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  • The Nikon news of the week has been the launch of Nikon Festival - a new website where you can submit a 140 seconds video for a chance to win $100k. Chase Jarvis is one of the judges:

Full press release after the break:

Actor Rainn Wilson, Photographer Chase Jarvis and Internet Evangelist �iJustine� to Judge 140-second Video Submissions
Winner Given Chance to Pursue Their Dream with $100,000 Award

MELVILLE, N.Y. (Nov. 10, 2009) �Nikon Inc. today announced the launch of a new integrated marketing campaign that includes the first ever �Nikon Festival� to celebrate, inspire and harness the current popularity of content creation shared through social media.

As a progressive social media innovator and D-SLR market leader, Nikon is challenging budding filmmakers to upload 140 second short-form video with the theme �A Day through Your Lens� to�www.NikonFestival.com and follow @nikonfestival on Twitter for a chance to win up to $100,000 and Nikon equipment to pursue and chronicle their dreams.

Nikon advertising star, Ashton Kutcher, will contribute to the Nikon Festival by sharing his personally shot video taken with the D5000, which captures his recent visit to Africa. The Festival will be supported by a national TV broadcast and online advertising campaign and will run through the end of the year. The Festival video submission period begins November 10 and will be open for entries for a six-week period.

�The Nikon Festival represents the progressive nature of our brand in merging social media with innovative products as a way to engage and empower aspiring photographers and filmmakers,� said Lisa Baxt, Senior Communications Manager for Nikon Inc. "Nikon is committed to advancing HD video with the D5000 and other products and supporting it with an integrated marketing program that has a strong impact and is viral in nature. As part of this campaign, the Festival presents the opportunity for current and future Nikon customers to tell their story with HD video.�

Nikon has also enlisted influencers from TV, photography and social media to serve as official Festival judges. Each will also share personal videos shot with a Nikon D-SLR camera, including actor/writer Rainn Wilson, Internet personality Justine Ezarik (iJustine), and visionary photographer Chase Jarvis. The Nikon Festival entries will be judged in December and winners will be announced in January.

�As an actor and avid writer, I applaud Nikon�s creation of this Festival to advance the accessibility of thought-sharing and self expression to aspiring filmmakers and photographers,� said Rainn Wilson. �I think this is a unique way for people to initiate dialogue on topics they care about, while gaining exposure for their work. I�m excited to check out the videos people submit and will be tweeting throughout the Festival.�

Upload �A Day through Your Lens� Video As guided by the video submissions of Ashton Kutcher and Festival judges, entrants are challenged to create videos in 140 seconds or less, capturing the essence of a day in their life, whether funny, profound or inspirational. As videos are uploaded, they can be automatically shared with entrants� social networks, including Twitter and Facebook, allowing instantaneous campaigning for views and votes. Although entrants are not required to use a specific camera, judges will be providing direction to meet the criteria of image quality, originality and ability to capture a day through their lens in 140 seconds.

Change Your Life in 140 Seconds or Less Festival entrants will have the opportunity to win one of two awards: an audience award and a judges� award. The winning video selected by the Festival judges will be awarded $100,000 and Nikon equipment to pursue and chronicle their dreams. Additionally, the video getting the highest average rating and most audience views will be awarded the $25,000 Audience Award and Nikon equipment. Entrants of the Festival, found at�www.NikonFestival.com, are encouraged to use social media platforms, including Twitter and Facebook, to share submissions and gain views and votes. Terms and conditions can be found at�www.NikonFestival.com.

For more information on the Nikon Festival and other information on products from Nikon, please visithttp://www.nikonusa.com. Follow the Festival on Twitter at the address: @nikonfestival.

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

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  • QP

    The D3s vs D700 comparison was good, but the two cameras were set to different noise reduction levels. He needs to redo the test with both cameras on the same settings.

    • http://www.iamron.com Ron Adair

      Agreed. I came here to comment for that very reason. The noise comparison was a hatchet job – the D3s had noise reduction set to something other than off (probably normal or high), where the D700 had noise reduction set to off by best estimates.

      In addition, the color temp. settings were either way off from eachother, or the D3s’ color rendering is inferior to the D700′s. I’m certain it’s the former, as the two cameras most likely use the same chip.

      Like I said – hatchet job.

      • GlobalGuy

        Its not a hatchet job. Thats way too dramatic. The D700 is quite BAD looking above 6400. I know, because I have a D700, and I hate using it at 6400. The D3s, regardless of this one guys settings issues, clearly showed it can perform at Higher ISOs — and, indeed, that is what it was developed to do. Even with “smudging” (noise reduction) on, the D700 could not compare to these results — nor would one expect it too.

        I am really pleased to see that Nikon is progressing quite well with its technology. These results look great. This is an intermediate step between camera body models, and the results show that when our next gen Nikon body purchases are made, whenever that may be for any of us, that we are in quite good hands.

        Kudos to Nikon. It looks fantastic. Nikon is going in the right direction and doing the right things in the right increments for a company that must be sure footed in its walk.

        Now that Nikon has improved ISO (s) and added megapixels (x), I just wonder when are they going to improve other basic aspects like flash synch. I like this trend of improving the whole camera — not just adding megapixels.

        • http://www.iamron.com Ron Adair

          I agree with many of your points re: Nikon and the direction they’re heading, but I have to disagree that the mistakes he made in his tests are irrelevant.

          I, too, have the D700, and the difference between high iso shots with NR on and those without NR is pretty significant. That alone is enough to skew the results dramatically. I am not saying this test proves that the D3s doesn’t perform better than the D700. But you cannot say that it proves the D3s IS better if you’re basing your point on this same test. I imagine the D3s is better, but by how much no one knows until a true test is performed. With the mistakes Will Cheung made in this series of test shots, I’m surprised he published the results at all.

          This test is the equivalent of testing a 2009 model Chevy Truck 4×4 against a new 2010 model which has better 4 wheel drive capabilities. Except the new (2010) truck has chains on for the test, while the old one doesn’t. Clearly, this would make any results completely irrelevant.

          I’ll leave the color issues alone since they’re not as big of a deal, but c’mon – they are completely different, and frankly the D700 looks miles ahead on the skin tones. Again, this is somewhat less relevant, but still looks really bad from a testing standpoint. This isn’t a test anymore, but flawed conjecture.

          And for the record – I don’t look at the aggressive noise reduction on the D3s shots as a plus – if there is no option to turn off that NR when using the normal iso range (up to 12,800), then I call foul on Nikon for turning their high iso photography into nothing more than a gimmick, just like Canon. I suspect this isn’t the case, and that the NR was set on high only because Will was using the D3s in JPEG mode.

  • woble

    Lee holder for 14-24 looks very promising. Closed rear, unlike the one from Cokin, means no light from behind can get through. Hopefully the price will be reasonable. Paying 600 USD for something like that from Cokin is just simply ridiculous. No matter how much your gear costs.

    • David

      Agreed. the 14-24mm lens is a wonderful lens and I would love the ability to use GND filter with it, but I don’t want to pay a silly price for it . . .

    • Dweeb

      Glad to see some one else noticed the insane price on the Cokin. However Lee aren’t exactly known for competitive pricing. Unfortunately no pola ability still is the deal breaker for me. I was shooting a few days ago with grads on the 12-24 and the 14-24 sitting dormant in my pocket. I wonder if there are restrictions like the Conkin as well. I think that’s capped at 18mm FX.

  • http://www.iamron.com Ron Adair

    That first link has a great comparison shot between the new 70-200 VRII and the old 70-200 VR. I had the old version, and fortunately it was stolen. Fortunate because I went back to the old 80-200 2.8 two-touch which is much sharper. Unfortunate because I couldn’t sell my first 70-200 to put toward the new version now. :(

    Finally, the bokeh looks like bokeh, and not the result of cheap vaseline smeared on the lens. Check it out:

    http://wedshooter.tv/blog/pictures/d3s_vr2/VR2-vs-VR-sharpness_small.jpg

    • David

      the sample you posted is from a 800 ISO setup, and quite frankly I think the VR version was a bit out of focus? Here is the full review (http://wedshooter.tv/blog/review-of-d3s-70-200vr-ii/), and from looking at the ISO 400, the VR image looks a lot more focused. This leads me to believe that the shaprness issue at 800 was more of a camera factor than lens factor. That said, the the faster AF and the shaper coners are reasons enough for me to upgrade (along with my totally unjustifiable and ridiculous need to have the latest lens).

      • http://www.iamron.com Ron Adair

        I don’t see a 400 iso sample. Are you referring to the 6400 VRII setup?

        Also, if the older lens is indeed a bit out of focus in the link I provided, then that further illustrates my point. The older VR 70-200 rendered bokeh near the focal plane about as well as my grandma speaks italian – that is to say, it didn’t. When an object was just out of focus (especially when the object falling out of focus was in front of your focal plane) the lens rendered what looked like a sharp image that had been smudged with 50% opacity in photoshop. It was ugly, distracting, and looked a bit like the lens baby’s bokeh. See the link in my last post to see exactly what I mean. Additionally, the lens never really gave sharp results at lower apertures. At 2.8, the lens was virtually unusable. This was quite a departure from Nikon’s previous lenses in the 80-200 lineup.

        BUT – the shot of the figurine using the older 80-200 VR, I can almost guarantee, is not out of focus. I say this because that was the sharpest I was ever able to get at close focusing distance, and often at further focusing distances. I realize that copies within a lens version can differ in quality, but I’ve never been super impressed with that lens in general. By the looks of it, and it sounds like you agree, the new lens looks like a major step up from the prior version. The new lens now looks to be on par with the older 80-200 2.8 heritage. Thankfully.

        • PHB

          I strongly suspect that when the 70-200 VR was being designed, the priority was to make a lens for DX format digital which was then Nikon’s format of choice.

          I suspect that the ‘defects’ in the older zoom are mostly the result of optimizing it for a future DX-only lineup with FX support being something that is provided on telephoto lenses because there are still some film shooters out there and the cost of supporting them on a lens 70mm or longer is negligible.

          So now they are back making FX lenses, a version of the lens optimized for FX makes perfect sense.

          I would be buying one, only I have the 10-200 focal length range covered pretty well and would prefer to get something that covers 200-400 or better yet, 200-500. And after that my priority will be a lens with the best possible bokeh, which is likely to mean a prime rather than a zoom.

          Would be very interested to see how the bokeh of this lens stands up to the 85mm f/1.4 which seems to be the gold standard.

      • http://www.iamron.com Ron Adair

        Also from his own words (found this just now):

        “It is important to note that the new lens also eliminated the fringing and ghosting that is so evidently shown in images from the 70-200 VR lens. Pay attention to the groom figurine to see my point.

 In this particular test, I find the VR2 give details and sharpness at f/2.8 that the VR can only match at f/8.”

        This is in line with my experience using that lens.

  • David

    I know this is totally random and off the subject, but I wish Pocket Wizard would make a Radio/IR transmitter that allows the camera to control both shoe flash and monolights alike with just one transmitter on camera without having to attach a receiver to a flash unit. Or, I’ll also settle for a SU-800 with radio transmitter option for controlling power packs . . .

  • PHB

    A point that the ‘FX crowd’ could do to bear in mind is that only a very small proportion of those 10 million DSLRs are going to be pro bodies and of those only a vanishingly small number is going to be full frame and an even smaller number flagship bodies.

    OK Nikon makes about 12,000 flagship bodies a month which is not such a small number but only 1.5% of the total. D300 capacity was 60,000 at launch which would be 7.5% of the total.

    http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/content_page.asp?cid=7-8742-9087

    Even if you double these figures assuming that there has been more growth in the pro segment, the D3000 and D5000 are far and away the biggest sellers Nikon makes.

    A little while back we had howls of protest at the idea of a revision of the 18-200 superzoom. That’s the one that sells a million a year, probably the biggest selling lens sold on its own as opposed to as part of a body kit. Well if you are making 16 million lenses a year, only a very small number are going to be f/2.8 constant aperture zooms and ultra-teles.

    So could we have just a bit less whining when Nikon update the DX line that makes most of the money that goes to make the halo effect models?

    • mnm

      Agreed 100%, but no point trying to explain this to those people who have never run a business and so have little idea about why Nikon makes the choices it does. They will just keep complaining and threaten to move to Canon.

    • another anonymous

      Yes, fully agree. The development costs money and that are coming from selling a lot of gear what is mainly that less pricy class wich has much more customers. We should never whine about this class progress when we want our dreams to be true.

  • PTG

    This google translation is great. It does not work for English only, but apparently in all languages: french, german, serbian, russian, japanese, thai, … Leica ia Nikon everywhere.
    I am not completely sure about Hebrew, since I was not able to deciper it. :-)

  • Patros

    Your sentence “This year Nikon expects to sell 10 million DSLRs, 16 million interchangeable lenses and 98 million compact digital cameras” is absolutely wrong… Nikon Corporation expects the total market worldwide would “be” 10 million DSLRs, 16 million interchangeable lenses and 98 million compact digital cameras… … Nikon cameras are only a part of this numbers… around 35% of the total DSLR market for example… thus Nikon Imaging expects to sell cca 3,5 mil. DSLR bodies … not “10 milion”… :)

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ [NR] admin

      My understanding is that they are talking about Nikon’s forecast only:

      “Regarding estimated market size for the current year, we have upwardly revised our forecast for digital SLR cameras and interchangeable lenses to 10 million and 16 million units, respectively, and have revised our forecast for compact digital cameras downwards to 98 million units.”

      • Patros

        No. They are talking about “market forecast”… reread their english financial report at the link You provided, please… (http://www.nikon.com/about/ir/ir_library/result/qa/2010_2q/index.htm)

        + check out their financial results reports from 2008… 2007 … :)

        + just think twice about the number “98 million units” … can You imagine what an unbelievable number of total units (compact digital cameras) worldwide would have to be sold each year, if that number would be for Nikon compact digital cameras only?… Nikon even isn’t the number one in compact cameras worldwide… :) … add Canon, Panasonic, Sony, Kodak, Olympus, Casio, Sanyo, Samsung, Pentax, Ricoh… (etc) … compact digital cameras to that number… ;-)

      • Patros

        + I like Your website a lot… but I would expect from an admin of such a website to know a little bit better…

        … sorry for being that “rough” with You ;-)

        • http://nikonrumors.com/ [NR] admin

          Patros, you are correct – I removed that portion of the post, the text I quoted from Nikon’s site was really confusing for me. I’ve said it before – I do not know everything and sometimes I screw things up. Constructive criticism like yours is aways welcome, no hard feelings here.

          • Patros

            “The Main Problem” is their english translation of the originally japanese text… I think… :) … … wish you only the best…

      • Patros

        … have a look at their “Nikon Group – Industry Review by Business Segment” document at:

        http://www.nikon.com/about/ir/ir_library/fb/pdf/fb2009/09fb_e04.pdf

        Page 13 : Imaging Company – Shipment / Sales Units of Nikon Cameras and Interchangeable Lenses … (In Thousand Units)

      • Patros

        + please bear in mind: Nikon Corporation is a traditional japanese company… They “put their financial results together” in japanese first… the link You mentioned as a “source” is only an english translation (and not the best one at that) they have to publish simultaneously as a “Global Company”…

        The original “source”: http://www.nikon.co.jp/main/jpn/profile/ir/ir_library/result/qa/2010_2q/index.htm

  • Anonymous

    Damnit I want to participate in this contest but I live in canada.. wow this is ridiculous.

  • Birks

    Boo, the Nikon Festival video competition is only open to you Americans!

  • http://www.jbjonesphotography.com John B Jones

    What about the Snow Leopard users waiting for Camera Control Pro to be fixed?

  • NikoRyan

    OMG, I just got one of the SanDisk 8 GB CF cards from B&H for $60 and here you end up with 3 for $70. {Smack– Ryan smacks forehead}

  • http://arne.delaat.net 153957

    Darn, those memory cards go cheap there… wish we had some rebates like that here in the Netherlands.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t understand the Windows 7 issue, I’ve been using Capture NX2 just fine with Windows 7 for quite a while now already and never had a problem.

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