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In 1995 a Fuji X/Nikon hybrid camera with 1.3MP was priced at $20,000

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Flashback from 1995:

"Flash back to 20 years ago, when photography was just entering the digital realm. This episode of CNET Central from the summer of 1995 features the "B-2 Stealth Bomber" of digital cameras, a Fuji X/Nikon hybrid. Roughly the size of a volleyball, this camera packed 1.3 megapixels and a removable 131 MB card capable of storing 70 images, all for $20,000 or (equivalent to $31,000 in 2015)."

Here is the related YouTube video:

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The Sigma 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art lens will cost $999 in the US

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Sigma announced the US pricing for their new 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art lens: $999. The lens is now listed for pre-order at B&H and Adorama. The expected availability is end of July, 2015. The full press release, technical specs and key features can be found over at PhotoRumors. The full press release is available here.

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Transfer metadata from selected Nikon film cameras with Meta35

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Meta35 let's you transfer metadata from selected Nikon film cameras. It brings the perks of digital data management and camera customization into the world of film photography. Meta35 is compatible with the Nikon F6, F5, F100, N90s/F90x, N90/F90 and replaces Nikon MV-1 and Nikon Photo Secretary:

Meta35 software screenshots:

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Update: Camera Companion by HolyMoose.com offer similar solution for the Nikon F100 camera. It requires use of a MS Access compatible database and you have to find your own cable.

Press release (this was initially released in June but I just recently received the press kit):

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The “free maintenance service initiative” is sent only to D800, D800E, D700 and D7100 cameras owners

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I received some additional information on the Nikon free maintenance service initiative: the emails were sent to about 4,300 D800/D800E owners, as well as to aprox. 100 D700 owners and around 100 D7100 owners. Unfortunately, if you did not receive an email, you will not be eligible for this offer. This service will not be offered to everyone. To make sure you don't miss on any similar offers in the future, make sure your camera is registered with Nikon.

Update: for now the Nikon free maintenance service initiative is available only in the US:

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Nikon D700 owners also received “free maintenance service initiative” offer

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A reader received the "free maintenance service initiative” email for his Nikon D700 camera. It seems that this program is not targeted for D800 cameras only and indeed is just a good gesture from Nikon to existing customers.

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Is the new D800 “free maintenance service initiative” just another Nikon recall?

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Today Nikon sent out letters to selected D800 camera owners to participate in a free "Nikon Maintenance Service Initiative". I am not sure if this is just another phrase for a recall or Nikon simply wants to test a large number of D800 units in order to determine if a certain issue is present. My guess is that this has to do with the D800 left focus issue. This offer is valid till 1/15/2016.

Coincidentally, refurbished Nikon D800 cameras reached a new low price today: $1,649.00.

Update: similar emails were also sent to D700 camera owners.

Here is the full text of the email:

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Weekly Nikon news flash #323

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DxOMark test results: Canon 5DS vs. Nikon D810 vs. Sony a7R.

Voigtlander Ultron 40mm f2 SL II Aspherical lens for Nikon F mount review test
DxOMark also tested the Voigtlander Ultron 40mm f2 SL II Aspherical lens for Nikon F mount.

Nikon-deals
→ Here are the latest Nikon deals for this week:

Refurbished (US warranty) Grey market (no US warranty)
Nikon D3300 lens kit: $379.95
Nikon D3300 two lens kit$499
Nikon D5200: $389.95
Nikon D5300 lens kit: $519.95
Nikon D7000: $499.95
Nikon Df: $1,919.95
Nikon Df lens kit: $2.129.95
Nikon D800: $1,649↓
Nikon D810: $2,399↓
Nikon D7200$882
Nikon D750: $1,529
Nikon 24-120mm f/4G lens: $575
Full US warranty
Nikon WP-N1 waterproof housing for J1: 69.95
Nikon 1 AW1 is now $100 off
Nikon D750 with free 12 months CC subscription
Nikon D750/D610 with free Shure VP83 microphone
Nikon Df with free GP-1A GPS & WU-1a wireless adapters
Nikon D810 with 24-120mm f/4 lens is now $900 off
The July Nikon rebates are now online

Mitakon Speedmaster 85 mm f:1.2 lens review
LensTip published a review of the Mitakon Speedmaster 85 mm f/1.2 lens.

Nikon showroom in Nairobi Thika Road Mall
Nikon opens multimillion showroom in Nairobi’s Thika Road Mall.

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