Nikon vs Sigma

25 05 2011

Today Nikon has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Sigma over the vibration reduction technology found in Sigma’s lenses. Nikon has also demanded that Sigma cease production of their lenses that infringes upon the vibration reduction patents. Possibly affecting a large amount of Sigma OS, optical stabilization lenses according to a press release.

Nikon is suing for 12.6 billion yen, equal to $154 million according to Reuters.

Buying a memory card for your Nikon?

17 05 2011

Photo by: Anton Rakitskiy

Memory cards are a dime a dozen. They come in all shapes and sizes and all sorts of brands but would you trust your family photos or photos taken on a job to some random compact flash (CF) or secure digital (SD) cards?

Nikon Europe has created a list of approved memory cards for their DSLRs along with their Coolpix P and S line cameras to help you figure out which one is the best for you. According to Nikon’s website, brands other than the ones listed may work but Nikon cannot guarantee their operation and that you should always carry an approved card just in case. Also should the card be more than 2G and will be used with a card reader; be sure to check that the device will support 2G cards. MultiMediaCards (MMC) should not be used in Nikon cameras, according to the website.


Remember when you received your first DSLR?

18 04 2011

I remember when I bought my D60. I ended up driving all over to find a Best Buy that had one in stock. When I had it in my hands a big smile spread across my face and while it wasn’t as awesome as this video it was something special.

Nikon hits the 60 million mark

6 04 2011

After 52 years Nikon finally produced 60 million Nikkor lenses yesterday, just two months after Canon’s 60 millionth EF lens rolled off the line, according to a press release.

The road to 60 million lenses started in 1959 when Nikon, Nippon Kogaku K.K at the time, released their first SLR the Nikon F. Which at the same time, Nikon released the first Nikkor lens. Canon wouldn’t release their first EF lens until 1987.

Nikkor comes from adding an “R” to Nikko. At the time Nikko was the Romanized version of Nippon Kogaku K.K. and adding “R” was common practice when it came to branding photographic lenses, according to Nikon’s website. In 1933, Nikon released the Aero-Nikkor, a lens used for large-format aerial photography.

The current Nikkor selection has 60 lenses ranging from fish-eye to super-telephoto.

What’s your favorite Nikkor lens?

Play Pong on your old DSLR

18 03 2011

Back in the day, when DSLRs were first emerging on the market Kodak partnered with Nikon and Canon to help get DSLRs in the market.

It worked by Nikon and Canon providing the camera bodies, and Kodak providing the sensors and the rest of the electronics according to Wikiapedia. Perhaps the designers thought that shooters would have a lot of downtime and put games into the software. The video shows a Kodak DCS 560 which allows the user to play Pong, and other models such as the Kodak DCS 620 had a sliding block game, according to the video.


(via Petapixel)