May 14

Manfrotto reinvents the Lightstand-Flash/ Umbrella Holder.

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The Manfrotto Snap Tilthead is a versatile tilt head with hot shoe attachment compatible with all branded flashguns, it also incorporates an umbrella socket. A smart counterbalance mechanism prevents the flashgun from dropping along the stand, thus assuring maximum safety to the photographer’s equipment. 
This tilt head introduces an innovative locking system which facilitates the set up to be completed in a matter of seconds. Insert Manfrotto Snap Tilthead on the lighting stand and thanks to the innovative locking mechanism, the safety lock is automatically activated. Next, fix the tilt head by tightening the locking lever. Fixing the flashgun to Manfrotto Snap Tilthead is straightforward and quick, thanks to the smart locking ring. Open the shoes by unscrewing the ring and insert the hot shoe attachment of the flashgun. Lastly, secure the flash by screwing the locking ring.

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May 13

The best Point and Shoot Camera you never heard of, the Pentax MX-1

I wouldn’t consider a camera a “Gizmo”, but a point and shoot camera is something I always carry in my camera bag. There are times when a 65 pound camera bag is neither prudent or welcome to carry, so even the most serious photographer needs a pocket-able camera for those times when size and convenience is a necessity.

I’ve tried lots of them and for the most part, they are all serviceable. They’ll do fine for quick shots intended for Social Media sites and e-mails, but I’m often frustrated when I only have my pocket camera and I see something I want to shoot semi-seriously.

Enter the amazing little Pentax MX-1. If I were to write a a wish list of features I’d want in my pocket camera, this meets that list at about 95%.  If it had an optical viewfinder, it would be just about perfect.You won’t believe the price ( I’ll tell you at the end of the article)

In order of importance to me, the pocket camera feature list is as follows.

1) Image quality- if nothing else, a camera MUST produce sharp images with substantial dynamic range and accurate color. The RAW images out of this camera are stellar for the sensor size ( 1/1.7 inch) , the JPEGS are a little over-processed right in the camera which renders more noise than I prefer.

2) Durability- The camera must be able to survive in a backpack or glove box. I have had so many point and shoot cameras literally start losing casing screws as soon as the temperature changes that it swore me off  the whole style of camera for years. The MX-1 has an amazing build quality, it feels like a $1200 camera.

3) Functionality- I want a camera that allows me to take the type of photo I want. I really don’t care if it’s difficult, just as long as it’s possible. Being a DSLR shooter, having PMAS controls are a must, along with independent control over white balance, ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed and Focus. The MX-1 not only has those, but those features are easily accessible (as a bonus)

…and that’s it. That’s all I ask. I don’t care how the camera looks or how it “feels in my hands”. Neither of those things affects the way the photo looks. Convenience is a convenience that I am happy to relinquish if that means I can have creative control over my imaging. In fact, I find that slowing down a bit is advantageous for the creative process. It is my opinion that when a photographer gives in to pure “size and convenience” as the main reason for camera selection, they’ll never realize their full creative potential. That said….there is a time and place for a camera that you can tuck into a coat pocket and the Pentax MX-1 does that job as good as any camera I’ve tested in this class. In the end, it’s always the images that either make my like a camera or dislike it. Here are a few examples.

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As you can see, the MX-1 performs well in varied conditions and delivers sharp images with impressive dynamic range. People will be drawn to the classic styling, but it’s the image quality that will make them want to carry this little camera everywhere

 

Pentax MX-1 key features

  • 12MP backlit CMOS sensor
  • 4x 28-112mm equivalent F1.8-2.5 lens
  • ISO 100-12800
  • 3.0 inch, 920K dot LCD screen
  • JPEG, Raw (DNG), Raw+JPEG capture
  • 1080p 30fps video recording with stereo microphones
  • Rear control dial and EV dial
  • Pentax SLR-like interface

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    Now for the very best part….The Pentax MX-1 retails for only $299.99. which makes it one of the best values in the field. 

 

 

May 09

MeFoto adds a cool new Gizmo to the lineup

Introducing the SideKick360 – a smartphone adapter that provides mobile photographers and filmmakers with solid camera support and precision control. Indispensable for creating sharp photos, videos, time lapse and long exposures. The 360° rotating ball joint allows for quick re-positioning from vertical for photos to horizontal for video and anywhere in between. Fits any Arca-Swill stlye tripod or ball mount.

And now…MeFoto is offering a 50% Rebate with the purchase of any Mefoto tripod!

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After purchasing this product, receive your online rebate by
visiting www.rapid-rebates.com/macgroup. All you have to do
is fill in your required information along with a picture or scan
of your bill of sale dated within the range of this rebate, effective
from May 1 to June 30, 2014. You will receive a pre-paid
VISA card in the amount of the offered rebate.

All rebates must be entered by July 15, 2014. USA Only

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May 06

Convert your smartphone into a Polaroid-Style camera!

Many of us mourned the passing of the era of the classic Instant camera. As unpredictable as the image quality was, it was still always fun to walk around a party, snapping images and handing them to your friends to “shake” into existence. With that memory in mind, we’re excited to see that instant photos are finding their way back into our lives with new products from Fuji like the awesome wireless WIFI printer that connects and prints from our cell phones! pic_01feature01_img_01     The SP-1 offers several photo templates, from classic “Polaroid instant” style to modern edition templates to dress up your cell phone images as well as smart adjust technology to enhance the images via the App on your phone prior to printing. You can even add captions and names to the photos. Another great feature is that you can print an exact copy for each person in the photo….no more fighting over that one special photo. The images are 2 x 3 ( credit card sized), easily slipped into a pocket or wallet and will surely be the hit of any social gathering. You can print any photos from your phone at any time. MSRP $199.99 If you’re interested in enjoying this type of photography without using your smart phone, check out the uber-cool Retro styled Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Instant Camera.

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This stylish little camera produces the same Instax Mini 2 x 3 inch instant images as the SP-1 but they are produced from within the camera and eject out the side like it’s 1979. With an fixed 60mm autofocus lens, you’ll find this is the perfect instant camera for parties or even serious art. MSRP $199.99

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Apr 26

New Nikon 1 S2 mirrorless camera to be announced soon

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A new Nikon 1 S2 mirrorless camera will be announced soon (replacement of the current S1 model). The basic specs are: 14.2 MP sensor with 73 phase detection and 135 contrast detection AF points. The S1 was announced last year (January 2013). There is a very good chance that the new S2 camera will not be introduced in the US market (just like the J4). Expect the official announcement in May.

Apr 24

Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD for Nikon to start shipping on April 30

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Today Tamron Japan announced the shipping date for the Nikon version of the SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD lensApril 30, 2014. Additional lens information:

Pre-order options: Adorama | B&H | WEX UK | Foto Hans Keuzekamps

Sample images taken with the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD lens (Canon version): -1- | -2- | -3- | -4-.

Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD lens design:

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Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD MTF charts:

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Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD lens specifications

Model A011
Focal Length 150-600mm
Maximum Aperture F/ 5-6.3
Angle of View (diagonal) 16°25’ – 4°8’ (for full frame format)
10°38’ – 2°40’ (for APS-C format)
Lens Construction 20 elements in 13 groups
Minimum Focus Distance 2.7m (106.3 in)
Maximum Magnification Ratio 1:5
Filter Size φ95mm
Maximum Diameter φ105.6mm
Length* 257.8mm (10.1 in)
Weight 1951g (68.8 oz)
Diaphragm Blades 9 (circular diaphragm)*5
Minimum Aperture F32-40
Standard Accessories Lens hood, detachable tripod mount
Compatible Mounts Canon, Nikon, Sony

Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD lenms highlights:

  • 4x ultra-telephoto zoom lens with a focal length range of 150mm to 600mm 
    The focal length range of this lens was extended by 50mm on the wide-angle side and 100mm on the telephoto side compared to the existing model A08, making it possible to take even more striking photographs of birds, wildlife, sports, and other distant subjects. Mounted on APS-C DSLR cameras, it has a stunning near1000mm telephoto equivalent focal length range of 233mm to 930mm.
  • World class image quality
    Employing 20 elements in 13 groups and boasting an advanced optical design, the lens delivers a superior balance of resolution and contrast for sharp, clear images. The front group contains three LD (Low Dispersion) glass elements (two in the first group, one in the third) for enhanced optical correction effectiveness, enabling the lens to thoroughly compensate for on-axis aberrations at the telephoto end. The lens also adopts eBAND Coating, developed from state-of-the-art coating technologies, and conventional BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating to greatly suppress ghosting and flare even when shooting under adverse lighting conditions.
  • Achieves a 600mm focal length in a compact easy-to-handle package
    Ingenious optical design features minimize the movement of lens groups within the lens when zooming. This reduces the amount of barrel extension needed to cover the complete focusing range, making the entire lens more compact.
  • Beautiful background blur effects 
    Adopting a 9 blade circular diaphragm enables users to create beautiful background blur effects (Bokeh), which provide even greater potential for creative expression. This circular diaphragm retains a nearly circular shape even at two stops down from its maximum aperture.
  • VC (Vibration Compensation) mechanism creates greater opportunities for sharper handheld photography
    Tamron’s proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization system uses a three-coil system, delivering significantly sharper images and creating greater opportunities for handheld ultra-telephoto photography.
  • Comfortable autofocus
    Tamron’s new SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD features a USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) ultrasonic motor drive for swift and accurate AF response, it delivers high torque, very fast response times, and very low noise. The full-time manual focus mechanism allows users to make fine manual focus adjustments at any time even when AF is engaged.
  • New elegant, high-class external finish
    Tamron has upgraded the cosmetic design and finish of this lens to create a more sophisticated, high-end look in keeping with the demands of discerning full-frame DSLR users. Employing a sophisticated linear pattern rubber grip on the zoom and focus rings and an attractive and stylish tungsten silver brand ring, this newly designed model accentuates its visceral presence with understated elegance and class.
  • Easy-to-use tripod mount
    The tripod mount has been completely redesigned to provide superior stability, durability, ease of use, and portability.
  • Comes with “SILKYPIX Developer Studio for Tamron”, RAW image development processing software for Tamron’s SP lenses
    The SILKYPIX Developer Studio software can develop high-quality images from RAW data, incorporating adjustments that can express the personal style and taste of the photographer. These include white balance, color, sharpness, and the tonal curves recorded by digital cameras. The SILKYPIX Developer Studio for Tamron provides a range of functions, in addition to the basic adjustment capabilities, such as correcting aberrations (chromatic aberrations of magnification, distortion, peripheral light fall-off), based on the optical data. Used in tandem with Tamron’s SP series lenses – renowned for their high-depiction capability – this advanced technology efficiently produces images that meet photographers’ most exacting demands.

Additional images:

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Apr 24

Nikon D4s and the new EN-EL18a battery now in stock

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The Nikon D4s and the new EN-EL18a battery for the D4s are now in stock at B&H

Update: B&H lists on their website that the new Nikon EN-EL18a battery is compatible with the Nikon D4:

The EN-EL18a Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery from Nikon powers their D4s and D4 DSLR cameras. It has 10.8V of output power, a 27Wh rating, and a capacity of 2500mAh. It can be charged using either the MH-26a Battery Charger supplied with the D4S or the MH-26 Battery Charger supplied with the D4. The battery requires the BL-6 Battery Chamber Cover, which is available separately and included with the D4S. The EN-EL18a is supplied with the D4S camera and is offered here as a spare or replacement part. It offers an additional 500mAh of capacity and 5Wh over the EN-EL18 included with the D4.

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Apr 23

Nissin i40 compact flash for Nikon cameras now shipping

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Last month Nissin announced their new i40 compact flash with LED lights for Nikon cameras. The i40 is now shipping and is currently in stock ($269). Additional information:

Specifications:

Type For Canon, Nikon, Sony and FT system
Guide no. (at ISO 100 in m) 40 (at 105mm zoom head position)
27 (at 35mm zoom head position)
Focal length coverage 24 – 105mm (16mm when using built -in wide panel)
Power Source Four size-AA batteries
Battery storage Directly insert into the body
Recycling Time 0.1 – 4 sec
Number of flashes (Approx.) 220 – 1,700 flashes
LED light run time (Approx.) 3.5hrs (With New batteries set)
Flash duration 1/800 – 1/20,000 sec
Color Temperature 5,600K
Exposure control E-TTL II/ E-TTL (Canon) 、 iTTL (Nikon), PTTL (Sony), TTL (FT)
Wireless Mode Wireless TTL slave (* 3), non-TTL Slave (SD, SF mode)
EV compensation on flash +/- 2EV in increments of ½ of EV
Bounce position Up: 0-90°,Down: 0°, Left: 0-180°,Right: 0-180°
Flash exposure control st & 2nd curtain synchronization, High speed synchronization, redeye reduction, slow synchronization (depends on camera), FE/ FV lock (set on camera)
AF-assist beam effective range 0.7 – 5m
Operation panel 2 Selector dials (Function dial and Power dial)
Manual mode power ratio 1/256 – 1/1
LED Video light Built in LED video light with 9 steps of output level adjustment
Accessories External Diffuser, Soft case, Flash stand (with screw)
Dimension (Approx.) 85(H)x61(W)x85(D)mm/ 3.35(H)x2.4(W)x3.35(D)inch
Weight 203g/ 7.16oz (without batteries and external diffuser)

Size comparison with a standard flash:

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Nissin i40 features:

The pocket size of Nissin i40 weights only 203g of weight (*1). It is suitable for filling shadows on even the sunniest of days, suitable for family shooting, indoor/ outdoor shooting and especially suitable for traveling. Professional functions are included: Wireless TTL mode; Supports up to 1/8,000 seconds shutter speed; Flash output of GN40 at 105mm; Video light function with 9 steps of output level adjustment; Simple operation panel with two selector dials to operate the flash; Flash head tilts up and rotates horizontally to right and left for making bounced lighting more versatile by utilizing more angles. A Soft box is supplied. Nissin i40 with Canon, Nikon, Sony and FT version.

Focal length range coverage of 24-105mm˙Powerful output˙Soft box

The Nissin i40 has a flash output of GN40 at 105mm. The zoom range auto adjusts from 24mm- 105mm. The flash comes equipped with a built-in diffuser that gives a 16mm lens coverage. A Soft box is included for soften light output and reduce the shadows.

Professional flash head design

The flash head rotates horizontally 180° to right and left and tilts up 90°which is suitable for close up photography. This makes bounce shooting more arbitrary, with more angles that can be used.

LED Video light

Nissin i40 has a video light function, which has 9 steps of output level adjustment.
Various Functions
(1)Supports high-speed synchronization
Supports up to 1/8,000 seconds shutter speed. (*2)
(2)Wireless TTL mode
Supports Canon E-TTL/ E-TTL II, Nikon i-TTL and Sony ADI/ P-TTL. Various slave settings offer flexible wireless flash combination.

Selector dial˙Simply operation panel

Nissin i40 has two selector dials controls : Function dial and Power dial. The Indicated lamp A/B/C will show the position of adjustment. Even beginners can quickly get started.

Four size-AA batteries

4 AA batteries to operate the i40, it can reduce the frequency of changing the batteries and reduce the recycling time.

Metal hotshoe ˙Quick release button

Durable metal hotshot design with quick release button, easy to install and reduce the chance of damage caused by installation.

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Apr 23

Nikon USA adds four new brand ambassadors

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Nikon USA added four new brand ambassadors: Bambi Cantrell, Tamara Lackey, Blair Bunting and Doug Gordon:


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The Nikon Ambassador Program Expands to Include Four New Photographers

MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the addition of four new photographers to the Ambassador Program, a collective initiative dedicated to recognizing the most influential leaders in modern photography. The four additions include commercial shooter Blair Bunting; wedding and portrait photographer Bambi Cantrell; wedding photographer Doug Gordon; and lifestyle and family photographer Tamara Lackey.

“These four photographers are an exciting addition to the program and bring with them a collective energy as well as a diverse range of talents and shooting styles,” said Mike Corrado, NPS manager, pro relations and product marketing, Nikon Inc. “They embody the essence of the Ambassador Program, which is to act as inspirational leaders and educators to other professional photographers, and those looking to further their craft.”

The addition of these accomplished photographers further expands the styles and photographic disciplines represented in the program. Already considered mentors, they exemplify the founding ideology of Nikon’s Ambassador Program, which is to empower photographers through education and inspiration, and work directly with Nikon to communicate the needs of an evolving photo industry.
The new additions to Nikon’s Ambassador Program include:

  • Blair Bunting – Bunting is known for his invigorating automotive photography as well as his portraits of professional athletes. Based in Southern California, Bunting has an impressive roster of clients for his commercial photography.
  • Bambi Cantrell – Cantrell is a San Francisco based portrait photographer, who is well known for her wedding, engagement and boudoir imagery. This award-winning photographer is considered a highly influential storyteller with a distinct photographic style.
  • Doug Gordon – Gordon is a Long Island, NY based wedding photographer and instructor. Gordon is recognized by his energetic and lively presentation style, and has created a multitude of resources for educating photographers on the art of posing and creative portrait photography.
  • Tamara Lackey – A North Carolina based family and lifestyle photographer, Lackey is a celebrated author, instructor and speaker, with a flair for delivering an authentic portrayal of her subjects. Whether photographing children’s portraits, families, celebrities or dignitaries, Lackey’s image style conveys the genuine emotion that makes her a trendsetting photographer.

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Apr 23

Nikon DF-N1000 electronic viewfinder service advisory issued in Japan

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Nikon Japan reported an issue with the new Nikon DF-N1000 electronic viewfinder ($328.95): when attached to the Nikon 1 V3 camera, removing the EVF could be difficult. The affected products have serial numbers below 11003000:

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Nikon is offering free repair for the defective units. For now this service advisory was issued only in Japan.

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Apr 22

More firmware updates for Nikon AW110 and L820, new Nikon Message Centre version

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In addition to the new D4s firmware, today Nikon also released firmware updates for the Coolpix AW110 and L820 cameras and a new Nikon Message Centre version for Windows:

Nikon Coolpix AW110 firmware update 1.1

Download links:

Changelog:

  • An issue that resulted in deviation in the timing of movie video and sound has been resolved.
  • An issue that caused latitude and longitude information displayed with Data imprint to be incorrect has been resolved.
  • An issue that, in some rare cases, caused the camera to freeze while shooting with acquisition of GPS position information has been resolved.

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Nikon Coolpix L820 firmware update 1.1

Download links:

Changelog:

  •  An issue that resulted in deviation in the timing of movie video and sound has been resolved.

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Nikon Message Centre 2 ver 2.1.1 (Windows)

Download links:

Changelog:

  • An issue that sometimes prevented display of update information under Windows 8.1 has been resolved.
  • Windows XP is no longer supported.

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Apr 22

Nikon D4s firmware updated C 1.01 released

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Nikon just released firmware update C 1.01 for the Nikon D4s camera. Download links:

Here is the changelog:

  • When Custom Setting f1 (Multi selector center button) > Playback mode was set to View histograms, the histogram was not displayed correctly for the image played back in the monitor, even when the center button on the multi selector was pressed, when the following conditions were met. This issue has been resolved.
    • Image quality was set to NEF (RAW) + JPEG fine, NEF (RAW) + JPEG normal, or NEF (RAW) + JPEG basic.
    • An option other than “Overview data” or “RGB histogram” was selected for photo information displayed with full-frame image playback.
  • With full-frame image playback with “Highlights” or “RGB histogram” display selected, image chroma (saturation) changed with flashing of highlights. This issue has been resolved.
  • When images captured with Color space set to Adobe RGB were enlarged with playback in the monitor, image chroma (saturation) changed. This issue has been resolved.
  • When Rotate tall in the playback menu was set to On, and an image captured in “tall” (portrait) orientation was enlarged slightly (playback zoom-in button pressed once or twice) with monitor playback, the image did not appear to be very sharp or clear. This issue has been resolved.
  • With capture of a Compressed RAW image, followed by a Lossless compressed RAW image, with Image quality set to NEF (RAW), the camera was sometimes unable to correctly record the second RAW image. This issue has been resolved.

Important notes for this firmware update:

  • If you have a Lexar 400x or 1000x CompactFlash memory card, please click this link for information regarding compatibility with your camera.
  • The firmware cannot be upgraded when Network > Network connection in the Setup menu is set to ON. Be sure to set Network connection to OFF before attempting to upgrade the firmware.
  • Please be sure to use a FULLY charged EN-EL18 battery or EH-6 AC Adapter with EP-6 Power connector to perform this update

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Apr 21

What to expect from Nikon in the next few months

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This is an updated post on what to expect from Nikon in the near future – the next Nikon announcement will most likely be in May for new Coolpix cameras with 1″ sensors (P8000 and P700):

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Nikon Coolpix P8000

I have been reporting about a new Coolpix camera with 1″ sensor for few months now. Here are the rumored P8000 specifications:

  • Maximum shutter speed: 1/8000 sec.
  • The P8000 will use a new 1″ Aptina sensor
  • At least Expeed 3 imaging processor (Expeed 4 is also a possibility)
  • Magnesium body
  • Comfortable grip similar to the Nikon P5100 and  P6000 models
  • Announcement in April-May 2014
  • 24- 120mm equivalent f/2.0 – 3.0 lens with 3 ED and 1 ASP glass elements (could be even faster: f/1.8 – 3.0)
  • 1″ inch sensor (first Coolpix with 1″ sensor)
  • 3.0″ LCD screen
  • P A S M mode

Nikon Coolpix P700

There will also be a new Nikon Coolpix P700 compact ultra zoom camera. Here are the rumored specs:

  • 1″ Aptina made sensor
  • Lens: 24-2000mm f/3.5 – 8.5 (full frame equivalent)
  • All magnesium body with a big grip
  • Very heavy: the weight is rumored to be 1.3 kg/45.8 oz
  • 3.5″ LCD screen
  • Expeed 4 image processor

Nikkor lenses

Nikon has announced all but one of the 1 Nikkor prototype lenses that were on display once the system was first introduced:

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The missing lens is the macro 1 Nikkor:

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I expect a new Nikon 1 lens roadmap to be announced at Photokina in September and the missing macro lens to be announced by the end of 2014.

I have no updates on the other rumored Nikon lenses:

  • A new Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4G VR lens has been rumored for a long time now. I have no updates on the release date.
  • There is a very good chance that Nikon will respond to the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM lens with new Nikkor f/1.8 DX zoom lens. The announcement could happen with the D7200 announcement.
  • There is a possibility for a new 16mm fisheye lens. Some of the tips I received point that a new fisheye zoom is currently in testing and could be announced by the end of the year (something similar to the Canon 8-15mm lens). The Nikon version is supposed to be circular fisheye at the wide end, rectangular at the long side and could be wider than 8mm.

Nikon D7200

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The Nikon D7200 will most likely be announced this summer.

Nikon D9300

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No updates on the rumored Nikon D9300 camera but I still believe this model will be announced this year.

Nikon D800 update instead of D4x

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Nikon may not release a D4x camera but instead there are rumors for a Nikon D800 refresh similar to the D4s (same sensor, improved ISO, slightly faster, higher price tag).

Nikon D2300

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Canon Rebel SL1 size comparison – the D2300 is rumored to be even smaller

I have no updates on the D2300 camera, here are the rumored specs:

  • World’s smallest DSLR camera (small like the Canon Rebel SL1)
  • There is a possibility that the D2300 will be the first DSLR-like camera without an optical viewfinder
  • D2300 is a preliminary name and it can change
  • Weight: 290g
  • Announcement in May 2014
  • The Nikon D2300 could be the 3rd DSLR camera that will be announced this year (in addition to the D4s and D7200)

If you have any other information on the products listed above, or any other tips, please contact me (no email needed to submit an anonymous tip).

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Apr 20

Weekly Nikon news flash #260

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→ Nikon Df, D5300 cameras and Aculon T51 binoculars received the 2014 Reddot award for product design.

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Zeiss is rumored to announce a new Otus 85mm f/1.4 lens for Photokina.

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→ The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens is now available for pre-order also on Amazon.

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New version of digiCamControl is now available (digiCamControl is a free open source tethering software for Nikon DSLR cameras previously covered here).

→ New Nikon Behind the Scenes video:

→ Video shot with a Nikon D800 hacked with 50Mbit/s high bitrate video option:

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