Firmware Friday: Nikon D90, D5000, Ricoh GXR

Camera      Firmware Update

Below you will find this week’s firmware updates.  Hit the manufacturer website links for more details and download instructions for the firmware.

Nikon D90 Distortion Control Data upgrade – “The Distortion Control Data firmware upgrade is available for Nikon D90 and D5000 cameras only. This is used to correct barrel and pincushion distortion during shooting and editing. This may be loaded into cameras that support distortion control.” [Nikon website]

Nikon D5000 Distortion Control Data upgrade – “The Distortion Control Data firmware upgrade is available for Nikon D90 and D5000 cameras only. This is used to correct barrel and pincushion distortion during shooting and editing. This may be loaded into cameras that support distortion control.” [Nikon website]

Ricoh GXR version 1.13 – “In [A] mode, with configured AE lock and AE bracket; the shutter speed recorded in the captured image may be different from the actual shutter speed.  Corrected the phenomenon when an Eye-Fi card is inserted in the camera and it turns on the power, it will take time to start up, or the camera will not start.  Only with Simplified Chinese (language setting in the camera) :  When you adjust exposure, a number shown in the right side of the exposure compensation slider in the screen may not show a proper number. High-speed movement of the Focus Ring. While pressing down the Macro button in the MF, the Focus Ring movement will become faster.” [Ricoh website]

Nikon DSLR and Lens Rebates

Nikon D5000 at BH Photo

Nikon has some solid DSLR and lens combo rebates going on right now.  B&H Photo sent me a list of the rundown of cameras and lens, and they’ve put together kits to make picking up the right items a simple task.

Nikon D5000

Nikon D90

Nikon D300s

Nikon D700

Nikon D3S

Nikon D3X

The rebates are instant rebates, so there’s no clipping UPCs off the box and sending in 3 copies of your receipt.  Just add the item to your cart and you see the discounted price right away.

Follow the links above to the qualifying cameras, then click the words “View Available Kits” (see top screenshot) that is just below the product image to see the lens kits and rebate amounts, which range from $200 to $400.

(Update: Note that the rebates are “stackable” in some cases, so you can save $700 when you buy a couple of lenses with the D3S and D700.  Those kits are specified in the list as well.)

By default, B&H displays the retail price; however, once you add the “kit” to your online shopping cart, you will see the discounted price.  Additionally, you get free shipping in the USA.

Deal Alert: Nikon D90 for $789 + Free Overnight Shipping

B&H Photo has a solid deal on the Nikon D90 for $789 for the body only.

You can also pick up a kit with the D90 and 18-105mm VR lens for $1025.

Finally, you can take advantage of an instant rebate and get the D90, 18-105mm VR and 70-300mm VR lens for $1395.  The Nikon 70-300mm VR lens currently runs $540 by itself, so the rebate can save you real money.

To top it all off, B&H has free overnight shipping to get it to you in time for Christmas.

Amazon has the same prices for the Nikon D90, but with free 2-day shipping, so your time is a little more limited there.

Think Tank Photo Multimedia Wired-Up Collection

Think Tank Photo has been making great bags for photographers and getting rave review for a while now.  Think Tank Photo just stepped up to the video field as well with a huge new product, the Multimedia Wired-Up Collection, which is a modular system designed with video (and audio) in mind.  If you’ve been messing with cords and cables while trying to get some great video and audio material, you might want to take a closer look at the Multimedia Wired-Up Collection over on Think Tank Photo’s website.

For those of you sticking around, there’s more details below. [Read more...]

Nikon D90 on a Snorricam

In the above short film, you see the effect of the Snooricam in action, along with a Nikon D90 attached on the long end.

The Snorricam, named after Einar Snorri and Eiour Snorri,or the “Snorri Brothers”, is a body mount for a camera which is used to create an interesting point of view, which can be seen in such movies as I Am Legend, Slumdog Millionaire, and The Hangover.

See the how-to video below.

[Instructables via Make]