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Nikon AF modes explained

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"Nikon AF modes explained" is a new article by Steve Perry (website | YouTube | Facebook). You can check also his previous [NR] posts here:

Have you ever wondered if you’re getting the most out of Nikon’s AF system?

Sure, AF modes may not generate the kind of anxiety that keeps you up till the wee hours of the morning, but it is something to consider. After all, we put a lot of time and effort into our photographs and I doubt you’ll ever run across a photographer who wouldn’t appreciate a higher keeper rate.

However, Nikon’s AF can be a double-edged sword. There are a myriad of options that cover just about any AF situation you may find yourself struggling with. However, knowing which combination of settings to select can sometimes be tougher than cracking the combination at Fort Knox.

I mean, when should you switch from Single Point AF to Dynamic 9, 21, or 51 AF? For that matter, should you be using Dynamic AF or Group AF – or switching between the two? What about 3D AF?

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Firmware update v1.1 for Nikon Coolpix P900 camera now available

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Nikon released firmware update v1.1 for the Nikon Coolpix P900 camera ($596.95) that addresses the following issues, which could occur when the eye sensor was used to switch between the monitor and electronic viewfinder displays:

  • Images would not display or be saved correctly
  • The camera would freeze or stop working
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What to expect next from Nikon

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Time for another "what to expect" post:

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→ Nikon Coolpix camera with a large sensor:

  • Nikon is working on new Coolpix cameras with a large sensor. Most likely there will be two different models.
  • On several occasions in the past Nikon's reps mentioned that they are still committed to their mirrorless and Coolpix product lines and they still see potential future in 4K video and advanced compact cameras.
  • I am still not sure of the size of the sensor - I am receiving rumors for everything between 1" to APS-C and full frame. Most likely there will be one model with 1" sensor and another with a DX sensor (replacement for the Coolpix A, which is already listed as discontinued). In a recent interview, Nikon's executive confirmed that a new compact camera with 1" sensor is coming in the future:

Q: Any new Coolpix A? Any plans to respond to Canon and Sony's 1-inch sensor fixed-lens compact cameras?
A: Sony's 1-inch CSC is definitely very successful. We will have a competing product in the future.

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→ Nikon D5: the D5 is rumored to have 15 fps continuous shooting rate. The official announcement will most likely be at the next CES show in January 2016.

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Nikon Coolpix A camera is now officially listed as discontinued

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The Nikon Coolpix A camera is now listed as discontinued on the official Nikon Japan website (it was already removed from their online store few weeks ago). It seems that all the good deals are also gone: B&H still has few at $449, eBay prices start at $399.

 

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Weekly Nikon news flash #314

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Phottix announced firmware update for the Phottix Odin TTL flash trigger for Nikon.

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Tokina released additional details for their new AT-X 24-70 f/2.8 PRO FX full frame lens.

Apple Camera RAW
→ Apple released Digital Camera RAW Compatibility 6.04 with support for the Nikon D7200 camera.

Iridient Developer
Iridient Developer v3.0.2 released with support for the Nikon 1 J5.

Nikon-deals
→ The latest Nikon deals (updated weekly):

Refurbished (US warranty) Grey market (no US warranty)
Nikon D3200$279
Nikon D3300 two lens kit$519
Nikon D7000 two lens kit: $499
Nikon D610: $1,149
Nikon D800: $1,769
Nikon D800E$1998.88
Nikon 70-200mm f/4G: $1,199.95
Nikon D3200 kens kit: $299
Nikon D5200 lens kit: $399.99
Nikon D7200$917.73
Nikon D810: $2,249
Nikon 24-120mm f/4: $584
Nikon 35mm f/1.8 DX: $139.99
Full US warranty
Nikon WP-N1 waterproof housing for J1: 96.95 ($650 off)
Nikon Coolpix AW130 is now $50 off
Nikkor 50mm f/1.4: $349 ($136 off)
Nikon D610 with free MB-D14 grip at Adorama & B&H
Nikon D750 with free 12 months CC subscription
Nikon D750/D610 with free Shure VP83 microphone
Nikon Df with free GP-1A GPS & WU-1a wireless adapters

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Interesting Nikon 1 J5 camera review (comparison with Panasonic GM5, Samsung NX Mini and Sony RX100 III)

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TechRadar posted an interesting Nikon 1 J5 camera review where they compare the resolution, dynamic range and signal to noise ratio with three other cameras (Panasonic GM5, Samsung NX Mini and Sony RX100 III):

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$50 off the Nikon 1 V3 camera for Mother’s Day

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It is not much, but I believe this is the first Nikon 1 V3 price drop since the camera was introduced in March last year: $50 off with a free camera holster at B&H or a free 1 year drops & spills warranty at Adorama. The Nikon 1 V3 grey market prices now start from $600.

The rest of the Nikon specials for Mother's Day are the generic Nikon instant rebates on combo purchases (the D7100 savings are now up to $680, Adorama offers a free Nikon WU-1a wireless mobile adapter):

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