→ The new Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM lens (Nikon mount) is now shipping and is currently in stock at B&H and Amazon.
→ Last week I wrongly reported that the Nikon version of the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD lens was shipping - currently only the Canon mount is shipping, the Nikon version will start shipping in April.
→ New Tokina AT-X PRO 24-70mm f/2.8 SD (IF) FX lens spotted at CP+ by Optyczne.
→ New video on Nikon Master Craftsperson (a title awarded to experts with exceptional techniques and knowledge).
→ The CompactFlash Association announced XQD ver.2.0 specification with interface speed of 1GB/s.
→ The SanDisk 64GB CF Extreme Pro 600x UDMA memory card is now $40 off (see all SanDisk instant savings).
→ Topaz Simplify is now 50% off with discount code febsimplify (until February 28).
→ New Nikon D7100 kit savings (the 18-140mm lens is basically free).
→ B&H has Lightroom 5 for $69 with this promo code (enter during checkout): 15104381907181544. Update: it appears that this promo code could be use only once.
→ Refurbished Nikon SB-900 flash for $364.95.
→ The Lensbaby Scout (with fisheye) lens for Nikon is now $100 off.
→ Possibly the last brand new Nikon D3 and Nikon D3s DSLR camera bodies for sale in the UK.
→ The Nikon US instant lens-only rebates will expire on March 1st.
In this post Mark White (Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter) describes his unique miniature landscapes
So often, the photography industry is full of secrets – everyone feels the need to come across as a master of the technique. As I write this article, I am proud to say that when I began this venture, I had no idea what I was doing! I had never created any sort of environment before. I had never even built a birdhouse or put up one of those little Christmas villages. I come to you with this project as a completely transparent source, resource, and peer. We are all part of the same race here, after all.
The US law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein is currently collecting Nikon D600 dust complaints for a potential class action lawsuit - I personally don't think this will happen since Nikon has been responsive to customer's complains and has either fixed the issue (replaced the shutter) or in some cases replaced the camera.
‘Strange Dream’, March 2013
Today's guest post "The Benefits of Personal Work" is written by Sean Afnan (Website | Facebook | Twitter):
Until recently I was, like many readers of this site, an enthusiastic amateur with an expensive hobby. Occasionally my photography earned me a little extra income. But when it did, I would reinvest the proceeds into new gear. There is after all so much new gear! Over the years, these occasions gradually became more frequent and in late 2011, when my contract at work came to an end, I made the jump into full-time professional photography. Back then I had grand aspirations of becoming a renowned advertising photographer. But the need to earn an income meant that I took on more or less whatever work came my way. Some weeks were great fun and I might photograph a wedding, a baby, and a more creative project in the space of a few days. Other weeks I would sit waiting for the phone to ring and watch my savings grow smaller and smaller!
A reader sent me this history of Nikon poster that contains all cameras from the original Nikon 1 rangefinder to the D70s DSLR. Enjoy:
The 2014 CP+ show is already ongoing in Japan and the Nikon D4s is (again) on display under thick glass. Here are few pictures from the Nikon booth sent by Glenn (see also his flickr stream):