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Weekly Nikon news flash #201

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  • http://www.facebook.com/stephan.mantler Stephan Mantler

    Side note: “Gutting a DSLR battery and using its shell as an adapter for an external battery” is not the same as “making a DSLR battery run four times longer.”

    That’s like saying that putting a Hasselblad strap on a Nikon makes it a Medium Format camera.

    • jec6613

      Better question: why didn’t the guy take a cheap Chinese knock-off battery grip and re-wire it to have an external load of Ni-MH D cells or something? Or even a large capacity AA tray. This contraption is unwieldy anyway, might as well do it right (and more cheaply and safely).

      • Eric Calabos

        Cause people feel they are genius if do the things in most complicated way

    • 800mm f/2.8 DX VR

      The idea, Stephan, is that you use the shell as an adaptor for a battery that does last four times longer

      • Enerjon

        Exactly, thus making “a Nikon battery” that lasts four times longer — because youre using it on your Nikon. If you wanted a hint like “turn your camera off” or something that was going to change the rules of Physics, go look in a magic store. This was always going to depend on outside power. The camera itself barely uses anything in stand-by, so there isn’t waste to be had.

        • 800mm f/2.8 DX VR

          If you read the tutorial, it is just taking a battery that has the same voltage but four times the micro amp hours. Nothing that is breaking the laws of physics.
          The demo uses a camcorder battery with nearly five times the capacity.

    • http://www.bobcooleyphoto.com/ bob cooley

      Wouldn’t it be easier to just buy a couple of extra batteries?

  • wilt

    Nikons WMAU is a pile of turd and it’s a good job it’s been pulled from google play, so it might stop others from buying the wireless adapter and thinking it could pass as a form of wireless remote as it’s so poor it beggars belief. Nikon you officially suck at apps.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FOWRLRS4BRYILQEEYAIYHAT3W4 Stefan

    That SB-910 on DigitalRev. Is that US Warranty? I thought those guys were out of Hong Kong?

    • Fred Flintsone

      Indeed they are out of Hong Kong, others in the area will ship the SB-910 for around $400 mark (to AU), no local warranty of course

    • HKer

      I live in Hong Kong. I just confirmed with DigitalRev that the SB910 they are selling is a grey/parallel import. The flash comes with their 1 yr local warranty and the flash will be passed to Nikon HK for repairs and they will cover the costs for defects. It does not come with the Nikon serial numbers as far as I am aware. The price is fairly normal for grey market in HK, HKD3500. For authorized would be around HKD4000-4200. I decided not to purchase the grey as cannot register with Nikon as I am a NPS member. But I am aware the flash may be identical to a registered one, but cannot be 100% sure.

      • Nikon fire

        Maybe can someone advise whether firmware updates work on gray imports. Digital rev should really indicate on their site whether the product is a gray import as I believe it is misleading for the customer.

        • Calibrator

          Which dealers openly admit that they sell gray market stuff?

          • MyrddinWilt

            Every reputable dealer does.

            B&H has separate price quotes.

          • MyrddinWilt

            Every reputable dealer does.

            B&H has separate price quotes.

  • Aldo

    I bought my sb 910 when it came out for around that much from a gray market vendor on ebay.

  • Aldo

    love the tilt shift idea btw… I’m sure you can make a light seal if he really wanted to.

  • NSL14

    That Digital Rev deal isn’t necessarily a great deal. For US purchasers, Digital Rev is not an authorized Nikon USA dealer. They’re located in Hong Kong, and according to Nikon Hong Kong, they’re not even an authorized dealer there. In fact, I can’t find them in any authorized Nikon dealer list anywhere. Therefore, certainly in the US, the SB-910 warranty will not be honored, and likely it won’t be honored anywhere. Moreover, from what I see at Reseller Ratings, though they have a high rating, when you have problems with them, they don’t appear to be particularly responsive.

    I’d say at Digital Rev, it sure sounds like “Buyer beware!”

    • Brian

      Nikon Rumors should have made that clear.

    • Brian

      Nikon Rumors should have made that clear.

  • mrterrabyte

    Man, that last roll of Kodachrome looks like it’s had way too many passes through an X-RAY machine…or needs perhaps a bleach bypassectomy…

    If it’s ‘the’ last roll, wouldn’t you want to honour it as it’s maker intended? Like, record and display images for all time, as what film and an SLR was meant to capture, not for what manipulation (or over-manipulation) is possible in Photoshop…

    Some very nice portraits btw…

    • zoetmb

      Totally agree. Looks to me like it was all processed through the various NIK Effects Pro or similar apps. If so, what was the point? IMO, the “last” (and how do we know it was the last – was it the last roll to be processed by that last Kodachrome processing plant?) roll of Kodachrome should have been presented with absolutely no digital manipulation whatsoever. Kodachrome was all about bright, clean colors, crispness and sharpness. These images are the opposite.

      • iamlucky13

        Were they digitally altered, or was it simply expired film that no longer held its colors right?

        The monitor on the computer I’m on right now is off, so I can’t judge the photos very well as is, but at a first glance it looks like expired film to me.

        Keep in mind that most of these so-called digital “filters” and programs like Instagram are trying to imitate what most people think of as the “classic film look,” and many even think is what Kodachrome itself is supposed to look like.

        In reality, it’s imitating Grandpa’s old slides that might not have been processed as soon after exposure as they should have been, and then were stored in a shoebox for 50 years.

    • Nikon Shooter

      Unfortunately I have to agree. This project wasn’t really about the last roll of Kodachrome, but rather about Steve McCurry shooting the last roll of Kodachrome. His stuff would’ve been tossed out by any respectable pj publication. I know some editors that don’t even want you removing noise, let alone overdosing on the retouch templates the way that he did. Of course there’s always time and place for that type of work, but what was the point of using the film then?

    • Nikon Shooter

      Unfortunately I have to agree. This project wasn’t really about the last roll of Kodachrome, but rather about Steve McCurry shooting the last roll of Kodachrome. His stuff would’ve been tossed out by any respectable pj publication. I know some editors that don’t even want you removing noise, let alone overdosing on the retouch templates the way that he did. Of course there’s always time and place for that type of work, but what was the point of using the film then?

  • http://www.humanovation.com/ Jon Mentor

    I have read in some other forums that DigitalRev is selling used gear as new. I think it was on Fstoppers …

    • Fred Flintsone

      I think that was a 5D Mark III someone bought that had 60 shutter actuations but the EXIF data showed up as being the camera they used to do their YouTube review of the model

    • RandomDesign

      It was reposted on Fstoppers but the original story is at http://www.prettyinwhite.com/digital-rev-hey-thats-my-camera/

  • Potatohead

    DWI have the SB 910 for $389.00 Aust this is cheaper as a grey import.

  • Ola

    Please stop advertising these to-good-to-be-true deals!
    You just make NR to a sheep free advertising platform! As proof of that – the price is back up to >$500

    • Calibrator

      I very much hope that this site remains sheep free! ;-)

    • Calibrator

      I very much hope that this site remains sheep free! ;-)

  • http://www.bobcooleyphoto.com/ bob cooley

    Wait – I still have a roll of Kodachrome sitting in a fridge. If I shoot that, then have I shot the ‘last roll of Kodachrome’ – at lease until someone else shoots one?

  • thegregferris

    Also Bradford Lipson just won at American Society of Cinematographers awards for Wilfred, shot on D800s.

  • MyrddinWilt

    Although there were several HAL 9000 plates round the ship, they moved the fisheye from one to another during filming.

    One of the actual plates survived and fetched $17K at auction – without the fisheye.

    http://www.christies.com/about/press-center/releases/pressrelease.aspx?pressreleaseid=4423

    The replica prop builder community is aware that the Nikon lenses are collectible and historic in their own right. Rather than cannibalize the entire stock for making HAL pieces, they recently had a batch of copies made. (But don’t try one on your D4).

    • Calibrator

      > One of the actual plates survived and fetched $17K at auction – without the fisheye.

      I’d barely understand the price with the lens but without?

      • MyrddinWilt

        It seems that on the set they had multiple plates and moved the lens from one to the other to make each shot. There is only one scene with more than one HAL plate, the initial panning shot.Most likely they rented two lenses from the same supply house as the cine lenses.

        The surviving plate is unique which explains the cost, only it is NOT screen used. It is a prototype and has a very different aspect ratio to the ones they eventually used (which is likely why it survived).

        The lens in question is the invasive fisheye. So it can’t be used with any modern Nikon. It requires a hard mirror lock up. Which is why the f/2.8 fisheye is the preferred one to get. Though quite they thought there was a need for such a huge aperture on a circular fisheye is a mystery. DOF isolation is a non issue.

        • MyrddinWilt

          Actually that was 17K GBP, or $26K, I had the currency wrong.

          Just paid $500 for the lens on EBay. Its going in a replica HAL 9000 prop.

        • Calibrator

          Thanks for the info but this makes it even more weird in my opinion (huge price for getting such a prototype).
          I mean it’s not even used in the movie?!
          $26K for such a plate? What’s next? $50K for the unused slip of Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct?

          Why they used this huge aperture? I can think of two reasons:
          a) They perhaps thought the red light through the lens looked best this way.
          b) Kubrick. ;-)

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