New: Nikon D850 cooled camera for astrophotography



The first Nikon D850 cooled camera for astrophotography is now available for sale - a company converts a regular Nikon D850 to an Astro D850. The price is $4,950 ($1,650 over the regular D850 price of 3,296). To achieve effective cooling, they actually moved the sensor outside of the camera and performed several other modifications:

"We took out the image sensor and moved it towards the lens and made a cooling module. Extracted CMOS sensor from camera body located in front of mechanical shutter, the exposure control by mechanical shutter is impossible and can’t use optical view finder. But there is sufficient extra space between CMOS and Mount Ring, we can install Drop-In Filter system in the space:"

"The back focus distance between the image sensor and lens mount allowed room for the drop in filter holder. This system makes it possible to install filters without removing the lens. This is very useful including for narrowband imaging."

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Weekly Nikon news flash #472


→ The Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 lens is now £130 off in the UK: Amazon UK | WEX | Park Camera.

→ Old Nikon F5 commercial.

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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR lens review

This Nikon AF-S Nikkor 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR lens ($12,396.95) field test is by Kjetil Schjølberg (Instagram) - the pictures were taken with the D850 in Norway and Kenya:

The last ten days I was able to test the new Nikon 180-400mm in a variety of situations. As mainly a wildlife photographer I used it to shoot some local beavers here in Norway, and I brought it along as my only lens for a workshop I led in Kenya. I borrowed the lens from Nikon Nordic NPS, but this is by no means a paid or biased review. I also shoot Canon, Olympus and Sony gear on a regular basis.

I have used both previous Nikon 200-400mm VR versions extensively as well as Canons 200-400, so I was eager to see how this new lens performed with the Nikon D850. Could this be my next wildlife photography-all-in-one travel setup?

First of all the lens is built exceptionally well. It is slightly lighter than the Canon 200-400, and just 150 grams more than the old Nikon 200-400. It is large but will fit nicely in approved carry-on luggage.

While I liked the old 200-400mm a lot (and it is one of the most widely used pro wildlife lenses) it has some issues with soft images at infinity and most important its focus speed never did it for me in terms of fast action/flying birds and so on.

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Havana people with the Nikon Df and an old Nikkor 28mm manual lens


Havana people with the Nikon Df and an old Nikkor 28mm manual lens by Julien Hautcoeur (Web | InstagramFacebook | Tumblr | Flickr | see also his previous guest post):

Getting closer

Famous Magnum photographer Robert Capa once said: « If Your Photos Aren’t Good Enough, You’re Not Close Enough ». Here is the challenge I wanted to achieve when I went Havana in Cuba: getting closer. I always have been a huge fan of street photography but I felt like after these past years I never did master that style. I wanted to go a step forward and reach a point where I had never been before. Havana seemed to be the right place to do that. To be able to get closer and take the pictures I would be happy about, I found inspiration from three street photographers: F.D Walker, The Real Sir Robin and Juan Suarez who help me to get the right technique.

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Price of Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens: $1,599, pre-orders now open


The price of the new Sigma 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art lens is now officially announced: $1,599/£1,500/€1,499. Pre-orders are now open at:

The price of the Nikon 105mm f/1.4E ED lens is $2,196.95.

Additional information on the latest Sigma lens can be found here, sample photos are available here:

Sigma announces the development of 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art and 70mm f/2.8 DG MACRO Art lenses

Press release:

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Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD lens for Nikon F-mount now available for pre-order


The Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD lens for Nikon F-mount is now available for pre-order at B&H. I believe this is an old lens (announced in Japan in 2016?) and I am not sure why it just got listed for pre-order as a "new release". Maybe this is a new version? Shipping is expected to start on May 30th:


The same lens is listed at Adorama for $100 more.

Update: B&H confirmed to me that this indeed is a new version of the lens.

The Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD is described as the world's lightest and smallest 15x zoom lens. Additional information:

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