May 2015

May 27-29, 2015

Offense or Defense? Several of the games I play in my spare time require a real skill that is often overlooked: deciding when you are the aggressor and when you are the defender at any given point in the game. Article on

Optimal Data — Understanding Exposure and Noise. It seems that the notion of exposure keeps getting confused by many, and for that reason we keep getting “new” articles trying to address it (including this one). For the most part, people try to make exposure more difficult than it is. Us film old-timers tend to understand it better. Article on

Photos Everywhere. With Google Photos, we now have three of the big four tech companies wanting to take control over your photos. Article on

Nikon Updates V3 Firmware. The primary feature added is full support for Nikon’s optional (for sale) Camera Control Pro software, which has also been updated to version 2.22.0. Article on

Nikon updated many of their software products this week to get them compatible with recent cameras. You should bookmark my Nikon Software Versions page, which I try to keep fully up to date. Note that all recent DSLR bodies should get the Distortion Control Data 2.009 firmware update installed. This doesn’t show up as a camera update (though it is often incorporated in camera firmware updates)! Note also that you camera must be running current firmware in order to install the Distortion Control Data update.  

A number of you pointed out a few small discrepancies and a couple of missing lenses on the Mirrorless Lens Availability table I published recently. I’ve updated the table accordingly.

May 26, 2015

Another Thom Q&A I tend to get duplicative questions about Nikon gear via email and this site’s contact form. From time to time I’ve created articles to disseminate my responses to such questions more broadly. This is one of those articles. PF, E, Sport VR, DX, D400, sensors, mirrorless, it’s all covered. Warning: long article. Article on

May 21, 2015

How Tight is Tight? Ricoh owners have been wondering recently whether a new GR is coming down the pike. (Coolpix A owners might be thinking similarly, will there be a Coolpix B?) That got me to thinking about the state of the camera industry again. Simply put: is there enough volume in speciality cameras to make a strong profit any more? Article on

Odd Nikon D750 Firmware Update. Nikon today released version C1.02 firmware for the D750 DSLR, with the only change comment being “camera operation is now more reliable.” Article on

Nikon Updates V2 Firmware. A fix for a problem with Eye-Fi cards when recording video. Article on

May 19, 2015

The Upward Ladder. If we assume for a moment that we have the best current sensor technology available to us, what size sensor do we put it in our cameras? Curiously, that’s a problem that the camera makers are starting to have. Article on

Current Mirrorless Lens Availability. Updated From time to time I like to update site readers on what lenses are available in the various mounts. For current mirrorless owners, it’ll give you an idea of how your system stacks up against the others, plus remind you of what you’ve got available. Article on

Nikon 1 Repairs Outsourced in US. As of June 1st, all Nikon 1 products sent by dealers for repair will apparently be serviced only by United Camera, in Illinois. Article on

Samsung Updates NX1 Firmware. Samsung made a second large set of improvements to the NX1 firmware with the release of version 1.3. Most of the changes were to autofocus and video. Article on

May 18, 2015

Replacement Camera Syndrome. Two years ago I wrote about Last Camera Syndrome. That’s where you exit the constant cycle of upgrading your camera and just use what you’ve got, because it’s good enough for your needs. But what happens if you need to replace that “last camera”? Article on

When is a DSLR Not a DSLR? Fujifilm and Panasonic today both introduced US$800, DSLR-like, mirrorless cameras. Both are following similar strategies. Article on

Panasonic Restarts the G Series with the G7. The G series cameras looked to be dormant even when the G6 appeared. Panasonic themselves indicated that they weren’t sure that they would continue this DSLR-like line, especially given that they had another DSLR-like line that was well received in the GH.  Article on sansmirror.comData page for the Panasonic G7.

Fujifilm Introduces the X-T10 Camera. Fujifilm today introduced a smaller and lower-cost version of it’s X-T1 camera, the new X-T10. Still styled to look like the old Fujica bodies, the new X-T1 is a bit more like the old ST-701 with a blunted pentaprism. Article on sansmirror.comData page for the Fujifilm X-T10Data page for the Fujifilm 90mm f/2 lens.

May 14, 2015

Nikon Fiscal 2015 Results. Nikon today (May 14, 2015) announced their full fiscal year results for the period of April 2014 through March 2015. As expected, the news was basically one of decline. Article on

May 11, 2015

Where We’re Headed. Having tinkered with my bag contents a lot lately, I’ve come to a conclusion about DSLRs: they’re now only most useful as specialty cameras. Article on

Fujifilm Updates the X-T1. Fujifilm today announced a firmware update for the X-T1 that won’t be available until next month. Article on

May 8, 2015

Olympus: “Large Degree of Failure." In Olympus’ fiscal year-end report, the headline on the Imaging Division overall presentation was, in Olympus’ own words: "Large degree of failure to meet target for mirrorless camera net sales.” Also brief info on Sony fiscal results. Article on

May 7, 2015

What Camera Changes are Coming? The rumor of a new flash technology from Canon (E-TTL III) coupled with the sales decline in DSLRs gave me a bit of an Aha! moment recently. Article on

May 5, 2015

May Software Updates. Apple Raw Compatibility Updated, but only for Yosemite users. Article on dslrbodies.comReminder: this is a live article that updates from time to time during the month as new software and updates appear.

Is Copyright Working for You? Several of the professional groups I belong to are Copyright advocates for their members, and they attempt to not only let us know when something has changed or been decided by courts that affects our Copyright, they also tend to work towards making Copyright work better for us in the future. Article on

May 4, 2015

Gray Market is Changing People’s Views. There’s another way to look at gray market product here in the US: how much are you willing to pay for NikonUSA customer service and support? Article on

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