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Weekly Nikon news flash #137

Here are the weekly links if somebody cares:

  • Nikon prices are raising in Japan (source: PEN weekly):

"According to Kakaku.com Inc., which operates an online price-comparison site, Nikon’s D3100 DSLR camera/double zoom kit is currently sold at around 55,100 yen (US$706), or 19% higher than in mid-October. And the price of D5100 model has risen 15% since early October to 83,800 yen (US$1,074)."

  • Interview with the creators of Nikon 1 (computer translated), some interesting points:
    • Nikon started developing their mirrorless camera back in 2006 (shortly after the D200 was released)
    • The Nikon 1 sensor has a 3.4μm pixel pitch
    • Currently there are no plans to add phase detection AF in Nikon DSLR cameras
    • Nikon expects to sale the V1/J1 in 20%/80% ratio
    • No plans for Nikon 1 underwater housing
    • VR will work with the FT1 adapter
    • Older non-CPU Nikkor lenses can be used with the FT1 adapter - "You can shoot in aperture priority AE exposure. Center-weighted metering and spot only, multi-pattern metering is not available."
  • Nikkor 6mm f/2.8 fisheye lens on eBay again.
  • Nikon 1 already discounted at B&H.
  • Thailand updates:
  • News: Nikon commenced "Reconstruction Supports through the Power of Photography" in full scale to support the long-term reconstruction of areas stricken by the Great East Japan Earthquake.
  • RRS plate for Nikon 1 V1 are now available.
  • Nikon renting Nikon 1 cameras "at a restaurant popular with female customers" (Google translation).
  • X-ray Image of a Nikon Photographer:

  • Check out this time-lapse photography video taken with Nikon D3S and 17-35mm f/2.8, 14-24mm f/2.8 lenses:

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  • texajoe

    We’re still on the D800 High/Low.

    • Blender

      Had to get away reading that thread for a bit… ;-)

      About the Nikon 1: I wonder what Nikon 2 will be like…

      • texajoe

        I don’t know if there would be a Nikon 2 for a while. Nikon needs to have more accessories for it first. New lenses (fast lenses) hopefully would be first. There needs to be more for these people to buy.

        • Steve

          Nikon 1 prices are falling…. entry-level dslr prices are rising… what does that say about the future of the Nikon 1 ? Besides they can’t call it number 2 – too many ppl already think it’s a turd. That would just confirm it.

    • Blender

      I am here to get away from that for a bit :-)

      About the Nikon 1: Wonder what the Nikon 2 will be like?

  • grantourismo

    Admin, the d800 picture, is it fake or legit? please answer.

    • T.I.M

      @grantourismo
      It depend on what you want to believe, personaly I think it’s 30% true.

    • chuck

      I honestly think it’s fake. Look at the dial on the front and look at the drive mode dial. It looks to me like they were pasted on there really poorly, and the whole think has shapes like an overgrown D5100

    • Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

      Is it even possible to escape the D800 thread?

      • enesunkie

        They’ve brought it up in every thread the past year, I don’t think they can stop now.

    • texajoe

      I highly doubt that the site would put up false information. This site is based on the idea of trust in the sources and the admins judgement. If you went to a siteamd they flat out lied to you, you might not go to that site for reliable information. No visitors to this site = no paycheck for Peter. But reliable sources and information keep us coming back (several times). So to the above posts. I think it’s real. At least I trust that it is.

  • nuno santacana

    NRadmin, I’m afraid the last video it is NOT by D3s but a special camera froma NASA:

    http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/SS-HDTV.html

  • MG

    NR Admin, you said you have d800 samples. can we see them?

  • The Fantastic G

    So, is it discontinued or just out of stock? The V1 I mean.

  • mark h

    “Currently there are no plans to add phase detection AF in Nikon DSLR cameras.”

    ???

    I thought all their current DSLRs already had phase detection AF. It’s also in their mirrorless, so do you mean P&S cameras?

  • http://alloraphotography.com.au MB

    Too late, I stole it!

  • Richard

    There are some things that don’t make sense. The Japanese government has instituted a temporary visa program for Thai workers, but what facilities are available to shif production to? Presumably most of the manufacturers will surely have to acquire new equipment (the government has also established special financing for affects companies), but how long will it be before it is available? Depending upon the location, there may be electric shortages for at least a few years, though some companies may opt for their own electric generation equipment (which will be expensive, even if available). Even if there is temporary housing available for the workers granted temporary visas, there will be a secondary disruption when the visas expire and production must be assigned to other facilities. It just makes no sense. It seems more logical and plausible to simply start over withe new facilities and equipment at permanent facilities elsewhere.

    Let’s face it, most of the equipment in the flood zone in Thailand is now scrap. The major concern will be the destruction of sensitive equipment and data to prevent industrial espionage.

    Unless the affected companies took decisions consistent with these realities some time ago there will be a larger and longer lasting impact than now generally realized. Yea, this is a pretty gloomy forecast and not just for Nikon. One potential opportunity that this situation presents is the opportunity to transition to new(er) generations of equipment which will benefit the companies in the longer term. One that comes to mind is Sony. Although the fab producing sensors in Thailand was apparently dedicated to DX and smaller sensors, that production could be shifted to older facilities and new fans which Sony is building might be designed to make FX sensors without the necessity of stitching multiple sections together thereby potentially reducing production costs and raising yields at the same time.

    And don’t forget the insurers which will incur large losses. Even if they spread the risks around by reinsurance there is a lot of money which has been lost. I think this story is very far from being over.

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