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Weekly Nikon news flash #260

Nikon-instant-rebates-May
The instant Nikon rebates for May remain unchanged.

Nikon-1-J1-camera-on-sale
→ Niko 1 J1 camera with two lenses kit is still on sale for $229.

Nikon-new-educational-video-series
Nikon introduced new educational video series on shooting video with your DSLR camera.

Sigma-50mm-f1.4-DG-HSM-lens-for-Nikon-F
→ The Nikon version of the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM lens is expected to start shipping on May 30th.

Approved-memory-cards-for-Nikon-cameras
→ New tool for finding approved memory cards for Nikon cameras

Nikkor-18-300mm-f3.5-6.3G-ED-VR-lens
→ The new Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR lens is now shipping and in stock.

Nikon-AF-S-Micro-NIKKOR-60mm-f2.8G-ED-lens-review
→ DxOMark compares the AF-S Micro-Nikkor 60mm f2.8G ED ($546.95) vs. the older AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D lens (around $250 used on eBay):

If you intend to use this G-series model as a more general-purpose lens with its revamped sonic AF motor then this model is unlikely to disappoint. However hardcore macro enthusiasts are still likely to favor the old model due its manual aperture control.

This is crucial when used with Nikon’s current line-up of extension tubes or bellows (which lack automation) to achieve magnifications in excess of 1:1. As a result that model is highly sought after today and can still be found on dealer shelves in limited quantities, though admittedly if that’s not important, then the new lens can still be recommended.

Craftsmanship-of-Nikkor-lenses-video
→ Nikon published a new video on how Nikkor lenses are made (similar to the two videos that were published last year)

→ Nikon D4s video review:

Video of quail embryo wins Nikon Small World motion competition:

→ Behind the Scenes: Nikon at London Live TV:

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  • Tair

    So the old Nikon 60mm is better than the new one?

    • http://www.davidiam.com/ davidiam photo

      DxO. Never wrong. ;)

    • BernhardAS

      http://www.naturfotograf.com/lens_spec.html
      hmmm my Money is on Bjoern!

    • Pat Mann

      The old lens is better only on the characteristics reported – resolution, distortion, vignetting, t-stop and chromatic aberration. When you include the secret DXO sauce (whatever that is), the new lens is just as good.

      Perhaps the scoring system includes factors not reported, such as a different formula for rating resolution not reflected in the single resolution number reported. To me, there ought to be a rational relationship between the individual characteristic scores reported and the overall score. Something doesn’t make sense here – either the individual scores aren’t reflecting how the total score is calculated, or the total scores are using an incorrect relationship to some of the individual characteristics reported.

    • HotDuckZ

      New 60mm = round diaphragm, old not.

    • Cos

      Interesting that after many complains about DxO results they never comment or explain why this happens.

    • ElSmurf

      I used both. I prefer the new one for color reproduction, and just about everything else. The images have a more mature quality to them. Of course the lack of manual diaphragm is a valid point for some. But as someone else pointed out in another comment, the auto-focus is kind of crazy at times. But the manual focus works very well for a G lens.

      • http://nanchatte.wordpress.com Graxxor Anandro Vidhelssen

        I’ve never heard mature used in relation to an image outside of the porn industry ;-) what do you mean by “mature”?

  • Roger Botting

    Another no rebate month in Canada?

  • Pat Mann

    The old lens betters the new lens on EVERY characteristic, in some cases significantly, but winds up equal overall? How can that happen? How can that possibly result from a rational scoring system?

  • fred

    Same score = 28. New one is not as good as old one (in ALL measurements).
    Something bogus with the 28 score…

    • Jarret O’Shea

      Yeah, I was wondering the same thing. I looked over how they arrive at the score, which said it’s an average of the lens’ performance at each focal length and aperture ranges. Since there’s just the one focal length here, it must have better average scores over the different apertures.

      • fred

        The ‘Best at f2.8′ (for a macro lens) looks bogus too.

  • Neopulse

    Cool the idea of using the DSLRs for live shows in London.

  • ulysse

    I own the newer G version, while it is an extremely sharp lens, its AF hunts like crasy and almost never locks focus.

    • http://inthemistphoto.com/ InTheMist

      At macro distances or just generally?

      • ulysse

        at close-up distances (even portraits) – I have read several reports about the same issue, but I own many G lenses including the 105mm 2-8 micro and never faced such hunting problem.

  • whisky

    nikon craftsmanship — SB-900 (overheating), D200 (banding), D600 (dust spots), D800 (left AF), 70-200mm f2.8 VRII (metal flaking), EVF-1 (asymmetrical mis-fit) — so good, we’d like you to remember to forget. :)

    • Henri De Vreese

      So strange that I never got any of those problems with any of those camera’s…
      (don’t have the evf)
      sb-900 overheating is only on full power and after lots of fast shots. (20-30 in my experience and within 4 minutes).
      Other companies just reduce power after 10 shots (underexposed shots) or let them blow up(yongnuo). I know because I used almost any high-end flash and currently use 4 sb-900′s almost daily.
      I used 2 D600′s a few months ago and never had 1 spot of dust/oil in any of my shots (mostly f/8.0).
      I have a D800e and used multiple D800′s as backups/second cam neither had left-af issue.
      Again, 70-200 is my daily driver in the studio and never had that issue.

      I am sure these problems exist(ed) but the number of people that have it is almost always exagerated by trolls and people that don’t even own the gear they are talking about.

      • whisky

        my issue isn’t that mistakes happen — which they do with every camera maker. nor is it necessarily with the frequency or regularity of issues, as not everyone experiences every mistake. my issue is about the denial of problems to formulate a pretense of stellar craftsmanship, as opposed to stellar customer service.

        sure, exaggeration abounds. as does denial. JMO.

    • http://kyleclements.com/ Kyle Clements

      I never understood the SB-900 overheating issue.
      If you use it a lot, it gets hot, turns off, cools down, then turns back on.
      How is that so terrible?

      • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

        They were able to fix that in the SB-910, so I assume there was a problem: http://nikonrumors.com/2012/02/14/nikon-sb-910-vs-nikon-sb-900-speedlight-overheat-test-by-cary-jordan.aspx/

      • fred

        On the SB900 you can turn the thermal sensor OFF, no more ‘problem’. You can then shoot just as you would with the SB-800…until the lens plastic melts or discolors or until either unit dies…

        • http://kyleclements.com/ Kyle Clements

          Yet everyone loves the SB-800 and rags on the SB-900?

          I don’t get it.

          • MRomine

            I love my SB900x4, just turn the thermal overheat warning off. So far never melted anything but I’m rarely if ever shooting full power.

  • Jon Ingram

    Unlike upgrading from the 50 1.8D to the 50 1.8g, I see no real reason to switch to the G version of this lens.

    • fred

      1) Bokeh.

  • Spy Black

    The price of used AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D optics just went up on eBay…

  • Spy Black

    Why don’t they just give the J1 away for free? I bet you they would still have a hard time of it dumping stock tho…

    • Henri De Vreese

      Strange, because at that pricepoint it’s the best you can get… Even after this many years it’s still the fastest focusing and has great IQ.

      • Spy Black

        “…at that pricepoint it’s the best you can get..”

        If you want a brain-dead camera…

        • Henri De Vreese

          Please explain and tell how many seconds you had this camera in your hands?

          • Spy Black

            Enough seconds to know it’s brain-dead.

  • kazziz

    I still have the older 60mm macro in my store… waiting for his buyer :) and standing close to 800mm f/5.6E :D greetings from Poland!

    • Phil

      Hello…what’s the 800mm going for price wise?

    • preston

      B&H has them new as well, but very people want the old one if they can pay $30 more to get the new version.

  • Kynikos

    Now that they dug up those Atari “E.T.” cartridges in the desert over the weekend, why don’t they just fill the hole with J1 bodies?

    • nwcs

      Even better, donate them to high schools and take a charity write-off?

      • Kynikos

        Now that’s an idea. So clear and straightforward.

        I wonder if no one thought of it before you did, or if there’s some reason they’re not doing that. Aside from the charity write-off it’s good PR, and maybe future business. Only reason I shoot Nikon is that’s what I learned on as a summer intern. I mean, I love Nikon, but if that newspaper used another brand of camera, I’m pretty sure I’d be shooting that instead.

  • Reilly Diefenbach

    The 60G Micro is better in every way per The Digital Picture crops.

  • zoetmb

    That Memory Card compatibility “tool” is already obsolete. Doesn’t have any of the newer or upgraded cards on it.

  • aria

    How come the 60mm G lens still get the same overall score when it lags in every category? Someone enlighten me.

  • ano

    admin, have something about the tweet of Nikon philippine about important annoncement coming next days ??
    regards

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

      I think it will be a local announcement or the Nikon 1 S2.

      • ano

        ok thanks for answer,

        a little dispointed, I hoped for something more exciting

  • MB

    “DxOMark compares the AF-S Micro-Nikkor 60mm f2.8G ED vs. the older AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D lens”
    Results on DxOMark always amuses me, AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D lens scored better in everything but final score is equal …

  • Ron Moone

    The Nikon video tutorials are somewhat ironic, in light of the egregiously snobbish omission of video on the Df.

    Just got a GH4. Staggeringly good video, crap stills. The Df could easily have done both extremely well, and sold by the truckloads to one of the hottest DSLR market segments out there.

  • MRomine

    Not much of a rebate/sale on Nikon’s part, pretty meh

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