That was it for 2009

In the past, Nikon has released new products in December only three times (excluding software and firmware updates):

You can clearly see that the first week of December is Nikon's preferred time frame. The lack of any rumors and leaks as of today suggests that Nikon is done releasing new products for 2009. The only hope for new lenses in December (based on the rumor from Germany) is now gone (the AF-DC 135mm f/2 will probably still be replaced in 2010).

Here is a list of the new products released by Nikon Imaging in 2009:

2 entry level bodies, 2 pro bodies, 4 DX lenses and one full frame lens!

Given also the Holiday season, I do not expect a great amount of rumors in the next month or so. In the mean time I will continue to cover interesting Nikon related topics/news.

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  • Anony-mou

    What a crappy year, on so many levels. The year where FX lenses became unaffordable, the year where DX became the only lens format, the year where Nikon didn’t release the large format compact. Nothing happened.

    • M35G35

      Gives my wallet a break so I can do other things, like fix my house!

    • Daf

      Agreed on the lenses – expensive lenses have now become unaffordable lenses due to the price hikes.

    • STJ

      The year with the most complaints in history…. πŸ˜‰

  • williwieberg

    thank you for that years-end-review!
    you do a great job with your website!

  • D800

    waiting for Nikon D800 in march to june~~ hahaha

  • blueproto

    4 DX lenses? 1 FX lens? Ridiculous. The pro bodies and the 70-200 VR II was great though. Anyway, amazing job with this site, Admin. Really loved it – thanks πŸ˜€

  • Anonymous

    This was obviously going to be a bad year for Nikon and we can’t really blame them.

    Obviously, for us the customers, it keeps us waiting but it’s not like we didn’t own already good cameras.

    I’m expecting 2010 to be relatively the same without many groundbreaking upgrades.. 2011 shall be more interesting… D4, D400? Some new lenses to go with them?

    • Anonymous

      Bad year? They blew out their expected profits this year. They also blew out canon sales.

      • Jay

        Ugh where did you get that from? Canon made a huge profit this year.. nikon posted a loss.

  • I am

    OK. I hope 2010 will bring Nikon D95 (D8000) or something like that. πŸ™‚

    • WoutK89

      If Nikon will keep on the tradition, we first have to see a D400, later a D90 successor, so look for the D90s first πŸ™

  • Rangefinder Bob

    Thanks for all the great coverage and commentary. Looking forward to what 2010 will bring. Happy Holidays!

  • Andrew

    collpix? Edit required!

    • Tomaocron

      I think you mean “co0lpix”

    • WoutK89

      And rumor FROM Germany πŸ˜›

      • I am ashamed – 2 spelling mistakes on the same word.

        • WoutK89

          Lucky that you are only human πŸ™‚

  • Mike

    When you summarize it like that it sure sounds like a lot more that what it felt like during the year. Anyway, the big picture is that Nikon now has fully updated and modern pro zoom lenses for FX covering 14-400 mm. And upto 600 when you count the telephoto primes. The core ‘genetalist’ kit is complete now. My humble prediction now is that we will start to see specialist lenses and ‘consumer’ FX lenses appearing. 24, 35, 85 1.4, & 105, 135 DC & 24-120 redo, 24-300 for examples. DX?I’m not sure. They have 10-600 covered with 35 and 85 mm DX primes. If DX is turning ‘econoline’ then I think 12-24 @ 17-55 are the end of the line for pro/constant aperture zoom (third party not withstanding). I’m hoping for a hypothetical D700 ‘s’ but with 16-18 mp.

    • WoutK89

      D700s will not have a different sensor (in regards to MP)

      Also, what Nikon needs, is something like Sigma has a few years already, telezoom with AFs and VRII, 80-400 redo (100-500?) πŸ˜‰

      • PHB

        I agree that the D700s will be merely the D700 body with the D3s sensor plus video. Any upgrade would be the D800.

        I also agree that rather than looking at the new additions, people should focus on what parts of the lineup have been completed. Nikon has a complete set of pro f/2.8 FX zooms, a complete set of PC lenses and a 50mm f/1.4 prime.

        I can’t see there being a need for anything like the number of primes that people used to carry before there were first rate zooms. But a replacement for the existing AF lenses is surely in the works. Given the low volume of DC lens sales, I don’t see that the removal of the old lens from the catalog necessarily means that a replacement is imminent. The slow selling fast 28mm has been gone since 2006 without a replacement.

        Nikon could well consider adding a fast 24mm and 85mm to be a sufficient number of FX primes for 2010.

        The zoom lineup is equally complete on the DX side of the house. The main thing that is lacking is a replacement for the 80-400. That would have to be FX-capable of course, but I can’t see the point of FX if its length you are after. If you want a 100-500 you are almost certainly going to be happy to give up an f-stop to have a 150-750 of the same weight and size instead
        Given that the D90 is currently the oldest model in the Nikon range and the best seller on Amazon, I would suggest that an s model is quite likely. Either that or take the autofocus module from the D300 and turn out a D8000. The focus motor would probably disappear in the process.

        I can’t see much hope for a cheap FX body until there are cheaper lens options worth using on it. If we start to see professional f/4 primes it might be a sign that an FX plastic body is on its way. But I can’t see that as being likely until the D4/D400 is out.

    • mike

      The past few years have seen 7 lenses per year, so this year was a bit disappointing, especially considering the 18-200 was a pretty small update. Coupled with the fact that someone told Thom Hogan 2009 was going to have *more* lens announcements than usual, it’s easy to see why many people were disappointed.

  • BillyBobJohnson

    2009 was a complete non event. Two pro cameras (read minor upgrades to already excellent predecessors). 4 DX lenses (Jeezus, how many 18-XXX zooms does anyone actually need?) and a new 70-200mm (to placate all the FX whiners who can’t be bothered to do post-processing). Time for me to whine:
    WHERE ARE THE FX PRIMES NIKON? GOOD AS YOUR FX ZOOMS ARE, THEY WEIGH A TON AND DON’T HAVE THE MINIMAL DoF THAT SOME OF US CRAVE. There. I’m sure my capitalisation will make them sit up and take notice. 2010 will be much better now.

    • WoutK89

      in the DX 18-xxx, nothing has changed this year, its an update of a lens, not a new one. Currently official lenses: 18-55VR, 18-105VR and 18-200VR. The 18-70 and also the 18-135 are difficult to find.

  • Mike

    Should say “generalist”. Sorry for misprint.

    • WoutK89

      I liked your ‘misprint’ better πŸ˜€

  • Martin

    This year, I bit the bullet: sold my D300, 17-55, 55-200 and bought a D700 with a 50 f1.4. I have my eye on a used 105 VR micro. Next on the list is the 20mm. Since FX zooms are so pricey, I’m “learning” to use primes. It’s fun and the output is outstanding. That’s my knee jerk reaction to the high cost of FX zooms. I do hope 2010 brings new primes and a new flash. Call it SB-700 if you will. Although the SB-600 is very efficient, it is a bit long in the tooth. The SB-900 interface is smashing.

    Thanks for your hard work admin. Keep it up!

  • WoutK89

    Yet, all the rumors, remain πŸ™‚ It would be boring if we didnt have something left for taking with us into the new years! This site relies on them.

  • chris

    errr, how old is the 35mm 1.4? Can anyone remind me?

    • WoutK89


      • AlexFoo

        Cool, the year I was borned.

  • Bob

    Nikon is going to have to release a D400 or something. A D90s with 1080 HD and some manual controls. They just can’t sit it out in 2010. People are tight with their cash right now. It better be good and not cost less than $1700

  • You should also include a Canon Release data….just to see were we are at…..?????

  • Christina

    Well, just in case anyone with any kind of clout is listening (reading), here is my reaction:

    #1) Thank you for this site. I check it DAILY to make sure I know when a new body is coming out.
    #2) If Nikon doesn’t hurry up and come out with a new FF body in the D700-ish price category, I will look elsewhere.
    #3) If Pentax would come out with a full-frame and put it in the functionality of their K20D or K-x, I would be the first one in line to buy it.

    My husband has a K20D and has amazing functions that Nikon does not offer. They include: in-camera pixel remapping, adjusting for front/back focusing lenses, D3-level dust and water resistant build quality, Speed and Aperture locking so the camera adjusts ISO for best exposure, easy-bracketing-for HDR images, quick view of image to see if you need to adjust settings before writing to card, etc.

    I am convinced Nikon’s full-frame D700 has better low-light capabilities, and higher IQ, but the above Pentax features are just plain awesome, and would make an updated D700 camera a complete game changer for Nikon.

    If the response is “Nikon can’t do this due to patent infringement”, then Pentax better be planning on a full frame, along with the medium format that is on the horizon. They won’t capture too many users for a hugely expensive medium format, but they would capture lots and lots of enthusiasts with a full frame, which has the D20D features. I would be first in line.

    thanks again for maintaining this really useful and informative site!

    • WoutK89

      “adjusting for front/back focusing lenses”

      micro adjustment, its there since D300/D3 launch

      • Christina

        Hey, thanks for that info!

        I have a D90 and it doesn’t have that feature, but glad to know the upper models do.

        But, there are still plenty of other little features that I would love to see incorporated in.
        thanks again for the info!

      • Mike

        And Nikon’s have an “auto ISO” feature that you can leave aperature and shutter in place and it will adjust ISO.

    • DC

      Nikon does most of the things you mention, the exception being in-camera pixel mapping (which would be nice). Maybe, more time reading the manual, less time reading NR? πŸ˜‰

    • mike

      In addition to the other things that have already been mentioned, your camera already does exposure bracketing (there is a button dedicated to it right next to the lens mount), and you can configure the camera to display pictures right after you take them. If you don’t like the shot, mash the delete button.

  • Paul

    thanks for all the updates! i check almost daily.

  • Stating the obvious here: as a promateur this year was a difficult year to be a Nikon fan. Looking at the different lenses offered by Nikon v. Canon, looking at the 20MPs optiosn offered by Canon that are not above $8,000, leaves me a bit wanting (lets hear it for the millionth time, where is the D700 a.k.a. D700x?) You want to shoot a fast wide on a Nikon? My biggest missing link with Nikon is a fast wide and a fast medium. Want a fast side on a Nikon? pay $3,000 to $4,000 for a discountinued 28mm f/1.4D (versus Canon 24mm F/1.4 L II for $1,700) (granted the Nikon 28mm f/1.4 D is an awesome lens). Want shallow depth of field from a non-telephoto lens? go get a manual 50mm f/1.2 or a 85mm f/1.4 (versus Canon AF 50mm f/1.2 and AF 80mm f/1.2). Granted these are rather specialty lenses, but I don’t think it’s too much to ask from a SLR powerhouse like Nikon. that said, the 14-24mm, 24-70mm, 70-200mm VRII, are all excellent lenses and there is no reason you can’t accomplish 99% of the photo assignments out there with these three lens, even with a D700 πŸ™‚

    • David

      Ack! typos everywhere in my post, sorry.

  • winners?

    so… who won the giveaway from two days ago? lol (did i miss the posting for that ?) by the way thanks NR for your continuous passion in nikon related news

  • low

    long live dx! ‘pro’ shooters shouldnt be complaining..they should be out shooting! ask yourselves this. πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous

    wait. what about sb700? any news?

  • Dweeb

    An all round dud year from Nikon as expected beginning with their lack of PMA goodies. Plus the disturbing trend of importing 1000 buck amateur lenses from China.

  • David C

    I was at least hoping that they would release the P6000 successor before Christmas. It would have been a nice surprise and I probably would have picked that up instead of the Tamron 17-50 VC i am about to get….

  • bjokerud

    Better start saving for a D700s/D800, 85mm f/1.4 AF-s (or, maybe, f/1.2!!!) !and a SB-700. Hopefully we get to add a 100-500mm to our camerabag as well. Thank you for a wonderfull job on Nikonrumors!

  • Kerni

    I wonder if some of us (including myself) use our free time for photographing or just stay tuned every minute and pray for new stuff – so let’s use that excellent nikon gear what already exists for great work and let’s take photos, no one has taken before…

    • David

      I know . . . what separates me from being a so-so photog to a good photog is not photo equipment that’s for sure.

    • BJamy

      Uhm, I never thought of it that way. That’s a new aproach! But still want to upgrade to FX with a killer camera, though.

  • 3space

    broke for the D3s love the video quality…. plus the D3s has manual control in video… its not in the user manual but if you put the camera in manual mode and activate live view and then push the ok button the camera disables all automatic adjustments… you can make changes to the big three on the fly and the display shows the changes plus it has a exposure indicator that updates in real time.

    still testing the camera but here are a few test movies…

  • I recently started working at a large camera retailer in the NYC/metro area and I am a Nikon D700 shooter myself.

    My general observation is that Nikon needs to re haul it’s prime lens line into AF-S lenses. I don’t mind AF-D lenses, but a lot of people who are interested in buying new lenses for their entry level bodies are disappointed there is no fast 50 for their cameras. The 35mm 1.8 DX has solved some of this, but what about for me? There is only the old 35mm f/2 AF-D.

    Granted Nikon makes the very popular (we have trouble keeping them in stock) holy trinity of lenses 14-24, 24-70, 70-200 but they are a much bigger investment. They are all fabulous lenses, but are all very heavy and I would prefer something similar to Canon’s 24nm f/1.4 L II, maybe even a 1.8?. I shoot in a lot of low light and love how the D700 performs, faster primes would make it even better.

    Granted there are some extremes I don’t think Nikon needs to go to, for example the Canon 85mm f/1.2 is overkill in my opinion. The Nikon 85 f/1.4 AF-D is a fabulous lens, I don’t think they need to do anything there, but an AF-S version would be nice.

    Here is a lineup I would like to see from Nikon in 2010:

    35mm f/1.4 AF-S
    24mm f/1.4 or 1.8 AF-S
    18mm f/2.8 DX?
    Redesigned 24-120mm with a constant f/4 aperture and VRII

    D800 towards the end of the year is probable, I don’t think there will be a D700x/s
    D90 replacement (FX?) I think the D5000 line is too similar to the D90, granted there is a better build quality, AF system, etc…

    The D3000 is perfect for an entry level camera. Most people who look at the D90 have ended up buying the D5000 kit with two lenses because it has the same sensor and they don’t consider the upgraded features of the D90 to be worth the extra money. Some people who consider the D300s end up buying the D90 because the D300s is more than they need, but what about this idea…

    Nikon could really steal everyone’s thunder if they were the first to sell an FX sensor in a D90 type body. I know it may sound crazy, but hear me out.

    Nikon D95

    12.1 MP FX sensor (when they stop making the D700… They love to reuse sensors anyway right?)

    AF: Nikon Multi-CAM1000 or maybe an updated system for FX, to spread the points out more, but not have the same capabilities of the D300/700 bodies

    ISO Sensitivity: Same as the D700

    Continuous shooting: 3 FPS

    Basically keep everything the same as the D90 right now, maybe update the video to true 1080p? They had no shame in releasing the first dSLR with video on a D90 body, why not make the first Nikon 1080p on a D90 as well?

    Granted this would NOT be something to release while the D700 is still in production. When the D800 comes out, it would be smart to release this a little later on.

    Consumers are very interested in high ISO performance and an FX sensor is the way to go, but a lot of people would also like something less expensive than the D700 or the new D800 line.

    Price (body only): $1,250

    Possible ktis:
    Redesigned 24-120 f/4 or 24-105 f/4 ?
    Redesigned 24-85mm f/2.8-4.0 AF-D as an AF-S lens?

    Granted this may bite at the D300s sales, but honestly I think the D300s was a stupid camera for them to make. The video they added was not as good as Canon’s 7D and Nikon should have known about the 7D’s coming. Their best bet would have been to wait it out until they could release a D400 at some point in the future. It’s still a great camera, but a lot of people would be happy to pay a lot less for the original D300 for a lower price without the video instead of a Canon 7D for $1,700.

    Just my two cents.

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