Weekly Nikon news flash #220

The new Tokina 12-28mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX lens with Nikon F-mount is now in stock.

The Nikon D7100 doesn't come with a LCD screen protector. Several different options priced between $8 - $39 are available.

New low price: refurbished Nikon D3100 with a lens for $304.99.

Nikon D7100 firmware decoded, “LiveView Raw” discovered.

You ca actually really rent this Nikon vs. Canon lens chess set for $7,750 for five days.

This four-story-tall print was shot with a Nikon D800 and the Nikon 80-400 f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens.

Nikon instant photo sharing video demo:


Nikon donated $30,000 to the victims of floods in Northern India. The company also approved year-end dividend of ¥12.0 per share.

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  • Spy Black

    The guy who did the 4-story print thoughtfully used flame retardant fabric. Unfortunately he printed the image using a dye-sub process, which is a wax-transfer system. So the fabric is completely coated in wax…

    • Your information is out of date. Some water-based dye sub inks are now available that are less flammable. It’s a point worth making, however, that the dye sub process might indeed make the cloth more flammable.

      • Spy Black

        Hmmm, that’s interesting, I wonder how that works? However, he states that “the print can actually be washed if it got fingerprints or other dirt on it over time”, which leads me to believe this is a wax-based system.

        • Most “water-based” inks and paints (e.g. acrylic) are in fact some kind of polymer which, upon drying (curing), turns into plastic and is about as washable as anything else (i.e. with great care).

          • Spy Black

            Acrylics are polymers… 😉

  • Wout Konradt

    Blasphemy, there is a picture of the back of a Canon camera with the screen protector 😛 Don’t they have a picture with a Nikon camera?

  • jk

    of course , all current Nikon video capable bodies can do RAW video but Nikon just does not fully utilize it in good way.

    I just hope this Ntool is as capable and well organized as Mgic Lantern team is.
    I want to get RAW video in my D800E and D7100, and I hope they are also working on the D600 since the D600 sensor is arguably the best or second best for lowlight high ISO work in current Nikon FX line up.

    • fjfjjj

      “All current Nikon video capable bodies can do RAW video.”

      Are you aware that RAW refers to the unprocessed digital readout of the sensor? There is no Nikon DSLR with a sensor and pipeline that will capture 24 RAW images per second, which would be the bare minimum framerate for video.

      • Brad Morris

        you realize that for all the Video capable SLRS, the video image pipeline is capturing raw data off the sensor at the recorded video frame rate (24/25/30p at 1920×1080) before the internal asic compresses it to an MP4 stream and saves it to the storage?

        The limitation to shooting raw video on most of these cameras other than a lack of coding to allow it, is the slow SD storage cannot transfer data fast enough to output the raw data to the card to capture continuous video frames. Once the camera output buffers fill up, the recording will stop.

        • fjfjjj

          I do realize that. Obviously the pipeline captures raw data before processing. If that was the meaning of the word RAW, the word would apply to every digital camera. But when we say RAW, we mean having end-user access to that data. In video mode, we don’t have that yet. “All current Nikon video capable bodies can do RAW video” is thus still a confounding statement to me.

          • Brad Morris

            No, when we say RAW, we mean that the data that comes from the sensor. The vendor/hacker/developer needs to write code that will allow the raw data to be written directly to the installed storage without processing.

            Red has done that. BMCC has done that, Magic lantern has done that for certain Canon Cameras. No one has yet done that for Nikon cameras

            • Simeon

              This has been done now for Nikon camera’s but it’s currently slow, 1.5fps

        • El Aura

          Except that “the video image pipeline is NOT capturing raw data off the sensor at the recorded video frame rate AT THE FULL RESOLUTION” doesn’t. DSLRs don’t read out all pixels in movie mode, they skip lines and bin pixels directly during the read out. With CMOS sensor, one can read only part of the pixels, which is makes the crop modes so efficient. In Liveview one thus only needs to read out the zoomed area from the sensor, but the D800 even then only reads every second line, which makes Liveview focussing a bit harder.

    • Simeon

      Also of note all of the ntool patches, beside the “text” patches are just copies of the Nikon Hacker teams patches.

  • Simeon

    Possibly more interesting, is that I have the “string” Vitaliy found “working” and thus can saving RAW files from the live view screen on my D7000, without triggering the shutter.

    • Robert Ash

      Pardon the naive question, but why would you want to do that? I’m not that familiar with video, only with stills, so is that a video-related capability for you?

      • Simeon

        The meaning of the string, and getting this working, is that if you can dump 24 frames per second, from the live view buffer, you have ‘raw video’ without having to buy a 20K camera. The Magic Lantern team have worked out how to do this for cannon, and it’s been creating a lot of buzz.

  • Lens Dog

    Drooling the pieces on chess board….

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