Nikon did not want to wait for Photokina, which takes place within a month in Colonia, and just introduced their new D3400 model as input to the SLR range. An SLR without many innovations aside from wireless connection and that at least in US does not displace the D3300 from the list but instead it offers a new option with a lower price range.
Thus, the recently announced D3400 maintains the APS-C sensor of 24 megapixels and many specifications of the previous generation, but now adds SnapBridge wireless connection via Bluetooth.
If you are a digital photographer, you will need a computer and a monitor to see your photos in order to evaluate or retouch them. And if you want a job well done, as often happens in photography, you can’t use just any monitor, you have to choose with care.
This may mean knowing how to decipher mysterious new acronyms and compare technical characteristics that seem to be made to be understood only by an engineer.
Of course you can find monitors that are extremely costly, designed for professionals with deeper pockets. But luckily there are affordable alternatives that are, in any case, a leap in quality when compared to the monitor based on a laptop or a desktop computer.
Nikon presents its new AF-S Nikkor 105 mm f/1.4E ED, which will be the brightest 105 mm on the market today. With new optics, the AF-S Nikkor uses an electromagnetic diaphragm that has been advocated for in the world of optics for many years.
As we’ve mentioned, those in charge at Nikon have confirmed that the old – but by no means outdated – mechanical operation lever of the diaphragm of the Nikkor lenses, which is reminiscent of the sixties, does not only fail to offer the needed precision for the available means of exposure in the cameras of the 21st century, especially regarding burst shooting in sequence, but in addition, it also takes away the designers’ freedom when deciding on the optical scheme. This is because with this type of lever, the diaphragm must be located as close as possible to the mount to avoid issues with torsion of the lever. It then becomes a limitation when deciding upon the location of the lenses and their diameters.
Fujifilm X-T2, that’s the name of the new mirrorless camera that the brand has presented, although we won’t be seeing it in display until the beginning of September.
Following the same artistic design of the Fujifilm X-T1, the new Fujifilm X-T2 camera includes greater improvements inside. It equips the same 24,3p X-Trans III sensor and the same X-Processor Pro found in the Fujifilm X-Pro2, the ability to record 4K video has been added for the first time in a Fujifilm X camera, a faster Autofocus thanks to the improvement of algorithms, and the AF-C also counts with customizable settings for extra precision in the focus of objects under continuous movement.
Almost 200 photographers from around the world, some of them brand ambassadors and others not, including 5 Chinese photographers were trying out the prototype model of the Fujifilm X-T2 for a while as it made easier their opinion of the model for the brand with the purpose of improving the product as much as possible. They all mentioned in our exposition of how satisfied they were with the new camera and how surprised they were with the new Autofocus system that is included in the camera. We’ll give you a firsthand opinion in the following days.
Western Digital Corporation, under their trademark SanDisk, has announced the launch of two new 256 GB micro SD memory cards, including the new SanDisk Extreme micro SDXC UHS-I, currently the fastest one in the market since its reading and writing speed reaches respectively the 100 and 90 MB/s.
Video cameras capable of recording at 4K resolution are already available for sale, and to be able to manage that amount of resolution, a memory card is necessary to provide enough bandwidth for the huge flow of data that this resolution require, and on the other hand to dispose a large storage capacity to save these. The new SanDisk memory cards provide both of these things.
What should a gaming laptop have?
There are some minimum requirements a gaming laptop must have. Minimum requirements that are undoubtedly marked by the investment capacity. However, I think there are some basic factors to know that we are buying a gaming laptop and that it’ll properly fulfill its task.
The first is definitely the screen. We all would like to have a very powerful laptop in a small size, but if we want to make a small investment and have a minimum of adequate size to play, I think the size should be a minimum of 15.6”. The screen must have a resolution of 1920×1080 points, an IPS panel and no brightness filter, flat is better.
The processor should be a powerful version, not low-voltage processors and have a minimum of 4 cores, with or without Hyper threading, and actual working frequencies above 3GHz. RAM must be at least of 8GB or it must be easily upgradable. The PCs we present today meet this feature, but it is important to keep in mind. To have expandable memory is something that we always end up longing for, something you always want to do and having this possibility is becoming increasingly rare and therefore, more important.
AOC has announced their new monitor AGON AG271QG a model for gamers, based in a IPS-AHVA model, with 2.650 x 1.440 resolution pixels and 27 inches diagonal. The IPS panel reaches a 165Hz updating frequency and 4ms in answer time from gray to gray. The vision angles have 178 degrees in vertical and horizontal, its dynamic contrast is 50.000.000:1 and the maximum brightness that its backlight LED is 350 cd/m2.
This monitor comes in hand with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology to synchronize its variable refresh rate with the FPS generated by the graphic in a way that all the problems derived from the bad synchronization, such as tearing, are avoided.
Regarding its connectivity it has DisplayPort and HDMI port, in addition to rapid charging USB ports.
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As we evolve in this little world of Reflex photography, the way in which we conceive objectives and lenses is constantly changing. Along our journey, many times, we adopt many wrong, erroneous and baseless ideas related with the objectives. Here, there are some of them. Please, make sure you don’t fall for any of these superstitions.
Does Size Matter?
At the beginning of our photographic life, when we finish landing in the "SLR" world, we believe that the best lens is the biggest and longest one, the one with greater range and greater zoom. We’ve all been through this typical moment in which we have seen a professional photographer walk around with a SLR with an 200mm or 600mm telephoto and we have stayed open-mouthed, thinking "How lucky, I wish I had one as big as that".
With so many online graphic designers and imaging platforms, how do you find the one which is perfect for you? In this review, we are going to check out two very different online graphics designers and imaging platforms, determining their strengths and weaknesses relative to the unique requirements of the internet savvy designer and personal user.
To begin, let’s look at the heavyweight of this comparative review, Canva. Considered by many to be the ‘designer’s choice’, Canva’s polished HTML5 based interface and large number of templates bring a new level of control to the average user. The addition to these templates, Canva also provides a huge number of example templates, which can be directly used making ‘designing from scratch’ completely unnecessary. Keep in mind, while these pre-set designs look great, they are not necessarily free – something we will cover later in the review. Like the pre-set templates, Canva also provides loads of unique overlays and customizable clip art. While not always aesthetically pleasing, these additions cover a wide range of themes, providing loads of designing options and styles. In short, creating fantastic looking social media covers and other designs is easy with Canva, so what does its rival, Fotor, bring to the table?
Beginning its journey as a simple photo editing suite and HDR emulator, Fotor has grown significantly since its 2012 launch. Now with an extensive design feature, an international photographic competition platform and comprehensive utility functions, Fotor’s strengths lie in its dynamic nature. From a design perspective, Fotor lacks the ability to directly format and print your creations – this can be overlooked however, by the extensive editing and customization options built into the platform. While Canva has refined the ‘designing experience’ by highlighting certain features and limiting options, at times, Fotor can seem daunting in its sheer number of editing options and content. With all of the ‘bells and whistles’ you would a photo editor to have, Fotor also has a few interesting features under its belt, including a world leading HDR algorithm. Combining these elements brings a great deal of power to the fingertips of the average user, making Fotor a powerful contender to the ‘graphic designer’ throne.