Category: Nikon

Nikon D800 video of Disneyland Christmas Lights Display

Kevin used a Nikon D800 with a 50mm F1.4 Nikkor lens to capture this great video of the Disneyland Sleeping Beauty Castle Christmas Lights Display.

Video is courtesy of the Kevin NguyenTu YouTube Channel


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Prediction – only Canon and Sony will survive. Smartphones killing the Japanese Camera Makers. Just like Digital killed film in the past

My prediction is that in a few years, only Canon and Sony will still be in the Camera business.

Do you remember some of the great Film SLR manufacturers? Manufacturers such as Konica, Yashica, Mamiya, Contax and Bronica come to mind.

Even Minolta, who had the first cameras with Auto Focus, is out of the cameras making business.

Canon produces a lot more stuff than just digital cameras. They also produce Digital Camera Sensors.

Sony makes some great cameras, but more importantly they make Digital Camera Sensors and lots of other consumer goods.

Pentax has focused on the APS-C DSLR market. A full frame DSLR from Pentax may arrive later in 2014.

The Japanese Mirrorless Camera group includes FujiFilm, Panasonic and Olympus. Olympus has Sony backing it. Panasonic produces lots of consumer goods, but I’m not sure how profitable it is.

Mirrorless Camera sales outside of Japan have never caught on and are starting to drop.

Compact Camera sales worldwide have tanked.

Camera makers, IMHO, have stayed afloat thanks to the large number of compact cameras sold. Yes they made far less money (per camera sold) when compared to their DSLR sales, but Compact Cameras had huge sales volume.

Smartphones have cameras. Tablet computers of all sorts have digital cameras. They also make it easy for the consumer to share their photos with so called Social Media sites, like Facebook.

The quality of smartphone cameras is more than good enough for consumers. Posting a file on Facebook does not require the same file quality as a 16×20 inch physical print would. The quality benefit of DSLRs and their larger sensors is mute.

I suspect that the micro four thirds mirrorless market could disappear. APS-C cameras from Sony showed that you can put a larger sensor in a small body, with their NEX line.

Sadly I also suspect that more grande names will join the dust bin of history. My feeling is that Canon and Sony will survive. They produce a broad range of other products. They also produce their own camera sensors.

Sony in particular has spent massive amounts of money, over the last couple of years, to vastly increase the output capability of their Digital Sensor Fabs.

Sony was way ahead of the game, as they were heavily investing in Digital Camera Sensor fabs since at least 2010.

The next battleground I believe will be with Full Frame sensor DSLR cameras. As prices fall, there will be no point to buying APS-C sensor cameras. That will also help absorb Sony’s  Sensor manufacturing capacity.

The Chicago Tribune recently published a Reuters article about the sad state of the Japanese Camera Industry.

A major wild card is the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant with fresh plumes of radioactive steam rising above one of the damaged reactors near the end of December 2013. You have lots of Camera and Lens factories, 1/2 an hour to an hour away from that nuclear plant. Canon and Sony have factories located far away, elsewhere in Japan.

Sony A7 declared Camera of the Year. Pentax K3 declared best cropped sensor DSLR by the guys at The Camera Store

Video is courtesy of TheCameraStoreTV YouTube Channel

The guys at The Camera Store have come out with a video of their choices for the Camera of the Year. They cover both still and video cameras.

The DSLRs of 2013 are covered around the 5 minute mark.

The Sony A7 got the title for the Camera of the Year.

The Pentax K3 was honoured with 2nd place,  and also declared to be the best cropped sensor DSLR.

At about the 8 minute mark they start discussing their choice for the “worst” cameras. This section was rather surprising.

Nikon Df hands on video review and preview coverage

Nikon ADRs trading in the USA, tumbled 3.8% on Nov 01. Technical Analysis may indicate to lookout below

Nikon Nikony ADRs AS AT Nov 01 2013Nikon shares trading as ADRs (NNOY), tumbled on Friday Nov 01.

The Technical Analysis charts indicates that critical points were reached with ADX, Williams %R and DiNapoli Detrended average.

My own Detrended Average Indicator points to a change having occurred. If confirmed next week, then in my opinion the Nikon ADRs may continue the journey lower.

$16.34 is the support level. It will be interesting to see if that support holds.

Click on the following link to view how the Nikon ADRs are doing on the Nasdaq website.

Disclaimer: the above is not meant to be Investment Advice. I am not a registered Investment Advisor. Do you own Due Diligence. Always seek the help and advice of your own Investment Advisors, before placing bets in the Equity Markets. The above is for entertainment purposes only.

Nikon ADR shares trading on Nasdaq have fallen over 30 percent since January 2013

Stock chart of Nikon ADR shares traing on the OTC in the US

Stock chart of Nikon ADR shares traing on the OTC in the US

Nikon ADR shares trading on the OTC in the USA, have fallen over 30 percent in value since January of 2013.

A recent article in the Financial Post, discussed the dramatic change which has occurred for Camera Manufacturers. Consumers have lost interest in buying digital cameras, but not in taking photos. They are snapping record numbers of photos using their Apple iPhones.

To download a PDF of Nikon’s First Quarter Results for the years ending Mar 2014.

To download a PDF of Nikon’s Financial Business Data.

To download a PDF of Nikon’s Annual Report for 2013.

To download a PDF of Nikon Fact Book for 2013.

Constantly updated Stock Chart of NINOY shares (Nikon ADRs trading OTC) via NASDAQ.

Nikon World magazine articles are available online

Nikon has relationships with many of the world’s top Photographers.

Very useful articles are prepared by those Pro Shooters and are featured in Nikon World magazine. Just click on the following link to get to the Index Page of Nikon World articles, which are available to view online.

Cliff Mautner has an article on the Summer 2013 Nikon World with an incredible photo – you really must see it.

Cliff Mautner is an amazing Wedding Photographer. After reading the Nikon World article, check out his website by clicking the following link Cliff Mautner website.

Adobe Lightroom 5.2 released. Supports Canon 70D, Sony A3000 and other new cameras

Adobe has just released the latest Adobe Lightroom v5.2.

New cameras such as the Canon 70D and Canon G16, are now supported.

Other cameras such as the Sony A3000, the Pentax K50, the Pentax K500 and some of the newest cameras from Leica, Fujifilm, Olympus and Panasonic are also now supported.

You can read more info about about  Lightroom v5.2 and find download links at Adobe’s Lightroom Journal.

In-Depth comparison of the Canon 70D and the Nikon D7100

A detailed in-depth comparison of the Canon 70D and the Nikon D7100, was just made available by Majid Syed of

He refers to his video as being a “full” comparison and after viewing it you will agree.He covers real use differences, along with technical differences.

If you are considering either the Canon 70D or the Nikon D7100, then this video will likely answer a huge number of questions that you may have. It will also open your eyes to important things, which are rarely if ever  discussed in other reviews.

The comparison covers still photography and video shooting.

Low and High ISO performance differences are also touched on.

Video is courtesy of Majid Syed and his YouTube Channel.

Detailed break apart diagrams (schematics) of Nikon F, F2, FM & FA SLR cameras

Deutsch: Nikon F Kamera mit Photomic FTn, Bauj...

Deutsch: Nikon F Kamera mit Photomic FTn, Baujahr 1970. Ausgestattet mit Nikkor 1,4/50mm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Old Nikon Repair manuals used to have wonderful break apart diagrams (schematics) of all the multitude of parts, which together made up a Nikon film SLR cameras. Continue reading

Might be some compatibility issue between the Nikon D7100 and the Sigma 17-50 f2.8mm OS HSM and the Sigma 17-70mm lenses.

Deutsch: Sigma 17-70 mm f 2.8-4.5 Zoom

Deutsch: Sigma 17-70 mm f 2.8-4.5 Zoom (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From reading a camera forum discussion, it seems that there may be some compatibility issues between a couple of Sigma lenses and the Nikon D7100. Continue reading

Nikon DSLR Timeline Compilation chart by _Hadock_

Came across a really interesting graphic compilation of Nikon DSLR releases. The person running the _Hadock_ site presented the data much like a Nikon Timeline / Roadmap. They show the model and the year when prior Nikon DSLR bodies were released. They also have noted some of the rumored models into the future.

Since the graphic image is copyrighted, I can’t post it here. But you can check it out by the clicking on the following link:  _Hadock_’s Photostream on Flickr with his Nikon Timeline

Nikon D7100 Review by DxOMark and Comparison to the Nikon D7000, Sony A77, Canon 60D, Pentax K5 mk2 & mk2S, Sony A99 and Canon 6D

DxO Labs has published their DxOMark test results for the new Nikon D7100 DSLR. The Nikon D7100’s overall score of 83 beat its current APS-C competition and surprisingly also scored higher than the new Full Frame Canon 6D. Continue reading

Nikon D7100 photos. Studio comparison photos at all ISO settings. Plus indoor & outdoor photos gallery.

More Nikon D7100 photos have been posted. Digital Photography Review has received a production D7100. They also received “pre-release” D7100 support files from Adobe for Adobe Camera Raw.

They have a sample photo gallery with indoor and outdoor photos. They also posted their Studio Comparison Scene. There you can compare the Nikon D7100 to other brands and models of digital cameras. Continue reading

Nikon D7100 Raw files. How to make Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom read Nikon D7100 RAW files

The new Nikon D7100 can be purchased. Raw shooters may have some issues with their workflow. Adobe Camera Raw does not yet support the Nikon D7100.  View NX2 does support the D7100. Some say that the release candidate of Adobe Camera Raw does support the D7100. While others say that it does not, but the final release could.

One way around this situation, might be to change the exif data to state that the NEF files was created by a Nikon D5200 instead of the D7100. Both cameras seems to use a similar sensor. This suggestion might be a temporary workaround. The way that Adobe Camera Raw will finally handle a D7100 RAW file, may be quite different from a D5200 RAW file. Continue reading

Nikon D7100 High ISO shooting Hockey, with the Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6. Scott Kelby shares his actual experience.

Video is courtesy of the Kelbymediagroup YouTube Channel

Scott Kelby is known for his fantastic Photoshop training. He has posted a YouTube video about his experience shooting Hockey, with the Nikon D7100 and the new Nikon 80-400 f/4.5-5.6 lens. His video is a nice real world insight into some of the capabilities of both the Nikon D7100 and the new Nikon 80-400mm lens.

Disclaimer: Nikon is not affiliated with this blog. Nikon does not endorse this blog or this blog post. Scott Kelby is not affiliated with this blog, nor does he endorse it. Any trademarks, brands and brand names are the property of their respective owners.

Nikon D7100 High ISO comparison images up to ISO 25600

Another set of sample images taken with the Nikon D7100. They are Still Life shots, with controlled lighting. The ISO ranges from a low ISO 100 to 25600 High ISO. I’m taken aback at the quality of the High ISO 25600 sample photo. Continue reading

Nikon D7100, many New High ISO sample images including evening photos shot outdoors.

A great resource for those interested in the new Nikon D7100. A photographer has posted a series of High ISO images taken with the Nikon D7100. Some of the  D7100 image sets were taken under controlled lighting. Other D7100 photo sets were shot outdoors in the late evening. Continue reading

More Nikon D7100 sample images. Including High ISO photos

More sets of sample images which were taken with the D7100, have been posted on the internet.

On one webpage, the D7100 sample photos include still life shots at various High ISO settings. You can also download some of the Nikon D7100 RAW files. Continue reading

Shooting 4K RAW Video at up to 60 FPS using a $400 Nikon 1 V1 mirrorless camera.

English: Nikon 1 V1 with Nikon FC-E9 fisheye l...

English: Nikon 1 V1 with Nikon FC-E9 fisheye lens. Русский: Nikon 1 V1 с объективом «рыбий глаз» Nikon FC-E9. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You can pay $12,500 CDN for the Canon EOS-1D C which can shoot 4K JPEG Video at 24 FPS. Or you can pay $400 CDN for the Nikon 1 V1 Mirrorless camera and shoot 4K RAW video at up to 60 FPS. Continue reading

Using old flash units on new digital cameras. How to damage your new DSLR by attaching an old High Trigger Voltage electronic flash to it.

The bargain bins at camera shops often have assorted Electronic Flash units. Especially the bins with the old junk. One man’s junk is another man’s gold. Sometimes that new-found bargain will cost you dearly, if you don’t know what you are doing.

Back in the film camera days, even the low-end SLR cameras could handle a flash trigger voltage of around 250 volts. Sometimes it could be even higher. That was from the hot shoe, not just the sync connector. Continue reading

Nikon Service Advisory to Users of the Nikon D600 digital SLR camera

There seem to be rumors on photography forums about the appearance of spots on images taken with some Nikon D600 DSLR cameras. Some say that it may be normal dust. Other rumors claim it may be some kind of lubricant splatter. Continue reading

Nikon France has posted full resolution sample images taken with the new Nikon D7100 DSLR

With every new digital camera announcement there is a hunger to see sample photos from that new DSLR. The D7100 camera specs now show a 24.1 mega pixel sensor.

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How to tips on taking InfraRed photos using an IR Pass Filter or an IR modified Digital camera.

InfraRed, photo, IR, photography, Humber River, Toronto, modified Nikon D1X

InfraRed photo of the Humber River in July, using a modified Nikon D1X. Photo courtesy of

I’ll start with a basic description of a typical digital camera sensor. You have the main chip. on top of that you may have micro-lenses which increase the light gathering performance of the chip. On top of the lenses is a Bayer Colour Filer array/grid consisting of a pattern of dots (or stripes) of red, green and blue.       Continue reading