Nikon Releases a Trio of New Lenses—AF-S 28mm f/1.4E ED, 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E Full-frame Fisheye and AF-P 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G DX

Nikon today announced three new lenses—the AF-S 28mm f/1.4E ED, a full-frame AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED fisheye zoom, and the AF-P 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR budget superwide zoom.

AF-S 28mm f/1.4E ED

Nikkor AF-S 28mm f/1.4E ED

The AF-S 28mm f/1.4E ED is the latest addition to Nikon’s arsenal of fast f/1.4 primes (the others being 24, 35, 58, 85 and 105mm.) It features nine rounded aperture blades for nice bokeh, two ED and three aspherical elements, as well as Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coating. The lens is sealed against dust and moisture.

It’ll be available at a rather pricey US$1999.95 in late June.

AF-S Fisheye 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED FIsheye Zoom

AF-S Fisheye 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED

Next on the lineup of new lenses is the AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED. This is a full-frame, circular fisheye zoom which features a 180º field of view both horizontally and vertically at the widest end. This changes to a non-circular image with a 180º diagonal field of view at 15mm. It has three ED and two aspherical lens elements, as well as Nano Crystal and fluorine coatings.

The lens is available immediately for US$1249.95.

AF-P 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR DX

Nikkor AF-P 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR DX

Lastly, we have a budget superwide zoom lens in the form of the AF-P 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR. This is made for DX bodies and is equivalent to 15-30mm on full-frame cameras. The lightweight and inexpensive lens features vibration reduction of 3.5 stops and uses a Pulse Motor for fast focussing in live view and video. The minimum focussing distance is 22cm.

It will be available from late June for just US$309.95.

 

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Nikon Releases the D7500, Essentially a Mini D500

Nikon D7500 with AF-S 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

The Nikon D500 is probably one of the best, if not the best, semi-professional APS-C DSLR ever made. Today, Nikon released a mini version of the D500, in the form of the D7500. This is the 3rd camera in the Nikon D7000 series, with the D7000 and D7200 preceding it.

The D7500 features a body which is 5% lighter than the D7200 and 16% lighter than the D500 (hence I called it a mini D500 here) as well as a deepened grip for better handling. Nikon has also improved the weather-sealing of the D7500. Powering it is a new EN-EL15a battery capable of 950 shots per charge, which sounds like a lot, but is actually 15% lower than that of the D7200. That’s a slight bummer.

Inherited from the D500 is the same 20.9MP CMOS APS-C sensor, Expeed 5 image processor and the 180k-pixel RGB metering sensor. It is also capable of capturing video at 4K at 30fps. ISO can be set from 100 to 51,200, and expanded to an equivalent of 1.64 million, though images will probably be rubbish at that ISO. But hey, it’s available if you really need to capture something in the darkness.

Nikon D7500 with AF-S 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

The LCD is now tiltable and touchable, although it remained at the same 3.2″ as its predecessors. Unfortunately removed, however, are the predecessors’ dual SD card slots. The D7500 now has only ONE, and it does not support UHS-II media. You gain something, you lose something.

D7500 Tilt LCD

The D7500 is capable of continuous shooting at 8fps with full AF and AE, with a buffer that stores up to 50 RAW+JPEG photos at 14-bit compression, or up to 100 JPEGs. Like the D7200 before it, the D7500 has 51 AF points (15 cross-type), that’s almost a 3rd of what the 135 AF points that the D500 has (though only 55 are selectable.)

The D7500 will be available this summer for US$1,249 for the body alone, or US$1,749 with a AFS 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens.

 

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Nikon Announces New DL Line of 1″ Premium Compacts With a Trio of Cameras

Nikon DL 18-50 f/1.8-2.8
Nikon DL 18-50 f/1.8-2.8

Nikon announced a new line of 1″ premium compact cameras dubbed the DL (which stands for “Digital Lens”) targeted towards serious photographers. It uses the CX-format 1″ BSI CMOS sensor with a resolution of 20.8MP and a maximum ISO Of 12,800. Powered by a EXPEED 6A Image Processor, the DL series of cameras are capable of 60fps continuous shooting with fixed AF, and 20fps with continuous AF.

Nikon DL 24-85 f/1.8-2.8
Nikon DL 24-85 f/1.8-2.8

The three cameras covers a wide range of focal lengths—DL 18-50mm f/1.8-2.8, DL 24-85mm f/1.8-2.8 and DL 24-500mm f/2.8-5.6. The first two models looks more or less alike, and somewhat reminiscent of the Coolpix A released in 2013. The DL 24-500 on the other hand, looks more like the P900 and the recently announced B700.

Nikon DL 24-500 f/2.8-5.6
Nikon DL 24-500 f/2.8-5.6

The DL 18-50 and DL 24-85 both features a 3″ tilting LCD with a resolution of 1.037 million dots, while the DL 24-500, like the B700, has a fully-articulated screen. All three cameras are capable of 4K video recording at 30fps, 1200 fps slow motion, HDMI output to an external recorder, still photos from video, RAW file recording, and a standard hot shoe. Wireless connectivity is provided by Bluetooth/NFC as well as WiFi. The DL 24-500 features a high-resolution OLED EVF with 2.359 million dots, while the other two has optional EVFs which can be purchased separately.

All three cameras will be available from early summer at US$850, US$650 and US$1000 respectively.

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Nikon Announces a Trio of Long-Zoom Compact Cameras

Nikon Coolpix A900
Nikon Coolpix A900

Nikon announced a trio of long-zoom compact cameras, two of which supports 4K video recording. They will have a new naming scheme, with the “A” series replacing the “L” series, and B” series replacing the “P” series.

First, we have the compact A900, with a 20MP BSI CMOS sensor, 35x (24-840 equivalent) f/3.4-6.9 zoom lens and a 3″ tilting LCD. It is also capable of 4K video recording at 30fps.

Nikon Coolpix B500
Nikon Coolpix B500

Next up, the 16MP Coolpix B500 which is powered by 4 AA batteries (Wow, this is very rare today!) and has a 40x optical zoom (22.5-900mm equivalent) f/3.0-6.5 lens. There’s also a 3″ tilting LCD but video recording is limited to just 1080p at 30fps.

Nikon Coolpix B700
Nikon Coolpix B700

Last but not least, there’s the B700 with a 60x zoom covering the equivalent of 24-1440mm at f/3.3-6.5. Like the other two, it also has a 20MP BSI CMOS sensor. In addition to the 3″ LCD is fully articulated, the B700 also has a 921k-dot EVF. Video recording is up to 4K at 30fps.

The three cameras will be available later this spring at US$399, US$299 and US$499 respectively.

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Nikon (Finally) Announces the D500 Pro-level Crop Sensor DSLR

Nikon D500 with AF-S 16-80mm
Nikon D500 with AF-S 16-80mm f/3.5-5.6ED VR

Nikon today announced the new and highly anticipated D500, a pro-level DSLR with a crop sensor (DX) which shares quite a bit of features of the D5. It has a 20.9MP APS-C sensor as well as the new EXPEED 5 image processor found on the D5. This is the long-awaited successor to the very popular D300S.

ISO sensitivity, while not as high as the D5, is still an impressive 100 to 51,200. This can be expanded to 50—1,640,000. In terms of continuous shooting speed, the D500 can shoot at up to 10fps using the same 153-point AF system as the D5. On the D500, these AF points cover almost the whole of the frame. A large buffer allows for 79 14-bit raw files in burst mode.

Nikon D500 (Rear), showing the 3.2" tilt/swivel LCD touch screen.
Nikon D500 (Rear), showing the 3.2″ tilt/swivel LCD touch screen.

Being a pro-level camera, it has a rugged weather sealed body like the D810, and features a magnesium-alloy top/rear and a carbon-fibre reinforced front. At the back of the camera is a 3.2″ tilt/swivel touch-screen LCD with 2.4 million dots, similar to the one found on the D750, The viewfinder has a 100% coverage with a magnification of 1.0x, giving a bright and big view. Storage duties are performed by a XQD slot and a regular SD slot.

On the video side of things, the D500 can shoot 4K/30p and 1080p at various frame rates. Like the D810, it features Picture Controls and an uncompressed HDMI output. New to the D500 are in-camera 4K time-lapse, Auto-ISO smoothing and the ability to send 4K video to the card and HDMI outputs simultaneously.

The D500 also features SnapBridge, a new technology developed by Nikon which lets you establish an always-on Bluetooth connection between the D500 and a smart device. This allows you to do automatic image transfers between devices and is addition to the more common WiFi and NFC options which are also available on the camera.

The D500 will be available in March 2016 with a SRP of US$2,000. There’s also an option to purchase it with the AF-S 16-80mm f/3.5-5.6ED VR lens for US$3,070.

CK: Wow, this sure took Nikon a long time! When I was looking to upgrade my D200 many years ago, I didn’t have that much options. The D300/300S was getting a bit long in the tooth, making the D7000 more attractive as an upgrade. Of course, the D7000 isn’t a pro-level camera, and didn’t handle as nicely as the D200, but it’s decent enough. Many photographers have also yearned for a D300-type successor but none was coming. Nikon has basically ignored the pro DX shooters for a long time. We probably got to thank Canon for coming up with the EOS 7D Mark II which kicked Nikon in the you-know-where.

Too late however, at least for me. Many photographers, myself included, have moved on to APS-C mirrorless cameras. That said, this still looks like a very impressive camera to be had.

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Nikon Announces the D5, the New Flagship DSLR With ISO Up to 3,280,000

Nikon D5 (front)
Nikon D5 (front)

Nikon announced the D5, a new flagship DSLR today, featuring a new AF system, 4K video recording, and an expanded ISO range of up to 3,280,000. Yes, you read that right. You can shoot at an ISO of 3.28 million. Though that’s an expanded ISO rating, the native ISO is still an impressive 102,400. In comparison, the previous flagship, the D4S, only had a native ISO of just 409,600.

Nikon D5 (Back)
Nikon D5 (Back)

The D5 features a 20MP full-frame CMOS sensor which can shoot stills at up to 12fps (14 with the mirror locked up) and video at 4K 30fps. The image processor is a new Expeed 5. The new AF system makes use of 153 AF points, of which 99 are the cross-type.

A 3.2″ LCD with 2.36 million dots serves as the display, while the viewfinder covers 100% with a magnification of 0.72x. Connectivity-wise, the camera has a 1000 Base-T 400Mbps Ethernet connection for fast image transfers. Nikon said this is up to 1.5x faster than the D4S.

The D5 will be available with two storage options—a dual CF model as well as a dual XQD one. The latter gives the photographer read/write speeds of up to 35% faster than CF cards.

The D5 will be available from March at a SRP of US$6,500.

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Nikon Announced a Trio of Lenses—24-70mm f/2.8 VR, 24mm f/1.8 and 200-500mm f/5.6VR

Nikon has announced a trio of lenses today, the AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR, AF-S 24mm f/1.8G, and the AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR. The lenses are suitable for both professionals and advanced photography enthusiasts alike.

Nikkor AF-S 24-700mm f/2.8E ED VR

Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR
Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR

This is an update to the classic AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED which has gotten a bit long in the tooth. The most notable change is the addition of Vibration Reduction (VR), giving photographers four-stops of image stabilisation. There is also a “tripod” mode for use on a tripod, which helps to counter slight tripod vibrations.

The lens now features an Electronic Aperture control, Nano Crystal Code for reduced ghosting/flare, weather sealing and a fluorine coating which keeps your lens nice and clean. The filter diameter is now a huge 82mm compared to 77mm on the older lens. Sorry, you’d have to re-buy your filters in 82mm after getting this lens.

The AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR will be available in late August 2015 at US$2,400.

Nikkor 24mm f/1.8G ED

Nikkor AF-S 24mm f/1.8G ED
Nikkor AF-S 24mm f/1.8G ED

Photographers who want a fast and wide lens will like this AF-S 24mm f/1.8G. It’s a smallish, lightweight prime lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.8. If you have always wanted a 24mm f/1.4 but found it too expensive, this is the lens for you. The lens will be available from mid-September for US$750, a steal compared to the over US$2,000 which the f/1.4 version goes for.

Nikkor AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR

Nikkor AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
Nikkor AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR

And now, something for the telephoto lovers. Nikon must have noticed the popularity of the likes of the Tamron and Sigma’s 120-600mm telephoto zooms and came up with their own. Unlike the Tamron/Sigma offerings, the Nikkor has a constant f/5.6 throughout the zoom range. It’s also lightweight, coming in at 5lbs 2oz (2.3kg) including the tripod collar, making it easy to shoot handheld for extended periods of time.

The 200-500mm has an Electronic Aperture for consistent exposures during burst shooting, a 4.5-stop VR, a Sports Mode VR for high-burst panning shots and a minimum focussing distance of 7.2ft. A Silent Wave motor lets the lens focus silently and quickly.

The lens will be available from mid-September for US$1400.

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Nikon Announces the Nikon 1 J5

Nikon 1 J5 Front

After weeks of speculation Nikon has announced the Nikon 1 J5. The new camera has a number of upgrades, the biggest of which is the 20 megapixel back-side illuminated sensor. Could it be a Sony? I’ve always thought that Nikon using the Aptina sensors was due to the sensor readout speed, needed for both the crazy fast phase detect autofocus of the 1 cameras, as well as the impressive continuous shooting rates on them. Has Nikon managed to marry both speed and quality this time?

Other improvements include a flip LCD that goes both up for selfies and down for overhead shots, an additional command dial in the traditional Nikon thumb position (which I very much welcome) and a mode dial that has dedicated manual exposure modes. Oh, there is now a custom function button next to the lens mount too. At the very least ISO should be pegged to it.

The camera retains the speed of the J4 before it, with the 170 PDAF points and 20 FPS continuous shooting speed with continuous AF, and 60 FPS with AF lock on the first frame, which is still impressive in 2015.

Now, the other upgrade is a bit embarrassing: Nikon has given the J5 4K video capability, but at 15 FPS. Um, I am not sure who is actually going to use it at 15 FPS. Coincidentally 4K at 15 FPS has the same data rate as 1080p at 60 FPS, so it does sound like the engineers were pressured into delivering a 4K solution with whatever they had on hand for a marketing headline.

As much as I like the Nikon 1 cameras for what they are, such moves really do not help the line. Already I see the less than kind comments about it, and the last thing the Nikon 1 cameras need are more jokes to be made about them. It seems a shame too, as the cameras are slowly improving, and I really did quite like the Nikon 1 J4 despite the somewhat noisy sensor. Nikon really should have tried to address the criticisms head on, which they appear to have with the upgrades on hand, as the J5 has the better user interface, possibly better sensor, and better pricing, with the 10-30 PD kit coming in at a reasonable US$499 (US$100 less than the J4).

The Nikon 1 J5 will arrive in late April in black, silver-black, and white, with the above-mentioned 10-30 PD kit at US$500, the 10-30 and 30-110 dual lens kit at US$750, and the 10-100 kit at US$1050. I wonder if the trend in Singapore will continue, with the Singapore prices at 1:1 rates compared to the US prices. S$500 for the J5 will certainly be interesting, especially if the image quality will be up to snuff. More pictures of the J5 after the break. Continue reading Nikon Announces the Nikon 1 J5

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Nikon D810 Review

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Introduction

The Nikon D810 is a mid-life refresh of the D800 cameras, which were lauded for pretty much the best 35mm DSLR you could get your hands on. The D810 consolidates the D800 and D800E models into a single variant, and adds a lot of small little improvements across the board. We’re going to take a look at the D810 and see how it performs!

Continue reading Nikon D810 Review

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Nikon Announces D7200 with Upgraded Buffer Size

D7200 Front

Nikon today unveiled the D7200, which basically takes the D7100 and upgrades it in a number of minor areas, along with one not-so-minor area. The camera still packs a 24 megapixel DX sensor without an optical low-pass filter, but it seems to be a new one; perhaps a Sony sensor? The biggest upgrade is the buffer, which means the camera can now do 6 FPS continuous shooting at up to 18 raw files or and 100 JPEGs. While I personally never held down my shutter release like some people do, the 6 raw file buffer in the D7100 was really on the shallow side, so the upgrade is definitely welcome.

Another change is the new AF sensor module from the D750, which means the camera can now focus down to -3EV light levels. Personally I would like the D7200 to have used the D750 body as well, but I guess Nikon wanted to keep the product segmentation at a bigger level between DX and FX.

Other changes include Wifi with NFC (NFC tag is on the grip), 1080p video at 60 FPS alongside a new dedicated movie menu tab, slightly improved battery life at 1100 shots compared to 920 previously. The rest of the camera is pretty much a D7100 otherwise.

The D7200 will be available in body-only and the 18-140mm kit in the USA, and additionally with the 18-105mm lens in Singapore. So far USA pricing has the body at US$1,200, and the 18-140mm kit at US$1,700, with the camera arriving in April.

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