Nikon Announces D5 and D500
January 6, 2016; 1:15pm MST
Nikon has announced two new DSLRs (and SB-5000 Speedlight) which have made a nice and loud THUNK on the table of DSLR choices and a more modern and convenient (as well as efficient) system overall. If you've been waiting for a D300 replacement, it's here. If you've been waiting for a Single-D replacement...it's here.
Welcome to digitaldingus
August 10, 2015; 9:45am MST
digitaldingus has gone under a renovation, which is being optimized for mobile users. Currently, the most recent reviews, articles, and news releases are designed for mobile users, and gradually older material is being revised as well. If you're looking for links that once were available but have mysteriously disappeared, these links will be available shortly.
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Upcoming Feature Review
September 17, 2015; 7:29pm MST
Tokina 100mm f/2.8 Macro AT-X Pro D
digitaldingus will be reviewing the Tokina 100mm f/2.8 Macro AT-X Pro D lens. Surprisingly sharp and costing half of what a leading competitor is selling a similar lens for...you're gonna have to read the review when it's posted. Suffice it to say, images look fantastic when paired with this Tokina lens and a D750.
February 20, 2016; 12:49pm MST
Wild is the true story about about a woman who makes a decision to hike the PCT, forcing herself to confront issues while forging a new life and direction. Many iconic Oregon places are seen and this film is a treat for avid hikers and outdoor enthusiasts.
February 12, 2016; 2:35pm MST
Yatra's Aquatune 5712 Bluetooth (and waterproof) speaker is only $40, but the sound coming out of it would fool you into thinking it was a price mistake. Having an IPX7 rating which is rather amazing for an entry-level wireless speaker, the 5712 is sure to find itself in your backpack.
February 10, 2016; 11:20am MST
EC Tech has added another bluetooth headset to their product line, and I happened to use it. I was impressed. Compared to the H-07 Headset I reviewed last year, the SHINE has some really exciting new features which would benefit those who run or jog at night.
January 18, 2016; 6:15pm MST
One of the best Undercover Cops 'N' Drugs movies in decades, Rush tells an all too-real story of a cop going undercover and while having good perception of drug use...overlooks their own addiction in the course of catching drug dealers. Having a remarkable cast of actors, this is one movie you'll want to have in your collection.
January 9, 2016; 1:28pm MST
Most viewers are familiar with the American story of France's drug dealing empire exporting heroin by the tons in the 70s. However, The Connection takes a closer look at the French who were combating the drug trade, and the ruthless drug dealer who would stop at nothing to continue his dominance in the highly popular trade and port city of Marseille.
December 31, 2015; 12:11pm MST
John Carpenter's Vampires is finally available on Blu-ray and it looks the best it ever has. Of course, it will come with a large price tag, but if you're a fan of JC, then you shouldn't have much hesitation. Jack Crow is after a Master Vampire who retaliated and killed most of his vampire hunting team. Imagine that. However, Jack hasn't seen a powerful vamp like this before and with nefarious help from the shadows of The Church, it's going to be a very challenging time!
October 6, 2015; 10:16am MST
Recently, another mountain climbing movie was released, and in celebration of these types of films which are rarely produced, North Face takes us back to 1936, were two climbers are in a competition to climb Eiger's North Face. This was the first anyone had attempted to approach the mountain from this position. And what's better? This is based on the true story of climbers Toni Kurz and Andi Hinterstoisser.
September 4, 2015; 2:19pm MST
Over the last few months (if not, longer I think) I've been searching for a reasonably-priced bluetooth headset I can take with me when I jog. I finally found it. EC Tech's H-07 Stereo Sports Headset is very affordable, and has a solid sound to go along with it. With a design which keeps the headset in your ears while jogging and other activities, it's the most affordable yet quality headset I've used.
August 30, 2015; 2:19pm MST
digitaldingus used the Zeiss Planar T* 50mm F/1.4 ZF.2 Lens recently and the review is now online for viewing. This is a fantastic lens. The Zeiss 50mm Planar T* 50mm is a manual focus lens, but if you're willing to overlook the automatic focusing of your camera and resort to your own brain, this lens will not disappoint you. A focusing ring that is smooth and sure, you'll never go back to your favorite brand 50mm again.
August 24, 2015; 5:17pm MST
The sales of cameras are declining — or is it a free fall — and as more and more decisions are being made to invest in a smartphone, what will become of the fate of the digital camera. In the latest digitaldingus article The Digital Camera Migration, I'll discuss the latest statistics and what it might imply for all of us who shoot with a non-smartphone.
The Nikon 200-500mm Response
Probably the most exciting response this year from Nikon, is the release of the AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR. It has been over a decade since Nikon created any type of lens for wildlife shooters, or just a variable telephoto with the reach many of us have craved. Focusing as close as 7ft, the lens has an extremely useful purpose for almost any photographer. read more...
easyCover for Nikon D750
July 9, 2015; 8:33am MST
Keeping your enthusiast DSLR protected from dust, dirt, and oily fingers doesn't have to be difficult or expensive. The easyCover for the Nikon D750 is only $30 and does an excellent job at protecting your camera.
Interstelllar (Steelbook) Blu-ray
April 24, 2015; 6:25am PST
Cooper is a former military pilot who discovers his daughter is being contacted by some sort of intelligent being, but just why is still unknown. Earth's life sustaining crops are just about gone forever, and Cooper is asked to embark on a mission through a wormhole near Saturn to find a potentially new home for humans.
April 12, 2015; 2:56pm PST
Norway is famous for its beautiful country, but it's also famous for it's Trolls! Recently found footage of a persistent investigative team of young reporters managed to get Hans, a local Trollhunter on camera, and the information he gives is nothing short of amazing!
Generation War Blu-ray
April 4, 2015; 2:12pm PST
In the summer of 1941, in Germany, five close friends are about to experience the war like they've never seen it. Previously being sheltered from the changes happening all around them, their adult lives are to begin. For everyone, it will be a horrifying experience they will never forget.
Capricorn One Blu-ray
March 28, 2015; 6:27am PST
Capricorn One is NASA's great achievement and the first manned mission to Mars is a success. Of course, there's a minor problem with a nosey reporter who realizes the Mars dust on camera amazingly resembles material found at a remote airplane hangar location in a desert.
Fury (Steelbook) Blu-ray
March 16, 2015; 6:39am PST
WWII is gradually coming to an end, and Staff Sergeant "Wardaddy" has just been lucky enough to be graced with a new mission. Having lost a valuable addition to his team in a previous battle, he's going to need a replacement. A typist is not what he had in mind.
To The Ends Of The Earth Blu-ray
March 5, 2015; 4:56pm PST
Initially released in 2005, this 3-part miniseries takes a proud and honorable following of William Golding's trilogy novels, and creates a true on-screen representation. Image quality is a little lacking, but this release easily makes up for it with an excellent collection of actors.
Nikon D5 20.8MP FX DSLR
January 6, 2016
Nikon has announced it's new monster, the D5. The 20.8MP FX DSLR has a brand new AF module, the Multi-CAM 20K 153-point AF system, along with a 180K RGB Metering system and Advanced Scene Recognition System. For video capture, 4K UHD is now offered up to 30p. ISO range is new for the Nikon Fleet Commander (I'm getting bored with Flagship), ranging from ISO 100 to 102,400. 55 AF points and 35 Cross-Type points (CTPs) are selectable by the user.
MSRP: $6,499.95 (Body Only)
Nikon D500 20.9MP DX DSLR
January 5, 2016
Nikon has (finally) announced a successor to the D300 (and D300S). The 20.9MP DX DSLR has a brand new AF module, the Multi-CAM 20K 153-point AF system along with a 180K RGB Metering system and Advanced Scene Recognition System. For video capture, 4K UHD is now offered up to 30p. A new touchscreen LCD is also featured. MSRP is $1,999.95 (Body Only) and a kit which includes the AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR ED VR lens, for an MSRP of $3,069.95. read more...
Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
October 16, 2015
Sigma has announced another Art lens, and this time...for the world's first time (according to Sigma), it's a 20mm. Sigma's 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens packs 15 lens elements which comprise 11 groups. Owning the 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM | A personally for only a few weeks, and after my bank account suffering a good bruising, I'm excited Sigma has added another Art lens — especially a 20mm. If you're not familiar with Sigma's Art line of lenses, start saving your pennies. read more...
Canon's 250 Million Pixel Imager
September 7, 2015
Canon Japan has publicly announced the achievement of creating an APS-H imager, with a resolution of 19,580 x 12,600 pixels. That means there is a total of 246,708,000 pixels on an imager smaller than a Full-Frame imager, but larger than an APS-C imager. read more...
Zeiss Planar T* 50mm F/1.4 ZF.2
August 18, 2015
digitaldingus will be taking a closer look at the Zeiss Planar T* 50mm F/1.4 ZF.2 lens for Nikon mount cameras. There are a lot of mentions of this lens on various websites, but surprisingly, I can't find much of an in-depth review with image samples. For those who are looking for an alternative to the Nikon 50mm f/1.4 variants, I hope this review will provide the information needed. read more...
Sony α7R II Mirrorless Camera
One of more interesting news announcements this year is the Sony α7R II. Not only does it have a Full-Frame 42.4MP sensor, but it is a mirrorless camera. If that wasn't enough, you can also take 4K video. Want more? Well, how about 399 focal plane phase detection AF points. read more...
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