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Nikon D4S – I AM FULL THROTTLE

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I AM FULL THROTTLE
The ultimate imaging machine has advanced:
Nikon introduces its new FX-format flagship, the D4S

RRPs
Body only: £5,199.99
Sales start date: 6th March 2014


London, UK, 25th February 2014 Nikon today announces the D4S, a new 16.2 megapixel FX-format flagship camera built to keep professionals ahead of the game.

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The ultimate imaging machine has advanced: as the successor to Nikon’s acclaimed D4, everything about the D4S powers exceptional images at exceptional speed. An expanded ISO range and EXPEED 4 image processing take low light photography to another level, making the D4S a master of the dark as well as the light. Advances to AF performance offer improved acquisition and tracking at 11 fps, plus much finer control over the AF area with the new Group Area AF mode. Nikon’s RAW Size S file format accelerates image transfer onto networks and a Gigabit 100/1000TX Ethernet port enables ultra-fast connection.

Hiro Sebata, Professional Product Manager at Nikon UK, comments: “The Nikon D4S follows the success of the D4 and brings with it a new level of performance designed to meet the needs of the most demanding photographers.”

He adds: “Nikon engineers have taken on board valuable feedback from professional users in order to implement a wealth of improvements that will make all the difference to professionals working in the intensely competitive fields of sports, press, and nature photography. Equipped to power ahead in the most challenging environments, the D4S ensures serious photographers stay ahead of the game.”

Built upon success

Moving beyond the limits its predecessor was built to push, the D4S blazes a new trail for high-speed professional image making. The camera’s revamped sensor offers the ultimate image quality, and the expanded ISO range of 100–25600 is extendable up to an industry-leading 409600 (equivalent). Nikon’s new EXPEED 4 image processing engine boosts the camera’s overall performance to a whole new level, vastly improving image rendering and ISO performance. A true master of the dark as well as of the light, sophisticated localised noise reduction, edge sharpening and tone control ensure the D4S delivers outstanding results in the kind of ‘dirty’ low light conditions many sports and news photographers are confronted with. The burst rate of 11 fps is not compromised by ISO settings or lens choice, and details are rendered sharp and exceptionally well defined even when Noise Reduction filtering is applied. As with the D4, the D4S is built to sustain peak performance in the most demanding environmental conditions imaginable. The camera is protected by a tough weather-sealed full metal body and features subtle details that make all the difference to handling: changes to button layout and re-shaped control buttons improve operation in damp conditions whilst the re-contoured design and smoother grip make it easier to hold out in the field…

Full throttle: stop at nothing

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New shutter unit

Everything about the D4S is built around the need for speed. In a world where the speed of transmission and networking has become as important as megapixels and ISO settings, the D4S delivers on every count. The frame-per-second with autofocus tracking has increased from 10 fps to 11 fps, making the D4S the fastest autofocus D-SLR-camera in Nikon’s history. The camera implements a Gigabit 100/1000TX Ethernet port and offers a new RAW Size S option for accelerated image transfer. When milliseconds matter, the shutter’s 42 ms lag can gain you the critical edge, taking pictures in less than the blink of an eye; and a completely new shutter and mirror mechanism reduces mirror bounce, delivering a stable viewfinder image with minimal viewfinder blackout when shooting at high speed.

Bettering the best: AF advances

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Backlit display

The D4S takes the class-leading accuracy and usability of Nikon’s renowned 51-point AF system and advances it further. In addition to improved lock-on, expanded ‘Store by orientation’, and new options for AF mode restrictions, the D4S boasts a brand new Group Area AF mode. Designed to allow much finer control over the size of the autofocus area, Group Area AF constantly monitors five different AF fields, which can be shifted across the 51-point array as composition demands. Shooting in this mode enables fast moving subjects to be tracked with phenomenal precision over long distances, and greatly improves acquisition and background isolation when shooting subjects that are comparatively small and close to a high-contrast or distracting background. As with the D4, the AF system inside the D4S is configurable in 9-point, 21-point and 51-point coverage settings and sensitive down to -2 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F).

Multi-area D-Movie evolves

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HDMI slot and more

For moviemaking in diverse conditions, the D4S offers broadcast-quality video in multiple frame formats and boasts a range of operational enhancements that allow more control over footage while filming and improve sound recording. D-movies are now possible at 50p/60p, and photographers can set sensitivity and select maximum ISO in M mode, plus select the sensor crop format, control power aperture, and fix shutter speed. In addition, Nikon’s 3D noise reduction reduces random noise and noise flicker when filming at high sensitivities. As with the D4, the D4S offers three sensor crop formats, FX, DX, and native crop (approximately 2.7x) and uncompressed full-resolution HDMI output to external devices. You can simultaneously record full resolution HD movies in-camera and with an external recorder via HDMI (an HDMI cable clip is provided with the camera for a secure connection). Sound recording has improved thanks to more options for audio control, including the option to select the sound range (wide/voice), and reduce wind noise when recording with the built-in microphone.

Summary of key features:

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Improved sensor

Revamped 16.2-MP FX-format sensor: offers the ultimate in image quality and excellent cropping flexibility.

Phenomenal light sensitivity: ISO range of 100–25600 is extendable up to an industry-leading 409600 (equivalent).

11 FPS with AF: 11 fps in FX format with AE/AF superior to the D4.

EXPEED 4: boosts the camera’s overall performance to a whole new level.

Multi-CAM3500FX 51-point AF system configurable in 9-point, 21-point and 51-point coverage settings and sensitive down to -2 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F).

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Metal body

AF advances: improved lock-on, new options for AF mode restrictions, plus the new Group Area AF mode.

Multi-area D-Movie: Full HD (1080p) movies in FX- and DX-format at 60p/50p/30p/ 25p/24p frame rates. Offers three sensor crop formats FX, DX and native crop (approximately 2.7x) and clean HDMI-out. Access the ISO range from ISO 200 up and control shutter speed, aperture and audio levels while filming. Nikon’s 3D noise reduction reduces random noise, and the camera offers sophisticated options for audio control.

Tough in the field: weather-sealed full metal body.

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New shutter system

Fast track: Gigabit 100/1000TX Ethernet port and RAW Size S file format for accelerated image transfer. Compatible with Nikon’s WT-5 Wireless Transmitter.

Colour adjustable monitor: anti-reflective 8 cm (3.2-in.), 921k-dot LCD monitor that lets you push the colour balance and brightness in any direction.

Fast durable shutter: Kevlar/carbon fibre-composite shutter unit with 42 ms shutter lag, standard life cycle rating of 400,000 releases and a shutter speed of 1/8000 to 30s, with flash synchronization at up to 1/250 sec. A new shutter and mirror mechanism delivers a stable viewfinder image with minimal blackout during high-speed shooting.

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Memory slots

Spot White Balance metering: easily acquire manual, pre-set White Balance data based on the selected area within the frame: the size of the area acquired can be retained even when the image is enlarged,

and consecutive data acquisition is possible.
High-capacity EL-18a battery: ultra-compact and lightweight lithium-Ion rechargeable battery with a capacity of 2500 mAh (10.8V).

Storage media: two card slots—one for high-speed CF (UDMA 7) cards, and one for high-speed, high-capacity XQD cards.

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Nikon releases RAW image processing and adjustment software, Capture NX-D

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London, UK, 25 February 2014 Nikon announces that Capture NX-D (Beta version), an application for processing and adjusting RAW images captured with Nikon digital cameras, will be available free of charge from today.

Capture NX-D is a free application that will eventually replace the current Capture NX 2 programme. RAW images (with the NEF or NRW file extension) captured with Nikon D-SLR cameras, Nikon 1 advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses, and Nikon COOLPIX compact digital cameras can be loaded into the application for high-quality photofinishing through processing and adjustment. In addition to RAW images, the application can also be used to adjust JPEG and TIFF files.

During the period that Capture NX-D (Beta version) is available, Nikon will listen closely to feedback, requests and ideas regarding the application from those using it on the Nikon website. Nikon will use those requests and ideas to improve the application prior to its official release later in 2014.

Nikon will continue to update and provide support for the current Capture NX 2 application while the beta version of Capture NX-D is available. However, once the official version of Capture NX-D is released, Nikon will no longer support Capture NX 2 with updates.

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Capture NX 2 – Nikon’s current software

Current Capture NX 2 users will be kept informed regarding the date when Nikon will no longer support Capture NX 2.

Nikon looks forward to announcing the date when Capture NX-D comes out of Beta.

Overview

Product name: Capture NX-D (beta version)

Release date: February 25, 2014

URL: http://beta.nikonimglib.com/

Development Background

To date, Nikon has supported the processing and adjustment of RAW images captured with Nikon digital cameras, for high-quality photofinishing, with its Capture NX series of software applications (sold separately).

Though the ViewNX series of image browsing and editing software bundled with Nikon cameras also offers some functions for adjusting RAW images, many users have demanded more advanced RAW image adjustment functions.

Therefore, Nikon has developed a new software application that allows users to enjoy the same RAW image processing and adjustment capabilities available with the Capture NX series, and will be available free of charge through download from the Nikon website.

Capture NX-D is a software application developed with Nikon cameras particularly in mind, enabling high-quality photofinishing through the adjustment of images after they are captured.

Primary Features

1. Adjustment functions developed for RAW processing, just as they were with the Capture NX series

The application includes functions for adjusting aspects of RAW images captured with a Nikon digital camera (NEF or NRW file extension) that can be adjusted even after images are captured, including white balance and exposure compensation. Smooth adjustment of images is possible immediately after they are transferred to computers.

Picture Control, Nikon’s exclusive function for specifying imaging characteristics, is also supported.

2. Support for simple adjustment of JPEG and TIFF images

In addition to processing and adjustment of RAW images, the application offers the same functions available with Capture NX 2 for adjustment aspects such as tone curves, brightness, and contrast, as well as functions for correcting lateral colour aberration and vignetting caused by lenses, in JPEG and TIFF images.

3. Floating palettes that are easy to use with multiple screens

When two or more monitors are used, the image display area can be expanded by moving individual floating palettes for each adjustment function. Convenience has been increased with the ability to combine two or more floating palettes, which can be moved together.

4. A variety of displays, including comparisons of multiple images and adjustment before-and-after images

Display of the application window can be adjusted for greater convenience. Thumbnail display, filmstrip display, single-image display, and full-screen display are possible. When filmstrip display is selected, thumbnails can be positioned at the top, bottom, left, or right of the image area.

In addition, displays for comparing images, whether multiple image files, or a comparison of a single image before and after adjustments are applied, are available. When comparing images, enlargement of a portion of one image automatically enlarges the same portion of the other image, making the application of adjustments with simultaneous viewing of the primary subject simpler.

5. Adoption of a sidecar format that saves original data as non-destructive files

Unlike the format previously used to save images to which adjustments have been applied, a sidecar format, which saves adjustment data as a separate file, has been adopted.

Saving original data as non-destructive files allows users to start over with the adjustment of RAW images in their original, post-capture state, without undoing previous adjustments.

6. Other functions

Filtering functions have been built into the application, allowing users to easily find the images they are looking for by filtering them according to criteria such as camera name or lens focal length based on tag data. In addition, batch processing can be used to simplify the troublesome process of applying adjustments to multiple images, and images can be transferred to another application in 16-bit TIFF format after RAW processing.

Capture NX-D System Requirements (Beta Version)

Windows

OS: 32- or 64-bit version of Windows 7, 64-bit version of Windows 8.1
Processor: Pentium-compatible CPU (Core i5 or better recommended)
RAM (memory): 2 GB or more (4 GB or more recommended)
Hard-disk space: 800 MB or more required for installation (2 GB or more recommended)
Screen resolution: 1280 × 768 pixels or more
Other: As the beta version is available only via download, an Internet connection is required

Macintosh

OS: 64-bit versions of OS X version 10.8 and 10.9
Processor: Core 2 Duo or better CPU (Core i5 or better recommended)
RAM (memory): 4 GB or more
Hard-disk space: 800 MB or more required for installation (2 GB or more recommended)
Screen resolution: 1280 × 768 pixels or more
Other: As the beta version is available only via download, an Internet connection is required

*Specifications for the official release version of the application will be announced as they are finalized.

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Nikon Owner Magazine Issue 45

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Nikon Owner cover – issue XLV

CONTENTS – ISSUE XLV 2014

FUSION CONFUSION
by Simon Stafford
Simon Stafford previews the Nikon Df (Digital Fusion) FX-format DSLR camera, which caused such fierce excitement when it was released.

NEW ZEALAND & A VERSATILE ZOOM LENS
by John Archer-Thomson
Photographer and writer John Archer-Thomson returns to Nikon Owner with another of his entertaining stories of a memorable photographic journey.

ANGEL EYES XVII
by Heather Angel
In 1995, world-renowned photographer Heather Angel visited the sub-Antarctic island of Macquarie where she took some extraordinary images of penguins in the surf.

THE NIKON SCHOOL – A Centre of Excellence in London
by Michael Eleftheriades
Michael Eleftheriades speaks to Jeremy Gilbert and Neil Freeman from Nikon UK about the concept and ideas behind the Nikon School.

THE ROAD AHEAD: The Avenue of the Baobabs, Morondava – Madagascar
by Andrew Main Wilson
Andrew Main Wilson’s epic photographic odyssey continues as he travels to every one of the world’s 200 countries. In this issue he captures an iconic image from Madagascar and defines the planning and techniques he used to compose and create the picture.

HOW TO… Use Manual Focus Lenses on your Nikon DSLR
by Becky Danese
In the second part of this new ‘How-To’ series, Becky Danese explains how you can use Nikkor AI manual focusing lenses dating back to 1977 on Nikon “prosumer” cameras.

THE TONY HURST GALLERY Part VIII
Words by Gray Levett
For this issue, Tony Hurst has photographed The Nikon Model H Field Microscope, which was ultimately selected by NASA for a place in Skylab Missions in the early 1970s.

OPERATION: CLEAN UP
by Simon Stafford
Simon Stafford reviews the D610, the latest FX-format Nikon DSLR replacing the D600, which had been released just 13 months previously

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Total Production of NIKKOR Lenses for Interchangeable Lens Cameras Reaches 85 Million

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London, UK, 20th February 2014 – Nikon today announces that total production of NIKKOR lenses*1 for Nikon interchangeable lens cameras reached eighty-five million at the beginning of January 2014.

*1 Interchangeable lenses for Nikon SLR cameras and Nikon 1, Advanced Cameras with Interchangeable Lenses

nikkor-85-millionIn 1959, Nikon (then Nippon Kogaku K.K.) released the Nikon F as well as the first NIKKOR lenses for Nikon SLR cameras, including the NIKKOR-S Auto 5cm f/2. The NIKKOR tradition has continued over the many years since that first lens was released. What’s more, Nikon continues to expand its lineup of interchangeable lenses for Nikon 1 advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses, the first of which was released in October 2011, bringing total lens production to eighty-five million.

Nikon has steadily expanded its lineup of NIKKOR lenses incorporating advanced optical technologies cultivated over the years.

In August 2013, Nikon announced the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, an approximately 7.8x high-power normal zoom lens that covers a broad range of angles of view and is compatible with Nikon DX-format D-SLR cameras.

In October 2013, Nikon added the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G, a fast lens compatible with Nikon FX-format D-SLR cameras that enables new photographic creativity to its lineup. Since its release, the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G has been extremely well received for its ability to minimise sagittal coma flare*2 for rendering of point light sources as sharp points with no distortion or fringes across the entire frame, even at maximum aperture.

*2 A phenomenon with which the edges of pinpoint light sources in photos of night landscapes and the like appear distorted to resemble the outspread wings of a bird in flight

In September 2013, Nikon announced the world’s first*3 waterproof and tough 1 NIKKOR AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 (included in the Nikon 1 AW1 waterproof zoom lens kit) and 1 NIKKOR AW 10mm f/2.8 along with the Nikon 1 AW1 advanced camera with interchangeable lenses. The current 1 NIKKOR lineup is comprised of eleven lenses, and Nikon will continue to expand and enrich this lineup.

*3 Among interchangeable lenses for digital cameras with interchangeable lenses available as of September 9, 2013. Statement based on Nikon research.

In September 2013, Nikon deployed its Optical Performance and Total Image Analyzer (OPTIA), a new measurement device that is able to measure all forms of aberration in interchangeable lenses for cameras, as well as a dedicated image simulator. Utilisation of OPTIA and the dedicated image simulator not only enables greater control over resolution, but also development of lenses with control over varying characteristics of individual lenses, an aspect for which NIKKOR lenses have always been so well received.

The NIKKOR brand

NIKKOR is Nikon’s brand of photographic lenses. The NIKKOR name arose from adding “r” – a common practice in the naming of photographic lenses at the time the name was established – to “Nikko”, the Romanized abbreviation for Nippon Kogaku K.K., the original name used when the company was established.

Nikon’s own high-quality standards are applied to all stages from initial design and development to final product release for design that responds to user needs, and production system and inspections that ensure the superior quality of NIKKOR lenses.

Nikon’s lineup of lenses for cameras with interchangeable lenses currently consists of more than 80 types of lenses, including ultra-wide-angle to super-telephoto lenses, fisheye lenses, zoom lenses, micro lenses, and PC-E lenses that support a wide variety of applications, as well as 1 NIKKOR lenses for advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses.

In 2013, Nikon celebrated the 80th anniversary of NIKKOR lenses with a variety of activities conveying the advantages of NIKKOR lenses, including creation of the “Eyes of Nikon” photo collection, a collection of images by celebrated photographers.

Nikon will continue to develop and release high-quality products that appeal to users the world over.

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Grays of Westminster’s Streetscape Photo of the Month Competition

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Streetscape example

This month’s Grays of Westminster Photo of the Month Competition is themed ‘Streetscape’ with the added challenge that the photo must be straight from the camera with no further post-processing. In-camera RAW Processing, D-Lighting and Distortion Control are acceptable.

Please send your jpeg files (no larger than 10mb) with a description of the photograph and Nikon equipment used to:

info@graysofwestminster.co.uk

A maximum of two photographs per entrant please. Competition closes on March 15th and the top prize is a £50 Grays of Westminster Gift Voucher.

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