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Nikon Owner Magazine Issue 68

 

CONTENTS – ISSUE 68 2020

NAMIBIA AND A SAFARI THAT, STRICTLY SPEAKING, WASN’T
By John Archer-Thomson
John Archer-Thomson and his wife Sally return to Namibia to complete an exploration of the northern part of country that they had been unable to finish in their original visit in 2015.

TURKEY– THE TRAVERTINE TERRACES OF PAMUKKALE
By Andrew Main Wilson
The globe voyager Andrew Main Wilson visits the UNESCO world-heritage site of Pamukkale in Turkey. It is an area of extraordinary beauty that has attracted travellers for over 2,000 years.

THE DISCIPLINE OF PRIME NUMBERS
By R. J. ELLORY
The award-winning thriller writer R. J. Ellory makes a welcome return to Nikon Owner with his article on the benefits of using prime lenses.

A NATURAL FISH TRAP
By Heather Angel
When the revered natural history photographer Heather Angel was examining her back-up external hard drives, she re-discovered an image she had not looked at for a long time.

A LEGEND REBORN: 58mm f/0.95 NOCT NIKKOR
By Simon Stafford
The latest prime lens to be added to the Nikon Z-System is the Nikon 58mm f/0.95 S Noct; Simon Stafford takes a close look at this much vaunted lens.

TONY HURST GALLERY:
Words by Gray Levett
The Nikon F Photomic was the first in a series of metered finders for the Nikon F. Tony Hurst captures this black-finish model fitted with an 85mm f/1.8 Nikkor-H lens.

Z 50 MIGHTY MINI-ME
By Becky Danese
Technical writer Becky Danese reports on the newest edition to Nikon’s new mirrorless Z-System, the DX format Nikon Z 50 with its accompanying lenses.

MICHAEL PUTLAND: HIS GENERATION
By Gillian Greenwood
Senior Features Editor Gillian Greenwood writes an appreciation of the famed music photographer Michael Putland, who passed away late last year.

 

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TWO FIRMWARE UPDATES INTRODUCE ENHANCED FEATURES FOR NIKON Z-SERIES CAMERAS

London, United Kingdom, 18th February 2020: Today Nikon announces the release of firmware version 3.00 for the Nikon Z 7 and Z 6 full-frame mirrorless cameras, and version 1.10 for the Z 50 DX-format mirrorless camera. These firmware updates offer a number of improvements to existing features, making the mirrorless series of cameras even more powerful.

Updating Z 7/Z 6 firmware to version 3.00 adds a new Animal-detection AF feature to the current Face/eye-detection AF. While Face/eye-detection AF recognises human faces and eyes, Animal-detection AF recognises the eyes and faces of dogs and cats for enhanced focusing. Animal-detection AF takes care of focus for you, so you can concentrate on framing images creatively. Subject tracking has also been modified to function more like the 3D-tracking feature in Nikon digital SLR cameras, giving greater ease of use. Support for additional CFexpress* memory card brands has also been added.

Firmware version 1.10 for the Z 50 improves AF operation when recording self-portraits in Movie mode. This improvement was made in response to user demands for the camera to maintain focus on the faces being recorded.

Nikon places a high value on responding flexibly to our users’ needs as they develop, and in offering imaging experiences that continue to stimulate creativity.

*CFexpress is a trademark of the CompactFlash Association (CFA).

 

Functions improved with these firmware updates:

 

Z 7/Z 6 firmware Version 3.00

 

  1. Animal-detection AF for automatic focusing on the face and/or eyes of dogs and cats

Animal-detection AF adds support for dogs and cats to the face and eye detection feature. When multiple animal faces or eyes are detected, the multi-selector or touch operation can be used to select the face or eye on which the camera will focus. In video recording, the faces of animals can be detected.

  1. Increased usability for Subject-tracking AF

Subject tracking with still-image shooting in AF-C mode has been modified to give an operational feel more like 3D-tracking in Nikon digital SLR cameras. The camera tracks the subject while the shutter-release button is pressed halfway or the AF-ON button is held down. Subject tracking ends when the user takes their finger off the button and the focus point selected before subject tracking began is reactivated, for increased operability. In addition, the transition from Auto-area AF display to Subject selection display can be assigned to a custom control. These changes all improve subject-tracking operation, and make it easier to activate and change the target subject while looking through the viewfinder.

  1. Support for CFexpress memory cards

In addition to Sony CFexpress memory cards, Type B CFexpress cards manufactured by ProGrade and Lexar will also be supported with Z 7/Z 6 firmware Version 3.00.

 

Z 50 firmware Version 1.10

 

Modification of control specifications for recording self-portraits in Movie mode

Currently, when self-portraits are recorded in Movie mode, the focus mode is locked at AF-S mode. With the update to Version 1.10, the focus mode will be locked at AF-F mode. This change improves operation by allowing the camera to maintain focus on the user’s face in movie recording.

 

 

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Nikon Owner Magazine Issue 67

 

CONTENTS – ISSUE 67 2020

THE Z EVOLUTION
BY Moose Peterson
Nikon Ambassador Moose Peterson has been published in over 133 magazines worldwide, is the author of 28 books including Photographic FUNdamentals, Taking Flight and the best-seller Captured. In an article especially written for Nikon Owner, Moose takes us through the new Nikon Z system.

AUSTRALIA– THE DEVILS MARBLES
By Andrew Main Wilson
Who created the Devils Marbles? Andrew Main Wilson heads off into the land of legend to shoot the mysterious marbles with his camera.

INVINCIBLE 50′ 44.34 NORTH, 01′ 02.03′ WEST
– SEA HUNT – PART III
By Michael Pitts
A short distance from the historic waterfront of Portsmouth, under the murky waters of the Solent, lies the wreck of the Invincible, captured by the British in 1747. Michael Pitts describes the extraordinary challenges linked to filming and documenting its excavation.

ICY ANTICS
By Heather Angel
Heather Angel explains how she captured a shot of a Eurasian otter as it bounded across the frozen surface of a pond at the British Wildlife Centre Surrey.

AF-S 500 mm f/5.6E PF VR ED REVIEW
By Simon Stafford
Simon Stafford presents his long-awaited review of the Nikkor AF-S 500mm f/5.6E PF VR ED lens, the second Phase Fresnel (PF) lens introduced by Nikon.

NIKON PB-6 BELLOWS
By Becky Danese
What do you do if you want to photograph subjects closer than the eye can see with a level of detail unobtainable using a normal macro lens? Becky Danese systematically guides us through the use of the Nikon PB-6 bellows unit.

THE MUSICAL BOX OF MICHAEL PUTLAND: IMAGES FROM HIS ARCHIVE
By Gillian Greenwood
Gillian Greenwood looks at the correlation between music photographer Michael Putland’s dynamic image of music legend Chrissie Hynde and the portrayal of women in art and photography over the centuries.

TONY HURST GALLERY:
Words by Gray Levett
Many years ago, a former director of Rank showed Gray Levett a one-off 203mm Taylor Hobson movie lens specially adapted to fit a Nikon F. It has been photographed perfectly by Tony Hurst.

FOOTSTEPS TO THE STARS: AN INTERVIEW WITH FELIX KUNZE
By Gillian Greenwood
A career highlight for photographer Felix Kunze was shooting eight of the surviving Apollo astronauts to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landings at The Explorers Club Annual Dinner. Gillian Greenwood interviews Felix about this momentous occasion.

SHUTTER SATISFACTION
By Simon Stafford
Technical Editor Simon Stafford discusses the various types of shutter available on Nikon cameras.

 

 

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First Nikon Owner South-Coast Group Meeting of 2020

Saturday, 22nd February 2020
6:00-10:00 p.m.

Venue:

The Duke of Wellington, 36 Bugle Street, Southampton, SO14 2AH

 

After the excesses of the end of year season – are you feeling like this?

copyright Adrian Cochrane

 

Then you need to join the South-Coast Group and see some

WILDLIFE!

copyright Steve Neal

Andrew Hewson and Adrian Cochrane, who organise all the events and outings for the very popular Nikon Owner South-Coast Group, are delighted to announce the first meeting of the year at their regular meeting venue, the Duke of Wellington, on Saturday, 22nd February 2020.

Adrian will be presenting some of his wildlife photos for your entertainment and discussion.

 

Registration:

If you are a Nikon Owner subscriber please kindly visit the NIKON OWNER MESSAGE BOARD and leave a message to let Andrew and Adrian know if you plan to join them and if you plan to eat so they can let the Duke know what the numbers will be.  If you are not a subscriber or do not have access to the message board for some reason please email katrin@nikonownermagazine.com

There will be an £8 charge per person to cover the room hire.

Andrew Hewson and Adrian Cochrane look forward to seeing you!

 

DISCLAIMER: With regard to all workshops, seminars, safaris, photo-outings, meetings or events, both Grays of Westminster and Nikon Owner magazine and their staff are only taking the initiative of arranging and facilitating any of these on the strict understanding that they are solely acting in an introductory capacity. Anyone planning to attend will be deemed to have agreed that they fully understand this as a condition of enrolling and that no liability whatsoever is accepted either by any of the organisers, Grays of Westminster or Nikon Owner magazine. Furthermore, in the case of events or courses of an outside nature, each participant will be deemed responsible for ensuring his or her own safety and the safety of their property at all times and likewise no liability whatsoever is accepted by Nikon Owner magazine or Grays of Westminster and any of their staff in this regard. In other words each person will join the party on the understanding that they do so entirely at their own risk.

 

 

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Nikon Owner North Yorkshire Group Photo Walk at West Burton Village

Friday, 28th February 2020 at 12 noon

Andrew Burns, the coordinator of  the popular North Yorkshire Group would like to invite you to visit West Burton Village (waterfalls and chapel). Having worked as a professional photographer for almost twenty years, Andy is now semi-retired and very much looking forward to meeting other photography enthusiasts and bringing them together for joint photographic adventures.

This first photo walk of 2020 will be held in the picturesque village of West Burton which is in North Yorkshire between the towns of Hawes and Leyburn. The group will visit the small Methodist Chapel and the water falls, both of which are easily accessible and just a few minutes’ walk from the village green.

Agenda and details

Meeting:

The Group will meet at 12 noon on the village green where free parking is available on the roadside.
Postcode: DL8 4JX

Initially the group will go to the ‘Fox & Hounds’ public house for a briefing and lunch (if required). This will be followed by a visit to the Methodist Chapel which – although small – has a very unusual interior with a series of wooden carved semi circular seats. The symmetry of the building lends itself to architectural photography. 

Afterwards the group will visit the waterfalls, known locally as ‘Cauldron Falls’, which are only a few minutes’ walk from the village centre. There will be an opportunity to capture images using Neutral Density filters in order to create long exposures.

Cost:

Parking – free on street (please ensure no to block drives or resident access points)

No entry fees to chapel or waterfall

Any food or drinks purchased in the Fox & Hounds public house (see website: www.foxandhoundswestburton.co.uk  for further information)

Accessibility:

The footpaths around the village are mostly level but the area around the waterfalls can be wet, muddy and slippery so care is required. Walking shoes or boots are recommended together with outdoor clothing appropriate to the weather on the day.

Equipment:

Recommended: a DSLR or Mirrorless camera together with a wide angle lens (20mm or wider) and a mid-range lens (24 – 70mm) A tripod will be essential for the waterfall session, together with a remote release cable (if available) and Neutral Density filters (or a Lee ‘Big Stopper’).

Finish time:

The meeting will conclude at approximately 4.00 p.m., but members are welcome to remain on site or explore the village afterwards.

Registration:

If you are a Nikon Owner subscriber you are most welcome to attend by yourself or with your partner or family, no matter where you live in the UK or beyond. There is no charge for the photo-outing except for the costs that may arise as mentioned above.

Please kindly visit the NIKON OWNER MESSAGE BOARD and leave a message to let Andrew know if you plan to come along. If you do not have access to the message board for some reason or are not a subscriber please email katrin@nikonownermagazine.com

Andrew Burns looks forward to seeing you!

Note: All photographs by Andrew Burns

 

 

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