February 2, 2017
Speedlight update, missing Easy ISO and Solar Eclipse planning
Here are some of the topics and news items we're tracking for our community this week. Some of you may have seen the same information in an earlier newsletter.
Is your SB-500 Speedlight not working with your camera?
Nikon has released firmware update version 13.002 for the SB-500 Speedlight. We had a question from one of our members back in November wondering why his Nikon Df was not functioning with the SB-500. It was his only post, so we're not sure if he's still checking in -- but if so-- this firmware upgrade should fix his problem.
Apparently, there were some instances of certain Creative Lighting System (CLS) supported cameras that were not communicating with the SB-500.
According to the Nikon Download Center, the update should work for:
• The D5, D4, D4S, Df, D3X, and D3S
• The D3 (camera A/B firmware version 2.00 or later)
• The D810, D810A, D800, D800E, D750, D700, D610, D600, D500, and D300S
• The D300 (camera A/B firmware version 1.10 or later)
• The D7200, D7100, D7000, D5600, D5500, D5300, D5200, D5100, D5000, D3400, D3300, D3200, D3100, D3000, and D90
• The COOLPIX A
Missing Easy ISO
Silver member Mike Kuznicki (mmm55) from Pennsylvania, USA started an interesting discussion, wondering why the Nikon D500 seems to be missing a popular International Organization of Standardization (ISO) function:
Researching the D500 and don't see "Easy ISO" feature. Am I missing something, or did Nikon really choose to not include it in this body?
Not part of a software package, but a feature of the camera. If enabled, and in certain modes like shutter or aperture priority, it allows changing ISO on the fly simply by rotating the main command dial (no need to press a separate button). I've found it extremely useful on my D810, and can't imagine why it wouldn't be included on every body.
His question led to detailed descriptions of "work-arounds" and more than one member hoping Nikon finds a way to return the function to the D500 via an upgrade. Check it out.
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AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED IF Review
Silver member Glenn Koury (Glenn_K) from Texas, USA recently enjoyed the excitement of opening a NIKKOR lens box, and wasted no time in slapping it on his Nikon D750 for some test shots.
Later, he took the time to share with us his AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED IF - User Review.
Glenn tells us:
I have officially joined the “Out of Focus Nose and Ear Club” by acquiring the 105mm f/1.4E.
I have been shooting with a D750 for the past two years, having moved up from my D200 after more than eight years (I’m a slow upgrader) and was wanting an excellent portrait lens. Over the past eight months, I rented the 85mm 1.4G twice and was about to get it when the 105mm f/1.4E was introduced, so I held off. I rented the new 105 about a month ago, and decided to get it.
He also shares his first few images and a well thought out list of important factors that can help you if you decide to make a similar purchase.
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Start Planning for the USA Solar eclipse
Our members in the USA are already making plans for the Solar eclipse coming to the "lower 48" in August.
According to earthsky.org:
It will be the first total solar eclipse visible from the contiguous U.S. since 1979. The path of the moon’s umbral shadow starts in the northern Pacific and moves east through parts of Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, and South Carolina.
We have members in the English Café currently sharing the best vantage points and shooting tips, thanks to United Kingdom Gold member Stephen Dann (mort) who plans on visiting the USA in time for the eclipse:
I appreciate this is still 7 months away but is anyone planning to be in Tennessee for the solar eclipse taking place in August. I am going to be in the area between and north of Nashville and Chattanooga. Some advice would be nice as to if there are any parts of this part of Tennessee to either avoid or be at on the day.
Faster Glass for DX?
Silver member Paul Boden (greenhorn) from The United Kingdom, is wondering why Nikon isn't pushing faster glass in the DX arena:
As we all know the key advantages of FX over DX is the shallow DOF and superior bokeh. The current range of Nikon primes are f-1.4/1.8 and give excellent results on FX cameras, less so on DX.
What is needed is a series of DX f/1.2 primes. I am far from being an optics expert but my gut feeling is that it would be possible to take advantage of the reduced image circle to make this happen at a cost comparable to the current f/1.4 lenses. (Please correct me if I am wrong). Look at how tiny and cheap the DX 35mm f/1.8 is compared to its FX counterpart.
If my assumptions are correct then the only thing preventing this is commercial decisions. I can think of two scenarios:
1. DX shooters won't pay out for expensive primes so they won't sell any.
2. DX primes will be very popular and will reduce FX camera sales.
I'm a hopeless businessman but what do you think? - Paul
Spring ANPAT coming in May
Start the new year right by locking on your reservation for our Spring ANPAT (Annual Nikonians Photography Adventure Trip).
The Spring ANPAT will be held in Moab, Utah. Join us for a full week of photography, shop talk and camaraderie.
The dates this year will be:
Arrival on Saturday May 6, 2017
Departure on Saturday May 13, 2017