Nikon Owner Cover – Issue 49
CONTENTS – ISSUE XLIX 2015
KIMBERLEY FRENCH: Nikon in Hollywood North
Interview by Robert Falconer
Robert Falconer interviews photographer Kimberley French whose iconic images have been instrumental in promoting some of the most notable motion pictures of recent memory, including Brokeback Mountain, Shooter, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Twilight Saga (New Moon and Eclipse), Red Riding Hood, The Grey and Elysium.
ANDREW MAIN WILSON’S EPIC ADVENTURE
Andrew Main Wilson continues his quest to photograph every single country in the world. In this issue he shows us the breathtaking 40-metre tall statue of Genghis Khan, Ruler of all Mongolia, who conquered an area twice the size of the Roman Empire.
ANGEL EYES XXI
by Heather Angel
Heather Angel has visited China thirty two times, yet she is always looking for the unexpected shot that no-one has seen or captured before.
IN THE RAW
by Becky Danese
What are the benefits of shooting RAW, and why would one choose RAW over the much more straightforward JPEG? Becky Danese provides us with a comprehensive overview.
NAMIBIA IN A TOP-HEAVY LAND ROVER
by John Archer-Thomson
When John Archer-Thomson and his wife Sally were contacted by some friends asking if they would like to share expenses on a self-drive trip to Namibia, it seemed rude to refuse. John tells the tale of their adventures in images and words.
LEAD IN ORDER TO SERVE
by Gillian Greenwood
Now approaching their 30th year, Grays of Westminster became the first camera shop in the world to be granted their own Coat of Arms by Her Majesty’s College of Arms. Senior Features Editor Gillian Greenwood takes us on a journey from the twelfth century to the present day.
THE TONY HURST GALLERY Part XII
Words by Gray Levett
That quintessential jewel in the crown of Nikon rangefinders, the very rare Nikon S3M half-frame rangefinder camera, complete with motor drive, is captured by master photographer Tony Hurst.
ALL-ROUND PERFORMER: THE NIKON D750
by Simon Stafford
Simon Stafford takes a close look at the Nikon D750 and compares it with the D610 and D810.
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Nikon develops new firmware for its Nikon D4S,
D810, and D750 DSLR cameras
London, UK, 9th April 2015: Nikon Corporation is developing new firmware for its Nikon D4S, Nikon D810, and Nikon D750 DSLR cameras, for release this summer. The new firmware will provide support for timecode and recording command functions with HDMI output to external recorders.
With the new firmware, communication can be established between the cameras and external recording devices. Video recorders will be able to recognise the cameras’ own operations, enabling the start/stop recording commands to become synchronised and automated. Meanwhile, new support for timecode imprinting will improve editing capabilities, as sound and video can be aligned, to create a smoother editing process.
Nikon continues to expand and provide greater support for its video recording functions in response to the creative needs of professional photographers, videographers, video creators and advanced amateurs. With improved video recording capabilities, users will be able to take full advantage of the performance of Nikon’s range of products.
Demonstrations of the firmware currently under development will be held in the Nikon booth at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show, held in Las Vegas from Saturday 11th April through to Thursday 16th April[*].
Simon Iddon, Group Product Manager, D-SLR Lenses and Accessories, Nikon UK, says: “DSLR cameras are being used now more than ever for broadcasting, film and video production, so they are required to capture stills whilst being able to support high quality video recording and editing. This new firmware will make the process even easier, allowing greater communication between multiple systems when used professionally. Nikon’s continuing advancement and dedication to making our products better and even more capable is demonstrated in these innovative new changes.”
The Nikon D4S is Nikon’s 16.2-megapixel FX-format flagship designed to keep professionals ahead of the game. The D4S was designed by Nikon engineers to meet the needs of the most demanding photographers, with a wealth of improvements including the ultimate image quality, Nikon’s renowned 51-point AF system, and Full HD movie recording. The D4S boasts a brand new Group Area AF mode that allows much finer control over the size of the autofocus area, ensuring a superior image quality and phenomenal precision. The D4S is also equipped with a high-performance viewfinder that offers a more stable image, and a re-contoured design and smoother grip that make it easier to hold out in the field.
The Nikon D810 boasts incomparable image quality achieved with the camera’s brand new FX-format sensor that offers a class-leading 36.3-megapixels, and is designed without an optical low-pass filter. The latest EXPEED 4 image processor delivers unprecedented sharpness, alongside an ultra-wide ISO range of 64-12800 that delivers stunning sharpness and impressive tonality. The D810 also records Full HD (1080p) movies at 50p/60p frame rates, providing smooth and extremely sharp movies.
The Nikon D750 is a new model added to the Nikon FX-format DSLR lineup. It features a new 24.3-megapixel and FX-format CMOS sensor and Nikon’s flagship EXPEED 4 image-processing engine ensures image rendering is superb for both stills and video. It delivers exceptional image quality and is packed with professional imaging technology, all in a streamlined, lightweight, and compact body. It is also the first Nikon FX-format camera to feature a sturdy tilt-screen LCD monitor and built-in Wi-Fi® function.
[*] Demonstrations will be held beginning on April 13 (Monday). Nikon Inc., Nikon Corporation’s American subsidiary, will be represented at the NAB Show.
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Nikon wins big at the 2015 TIPA awards with accolades for the D810, D5500 and COOLPIX P610
London, UK, 9th April 2015: Nikon today announced that three of its products have won accolades in the 2015 TIPA (Technical Image Press Association) Awards.
TIPA, a global organisation represented by photo and imaging worldwide magazines, has given the prize for ‘Best Professional DSLR’ to the Nikon D810, ‘Best Entry Level DSLR’ to the Nikon D5500 and ‘Best Superzoom Camera’ to the Nikon COOLPIX P610.
The awards are chosen by editors from 27 photographic magazines across 16 countries worldwide and are given to products that the jury rates most highly in terms of overall quality, performance and benefit for the defined end-user. Specifically, TIPA editors take into account innovation, the use of leading-edge technology, design and ergonomics, ease-of-use, and the ratio of price to performance.
TIPA Best Professional DSLR: Nikon D810
The Nikon D810 is a 36.3-megapixel DSLR with an FX-format sensor designed without an optical low-pass filter. The camera can deliver full-resolution images at up to 5 frames per second with enhanced noise reduction in its ISO 64-12800 range, which is expandable to ISO 32-51200, and record video in full HD. Nikon’s Scene Recognition System with the 91,000 pixel 3D Colour Matrix Meter III provides balanced exposures even under difficult lighting conditions with exposure, AF, white balance, and i-TTL flash control included in the mix. For videographers, the D810 offers HDMI, in-camera time-lapse and interval timer, a built-in microphone with a selectable voice frequency range, full-time servo AF, and full manual control. The camera also has two card slots capable of handling both SD and CF memory cards.
TIPA Best Entry Level DSLR: Nikon D5500
The D5500 compact DX format D-SLR contains a 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and delivers up to 5 frames per second at full resolution and Full HD video with a choice of four different frames per second rates, from 24p to 60p. It features Nikon’s class-leading 39-point autofocus system while its advanced 3D subject tracking maintains focus on even the smallest subjects, however unpredictable their movements may be. The ISO sensitivity range is between ISO 100-25600 and this is the first Nikon DSLR with an 8.1cm vari-angle LCD touchscreen. Ergonomically designed, its deep grip, lightweight and slim-line body ensures ultimate comfort. Using Nikon’s wireless app, users can connect the camera to a compatible smartphone or tablet wirelessly with no hot spot needed. Numerous creative modes allow the user to personalise each image’s look and style.
TIPA Best Superzoom Camera: Nikon COOLPIX P610
With a remarkable 60x optical zoom with NIKKOR ED glass lens (24-1440mm), the Nikon P610 can deliver 7 frames per second shooting (full resolution) and Full HD video while utilising Nikon’s 5-stop Dual Detect Optical Vibration Reduction. The camera has a 16-megapixel CMOS image sensor, an EVF and a 7.5cm vari-angle LCD screen, both with 921k-dot resolution. Shooting features include filter effects and special effects, as well as a macro mode, plus time-lapse movie. The P610 has built-in GPS and allows users to easily send images to a compatible smartphone or tablet using built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity. Its snap-back zoom button makes it easy to recapture a subject that’s temporarily out of frame, and you can also double the range of the lens to 120x using Nikon’s Dynamic Fine Zoom, a digital zoom function.
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London, UK, 5th March 2015: Nikon UK today launches a new promotion offering customers up to £275/€350 on selected NIKKOR DX and FX lenses, with an additional bonus offer if the customer also purchases a D7100, D610 or D750 within the same transaction.
The promotion will run from 5th March to 31st May 2015 (inclusive), and all claims must be received by the 28th June 2015 (inclusive).
Edward Allinson, Junior Product Manager for Lenses and Accessories at Nikon UK says:
“As we transition into the new season, now is the perfect time to upgrade your kit with this fantastic spring promotion.
With Nikon’s vast selection of NIKKOR DX and FX lenses available, plus, our additional bonus offer for those looking to further explore the world of DSLR photography, there’s something for everyone hoping to be inspired this spring.”
How it Works
1 – Buy one of these Nikkor cashback lenses
||AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G
||AF-S DX NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G ED MICRO
||AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
||AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
||AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G
||AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
||AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G
||AF-S NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR IF-ED
||AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED VR MICRO
||AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
||AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED ZOOM
||AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II
||AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
2 – Buy one of these selected Nikon DSLR bodies / kits at the same time
3 – Claim one of three bonus offers
||a) £100 Cashback
||b) MB-D15 Grip
||c) DX Training Course (London Based)
||a) £125 Cashback
||b) MB-D14 Grip
||c) FX Training Course (London Based)
||a) £150 Cashback
||b) MB-D16 Grip
||c) FX Training Course (London Based)
- The bonus offer is only available to customers who have purchased a qualifying lens as well as a qualifying DSLR body/kit.
- The bonus promotion must be claimed at the same time as the original lens cashback claim.
- Customers who qualify for the bonus promotion will receive the lens cashback amount, and may choose an additional reward from the three options listed above, depending on the DSLR body/kit purchased.
- Cashback will be fulfilled by Visa© Prepaid Card.
- The cashback amount will vary depending on the purchase and/or number of purchases made.
- The DSLR bonus offer is subject to the purchase of a selected lens in the same transaction. Please see the FAQ’s/T&C’s for more information.
For more information on the promotion, and how to submit your claim, please visit: www.nikon.co.uk/promotions
Terms and conditions apply. Offer is subject to availability.
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Step up to excellence with the new Nikon D7200: the DX-format D-SLR that’s ready to match your every ambition
Nikon D7200 body only: £939.99 inc. VAT
Nikon D7200 body and 18-105 VR lens: £1,119.99 inc. VAT
Sales Start Date: 19th March 2015
London, UK, 2nd March 2015 Nikon today announces a new D-SLR to lead its range of DX-format cameras. Fast, versatile and fully connected, the sophisticated D7200 delivers sumptuous stills and outstanding video performance.
With a host of features inherited from Nikon’s renowned FX models, the D7200 has plenty to offer passionate photographers. This is a camera that’s ready to match the ambition of every photographer who wants to create exceptional images with a lightweight D-SLR system.
In a first for a DX camera, the D7200 enables precise subject acquisition down to -3 EV, thanks to its autofocus system inherited from Nikon’s legendary professional cameras. Combined with the camera’s wide ISO range and fast burst rates, you can shoot sharp in the dark and achieve clear footage of night time video scenes. Functions that enable light trail photography and smooth time-lapse movies extend creative options, as does the extensive range of compatible DX and FX NIKKOR lenses. The D7200 is also the first Nikon D-SLR to support NFC (Near Field Communication). Now users can choose whether to transfer impressive stills to a smart device via NFC or the camera’s Wi-Fi function1. When it comes to movies, versatile video features and the camera’s lightweight DX body combine to make the D7200 a welcome addition to any production environment. A dedicated menu for movie settings, advanced options for audio control, and the latest generation of Picture Control settings allow superb flexibility. And the camera is compatible with Nikon’s new optional ME-W1 Wireless Microphone, which captures clear sound from up to 50m away.
Simon Iddon, Group Product Manager, D-SLR lenses and accessories, Nikon UK, says: “The D7200 is a class breed of camera that inspires excellence and creativity. Its advanced features make it an ideal camera for both experienced photographers and people looking to get started with a top-of-the range camera. Nikon’s superb ergonomics and extensive range of DX- and FX- format lenses offer the freedom to shoot subjects with ease and without limitations. It’s now also simpler than ever to share your images using the sophisticated NFC or Wi-Fi function1. The outstanding ISO performance and excellent AF system make the D7200 a cut above the rest and ensure outstanding image quality in any situation.”
Fulfil your ambitions
The D7200 is the kind of camera that will inspire you to go further with your photography than you ever have before. With its large DX-format image sensor, EXPEED 4 image processor and an ISO range of 100–25600, images boast an extremely wide dynamic range, low noise, and rich colour gradation. You get print-quality 24.2-megapixel photos of any subject, and clear high definition video footage, even when you shoot in dark conditions. The incredible flexibility this camera offers to shoot without being limited by subject or location is further assured by its pro-grade AF system, inherited from Nikon’s FX-format cameras. Sensitive down to -3 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F), the Multi-CAM 3500 II 51-point AF system locks onto your target with incredible precision, even in the dark. Fifteen cross-type sensors in the centre deliver superior subject acquisition, and one centre point is f/8 compatible, enabling more lens/teleconverter combinations. You can shoot at up to 6 fps in DX format, and at up to 7 fps in 1.3x crop, with the camera’s large buffer capturing up to 27 12-bit RAW images and up to 100 high-quality JPEGs in one high-speed burst.2 The 1.3x crop mode also gives you the option to extend the telephoto reach of your NIKKOR lens, and have the AF system’s 51 focus points cover the entire frame.
Cinematic video your way
With video features inherited from Nikon’s professional cameras, the D7200 is a highly capable moviemaking tool. The camera records Full HD movies at up to 25p/30p, or you can switch to 1.3x crop mode and record at up to 1080/50p/60p. A dedicated movie menu lets you store all movie settings in one place, and footage can be recorded to the dual SD memory card slots, or simultaneously output to an external recorder or monitor via HDMI. You can shoot with Auto ISO control in M mode in order to transition smoothly between dark and bright areas, use Zebra mode to see exactly where highlights are blown, and apply the Flat Picture Control setting for easier colour grading in post-production. And because sound quality can make or break a movie, the camera boasts advanced audio controls that let you select the sound range (wide/voice), and reduce wind noise when recording with the built-in microphone. When recording with an external microphone, Nikon’s new optional ME-W1 Wireless Microphone is a superb way to enhance the power of your video footage with clear audio recorded directly from the source. Both the microphone transmitter and receiver capture sound, so audio can be recorded via the microphone alone, or via the microphone and the receiver, making it easy to record just your voice, focus on your subject alone, or record a two-way conversation.
The D7200 is Nikon’s first D-SLR to include support for NFC (Near Field Communication), in addition to Wi-Fi. To transfer photos to an NFC-compatible smart device, simply touch the D7200 with the device and you can transfer the image that’s showing on the camera’s LCD screen. Alternatively, use the built-in Wi-Fi to upload impressive photos via a compatible smartphone or tablet. Simply download Nikon’s free Wireless Mobile Utility app to your smart device first1. The built-in Wi-Fi function also lets you capture images remotely via your smart device, making it easy to position the camera to shoot from various vantage points. To take further control over wireless shooting, use the WR-R10 Wireless Transceiver and the WR-T10 Wireless Transmitter, or control your camera settings with the WR-1 Wireless Remote Controller. To connect to Ethernet and wireless LAN, use the optional UT-1 Data Transmitter together with the WT-5 Wireless Transmitter.
Explore, create, experiment
A range of features harness the power of the D7200’s core technology, ensuring you’re free to experiment and get as creative as you please. When shooting, the 8.0-cm (3.2-in.), 1229k-dot colour-tune monitor lets you push the colour balance and brightness in any direction to suit your personal preference. The viewfinder boasts an organic EL display element for a bright, high-contrast information display with low power consumption. Whether shooting stills or video, Nikon’s second-generation Picture Control System provides invaluable tools for control over sharpening, contrast, brightness, hue, clarity, and saturation. For ultimate freedom in post-production, the Flat setting will retain all the details and preserve rich tonal information in both highlights and shadows. The Clarity setting lets you precisely adjust contrast to differentiate fine structures. Additional creative features include the option to shoot time-lapse sequences with smooth exposure transitions through simple menu operations. And you can create spectacular light-trail photography by shooting in continuous release mode with a shutter speed of 4 seconds or slower. Simply record as many images as your media cards and battery life will allow.
Extend your creative options: NIKKOR lenses and Nikon Speedlights
Shoot with the D7200 and you have Nikon’s full range of DX-format lenses and a wide range of FX lenses at your disposal. With their exceptionally high resolving power, NIKKOR lenses are renowned amongst professional photographers in every field. The compact size of DX-format lenses is a real advantage when you want to travel light or shoot telephoto. In fact, shoot in 1.3x crop mode and you can extend the telephoto effect of a DX lens by 30 per cent. For creative flash photography, the D7200 is compatible with a range of Speedlights from Nikon’s industry-leading Creative Lighting System. Thanks to the commander function on the camera’s built-in flash, you can wirelessly trigger and control up to two groups of Nikon Speedlights. Attain more balanced images in tricky lighting situations with a compact flash like the SB-700. For movies or close-up still images, try the SB-500 with its on-board high-intensity LED light.
Summary of key features:
24.2-MP DX-format sensor: capture images with wide dynamic range, low noise, and rich colour gradation.
EXPEED 4: boosts the camera’s overall performance for extraordinary results.
Professional AF performance: Multi-CAM 3500 II 51-point AF system. Sensitive down to -3 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F).
Wide ISO range: shoot confidently in available light with a standard ISO range of 100–25600.
Fast continuous shooting: up to 6 fps in DX format, and up to 7 fps in 1.3x crop. Capture up to 27 12-bit RAW images and up to 100 high-quality JPEGs in one high-speed burst.²
Unlimited continuous shooting: shoot in continuous release mode with a shutter speed of 4 seconds or slower, and record as many images as your media cards and battery life will allow.
Time-lapse movies: shoot time-lapse sequences with smooth exposure transitions.
Easy connectivity: Wi-Fi1 and NFC (Near Field Communication) support make it easy to share.
D-Movie: record DX-format Full HD movies at up to 25p/30p, or switch to 1.3x crop mode and record at up to 1080/50p/60p. A dedicated movie menu lets you store all movie settings in one place.
High-fidelity audio: superior options for audio control enable professional sounding movie footage.
1.3x crop: gain extra telephoto reach, speed, and wider AF coverage.
Picture Control 2.0: choose from seven Picture Control settings. Ease post-production with Flat setting for maximum dynamic range, and fine-tune detail with Clarity.
Bright viewfinder: offers approx. 100% frame coverage and exceptional visibility outdoors, even in harshly backlit situations.
Colour-tune monitor: anti-reflective 8.0-cm (3.2-in.), 1229k-dot RGBW LCD monitor. Push the colour balance and brightness in any direction.
Tough and durable: highly durable, dust-proof and moisture resistant build. The shutter unit is tested to 150,000 releases.
Built-in flash: with intelligent i-TTL flash control and a commander function.
Energy-saving design: Capture up to 1,110 still images and up to 80 minutes of movie footage3 on a single charge of the ultra-compact and lightweight lithium-ion rechargeable EN-EL15 battery.
Storage media: two SD card slots enable a smooth shooting experience. Both card slots are compatible with high-capacity SDXC and UHS-I cards.
Included software: continue the creative process after the shoot. Dedicated Nikon software provides a comprehensive way to import, organize, edit, and share photos or movie clips.
1 To use the Wi-Fi function, simply download the Wireless Mobile Utility to your smart device. Compatible with iOS™ and Android™ smart devices, this utility can be downloaded for free from Google Play™ and the Apple App Store™. Android, Google, Google Play, YouTube, and other marks are trademarks of Google Inc.
2 When shooting at ISO 100 and using a 16 GB SanDisk Extreme PRO UHS-I SDHC card (95 MB/s). Buffer capacity varies according to the scene being recorded.
3 Based on CIPA standards.
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