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DIY selective focus lens (freelensing)

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Here is an idea on what do to with an old/broken/unused lens: you can turn it into a selective focus lens (similar to Lensbaby). The included videos below came from Sam Hurd, the included images are by Francesco Spighi - visit his website for more information and sample images. Here are the step by step instructions:

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Nikon promises to replace defective D600 cameras if the spot issue is not fixed

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Nikon issued a news announcement today indicating that they will replace defective D600 cameras with a new D600 or an equivalent model. Here is the full text of the announcement:

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LensSkins vinyl coating for Nikon lenses

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A reader send me a link to the LensSkins vinyl coating options specially designed for Nikkor lenses. Currently there are over 500 designs available for a dozen of different Nikkor lenses. Here are few examples:

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Best performing 24mm lenses for the Nikon D800 camera

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DxOMark published their test results for the Samyang 24mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC (AE) lens. Here is an updated list of the best performing 24mm lenses for the Nikon D800 camera:

Lens Price DxOMark Score Sharpness
Carl Zeiss Distagon T 25mm f/2 ZF.2 $1,699 34 22
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G ED $1,899 34 17
Samyang 24mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC $669 33 21
Carl Zeiss Distagon T 25mm f/2.8 ZF.2 $1,004 23 15

DxOMark conclusion on the Samyang 24mm f/1.4:

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Rumors: Nikon D800s camera preliminary specifications

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Here is the first set of rumored specifications for the Nikon D800s DSLR camera:

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The Nikon lens only rebates will expire this week and will not be extended

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Nikon-lens-rebates-March-2014The current Nikon US instant lens only rebates are set to expire on March 29th and they will not be extended again (the lens only rebates are available for only two months to boost sales before the end of Nikon's financial year).

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The regular Nikon DSLR body + lens rebates will also expire on March 29th. I believe those savings will be extended.

Few other recent price drops (not sure if they will be extended next month):

Adorama offers the same Nikon lens rebates. Amazon also updated their prices to reflect the new lens rebates.

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Yes, the new Nikon NX-D software is made by Silkypix

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A quick update on my last NX-D post: yes, the Nikon NX-D software is indeed made by Silkypix. Using a hex editor, a readers found "Ichikawa Soft Laboratory SILKYPIX" in one of the Capture NX-D files named CNXD.dll.

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