Astronaut Don Pettit in Space With Lots of Nikon DSLRs

Check out astronaut Don Pettit and his big collection of Nikon DSLRs and lenses.  NASA has been big on Nikon for several years, ordering 11 Nikon D3s bodies a couple of years ago and 76 Nikon D2Xs bodies before that.

The cameras are modified to withstand the rigors of photography in space – including capturing extravehicular activities with the Nikon D2Xs based on the last word we had from Nikon.

I wonder when they will get the new D4 or D800 on board the International Space Station?

[NASA via OnOrbit via PetaPixel]

Nikon D4 and D400 Due Next Month

In what could be the biggest camera launch of the year, one of Nikon Rumors’ sources has tipped the launch of the Nikon D4 and D400 for August.

Given the coming Sony A77 with a 24MP sensor, it is most likely that the D400 will sport the same 24MP APS-C sensor but labeled with the ubiquitous “Developed by Nikon” asterisk seen in recent Nikon pro-DSLR specs.  The D400 will almost certainly feature 1080p video to follow the recent trend of Nikon DSLRs.  Hopefully, the D400 will avoid the cumbersome aperture adjustment problem that made the Nikon D7000 more frustrating for video capture.

As for the Nikon D4, [Read more...]

Photos from Space Shuttle Discovery’s Final Mission

Universe Today has selected a great highlight reel of images from space shuttle Discovery’s final mission.  As you can see from the EXIF details below, NASA is making good use of all those Nikon D2Xs and D3s cameras that it purchased.

[NASA via Universe Today - image credit: NASA]

Canon 1D Mark IV vs. Nikon D3S – Autofocus Performance [Part 4]

Canon  1D Mark IV vs. Nikon D3s

In Parts 1 and 2 of this series, I provided an introduction to this autofocus evaluation, as well as a brief overview of the Canon 1D Mark IV and Nikon D3S AF systems.  In Part 3 of this series, I looked more in-depth at images captured during basketball games with the 1D Mark IV and D3S. If you have not read the previous installments in this series, you can do so now by clicking the links below:

  1. Canon 1D Mark IV vs. Nikon D3S – Autofocus Performance [Part 1]
  2. Canon 1D Mark IV vs. Nikon D3S – Autofocus Performance [Part 2]
  3. Canon 1D Mark IV vs. Nikon D3S – Autofocus Performance [Part 3]

In Part 4 below, we will look more in-depth at images captured during a track and field event with the 1D Mark IV and D3S. [Read more...]