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Weekly Nikon news flash #273

→ The Sigma 120-400mm f/4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM APO lens for Nikon mount is listed as discontinued.

Nikon Netherlands published an updated list of approved memory cards for Nikon cameras.

→ The Nikon D810 user's manual is now available for download at the Nikon Manual Viewer app (24MB).

→ Nikon deals (grey market, refurbished):

→ Battle of the fast 50mm's: Sigma f/1.4 Art vs. Canon f/1.2 L vs. Nikon 58mm f/1.4G:

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How to use a polarizing filter

This article on how to use a polarizing filter is written by Steve Perry (website | YouTube | Facebook). You can check also his previous article "How to use Nikon’s AF-ON and back button autofocus".

Quick – What do you think a polarizing filter is used for?

If you said, “blue skies” then you’re certainly among the majority of photographers. However, that answer merely skims the surface of what a polarizer is really capable of.

The primary purpose of a polarizing filter is to remove reflections. I know, that doesn’t seem like something you should be losing any sleep over, but stick with me here. Once you discover how to really take full advantage of your polarizer, it can truly catapult your images to the next level.

Here’s the thing. Polarizers are one of the very few filters that simply cannot be duplicated in post processing software. The effect they achieve can only be accomplished on location, in the field, attached to the front of your lens.

In short, you really need to know how to use this tool!

In the embedded video above, we’ll look at why you need one, when to use it, and how to use it under a variety of scenarios.

Wagner Falls (38mm, FX)

Wagner Falls (38mm, FX)

For this image, a polarizer was essential for showing detail under the water. Without the polarizer, the reflection completely obscured all the rocks beneath the surface of the creek and created a reflection that distracted attention away from the falling water.

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Nikon D810 sensor: new DxOMark leader

DxOMark published their test results for the Nikon D810. The new camera showed marginal sensor improvement over the previous D800/D800E models but was still able to take the top rating in their sensor database:

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From DSLR to mirrorless… and back again

The rumor mill slows down after every Nikon announcement (D810). I have scheduled several guest posts in the next few weeks. Things will get interesting again in mid-August when Nikon will start making their Photokina announcements. Today's guest post "From DSLR to mirrorless... and back again" is written by Roger Irwin:

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The new Nikon MC-30A remote trigger vs. the old MC-30 version

Nikon MC-30A remote trigger release
Nikon recently quietly updated their wired remote trigger release: the old MC-30 model ($59.95) is now replaced with the new MC-30A ($64.95). Here is a first hand feedback from a [NR] reader (thanks Laura from Connecticut) who purchased the new version:

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Weekly Nikon news flash #272

→ The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens for Nikon mount is now in stock.

Save up to $225 on SanDisk Pro CF memory cards.
Refurbished Nikon SB-700 flash for $259 with 90 days Nikon warranty and free shipping (regular price: $326.95).
→ Topaz Labs ReMask software is 50% off till July 31st with coupon code "julyremask".

→ For the past two months the Indonesian Communication Agency has registered two new Nikon digital cameras under the code names N1403 and N1404.

Metz Mecablitz 64 AF-1 flash for NikonMetz-Mecablitz-64-AF-1-flash
→ The previously rumored Metz Mecablitz 64 AF-1 flash is now officially announced.

→ This one of a kind Nikon Df camera will be the first prize award for the upcoming "Camera Grand Prix 2014 Photo Contest" (in Japan only).

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New Nikon videos on YouTube

Here are the latest Nikon videos from YouTube:

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