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Daily Archives: October 31, 2013

Naomi Wood

Photograph a pub – win £250

I know this sounds too good to be true, you have an excuse to indulge your two most favourite diversions, photography and pubs. Well definitely the former if you are reading this and maybe the latter too.

Inapub is running a photography competition in November, to give you the chance to win £250 and future freelance work with us. Entries should to be sent to jessb@inapub.co.uk and are subject to the competition rules, contact Jess if you want to see these before submitting, she will send you a document full of details. The closing date for entries is November 30 and the prize winner will be announced on Monday December 9

Inapub’s marketing director Mahdis Neghabian says:

“Pubs are full of fascinating people and stories and we are keen to see how photographers go about capturing this in our new competition.
“Whether it is a heritage pub, a contemporary design, a real ale haven or a foodie paradise, pubs are full of life and are a great place for photographers to hone their skills.
“We are really looking forward to seeing what they come up with and, as well as publishing the best efforts, we will also commission the winner of the competition – which can’t be bad for taking a trip to the pub.”


not a pub but the finest golden nectar from Laos, Yook! as they say in Luang Prabang





Nikon D610 First Impressions Review

front-reflectionDP Review gives us the heads up on the new D610. Yes if you bought the recent D600 you might be wondering what Nikon are up to.

Nearly a year after the arrival of Nikon’s full-frame D600, its replacement has arrived. The new D610 is a very minor upgrade to the D600, with just three new features. They include faster continuous shooting, a ‘quiet continuous’ mode, and an improved auto white balance system. The first two features are courtesy of a newly designed shutter mechanism.

The D610 can now shoot at 6 fps, up from 5.5 fps on the D600. A new ‘quiet continuous’ mode shoots at 3 fps and, as its name implies, makes a lot less noise while doing so. Finally, the auto white balance system has been updated to produce more accurate color in artificial lighting, and more realistic skin tones.

The D600 was an excellent digital SLR, with top-notch photo quality, a well-built body, and impressive movie recording capabilities. Unfortunately for Nikon, the D600 is probably best known for collecting oil on the sensor – an issue for which the Company issued a service advisory, without admitting the actual cause of the problem. The official line in the US remains ‘as with all of our products, if any users find they cannot get their sensor clean using the methods outlined in the user manual, they should return it to a Nikon service center’.

Internet theorists have already suggested that the D610 was created to leave the troubles of the D600 behind. And the appearance of a new model so soon after the D600’s launch, with almost no changes other than a new shutter mechanism, seems to give that theory some credence. However, given the company’s refusal to acknowledge a problem with the D600, it’s not possible to get confirmation that the oil issue has been resolved.

With that out of the way, let’s take a more in-depth look at the D610, and what’s changed.

Nikon D610 key features

24.3MP Full-frame CMOS sensor (10.5MP DX-format crop mode)
ISO 100-6400 (expandable to ISO 50-25,600 equivalent)
Maximum 6fps continuous shooting; new quiet continuous mode shoots at 3 fps
39-point AF system with 9 cross-type AF points
Refined auto white balance system
Wireless flash control
3.2in 921k-dot LCD screen
Dual memory card slots
1080p30 full HD video
Uncompressed video recording via HDMI


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