Weekly Nikon related news/links

"This is the longest reaching and the largest dimension Nikkor optical lens for 35mm photography. It works almost like a optical telescope which projects a compelling 40X magnification of the subject when compared with a normal 50mm standard lens."

  • Nikon circular for Mother's Day (US) - nothing interesting besides a 70-300mm lens rebate.
  • Nikon provides aid to the victims of earthquake in Qinghai, China (source).
  • Some updates on the new Lee filter system for the 14-24 lens (see video here):
    • The Super Wide 150 Filter Holder System is currently in Production. It will initially only fit the Nikon 14-24mm. This system will cover FX lenses without vignetting and take resin graduated & standard filters.
    • The system will include the holder, a collar to attach to the Nikon 14-24 lens and one Neutral Density 0.6 Grad Hard filter. (Though we do not have an exact cost for this system (TBD) , we are hoping to have it available to consumers for about $250.00 USD.
    • There is no polarizer in the pipeline, but one is not to be ruled out for the future.
    • Extra filters that will be available for purchase currently planned to produce (pricing TBD):
    • Though currently available in the UK, this system will not be available in the USA until June / July 2010.

  • Petapixel found an old video commercial for the Nikon F5 - yes, you could shoot video with a Nikon SLR back in 1997:

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  • PHB

    That telescope was one of my all time favorite lenses I will never buy.

    Of course, there is no real shortage of suppliers of good telescopes that support the F-mount and $20K will buy you something a lot better.

  • enesunkie

    Drats, second!

  • nts

    “Petapixel found an old video commercial for the Nikon F5 – yes, you could shoot video with a Nikon DSLR back in 1997”

    DSLR or SLR. Waa… 200 rolls of films. See how digital cameras save our time now.

    • ahhh, good one – fixed it 🙂

    • wait a minute…if I’m not mistaken then the D3 can shoot even quicker than the F5 did. That means that the D3 indeed has a video function…with a resolution that kicks poor old 1080p around like nothing. 🙂

  • Johnny

    Oh my! Awesome find on the F5 that “also films video” 🙂

  • Gerry

    Is it just me, or does amazon say that it will ship May 25th, not right now?

  • ArtTwisted

    By that logic the D3 shoots video too 😛

    • and 4k at that! screw RED

      • ArtTwisted

        true 4k at that, red isint even close to that.

  • The 2000mm mirror lens would be awesome for startgazing, but weak for taking pictures. This is where it’s at: http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/companies/nikon/nikkoresources/zoomsMF/12001700mm.htm

    …add a 1.4 TC and you’re at a longer focal length with the same aperture. And no doughnuts! Weighs 35lbs and costs about the same as Lexus.

    • PHB

      If you are taking pictures at that length you are going to be limited by the atmosphere.

      I don’t think it likely we will see a similar lens again from Nikon for some time. Sigma has a similarly sized monstrosity.

      If you took a 600mm f/4 and put the 2x teleconverter on and mounted the result on a DX body you could get 1800 f/8 in a rather more manageable package.

      1260mm is the most you can get to and use autofocus with the current generation of cameras. More likely Nikon would develop a better low light autofocus system than a lens in this class.

  • leo

    Sorry mate, but the lee filter system for the 14-24 will cost, at least 3, times the price you suggest..or so I think..



    • Kanichiro

      The price of $250.00 US came from Lee Filters.

  • Daniel

    Will the 2000 mm f/11 Nikkor autofocus on my D40x?

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