Letters to the Editor: Problems with an Older Camera

Letters to the Editor is a recurring series where Chris answers specific emails/letters that could benefit more than one photographer, interesting questions or questions that come in often. Have a question? Send it to chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com with subject: Letter to the Editor: (Your name here).

You guys, this is the last edition of Letters to the Editor because I’ve decided to become a professional pizza photographer: travelling all around the United States to take pictures of the beautiful food in hopes that when I start a blog about it that someone like PaPa John’s or Dominos will buy me out.

I’m kidding; I’m just hungry!

Today’s Letter comes from Emmanuel, who is having a problem with his Nikon DSLR. In fact, it seems to really be having some big problems.

Also, super big important announcement: I tend to get an overwhelming amount of email, but if you want your letter shared here in this weekly column, I NEED your permission to do so by asking you to simply follow the directions up above. Thanks!

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Magic Lantern is Hacking Nikon Cameras, RAW Video Possible

My Nikon D700

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.

Sample video is after the jump.

Via Planet 5D

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Nikon Releases Firmware Updates For Older Cameras to Support the New 800mm


If you’re an owner of an older Nikon DSLR and refuse to upgrade, note that the company is helping you out in at least one way. First off, you’re getting a new firmware update today if you’re a D300, D300s, and D700 user. The firmware update details state, “Support for the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR has been added.”

Nikon is also giving a firmware update to their P7700 camera users. The fix has to do with the ISO being locked in at 80 when set to Auto ISO, the camera set to manual and a speedlight in the hot shoe. We’re not sure who exactly is doing this, but oh well!

All firmware updates are available at their according links in this piece.

Via Nikon Rumors

My Discontinued D700 Lives On

Yesterday Nikon officially discontinued my Nikon D700. I have owned her since the first week that she came out in mid 2008. Yes I keep referring to her as her and not an it because like a lot of us who travel alone we become attached. Yesterday, when the announcement happened surprisingly my D700 didn’t just up and die. Today’s modern digital cameras are becoming very similar to yesterdays film cameras. We are at a point where the technology is so good that these items wont become irrelevant after their lifecycle.

I have been viewing Ming Thein’s “Inspirations from an older cameras” series and it reminds me how these cameras will live on as long as we put them to work. If you haven’t seen Ming’s series please take a look here and enjoy browsing.

Battle of the 85mm Lenses: Canon 85mm f1.8 vs Nikon 85mm f1.8

I was recently able to test fire and show a couple of sample images with the new Nikon 85mm f1.8 on my D5100, however I also was able to get my hands on a D700. Being a Canon 5D Mk II and 85mm f1.8 USM owner, I decided to put the two lenses in a non-scientific and totally practical test using all available light at around 7pm in NYC and only shooting at f4 and wider for a portrait.

So how did the two lenses perform?

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Nikon Announces D800/D800E; Relieves Angry Fanboys’ Frustrations

Nikon finally announced what all the fanboys and girls were waiting for after leaks of the worst kept secret ever: the Nikon D800 full frame successor to the D700. Sporting a new 36.3MP full frame CMOS sensor, 91,000 pixel RGB sensor (metering), and an advanced Scene recognition system, it sounds like the camera that lots of enthusiasts and pros alike have been asking for.

More images and specs after the jump; but if you want to read the press release, check out Nikon’s press room section.

Available for Pre-order at B&H Photo: D800 and D800E

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Shooting The Presidents of the United States With Nikon as a Canon Shooter

Concerts are where you go to see some artists truly just be themselves, and capture it on camera if you’re allowed to. I’ve shot concerts before, mostly with Canon gear. However, I’ve also used the Nikon D300s and D3s: but this was a while ago. To keep my knowledge of the other system fresh, I borrowed a co-worker’s D700and 24-70mm F/2.8 ED for a week. Here are some of the experiences I had while shooting the Presidents of the United States promote their new song for the Pokemon Black and White release.

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Pentax K-5 Beats Out Canon 5D Mk II, 7D, Nikon D700, D300s

Go to DXoMark, and try this out yourself: you’ll see that the Pentax K-5has beat out the Canon 5D Mark IIand the Nikon D700DSLR cameras with full frame sensors. Mind you, the K-5 has a smaller APS-C sized sensor. After that, pit the K-5 against the Nikon D300sand the Canon 7Dand you’ll start to become even more amazed. Not long ago, Pentax disappointed many of their customers with the K-7. Then the K-xcame out and it began to wow them. After this, the company released the 645D along with the Pentax K-rand the K-5. With the results of what the new sensor is capable of, it seems that the company is poised to fight back. The cameras now rank very high up on DXo’s highest score listings. More after the jump.

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