Month: October 2016

Nikon and Nikkor Lens Terminology and Abbreviations

Nikon Lens Mounts F-Mount The Nikon F-mount is Nikon’s standard lens mounting system. Introduced in 1959, F-mount lenses have been in production for over 50 years and the range currently encompasses over 400 Nikkor lenses; In the 1980’s, with the coming of the auto-focus revolution Nikon, unlike other manufacturers, chose to adapt the F-mount rather than scrapping it in favour of a new auto-focus compatible lens mounting system. This decision cemented the F-mount’s unquestionable claim of being the largest interchangeable lens system ever manufactured. The Nikon F-mount system features a high level of lens and camera compatibility; Many early...

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$230,000 Raised for Charity + Winners Announced

  I’m totally blown away by the response that we got this year from the Complete Photography Bundle. Incredibly, we managed to raise $230,000 for the chosen charities in 5 days. Last year the same event raised $210,000, so I’m really pleased that we set a new record! What’s even more staggering is that the size of this contribution actually takes the total 5DayDeal contributions since 2014 up and over the $1million mark! Giveaway Winners As part of the celebrations this week, I teamed up with the Canon Rumors website and we ran a giveaway for two brand new...

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Win a Canon EOS M5 Kit and G7X Mark II – 1 DAY ONLY

  CONTEST ENDED – WINNERS HAVE BEEN INFORMED In order to celebrate just how well we’re doing with the Complete Photography Bundle ($140,000 raised for charity so far!), I’m doing something crazy!! In the next 24 hours, I’ll be giving away a Canon EOS M5 mirrorless kit and a Canon G7X Mark II! The contest is open to anyone over the age of 18, anywhere in the world except where prohibited by law. Giveaway Dates The giveaway will run to 12pm (PDT on October 19th. Prizes After the giveaway closes, two random names will be generated from the entry list....

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Cloud Backup for Photographers

Regular readers of the site will know that I’m always hammering on about how important a good backup strategy is. Hard drives will fail, as sure as the sun will rise. It’s only a matter of time. When I get into backup discussions with other photographers, we always seem to end up on the same topic: Cloud backups. A solid backup strategy should always follow the 3-2-1 rule. 3 copies of every photo, 2 of which are local but on different drives, and at least 1 offsite copy. My current backup routine achieves this, but it’s the last step, the...

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My Photo Mechanic Video Tutorials Are Here!

I’ve talked about Photo Mechanic many times on this site, and even offer a free keyboard shortcut guide for it. This amazing piece of software has been part of my professional workflow for many years, and my video tutorials for it have always been popular. I’ve long had it in mind that I wanted to offer more, but it’s a complex and feature-laden piece of software that needed a huge amount of time to dissect and explain. Well folks, that’s exactly what I did this summer, so I’m pleased to announce today: Photo Mechanic Unlocked. The first ever in-depth...

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The History of Canon, the FD Mount and the EF Mount

The origins of global electronics and precision optical giant Canon Inc. can be traced back to humble beginnings in the town of Roppongi, in Minato-Ku,Tokyo 1933. Takeshi Mitarai and three friends, Goro yoshida, Saburo Uchida, and Takeo Maeda founded the ‘Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory’ in a small street-side workshop, and set to work dismantling and examining cameras built by industry leading European manufacturers. Traditionally fetching a high premium in the Japanese market, Precision Optical Instruments dreamt of producing cheaper, Japanese made alternatives. In 1934, having conducted their research, Precision Optics prototyped Japan’s first domestically designed and manufactured 35mm focal-plane...

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