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Nikon releases firmware update for Z 6 and Z 7 cameras


5.17.2019 Tech

Nikon announced a major firmware update centered around autofocus performance in Nikon Z 6 and Z 7 cameras. The firmware adds eye-tracking autofocus for still photography, improved low-light autofocus capability for still and video photography, and enables auto-exposure subject tracking in the continuous high-speed (extended) frame rate mode.Eye tracking in still photographyWith a Z 6 or Z 7 in auto-area AF mode and photographing in either AF-S or AF-C mode, the camera now can automatically... Continue Reading >

Camera review: Nikon Z 6 System


March 2019 issue Tech

Having had a Nikon Z 6 on loan for an extended period, I’m reluctant to return it. While no single camera is the perfect answer for every photographer in every situation, this one addresses many of my needs, and, I think, would probably address many of yours.I was sorely tempted to purchase a Nikon D5 as my next upgrade, but its weight, cost,  somewhat undersized 20.8-megapixel sensor, and sound level deterred me. The Nikon Z 6 solves these issues while providing nearly all the benefits of... Continue Reading >

Like no other: Nikkor Z 14-30mm f/4 S lens

March 2019 issue Tech

© Courtesy NikonThe giant leap in mirrorless camera technology opened new doors in lens design. Nikon has made a grand entrance with its Nikkor Z 14-30mm f/4 S lens, the first ultra-wide zoom to take advantage of the capabilities made available by the Nikon Z Mount. With its flat front lens element, it’s the first filter-attachable ultra-wide-angle zoom lens covering a focal length from 14mm.Landscape, architecture, and event photographers as well as videographers will appreciate the... Continue Reading >

First look: Nikon Z 6 and Nikkor Z series 50mm lens


11.9.2018 News

In August, Nikon announced the upcoming release of its new mirrorless Z-mount Nikon Z 6 and Nikon Z 7 cameras, and writer-photographer Stan Sholik had an opportunity to train the Z 6 on a variety of subjects in a variety of lighting situations. Here’s his first look at the Nikon Z 6.  About the Nikon Z 6: The Z mount system is a new, larger diameter mount that opens new possibilities in lens design. Mirrorless camera Backside illumination Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor with built-in... Continue Reading >

Nikon Z 7 first look


8.30.2018 Tech

Nikon teased the introduction of its new, full-frame mirrorless cameras—the 45.7-megapixel Z 7 and 24.5-megapixel Z 6—with a series of videos, and formally announced the two on August 23 with press events in Tokyo and New York City. I attended the launch in New York and spent a few hours shooting with a pre-production Z 7 (the Z 6 was not yet available) and several lenses.Design and ErgonomicsNikon DSLR shooters will immediately feel at home with the Z 7. Although, at 5.3 x 4 x 2.7... Continue Reading >

Nikon announces new full-frame mirrorless cameras, new lens line


8.23.2018 Tech

Nikon has introduced two full-frame mirrorless cameras: the 24.5-megapixel Z 6, a body optimized for high speed and low light performance, and the high-resolution 45.7-megapixel Z 7. Both bodies are nearly identical in appearance, slightly smaller in width than a full-size speedlight is tall and only slightly taller than the same speedlight is wide. What's remarkable is how thin the body is except for the grip. The bodies are dominated on the front by the new 55mm diameter Z- bayonet lens mount... Continue Reading >

Video and the Nikon D850


1.24.2018 Tech

The Nikon D850 is the flagship of Nikon’s centennial year, a summation of everything its designers know about what photographers want from a camera. But how is it as a video camera? Like all hybrid still/video cameras, it’s not a perfect filmmaking machine. But those shortcomings may only matter to dedicated video shooters. For still photographers who shoot video, the Nikon D850 serves as an extremely capable digital video camera. Format sizeAs a novice filmmaker, I really appreciate... Continue Reading >

Camera review: Nikon D850


December 2017 issue Tech

Was there ever any doubt that the Nikon D850 was going to be a great camera? The specs tell part of the story: a 45.7-megapixel back-side illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor, 4K Ultra HD video, a tilting touch-sensitive screen, Nikon’s best autofocus system, great color, highlight peaking indicators, built-in focus shift, electronic front-curtain shutter, and I could go on. But what makes it a great photographer’s camera, beyond the technical specs, even beyond image quality, is that it’s fun... Continue Reading >

Better and better: AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR lens review


July 2017 issue Tech

When it comes to camera lenses, fast and accurate matter, but usability is key. Nikon’s new AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR zoom lens is better than its predecessor in both regards. Still, is it worth the investment to upgrade? I’ll highlight a number of features and changes to help you evaluate the improvements and decide whether upgrading lenses makes sense for you.Even though Nikon didn’t label this lens the VR III, it’s the third generation of the VR 70-200mm lens. At 7.9... Continue Reading >

Review: Nikon D5 camera pros and cons


October 2016 issue Tech

PROSOutstanding image quality at high ISOThe Nikon D5 can reach ISO 3,280,000, but the practical range tops out at ISO 25,600. Processing the raw images with DxO Prime noise reduction in DxO OptcisPro 11 yields great results.  More impressive is the accuracy of the color, the dynamic range, and the overall outstanding image quality at high ISO settings. Other cameras can capture images at very high ISO settings but produce images with uncorrectable color shifts and noise beyond DxO’s... Continue Reading >
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