Nikon launches retro Df as DSLR camera sales slow

posted on 6th of november, 2013

As it's wisely and frequently been pointed out, the best camera is the one that is with you. My Nikon DSLR is not huge by pro camera standards - but it's still too big to go with me all the time.

The camera in question lives in a big green backpack alongside other photographic “essentials” - a 70-200 f2.8, wide zoom, filters, flash triggers and a SB flash. That's just the stuff that fits in the bag. There are mono pods, tripods, studio flashes, background sets, large reflectors, small reflectors, soft boxes and beauty dishes.

For me, and it seems many others, it's all gone too far.

Worldwide sales in DSLR cameras is slumping. In a recent statement, Nikon confirmed that prices of entry-level [link=http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-02-06/nikon-plunges-most-since-1985-after-forecast-cut-tokyo-mover]...

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Posted by Inyrdreams on November 07, 2013
i totally agree with you... price tag is way too much for a retro camera that doesnt even do all the other nikons do! guess they are hoping enough people will climb on the cool have to have it bandwagon and shell out the money... wont be me!
Posted by Davidwatmough on November 07, 2013
price is £2750 in UK so about $3500 which is expensive when D700 is around £1700.
I think anybody serious about selling images will still go with DSLR.
Posted by Martingraf on November 07, 2013
first I thought it is a good idea - but when I heard it's full frame and costs several thousand bugs - it didn't make much sense anymore - this would have been a great idea if Nikon would have done it for the sentimental amateurs with a price tag under $ 1000 - sometimes wonder why they don't ask the buyers what they want before they build it

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Iconic photos

posted on 10th of november, 2013

Despite being such a young “art”, photography has already notched up its fair share of masters. Someone has even taken the trouble to document a lot of their work on Wordpress blog with the title Iconic Photos.

Each photograph is accompanied by explanatory text around the photographer and the situation the photograph was created in.

For example, legendary portrait photographer Yousef Karsh is featured on the site with his picture of Sir Winston Churchill. The text explains how Karsh annoyed Churchill in order to capture the spirit of indigence and determination of World War Two's leading statesman.

Look how beautifully the old...

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Posted by Mike2focus on November 11, 2013
Thanks fro writing. Very interesting article.
Posted by Lenutaidi on November 11, 2013
Congratulations!! Very beautiful blog! I like "A Walk To The Paradise Garden" and "Dovima with the Elephants"! And I like picture where Churchill was smiling :)! And last but not least and I really like your portfolio! Thank you for sharing!!
Posted by Inyrdreams on November 11, 2013
very interesting article, I enjoyed reading it and followed up on all the images. the very last was hardest to view, and had a photographer friend who was sent as a journalist to capture the children of brazil that were living on the beach... what he saw there made him come home, sell all his cameras and close his studio. it was years before he could hold a camera again. we have an interesting job as photographers!

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Fuji X100s - the ultimate walkabout stock camera?

posted on 12th of november, 2013

I've been a fan of Fuji's higher-end cameras ever since I dumped a Nikon D70 for an end-of-line S3 Pro.

Fuji's S3 Pro was based on an even older end-of-line Nikon film body and had some quirks that made it almost impossible to shoot in raw. Well, that's not true - the S3 could shoot three consecutive RAW files before the camera locked up and “buffered” for the better part of 30 seconds.

I forgave the S3 Pro and used it as a primary camera long after it should have been replaced simply because it had the most amazing high dynamic range sensor that, to my eye, ran rings around more popular, faster cameras. To this day, the S3's successor, the S5 Pro can still sell used online for over $1 000.

The S5 used the same sensor as the S3 but was based on a Nikon D200 body and had...

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Posted by Bradcalkins on November 13, 2013
I'm in the same boat as Babar760 - I used to have a dSLR system and a compact camera and I decided between them. Whenever I chose the compact I missed out on stock photo opportunities. I sold both and switched to the Olympus/Panasonic Micro four thirds system and now have one camera that does both carry anywhere (when suited up with a pancake 28mm or 40mm equivalent lens) or my studio/event camera. Heck, I even took it running! Small enough to run with I get the appeal of the X100 on paper, but after trying one in a store it just didn't appeal to me much. Plus, I find a lot of my kid photography would be limited with only the 35mm lens...
Posted by Babar760 on November 13, 2013
I also agree that the X100s is a fantastic camera. However, for the same size and same purpose of shooting, I got the Olympus OM-D E-M5. They are close to the same size, but the Olympus has fantastic image stabilization and interchangeable lenses. I felt that with "only" a 35mm lens I would be limiting myself. If I want to play Cartier Bresson, the X100s in the one to beat!
Posted by Martingraf on November 13, 2013
I agree - but my camera for taking everywhere is the Canon G1X - the image quality is also very good - especially when using tele. With the X100 I would miss the zoom and with that miss some opps now and then. But I also think that the X100 is a fantastic camera - glad that Fuji did find a comeback which started more or less with that camera.

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