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photo: Nikon/National Geographic
If you enter one photo contest before the end of the year, let it be this. With The Full Story contest, Nikon and Nat Geo are soliciting shutterbugs to share stories that will make for great photo essays. To enter, they’re asking for one photo, accompanied by a >100 word paragraph about its meaning. They also want to see three additional photos, just to check out your photography chops.
The prizes, my friends, are more than worth the price of admission. (The price is free, but still.) Five first prize winners will be given Nikon D600 DSLRs with which to shoot their “full story” photo essays, and then one grand prize winner will be selected from among the five and sent on a National Geographic Expedition to the Galapagos Islands.
For more information, and to enter, visit the official contest page. Good luck!
Nikon has just introduced two new NIKKOR lenses: the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR and the AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR. The new superzoom 18-300mm offers Nikon’s longest focal range ever, expanding on two popular existing telephoto lenses in the NIKKOR lineup, the 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 and 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lenses. In addition to being a killer travel lens (assuming it’s actually as “surprisingly compact [and] lightweight” as Nikon claims), the 18-300mm is being marketed as a great lens for shooting HD video because the long focal range would allow for “wide establishing shots, medium close-up shots and extreme telephoto sequences when the users want to separate the subject from the background.”
The new, FX-format compatible NIKKOR 24-85mm lens is being billed as the go-to everyday Nikon shooter’s lens, with more range than the standard kit lens and built-in vibration reduction technology that recognizes and adjusts for tripod mounted shooting.
Both new NIKKOR lenses will be available at the end of the month, with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR priced at $999.95 and the AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR priced at $599.95.
Nikon has just announced the Nikon D3200 DSLR camera—the upgrade to 2010′s D3100. The new D3200 features a 24.2-megapixel full-frame (DX-format, they call it) CMOS sensor, where the D3100 had a pixel count of 14.2 million pixels in the same APS-C size sensor. Nikon says that this huge jump in pixel count will not result in noisy images, but rather, “The new 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor allows for incredibly sharp images with stunning detail and less noise, while Nikon’s EXPEED 3 image processing engine helps to create clear, lifelike images and video with vivid colors, smooth tonal gradations and low noise.”
The D3200 has an ISO range of 100-6400, expandable to 12,800. It also features “Guide Mode,” which gives step-by-step photo instructions to people moving into DSLR territory (and the manual controls that come along with it) for the first time. It also shoots full 1080p HD video and features a 3-inch, 921,000-dot LCD screen.
It looks like Nikon will still keep the D3100 on the market, selling the D3200 alongside it for $50 more (both kits include an 18-55mm zoom lens). The Nikon D3200 will be available in either black or red in late April for $699.95 with the F-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR image stabilization lens.
Camera and lens rating site, DxOMark, has given the Nikon D800 DSLR a 95% rating and calls the sensor the best they’ve ever analyzed. The D800, which was announced in February, features a 36.3-megapixel full-frame (FX) CMOS image sensor. The DxOMark score—which was based only on the D800’s RAW-image-based sensor results—is the “best overall score [and] the best that has ever been achieved.”
Their analysis concludes that the D800 “comes close to the quality of the best medium-format sensors” in capturing portraits, and “is comparable to the best medium-format sensor, and in fact does even better—much better—as ISO increases.” This of course, they point out, does not take into account depth of field performance.
Check out the whole analysis, with a comparison against Nikon’s other 2012 full-frame DSLR, the D4, over at DxOMarks.
(DxOMark, via 6Sight)
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Nikon has announced the D800 “HD-SLR,” which features a 36.3-megapixel full-frame (FX) CMOS image sensor—meaning you can make enormous prints of your high resolution (7360×4912-pixel) captures. Like its (chronological at least) predecessor, 2008′s D700, the D800 has a more compact body size than a big gun like the D4, but its price and emphasis on super high resolution output seems to narrow its market to buyers like studio and wedding photographers who are most interested in print work rather than a broader class of photo enthusiasts looking to step up to a mid-range DSLR for travel and personal photo capture purposes. This is probably why Nikon is going to continue selling the D700 alongside its successor and at nearly the same price.
At $2,999.95, the D800 boasts the same 3.2-inch 921K dot LCD screen as the flagship D4 and its viewfinder offers 100% frame coverage (as compared to the D700′s 95%). For low-light capture, it has an ISO range of 100-6400, expandable to 50 (Lo-1)-25,600 (Hi-2), with the only upgrade to the D700 here being on the low end of the range (50 versus 100). The upgraded video capabilities are what have compelled Nikon to market the camera as an “HD-SLR”; the D800 shoots video at various resolutions and frame rates, including full HD 1080 at 30/24p and HD 720 at 60/30p. Additionally, as Nikon says, “For professional and broadcast applications that call for outboard digital recorders or external monitors, users can stream an uncompressed full HD signal directly out of the camera via the HDMI port (8 bit, 4:2:2).” Below is a test video shot by filmmaker Sandro with the D800.
The Nikon D800 will be available in late March for $2,999.95 (body only), and a supplementary model—D800E, which “treads in medium format territory for studio work or landscape photography” as it “enhances the resolution characteristics of the 36.3-megapixel CMOS sensor by cancelling the anti-aliasing properties of the OLPF inside the camera”—will be available in mid-April for $3,299.95.
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