Shooting with the Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G lens by Villager Jim
Well how do I start this personal review of my joint favorite lens on earth? Well I think the best credit I could give it is that it matches in quality, speed and sheer ruggedness of my 400mm lens which for me is the holy grail of all lenses. That let me tell you is praise indeed. The first time I put the lens on my camera and shot outside to grab anything that you can think of to test it with (we all do that don't we lol) I realized why so many others whose reviews I read praised it without question.
Nikon announced their financial results for the first quarter of the year ending in March, 2015: both sales and income fell significantly due to "sluggish markets in Europe and Americas". As a result, yearly sales and income forecasts were reduced. Here are the details:
The latest rumors I am receiving point to another full frame camera announcement for Photokina. We are talking about a new DSLR positioned somewhere between the D610 and the D810 models. Here are the expected specifications:
- 24MP full frame sensor
- Tilting LCD screen
- Wi-Fi support
- Expeed 4 imaging processor
- Very light body (probably similar to the D610 and Df, maybe even lighter)
- Priced around $2,500 (the current Nikon FX camera price points are - D610: $1,896.95, Df: $2,746.95, D810: $3,296.95, D4s: $6,496.95)
- Potential announcement at the end of August or early September
- No idea on the model name - it could be D620, D750 or something completely different
- The probability rating on this rumor is currently at 70% - I am pretty confident that this camera is coming, I am just not sure about the detailed specifications (if you have any more details, you can contact me anonymously here)
I have hard time understanding what Nikon is trying to achieve with this model - the Nikon Df is already positioned between the D610 and D810. My only explanation is the D3300/D5300 configuration, but with a full frame sensor: D610 with a fixed LCD screen and the new camera with few more features and a tilting LCD screen.
Many Nikon fans have been waiting for a "real" D700 replacement since 2008. Even after the D800, D810, D600, D610 and Df cameras were announced, they were not considered by many as a true D700 replacement (I personally think that Nikon has provided enough upgrade options for D700 owners). Maybe this new Nikon DSLR will finally be the "real" D700 replacement?
How about a new Nikon DX DSLR camera? So far it doesn't look like we will be getting one soon, but there is still hope:
B&H has now updated their Nikon AF-S TC-14E III teleconverter and Nikkor AF-S 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR lens listings - both new products will start shipping on August 28th, 2014:
I just saw this on fredmiranda.com - it seems that Nikon has reached a settlement on the D600 class action lawsuit and people participating in the lawsuit have received this email with instructions on how to get a new D610 camera ($1,896.95):
After numerous emails in the past few days, I have to make a blog post on that topic in order to answer all questions: I don't think Nikon will be announcing a new medium format camera at Photokina. I have said many times in the past that I will not report every rumor I see on the Web. I have not received any information about a medium format Nikon camera and I doubt somebody got it before me. I also do not see how Nikon can support another system in those difficult times. The Nikon MX medium format camera rumors are nothing new really and have been circulating since 2008 (see rumored design pictures above).
Refurbished Nikon D800 DSLRs are currently listed for $1,999.99 on eBay (a new low price). I think those are brand new cameras that are being dumbed by Nikon after the D810 was announced - they are listing them as refurbished to justify the price drop and reduce the warranty. Here are few other interesting eBay listings:
See all Nikon listings by BuyDig on eBay. Check also the new eBay Camera Coupon Center.