Nikon-Rumor mills from around the web

Bits and pieces of Nikon rumors from around the web:


"More fast wide angle prime lenses are definitely in the pipeline, but I can't say more than that." (from Oct 29, 2009, 09:53 am).

If you read his first comment on this thread, Mr. Vener had the opportunity to shoot with the Nikon D3s almost right after it was released, so I would assume that he does have some insider information.

  • Interesting comment on dpreview: in 2010 we should get:

- D500 (DX)
- D800 (not D700x) with 18MP (not 24MP)
- A new wide angle prime lens
- A new mid range zoom lens with VR
- A super tele zoom lens with VR (all lenses expected by February, 2010 - for details see older post)

This is pretty much nothing new (it seems that we now have a rumor consensus for all those lenses), except the 18MP sensor. Two weeks ago I received a tip that Nikon has been actively working on a 16MP full frame sensor - maybe they redesigned the 16MP chip and turned in into a 18MP?

  • Zeiss will be releasing some new ZF lenses: "around a 180, 135 focal length (the 180 will probably be macro)"

f = 35.863, FNO = 1.45 and the lens diagram:


Not clear yet if the rumored wide angle prime will be 24mm f/1.4, 35mm f/1.4 or maybe both?

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  • NikoDoby

    So no D400? 🙁

    • Maybe the D500 will start a different group of DX DSLR for Nikon?

      • NikoDoby

        What more could they add besides video that would warrant an “elite” DX class? D1 series seals? I’m hoping for a low end FF that could still be sold along side the D300S. Cheaper than the D700/800.

        I guess I’ll just have to try my hardest to continue getting great pictures out of the current D300/D700/D3 🙁

        • Davo

          D2 style integrated grip, weather sealed high end DX camera for those pros that value the extra reach?? No flash, maybe built in commander without the pop-up flash?
          Would send a signal that DX is here to stay and won’t be abandoned. So u have D3series with D700 as it’s little bro for FX and D500 with D300s as it’s little bro for DX.

          • Anon

            I think that a DX camera with the über-high quality body of the D2 and D3 etc would be a good idea. At least, I’d be in the market for one (if it isn’t ridiculously expensive).

  • Derek

    Regarding 18MP.

    The same poster on dpreview which seems to receive good info, corrected himself and said it would be “over 20MP”.

    • nobody

      No, he said more than 18!

      • Derek

        Ok, just to clear up what was said…a couple of quotes…

        “Besides Nikon is busy with a camera with more than 18MP…although I have mentioned 18MP recently, I should put more effort in my Japanese and think and read twice before dumping ‘news’ in here.”

        “Besides of the technical part, it might be one of the reasons you will not get 24MP, but how about 20?”

  • Anonymous

    now this is a spicy rumor post

  • Anonymous

    Yeah! I miss my 10.5 fisheye. I want a new version of the 16mm to put on my D700.

    • Mikael

      Anyone tried the 10.5 on fullframe? How much does it cover/how big are the pictures if you crop the vinjett?

  • Adam

    Nikon finally catching up on the wide angle primes.. Good stuff.

    Now they just need a pro line up of f/4 zooms.

    • rhlpetrus

      Indeed, Nikon needs a smaller, cheaper zoom line of high quality (f/4 good enough) for the FF line. THere was a rumor about a 16-35mm, now there’s talk of a new mid-range zoom, I hope at least this last one comes soon.

    • Why? Variable aperture doesn’t necessarily equal crap.

      What’s so desirable about f4 zooms?

      Because Canon did it isn’t good enough. I’m honestly not impressed with any of Canon’s f4 glass, except for the 70-200. The 17-40 and 24-105 are over hyped and priced. Nikon doesn’t need overpriced glass. They need good sharp glass that works. So far so good. Except for a full frame midrange zoom with VR at any price point. The 24-120 is crap.

  • mike

    Seems earlier than some (e.g., me) were expecting. Nikon has traditionally been on a 4-year cycle, which suggests 2011; moreover they usually launch new tech in the pro line first or concurrently with the Dx00 line. Maybe they’ve decided to change things up a bit? Or maybe M Lammerse’s sources are not as good as we would like them to be?

  • David

    Sorry if I missed this earlier but what do we know about specs for the rumored “new mid range zoom lens with VR”?

    Is this going to be a FX standard zoom starting at 24mm or something more applicable for DX format?

  • Mike

    Would love to see an 18 mp fx body. A good mix of FX without the defraction limits of 24 mp. It also means I would be able to get 7-8 mp when using my DX lenses like the 10.5 fisheye. I’ve rented the D700 on many occaisions and while an awesome camera I am more than making due with my D300. I told myself from the beginning (launch of the D700) that I would skip this generation and get the D700 successor. If it is indeed 18 mp I can see having that camera for a looong time. An 18 mp, dual card slot, D3s type video, is my perfect camera. Make it Nikon, and I will buy it. Are you listening Amanda?! :-). (I know for a fact Nikon people read these forums).

    • I know that fact too 🙂

      • NikoDoby

        Hi Amanda 🙂

        • Amanda

          Hi Guys!

          • Anony-mou

            Hi Amanda, are non-Japanese PR employees of Nikon kept up to date with information about unreleased products or do they keep you in the dark until the day before the official announcement? Is there anything Nikon develops outside of Japan?

          • rhlpetrus

            Tell the big guys/gals to come up with the D800 and the f/4 zoom line asap! Are they playing with us? 😉

    • You won’t see dual CF card slots, if that’s what you’re hoping for.

      Nikon has to do cost cutting to bring out cameras like the D700 at half the price of the comparable professional camera. Dual CF card slots, powerful AF motors, high FPS and big buffers are the first things to go.

      An SDHC slot is much more probable, considering the D300s has one now.

  • I would love to get that 70-200 vrII in my hands before I leave to Hawaii nov 23rd to go do a wedding. Now I’m kicking myself for pro-crastinating sending in to be on the Nikon-Pro list, so I can be first on the list.

    Happy to note I’ve had tons of people requesting to buy the old 70-200 2.8 used.

    I as well will buy the D800 without second thought.
    I’d take better noise performance 18mp over a 24mp with lessened ability.
    I might be one of the weird ones that would like to see the 1080 video in it as well.

  • Anony-mou

    I’m tired of the random Joes on forums thinking they are insiders. Seems like they crave more attention than they possess information.

  • longtimenikonshooter

    i want 28mm f/1.4.

  • Void

    What about a D90 update? It’s getting to be about that time. Maybe some more stuff with the swivel screen, or actually usable live view (ie something that can focus)?

    • Gordon

      Perhaps the D500 is the renamed D90 seeing as Nikon seems to be wanting to move away from body numbers in the DX0 syntax?

      • nobody

        I would rather assume that M. Lammerse has simply got that one wrong! Let’s just hope he’s got the other items right!

  • Anon

    Oh no! They want lots of money from me also next year…

    • another anonymous

      me too, what will i do????

  • Alex

    Ok, so 2010 Canonrumors expects a 1Ds4 with 32mp – which will no doubt go in to the 5D Mk3. – D700 comes out with 12mp, 5Dmk2 comes out with 21. D800 comes out with 18mp, 5Dmk3 comes out with 32mp. Can anyone see a pattern here?

    • nobody

      I don’t see a 32MP 5DIII come quickly. Canon are in need of arguments for another $8.000 camera. So these 30+ MP will stand out on the 1DS4 for some time.

    • rhlpetrus

      Think of it, how many people really need 32MP? The pixel race, even though the latest developments by Canon, is not going to be the most important issue. The D3s, just released, with even better high ISO than the D3, has gotten wonderful press and overshadowed the 1D4 launch.

      And Nikon is doing very well, prediction for current yerar is 3,550,000 dslr units sold, page 17 of:

      Even the p&s sector is doing relatively well in a dismal economic situation.

  • getanalogue

    D500 would be mine immediately, and a super-sharp 16-35 DX 1:4 as well! I still have a very rare 24-50 which is an ideal focal length coverage

  • Yeey for patents… now if only they would actually create the damn thing.

  • matt2001

    woot! it’s about time for nikon to roll out the good stuff!

  • camerausercollector

    Yes! My wish is finally becoming a reality. 24 af-s 1.4 and 35 af-s 1.4.
    Hey guys with the 28mm f1.4 and 35mm f1.4 sell your lenses before the price goes downhill.

  • hybris

    yes yes yes
    and video
    downloadet a videofootage from d3s on dpreview.
    it looks pretty darn well to me
    a littelbit grany but the footage was shoot indside on a nikon stand
    so i guess theat it was higher iso trough

    teh video lookede sharp to me and nice strong colors

    you can do it nikon, you can do it!

  • Dane

    The big zoom lens, about 100-500mm you say could be ecspected around february… So if I was going on a big assignment in Africa i the beginning of may, would there be time to get the lens? If not, I think I’ll put my money in a Canon dslr and lenses instead. Time is everything…

    • BillyBobJohnson

      If you were going on a big assignment in Africa then surely you’d be taking your 200-400/f4, your 600/f4 and your 70-200/f2.8 VRII on a spare D3s body for close up stuff? No?

      • Dane

        If you are on a limited budget and need a fast large zoom lens like the canon L 100-400m or the 28-300mm (which by the way seems much faster than the (100-400mm) it is crucial for choosing either Nikon or Canon that Nikon come up with something in the beginning of 2010.
        People make these choices all the time, it would therefore in my opinion be better if the companies revealed their new products as fast as possible, so that people could make a wellinformed choice. I know that this would cut down selling of already excisting products, but since new products alwayes is more expensive, many will be interested in buying the old products at a sligthly lower price.

        • BillyBobJohnson

          So your not going on a big assignment at all. More like a holiday where you want to pull off a few snaps from the tour bus.

  • rhlpetrus

    Hi Admin: this 16MP FF sensor could well be in development for the D4. Nikon wouldn’t go up in the pixel count and loose the high ISO edge it has had since the D3 was introduced, and the D3s seems to be even better in that respect.

    And Michel lammerse, as posted above, has mentioned that the D800 may come with more than 18MP, so we’ll have to wait until some more credible leaks come up.


  • Mark

    Well, time for me to sound like a broken record. I want to see what happens with the D700 part of the Nikon line. The new model (D700x/D800?) is what I would prefer if I can gain a dose of MP (16 or 18MP) and the price stays under $3,000 (US).

    On a side note, I am a photo prof and I think Nikon (as well as the other brands) need a cost effective DSLR. At least under $400 with a lens on it. I had hope for Nikon to keep running with the D50 on this front. Student need a more cost effective option to get started into the serious digital.


  • BillyBobJohnson


    • BillyBobJohnson

      I said NOW !!!!

      • matt2001

        NOW!!!!!!!!! +2,000,000 ! 😀

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think we’ll be seeing Canon introducing another 5D camera EVER. The big reason being is that this Canon 3D rumor seems to be quite real. A camera that would share the 1D Mark IV sensor while having less performance.

    I am 100% confident that canon learned their lesson when the 5D Mark II crashed the 1Ds Mark III sales to practically nothing. I would honestly shocked if we ever see a non pro body featuring either Nikon or Canons top sensor again.

  • Anonymous

    That Super telephoto zoommmmmmmmm sounds too good to be true. If that 100-500/f4-5.6 ED VR is really coming, i’m buying it. Put a D300s behind and fire away. A 500/f4 is too big and expensive and a 300/f4 need a 1.7x to get to 500mm which makes it slow. A 100-500mm is perfect for my needs.

  • Mike

    Ellis Vener? He is active on which means he is most likely an amateur who fancies himself a “professional.” In other words, he wouldn’t have a clue what Nikon has to offer down the road when you consider that there are maybe a handful of pros who have access to the latest Nikon gear for testing. I have seen this guys work also, it is typical amateur yawn inducing internet photography.

    • He had the opportunity to shoot with the Nikon D3s almost right after it was released – he must know somebody @ Nikon.

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