What to expect from Nikon next week

UPDATE: Nikon Germany and Nikon Sweden websites are/were down today. The "Presse" link has some serious errors on nikon.de & nikon.se. Same on nikon-europe.com. Problems with the new press release(s)?

not exactly a D3s, but close enough (source: Nikon USA)

not exactly a D3s, but close enough (source: Nikon USA)

Nikon D3s should be a sure thing. This is a collection of the rumored Nikon D3s specs:

  • ISO 200-12800
  • New ISO range HI-3 at 102,400 ISO
  • 12.1 mp FX sensor (same as the D3, but tweaked)
  • D-movie with 24 fps/1080p
  • New 1.2x or 1.3x crop mode
  • 14fps

Nikon AF-S 24mm f/1.4 lens: there were some rumors on dpreview and Thom Hogan also thinks that this lens will be released next week (see his comment here). I have not received any reliable information yet but this doesn't mean it won't happen. Spring 2010 is when I expect this lens to be announced based on a previous tip.

Nikon AF-S 85mm lens: I strongly believe that this lens will be announced next week. Nikon have filed two patents: one for 85mm f/1.4 and another one for a Micro AF-S 85mm f/3.5 DX VR. It doesn't make sense to announce a DX lens with the D3s, but this is still a possibility.

Nikon AF-S 100-500mm f/4-5.6 IF-ED VR lens: this lens should be released first or second quarter of 2010. If announced next week, the availability will be few months from now.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR: this rumor came from a Japanese forum. I have no other info on this lens.

Nikon mirrorless camera with a DX sensor: this is the wild card. I received multiple tips on that camera (see here and here), but I am afraid that they may all be based on the initial report from C-Net. I hope I am wrong but by know we should know at least the model name, have some specs and a spy shot. We got nothing. This could be one of those cases where there is smoke without fire but there is still hope.

There is a very low chance that we will see all of the above mentioned lenses next week.

Sorry, there will be no D700x/D700s next week.

Let's don't forget that all those are just rumors - if you have a weak stomach, wait for nikon.com to get updated.

I will have another live blogging session on Tuesday evening (US Eastern time). Hopefully the server will be able to handle the traffic.

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