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The Nikon D810 “Switch & Save” promo ends tomorrow

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The Nikon D810 "Switch & Save" promotion will end tomorrow (September 30th). The voucher form can be downloaded here.

The current Nikon instant rebates are set to expire on October 4th (they now include the D810 and D4s).

The D810 filmmaker's kit is currently in stock at B&H.

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Weekly Nikon news flash #282

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Topaz Labs released new software called Topaz Impression - designed to transform your photos into realistic-looking studio art with 47 different presets. The new Topaz Impression is now 25% off until September 30 with coupon code: SEPIMPRESSION.

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→ Nikon is pushing FX cameras: the company announced two full frame F-mount microscope cameras: DS-Ri2 and DS-Qi2 (with a full frame 16MP monochrome sensor!). This is an interesting development - previously all microscope cameras used c-mount.

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DigiCamControl version 1.2.0 released (free Windows tethering solution for Nikon cameras).

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Nikon plans to invest in medical startups.

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Deal of the day: refurbished Nikon D810 camera for $2,700 ($600 off)

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The first refurbished Nikon D810 DSLR cameras are already available for $2,699.88 with free shipping on eBay from Roberts Camera (authorized US Nikon dealer)  - this is $600 less than the MSRP of $3,296.95.

FYI: refurbished Nikon D800 cameras currently sell for $2,279, while refurbished D800E are listed for $2,550 - the refurbished D810 is only $150 more than the D800E. Grey market D810 cameras are listed in the $2,800 range.

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Nikon NEF Codec 1.24.0 released with D750 support

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Nikon released NEF Codec version 1.24.0 with support for the D750 camera. Nikon NEF Codec makes RAW (.NEF) files easy accessible in a Windows environment. Here is the full list of supported cameras:

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Nikon D750 first impressions

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Initial observations of the Nikon D750 FX DSLR camera by Delmar R Mineard Jr

This afternoon I had the opportunity to handle and shoot the new Nikon D750. Here are my initial impressions and observations based upon a limited amount of time in the store and standing outside.

The local camera dealer had two in stock at the store I visited and more at their other stores. The manager put a Nikon 28-300mm F/3.5-5.6 EDVR AFS lens on the body and said have fun. I inserted my memory card and checked out the camera.

Pro’s

  • Nice size slightly bigger than the D7100 and definitely smaller than the D810. Fit’s my middle size hands nicely. The new ergonomically grip is larger than my D7100 and my long gone D300 and D200. It’s deeper (front to back) and is easy to hold with just the right hand.
  • Control layout is excellent. I found it interesting that besides the “AE/AF” button on the back was room for a “AF” button. Front and back buttons are sized for smooth operation.
  • It’s nice to see the U1 & U2 settings on the top panel. Great flexibility for quick access to settings.
  • Menu’s looked familiar and would be easy to master for Nikon users.
  • As a DX users for years it was nice seeing a larger viewfinder.
  • Buffer size - see below for comments
  • 51 AF spots
  • Not sure the location of the Function button is good or bad. Location is good but with the redesigned grip, there is considerable distance from the back of the grip area. Most people will probably adjust to the higher height.
  • The tilt LCD monitor appears to be sturdy and robust. Time will tell if it lasts.

Con’s

  • The AF spots are closer together than my D7100. I asked for a D610 to compare the spread of the AF spots and they were out of stock on the D610 and no D600’s in their used cameras. I memorized the spacing using the reference information across the bottom in the finder. When I got home I pulled out my D7100 and sure enough, my spots are spaced out closer to the edge than the D750. Although I have used the D600 with 39 AF spots I know they are closer to the center but can’t say if the D750 and D610/D600 are identical or not. My hunch is that the D750 AF spots fall between the D610 and D7100. Why?

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New video: how Nikkor lenses are made

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For the 80 years anniversary of Nikkor lenses, Nikon Europe published another another video version on how they produce their lenses (see previous videos here and here):

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Make sure to setup a password when using the Wi-Fi feature of the Nikon D750 *UPDATED*

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Update - I do not have a Nikon D750 handy, but my understanding is that the Wi-Fi is turned off by default. If you turn on the Wi-Fi capabilities of the D750, you have to make sure you setup a password for the wireless network, otherwise anyone with a smart device can access and download your pictures. The original AP report is misleading and confusing.

Update #2 - AP published a second post on that issue:

So in summary, by default the D750 sets up an unsecured connection on an Android or iOS smart device, which other manufacturer’s Wi-Fi systems simply don’t allow. Unless the user takes the trouble firstly to work out that they need to set up WPA2 security, and secondly how to do this, then their camera’s Wi-Fi will remain unsecured. If they have Wi-Fi turned on in a public space without their own device connected to the camera, other people can connect and browse their SD card using no special equipment – just a mobile device with the WMU app installed.

It’s important to make clear that we’re not saying the D750 is inherently insecure, once it’s been set up correctly by the user. Turn on WPA2 encryption and your images are safe. The problem is that it’s insecure in the way that it’s set up out-of-the-box, or indeed if its network settings are returned to their defaults, and we don’t think Nikon adequately explains to the user how to fix this. There’s no prompt either by the camera or the app, or instructions in their respective manuals, specifically telling users to set up a password.

This just in from AmateurPhotographer - reportedly the Nikon D750 Wi-Fi app uses an unsecured Wi-Fi network and anyone with a smart device can download your pictures:

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