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Nikon D700 D-SLR A 12.1 effective megapixel FX format (AKA Full Frame) DSLR capable of up to 8 fps when using the optional MB-D10 Multi Power Battery Pack.
Imaging pipeline: A 12.1 (effective ï¾– meaning image making) megapixel 23.9x36mm Nikon FX-format CMOS using 8.45 micrometer (micron) pixel pitch cells with a low signal-to-noise ratio and wide dynamic range (about 12 stops in the D3). A 12-channel readout for faster information transfer allows for a 5 to 8 full size, full resolution FPS rate (see more details below). ISO range: nominally 200-6400 + down to ISO 100 (Lo-1) and up to ISO 25,600 (Hi-2). D700 will deliver D3 image quality for slightly more than half the price.
Viewfinder: A .72x magnification eyelevel viewfinder utilizing a high refractive index pentaprism (I assume made of glass elements) with a 95% frame coverage. A framing grid can be super imposed on the finder screen per a photographerï¾’s preferences of format size.
Shutter: Shutter curtains are formed of a Kevlar and carbon fiber composite hybrid material. This shutter has already been tested on full y assembled cameras through at least 150,000 cycles. Shutter unit has a self-diagnostic unit, which constantly monitors shutter performance to maintain precision.
Body Construction: The camera body, rear body and mirror box are made from a high-strength magnesium alloy. Connection points in the body are weather sealed with precision O-rings to keep out dust and moisture.
Battery: same as the D300: Nikon EN-El3e
Start up, shutter lag times, buffer size and write speed: Start up from off is accomplished in .12 seconds. Shutter lag response time is 0.40 milliseconds. Nikon claims these makes the D700 currently the fastest in its class.
Full Resolution JPEGS: up to 5 frames per second (FPS) or up to 8 FPS with the optional MB-10D for up to 100 frames. NEFs 17 14 bit per channel lossless compressed NEFS.
With the new high speed UDMA CompactFlash cards camera to media write speed is up to 35 megabytes per second.
Auto-focus: The D700 uses Nikonï¾’s Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module with 15 cross-type sensors and 36 horizontal sensors that can be used individually or in groups. In Single Area or Dynamic AF modes, users can select groups of 9, 21, or all 51 focus points. The system also utilizes 3D Focus tracking with automatic focus point switching using all 51 points in conjunction with the metering systems 1,005 pixel RGB sensor to accurately track moving objects using color content and light information.
Self Cleaning mode: a first for a Nikon FX format camera, The self-cleaning system uses 4 distinct vibration frequencies to shake off dust particles from the cameraï¾’s low-pass filter. System is activated at start up, shut down, or on demand. Additionally the interior of the mirror box and the whole of the shutter mechanism are made of materials that inhibit debris creation in the first place. Active D-lighting: Active D-Lighting lets photographers choose from various intensities during capture, while a new Automatic mode also applies varying levels of D-Lighting as, and when needed, to enhance photos while shooting. Active D-Lighting uses localized (very localized: as in on the individual sensor pixel) tone control technology to further optimize highlight and shadow detail while also maintaining natural contrast, giving photographers the ability to make better exposed photos, even in difficult lighting conditions. LCD monitor: A 3-inch (diagonal) 920,000-dot VGA TFT LCD display covered with tempered glass features a 170-degree viewing angle.
Live View and working tethered:Live View Hand held mode uses the TTL phase detection AF utilizing all 51 AF points and allows the photographer to reframe the image prior to making the photo.
Live View Tripod mode is for very precise focusing accuracy with the camera mounted on a tripod with still subjects. Focal plane contrast detection AF can be activated on any desired point with in a specific area. (Note: Using tripod mode Live View on the D3 I use the camera in manual focus mode and enlarge the preview on the LCD monitor if not working tethered to a computer using Nikon Camera Control Pro 2 software.)
Also new is the ability to superimpose the Virtual Horizon feature over the Live View monitor image.
The camera also outputs a video signal to an HD television using the new smaller HDMI-C standard, which clients will certainly appreciate.
180 degrees rotated picture of a clear blue sky, by Helmut Smits
There is some amazing Photoshop work by Ricardo Salamanca at Salamagica. Great is that he gives a few “behind the scenes shots” of how he created his images.
“Dead men lying on the bottom of the grave
Wondering when Saviour comes – is he gonna be saved […]”
Totem – Soldier Side is a bizarre yet deep collection of military/religious themed photography by German (?) multi-disciplinary artist Michel Valentino.
This is a unique kissing photo website created to promote the power of love one kiss at a time. My wife Terri and myself wanted to develop a community website that we could partner in together as a labor of love after three kids and twenty three years of marriage. We brainstormed about creating something positive that would brighten our day. It was our desire to provide a simple way for ourselves and others to post positive messages of love that would leave a lasting impression, so we focused on the power of a kiss in pictures.
There are romantic kisses, friendly kisses, animal kisses, artistic kisses, goofy kisses …
Creators Ray and Terri filter through the submissions with a tasteful sensibility – so it’s not tacky or NSFW.
My Best Wishes to Best Kisses!
And don’t miss Top 10 Health Benefits of Kissing!
Photographer Andrew Bush mounted a camera in his car to catch drivers in Los Angeles and elsewhere in the southwest between 1989 and 1997. Then he posted the 66 most interesting ones. Link
This isn’t the camera you should bring to one of your crazy wet and wild parties – at least if you are a control freak. The JVC Everio GZ-MS100 features a unique one touch upload that makes it a breeze uploading your favorite moments to Youtube. Doug Aamot over at Crunchgear has checked it out thouroughly.
Review: JVC Everio GZ-MS100 with YouTube Upload [Crunchgear]
Check out Nike’s most innovative soccer product changing the face of soccer boot design forever. When Nike designer Peter Hudson started sketching the lightest, fastest soccer boot possible , he quickly decided on one thing – no limits. Taking money, time and manufacturing considerations out of the equation was a specific decision that enabled the designer to break scientific boundaries, creating a boot made almost entirely of carbon fiber. Something which, until this point, had never been done before.
For Nike, the end results was the Mercurial SL : Nike’s most lightweight – with only 190 grams, most highly responsive yet flexible and strong soccer boot to date. A boot featuring only what’s needed without giving up any performance.
Say Hello to the Alfa Romeo Mi.To a hot little car from the italian automaker. Due to be launch in all the major markets starting in July (unfortunately not in the U.S. – yet) the Mi.To is essentially a Fiat Grande Punto wrapped in an 8C Competizione inspired costume.
Available exclusively as a three-door hatchback, the 4-meter long Mi.To will be offered at launch with two petrol engines, a puny 78Hp 1.4-liter and a 155Hp turbocharged 1.4-liter and one turbodiesel, the 120Hp 1.6 JTDM. All engines are paired with a 6 speed manual gearboxes.
Inkless, wireless and prints a photo in 60 seconds
Here’s Polaroid PoGo, a pocket-sized and inkless digital printer able to print 2″x3″ borderless photos. You can either connect it wirelessly through Bluetooth or via USB/PictBridge, allowing you to print from both cell phones and digital cameras. The backsides of the smudge-proof and water resistant photos can be peeled off too, making the photos into stickers.
“The full-color digital photos are created without ink cartridges or ribbons using ZINK Photo Paper™, keeping the printer to about the size of a deck of cards. The paper is a durable material that contains colorless cyan, yellow and magenta dye crystals. Heat activation brings photos to life, colorizing ZINK™ dye crystals, so digital photos can be shared instantly.”
The PoGo will start selling at Best Buy on July 6th for about $149.00.
Those of you who know me know that I have a thing for jumping photos. I love being in them and I love taking photos of jumping people. I have no idea why I have such a fascination with them especially since most of the time they require almost zero effort to take. I guess I just like how each jumping photograph can capture so much energy and expression in one shot.
Anyway, the Hyper series by French photographer Denis Darzacq is just awesome.
Italian photographer Matteo Ferrari took pictures of people who drove the same car for many, many years.
Microsoft’s Bill Gates gave Fortune magazine access to some rare photos from the Microsoft archives – and shared his memories about them.
The Book of Sleep collects vintage photos of people sleeping. Wonderful.
Summer. Originally uploaded by sgoralnick.
I am completely fascinated by finnish photographer Markku Lahdesmaki’s work.
Word Time a flickr group for those who love sharing videos of themselves reading a list of words and hearing how others pronounce them too. Highly entertaining. (it’s not possible to embedd flickr movies?)
The 2009 Yamaha VMAX is powered by an all-new 65-degree 1679cc V4 engine. Featuring lightweight aluminum chassis, a 5-speed transmission with a slipper clutch, wave-style brake discs with ABS and Brembo master cylinders, and complete suspension adjustability in both the front and rear. The 2009 Yamaha VMAX will costs you $18,000.
Hello GTR fans, here are some shots of the 2009 Nissan GT-R from vanq photography. It is spotted in Singapore, painted in flat black or matte black. At first glance, I thought it was a screen shot from the Gran Turismo game, lol. A thumb up for the photos, nice work.
What we see everyday can affect our mood and state of mind. Enhance your desktop with a wallpaper creation from Desktopography and feel the essence of nature and the outdoor existence on your computer. Bring tranquility to your desktop, feel the wilderness and give your background a breath of fresh air.
The Desktopography project arrived in 2005 as a place to download nature/topological themed wallpapers with edits from selected designers. Everything iss free, and some of the artwork is really amazing.
Nikon just announced a major update to Capture NX (called Capture NX2), and there’s already a lot of buzz about this new version all over the Web. Nikon photographer (and Guest Blogger extraordinaire) Vincent Versace has this to say about the new version, “Capture NX2 unlocks my creativity in ways I never imagined. Using this software, the impossible becomes just an opinion. Capture NX2 is a RAW processor that allows you to be in the 21st century.” Vincent is regarded as the leading authority on NX, and he’s just released a Capture NX2 training DVD called “Unleashing the RAW Power of Capture NX2″ (he’s offering a $15 off discount if you pre-order the DVD before NX2 actually ships). Here’s the link with all the details on Vincent’s DVD.
Now, from the same creator, Austrian developer Franz Enzenhofer, comes FaceSaerch (yes, that’s the way it’s written). It has the same features but this time it only looks for faces.
Michael Neff’s Chalk series is a terrific idea in which he outlines various objects’ shadows in chalk, and then photographs them at night, giving each shadow an odd, sort of radiating glow.
So far, cities that he’s done this in include New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and a small town in Oregon, and the series is ongoing, so he has plans for more in the future.