Nikon related news/links

  • Nikon D3x price drop in Japan to 625,000 Yen (aprox. US$ 6,700).
  • According to Grays of Westminster the Nikon D3 is now discontinued (no surprise here) and those are the expected availability dates for the latest products provided by Nikon UK:

AF-S 70-200mm f2.8 G VR II IF-ED: November 27th
Nikon D3s: November 27th
AF-S 85mm f3.5 G Micro-Nikkor DX: December 4th


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  • longtimenikonshooter

    just shot some test shots with new 70-200mm VR 2 couple weeks ago. but, unfortunately, i am not allowed to post them anywhere. compared to the previous version, the difference is substantial on both dx and fx bodies.

    • Anony-mou

      What is different?

      • longtimenikonshooter

        much quicker AF in low light and VR2 works better too

    • nir.e

      C’mon.. “the difference is substantial”
      It is so unprofessional to conclude this from some test shots,
      if you would have took studio shots on a tripod, with the same composition, aperture and camera and compare the shots, only then the saying “the difference is substantial” would have meant anything

      • longtimenikonshooter

        the tests were done in a professional studio with identical lighting setups and on identical tripods.

        • nir.e

          “show me the money”
          if you are not allowed to post the tests, then get the permission
          or at list post crops to support your your claim
          or again “the difference is substantial” don’t mean anything valid
          it does mean that some guy at “” writes at the comments the new nikon 70-200 is a far better lens. so?
          now the other guy (me) says don’t expect miracles..

  • PHB

    The addition of video to the D300s will mean that one heck of a lot of divers will be interested in it.

    Still and video in one is not such a big issue for me on the surface, my Canon Vixia HF22 weighs less than a lens.

    Down 100m or so, the ability to switch from one to the other is going to be very big news.

  • MikeZ

    The d300s water housing does not have the center select button on the 5 button wheel. Not a big deal if you can uses the ok as a select button. But if that was for the the d90 that would be bad that you spend all that money to find out that you can’t uses the ok button, select or even take video…..

  • Zoetmb

    Nikon results:
    Looking just at Imaging division for the 1st half of the fiscal year (Apr09-Sept09) compared to previous fiscal year 1st half:
    Revenue in Yen is down 18.4%
    Revenue in USD is down 9.9%
    Earnings in Yen is down 36.9%
    Earnings in USD is down 30.3%

    DSLRs: down 4.6%. 32% market share compared to CIPA Shipments for same period.
    P&S: up 1.4%. 10.4% market share
    Lenses: flat 28.9% market share.
    Lenses per body sold: 1.48. CIPA industry average: 1.63

    Full Year Forecast (ending March 2010 compared to FY ending March 2009):
    Revenue in Yen is down 6.1%
    Revenue in USD up 2%
    Earnings in Yen up 24.9%
    Earnings in USD up 35.6%

    Note: USD Revenue/earnings calculation based on Nikon’s projection that USD will average 93 Yen, but as of right now, it looks like it will be closer to 90.

    Projected full year Units compared to previous year actual:
    DSLRs: up 3.8%
    P&S: up 11.3%
    Lenses: up 5.7%

    Seems optimistic, but Nikon always projects conservatively and always beats their numbers. Guess they expect a good holiday season and/or they expect to release a lot of new product early in 2010.

  • Simon

    The blog made me laugh. It remind me of the film “Jason and the Argonaut” when the sorceror revived those army of skeletons and out of desperation in his voice he cries “HERE, HERE, HERE!!!!”

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