Nikon D3: The camera that changed everything

In 2007, after several years of lagging behind Canon in the enthusiast and professional DSLR market, Nikon was doing alright. Not spectacularly, but they were hanging in there. The D200 was a popular and capable enthusiast model, and the professional D2x was a significant advance on the muddled ‘h’ and ‘s’ releases of the past. But it was their biggest competitor that seemed to have all the momentum. While Canon had been using APS-H and full-frame sensors for years, none of Nikon’s DSLRs offered sensors bigger than APS-C, and Canon still ruled the roost in terms of autofocus1 and high ISO imaging capability.

But around that time, we had an inkling that Nikon had something big on the way. Not a company prone to grand gestures, Nikon invited the world’s press (and I do mean the world’s press) to Tokyo, in the sapping humidity of a Japanese heatwave for a top secret announcement…

The magnesium alloy-bodied D3 was as tough as anything that Canon ever brought to market, but offered a combination of speed, sensitivity and autofocus performance that the industry had never seen before.

Ten years ago, camera technology was advancing continuously, and quickly. For quite a long time, it seemed like every new generation of digital cameras was better than the last in ways that camera buyers (and reviewers) actually cared about. Obviously, each new cycle brought more megapixels, but equally as important were the ergonomic and performance improvements that made each new generation of cameras easier to use, and more effective than the last.

Buzz Aldrin, in London to mark the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing.

Nowhere were these advances more obvious than in the professional DSLR segment. Compare the → continue…

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All 11 Hirokazu Koreeda Movies Ranked From Worst To Best

By Panos Kotzathanasis

Like Father Like Son (2013)

Hirokazu Koreeda was born in Tokyo. His original aim was to find a career as a novelist, so he studied literature at Waseda University, but after graduation, he changed his mind, turning to film. He began his career as assistant director for TV Man Union, an independent Japanese television company, after which he cut his directorial teeth on eight documentary shorts about life on the fringes of Japanese society.

His movies focus on recurring themes, such as the exploration of loss, the examination of how individuals cope with their grief, memory, regret, and truth. However, his main point of focus has always been the concept of family, a theme he has explored to the fullest throughout his filmography. His ability to direct children in masterful fashion has been highlighted repeatedly through this theme.

With the combination of lyrical quality, visual beauty, and a realism that lingers between fiction and documentary, his films have often been described as audiovisual poems.

Through these traits, slowly but steadily, Koreeda became the definite master of family dramas in the country and is currently one of the most acknowledged Japanese filmmakers in the world, as his films screen internationally. Furthermore, he has been often compared to masters like Yasuhiro Ozu, Hou Hsiao-hsien and Tsai Ming-liang, although he considers himself closer to Mikio Naruse.

Here are his 11 feature films, ranked from worst to best.

11. Air Doll


The film is based on the manga series “Kuuki Ningyo” by Yoshiie Gods.

The middle-aged Hideo owns an inflatable sex doll he calls Nozomi. He is infatuated with her; he dresses her, talks to her, takes her for walks, and even has sex with her.

One day, Nozomi comes to life and realizes she has a heart. She decides to leave the apartment and eventually meets Junichi, a video store clerk, → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

Nikon reshuffles management structure

Nikon Corporation announced today the reorganization of its corporate structure. Nikon’s Core Technology Division will be closed and replaced by Research & Development Division and Production Technology divisions. As you’d expect, the former is dedicated to research and development, the latter integrates the functions of group production strategy planning and production technology development. The objective of this move is to clarify functions and responsibilities and enhance the efficiency of the production system.

In addition Nikon is integrating its Medical Business Development Division and Microscope Solutions Business Unit to form a new Healthcare Business Unit with the goal to create business synergies.

The Japanese company has also decided to close its Business Support Division and distribute its functions across other divisions. By doing so, Nikon is hoping to optimize functions such as procurement, engineering and logistics, as well as quality- and environmental-management.

New organization:

Nikon announces reorganization of corporate structure

May 19, 2017

Nikon Corporation (Kazuo Ushida, President, Tokyo) announced today the reorganization of its corporate structure as outlined below, scheduled for June 29, 2017.

The Core Technology Division is to be closed, establishing the Research & Development Division and the Production Technology Division

Nikon has decided to close the Core Technology Division and establish the Research & Development Division which dedicates to research and development, and the Production Technology Division which integrates the functions of group production strategy planning and production technology development, etc.
With this change, Nikon reorganizes the corporate structure in a way that clarifies functions and responsibilities in order to revitalize the group-wide research and development structure and enhance the efficiency of the production system.

Establishing the Healthcare Business Unit

Nikon is integrating the Medical Business Development Division and Microscope Solutions Business Unit, to establish a new Healthcare Business Unit. This will enable the company → continue…

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Google releases list of Street View-ready certified 360-degree cameras

Google has released a list of 20 360-degree cameras that are available or will be launched over the coming months that have been certified according to Google’s new ‘Street View ready’ standard. This means they can be used in conjunction with the Street View app to create content for the Google Street View platform.

The cameras meet one of four new “Street View ready” standards, allowing users to choose the way of uploading 360-degree content that is most suitable for them.

  • Street View mobile ready: 360 cameras that can publish Street View directly from a mobile app, without requiring a desktop workflow

  • Street View auto ready: 360 cameras tailored for vehicle-based collection with the highest accuracy

  • Street View vr ready: 360 cameras or systems that collect geometry in addition to generating sets of connected 360 photos

  • Street View workflow ready: Publishing tools (sometimes bundled with cameras) that can upload to Street View accounts

You can see the list of certified cameras in the graphic at the top of this page. More information on the Street View ready standards is available on the Google developer website. Many of the cameras in the list will be on show at Google’s Street View Summit in Tokyo, Japan this week.

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