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Field Test: Nikon 200-500 f/5.6 AFS G VR

Male house finches from approximately 30 feet away
Male house finches from approximately 30 feet away, captured with the Nikon 200-500mm AFS G VR zoom lens.

A few weeks ago, I received the new Nikon 200-500 f/5.6 AFS G VR zoom Nikkor lens. My initial impressions were quite good for a lens of this design and price point. I had a chance today to take it to the local nature center and try my hand at some bird photography; something that I think that the target market for this lens is quite interested in.

I set up the 200-500mm on my Nikon D810 DSLR and I used my Gitzo 3-series tripod with a Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ball Head and Wimberley Sidekick gimbal adapter. Continue reading Field Test: Nikon 200-500 f/5.6 AFS G VR

Nikon cuts prices on many Nikkor lenses

I received an email today from site sponsor B&H Photo indicating that Nikon has dropped prices on a large list of Nikkor lenses. It’s unclear as to whether these are temporary cuts, or are more long-term adjustments that reflect the relative weakness of the Yen against the US dollar.

Notable price drops include $400 reduction on the excellent 80-400 f/4.5-5.6 AFS G VRII Nikkor and a $300 reduction on the 70-200mm f/2.8 AFS G VRII Nikkor.

 See the full list of Nikkor lenses with their new prices at B&H Photo.

Nikon D810 Firmware Update: C 1.10

Nikon has issued Firmware Update C: version 1.10 for the D810 DSLR, effective October 29, 2015.

This update makes mostly minor tweaks to images captured in Live View mode, but it also adds an External Recording Control option to the HDMI item in the Setup Menu. This feature allows the camera controls to start and stop recording to 3rd-party HDMI recorders that support the Atoms Open Protocol.

Read the full list of changes/ bug fixes and download the firmware update here.

Sensor Plane #18: New Nikkors and Adobe CC 2015

In this episode of The Sensor Plane photography podcast, I discuss what I’ve been up to over the summer, including recaps of workshops in South Dakota and Colorado. I also discuss the new Nikkor lens announcements to include the 24 f/1.8, 24-70 f/2.8 VR, and 200-500 f/5.6 VR.

Lastly I talk about some new improvements to Lightroom CC, including a cool new adjustment tool called the Dehaze slider.

Listen to the audio-only version of this episode here (25MB mp3 format)