Today Nikon proudly introduces D850, an FX-format (full frame) DSLR unlike any before it. Combining extreme resolution with fast shooting speeds, outstanding dynamic range and one of the most exciting feature sets of any camera, D850 opens thrilling new possibilities for creators of all levels
New Nikon-designed 45.7MP back-side illuminated (BSI) full frame image sensor with no optical low-pass filter
Up to 9 FPS continuous shooting with full AF performance
*Using the MB-D18 Multi Power Battery Pack and EN-EL18a/b
153-point AF system with 99 cross-type sensors works down to -4 EV
Join us on March 7th as representatives from Lytro will be in the store to discuss the new field of living pictures and their camera, the Lytro Illum. We’ll start the day with a Focus Session at 9:30 am featuring a walk through of the Lytro Illum and a look at what living pictures are. Then stick around after the focus session to try the Lytro Illum. We’ll have cameras available so you can experience light field photography yourself. Don’t miss this chance to experience a new field of photography.
One of the hottest topics in the media right now is drone videography and photography. Drones produce incredibly beautiful results through a fun and relatively easy process. This week our first drones arrived and we couldn’t wait to try it out.
One of Bergen County Camera’s employees, Tom Schiavone, is an experienced model plane and helicopter pilot and was the first to fly the drone. Within moments he was flying the Phantom 2 with ease.
As drone videography and photography becomes more popular, stunning videos of many different locations have been flooding the internet. Below is one of our favorite drone videos taken in Chernobyl, Russia.
Fly no higher than 400 feet and remain below any surrounding obstacles when possible.
Keep your sUAS in eyesight at all times, and use an observer to assist if needed.
Remain well clear of and do not interfere with manned aircraft operations, and you must see and avoid other aircraft and obstacles at all times.
Do not intentionally fly over unprotected persons or moving vehicles, and remain at least 25 feet away from individuals and vulnerable property.
Contact the airport or control tower before flying within five miles of an airport.
Do not fly in adverse weather conditions such as in high winds or reduced visibility.
Do not fly under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Ensure the operating environment is safe and that the operator is competent and proficient in the operation of the sUAS.
Do not fly near or over sensitive infrastructure or property such as power stations, water treatment facilities, correctional facilities, heavily traveled roadways, government facilities, etc.
Check and follow all local laws and ordinances before flying over private property.
Where to fly your drone (and where you should never fly a drone)
There are a number of location where flying any device is both unsafe and illegal. Check this helpful map for locations to avoid in your area. Always think both about the safety of the people around you and yourself. If someone could get hurt, find a different location. Flight should only performed when winds are minimal.
Also, we recommend joining the AMA and becoming a member of a local aeromodeling club. AMA members are provided liability coverage while using their drones and your local AMA club will give you access to a safe area to fly and other hobbyists to learn from.
We invite you to express any questions or concerns about drones below in our comments or on our Facebook page.
Nikon has announced a new upgrade to their popular D800 series, the D810. Featuring a 36.3 megapixel sensor with no Optical Low Pass Filter, similar to the D800E and a brand new Expeed 4 Processor which is 30% faster, provides less noise, supports 1080p 60fps video, and allows up to 1,200 shots or 40 minutes of video per battery charge. The ISO range has been increased with a minimum ISO of 32 (was 50) and a maximum of 51,200 (was 25,600). A brand new highlight metering mode has been added which should help with shooting spot lit environments, such as a play or concert. The biggest advancement on the D810 though is in its video features. The D810 features an internal stereo microphone with optional preset frequency ranges for better audio. It is both compatible with external recorders and allows for dual recording to both the memory card slot and the external recorder. The rear LCD screen has also been enlarged from 3 to 3.2 inches.
The Sony RX100 Mark III is now in stock. Featuring an impressive combination of a pop up viewfinder, a 24-70 f/1.8-2.8 Zeiss lens, and a 21 Megapixel 1 inch BSI-CMOS sensor. Stop in this week to try out Sony’s newest camera.
Two weeks ago I went to Photoshop World in Orlando. With the nice weather we’ve been having lately you would think I’d be outside soaking it up. But instead, I’ve been glued to my computer trying all the new techniques I learned. I went down on Tuesday for a pre conference workshop with Richard Harrington on shooting video with a DSLR. We filmed a Celtic rock band called Seven Nations. The next three days were filled with Photoshop and Lightroom classes given by great instructors like Scott Kelby, Katrin Eisman and Rick Sammon (to name a few.) My brain is full!
During the opening keynote we got a sneak peak at CS5, the new version of Photoshop that comes out on April 12th. Looks like they’ve packed this upgrade with a lot of exciting new features! The content aware fill is going to save me so much time when retouching photos I might actually get to go enjoy some of this beautiful weather!
Also while I was in Orlando, Adobe released Lightroom 3 Beta 2. Some exciting new features are the ability to shoot tethered, DSLR video management and noise reduction (that really works!) I just started using Lightroom recently and now I can’t live without it! Shooting and processing RAW files is so easy, it has really streamlined my workflow.
As you may (or may not) already know, YouTube’s M.O. is useless videos, which is why it’s one of the most popular sites on the web. People love useless stuff – I know I do! But buried within the millions of pointless videos on YouTube is the occasional useful one. Nay, you may say? YouTube and useful in the same sentence? Pfft!
LumiQuest has (somewhat) recently made a YouTube Channel specifically dealing with using flash and flash diffusers. It has some really good info on there and I recommend checking it out.
As much as we are nerds here at the camera store, we’re generally pretty jaded when it comes to firmware updates. It’s usually the standard “fixes banding issues when shooting at ISO 3200 in RAW mode with the white balance set to cloudy and the moon is beginning it’s waxing phase”. But! Every now and again they like to surprise us with something that’s actually useful.
Canon just released a firmware update which deals specifically with HD Video in the Canon 5D Mark II. Normally, when doing video with the Mark II, there’s not a lot in terms of manual controls. Actually, none at all. This new firmware update gives you full manual freedom when doing video.