Sony raised the price of XQD memory cards

Sony forgot to update the XQD cards pricing on their website

In connection with my post from a few days ago regarding the increased price of Sony XQD memory cards - I can now confirm that Sony officially raised the prices and canceled all dealer's orders that were placed with the old/lower pricing.

Here is the new pricing:

 Status Manufacturer Part Number LIST PRICE
New Pricing QDG32E/J $91.99
New Pricing QDG64E/J $142.94
New Pricing QDG128E/J $233.42
New Pricing QDG256E/J $501.39

Sony XQD memory cards are even more expensive in the UK - as Broxibear noticed a Fuji X-A10 camera with a 16-50mm lens (£299) is cheaper than a Sony 128Gb XQD G card (£329).

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Nikon Nikkor AF-S 180-400mm f/4 ED TC VR lens reviewed at Ephotozine

MTF Graph With TC At 560mm

MTF graph with TC at 560mm

Chromatic Aberration Graph With TC At 560mm

Chromatic aberration graph with TC at 560mm

Today Ephotozine published their detailed review of the new Nikon Nikkor AF-S 180-400mm f/4 ED TC VR lens ($12,396.95) together with sample photos in addition to the actual/measured MTF and chromatic aberration charts at different focal lengths with and without the TC. Their conclusion:

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Nikon introduces a new D850 filmmaker’s kit

Nikon introduced a new D850 filmmaker's kit for the US market that includes:

  • Nikon D850 camera ($3,296.95)
  • AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED lens ($796.95)
  • AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED lens ($526.95)
  • AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G lens ($476.95)
  • Spare EN-EL15a lithium-ion battery ($59.95)
  • ME-1 stereo microphone ($134)
  • ME-W1 wireless microphone set ($199)
  • Atomos Ninja flame 7" recording monitor ($795)
  • Custom foam inserts

The price of the kit is $5,496.95 (pre-order at B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon). The total price of all items included in the kit (without the foam inserts) is $6,285.75 - you will save $788.80 by purchasing the kit instead of the items separately.

Additional pictures:

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New discount coupon codes from eBay (15% off), KEH (7%/20% off) and Blurb (40% off)

Today only at eBay: 15% off with coupon code PSPRINGTIME ($25 min spend, $50 max discount, valid: Tuesday, March 20th from 9 am to 7 pm PST).

This week only at KEH: 20% off products in the Overstock category and 7% off all other products with code SPRING03A (offer ends on March 25, 2018).

Three days only at Blurb: 40% off photo books with coupon code BLURBDAY4T (valid: 03/18/2018 - 03/22/2018).

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Report: Nikon pulling KeyMission inventory out of US stores

I received a report from a US retailer that Nikon is currently in the process of buying back/pulling out all of the KeyMission products including accessories. I am not sure what is the reason behind the buyback and whether this is a nationwide initiative or just an isolated incident, but I will not be surprised if the Nikon KeyMission product line is already dead and a fire sale is coming soon.

Nikon KeyMission already had a big price drop in Europe (almost 50% off). In the US, only the Nikon KeyMission 170 is currently $53 (13%) off, all other models are still sold at full MSRP.

Nikon recently released a firmware update for the KeyMission 360 camera.

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Weekly Nikon news flash #462

→ Nikkor 1000mm f/6.3 reflex lens listed for sale on eBay for $43k.

Refurbished Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR lens on sale for $169.95 ($230 or 58% off).

→ A reader sent me this dpreview link - the original price of the Sony XQD G 128 GB memory card is $184.95 and all retailers are currently selling it for 229.99 (B&H, Adorama).

→ Principal Components Analysis (PCA) graph on image sensor classification and variability with the addition of the latest Nikon DSLR cameras (source: Multianalytics & Nikongear).

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