July 2015

July 29, 2015 

CS6? The End is Nigh. Adobe quietly posted an “update to policy” about Photoshop CS6 in the Lightroom Journal (sic ;~). Article on dslrbodies.com

July 23, 2015 

Should I Update? It happens every time I post a new review. Inevitably I get emails that go something along the line of this: “I own the [previous version], should I update to the [new version]?” Article on dslrbodies.com

Nikon is Survey Happy, So Am I ;~). Nikon has struck once again with a survey of its ownership. This time it seems that they’re reaching back into people who haven’t bought in a long time. Article on dslrbodies.comSurvey is here.

July 23, 2015 

Nikon J5 Review. I haven’t reviewed a J model since the original J1. Let’s see how Nikon is doing after four revisions of their basic Nikon 1 camera. Article on sansmirror.com

July 20, 2015 

NikonUSA’s Free Initiative — What We Know. Before I get to the survey results portion of the article, let’s recap what happened last week: NikonUSA surprisingly sent out emails to a large number of Nikon DSLR owners offering them a free inspection and cleaning of their camera, including shipping both directions. Article on dslrbodies.com

How Does Panasonic’s Post Focus Work?. When set to perform Post Focus, the GX8 (and some other upcoming models and firmware updates) shoots 50 images at 30 fps with the focus point changed in each one. Article on sansmirror.com

Nikon D7200 Review. You probably don’t remember it, but this all started with the D70. Since then, we’ve gotten updates about every two years to what is the top consumer DX DSLR Nikon makes. We went from D70 to D70s to D80 to D90, then jumped the number system to D7000, D7100, and now the D7200. Article on dslrbodies.com

Thom’s Recommended Nikon DSLRs. The good news is that there isn’t really a dud amongst all of Nikon’s current DSLRs. The DX DSLRs are all equipped with near-state-of-the-art or state-of-the-art 24mp crop sensors and differ primarily on how features are brought forward to the user and how many of those features there are. The FX DSLRs come equipped with near-state-of-the-art sensors across the board, with more variation in pixel count. Article on dslrbodies.com

Thom’s Recommended Lenses for FX Users. FX is a little trickier than DX in that we have a range of pixel densities at the sensor, from 16mp to 36mp in total capture (add 12mp if you count the D700 and D3/D3s). A Nikon D810 (or D800/D800E) resolves about 50% more than a D4s (or D4/Df). Article on dslrbodies.com 

July 16, 2015 

Panasonic Announces GX8. The m4/3 world just hatched another camera today: the 20mp Panasonic GX8, a rangefinder-style camera with a number of interesting aspects. Article on sansmirror.comGX8 data page

July 13, 2015 

What to Make of Nikon’s Free Offer? NikonUSA today began sending out emails to many D800 and D800E customers offering a free maintenance service (including cost of shipping the unit back to NikonUSA). Article on dslrbodies.com 

Fujifilm Increases and Decreases. Fujifilm has announced that a 20% price increase will take affect in October on the following 35mm films. Article on filmbodies.com

July 10, 2015 

Love Letters to Nikon. I’ve gotten thousands of emails in response to my leaking, sampling, waiting, and last camera syndrome articles, as well as some of my commentary on what Nikon was or wasn’t doing in response. Article on dslrbodies.com

July 8-9, 2015 

Empathy for Canon Users. With the DxO Mark results out for the 5Ds camera and the many Internet posts that has triggered, one has to have a little empathy for the Canon DSLR users today. Article on dslrbodies.com

Nikon D750 Gets a Second Service Advisory. Nikon today announced a second service advisory for all D750’s, this time for ones made in October or November of 2014. Article on dslrbodies.com

How Much Photography Can We Ban? UpdatedBesides all the other problems the camera industry has to face, it seems that photography is just a constant source of serious social issues, so much so that it keeps getting banned. Article on dslrbodies.com

Affinity Photo Launches. Affinity Photo 1.3.4 (Macintosh only) has made it out of beta test and into the Apple App Store. For those seeking a lower cost alternative to Photoshop, Serif has once again shown that they know how to build an Adobe-alternative that works well. Article on dslrbodies.com

July 7, 2015 

Olympus E-M5 Mark II Review. Updated The Olympus E-M5II is the followup to the popular E-M5 that kicked off the OM-D line of DSLR-like m4/3 cameras. It’s Olympus fourth stab at designing the perfect EVF-based camera. Review on sansmirror.com

July 6, 2015 

The Malaise Continues. The CIPA numbers for May are out, and all the same trends as before are visible. Article on dslrbodies.com

A Quick Thought. Was Nikon’s DSLR survey prompted by a delay in the D300s followup? Article on dslrbodies.com

July 2, 2015

Survey Says. Be prepared for some surprises. Okay, maybe those of you who’ve been paying close attention to my postings both here and on various Internet fora might not be quite so surprised. Still, one of my primary calls to Nikon was pretty much verified by this poll. Article on dslrbodies.com

Three New Nikon Lenses Introduced. Okay, truth be told, one new Nikon lens and two updated Nikon lenses. Article on dslrbodies.com16-80mm f/2.8-4E Data Page500mm f/4E Data Page600mm f/4E Data Page.

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