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Photographer uses 'antique' photo technique to illustrate struggles of Native Americans

by on Jun.16, 2017, under Reviews

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During the Dakota War of 1862, the United States government hung 38 members of the Dakota Indian Tribe in Mankato, Minnesota – the largest single-day mass execution in US history. A day after Shane Balkowitsch learned about this event – something most Americans have never heard of – he made the plate ‘Death by Oil’ (pictured above) using an antique photo process called wet plate collodion, which was first developed (no pun intended) in 1848.

The oil in the photo links the struggles of Native Americans in 1862 to the present time, in which they are again standing up to the US Government to protect their homeland. In this case, it is from the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline.

Wet plate photography requires subjects to sit still for long exposures, sometimes as long as 30 seconds. It involves applying a collodion emulsion onto a glass plate and sensitizing the plate for 3 minutes in a bath of silver nitrate, then taking the photo while the plate is still wet (which requires a portable darkroom). According to Balkowitsch, while the photos come out black and white, ‘they capture real life more beautifully and romantically’ and they will last for hundreds of years, unlike more traditional modern photographic prints. Balkowitsch is one of a very small group of photographers still using the collodion wet plate process and has made over 2300 plates since 2012.

Balkowitsch’s full collection of wet plate photos is available for viewing online.

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Nikon announces prices for 100th Anniversary products

by on Jun.15, 2017, under Reviews

Nikon has released details of its pricing for the range of collectables it will be selling to mark its 100th anniversary. The gifts and special edition cameras, lenses and binoculars are due to begin shipping in late July, but orders will be taken between now and the end of August – though check your local region for dates as these may vary by location.


  • D5 body 100 years £7,699.99 / €9,399.00/$7999.95
  • D500 Body 100 years £2,599.99 / €3,199.00/$2799.95
  • Triple lens kit 100 years £7,699.99 / €9,399.00/$7999.95
  • 70-200E w/ lens display 100 years £3,599.99 / €4,399.00/$3999.95
  • Nikon 100th Anniversary Crystal Creation Nikon Model £1,299.99 / €1,500.00/$1499.95
  • Nikon 100th Anniversary Premium Camera Strap BK £99.99 / €109.00/$99.95
  • Nikon 100th Anniversary Premium Camera Strap BR £99.99 / €109.00/$99.95
  • Nikon 100th Anniversary Miniature Nikon F Camera £129.99 / €149.00/$139.95
  • Nikon 100th Anniversary Pin Collection £250/$269.95
  • 8×30 E II 100th Anniversary Edition $799.95
  • WX 7×50 IF 100th Anniversary Edition $5999.95
  • WX 10×50 IF 100th Anniversary Edition $6399.95

The products will be sold direct from Nikon’s websites as well as via specific retailers. For more information see the Nikon website.

Press Release

Nikon 100th Anniversary Commemorative Models and Goods Now On Sale

Nikon is pleased to announce the release of a number of commemorative models and goods celebrating its 100th Anniversary on July 25, 2017. Official Nikon shops will be accepting orders for these commemorative models and goods starting as of today, June 15. Orders will be accepted through August 31, 2017.

For full details, please see our 100th Anniversary site and authorized Nikon retail partners.

100th Anniversary Editions

D5 100th Anniversary Edition
The commemorative edition of the D5, Nikon’s flagship digital SLR camera has a metallic grey finish and a stamp on the bottom noting Nikon’s contribution to the study and exploration of space. An Anniversary booklet detailing these contributions is also included.

D500 100th Anniversary Edition
Featuring a special anniversary design, the D500 Anniversary Edition comes in an exclusive metal case with engraved commemorative logo and serial number. It also comes with both a body cap and leather strap embossed with the commemorative logo.

NIKKOR 70-200E 100th Anniversary Edition
The AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR is a fast telephoto zoom lens that offers both superior agility and excellent optical performance. The Anniversary Edition comes with a set of the individual glass elements that make up the lens (special display stand and case included).

NIKKOR Triple F2.8 Zoom Lens Set 100th Anniversary Edition
The NIKKOR Triple F2.8 Zoom Lens Set 100th Anniversary Edition is comprised of the wide-angle AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED, the normal AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR, and the telephoto AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR. The same commemorative serial number is engraved on all three lenses.

WX 7×50 IF and WX 10×50 IF 100th Anniversary Editions
The 100th anniversary editions feature the special commemorative logo and exclusive serial number. In addition to the usual strap, they also come with a WX leather strap embossed with the commemorative logo. Sales of these are limited to a total of one hundred (7×50 and 10×50 combined).

8×30 E II 100th Anniversary Edition
This elegant commemorative edition of Nikon’s 8×30 E II has an exclusive metallic gray finish and is imprinted with the Anniversary logo.

100th Anniversary Special Collection

Nikon 100th Anniversary Crystal Creation Nikon Model I
A beautiful crystal reproduction of Nikon’s first camera the Nikon Model I from 1948, created by Swarovski®1, the world’s leading crystal manufacturer.

Nikon 100th Anniversary Miniature Nikon F Camera
The historic Nikon F, Nikon’s first flagship model and the camera that set the standard for single-lens reflex cameras around the world, is faithfully reproduced with this 1/2-scale model.

Nikon 100th Anniversary Pin Collection
This collection of pins looks back over Nikon’s 100-year history by Nikon’s most historic and popular products, as well as its various corporate logos.

Nikon 100th Anniversary Premium Camera Strap
This premium camera strap is made entirely of the best Italian leather that improves with use and age.

*Order period, sales period, and price for each product varies by country or region.
*Please note that delivery of purchased goods may take some time if a large number of orders are received.

1 Swarovski® is a registered trademark of Swarovski AG.

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