And just like that Nikon has scored another winner in the DxOMark book with the Nikon D750. Nikon’s latest full frame camera ranked in 8th place on DxOMark’s top list of cameras with an overall score of 93 points.
As we expected the Nikon D750 trails behind the D810 with the latter producing better color depth, dynamic range, and performance in low light. Oddly enough, though, the D750 also lags behind the Nikon D610 by a very slim margin. It seems the entry-level Nikon full frame camera performs ever so slightly better with color depth.
The most striking thing about these results is the Nikon D750 marks the company’s 6th camera to enter DxOMark’s top 10 cameras list. Currently other Nikon models that flank around the D750 include the D810 and D610 as previously mentioned plus the D800, D800E, and D600. Of course, it can be argued that this lineup is really just all Sony sensors, but it’s very apparent Canon and many other brands are not showing up at all.
We’re still working on our own Nikon D750 and we’re honestly blown away by the image quality it puts out and the flexibility of its RAW images. Image samples are after the jump.
Check past the break for a few of our first sample images with the camera
The term bokeh colloquially refers to the quality of the out of focus area in an image. But over the years, it has come to be more associated with the whole out of focus area to begin with. In fact, it’s something that many photographers, enthusiasts and others become obsessed with. To get it, you need lenses with wide apertures and generally longer focal length lenses–though some wider options can do a great job too.
In our tests over the years, we’ve run across lenses from different manufacturers that exhibit some incredible bokeh. Here are some of our favorite lenses with the best bokeh.
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All images by Giles Clement. Used with permission.
Being a photographer is tough to make profitable, but we can only imagine how much tougher the analog world has it. Photographer Giles Clement is one of the modern photographers that chooses to use the tintype look and format over film, digital, and other forms of the art. But Giles hasn’t let the complications that come with the format hold him back. Indeed, Mr. Clement has mastered his craft and as figured out ways to make it profitable for him.
In fact, Giles seems to have it all down to a simple science.
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Photographer Matthew Jordan Smith is a Sony Artisan and has long been known as a top fashion photographer. A while back, he shared an amazing story with Profoto about how he photographed Tyra Banks using one of the most popular accessories for fashion: the ring flash.
Ring flashes come in two different varieties. The first is an actual flash tube that goes around the lens and that can output loads and loads of power. But photographers searching for something a bit more affordable to mere mortals often reach: and so flash modifiers were designed to work with hot shoe flashes. These modifiers go around the lens and work in a similar fashion, but instead take the existing flash output and bounce it around in a ring shape. Usually, there is one top of light loss associated with it so you always need to compensate by adding in an extra stop or a stop and a half of light output..
In the video, Mr. Smith talks a lot about how the image of Tyra was shot not just by putting her on a black background and shooting to his heart’s content. Instead, he goes into details like using flags to block out other light, specific positioning of Tyra, and giving her breaks because of what a ring flash can do to the eyes.
Profoto’s video on how to use a ring flash is after the jump. Want some recommendations of your own? We really like the Roundflash version II. In fact, we still use it on shoots when we’re testing lenses.
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Just when we thought the Pentax K-S1 could not get any flashier, Ricoh has just released its LED lit DSLR in three new dessert inspired colors named Strawberry Cake, Blue Cream Soda and Lime Pie. In case you forgot the Pentax K-S1 strutted its way onto the camera scene with 12 different colors and a strip of LEDs.
Other than the new trio of “Sweets Collection” colors, this is still the same K-S1 underneath featuring a 20.12MP APS-C sized CMOS sensor. Despite the camera’s attention calling design, the K-S1 is still a serious Pentax shooter with a 1/6000th second maximum shutter speed, 5.4fps continuous shooting, and a maximum ISO of 51200.
On top of the lights along the front grip and surrounding the shutter button the camera has a bright 3-inch, 921,000-dot LCD on the back of the camera. The camera also come with a Flu Card, which is similar to an Eye-Fi Mobi card in that it creates a wireless LAN network to connect with smartphones and tablets.
These sweet inspired PENTAX K-S1 will be available this November in a kit with the SMC DA L 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 lens plus an included Flu Card for $699.
Click past the jump to see more images of the Pentax K-S1 in these new sweet colors
Though Photogenic brand lights aren’t the most popular options, Radiopopper recently announced a new radio flash trigger designed specifically for those lights. Like the Paul C Buff Einstein receiver before it, this trigger will allow you to have power control over the lights when using a Jr2 trigger and have 16 radio channels. The receiver also has four groups/zones. If you don’t have a Jr2, then you can still trigger the lights but not have control over them.
Even more interesting is that the trigger is powered specifically by the light itself. So that means that it doesn’t rely on battery power at all.
The Photogenic receivers are available for $99 each, which if you ask us is a bit pricey. Especially for the fact that many Photogenic lights are now old and a bit archaic compared to more modern options from Profoto, Elinchrom, and Paul C Buff.