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Bridger the Badger. D500 with Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E lens. If you'd like to take photos of animals like this, stand by for details on an October 2018 US-based workshop. 


>>> This Week's Articles:

March 15

How Did Nikon Fix Transfer for macOS Sierra? Oh dear. Article on dslrbodies.com (Digital Photography Software News blog page)


March 14

What Goes Away Isn't Camera Companies. As we see the overall demand for cameras shrink and shrink and shrink, it isn't camera companies that go away. The fact that Pentax is still designing and selling DSLRs should tell you that camera companies don't die in Japan. They just morph while getting physically smaller and finding a bigger parent to shield them. Article on dslrbodies.com

High-End Unavailability. At least for the latest cameras, we're back to seeing a trend we saw many years ago during the digital era ramp up: back-orders on new products. Article on dslrbodies.com


March 13

A DSLR System Has Died. It's been over six years since Olympus released any new 4/3 DSLRs, the E-5 being pretty much the last of the breed. But everyone is now noticing that the latest lens catalog from four-thirds.org also states that production of 4/3 lenses has now officially stopped, as well. Article on dslrbodies.com

Ingest Software. We need to get our images off our camera and over to our computer (or phone/tablet/cloud). I'm going to first describe what I think the ultimate ingest does. Article on dslrbodies.com (Accessories/Software/Software Products)

Missing Nikkors 2017. For almost a decade I've updated my "Missing Nikkors" article using an approach that attempts to consider the historical aspect of the lens lineup. This year I thought I'd try something different. I'm going to propose two sets of lenses—base and exotic—and then look at what's missing in the Nikkor lineup. Article on dslrbodies.com (Lenses/Lens Articles/Focal Length)


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March 8

Why I Think the Nikon DL Cancellation Was Wrong. Here's exactly why the DL series cancellation was a terrible decision by Nikon even if they weren't going to make as much money off it as they originally expected. From my In Box: Full article on dslrbodies.com

Also note that my Digital Photography Software page is keeping up with the latest updates, including Adobe's Lightroom announcement yesterday. 

March 7

Full Series of Nikon Firmware Updates. The D3400, D5600, D7200, D500, D750, and D810 have all gotten recent firmware updates. Article on dslrbodies.com

More Thoughts on the State of Mirrorless. My views are changing a bit about mirrorless as time progresses. Back when I started using mirrorless cameras, it was as a supplement to my DSLRs. In particular, I began by using m4/3 cameras for the wide to moderate telephoto range while I was on safari, leaving my two DSLRs both with telephoto lenses (typically 70-200mm and 400mm at full frame focal lengths). So what do I think about each of the most talked about choices these days? Here's my thinking about the main contenders in a nutshell. Article on sansmirror.com

March 6

Nikon Hasn't Lost Everyone. After my article last week on what Nikon users are thinking, there was a minor blip in the In Box that countered some of what I wrote, so let's get right to that. Article on dslrbodies.com

Admitting Failure the Wrong Way. It's rare that the Japanese admit failure at something, but when they do they often make the admission in ways that simply don't resonate right with Western audiences. Article on dslrbodies.com

Nikon's Window Gets Narrower. The window of opportunity keeps closing down on Nikon. The fact that they were so late with so little to the Action camera game and then completely whiffed on the Premium Compact pitch are just two components to the problem. Another is their lack of anything in the Dedicated Video arena. Article on dslrbodies.comMarch 3

What Nikon Users are Saying. Since Nikon's cancellation of the DL line and their basic no-show with anything new at CP+, my In Box has been swelling with comments from the Nikon faithful. I thought I'd take a few of those comments and open them up for a broader discussion of what's happening in the Nikon user world.  Article on dslrbodies.com

March 2

Canon EOS M5 Review. Previously, Canon seemed to be low-balling their mirrorless M models, shooting for some sort of entry user with low expectations of direct camera control and somewhat low focus and other performance expectations. The M5, on the other hand, seems like a really well designed small Rebel DSLR, and shares quite a lot of DNA with the Canon DSLRs. Review on sansmirror.com

Hasselblad XCD lenses updated, including new 120mm f/3.5.

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