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NPhoto - - News - Rod Law­ton, Act­ing Edi­tor rod­law­ton@fu­turenet.com

I was sit­ting in the au­di­ence as the lights dimmed for a pre­sen­ta­tion by pho­tog­ra­pher, film maker and Nikon Am­bas­sador John Wright. We’d just been told by Nikon about the new D810, and I was won­der­ing what Nikon could pos­si­ble have done to the D800 to make it bet­ter. It seemed to me that the D800 was a cam­era so far ahead of its time that it would take years for any­thing else to catch up, never mind sur­pass it.

I was (of course) wrong. The sen­sor res­o­lu­tion might be the same, but ev­ery­thing else about the D810 is faster, bet­ter and – yes – sharper than the D800. You can find out more about Nikon’s amaz­ing new full-frame flag­ship in our spe­cial pre­view on page 88.

That’s not the only news from Nikon this month. Just as we were go­ing to press, Nikon an­nounced the fin­ished ver­sion of Cap­ture

NX-D, its new (and free) RAW con­ver­sion soft­ware. It’s at­tracted some crit­i­cism from fans of Nikon Cap­ture NX-2, Nikon’s older and more pow­er­ful im­age-edi­tor, but it’s not re­ally meant as a di­rect re­place­ment. It is, how­ever, the ideal tool for op­ti­mis­ing RAW

files taken on your Nikon D-SLR, and can find out about its au­to­matic lens cor­rec­tions on page 70. Fi­nally, we have say good­bye to N-Photo’s staff writer

Siân Lewis, who has moved on to a high-pow­ered on­line edit­ing role in the big city. Siân’s been a main­stay on N-Photo from the start, and we’re go­ing to miss her cheery smile, can-do at­ti­tude and en­thu­si­asm for all things Nikon. Good luck, Siân!

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