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Corey Rich Shoots Other Nikon Ambassadors Shooting D4s’s


So, when you’re claiming to have upped the chops of your flagship HD-SLR, just how do you do it? if you’re Nikon, you hire outdoorsy madman Corey Rich to use a D4s to make a video about three other shooters (Dave Black, Robert Beck, and George Karbus) using D4s’s. It all makes perfect sense. And even if it didn’t, the trailer for the upcoming piece itself should show that in the right hands the D4s has serious chops. Me, though? If you gave one to me even YouTube would laugh the result off the internet. So, I’ll just go and hit play on Corey’s trailer again. Watch the video below, or go hit up Corey’s blog (via the External Link button below) for more of the inside scoop.



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Nikon’s D4s Now Real, Ships in Mere Weeks


I thought y’all’s morning should start like mine, with a bad pun. What I can’t recreate is receiving a snap from Nick in disbelief over the inanity of the D4s’ tagline, but hey, I can show you a screenshot of it:

Nikon D4s: Dominate the Decisive Moment

 

For added fun, the press release tacks an “, Again” onto that, implying we have at some point previously dominated the decisive moment already. It’s a bad morning to be the decisive moment, with all this being dominated and what-not, but a good morning to be a Nikon shooter because the wait for the D4s is over after what was (all considered) not actually a very long time at all. Yes, there were a few long weeks there where Nikon didn’t actually have a flagship we could sell you, since the D4 supply dried up before this replacement was ready, but it’s all cool now because the D4s is here to be more s-like than the D4 was.

For those of you knew to this game, Nikon tends to handle its flagships like Apple does iPhones. One year you’ll have a new model with lots of features and a new number, then the next go will be a more minor update (in Nikon’s case usually focusing on speed, both FPS and ISO) with an “s” tacked at the end. “S” for speed, you see.

[There also used to be "x" models with a focus on resolution, but, that was before the D800 was a thing.]

Anyway, look, here it is:

Isn’t it handsome, and nearly identical to the D4 before it.

So, what’s new? It’s still a 16mp sensor, but this is an all-new one that’s just the same resolution, and ISO for it now ranges from 100-25,600 native or 50-409,600 (!) expanded. And while expanded ISO may be a lie, that’s still a pretty impressive number to have in a pinch. Additionally, the camera will now shoot at 11/10 frames per second, full resolution, and pipe out uncompressed 1080p video at 24/30/60fps. Speed is also added at the transfer point with support for gigabit ethernet when doing LAN transfered, and the new RAW-S files that weigh in at half the file size of traditional NEF raws (while still being uncompressed) promise even faster transfers and snappier workflows for pros in a hurry. Finally, while not distinctly speed related, the D4s is more power efficient. With the EN-EL18a you’ll get over 3,000 exposure by the conservative CIPA measuring metric, or over 5,000 by Nikon’s internal testing. A few other tweaks and noodlin’s are present beyond that, but they’re all going to be more minor things and you can satisfy your curiosity about them with the press release after the jump below.

The price tag comes in at $6,499.95, and Nikon’s slated to begin shipping them to our dock March 6th, so, if you’re not on our list you should certainly do so soon. If you’re an NPS member be sure to give us a call at 1-800-726-5544 and ask for John or Jody to get help getting your allocation in.

http://robertscamera.com/d4s-body-only.html

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Canon’s New EOS Rebel T5 Dives to Lowest Price Yet


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Well, this one will be a bit quicker because really, at this point, what do we need to say about the Rebel line other than its price this year? The EOS Rebel line-up has been the gold-standard in entry level DSLRs for as long as they’ve been around, and it’s unlikely the new T5 will be changing that. We can say that the T5 becomes the lower of the two Rebels, sitting below the T5i and replacing the T3. It’s got the usual 1.6x APS-C sensor with 18 megapixels being piped through a pretty old DIGIC IV processor, resulting in a pretty ‘meh’ ISO range of 100-6400. But, with a list price of $550 including an 18-55mm IS lens, will that matter to most people looking at it? probably not, and certainly better than the 100-1600 range that was typical at this level when I hired in those years ago. It has 9 af points, the center one being the much better and more-reliable cross-type sensor, and will chug along at a less-than-inspiring 3fps. But, you do get 1080 HD recording at the more typical mainstream framerates, so, when the still mode can’t keep up with recording your kids and pets just flip over to video and record them instead. And, again, did we mention just $550, because yeah. This thing is not a bank-breaker.

Grab a preorder on our site, or read Canon’s surprisingly low-hyperbole press release after the jump.

http://robertscamera.com/eos-rebel-t5-with-18-55mm-is-ii-lens.html

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Moar CES Nikon Stuff: Full-Frame 35mm Lens, D3300


So, Nikon had some actual announcements at CES too, namely a new D3300 and a 35mm f1.8G for full-frame FX bodies this time, but there’s also a new Coolpix L830 (and S6800, S5300, S3600, and L30, but, yawn) in there too.

So, here’s the D3300:

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Except it comes in two other colors:

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Specs-wise, you’re looking at a 24 megapixel sensor with an EXPEED 4 processor, no low-pass filter, and a redesigned 18-55mm with a retracting lens barrel a la mirrorless lenses. Bits of it are made with carbon fiber, so, you can pretend it’s even more high-tech.

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With the new 18-55mm mounted the D3300 is about 30% smaller overall than the D3200 with an 18-55mm was. Woo.

Preorder your smaller D3300 here.

Also, look, here’s a 35mm f1.8G:

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Some of you may be asking, but, wait, don’t Nikon already make a 35mm f1.8? Well, yes, but that one is a DX model, meant for crop bodies. This one is full-frame ready, yanno. This is a different 35mm, the optical formula is all different and stuff, so, if you’ve been wanting a better 35mm prime for your FX body start saving your nickels and dimes, because this one can be yours next month for a cool $599.95.

Preorder an FX 35mm f1.8G

And lastly, look, a Coolpix L830:

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(Hint: it’s a 16 megapixel BSI camera with a 36x zoom that’ll cost you $299.95 next month. You’re welcome.)

 



Derek

CES Catch-Up: Nikon Pre-Announces D4s


Hello all! We’re back from our impromptu snow break here at Roberts, and hey, guess what’s been happening while we’ve been at home trying to keep power?

CES!

As a result, boy howdy are we back-logged on some announcements. So, let’s start with what is at once the biggest and least relevant announcment:

At some point in time Nikon will announce a D4s.

Because, you know, it’s the “s.” Wait. That was someone else, right?

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Anyway. since it’s a preannouncement there’s not really a lot else to say, so I’ll just put the press release after the jump. And, if you’re the sort who doesn’t care what the specs end up being, you just want your name on the list for one now and beat the crowd, we have our preorder page up already for you here:

Preorder a D4s

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Nikon’s New Df Has No Video, Retro Good Looks


Retrogrouches rejoice! Your long-clamored-for throwback has arrived, and Nikon has dubbed it the “Df.” Df_SL_50_1.8_SE_front

Handsome, isn’t it? What? it would be if it was in black? I’ll never understand you people, but OK, here it is in black too:

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Now, let’s dish. It’s a 16 megapixel sensor a la the D4, so, full-frame. ISO is natively 100-12,800 but dips down to 50 and up to 204,800 if you ask nicely. It’s got a 3.2″ LCD and, oh, who am I kidding. What you want to hear is that half the controls on this thing go back to manual dials, and thanks to a moveable tab on the mount it can use pretty much every F-mount lens ever made since 1959, right?

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Yeah, I thought so. This is Nikon’s return to “pure photography” after all. No video. Manual controls (enh, sorta, the back still looks pretty familiar to anyone who’s used a Nikon DSLR ever, as does the new AF mode switch and button combo by the lens, and the command dials…. but hey, ISO, EV Comp, and Shutter get thems some dials with locks and everything.) Black leatherette. You know. Old-fashioned-y.

Oh hey, and flash sync up to 1/250 a second. Unlike the D600/D610. So, studio shooters, be happier. I am.

It’s going to run $2,749.95 body only in silver or black, or with a special “retrofied” 50mm f1.8G (same optical formula, just a silver detail ring and distance markings for the sunny-16 shooter inside all of us) for $2,999.95 starting later this month. Get those preorders in early, we do run a first-come-first-offered list.

http://robertscamera.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=nikon+df



Derek

Nikon’s New D5300 Luffles Wi-Fi, Breaks Up With Low-Pass


In addition to the new 58mm f1.4G, Nikon has also announced a new D5xxx body, the D5300.

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The picture is remarkably similar to the outgoing D5200, because honestly there’s not much smaller you can make this line anyway. They’ve pretty much figured out a good place to be and are staying there, and that’s perfectly OK. Inside things are more exciting, with a move to a 24.2mp DX sensor without low-pass filter that makes it sound eerily close to its D7100 big-brother (however, the D7100 was only 24.1mp, so, this is a new sensor we’re looking at.) There’s also wifi built-in, instead of requiring the use of their beloved WU-1A dongle, which is a good sign and maybe they’ll do this for more cameras hint hint.  Stop trying to make fetch happen.

Past that, there’s not a lot to note different here. It’s an annual refresh moving it in line with Nikon’s new high-rez sensors, but there’s not a lot else to see here if you’re already sporting a D5200. If you’re new to the market though, this is a great model to look at and has a lot to recommend preordering it here:

http://robertscamera.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=d5300



Derek

Nikon Announces D610


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Remember the D600? Doesn’t it feel like it joined us just last year? Oh, right, it did. But still, look, it’s a D610. And what do you get for the extra “10?” Not a lot, honestly. What you’re looking at here is a D600, but with a new-and-improved shutter that’ll now top out at 6fps instead of 5.5, and offers a new quiet mode. We of course can’t comment on any other reasons you might be thinking that Nikon would introduce a new model to the D600 and change nothing but the shutter, but we’re sure other sites out there are willing to indulge in some speculation.

Oh, and they improved the white balance too, because you can’t do that in firmware, clearly.

If the new and ever-so-subtly-improved D610 settles any hand-wringing you’d had about the D600, then you’re in luck. It’s coming out at exactly the same price point as the D600 was at, though without the instant savings obviously.

Learn more about the kits and check out preorders here: http://robertscamera.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=d610



Derek

Canon Announces New EOS 70D With Focus On Video


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Well, if you’ve ever seen a 40/50/60D, you’ll probably already feel at home with that new model pictured right there. That’s right, there’s finally a 70D model from Canon, and it really doesn’t stray far from the mold at all on the surface. But, who expected it to? No, what’s exciting is, as always, on  the inside. And in this case it’s not the new sensor with 20.2 megapixels, or the DIGIC V+ processor, or the 7 frames per second. It’s not the 19-point AF system either, though that does get us closer. No, what’s exciting is the new Dual Pixel CMOS AF system used in Live View / HD Video modes. Taking a page from someone else’s playbook, Canon has now brought out a model where select pixels on the sensor not only do the usual contrast-detect AF, but can also be used as phase-detect strips resulting in a seamless hybrid AF system that promises faster focus in still mode and smoother transitions in focus during video. So much better that Canon is claiming they now nearly rival those in their camcorders.

Beyond that, there’s not actually a lot to get going about in the press announcement. The 60D was already a rock-solid camera and it left little room for a successor to improve upon without stepping on the toes of the 7D line. It does have built-in wireless transmission now, which is always welcome, and it is a new sensor and processor revision so you’ll see the usual improvements in image quality that always come with new generations in those areas.

Availability is slated for September, with the body only running $1,119, with an 18-55mm STM it’ll run $1,349.00, and with an 18-135mm you’d be looking at $1,549.

If you want to read more about it straight from the horse’s mouth, the press release is after the jump. If you want to read more details without the marketing hyperbole and preorder it, hit up this link instead:

http://robertscamera.com/catalog/product/view/id/32813/s/eos-70d-body-only/category/76/

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Nikon Updates Firmware For a Slew of DSLRS


DPReview is reporting that Nikon has posted updates for quite a few DSLRS (D3, D3s, D3x, D7000, D4, D600, D800, D3200). The updates all include support for the new 800mm VR, but many models show other improvements as well, including better white balance, 100% video frame size output under more conditions, improvements to continuous AF, and more. To read over all the updates and grab links to the updates, we’re going to send you over to DP themselves.