Nikon D7200 and ME-W1 Announced

Posted March 2nd, 2015 by   |  Photography, Software, video  |  Permalink
Nikon D7200

Image courtesy Nikon Corp.

Nikon today announced the D7200 digital SLR camera along with a new microphone and a new software package. The D7200 comes along

There are a few improvements to the camera over the D7100.
– Larger buffer capacity that will hold 18 RAW shots (14-bit)
– Improved 51-point AF system with -3 EV sensitivity (center point works at f/8)
– Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC
– Faster Expeed 4 processor
– Better battery life
– Improved 24 MP sensor
– No OLPF (optical low pass filter)
– Broader native ISO range (100 – 25,600)
– 6 fps frame rate (7 fps in crop mode)
– 150,000 cycle-rated shutter
– Full 1080p 60 video recording

In my opinion, the single most important thing Nikon did with the D7200 is add increased buffer capacity. Honestly, the most frustrating thing on the D7100 (and D750 for that matter) is the limited buffer capacity when shooting sports or wildlife. Now, with a decent buffer size of 18 14-bit RAW photos and a professional-level autofocus system, photographers have a real tool they can use for action photography. The buffer is also projected to hold 27 12-bit RAW or 100 JPEG photographs.

One of the things that surprises me is that Nikon didn’t add an articulating screen like they did with the D750. I use this screen all the time on my D750 and have found it to be a fantastic tool to use in the field.

D7200 back

Image courtesy Nikon Corp

Over the last two years, I have recommended the D7100 to hundreds of photographers and now the D7200 will get my wholehearted recommendation. If you own a D7000 or a D90 and are looking to upgrade your camera, then buying the D7200 is a no-brainer. On the other hand, if you have a D7100 and mostly shoot landscapes/portraits then it doesn’t make sense to upgrade to the D7200. If you own a D7100 and need the extra buffer capacity for sports/action/wildlife, then the D7200 is a great camera for you.

Pricing for the D7200 will be $1,199,95 for the body only, and $1,699.95 with the 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR kit lens.

D7200 top

Image courtesy Nikon Corp.

Nikon also introduced two other products that should garner some interest among shooters: Nikon View NX-i and the Nikon ME-W1 wireless lavalier microphone.

View NX-i is a new image browsing program that looks like it will replace View NX. Nikon says that it will allow users to browse RAW files that were adjusted by Capture NX-D while also allowing easy upload of images to social networks. More information here: http://nikon.com/news/2015/0302_soft_02.htm

NX-i

ME-W1

ME-W1 wireless microphone runs on AAA batteries. Image courtesy Nikon Corp.

ME-W1 in rain

The ME-W1 is designed to operate in all weather conditions. Image courtesy Nikon Corp.

The ME-W1 wireless microphone is a lavalier mic designed to be used in the outdoors under any weather conditions. Most professional wireless microphones aren’t designed to withstand the elements, so the ME-W1 will surely fill a gap in some videographer’s camera bags. Pricing for the ME-W1 will be $249.95.

Here are pre-purchase links for the products listed in this article

Nikon D7200 B&H Adorama
Nikon D7200 with 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR B&H Adorama
Nikon ME-W1 B&H Adorama





New Nikon D4 Video Training Series

Posted July 6th, 2013 by   |  Photography, video  |  Permalink

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Winston Hall, my good buddy and co-instructor at the Nikonians Academy, has just released a new video training series on the Nikon D4 camera. His previous video series on the Nikon D800/D800E was a resounding success and I’m proud to help him promote his newest effort. He’s selling these videos in three different formats:

1. DVD version
2. On-line Version
3. MP4 Download Version

Head over to his website to learn more about the videos or to order your own set.
http://www.shop.tunerphotography.com

Nikon D4 Training Video 1

Nikon D4 Training Video by Winston Hall

 





Supraflux Camera Stabilizer Kickstarter Campaign

Posted March 25th, 2013 by   |  Photography, video  |  Permalink

A few months back, I tested a mini camera stabilizer from a company called PicoSteady. I took the stabilizer with me to the Galapagos to shoot some video with my small Canon Vixia camcorder and it produced great results. Now, the designers of the PicoSteady are at it again with a new, larger camera stabilizer called the Supraflux. This new system is designed to work with larger dSLR Video cameras like the Nikon D800, D4, D600, and D7100.

Supraflux stabilizer

The new Supraflux camera stabilizer is designed to work with larger dSLR cameras.

One of the coolest innovations with the Supraflux is the new brake system that makes it simple to rotate the stabilizer while shooting. Other stabilizers on the market require you to press your thumb against a rubber pad to rotate the unit, but the Supraflux includes a small trigger that actuates an electrically operated brake for rotating the system. It looks like a very cool innovation.

Supraflux camera stabilizer

The Supraflux in action.

Click here to join in the Kickstarter campaign for the Supraflux: Supraflux Kickstarter Campaign

Click here to follow Supraflux: Supraflex website

Supraflux counter weights

The Supraflux comes with a large quantity of counter weights for balancing your video system





February 2013 Newsletter Posted

Posted February 22nd, 2013 by   |  Photography, video  |  Permalink

Head over to our newsletter page to read the February 2013 Visual Adventures Newsletter.

clearing storm

Clearing tornado storm clouds over Choctawhatchee Bay, Florda.

Topics in this month’s newsletter:

– Greetings
– Stuff I Like This Month
– Iceland and Africa 2013
– December/January GOAL Assignment: Groups
– February GOAL Assignment: Fitness Photography
– eBook Review: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom by Michael Clark
– Product Review: Sunwayfoto Tripod Head Leveling Base
– Digital Tidbits: Should You Use Adobe HDR Pro?
– Workshop and Business Updates

Direct Link: February 2013 Visual Adventures Newsletter

Sunwayfoto with Manfrotto 701HDV

Here’s the rig set up with the Manfrotto 701HDV video head.





Corey Rich Adventure Video With the Nikon D7000

Posted February 24th, 2012 by   |  Photography, video  |  Permalink
Corey Rich's adventure video in the extreme Alaskan wilderness was created with the Nikon D7000, 10.5mm fisheye, 10-24mm and 70-200mm.

Corey Rich's adventure video in the extreme Alaskan wilderness was created with the Nikon D7000, 10.5mm fisheye, 10-24mm and 70-200mm.

If you’ve ever questioned the capabilities of the Nikon D7000, then I encourage you to see this video that Corey Rich recently produced in the extreme Alaskan wilderness. His documentary is a testament to hard work, great vision, and more hard work! Just watching the video made me tired.

Click this for the direct link to the Nikon D7000 video by Corey Rich.

Corey Rich’s Website at www.coreyrich.com.





Phillip Bloom’s Room With A View

Posted March 16th, 2011 by   |  Photography, video  |  Permalink

I love this timelapse video taken by Director and Filmmaker Phillip Bloom. Lots of effort went into creating this video and it inspires me to do more time lapse work myself.

Room with a view: 1 year of timelapses from hotel windows from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.





Nikon Festival Winners

Posted January 27th, 2010 by   |  Photography, video  |  Permalink

nikonfestival

Nikon just finished up their Nikon Festival contest where they asked people to submit videos that captured the essence of their day in 140 seconds or less. It was a great contest with some really creative entries. Here are the winners!

http://www.nikonfestival.com/winners/





Followup to Newsletter

Posted December 7th, 2009 by   |  Technology, video  |  Permalink

In this month’s newsletter, I wrote a column about incorporating video with your photography. I forgot to put in a link to another great article at DP Review for learning about HD video. Thanks Jim for the reminder!

http://www.dpreview.com/learn/?/Guides/hd_beginners_guide_01.htm





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