Nikon announced a record number of new products in the first quarter of 2013 and I have already mentioned that the next few months will be slow in terms of new product introductions. Expect the next wave of major announcements to come later this year (after August).
Now back to the next announcement: next month, probably around May 15th, Nikon will officially release their 1 Nikkor 32mm f/1.2 mirrorless lens (equivalent to 86.4mm in 35mm format, Nano Crystal coating, see patent). The press photos of the new lens are already listed on Nikon USA website.
A quick update to one of the posts from the weekend: in a statement to Imaging-Resource Nikon's representative denied previous reports that Ashton Kutcher is no longer the company's spokesman:
Update: Nikon denied reports that are no longer associated with Ashton Kutcher.
The National Enquirer reports that Nikon dumped Ashton Kutcher as their company's spokesperson because he got greedy and tried to double his multimillion dollar contract. Reportedly Nikon didn’t even try to negotiate with the actor. Let's see who will be the new face of Nikon.
For all of you software developers out there - a reader created an open source C# wrapper library for Nikon's MAID SDK:
"This project aims to provide an easy-to-use C# library that wraps the functionality of the native Nikon MAID SDK. The library allows you to control your Nikon DSLR via USB using just a few lines of C#."
In order to prevent the use and resale of stolen gear, Nikon filed patent 2013-61508 in Japan that will require the photographer to enter a passcode in order to make a certain lens-camera combination usable. The authentication process will most likely use the lens and camera serial numbers and link them to a pre-selected password. Unless the correct password is entered, the camera and lens will not be operational (Google translation):
I haven't done Nikon eBay madness for a while - here are some interesting Nikon items currently listed on eBay:
Few days ago I mentioned about the potential delay of the new Nikkor AF-S 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR lens. Nikon Japan now officially announced the delay - the new release date is May 31, 2013.
If you are thinking of purchasing this $17,896.95 lens that weights 10.12 lb (4.59 kg), take a look also at those additional long lens support add-ons from Sunwayfoto (price: $99), Manfrotto (price: $78) and RRS (price: $230):