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Weekly Nikon news flash #242

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→ It does exists: Nikon lens pillow.

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→ New: Really Right Stuff plate for Nikon Df camera.

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→ Tokina AT-X M100 AF Pro D 100mm f/2.8 lens for  Nikon mount ($449) tested at DxOmark:

"Although Tokina hasn’t updated this lens since it was introduced in 2006, it still has very competitive performance, and when stopped down is even sharper than the $899 Micro Nikkor. While the Sigma 105mm f2.8 has comparable sharpness at any given aperture setting and boast ultrasonic focusing and stabilization, like the Micro Nikkor, it’s still $220 more expensive than the Tokina and neither have the aperture collar that’s coveted by serious macro photographers."

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→ Updated support document: WU-1a ($54) and WU-1b ($54) wireless adapters compatibility with Nikon cameras.

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→ Interview with the Nikon Df design team (Google translation). Here are some key points:

  • Some resistance within Nikon about Df, the Fujifilm retro camera success was helpful.
  • Black version initially, silver/black version was added later on.
  • Japanese customers were not crazy about DSLR video.
  • Brass body was considered but weight and lack of suppliers were the factor not to use brass.
  • Old Nikon logo font was against by some corporate hotheads so they settle down with only one old logo in the front, the rest of the body follows Nikon guidelines. A prototype using italic logo was shown and it bears a model name of FD2.
  • Sketch of early design is shown and pretty much same as final product.
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  • JR

    $80 bucks for a pillow ……forget it..

    • DesertCat

      Ahh, but it’s for Pure Lounging ©.

    • bob2

      $80 is cheap…you should see the prices for the Leica ones.

      • george

        I heard Hasselblad will also be releasing one soon, Sony branded, complete with a customized cover, for only $480.

    • Global

      You dont even want to hear the price of the “special” Df aesthetic design version.

  • orpickaname

    “NO, I WANT TEH HOOMAN PILLOWZ”, says the cat.

  • Jon Ingram

    Still love my Tamron 90mm 2.8 macro

  • banzaii

    You get too intimate with that pillow it will get more than nano coating!

    • Bruce

      There’s always one! :-)

    • broxibear

      Reminds me of the S60 advert…

  • Deep_Lurker

    OK, someone has to say it: That big Nikon lens (pillow) is soft in the corners. And in the center, too.

  • rt-photography

    the pillow looks more like the shape of the beast 28-70, except the tag and focus window which is at the top with that lens.

  • Andrew71

    $80 and no aperture ring, I’ll pass

  • PaddedCell

    There y’go.
    I always said the 24-70mm was a bit soft!

    • Goose

      But its not that bad that youll get coma…

  • PD

    Nikon lens dildo next time…

  • AlphaTed

    I want them pillows. :)

  • Arthur Tazo

    Free cleaning at Nikon center in Melville, NY for five years while still under warranty.

    • fred

      Free cleaning, great. Mine has oil spots on the top left. Apparently after 3,000 squeezes they disappear, at least that is the rumor. ;)

  • Arthur Tazo

    She seems to be happy that the 24-70 still does not come with vibration reduction.

    • Moe

      she ? look at the right hand…hmmm

  • Ereshoping

    Pure dreaming.

  • Dpablo unfiltered

    The other lenses beat or tie the Nikon for individual scores. Why does the Nikon get more points? (I know that I would prefer the Nikon for reasons not included in the test, but…)

    • Neopulse

      You do make a point.

    • Duncan Dimanche

      I came here to say the exact same thing… DXO…. really ?

  • Bob Loblaw

    I bet half of you losers (including me) have purchased this pillow already.

    • Global

      We’re waiting for the full-body length 70-200/4, and the the 800mm sleeping bag.

      • Bob Loblaw

        Lol!

  • Jeff Curtner

    A better translation engine from Excite Japan: http://www.excite-webtl.jp/world/english/web/?wb_url=http%3A%2F%2Fdc.watch.impress.co.jp%2Fdocs%2Fnews%2Finterview%2F20131213_626315.html&wb_lp=JAEN

    A couple key points from the interview: 1) some resistance within Nikon about Df, the Fujifilm retro camera success was helpful; 2) Black version initially, siliver/black version was added later on; 3) Japanese customers were not crazy about DSLR video; 4) Brass body was considered but weight and lack of suppliers were the factor not to use brass;5) Old Nikon logo font was against by some Corporate VI hotheads so they settle down with only one old logo in the front, the rest of the body follows Nikon Corp. VI guidelines. A prototype using Italic Logo was shown and it bears a model name of FD2. 6) Sketch of early design is shown and pretty much same as final product.

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

      Thanks Jeff, I will update the post.

    • Scott M

      Very difficult to read but I love reading these Nikon designer chats! These are the awesome guys who make it happen. I wonder if Jappanese is spoken just like the translation?

  • Roger Botting

    Where is my D400 pillow? Not soon enough, I am switching.

    • George

      me too, waiting my d400

  • Jonathan

    Why does the Sigma macro seem better than the Nikon in every way, yet have a lower score? DxO is always so confusing.

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