December 2016

December 12

Nikon Says You Want 360°. Nikon last week had their own press release announcing survey results (see Canon’s): "90% of Americans believe content they currently watch would be better viewed in fully immersive, 360-degrees, and 92% of Americans are ready to capture and share their own personal experiences using 360 cameras.” Article on dslrbodies.com

After the Shoot. A common question I get as I go on exotic tours round the world is “how do I keep my camera gear maintained?” I was just down in the sand shooting animals at ground level, so now have some sand on them. Article on dslrbodies.com

Traveling with Cameras. Don’t panic and always carry a big brush. Article on dslrbodies.com

Nikon has extended the lens rebates until January 1st, and added the 35mm f/1.8G DX lens to them (one of my recommended DX lenses).

December 9

The Software blog has updates for Adobe Lightroom and ACRAffinity Photo (now also for Windows), and FoCal. (You should go to the Software blog page and click on the Subscribe to RSS feed at the top of the right column [only mobile devices, it will be below the main feed itself]. However, I’ve noticed that a lot of folk are either using browsers that don’t directly support RSS any more, or don’t have an RSS reader.

If you’ve got an RSS Reader app, you can point at the following five RSS feeds for various portions of the sansmirror.com and dslrbodies.com sites fed to you automatically:

  • Mirrorless camera news/views: http://www.sansmirror.com/newsviews/index.xml
  • Film camera news/views: http://www.filmbodies.com/newsviews/index.xml
  • DSLR camera news/views: http://www.dslrbodies.com/newsviews/index.xml
  • Digital Photography Software news/views: http://www.dslrbodies.com/accessories/software-for-nikon-dslrs/software-news/index.xml
  • D5/D500 commentary: http://www.dslrbodies.com/cameras/the-d5d500-blog/index.xml

Sadly, RSS seems to be slowly being abandoned, and other content-scraping approaches seem to be pulling at the seams of RSS. I’ve considered becoming Apple News (an App) friendly, but the work to do it right would take away from other projects right now. So for the time being, RSS is the choice for my sites.

December 7

How Bad is It? Let’s look at the just-announced Jan-Oct CIPA numbers for the past few years for a moment. DSLRs fell to half their previous sales level in just four years. Mirrorless is running 11% under its peak. Article on dslrbodies.com

The Rationalizing Zoom Lens Sets article has been updated.
The Choosing a Simple Prime Kit article has been updated.

December 5

Whoop There it Is. Battleship Canon just fired a salvo at the Cruiser Nikon. And it hit hard. Mostly because Nikon put their bow right where it was vulnerable. Article on dslrbodies.com

New Nikon Lens Rebates. Nikon has ended last month’s lens rebates and come up with eight new lenses that are now on rebate. As I always do when Nikon offers lens-only rebates, I’m going to comment on the new entries to let you know what looks like a good value and what you should probably just ignore. Article on dslrbodies.com

Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Lens Review. The acronym brigade just doesn’t get any shorter these days, does it? Let’s start with all those letters. Review on dslrbodies.com

The Reviews pointer page has been updated.

The Lens Review Ratings page has been updated.December 1

Fujifilm announced the X-A10. I reorganized and updated the Meyer-Optik lens and HanDEVision lens pages. I updated all the recent firmware numbers in both the dslrbodies.com and sansmirror.com databases. Posted article about new Capture One Pro version 10 in the software RRS feed. Posted update about Luminar in software RRS feed. Posted corrections to several dslrbodies.com pages.

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