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Backpacking around the world

Pyongyang, North Korea:  Arirang Mass Games

Pyongyang, North Korea: Arirang Mass Games

Fiordland National Park, New Zealand: Milford Sound

Fiordland National Park, New Zealand: Milford Sound

Uyuni, Bolivia: Uyuni Salt Flats at Sunset during wet season

Uyuni, Bolivia: Uyuni Salt Flats at Sunset during wet season

Walter Chang (website | Tumblr | Instagram | Twitter) shares his experience on backpacking around the world for over 2 years and documenting his travels with Nikon equipment (first with D700 and then with D800, click on images for larger view):

Discovering what we call home

I started traveling when I quit my job back in September 2011 with the idea of roaming around South East Asia for three months. What would begin as a short break has eventually turned into two and a half years of traveling around the world in over 50 countries.

The one great thing about capturing my travels is being able to experience a lot of different types of photography. I’ll photograph landscapes on a multi-day trek and have to worry about what to carry in order to keep things as light as possible. Then I’ll dabble in wildlife photography on a safari in Africa, photograph the street life in bustling cities, and grab some starscapes while camping.

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How to tell if a Nikon D810 camera has the thermal issue fix?

Firmware update C1.01

A reader send me a confirmation that Nikon updated the C firmware on his D810 camera to 1.01 in order to fix the thermal issue (white dots) during long exposures:

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Black dot in the tripod socket

Several readers purchased a Nikon D810 from the last B&H shipment (see this post) and confirmed the presence of a black dot in the tripod socket:

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Nikon already sees “signs of recovery” in North America, Asia and China in their Q&A of financial results

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Nikon published their Q&A for the Q1 financial results. For the Imaging Business, Nikon already sees "signs of recovery" in North America, Asia and China. The company's strategy for the next few months will be cost cutting, generating sales by introducing new products (D750, SB-500) and concentrating on promotional activities:

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The latest B&H shipment of Nikon D810 cameras does not have the thermal issue (white dots)

Nikon D810 camera service advisory for thermal issue white dots

The black dot in the tripod socket means that inspection and necessary adjustments have already been made.

After it has been out of stock for a while, B&H just received a new shipment of Nikon D810 DSLRs and they confirmed to me that all cameras in their warehouse already have the fix for the thermal issue (white dots) during long exposures.

I am curious if those "new" cameras will have a different firmware update. If somebody has purchased one, please share the firmware version in the comments section. Thanks!

Update: it seems that the new D810 shipment has firmware update C 1.01 (before the thermal issue fix, the firmware was C 1.00).

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Nikon will also announce a new SB-500 Speedlight flash

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In addition to the D750 DSLR camera, Nikon will also announce a new SB-500 Speedlight flash. The SB-400 has already been listed as discontinued (previously reported here and here) and I think the new SB-500 will be its replacement.

If you make a search on nikon.com for "SB-500", you will see that at some point the flash was listed on nikonusa.com (see screenshot above).

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Nikon’s service advisory for thermal issue (white dots) during long exposures with the D810 camera

Nikon D810 camera service advisory for thermal issue white dots

The black dot means that inspection and necessary adjustments have already been made.

Nikon USA/Nikon EU/Nikon Japan issued a service advisory for thermal problem (white dots/bright spots) during long exposures with the D810 camera. Back in 2010 the D7000 had a similar issue and I am surprised that Nikon has another QA problem after the D600 spots. At least this time they offered a solution just few weeks after the camera was released.

This internal memo indicates that the problem will be fixed with a combination of a firmware update and "pixel defect compensation":

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Full text of the service advisory (US version):

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The upcoming full frame DSLR camera will be called Nikon D750

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I can now confirm the name of the upcoming full frame DSLR camera: Nikon D750 (see also the rumored specifications).

I am also pretty confident (over 95% probability) that the new Nikon D750 camera will have a 24.3MP full frame sensor and will be released for Photokina. I am still not sure about the focusing system and whether or not the sensor will have an AA filter.

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