New Nikon in space video, search NASA’s photo archive and more

Nikon Europe published a new video:

Nikon in Space video: time-lapse view of the world | Nikon 100th Anniversary

Nikon's history in Space began with the Nikon Photomic FTN, a modified Nikon F camera that was used aboard the Apollo 15 in 1971 and Nikon cameras have been aboard every manned space flight since. This film, edited by SmugMug Films, is a compiled time-lapse video using thousands of still images. The bright flashes are lightning strikes hitting the earth, watch and enjoy.

This is the first of many remarkable moments, both big and small, which we will be sharing in the lead up to Nikon 100th Anniversary! Stay tuned for more.


NASA launched a new website at images.nasa.gov where you can search their entire photo archive - you can spot a lot of Nikon cameras (via Petapixel).


Nikon will soon start a search for photographs to feature in their special 100th-anniversary film:

Nikon will soon begin the search for photographs to feature in a very special 100th Anniversary film.

The film will tell Nikon's story through the lenses of Nikon photographers and a competition to find fitting photos is coming soon.

More details on the competition are to follow so why not start looking through your photo collection for the perfect shot today. (via Ephotozine)

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  • T.I.M

    Very nice, thanks again to Russians for supporting the ISS.
    When I see what different countries are able to achieve together that give me hope for our future.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/270ef5a63de36921a77d6e8625a976357e133a8348790c1add4539e480acb6ec.jpg

    • Zeneti

      Interesting, what is it they have achieved here? Much of the technology that was developed in our society that came from the support of ISS could have come into existence without the need of spending billions of £ putting this and the people into space.
      At the same time, maybe if these countries actually did come together, and actually put some effort into protecting the earth instead of building massive structures and digging up minerals to build their tiny technology, abusing the children in the DRC who are sent down into dark tiny tunnels to dig up that crap for our circuit boards, then you might have a point. But as it is, you are just showing your ignorance by only noticing the beautiful but ignoring the journey it took to get there.

      • peter w

        ISS is as guilty as you and I could be. Using our computers, digital camera’s, smart phones, traveling, eating meat etc etc.
        The only difference I see, is that ISS is more exposed.

        • Chewbacca

          I agree. It’s a scary thought. It would be nearly impossible to find anything in our lives that came about without any negative nature.
          The land I live on, the food I eat etc. etc.
          it’s a cheesy statement, but Each person has to make a difference in some way to make the world better. Leaving it up to other people and governments doesn’t seem to be working.
          As for Zaneti’s remark, I think bringing to light these issues could be one way to help. Go out and make a photo essay on topics such as this to Draw attention to the problem. If enough people care there is a better chance for change.

          • thundrrd

            Wow, so glad I came on here today to see if there was any news about Nikon and instead got a good ‘ol pc lecture about how bad we all are for just being born. Man, now I just want to kill myself for being complicit

            • T.I.M

              Just make sure you kill yourself in the recycling bin.
              :o)

            • Allan

              T.I.M,
              Politically correct, not personal computer { just trying to be helpful – 🙂 }

            • thundrrd

              T.I.M what is a recycling bin?

            • T.I.M

              It is a special trash where you put things like a Nikon D7500 camera.
              After been collected it is recycled in new products: toys, Tv, phones, computers, etc…
              :o)

            • thundrrd

              Hmmm … I need to get one of those bins. If anyone is throwing out a D7500 camera, I’d like to have it.

            • Chewbacca

              Ha Ha, No need to take your own life. You wouldn’t want to will miss out on Nikon’s next announcement! 🙂

  • Well that’s one way to make DSLR’s lighter than any Mirrorless ever created – bring it to space.

    • Eric Calabros

      It makes DSLR light. Not “lighter”.

      • Zeneti

        “It makes you feel DSLR light”: That doesn’t even make sense. This might be useful to you : http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/

      • T.I.M

        Yes, you can still kill yourself with a hammer in space, most people think that weight and mass are the same thing.

  • kbb

    “Nikon’s history in Space began with the Nikon Photomic FTN, a modified Nikon F camera that was used aboard the Apollo 15 in 1971”. Did Nikon write this? There were Nikons in space during the Gemini program in the mid-1960’s.

  • Nikita

    fascinating, now what about the rumored 5 new lenses?

    • T.I.M

      They will probably announced with the D820/850/900

  • Edison Firme

    Try this shot with your Sony…. Oh my bad, nobody uses Sony in outer space. “Sony Bologna” LOL

    • manattan

      Sony cameras are used in space.
      I support Nikon but they have to get off their arsee and start innovating if they want to see another 100 years.

    • Senor Magnifico

      Space sale will not save Nikon’s Earth sale.

      • T.I.M

        It cost about $10,000.00 to send one pound of material in space.

        • Senor Magnifico

          So what?

          • T.I.M

            They should order from B&H, free shipping!

  • Edison Firme

    This gives me so much pride in using Nikon. This makes the Sony taking over #2 from Nikon look like a drop in an ocean. Happy 100 years Nikon! May you celebrate 100 more. Now release that D850 so you can take over #1.

  • umad?

    dust spots on the sensor from 01:24 onward.

    Must be a D600

    /sarcasm

  • Citizen Kang

    Where in space are they used? By camera, we don’t mean imaging sensors on rovers, we mean user-operated imaging cameras with photography as their sole purpose. Sony was the well-known “star eater” phenomenon that eliminates faint stars as part of its noise reduction policy that kicks in whenever Bulb mode is used and even earlier on some model cameras (3.2 seconds on an a7sII). I very much enjoy my numerous Sony cameras (as I do my Nikons), but I use the right tool for the right job. Sony cameras are pretty much useless for anything beyond casual astrophotography due to their “star eater” algorithms. There’s a reason Nikons are used by NASA and it goes beyond corporate sponsorship.

  • Aldo

    Holy mother of Jesus that new a9 is all I can think about today. (Feeling jelly)

    • Yes, dual memory card slot! How exciting is that!

      https://photorumors.com/2017/04/19/new-sony-a9-camera-announced/
      Now Nikon has the ball.

      • T.I.M
      • br0xibear

        Yeah, even Sony in their fastest flagship camera aren’t using XQD.
        The “Sony pushed Nikon from the No.2 spot in U.S.” story now makes sense, Sony making sure the photo press is saturated with that story, then bang…the A9.
        Good job Sony by Sony marketing.

        • Sony marketing are geniuses, always have been. Nikon’s marketing is basically dead and has been for a while.

          • T.I.M

            I have to disagree with you Peter.
            Take the D7500 for example, no battery grip means no $50 knock off brands grips (protect Nikon’s genuine grip sales).
            Only 20MP sensor, so customers can buy slower and smaller capacity cards (saving money).
            Only one card slot, if the customer needs 2, he buy 2 cameras!
            I call that top of the line marketing!

          • br0xibear

            Maybe the new Nikons will use CFexpress ?…

            “I am pleased to introduce CFExpress * 1.0,” said Tsutomu Ando, ​​co-chairman of CFA’s board of directors, Canon. “As a cofounder of the
            Compact Flash Association, “The improved performance will increase the competence and value of photographers, video artists and filmmakers.”

            “I am very proud of the CFA, which is working towards the future of content creation and addressing the needs of next-generation
            high-resolution and multi-sensor cameras.”

            “With CFexpress * 1.0, millions of hardware manufacturers can take advantage of the performance benefits of the robust PCIE® and NVM Express® ecosystems and improve performance,” said Koichiro Kawamura of
            Nikon, co-chair of the CFA Board. We can produce products that are compatible with previous models for many years. ”

            http://www.compactflash.org/assets/docs/cfapress/cfexpress_family_pr_160907.pdf

      • T.I.M

        4K video sample with Sony A9

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fad2uhZagoI

    • thundrrd

      There are people saying, “Oh my gosh, when is Nikon going to realize they have to get out a such and such camera,” but this is why I do not even worry about it.

      I do not worry, because now you have lots of people – like Sony – dong things which will either leave Nikon in the dust (I doubt it) or make Nikon wake up and produce something great (I expect it).

      Problem for Nikon at this point is they do not have a lot of chances and if they do not do it near perfect when it comes out, it will not help them a lot.

      Hoping Nikon announces something exciting soon, but on the other hand, Fujifilm and Sony keep my interest peaked and by the time I am ready to buy something new, there will be something out there to more than satisfy my needs. Even if it means I switch from Nikon, or keep Nikon plus something from another camera maker.

      I think it is an exciting time to be a photographer.

      • Allan

        +1

      • T.I.M

        Don’t worry, Nikon’s new bomb is coming (compared to it, the Tsar bomb is a firecracker).
        It have been delay several weeks because of my broken thumb but be ready for a big surprise (and save some cash aside).
        :o)

      • Aldo

        I agree with you, but nikon’s mirrorless doesnt have to be perfect. Look at the d800. It was far from perfect yet it was a revolutionary camera. Nikon still has an edge over sony. It is imperative that they exploit this edge and soon. Unless they plan to break away from the battle (which they havent even joined yet). Sort of like nintendo did vs the playstation. Nintendo understood its strengths and broke away from fighting sony a technological way, but rather focused in exploiting the nintendo brand and all the games associated with it through history. Now people have both a playstation and a nintendo. If they dont they understand what they are getting when buying either. You dont hear many people talking about how nintendo graphics suck vs the playstation. Nikon has a choice to make. They need to decide if they will become nintendo or xbox.

        • i hear you but nikon would have to throw in the towel sort a speak…. its either compete with the big boys or go and kill the I-1 analog instant camera market

        • thundrrd

          I agree the D800 wasn’t perfect, but it was well beyond what others were doing at the time and actually brought Canon to the table of more, more pixels.
          What I am saying is a new mirrorless offer from Nikon needs to be near perfect – would also be good if they introduce something no one else has yet which would be pushing the margins – because they are so behind what others are doing in mirrorless …
          If Nikon only comes out with another Nikon 1 type camera, then they have already lost.
          The DL camera’s would have been – in my mind – something to set them apart, but to announce and then not release … hmm … now I am starting to sound like those who say “Nikon has to do such and such …” didn’t mean to do so, but man it is hard not to …
          NIKON do something.

          • Aldo

            I think “Nikon do something” sums it up well.

      • +1 to everything you said ….and the clock is ticking for Nikon …either take the Df make it mirror less and copy the a7rii or try to match the a9 in features (yea right) or as soon as photographers earn 12 grand they are gonna jump ship ……ps fix snap bridge it still sucks

    • T.I.M

      Yes sometime my jokes are not top, but overall you need some humor to handle the world stupidity.
      Some studies (serious) say that laughing help make your life longer.

      • Allan

        I like your jokes, especially the ones that make me groan. 🙂

    • Sedgewick Barlow

      Years?
      Seriously?

      Who is going to dump their Nikon for this SONY at $4500 US? Seen the price of their glass? =:D I don’t hear anyone yelling STAMPEDE!

      • Aldo

        Yes years… nikon doesn’t even have a full frame mirrorless. This is another of many sony ones. Do you think when nikon finally makes one it’s gonna be on par? That would defy all logic. So yes nikon is years behind… like it was with video vs canon. As for the glass… they are not quite there yet but consider the 1500-2000 incentive (price difference with nikon and canon flagships) a free lens.

  • Aldo

    Your inability to understand someone who is ESL exposes your poor critical thinking and problem solving skills… which is a much bigger issue than being ESL.

    • Eric Calabros

      No problem at all. Its my fault, not the reader.

      • Aldo

        I just find it ironic that sometimes people who may speak like 6 languages are being ridiculed for mispelling a word.

  • Eric Calabros

    Thanks.

  • Kriss_De_Valnor

    Who cares about Nikon in Space? Sony is striking back with A9. You Nikon you better do something otherwise…

    • T.I.M

      Nikon will accept your apologies in few weeks.

      • Sedgewick Barlow

        lol

        No kidding, this industry doesn’t stand still long…. you hope! 😉

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