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D750 "Banding" problem explained

Even though it's only been on the market for a few months now, some users are reporting an issue with their D750 cameras that causes a dark band across the top of the image when shooting directly into a light source. The shadow seems to be caused by an autofocus sensor that protrudes too far into the mirror box, and appears to be a production flaw that only affects a limited number of cameras. Here's a good explanation of the problem over at - Nikon D750 banding issue explained. Nikon has yet to make an official statement regarding this issue other than to say it is investigating.


Tom Oldham on how the D810 moved him from Canon to Nikon

Photographer Tom Oldham talks about why he traded in his two Canon 5D MK II's for Nikon D810's - read full story.

I had Canon 5D Mark IIs which were long outdated and they were due for a refresh quite a while ago. But Nikon just seems to be leading with how much tech it is cramming into these bodies. And the power of the things is astonishing. There is obviously a DSLR market leader there, I think.

Nikon Photo Contest 2014

Nikon photo contest

Nikon is now accepting submissions for their 34th international photo contest, which has been running yearly since 1969. The Nikon Photo Contest International provides an opportunity for photographers around the world to communicate and to enrich image-making culture for professionals and amateurs alike.

This year there are 4 photography categories and 2 video categories available for submissions, and the top prize includes a cash award of 1,000,000 YEN (approx. $10,000 US).

Numerous other prizes are available, in addition to the prestige of winning and having your portfolio featured on the site.

Visit the Nikon photo contest site for more details and instructions on how to submit your entries.


Nikon USA store Memorial Day special: 10% off refurbished products

Nikon refurbished products 10% off

The Nikon USA store is offering 10% off on all refurbished Nikon products as part of a Memorial Day promotion. Nikon refurbished products have been restored to factory specs and carry a 90 day warranty! Click here to see the great deals...