November 4th, 2013
October 17th, 2013
A few days after the U.S. “fell back” and ended Daylights Saving Time for the year, Nikon turned back the clock in its own way with a new camera announcement: the distinctly retro, 16.2-megapixel, full-frame Nikon Df, which looks more like a classic Nikon film SLR than any digital SLR we’ve seen so far. The camera, which has been widely leaked in the last few days, uses the same FX-format (35mm-sized) sensor as Nikon’s flagship professional D4 DSLR but resembles a Nikon FM or FE film SLR from the 1970s or 80s.
I got some hands-on time with the new Nikon Df at a press briefing, under NDA, during PhotoPlus Expo last month, and found the camera to be an intriguing but slightly befuddling new DSLR for professional photographers and enthusiasts. Unfortunately, I was not allowed to take photos of the Nikon Df cameras shown to me during the briefing, so all the product images included here have been provided by Nikon.
Read more of my hands-on preview of the new Nikon Df here.
September 5th, 2013
Nikon has just announced two new products for photographers: the prosumer-friendly 24.2MP, APS-C sensor-based D5300 digital SLR, and the pro-worthy AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G portrait lens.
The Nikon D5300 will go on sale this month as a kit with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens for $1,399. It will come in black, red, and gray color options, if you like your DSLR to have a little pizzazz.
The NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G, which is the higher end product of the two and designed for both full-frame (FX-format) and APS-C (DX-format) cameras, goes on sale this month for $1,699.
Read the rest of the story about this Nikon news here.
August 6th, 2013
Nikon has updated its advanced compact camera line-up with the Coolpix P7800. The camera is essentially the same as its P7700 predecessor, with its 12 megapixel sensor and 7.1x optical zoom, but the new model features a high resolution, 921k dot electronic viewfinder. Earlier, the P7000 and the P7100 had been equipped with optical viewfinders but Nikon decided to drop the viewfinder in order to streamline the P7700’s body.
Fortunately, the addition of the EVF adds almost imperceptible increases in the P7800’s dimensions and weight: while the P7700 measured 4.7 x 2.9 x 2 inches and about 13.9 ounces, the P7800 measures 4.7 x 3.1 x 2 inches and approximately 14.1 ounces.
The other two updates are compatibility with Nikon’s WU-1a wireless mobile adapter and a jump in price of about $50. The latter seems like a reasonable price to pay for the addition of an EVF. The P7700 is still available, if you don’t want/or need the EVF. The P7800 is slated to ship this month. We anticipate seeing this and other Nikon cameras at the company’s booth at PhotoPlus Expo, in New York City October 24-26.
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May 14th, 2013
Nikon today announced the availability of a small Speedlight, the SB-300. The diminutive flash measures 2.3 x 2.6 x 2.5 inches and weighs 4.2 ounces with two AAA batteries. The flash head tilts up to 120 degrees, so it’s easy to bounce the flash. Although small, the flash has a reach of about 59 feet and is iTTL compatible. Manual control is available with compatible cameras and, while it doesn’t function as a Master, its intensity can be adjusted and used to trigger other Speedlights. Like its higher-end siblings, the SB-300 features thermal cut-out protection, but our guess is that you’re unlikely to trigger the cut-out if you use it with a compact Nikon camera.
Coverage is 18mm in DX and 27mm in FX but it will certainly be dwarfed by Nikon FX cameras like the D4 and D800. On the other hand, a Speedlight that can fit in your pocket, and costs only around $150, looks like a good option for compact cameras like the Nikon Coolpix A or the Nikon Coolpix P7700.
The Nikon SB-300 will retail for $150 and is scheduled to ship in August.
Nikon has announced a new addition to the Nikon 1 system, a 32mm f/1.2. Not only is it the fastest lens in the 1 Nikkor lineup, but it is one of the fastest lenses available for any mirrorless system. The lens is compatible with the entire Nikon 1 system (J1, J2, J3, S1, V1, V2),
For a run down of its features, plus pricing and availability, see our full story on the Gear news page of PDNOnline.com.
There you’ll also find a link to information on Nikon’s website.