Nikon Releases Firmware Update for Lower End DSLRs and P7700

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If you’ve got a Nikon D5100, D5200, D3100, or D3200 as well as a P7700, then you’ve got some updating to do. But no, you’re not getting a massive firmware update. Instead, this one has to do with juice.

The new firmware update brings with it more accurate battery life readings in addition to the battery life performance being optimized to allow the user to get more from one charge.

In all honesty, Nikon didn’t need this. When we reviewed these cameras, we found the battery life to be incredible. But now it’s even better.

Via Nikon Rumors

Nikon Updates Distortion Control Profiles on Many of its DSLRs

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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.

Version 1.09 is available for Nikon D4, D800(E), D90, D7000, D5100, D5000, D3200, and D3100 cameras.

Firmware download links: Mac | Windows

Installation instructions: Mac | Windows

Distortion control can usually be found in the green camera menu of your DSLR–but consult your manual just in case.

Via Nikon Rumors



Nikon Hackers Remove Time Limits for Video on the D3100, D5100 and D7000

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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.

Cheap Photo: Rebates That Will Make Your Spouse Force You To Sleep on the Couch

There are currently a bunch of rebates going on at B&H Photo; but here are some of the best.

– First off, there is a deal on the Canon 600 EX-RT when you purchase it with Adobe Lightroom 4. We recently reviewed that piece of software and overall found it to be favorable.

– There are also bundled rebates on the Canon T3i and T2i. We gave the T3i our editor’s choice award. If you don’t think that is the Canon DSLR for you, you should check out our buyer’s guide.

– Not to leave you Nikon users in the dark, there are also rebates on the D5100 and D3100. I own a D5100 and highly recommend it.

– T3i or D5100? We’ve got you covered.

– Panasonic’s most current mirrorless cameras are all available with rebates.

– There is a one day special today on SanDisk SD cards.

The Complete Nikon D3100 Review

This is it, and it looks good, the Nikon D3100. When I had my first hands-on I had hopes for this camera. Nikon did not let me down. If you are looking to buy an entry level DSLR camera, or a low cost one, the Nikon D3100 will be on your list. I have used it thoroughly, and had more fun with the Nikon D3100 than I thought I would. The Nikon D3100 has improved on the D3000, which I did not like. With its size, 11 points of autofocus, 95% viewer coverage, great metering, ISO capabilities and 14 megapixel CMOS DX sensor, it’s a very capable camera .

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Field Review: Nikon D3100 (Day 8)

The Nikon D3100 takes great pictures but let us not forget it shoots video also. On this entry level DSLR, we get HD Video. The Nikon D3100creates 1080p video and gives decent results under ideal settings. It makes 1,920 x 1080 (Full HD) 24p (23.976fps) files by default. The camera also shoots in frames sizes down to 40 x 424 (SD) 24p (23.976fps) All modes give a maximum recording time of 10 minutes.

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Field Review: Nikon D3100 (Day 7)

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The Nikon D3100, even as an entry level,  is a great multipurpose camera.  I work well in taking portraits, food photography, and product photography. It works well with a flash and external lighting. The Nikon D3100 can be used in a studio situation, a restaurant or even with a strobe light. Continue reading…

Field Review: Nikon D3100 (Day 6)

In my time with the Nikon D3100, I had an interesting thought. It will make a nice family DSLR. A camera like the D3100 can play many roles in a family without breaking the bank. It’s features, menus  and ease of use make it an ideal camera to capture special moments. The camera is a great photography training tool for that your photographer in your life also.. Continue reading…

Field Review: Nikon D3100 (Day 5)

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The Nikon D3100 is an entry-level DSLR. The most important component next to the body is the lens or lenses it comes with. For this review, we have two lenses to highlight: the Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and the Nikon 55-200mm VR AF-S f/4-5.6G ED. I recently took them out for some low light photography and achieved decent results. Continue reading…

Field Review: Nikon D3100 (Day 4)

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It was a cold, quiet, crisp morning in my hometown: the type of day I would usually shoot with my 50mm lens on my D90. After a little thought and a cup of tea I put my Nikon 50mm F/1.8 D lens on the D3100. We love 50mm Prime lenses here on The Phoblographer. They are low cost and great to shoot with. We have written a few posts on this subject. I thought it would be interesting to use my 50mm F/1.8 to shoot some Bokeh and have some fun.

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Field Review Nikon D3100 (Day 3)

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Next in this review: an ISO test. The Nikon D3100 has a higher ISO capability than its predecessor the D3000. Its maximum is IS0 3200 and can go up to ISO 128000 when set to HI 2. I started shooting high ISO’s from day one with this camera. The quality of the images at ISO 800 is very nice with little to no noise. Before reading, you can take a look at Day 2 in this series. Continue reading…

Hands On: Nikon P7000, Samples with D7000 and D3100

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Being a Nikon shooter, Photo Plus Expo 2010 in New York City was an excellent time for me to visit Nikont. Nikon has new lenses like the their 24mm F/1.4 which we reviewed not too long ago, as well as the 35mm F/1.4 and their 85mm F/1.4. I got to see some incredible examples of what these lenses could do. I was able to get sample images with the Nikon D7000 and D3100 which I talked about in a post several weeks ago. I also finally got my hands on the P7000. There was no news on the next full frame from Nikon.

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Canon and Nikon Instant Rebates Available

It’s official, amongst the top searches on this site are Canon 7D and T2i reviews. Now, there is a rebate available until November 24th. If you’re interested in getting your hands on some Nikon goodness, you may also want to check out what B&H has available until October 30th. We had hands on with the D3100 before: check it out if you’d like. Take a look and help support the site.

Nikon D3000 Instant Rebates

D3000 with 18-55mm VR Lens $50 Instant Rebate
D3000 with 18-55mm VR & 55-200mm f/4-5.6G AF-S Kit $150 Instant Rebate
D3000 with 18-55mm VR & 55-200mm f/4-5.6G AF-S VR Kit $ 150.00 $150 Instant Rebate

Nikon D3100 Instant Rebates

D3100 with 18-55mm VR & 55-200mm G Lenses $100 Instant Rebate
D3100 with 18-55mm & 55-200mm VR Lenses $100 Instant Rebate
D3100 with 18-55mm & 70-300mm VR Lenses $200 Instant Rebate

Nikon D5000 Instant Rebates

D5000 with 18-55mm VR Lens $50 Instant Rebate
D5000 with 18-55mm VR & 55-200mm Lenses $150 Instant Rebate
Nikon D5000 with 70-300mm VR f/4-5.6G Lens $200 Instant Rebate
D5000 with 18-55mm VR & 70-300mm VR Lenses $250 Instant Rebate

Nikon D90 Instant Rebates

Nikon D90 body $50 Instant Rebate
Nikon D90 w/NIKKOR 18-105mm VR kit $50 Instant Rebate
Nikon D90 with Nikon 18-105mm VR & 55-200mm f/4-5.6G Lenses $150 Instant Rebate
Nikon D90 with Nikon 18-105mm VR and 55-200mm Lenses $150 Instant Rebate
D90 SLR Digital Camera Kit with Nikon 55-200mm VR Lens $150 Instant Rebate
D90 with Nikon 18-105mm VR Lens & 70-300mm VR Lens $250 Instant Rebate
D90 SLR Digital Camera Kit with Nikon 70-300 VR Lens $250 Instant Rebate
D90 SLR Digital Camera Kit with 18-200mm VR II Lens $300 Instant Rebate

Nikon D300s Instant Rebates

70-300mm VR lens kit $200 Instant Rebate
18-200mm VR lens kit $250 Instant Rebate
16-35mm lens kit $300 Instant Rebate
24-70mm lens kit $300 Instant Rebate
14-24mm lens kit $400 Instant Rebate
70-200mm VR II lens kit $400 Instant Rebate
18-200mm VR lens + 70-300mm VR lens kit $450 Instant Rebate
24-70mm lens + 70-200mm VR II lens kit $700 Instant Rebate
14-24mm lens + 24-70mm lens kit $700 Instant Rebate

Nikon D700 Instant Rebates

70-300mm VR lens kit $200 Instant Rebate
16-35mm lens kit $300 Instant Rebate
24-70mm lens kit $300 Instant Rebate
70-200mm VR II lens kit $400 Instant Rebate
16-35mm lens + 70-200mm VR II lens kit $700 Instant Rebate
24-70mm lens + 70-200mm VR II lens kit $700 Instant Rebate
16-35mm lens + 24-70mm lens + 70-200mm lens kit $1000 Instant Rebate
Canon EOS Rebel XS Instant Rebates
Rebel XS with 18-55mm IS Lens Kit $50 Instant Rebates
Rebel XS with 18-55mm IS Lens & 75-300mm III Lens $150.00 Instant Rebate
Rebel XS with 18-55mm IS Lens & 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Lens $200.00 Instant Rebate
Canon EOS Rebel T1i Instant Rebates
Rebel T1i with 18-55mm IS Lens Kit $50 Instant Rebate
Rebel T1i with 18-55mm IS Lens & 75-300mm III Lens $150 Instant Rebate
Rebel T1i with 18-55mm IS Lens & 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Lens $200 Instant Rebate
Canon EOS Rebel T2i Instant Rebates
Rebel T2i with 18-55mm IS Lens Kit $50 Instant Rebate
EOS Rebel T2i with 18-55mm IS Lens & 75-300mm III Lens $150 Instant Rebate
EOS Rebel T2i with 18-55mm IS Lens & 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Lens $200 Instant Rebate

Canon EOS 7D Instant Rebates
Canon EOS 7D (Body Only) $100 Instant Rebate
EOS 7D SLR with 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens $100 Instant Rebate
EOS 7D with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens Kit $100 Instant Rebate
EOS 7D with 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens $200 Instant Rebate
EOS 7D with 28-135mm IS & 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens $200 Instant Rebate
EOS 7D with EF-S 18-135mm IS & 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens $200 Instant Rebate

Nikon Announces New Lenses and D3100 Camera

Today, Nikon has announced an update to their lens line as well as a new DSLR, the D3100. Most prominently, the D3100 features full-time auto focus modes while recording video. The lenses include an update to the aging 85mm F1.4 and the new 24-120mm F4 VR ED targeted towards professionals.

UPDATE: SOME ITEMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR ORDER. SEE POSTING!

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