XUME Adapters, the magnetic quick release system for lens filters, was [seemingly] quietly acquired by Manfrotto in September of last year. When I contacted XUME to ask whether Manfrotto had taken over the brand or if it was simply a distribution partner, a spokesman (David) for the company said:
"XUME is a Manfrotto product as of September 2016. They haven't done a lot of press yet but will be doing an official re-launch soon."
So what will this acquisition mean for the XUME brand? If I had to guess, I'd say that XUME products may benefit from increased promotion and wider availability in the months to come. Though, only time will tell. [Sean]
The B&H Video Team got a chance to play after hours in the B&H store with some of your favorite vloggers - Sara Dietschy, John Hill, Sam Sheffer and Erik Conover! They all got a chance to create a vlog while skateboarding throughout the store after it was closed yesterday night!
Originally announced in early November but unavailable in the North American market, the D5600 will finally hit shelves in the USA very soon.
The Nikon D5600 is a Compact Creative Companion that Delivers Stunning Clarity, Impressive Performance and the Ability to Share via Nikon SnapBridge
LAS VEGAS, NV – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the U.S. availability of the compact and lightweight Nikon D5600, a connected DSLR camera for those ready to step up their photography and unleash their inner artist by creating captivating images that deserve to be shared. The 24.2-megapixel D5600 features Nikon SnapBridge1, which allows users to easily and automatically transfer images directly from their camera to a compatible smart device, making it simple to share amazing images with friends and family.
"The Nikon D5600 is the latest camera in Nikon’s popular D5000 series -- a camera line that represents a stepping stone for photographers who want to further explore their creative boundaries,” said Kosuke Kawaura, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “Now with Nikon SnapBridge, users can easily upload and share images with their friends and family, showcasing what and who they love. With the introduction of Nikon’s D5600, Nikon demonstrates our commitment to providing an attainable and highly capable camera option for photographers of all skill levels.”
The Nikon D5600 offers users the creativity and performance benefits of DSLR photography, including amazing image quality, the ability to isolate foreground from background, full manual controls, incredible low-light performance and a class-leading autofocus (AF) system. For those looking to travel the world or capture their child’s birthday party, the Nikon D5600 offers a full suite of creative effects, robust features and controls, a touchscreen Vari-angle LCD monitor and enhanced video features.
Seamless Connectivity Through Nikon SnapBridge: Nikon SnapBridge makes it easier than ever to share photos wirelessly through Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology2. By establishing a constant connection between the Nikon D5600 and a compatible smart device, images can be sent from the camera automatically, ready to share. SnapBridge also makes it possible to seamlessly upload images to the cloud (Nikon Image Space) via compatible smart device. Additionally, SnapBridge connectivity allow users to shoot remotely or easily transfer movies to a compatible smart device by leveraging the camera’s built-in Wi-Fi3 connectivity.
Performance that Keeps Pace with Creativity: The 24.2-megapixel high-resolution CMOS sensor helps deliver excellent image quality and sharp images with color and clarity that blow away images taken with a mobile device, while the EXPEED 4 image processor offers powerful performance and prolongs battery life. Continuous shooting at 5 frames-per-second (fps) and a 39-point autofocus system helps capture fleeting moments and fast moving subjects with ease. The Nikon D5600 is a great companion for those looking to capture and share life’s special moments, especially when combined with the distinct perspective of NIKKOR lenses.
Amazing Low-Light Performance: The Nikon D5600 also provides users the capability to shoot in challenging light with an expanded wide 100-25,600 ISO range. The ability to use higher shutter speeds with minimal illumination gives users the tools to capture brighter, sharper images.
Creative Features: From down to a child’s perspective to a shot above a crowd, it’s easy to compose from any angle with the 3.2-inch 1.037k-dot touchscreen Vari-angle LCD. Various in-camera shooting and special effects modes, manual controls and a new time-lapse mode allow users to take creativity to a new level and help capture a special moment with ease.
Price and Availability
The Nikon D5600 will be available in the U.S. in January 2017 for the suggested retail price (SRP)* of $799.95 with the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens. It will also be available in a two-lens kit option, including the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED lenses, for $1,149.95 SRP*. Additionally, the Nikon D5600 will be sold as a body only for $699.95 SRP* or with a AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens for $1,199.95 SRP*.
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This huge rutting bull rocky mountain elk was in the bottom of a valley that had long been in the shade from the setting sun. He was intently tearing up this tree, which meant that I needed a fast shutter speed to stop the motion. My choice of 1/1000 was certainly not overkill, but I wanted to keep the noise levels down as much as possible. The 5D IV's ISO 5000 looks good enough that choosing an even faster shutter speed would have been a non-issue.
With the upward head angle, it was almost as if I was lighting the 8x7 bull with a huge softbox in the studio.
With the holidays in the rear-view mirror, it is time to start concentrating on winter photography and the opportunities this season holds.
Snowcapped mountains, frozen lakes and the crisp, clean air lend themselves to serene, wide angle landscape imagery. Frost on perennial plants beg for macro lens use while wintery wildlife photography can make good use of your long telephoto lens(es).
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