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A Tribute to Discomfort: Cory Richards

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Nikon D4 vs. D3s specs comparison

Nikon D4 vs D3s specs comparison Nikon D4 vs. D3s specs comparison

Here is a quick comparison between the Nikon D4 and Nikon D3s based on the specifications listed on Nikon’s website:


 Nikon D4  Nikon D3S
Announced January, 2012 October, 2009
Lens Mount Nikon F bayonet mount Nikon F bayonet mount
Effective Pixels 16.2 million 12.1 million
Sensor Size 36.0 x 23.9mm 36.0 x 23.9mm
Image Sensor Format FX FX
File Format Still Images JPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant; can be selected from Size Priority and Optimal Quality
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant with fine (approx 1:4), Normal (approx 1:8) or Basic (approx 1:16) Compression
NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single Photograph Recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG Formats
Compressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW, Compressed): approx. 45-60 percent
Compressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW, Lossless Compressed): approx. 60-80 percent
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline Compliant; can be selected from Size Priority and Optimal Quality
Uncompressed 12/14-bit NEF (RAW)
Picture Control Landscape
User-customizable Settings
Nine User-customizable Settings
Storage Media CompactFlash© (CF) (Type I, compliant with UDMA)
XQD Type Memory
CompactFlash© (CF) (Type I, compliant with UDMA)
Card Slot 1 CompactFlash© (CF) card and 1 XQD memory type card 2 CompactFlash© (CF) cards
Viewfinder Frame Coverage FX (36×24): 100% Horizontal and 100% Vertical Approx.
1.2x (30×20): 97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical Approx.
DX (24×16): 97% Horizontal and 97% Vertical Approx.
5:4 (30×24): 97% horizontal and 100% vertical Approx.
100 % Approx.
Viewfinder Magnification 0.70x Approx. 0.70x Approx.
Interchangeable Focusing Screens Type B BriteView Clear Matte VI
Type E Clear Matte VI
Lens Compatibility at a Glance*** AF-S or AF lenses fully compatible
Metering with AI lenses
AF-S or AF lenses fully compatible
Metering with AI lenses
Fastest Shutter Speed 1/8000 sec. 1/8000 sec.
Slowest Shutter Speed 30 sec. 30 sec.
Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution 10 frames per second
11 frames per second (AE/AF Locked)
9 frames per second
Scene Modes
Exposure Compensation ±5 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV ±5 EV in increments of 1/3
Exposure Bracketing 2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV 2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
Mirror Lock Up Yes Yes
ISO Sensitivity ISO 100 – 12,800
Lo-1 (ISO 50)
Hi-4 (ISO 204,800)
ISO 200 – 12,800
Lo-1 (ISO 100)
Hi-1 (ISO 25,600)
Hi-2 (ISO 51,200)
Hi-3 (ISO 102,400)
Dynamic AF Mode Number of AF points: 9, 21, 51 and 51 (3D-tracking) Number of AF points: 9, 21, 51 and 51 (3D-tracking)
Auto-area AF Mode Yes Yes
Focus Modes Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A)
Continuous-servo (AF-C)
Face-Priority AF available in Live View only and D-Movie only
Full-time Servo (AF-A) available in Live View only
Manual (M) with electronic rangefinder
Normal area
Single-servo AF (AF-S)
Wide area
Continuous-servo (C)
Single-servo AF (S)
Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points 51 51
Built-in Flash
Flash Bracketing 2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV 2 to 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV
Top FP High Speed Sync Up to 1/8000 Up to 1/8000
Flash Sync Modes Auto FP High-Speed Sync supported
Front-curtain sync (normal)
Rear-curtain sync
Red-eye reduction
Red-eye reduction with slow sync
Slow rear-curtain sync
Slow sync
Front-curtain sync (normal)
Rear-curtain sync
Red-eye reduction
Red-eye reduction with slow sync
Slow sync
Flash Compensation -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV
Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) CLS Supported CLS Supported
White Balance Auto (2 types)
Choose color temperature (2500K–10000K)
Direct Sunlight
Fluorescent (7 types)
Preset manual (up to 4 values can be stored)
Auto (2 types)
Auto (TTL white balance with 2,016-pixel RGB sensor)
Direct Sunlight
Fine Tune by Kelvin color temperature setting (2,500 K to 10,000K)
Fluorescent (7 types)
Preset manual (up to 5 values can be stored)
Seven manual modes with fine-tuning
White Balance Bracketing 2 to 9 exposures in increments of 1, 2 or 3 EV 2 to 9 exposures
Live View Shooting Photography Live View Mode
Movie Live View Mode
Handheld mode
Tripod mode
Movie HD 1,920×1,080 / 30 fps
HD 1,920×1,080 / 24 fps
HD 1,280×720 / 30 fps
HD 1,280×720 / 60 fps
VGA 640×424 / 24 fps
QVGA 320×216 / 24fps
Movie with sound
HD 1280×720 / 24 fps
Movie Audio Built-in microphone, monaural
External stereo microphone (optional)
Built-in microphone, monaural
Monitor Size 3.2 in. diagonal 3.0 in. diagonal
Monitor Resolution 921,000 Dots 921,000 Dots
Monitor Type Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD Super Density
Wide Viewing Angle TFT-LCD
Playback Functions Auto Image Rotation
Full-Frame and Thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar)
GPS data display
Histogram Display
Image Comment
IPTC information embedding and display
Movie Playback
Movie Slideshow
Photo information
Playback with Zoom
Voice Memo
Auto Image Rotation
Full Frame
Highlight Point Display
Histogram Display
Image Comment
Movie Playback
Shooting Data
Thumbnail (4, 9 or 72 segments)
Voice Memo
In-Camera Image Editing Color Balance
Color Outline
Color Sketch
Distortion Control
Edit Movie
Filter Effects
Image Overlay
Miniature Effect
NEF (RAW) Processing
Perspective Control
Quick Retouch
Red-eye Correction
Selective Color
Side-by-Side Comparison
Color Balance
Edit Movie with Save Selected Frame
Filter Effects
Image Overlay
NEF (RAW) Processing
Red-eye Correction
Side-by-Side Comparison
GPS GP-1 GPS unit GP-1 GPS unit
Battery / Batteries EN-EL18 Lithium-ion Battery EN-EL4 Lithium-ion Battery
EN-EL4a Lithium-ion Battery
Battery Life (shots per charge) 2,600 Battery Life (shots per charge) (CIPA) 4,200 shots (CIPA)
AC Adapter EH-6b AC Adapter
Requires EP-6 Power Supply Connector
EH-6 AC Adapter
Approx. Dimensions Width 6.3 in. (160mm)
Height 6.2 in. (156.5mm)
Depth 3.6 in. (90.5mm)
Width 6.3 in. (159.5mm)
Height 6.2 in. (157mm)
Depth 3.4 in. (87.5mm)
Approx. Weight 41.6 oz. (1180g)camera body only 43.7 oz. (1,240g)camera body only
 Price $5,999.95 $5,199.95


NIKON D4 Preview

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Here is a Preview of the Nikon D4 that I made after getting a chance to spend some time with this camera. There are so many amazing features that have been added to this new DSLR. The ISO capability has gotten better once again and this is the first Nikon Pro camera to take a leap into serious video making territory.

Camera: A History of Photography from Daguerreotype to Digital by Todd Gustavson

The North Korean Mass Games Performed by 100,000 People | Colossal

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Photographer Sam Gellman who is originally from Wisconsin has been living and working in Hong Kong for the past five years. He recently returned from a 4-day trip to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea where he was able to witness and photograph the Mass Games in Pyongyang. The Mass Games are a meticulously regimented display of gymnastics and other performing arts by nearly 100,000 participants.
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Revealed – The True Story. Afghan Mona Lisa

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Steve McCurry tells all at new opening…
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Why Google+ Inspire Me! (And You?)


Since I bought my first camera back in 1983 (Awesome Yashica FXD QuartzI had an on/off relationship with photography. Mostly off I might add. After my initial interest and a short spell working as a freelance Photographer for a local newspaper, life happened and photography took a back seat to everyday existence.

Recently I sort of revived the interest and like so many things in life the whole landscape has changed. Cameras, Equipment, Hardware, Software, Photoshop, Internet and so much more! However I decided to take the bull by the horns and go for it. It might not go as quick or as smooth as I would like it to go due to circumstances, but no-one ever said it was going to be easy! Still, everything seemed a bit daunting and difficult!

Enter, Google+,  Inspiration Galore!  

My initial connection came about as a result of curiosity and my love for new technology and gadgets. Since then, (Remember, only a couple of weeks) it has quickly evolved into something much more substantial. Connecting to Photographers from all over the world and being able to see their photographs, read their advice, seeing what equipment they are using, the settings they used for a photo and even the stories behind some Photos are just mind-boggling. At first, an under the radar +1 confirmed that a photo was nice. Later that also evolved, and now a much more reserved +1 will confirm that the photo touched me in some way and is inspiring to me.

I would like to mention each and every photographer on Google+ here and pay some tribute to them for inspiring me and for truly having influenced me and helping me making my mind up to take photography more seriously and to the next level.

Here are two lists from which I am sure you will find some photographers on Google+ that will inspire you and maybe mean as much to you as some of them meant to me!

1. 51 Of Our Favorite Google Photographers:

2. Top 104 Amazing Photographers To Circle On Google+:

Thank you guys!

‘Overcome’–Amazing stunts

This Video really gives me goosebumps and I know that it is not blog specific but I am sure that you can draw some inspiration from it!

Do You Have A Photography Bucket List? « Photofocus

Do You Have A Photography Bucket List?

AUGUST 3, 2011
Copyright Scott Bourne 2011 – All Rights Reserved

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Perhaps you’re familiar with the motion picture The Bucket List. It’s about two terminally ill men who escape from a cancer ward with a list of things they want to do before they die.

I’m unfortunately at the age where too many of my friends and peers are starting to pass away. It’s caused me to start thinking about what I want to do with the rest of my life – however long that is.

Certainly photography will play some part in my life as long as I am still here. But how?

I started thinking about that movie “The Bucket List” and decided I might want to build a photo version of it.

How about you? Do you have a photography bucket list? Starting one should be easy. It doesn’t have to be a formal list or look a certain way. You can make it anyway you like.

Some thought starters might help propel you to creating your list.

1. First decide what your photographic goals are
2. Think of the list not so much from the “before I die” point-of-view, but rather the “here are some goals” point-of-view
3. Don’t limit yourself to what you think is possible
4. Be honest – you don’t have to show the list to anyone else so don’t put things on there just to impress someone or leave something off just because you’d be embarrassed if someone saw it
5. Consider your first list to be nothing more than a first draft – let is stew for a bit then come back to it and refine

I’m going to start writing my own photographic bucket list. It’s going to be a bit challenging since I’ve already had the great fortune to photograph many spectacular things all over the world, but I know in my heart of hearts I’m not completely done yet. When I finish my list I’ll post it here.

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