September 21, 2012

Photokina 2012: Nikon talks about the D800's outer AF issue

"I AM here4U" at Photokina 2012

Note: A copy of this blog article has been published in German language too. Please refer to the corresponding version (Deutsch) before posting comments. Thank You.

Prior to Photokina, I had scheduled a meeting with Nikon Germany, partly in order to discuss the known issue regarding the outer AF focus fields of the Nikon D800 camera.

So, on Tuesday I had the pleasure to discuss the topic extensively with both Michael Wollburg (Manager Customer Support Nikon GmbH) and a Nikon technician in charge. The meeting was very friendly and constructive.

Photokina 2012: Nikon spricht über das D800 AF Problem

"I AM here4U" at Photokina 2012

Note: A copy of this blog article will be published in English language too. Please refer to the corresponding version before posting comments. Thank You.

Ich hatte im Vorfeld der Photokina mit Nikon Deutschland vereinbart, ein Gespräch u.a. zum bekannten Problem der äusseren AF Sensoren bei der Nikon D800 Kamera zu suchen.

Am Dienstag hatte ich nun Gelegenheit, die Angelegenheit ausführlich mit Michael Wollburg (Manager Customer Support Nikon GmbH) sowie einem anwesenden Techniker zu besprechen. Das Gespräch war sehr konstruktiv.

September 18, 2012

Photokina 2012: The Leica event

Leica Hall of Fame award ceremony, with Nick Ut, Phan Thi Kim Phuc, Karin Rehn-Kaufmann and Markus Lanz all on stage.
On September 17 at the Photokina 2012 Leica event, Nick Ut was awarded with the Leica Hall of Fame Award 2012 by Karin Rehn-Kaufmann. The price was for his famous "Napalm Girl" photo depicting Phan Thi Kim Phuc who became victim of the Vietnam war 1972.

In other words, Leica created enormous suspense to all awaiting Leica's new products. I almost thought the prize award would be what the event is all about. After all, it is quite an iconic photography and having both Nick and Kim Phuc on stage made it an impressive event. Even for people waiting for the whatever Leica would reveal. Like me ;)

September 17, 2012

Photokina 2012: First Impressions

Photokina girl showing the new Fuji X-E1 mirrorless with EVF
I have just returned from my first trip thru some of this year's Photokina booths.

First things first: I've met Adam and Oleg from and it was great and very enjoyable to assign faces to big names :) They even gave me an official shirt which I really enjoyed.

Of course, this is before official opening and most booths and some halls are still blocked, esp. to the to the press. But I had a chance to have a glimpse at most of the recently announced stuff. It is all here :)

September 13, 2012

LumoLabs: Using FoCal for testing of an AF sensor array

A2C2 (AFMA Array Color Chart) produced by FoCal for a Nikon D800E with Nikkor 24-70/2.8G lens at 24mm f/2.8 at 1.2m distance.
Previously in my blog, I reported about an issue with the D800 AF sensor array to provide accurate enough results when using its left bank of sensors (cf. /2012/05/d800-outer-sensors.html). The issue seems to be rather general, affecting many Nikon cameras with that AF module produced until now, i.e., D800, D800E and D4. E.g., until Nikon ceases to remain silent on the topic, Thom Hogan decided to flag the D800 "Not Currently Recommended" (