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Nikon D3s and AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR official announcements and press releases

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Nikon D3s & AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR announced!

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  • Medium-telephoto 85mm Micro lens (picture angle is equivalent to a focal length of 127.5mm in FX/35mm format)
  • Closest focusing distance of 0.286 m/0.9 ft. (1:1 life size)
  • The optical system featuring an ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass element is optimized for DX-format digital SLRs
  • Vibration Reduction (VR II) enables sharper pictures while shooting at shutter speeds up to four stops slower than would otherwise be possible
  • Silent Wave Motor (SWM) ensures fast, quiet AF operation
  • Two focus modes available — M/A and M
  • IF (Internal Focusing) enables focusing without changing the length of lens barrel
  • The nine-blade rounded diaphragm opening gives out-of-focus elements a more natural appearance

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3.5G ED VR

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Nikon D3s Main Features:

  • ISO performance: ISO 12800 as standard, expandable to ISO equivalent of 102400 (Hi 3)
  • Nikon FX-format CMOS image sensor with 12.1 effective megapixels
  • Improved D-Movie function including High-Sensitivity Movie mode and flicker reduction function
  • Nikon’s Integrated Dust Reduction System including Image Sensor Cleaning function
  • Incorporates Nikon’s original EXPEED digital image processing
  • Active D-Lighting with bracketing for up to 5 frames
  • Picture Control: Standard, Vivid, Neutral and Monochrome (Landscape and Portrait can be downloaded from Nikon website)
  • Quick response with approx. 0.12 seconds start-up time and approx. 0.04 seconds shutter-release time lag
  • 9-frames-per-second shooting rate in FX format, 11 fps in DX crop (CIPA Guidelines)
  • Nikon’s original Scene Recognition System, utilizing 1,005-pixel RGB sensor, for more accurate autofocus, auto exposure, i-TTL flash control and auto white balance
  • Multi-CAM 3500FX AF sensor module featuring 51 AF points
  • Viewfinder with approx. 100% frame coverage and approx. 0.7x magnification in FX format
  • Durable shutter unit proven by 300,000 cycles of testing on fully assembled camera
  • Intelligent power management that lets you shoot up to approx. 4,200 frames per charge (based on CIPA Standards)
  • Easy-to-access Live View modes with dedicated button
  • Quiet Shutter-release mode for nonintrusive shooting
  • High-definition (approx. 921k-dot), 170˚ viewing angle, 3-in. VGA LCD monitor with tempered glass

Official press release after the break:

THE IMAGING EVOLUTION CONTINUES: THE NIKON D3S ILLUMINATES NEW LEVELS OF POWER AND PERFORMANCE FOR PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS

Nikon Once Again Redefines Possibilities with D-SLR Photography with Six-Figure ISO Sensitivity for Stills and Video While Enhancing Overall Performance

MELVILLE, N.Y. (Oct. 14, 2009) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the FX-format D3S D-SLR, providing professional photographers with a powerful tool that redefines the boundaries of digital SLR versatility, while maintaining the strength of superior image quality and high speed performance inherited from the groundbreaking D3. The D3S enables not only new opportunities in low-light photography, but also provides photographers with added shutter speed and aperture freedom with a base ISO sensitivity range from ISO 200 to a remarkable 12,800. Additionally, expanded ISO equivalent settings up to a staggering 102,400 are available, enabling photographers to create images previously thought impossible.

The Nikon D3S builds upon the success of the Nikon D3—the professional digital SLR that set new standards for D-SLR performance and utilizes a newly designed, Nikon original 12.1-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor that also integrates its amazing low-light ability to High Definition (HD) video, creating a uniquely capable multi-media tool to meet the needs of a changing imaging landscape.

“When the Nikon D3 was released, it ushered in a new era of professional digital imaging. Today, the D3S will further reinforce Nikon’s leadership role in the photographic industry as a pioneer in performance-driven technologies that will again break once-rigid picture-taking barriers,” said Edward Fasano, general manager for Marketing, SLR Systems Products at Nikon Inc. “The ruggedly constructed D3S was engineered to address the real-world needs of professional photographers and provides them with a tool that, when combined with their skills, delivers stunning images in a broad range of shooting conditions and assignment requirements.”

Creative Vision Beyond the Human Eye
The Nikon D3s, with a base ISO sensitivity from ISO 200 to 12,800 makes it possible to capture previously impossible images—image opportunities which were often ignored because of low light levels. Now, in even more demanding lighting conditions, photographers can select expanded sensitivity settings of ISO equivalent 25,600, ISO equivalent 51,200 and an incredible ISO equivalent sensitivity of 102,400 which reveals detail in extreme low-light environments that challenge even the human eye’s ability to discern subject content. In addition, a setting of ISO equivalent 100 is provided.

This industry-first, groundbreaking ISO sensitivity range will make the D3S the camera of choice for photographers who typically face extreme lighting challenges, such as indoor or nighttime sports, spot news, wedding receptions and ambitious nature photography. This broad ISO sensitivity also affords the ability to shoot at faster, action-stopping shutter speeds. D3S shooters will enjoy a major advantage in any situation where light is limited and the use of supplemental lighting is not an option. For the photojournalist, even the highest ISO setting delivers image quality to satisfy the needs of offset printing.

Big Pixels Equal Greater ISO Capabilities
The amazing low-light ability of the D3S, as well as its astounding image quality can be attributed in large part to the engineering behind the newly designed, Nikon original 12.1-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor, which measures 36x23.9mm. While the pixel size and count that served the D3 were maintained to deliver the pinnacle of image quality, dynamic range, phenomenal tonal gradation and outstanding color, other aspects were engineered to add versatility through broader low-noise ISO sensitivity. Individual pixels measure a large 8.45 microns, which support enhanced sensitivity to light and other qualities leading to superior image fidelity. The D3S captures light and renders images in a way that no other Nikon camera has yet to achieve, with a higher signal-to-noise ratio and an unmatched dynamic range for both stills and HD video throughout its broadened ISO range.

The Nikon D3S adds the extra benefit of an Image Sensor Cleaning function to reduce instances of image degradation resulting from dust accumulation on the optical low pass filter (OLPF) in front of the image sensor. The OLPF oscillates at four specific frequencies to release particles that would disrupt image quality. Sensor Cleaning can be set by the user to cycle automatically when the camera is powered on, turned off, or on demand.

Share the Vision with D-Movie Creativity
Whether on the frontlines or sidelines, the amazing ISO range of the D3S can also be applied while recording HD video clips to give unprecedented low-light ability for movie clips. The refined D-Movie mode for the FX-format offers smooth 1280x720 video at a cinematic 24fps, with a new algorithm that severely reduces the phenomenon of “rolling shutter” typical to D-SLRs while panning. The motion JPEG codec allows for easy extraction of single frames from a video clip and the ability to save it as a JPEG file, while the 720p HD format eases storage, provides faster wireless transfers, and offers video files that are generally easier to use in the field. Photographers can also trim movie clips on the fly by revising the start and end points, and save the edited clip as a copy while maintaining the original. Additionally, the D3S features a built-in monaural microphone, augmented by a stereo microphone input, which is perfect for hot-shoe microphone mounting or the use of wireless microphones for interviews or spot news.

Photographers and film makers alike will appreciate the full aperture control from a wide f/1.4 to f/16, as the FX-format sensor renders low-noise movie clips with outstanding clarity, aided by the large selection of renowned NIKKOR lenses to produce a dramatic depth of field. High Sensitivity Movie Mode allows the utilization of the entire ISO range to capture otherwise hidden details in challenging lighting conditions, more effectively than cameras with smaller sensors. Now, users can benefit from available natural light for applications such as telling a story in a journalistic style in the field or to create a gritty film noir masterpiece without CGI post production. While recording, users also have the ability to control exposure, and will enjoy the added benefits of improved contrast-detect type AF while in Tripod Live View mode.

Performance and Features Defining Versatility
The emergence of the D3 in 2007 provided photographers with a unique fusion of ruggedness, speed, versatility and image quality—characteristics which the D3S now takes even further. Photographers are able to capture images at 9 frames per second (fps) in the FX-format or at up to 11 fps in the DX crop mode, while data is transferred through a 16-bit pipeline for optimal processing speed. Additionally, the buffer has been increased, enabling continuous bursts approximately twice that of the D3 in the JPEG, TIFF or NEF (RAW) formats. Files can also be captured in either 12- or 14-bit compressed or uncompressed formats to maintain the images data integrity. Photographers can also select the new 1.2x crop mode for a modest telephoto effect, while minimally impacting resolution, as photos are captured at approximately 8.4 megapixels (9 fps).

The D3S also features two UDMA compatible CompactFlash™ card slots that can be used for consecutive recording (overflow), simultaneous recording (backup), separating recording of RAW and JPEG files or even copying pictures between the two cards. One or both can also be designated for data-heavy D-Movie recording. Images can be displayed directly from the camera to a High Definition monitor using the camera's HDMI port and an optional cable.

The D3S features Nikon’s exclusive Multi-CAM 3500FX focus module, with 51 AF points, 15 cross type sensors and 36 horizontal sensors that easily track and lock onto moving subjects, delivering the same fast and accurate AF performance that helped make the D3 immediately successful. Users can select any of the AF points, making it easy to consistently attain accurate focus, frame after frame. Additionally, three AF-area modes – Single point, Dynamic-area AF and Auto-area AF – are available to maximize the use of the 51 focus points by selecting the most suitable one to match subject conditions. AF is also available in one of two Live View modes, including a phase detection handheld mode and a tripod mode. While in Live View, the graphic indication of a virtual horizon is also available, making it easier than ever to confirm camera orientation.

To alleviate another kind of noise, the D3S also features a Quiet Shutter Mode which substantially reduces the sound of the camera’s mirror-down cycle, which is perfect for shooting in sensitive environments, such as movie sets, meetings, ceremonies, or while photographing wildlife.

Technologies Engineered for Professionals
The D3S’ speed and performance is the culmination of many Nikon core technologies including the latest generation of the EXPEED™ Image Processing System. The latest iteration of this system is specially designed to keep pace with the D3S’ blazing performance to provide amazing image quality, faster processing speeds and lower power consumption. This advanced system is able to achieve extremely precise color reproduction for a broad spectrum of hues, in addition to vivid saturation and smooth gradation. Nikon’s advanced noise processing function is engineered to minimize noise at all sensitivities and operate seamlessly without interfering with other image color parameters.

The D3S’ accelerated Scene Recognition System analyzes information from the 1,005-pixel RGB light sensor for use in auto exposure, auto white balance detection and autofocus calculations. The Scene Recognition System also assists autofocus by tracking subject position and automatically shifts the AF points used to match the subject’s movement within the frame.

Nikon's exclusive 3D Color Matrix Metering II assists in ensuring accurate exposures, even in the most challenging lighting conditions. Instantly evaluating each scene before capture, input data from the system's sensor is automatically referenced against an internal database of more than 30,000 images derived from actual photographs to calculate correct exposure values. Active D-Lighting (ADL), used in combination with 3D Matrix Metering II, helps to determine proper exposure, and creates realistic contrast while compensating for lost shadows and highlights. Photographers can also use ADL bracketing for up to five frames of ADL compensation.

To further enhance each photographer's expression of personal style, Nikon’s Picture Control System allows selection of Picture Control settings including Standard, Neutral, Vivid and Monochrome. Additionally, adjustment can be made to Picture Controls to image sharpening, contrast, brightness, saturation, hue and more. Photographers then have the flexibility to save up to nine personalized Picture Controls on camera and 99 additional Picture Controls externally.

Ready for Work
Engineered for real-world functionality, the D3S is ruggedly constructed with moisture, dust and shock resistance that has become a hallmark of flagship Nikon D-SLRs, while preserving the usability and ergonomics that allow the camera to remain an extension of the photographer’s vision. Attention to detail goes so far as to include a self-diagnostic shutter system that is tested to 300,000 cycles for maximum accuracy and longevity. Rigid and precise magnesium alloy construction and the familiar form factor of the D3 extend consistent Nikon system synergy.

A bright and accurate viewfinder provides 100-percent coverage with 0.7x magnification. The body also houses Nikon’s acclaimed 921,000-dot, 3.0-inch super density LCD monitor which is viewable up to 170 degrees, and is safeguarded by a tempered glass cover. Thanks to incredibly efficient internal circuitry, the D3S can capture up to 4200* shots per single charge of the camera’s Lithium-ion battery.

System Strength Withstands the Test of Time
The D3S is fully compatible with Nikon’s Creative Lighting System (CLS) affording photographers a mobile lighting solution that is easy to manage. D3S is also compatible with Nikon’s GP-1 GPS receiver to gather information such as latitude, longitude, altitude and (satellite) date of shooting. Photographers can shoot tethered via USB, or use the WT-4A wireless transmitter to send images wirelessly when speed and mobility are essential. D3S users will also enjoy the system strength bolstered by a comprehensive selection of NIKKOR interchangeable lenses—long heralded for their optical superiority.

Price and Availability
The Nikon D3S digital SLR is scheduled to be available at Nikon Authorized dealers beginning in late November 2009 at an estimated selling price of $5,199.95**. For more information, please visit www.nikonusa.com. Users can see the new D3S, along with Nikon’s entire line of photographic, optical and digital imaging solutions, including the recently announced new AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR lens, on display at the Nikon booth (#501) at the PhotoPlus Expo in New York, from Oct. 22 to Oct. 24, 2009.

About Nikon
Nikon, At the Heart of the Image™. Nikon Inc. is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Inc. distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories; Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras; COOLSCAN® digital film scanners; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software products and Nikon sports and recreational optics. For the second consecutive year, Nikon D Series digital SLR cameras are recognized as “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with digital SLR cameras, Two Years in a Row, Tied in 2008.” according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2007 and 2008 Digital Camera Usage and Satisfaction StudiesSM. Nikon Corporation, the parent company of Nikon Inc., recently celebrated its 75th anniversary of NIKKOR optics and announced the production of over 45 million NIKKOR SLR interchangeable lenses. For more information, dial (800) NIKON-UX or visit http://www.nikonusa.com, which links all levels of photographers to the Web's most comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities.

* Based on CIPA Standards
**Estimated selling price listed is only an estimate. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time

Medium-telephoto Micro lens with VR enhances the enjoyment of macro photography

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TOKYO — Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the new AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR, a DX-format, medium-telephoto micro lens with built-in Vibration Reduction (VR II) and Silent Wave Motor (SWM). With a focal length of 85mm, this compact and lightweight lens is recommended for users of Nikon DX-format digital SLRs such as the D5000 and D90. The18°50’picture angle is equivalent to a focal length of 127.5mm in Nikon FX- and 35mm-format cameras).

The AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR can be used in a wide range of applications. While users can enjoy the natural perspective and beautiful blur that a medium-telephoto lens can offer in landscapes and portraits, this micro lens is especially expected to promote the enjoyment of macro photography for taking insects, small animals and flowers. High resolving power is realized throughout the entire shooting range from infinity to the closest focusing distance (1:1 life size) to reproduce even the fine texture of flower petals.

Built-in VR II (Vibration Reduction) enables users to take sharp pictures at shutter speeds approximately four stops slower* than would otherwise be possible, thereby minimizing image blur caused by camera shake. This remarkably expands user freedom during hand-held shooting. In addition, blur-corrected image in the viewfinder makes focusing and composition easy.
*As determined in Nikon performance tests

Built-in SWM (Silent Wave Motor) enables quiet AF operation, especially effective for the macro shooting of easily disturbed subjects such as insects and small animals. Internal Focusing (IF) system means the lens barrel length does not change during focusing, which ensures worry-free macro shooting while maintaining a constant working distance. M/A (manual-priority autofocus) mode enables instant switching from autofocus to manual focus by rotating the focus ring, even during AF servo operation. This permits fine focus adjustment without removing your eye from the viewfinder.

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  • nikonmikon

    a d3 with firmware update and a 50 dollar sensor cleaner but for the same price as the d3 when it first came out almost…. necessary evil to fund next year’s big releases i suppose… d3 all over again with same 2 year old d3 price. I dunno why i’m even commentating as I’ll never own any pro body haha.

  • Michael

    I was expecting something competative, not something repetative… was hoping for A900 megapixels, with D3 ISO, at 5DMkII pricing. I’ve been on board with Nikon for over a decade and made the mistake of puting all of my compact flash cards into the same basket on this one. Sony makes most of the sensors for Nikon. If Nikon is going to start outsourcing it’s need for sensors then I HIGHLY suggest hiring some talent with some serious math skills that can apply the same great ISOs to 24+ megapixel FX bodys. Nikons decision here has probably forced me into Sony / Zeiss. An absolue shame too. I was SOOO looking forward to mounting the 14-24 and the new 70-200 onto more megapixels rather than video !!! For goodness sake. Why cave to the video demand. You have LOTS of cameras to mount video on. .. GREAT work here NRAdmin.

    • Matt

      You don’t understand..
      This camera was not designed for megapixel hungry consumers. Wait for the D700x or something.. then you can have your 24MP at a 5DMkii price.

      This camera was designed for sports, news, and wedding photojournalism. And since I shoot almost 1200 images per wedding, 24MP would be too much. And I think the R&D folks in Japan know this.

      When was the last time you saw a full 12MP in a newspaper? Or in a magazine.. for that matter. 12MP is plennnnnnnnnty of resolution for the photographers this camera was designed for.

      Video.. meh.. I’m a purist. I want my still cameras for still use. So I don’t give a crap about that. But, I could see the use in a journalists hands.

      I am excited about the high ISO performance, increased buffer, and the tweaked sensor.

      Just my two cents.

      • http://niagarashooter.blogspot.com/ Libby

        You nailed it there. It ain’t all about MP.

        The video is nice for my job notes when I check a location. 720/1080 does not really matter to me

      • Stephen

        Agreed. I do weddings and am on call at a news paper. I haven’t needed 12 MPs for the news work in….. well I’ve never needed 12 MP. As for weddings. 90% of the prints I sell are 12×12 or smaller. 12MPs handles that without even thinking. It even gives me a ton of room to crop if I need to. As for larger prints. Yeah, sometimes a few more MPs might be nice. I had a bride’s veil in a real high contrast situation show a bit of aliasing when I blew it up once. It was mostly my fault for not preparing it correctly. If you need the MPs, buy a D3x. If you need more, get a hassy. Renting one isn’t too bad either.

        • Hugo

          Dear Stephen,
          that’s exactly the point. I cound’t express that better. Thank you.

  • low

    hahha! dx lives!!!! woooohooo!!

  • Jack

    The D3s looks pretty darn sweet if you ask me. Check out those ISO 12800 sample shots. It looks awesome.

  • Eng Seng

    Official listing on Nikon’s website here:
    http://imaging.nikon.com/products/imaging/lineup/digitalcamera/slr/d3s/index.htm

    Is it just me, or does the ‘S’ doesn’t really blend in with the letters ‘Nikon D3′? It looks like a photoshop edit…

  • Anonymous

    more recycled technology…. YAY Nikon! lol

  • King of Swaziland

    Phone it in, Nikon. Phone. It. In.

    Nikon has the technology already in their grubby little hands to release what their customers have been screaming for (24MPx D700x). Instead they add crippled video to a D3 update. And they can’t even be bothered to find a new FX lens to release with it…

    I thought we were going to be getting a bunch of new lenses this year. Instead we get 3 new DX lenses. 1 new FX lens. And one lens with a single mechanical change (zoom lock on the 18-200). Whoopty!

  • townerboy

    What da CLUCK is going on at Nikon? I didn’t want 24P, all I asked for was 14-18MP. I have a D300 right now, and I need a new camera. I love my D300, BUT i want to get with the big boys and use FX. I told R&D people at Nikon, through away that video crude, and GET me 14-18 MP.

    What gives? Why don’t they listen? Who’s in charge? Why does God need a StarShip? OOOPPS. Wrong question.

    I am once again wondering when my NIKON PEOPLE whip out their big U know what and show those Canon People and SONY PEOPLE what Nikon is made of. I now will retreat, and send off a letter to the Nikon crowd and ask them. What da Cluck happened here!!!!

    What do I DO? Who will help me. When Will NR tell me it is ok to lift my head high again? Who is in charge of the Nikon House tonite? When Will i see a new and I MEAN NEW CAMERA not this warmed over cream of wheat!!!

    When?

    Shaking my head, scratching my head. My head hurts.

    • NikoDoby

      Calm down they’re working on some major goodies :) Give them time

  • Carl

    Why did Nikon not present the 85 DX with the D300s and the 70-200 II with the D3s?

    • NikoDoby

      because they flipped a coin for it :)

    • AVI

      whats the fun in that?

    • Stephen

      Because they were trying to give both camps something to be excited about at each announcement. Helps to keep buzz in both camps. Keeps market awareness up. Keeps brand recognition up. For someone not from a marketing background, it seems stupid. From a marketing point of view, it really makes sense. Why blow your wad at on event. Give each market segment a little more to drool about every time you have an announcement.

    • http://flickr.com/exen Exen

      Because then people would have been whining “Where’s the FX lenses?!”

  • Waitin’ 4 a Compact

    I’ll continue the whining:

    What on earth was Nikon thinking…
    85 f3.5 dx??? DX already has more dof… plus there’s plenty of good options in the sector (i.e. Tamron’s 60mm f2 or Nikon’s own 60 f2.8 afs)… sorry but I could care less about the vr–most serious macro will use a tripod anyway.

    I thought the 35dx was a great idea, but they really should support those who decided to spend big bucks on a FF body. Right now my D700 is stranded with 3 primes, 2 of which are manual focus–because Nikon has nothing available.
    What travel zoom is there? 24-120… you’re joking right? 24-85… ok performance–not something I’d put on the front of a $2500 camera

    Yes, their trinity is unbelievable (and unbelievably expensive)–but my d700 is for traveling and shooting in the dark.

    AND NO not the D3s (which I believe has some very interesting tweaks that will be unfortunately be overlooked by many upon the initial release)… for the journalist/sports/wedding–it seems unbeatable–and yes, I think 720p is acceptable at this juncture, especially if the jello-effect is largely mitigated. Most people on pc’s don’t have monitors that support 1080 (neither is it practical for most websites to host it), making 720 perfect for brief online clips. I for one believe the quiet mode is a great thing… probably not leaf-shutter quiet, but I remember the “whisper drive” being godsend when I took photos during performances. These along with the other tweaks are minor–hints the “s”… its not a D4.

    • Stephen

      Yes, most serious macro photographers will use a tripod. But when dealing with a macro, every little vibration counts. I have a friend who does it professionally and he has a two hundred pound studio tripod just so he can cut vibration. He can only really use that in his studio, so having something that gives similar results for non-studio work would be great for him. And don’t pretend to think the ground doesn’t transfer vibration. I can feel the trucks drive down the street all night and it’s about 100 yards away from the closest wall in my house. That’s what happens when you have sandy soil.

      • Waitin’ 4 a Compact

        Hadn’t thought of that– thank you.

  • Tim

    Dear Nikon Marketing, it was nice to see a decent upgrade to the D3. We look forward to the D4 in time for the London Olympics. I was curious as to your stance to lenses. Earlier this year you announced the D300s with the new 70-200 fx lens, though it’s still not available. Now you release the D3s with a new 85 dx lens. Seems like a curious thing for you guys to do. Did you mean to get it this way round?

    And why an 85/3.5 dx micro? Seems an unsual lens to produce with both a 60 and 105 micro on the market. Which brings me to a point. The new 200 fx micro. Where is it? Or the 85/1.4 afs. Where is it? I can only guess you got the 85 and the micro specs the wrong way round. Which means perhaps we’ll get a 200 (or 180) non-micro f1.4 lens announced next? Oh well. And please don’t forget all those other chaps out there looking for fast primes and an evolution of the 80-400 and 300/4 lenses with afs AND vr. A decent tripod mount too. You can include me on that list. Predicting the next batch of lenses is going to be Nikon Runmors biggest challenge to date!

  • Waitin’ 4 a Compact

    Book continued…

    No I’m not going to abandon the Nikon system… the ergonomics wipe canon all over the place–I like the color better, the build, auto focus, exposure, the flash system, etc.

    But, I sure miss that 70-200 F4L, and usm/afs in all the lenses. I would have ordered that rumored 16-35 F4 for anything under $1300 bucks tomorrow morning.

    Maybe I’m really complaining cuz I’m impatient–I want a decent compact. I still haven’t found one I’m excited about–I liked my contax t3 infinitely better than anything digital has produced.

    That Nikon X1 better be real–with an optical viewfinder and amazing Nikon ergonomics.

    • Stephen

      I don’t see anything that high end coming out within the year. it’s a matter of economics. People don’t have the money to spend right now on a bunch of supper nice equipment. Nikon is smart to sit on all the new stuff. Once the economy picks up, people will jump on every announcement they put out there. For now, small improvements and small niches help to keep sales at a tolerable level. They not going to increase market share a ton right now. So why blow you wad when the market isn’t ready to take it all. ( innuendo was not meant until after the fact.)

  • http://www.patrickhallweddings.com patrickhallweddings

    My question is why is this DX lens $500? Isn’t that almost the price of the 60mm FF 2.8 lens?

    • Stephen

      If you look at the sharpness chart you will realize why it’s so expensive. This is likely to be one of the if no the sharpest lens Nikon has made. 15 elements in 10 groups… I think… to lazy to go back and look again. Anyway, it’s going to be an awesome macro lens for people who do macros. VR is also very nice when vibration is getting moved up your tripod.

      • http://www.patrickhallweddings.com patrickhallweddings

        here’s the thing with all the professional macro work I’ve done….I’ve shot at like f32-64 at 1/250 sec and hit my subject with 1 or 2 sb800s around 1/4 power usually. Most macro shots need tons of DOF and even maxed out it’s still not enough. Why are people shooting macro wide open and needing VR? That seems negligible if you are doing product shots, detail shots, or food/splash photography.

        When you are shooting at tiny tiny fstops, does the sharpness of the lens really come into play or is it just when wide open?

        I have the feeling this lens is made for those D40 users that like to take boring photos of bees, flowers, and coins and stuff. It’s clearly not marketed for the pro market as it is DX and we already have solid 60mm and 105mm lenses.

        It’s just sooo strange Nikon would release a lens like this unless they feel they can capitalize on those entry level photogs who don’t know anything about shooting in general and just need a cheap macro lens. I hope it works out because it’s this market, believe it or not, that is allowing Nikon the room to please us pros.

        • soap

          Closing the aperture increases DoF, but does not increase sharpness of a properly focused subject.
          In fact, diffraction at tight apertures will decrease sharpness.

          ie you want as sharp a piece of glass as you can get to start with.

  • eru

    it will be very very hard not to turn this into “nikon sux” thread.
    The 3Ds itself is a nonsense for 90% of nikon users who whould have much preferred a d700x but what is that 85? is it a joke?

    • Gordon

      IThe 85mm DX lens sure is a odd announcement, especially when there are more pressing focal lengths needing an update. On Thom Hogans website he lists an expectation of 12 new lenses this year, yet Nikon have only released 5 lens and 4 of them are DX. For a camera manufacturer pushing FX so hard the last couple of years, their lens division seem to be on a different release schedule.

  • Ben Dover

    ADmin,
    The letsgodigital link you posted mentions the D700 being discontinued when the D3s ships. Does this mean the D700s is next in December?

    • mattiask

      I think they meant that the D3 will be discontinued, not the D700.

      • Tim

        Yes. They say “Followed by the Nikon D700, a compact version of the Nikon D3 which will be discontinued as soon as the Nikon D3s becomes available.” They mean the D3 I’m sure, but their wording is ambiguous.

  • Tim

    WHERE’S THE GLASS MAN!!

    Seems Nikon forgot to launch some of it’s new lenses. Tom Hogan’s latest post points to one patent (the 85/1.4?) and another under trial. Not that I’m expecting any nano crystals before Christmas. “A bigger question is where are the other lenses? I know of at least two zoom and two prime designs that should be in production by now. Heck, we’ve even seen patents for one of those lenses, and I know of at least one photographer who’s used another. So the unanswered question is where are these other lenses?” says Hogan.

    And the way Nikon video is panning out, we won’t be seing 1080 video till the new generation D4 / D400 in a couple of years time I don’t think. Sorry to say to those waiting for the D700x with 1080, it just ain’t gonna happen.

  • Marty

    ISO 12800: check out the ISO 12800 pictures galleries under ‘Sensitivity’ on the D3s microsite: http://imaging.nikon.com/products/imaging/lineup/microsite/d3s_d3x/special/en/index.html
    These look truly stunning I think. I know some folks think they need more pixels, however I would be extremely happy with this high ISO performance.

  • Jason

    The lens is a slightly odd choice of focal length – the logic must be something like, “we have a 60mm and a 105mm, and people can’t decide between them. And all to often they think that something in the middle would be a good idea, and buy Tamron’s 90mm. Let’s make something even closer to halfway between them, and make it DX because people who can afford FX can afford both of the others”

  • http://www.dombower.com dom bower

    Not as impressed as i expected to be, effectivly this is exactly the same camera but with some software tweaks. why it has taken this long to get a d3s is anyoones guess. I doubt this will entice anyone more than the d3 and is not a patch on the canon 7d for video control. and the price in the uk is painful! think ill wait for a d700s or just constantly look over to canon thinking “if only”

  • http://www.cesarkoot.nl Cesar

    So that’s it? One friggin’ DX lens? I’m switching to Canon!

  • Thuan Nguyen

    yes and next week, there will be a 1d mark 4 with 20M.P. and the highesh iso will be 6400 can be extend to 24 600. Images very clean at iso 3200.

  • getanalogue

    D3s pictures at ISO’s look just stunning! And video as well! Folks, this is a newly developed sensor with unbelievable performance! Nikon is actually defining the market segments: For FX, low MP and high ISO on the one hand, and high MP at lower ISO’s on the other (D3x). Also, they are strengthening DX line by adding well performing primes – we will see a 14 or 16mm DX prime soon, I guess.
    What did we get:
    - Well working video
    - sensor cleaning with it (!)
    - extremely high sensitivity at very low noise (!)
    What we are missing:
    - high MP (why, there is D3x?)
    I’ve been discouraged when I first heard about the D3s features, but having seen the sample photos and video – I am just stunned – a fantastic camera and much more than just an upgrade. A professional should have both – a D3s and a D3x – that’s making a lot of sense.

    • Dick Beninya

      Oh boy, lets review

      - Well working video == WOW get your ten you old technology TODAY!
      - sensor cleaning with it (!) == Been on bottom end cameras for years?
      - Extremely high sensitivity == Must be nice for sports shooters, doesn’t mean crap to studio dedicated shooters.

      Unless you are a pro, and well heeled at that, what is Nikon doing for the portrait shooters?

      • rhodium

        Your third point is pretty self-defeating; you yourself said that the D3s was “nice for sports shooters” – why are you even commenting on what it means to “studio dedicated shooters”? A studio photographer would get a D3X (which, by the way, offers the highest image quality of ANY DSLR on the market right now), or a medium format system (which offers even better image quality). They wouldn’t even look at the D3s or D3.

  • Gordon

    I guess if your a photojournalist the D3s will look pretty good, for the rest of us it’s more like a wet blanket. Every time Nikon add video to a camera it feels like they are doing it for the hell of it without really much though or effort. This will come back to bite them I think.

    Looks like we have another long wait to February to be disappointed all over again.

  • PBibby

    If the videos on the minisite are too slow, check them out on youtube:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R46ca9zBP4A

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JGQHWGpe5s

  • Cuius

    Missed out on in-camera HDR processing – the next big thing

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/themysteryman David

    I still don’t understand why Nikon hasn’t made a D700x yet :( I would pay cash-money.

    • Gordon

      Many of us would too, Nikon obviously doesn’t want our money though.

  • anon

    I’m Totally Buying This Camera!!! Its Perfect For My Needs As A Photographer & The Price Is Right. Thank You Nikon I Love It.

  • anon

    i wonder if they expanded the focus points. I have not played with a d3 but i’ve heard that the focus points were too much clustered in the center of the frame. If true, would be nice if nikon expanded them some..

    why a micro lens though. Nikon must not be listening to customers cause i’ve heard no one asking for an new micro except for a couple wishing the 200mm would be updated. Should we expect any other updates anytime soon? I won’t switch to canon becuase i dislike their lack of ease of use of their bodies, but this is getting a bit frustrating. there is already a 60mm and 105 mm micro, what’s the point of a dx in the middle. Maybe they are trying to offer a less expensive model to try to get people to buy, but people buying this lens are looking for something specific, and probably most wouldn’t have had a problem spend the little bit more to get the 60mm or 105mm micros. Of course i don’t know the price of the 85. maybe its significantly cheaper. But i surely think more people would buy the 85 1.4 over an 85 micro. It’s just so much more popular. I don’t understand.

  • NikorRyan

    Crikey, you have got to be kidding me. Nikon, Why?? Why on earth? We have a 60 and 105 macros, both G type, new and superb in image quality. The need for filling this gap is a lima bean compared to the other potato size holes. Why do they waste their time…

    84 1.4 would have been the right choice.

  • Jane

    IMHO, the D3s is a very interesting release and there is much to learn from it. First of all, it is now pretty clear that the current (Expeed) processors are not powerful enough to do video higher than 720p in M-JPEG, an outdated codec relying heavily on JPEG compression, something these cameras were designed for and most certainly can do very efficiently in hardware, while more modern codecs such as H.264 require much more processing power. The current Nikon processors do obviously not have the required number crunching power, so Nikon can not just add the software to do H.264 and 1080p, that would require new processors, something beyond the scope of S-upgrades. I have no doubt that they are getting the most out of the processing power available on these ‘old’ processors, and that obviously is 720p/M-JPEG. That said, I am equally sure that the next generation Expeed processors are designed with video in mind and will offer the power to do 1080p/H.264, the next generation of DX and FX cameras (D400/D4) will have it for sure. In my personal opinion, it is kind of weird to have low spec video on a top of the line Pro camera such as the D3s, but it’s a feature they could add at no significant cost with software they already had, so why not offer it on the D3s, you don’t have to use it, right?

    As for the general lack of innovations from Nikon lately (the D3s and the D300s really are just minor updates) it basically means that Nikon is not wasting R&D resources on upgrading older designs, they’re working on the next generation cameras, which is a good thing. When it comes to market share, I am afraid Nikon will continue to lose for some time to come. The releases of the D300s and the D3s mean that there won’t be next generation DX or FX cameras anytime soon, so it’s D300s against 7D, D700 against 5D Mark II, D3s against the soon to be released (most likely Oct 20) 1D Mark IV. It’s obvious that the D300s is in trouble, and I fear the D3s will look equally bad when the 1D Mark IV comes out, its rumoured specs are way beyond the D3s, and Canon already *is* dominant in professional sports photography, the D3s would have to be much better than the 1D Mark IV to get Canon shooters to switch, not inferior. As for the D700 against the 5D Mark II, I think the cameras are too different to actually go against each other. The D700 is fast, well built and offers good low light capabilities, the 5D Mark II offers high resolution and good video. Depending on what you need, either one can be the better choice. That said, it is no big secret that the 5D Mark II sells *much* better than the D700, which probably means that prosumers care for higher resolution and video, and even so the D700 might be better than the 5D Mark II in some areas, Nikon is currently losing market share in this segment for sure. Where Nikon currently still is best is studio photography with DSLR. Nothing currently matches the D3x, so if you’re looking for high res top IQ in a DSLR, the D3x is the best choice, and it’s not clear when Canon will release the 1Ds Mark IV, might be a while, so Nikon still is in a good position there, I don’t think Canon is selling a lot of 1Ds Mark III cameras these days, but I’m pretty sure the D3x is doing okay.

  • mad

    I don’t understand, why canon can offer full hd video, nikon can not. Maybe it is the manufacturer of the sensor, SONY, who don’t want to see the best video output in a dslr camera!? They sell pro cinema digital cameras like the F23 for 130.000 Euros (saw public enemies with Johnny Depp yesterday, shoot with that camera), if you find NIKON cameras with full frame cinema look for 5000 Euros doing the same job, they would lose money? What do you think? For me this is the only answer to the question: Why the hell not full hd, when little consumer cameras can do 1080p??? They have processors doing the job – we don’t talk about a processor doing 12 million pixels video, we talk about 2,07 million pixels video – so it is not the missing processor …

    • http://blackbeardben.smugmug.com/ Blackbeard

      Except that Nikon designed its own sensors for the D3 and D3x.

      It doesn’t physically make them – Sony has the honors for the D3x and the D3 sensor manufacturer is undisclosed as far as I can tell (but it very well could be Sony).

      Either way, if Sony had told Nikon that it wouldn’t make sensors that can do video, then Nikon could have easily taken its business to another CMOS manufacturing company.

      Someone in the other thread may have hit upon the reason why the Nikons don’t get 1080p with H.264 codec – The existing processors can’t handle it.

      Motion JPEG video is surely a lot easier for the Expeed processors to encode, and to get video in the more powerful D3s they worked on getting rid of the jello issue more than petty resolution.

  • http://neurohell.info/ Kensai

    The 18°50’ picture angle is equivalent to a focal length of 127.5mm in Nikon FX- and 35mm-format cameras). This new AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 85mm is very interesting for medical applications. Almost the same focal length as the legendary Nikkor Medical 120mm.

  • http://www.www.com Landscape Photo

    Now, it’s time for Nikon to launch the D700x with or without video. I won’t mind not having that option. All I’m up to is the a D3x in the shape of d700 for an affordable price (not meaning bargain, $ 3000-3500 is ok)

  • Chris

    All I want is a D700 for $1,999. I don’t want video you DX lenses, just a properly priced FX camera.

  • mad

    who should buy the d3s ?- with the canon Mark 4 coming, it will not be a switcher from canon this time (i switched to the d3 after 13 years with canon, bored of the Mark 3), someone who already has a d3 or d3x will not buy the new ones – there is nothing really new, exept the video, but for pro use, they will wait for full hd or/and more MP! – also for d700 users no interest, they get the same quality as they have right now (forget everything above iso 6400) – new professionals?? pro photography is getting more and more complicating – less money, less jobs, less newspapers, less magazines, less agencys, cutting costs, internet??- the video sector gets more important in the future for photographers/videographers – i promise the d3s will sell much less than the d3 when it came out 2 years ago! Whatever is the problem with the full hd – solve it fast – canon will not make the same mistake with the mark 3 again – never!

  • townerboy

    What happened Yesterday? Oct. 13th? NOTHING happened. Nothing at all. There is NOTHING to see here, move on. NOTHING. Wow what were those inept pinheads at Nikon thinking? Wow, I am truly amazed. THEY truly want the devotees to race over to Canon and Sony.

    I am NOT. I give you inept pinheads one more chance to get it right. OH please let there be a Nikon D700X OR D800 with 14-18 mp, and FF. I don’t care about making a video like Frakes, and by the way, what great editing he did. OR did he use Spielberg’s Editor Kahn for that EXTREMELY PROFESSIONAL Video. Bet no one here can do that. NOT EVEN ME. Ok, NIKON you got until Christmas of this year to get it together. NOW MARCH!!!

    • mad

      forget it – nikon will never bring a cheaper AND better camera to the market at the same time – even the d700 was not better – just as good as the d3 – so the d700s can not have more than 12 MP, and can not have full hd – we have to wait maybe 2 years for the d4/d800, to get the cameras we need right now …

  • camerausercollector

    Now that the D3s is out, which of course majority of photographer are not going to dole out their hard earned money to buy one. Here is my wish list.
    D700s (same as D3s in the D700 body with HD1080 video or without).

    Nikon AF Nikkor 24mm F1.4 plus all the goodies found in FX prime lens.
    Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm F1.4 plus all the goodies found in FX prime lens.
    Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm F1.2 plus all the goodies found in FX prime lens.
    Nikon AF Nikkor 105mm F1.4 pluse all the goodies found in FX prime lens.

    Probably Nikon already had this cooking in their oven just haven’t cured yet.
    All prices are under $800 U.S.
    Peace!

    • camerausercollector

      Additional wish list.
      Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm F1.2 plus all the goodies found in FX prime lens.
      Nikon AF Nikkor 300mm F1.8 plus all the goodies found in FX prime lens.
      And did I say all these lenses are MX format compatible? Yes, MX.

      • BillyBobJohnson

        You clearly have no idea wtf you are talking about. How big/expensive do you think a 300/1.8 would be? And no offence, but I don’t think you’re in that price and/or capability range. Check this out and educate yourself.

        http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/companies/nikon/nikkoresources/telephotos/300mmedif20/index.htm

        • camerausercollector

          Big? Expensive? It’s all possible if we focus our positive and educated head into it.

          • BillyBobJohnson

            As I thought. You have a D40 and an 18-55 kit lens.

  • Meh

    Nikon depends on Sony bwahahahaha

  • zen-tao

    Nikon were never up to make cheap prof cameras. I’m surprised that they have launched such a modest video performances in a largely announced camera. 24 fps, 720p? What’s That? poor improvements. Conclusion: You are a Photographer who demands quality and lot of megapíxels; buy a D3x pay for it and forget the bargains.

  • WTF

    well, the D3s is quite nice and have some small appealing tweaks too, but the video at 720p… either Nikon could have provided 1080 or skip it and put the effort on something else on the D3s, this video thing is a joke and a waist.

  • http://www.photosultan.com Sultan

    I am very disappointed. The rumors were too accurate, no hidden product to ‘teach all these rumors a lesson”. I shoot mostly concerts and dance shows. I have a D300 (bought when it first came out). I held off on the D700 (because it came too soon after my $2200 investment). I have spent over $15k in Nikon’s top lenses (great investment). I want to get the next generation that gives me better MP (I do crop images a lot), and more importantly, better ISO handeling (D3, D3s, or D700). I held off buying the D700 for months for the hopes of a better camera… something with better features. The D3s comes out, pretty much the same as the D3 or D700 with good video (a very nice to have, but not enough to put me over the edge…1080p would have). So now I sit here. Do i finally break down and get the D700 (then I kick myself for not getting it 6 months ago), do I find a D3 if the price starts actually going down, do I buy a D3s. I would actually consider buying the D3s but its over 2x of a D700. Is the video that worth it? I dont think so. Does it outperform in low light (not sure). Will Nikon come out with something in 6 months that actually make me want to steal my kids money to pay for it?

  • http://www.photosultan.com Sultan

    Why no f/1.4 lenses….

    To continue, since i shoot low light, I have all my gear at f2.8 (14-24mm, 24-70mm, 70-200mm, 105mm, 60mm), and I also have the Tamron f1.4 (I liked it better than my nikon F1.8 <— anyone want to buy it? used only 1x).

    So more f/1.4 lenses (FX) would have been sweet and actually gotten me excited to part with more $ that I shouldn't. NOTHING. I was a meeting where Nikon representatives claimed, there is very little need for f/1.4 because in today's digital and great high ISO photography, you can shoot at f2.8 and just let our great cameras get you more light. Bummer.

  • Terry

    I’ll wait for the D700x. I am a commercial, wedding and portrait photographer in northeast Ohio. I use a D700 with a D200 kit as a backup. I plan to continue to use my D700 for wedding and location work (great low light camera). However I miss the image quality of my medium format cameras, and need more resolution for some of my studio work.

    At this time a 24 mp Nikon FX body would be ideal, but with average commercial day rates and portrait sittings fees in our area, the price of a D3x is out of the question. A 24mp FX D700x, at half the price point of a D3x, is what I need right now.

    About 15 years ago I was in a pro camera store in Cleveland (Dodd Camera) buying accesorries for a Toyo 4×5 view camera. A rep from SINAR was there and asked me why I didn’t shoot with SINAR. I told him that photographers in the major cities, commanding much higher day rates, may be able to afford the steep cost of their cameras, but those of us in “fly over country” needed something a little less expensive. To my surprise a few months later SINAR introduced the A1 system at about half the price of their F1. I bought a SINAR A1 shortly after it’s introduction and was into the SINAR system.

    To NIKON I say the same thing… throw a bone to the pros working in the small towns and give us a 24 mp camera we can afford. Based on the ROI for a small studio (in a down economy) $8,000 for camera that will be obsolete in 2 years is just not a sound business move. I may have to look into a Sony A900 and a zoom lens for my studio work but I really don’t want to go back to the days of having 2 or 3 camera systems and lenses and would rather just stay with Nikon.

    • BillyBobJohnson

      Why would it be obsolete in 2yrs? Would the ever so discerning clientele suddenly demand 40×60 prints? Your still using a D200 as backup and then claim a D3x isn’t going to cut it in 2 years? Absolute bollocks.

      • Anonymous

        Some of my commercial clients have me shoot images for catalogs and billboards. They frequently ask me to leave some air around the subject so they can crop into the images as needed during their layouts. A few art directors have complained that the photographers they use from the nearby “big cities” (Cleveland and Pittsburgh) are using higher res cameras than I do (medium format digital as well). I would also like to try and penetrate these larger nearby markets, but feel under gunned at 12 MP. Everyone’s needs are different and I AM that discerning. I can see a difference in my display prints at 20×24 and larger. I am beging to regreat selling my medium format film bodies and lenses.

        I do not need all of the bells and whistles that many posters drool over like multi point focus, live view and video. In the studio I shoot the D700 from a camera stand, in manual exposure mode, at 200 ISO, custom white balance, single center auto focus (sometimes in manual focus), shooting NEF files and teathered to a computer using Capture Control NX 2.

        The average upgrade for my digital camera bodies is approx every two years. I have found that based on the past rate new digital cameras were introduced that a 2 year rotation yields the best resale price vs original purchase price. I usually sell the oldest body on eBay, the remaining camera becomes my backup, and the new camera becomes my primary. A D700x would break this cycle and instead I would have two cameras designed for different purposes (one studio and one location) as in my medium format days. Each camera could still backup the other if needed. My Nikon lenses are another matter and are only replaced as needed.

        Yes, a D3x would still work in 2 years, but resale value would drop after that time based on new camera releases, and there would be competitive pressure to replace the D3x with the newest latest hi res camera. The days of buying a camera (like a Hassy), using for 20 years and then selling it for more than you paid, thanks to inflation, are over. I have to look at the increase in image quality, price and resale value of any equipment I purchase. I am in business to make money and the camera is just an expensive tool used toward that end. I will NOT pay Nikon $8,000 for a D3x period. The new D3s has nothing for me. Your mileage may very…

        BTW- I do NOT use the D200 anymore. It just rides around in my camera bag in the event the D700 were to go down during a job (anything in a crisis is better than nothing). I recently sold the D300 is WAS using as a backup camera hoping Nikon would release a D700x. I am now looking at a Sony A850 as a possible studio camera until a D700x is introduced.

        • BillyBobJohnson

          So you want the resolution, but you’re not prepared to pay? As you well know, 8 grand for the D3x gets you in on the bottom rung of the MP ladder. If you want billboard work, it’s time to get your wallet out and hope the work pays for the investment. Otherwise, stick to weddings.

          • Terry

            When the D3 came out I waited for a less expensive version and Nikon brought us the D300 followed by the D700. At some point in the next year a D700x will follow. Until then I can get the resolution I need for studio work out of a Sony A850 ($2,000 new plus another $1,500 for a nice Carl Zeiss studio lens) and not max out my wallet. Plus all the software is included with the A850 (unlike Nikon who hit me for another $300 for Nikon Capture Control and Capture NX 2).

            It sounds like you already drank the $8,000 Nikon Kool-Aid and resent anyone who questions such a purchase. Spending that kind of money on a camera just to “hope the work pays for the investment” sounds like business plan that could put you OUT of business.

            Actually they may have come close to maxxing out the FX size chip at around 24 mp. Maybe I should start to look at a modular medium format digital system and leave the FX format to location work. Then when my business goes bust, from the camera loan paymnents, I could then sell the MF camera to pay for the divorce that would result from that purchase.

            Better yet, maybe I’ll buy another used Hassy (one that can accept a digital back down the road) and a few Zeiss lens (at fire sale prices), return to shooting film and scan them like I used to. Resolution to put a D3x to shame for a third of the price.

            Or I’ll just wait for the D700x…

  • http://www.photosultan.com Sultan

    Why no f/1.4 lenses?

    I was in a meeting where several Nikon reps pretty much stated, because of their excellent High Iso processing, you can raise the iso of any f/2.8 lens and get enough light. In other words, get rid of your D300 and buy a D3s. Well that all nice but besides video (which is really nice i guess), do I want to pay 2x for the same camera as a D700 + plus my battery grip that I really have?

    • camerausercollector

      Regardless of what they say! They are cooking 1.4 and 1.2 in AF prime lenses in their oven right now. It’s a trap man. Don’t buy into it. Save your money and wait for the new 1.4 and 1.2 lenses they are coming……s….l…..o….w….l….

  • zen-tao

    Paying 8000 USD for a DSLR camera is a rip off . We have lost the memory when a Hasselblad cost less than it with a 80 mm lens. Nikon cameras never were cheap ones but…not as expensive as they actually are. Don’t talk about the new hasselblad models. How many cameras has nikon sold since the digital photography implement? I think that quite a lot, enough to recover the investment in new technologies.
    We are not millionaires to change the camera every two years only for some few tweaks. My lenses are for near all my life I won’t sell my 80-200 AF for a new 70-300 VRII if you have one, congratulations but I get by with the mine one.
    Nikon company had made the best , strongest and reliable DSLRcameras ( by my experience) I don’t need to change it every other year. I think hey are taking advantage of us and playing with our pockets to come out from their apparently crisis. I don’t know when we’ll have an affordable 24 mpx, not soon it seems to me. Meanwhile, I’m saving money for a D3x .
    If any one want to buy a D200 with some good lenses… perhaps Ichange to Canon.

    • camerausercollector

      I agree! Every two years is too soon to upgrade dslr camera’s considering the fact that only minor firmware tweak was done. Go buy it if you are a batman and photograph in complete darkness. I’ll upgrade when the ISO reaches 51200 standard and 50 mega pixels. Let’s watch the competition takes it course. The battle of high iso/mp will benefit everyone. Wake up Canon!

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