Nikon D610 is already in stock!

It has not even been two weeks since the Nikon D610 was announced and B&H already has some units in stock! I have also been notified that my sample has been shipped out, so I should be able to get my hands on one next week. Obviously, a rigorous test of the shutter is awaiting the D610 to make sure that there are no problems with dust or oil this time. Considering the fact that the D610 has a brand new shutter mechanism, I am sure that I will not see any of those issues, but I still want to check. I also want to make sure that there are no other potential flaws with the camera and compare the noise and fps speed right next to my D600.

Nikon D610

If you have pre-ordered your copy of the D610, it should ship today. Otherwise, you can order yours today and have it ship out first thing next Monday morning from the B&H warehouse.

Sony A7 vs A7R

With Sony taking over the major headlines this week, a number of our readers have been asking about the differences between the Sony A7 and A7R – two new full-frame interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras. As I have written in this article, Sony’s full-frame mirrorless cameras are shaking up the camera market and could potentially influence the future development and pricing of full-frame DSLRs in the future. Boasting impressive 24 and 36 megapixel sensors, the Sony A7 and A7R cameras are attracting a lot of potential buyers from different camps. But one question remains: what is the difference between the A7 and the A7R and which one should one pick? Although both cameras look very similar, there is a big difference in price: the A7 is priced at $1700, while the A7R is at $2300. In this article, I will go over the feature differences between the two cameras and provide personal recommendations on what lens(es) to choose. I believe the two cameras are targeted at completely different audiences. Please keep in mind that this Sony A7 vs A7R comparison is purely based on specifications. A detailed comparison with image samples and ISO comparisons will be provided in the upcoming Sony A7 and Sony A7R reviews.

Sony A7 vs A7r

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Nikon D5300 vs D3200

In this article, I will show feature differences between the new Nikon D5300, which is considered to be an upper-entry level DSLR and the current entry-level D3200 (see our review). What does the higher-end D5300 bring to the table and what are the key differences between these models? Let’s take a closer look. Please keep in mind that this Nikon D5300 vs D3200 comparison is purely based on specifications. A detailed comparison with image samples and ISO comparisons will be provided in the upcoming Nikon D5300 review.

Nikon D5300 vs D3200

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Nikon 58mm f/1.4G High Resolution Image Samples

Now that the Nikon 58mm f/1.4G lens is out (check out our detailed preview), more and more information is showing up on this very interesting lens, including high resolution image samples. Unfortunately, Nikon did not provide any high-resolution images on its product page, so I thought it would be a good idea to post other images that I was able to find through Nikon Asia’s website. Although I thought that the sample images were not a very good representation of the lens performance (f/1.4 samples do not appear to be perfectly focused), the images definitely do have that 3D look to them. Bokeh looks exceptionally good, even stopped down to f/2! Check out the below high-resolution image samples:

Nikon 58mm f/1.4G Image Sample (1)
Link to download the image | Shutter Speed: 1/1000, Aperture: f/2, ISO: 100

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Nikon 58mm f/1.4G Announcement

The most exciting announcement of the week for me personally, is the new Nikon 58mm f/1.4G, a lens that I have been waiting for many years now. This is a specialized, one of a kind lens that is basically the modern version of the Noct NIKKOR 58mm f/1.2, a legendary manual focus lens with extreme performance that still sells for over $3000 used today. Although Nikon currently offers two f/1.4 and f/1.8 modern 50mm primes with autofocus capability in its lens lineup, the 58mm f/1.4G is a lens at a whole different level that is specifically designed to yield maximum sharpness and microcontrast, along with beautiful bokeh at the maximum aperture of f/1.4.

Nikon 58mm f/1.4G

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Nikon D5200 vs D5300

In this article, I will show feature differences between the new Nikon D5300 and the previous generation D5200. What does the updated D5300 bring to the table and what are the key differences? Let’s take a look! Please keep in mind that this Nikon D5200 vs D5300 comparison is purely based on specifications. A detailed comparison with image samples and ISO comparisons will be provided in the upcoming Nikon D5300 review.

Nikon D5300 vs D5200

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Nikon D5300 Image Samples

With the release of the D5300, Nikon has also posted 5 sample images from the camera by Kwaku Alston. The below images are all copyright of Nikon and all EXIF data is retained in photographs. As before, the sensor performance of the D5300 looks pretty impressive.

Please keep in mind that the images are taken in RAW and simply converted to JPEG via Capture NX 2. No other editing has been done, including sharpening.

Nikon D5300 Image Sample #1
Link to download the image | Shutter Speed: 1/200, Aperture: f/11, ISO: 100

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Nikon D5300 Announcement

This week is quite busy, with so many great products being introduced by different brands including Sony, Sigma and Fuji (an announcement to be posted tomorrow). Nikon is also announcing a couple of products before the Photo Plus convention in New York (which I am planning to attend and fully cover). The first announcement is for the Nikon D5300, an upper entry-level DSLR aimed for beginners and amateurs. It has been only a year since Nikon refreshed the line with the D5200 and now the camera is updated again with some new interesting features and improvements to make the line more compelling compared to the competition.

Nikon D5300

The Nikon D5300 ships with exactly the same sensor as the one on the Nikon D7100 (see our review), without an anti-aliasing filter. With a number of the current Nikkor DX lenses struggling to resolve a lot of detail to fully take advantage of high resolution APS-C sensors, looks like Nikon’s strategy is not to include AA filters in all future models. While removing such a filter will certainly yield slightly sharper images, moire can potentially become an issue when photographing fine patterns, textures and fabric.

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Nikon D600 $1679 Deal, Limited Availability

With the introduction of the Nikon D610 (see our preview and initial reaction) and its lower initial price of $1999, we knew that prices for the remaining Nikon D600 stock would plummet. Looks like Adorama is trying to clean up its shelves to make some space for the upcoming D610, so it has slashed the price of the Nikon D600 by a $420, bringing the price of the Nikon D600 body to $1,679! Previously, we have seen prices drop this low for a refurbished camera, but this one is for a brand new version. Other Nikon D600 kits are also on sale, as shown below.

Nikon D600

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The Potential Impact of Sony’s Full-Frame Mirrorless System on DSLRs

It has been a little over a year since Sony announced world’s first fixed lens 35mm full-frame mirrorless camera, the Sony RX1. Shortly after, Sony released another version of the same camera without an anti-aliasing filter and gave it a slightly different name – Sony RX1R, similar to what Nikon did with the D800 and the D800E. And with Sony’s hard push on the NEX-series cameras, we thought that it was a matter of time until Sony announces a full-frame interchangeable lens mirrorless camera system. Back in 2012, we predicted that Sony would release a full-frame camera in 2013 and it seems like our predictions were indeed true. Today is a very exciting day for the world of photography, because Sony has just announced world’s first full-frame interchangeable lens mirrorless camera with autofocus capabilities. Sony is shaking up the industry once again with a breakthrough product that will lead the way for others in the future. Some might say that this is the beginning of the end of DSLRs. Read on to see what we think.

Sony A7 vs A7R

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