Weekly Nikon news flash #467

 

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→ New entry-level Atomos Ninja V announced (price: $695, more info here).

→ New Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 lens is rumored to be announced for Photokina in September.


→ Nikon released firmware updates for the Coolpix W300 and Coolpix P900 cameras.


→ The Nikon EN-EL18b battery is now discontinued. The original text says that a new product will be announced as an alternative since the EN-EL18a is also discontinued. The EN-EL18 is still available.

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New: Meike MK 85mm f/1.8 AF full frame DSLR lens for Nikon F-mount


A few days ago I reported on PhotoRumors about the new Meike MK 85mm f/1.8 AF full frame DSLR lens - Meike's first autofocus lens. The lens was initially listed only for Canon mount. Meike's website now has some additional information and the lens will be available also for Nikon F-mount.

The Meike lens looks similar to the Yongnuo YN 85mm f/1.8 lens that is available only for Canon mount (the lens manual can be downloaded here). Here are pictures of the two lenses for comparison:

Yongnuo YN 85mm f/1.8 lens:


Meike MK 85mm f/1.8 AF lens:


Additional information on the Meike MK 85mm f/1.8 AF lens:

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Copying photographic film with the Nikon D810 and a shoe box


Copying photographic film with the Nikon D810 and a shoe box by Anthony McKee (www.anthonymckee.com):

While many photographers are keenly waiting for the new Nikon ES2 film digitising adapter set to arrive in stores, I have been making use of my own Nikon film copying kit that I put together a while ago using a Nikon D810, a 105 micro lens - and a shoebox.

I was asked a couple of years ago by a friend if I could digitise some old slides for her, but I lacked one rather essential piece of equipment: a film scanner. Over the years I have had regular access to film scanners, from state-of-the-art drum scanners through to smaller desktop models, but over time the interfaces and software drivers have all become obsolete. And despite making regular scans, I found that many film scanners were not really that good at scanning film; some scanners struggled to capture the full dynamic range of negatives and slides, and others had occasional problems with banding.

I was about to tell my friend to take her 180 slides to a local photo lab when I started thinking through some other options. I owned a Nikon D810 camera, a Nikon 105mm micro lens and a couple of SB-700 speedlights, and I also remembered an old shoe box stored away in a cupboard. The box had a white interior and I realised that if I put the two Speedlight flash units into the box, each pointing towards opposites ends, the resulting light in the middle would be soft and even.

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Dpreview’s sample gallery: Nikon AF-S 180-400mm f/4 ED TC VR lens


Dpreview published their sample gallery from the Nikon AF-S 180-400mm f/4 ED TC VR lens ($12,396.95):

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Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO lens for Nikon F-mount officially announced

 
Today Venus Optics officially announced the previously rumored Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2X Ultra Macro APO full frame manual focus lens for Nikon F-mount. Pricing and availability were not released. Here are the technical specifications:

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Venus Optics is rumored to announce a new Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2:1 macro lens for Nikon F-mount


Venus Optics will announce a new Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2:1 macro lens for Nikon F-mount (pictured above) at the Beijing P&E show that starts on May 3rd.


After the Laowa 60mm f/2.8 2X Ultra-Macro ($399), this will be the second 2:1 lens in Laowa's lineup with infinity focus and no chromatic aberration.

The latest Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro lens is delayed until the end of May. More information on that lens can be found here.

Via PhotoRumors

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