Nikon Firmware Update for D5, D500, B700, Camera Control Pro 2, and ViewNX-i

Nikon is on a happy mood…so they announced not 1, not 2 but 5 updates to their cameras and software below.

The updates are available via the following links:

D5 Firmware Version 1.10 to 1.20:

  • Added two new AF-area modes: group-area AF (HL) and group-area AF (VL). The user selects a row (HL) or column (VL) of focus points; when AF-C is selected for focus mode, the camera will give priority to the point in the selected row or column containing the subject closest to the camera.
  • Updated the photo info display to show the color temperature for photos taken with Auto selected for white balance.
  • Added an Exif tag listing the difference between the local time zone and UTC, part of the Exif 2.31 specification.
  • Added the support for the following features of AF-P lenses:
    • If the standby timer expires after the camera has focused, the focus position will not change when the timer is reactivated.
    • In manual focus mode, the focus indicator in the viewfinder (or in live view, the focus point selected in the monitor) will flash to show that infinity or the minimum focus distance has been reached by rotating the focus ring.
  • Changed the checks performed when Clean image sensor > Clean now is selected in the SETUP MENU. We recommend that you perform image sensor cleaning after updating the firmware.

Fixed the following issues:

  • The higher the amount of Active D Lighting selected when optional flash units were used with auto aperture (AA), non-TTL auto (A), or distance-priority manual (GN) flash mode, the more the resulting images would be underexposed.
  • Changes to exposure (including exposure compensation) would not be reflected in the photo live view exposure preview while the display was zoomed in.
  • Photo live view display WB could not be selected in the i-button menu while the exposure preview was displayed in photo live view.
  • Taking long bursts of photos with On selected for Network > Options > Auto send would sometimes drastically slow the recording of data to the memory card.
  • Reduced the amount of time needed to connect to hidden SSIDs when WPA-PSK or WPA2-PSK is selected for Authentication.
  • Updated some help text.

Notice

Users of the software listed below will need to update to the following versions to support the changes in this firmware update:

    • Camera Control Pro 2 version 2.25.1 or later
    • ViewNX-i version 1.2.8 or later

Coolpix B700 Firmware 1.2 to 1.3

  • Fixed an issue that prevented the camera charging when connected to an AC charging adapter with Off selected for Charge by computer.

Nikon D500 Firmware 1.12 to 1.13

  • Fixed an issue that interfered with pairing or resulted in unreliable connections when the camera was used with the Android edition of the SnapBridge app.

Camera Control Pro 2.25.0 to 2.25.1

  • Added support for D5 “C” firmware version 1.20.
  • Added Group-area AF (HL) and Group-area AF (VL) options to AF-area mode (D5 “C” firmware version 1.20).

ViewNX-i 1.2.7 to 1.2.8

  • Added support for D5 “C” firmware version 1.20. Users can now:
    • View focus points for images taken using group-area AF (HL) and group-area AF (VL)
    • Use File and Camera Information to view the color temperature for photos taken using auto white balance

Nikon D750 Shutter Recall, Again.

Is your Nikon D750 affected by the recall? There is no official list of serial number published by Nikon, but you can do a simple checking at:

https://nikon.tfaforms.net/215

UPDATED NIKON D750 SERVICE ADVISORY AS OF JULY 12, 2017.

Technical Service Advisory for users of the Nikon D750 digital SLR camera

Thank you for choosing Nikon for your photographic needs.

In February of 2016, we announced in an update that the shutter in some Nikon D750 digital SLR cameras manufactured between October 2014 through June 2015 may not function normally, sometimes resulting in a shading of a portion of images. Since that time, we have learned that the same issue may affect D750 cameras manufactured from July 2014 through September 2014 and from July 2015 through September 2016.

For those who have already purchased a D750 and would like to have their camera serviced for this issue, free of charge, Nikon service centers will service cameras as indicated below. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this issue may have caused.

Identifying affected D750 cameras

To check whether or not your camera may be one of those affected by this issue, click the Check Your Serial Number link below and enter your D750’s serial number as instructed.

If your D750 camera is one of those that may be affected, instructions for obtaining service will be displayed. If your D750 camera is not one of those to which this issue may apply, rest assured that service to your D750 camera as to this issue is not necessary and you may continue using your D750 camera without concern for this issue.

Check Your Serial Number

The camera’s serial number is the 7-digit number indicated by the red frame in the image above.

Resolution

If your D750 camera may be affected, as confirmed with the serial number check above, you will be provided with the necessary information to obtain service for this issue free of charge. Once your D750 camera is received by Nikon, your D750 camera’s shutter will be examined and replaced, and your D750 camera returned to you free of charge, even if your D750 camera warranty has expired.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this matter may have caused you.

Nikon will continue to take all possible measures to further improve product quality. Therefore, we hope that you will continue to choose Nikon for your photographic needs.

Nikon New AF-P NIKKOR 70-300MM F/4.5-5.6E ED VR Lens

NIKON INTRODUCES NEW FULL-FRAME TELEPHOTO ZOOM LENS: THE AF-P NIKKOR 70-300MM F/4.5-5.6E ED VR

MELVILLE, NY (July 11, 2017 at 12:01 A.M. EDT) – Today, Nikon announced the new AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR, modernizing this popular zoom lens with a myriad of the latest Nikon technologies. The new lens features enhanced Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization capability and integrates a stepping motor for fast and quiet AF performance, making it Nikon’s first full-frame AF-P lens. This new NIKKOR lens is a versatile, compact telephoto option for intermediate FX and DX-format photographers looking to capture sports, wildlife, candids, travel and other subjects at long distances, all with stunning clarity.

“This latest lens reaffirms Nikon’s commitment to giving FX-format shooters of all levels the unparalleled quality of NIKKOR glass, with the benefits of our latest optical technologies,” said Kosuke Kawaura, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc.

Updated with the Latest NIKKOR Lens Technologies
Whether capturing a baseball game from the bleachers or the sights of a scenic vacation, the new AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR is a versatile lens that helps users capture sharp images and video, even in challenging light. The new AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm is lighter than its predecessor, despite packing new technologies that help those shooting photos and video achieve stellar results. Enhancements to the lens include:

  • Improved Vibration Reduction (VR) System: The new AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm lens provides users with up to 4.5 stops* of VR stabilization, to help create sharp photos and smooth video, even in low light or while handheld. Users can choose from either Normal or Sport VR Modes for added stability when shooting from a non-stationary location.
  • Lightweight with Stepping Motor Technology: This AF-P lens uses a stepping motor for fast and quiet autofocus, which reduces the sound of lens operation while recording HD or 4K UHD video. This new technology also contributes to the lens’ reduced weight, making it easy to carry on all-day excursions.
  • Electronic Diaphragm: This lens takes advantage of the fast burst speed of Nikon DSLR cameras, as the Electronic Diaphragm not only provides smooth exposure transitions during video capture, but also helps maintain consistent exposure during high-speed shooting, such as when photographing sports.
  • Get Close: The AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm lens features a minimum focus distance of only 3.94 ft. (1.2 meters) and a reproduction ratio of 0.25x, letting users get even closer to capture the most extravagant details, even at 300mm.
  • Lens Construction: The lens features dust and drip resistance, along with a metal lens mount for durability. It features a 9-blade diaphragm for a natural, circular bokeh. The lens also features an ED element to significantly reduce instances of chromatic aberration.

Price and Availability
The Nikon AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR lens will have a suggested retail price (SRP) of $699.95**, and availability will be announced at a later date. For more information on this new NIKKOR lens as well as the latest Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

*Based on CIPA Standard. This value is achieved when FX-format compatible lenses are attached to a FX-format digital SLR camera and zoom lenses are set at the maximum telephoto position.

**SRP (Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time. Specifications, equipment and release dates are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.

AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-5.6E ED VR specifications

Principal specifications
Lens type Zoom lens
Max Format size 35mm FF
Focal length 70–300 mm
Image stabilization Yes (4.5 stops)
Lens mount Nikon F (FX)
Aperture
Maximum aperture F4.5–32
Minimum aperture F5.6–40
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Optics
Elements 18
Groups 14
Special elements / coatings 1 ED element
Focus
Minimum focus 1.25 m (49.21)
Maximum magnification 0.25×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Stepper motor
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Internal
Distance scale No
DoF scale No
Focus distance limiter No
Physical
Weight 680 g (1.50 lb)
Diameter 81 mm (3.17)
Length 146 mm (5.75)
Sealing No
Colour Black
Zoom method Rotary (extending)
Power zoom No
Filter thread 67.0 mm
Hood supplied Yes
Hood product code HB-82
Tripod collar No

Leica Announced New TL2 Mirrorless Camera (24MP, APS-C Sensor, 20fps, 4K/30p Video)

LEICA CAMERA PRESENTS THE LEICA TL2: PERFECTED FEATURES AND PERSUASIVE PERFORMANCE MEET UNIQUE DESIGN

Based on the Leica TL-System, which has been continuously advanced in terms of speed, ease of handling and flexibility since its market launch, the new Leica TL2 embraces all the perfected features and leads the innovative camera concept into a new generation with additional innovations and new design aspects. The particular hallmark of the Leica TL2 is the unusual design of its compact body. Each camera body is precisely machined from a single block of aluminium in the Leica factory. The use of premium materials and their engineering in an elaborate manufacturing process are unique in the history of camera construction and lend the Leica TL2 an unmistakeable look, feel and solidity.

Brilliant still pictures and video footage

The Leica TL2 is equipped with a newly developed, 24-megapixel CMOS sensor in APS-C format that, in combination with an equally new, Maestro II series high-performance image processor, guarantees outstanding picture quality with impressive dynamic range, excellent contrast and colour rendition, exceptional sharpness and finest resolution of details. However, the Leica TL2 impresses not only with its still picture performance, but also with its video capabilities. The camera’s various video recording modes, such as 4K (3840 x 2160p at 30 frames per second), full HD (1920 x 1080p at 60 frames per second), HD (1280 x 720p at 60 frames per second or slow motion [SLOMO] captured at 120 frames per second), leave absolutely nothing to be desired.

Fast and almost silent

One of the highlights of the Leica TL2 is its enormously improved AF speed and precision. For instance, the camera focuses sharply on subjects in around only 165 milliseconds (CIPA standard; Leica standard zoom lens at its wide-angle setting), and thus focuses up to three times faster than the previous model. The new Leica Maestro II series image processor not only plays a significant role in its faster autofocus, but also to the considerably shorter start-up time. Another new development is an electronically controlled shutter that enables silent exposures at shutter speeds up to 1/40,000 s and an increase in the continuous shooting rate from 7 to a maximum of 20 frames per second.

Connectivity with and without a cable

Thanks to the integrated Wi-Fi module of the Leica TL2 and the function for setting up a mobile hotspot, pictures and video can be conveniently transferred by wireless to smartphones, tablets and desktop PCs from anywhere and then, for example, be shared by email, on Facebook, Instagram or other social media. Data can also be transferred lightning fast by cable with the camera’s integrated HDMI and USB 3.0 ports. The USB port also enables recharging of the Leica TL2 without a battery charger – for example from a laptop computer or an external power bank.

With the TL App available for both iOS and Android devices, smartphones or tablets are transformed into electronic viewfinders and offer remote control of various exposure-relevant parameters such as the shutter speed and aperture. The TL App also makes it much easier to capture photos and video from unusual angles, with a self-timer or with longer shutter speeds.

Modern, intuitive and versatile

By grouping menu items according to related functions, the menu of the Leica TL2 is now more clearly and logically structured and makes camera handling easier and even more intuitive than before. With the MyCamera menu, the user interface can be further personalised to meet the photographer’s preferences or particular needs. This means that the photographer always has fast access to all frequently used features and presets. Thanks to significantly increased reactivity and up to eight times faster response when using the touchscreen, camera handling is now even more efficient and intuitive. At the heart of this is a bright and clearly laid-out 3.7″ LCD touchscreen display that enables both composition and reliable and convenient assessment of subjects before and after exposure. The only other controls are four ergonomically positioned haptic control elements that are intuitive in their operation. This ensures that camera users can concentrate fully on composing their pictures – without any unnecessary distractions.

The best in its class

The comprehensive portfolio of lenses in the Leica TL-System offers an ideal range of focal lengths for all situations and types of photography. The system currently comprises six lenses – three prime lenses and three zooms – that meet the needs of every photographic situation. The two fast prime lenses, the Leica Summicron-TL 23 mm f/2 ASPH. and the Summilux-TL 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH., are classic focal lengths for reportage photography, and the APO-Macro-Elmarit-TL 60 mm f/2.8 ASPH. complements them ideally as a lens for finely detailed close-up photography. The three compact zoom lenses, the Leica Super-Vario-Elmar-TL 11–23 mm f/3.5–4.5 ASPH., Vario-Elmar-TL 18–56 mm f/3.5–5.6 ASPH. and APO-Vario-Elmar-TL 55–135 mm f/3.5–4.5 ASPH., cover an entire range of focal lengths equivalent to 17 to 200 mm (equiv. in 35 mm format) and deliver exposures with rich contrast from corner to corner of each frame.

All Leica TL-Lenses impress with exceptional imaging performance at all distances from closest focusing distance to infinity and deliver pictures with the inimitable ‘Leica look’ and unique bokeh. Developed by optical design specialists in Wetzlar (Germany), they offer the exceptional imaging performance for which Leica lenses are famed. The combination of optical and precision engineering expertise and the use of finest materials in their construction ensures their constant quality and reliability in use.

Sustainability guaranteed by cross-system compatibility

Thanks to the L-Bayonet mount shared by the Leica TL and SL cameras, SL-Lenses can also be used without an adapter on the Leica TL2. With this, Leica once again carries forward its fundamental principles of cross-system compatibility and sustainability, which is now also reflected in a uniform product designation. Dedicated adapters are available for using Leica M and R lenses on TL-Cameras – the Leica M-Adapter is available in a choice of black or silver finish.

New design in two colour options

The Leica TL2 will be offered in a choice of two different colours from the start. The design of both the silver and black versions of the camera has been slightly revised in comparison with its predecessor. In addition to chamfered edges the body also features redesigned control elements that have been modified not only in visual style, but also provide a new haptic experience.

Functional camera accessories, such as high-quality protectors in Nappa leather, which can stay on the camera when changing the battery, and colour-coordinated carrying straps in stone-grey, black, red, yellow and cemento, are ideal complements to the TL system portfolio.

Leica TL2 specifications

Price
MSRP $1950 (body only)
Body type
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Body material Aluminum
Sensor
Max resolution 6016 x 4014
Other resolutions 6000 x 4000, 4272 x 2856, 3024 x 2016
Image ratio w:h 3:2
Effective pixels 24 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 25 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.6 x 15.7 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Color filter array Primary color filter
Image
ISO Auto, 100-50000
White balance presets 5
Custom white balance Yes (2 slots)
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Superfine, fine
File format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3)
  • Raw (DNG)
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lamp Yes
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 49
Lens mount Leica L
Focal length multiplier 1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3.7
Screen dots 1,230,000
Touch screen Yes
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional)
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic) 1/40000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • Shutter priority
  • Aperture priority
  • Manual
Scene modes
  • sport
  • portrait
  • landscape
  • night portrait
  • snow/beach
  • fireworks
  • candlelight
  • sunset
  • digiscoping
Built-in flash No
External flash Yes
Flash X sync speed 1/180 sec
Continuous drive 7.0 fps
Self-timer Yes
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Format MPEG-4
Modes
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 1280 x 720 @ 60p, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 1280 x 720 @ 120p, MP4, H.264, AAC
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types Internal + SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Storage included 32GB
Connectivity
USB USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
HDMI Yes
Microphone port No
Headphone port No
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11b/g/n
Remote control Yes (via smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description BP-DC13 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 250
Weight (inc. batteries) 399 g (0.88 lb / 14.07 oz)
Dimensions 134 x 69 x 33 mm (5.28 x 2.72 x 1.3)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
GPS Optional
GPS notes requires EVF

Nikon Limited Edition Eamera Posters for 100th Anniversary

Celebrate Nikon’s 100 year history of helping to tell the stories that matter. These ten designs, each of an iconic Nikon camera and limited to just 100 first edition prints, will be printed on archival fine art paper, hand-numbered, embossed with a special seal and beautifully framed to your liking by Level Frames. Beautiful enough to adorn a home, office or studio, these 19.5″ x 19.5″ limited edition posters (framed and matted to 23.5″ x 23.5″) are the perfect gift for yourself or anyone passionate about photography and the simple, functional, classic design of these historic Nikon cameras. Nikon has teamed up with portfolio and printing company Level.Press to create a series of limited edition camera posters.

The print sells with frame and price between US$127 and US$173 (RM550-750). Which one you like most?

 

Billions of Hotlinked Images Broken, by Photobucket

Since 2003, the popular photo hosting service Photobucket has been letting users upload and host images for free on their servers. They have over 10 billion images stored by 100 million registered users. But now they’re going to start charging, and that means billions of images around the Web are now broken.

If you’re an avid Photobucket user, you woke up to a nasty surprise this past week: the photo storage and hosting service changed their terms, breaking billions of images online in one fell swoop, without so much as a courtesy notice.

Photobucket has been allowing free users to host and link to images on its servers since 2003. If you wanted to host your photos on Photobucket and display them on some 3rd party site (also known as hotlinking) you could do that without being a paying member. This is an extremely useful—not to mention bandwidth-intensive—service to offer, and it’s one of the reasons Photobucket has managed to amass over 10 billion photos uploaded to its servers by over 100 million users.

But starting last week, the company changed its terms and membership structure, and what once was free will now cost users a whopping US$400 (RM1850) per year. Suddenly, billions of images Photobucket users had hotlinked online no longer showed up. Entire forum threads, like this one found the photo blog by PetaPixel, are now devoid of images.

Instead, you have this graphic on display… over and over:

Hotlinking (AKA inline linking) is when someone takes an image file hosted on a server and embeds it on a different webpage elsewhere. Since the new webpage continuously requests the file from the original source server, it saps the server owner’s bandwidth (and storage space).

Photobucket allowed hotlinking photos uploaded to and stored on its servers for a long time. This was their business model, and they made money from ads on their own site, which users would be exposed to when they went to upload content.

Unfortunately for Photobucket users, things are about to change in a big way as of June 26th. Now the service is rolling out a $399 per year subscription fee for those who want to hotlink images from Photobucket’s servers to display elsewhere. That means that billions of images across the Web now display an error message instead of the image in question.

Just look at this forum thread to see how Photobucket users are reacting to this change. The move has sparked fury from users, who have relied on the service for years and now feel “blackmailed” into paying the subscription fee.

It’s not a huge surprise to see a decision like this. Advertising revenues are declining for publishers, and the costs of servers to host 10 billion images are surely incredibly high (especially when requests are made for them from all over the Web). While other free services remain, it seems fairly likely that others will follow suit and start charging for hosting files too.

Olympus Hari Raya Promotion 2017 – EXTENDED (31st July 2017)

Hari Raya Promotion 2017 is now EXTENDED!

·        OM-D, PEN and TOUGH: Free Gifts Online Redemption worth up to RM1,107 
·        M. ZUIKO DIGITAL: Instant Rebate up to RM400 
        (* for selected M.ZUIKO DIGITAL Lenses only) 
·        Three (3) months Extended e-Warranty 
        (* for OM-D, PEN, TOUGH & selected M.ZUIKO DIGITAL Lenses only)


Yeap, you hear us correctly, we are extending our Hari Raya Promotion 2017 till the end of July 2017 due to overwhelming response from all of you!!

So if you are still deciding whether to get the outstanding OM-D E-M1 Mark II with the M.Zuiko 12-40mm F2.8 PRO lens at RM 11.299 with a 32GB UHS-II card as free gift, this will be your last chance to own this high speed monster.

For those who prefer something compact and stylish, do check out our classic masterpiece, the PEN-F retailing at RM 6,399 with the M.Zuiko 17mm F1.8 lens plus free gifts like a camera bag, an extra battery and an ECG-4 hand grip thrown into the purchase, you will be out shooting everything you see.

Find out more details of our promotion at https://goo.gl/2ktLby

Tamron Announced SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens

The new Model A032 high-speed zoom is designed to maximize the potential of the latest high-pixel-density cameras while delivering best-in-class image quality. Our proprietary eBAND Coating resists ghosting and flare, making this lens ideal for backlit photography.

In addition to cutting-edge autofocus technology, the A032 offers the highest vibration compensation in its class,*1—with a CIPA image stabilization performance level of 5 stops.*2 With Fluorine Coating and rugged, Moisture-Resistant Construction, the A032 is an excellent choice for outdoor photography. A built-in lock in the lens hood offers additional protection. The combination of advanced technology, versatility and superb image quality makes the easy-to-use A032 zoom an excellent choice for everything from landscapes and portraits.
*1. Among 24-70mm F/2.8 interchangeable lenses for DSLR cameras (as of May, 2017; Tamron)
*2. CIPA Standard Compliant. For Canon:EOS-5DMKIII is used. For Nikon:D810 is used.

See the world with new sharpness and clarity
Focal length: 70mm Exposure: F/2.8 1/250sec ISO: 400

The A032 lens comprises 17 glass elements in 12 groups, including: 2 XR (Extra Refractive Index) glass elements to counteract optical aberrations; 3 LD (Low Dispersion) elements to minimize axial chromatic aberrations that can occur with telephoto, as well as transverse chromatic aberrations that can be an issue with wide-angle; 3 GM (glass-molded aspherical) elements; and 1 hybrid aspherical lens element that effectively neutralizes spherical aberrations and distortions to create superior image quality. Thanks to a combination of these special glass materials, the A032 achieves previously unseen levels of accurate color reproduction and depictive performance.

eBAND Coating dramatically curbs ghosting and flare
Focal length: 24mm Exposure: F/8 1/800sec ISO: 100

The new A032 features Tamron’s original eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) Coating, a technology that combines an extremely-low-refractive-index nano-structured layer with conventional multiple-layer coating techniques to provide superior anti-reflection performance. The optimal application of this eBAND Coating in combination with Tamron’s BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating successfully and substantially curbs the ghosting and flare that can occur when photographing backlit subjects.

Equipped with the new dual MPU (micro-processing unit) control system*3

The A032 zoom features a new control system that uses a dual MPU (micro-processing unit) process. In addition to an MPU with built-in DSP (Digital Signal Processor) blocks for superior signal processing, Tamron has added an MPU dedicated solely to vibration compensation . The result is quicker, more precise AF performance and more consistently powerful VC (Vibration Compensation).

*3 A new control system using two high-performance MPUs (micro-processor units)

Dramatically improved autofocus accuracy and speed

The A032 is equipped with its own MPU (micro-processor unit), with embedded DSP (digital signal processing) blocks that enable high-speed digital signal processing, achieving both excellent responsiveness to signals from the camera and high-precision AF performance.

Focal length: 70mm Exposure: F/4 1/4sec ISO: 400

The highest vibration compensation (VC) levels in its class

The new A032 zoom lens is equipped with Tamron’s original VC (Vibration Compensation) system. With the addition of an MPU specially dedicated to VC processing, the A032 offers the highest vibration compensation available,*1 with CIPA image stabilization performance level of 5 stops.*2 Now you can enjoy jitter-free handheld shooting and more flexibility—even in low light conditions.

*1. Among 24-70mm F/2.8 interchangeable lenses for DSLR cameras (as of May, 2017; Tamron)
*2. CIPA Standard Compliant. For Canon:EOS-5DMKIII is used. For Nikon:D810 is used.

Nikon Malaysia Begins Accepting Orders for Nikon 100th Anniversary Products

Nikon Begins Accepting Orders for Nikon 100th Anniversary Products

Orders for the exclusive products for the centennial celebration of Nikon are now made available until 31st August 2017

Malaysia – Nikon (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd is pleased to announce the release of the commemorative anniversary products celebrating the 100th anniversary of Nikon’s establishment, which falls on July 25 of this year. Official Nikon stores will be accepting orders for these commemorative models and goods starting July 26, until August 31, 2017.

•  100th Anniversary webpage:
https://www.nikon.com.my/en_MY/products/categories/100th.page

Commemorative editions of seven models were developed specially for our customers to show our gratitude to them. These models represent the tradition and advanced technologies that Nikon has cultivated over the past 100 years. In addition to these commemorative models, a special collection of four unique items will also be released. There is a story behind each item, looking back at our 100-year journey with light.

Over the next 100 years, we will keep creating new value for the world through constant challenges, based on our optical and precision technologies.

100th Anniversary Editions

• D5 100th Anniversary Edition
• D500 100th Anniversary Edition
• NIKKOR 70-200E 100th Anniversary Edition
• NIKKOR Triple F2.8 Zoom Lens Set 100th Anniversary Edition
• WX 7×50 IF and WX 10×50 IF 100th Anniversary Editions
• 8×30 E II 100th Anniversary Edition

100th Anniversary Special Collections

• Nikon 100th Anniversary Crystal Creation Nikon Model I
• Nikon 100th Anniversary Miniature Nikon F Camera
• Nikon 100th Anniversary Pin Collection
• Nikon 100th Anniversary Premium Camera Strap

Nikon 100 Year Anniversary

Since the company was established in 1917, Nikon has cultivated its status as a pioneer of optical technologies in Japan and overseas. Guided by our corporate philosophy of “Trustworthiness and Creativity,” we provide a wide range of technologies, products and services globally by harnessing our advanced technologies, the core of which encompasses opto-electronics and precision technologies. We are proud to celebrate our 100th anniversary in 2017.

About Nikon

Nikon. At the Heart of the Image. Nikon is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognised for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories; Nikon COOLPIX compact digital cameras; Nikon sports optics as well as the Nikon 1 advanced cameras with interchangeable lens system in over 50 countries. For more information, visit https://www.nikon.com.my. Connect with Nikon and other photographers on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NikonMalaysia and get the latest news and information from Twitter by following @NikonMalaysia.

Winners of the Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017

Winners of the Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017

The international photo contest narrows down the winning works from over 76,000 submissions from 170 countries

SINGAPORE – The winners of Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017 has been announced today by Nikon Singapore Pte. Ltd. Held since 1969, the Nikon Photo Contest is one of the world’s premier international photo contests.

Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017 Winners

These winning photos will be exhibited on the Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017 Judging Results page starting today, and will be followed by winners of other awards.

•  Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017
www.nikon-photocontest.com

For the 36th Nikon Photo Contest, a Nikon 100th Anniversary Award with the theme “Celebration” was established to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Nikon’s establishment. In addition to the Nikon 100th Anniversary Award, entries were also accepted in the Next Generation and Open categories, the theme of which was “Future”. A total of 21,511 photographers from 170 countries and regions submitted 76,356 works, marking a new record for the Contest in terms of the number of countries and regions from which entries were submitted.

Final judging took place at the beginning of June 2017 in Tokyo. Judging was performed by an international panel of professionals from a variety of fields, led by graphic designer and art director Neville Brody, known around the world for his work on a wide variety of design projects, from record jacket designs to corporate global branding.

Lead Judge Neville Brody’s summary of the Contest

“Entries ranged enormously in their subject matter and interest: some were joyful and observational, but a large majority were political or offered a philosophic commentary on the contemporary world. The winners themselves reflect a balance between the artistic eye and the ability to tell a story. Global concerns and issues are captured and expressed with simple reality – images that help us understand better who we are, and expose us to greater truths of the world we inhabit. These images transport us beyond the mundane into worlds of revelation and possibility, linking us to the narratives which unite us all.”

Each entry was judged for the universality of the story it tells, its diversity, the strength of its message, and creativity. The suitability of the technique(s) used to express these characteristics was also judged. In the end, in addition to choosing one Nikon 100th Anniversary Prize winner and one Grand Prize winner from entries in the other two categories, the judges awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for each category and format (single photo/photo story/video). The Award for the Most Popular Entry, voted for by participants in the Contest, was also selected.

The Awards Ceremony will be held on July 27, 2017 at Nikon headquarters in Shinagawa, Tokyo, where we expect to see many of the prize-winning photographers, including the Grand Prize winner.

An international Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017 Photo Exhibition, which will debut at Tokyo’s Daikanyama T-Site Garden Gallery, is also planned. The exhibition will be held in Japan as follows.

Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017 Photo Exhibition
Venue: Daikanyama T-Site Garden Gallery
Time and Dates: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, July 29 through Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Website: https://real.tsite.jp/daikanyama/english/

Venue: Nikon Plaza Shinjuku, THE GALLERY
Scheduled for October, 2017
Website: https://www.nikon-image.com/activity/exhibition/thegallery/

* We will announce dates and information for exhibitions on the Nikon Photo Contest website as soon as details are confirmed.

Nikon Photo Contest, one of the world’s largest international photo contests

Nikon Photo Contest is an international photo contest with a significant history behind it. The goal of the Contest is to provide an opportunity for photographers around the world to communicate and to enrich photographic culture for professionals and amateurs alike. Since the first Contest was held in 1969, hundreds of thousands of photographers from around the world have participated and shown their support. To date, more than 410,000 photographers have submitted over 1,620,000 photographic works to the Contest, making it a truly international event.

Nikon 100 Year Anniversary

Since the company was established in 1917, Nikon has cultivated its status as a pioneer of optical technologies in Japan and overseas. Guided by our corporate philosophy of “Trustworthiness and Creativity,” we provide a wide range of technologies, products and services globally by harnessing our advanced technologies, the core of which encompasses opto-electronics and precision technologies. We are proud to celebrate our 100th anniversary in 2017.

About Nikon

Nikon. At the Heart of the Image. Nikon is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognised for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories; Nikon COOLPIX compact digital cameras; Nikon sports optics as well as the Nikon 1 advanced cameras with interchangeable lens system in over 50 countries. For more information, visit https://www.nikon.com.my. Connect with Nikon and other photographers on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NikonMalaysia and get the latest news and information from Twitter by following @NikonMalaysia.

Nikon USA EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery Pack Recall

Nikon USA has published a RECALL for EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery Pack in the States on 20th June 2017. Although there is no official recall from Nikon Malaysia yet, but it is worth noting and checking if your EN-EL15 battery has the same serial number of the battery or not.

UPDATED EN-EL15 SERVICE ADVISORY AS OF JUNE 20, 2017. Technical Service Advisory for users of the EN-EL15 rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack

Nikon Inc. is asking your cooperation in connection with a voluntary recall of certain lot numbers of its Nikon Model EN-EL15 rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack. The battery pack can experience a short circuit causing it to overheat and possibly causing the outside casing to become deformed, posing a potential hazard to consumers. There have only been seven (7) confirmed reports of incidents of the problem worldwide, and while no injuries have taken place, Nikon Inc. has initiated this recall of the affected lot numbers as a reflection of its commitment to safety and product quality. We are asking that owners of the affected battery pack contact Nikon Inc. to initiate a free product exchange.

The Nikon EN-EL15 battery pack is provided as a supplied accessory with the purchase of Nikon’s digital SLR D800, D800E, D810A, D810, D610, D600, D7200, D7100, D7000, D500 cameras and the Nikon 1 V1 advanced camera with interchangeable lens. However, EN-EL15 batteries supplied with D810A, D810, D610, D600, D500, D7200, D7100 are not included in this voluntary recall. It is also sold separately at retail under Nikon’s model number 27011. The EN-EL15 battery pack involved in this recall was first distributed by Nikon in March 2012 and is still being sold at retail.

No other Nikon battery packs are involved in this recall.

Nikon’s digital SLR D800, D800E, D810A, D810, D610, D600, D7200, D7100, D7000, D500 cameras and the Nikon 1 V1 advanced camera with interchangeable lens as well as any other Nikon cameras are also not subject to this recall.

What you should do:

1.) Determine if your EN-EL15 battery pack is affected
This voluntary recall is limited to EN-EL15 battery packs in lots E and F. First, please confirm that “EN-EL15” is printed on the label of your battery pack. Then, please locate the 14-digit lot number beside the recycle symbol, as shown on the photo below.

  • If the 9th character of the lot number is E or F, your battery is among those being recalled.
  • If the 9th character of the lot number is any other letter, your battery is not affected by this recall.

Click here to use our lot number lookup tool.

2.) If your EN-EL15 battery pack is affected

  • Immediately remove the battery from your camera or camera bag, but please do not dispose of it.
  • Complete the Nikon’s online EN-EL15 battery exchange form by clicking the button below.
  • Once your request is processed Nikon will send a confirmation email.
  • On the day of your battery exchange, UPS will contact you by phone and email notifying you of the delivery.
  • A UPS courier will then deliver your new battery pack(s) AND collect the recalled battery pack(s).
  • Someone needs to be present for this exchange. If you need to make special arrangements, please contact UPS.

3.) If your EN-EL15 battery pack is not affected
No further action is needed. Please continue using your EN-EL15 battery pack as usual.

Nikon is committed to safety and to providing to its customers only the highest quality products. We regret any inconvenience this matter may cause you and appreciate your continued support of Nikon and its products. 

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Nikon at 1-800-645-6687.

https://www.nikonusa.com/en/service-and-support/service-advisories/h0ndzaip/EN-EL15-Rechargeable-Li-ion-Battery-Pack-Recall.html

News from USA: Arizona man arrested for flying camera drone over wildfire, impeding firefighters

As drone is getting more and more popular with easy access and available anywhere, photographers or drone pilots must be more responsible in operating drones and not putting others in danger.

Still remember in March 2015, an instagram user name yengnasir posted up some of his “proud” photos of aeroplanes at KLIA Malaysia?

Late last month, Prescott, Arizona officials announced that a drone being operated in a no-fly zone had forced firefighters to ground 8 aircraft that were being used to combat the Goodwin Fire, hampering efforts to manage the wildfire while putting pilots and ground crew at risk. An investigation into the matter was triggered, and now officials say an arrest has been made.

A C-130 Hercules drops “fire retardant” from a Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System near Tucson, Ariz., May 8 to finalize MAFFS certification by the U.S. Forestry Service. Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard aircrews flew training missions from sun up to sundown in the annual event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Alex Koenig)

According to local news publication AZ Central, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office arrested 54-year-old Gene Alan Carpenter of Prescott Valley. Carpenter is charged with unlawful unmanned aircraft operation and endangerment, the latter of which is due to allegedly putting both air and fire crews, as well as 14 aircraft, at risk.

The arrest was based on, among other things, aerial photos of the Goodwin Fire that Carpenter had published on his website.

A drone was seized from Carpenter’s vehicle at the time of arrest, according to Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Dwight D’Evelyn, speaking to AZ Central. According to D’Evelyn, in addition to violating state law, Carpenter may face federal charges if it is determined that he violated federal legislation restricting drone usage during temporary flight restrictions.

Despite the risks and the arrest, a second drone operator has grounded firefighting efforts in the same region by operating a drone within the no-fly zone.

FUJIFILM Learning Center, FREE workshop (Penang), 16/07/2017 (Sunday)

FUJIFILM Learning Center

Our FREE Workshop returns to Penang! It is happening in 2 sessions on Sunday, 16th July 2017 between 9.30am to 5pm. This workshop is open to both FUJIFILM owners and non-FUJIFILM owners. Join us and elevate your mastery in photography!

Date
16/07/2017 (Sunday)

Venue
Fujifilm Penang Office
26-Q, Jalan Mesjid Negeri, 11600 Penang

Workshop 1
Basic Photography
For X-A3, X-A2, X-A1, X-A10, X-M1 Users

9.30am – 12.30pm (3 hours)
Register Here

Workshop 2
Basic Photography
For X-T1, X-T2, X-T10, X-T20, X-Pro1, X-Pro2, X100 Series Users

2pm – 5pm (3 hours)
Register Here

Canon Malaysia Power Up Offer (3rd July – 30th September 2017)

Canon Malaysia Power Up Promotion from 3rd July – 30 September 2017.

CONSUMER PROMOTION: POWER UP

Promotion Period: 03/07/2017 – 30/09/2017

PROMO
EOS 1300D · Battery Pack LP-E10 (YLWC) · 16GB SD Card · Camera Bag
EOS 750D · Battery Pack LP-E17 (YLWC) · 16GB SD Card · Camera Bag
EOS 80D · Battery Pack LP-E6N (YLWC) · 16GB SD Card · Camera Bag
EOS M10 · Battery Pack LP-E12 (YLWC) · Camera Face Jacket (YLWC) · 16GB SD Card · Camera Bag
EOS M5 EOS M6 · Battery Pack LP-E17 (YLWC) · Mount Adapter EF-EOS M (without tripod collar) (YLWC)

Terms & Conditions:

  • This program is valid from 3rd July until 30th September 2017 or while stocks last.
  • 16GB SD CARD & CAMERA BAG must be given upfront to consumer upon purchase.
  • BATTERY PACKS, EOS M10 CAMERA FACE JACKET & MOUNT ADAPTER EF-EOS M (without tripod collar) must be redeemed online through YLWC (www.ylwc.canon.com.my) with proof of purchase.
  • Any other matters pertaining to this campaign but not covered in the Rules and Regulations stated above, shall be determined by the management of Canon Marketing (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. No correspondence will be entertained and decision made by the management of Canon Marketing (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. would be final.