Samsung Goes Big at Photokina: NX1 Camera with 4K video, & a 50-150mm, 2.8 Lens

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Big day in Photokina today. Samsung, on it’s second big launch in a short stretch, announces the new NX1 Smart Camera.
Shooting 28 MP, at a blazing 15FPS, They are looking to leverage the legacy of Samsung products communicating not only with each other, but now all NFC phones (like the new iPhone 6).
ISO from 100-51,200, and an articulated LCD tilting up 90º and down 45º, workable fro Over the head or low angles shots, but skip the selfies.
You’ve got a phone for that.

It has a Scene features mode and they are: Action Freeze, Beauty Face, Fireworks, Landscape, Light Trace, Multi-Exposure, Night, Panorama (Live), Rich Tone (HDR), Samsung Auto Shutter, Silhouette, Sunset, Waterfall.
Using the DRIMe V Image Processor and an advanced algorithm, the NX1 will track a baseball as it travels to a player, allowing photographers take crisp images of the moment a ball connects with a bat. While these shots can often be difficult to take, the NX1 removes any concern by accurately predicting the right time to trigger the shutter and capture a full-resolution image.
And if you make your NX1 and a smartphone or tablet kiss, The Photo Beam feature allows the transfer of images or videos without any configuration.
Want to share with up to 4 friends at the same time?
MobileLink lets users select multiple images to send to four distinct smart devices at one time, so everyone can treasure photos without the need to take repetitive shots on each individual device

Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA), announces today the launch of the NX1 SMART Camera. This new flagship model combines professional image quality with cinema quality Ultra High Definition (UHD) / 4K resolution video recording and industry-leading SMART connectivity. Samsung also expands its line of professional-grade “S” lenses with the introduction of a new telephoto lens, the NX 50-150mm F2.8 S OIS lens.
Here’s what you have:
*28MP
*Articulated screen
*Wi-fi sharing like crazy
*15FPS
*APS-C sized sensor
oh, yeah: 4K video
Only $1500., body only.

The Official word:

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Nikon D750 : All of the things you asked for!

My Nikon D700 has been a good friend for years. Then along came the D800: incredible video specs, 36mp, crazy great body construction.

Of course, the d800 beget the D810 bringing it all to a new level.

But being greedy, there were things I really wanted and had missed. The just announced Nikon D750 took care of those.

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With all of the D810 video features, which are total pro, the D750 delivers some very similar photo specs.

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It clocks in at a very respectable 24 MP, using the same FX CMOS EXSPEED 4 processor simlar to the D810 and D4s.6.5 FPS at full resolution, newly designed body with a deeper grip. that felt good in the hands.
Here’D750_24_120_lefts 2 of the main new deals : a Variable angle high end LCD AND built in wi-fi.
Finally, Nikon has come aboard the wi-fi train with no dongle! Discussed this with them a bit and it, and I understand why it took this long, but never happy about it. Glad that’s over with.
And a 3.2-inch variable angle with an Full Frame camera? And after having handled the LCD, the build is strong Nikon quality I’m gonna trust.

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Double SD card slots,there is some slight changes on what you have been used on where things are on the body. Not controls so much as cards and batteries.

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Speaking of batteries, it’s not a brand new size/shape it uses the EL-EN15.
The ISO is essentially 50-51,200. Not the insane goodness of the higher priced models in the line but what do you really need?
It’s a lighter, more powerful, video-licious, update to the D700 workhorse, and for abut $1000. less than the D810, you have a great choice compared to the 36MP D810.
I think I’ve made mine.
Here are the highlights:
*24mp
*6.5 FPS
*50-51,200 ISO
*VARI-ANGLE LCD !!!!
*BUILT IN WI-FI!!!!!

Is that enough? Hit my wish list!
Don’t want to forget the brand new 20mm 1.8. Another sweet addition to the Nikon line-up.

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    Yes it’s bigger than my old standby, but better.
    When shooting rock, a 20mm always goes in the bag, and it’s been a 20mm 2.8. Time for the upgrade.
    So..
    Here are the highlights:
    *24mp
    *6.5 FPS
    *50-51,200 ISO
    *VARI-ANGLE LCD !!!!
    *BUILT IN WI-FI!!!!!

    Is that enough? Hit my wish list!

    OK, one other item they introduced:

    The SB-500 with flash and LED for continuous fill on your video. Powered by 2 AA batts., it’s a small package that should get you through a short shoot. Carry those batteries always for a longer shoot.

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    And now, the official word:

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Remember The Day

I know exactly where I was, and what I was doing.
Sitting in the home office, very early on the West coast, prepping for calls to the East.
First cuppa joe, and turned on the tube.
The first tower had been struck.
The horrible events that followed will always be burned in my memory, along with the rest of the world .
That was 9/11/01.
The reactions were brutal and pervasive, as we all tried to contact loved ones who may have been in the area, and wondered what would happen next.

On that day, our lives changed in so many ways.

Seven years later we should all remember that day. Historic events fade from memory as time marches on, and we are left with emotional touchpoints to trigger that feeling we had in the moment, lest we forget.

The power of the still photograph comes into play in memory of this tragic day. We may not need to see video tape of the planes brutally slamming into the buildings, or the Tsunami of smoke as they came crashing down.

I think the still images allow you to slowly remember the day. Not peacefully, but introspectively.

A book of photographs that celebrates the heroes of that day is from photographer Joe McNally and Life magazine, called Faces of Ground Zero:Portraits of the Heroes of September 11,2001
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Sure you’ve read about Joe running around with a ton of speed lights and creating lighting magic on the run.
But I will always know him from this collection.
Having seen this life size exhibit in person, you can look into their eyes and sense from their stature the horrors they saw. Many of them first responders, or survivors. You should seek out this book.

From the publisher:
“In a studio just blocks away from Ground Zero, longtime LIFE photographer Joe McNally, architect of some of the largest photographic productions ever attempted in the magazine industry, created a stunning series of portraits of the heroes of Ground Zero. In that studio, is a one-of-a-kind Polaroid camera, measuring 12 feet long by 16 feet high. The color photographs it takes-larger than life, at four feet by nine feet framed-are unforgettable in their striking immediacy and clarity. Over the course of two weeks, approximately 200 people came before McNally’s lens: survivors, firemen, policemen, volunteers, doctors, nurses, widows, children. Not, in a dignified tribute to the heroes and victims of Ground Zero, 150 of McNally’s compelling portraits are collected together in Faces Of Ground Zero, including those from the acclaimed touring exhibit and several portraits seen here for the first time.
This book features a foreword by Rudolph Giuliani and includes an original essay by McNally on the historic Ground Zero project. A portion of the proceeds will go to charity.”
Joe McNally on his Set

Perhaps these heroic portraits will let you relive the day a little easier.
Just never forget the event. At least, take a few moments to remember.

For more digital information on 9/11, you can click here.

As much chatter about the store at the 9/11 Memorial Museum hits the web, they have a stack of these books there.

Sony takes a bestseller and makes more sense in 2nd gen

I like a good photo gadget as much as the next shooter, maybe even more. When Sony introduced the QX series of cameras meant to be attached to a smartphone, it was a huge seller. The ability to get better photos on your phone intrigued the masses. I was interested but was not ready for a purchase.
Here is the initial vid:

Right?taking the lens off for tight spaces, and using the phone as a monitor?

But phones have gotten better. In a lot of different ways.And Sony has stepped up the game.
The new series has a model to let you add different lenses. and shoot RAW. And a 20MP Exmor sensor.
Shutter speeds of 1/4000-39 secs. NFC is also on board, which should be on the new iPhone.
Video? you bet: 1920 x 1080 (29.97fps approx. 16Mbps)
Is this going to eat up all your memory, like my Hyperlapses are?
Nope,use a sweet Micro SD card.
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You do have to go through the Sony app to upload your images to, the upload from, so no direct access to Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
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Yes batteries,and an APS-C sensor.

Do you want one? Come November you can pay $400 and get one. Not sure if it’s quite the now classic NEX-6, but the feeling that they stripped away the body and left the essentials is strong.
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Sony is listening to the consumer who wants to share high quality images fast. wait, not fast: NOW!

And now the official word:

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BIts & Bobs : Short News In the Photo World


Vivian Maier prints may be going off the market!


Well, looks like an heir to the Vivian Maier collection of images has been found in France.
As the details get worked out for the legal rights for the treasure trove, sales of the prints and exhibitions proceeding are both in question. Check out this article in the New York Times.
It was always a strange part of the story as a purchase, ala storage wars, of a cache of negatives by a few people, resulted in the discovery of a fascinating street photographer, heretofore unknown.
The documentary by John Maloof, one of the purchasers, was not great film maker and left those of us curious, a bit unsatisfied.
As those involved started to sell the modern prints for about $2K, the frenzy continued.
What could the upshot be?
Well, if you have not bought a print yet, you may not be able to for awhile.
OR…you may end up paying a premium because all things that are forbidden cost more.

Not sure what to shoot? Aperture has a solution


Every photographer locks onto a subject or 3 to shot whenever they have the opportunity.

This way, there is always an unspoken assignment and a method to the madness of shooting and not just a random scattershot approach.

Not that random is bad. But to help you hone your skills as photographer, shooting similar subjects with a purpose helps you get better, and , dare I say, focused.

Look, the guy who shoots Humans of New York knows he not that good, but he’ll get better as he keeps shooting similar subjects all the time.

If you are feeling stuck, or keep looking through the viewfinder hoping that a subject will jump out at you and touch your photographic soul, to no avail you are in luck.

The good folks at Aperture have gathered 307 assignments from noted photographers, which will easily give you the jump start you need, in one book The Photographer’s Playbook: 307 Assignments and Ideas
I love this book.
Each assignment is presented in easy to swallow , bite size , one page layouts, with very clear reasoning behind each one.
While sifting through, here was even one that suggested DON’T shoot and instead, curate. Interesting.
A great deal at about $20.00

The Smaller The Camera, The Shakier the Footage


True enough. What may look great on a tiny monitor or screen, may look like like you were shaking a martini when it hits a big screen.

Fine, not THAT bad , but not smooth. I’m looking at you GoPro! Although the mounts help keep the camera on task, there is so much more you could do.

I discovered the DSLRPro company who are distributing  a 3-Axis stabilizer for the GoPro 3 & 3+.

check this vid:

OK, I just bought one. In the days ahead, I’ll be working it out for reals, and see what we get.
The instructions are a bit slim, however, and I’m now going to see how the support is from the folks @ DSLRPro.
It does just what it should, according to the video, but I’m already finding nuances that will help in learning the best uses.
C’mon, gear is meant to be learned, not just plug and play like an iPhone. that way you get the best from it.

OK, Summer is kinda done, and very gear maker is coming out with new goodies and we’ll be letting you know what’s worth a look, or a financial consideration.

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