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This week in the news: Happy Friday the 13th from the Gear Roundup! Last week saw some pretty big announcements in the photo world. If you were out on assignment and missed the splashes, click here. This week, Gear Roundup sent a pair of roving reporters all the way to Japan to give us eyewitness coverage of this year’s CP Plus 2015 expo, in Yokohama. John Harris and Thomas Simms are reporting on the latest; see their reports here.
New Nikon D810A and D750 Filmmaker’s Kit
The Gear Roundup was thinking about taking up astrophotography and this clinches it! Digital photography has revolutionized how night sky/landscape photographers create their magic, and Nikon has given an obvious nod to the art with the release of the new D810A—a machine built especially for long-exposure, deep-sky images. The primary difference between the A version and the other D810s is a special filter that lets in H-alpha (656.28nm) wavelengths to better depict nebulae and other beautiful outer-space phenomena.
Are you ready to go “all-in?” B&H has an amazing assortment of astrophotography-ready telescopes, mounts, and tripods just waiting to be mated to your new D810A. Click here to start outfitting your own personal observatory!
Mark the Gear Roundup’s words here: the release of the D750 Filmmaker’s Kit, and the previously released D810 Filmmaker’s Kit, are watershed moments in the evolution of digital photography. Here we have a camera manufacturer bundling a DSLR camera with accessories designed especially for video production. Gear Roundup thinks this is a big deal.
The D750 Filmmaker’s kit comes with D750 DSLR, the AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED lens, the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G lens, the AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G lens, the ME-1 Stereo Microphone, the Atomos Ninja 2 Video Recorder, two EN-EL15 Lithium-Ion batteries, 58mm and 67mm Variable Neutral Density filters, and the HC-E1 HDMI cable. Awesome!
For more on the D810A and D750 Filmmaker’s Kits, click here.
New Nikon Coolpix cameras
On the point-and-shoot side of the Nikon house, the Coolpix lineup has a hefty group of new additions.
The new COOLPIX P610, updated from its predecessor and now with NFC, built-in GPS, and improved Vibration Reduction, can be had in Black or Red. It has a 16MP CMOS sensor and a 60x optical zoom (24-1440mm equivalent) lens.
Slightly smaller than the S9900 is the COOLPIX S7000 Digital Camera, with its 20x optical zoom (25-500mm equivalent).
The COOLPIX S6900 is Nikon’s newest selfie machine, because many of today’s photographer’s favorite subjects are, apparently, themselves. To help you see the real you, the LCD monitor swivels forward, a shutter button has been placed at the front of the camera, and there is a remote shutter control that is activated by hand movement. You can get the S6900 in pro Black or look-at-me Pink.
Nikon’s flagship action/tough camera has been updated. The COOLPIX AW130 Digital Camera is water-, shock- and freeze proof. It is available in Black, Blue or Yellow, and is equipped with a 5x optical zoom with 24-125mm equivalency and a maximum aperture of f/2.8 at the wide-angle end for effective low-light capture. It can get you photos from 100' underwater and it can withstand drops from up to 7'. It is also operational in temperatures as low as 14°F—important for today in New York City or International Falls, MN, any day!
And last, but not least, the COOLPIX L32 is a fun, easy-to-use camera with a bright red body and large buttons—great for the whole family.
All of the new Nikon Coolpix cameras shoot full HD video.
Other news you may have missed...
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... and that's your news for the week of February 9th, 2015.