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FREE SENSOR CLEANING: 29 & 30 MARCH 2019

Every time you change a lens on your camera, you are exposing the inside to potential dust and dirt contaminants. Sensor dust will show up in your images as blurry spots. That is why we are offering you Free Sensor Cleaning in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth on 29 & 30 March! Bookings are essential for Durban, Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth, please email alishao@premiumgroup.co.za to book your slot.
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The importance of Picture Controls

Many people pick up their camera and only worry about the shutter speed, aperture and ISO when it comes to creating a photo. But getting a properly exposed photo is just part of the equation, there’s a whole other aspect that needs to be addressed as well; how the photo will be edited. If you’re shooting RAW (Nikon NEF) then you plan on editing the file afterwards on the computer, but videographers and still photographers who shoot in JPEG often expect the file coming out of the camera to be pretty much finished. For these types of shooters, the Picture Control that’s selected can have a major impact on the final image. Even if you shoot RAW and plan on processing your image afterwards, don’t think that there aren’t benefits to using Picture Controls directly in-camera. Picture Controls can benefit even RAW shooters. First off, Picture Controls are preset profiles that are designed to optimize things like contrast, clarity, brightness and saturation for different scenes. For JPEG or video shooters in particular, picking the right Picture Control can be critical, as these options will be “baked” into the file once you take the shot. The built-in preset Picture Controls in […]
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Meet the game-changer: Nikon Z series

With mirrorless, compact and lighter bodies, big new mounts and super-bright lenses, the new Nikon Z series is a real eye-opener. At the system’s heart is the new, larger 55mm inner diameter lens mount which, at 55mm, is 17% bigger than the 46mm F mount, and the widest in the world for full frame cameras, enabling maximum apertures up to f/0.95. As for the Z 7 and Z 6 cameras themselves – well, what can we say? We love them both, obviously, but you don’t have to take our word for how good they are. Amateur Photographer magazine says “the Nikon Z 7 is one of the best stills cameras ever made… on balance, the best camera on the market right now, either mirrorless or DSLR.” Here’s the lowdown on what this ground-breaking new series offers: 1. Cameras: The flagship Z 7 offers 45.7MP resolution, ISO 64-25,600 and 9fps – ideal for landscape and commercial photography. The Z 6 has 24.5MP, ISO 100-51,200 and 12fps, making it great for sports, action and general photography. Both are weather-sealed and built from tough magnesium alloy, and both inherit Nikon’s design DNA, so controls and menus are intuitively easy to use, guaranteeing a […]
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How to Photograph the Milky Way

Featuring TONY KRUP & DIANA ROBINSON ne of the most impressive sights in the night sky for those who view it for the first time is the Milky Way. If you’re in a location with little to no light pollution, a sky filled with stars as far as the eye can see and the Milky Way, well it’s a sight that just has to be seen to be appreciated. We spoke with Diana Robinson, a nature and wildlife photographer who frequently spends her evenings photographing celestial objects in the night sky. She has taken photographs of the Milky Way throughout the year, and from locations across the country. For night sky and Milky Way photography, Diana’s go-to cameras are the D850 and D5 with the 14-24mm lens zoomed out to 14mm. Because exposures are going to be made at around 20 – 25 seconds in length, the camera needs to be on a steady tripod. To keep the camera steady and not induce any shake, Diana uses a wireless remote shutter release to trigger the shutter. She also uses a red headlamp to keep her night vision while shooting. Exposures Diana suggests using a basic starting exposure and experimenting from there for the […]
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Is Shooting RAW or JPEG better for you?

If you ask a photographer, “do you shoot RAW or JPEG?” be prepared for a very passionate answer, as the different file formats provide a very polarizing split between photographers. Just because people get very passionate about their choice doesn’t mean that there’s only one right answer, because just like most other topics in photography, each person has their own circumstances that influence choices. Whether you should shoot RAW or JPEG (or both) can depend on several factors. Let’s take a look at what JPEG and RAW files are before we talk about why each one should be used. JPEGs are a standardized format that are designed to be a smaller file size that can be read by all computers, smartphones, tablets and other devices without the need for specialized software. This makes it very easy to share but it also comes with some downsides: Much of the information encoded in a JPEG is baked-in, meaning that any edits done to the file are destructive and there will be a slight loss in quality. Image quality options with a star next to them use compression intended to ensure maximum quality; the size of the files varies with the scene. Options […]
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NIKON ASSIGNMENT: March 2019

Would you like to have your image displayed in Nikon House Centurion? Participate in our monthly Nikon Assignments and you could be one of seven lucky photographers who will get the opportunity to have their image displayed. Each Nikon Assignment will have a unique theme to challenge photographers to get creative and use their photographic skills. THEME: REFLECTIONS Show us how you use mirrors or reflective surfaces to capture creative images. Show how you are a using a reflection to achieve an interesting conceptual story. From in-studio planned portraits to incognito reflections, be creative and share your story. Photos can be in colour or in B&W. Photos must be submitted in portrait format. Not landscape. The brief Submit an image showcasing a REFLECTION. To participate in the assignment, you must: SNAP – Take a CREATIVE photograph of a reflection. GRAM – Post your image on Instagram TAG – Add the hashtag #MyNikonAssignment and #Reflections and tag @IamNikonSA in the Instagram caption FOLLOW – Follow @IamNikonSA on Instagram Your entry must be published on Instagram during the assignment dates (1 – 31 March 2019). The award Seven lucky photographers will get the opportunity to have their images on display at Nikon House in […]
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This Astronaut Shot Racetracks from Space with a Nikon DSLR

NASA astronaut Drew Feustel grew up in Detroit and is an avid car and racing enthusiast. So much so that while commanding the International Space Station in 2018, Feustel photographed racetracks from space with a Nikon DSLR before watching the race itself in his free time. “I was always a racing fan, [I] followed IndyCar, Formula One, and MotoGP, and I still follow it to this day,” Feustel says in a new interview with Hot Rod Network. “I keep up on the series, the teams, and the drivers, and because I was a fan I spent time in space taking photos of the entire 2018 season—all of the race tracks […] On the race weekends, I would post the picture of the track, and then watch the race. That was kind of what I did as a hobby while I was up there.” NASA astronaut Drew Feustel. Feustel tells Hot Rod Network that a lot of logistics went into getting the shots. He provided coordinates of racetracks to ground support teams at mission control, and people here on Earth crunched numbers to tell Feustel exactly when and where the photo opportunities would present themselves to his vantage point in the ISS. “The photos were […]
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NIKON PRODUCTS AWARDED BY IF DESIGN AWARD 2019

The internationally prestigious design award recognises the COOLPIX P1000, DF-M1 Dot Sight, and Nikon Z mount system for the product discipline JOHANNESBURG – Nikon in South Africa is pleased to announce that its products have received the iF Design Award 2019 for the product discipline. IF DESIGN AWARD 2019 WINNING PRODUCTS COMPACT DIGITAL CAMERA “COOLPIX P1000″/ “DF-M1 DOT SIGHT” The DF-M1 Dot Sight is an accessory that helps with keeping track of the intended subject within the frame during super telephoto photography. NIKON Z MOUNT SYSTEM The Z mount system is comprised of mirrorless cameras featuring a new, larger-diameter mount, and compatible NIKKOR Z lenses and accessories. The iF Design Award is a globally prestigious design award sponsored by iF International Forum Design GmbH since 1953. The iF Design Award consists of several disciplines such as product, communication, and packaging. This time, 6,375 entries from 52 countries were evaluated by renowned experts.   About Nikon Nikon is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognised for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon in South Africa distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, […]
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ACHIEVE INCREDIBLE IMAGES AND MOVIES AT EVERY MOMENT WITH THE NEW NIKKOR Z 24-70MM F/2.8 S

Compact and powerful, the 24-70mm lens’ anti-reflective ARNEO Coat empowers clear and high-quality images with excellent control across the entire shooting range Johannesburg, 14 February 2019 – Nikon in South Africa today announced the new Nikon Z series NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S lens, which boasts great optical performance and uncompromised image quality, packaged into a compact 24-70mm zoom lens with a constant maximum aperture of f/2.8. Lightweight and durable for every occasion, and equipped with dust and dirt resistance, professional and amateur photographers and videographers alike can look forward to using the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S, which empowers great movie recording performance with a wider range of filming capabilities. As part of the S-Line[1] lenses, the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S delivers superior performance across the entire shooting range thanks to a multi-focusing system, ensuring reduced aberrations and a sharp focus plane for any subject, whether near or far. The lens is designed with an anti-reflective coating system featuring the ARNEO Coat, which achieves ultra-low reflectance of incident light, realising clear and crisp images with largely reduced ghost and flare effects. The ARNEO Coat also allows for superb tolerance for backlight or when a light source is located […]
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DEVELOPMENT OF NEW FIRMWARE FOR NIKON’S FULL-FRAME MIRRORLESS CAMERAS, THE NIKON Z 7 AND NIKON Z 6

The new mirrorless cameras from Nikon continues to adapt to user needs with the addition of new functions and improvement of capabilities Johannesburg, South Africa, 14 February 2019 – The development of new firmware for the Nikon full-frame mirrorless cameras, the Nikon Z 7 and Nikon Z 6, has been announced today by Nikon in South Africa. The firmware in development includes new functions for the Z 7 and Z 6, such as Eye-Detection AF, RAW video output, and support for CFexpress memory cards. In addition, the cameras’ AF/AE functions will be further improved. The Z series will continue to flexibly respond to changing user needs and offer next-generation imaging experiences that stimulate users’ creative intentions. Functions and capabilities to be added and improved with the new firmware: 1. Support for Eye-Detection AF for still image shooting (scheduled for release in May 2019) Eye-Detection AF is convenient for portrait photography. The Eye-Detection AF in development will work not only with the AF-S (Single AF) focus mode that is convenient when photographing still human subjects, but also with the AF-C (Continuous AF) focus mode, which is effective when photographing human subjects that frequently adjust or change their pose. What’s more, the […]
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