Nikon Japan announced a new gold edition of the black Nikon Df DSLR camera. The new model will be available in limited quantities (only 1600 units will be produced) and will start shipping in December, 2014. The price for the body only is ¥313,200 ($2,685), the kit is ¥334,800 ($2,870). There will be also some new accessories for the gold Df: gold edition of the 50mm f/1.8G lens, gold soft shutter release AR-11G and matching AN-DC9G strap.
For the next three days (Friday 12.01 am through Sunday 11.59 pm EST) NikonRumors readers can get $100 off at Adorama for the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art or Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lenses for Nikon mount with coupon code NRSWEEKEND:
This discount code will only work if you make a purchase from the links above. You can also use the coupon code towards more than one item in the cart - for example, you can get both 35mm and 50mm Art lenses for total savings of $200 with the same coupon code:
Few months ago I reported that Nikon will start upgrading their remaining high end tele-lenses with fluorite element (FL). We are already seeing the first signs of this rumor: a new patent got published in Japan today for a Nikkor 600mm f/4 FL lens which will replace the current 600mm f/4G ED VR AF version. As of today, only two Nikon lenses have FL element: the 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR and 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR.
Here is a short video on Nikon's fluorine coating technology
Nikon and Tamron filed a joint patent application in Japan for a 200-500mm f/4.5-5.6 lens. Nikon has already filed for 200-500mm f/3.5-5.6 and 200-500mm f/4-5.6 patents in the past. Tamron recently released a new SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD lens, while Nikon has their 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II model.
Nikon also recently filed a patent for a honeycomb sensor with sub-pixels in between - this design should improve the dynamic range:
More Nikon price drops: the Nikon 1 J4 camera with 10-20mm lens is now $200 off, while a two lens kit (10-30mm and 30-110mm) is now $300 off. See all available combos at B&H, Adorama and Amazon.
The waterproof Nikon 1 AW1 mirrorless camera is only $100 off for now - see listings at B&H, Adorama and Amazon (available for $539 refurbished).
The Nikon 1 V3 is not discounted yet.
The Nikon D610 is still $1,696.95, the Coolpix A is $699.
The Nikon instant rebates remain unchanged till November 15th.
The Nikon D750 with the 24-120mm f/4 lens combo is still $600 off.
The 66 year-old avid photographer Kazuo Wakabayashi of Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture was one of the victims of the unexpected eruption of Mount Ontake on September 27 that claimed the lives of another 55 people. Mr. Wakabayashi has recently purchased a brand new Nikon camera (pictured above) that was later found broken and covered in ash. Then Nikon stepped in:
→ The Tokina 11-16mm F/2.8 ATX Pro DX II lens is now $479.99 with free shipping (regular price: $525, deal expires 11/10, available also at B&H).
→ New low prices on refurbished Nikon DSLR cameras:
→ Canon EOS 7D Mark II DxOMark test score: identical to the 5 years old Nikon D300s camera. The Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED DX VR lens also got tested - the results can be found here.
→ New Nikon D750 underwater housing from Ikelite ($1,800) and Nauticam ($3,500) were announced. AquaTech also has a new D750 underwater housing ($1,895).