Sony a7R II – Nikon and Canon DSLR Killer?

Posted June 10th, 2015 by   |  Photography  |  Permalink
Sony a7R II

The Sony a7R II packs a punch with 42 megapixels, 4k video and 5-axis VR.

Sony announced a doozy of a camera today with the Sony a7R II. The specification list reads as if Sony is ready to kill off all the DSLRs from Nikon and Canon. The a7R II is impressive and I have to wonder how long it will take until Nikon and Canon respond with something new of their own to match this impressive feature set.

– 42 megapixels back-illuminated CMOS sensor
– Full frame
– ISO 50 – 102,400
– 5-axis in-camera image stabilization
– 399 phase detection AF points and 25 contrast points
– Tilting monitor
– 4k video
– Shutter speed 30s – 1/8000s
– Flash sync 1/250s
– 5fps frame rate
– Built-in Wi-Fi

Sony a7R II front lens mount

The Sony a7R II will be available in August 2015 for approximately $3200. Sony will also release a total of 8 new FE full-frame lenses by early 2016.

Adorama pre-order link: Sony a7R II at Adorama

B&H pre-order link: Sony a7R at B&H Photo Video

Sony a7R II articulating screen.

The Sony a7R II articulating screen will be extremely useful for video work.

Nikon Announces the D810

Posted June 26th, 2014 by   |  Photography, Technology  |  Permalink

Nikon D810

Nikon just announced the new D810 today and will be shipping the 36.3 MP camera as early as July 17th. Order at B&H here using this link: D810 at B&H Photo Video. Price is slated to be $3,299.95 for the body only. This new camera has quite a few significant improvements over the Nikon D800/D800E models and I consider it to be a solid update to an already impressive camera. Nikon has done a good job on the D810 and I highly recommend this camera system.

Most photographers will really appreciate the new ISO range from ISO 32 to ISO 51,200. Iso 6432will allow shooting long exposures of ocean scenes and waterfalls while ISO 51,200 allows low light photography and videography. Another significant update is the new image processor called EXPEED 4. the EXPEED 4 is over 30% faster than the EXPEED 3 so practically speaking that means you’ll be able to photograph more frames in a row before the buffer fills up. Speaking of frame rate, the D810 increases its maximum frame rate to 5 frames per second compared to the D800’s 4 fps.

Nikon eliminated the anti-aliasing / optical low pass filter over the sensor, so overall clarity and sharpness should be stunning. And other big improvement is the addition of electronic front curtain shutter, which will eliminate shutter-induced vibration when using the live view mode. This is a big boon for macro photographers and long lens shooters.

The D810 introduces a new RAW file format called S RAW which is a compressed 12-bit file designed to take up less space on your memory cards and hard drives. Another of the big updates from Nikon is the autofocus system has been upgraded to be the same as the new D4S. Included in this new upgrade is the brand-new group area autofocus that uses a cluster of four focusing sensors.

For video shooters, the Nikon D800 has truly become a multimedia machine. It now boasts automatic ISO adjustments Wyland manual mode, 60 frames per second shooting at 1080P, ability to video at ISO 12,800, and a longer battery life that will allow up to 40 minutes of recording time. Also, the D810 Will have the ability to display zebra stripes which will show video shooters where potential highlights are located in the frame.


Top of Nikon D810

back of Nikon D810



Nikon has put together a great PDF comparing the differences between the D800 and D810 here: Nikon D800/D800E vs. D810 Comparison Sheet.

D810 comparison

Check out the sample photos from the new camera on Nikon’s Flickr feed. They have included all EXIF data so you’ll be able to see what settings were used, including those with low and high ISOs. Nikon D810 Sample Images on Flickr. Here are examples of some of the images from Nikon:

© Lucas Gilman

© Lucas Gilman

© Junji Takasago

© Junji Takasago

© Miss Aniela

© Miss Aniela

© Miss Aniela

© Miss Aniela


Nikon D810 Introduction Video by Nikon Product Manager Lindsay Silverman

Dream Park – Nikon D810 Promo Video

Nikon D810 – Behind the scenes of an adventure shoot with Lucas Gilman

Nikon D810 – Behind the scenes of a fantasy fashion shoot with Miss Aniela

Nikon is also putting together a D810 DSLR Filmmaker’s Kit that includes a variety of lenses, video recorder, filters and microphone. You can order the kit at B&H here: Nikon D810 Filmmaker’s Kit.

Here’s what’s included in the kit:

– AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED Lens
– AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens
– AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Lens
– Atomos Ninja 2 Video Recorder
– ME-1 Stereo Microphone
– Tiffen 58mm Variable ND Filter
– Tiffen 67mm Variable ND Filter
– HC-E1 18″ HDMI Cable
– Two EN-EL15 Li-Ion Batteries

D810 filmmakers kit




The Nikon D800 is Here

Posted February 7th, 2012 by   |  Photography, Technology  |  Permalink


After a long wait, the new Nikon D800 is here. The camera has quite an impressive resume and will be a boon for photographers who need super-high resolution in a moderately-sized body. All of the initial reports from photographers who shot the D800 advertising campaign are glowing. They are all fawning over the amazing resolution and massive file sizes.

Keep in mind that this camera is not for everyone. If you shoot sports or action, then I don’t recommend this as your main body since it “only” shoots at 4 frames per second. Also, if you are looking for a camera to record snap shots from your vacation or cruise, then it probably isn’t the right choice either because of the massive file size of each image. However, if you are a dedicated landscape or studio/advertising photographer, then it should definitely be at the top of your list. The D800’s 36 MP sensor will create files that open at over 200 MB each in Photoshop!

You should also keep in mind that the larger image files will require more computing power. You’ll probably need an upgrade in RAM and potentially CPU processing. That goes with the territory though and has now become par for the course after each new leap forward in camera technology.

Here are some links for Nikon D800 news:
Rob Van Petten
DPReview Article
Rob Galbraith Article
Cliff Mautner
John Wright
Joy Ride Promotion Video shot with D800
Nikon USA website

I ordered mine this morning. You can order your’s today from B&H using our affiliate links:

Nikon D800

Nikon D800E

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