Weekly Nikon news flash #409


→ The new Sigma 500mm f/4 DG OS HSM Sports lens for Nikon F-mount is finally in stock (see also this post for a comparison with the latest Nikon 500mm lens).


The just announced Meyer Optik Gorlitz Trioplan 35mm f/2.8 lens will be available also in Nikon F-mount.


→ The latest Nikon deals:


→ New products from RRS:

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  • Luis Bonetti

    Thanks Admin 🙂

  • I was waiting for the LCF-11 to be released, thanks for the notice!

    • Photobug

      RRS has then in stock. I see B&H is out of stock.

  • Plug

    Nikon should make their own feet Arca compatible.

    • That’s something I never thought of, 100% A1

    • nwcs

      Most of the camera makers seem to have a closed mind about that. Fuji is the only one I know of who has produced anything that has a dovetail and even then only a couple of items. It should be a standard thing they do with lens feet and camera grips.

      • Thom Hogan

        Tamron now produces lenses with built-in Arca-style mounts on their tripod adapter.

        • nwcs

          That’s good. Maybe it’ll inspire others.

    • doge

      What they should do is build their bodies to have a dovetail molded right into them.

      But they would never do anything their customers suggested, so why bother mentioning it.

    • Allen_Wentz

      Nikon should reduce the cost and exclude collars and feet because one has to add RRS or Kirk anyway.

    • Photobug

      Yup your correct. Never understood that logic by Nikon.

  • Viktor

    To Peter [NR]:
    It would be nice to see some info about the discussants here right beside the nicknames like: Landscape/Portrait/Macro/Architecture photographer, Professional/Amateur/Turist and maybe current equipment as sometimes these different groups have got different opinions and requests. It would make the discussions more clear and understandable why someone is advocating some idea while others not…..
    Eg. landscape photographers like sharp lenses while portrait prefer nice bokeh….. D3xxx user does not understand why someone says that lens is soft – while the other user is using sharp hi-res D810 and does not understand why the other does not see it…….

    What do you think Peter?

    • Spy Black

      This place would be boring if we would never have anything to rant about…

      • Viktor

        😀 Yeah 😉

    • nwcs

      Not sure Disqus allows that kind of feature.

      • Viktor

        Do not know either. Just an idea to discuss 😉 Just something to talk about 😀

    • The discussion are open and you can discuss any topic you like – you can also go to the forum for more customized experience: http://forum.nikonrumors.com/discussions

    • TwoStrayCats

      Add one: Non-Photographer/Geek/Minutia Master.

  • br0xibear

    A story that deserves to be on Nikon weekly news…

    Associated Press photographer Nick Ut (who took the iconic ‘Napalm Girl’ image during the Vietnam War) announces his retirement.
    He used a Nikon F during his time in Vietnam, although I think the Napalm Girl image was taken with one of his Leicas…he shot with Nikon and Leica bodies.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4307740/APs-legendary-Napalm-Girl-photographer-Nick-Ut-retire.html

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/57c2805d3a02b8ea00f93a638bf9d2102bc0983d7662b956f7fee2b8501e3c1d.jpg

    Photo: ©Amy Joseph/Newseum

    • Eric Calabros

      Please let Nikon distance itself from the word “retirement” and all synonyms for that.

    • Allan

      Nikon feels like it is retiring … slowly.

      • Allan

        Maybe somebody mistranslated the Japanese word for retiring as restructuring. 🙂

        • TwoStrayCats

          Destructuring.

  • Aldo

    Is it common for sigma to hold the msrp for the new lenses? Maybe tamron is shaking things up a bit with that 70-200 price.

    • Bob Thane

      Yeah, it’s been a few years since Sigma’s done major price drops on new lenses. Every now and then there’s a $50-$100 off sale or something, but usually nothing that puts the cost much lower than what some sellers already have it at.

  • doge

    When you click through those products shots of the Sigma 500 there’s one photo with a different larger lens foot. Does this lens come with 2 feet, or is that an error?

  • Politics_Nerd

    I was thinking of picking up the 85/1.8 instead of the 135/2DC. I ordered a 105/2DC by mistake and need to send it back to adorama… :/

  • russ

    Brad Hill at Natural Art has a thorough side-by-side review of the new Sigma 500 vs. the Nikon 500. Basically he finds that, except for the Sigma weighing more, the two lenses have virtually identical performance. That’s disappointing for me because I own the Nikon, which is now going to be worth less when I ready to sell it.

    • Politics_Nerd

      Sell it now. 😉

      • russ

        Then I would have to buy a used one from someone in a month or two. Timing would be everything. Is there a futures market for expensive lenses?

    • T.I.M

      The 500mm f/4 VR is now $6900 brand new, why buy the Sigma ?

      • TwoStrayCats

        Of course if you want the FL version, that is $10.2K

      • russ

        The Nikon f/4 E is still $10.3 thousand. It weighs a lot less and performs somewhat better than the previous G version you’re referring to that sells for $6900. Weight is a very big deal in this type of lens, at least for me. The new Sigma is much closer in weight and performance to the Nikon E than the Nikon G so we’re talking $4,000 more for the newest Nikon than the new Sigma.

        • T.I.M

          If I have to spend 10K for the 500mm f/4, I get the 400mm f/2.8 FL for 11K
          On the 400mm f/2.8 you can add the x1.4 III or X2 III (both excellent) and also the 400mm can focus at only 2.6m !

    • Thanks for reminding me – I wanted to post this online for a while.

  • TwoStrayCats

    Six. Thousand. Dollars. Okay. Sure.

    • SteveWithAnS

      At that price I am more than happy with my Nikon 200-500 F/5.6 for 1/4 the price. 🙂

      • Photobug

        Yes sir, totally agree. It’s an excellent lens. Made me very happy last summer with the wildlife pictures. For retirees it’s the easy way to go on the budget.

  • Photobug

    I ordered the LCF-11 early last week from RRS and it was on back order. Then last Friday, I got the email notification that it was shipped. Ordered the 70-200 on Friday and it shipped on Sunday with a Thursday delivery..

    The 4% rewards deal is excellent, I’ll order the UV filter and it’s only going to cost me $16 and change with the 4% rebate. At least I have an extra used 77mm UV filter to put on the lens to the new one comes.

  • Ngoc Nguyen

    That LCF-11 just like all RRS stuff is way overprice. I know that RRS makes high quality stuff but this foot (and others) is not ground breaking design or incredible invention. While I hate China, they make the similar foot sell for $15 profited. Guys, I own RRS stuff but their price is crazy. I had the China foot for my late 70-200VRII, while it isn’t as beefy as RRS its performance isn’t short either.

    • I don’t hate China, but still I prefer to pay RRS since I know they actually do take the time to make a product that works well, not just throw around something.

      Maybe it’s a sign I spend too much money on this hobby, who knows? 🙂

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