Trevor Dobson Takes Amazing Astro Photos With Entry Level Gear

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“…I found it really hard to even get out of bed; I’d just turn off my alarm and go back to sleep”, says Trevor Dobson when talking about his initial nights doing astrophotography. A self-confessed hobbyist photographer, he meticulously plans his astro trips, as he’s often on the road for many hours. Combine that with the time spent doing post-production, and you begin to realize how much effort Dobson puts in to create his stunning photographs.

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Nikon Releases Firmware Update for Lower End DSLRs and P7700


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


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.

Review: Rokinon 8mm f3.5 Fisheye (For Nikon)

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I was extremely pleased with the Rokinon 85mm f1.4 and to this day still believe that it is one of the best lenses I’ve tested. So when the new 8mm f3.5 fisheye was announced, I was pleasantly surprised to test it out. Being an all manual lens and coupled with the Nikon D5100’s electronic rangefinder abilities, I thought to myself that this lens has to perform exceptionally well.

And then the testing began…

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Review: Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 VC (Nikon Mount)

The Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 VC is an extremely popular lens amongst budget conscious users. With a constant f2.8 aperture throughout its zoom range and the added value of having vibration compensation it’s not hard to see why consumers spring for this lens. Designed for those with APS-C sized sensor cameras, the equivalent focal range on a Nikon DSLR such as the D5100 is around 25.5-75mm; making it an essential event and workhorse lens for many pros and semi-professionals.

But is all perfect with the lens?

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Review: Nikon D5100

Not long ago, I gave in and purchased a Nikon D5100 for the reasons of wanting to expand coverage on this site a bit more. Why this over the D7000? Cost, for one (it’s refurbished); and similar results in terms of image quality were both very appealing to me. Additionally, I don’t own an entry level DSLR at all though I’ve used many of them. So this is also my experience with trying to upgrade and move up along the line with a new camera system.

Since purchasing the camera, I haven’t regretted it. But it hasn’t been such a joy either.

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