If you’re a Nikon DSLR owner, you’re in luck. The company has today offered a firmware update for lots of their cameras–and this one is specifically about distortion control. The firmware updates the lens profiles to tell the processor exactly how to react to certain images from certain lenses. The data is meant to correct barrel and pincushion distortion during shooting and editing.
Correction: Vitaly is actually the one working on this. He’s famous for his GH2 hack. This isn’t the Magic Lantern team.
Second Correction: We originally were told by Reddit that Vitality created the hack. They were incorrect, and we were incorrect in our reporting. The real source is Simeon Pilgrim and talks about the project here and here.
Canon DSLRs have been stealing lots of the spotlight recently with the hacked 5D cameras. Magic Lantern, who did the hacks, are now stating that Nikon’s cameras are being hacked now. Mitch from Planet 5D has seen an early sample from a D700–but it’s only recording around 1.5 frames per second. That’s essentially a time lapse. However, the D7000 can record at 24p.
There are loads of Nikon cinematographers, and we’d be really interested to see just what happens in the HDSLR video game now.
Nikon may not have Vitally or Magic Lantern behind them but they do have support from some diligent hackers. Today these brave souls have unlocked the first door to Nikons encrypted guts. Inside was the ability to record video without a limit of the usual 29 minutes. This patch is available for the D3100, D5100 and the D7000. Depending on the quality that you choose you are still limited to the archaic limitations of FAT32 of a 4GB maximum file size. A beta tester released these times on the dedicated forum page for the patch:
1080p 30 frame high quality – ~24 minutes
1080p 30 frame normal quality – ~42 minutes
1080p 24 frame high quality – ~24 minutes
1080p 24 frame normal quality – ~42 minutes
720p 30 frame high quality – ~42 minutes
720p 30 frame normal quality – ~59 minutes
720p 24 frame high quality – ~49 minutes
720p 24 frame normal quality – ~59 minutes
640p 30 frame high quality – ~59 minutes
640p 30 frame normal quality – ~59 minutes
Of course we at The Phoblographer can’t be responsible for whatever you decide to do with your personal time. If you would like to jump head first into the hack head over to the announcement page. Thanks to DIY Photography for the heads up.
We’re really, really quite surprised that Amazon has stuff for discounted prices right now. Here in NYC, it’s bright and sunny outside and its nearing 60 something degrees. And then I look at my calendar and I say, oh wait, it’s December.
So on the inside, I’m crying because there is no snow; but it’s okay! Because Amazon has cameras and lenses at discounted prices. And so, the circle of life continues.
When I got my hands on this lens a few weeks ago, I was really excited to pop it on my D7000 and take some shots with it. The build quality is truly as good as it gets, and Zeiss’ history of top-notch optics assured me that this lens would be lots of fun to shoot with.
I’ve now shot with this lens a handful of times, and have come up with a pretty clear conclusion about it. Does it live up to my initial expectations?
I’ve been told by friends and colleagues that street photography came as a breath of fresh air into an otherwise mundane world of shooting landscapes and studio portraits, while many others, myself included, found it to be inherently uncomfortable in just about every way possible. Finding the beauty in the commonplace, and capturing it without disrupting your environment isn’t something that comes easily to all, but it seems we can all agree that there is a certain type of candid allure on the streets that simply can’t go undocumented.