Most Expensive Cameras in the World

Nikon D4S

Type Single-lens reflex digital camera
Lens mount Nikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)
Effective angle of view Nikon FX format
Effective pixels
Effective pixels 16.2 million
Image sensor
Image sensor 36.0 x 23.9 mm CMOS sensor (Nikon FX format)
Total pixels 16.6 million

Canon 1DX

18.1 MP full frame CMOS sensor
Up to 12fps plus 14fps High speed mode
100-51200 ISO, up to H:204800
61 point AF system
100,000 pixel RGB AE metering
Full HD 1080p EOS movie
Dual “DIGIC 5+” processors
Clear View II 8.11 cm (3.2”) 1,040k LCD
Ethernet port

Hasselblad Lunar

Pentax 645Z

Leica M240

Leica S Typ 007

Hasselblad H5D 50C

Phase One XF IQ3

Exploring Abandoned Packard Motor Plant Detroit Michigan USA

The Packard Automotive Plant is a former automobile-manufacturing factory in Detroit, Michigan where luxury cars were made by the Packard Motor Car Company and later by the Studebaker-Packard Corporation.

The Packard plant was opened in 1903 and at the time was considered the most modern automobile manufacturing facility in the world with skilled craftsmen involved in over eighty trades. The factory complex closed in 1958, though other businesses operated on the premises or used it for storage until the late 1990s.

A number of the outer buildings were in use by businesses up through the early 2000s. In 2010, the last remaining tenant, Chemical Processing, announced its intention to vacate the premises after 52 years.

Since its abandonment, the plant has been a haven for graffiti artists, urban explorers, paintballers and auto scrappers, and much of the wiring and other building material has been scavenged. In one incident, vandals pushed a dump truck from the fourth floor. Karen Nagher, the executive director of the nonprofit organization Preservation Wayne, stated that she was irked to see people come from “all over the world” to poke around Detroit. “Piece by piece, they’re disassembling those buildings, making it harder and harder to restore them”.

Despite many years of neglect and abuse, the reinforced concrete structures remain mostly intact and structurally sound. Portions of the upper floors of several small sections in various buildings have collapsed or been partly demolished and lay in ruins in the wake of several aborted attempts at demolition over the years.

Many films have been shot here including most recently scenes for the Michael Bay fifth Transformers movie, staring Mark Wahlberg.

Packard Motor Plant Detroit
Packard Motor Plant Detroit
Packard Motor Plant Detroit
Packard Motor Plant Detroit
Packard Motor Plant Detroit
Packard Motor Plant Detroit
Packard Motor Plant Detroit
Packard Motor Plant Detroit

Packard Motor Plant Detroit
Packard Motor Plant Detroit
Packard Motor Plant Detroit
Packard Motor Plant Detroit
Packard Motor Plant Detroit
Packard Motor Plant Detroit

Packard Motor Plant Detroit
Packard Motor Plant Detroit
Packard Motor Plant Detroit
Packard Motor Plant Detroit
Packard Motor Plant Detroit
Packard Motor Plant Detroit
Packard Motor Plant Detroit
Packard Motor Plant Detroit

Packard Motor Plant Detroit
Packard Motor Plant Detroit
Packard Motor Plant Detroit
Packard Motor Plant Detroit
Packard Motor Plant Detroit
Packard Motor Plant Detroit
Packard Motor Plant Detroit
Packard Motor Plant Detroit

Packard Motor Plant Detroit
Packard Motor Plant Detroit
Packard Motor Plant Detroit
Packard Motor Plant Detroit
Packard Motor Plant Detroit
Packard Motor Plant Detroit
Packard Motor Plant Detroit
Packard Motor Plant Detroit
Packard Motor Plant Detroit
Packard Motor Plant Detroit
Packard Motor Plant Detroit
Packard Motor Plant Detroit

Kelpies Helix Park and Falkirk Wheel Stirling Scotland

A few years ago Falkirk would not be on your list of places to visit as a photographer but over the last few years a couple of attractions have popped up in Falkirk that definitely make it a place to stop by with the camera.

kelpies-falkirk-blue
kelpies-falkirk-blue

The artist Andy Scott designed the Kelpie sculptures completed in October 2013. At the time these were not going to be permanent fixtures but in the first year some 1 million visitors came to the site and they ended up building a park around the sculptures so I would presume they are now staying. Ive seen photos that have lasers going out of the sculptures at night but when I last visited they just change colour. Maybe the laser show is just on at certain times?

falkirk wheel staring at night
falkirk wheel staring at night

Very close by to the Helix park were the Kelpie sculptures are you will also find the Falkirk wheel. A rotating boat lift in Scotland, connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. A very interesting engineering feat and illuminated with neons at night that make for interesting night photography.

Falkirk Wheel Stiring at night 2
Falkirk Wheel Stiring at night 2

If you plan to visit to photograph I would recommend the night as being the best time, they turn the lights of the Kelpies at midnight and when I spoke to a lady in the cafe at the Falkirk wheel she said the lights on the wheel were on a dusk to dawn sensor.

Location Coordinates Kelpies Helix Park : 56.0191°N 3.7553°W

Location Coordinates Falkirk Wheel : 56°0′1″N 3°50′30″W

 Falkirk Wheel DJI
Falkirk Wheel DJI
Falkirk Wheel Aerial DJI
Falkirk Wheel Aerial DJI

New Samyang Auto Focus lenses for Sony FE 14mm 50mm

Im a big fan of Samyang lenses excellent construction and very sharp images. I’ve owned both the 14mm 2.8 ultra wide angle and the 12mm 2.8 fisheye which Ive used extensively on a full frame Nikon D800 and then also the crop sensor Samyang 8mm 2.8 fisheye.

The 14mm 2.8 is one of the best options for astro photography and even when I also had the Nikkor 14-24mm 2.8 I tended to use the Samyang 14mm more as its far lighter and smaller, image quality is negligible. The Nikkor 14-24mm lets in a bit more light for astrophotography as a 30 second photo at 2.8 on the Samyang lens I could achieve similar exposure at 25 seconds on the Nikkor 14-24mm at 2.8.

Now that Samyang have started rolling out their 14mm and 50mm prime lenses in auto focus for the Sony FE full frame. I’ve always been a manual focus shooter and as my photography tends to be more landscape I generally shoot with my focus set to infinity. But as the Sony A7R cameras have a really good auto focus it does make sense to use that.

Samyang AF 50 mm F1.4 Auto Focus Lens for Sony FE Mount

Samyang AF 14 mm F2.8 Autofocus Lens for Sony FE – Black

Downside still with the 14mm Sony FE Samyang is there is still no filter thread, you can of course use the Samyang filter hood adaptor but this is a rather bulky option.

http://hdrphoto.co.uk/?s=Samyang+SFH-14+Filter+Holder

Or another option now available is the Fotodiox WonderPana for Samyang 14mm.

Fotodiox WonderPana 66 Essentials .6 WK Kit Core Box 145 mm/6.6 Holder Upgrade/6.5×8 0.6 Soft Edge Filter/145 mm ND16 Neutral Density Filter 4 Stop) Filter/Lens Cap for Variety of 14 mm Vollbilder Samyang ROKINON/Polaroid Vivitar Bower, Falcon, Pro Optic/Bell & Howell/Opteka/Whale Imax)

Dubai Samyang 14mm 2.8
Dubai Samyang 14mm 2.8

Nikon D3S Review

The Nikon D3S is a 12.1-megapixel professional-grade full frame (35mm) digital single-lens reflex camera (DSLR) announced by Nikon Corporation on 14 October 2009. The D3S is the fourth camera in Nikon’s line to feature a full-frame sensor, following the D3, D700 and D3X. It is also Nikon’s first full-frame camera to feature HD (720p/30) video recording. While it retains the same number of pixels as its predecessor, the imaging sensor has been completely redesigned. Nikon claims improved ultra-high image sensor sensitivity with up to ISO 102400, HD movie capability for extremely low-lit situations, image sensor cleaning, optimized workflow speed, improved autofocus and metering, enhanced built-in RAW processor, quiet shutter-release mode, up to 4,200 frames per battery charge and other changes compared with the D3. It was replaced by the D4 as Nikon’s high speed flagship DSLR.

Full-Frame (36 mm × 24 mm) 12.1 megapixel sensor with ISO 200–12800 (ISO 100–102400 Boost) using reworked gapless micro lenses

14-bit A/D conversion, 12 channel readout

Image sensor cleaning (dust removal with 4 frequencies)

Nine to eleven frames per second in continuous and FX/DX mode

Quiet shutter-release mode

Faster operation workflow

Automatic correction of lateral chromatic aberration for JPEGs. Correction-data is additionally stored in RAW-files and used by Nikon Capture NX, View NX and some other RAW tools.

Larger buffer for 48 RAW frames in one burst

Enhanced built-in RAW processing with extended Retouch menu for image processing without using a computer

720p/24 frames HD movie mode for extremely low-lit situations,[3][4] 50/60 Hz flicker reduction, HDMI HD video output and stereo input (3.5-mm diameter) with optional manual sound level control. The Motion JPEG compression allows easy extraction of single frames afterwards as JPEG

Supports DX lenses (5.1 megapixels), viewfinder automatically masks. Newly added 1.2x crop factor

Multi-CAM3500FX Auto-focus sensor (51-point, 15 cross-type, more vertical coverage) with improved acquisition and tracking and Auto-focus calibration for up to 20 separate lens settings

1005-pixel AE sensor enables Auto-focus tracking by color, highlight analysis and Scene Recognition System

Kevlar/carbon fibre composite shutter with a rating of 300,000 actuations

Live View with either phase detect or improved contrast detect Auto Focus

Virtual horizon indicates in Live View mode, also available during video capture
“Active D-Lighting” with six settings and bracketing (adjusts metering and D-Lighting curve)

Dual Compact Flash UDMA card slots (mirror, overflow, back-up, RAW on 1/JPEG on 2, Stills on 1/Movies on 2, copy)

Expeed 2 image processor with power management for up to 4,200 frames per battery charge

Dual battery charger as standard

Fully weather sealing with series of O-rings and other specialized seals available
GPS interface for direct geotagging, supported by Nikon GP-1

Nikon D3S 12.1MP Digital SLR Camera – only 78,000 actuations. £800.0 

Nikon D3s camera kit – 77,700 shutter activations only £1250.0 

Used Nikon D3s Digital Camera (SH19770) £949.0 

Nikon MC-30A Remote Trigger Release Cord D3 D3s D3x D4 D200 D300 D700 D800 D810 £11.98 

EN-EL4a Battery For Nikon D2 D2H D2Hs D2x D2xs D3 D3S 2500mAh Li-Ion Camera £35.89 

Camera Shoulder Strap For Nikon D4 D3x D3s D3200 D800 D7000 D600 D810 D7100 D750 £2.99 

Timer Remote Control Shutter Release NIKON D3S/D3X/D700/D300S/D300/D800 fo  £8.29 

Nikon D D3s 12.1 MP Digital SLR Camera Black Body EXC+++ £2508.0 

EN-EL4a Battery For Nikon D2 D2H D2Hs D2x D2xs D3 D3S 2500mAh Li-Ion Camera £21.68 

++Mint Limited one ++ Nikon D3s 12.1 MP Digital SLR Camera Black Body Japan £1222.0 

Digital Camera magazine with Nikon D3s Canon S90 fast lenses tested Feb 2010 £3.99 

Nikon Battery EN-EL4a for D2 D3 D3S £50.0 

EN-EL4a Battery For Nikon D2 D2H D2Hs D2x D2xs D3 D3S 2500mAh Li-Ion Camera £21.85 

Nikon MC-30A Remote Trigger Release Cord D3 D3s D3x D4 D200 D300 D700 D800 D810 £8.58 

3m USB Camera Cable UC-E4 Nikon D2H H2Hs D2Xs D3 D3s D3x £6.75 


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