Nikon’s Newest: The D700

Yeah, I thought it was a joke too… but it’s not!  Nikon has announced the newest member of it’s camera arsenal, the D700.  I predict that this camera is going to sell like crazy!!!  Why?  It’s essentially a D3 in the body of a D300!  Granted, there are a few differences, but the combination of price and features hits right in between the D300 and the D3.

It features the same FX Format, 12.1 Megapixel, CMOS sensor that the D3 does and wraps it all nice in need in the body of the D300.  D3 image quality in a D300 package!  What’s not to love? 

Well, it doesn’t feature the same fps speeds of the D3.  It will shoot 5 fps by itself and 8 fps with the MB-D10 battery pack (optional), much like the 6 fps/8 fps of the D300.  The D3 shoots 9 and 11 fps based on whether or not you are using the High Speed Crop feature. 

The other nice point of this camera body is the price.  B&H Photo has them listed at $2,995.00 and expects them to arrive in their store in August.  For those that want the D3 but can’t afford the price, this is Nikon’s way of meeting you in the middle.  I wouldn’t be upset. 

The FX Format gives you the full frame advantage, equal to the size of a 35mm negative.  So if you love to go wide with a 14mm or even 10mm lens, you are really going to enjoy the new perspective you will achieve with FX vs. DX. 

You can learn more about this incredible camera here, and you can order yours here.

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Believe Me, It’s Not The Camera!!!

I hear it all the time from amateur and beginning photographers as well as consumers… “If only I had a better camera, my pictures would be so much better!”  I can’t stand hearing that!  IT’S NOT THE CAMERA ALREADY!!!  So to prove that, I wanted to share an selection from the latest issue of Photoshop User Magazine.  Each issue they feature a photographer in the Lightroom section of the magazine.  This month features Sean Shimmel, a photographer from the Chicago are who specializes in portraits and weddings. 

Here’s a quick shot I took of the feature in Photoshop User:
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All the images in the feature were taken with one of three cameras: a Nikon D80, a Canon Digital Rebel, or a Canon Digital Rebel XTi.  All of those cameras are consumer-level DSLRs and can all be purchased for less than $1,000.00.  So the next time you head out and think you need to drop a lot of dough on a new D300, D3, 40D, 5D, 1D, or D700 (huh, D700?  More on that later) I suggest you think again and wake up and smell the memory cards… it’s NOT THE CAMERA!

Have a great day!

Stephen

On Location: Newport, Rhode Island

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I hope everyone had a great July 4th!  I spent an incredible weekend with my wife and three awesome kids hanging out in Newport, Rhode Island while my ship is in for a port visit.  We had a great time exploring, shopping, and I even got to take a few pictures!  I didn’t spend a whole lot of time shooting since this was a little mini-vacation for us.  I may have a little time for a few more shots before we leave here, and if I get some good ones I’ll be sure to share them with you. 

Look at the picture above.  Not too bad, but do you want to know how guys like Moose Peterson get such good wildlife shots?  It’s because they’ve got some really long lenses!  I shot the image above with an 18-135mm Nikkor zoom.  It’s not a bad lens, but I was at 135mm and probably about 50 feet from the seagull and there was no way he was letting me get any closer.  Even a 200mm lens here would have helped a lot.  I tried to get a little closer and before I knew it he was gone.  Take a lens like a 400mm or 600mm and you can get in close while still keeping your distance. 

All in all, my visit to Newport has been a great one.  I’ll leave you with a couple more shots I took yesterday.  I’ve got some more cool stuff coming up this week, so be sure to stop back by.  See you then!  🙂

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Quick On-Location Update!

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Hey everyone, I hope you haven’t gone to sleep on me over the past week while I have been away from my blog.  The ship made it safely into Newport, RI today for her first-ever port visit or port of call as some of you may know it.  I have been super-busy all week flexing the ship with my fellow crew members and working hard to continue to learn her nuances. 

I’m really excited as I am bringing my wife and kids down to Newport from some R and R over the 4th of July Weekend.  I’ll be taking a few shots and bringing you more updates for next week! 

I hope you all have a safe and happy July 4th!  Don’t forget to bring your camera with you wherever you go!  Mine will be by my side!  See you next week!

Happy Birthday America, let us never forget that freedom is never free.