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More CES rumors: Nikon D3300 with a new Nikkor 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6G DX VRII lens

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In addition to the 35mm f/1.8G FX lens, during the CES in early January, Nikon is rumored to announce also a D3300 camera with a new Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G DX VRII lens. The new lens will be significantly smaller and lighter (less then 200 grams) when compared to the current model. It will feature a new collapsable barrel (like some 1 Nikkor lenses) and 7-blade rounded aperture.

I am still trying to confirm the D3300 specifications - if anyone has some information, please send me an anonymous tip.

While I am 95% certain about the new 35mm f/1.8 FX lens, I would give this rumor 80% probability for now since I am not sure about the D3300 specifications.

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  • Morris

    last rumor of the list 300f4vr, come on

    • MyrddinWilt

      Nikon is not going to launch a pro lens at the CONSUMER electronics show.

      This is for selling the mass market stuff, not high end gear. The D3300 and the Nikon 1 line is what the buyers will be looking for.

      300mm f/4 VR is just about the very last missing lens in the refresh lineup. Perhaps it will come out with the D400.

      • NergNail

        300/4 is consumer.
        300/2.8 is professional
        300/2 would be exclusive

        • PB PM

          Last time I checked the 300mm F4 had a gold ring. Regardless I don’t see any reason for Nikon to rush out a replacement, since the current lens is stellar.

          • joey

            Vr would be nice on the f4 300mm.

        • decisivemoment

          With today’s amazing high ISO performance and cutthroat competition in professional photography, a 300/4 is a professional lens. A 300/2.8 is a rich amateur’s excuse for running up a chiropractor bill.

      • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

        If I remember correctly, the D4 was announced during the 2012 CES show. The whole idea behind announcing new products at shows is that all the press is already there and it’s easy to setup presentations.

      • Pat Mann

        No refresh yet for 14, 16, 18, 20, 24 f/2.8s, 400 f/5.6, 600 f/5.6, 70-180 and 200 micro. I would expect a couple of the wides to be f/2 or f/1.8 and skip the f/2.8 version.

  • koning

    Nikon is pooping these out like a madman

  • Handsome

    What is that thing circled in red?

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

      this is how I got the picture few weeks ago

      • handsome

        i was hoping it was that AF prong so it can AF , AF-D lenses :-)

    • Fred Flintstone

      That’s Nikon’s credibility ;-)

    • http://www.rmjphotography.net/ RMJ

      Minimum aperture sensing switch. Only found in cheap bodies.

    • AM

      It’s the first of a series of D3300 teasers before the official release. Just to start creating some buzz.

  • Peter

    Crap, crap, crap – again and again. Where is the cool stuff?

    • fred

      Would I buy this, no Mr Nikon, only NEW DSLR owners as the kit lens would.

      How about serving up a tasty DX prime and harvesting all the cash from the long term Nikon owners?!

    • Peter

      Ok, maybe that was a little bit too emotional. The AF-S 1.8/35mm is absolutely no crap at all but I can´t stand seeing all that entry level DSLRs popping up while the really long awaited stuff does not show up. Where is the successor of the 4/300mm, the 1.8/135mm, the DX wide angles, a serious Nikon1 V3, the D9000…???

  • Lee Dann

    I wonder if Nikon will ever release an updated D700…the D800, D600 or the Df arn’t it.

    Why the don’t follow canons lead and release mk1, mk2 versions of bodies, instead of releasing pointless new bodies that will only appeal to a few.

    People have been screaming for the d700 and d300 replacements.

    • http://www.fritzasuro.wordpress.com/ Fritz Asuro

      We might be screaming for an update of D700 and D300s, but how sure that it is the camera that the world needs? They keep on updating entry-level cameras as there are more amateurs than professionals around the world who would spend their money having the “new” camera gear of this era. Nikon focuses on the bigger market – business is business. (That’s why it sucks)

      • Lee Dann

        That is true fritz….I think nikon have lost alot of loyal customers because of this. For alot of people a camera is a tool thats needed to do a job, it seems nikon isn’t supplying those tools. Canon seem too, the 5d mk3 is looking very attractive at the moment, especially with the introduction of radio flash tech.

        • Spy Black

          Depends on what you’re doing I suppose. The D600 works well for me.

          • Imperious Images

            I agree. I never owned a D700, but idk exactly what people are expecting when they ask for a D700 replacement. My D610 works fine for my needs. It’s pretty clear Nikon “split” the line between multiple bodies.

            • Tony the Tiger

              The D700 is Legendary!!! having D3 god-like sensor at the time for low light, portability, licketty split focusing, full metal jacket that I’ve shot in the pouring rain with, loud shutter as hell for a confirmation of that shot, 12 Mpx with those big pixels and smaller files. Just overall the rugged feel that a D6xx would never have. I am a previous a d7000 owner, and it was a bit of a let a step backwards in control, and feel. D4 sensor will go on the D700 replacement once the D4 has a D4s brother, just a feeling. The D700 is Grrrrrrr-ate!

          • Aldo

            Just had the shutter replaced on mine… 1k shots after replacement I took it to have the sensor cleaned again. I’m not so sure that they are new spots (I didn’t check for spots when I got it after shutter replacement)… I’m thinking they just didn’t clean it well to begin with… from what I understand it takes several passes before the spots go away completely. As for the performance, the camera is great. I miss the razor sharpness of the d800… other than that I’m loving it.

            • Spy Black

              Do you know how to clean your sensor? It’s pretty simple if you haven’t yet done it. As long as you’re having Nikon locally doing it for free then that’s fine, but if you’re on location and discover the need to clean, it’s always good to have a sensor cleaning kit in your bag.

            • Aldo

              Somehow most of my DSLR’s have been always under a warranty that covers cleaning… Last time I cleaned a sensor I was shooting canon. I checked some youtube vids and it seems relatively simple (if you are careful). I suppose throwing a cleaning kit in my bag wouldn’t hurt.

        • http://www.fritzasuro.wordpress.com/ Fritz Asuro

          And that is why how I wished the instead Nikon giving this retro Df, they should have introduced the D700 successor. I can see with the specs of Df, it could be a great contender for 5DmkIII. I love Nikon for many reasons, but with this “no update” for professionals like us, it won’t take a while for me to change my gear completely.

    • PussyItches

      Let’s move time back..when 12.1mp and no video was the cool deal. 2007?

      • Aldo

        those were the times… right now people want 8k video and 120fps for under a thousand bucks.

    • Deep_Lurker

      I suspect that Nikon considers the D700 to have been a horrible horrible mistake that cannibalized D3 sales, and that Nikon is determined to never ever repeat that “mistake” ever again. So when they introduced the D800, D600/610, and Df, they made damn sure that none of these would qualify as a true D700 replacement.

      For the D300 replacement, I’m a little more optimistic: My theory here is that Expeed4 is very late, and that Nikon is waiting until they can fling 24MP raw files around at 8+ FPS before they introduce a D400.

      • Billou

        That “mistake” is what put me in the Nikon’s camp ISO buying Canon 5D.

        I really suspect this camera played a big role in retaining or gaining market share compared to Canon.

        D700 did for sure stole sales from D3 but at the end what count for Nikon is to sell Nikon’s camera and even more important for that category of customers to sell them lenses and other Nikon’s stuff.

        • umeshrw

          Well said.

        • Deep_Lurker

          Sure, Nikon is wrong to consider it a mistake, but my point is that Nikon is acting stupidly because it does consider it a mistake. (We may be in violent agreement here.)

          More generally, Nikon has a number of policies that put it at the wrong end of the adage “Pigs get fat. Hogs get slaughtered.”

      • jr456

        In some ways a mistake but in some ways a blessing. Getting people who otherwise would not purchase a D3 or D3s on a full frame camera allowed them to push A LOT of lens sales that they otherwise might not have gotten.

        Thinking in terms of camera bodies only is very one-dimensional. You sell a bunch of D600s and you get a lot of people buying the cheap lenses. You get something like another D700 out there and people are going to be inclined to make that big pro lens purchase…it’s a motivator.

    • Ian Dangerzone

      The boat has sailed on the D700 replacement and it is the D800. We’re not getting a D4 sensor in a D800 body. Get it through your head: time for the denial to stop. Move into anger, depression, acceptance, hell, move into your mom’s basement again, I don’t give a shit. If the D800 isn’t good enough for you, then your problems as a consumer and (alleged) photographer far eclipse the camera you own. I admit, you might need a pro body with a D4 sensor to take distorted selfies in your santa toque, but most of us don’t. I have a D700. I love it. If I had a D800, I’d love that too because it’s a newer, better, D700.

      • Pat Mann

        Newer, better, slower. How about a D800h with 24 mp and 8 fps as the D700 replacement (throw in 4k video as a freebie), and a D800x with 60mp. The D800h makes sense as a co-release with the D400 – same processor and buffer demands. I don’t think there’s much need to increment these body styles again – pretty optimal now to me, though the D400 needs to go pro on the finder and include the shutter and pro attachments, plus locks on a couple of switches (e.g. meter mode, c/s/m).

  • I am predictable

    An 18-something DX lens.
    What a surprise.

    • FDF

      Surprise is in the details .. <200g and collapsible.

      • Chris Pearson

        The 18-55 lenses are hardly heavy, even the VR one and they are also the smallest lenses I own.

        • Rob

          They are chasing the mirrorless examples. They want to offer a kit that is as small and as light as possible.

          • Dpablo unfiltered

            Its exactly what they are doing. And if you look at the size of some of the lenses when stuck on those small bodies, this gives one a second thought before throwing out a lot of money on something that is little more than an interchangeable lens camera phone without the phone. What would be even better is if the optics are improved. Now how about a collapsible slow telephoto prime to go with that?

      • Goingdown….

        Collapsing company makes collapsible lens.
        Apt.

  • Aldo

    The current 18-55 is pretty awesome for what it is… I’m interested to see how the new version compares.

    • IrwinAllen

      Aldo..you don’t expect much in life do you. DX boy.

      • Aldo

        lol… well you don’t hide how much you like me do you? If anything I’m an FX/DX boy.

        • Andrew

          It is because you look too happy, always drinking coffee :)

          • fred

            Aldo does not use the handle on his mug. This could mean he does not follow convention and / or has a high threshold of pain. Calling him names will not hurt him.

            • Aldo

              Ah very perceptive… now I’m learning stuff about myself I didn’t even know!

          • Aldo

            I love coffee…my only addiction.

      • Joseph

        Real photographers let the images speak for them, Irwin – not the cameras. Real photographers don’t belittle the choices of others and could care less what another chooses to use. You, on the other hand, have outed yourself as an adolescent-minded wanna-be, Irwin.

        • Aldo

          Plus the lens has potential… I would be comfortable shooting an event with that one and the 50mm 1.8g.

          • Joseph

            You bet … While I ultimately got a 16-85 for my (lowly) DX ensemble, I’d surely walk all around Europe with the 18-55, without apology. My sample proved to be a far more excellent performer than many are willing to believe. This, coming from someone who shot with Nikkor primes in the film days. Moreover, while I have a couple of ‘Big Boy’ Nikons, the DX-based D5100 would become my favorite, first go-to Nikon when I walk out the door. In truth, in most photographic circumstances, at common print sizes – through poster size, few people – photographers inclusive – could definitively tell if I shot something on DX or FX. And the art photographer, in particular, wouldn’t care – no less ask. As to (professional) photojournalists, they commonly shoot their FX cameras in the DX crop mode …

            • jr456

              The 16-85 is an awesome lens on DX. While I do have a D700 and other lenses that lens is awesome for traveling with DX. In addition, I use it on my D90….I’m sure it is even better on a D7100 between the extra pixels and better ISO.

        • JosephDxBoy

          Joseph ….Please stop stealing medication out your mom’s purse when she aint looking! Relax Mary…I truly..in my world never seen a professional photographer at sporting events, movie events..or any type of events shooting with a D5100.or a D3100..It just does not happen. That is real world. Real Photographers and Men..use FX and FX Lenses…Gurl!

          • Discontinued

            Yeah, real FX like D2. You must just have escaped your diapers, if you can’t recall that real men in the real world didn’t have much choice but using DX for quite some time …

            Meanwhile most certainly have jumped ship back to full frame. Still DX-bashing seems rather childish to me, don’t you think?

            I shoot both. Does it make me half the man I could be?

          • Aldo

            You haven’t seen much then… here in LA people shoot “professionally” with anything that looks like an SLR

            • Neopulse

              Also when the D1 and D2 series were released, they were DX and not FX.Plenty of pros used them.

            • Morris

              if they dont have a choice, they’d use also a coffee machine, but they often have a choice and they chose the best they can afford, tell a pro to make his career with a p&s and be stuck with it for 30 years, they will kill themselves after a few months. basic-cheap gear is more for passion than business, otherwise we are all crazy, pros and noobs :)

            • Aldo

              You are right… a lot of people here just do it for the money and they couldn’t care less about the art or what they shoot with.

          • AM

            You need to travel more to truly know the real world. A lot of professional photographers in different parts of the world use D3x00’s, D5x00’s at the events you mentioned. That’s the real world. Real photographers use whatever they have in their hands and don’t miss the moment.

          • Neopulse

            Is that professional enough? A Nikon 1 camera with a 600mm lens at a major sporting event.

            • Morris

              he could do that for own curiosity-testing or publicity, who knows

            • Neopulse

              I don’t know. Maybe… but you can’t deny it’s a photographer at a major sporting event. Which negates what “JosephDxBoy” was saying before. This guy is using a sensor that’s smaller than DX and less expensive than a D5100.

            • Maji

              He is shooting with an equivalent FL of 1600mm. The N1 systems have good AF, so that is very helpful during action sequences. He is smiling because he is having fun :)

            • Neopulse

              No doubt, although I’m wondering about the battery drain while using a lens with adapter like that, how many shots would he get in.

            • One-Oh-Four

              Or he’s simply holding a Nikon 1 against the Mother of all lenses for the benefit of the photographer… ;)

            • steven8217

              I usually turn off the LCD screen but just use the EVF on my Nikon 1 V1 and the battery last very long the time, Nikon 1 V1 has the same big battery as my D800.

            • Neopulse

              Yeah, that I remember about the V1, but then afterwards they switched out the battery on the V2 :-/ But I do think it’s pretty clever using the V1 on that lens during a sports event.

            • JobsWorth

              He’s smiling because of the money he’s making. And he’s on expenses.

          • Joseph

            … what I said (read again) is that professional *photojournalists* often shoot their FX cameras in the DX crop mode. At least I retain some semblance of reading comprehension on my mother’s drugs – seemingly unlike yourself (even though my mother is – you know – dead). But again – to my original point – no actual pro, of any genre, ever bashes one’s camera decisions. Not ever. So, with that, we can safely assume that you’re … not one.

      • Mr. Mamiya

        Lol. Every lens has a purpose. Sometimes I grab my D3100 with 18-55, sometimes the D800E with 200/2 VR. Sometimes even the D800E with 18-55.

    • rt-photography

      youre absolutely right. for the little cheap lens that it is, its a very sharp lens.

    • mark

      I really don’t know why many belittle the 18-55. It’s sharp, light and with minimal distortion. I’d choose it over the 18-200.

      Made lots of keepers with it and I used mine until its AFS motor failed.

      • Aldo

        I agree that it is not very durable… but for the price it is easily replaced.

    • Andrew Hollywood

      I could not agree more. I love my light little work horse. I’m very excited to see whats next.

  • Aldo

    24-70 2.8VR please!!! or 24-70 2.0 non VR… though I would sell my soul for a VR version of a f2 24-70.

    • George

      canon 24-70 II doesn’t have VR or IS, so I don’t think nikon will have new VR 2470.

      • Aldo

        good point

      • Neopulse

        You never know. I think they would do it to stand out more and possibly create room for a new 70-200mm f/2.8G VRIII lens.

    • rt-photography

      If tamron can do it, I think nikon should as well. just for the prestige. its also a very good lens that tamron.

    • Spy Black

      The Tamron isn’t as sharp as the Nikon, but you may want to try one out to see if it meets your needs.

      • rt-photography

        Sorry to bust your bubble but the tamron is VERY sharp. ive used it. its a bit softer in the corners at 2.8. from 4.5 its on par. but this is only when zooming in 100%. I own the 28-70 AFS. also a stellar lens. my good friend has the 24-70 with the horrible stiff zoom cam. I would have no issue using the tamron for paid events though. having VR is a huge plus at times and for a little softness at 2.8 its a no brainer. besides, I never shoot wide open. always stopped down to 4.5. dont be a nikon snob. not everything they make is the best.

        • Aldo

          I’ve heard good things of the tamron… but I’m being stubborn and rolling with the nikon. The only downside is having to shoot at high shutter speeds to avoid motion blur when handheld. VR and f2 would “almost” render the primes in that range obsolete.

          • Spy Black

            Except that the lens would optically inferior to primes at that F. The more glass surface you’re dealing with, the harder it will be to make a good zoom.

            • Aldo

              True… but zooms are getting better and better.

            • rt-photography

              theyre getting better at open apertures and better in the corners. I would like to see better QC and better focusing capabilities in the dark.

          • rt-photography

            When I shoot my events, I have to stop down to f5.6 at times to get shots of multiple people in acceptable focus. they are not always parallel to the lens. why do you shoot at open aperture?

            • Aldo

              NO… this is why I don’t understand people here saying they shoot 99 percent of the wedding pictures with fast apertures between 1.4-2.8. I know people love that bokeh… but sacrificing good focus of group shots (3 or more) is just plain dumb imho. My minimum for group shots is f4… and you can still get some nice bokeh at this aperture should you want it. Also shooting an entire wedding with a “bokeh” theme isn’t my style. I tend to give a lot of variety in my pictures I call it “the works” … plus some experimental/spontaneous shots.

            • Aldo

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opNz68nRWuo check this video out… this is what I mean… This is all a lot of “professional” photographers do

            • Aldo

              The only thing I see missing most of the time… is “purpose”. What’s the purpose of the bokeh?… what’s the purpose of the tilt?.. what’s the purpose of the added vignetting? What’s the purpose of the black and white? What’s the purpose of the HDR? When you master either of those skills and then you add “purpose” that’s when you end up with an extraordinary photograph…. and you don’t have to be a professional.

            • rt-photography

              I dont like HDR. and why people complain about lenses vignetting at open aperture? I think it adds a lot to an image. tilt gives a sense of drama and seems to add “speed” to the pic. more energy instead of being static. I was doing tilts years back.

            • Aldo

              They are good tools… to be used at the right time without abuse. And the vignetting this guy talks about is “added” in post… not from the natural lens phenomena.

            • rt-photography

              lets not start with that guy. hes a bit cocky and arrogant. too full of himself and look at his pics. a good 70% arent in focus. I like the videos cause I like the gear and he walks around so I get a feel like im traveling but technique, nuh uh. no way.

            • Aldo

              he is mocking the techniques I mentioned below… that’s why I postec it.

            • rt-photography

              good video. I will keep my opinion of him to myself.. U do HDR? I dont like it. vignette is nice and tilt is ok. depends how much. formals of the family has to be straight, but the rest, if its done in good taste.

            • Aldo

              I don’t do much HDR. I pull shadows here and there but I don’t consider that HDR as some people do. I use vignetting very seldom… when the background sucks or when I screw up something in the picture and I’m trying to deflect the attention. I use tilt when I want to include something in the frame that would otherwise be impossible to do without going wider among other things. I do very little post… some people do some very nice things in post to pictures… but most of the stuff I see is not to my liking.

            • rt-photography

              YES! If Im in hunting mode and shooting single people to capture emotions, then great, you can isolate them at very open aperture, but for group shots, f/4 is minimum and usually its between 4.5-5.6 to get everyone in reasonable sharpness. not every shot the people are parallel with the lens and some will be closer and some further. as you probably noticed, when its a larger group (8-10) people do an almost C curve. those on the sides come closer to the lens. I always have to tell them step back a bit.

            • Aldo

              spot on! you sure know what’s up.

            • rt-photography

              smart minds think alike ;)

            • jr456

              I agree. Shooting 1.4 for a group shot? Don’t think so. f4 is about my limit for that depending on the length of the lens.

            • Pat Mann

              To shoot wide open, you have to improve your social skills, get the people to line up on the plane of focus, then act natural, open up the lens to get those dreamy light blurs in the background. Pure photography.

            • rt-photography

              it hardly works. and not worth the chance, or even time. 2 people f4, 3 and more f/5

              I shoot so many people and so many shots. weddings are too fast paced. no time. I was shooting formals. 4 people at f5 with the 105VR (half body) and not everyone was completely in focus in every pictures. some turned their head in but eyes to me and thats what you get. it doesnt work for more than 2 people. and just not worth it. most wont appreciate that extra blur. crap I had people ask why they hell is the picture black when I shot silhouettes of the BG.

            • Aldo
        • Spy Black

          I bought a Tamron when I first got my D600. It was pretty nasty at 24mm. At other focal lengths it was better, but contrast was overall low. It was otherwise a very nice lens.

          I’ve come to believe that I had a bad sample however. I tested out another one at PDN and it seemed quite good. I may consider another one, but I may look into ordering it directly from Tamron as opposed to B&H, who are notorious for re-selling returned gear as new, which I suspect the Tamron I bought from them was.

          I picked up an old plastic 28-80 f/3.3-5.6 Nikkor for $85 on eBay, and it surprisingly had better IQ than the Tamron, especially at or near wide open, as you can see below. It will do for now until I sort things out.

          • rt-photography

            I always think twice and three times before buying a 3rd party lens. the price is right and reviews are great but getting a nice sample is just chance. such huge differences in quality. this was with my sigma 28-70 2.8 EX and then with the tokina 28-80 2.8. but the one I tried for a day was very nice. the only thing other than QC(nikon isnt any better as of late) is resell price. im happy to see the trio putting pressure on nikon though. competition is better for the consumer.

          • Aldo

            yeah that is in par with the reviews on the lens…some people defend this weakness by saying ” who cares about the edges.. it’s sharp in the middle” to which I think it’s fine as long as you don’t put people in those extremes of the frame… for they would look awful. Since I always photograph people for my job… the nikon is a better choice for me.

            • Spy Black

              Yeah, well as I said, I think I had a bad sample. I would consider renting one at least, or buying one and testing it during it’s return period, and see if it cuts it for you.

    • skaarj

      That Aint No Secret. Nikon WTF is my VR3 24-70???? and my D400

  • Merv S

    Maybe they want to update the 18-55 so that it does better with the higher resolution sensors of today perhaps.

    • Sem Svizec

      I think it will not be better. If the aim is smaller and lighter, it is more likely to be updated with some more distortion and vignetting to meet the mirrorless size and quality standards, or even the PZ X 14-42 and NEX E 16-50.

  • Photoretouchpro

    Any idea if Nikon will do STM lenses for video?

  • Pippo

    Oh,oh,ooo – D3000 already is in stock. With D3100, D3200 full shelves :)

  • http://sonaten.se/ Jonas N

    Horray, a new intro DSLR from Nikon! I was getting bored with the news of the one two months ago.

    • Imperious Images

      Seems like Nikon is desperate to build revenue from the intro to DSLR segment….oh well.

      • Andrew

        An inversion of reasoning calling a good thing bad. It is analogous to saying that a person is desperate to purchase the D7100 (DX camera) because they cannot afford to purchase the D610 (FX, Full frame camera) while totally neglecting the merits of the D7100. I thought photographers of all people are supposed be optimists, looking to lift up the human spirit and elevate our aspirations for all things better!

        The new D3300 camera should incorporate Nikon’s new EXPEED 4 image processor and thus extending the benchmark established by the D5300 in giving us the second camera in Nikon’s DSLR line with 1080p @ 60 fps video capability. This is a good thing for video moms and dads or anyone else wanting to capture action videos of kids playing soccer or the like.

      • dgr

        Cheaper to produce, cheaper to sell. Avg “Joe” Is not spending $2k on a camera.

      • delayedflight

        *Has no idea that the bulk of Nikon and Canon’s sales come from consumer grade cameras*

        • Imperious Images

          *Has poor reading comprehension*
          …since that’s the same reason I made the initial statement.

    • Mansgame

      Maybe they’ll introduce dust to this one just to create buzz and then release another one.

      • Andrew

        Looks like Nikon’s competitors are camping here ready to pounce on any new product release from Nikon. In the meantime, Nikon has mostly sold out the new retro Nikon Df camera and the new mirrorless Nikon 1 AW1 underwater camera. These new product releases from Nikon must be causing earth tremors for the competition!

        • D300er

          Yeah yeah… feed Nikon with praises. I ain’t giving mine until they announce D300 replacement. It’s long due already.

          • Andrew

            You have a legitimate complaint if nothing else meets your needs. I was not referring to you :)

          • http://loewald.com/ Tonio Loewald

            I thought the D300s shipped quite some time ago…zing!

        • Mansgame

          Nikon’s competitors? What are you smoking? I think you’ve been sniffing too much of the factory dust that you’ve been cleaning out of the D600’s at Nikon. For the last 3 years I was here salivating at the thought of a D700 replacement. I’ve spent my hard earned money on Nikon gear so I’m sorry if it hurts your feelings when people mention Nikon’s failings – namely how they treated D600 owners.

          • Andrew

            Well, I neither smoke nor drink. And for all the pessimists, I stand as a refreshing contrast (or contradiction based upon your views!). When I wake up in the morning, I do not reflect on discontinued products – be it the D700 or the D600. And yes, Nikon treated D600 owners with free product support and repair when their service centers were eventually equipped.

            But seeing that you are still complaining about a lack of an acceptable D700 replacement even though Nikon has released the D800, D610, and Df, all within the price range of the D700, I guess you are one very difficult customer to please.

            • dgr

              Although I can see why people want a d300 replacement I think you are definitely correct in saying there are enough options out there to move on.

              With that said if canon releases a 7D2, then a “D400″ will be released around the same time.

            • umeshrw

              The only problem with them is that we will have to buy all of them together and take all of them together in one bag to satisfy our D700 replacement needs.
              P.S. Amen to 7d2. May canon bring it forth quickly.

            • zoetmb

              Whatever happened to the idea of a company “leading” instead of “following”? Why wait for Canon. If a D400 is a good idea, Nikon should just release it.

            • dgr

              Nikon got burned with the 5D Mark II when it was released. I think they’d be willing to delay even longer to avoid that from happening again. JMO.

            • Danny Eiserloh

              if not, you can go to canon. at least they don’t F with their loyal customers.

            • Mansgame

              So what do you do at Nikon? Are you one of the lemmings who works with returned D600’s all day or one of the lemmings who has no power and does what Japan tells them to do?

          • dgr

            I think the only feelings hurt was yours with this emotional response. LOL

        • twoomy

          Wow, there are still people thinking that there will be a D700 or D300 replacement that hasn’t been released already? You’ll get it after the D3500 is announced. Don’t worry, only 18 more months to wait.

        • stormwatch

          Laugh tremors to be precise.

        • zoetmb

          It doesn’t count as “selling out” when your manufacturing quantities are so low. Besides the Df isn’t sold out. It’s available everywhere.

          Another 18-55mm is just an excuse to raise the price. This will be the third version of that lens. It’s completely unnecessary.

          • Andrew

            The manufacturing quantity is low for both cameras? Please provide official Nikon information to support your claims. If you cannot, then the fact remains that Nikon simply cannot produce enough of these cameras to meet unusually high demand. Nikon is capable of producing 50,000 cameras or more a month of a particular model because of its massive manufacturing footprint. They have been very aggressive in expanding their manufacturing base.

            The Nikon 1 AW1 camera with its rugged body construction and near DSLR performance is the world’s first underwater digital camera with interchangeable lens making it an ideal photographic tool for all types of shooting situations from travel to hubby. It is a stunning accomplishment being to take a high end DSLR class camera out in the rain and handling it roughly as if you are using the rugged professional D4 camera in the Arctic. Both the Nikon Df and Nikon 1 AW1 are the perfect cameras during the Christmas gifting sales season. The timing for these cameras is perfect, releasing them during (or close) to the holiday season.

          • Andrew

            Zoetmb, you are correct on this one. A new post today at this site indicated that the Df production was halted for two months for the production of a new D4 type camera. So this one goes to you, cheers :)

    • skaarj

      WTF is my D400 Nikon?

      • why?

        Are you waiting on D400 due to your DX lens?

        • dgr

          Believe it or not DX has it’s advantages over FX. I carry both a DX and FX body and use them for different shooting situations.

          • sell_him

            He wasn’t talking about DX body,
            Do you carry a screwdriver to fix the DX lenses onto the FX body ?

  • GeorgeSpielberg

    Another DX Camera for the ones who only shoot once a month, if that. HoooHummm.

    • Zesty

      As opposed to the people that shoot daily with high end gear. They take thousands of meaningless photos of plates of food, cat faces and random street shots of strangers with no artistic merit only to sit on a hard drive and fade into oblivion. There are people that exist outside of these forums that don’t obsess over this crap like we do. Keep it in perspective.

  • Mercury

    Wow, does it also come in black? ;)

    • Aldo

      I’m crossing my fingers for gothic hello kitty black/purple

  • Tony Mateus

    Does that aperture sensing switch circled in red mean it will meter with old Ai lenses? Please say yes.

    • dgr

      That level should be on the opposite side then.

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

      No idea – this is how I received the picture.

      • Celtic

        I thought the tab was supposed to be the big difference between the 3200 and the 3300. I know that doesn’t make sense, but I’m pretty sure that is what was written on the gold 3300 post.

        • EnPassant

          See my answer above. The tab is not new, it just look a bit different. But that may just be the light in the photo making it look different. And if so, there would be no other visiable difference, which question if this is really a new camera or just a fake.

      • Kim

        Hope the D3300 will lose the anti-aliasing filter!
        (as the D5300 did)

    • EnPassant

      No, it is rather the opposite. That tab can be found on all DSLR and AF film cameras that doesen’t have the Ai metering coupling tab on the other side of the mount and therefore cannot meter with lenses without a chip, only with chipped Ai-P, AF/-D and AF-S lenses.
      It is used to inform the camera that the highest number/smallest opening aperature has been set on the lens aperature ring.
      AF-S G lenses having additional contacts send this information directly to the camera.
      So why the tab has been encircled as it already existst on the predecessors I don’t know.

      • Tony Mateus

        Nice answer, thanks.

  • burnitwithfire

    Honestly, who could possibly get excited over this…

  • Anon

    Next, where’s D400?

  • Global

    Thank god, Nikon finally realized that the 18-55 is UGGGLY. I’m not saying that a Photography company must consider aesthetics or anything…..function over form and all — I’m just saying they should.

    • Spy Black

      What makes you think the new one will be “pretty”?

    • Kim

      Agree! As Nikons cameras are getting smaller, this big and ugly lens sticks out like an extremely sore thumb, more and more for each camera-generation :-)

    • rt-photography

      I do agree that aesthetics should also be an important part when making a lens. same like with colognes and perfumes. its knows that the way the bottle and box looks impacts sales heavily.

      it impacts my decision when buying lenses as well. not the sole reason but its part of my selection. not many will admit it but its true. I say 80% budget, 20% looks.

      but I hardly think the reason theyll make a new one is because its ugly and they need a newer prettier one.

      • Dpablo unfiltered

        Really? I say that it’s about 100 percent about the optical quality (mainly sharpness, color, and contrast rather than distortion and vignetting with stop down sharpness having a bit more weight than wide open sharpness and centers having a little more weight than corners and also some consideration for flare resistance) and maybe a few percent for handling and a few for durability. While budget might take a percent because sometimes I want something I can afford to break, abuse or lose, I can’t imagine having a concern about looks. Possibly you’re working on the wrong end of the camera. Please excuse me. I need to go somewhere and vomit.

        • Dpablo unfiltered

          Really? Down vote me for valuing optical clarity? REALLY? You’re everything that’s wrong with photography.
          No. I will not go away.
          All cameras look great.

          • rt-photography

            nope, it was not me who down voted you. your comment doesnt bother me in the least. go vomit..enjoy :)

            • Dpablo unfiltered

              Good to know. I didn’t say it was you. I’m still puzzled at who would value form over function with their tools. And I stand by my opinion regarding those who think otherwise.
              I read your comments further down regarding the use of stop down vs wide and I agree mostly. I might add that you might try aperture bracketing if you are shooting at a rapid pace because you never know exactly what you are going to get.

            • Aldo

              “who would value form over function” look up nikon Df … a camera that just came out.

            • Dpablo unfiltered

              Yeah, but that thing DOES function… if you don’t like video…

    • Andrew Hollywood

      I’m not dating my lenses, I’m using them to take pictures. Who cares what they look like.

  • n11

    I’d be interested in a 15-28 F2.8~

    • rt-photography

      its good to know. thanks. but not going to happen.

  • Glenn

    It’s interesting to see whenever NR shows a possibility of a new camera model (entry level type), just about everybody accepts it and does not question it unlike when the Df, D800 and D4 where leaked. I wonder why?

    • EnPassant

      Maybe those calling fake gave up when proven wrong time after time?
      But this time there is more reason to be alert as the D3300 in the photo look practically the same as D3200.
      Except for D610 that was more a fix than a real update all new versions of Nikon cameras use too look slightly different to their predecessors.

    • JosengSisiw1

      i believed its because their entry model buyers doesn’t really care if they release a new model or not, or if it’s canon or nikon; they’re main interest is mostly the prize.

    • VikingAesir

      Maybe because no one cares about yet another entry level camera to bother doubting it. I’m sure it will sell great at Costco.

  • Deep_Lurker

    If a D3300 and a new 18-55 are easy iterations for Nikon to put out, then why not? Minor improvements aren’t a big deal, but there isn’t anything inherently wrong with them, either. The argument against them is that the effort required to product them distracts Nikon from “more important” things. But if the effort required is small…

    And yeah, the D3300 isn’t going to be an enthusiast’s camera, and the new 18-55 isn’t going to be an enthusiast’s lens. They’re upsells to people who would otherwise buy point-and-shoots. But what’s wrong with that?

  • thaaaaiii1

    For some reason I just feel that d3300 will have touch screen. lol

    • joey

      That would be a nose-activated screen. My eyes can’t focus that close though.

  • Herbert

    Bitch, bitch, bitch, bitch, bitch, bitch, bitch, bitch, bitch. That’s all you fools ever do.
    Where’s my D400? Where’s my D700 replacement? I want this, I want that. Nikon sucks. Wah! Damn crybabies.

    • moderntimes99

      Stop whining, the D4 is an excellent replacement to the D700

    • Mansgame

      Are you new to the internet, erb?

  • Photomic F 1968

    Once the Leader & innovator. Today, plastic lenses with plastic filter rings, all touted as “Nikon Quality” in their brochures. They are making junk in China never realizing that their consumers will pay for quality. Of course they are scratching their heads as they say “How could this happen to our stock”??? Nikon, You have to escape the “Me Too Syndrome”

  • Bin

    Any rumors on 16-35mm f2.8?

    • rt-photography

      why? that would kill sales of the 17-35 and 16-35. wont make sense. from a strategic POV they have 4 WA zooms that arent getting into each others territory.
      14-24
      16-35
      17-35
      18-35

      not going to happen. I personally agree with you but it wouldnt be in their best interest.

      • Bin

        Well, Nikon has been working on 16-35 f2.8. I think each of the lens you mention has its own market, so will 16-35 f2.8. I don’t know Nikon will have to worry about market cannibalization of the other lenses.

        • Dpablo unfiltered

          In case someone else didn’t follow my last remark, the 17-35 will be “discontinued” when the new lens comes out. In reality, it has probably been discontinued for a good number of years… It’s just still being sold.

          • rt-photography

            the 17-35 is very much a relevant lens. I have little doubt it will keep selling, having all these lenses will give the buyer a large selection to choose from instead of going to 3rd party to fill their wants. a 16-35 2.8 will kill both the 16-35 VR and 17-35 lens sales. not going to happen.

            • rt-photography

              I meant little doubt it wont stop selling..

      • Dpablo unfiltered

        You should list the 20-35 with that. You don’t want to cut into the sales of the 20-35. This will kill the market for the 25-50 f4…

        • rt-photography

          and so on and so on.. but yea, these are lenses still being sold. not out production…

          • Dpablo unfiltered

            Like I said, I don’t believe they are still actually making the 17-35. I think they are selling what is on hand until they run out. And it is a great lens. I would rather have both the 14-24 and the 17-35 and continue using the 35-70 than I would complete the standard holy trinity. That gives me the ability to use a filter down to around 17 when needed and gives me the knockout optics of the 14-24 when I want it, especially below 20 where it is strongest. It also solves the distortion problems of the 24-70 at the wide end without giving up anything other than convenience and maybe a small amount of sharpness from 35-40. Maybe.
            And the 17-35 is getting cheap. I can’t imagine Nikon selling many with so many affordable used ones around. My current trinity uses the 35-70 with a Tamron 20-40. Sometimes the switch is seamless and sometimes the colors and contrast just SUCK with the Tamron. It gives “professional” results but I would avoid using it for pay because I never know exactly how it’s going to do.
            You can bet a 16-35 is coming because other people have that length. There will always be a niche for the other 16-35 for people who won’t hold their camera steady and for those who can’t afford the faster constant aperture. The 17-35 is ready for an update. Imagine the screaming optical quality of the 14-24 without the extreme distortion at the wide end coupled with the ability to mount a filter. And the 14-24 is the lens it might hurt. No matter. It’s time for someone to make a 13-23.

            • rt-photography

              tell me more about your 20-40. I just bought the tamron 17-35 for a decent price used. its to hold me off till march when I want to upgrade to something better. I hate shooting people on the dance floor with this lens. I usually use my 28-70AFS for dance floors but sometimes it gets crowded and I have no choice. its just for certain situations when I have no choice. it pulls them too much in the corners and really distorts. I had the sigma 17-35 years back and regarding focal lenght its the same but just wondering more about IQ on the tamron. I know its not 20-40 but stopped down to f/5, is the 20-40 sharp and contrasty? AF speed/accuracy? the 20-40 came before the 17-35 so I have to believe they improved it. from reviews its better than the sigma. I will either get the tokina 16-28 or a used 17-35 AFS. not sure yet. still have time.

            • Dpablo unfiltered

              I hear the new Tokina is sort of between the 14-24 and the 16-35 in optical quality, but the color is a bit off and the range is low and you have no ability to filter despite not going wider than other lenses where you can. The Tamron 20-40 is incredibly sharp even wide open. It also exhibits a huge depth of field like a wide lens should no matter how wide I unstop it. It is a completely different animal than the slower Tokina 20-35 in that regard. That Tokina lens has little depth of field and gives the photos the feel that you are shooting with a longer faster lens, despite the fact that it doesn’t even open wide. I think of that Tokina as the next best thing, but it lacks the punch of the Tamron. The If I drew a line between a Nikon AIS prime and the Tokina 30-35 f3.5-4.5, the Tamron 20-40 would be most of the way to the prime. If you are shooting at night the Tamron 20-40 is probably unbeatable as it is small, solid, sharp, contrasty, and with an almost infinite depth of field wide open. It has almost no distortion. The problem with the lens is that it flares easily in daylight and you need a very pretty sky before you can use it confidently. Hazy gray skies that make for great photos with other lenses have this lens producing photos so bad that I look at them and wonder what I was seeing that caused me to press the button. Sometimes the details are there if you look hard but the colors just seem to blend all together and sometimes the details don’t seem to be there. On a good day it rivals the AIS primes and it works great in the dark. There are two cosmetic versions and it’s possible that the coatings improved a bit on the second. The 17-35 that came after is a cheaper lens. It ditched the tight metal body for plastic and is a half stop slower. It’s possible that the coatings are better on that lens, but it is not as sharp. The main problem with the Tamron 20-40 is the cruddy Tamron coatings and the lack of black paint inside the lens barrel. I have a couple for Nikon and one for Minolta. But now that the prices for the Nikon 20-35 and 17-35 have come down I’m wondering why I even care about this lens anymore. The reason I will keep mine are that it, unlike the Nikon, is prime small, low distortion, cheap (I sometimes want a lens that might experience rough or risky conditions), and solid. One of my friends took a chunk of metal out of his, dropping it on a rock, and it’s fine. The other high scoring lens from the photodo era is the Sigma 21-35. It is the biggest ugliest piece of plastic you ever saw. You would think that the DOD awarded Sigma a contract back in 1955 or something. The colors are probably worse than the Tokina I mentioned and the lens is about four times the size. The faster Tokina 20 -35 is said to be softer than the slower one at any aperture so I never tried it. I’ll sell you my ugly Sigma for a price that will fit your budget… It was the first of it’s kind…

            • Dpablo unfiltered

              Also, you might really like the range of the Tamron. It really is a 20 on the one end and at least 39 on the long end. The 20-35 Nikon is about 20-34 in life and that funky sigma that looks like a leaf blower attachment does a whole 22-34. But hey, it was the first and if they didn’t then we would still be looking at 25-50s…
              The Nikon 17-35 also has a good range, going from just a bit under 18 all the way up to 35. I think it’s underrated. I mean, it was the best thing in the world and then the 14-24 and 16-28 sort of cut it in half at the wide end. But that’s not where the lens is strongest. It’s strongest from about 21-35, the same range as most of the other lenses are limited. Both of the better new lenses fall apart in at those lengths. The reason nobody notices is that most of them have the 24-70 so they don’t care about that part. I think the 17-35 will give the 24-70 a run for the money. How is the wide end distortion on your 28-70?

  • cometchaser

    Where is the new AF-S 300mm f/4 VRlens?

  • Neopulse

    Chances are that they are updating their kit lens, is to keep up with the image quality on their newer sensors. The 18-55mm didn’t look so good on the D7100 and not even the pricey 18-200mm either. And what the heck is that small lever-looking thing that circled in red I wonder.

  • Neil

    And now people can choose between a new D3000, D3100, D3200, and D3000 all new in box with very little price difference between them. Yeah, sounds like a great way to clear inventory and make profit.

  • JosengSisiw1

    Where’s my mirrorless D800S FX: 20MP, 51 focusing point, 8 FPS, U1/U2 modes, 700 grams, w/ Flash, 2 SD, 100-102400 ISO, GPS, wifi, Df size & look alike, water & nikon bashers’ proof.

  • Švrakino

    I need D400. Profi DX body
    I’m sick of stupid and small camera

  • Ever Dercreasing Circles

    Next in line a D5400 and then maybe a D7200?
    With yet more 18-XX f/dim kit lenses, of course.

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

      D7200 in the summer of 2014

      • Verso

        Seriously? That would be a great news! Any more info? Will it have a new sensor? A GPS? Spill the beans, please :)

      • Ever Dercreasing Circles

        ………..and the D3400 will be announced at Photokina?

      • rhlpetrus

        YOu mentioned earlier this month that the D7200 could well fulfill requirements that people want in a D400. Anything you can share?

        • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

          no, it’s too early for the D7200 and to have any reliable information

          • Dpablo unfiltered

            I would guess that it would have the newer processor and an improved buffer.

        • Plug

          If it was to fulfill all the desires of we D400 hopers then I do not see that D7200 would be the right designation as compared to D400 or perhaps D9000. We shall see. Buffer, fps, build quality, very rapid autofocus, D300 type controls… But let’s see.

  • reilly diefenbach

    Should be a great little camera that will sell millions. Mft? Why?

  • a4

    A new Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G DX VRII lens – something the world ‘s been waiting for a rea-hehehehe-ly long time now…
    Thanks Nikon, you did it again!

  • JP

    Good to know that I can stop waiting for 16-85 F4 and order Sigma…

  • libgentile

    Why no D90 replacement? I want a D99.

    • Mansgame

      That was actually one of the few cases where those looking to upgrade from the D90 got a better body (granted it was for $300 more) In effect they got a semi-pro body for a mid-range price.

  • MB

    The image is fake, it is just a current D3200 with 3 moved over 2 and recolored in PS, not that it matters though and we will most likely see D3300 soon enough.
    On the other hand whats all the wining about, this site is about Nikon rumors and Nikon does make entry level DSLRs, very good ones, and makes most the profit out of it.

  • Kon

    What is that thing in the red circle? My D5000 has one and I still don’t know what it’s for.

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