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Weekly Nikon news flash #200

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Nikon D800 bundle

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  • DxoMark published their test results on the Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 2.8/15 lens ($2950).

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  • Kipon's new tilt & shift adapter for Nikon mount at the CP+ show (from DC.watch).
  • Nikon Message Centre Ver 2.1.1 for Mac released.
  • The exhibition "Continuous reconstruction assistance" will be open on the first anniversary of Sendai Nikon Plaza (February 28, 2013).
  • New video: a day out with Craig Kolesky, a BMX & the Nikon Coolpix P7700:

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  • gotya

    Last.. to piss off all those first posts.

  • gotya

    That tilt-shift adapter looks promising!

  • gotya

    That tilt-shift adapter looks promising

    • peteee363

      yes, but what does it add to the focal length, and the light opening controls? the pce lens has electronic apeture, so you can use the camera to set it. my old pc lens was manual, so i like the pce much better. also, the new lens is 24mm, the old one was only 28. it allows to fit that little extra in the photo.

      • mjm

        It’s also for hasselblad lenses as it will produce the large image circle needed for the movements. But good luck finding a fairly cheap wide angle ‘blad’ lens for those tight interior shots.

        • peteee363

          but it looks like it will add a few millimeters to those all important wide angle lenses.

  • Shawn

    Kipon link says “service unavailable”

  • Up $#!t’s Creek!

    thats a good improvement on the b&h package – the previous bag they included barely fit the camera and the 24-70 attached – forget carrying any accessories

  • fred

    Samyang lens is better than Ziess??

    • fred

      err… Zeiss, yes.

    • http://twitter.com/wkonradt Wout Konradt

      It is better in resolution and transmission, but worse in the other specs, but it can not be beaten by price!

      • Arthur

        I thought the distortion was terrible on the Samyang, following other reviews?

        • http://www.facebook.com/estudioF9 EstudioF9

          I have a Samyang 14mm and distortion is noticeable with parallel straight lines. When there are no straight lines distortion is not as significant as one might imagine. I’ve made over 100 pictures with it and I have no problems with distortion.
          What is really annoying is the problem of poorly calibrated focus ring, but it is a problem you can solve by following this tutorial:

          http://www.videofy.me/v/755452

          For the price of Samyang I expected the result obtained by Nikon. Instead, it is about a $ 3,000 lens. Certainly not a bad purchase.

    • peteee363

      i am surprised they never tested the nikon 14 2.8 lens. it would be interesting to compare them.

      • http://www.facebook.com/viclauyyc Vic Lau

        I still think the NIkon 14mm is a direct copy of the Tamron 14mm

    • JC

      samyang is tested at f/4
      Zeiss is tested at f/2.8

  • http://www.facebook.com/muganhorse Davidvictormeldrew Idontbeliev

    Binoculars look good but Nikon need to follow Sony and do VR ones and also Digital ones that can capture what you see including stills and video

    • AnthonyH

      These are consumer binoculars. Keys specs are missing-BAK 4 prisms or BAK 7? Nitrogen purged to be fog proof? Water resistance? And BTW, have you priced VR binoculars lately? They are a niche product, due to the huge price. We already have something that allows you to view at a distance and capture an image; it’s called a camera with a telephoto lens. VR is an available option too. Nikon doesn’t want to follow Sony into consumer failure.

    • AnthonyH

      These are consumer binoculars. Keys specs are missing-BAK 4 prisms or BAK 7? Nitrogen purged to be fog proof? Water resistance? And BTW, have you priced VR binoculars lately? They are a niche product, due to the huge price. We already have something that allows you to view at a distance and capture an image; it’s called a camera with a telephoto lens. VR is an available option too. Nikon doesn’t want to follow Sony into consumer failure.

    • iamlucky13

      I haven’t figured out yet if these are supposed to replace the Action series, if they will complement the Action line, or if they’re just rebranding them. The specs appear to be identical, and the price range comparable.

      I’m pretty happy with my Action 10×50′s for the price (a bit of CA, but within reason), but it bugs me when companies change branding for no reason. It’s pointlessly confusing.

      Are they actually improved? Even the feature descriptions are pretty much identical.

      • John-F

        From B&H Photo’s website, the Nikon Extreme ATB line is still available for sale (Nikon USA now have them under “Specialty Binoculars”). IMHO, the most significant differences between the new “Aculon” are the weight (about a 100 grams lighter for 8×42), the field of view, and the eye relief (12mm for the Aculon vs 17mm for the EX ATB). All Aculons use BaK-4 Porro prisms (multicoated ?).

        Also, while Extreme ATBs are (nitrogen-filled) waterproof and fogproof, there is no such mention on either Nikon USA’s website or B&H. In short, not a real improvement over the Extreme ATB line.

        Sadly, as was the case with the Extreme ATB, none of the Aculons are Fully Multi-Coated (only the Premier SE get the FMC treatment). For about the same price as the Aculon, I suggest you have a look at the Bushnell 8×42 Legacy WP (FMC, WP, porro prism, $67 at B&H).

  • Eric Calabos

    Funny DxO conclusion:

    The majority of photographers will not be using a 14 or 15mm lens so much and so would probably be better off saving some money and buying a Samyang 14mm f2.8 IF ED UMC Aspherical. With the money they save they should also buy a copy of DxO Optics Pro 8 and a return ticket to somewhere to play with their new toy!

    • timon_comment

      DxOMark official website told us below,
      DxOMark Score is measured for low-light conditions: 150 lux and 1/60s exposure time. Such conditions correspond to a correctly-lit living room (with no daylight): it is a difficult but rather typical photographic use case.

      LOL,
      all you who are always in a living room shooting! all you who will always not shoot under sunlight.

      PS. DxOMark Scores would never list about the Border and Corners.

      DxOMark lens measurement is untrustworthy.

      • bigeater

        I was shooting in a government building the other day and I bet the light was lower than that. I was shooting at f/2.8, 1/40th and iso 3200. So low light is pretty relevant to at least a part of the community.

        • timon_comment

          you said “shooting at f/2.8, 1/40th and iso 3200″?
          Well, do you know it is what a EV value?

          If it was a correct exposure, this combination “f/2.8, 1/40th and iso 3200″ is almost equivalent to ISO 100 EV3 scene brightness. But, a usual office room is EV8/ISO100 condition, this lighting condition is also brighter than DxO living room.

          even if you like in the dark condition shooting, but it is not for a lens measurement’s typical standard.

          In high-light conditions, a lens’s defect is easier emerging up, especially the stray light impact inside the lens.

          The DxO lens measurement has more problems, I would say in next time.

        • timon_comment

          you said “shooting at f/2.8, 1/40th and iso 3200″?
          Well, do you know it is what a EV value?

          If it was a correct exposure, this combination “f/2.8, 1/40th and iso 3200″ is almost equivalent to ISO 100 EV3 scene brightness. But, a usual office room is EV8/ISO100 condition, this lighting condition is also brighter than DxO living room.

          even if you like in the dark condition shooting, but it is not for a lens measurement’s typical standard.

          In high-light conditions, a lens’s defect is easier emerging up, especially the stray light impact inside the lens.

          The DxO lens measurement has more problems, I would say in next time.

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