This is what heaven looks like: Nikon Professional Services at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics

This is what heaven looks like: Nikon Professional Services at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics:

 


Dpreview published a sponsored post about Nikon Professional Services at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics:

At the PyeongChang Olympics, there will be 60 NPS staff members from 13 countries on hand, offering support in around 10 languages. Planning for the event started two years ago, and as well as D5 and D850 bodies the NPS inventory will include a range of specialized prime and zoom lenses. The exact figure is confidential, but the total value of all the gear is equivalent to ‘several hundred luxury cars’.

More pictures:

 


Pictures credit: Nikon, via Dpreview

(Via Nikon Rumors)

Nintendo Labo is augmented…cardboard?

Nintendo Labo is augmented…cardboard?:

by Dan Moren

Nintendo, always known for its lateral-thinking, has announced its newest venture: Labo. What is Labo? Well, check out this video:

Wild. It’s like the company took a look at Google Cardboard and thought, “How much further could we take it?”1

As someone who just got a Switch a few weeks back, I’ve been hugely impressed with the hardware. But as with the Wii before it, I’ve been impressed at how Nintendo has continued to think outside of the box of traditional consoles. If you don’t want to compete on sheer pixel-pushing power, then compete on innovation. Safe to say you’re not going to see Sony or Microsoft get into the cardboard business.

The Labo sets cost a little more than a standard game ($70 for the Variety Kit, which includes a host of different constructs plus a game cartridge; $80 for the Robot Kit, which turns you into a freaking robot), but the fact that they get you doing something other than staring at a screen is perhaps the most compelling part.


  1. It’s worth remembering that Nintendo started its life as a company that made playing cards, back in 1889. So, to paraphrase Tim Cook, I guess you could say that cardboard’s in their DNA. ↩

(Via Six Colors)

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC 1.4 FL ED VR lens officially announced

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC 1.4 FL ED VR lens officially announced:

 

The previously rumored Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC 1.4 FL ED VR full frame DSLR lens is now officially announced with Nikon’s first built-in teleconverter. The US price is $12,399.95, UK price is £10,999. Pre-orders are now open at B&HAmazon and Adorama.

Primary features:

  • Super-telephoto zoom lens with coverage of a broad range of focal lengths beginning at 180 mm and extending to 560 mm when the built-in 1.4x teleconverter is used
  • Built-in 1.4x teleconverter which can easily be activated/deactivated while looking through the viewfinder:

 

  • Tripod collar ring that enables smooth switching between horizontal and vertical orientation
  • Zoom ring that is easily operated while holding onto the tripod collar
  • Adoption of a fluorite lens element and magnesium alloy has achieved a light weight of approximately 3,500 g/7 lb 11.4 oz
  • Dust- and drip-resistant structure that prevents dust and drops of water from entering the lens
  • Nikon’s exclusive highly durable fluorine coat that effectively repels dust, water droplets, grease, and dirt
  • The latest optical design that includes the use of one fluorite lens element and eight ED glass elements for extremely sharp and detailed rendering that is compatible with high-pixel-count digital cameras
  • The latest optical design and the use of Nano Crystal Coat enable clear images in which ghost and flare are effectively suppressed
  • High maximum reproduction ratios with close-up shooting at telephoto positions (0.25x when the built-in teleconverter is not used, 0.36x when activated)
  • The exclusive design of this lens with a built-in teleconverter ensures optimal optical and AF performance
  • Electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism that enables stable exposure control
  • The VR mechanism offers camera shake compensation equivalent to a 4.0-stop increase in shutter speed in NORMAL mode; users can choose from NORMAL and SPORT modes:


Sample photos:

Lens design (without and with TC), weather sealing, MTF charts (click for larger view), technical specifications and full press release:



Mount Type: Type E AF-S lens with built-in CPU and F mount (1.4x TC built-in)
Focal Length Range: 180 – 400 mm With built-in TC 252-560 mm
Zoom Ratio: 2.2 x
Maximum Aperture: f/ 4 With built-in TC f/5.6
Minimum Aperture: f/ 32 With built-in TC f/45
Format: FX/35mm
Maximum Angle of View (DX-format): 9°
Minimum Angle of View (DX-format): 4°
Maximum Angle of View (DX-format) with built-in Teleconverter: 6°20′
Minimum Angle of View (DX-format) with built-in Teleconverter: 2°50′
Maximum Angle of View (FX-format): 13°40′
Minimum Angle of View (FX-format): 6°10′
Maximum Angle of View (FX-format) with built-in Teleconverter: 9°50′
Minimum Angle of View (FX-format) with built-in Teleconverter: 4°30′
Maximum Reproduction Ratio: 0.25x (at 400 mm)  0.36x (at 560 mm)
Lens Elements: 27
Built-in Teleconverter Lens Elements: 8
Lens Groups: 19
Built-in Teleconverter Lens Groups: 5
Compatible Format(s): FX DX
VR (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization: Yes
Diaphragm Blades: 9
Distance Information: Yes
Nano Crystal Coat: Yes
ED Glass Elements: 8
Fluorite Elements: 1
Fluorine Coat: Yes
Super Integrated Coating: Yes
Autofocus: Yes
AF-S (Silent Wave Motor): Yes
Internal Focusing: Yes
Minimum Focus Distance: 6.6 ft. (2.0 m) from focal plane
Focus Mode: Manual, Manual/Auto, Auto/Manual
E-type: Yes
Filter Size: 40.5 mm
Accepts Filter Type: Drop-in filter
Compatible with Nikon AF-S Teleconverters: Yes
Approx. Dimensions (Diameter x Length): 5.0  in. (128.0  mm)  x  14.2  in. (362.5  mm)
Approx. Weight: 123.4  oz. (3,500  g)

Nikon Announces New AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm F/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR Super Telephoto Zoom Lens at CES 2018

LAS VEGAS – Today at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Nikon Inc. announced the new AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR super-telephoto zoom lens, which is ideally suited for photographing sports and wildlife with astounding speed and clarity. This professional level FX-format lens is more versatile than ever, and has been updated with the newest NIKKOR lens technologies including Nikon’s first ever built-in teleconverter and an advanced optical formula to enhance performance and minimize weight.“This lens is a great example of how Nikon continues to push the boundaries of innovation and what’s possible with pro-level optics and high-end imaging equipment,” said Kosuke Kawaura, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc.

Popular Pro-Level Lens Gets Even More Versatile

This new NIKKOR lens is a professional super-telephoto zoom lens, which is even more versatile with an extended wide range of 180-400mm, and a constant f/4 aperture to easily isolate a subject from the sidelines, even in challenging light. This is also the first NIKKOR lens to include a built-in 1.4X teleconverter, allowing photographers to seamlessly swap to a 252-560mm1 (FX-format) focal range. The teleconverter is engaged at the flick of a switch, and is easily operated with a single finger while looking through the viewfinder. When used on the Nikon D500 and other DX-format DSLRs, the focal length is the equivalent of 270-600mm (378-840mm with teleconverter engaged).

Whether capturing fast-moving winter sports on the slopes or elusive wildlife at a distance, photographers can shoot with confidence from this high performance NIKKOR lens.  The new 180-400mm f/4 is optimized for high-speed capture, and features an electromagnetic diaphragm, helping to create smooth and consistent exposures while shooting high-speed bursts of images. What’s more, the AF tracking algorithm controlling the motor drive has been enhanced to increase tracking performance of fast moving subjects. When using cameras equipped with Nikon’s advanced 153-point AF system (D5, D500, D850), the outer row of AF points are activated as cross-type sensors to significantly enhance the AF coverage throughout the frame.2

Enhanced Performance with the Addition of New Technology

The lens now uses a fluorite element, which contributes to improved balance while minimizing weight. To further enhance handling and agility, the lens has adopted a new ball-bearing tripod collar ring to create a seamless transition from shooting horizontal to vertical composition.  The VR mechanism offers a normal and sports mode, with up to four stops3 of compensation to help create sharp images, even when handheld.

The lens construction includes the use of durable magnesium alloy for weight reduction, while the lens is also sealed against dust and moisture. A fluorine coating is also used to help repel water droplets and dirt.

The optical formula of the lens uses eight Extra Low Dispersion (ED) elements, doubling the amount of ED elements used by its predecessor, the NIKKOR 200-400mm. These help to provide extremely sharp and detailed images and 4K UHD / 1080p video, and is ideally mated to high resolution Nikon DSLR cameras.  Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat is used to effectively suppress instances of ghosting and flare.

Price and Availability

The AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR lens will be available in March 2018 for a suggested retail price of $12,399.954. For more information on this NIKKOR lens and other Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

(Via Nikon Rumors)

Nikon D850: camera of the year at IR and Dpreview reader’s choice award winner

Nikon D850: camera of the year at IR and Dpreview reader’s choice award winner:



Imaging Resource selected the Nikon D850 DSLR camera as their camera of the year:

"We felt that the Nikon D850 deserved the crown of Best Overall. It’s blazingly fast, has great image quality, excellent ergonomics, shoots full-frame 4K video (with clean 4:2:2 output via its HDMI port) and can stand up to adverse shooting conditions better than we ourselves can. In our book, all those added up to it being our ultimate choice for our 2017 Camera of the Year."

Imaging Resource also did some "water torture" tests of the Nikon D850 and three other cameras:

Here is their conclusion:

"Truthfully, we were sad to see the A7R III have such a hard time in this test. It’s a fantastic camera, absolutely at the cutting edge of what’s possible with photographic technology today. Even after this test, those of us at IR who were fans previously would still happily buy one, because we almost never photograph in conditions approaching those in the test. But as we said in our 2017 Camera of the Year announcement article, Sony needs to up their environmental-sealing game if they want to compete in this high-end/professional market segment. We’d feel differently if all the cameras failed the test; we would have concluded that the test was just too harsh for the current state of the market, even though it was a reasonable representation of conditions a camera might be exposed to. That wasn’t the case, though; the D850 had a very minor problem with leakage into its viewfinder, that seems to be entirely solved by using the BS-3 hot shoe cover – and the 5DIV and E-M1II had no problems whatsoever."


The Nikon D850 camera also won the 2017 Dpreview Reader’s Choice Award:

"The D850 is truly a DSLR tour-de-force, blending speed, resolution and image quality with superb ergonomics and a vast lens ecosystem for nearly limitless creative possibilities. We’ve called it the best DSLR on the market, and now, you’ve crowned it as your favorite product of 2017."

Related posts:

Nikon D850 is the 2017 camera of the year in Japan (by DC.Watch), should be in stock in early 2018

Nikon wins TCSTV’s Camera Of The Year with the D850

Nikon DSLR cameras dominate four out of five “Best for any budget” buying guides at Dpreview


Check D850 availability: B&H | Adorama | Amazon | BuyDig | Focus Camera | eBay | WEX | Jessops | Park Camera

(Via Nikon Rumors)

The Best Gear for Holiday Hosting

The Best Gear for Entertaining this Christmas:

The Best Gear for Holiday Hosting

When family and friends arrive for longer stays, you’ll need a few extra supplies—especially if the spares you keep in the back of the linen closet are worn, or not sturdy enough for pint-sized guests. Keeping a few key comforts on hand will give your guests the independence to make themselves at home. We’ve collected some of our favorite bed, bath, and kitchen gear to help you anticipate common houseguest needs and make your home feel more inviting. Our picks reflect hundreds of hours of research and testing, and we’ve focused primarily on budget-friendly options. You probably don’t need everything on this list, but covering the basics will allow you and your guests to focus on what matters: spending time together.

(Via Wirecutter: Reviews for the Real World)

The Best Thunderbolt 3 and 2 Docks

The Best Thunderbolt 3 and 2 Docks:

The Best Thunderbolt 3 and 2 Docks
Photo: Michael Hession

After doing more than 40 hours of research and hands-on testing of 10 Thunderbolt 3 docks with more than $7,000 worth of high-end gear, we’ve determined that the best Thunderbolt 3 dock for Mac or PC owners who are looking to expand their Thunderbolt-equipped computer’s array of inputs and outputs—or just to make plugging in and unplugging more convenient—is Plugable’s Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station (officially named the TBT3-UDV). Most docks have a similar array of ports that perform identically, but our pick has five USB-A ports, more than any other dock except for our runner-up (which also has five), and a small footprint if you stand it vertically; it can charge a 13-inch MacBook Pro at full speed and is the most affordable full-featured dock you can buy.

(Via Wirecutter: Reviews for the Real World)

First look: Amazon Prime Video for Apple TV launches on tvOS App Store

First look: Amazon Prime Video for Apple TV launches on tvOS App Store:

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Six months after being announced, Amazon Prime Video for Apple TV has debuted on the tvOS App Store, meaning subscribers will be able to view hits like "The Man in the High Castle," "The Big Sick," "Catastrophe," and "The Grand Tour" on Apple’s latest set-top boxes.

(Via AppleInsider – Frontpage News)

The Best 4K Blu-ray Player

The Best 4K Blu-ray Player:

After researching every currently available 4K Blu-ray player, and spending more than 20 hours testing the features and performance of six contenders, we’re sure that the Sony UBP-X800 is the best for most people. All the players we tested had indistinguishable 4K disc performance, but the Sony’s disc-loading speed, snappy menus, and superior 4K upscaling of DVDs and non-4K Blu-rays set it apart from the pack.

(Via Wirecutter: Reviews for the Real World)