Nikon D800 and D800E 36MP full-frame DSLRs announced

Publicado em 07-02-2012

Por viewAt.org Team

Nikon has announced the D800 and D800E 36MP full-frame DSLRs. The pixel count of the long-awaited replacement for the D700 means it also trumps the D3X as the highest-resolution camera in Nikon's lineup. As well as the 'stock' D800, Nikon has also revealed a more expensive model, the D800E that will be free from the effects of an anti-aliasing filter. Aimed at studio and landscape professionals the D800E should theoretically begin to rival medium format digital equipment in terms of resolution.

 

MELVILLE, N.Y. (Feb 6, 2012) –  Today, imaging leader Nikon Inc. announced the highly anticipated D800 HD-SLR, engineered to provide extreme resolution, astounding image quality and valuable video features optimized for professional still and multimedia photographers and videographers.  A camera with an unmatched balance of accuracy, functionality and image quality, the Nikon D800 realizes innovations such as a high resolution 36.3-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor, a 91,000-pixel RGB Matrix Metering System, Advanced Scene Recognition System and many other intuitive features designed to create the preeminent device for the most demanding photo and video applications.

Whether shooting high fashion, weddings or multimedia content, Nikon’s highest resolution sensor to date, a groundbreaking new 36.3-megapixel (7360 x 4912 resolution) FX-format CMOS sensor, affords flexibility and astonishing image quality to satisfy a myriad of client requests. The Nikon D800 incorporates the latest 91,000-pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering III and the Advanced Scene Recognition System, coupled with an improved 51-point AF system for images with amazing sharpness, color and clarity. With its compact, lightweight D-SLR form factor and extensive video feature set, the D800 allows photographers to transition to multimedia to create an immersive story. Professional videographers will appreciate practical features that go beyond NIKKOR lens compatibility and Full HD 1080p video, such as full manual control, uncompressed HDMI output, and incredible low-light video capability. With this innovative combination of features, the D800 celebrates resourcefulness and a dedication to the flawless execution of an epic creative vision. All of this is driven by Nikon’s latest EXPEED 3™ image processing engine, providing the necessary processing power to fuel amazing images with faithful color, a wide dynamic range and extreme resolution. 

“Whatever the project, visionaries need a tool that is going to help them stay on-time and on-task. The Nikon D800 re-imagines what is possible from this level of D-SLR, to address the needs of an emerging and ever changing market; this is the camera that is going to bridge the gap for the most demanding imaging professionals, and provide never before seen levels of SLR image and video quality,” said Bo Kajiwara, director of marketing, Nikon Inc. “The D800 is the right tool for today’s creative image makers, affording photographers, filmmakers and videographers a versatile option for capturing the ultimate in still image quality or full HD content, with maximum control.”

via@Dpreview

Tokina 11-16mm AT-X 116 Pro DX II

Publicado em 01-02-2012

Por viewAt.org Team

New Gear: 11-16mm Tokina AT-X 116 Pro DX II

An update of the already popular 11-16mm from Tokina, the DX II packs a focussing motor so it'll work with all Nikon bodies.

Tokina has just announced an updated version of their well regarded 11-16mm Pro DX, one which brings more functionality to more camera bodies. Dubbed the Tokina AT-X 116 Pro DX II, the new lens has only officially been announced in Japan, but shouldn't be too long before it heads to western markets. For now, it appears to be for Canon and Nikon APS-C cameras, and the big change is that it comes packing  a 'Silent Drive-Module' (SD-M) focus motor. That's right, if you have a Nikon SLR without a built-in focusing motor, then you can still use AF on this new Tokina lens. It also features new coatings, and faster autofocus.

The Japanese announcement pegs the Nikon version of the lens is set to launch in March, and the Canon in July, and DPReview's USA contact says April and August respectively. Its predecessor was also available for a Sony mount, so we'll see if Tokina goes that way with the new one, too.

The big talking point on this lens is the price. With an announced sticker of a whopping  ¥90,000 (almost $1200) that's putting it into very high-end territory. In fact, the original DX lens is going forjust $609 with an MIR. While that is an extremely high asking price, it's the same as the official list cost of the original, so hopefully the new one will drop to a similar level quickly.

via@popphoto

Trusted Photographer for 360º business photos program

Publicado em 31-01-2012

Por viewAt.org Team

Hello to everyone. Google has launched a list of trusted photographers for taking 360º virtual tours. Now you can sign up if you want to be a Trusted Photographer. Take a look and read the conditions

via@ Google Business Photo

Sony Develops New “RGBW Coding” and “HDR Movie” Functions

Publicado em 23-01-2012

Por viewAt.org Team

We think this could be great news for our community. Do you think it would be a good movement for Sony?. Here you´ve got the press release they did today. Also you will see a video with the funtions.
Tokyo, Japan - January 23, 2012 - Sony Corporation (“Sony”) today announced the development of two CMOS image sensor models designed for use in smartphones and other devices. They are equipped with Sony's unique “RGBW Coding” function which allows images to be captured with low noise and high picture quality even in low-light conditions. They also contain Sony's “HDR (High Dynamic Range) Movie” function which allows brilliant color to be captured even in bright settings. Sony has also developed a model with built-in signal processing functionality, an element that usually requires external embedment.
  Sony has successfully developed new stacked CMOS image sensor technology that realizes higher image quality and superior functionality in a more compact size. The three newly developed next-generation back-illuminated CMOS image sensor models will be the first to utilize this technology. Samples will begin to successively ship starting March 2012.
1. Sony's unique “RGBW Coding” function enabling clear shooting in dark rooms or at night
  The built-in “RGBW Coding” function which adds W (White) pixels to the conventional range of RGB (Red-Green-Blue) pixels has realized higher sensitivity, enabling high-quality shooting with low noise even in dark indoor or night settings.
  While the addition of W (White) pixels improves sensitivity, it has the problem of degrading image quality. However, Sony's own device technology and signal processing realizes superior sensitivity without hurting image quality. Furthermore, while the individual pixels of the newly developed models are extremely minute at 1.12μm, the incorporation of the “RBGW Coding” function has realized a SN ratio (signal-to-noise ratio) equivalent to that of a unit pixel size of 1.4μm under conventional methods, which in turn has enables the image sensors to achieve a higher resolution at a more compact size.
  The new models are also able to output signals through the conventional RGB method, thus there is no need to change the signal processing adopted in existing devices.
  • Comparison of Sample pictures in low-light setting (10 lux)
    Comparison of Sample pictures in low-light setting
    (10 lux)
2. “HDR (High Dynamic Range) Movie” function which enables brilliant colors to be captured even in bright settings
  The built-in “HDR Movie” function enables brilliant colors to be captured even in settings with a wide range of light including bright light.
  Typically, when shooting with differing light levels, such as an indoor setting against a bright outdoor background, there can easily be blocked up shadows for dark areas or blown out highlights for bright areas. Such phenomena are a result of the combination of low-light and bright-light which have different optimal exposure conditions in the same shot. This function reduces this by setting two different exposure conditions within a single screen shooting and conducts the appropriate signal processing for the captured image information under each optimal exposure condition. This process generates an image with a broad dynamic range and enables shooting of both the background and subject matter with brilliant colors even in a bright environment. 
via @Sony

Apple launches iBooks 2

Publicado em 20-01-2012

Por viewAt.org Team

We're here at Apple's education-flavored event at the Guggenheim museum in New York City. Phil Schiller has just taken to the stage and announced the first half of Apple's platform that's going to "reinvent the textbook:" iBooks 2. Saying that there were 1.5 million iPads currently in use in Education (using 20,000 specific apps), the revamped book-stand now includes education-specific features to help the budding students of the world.



You'll be able to paw through content, stopping to flick through detailed 3D animated models of elements within, access video and definitions without leaving the page. VP of Productivity Applications, Roger Rosner said that "Clearly, no printed book can compete with this:" given the constantly-updated data available, that's kinda obvious. Still, you'll be able to read in a text-heavy portrait or picture-biased landscape mode and there's also the option to have random pop-quizzes appear to keep you on your toes. Annotations is an integral part of the system: you can add stickies to individual pages and aggregate them into virtual 3 x 5-inch note-cards for revision during finals. You'll also get the same purchase, download and re-download rights you enjoy in the company's other stores.


The company's partnered (initially) with textbook makers Pearson, McGraw Hill and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, as the trio are responsible for 90 percent of all textbooks sold -- as well as DK and the E.O. Wilson Foundation. Phil was gushing, saying that he couldn't "overemphasize the importance of these partners working with us." Pearson's High School Science, Biology, DK's Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life, Natural History Insects, Animals and My First ABC as well as the first two chapters of E.O. Wilson's Life on Earth will be available at launch -- the latter is free. You'll be able to download iBooks 2 from the app store free of charge, whilst textbooks themselves will cost $14.99 or less : a far cry from the $80 dead-tree textbooks we shelled out for in college.

via@Engadget Source: Ibooks Author

Canon EF Lens to Sony NEX Smart Adapter

Publicado em 19-01-2012

Por viewAt.org Team

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Dear Patron, we underestimated demand and the first batch sold out in a few hours. We are manufacturing the next batch immediately. We apologize!!!

If you have already placed an order with us, this product will be shipped from Hong Kong to you by post no later than February 5, 2012.

Your PayPal receipt is your order confirmation. There is no separate email confirmation until shipment takes place. 

If you would like to be notified when we will be in stock again, please follow 'conurus' on Twitter. 

Please note that Metabone's fulfilment center in Hong Kong is closed in observance of Chinese New Year holiday from January 21 to January 29.

This Smart AdapterTM has the following features:

  • True electronic integration of aperture diaphragm - let camera automatically choose aperture in P or S exposure modes, or dial in yourself on the camera body in A or M modes.
  • Powered by camera body. No external power source required.
  • Wide open button (opposite of depth-of-field preview function) makes manual focusing easy.

Disclaimer: we are NOT licensed, approved or endorsed by Sony or Canon. This product is developed independently without any involvement of Sony or Canon.

via@Rob Galbraith and Metabones

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