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JPH Nikon F3 Diagram

Image by Bellamy Hunt. Used with permission.

Bellamy Hunt, the Japan Camera Hunter, recently published a diagram showing all the parts of the iconic Nikon F3 SLR from way back in the day. The diagram shows just how many parts and pieces went into its design and also show just how intensive it was to design and construct. You can see everything from the shutter unit, how the shutter wheel worked, the pentaprism, tne advance on the film, etc.

Mr. Hunt used the opportunity to tell the story of how he became the Japan Camera Hunter. He notes that it started with the Nikon F3 and falling in love with it. It inspired him so much that he wanted to find these awesome cameras and then re-sell them on the market–which is the bread and butter of his current business. Bellamy does a solid job, and has found things like rare Leica cameras with Nazi insignia.

Head on over to his site to see more of the Nikon F3 Diagram.


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One of our readers sent us a tip to let us know that the very rare Nikon 6mm f2.8 fisheye lens is available right now on eBay. The lens, which is literally able to see behind itself, is incredibly wide and is very rare because it is so specialized. The bidding is starting out at 49,990 Euro, and the lens overall seems to be in very good condition.

Earlier this year, another one of these lenses went on eBay too. As we state in our previous article:

Supposedly the lens was originally developed for special scientific and industrial use according to the seller’s description. This “special wider-than-180-degreee picture coverage [was] required for surveillance work, photographing the interiors of pipes, boilers, conduits, cylinder bores, and other constricted areas.”

Even cooler though is the fact that the owner shot a video with the Nikon D4s and the lens attached to show you what images from it look like.

More of the images and the video are after the jump, but head on over to eBay to see the lens for yourself.

- Thanks for the tip Kristoffer!


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Though kit zoom lenses are rarely the ones that you’d want to see tested by a lab, DxOMark today released their results on the Canon 55-250mm f4.5-5.6 IS STM–a lens that was announced a little over a year ago. And according to their results, it’s not looking too good. When scored against its closest competitors that the company has in their database from both Nikon and Sony the Canon lens falls a bit short. Nikon takes the lead and Sony just barely beats out Canon’s offering though shows itself to have the strongest sharpness of the three.

More of an analysis is after the jump.


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Review: Nikon D750

by Kevin Lee on 11/07/2014

Kevin-Lee The Phoblographer Nikon D750 Product Images (11 of 14)

The full frame camera world is getting a little bit bigger every year. Nikon and Canon introduced their respective entry level full frame cameras two years ago and now Nikon is at it again with a prosumer level DSLR labeled the D750.

The new camera fits snugly between the the entry level D610 without showing up the D810 made for professionals. As such it’s inherited a few features like the Nikon 810’s image processor and metering system. And yet it has Nikon’s newest autofocus system plus a faster 6.5 frame per second burst rate, which should make it the most viable camera for shooting sports outside of the Nikon D4s. Additionally the Nikon D750 also has a few new tricks of its own including a newly designed 24.3MP sensor, tilting screen, as well as being the first Nikon full frame camera to sport built-in Wi-Fi transmission.

On paper Nikon D750 looks like one of the most interesting DSLRs to come out in years—but is this camera all glitz and no substantive image quality? Find out in our review.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 7D Mk II first impressions images (1 of 7)ISO 2001-160 sec at f - 3.2

Today is a sad, sad day for many Canon users. Photo Rumors is reporting that the 7D Mk II’s sensor seems very subpar in comparison to many of the latest DSLRs and APS-C sensors. According to DxOMark the 7D Mk II, which received a modest megapixel bump from the earlier version should have performed amazingly given Canon’s history of innovation. Unfortunately, the sensor here is on par with that of much older cameras. In fact, the sensor from the Nikon D300s outperforms it in some ways.

To put this in perspective, the D300s was one of the first cameras that we reviewed on the site. That was almost five years ago.

More after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Phottix Indra 500 TTL first impressions (1 of 10)ISO 8001-60 sec at f - 2.8

We’ve been in touch with Phottix for many years about the delivery of a monolight to the mass market. It went through lots of changes and redesigns, but at Photokina 2014, the company announced their Indra 500 monolight. Like Profoto’s B1’s, this light is a monolight with TTL light transmission built into it. The fact that it outputs around 500 watt seconds also means that it can deliver as much light as many speedlights.

We had the chance to spend some quality time with the Indra 500 at Photo Plus 2014; and we walked away feeling that this has to be the most exciting monolight that we’ve seen in a while.

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