Nikon Releases US$12,000 AF-S 400mm f/2.8E and Matching 1.4x AF-S Teleconverter

Nikkor AF-S 400mm f/2.8E FL E VR
Nikkor AF-S 400mm f/2.8E FL E VR

Not to be outdone by Canon’s recent release of a pair of ultra-wide angle lenses, Nikon has released a new super telephoto. This is an update to the AF-S 400mm f/2.8G ED VR and costs US$3,000 more. The newly released AF-S 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR features a new magnesium alloy die-cast barrel and 2 fluorite elements (hence the FL moniker), shaving 820g off the weight of the predecessor. Continue reading Nikon Releases US$12,000 AF-S 400mm f/2.8E and Matching 1.4x AF-S Teleconverter

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Three Guys’ Review: Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300 with AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR

Introduction

The Nikon D5300 follows in a line of entry level cameras that started with the D50, and eventually got bumped up half a tier with the D5000 line. By now it actually appears to house some significantly powerful internals, with a class-leading 24 megapixel APS-C sensor and a 39 point autofocus module along with WiFi and GPS, while being made as cheaply as possible. How does it fare? Continue reading Three Guys’ Review: Nikon D5300

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Nikon Offers D600 Cleaning and Shutter Replacement

Nikon D600

 

Nikon have finally announced that, among other things, they will replace the shutter on the D600 camearas that have problematic shutters. This saga with the oil and dust issue has dragged on long enough, and it certainly was not one of Nikon’s finest moments. At least there is a fix now, but if there is a next time, solving the issue before the replacement camera, or better yet, solving the problem without a replacement camera would be better. This is the Singapore service advisory, and this is the USA one. Check with your country’s own service centre to see more details on the process. Hopefully this ends the saga once and for all.

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Nikon Singapore D4s Launch Event

The new Nikon D4s with the AF-S 35mm f/1.4

Earlier on, we concluded our liveblog of the Nikon Singapore D4s launch event. Here’s a more detailed write up and photos of the event which is held at the Kartright Speedway GoKart Racing Circuit in the west end of Singapore.

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Nikon Announces D4s

nikond4sWell, it was not much of a secret, but Nikon have announced the D4s that they said they were working on, just a month ago during CES. The “s” suffix indicates a small upgrade, but the D3s was also well-received. Like the D3s, the main upgrade here is an improved sensor and electronics package (Expeed 4, if you really want to know) over its predecessor, giving it a one stop improvement, so it now does a maximum of ISO 25,600 in normal ISO range, and 409,600 in expanded range.

The other upgrade is in autofocus, with the camera now being able to do 11 FPS with AF tracking, and a new group AF feature that chooses a point among five user selected points to focus on. It is kind of like a mini Auto Area AF mode.

There are also numerous other upgrades, including 1080p video at 50/60fps at 42 MBps, improved battery life with the new EN-EL18a, and something that time lapse shooters will appreciate, the ability to shoot 9,999 shots. Sadly, it still packs a single CF card slot together with a single XQD card slot. I believe most pro shooters would rather have two cards of the same type. I know I would!

The camera is slated to arrive in March, with a US MSRP of US$6,500.

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PMA@CES 2014: Nikon Announces D3300, 18-55mm VR II, 35mm f/1.8 FX, and D4S Development

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Nikon have unveiled their PMA@CES lineup, and it is not the most exciting one. The first is the Nikon D3300, which replaces the D3300 by removing the AA filter from the 24 megapixel sensor, increasing the frame rate to 5 FPS from 4 (which is pretty amazing considering my F100 from over a decade back did just that). The fixed LCD remains a 3″ VGA affair, and the autofocus module is still the same 11 point system from the D3200. Oh, and there is that new 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR II lens that can collapse into a smaller form factor, which hopefully can properly bring out the better side on that 24 megapixel sensor. I wonder if this is Nikon’s strategy of dealing with APS-sized sensor mirrorless cameras. The entire combination is not terribly big, is on par in weight with many mirrorless kits, features the snappy autofocus that DSLRs have, and in markets like the USA have the Nikon brand name to carry them over. Camera with lens kit and lens itself will be available in February for US$650 and US$250 respectively.

Next up is the FX AF-S 35mm f/1.8G. Continue reading PMA@CES 2014: Nikon Announces D3300, 18-55mm VR II, 35mm f/1.8 FX, and D4S Development

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Samyang Announces 10mm f/2.8 APS-C Ultrawide Prime Lens

Samyang 10mm f/2.8

Well, it took SOMEONE long enough. Even though it lacks autofocus and is much larger and heavier than the Nikon 20mm f/2.8 I used back in the film days, at least there is an option for those on APS-C cameras to use. Since this is a lens designed first for SLRs, it will not quite have the compact size needed for mirrorless cameras however, as the very short focal length compared to a typical SLR’s flange distance means more extensive retrofocus design is required. If it lives up to the usual Samyang reputation, expect a good lens at a decent price – the current press release is from the UK, so it carries the higher-than-average price of £470 for the Nikon version, and £430 for the other mounts, including less popular mounts like the Canon EF-M and Samsung NX.

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Three Guys First Thoughts: Nikon Df

Nikon Df

The Nikon Df has attracted a lot of attention, given the buzz on the Internet. Given a giant in camera makers has elected to things a little differently, it’s a no wonder. We spent some time yesterday at the media event hosted by Nikon Singapore, so what did we think of it?

Update (30/05/2014): Our review of the Nikon Df is now live!

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Nikon Announces the Retro Nikon Df

Nikon Df with AF-S 50mm f/1.8This really should not be news, thanks to all the leaks, but here it is: The Nikon Df. It is basically a modern Nikon DSLR with the D4’s sensor and the D600/610/7000’s 39 point autofocus system, a mix of traditional and modern controls, the ability to support pre-Ai lenses by folding in the AI indexing tab; all rolled into something that looks like an oversized FM2. I am hearing the moans of disappointment that this is not a mirrorless camera already. Other things to note include the 1400 CIPA rated battery life on the relatively tiny EN-EL14a battery (that is basically a slightly improved D5200 battery), no video capability, and a 1/4000s top shutter speed. Having shot with the Panasonic GH3 for some time, there will be days when not having 1/8000 is a real pain.

We were at the Nikon Singapore media event earlier, and are still mulling over our thoughts on the camera, but my first impression is that the camera is really fat. While the camera is not particularly heavy thanks to the use of magnesium alloy, the camera feels fat in the hand (I think I will be saying that word a lot). The under-sized grip does not particularly help. Then again, I am also not particularly keen on the retro movement that seems to be infesting the camera manufacturers, even though Nikon tells us that the camera has been under development for the past four years. Though David I am sure will have something to say about my stance.

Ships in late November or early December for US$2750 for the body only, or US$3000 with the equally retro-inspired special edition AF-S 50mm f/1.8 lens. Retro certainly has its price. Singapore pricing has not been determined. More photos of the camera after the break. Continue reading Nikon Announces the Retro Nikon Df

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