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 Monday, January 11, 2016

 
From the Nikon Europe YouTube Channel:
 
The wait is over. The Nikon D500, our latest DX-format flagship is here! A class-leading DX-format digital SLR camera that condenses the power of an FX-format Digital SLR into DX-format agility with always-on connectivity & powerful 153-point AF system and much more.
 
D500 Primary features
 
  • Powerful 153-point AF achieves superior subject acquisition performance across a wide range of situations
  • High-speed continuous shooting at approx. 10 fps for up to 200 shots (14-bit lossless compressed RAW)
  • Unique benefits of a compact DX system — added agility in telephoto shooting
  • 4K UHD video, suitable for professional productions
  • New EXPEED 5 image-processing engine achieves sensitivity up to ISO 51200, expandable to Hi 5 (equivalent to ISO 1640000).
  • Touch-screen, tilting 8-cm/3.2-in. high-resolution monitor ensures more comfortable shooting for professionals and advanced amateurs.
  • SnapBridge support lets you link with a smart device via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
  • WT-7/A/B/C Wireless Transmitter (optional) enables high-speed wired/wireless LAN communication
B&H has the Nikon D500 DSLR Camera and MB-D17 Battery Grip available for preorder.
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Post Date: 1/11/2016 1:31:27 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Photoshelter:
 
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  • Define your products & services
  • Determine your audience and addressable market
  • Create a marketing plan
  • Fix your finances
  • Tune-up your website
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  • Get social
  • Create an advisory group
  • Follow up with old clients
Build your photo business plan and stick to it this year. Get started with these smart business tips packed into an easy-to-read workbook.
 
Download your copy of the The 2016 Photo Business Plan Workbook today!
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 1/11/2016 12:14:16 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Image quality results from the EOS 7D Mark II have been added to the Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Review.
 
The focal length range is great.
 
B&H has the Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/11/2016 8:28:51 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
According to the Egami Blog, Sigma has filed a patent for a 120-600mm f/5-6.3 optical design which could indicate that the current 150-600mm Sports and/or Contemporary models may receive an even larger focal range when replaced.
 
Description of Patent
 
Patent Publication No. 2015-203827
 
  • Published 2015.11.16
  • Filing date 2014.4.16
Example:
 
  • Zoom ratio 4.66
  • Focal length 125.15 250.18 583.80
  • F number 4.86 5.84 6.50
  • Total angle of view 2? 19.47 9.76 4.18
  • The image height Y 21.63
  • Overall length of the lens 314.20 371.31 424.96
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 1/11/2016 5:25:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, January 8, 2016
While attempting a few macro shots yesterday, I was inspired to turn my lens on a subject that has always fascinated me because of its intrinsic beauty and complexity – the eye.
 
Gear Used
 
EXIF: f/10, 1/80 sec, ISO 320
 
Thought Process and Execution
 
As I wanted a macro shot of the eye, my lens choice was easy. However, as I wanted to get as much magnification as possible, I stacked all three of the Kenko Extension Tubes behind the lens. This shortened the minimum focus distance allowing me to get even closer to the subject for a larger than 1.0x maximum magnification.
 
How much larger? Well, let's see.
 
With the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM...
 
Update: I revised this section to make the calculation simpler.
 
Magnification = Native Maximum Magnification + (Extension Length / Focal Length)
Magnification = 1.0 + [(12 + 20 + 36) / 100]
Magnification = 1.0 + [68 / 100]
Magnification = 1.0 + .68
Magnification = 1.68
 
Note that the magnification value assumes we are working at Minimum Focus Distance.
 
Another factor we need to consider is the effective aperture in this scenario. As magnification increases, the effective aperture gets narrower. Here's how the effective aperture is calculated:
 
Effective Aperture = Aperture Setting + (Aperture Setting * Magnification)
Effective Aperture = 10 + (10 * 1.68)
Effective Aperture = 10 + 16.8
Effective Aperture = f/26.8
 
Working with this kind of magnification brings with it a couple of challenges. One challenge is that your depth of field becomes very thin. Even at f/10, there's only a sliver of the image that's in focus (the reflection of the top eyelashes). And on top of that, a higher than 1.0x magnification makes the viewfinder very dark. Minimal DOF combined with a dark viewfinder makes precise focusing a challenge to achieve.
 
And because of the very narrow effective aperture, a lot of light is needed for a proper exposure. In this case, I used a manually controlled, shoe-mounted Canon 580EX set to nearly full power (at ISO 320) in order to obtain a decent exposure. Of course, the RoundFlash Ringflash Adapter I was using resulted in a certain amount of light loss from diffusion, but I felt it was the best modifier for the look I was going for and well worth the penalty of a slightly higher ISO.
 
As far as the shutter speed goes, there was no specific reason I chose 1/80 second over anything else. In this particular instance, any reasonably fast shutter speed would work (even one that would likely show motion blur during at normal magnifications). That's because the light captured in this scene is provided entirely from the flash which has an extremely short duration. In effect, the shutter speed was the flash duration.
 
I typically use a tripod when shooting macro subjects. But in this case, using a tripod seemed a bit impractical. That's because with such a small DOF, I thought it would be easier for me to adjust the camera back and forth slightly to achieve focus rather than try and direct the subject to move her head the same amount. I also typically use 10x Live View to aid in manual focusing when shooting macro subjects. But in this case, using 10x (or 5x) Live View would have had two big consequences: the inability to see the entire framing and a loss of stability needed for precise manual focusing (as my eye would not be on the viewfinder).
 
I overcame focus challenges by sitting on the coffee table in front of the subject and bracing my elbows against my knees with the camera pressed firmly to my face. This gave me a relatively rigid platform where I could sway ever so slightly forward and backward as the subject stared straight into the lens. This also allowed me the ability to easily adjust framing on the fly for slightly different looks between shots. I concentrated on timing my shots when the reflection of her top eyelashes looked sharpest (a challenge with the dark viewfinder, but not impossible). After several attempts, I finally had the framing and focus that I wanted.
 
In post-processing, I increased clarity to help bring out details in the iris, upped the saturation a little and made relatively minor adjustments to brightness/contrast. The image is uncropped.
 
You can find a full resolution version on my Flickr photostream.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 1/8/2016 8:58:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Many of the instant & mail-in rebates from Canon, Sigma, Tamron and Tokina that we enjoyed in December have been extended through January (and in Sigma and Tamron's case, extended through February).
 
The Canon rebates changed a bit from the previous period. Several of the lens rebates are lower than they were this holiday season while a few lenses (and Speedlites) no longer qualify. On the DSLR side of things, the 5Ds and 5Ds R no longer feature an instant rebate.
 
As usual, Canon DSLR rebates vary depending on bundled lenses.
 
Update: I have just been notified that the Sigma 150-600mm Sports and Contemporary instant rebates were extended through Jan 31. I have updated the table accordingly.
 
Canon, Sigma, Tamron & Tokina Rebates
 
ModelRebate Amount
Canon EOS 1D X Buy$700.00
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Buy$300.00
Canon EOS 6D Buy$300.00 / $550.00
Canon EOS 7D Mark II Buy$300.00 / $550.00
Canon EOS 70D Buy$200.00 - $550.00
Canon EOS Rebel T6s / 760D Buy$150.00 - $300.00
Canon EOS Rebel T6i / 750D Buy$150.00 - $350.00
Canon EOS Rebel T5i / 700D Buy$150.00 - $350.00
Canon EOS Rebel T5 / 1200D Buy$150.00 - $300.00
Canon EOS Rebel SL1 / 100D Buy$150.00 - $350.00
Canon EOS M3 Buy$200.00 - $550.00
Canon EOS M10 Buy$100.00 - $120.00
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy$150.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens Buy$50.00
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash Buy$80.00
Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM Lens Buy$200.00
Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Lens Buy$250.00
Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Buy$200.00
Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Lens Buy$150.00
Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Lens Buy$250.00
Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens Buy$300.00
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens Buy$200.00
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM C Lens Buy$100.00
Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Lens Buy$130.00
Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Lens Buy$50.00
Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Buy$100.00
Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Lens Buy$100.00
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens Buy$100.00
Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Lens Buy$100.00
Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens Buy$120.00
Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Macro Lens Buy$150.00
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX II Lens Buy$30.00
Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX Lens Buy$50.00
Tokina 16-28mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro FX Lens Buy$40.00
Tokina 100mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro Macro Lens Buy$40.00
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 1/8/2016 7:28:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
According to the Egami Blog, Canon has filed a patent for an EF-M 55-300mm f/4.5-6.3 DO IS STM.
 
Patent Description
 
Patent Publication No. 2015-232674
 
  • Published 2015.12.24
  • Filing date 2014.6.11
Example 1
 
  • Zoom ratio 5.27
  • Focal length 55.04 135.00 290.01
  • F-number 4.60 5.18 6.30
  • Angle of view 13.94 5.78 2.70
  • Image height 13.66 13.66 13.66
  • Overall length of the lens 136.00 175.46 192.00
  • BF 35.50 35.50 35.50
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/8/2016 5:24:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, January 7, 2016
Our friends at MindShift Gear just released what might be the three lightest weight outdoor photography backpacks ever (the new UltraLight Single 16L backpack weighs in at a slim 1.9 pounds, including rain cover). The UltraLight Sprint 16L, UltraLight Dual 25L, and UltraLight Dual 36L side-panel designs allow quick access to cameras, lenses, and accessories without having to take off the bag.
 
The backpacks also offer generous space for personal belongings, zippered storage, a hydration reservoir and electronics. Additional features include an integrated tripod mounting system and highly breathable shoulder straps. The UltraLight Dual 25L and UltraLight Dual 36L include a removable camera compartment and shoulder strap that can be worn separately when you wish to drop your full pack and set off with even less weight.
 
From MindShift Gear:
 
SANTA ROSA, CALIF – Outdoor photographers can now go faster and farther with what may be the lightest photo daypacks ever: The UltraLight series from MindShift Gear. The UltraLight Sprint 16L, UltraLight Dual 25L, and UltraLight Dual 36L side-panel designs allow quick access to cameras, lenses, and accessories without first having to take off the bag. The backpacks also offer generous space for personal belongings, zippered storage, a hydration reservoir and electronics. Additional features include an integrated tripod mounting system and highly breathable shoulder straps.
 
The UltraLight Dual 25L and UltraLight Dual 36L also include a removable camera compartment and shoulder strap that can be worn separately when users wish to drop their full pack and bag a peak with even less weight.
 
“All aspects of the UltraLight backpacks were refined with weight in mind, including lightweight fabric, thinner webbing, lighter buckles, and shoulder straps with less padding,” said Doug Murdoch, MindShift Gear’s CEO and lead designer. “This allows the outdoor enthusiast to be able to go farther and faster as they are not weighed down by their pack.”
 
GEAR CAPACITY
 
UltraLight Sprint 16L:
 
  • Holds one large (un-gripped) Mirrorless body and one to two standard zoom lenses, or primes
  • Holds one compact DSLR (Rebel, 3300 or 5300 series) and one to two lenses
  • Fits up to a 10” tablet or most 1.5 liter hydration reservoirs
  • Nine liters of capacity for personal gear
  • Maximum lens size: 24-70mm f/2.8 attached to a DSLR body
UltraLight Dual 25L:
 
  • Holds one standard-size DSLR (5DM3 or D810) and one standard zoom lens or two primes
  • Holds one large (un-gripped) Mirrorless body and two to three lenses
  • Fits up to a 15” laptop or most 2.5 liter hydration reservoirs
  • Fourteen liters of capacity for personal gear
  • Maximum lens size: 24-70mm f/2.8 attached to a DSLR body
UltraLight Dual 36L:
 
  • Holds one standard-size DSLR (5DM3 or D810) and two to four standard zoom lenses
  • Holds one gripped DSLRs (1Dx or D4s) and two to three standard zoom lenses
  • Fits up to a 15” laptop or most three liter hydration reservoirs
  • Twenty liters of capacity for personal gear
  • Maximum lens size: 24-70mm f/2.8 attached to body with 70-200 f/2.8 detached
MATERIALS
 
Exterior: For superior water resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. It also has high-quality YKK Fuse zippers, 100D nylon shadow rip-stop, 420D high-density nylon, 210D velocity nylon, 320G UltraStretch mesh, 350G airmesh, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
Interior: 200D poly, velex, high-density closed-cell foam, belly-o mesh, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
PRODUCT DIMENSIONS, VOLUME & WEIGHT
 
UltraLight Sprint 16L
External Dimensions: (25 x 47 x 15 cm)
Camera Compartment: (24 x 14 x 12 cm)
Tablet/hydration compartment: (24.5 x 27 cm)
Volume: 16 liters
Weight: 1.9lbs (includes rain cover)
 
UltraLight Dual 25L
External Dimensions: (26 x 55 x 17 cm)
Camera Compartment: (23 cm x 19 cm x 13 cm)
Laptop/hydration compartment: (26 x 40 cm) W x H
Volume: 25 liters
Weight: 2.8 lbs (includes rain cover, removable shoulder strap, removable camera compartment)
 
UltraLight Dual 36L
External Dimension: (28 x 60 x 22 cm)
Camera Compartment: (25 X 25 X 16.5cm)
Laptop/hydration compartment: (26.5 x 49cm) W x H
Volume: 36 liters
Weight: 3.3 lbs (includes rain cover, removable shoulder strap, removable camera compartment)
 
MindShift Gear has the Ultralight Sprint 16L, Dual 25L and Dual 36L daypacks in stock.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 1/7/2016 3:10:35 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Pittsburgh, home to three rivers (Ohio, Alleghany and Monongahela), is also home to great reflections and many bridges. The reflections of the city, however, are usually color blurs due to wakes from boat and barge traffic. Thanks to the wave-rebounding solid vertical river walls, the waves seem to never dissipate and when planning this long daytrip, I was visualizing a creamy-smooth river of color during the blue hour and later. What I found on this day was ... no boat traffic and very different images than I had visualized. Different in a good way, I think.
 
The most difficult part of this image capture? Being there.
 
To take the actual picture, I simply stood on the north shore of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail river walk, centered between the Robert Clemente and Andy Warhol bridges, set the aperture to f/16 to get the star burst effect from lights, adjusted the framing to level (both pitch and yaw to keep the buildings and their reflections vertically straight) and pressed the shutter release (mirror lockup with 1 second delay).
 
The RAW file post processing was not challenging. In DPP, highlights were reduced (-5), shadows were boosted (+5) and saturation was added. While this result was very good, I opted to brighten the reflection in the water slightly (1/3 stop) using a simple HDR process. Two 16-bit TIFF files were created (one at -.83 EV and one at -.5 EV) and combined in Photoshop.
 
Being in Pittsburgh for the day meant renting a car the night before (4 drivers with 2 cars is not working so well), driving 4 hours, hiking roughly 3 miles with a full MindShift Gear BackLight 26L (including two tripods, extra cloths, food and water) and overall, being outdoors for 9 hours with temperatures in the teens and twenties (°F). I arrived home at 2:30 AM and got up to return the car in the AM.
 
The beauty of our brains is that, in a few days, the only thing I will remember is having spent a great day in a beautiful city and the images will last for a lifetime. I'm ready to go back.
 
Another beauty is the Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens that I was "focused" on for the day. I referred to this lens as a "scapes" lens and it performed excellently in its cityscapes roll this day.
 
A larger version of this image is available on Flickr, Google+, Facebook, Instagram and 500px. If reading from a news feed reader, click through to see the framed image.
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Post Date: 1/7/2016 12:52:27 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Image quality results from the EOS 5Ds R have been added to the Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens Review.
 
How well does this 17 year old $299.00 zoom lens, featuring one of the first image stabilization systems, hold up under the scrutiny of the 5Ds R's 50 megapixel sensor? I'll let you answer that question.
 
B&H has the Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/7/2016 8:23:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, January 6, 2016
B&H has the all-new DJI Phantom 3 4K Quadcapter in stock with free expedited shipping. And considering the specifications, you might be surprised at the very attractive introductory price.
 
Product Highlights
 
  • 24 fps DCI 4K / 30 fps UHD 4K
  • Camera Takes 12MP Still Photos
  • Wi-Fi Extender with 3900' Range
  • DJI Go App for iOS / Android
  • Home and Course Lock Flight Modes
  • Follow Me / Waypoint Navigation
  • Point of Interest Orbit Mode
  • Vision Sensor for Indoor Flight
  • Up to 25 Minutes Flying Time
  • Mobile Device Holder Included
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 1/6/2016 8:11:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From LensRentals:
 
In case you missed it, here is a list of The Best and Most Rented New Photography Gear of 2015! To start 2016 right, we are giving you 10% off all of our top 20 rentals plus our 7 staff favorites. Reserve your rental, have it arrive by January 31st, and use code TOPGEAR10.
 
A few items that made the list include...
 
  • Canon C300 Mark II
  • Canon EOS 5DS R
  • Canon EOS 5DS
  • Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM
  • Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM
  • Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM
  • Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM for Canon
  • Nikon D7200
  • Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E ED AF-S VR
  • Profoto B2 Strobes
  • DJI Ronin-M 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer
  • Litepanels Astra 1x1 Bi-Color LED Panel w/ AB Plate
  • SmallHD 5" 502 HDMI / SDI On-Camera Field Monitor
  • Teradek Bolt Pro 300 Wireless HD-SDI/HDMI Kit
To support this site, navigate to the appropriate product review and click the Rent button.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 1/6/2016 6:18:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, January 5, 2016

 
From the Nikon USA YouTube Channel:
 
Shot exclusively on the new Nikon D5 in 4K ultra-high definition video. INSPIRED, a film by Nikon Ambassador Corey Rich, explores what drives today’s most diverse and interesting professional photographers and filmmakers, and captures the commitment it takes to tell truly meaningful stories.
 
The video below highlights the top features of the Nikon D5:
 

B&H has the Nikon D5 available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News,
Post Date: 1/5/2016 5:30:51 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
A high-output, multi-functional, high-end model that is the first Nikon Speedlight to be equipped with a radio control function
 
TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the SB-5000, the new high-end Nikon Speedlight.
 
The SB-5000 is the first Nikon Speedlight to be equipped with a radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting function, and is also equipped with a cooling system that enables more than 100 continuous full-power flashes. When used with the Nikon D5 or D500 digital SLR cameras released at the same time as the SB-5000, the wireless multiple flash photography that professional and advanced amateur photographers often take on is even more flexible.
 
Primary Features
 
  1. Radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting
    The SB-5000 is the first Nikon Speedlight to be equipped with a radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting function. Radio control makes wireless multiple flash photography easier in situations where conventional optical control is difficult, such as when remote flash units are positioned behind objects or at greater distances, or when ambient lighting is very bright (supports a communication range of up to approx. 30 m). A more flexible multi-flash system supports capture of even more creative photographic works with advanced wireless lighting.
  2. Equipped with a cooling system for significant increase in the number of continuous flashes
    The SB-5000 is equipped with a new cooling system that cools the flash head. The cooling system has been significantly improved, keeping the flash panel from overheating and enabling more than 100 continuous flashes. As the cooling system keeps the Speedlight from overheating, professional and advanced amateur photographers can enjoy more comfortable and active flash photography.
  3. Smaller with improved operation
    Despite its smaller size, SB-5000 operation has been refined by assigning a number of functions to the rotary multi selector and OK button. Adoption of an "i" button, which offers quick access to frequently used functions, also contributes to more efficient operation. What's more, when the SB-5000 is used with the D5 or D500, even more agile and flexible flash photography is possible.
Additional Features and Functions
 
  • High output flash with a guide number of 34.5 in FX format and 41 in DX format
  • Power zoom function with which the SB-5000 automatically adjusts the zoom head position to match lens focal length FX format, Standard illumination pattern: 24-200 mm (14 mm with the built-in wide panel in place) DX format, Standard illumination pattern: 16-200 mm (10 mm with the built-in wide panel in place)
  • Bounce capability: Flash head tilts down to 7° or up to 90°, and rotates horizontally 180° to the left and right
  • Automatic switching of zoom head position with detection of the camera's image area setting—FX or DX format—for optimal angle of flash coverage
B&H has the Nikon Speedlight SB-5000 available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/5/2016 3:25:16 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Nikon's flagship DX-format digital SLR camera offering the supreme performance of the D5 in a compact, lightweight body
 
TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the D500, a DX-format digital SLR camera that packs the incredible performance of the D5, Nikon's flagship FX-format model, into an agile body.
 
The D500 incorporates the same powerful 153-point AF system as the D5, ensuring precise subject acquisition even during high-speed continuous shooting at approx. 10 fps. It supports 4K UHD movies, meeting the demands of multimedia professionals, while the new EXPEED 5 image-processing engine enables it to deliver high-quality images and movies and realizes a wide sensitivity range from ISO 100 to 51200, expandable to Hi 5 (ISO 1640000 equivalent).
 
The D500 combines the agility of the DX system with superior usability. It employs a touch-screen, tilting monitor, and features SnapBridge support, which enhances the value of your images via constant wireless connection with a smart device. The camera is compatible with the newly released MB-D17 Multi-Power Battery Pack (optional), which can be used with various types of battery.
 
D500 Primary features
 
  1. Powerful 153-point AF achieves superior subject acquisition performance across a wide range of situations
    The D500's Multi-CAM 20K autofocus sensor module offers a dense configuration of 153 focus points (99 cross sensors) that covers an extremely wide portion of the image area, meaning that even fast-moving subjects can be acquired precisely. AF capability is extended down to -4 EV with the central point and -3 EV with all other points, making AF usable even in extremely low light or when shooting low-contrast subjects. A newly employed AF engine and 180K-pixel RGB sensor also contribute to achieving exceptional AF performance in a variety of scenes.
  2. High-speed continuous shooting at approx. 10 fps for up to 200 shots (14-bit lossless compressed RAW)
    The D500 delivers high-speed continuous shooting at approx. 10 fps for up to 200 shots in JPEG and in 14-bit lossless compressed RAW, without any drop in shooting speed. Even moving subjects can be tracked accurately across a wide field of view at this rapid rate, taking advantage of the camera's stable viewfinder image and a widest-ever diagonal viewing angle of approx. 30.8°.
  3. Unique benefits of a compact DX system — added agility in telephoto shooting
    Nikon's DX-format D500 provides an angle of view equivalent to that of a lens with an approx. 1.5x longer focal length. This permits telephoto shooting using smaller, lighter lenses with a shorter focal length, while taking advantage of performance that rivals the D5 FX-format flagship model. The camera's agility is also enhanced by the kit lens, AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR, the lightweight 5x normal zoom lens, which weighs only approx. 1340 g/2 lb 15.3 oz when attached to the D500.
  4. 4K UHD video, suitable for professional productions
    The D500 can record 4K UHD (3840 x 2160)/30p/25p/24p as well as 1080/60p video for up to 29 min. 59 s, with simultaneous output via HDMI available. It is also possible to generate 4K UHD time-lapse movies within the camera. In Full HD or HD mode, the D500's electronic Vibration Reduction function reduces the effects of camera shake in the horizontal, vertical and rotational directions during hand-held movie recording, while Active D-Lighting preserves details in highlights and shadows to capture footage with natural brightness.
  5. New EXPEED 5 image-processing engine achieves sensitivity up to ISO 51200, expandable to Hi 5 (equivalent to ISO 1640000)
    The D500's new EXPEED 5 image-processing engine, as used in the D5, delivers standard ISO sensitivity from 100 to 51200, expandable down to Lo 1 (ISO 50 equivalent) and up to Hi 5 (ISO 1640000 equivalent). It can capture exceptionally high-definition images, while effectively reducing noise even at high ISO settings. The new 180K-pixel RGB sensor (approx. 180,000 pixels) further improves the performance of the camera's Advanced Scene Recognition System, and its flicker reduction for still images reduces exposure variations even under flickering light sources.
  6. Touch-screen, tilting 8-cm/3.2-in. high-resolution monitor ensures more comfortable shooting for professionals and advanced amateurs
    The D500's touch-panel monitor enables a variety of functions, including instant switching of images using the frame advance bar and text input — shared with the D5 — as well as touch AF and touch shutter (in still shooting). The tilting monitor with 3-axis hinge structure allows you to shoot from more flexible angles for stills and movies. And its large 8-cm/3.2-in. screen with significantly enhanced 2359k-dot resolution lets you confirm focus in amazingly precise detail.
  7. SnapBridge support lets you link with a smart device via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
    The D500 can be constantly connected to a smart device with the SnapBridge application installed (to be available as a free download), via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. This enables a variety of features: you can automatically transfer images taken with the D500 to your smart device, as well as upload them automatically to NIKON IMAGE SPACE. You can also use the smart device to browse images stored in the camera, as well as embed images with its location and date/time information. SnapBridge dramatically enhances the value and convenience of images taken with the D500.
  8. WT-7/A/B/C Wireless Transmitter (optional) enables high-speed wired/wireless LAN communication
    Nikon's WT-7/A/B/C Wireless Transmitter is aimed at professionals who need to transfer images more quickly than they can with built-in wireless LAN. When attached to the D500, it allows images and movie files to be transferred to computers or FTP server via both wired and wireless LAN. The D500 with WT-7/A/B/C can be used as a wireless LAN access point, permitting easy connections with computers and smart devices.
B&H has the Nikon D500 DSLR Camera available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/5/2016 3:10:45 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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