Nikon filed a patent in Japan for a new 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 VR full frame mirrorless lens. I do not remember seeing something similar in the past. Could there be a new FX system on the horizon for 2015? Nikon already had an AF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6D lens designed for DSLR cameras that has been discontinued for a while.
Two other recent Nikon patents - continuous bracketing shooting with a rotating PL filter:
Here are the rumored Nikon D7200 specifications:
- New 24MP APS-C sensor
- Nikon D750 styled body with a tilting screen
- Expeed 4 processor
- MultiCAM 3500DX2 autofocus system
- 51 AF points
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- Buffer: 16 RAW+JPG
- Video: 1080p @60 and 720p @120 (not sure about 4k)
- Video aperture will be adjustable during live view
- Expected announcement in the first few months of 2015
If those specifications are correct (I am still not sure), the D7200 will not be a professional level camera - just an incremental D7100 update, something like the D750 in a DX format. This still leaves hope for a real D300 replacement.
→ Adobe released Camera Raw 8.7.1 (download links: Mac | Windows) with support for the Tokina AT-X 12-24mm f/4 PRO DX and Tokina AT-X 70-200mm f/4 PRO FX VCM-S lenses for Nikon F mount.
→ Nikon Australia has a free My Nikon Life Magazine available on iTunes.
→ The $300 off the Nikon D810 and $500 off the D610 cameras deals are set to expire in few hours.
→ Refurbished Nikon Df cameras now listed for $2,099 (new low price, available also in black).
→ Refurbished Nikon D7100 camera is now $699.
→ The price of the Nikon D7000 keeps going down - now $484 at Amazon.
→ Huge price drop on the Nikon WP-N1 waterproof housing for Nikon 1 J1/J2 cameras: $99 from $637.95.
→ The Nikon SB-500 AF Speedlight flash is now $50 off.
→ Topaz Labs introduced new product called Glow. Read more at PhotoRumors.
Nikon will announce a new Nikon D5500 DSLR camera in January, 2015. For now I can only confirm that the new model will have an APS-C sensor and touch screen LCD screen. I am not sure why Nikon decided to skip the D5400 iteration. I believe the D5500 is not going to be the only DX DSLR camera that will be released in early 2015 - a D7100 replacement is also expected and it will most likely be called D7200 (no D9300 updates for now).
Both the Nikon D7000 camera body only and lens kit are listed as discontinued at B&H. Adorama doesn't even list the camera anymore on their website. Amazon is selling the last D7000 pieces for
$525 $484. Nikon also lists the D7000 as discontinued on their website.
The D3200 and D5200 models are also listed as discontinued, but they are still widely available:
Update: it seems that this price drop was extended past December 13th - the new low prices are still valid today (December 15th, 2015).
We have seen several major price drops of Nikon equipment in the last few weeks. There is new price reduction
for the next 3 days that just got announced extended by Nikon:
The D610 and D810 price drops are also still valid at Amazon and Adorama.
The current Nikon instant lens rebates were also extended till January 3rd, 2015 and include the D810 and D610 as qualifying cameras.
My guess is that the Nikon Df will be next to get a big price drop - refurbished cameras are already selling for $2,099.
Other Nikon price drops:
As promised earlier today, here is the guest post review of the Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G ED lens:
When the new Nikon AF-S 20mm 1.8G was announced (only a few weeks prior to Photokina 2014) it created quite a buzz on the Internet. And - as always with announcements nowadays - the first impressions were quite biased. Many (include myself) expected the price to be way higher, but therefore the optical and mechanical quality to be more in line with the 24/35/85 f/1.4 primes. What Nikon gave us instead was an unexpected addition to the highly regarded (especially in terms of price/performance-ratio) line of the f/1.8 FX primes, where we can now choose between 20/28/35/50/85mm focal lengths. The 20mm is not only the most recent but, also the most expensive of the bunch. Still, it is definitely more affordable than the aforementioned f/1.4 primes. Before the 20mm was released, the Nikon AF-S 24mm f/1.4G was the wide angle lens of my choice in the 20-28mm area. I actually bought it on "day one" since the day after the release I was going to go on vacation and I figured that would be quite the opportunity to "test" the lens.
Since I have used the 24mm quite extensively over the past few years and many of my favorite photographs were created with it, I am also going to show some comparisons between the 20mm and the 24mm because my guess is many folks that are/were in the market for the AF-S 24mm f/1.4G (but didn't pull the trigger yet because of the high price tag) may also be interested in the AF-S 20mm f/1.8G. But first: what do you need a fast wide angle prime lens for?