An interview from the 2015 PhotoPlus Expo in New York City with Steve Heiner of Nikon Inc. Nikon Inc. is a world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology; globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for an award-winning array of equipment that enables users to tell their stories through amazing photos and videos. In this interview Steve talks with us about their new Nikon D810 Filmmaker & Animator's Kits that are bundled with industry standard gear to get you up and shooting right away.

For anyone who is serious about filmmaking, these kits contain everything you need to get started. A full-frame Nikon DSLR with the latest video features and three fast, versatile NIKKOR prime lenses will bring mind-blowing image quality to every production. An Atomos Ninja-2 HDMI Smart Production Recorder gives you the most advanced way to record, monitor and review your footage, while an ME-1 Stereo Microphone, two extra batteries, Tiffen® Variable ND filters and an HDMI cable ensure you capture every sight and sound. Produce stunning full-frame footage exactly as you want it working in manual mode and controlling aperture, ISO, AF and shutter speed. Record Full HD 1080p at 60/50/30/25/24p to the internal memory cards in h.264 format while simultaneously recording 1080/30p uncompressed files to the Atomos Ninja-2. Widen production perspective using NIKKOR FX or DX lenses at Full HD 1080p and 16:9 aspect ratio. Attach the ME-1 Stereo Microphone and capture high fidelity sound with sensitivity adjustment up to 20 steps. Simultaneously monitor your shots in Live View on the camera's LCD display and an external monitor, and even remotely start and stop recording.

The animator’s kit contains what you need to get started in the incredibly fun and exciting medium of stop motion animation. A full-frame Nikon DSLR with the latest image features combined with the AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED is the first step of the process. Together with the stop motion animation software Dragonframe™, used on many Hollywood blockbusters, you’ll be up and running in no time. To ensure the motion doesn’t stop, included in the kit is an EH-5b/EP-5b Power Supply and Connector for continuous power to the camera. Dragonframe™ 3.5 is the software for stop motion animators. Monitor and adjust your Nikon camera settings including focus, ISO and white balance right from the program. Load images from other scenes to compare exposure and composition, add grid overlays, create custom aspect ratio masks and more. Break free from the computer and get closer to your animation with the included Dragonframe™ Keypad Controller, a high-quality USB keypad for controlling the most important functions.

For more information please visit: www.NikonUSA.com

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