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Nikon announces Nikon 1 V2, Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR lens, SB-N7 Speedlight

Nikon officially announced a new Nikon 1 V2 mirrorless camera, Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR lens and SB-N7 Speedlight for Nikon 1 system.

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Nikon Continues Popular Series of F/4 Lenses with the Addition of the New FX-Format AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Telephoto Zoom Lens

The AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Telephoto Zoom Lens is Nikon’s First Lens with up to Five Stops of Image Stabilization; Offers Outstanding Performance and Superior Image Quality

MELVILLE, N.Y. – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the newest addition to its legendary NIKKOR line of lenses, the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR telephoto zoom lens that provides a popular and versatile focal length and a constant f/4 aperture for full frame FX-format photographers. The 70-200mm f/4 is the first NIKKOR lens to feature the third generation of Nikon’s Vibration Reduction (VR) technology to meet the still image and video demands of advanced photographers and videographers.

“With the new AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4, Nikon offers enthusiasts an essential telephoto zoom lens capable of amazing clarity and control, at a price point that’s easily attainable,” said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc., “With the introduction of Nikon’s third generation of VR technology, the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4 lens offers superior performance and stunning image quality whether shooting beautiful stills or HD video in challenging lighting conditions.”

Legendary Image Quality and Performance

In an expansion of Nikon’s f/4 series of NIKKOR lenses, the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4 is an uncompromising telephoto zoom lens ready for real-world creative applications by professionals and enthusiasts including sports, portraiture and wildlife shooting. Smaller and lighter than Nikon’s AF-S NIKKOR 70-200 f/2.8 lens, this 70-200mm f/4 lens offers a valuable alternative that maintains the superior image quality and lightning quick performance photographers have come to expect from Nikon.

Additionally, Nikon’s newest lens is the first to feature VR image stabilization technology that is able to vastly reduce camera shake and blur by offering the equivalent shutter speed of approximately five stops slower than otherwise possible. Now users are able to shoot confidently in lower light or while handheld to deliver razor sharp images and smooth HD video.

When used alongside the Nikon D4, D800 series and D600 D-SLR cameras, 70-200mm f/4 lens users can take advantage of Nikon professional grade teleconverters to increase the focal length without sacrificing AF and VR abilities. By utilizing the camera’s cross-type focus points at f/8 and below, users can effectively double the focal length of this f/4 lens to 400mm and still retain the AF ability to capture clear subjects at an even greater distance.

Constructed from 20 optical elements in 14 groups, the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4 maintains several core Nikon technologies including the exclusive Nano Crystal Coat to significantly reduce instances of ghosting and flaring. In addition, Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM) provides quiet and responsive autofocus (AF) operation. The lens also features two versatile focus modes, M/A (autofocus with manual override) and M (manual focus) to adapt to a users shooting preferences. The AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4 achieves the top class feel, superior operability and solid handling that only NIKKOR glass can offer.

Price and Availability

The AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR will be available in late November 2012 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $1,399.95*. Nikon also offers an optional Tripod Collar, available in the near future for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $223.95*. For more information on this and other NIKKOR lenses, as well as other Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

Striking the Balance of Portability, Performance and Shooting Preference, the New Nikon 1 V2 Provides Users with New Ways to be Creative and Expressive

Nikon Continues to Enhance the Powerful Nikon 1 System with the Addition of Photographer-Friendly Features, Connectivity and Accessories

MELVILLE, N.Y. – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the new 14.2-megapixel Nikon 1 V2, the latest addition to the revolutionary Nikon 1 Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lens System. Designed for the creative consumer who seeks stunning images and HD video, the V2 incorporates a myriad of new features aimed at improving the shooting experience, including a new ergonomic grip for familiar handling, a built-in flash and the addition of a Command Mode Dial to provide easy access to features and controls. Nikon also introduced the new SB-N7, an optional compact speedlight that offers versatile lighting possibilities for Nikon 1 V1 and Nikon 1 V2 shooters.

The new Nikon 1 V2 is designed to be compact and delivers astoundingly rapid Autofocus (AF) and shooting response, incredible image quality, sharp Full HD video and advanced yet easy-to-use shooting options. The V2 offers a new 14.2-megapixel CX-format super high-speed CMOS sensor that has been engineered to allow for amazing image quality that exhibits eye-catching colors, rich hues and striking detail. The upgraded sensor combined with the blazing fast Advance Hybrid AF system allows users to shoot up to 15 frames-per-second (fps) while maintaining full AF tracking that allows the capturing of fast moving subjects. Other new and noteworthy features include versatile and fun shooting modes such as Best Moment Capture Mode and the new Live Image Control that lets a user preview their creative vision, pre-capture.

“The recent additions to the Nikon 1 System, including the new V2, demonstrate Nikon’s dedication to delivering a camera system that meets the needs of creative and expressive consumers looking for an easy-to-use camera that is portable enough to take on any life adventure,” said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience. “With a grip and control layout that is familiar to photographers, the V2’s incredible speed, versatility, ease of use and portability can be used in various situations to shoot amazing images and sharp HD video.”

Enhanced Design Lets Creative Freedom Flow
The new V2 sports an enhanced design that includes a comfortable traditional grip as well as a textured camera body and thoughtfully placed mode dials. With easy access to the new top-placed Command Dial, V2 shooters will be able to make camera adjustments quickly and easily, even when framing photos in the camera’s 1.4-million-dot electronic viewfinder. The camera also includes a new Direct Setting Control that enables quick access to settings in manual exposure modes (P,S,A,M), so that settings can be changed without taking an eye off the electronic viewfinder or the high-resolution 921,000-dot 3.0-in LCD display. To get creative in challenging light, a built-in pop-up flash supplies extra lighting when capturing images in low-light situations or to provide a fill flash to eliminate shadows. The camera also features a Nikon 1 i-TTL hot shoe port, affording the use of optional lighting and camera accessories with the Nikon 1 V2.

Though compact and portable, the new Nikon 1 V2 boasts incredible performance and features that will be easily embraced by all levels of photographers. In addition to the 14.2-megapixel CX-format CMOS sensor, the camera also includes the new EXPEED 3A image processing engine, both specifically designed to produce still images and HD video with stunning clarity and color. Additionally, the new EXPEED 3A has improved image-signal processing capability as well as high-speed readout.

A wide ISO range (160-6400) allows the V2 to perform brilliantly in tough lighting conditions, while the highly responsive Advanced Hybrid Autofocus (AF) system provides users with superfast shooting speeds, allowing them to capture fast action with crisp focus, whether at a football game or dance recital. The Nikon 1 V2’s 73 point AF array ensures accuracy and super precise focus, even on moving subjects. The camera also provides high-speed continuous shooting with continuous Auto focusing letting users capture approximately 15 fps up to 45 frames. High-speed continuous shooting at approximately 60 fps for up to 40 frames is also possible.

Get Creative with Advanced Features
The new Nikon 1 V2 offers various shooting modes and controls that will help photographers flex their creative muscle while providing new ways to be expressive in still images and HD videos. With the new top-placed Mode Dial, V2 users will be able to access the camera’s Auto Mode as well as full manual controls on the fly. The camera is also equipped with an Enhanced Motion Snapshot Mode, which users can utilize to capture fleeting moments with a short, slow-motion movie sequence in addition to a single defining still image. A Motion Snapshot can be saved as a four second MOV file and JPEG image file separately or it can also be saved as a 10 second movie file without a separate JPEG image file, making it easy to share with others. Furthermore, Motion Snapshots can be combined into a continuous slideshow seamlessly within the camera.

The Nikon 1 V2 also includes Best Moment Capture Mode, an advanced creative mode that allows individuals to use Slow View to slow down a moment they are capturing, in real time. By simply pressing the shutter button halfway down when focused, users can capture live action (approx. 1.33 seconds), while the view of the subject is displayed at five times slower than normal speed (approx. 6.66 sec). The action is replayed repeatedly as long as the shutter-release button is half-pressed. Fast action sports and events are transformed to slow motion right on the LCD screen, letting the user capture once-in-a-lifetime moments with confidence.

Additionally, original Nikon 1 features like Smart Photo Selector are still available on this new camera, and are accessible through the Best Moment Capture Mode. When using Smart Photo Selector, V2 users can capture up to 20 shots with a single press of the shutter button, and the camera will then automatically select the five best images to keep based on factors such as exposure, focus and facial recognition. The Nikon 1 V2 also includes an Advance Movie Mode that allows for the simultaneous shooting of 1080p Full HD video and high-resolution stills of the same subject or scene. Slow motion movies at both 400 fps and 1200 fps can also be captured, plus full manual exposure controls are accessible while in Advance Movie Mode.

Image effects and image-creation functions such as in-camera HDR and the innovative Live Image Control allow users even more ways to customize their photos. Live Image Control gives users the ability to see end-result images before capture by incorporating effects of various camera settings on a scene. With Live Image Control, real time adjustments to motion control, brightness control, Active D-Lighting and background focus are seen on the LCD screen or the electronic viewfinder prior to capture to help ensure the user’s creative vision is fulfilled.

Expanding the Reach of the Nikon 1 V2: Accessories for the Nikon 1 System
The V2 is compatible with the optional WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter1. When connected to the WU-1b, the camera can shoot high quality images and movies and transfer them to smart devices, making it easy to stay connected and share content wirelessly to social networks. Users of the free Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility application for Android™2 platform smart devices as well as iPhone® and iPad®3 mobile digital devices will also have the ability to remotely control the camera from a smartphone or tablet.

Like the other Nikon 1 system cameras, V2 shooters will have access to a growing lineup of incredible 1 NIKKOR lenses, Nikon 1 accessories, as well as F-Mount NIKKOR lenses when connected to the FT-1 Mount Adapter. These lenses and accessories will allow individuals to build a system that truly complements their creative lifestyle.

Alongside the Nikon 1 V2, the new optional SB-N7 speedlight will inspire shooters to take their creative vision to new heights with an extremely versatile yet compact and lightweight flash unit. When connected to the Nikon 1 accessory port of the V2, the SB-N7 will provide opportunities to explore lighting options including i-TTL support. Additionally, the flash head tilts up to 120 degrees for situations that call for bouncing the flash output. The new speedlight is easy-to-use and travel friendly, and also uses common AAA batteries. The speedlight provides a guide number of 18 meters/59 feet (at ISO 100), as well as a supplied external wide flash adapter for wider shooting coverage.

Price and Availability

The Nikon 1 V2 camera with the 10-30mm lens will be available in late November 2012 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $899.95*. The SB-N7 speedlight will be available in January 2013 and will have a suggested retail price (SRP) of $159.95*. For more information on the V2 and SB-N7 or other Nikon 1 series products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

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  • Up $#!t’s creek

    whoa… whats with the love handle? somebody gained weight…

    • http://circa1983.ca Owen

      lmao!

      Great comment

      On a serious note, although this V2 definitely looks a bit more beefy and durable, I’d love to see a Nikon 1 with some weather sealing one day… Something like the Olympus OMD, but with access to the fabulous world of Nikon glass… but who am I?

      • Fred

        You said it, although in an obtuse way.
        Oly OM-D already has a weather sealed camera and arguably better glass than Nikon off-the shelf now.

        • http://loewald.com/blog/ Tonio Loewald

          I was very tempted by the OM-D until I priced out a switch. (I currently use a D7000.) Turns out the OM-D with three primes costs about the same as a D600 with three primes, and I have a far wider range of primes for the D600 and there’s a thriving second-hand market.

          • mooboy

            For something like the OM-D you’re paying a premium for the smaller size/weight. If not a concern for you, then I’d think a D600 definitely way to go.

      • PHB

        I thought whaat! at first.

        But that handle thing looks like it is mostly needed to provide space for the manual controls that people demanded.

        It also makes the V2 look much more like a D7000 or D600.

    • Nikon Shooter

      It reminds of one of those cheap point-and-shoot super-zooms now, doesn’t it?

      That bulge on top looks really unrefined. Anyone who ever called the V1 ugly is going to wish they’d kept their mouths shut. Looks like Nikon listened, lol.

      • boing wronkwell

        Oh yes … It’s design does kind of remind me of those $300 “super-zoom” or “Bridge” cameras, doesn’t it?

        See what I did there?

        $300 … not $900.

      • Uncle Fester

        What a cluster…?

        1) If they wanted to make the CX a compact camera system, why make the camera larger?
        2) The V1 needed a built in flash, but they went overboard.
        3) If it was designed to compete with DX sized cameras, it doesn’t have enough features, costs to much, and isn’t big enough.

        I predict the prices of V1′s will go up on the used/new market.

    • preston

      @Up $#!t’s creek

      Actually, it gained size but not weight. According to the full specs on nikonusa.com, the V1 weighed 383 g with card and battery while the V2, despite gaining a real grip and a built-in flash, only weighs 337 g with card and battery. For comparison, the D600 weighs 850 g.

      While we’re at the weight discussion, the 70-200 f/4 is effectively the same size as it’s f/2.8 brother (7″ long instead of 8.1″), but it is nearly HALF the weight (850 g versus 1,540 g)!

      • Happyshooter

        That means F4 only has half of glass/optical elements of F2.8.

  • Patrick

    Nice price on the lens!

  • farscape

    Great, now we would have more 80-200/2.8 and 70-30 VR on the second-hand market, with even more affordable price!

  • John M

    $224 for the tripod collar?

    • Paul

      This seems to be Nikon’s new strategy. Bleed ‘em on the accessories.

      • Nikon Shooter

        This lens doesn’t need a tripod collar. If you think that it does then you should also get one for the 24-70 f/2.8

        • Discontinued

          fair enough.

        • Mike

          Touché. :-)

        • desmo

          If they include the collar they would ‘ve upped the price $150 to$200 . This way those don’t want or need it or those who prefer custom 3rd party collar don’t have to pay for it—

          use your head man!!!

        • Uncle Fester

          While it would rarely “need” a collar, there are certainly times when people might want to use a collar.

          For the price they are charging for the lens, a collar should be free (or available for a nominal sum).

      • Alfonso

        Great opportunity for Chinese fabs

        • Spy Black

          Good point! Let’s hope capitalize on Nikon’s greed.

    • NRC

      Yep. What a horrible strategy. With battery grips costing $400, I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that a fraking collar would be $224.

      Nuts!

      • Discontinued

        >>battery grips costing $400<<

        Indeed ridiculous. I bought Nikon's grip for the D7000 and bought no grip for my D800E so far. Something holds me back from getting a fake but on the other hand it seems just so utterly foolish, to fork out 4 times the money for identical functions and an almost 100% identical look and feel …

        I bet Nikon could sell three times as many grips for D800 if priced more reasonable (and make at least 1.5 times more money out of it).

        • John Richardson

          Yep. Volume. Not a word in Nikon’s Marketing Department unless it is a P&S.

    • Rob

      I bet RRS and the like will make even better collars for less money. If not including the collar allowed them to price it lower, this is probably a good thing since most serious shooters probably replace the Nikon collars/feet anyway.

    • peter2

      way to rip off buyers. I’ll wait for Kirk. Kirk can you hear?

  • Paul

    The V2 looks interesting but $900? Seriously Nikon? Try $500

  • sukukia

    WTF HAPPENED TO V2 0.o?

  • ALBERT

    The V2 is one ugly camera. Hello, Nikon?

    • fototi

      agree! never seen camera ugly like this from nikon!
      and it is bulky too. what the heck nikon are thinking?

      • R8R

        “never seen camera ugly like this from nikon!”

        Never?

        Pronea 600i?

        Pronea S?

        AW 100?

        The red D3100?

        Need I go on?

        • desmo

          I like my AW100

          trout love it too,

          first thing they look for when you lift em out of the net–

          means you aint gonna eat em

      • Calibrator

        I always thought that most consumer Nikkors are downright ugly.
        Even Sigma does better.

      • tremendousPanda

        The thing that makes it that ugly is the EVF/Flash bulk that looks like some strange tumor or something. They should have made that without that bulk but still put in a EVF.

    • Worminator

      Nikon has never much cared for elegance, but still, even for Nikon that quite an eyesore.

    • sukukia

      +1

  • Jabs

    Read the specs of the Nikon 1 V2 and see how awesome this updated camera really is – NICE!

    http://www.dpreview.com/news/2012/10/24/Nikon-announces-1-v2-14MP-1-series-mirrorless-system-camera

    Finally Controls and a grip too plus another flash unit and built in flash too and Wi-Fi unit like D3200 and D600 – Nikon’s on a roll for sure.

    • Paul

      I liked what I read until I got to the battery part. Really Nikon, another new battery? EN-EL15 won’t fit on this larger body so you make it use EN-EL21.
      Almost enough to dismiss the camera in addition to the high MSRP.

  • RenoRaines

    Given the issues with the D800 and D600, I think I’ll wait a bit before ordering my 70-200 f/4. I think the price of $1400 is very fair. If the reviews are good, one will be mine, even if I won’t get my grubby hands on it after Christmas. The price for the tripod collar seems a bit steep; looks like another opportunity for Kirk and RRS to make a killing.

    • stuart

      at $1400 plus $225 for an f/4 i think i will wait on the price of the tamron 70-200 f/2.8. and for those of you who think you don’t need a tripod color, try taking a picture of a night time skyline with a shutter speed approaching 30 seconds.

      • preston

        Maybe you didn’t notice that the 70-200 f/4 weighs nearly HALF as much as the 2.8 version (850 g versus 1,540 g). Nobody is saying you won’t ever need to use a tripod with this lens (ok, except for KR), we’re saying that it doesn’t weight enough to justify needing to mount the lens to the tripod rather than the camera. Do you need a tripod collar for the 24-70? Cause that lens weighs 900 g, which is more than the 70-200 f/4.

        • a4

          Well, think again.
          Why is VR very useful with tele, while quite useless with wide lenses (no matter the weight)? So the collar may not be necessary as the lens is not so heavy, but it’s definitely an useful and effective part to make the whole cam-lens set more even and thus reduce unwanted vibration.
          The price of the collar is simply INSANE btw.

  • http://istudio.isaacalonzo.com makatron

    Seriously the V2 looks interesting for those of us not wanting to carry a 4lb camera all the time, if only could accept regular nikon flashes…

    • Jonas (from SWEDEN)

      Yes! Don’t the talk to each other at Nikon?
      If a Coolpix can use SB910, and even act as commander with built in flash … there is no reason why this can’t! Unless there are watertight seals between the development apartment between Nikon 1 and the other Nikon products …

    • Larry

      I am really surprised some 3rd party manufacturer hasn’t come up with a slip in converter to a standard hotshoe. How difficult could it be to match up the pins?

  • Rob

    I like the grip. It should be easier to hold more securely, plus the camera sticks out at least that far anyway with a lens attached, so it doesn’t really make it harder to carry. I never hear people complain about the grips on Sony’s NEX cameras.

    On the other hand, I dislike the massive flash/evf extension of the body. Unlike the grip, this does increase the footprint of the camera and makes it less portable.

  • Roger

    Yuck! The V2 is the ugliest camera I’ve seen since the Pentax K-01. The whole problem is the viewfinder/flash housing. It just doesn’t fit on what would have otherwise been an attractive camera. The Sony NEX-6 is a design masterpiece compared to this monstrosity.

    • Photoretouchpro

      V(vomit inducing) 2?
      Just need a 28-105 f/4 vr now.
      Really how hard is it to add AP-S to a 80-400 and update the coatings and vr, really?
      Or add vr to the 300 f/4?

      As long as the new 70-200 is competitive to canons version this is a plus!

      • http://Flickr.com/inthemist InTheMist

        You read my mind. Exactly correct on all accounts!

  • Jabs

    Here is what seals the deal for me -

    —- Shoot in advanced movie mode with the Nikon 1 V2 and you can record Full HD movies at 60 and 30 fps and 60i, 60p, and 30p frame rates, with full control over shutter speed and aperture.

    • http://micahmedia.com Micah

      …that’s not any better than the V1, and it’s still limited to 20 mins for a full 1080 clip. I just paid $340 for a Gx1 and $150 for a 14/2.5. Nikon can’t top that right now. Sure I don’t have control over shutter or ISO, but that’ll come soon with hacked firmware, and there’s no time limit on video.

      • Jabs

        @Micah – Great but can the Panasonic focus as fast ro shoot as quick? Soon after Legislation is passed, most camera will eventually have more recording time. Politics, it seems.

  • 70-200 F/4

    FINALLY Nikon catch up with Canon on that lens. Canon have had a 70-200 f/4 for years. I wonder if the nikon is as sharp/good as the Canon.

    • Dakota

      Yea, and Canon users are still waiting for the 14-24 and the 200-400

  • One More Thought

    The V2 looks like a Sony NEX..while it may not look the most elegant I do agree that the extra grip will probably be a welcome addition.

    The V1 is a good camera, and likely the V2 will be even better. The only problem facing Nikon now is the competition at that price point. There are a lot of mirrorless cameras at a similar price, all with larger sensors.

    • Jabs

      @One More Thought – BUT none of them can do 15fps with full AF tracking and 1920×1080 at 60fps – even beats D4 and D800/D800E.

      A little Pocket Rocket!

  • Fabian

    I’m cool with no tripod collar if I get the lens a bit cheaper. I want a Kirk/RRS collar anyway with the Arca-Swiss foot.

  • http://www.tayvinknightphoto.com Taylor Garvin

    Sweet! The 70-200mm is a good price! I’m surprised Nikon didn’t introduce a F/4 series years ago.

  • Scott M.

    1200 fps slow motion video is pretty compelling. So is 15 fps. I would loveto put my 70-200mm VR2 on it and play with it for a few days. Price is a bit steep. Is there a body only price?

    • http://flickr.com/photos/svaldvard Svaldvard

      Yes, 799.95 see nikonusa.com

    • SPy Black

      Unfortunately the image quality of that setting is very low. Not because it’s 640×480, but because the MP4 compression setting is too high. At least, that’s how it’s been in the past. If they up the data throughput on that setting, then it would rock.

  • jake

    the V2 looks so ugly, the AFS70-200f4VR is ok and I probably get it soon.

  • Jabs

    I’m so excited – ah know, ah know and I can’t help it – LOL

  • http://www.truphotos.com gnohz

    Next in line will be 80-400. We can only hope…

  • ras

    wow, that is effing hideous. on the other hand, it does have a mode dial and a thumb wheel. i do not like the popup flash or deep grip that cuts into the body, though. they didn’t move the viewfinder over to the corner like a rangefinder, either. so, so bad, the complete opposite of what i wanted.

    so, yeah, i can’t be seen with this camera. call me superficial.

  • bert

    Its so ugly! it looks like a pentax camera without the different colors :|

    • preston

      Much better looking than the V1 brick.

  • JC

    Why couldn’t they just give us an updated 135mm? Nikon would make a killing if they did…

    • Thaumazein

      +1

      Would love to see a 135mm f2 or f2.8. Don’t need the f1.8

    • Geoff

      Agreed, really, REALLY want a new 105mm or 135mm portrait prime.

  • cookie

    Nikon V1: People said we are missing a grip and and a built in flash an it should be smaller. Nikon V 2: Has a grip and a built in flash and is smaller. What do people say now: It is ugly.

  • Tony

    Has anyone else noticed that the 70-200mm won’t zoom internally? It looks like you can see where the lens will extend right in front of the focusing ring.

    • Scott M.

      They wouldn’t do that…? would they? Hope not. Looks like most of the N1 lenses extend though.

      • Scott M.

        That’s just the hood mount. It has 20 elements and VR3 inside, it won’t be extending like an 18-200mm DX.

    • Jabs

      @Tony

      New 70-200mm F4 Zoom is an IF lens:
      IF Lens
      A NIKKOR lens in which only the internal lens group shifts during focusing. Thus, IF NIKKORS do not change in size during AF operation, allowing for compact, lightweight lenses capable of closer focusing distances. These lenses will be designated with the abbreviation IF on the lens barrel.

      • Clarification

        @Jabs

        Tony was referring to zoom extension and not IF (internal focus).
        My 24-120 f4 VR (latest model) has IF, but when you zoom out the
        lens barrel extends. My 70-200 f2.8 lens barrel does not extend when
        you zoom.

        I did not find anything on the Nikon web-site that answered Tony’s question.
        Nor was zoom barrel extension mentioned on the 24-120 page. I guess
        we will have to wait a bit for enlightenment.

        • Tony5787

          The 24-70mm and 24-120mm are also both IF lenses. Just because they internally focus doesn’t mean they don’t extend to zoom. All internal focus ensures is that the lens doesn’t move to focus which would extend the lens and possibly turn the front element to mess with the filter threads when using filters. If you look in front of the zoom ring you’ll see a dark line BEFORE the hood mount. My money says this lens is a grower.

        • Jabs

          Does this answer the question?

          The new AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR is comprised of 20 elements in 14 groups, and features a constant aperture of F4. Internal zoom and focus means that its length doesn’t change when zooming or focusing, and the closest focusing distance is 1 meter.

    • nope, wrong
      • desmo

        its also internal zoom

    • Nikolis

      Why even speculate? It’s not that unusual that some lenses look like they will extend, but they don’t. The lens body is already long enough for a 200mm lens. Looks to be pretty much the same size as the Canon 70-200/4 which doesn’t extend. It would be outright stupid for a telezoom lens in this class to extend when zooming.

  • pirugoro

    See!!!! They listened!!!!! Now it’s ugly!!!!!Ja!!!!

  • julesvern

    K-01 + Nex 7 = Nikon V2.. lol

  • Jabs

    It’s up on the Nikon USA Web site finally

    http://www.nikonusa.com/en/index.page

  • EAJ

    A few thoughts on the tripod collar issue:

    VRIII is so good many folks will shoot without support.

    The weight of the lens doesn’t necessitate a lens collar – just mount the camera.

    Nikon knows that their collars are often criticized so they threw RRS a bone.

  • Jabs

    The Nikon USA Web site says that the Nikon V2 = $799 list price

    http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/Product/Nikon1/27602/Nikon-1-V2.html

  • EvanK

    Holy shit, $225 for a tripod collar? It’s a friggin’ TRIPOD COLLAR people! I could replace my 50 1.8 for that price!

    • Karen

      Don’t worry much about it. There will be other collar options from 3rd vendors sooner or later.

  • Yollo

    I laughed when I saw Nikon V2 lol

  • cookie

    Nikon V2: The only thing that counts is the performance of the sensor! Can it compete
    with the Sony, Pansonic or Olympus?

  • Plug

    I am no technical expert but the MTF charts for the 70-200 look promising, particularly within the DX circle. D400 + this lens would be a formidable portable lightweight combination for wildlife with the equivalent reach of 105-300 0n FX, and hopefully with high fps, large buffer and rapid autofocus. A third way there, Nikon! Well I can dream.
    And the other third? 300f/4. Lob in my TC14E II, lob in my D800 and wide primes and you have the perfect travel/wildlife system for me.

  • Michael Laing

    The V2 may not be the best looking of cameras but if it feels good in the hand, I won’t mind. What puts my off still would be the flash mount and lack of lenses for the 1 system.

  • D400

    Can that new light be triggered off camera, does anyone know?

  • Hate V2

    Ugly V2

    -_-’

  • http://www.d5200.org jbayston

    Problem: how to persuade compact camera users to move up to an interchangeable lens system and so spend more money on the camera and accessories.
    solution: the compact system series, an interchangeable lens system that looks like a compact and has lots of groovy user friendly gimmicky functions.

    success.

    The next step is not to make it look like a DSLR and accessorize it to death. At this rate in a few years, there will be no difference between a CSC and a DSLR. Then Nikon will return to the problem they started with.

  • http://blogg.hogbergphotography.com Danonino

    BUT WHERE IS THE AUTO-BRACKETING?!?!

    • Ben Wronkmore

      Wha?

      Buy a decent camera … you know … the ones that happen to be a bit bigger and have a “D” in front of three numbers.

      This is a consumer gadget, designed to separate cash from the wallets of those who do not know any better; a bit like Apple’s iPad Mini, which I suspect is aimed at the same market as the Nikon 1.

  • Angry Bird

    Has anyone tested the alcohol content of the drinking water at Nikon Headquarters?
    Do they really think they can throw us any product or accessory and we will just grab a credit card and order?

    • Bavid Daily

      I think they do (think we’ll buy any old crap). Nikon has always been at the top of the price curve on a like for like basis and at least that does not change too much over the decades.

      Unfortunately, the good stuff isn’t this and it also isn’t this cheap (and/or recently, coming out of factories with decent quality control).

      Shame.

  • Karen

    Even though I love Nikon brand, I think that V2′s physical look is really weird.

    • kulturindustrie

      It’s a transfomer’s nightmare come true.

      I actually was looking forward to a limited Third Reich Rocket Engineer Camouflage Special Edition of the V2 that would only be available in selected countries, but I don’t see this happening with this piece of chunk…

  • AC

    Looks aside. I have little to complain about the better grip and external controls and dials. The key now is to see what the new sensor is like!

    I personally think it looks fine and am very much looking fwd to the reviews on IQ.

  • D4ve

    I’m not offended by the V2′s design. Don’t see why people are calling it ugly, really. If it had an FX sensor I’d probably own one.

    When they’re in stock locally (Hunts) I’ll surely give the V2 a good fondling.

    • Ed

      They probably see the world with ugly eyes anyway.

      • D4ve

        Grab an FT-1 adapter and mount the 24 1.4g… I think that would be a good time.

    • Bavid Daily

      FX?

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHA…..

      Leica trolling?

      $9,000 for that one.

      • D4ve

        I tried hard to justify putting the cash out for a Leica system, but couldn’t.

        It would solve one problem though. I hate carrying a bag full of lenses and with Leica it wont be an issue, because you can only afford one.

  • Bernard

    The Nikon F was also an ugly camera, but it was a hell of a good camera. I bet the V2 will be the same !

    • hisper

      The F photomic prism was large, but the main body, the lines, the cuts especially with the standard prism head was a very beautiful camera to this day.No other camera of its day had those sharp lines. The nikon 100 cameras were ugly as hell as like the minolta 100 cameras. Many camera designers during the 80′s were senile.

    • desmo

      can’t help but disagree , the F is a beautiful camera,
      both in form and function.
      admittedly it looked better w/o the Ftn finder which was an add on,
      in camera metering wasn’t used by pro’s who used light meters at the time.

      I bought mine $259 on my way through japan to vietnam in 1973.

      I still have it ,
      it still works,

      it’s why I love Nikon

  • panther

    Anyone who was bashing the V1 for it’s looks should start apologizing to it….NOW.
    The v2 takes UGLY in camera design to a another dimension.

  • `/1nc3nt

    Ho! All yellers whose demands never satisfied, may camera God banish you in eternal fire from SB flashes, throws you with 1 primes!

  • bjrichus

    Ok.

    So tell me WHY I should buy the V2 over something like a NEX or m4/3 ???

    Really?

    Is there an image quality reason?

    Sample images show it?

    No?

    Really?

    • Abraham Collins

      The only reason to use the 1 system is its autofocus. Nothing else.

    • Jabs

      @bjrichus – One senstence:

      Faster continuous AF tracking than any other mirrorless camera.

  • http://deverenfogle.com DSFogle

    I’m sorry and I love to keep it positive, but this camera is ONLY for people who either have very little knowledge of cameras and want to change some lenses to feel like a photographer, or gadget collectors. There is no excuse for anyone else to buy this camera over any other MILC on the market, save for the pitiful Pentax Q. I can’t believe that they ever sell any of these, but hey – there’s one born every minute! And I’m sorry to those who try to defend this and say that it’s not ugly, it’s everyone’s opinion and mine falls on the side of… Yes, it’s oooogly! :)

    Now let’s go out and shoot pictures, even if your camera is the 1 series!

    • preston

      Actually, it has by far the best continuous tracking ability during high frame rate shooting (birding, sports, etc). If this is the type of shooting you do then it would be pretty stupid to get any MILC other than this camera.

  • floating

    Well mates, think positive!
    At least V2 has the power to make the V1 looks like a great piece of design

    • preston

      Completely disagree. The V2 confirms how terrible the V1 design was.

      • Global

        UGH… this new design is disgusting….

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