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FTZ Mount Adapter

Superb glass never goes out of style. Great glass endures. That’s why Nikon cameras—from the Nikon F in 1959 all the way to D850—have remained compatible with nearly all F-mount NIKKOR lenses. Why would things be any different with the Nikon Z? The Mount Adapter FTZ lets you keep shooting the lenses you know and love while also gaining the benefits of the new Z system. The legacy of compatibility continues. Teach your favorite lenses some new tricks. Proven optics meet the latest imaging advancements. On a Z camera with the Mount Adapter FTZ, compatible F-Mount NIKKOR lenses retain all of their sharpness and superb rendering power. Plus, they gain so much—smooth, fast Hybrid-AF*, silent shooting, breakthrough low-light performance, the benefits of the camera’s built-in VR image stabilization and more.*Full AF/AE supported when using AF-S D/E, AF-P type G/E, AF-I type D and AF-S/AF-I teleconverters. Steadier than ever. On a Z camera, every lens has VR. For the first time, you can experience fast aperture NIKKOR primes like the AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED or AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED with up to 5 stops of 3-axis VR image stabilization. NIKKOR lenses that already have VR, like the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL […]
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Simple Wireless Sharing of Photos and Videos with the Z 50

It’s easy to get images onto your compatible smartphone with the SnapBridge app and your Z 50 mirrorless camera.   Sharing your photos and videos with the Nikon Z 50 is quick and easy. All you need is your camera, compatible smartphone or tablet and the free Nikon SnapBridge app which can be found on the Apple App Store and Google Play store. Just download the app onto your iPhone® or iPad® or smart device running on the Android™ operating system and follow the prompts to pair the camera via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi®. Once you pair the Z 50 and your smartphone or tablet, you can download photos and videos to your device for speedy sharing to your favourite social media sites or by text or email. The SnapBridge app even lets you control your camera remotely so you can take photos or start and stop video capture. There are options for downloading a recommended smaller sized image file or the full-sized image. Nikon’s even got an image sharing site, Nikon Image Space, that gives you 20 Gigs of storage free when you sign up for a Nikon ID and register your Nikon camera. Once you’ve downloaded images to your smart device you can quickly share […]
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Start a Photography Project for the New Year

2020 is here – so what better time to set yourself some new photo challenges for the New Year? If you’re short on inspiration, try our ideas for size. Time-based projects 365 days This is a hardy perennial – take a photograph every day for a whole year. To keep it fresh and interesting, vary what you shoot, from landscapes to street scenes, portraits to details, pets to abstracts. To keep you focused, pledge to upload each day’s image to social media, so you build up a gallery of your work. Not only will it be great to get feedback, but you’ll also be able to see at a glance how you improve over the year with so much practice. 52 weeks This is similar, but you take one image a week instead. You might choose to have a different theme each week or month, perhaps tied in with the season. You’ll still get to track your progress over the year, but you don’t have to commit quite as much time to it, so if you’re a busy person, this could be perfect for you. 1 day Pick a particular day, and make an image every hour between getting up […]
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Take Great Pictures in the Rain

Keep dry First things first – protect your kit, which means rain covers for your camera and lens (plus a waterproof jacket for yourself). A good umbrella can also be a great help – a collapsible golf umbrella, with its large coverage and reasonably compact size, is ideal. If you can, shoot from a sheltered position: buildings with overhangs, heavily wooded areas and picnic shelters at parks can all help keep your dry, while still ensuring you are at the heart of the action. Liven up the light When it rains, the light can often be quite flat, so be aware that trying to get high contrast and bright colours within your images may be slightly more challenging. The muted palette of colours in both the sky and surroundings can, of course, make a nice change of pace for your image. For further contrast or punch in a scene, use the Vivid Picture Control setting (in the shooting menu options) to add more overall contrast and saturation. Controlling contrast A combination of rain and sunshine will create high contrast in your image; you’ll quite often find these conditions as the rain is clearing. Point your camera in the direction of […]
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How to take Festive Group Photos

The key to getting the best photographs of your family and friends this festive season is to relax and let it happen. ‘Take it easy’ doesn’t just refer to your camera’s auto features – it also means chilling with your modus operandi. You’ll get the best pictures when people are doing what they’re into doing: dinner preparations, gift wrapping, chatting, table setting, decorating, eating, drinking. In all cases, go with the flow; fit in, don’t disrupt. You’re bringing photography to the action, not stopping that action to take a picture. If you find yourself saying, “Hold it… stay there… just a second…smile,” chances are you’re missing the best moments. If timing is nearly everything, location is most of the rest. You know where the family’s favourite places are: kitchen, living room, dining room… so be there. Even if you’re not planning on a picture, try to keep the camera at hand; you never know when a great moment’s going to happen. “Hold it, I’ll get the camera” is another sure sign you’ve missed the shot. If you want to make the background a feature, the Christmas tree is a good bet. Shoot in aperture priority mode (A) for maximum control […]
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Working with Light: Tulip Fever by Raquel Fernandes

‘Working with Light’ is totally an in-house and non-profit series which grants the creative team from African Photo Productions the opportunity to showcase their ability to create eye-catching photography editorials and specials for the sole purpose of marketing film projects. They delve into the details of what makes a scene from a movie so iconic… this is where they collaborate with their partner professionals – the finest in every department, to create their vision and version of some noteworthy still images. The art of modern filmmaking is the layering of many elements to create what appears to be authentic, however fantastical or removed in time the story may be. The same is true of motion picture still photography. Our task is not only to capture frames that reflect the essence and spirit of a scene but also to bring other elements together in post-production to create the same level of enchantment and believability… whether it be replicating background characters through duplicate filming and compositing or creating a room within a room – as we have done in this series. This is where the power and magic happens… in the polishing, the blending of layers, the grading of the final image. […]
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Get to Know The Exciting Z 50 Mirrorless Camera

For folks looking to up their photography game while going mirrorless, the Nikon Z 50 may be the ideal camera choice. It’s the smallest and lightest Nikon mirrorless camera with a DX sensor. The camera can capture high resolution still pictures and 4K UHD video using the full sensor. Powerful technology built-in The camera’s sensor and image processor—the heart of the camera—make it a powerful yet portable camera. The sensor is 20.9 megapixels in resolution, 15 times the surface area size normally found in a smartphone’s camera, and is based on the design of high-end Nikon DSLR sensors. The processor—EXPEED 6—along with the image sensor and large Z series lens mount mean the camera is great in low light, AF performance, sharpness and clarity for both photos and video. Blogging and Vlogging The Z 50 is packed with features that are sure to make it your everyday camera, from its built-in selfie mode, great for the blogger or vlogger in you, to its ability to shoot square images (great for Instagram) and vertical video (ideal for Instagram Stories). Vertical videos require the use of additional third-party software for post-production. Because the camera houses a 20.9 MP sensor, portraits and selfies […]
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Nikon’s Z 50 Makes the Cool Connection to Mirrorless

The photos you see here were the first ones Gabriela Herman took with the Z 50, Nikon’s first DX format mirrorless camera, and its kit lenses, the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR and NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR. They were also the first photos she made with a mirrorless camera. So when we talked with her, we got to the point right away: “So, what’d you think?” Let’s put it this way: her enthusiasm for the format in general and the camera, in particular, was as evident as the quality of the resulting photographs. One of the first photos Gabi took with the Z 50 was of her daughter, Mia, up close and in motion. Photo by: Gabriela Herman Gabi is a professional photographer whose work includes editorial, commercial and lifestyle images. The common denominator is a photojournalist’s eye—in fact, she mixes photojournalism-based personal projects with her assignments. Gabi photographed with the Z 50 during a ten-day vacation with family and friends on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, then returned to her home-base of Brooklyn, New York, for photography of party scenes and street shots of a local band. “On the Vineyard it was just taking the camera around with me everywhere,” she says. “It’s […]
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BEND LIGHT WITH REFRACTION PHOTOGRAPHY

What’s the next piece to add to your photography arsenal? A couple of glass pieces! Using external glass refraction is relatively new in the world of photography, but it is gaining traction amongst more adventurous enthusiasts. We love all the new photography techniques that help keep the craft fresh, so here’s a guide to get you started. HOW DOES IT WORK As light passes through the glass, the light is refracted and separated, resulting in a range of optical effects cast onto your image. While the principle is simple, the actual application of the effect involves a lot of guesswork. The size and shape of the glass, the angle and intensity of lighting, the distance between camera and subject, and many other factors make the results impossible to predict in the field. If you’re new to photographing through glasses, be prepared for a little trial and error. Photographed with Nikon D5100 AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED at 105mm ISO 105, f/8, 1/200s GET THE PARTY STARTED Bring along everything you would normally carry on a photoshoot on top of the glasses: your camera, lenses, some batteries, and memory cards for backup. A piece of microfiber cloth is a must […]
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Nikon unveils NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR and NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR to capture everyday moments that inspire

Packed in a portable package, these high-performance and versatile lenses offer extraordinary optical performance for photos and videos JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – Nikon in South Africa, is pleased to announce the release of two new lenses to complement its recently launched next-generation mirrorless camera, the Z 50. Fashioned to capture eye-catching moments, the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR and NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR are high-performance zoom lenses perfect for expressive individuals who enjoy creating on the go. These compact and versatile lenses offer ground-breaking optical performance and uncompromised image quality. “We are excited to introduce the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR and NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR to complement our newly launched Z 50 camera, designed for creators to share their perspective of the world be it in stills or videos. These lenses are perfect for everyday moments, street, travel or adventure, and delivers extraordinary optical performance, unmatchable imaging quality in a portable package. These lenses will delight photography and videography enthusiasts, enabling them to easily express themselves.” said Grant Norton, CEO of Premium Brand Distributors for Nikon in South Africa. The lenses are equipped with a powerful stepping motor (STM) along with autofocus (AF) […]
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