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Nikon reveals full-frame AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-5.6E ED VR

11 Jul

After introducing an AF-P 70-300mm telezoom for its crop-sensor DSLRs last year, Nikon is adding a full-frame version to the mix. The AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-5.6E ED VR is the first FX Nikkor lens to offer a pulse (stepping) motor, with quieter autofocus ideal for video shooters.

It claims 4.5 stops of stabilization, which is two stops better than 2.5 claimed on Nikon’s website for the current 70-300mm F4.5-5.6. This updated version also provides a shorter minimum focus distance of 1.2m / 3.94ft (compared to 1.5m / 4.9ft), ‘dust and drip resistance,’ a 9-blade aperture and an ED element to reduce chromatic aberration. It also has electronic aperture control for smooth exposure transitions while shooting video and bursts.

The AF-P 70-300mm F4.5-5.6E ED VR will sell for $ 700 with availability to be announced later.

NIKON INTRODUCES NEW FULL-FRAME TELEPHOTO ZOOM LENS: THE AF-P NIKKOR 70-300MM F/4.5-5.6E ED VR

MELVILLE, NY (July 11, 2017 at 12:01 A.M. EDT) – Today, Nikon announced the new AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR, modernizing this popular zoom lens with a myriad of the latest Nikon technologies. The new lens features enhanced Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization capability and integrates a stepping motor for fast and quiet AF performance, making it Nikon’s first full-frame AF-P lens. This new NIKKOR lens is a versatile, compact telephoto option for intermediate FX and DX-format photographers looking to capture sports, wildlife, candids, travel and other subjects at long distances, all with stunning clarity.

“This latest lens reaffirms Nikon’s commitment to giving FX-format shooters of all levels the unparalleled quality of NIKKOR glass, with the benefits of our latest optical technologies,” said Kosuke Kawaura, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc.

Updated with the Latest NIKKOR Lens Technologies
Whether capturing a baseball game from the bleachers or the sights of a scenic vacation, the new AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR is a versatile lens that helps users capture sharp images and video, even in challenging light. The new AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm is lighter than its predecessor, despite packing new technologies that help those shooting photos and video achieve stellar results. Enhancements to the lens include:

  • Improved Vibration Reduction (VR) System: The new AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm lens provides users with up to 4.5 stops* of VR stabilization, to help create sharp photos and smooth video, even in low light or while handheld. Users can choose from either Normal or Sport VR Modes for added stability when shooting from a non-stationary location.
  • Lightweight with Stepping Motor Technology: This AF-P lens uses a stepping motor for fast and quiet autofocus, which reduces the sound of lens operation while recording HD or 4K UHD video. This new technology also contributes to the lens’ reduced weight, making it easy to carry on all-day excursions.
  • Electronic Diaphragm: This lens takes advantage of the fast burst speed of Nikon DSLR cameras, as the Electronic Diaphragm not only provides smooth exposure transitions during video capture, but also helps maintain consistent exposure during high-speed shooting, such as when photographing sports.
  • Get Close: The AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm lens features a minimum focus distance of only 3.94 ft. (1.2 meters) and a reproduction ratio of 0.25x, letting users get even closer to capture the most extravagant details, even at 300mm.
  • Lens Construction: The lens features dust and drip resistance, along with a metal lens mount for durability. It features a 9-blade diaphragm for a natural, circular bokeh. The lens also features an ED element to significantly reduce instances of chromatic aberration.

Price and Availability
The Nikon AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR lens will have a suggested retail price (SRP) of $ 699.95**, and availability will be announced at a later date. For more information on this new NIKKOR lens as well as the latest Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

*Based on CIPA Standard. This value is achieved when FX-format compatible lenses are attached to a FX-format digital SLR camera and zoom lenses are set at the maximum telephoto position.

**SRP (Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time. Specifications, equipment and release dates are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.

AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-5.6E ED VR specifications

Principal specifications
Lens type Zoom lens
Max Format size 35mm FF
Focal length 70–300 mm
Image stabilization Yes (4.5 stops)
Lens mount Nikon F (FX)
Aperture
Maximum aperture F4.5–32
Minimum aperture F5.6–40
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Optics
Elements 18
Groups 14
Special elements / coatings 1 ED element
Focus
Minimum focus 1.25 m (49.21)
Maximum magnification 0.25×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Stepper motor
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Extending front
Distance scale No
DoF scale No
Focus distance limiter No
Physical
Weight 680 g (1.50 lb)
Diameter 81 mm (3.17)
Length 146 mm (5.75)
Sealing No
Colour Black
Zoom method Rotary (extending)
Power zoom No
Filter thread 67.0 mm
Hood supplied Yes
Hood product code HB-82
Tripod collar No

Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

 
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30 Years of Graffiti: Peeled Dutch Wall Sample Reveals Colorful Art History

18 Jun

[ By WebUrbanist in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ]

The sides of the structure are painted from ground to roof, but peeling back layers of artwork reveals just how far back the building’s vibrant history goes.

“This is Doornroosje, the location where I took the piece from, “explains Paul De Graff. “It’s a Graffiti Hall of Fame in the city of Nijmegen, the Netherlands. What started as a 70’s Hippie cult place, became a center of music and art in the early 80’s.”

It was apparently “one of the first places where it was legal to smoke cannabis” and “the building is surrounded by walls that are all spray painted from top to bottom.”

And over its many years and various uses, the building has gathered coats of paint, which De Graff has deconstructed like a geological core sample (or piece of Fordite).

Like a good urban scientist (or someone trying to sell proof with a section of the Berlin Wall on the streets of Germany), he also shows people exactly where it came from, then includes a banana for scale.

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Heathen’s Gate: Ingenious Overlay Reveals History of Ancient Roman Ruin

02 Jun

[ By WebUrbanist in Culture & History & Travel. ]

monumental

A pane of glass overlaid with a simple line drawing brings crumbling ruins to live at one of Austria’s most famous historical sites, reanimates a ruin near the Open Air Museum Petronell. When a viewer lines up the illustration with the structure, known as Heidentor (Heathen’s Gate), the image completes itself in a compelling yet entirely low-tech fashion.

historical military city

Located just east of Vienna, Carnuntum dates back to the the 1st Century A.D., when Roman soldiers expanded on an existing town 50,000 people to create a military encampment. Between 354 AD and 361 AD a huge triumphal monument was erected next to the camp and city. Contemporary reports suggest that Emperor Constantius II had it built to commemorate his victories.

historical military encampment

“When the remains of Carnuntum disappeared after the Migration Period the monument remained as an isolated building in a natural landscape and led Medieval people to believe it was the tomb of a pagan giant. Hence, they called it Heidentor.”

Preserving ancient historical sites is often a balance between stabilization and restoration; fully restoring can enhance the exterior appearance, but is costly and arguably diminishes the authenticity of a ruin. This approach strikes a balance, much like augmented overlays in digital history apps.

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Android creator Andy Rubin reveals modular Essential phone with dual-camera

30 May

After a prolonged period of teasers and speculation, Android creator Andy Rubin’s new company Essential has released its first smartphone. The new brand’s debut model is an uncompromising high-end device, with premium components and materials all around. The Essential’s body is made of titanium and ceramic and the front is almost entirely covered by a 5.71″  QHD edge-to-edge display with a 19:10 aspect ratio. 

The built-in camera uses a concept similar as Huawei’s latest flagships Mate 9 and P10, combining a 13MP RGB sensor with a 13MP monochrome chip. Image data from both sensors is merged for optimal image quality. Both lenses come with fast F1.85 apertures but there is no talk of optical stabilization. A hybrid autofocus system combines contrast, phase detect and IR laser assist methods. The front camera is capable of capturing 8MP still images or 4K video clips.

Other components include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4GB of RAM, a 3040mAh battery and 128GB of internal storage. Unfortunately there are no microSD-slot or 3.5mm headphone jack. One of the Essential’s most interesting features are two connectors at the back, though. They allow for the attachment of accessory modules, similar to what we’ve seen on the Motorola Moto Z line of devices. The first available module is a tiny 360-degree camera, which can shoot spherical UHD (3840×1920) video at 30 fps. 

The Essential Phone will be available in four colors, Black Moon, Stellar Grey, Pure White and Ocean Depths and cost you $ 699 on its own or $ 749 when bundled with the 360-degree camera. You can pre-order from today but there’s no information on shipping dates yet. 

Key specifications:

  • Dual 13MP camera (RGB/Monochrome sensors)
  • F1.85 aperture
  • Hybrid AF with contrast, phase detect and IR laser assist methods
  • 4K video
  • 8MP/4K front camera
  • Android 7.1.1
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • 4GB RAM / 128GB storage
  • 5.71″ QHD edge-to-edge display with a 19:10 aspect ratio

Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com)

 
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Guardians of the Galaxy team reveals why they chose an 8K Red camera

09 May

If you’re a Guardians of the Galaxy fan, you’re no doubt looking forward to seeing Volume 2 in the series, which was released last weekend. If you find yourself standing in line at the theater, you can even impress your friends with some movie trivia: Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 is the first feature film shot on the RED Weapon camera using the 8K RED DRAGON VV sensor. They’ll either be seriously impressed at your informed insider knowledge, or they’ll slowly move away and pretend not to know who you are. YMMV.

If you’re the gear-freak we think you are, watch this behind the scenes video of Director James Gunn and Director of Photography Henry Braham talking about their decision to use the camera, praising it for its large format look, small size, and high degree of usability. Oh, and as a bonus you’ll get to see actors flying around in front of blue screens as well.

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LaCie reveals 2big 2-bay RAID storage solution with Thunderbolt 3 technology

21 Apr

Today LaCie announced a new version of its 2big professional 2-bay RAID storage solution that now comes with Thunderbolt 3 technology. The 2big Dock not only offers fast transfer speeds and up to 20TB of storage, making it an interesting storage solution for professional photographers and video-shooters, but also serves as a docking station that helps simplify the workflow.

At the front, SD and CF Card readers allow for easy file transfer from your camera and a USB 3.0 hub can charge a smartphone or other mobile devices or lets you connect a shuttle drive or digital camera an an additional image transfer options. In addition, the LaCie 2big Dock can be connected to displays with up to 4K resolution via DisplayPort technology.

Dual Thunderbolt 3 ports can also power a compatible laptop while simultaneously daisy-chaining up to five additional Thunderbolt or one USB-C drive. In addition a USB 3.1 port allows for compatibility with USB-C and USB 3.0 computers via the included adapter cable. The new LaCie 2big Dock will be available in 12TB, 16TB or 20TB capacities this summer and will be showcased at the NAB Show in Las Vegas next week.

Press Release:

LaCie 2big Dock Thunderbolt 3 Bridges the Port Gap and Delivers Massive Capacity to Streamline Creative Workflows

Today LaCie announced the next evolution of its popular 2big professional 2-bay RAID storage solution. Now with Thunderbolt™ 3 technology, the LaCie® 2big Dock delivers fast speeds and massive capacity, making it a powerhouse tool for photographers and videographers. Designed by Neil Poulton, the LaCie 2big Dock is also a sleek yet powerful docking station that provides ports for connecting other devices, a feature that many laptops have sacrificed in recent years. Through a single cable, the LaCie 2big Dock simplifies and centralizes the desktop by directly connecting to a laptop, SD Cards, Compact Flash Cards and other devices. The result is a simplified, more efficient creative workflow.

Creative professionals juggle massive amounts of data and tight timelines, so capacity and speed are critical. With up to 20TB of storage—a twenty five percent increase over the previous version—the LaCie 2big Dock offers professionals enough space for large video and photo libraries including up to 650 hours of 4K 30fps footage* or 200,000 raw images**. With speeds of up to 440MB/s, users can transfer one hour of 4K footage in one minute***. It also means almost zero lag time when browsing photo libraries in Adobe® Lightroom. Working with compressed 4K or HD footage, videographers can edit quickly and smoothly in Adobe Premiere®Pro.

More than storage, the LaCie 2big Dock is a powerful docking station that helps photographers and videographers simplify their workflows. Front-facing SD and CF Card slots allow the pro to directly ingest files off memory cards from a drone, DSLR, GoPro® and other devices into Adobe Lightroom or Premiere Pro. The USB 3.0 hub charges a phone or connects a shuttle drive or digital camera to offload footage or files. Via DisplayPort, professionals can connect the LaCie 2big Dock to high-resolution 720-1080p or even 4K displays. Dual Thunderbolt 3 ports can also power a compatible laptop while simultaneously daisy-chaining up to five additional Thunderbolt or one USB-C drive. Plus, the USB 3.1 port enables universal compatibility with USB-C and USB 3.0 computers via the included adapter cable. Thunderbolt 2 compatibility is also possible with an adapter (sold separately).

Other key features of the new LaCie 2big Dock include:

  • Seagate® IronWolf Pro enterprise-class drives and RAID optimization for superior power management and reliability
  • LaCie RAID Manager that easily monitors system’s health with audible alarm and email alerts
  • Efficient cooling with aluminum enclosure and thermoregulated fan for professional reliability
  • A five-year limited warranty

The new LaCie 2big Dock will be available in 12TB, 16TB or 20TB capacities through LaCie Resellers this summer. It will be showcased for the first time at the NAB Show in Las Vegas next week. Attendees can stop by the LaCie booth (SL4527) to see the LaCie 2big Dock in action. For more information, visit www.lacie.com.

* On average, 1 hour of 4K 30fps compressed footage creates 30GB of data.
** 20TB can store approximately 200K raw photos.

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COOPH reveals new leather accessory collection

03 Feb

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Photography accessory and apparel maker COOPH has launched its latest collection of leather accessories. The camera strap, memory card holder and wrist strap are all handmade in Hungary from vegetable-tanned Italian leather and available in a range of colors and sizes.

The leather strap is available in lengths of 98, 108 or 120cm (38.5, 42.5 or 47.2in) and comes with an attached SD-card holder. It retails for €59 ($ 64). The wrist strap is made from padded, natural materials and is built for durability. It will set you back €69 ($ 75). The leather card holders offer space for up to four SD-cards and three credit cards in a compact design. They are also available at €69 ($ 75). More information is available on the COOPH website.

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Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 teardown reveals what makes the camera tick

02 Feb

The folks at All About Circuits have published a teardown of the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 camera, revealing a glimpse at the components found within. Disassembly is simple, and mostly involves removing a series of screws, after which point DIYers are presented with ‘a surprising amount of circuitry.’

Within the camera, All About Circuits discovered a micro-controller, DC buck converter, and a pulse transformer, as well as a xenon flash tube, a light emitter and sensor, and a couple of transformers. This was a surprise to the publication’s Mark Hughes, who said, ‘I expected to find a flash charging and firing circuit similar to the type found in a disposable camera.’

We can forgive All About Circuits for calling the camera the ‘Insta- X Mini 8,’ because we love peering into the inner workings of cameras we wouldn’t have the nerve to dissect ourselves. Details about the hardware are available in the full teardown here.

Via: All About Circuits

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Flickr reveals its top 25 photos of 2016

17 Dec

Flickr’s top photos of 2016

The lonely tree. Photo by Tom Hall

Flickr staff sorted through billions of photos uploaded to the site to pick their top 25, taking into account social and engagement metrics to help determine which photos made the cut. They published the results this week in a blog post. Take a look at a few of the Top 25 here and head to Flickr to see the rest.

We’re looking for DPR readers’ best shots of the year to share in an upcoming article – if you’d like to participate, find out how you can submit your images for consideration.

Flickr’s top photos of 2016

Lake Mungo / Mungo National Park. Photo by Young Ko

Flickr’s top photos of 2016

Misty forest. Photo by Chris Frank

Flickr’s top photos of 2016

Spotlight. Photo by sedat y?ld?z

Flickr’s top photos of 2016

Braving the cold. Photo by Christophe Brutel

Flickr’s top photos of 2016

Rainbow Ride. Photo by Zachary Gertsch

Flickr’s top photos of 2016

Infinity. Photo by Niels Oberson

Flickr’s top photos of 2016

i.get.a.kick.out.of.you. Photo by .brianday

Flickr’s top photos of 2016

Tempest || Dubai. Photo by Elia Locardi

Flickr’s top photos of 2016

Freedom! Photo by Cyril Blanchard

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Meyer-Optik-Görlitz reveals Nocturnus 50 F0.95 II lens for Sony E-Mount

08 Dec

German lens maker Meyer-Optik has launched the Nocturnus 50 F0.95 II, a super-fast manual-focus standard lens for the Sony E-Mount that is optimized for use with full-frame sensors, but also works with APS-C cameras. 

The lens comes with a focal length of 50mm and an aperture range from F0.95 to F22, offering lots of flexibility, both when shooting in low light and in terms of depth-of-field. The lens design features 10 elements in 7 groups and ensures high levels of sharpness in the focus-plane. Meyer-Optik says the 15 aperture blades with anti-reflective coating create a pleasant bokeh with circular highlights. The Nocturnus has a minimum focus distance of 50cm and weighs 680 grams. Manual focus control and the stepless aperture ring operate almost silently, making the Nocturnus an interesting option for video applications. 

The Nocturnus 50 F0.95 II will be available from January 1st for €3000 (approximately $ 3225). More information is available on the Meyer-Optik-Görlitz website.

Nocturnus 50 F0.95 II samples provided by Meyer-Optik

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