Time for another recap. Do not expect anything new to be announced from Nikon this month (obviously) since March 31st is the end of their financial year. It seems that Nikon has decided to take a hit in the yearly financial reports and start fresh on April 1st (no pun intended). I already started receiving tips that there could be a new product announcement in April (second or third week of April, Nikon usually does their inventory in the first week of Aril) - two big shows are taking place next month and several companies are planning to announce new products. I received at least two tips suggesting April 20th as a potential date for a big Nikon event for a new product and a 100th anniversary celebration in Beijing. It also makes sense for Nikon to concentrate on the Indian and Chinese market which may explain the event in Beijing.
Here is a recap on what to expect from Nikon:
One of the upcoming five Nikkor lenses this year is rumored to be a full frame ultra wide angle or a fisheye lens, probably something similar to the Canon 11-24mm f/4 or Canon 8-15mm f/4.
Update - the new lens could also be a competitor for the Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 (APS-C lens).
Update: here are two pictures of the new Nikon advertising campaign in NYC (thanks Spy Black):
Nikon Inc. Proclaims Its Love For New York City Through New Love Letters Campaign
Kicking off with “Love Letters from the N Line,” Nikon’s Newest Campaign Celebrates the Things We Love About New York City Through Amazing Images and Invites Others to Share the Love Using #NikonLoveNY
NEW YORK, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. unveiled its new “Love Letters” campaign which features open letters to the residents of New York City, highlighting some of the reasons why we love New York and inspiring people to share their love for the city that never sleeps. Evoking the traditional concept of the love letter but on a grander scale, the campaign will feature a variety of stunning images and curated love notes that highlight the city’s diversity, showcase its exhilarating energy and celebrate the sights and sounds that are distinctly New York City. The campaign creative includes vibrant images, taken with Nikon cameras, that truly capture the city and those that call it home in incredible image quality, vivid colors and stunning detail that Nikon cameras and NIKKOR lenses are known for. Nikon’s “Love Letters” will also encourage New Yorkers to share their own beautiful images and affection for their city through social media, using #NikonLoveNY. Participants’ images dedicated website: www.NikonLoveNY.com
→ New focal reducer lens adapter announced - it mounts Nikon F-mount lenses on Fujifilm X cameras.
→ Sigma 85mm f/1.4 HSM DG ART lens ($1,199) for Nikon F mount tested at Photozone:
A new Nikon camera was registered today at the Indonesian Communications Agency POSTEL under the code name N16D3. We also still have the N1546 and N1610 cameras that have been registered for a while and are not yet officially announced. Basically, we are expecting three new cameras from Nikon in the next few months.
Update: the Nikon Coolpix AW130 and P900 cameras are made in Indonesia.
Adorama dropped the price on many of their refurbished Nikkor lenses - in some instances up to $2,000 off (compare with the prices from March 1st)
- Nikon 600mm f/4G ED AF-S VR II: $7,999 (was $8,999)
- Nikon 600mm f/4D ED-IF II: $5,699.95 (was $7,699.95)
- Nikon 500mm f/4G ED VR II: $6,495.95 (was $7,499)
- Nikon 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR: $8,999.95 (was $9,999.95)
- Nikon 400mm f/2.8G ED AF-S VR II: $6,995 (was $8,495)
- Nikon 85mm f/2.8D PC-E: $1,499.95 (was $1,699.95)
- Nikon 85mm f/1.8 lens: $399.95
- Nikon 35mm f/1.8G ED: $489.95 (was $526.95)
- Nikon 28mm f/2.8 AIS: $439.95 (was $536.95)
- Nikon 24mm f/1.8G ED: $599.95 (was $749.95)
- Nikon 24mm f/1.4G ED: $1,549.95
- Nikon 24mm f/3.5D ED PC-E: $1,449.95 (was $1,749.95)
- Nikon 14mm f/2.8D ED: $1,099.99 ($1,529.95)
- Nikon TC-20E III 2x: $399.95 (was $449.95)
- Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G: $1,349
- Nikon 16-80mm f/2.8-4E DX ED VR: $749.95
- Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR: $1,849.95
Refurbished Nikon gear is sold at: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay, Cameta Camera and BuyDig.
Refurbished Nikon gear comes with a 90 days warranty.