added to ACR9 on April 21st 2015.

D7200 News

D7200 BIN Files/Configuration Workbook Released

I’m pleased to announce the release of the files for the D7200. The 5 BIN files, configuration workbook, and movies PDF are now complete; however the files are still going through some final Beta/validation testing and therefore may be subject to update in the coming weeks. Anyone purchasing the D7200 package now will receive all updates as and when they are published, including the movies BIN file when that is released.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank two guys whose help has been invaluable in the development of these files; Frank Fanning from Australia and David Loo from Canada. I’d also like to thank the others that preferred to remain anonymous. Thanks guys for all your help.

D7200 Review

DPReview have just released their latest indepth review of the D7200. Read it here.

 

Nikon UK Summer Cashback

CASHBACK AVAILABLE ON PURCHASES OF SELECTED NIKON PRODUCTS, MADE BETWEEN 21ST MAY AND 26TH AUGUST 2015 (INCLUSIVE).

CLAIMS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 30TH SEPTEMBER 2015. FULL TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLY.

More info here!

£30 – £60 on DSLRs

£15 = £50 on lenses

£10 – £15 on speedlights

 

 

 

 

Do you own a D7200?

With the launch of the D7200, I’m looking to create BIN files and update the workbook for the DSLR. I’m looking to work with a handful of experienced DSLR owners who have upgraded to the D7200. Let me know if you’re interested.

Continue the creative process with Nikon’s new ViewNX-i image hub and ViewNX-Movie Editor

Nikon announced on 2nd March 2015, two new software applications: the ViewNX-i image hub and the ViewNX-Movie Editor. Both applications are available as free downloads.

Designed to help you continue the creative process after the shoot, ViewNX-i is an intuitive image hub that makes it simple to organise, edit and share stills and movies from one central platform. It offers total control over images and features three dedicated workspaces that allow instant switching between image sorting, map and web upload operations. The ViewNX-i platform is tightly integrated with the new ViewNX-Movie Editor, and it works seamlessly with Nikon’s popular Capture NX-D for instant access to more advanced functions. Both programs launch directly from the ViewNX-i image hub whenever you need them.

Simple to use for both experienced software users and beginners, ViewNX-i inherits the user-friendly interface that was a primary feature of Nikon’s previous application, ViewNX2. In addition, new features include sidecar files that ensure non-destructive image processing, and you can quickly post images to social sites directly from the ViewNX-i platform. For movie shooters, the integrated ViewNX-Movie Editor makes it easy to edit, trim and manage video footage.

Zurab Kiknadze, Product Manager, Lenses, Accessories & Software, Nikon Europe, says: “The new ViewNX-i platform is all about enabling a smoother creative process after the shoot. Nikon is dedicated to offering photographers the ultimate in image quality, and imaging software has an important role to play. With the recent changes to our Capture NX-D editing software, we wanted to remove any overlap between applications. Now that our software suite includes ViewNX-i, the View-NX-Movie Editor and Capture NX-D, Nikon shooters have an extensive set of processing and adjustment tools at their disposal. Whether you’re a professional photographer who requires a flexible post-production workflow, or you simply want to explore creative adjustments and organise your digital archive, ViewNX-i makes it easy to access the tools you need.”

Summary of main features

– Intuitive image hub: browse, sort, edit and archive your stills and movies. ViewNX-i integrates tightly with Nikon’s popular image editing software for total control over your stills and movies.

– Multi-platform collaboration: process and manipulate RAW images in Capture NX-D. Edit, trim and manage movies in ViewNX-Movie Editor. Both programs launch directly from the ViewNX-i image hub whenever you need them.

– Intuitive workspaces: switch between display modes for quick access to different workspaces. Work with images and movies in Browser mode, or add geotags and work with location information in Map mode. Prepare files for upload in Web Service mode.

– Quick output buttons: easily perform common tasks. Transfer, edit and open stills and movies in other applications. Quickly print, upload and attach files, or convert and compare stills and movies at the touch of a button. You can also create artistic slideshows or play images back automatically.

– Customised display: view thumbnails vertically or horizontally according to the orientation of the image you’re working on. Alter the size of thumbnails and display shooting information in the thumbnail list. Compare images side by side. View large-sized images from a thumbnail list, or maximise your device’s display with a full-screen single image.

– Detailed shooting data: visible at any time. Choose between conventional shooting data or opt for a display based on the top panel of a Nikon D-SLR. Shooting data including ISO sensitivity, aperture, focal length and scene settings are displayed just as they were when you captured the image. Image histograms are instantly available at the click of an icon. View consecutive histograms smoothly in the Thumbnail Grid.

Customised image sorting makes it easy to find your stills and movies. Label and rate image files for easy retrieval. Search using detailed criteria including multiple shooting data filters: Camera, Lens, ISO Sensitivity, Exposure Time, Focal Length, White Balance. Display images from multiple subfolders. Group Smart Photo Selector images shot with a Nikon 1 camera into a single file for intuitive handling.

Photo Tray: temporarily store images from multiple folders in a single on-screen location. Photo Tray makes it easy to compile photos and movie files that you want to work on. Print, convert, edit and save unfinished or scheduled tasks for later.

Enhance your slideshows: slideshows take on a whole new aspect with music and effects. Stills and movies can be combined in slideshows, and finished slideshows can be saved as a movie file.

Multiple image management: take control of large batches of images with Auto Play. During still image playback, you can add labels, ratings and rotate images using simple buttons.

Direct access to movies: create original films, trim and save movies in the ViewNX-Movie Editor. Specify playback ranges, rate movie files, pull stills from your movies and rapidly combine and edit movie clips. Upload finished movies to the web. Movie creation and editing is simple and intuitive.

Movies with style: select a style for your movie from popular editing options: standard, fade-in/fade-out, wipe, random and stop motion. Create professional looking opening credits, closing credits and in-movie message boards. Alternatively, click the text icon to superimpose what you’ve written directly onto movie frames or stills.

Socially integrated: upload images straight to your social media accounts. Track ‘likes’ and comments directly from ViewNX-i. Set the filter image display to show only the files you’ve uploaded to a specific social networking service.

Geographic journey: display images with location information using the map module. Designate a location for images without geo-tags. Track your route in a sequence of images.

Sidecar files: enable protected manipulation, adjustment and tagging of images and movies. Your changes are attached in a separate file, leaving the original image intact. Compare your adjustments, save alternate versions and return to the original image whenever you like.