Nikon D3s and AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR official announcements and press releases

Nikon D3s & AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR announced!



  • Medium-telephoto 85mm Micro lens (picture angle is equivalent to a focal length of 127.5mm in FX/35mm format)
  • Closest focusing distance of 0.286 m/0.9 ft. (1:1 life size)
  • The optical system featuring an ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass element is optimized for DX-format digital SLRs
  • Vibration Reduction (VR II) enables sharper pictures while shooting at shutter speeds up to four stops slower than would otherwise be possible
  • Silent Wave Motor (SWM) ensures fast, quiet AF operation
  • Two focus modes available — M/A and M
  • IF (Internal Focusing) enables focusing without changing the length of lens barrel
  • The nine-blade rounded diaphragm opening gives out-of-focus elements a more natural appearance


3.5G ED VR


Nikon D3s Main Features:

  • ISO performance: ISO 12800 as standard, expandable to ISO equivalent of 102400 (Hi 3)
  • Nikon FX-format CMOS image sensor with 12.1 effective megapixels
  • Improved D-Movie function including High-Sensitivity Movie mode and flicker reduction function
  • Nikon’s Integrated Dust Reduction System including Image Sensor Cleaning function
  • Incorporates Nikon’s original EXPEED digital image processing
  • Active D-Lighting with bracketing for up to 5 frames
  • Picture Control: Standard, Vivid, Neutral and Monochrome (Landscape and Portrait can be downloaded from Nikon website)
  • Quick response with approx. 0.12 seconds start-up time and approx. 0.04 seconds shutter-release time lag
  • 9-frames-per-second shooting rate in FX format, 11 fps in DX crop (CIPA Guidelines)
  • Nikon’s original Scene Recognition System, utilizing 1,005-pixel RGB sensor, for more accurate autofocus, auto exposure, i-TTL flash control and auto white balance
  • Multi-CAM 3500FX AF sensor module featuring 51 AF points
  • Viewfinder with approx. 100% frame coverage and approx. 0.7x magnification in FX format
  • Durable shutter unit proven by 300,000 cycles of testing on fully assembled camera
  • Intelligent power management that lets you shoot up to approx. 4,200 frames per charge (based on CIPA Standards)
  • Easy-to-access Live View modes with dedicated button
  • Quiet Shutter-release mode for nonintrusive shooting
  • High-definition (approx. 921k-dot), 170˚ viewing angle, 3-in. VGA LCD monitor with tempered glass

Official press release after the break:


Nikon Once Again Redefines Possibilities with D-SLR Photography with Six-Figure ISO Sensitivity for Stills and Video While Enhancing Overall Performance

MELVILLE, N.Y. (Oct. 14, 2009) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the FX-format D3S D-SLR, providing professional photographers with a powerful tool that redefines the boundaries of digital SLR versatility, while maintaining the strength of superior image quality and high speed performance inherited from the groundbreaking D3. The D3S enables not only new opportunities in low-light photography, but also provides photographers with added shutter speed and aperture freedom with a base ISO sensitivity range from ISO 200 to a remarkable 12,800. Additionally, expanded ISO equivalent settings up to a staggering 102,400 are available, enabling photographers to create images previously thought impossible.

The Nikon D3S builds upon the success of the Nikon D3—the professional digital SLR that set new standards for D-SLR performance and utilizes a newly designed, Nikon original 12.1-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor that also integrates its amazing low-light ability to High Definition (HD) video, creating a uniquely capable multi-media tool to meet the needs of a changing imaging landscape.

“When the Nikon D3 was released, it ushered in a new era of professional digital imaging. Today, the D3S will further reinforce Nikon’s leadership role in the photographic industry as a pioneer in performance-driven technologies that will again break once-rigid picture-taking barriers,” said Edward Fasano, general manager for Marketing, SLR Systems Products at Nikon Inc. “The ruggedly constructed D3S was engineered to address the real-world needs of professional photographers and provides them with a tool that, when combined with their skills, delivers stunning images in a broad range of shooting conditions and assignment requirements.”

Creative Vision Beyond the Human Eye
The Nikon D3s, with a base ISO sensitivity from ISO 200 to 12,800 makes it possible to capture previously impossible images—image opportunities which were often ignored because of low light levels. Now, in even more demanding lighting conditions, photographers can select expanded sensitivity settings of ISO equivalent 25,600, ISO equivalent 51,200 and an incredible ISO equivalent sensitivity of 102,400 which reveals detail in extreme low-light environments that challenge even the human eye’s ability to discern subject content. In addition, a setting of ISO equivalent 100 is provided.

This industry-first, groundbreaking ISO sensitivity range will make the D3S the camera of choice for photographers who typically face extreme lighting challenges, such as indoor or nighttime sports, spot news, wedding receptions and ambitious nature photography. This broad ISO sensitivity also affords the ability to shoot at faster, action-stopping shutter speeds. D3S shooters will enjoy a major advantage in any situation where light is limited and the use of supplemental lighting is not an option. For the photojournalist, even the highest ISO setting delivers image quality to satisfy the needs of offset printing.

Big Pixels Equal Greater ISO Capabilities
The amazing low-light ability of the D3S, as well as its astounding image quality can be attributed in large part to the engineering behind the newly designed, Nikon original 12.1-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor, which measures 36x23.9mm. While the pixel size and count that served the D3 were maintained to deliver the pinnacle of image quality, dynamic range, phenomenal tonal gradation and outstanding color, other aspects were engineered to add versatility through broader low-noise ISO sensitivity. Individual pixels measure a large 8.45 microns, which support enhanced sensitivity to light and other qualities leading to superior image fidelity. The D3S captures light and renders images in a way that no other Nikon camera has yet to achieve, with a higher signal-to-noise ratio and an unmatched dynamic range for both stills and HD video throughout its broadened ISO range.

The Nikon D3S adds the extra benefit of an Image Sensor Cleaning function to reduce instances of image degradation resulting from dust accumulation on the optical low pass filter (OLPF) in front of the image sensor. The OLPF oscillates at four specific frequencies to release particles that would disrupt image quality. Sensor Cleaning can be set by the user to cycle automatically when the camera is powered on, turned off, or on demand.

Share the Vision with D-Movie Creativity
Whether on the frontlines or sidelines, the amazing ISO range of the D3S can also be applied while recording HD video clips to give unprecedented low-light ability for movie clips. The refined D-Movie mode for the FX-format offers smooth 1280x720 video at a cinematic 24fps, with a new algorithm that severely reduces the phenomenon of “rolling shutter” typical to D-SLRs while panning. The motion JPEG codec allows for easy extraction of single frames from a video clip and the ability to save it as a JPEG file, while the 720p HD format eases storage, provides faster wireless transfers, and offers video files that are generally easier to use in the field. Photographers can also trim movie clips on the fly by revising the start and end points, and save the edited clip as a copy while maintaining the original. Additionally, the D3S features a built-in monaural microphone, augmented by a stereo microphone input, which is perfect for hot-shoe microphone mounting or the use of wireless microphones for interviews or spot news.

Photographers and film makers alike will appreciate the full aperture control from a wide f/1.4 to f/16, as the FX-format sensor renders low-noise movie clips with outstanding clarity, aided by the large selection of renowned NIKKOR lenses to produce a dramatic depth of field. High Sensitivity Movie Mode allows the utilization of the entire ISO range to capture otherwise hidden details in challenging lighting conditions, more effectively than cameras with smaller sensors. Now, users can benefit from available natural light for applications such as telling a story in a journalistic style in the field or to create a gritty film noir masterpiece without CGI post production. While recording, users also have the ability to control exposure, and will enjoy the added benefits of improved contrast-detect type AF while in Tripod Live View mode.

Performance and Features Defining Versatility
The emergence of the D3 in 2007 provided photographers with a unique fusion of ruggedness, speed, versatility and image quality—characteristics which the D3S now takes even further. Photographers are able to capture images at 9 frames per second (fps) in the FX-format or at up to 11 fps in the DX crop mode, while data is transferred through a 16-bit pipeline for optimal processing speed. Additionally, the buffer has been increased, enabling continuous bursts approximately twice that of the D3 in the JPEG, TIFF or NEF (RAW) formats. Files can also be captured in either 12- or 14-bit compressed or uncompressed formats to maintain the images data integrity. Photographers can also select the new 1.2x crop mode for a modest telephoto effect, while minimally impacting resolution, as photos are captured at approximately 8.4 megapixels (9 fps).

The D3S also features two UDMA compatible CompactFlash™ card slots that can be used for consecutive recording (overflow), simultaneous recording (backup), separating recording of RAW and JPEG files or even copying pictures between the two cards. One or both can also be designated for data-heavy D-Movie recording. Images can be displayed directly from the camera to a High Definition monitor using the camera's HDMI port and an optional cable.

The D3S features Nikon’s exclusive Multi-CAM 3500FX focus module, with 51 AF points, 15 cross type sensors and 36 horizontal sensors that easily track and lock onto moving subjects, delivering the same fast and accurate AF performance that helped make the D3 immediately successful. Users can select any of the AF points, making it easy to consistently attain accurate focus, frame after frame. Additionally, three AF-area modes – Single point, Dynamic-area AF and Auto-area AF – are available to maximize the use of the 51 focus points by selecting the most suitable one to match subject conditions. AF is also available in one of two Live View modes, including a phase detection handheld mode and a tripod mode. While in Live View, the graphic indication of a virtual horizon is also available, making it easier than ever to confirm camera orientation.

To alleviate another kind of noise, the D3S also features a Quiet Shutter Mode which substantially reduces the sound of the camera’s mirror-down cycle, which is perfect for shooting in sensitive environments, such as movie sets, meetings, ceremonies, or while photographing wildlife.

Technologies Engineered for Professionals
The D3S’ speed and performance is the culmination of many Nikon core technologies including the latest generation of the EXPEED™ Image Processing System. The latest iteration of this system is specially designed to keep pace with the D3S’ blazing performance to provide amazing image quality, faster processing speeds and lower power consumption. This advanced system is able to achieve extremely precise color reproduction for a broad spectrum of hues, in addition to vivid saturation and smooth gradation. Nikon’s advanced noise processing function is engineered to minimize noise at all sensitivities and operate seamlessly without interfering with other image color parameters.

The D3S’ accelerated Scene Recognition System analyzes information from the 1,005-pixel RGB light sensor for use in auto exposure, auto white balance detection and autofocus calculations. The Scene Recognition System also assists autofocus by tracking subject position and automatically shifts the AF points used to match the subject’s movement within the frame.

Nikon's exclusive 3D Color Matrix Metering II assists in ensuring accurate exposures, even in the most challenging lighting conditions. Instantly evaluating each scene before capture, input data from the system's sensor is automatically referenced against an internal database of more than 30,000 images derived from actual photographs to calculate correct exposure values. Active D-Lighting (ADL), used in combination with 3D Matrix Metering II, helps to determine proper exposure, and creates realistic contrast while compensating for lost shadows and highlights. Photographers can also use ADL bracketing for up to five frames of ADL compensation.

To further enhance each photographer's expression of personal style, Nikon’s Picture Control System allows selection of Picture Control settings including Standard, Neutral, Vivid and Monochrome. Additionally, adjustment can be made to Picture Controls to image sharpening, contrast, brightness, saturation, hue and more. Photographers then have the flexibility to save up to nine personalized Picture Controls on camera and 99 additional Picture Controls externally.

Ready for Work
Engineered for real-world functionality, the D3S is ruggedly constructed with moisture, dust and shock resistance that has become a hallmark of flagship Nikon D-SLRs, while preserving the usability and ergonomics that allow the camera to remain an extension of the photographer’s vision. Attention to detail goes so far as to include a self-diagnostic shutter system that is tested to 300,000 cycles for maximum accuracy and longevity. Rigid and precise magnesium alloy construction and the familiar form factor of the D3 extend consistent Nikon system synergy.

A bright and accurate viewfinder provides 100-percent coverage with 0.7x magnification. The body also houses Nikon’s acclaimed 921,000-dot, 3.0-inch super density LCD monitor which is viewable up to 170 degrees, and is safeguarded by a tempered glass cover. Thanks to incredibly efficient internal circuitry, the D3S can capture up to 4200* shots per single charge of the camera’s Lithium-ion battery.

System Strength Withstands the Test of Time
The D3S is fully compatible with Nikon’s Creative Lighting System (CLS) affording photographers a mobile lighting solution that is easy to manage. D3S is also compatible with Nikon’s GP-1 GPS receiver to gather information such as latitude, longitude, altitude and (satellite) date of shooting. Photographers can shoot tethered via USB, or use the WT-4A wireless transmitter to send images wirelessly when speed and mobility are essential. D3S users will also enjoy the system strength bolstered by a comprehensive selection of NIKKOR interchangeable lenses—long heralded for their optical superiority.

Price and Availability
The Nikon D3S digital SLR is scheduled to be available at Nikon Authorized dealers beginning in late November 2009 at an estimated selling price of $5,199.95**. For more information, please visit Users can see the new D3S, along with Nikon’s entire line of photographic, optical and digital imaging solutions, including the recently announced new AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR lens, on display at the Nikon booth (#501) at the PhotoPlus Expo in New York, from Oct. 22 to Oct. 24, 2009.

About Nikon
Nikon, At the Heart of the Image™. Nikon Inc. is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Inc. distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories; Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras; COOLSCAN® digital film scanners; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software products and Nikon sports and recreational optics. For the second consecutive year, Nikon D Series digital SLR cameras are recognized as “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with digital SLR cameras, Two Years in a Row, Tied in 2008.” according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2007 and 2008 Digital Camera Usage and Satisfaction StudiesSM. Nikon Corporation, the parent company of Nikon Inc., recently celebrated its 75th anniversary of NIKKOR optics and announced the production of over 45 million NIKKOR SLR interchangeable lenses. For more information, dial (800) NIKON-UX or visit, which links all levels of photographers to the Web's most comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities.

* Based on CIPA Standards
**Estimated selling price listed is only an estimate. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time

Medium-telephoto Micro lens with VR enhances the enjoyment of macro photography


TOKYO — Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the new AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR, a DX-format, medium-telephoto micro lens with built-in Vibration Reduction (VR II) and Silent Wave Motor (SWM). With a focal length of 85mm, this compact and lightweight lens is recommended for users of Nikon DX-format digital SLRs such as the D5000 and D90. The18°50’picture angle is equivalent to a focal length of 127.5mm in Nikon FX- and 35mm-format cameras).

The AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR can be used in a wide range of applications. While users can enjoy the natural perspective and beautiful blur that a medium-telephoto lens can offer in landscapes and portraits, this micro lens is especially expected to promote the enjoyment of macro photography for taking insects, small animals and flowers. High resolving power is realized throughout the entire shooting range from infinity to the closest focusing distance (1:1 life size) to reproduce even the fine texture of flower petals.

Built-in VR II (Vibration Reduction) enables users to take sharp pictures at shutter speeds approximately four stops slower* than would otherwise be possible, thereby minimizing image blur caused by camera shake. This remarkably expands user freedom during hand-held shooting. In addition, blur-corrected image in the viewfinder makes focusing and composition easy.
*As determined in Nikon performance tests

Built-in SWM (Silent Wave Motor) enables quiet AF operation, especially effective for the macro shooting of easily disturbed subjects such as insects and small animals. Internal Focusing (IF) system means the lens barrel length does not change during focusing, which ensures worry-free macro shooting while maintaining a constant working distance. M/A (manual-priority autofocus) mode enables instant switching from autofocus to manual focus by rotating the focus ring, even during AF servo operation. This permits fine focus adjustment without removing your eye from the viewfinder.

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  • iHateCanon

    YAY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • iHateCanon

      I am still upset because Nikon should of done something to their P90 …

      • GlobalGuy

        Nooo…. =(

        This better not be the only 85 announced this week!!

        Nikon is making it VERY hard to justify FX for most people, btw. Kudos to Nikon for really cinching the good stuff on their DX lines.

        But honestly…. a 24 or 28 or 30mm/1.4 FX lens would serve us ALL. Make one Nikon! 😉

        • Gordon

          Perhaps Nikon only listens to their Japanese customers, everyone else gets ignored 🙁

        • Jim

          Oh man, this is frustrating. I’ve got one foot already shifting over from Canon, but I need some fast wide angles! I cannot believe that Nikon hasn’t released a 24 or 28/1.4 lens after all this time. Who thought an 85mm micro was necessary? There’s a 105 micro with VR already.

          Canon doesn’t offer the right bodies, Nikon is missing the lenses. Too weird.

          • >Canon doesn’t offer the right bodies, Nikon is missing the >lenses. Too weird.

            I totally agree, Nikon really has great bodies, but misses some critical lenses or has fairly old AF/no VR on them or they are still in the AI(S) era.

          • Bob Howland

            Yep, the only thing wrong with the D3s is that it won’t take my Canon lenses. However, I have to admit that the 24 f/1/4 and maybe 100-400 are the only lenses I have that can’t be replicated in Nikon. Unfortunately, Nikon lenses are typically more expensive that Canon lenses.

        • Gustav

          “This better not be the only 85 announced this week!!”

          Something wrong with the 85mm f/1.4D that’s available already?

          What ever happened to the adage “bodies come and go, invest in good glass as it will last forever?”

      • BillyBobJohnson

        should ‘of’ or should ‘have’?

  • psyked


    • iHateCanon

      Ha ! NOT !

      • psyked

        Damn! 😛

        • iHateCanon

          LOL !

  • KT

    Well, NikonRumors nailed it again

  • Ronan


  • loki

    Great Job! I can’t buy it… but looks good

  • d3boy

    congrats nikonrumor….
    goodbye D3s 🙁

  • Ken Rockwell


  • Jack

    What’s up with the 85mm DX micro lens? We already have a 105mm. That’s weird.

    • Jack

      If it was a 60mm micro I probably would buy it. 85mm? Oh well.

      • DNHJR

        There is a 60mm micro lens.

        • Jack

          Yes, I know and I own it, but it doesn’t have VR which I could use. I find it does work well for macro work even though some people don’t. Honestly, I wouldn’t really need it, but I could justify it and purchase it for that reason. I won’t be buying this though. Oh well. I’m not going to complain. Or will I??

    • Max

      Yeah, exactly. I’m not sure why Nikon did that rather than like, a 300/4 VR.

      • SBGrad

        +1 Give us a 300/f4 VR
        or the 100-500 or even an AF-S 80-400.

        We need more than 85mm!

        • I think the same. We need no more macro lenses, we have 60, 105 and 200 already.

          85mm macro?!?!?

    • GlobalGuy

      This lens is supposed to be a DX “105 VR”, in case anyone misses the point. More like a 130mm.

      Slightly longer, but also slightly darker. A fair trade off in the world of macro (consider the 200mm f/4).

      This will likely be an excellent portrait lens for DX, as well as being a more cost-effective Macro lens.

      If the price is much cheaper than the 105 VR, it is just one more reason to SERIOUSLY consider the DX format for amateurs to moderate photographers.

  • Key statement about the video:

    “…with a new algorithm that severely reduces the phenomenon of “rolling shutter” typical to D-SLRs while panning.”

    • decapitor

      Yes indeed. I wonder if this means that it would be possible to fix the current rolling shutter problems on current models via firmware update or even in post processing? I’m pretty sure Nikon would rather make us all buy new cameras than give us useful firmware updates but still I would like to know if it would be possible.

      • STJ

        How come there is not one single panning video from the D3s to find anythere???

  • bb
    • Anon

      Hahah I’ve seen the video. This new concept of “live portrait” is just soooo corny! OMG!

  • Congrats Admin! Another job well done!

  • Blah

    Boring….Nikon hits the plateau…

  • Anonymous

    I can already hear the whining about another DX lens.

  • Shivas

    85 3.5!!!!

    And it’s only DX….where is the f’in logic?! So what if it’s VR 2, this ain’t gonna be a miracle butter machine….

  • A reasonable incremental mid-term upgrade. Current bells and whistles added.

  • Tim

    Nikon FTW!

  • Blah

    12MP forever…video sucks….lens sucks

    • Anon

      12mp FTW!!!

  • Max

    Go go Admin! We love you! *throws roses*

  • Simon

    Just a refresh of the D3, same sensor, same everything, minor tweak and 720p video with “no full manual control”. It does not threaten the 5DMk2 and that when prices are not taken into consideration.

    • Same everything? Guess you missed the High ISO update?

  • James

    I thought it was going to have an “improved viewfinder”, according to the leak by BJP?

    100% 0.7x magnification is exactly the same as the D3. The Sony A900 has 100% 0.74x magnification and the Canon 1DsIII has 100% 0.76x magnification.

  • nikonmonster

    noooooo 85mm 3.5 . dont need to upgrade.

  • Alex

    What about my D700x ?

    • STJ

      Don’t remind me of that… 🙁

  • has anyone noticed the lens? The previous D3 was always displayed with the prestigious 85mm 1.4 on it, in very brochures. Now it’s “just” the 50mm 1.4… Gone is the 85 1.4. My guess is that they didn’t want to advertise the lens anymore ’cause it will soon be replaced…

    • NG

      That would be sad if they do announce to replace the 85/1.4, I JUST got one!

    • pulu

      50/1.4g is the logical lens to put on the front of your new cam, a normal. the reason they didn’t put the 50/1.4d on the front of the d3 when they announced it is because that old lens is crap.

      • nikonmikon

        How is it crap? It has less distortion than your precious G lens and sharper stopped down… Get a brain.

        • Anthony

          Is it even slower? I have a rental 50mm f/1.4 G and the AF is really lacklustre — and makes an awful frictiony sound. My Canon 50mm f/1.4 is micromotor USM not ring USM, but it still focuses more quickly and with less noise — and can be conveniently held. Both Nikon lenses (above plus 85 f/1.8) I’m renting offer crummy left-hand grip: they’re tapered at the mount end for no apparent reason. Nikon, please get with it and 1) lose the aperture ring across the board – it’s silly to keep making lenses with it just to make Rockwell happy … and 2) if you’re going to charge more for a given lens than Canon, at the very least make yours perform acceptably.

          • Anon

            I don’t know what you’re saying about the grip as your english is a little on the broken side, but you give Rockwell way too much power here.

    • Ben Dover

      YOu mean this D3s Press release photo with the current 85mm 1.4 ? 😉

  • Mike Dean

    Yawn… well, maybe it’ll drive down the price of the D3. The high ISO is really cool though.

    • Will they be making any more D3 cameras after this?

      • STJ

        Probably not…

    • At least the Price isn’t too far off of the current D3 prices:

      $5,199.95 US

  • Nikon Clueless

    Yes.. Nikon added at least 2 years to my current DSLR.. Another two announcements that are utterly useless to me.. Carry on.. Great job NikonRumors!..

  • R U SERIOUS!!!!!…………. canon here i come

    • Konrad

      I completely agree… They finally hit it good two years ago and they’re are starting to ruin it again…. sucks…

      • Eli

        You people are so fickle. Honestly I think you’re both idiots. You’re either kidding or you need to be admitted to a mental institution for gear addiction and severe impatience.

        • Let ’em go. We can buy their gear for cheap and then re-sell it to them when they come back disillusioned in a year or two.

          • You can also buy my non-VR tele lenses + nonexisting ones, since as it seems Nikon will never release or update them.

            Instead they are making just new bodies + strange new lenses.

          • Tony

            What would you have done all those years ago when where was no VR? Photogs today are sooooo spoiled.

      • Andy

        Then go to Canon. We dont need you whining children here.


    • Bob Howland

      Interesting comment. I shoot Canon and am thinking of switching to Nikon because of the D3s. Maybe I’ll go dual system for a while.

  • Jack

    predicted and told everyone here back in January that Nikon wasn’t going to release much or anything too impressive this year due to the economy. I figured they would play it safe until things looked better. This either means I’m smart, grandiose, or stupid. I smell too.

    • Stephen

      I call smart, but not all that smart. I think most people saw it coming. Any major developments would just be a waste of time and money right now. They would release something, watch it fail because no one has the money to buy it, and then have to start all over again in the cycle. This way they can keep whatever they have on the back burner going, and when the timings right, maybe in a year or so, they release it and have enough new stuff ready to go that they get all kinds of new people.

      • Anonymous

        Untrue the canon 7d is being “sold out” in most locations and/or they aren’t able to keep up with demand. There is money in the pool for worthly developments and releases.

        • Anon

          The 7D is a low-priced kiddie camera, it has nothing to do with a D700x or whatever people are talking about here…

        • I think the Canon 7D is a D300s competitor, not sure though.

    • STJ

      I must admit I saw a D700x/D800 coming… So dit Thom Hogan and I bet a “few” others…

      • Anon

        Thom Hogan is a douche. He has predicted a million things of which only the D3s happened because he saw it on NR.


    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! I’m saving for one for sure. That new DX Micro lens looks like the 60mm micro.

  • blueproto

    What?! No 100-500? What’s this DX macro lens? We already have a 105mm!

  • Blah

    Implosion….Nikon is going down.

  • Jack

    So the rumors on the potential new lenses were all crap, huh? Were there any rumors about this new 85mm micro? That’s how rumors go! It makes everything exciting and can be very disappointing too.

  • Justin

    WOW, 4 “new” cameras in a year. D300(s), D3(3), D60(s) – someone call it D3000, and D5000 (a really new camera)

  • Tony M

    2 more Nikon products I don’t need.
    Will have to wait for their next anouncement of a new DX camera and a new FX lens …..
    Guess Nikon is trying to keep both ‘camps’ happy.

    • Stephen

      I wouldn’t expect much for a while. Even if they had something you would want, do you really have the money to buy it right now? If you do, good on ya. If you’re more like me and struggling to stay up after the morning light, then something like this really doesn’t bother you one way the other.

  • pulu

    wtf, nikon releases the 70-200 II with the dx camera and the 85/3.5dx with the fx camera. makes no sense at all.

    is the 85 really cheap? because it doesn’t seem to have any other redeeming qualities.

    where are the wide fast primes?

    • Stephen

      The products aren’t really supposed to have a relationship with each other. If they do, it’s more of a coincidence. If there was some sort of intention behind it, it was just to keep both camps excited at each announcement.

  • nubz

    I’m curious about how good the ISO performance is. I don’t care about having a 45 MP camera so much anyway. Either way I will have a D300s at the end of the week and I won’t be looking elsewhere for a while. Good job Nikon and great job NR

    • STJ

      Me too – the pictures so far do not really show the improvements over a normal D3… I guess that will come. I hope the difference is larger than the D300 to D300s was…

  • Marty

    Does anyone know how much time passed by between the appearance of the D3 and the D700? I’m curious when we can expect the higher sensitivity sensor in the D700. Also a good 24, 28 and 35 mm prime for FX would have been nice, the 24 doubling as a 35 mm on DX. Sure hope Nikon knows more than we do!

    • pulu

      d3/d300 announced in late fall, d700 announced july of the following year.

    • STJ

      Yep – approx. 6months after….

  • AVI

    12 MP high ISO = Sony Exmor sensor

    where are the FX lenses???

    • Stephen

      There are plenty available. We just got a new 70-200, what more do you need right now. Yeah some nice fast primes would be good, but I can sure make do with old lenses for now. Besides, who has the money to buy the new equipment right now.

      • Anthony

        Was the market really clamoring for a refresh of the 70-200?

        As for “having the money”, this is the USA (well at least I’m in the USA). Here few buy things when they have the money, instead throwing stuff on a credit whenever the desire strikes.

        • Anon

          In Europe ppl have the big bucks, not much in the way of a depression. So stop whining about being broke. The rest of the world can handle a new lens..

  • NikoDoby

    Boom goes da DYNAMITE !!! 🙂

  • Blah

    I can feel disappointment LOL…same ole 12MPs

  • alex

    i wish they will release a new frimware with that NR system for D3/D700/D300

  • Henry Nikon Fan

    Well it would appear to me that Nikon has again recomitted to producing high end DX bodies.

    Yes there is the 105mm VR lens, but it is approximately $900.00 and FX. The new lens, when the price comes down will be maybe half of that. The new lens is not a low end consumer lens either.

    So again I say high end DX bodies are not going anywhere anytime soon.

  • Mark J.

    Man that DX Micro lens makes absolutely no sense to produce. I mean seriously, whomever thought of making a Macro lens that only does F3.5, and only for DX is retarded. For not all that much money, the 105mm is already the best of the best, making this plastic piece of garbage something that only the entry level Nikon customers would consider. And for pete’s sake, the amateur nikon user already has so many lenses to choose from that they will never buy them all. Why add more for a customer base that pretty much just buys the 18-200mm, a 50mm F1.8, and calls it good?

    But then again, i could just be ranting because i was really expecting some new F/1.4 glass to compete with the plethora of 1.4’s that Canon offers.

    • At $530 – $360 less than the 105 – it is quite a bit cheaper, but certainly still pretty expensive. Still, calling it a plastic piece of garbage is a bit of a stretch considering that you’ve never even seen one in real life let alone handled one before.

      14 elements in 10 groups for a DX prime? There is some serious correction going on there, and Nikon didn’t make the lens expensive to manufacture for no reason at all.

      My feeling is that this is aimed at the serious dedicated macro bunch – the professionals (and advanced amateurs) that do macro for a living.

      If this is as sharp as the MTF chart indicates – i.e. absolutely amazing, with almost no sharpness drop-off at the edges even wide open – it may be one of the sharpest lenses ever made (I have yet to compare to a variety of MTF charts). I would not be surprised to find out that this is the sharpest macro lens – nay, lens period – that Nikon has ever made.

      For example, compare to the 105mm f/2.8 VR Micro:

      Guess which is sharper and contrastier wide open according to the MTF? The 85mm, by a decent margin (especially with sagittal lines). Of course, this is all going off the given MTF chart which can often be more than a little misleading…

      • Stephen

        I think you hit the nail on the head here. This lens is going to be deadly sharp. I thing everyone is going to happy with this lens.

        • Yes, but 85 is too little for any practical usage.
          Even 105mm macro in only for flowers and static bugs.

          Better they update 200mm macro, 85mm makes no sense to me. Advantage of DX is exactly that, that you put 105mm lens and “make it” 150mm to gain some working distance.

          85mm as such would be only for stamp collectors.

          • You do not gain working distance by using FX macro lens on DX. You just have cropped the result, possibly with higher pixel density. For better working distance the lens must be designed so.

          • To capture 36mm wide object in whole frame od FX you have to be at 1:1 = closest working distance, od DX you can be at 1:1.5 -> 1.5x further = more working distance.

          • soap

            Bonzo – this is an honest question – but how can you capture a 36mm wide object at 1:1 on a sensor which isn’t 36mm wide (DX)?

            The point is, as I see it, if you keep the same working distance you’re still at 1:1 -but only seeing a smaller segment of the object.

            If you go to 1.5x the working distance you’re no longer at 1:1.

            Now, you may put as many pixels-per-degree on the subject – but that is NOT the same as being at 1:1 magnification on the film/sensor.

          • soap

            In other words:
            It is a 1.5x _crop_ factor that DX has – _not_ a 1.5x magnification factor.
            In many situations, due to DX’s historical habit of having higher sensor densities, they can be considered interchangeable terms, but when it comes to brass tacks they are _not_ the same.

            IF you pull back to a 1.5x working distance to capture a 36mm object on DX when in “macro” mode – you are no longer at 1:1 magnification – by definition, and so you’re comparing apples to oranges.

            I could pull back on a FX/Film camera 1.5x as well if I was willing to consider 2:3 a macro zoom level instead of the common definition of 1:1.

          • I said “To capture 36mm wide subject …on FX. ” not DX

            If you want to frame a butterfly that is 36mm wide, you need to be at 1:1 on FX at minimum distance. (FX sensor is 36mm wide)

            On DX at 1:1 you are cropping the wings, since DX sensor is only 24mm wide. So you “must” me more far away (approx. 1.5x time) to capture whole butterfly, that means magnification changed and is now 1:1.5.

            Now, “must” or “want” – you choose. But many like to have more working space DX offers (both in macro or telephoto), because subject are often scared away.

          • soap

            Point is you’re no longer at the classical definition of “macro” if you have moved back to smaller-than-1:1 as in your example – so it’s really apples to oranges.

  • blueproto

    Anyone noticed that Bill Frakes in the D3s microsite shot some of his photos with the 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II?

  • More bits on the D3s from dpreview:

    “The D3S sports a new sensor with an improved micro lens array and internal circuitry to reduce image noise. However, the nominal resolution of 12.1 megapixels remains the same as on the D3.”

    So it is definitely an upgrade on the sensor and not just the ADC/processing. They may have optimized the photosites and line readouts to reduce noise, depending on what “internal circuitry” refers to – it could be the sensor or ADC – or even both.

    Another goodie:

    “In-camera RAW processing is another new feature on the D3S. Image size and quality, white balance, picture control, noise reduction, color space and vignetting control are the available parameters. You can also apply digital exposure compensation.”

    People, this camera has big upgrades for the potential customers of this camera. The improved ISO response in itself may warrant upgrades for some photographers.

    720p video may not be the highest resolution available, but you can bet your a** that it’s enough for *most* journalists that are just getting clips for web viewing. Those are the guys that are buying this camera.

    I was unsure myself if this was really worth an ‘s’ upgrade, but reading about it really shows that there are some big changes for this camera.

    • Ennan

      Exactly. I’m excited.

    • Bob Howland

      There was one posting on DPReview by an astrophotographer, complete with math formulas, that maintained that the new D3s sensor may be approaching theoretical perfection in terms of its noise characteristics. At ISO 102,400, there can’t be very many photons hitting a sensor photocell.

  • Shanghai 2007

    Oh, if the price is right, this may be my way into macro.


  • Jim

    dpreview says the sensor is new and improved:

    The D3S sports a new sensor with an improved micro lens array and internal circuitry to reduce image noise. However, the nominal resolution of 12.1 megapixels remains the same as on the D3.

    Were there leaks about a new sensor? I don’t recall any predicting a new sensor with same MP. I was assuming the higher iso was just tweaks. This sounds more extensive, and surprising for an “S” model

  • Chad

    Wow, those iso 12800 sample shots look really good. Amazing samples.

  • Anonymous

    Another DX lens?! Wasn’t the 85mm rumours before for FX? So who is holding out for a early December announcement now or do we have to wait until April 2010?

    • Stephen

      They patented both. So this gets it either way.

  • i still like my d40 and 18-200mm

    • mnm

      what about the m9?

      • NikoDoby

        And your disposable film cameras? They’re still better than any of this stuff right Ken?

  • Nau

    FX body and DX lens

    what a combo… anything else coming from today ?

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