Weekly Nikon related news/links

We are now back to regular programing. Those are the Nikon news from last week while I was gone:

  • Nikon Coolpix L110 firmware v1.4 is out (MacWin).
  • Interesting tests of different Nikon cameras, telephoto lenses and teleconverters combinations (NSFW).
  • Lee  Filters for the Nikon 14-24mm (see product video here) update 6/29/10: "Production for this project is taking longer than anticipated. We hope to have the product available ASAP and will notify you upon availability. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have created. Our goal is to provide our customers with the best photographic filters on the market."

Two videos after the break:

  • Nikon 24-70 F2.8 N light leak video (previously described here):
  • Nikon stand tour from PMA Digital Life Expo 2010 in Melbourne, Australia:

Happy July 4th to all US readers!

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  1. Posted July 4, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    The Lee Filters news is hardly a surprise – you can’t buy most of their products for love or money. They seem to have a severe production issue with everything they try and produce. The bad news is that they are the best filters on the market but I am massive sceptical that the solution for the 14-24mm is going to be entirely fit for purpose bearing in mind the massive front element. Perhaps they’ve realised it isn’t foolproof after all?

    • Posted July 4, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

      Isn’t Lee an English company ? That explains the lot: “We’ve made a start …” and “That’ll do for now …” are the two most common expressions you hear in this country !No wonder they have “severe production issues” … Hahaha …

    • Mon nez
      Posted July 5, 2010 at 7:20 am | Permalink

      I believe I understand why a company would prematurely announce a product they are not (at that time) able to produce – but it doesn’t make it any less despicable.

    • Dweeb
      Posted July 5, 2010 at 8:14 am | Permalink

      They’re probably finding out it vignettes at 14-18. I’m waiting for proof otherwise.

    • David Hasselblaff
      Posted July 5, 2010 at 8:37 am | Permalink

      I don’t get the whole filter for the 14-24 thingy. When to use filters on a lens that wide? Mainly for landscapes at f/11 right? A 16-35 won’t make that much of a difference then.

      • Mon nez
        Posted July 5, 2010 at 10:19 am | Permalink

        Two words:
        ND grad.

  2. Colin
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    what a stupid 85/1.4 render

    it looks like a 24-70/2.8 with the zoom ring removed and the bit past the focus ring replaced with a small lens hood.

    • Dweeb
      Posted July 5, 2010 at 8:05 am | Permalink

      Pure baloney – Fixed lenshood? C’mon.

  3. NikoDoby
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    A lens test with a topless tattoo model?!? Why can’t ALL lens tests be like that?

    …stupid brick walls…

    • Dweeb
      Posted July 5, 2010 at 8:16 am | Permalink

      You’d think they could have her hold a newspaper in the frame corner. Typical Nikonians type mentality.

  4. Gary
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    I like the bold vision articulated by the Nikon President. Now we just see if Nikon can deliver. My bet is that they will, but that a lot of the next generation devices will not show up until next year, which of course will leave some disappointed until then.

    I do believe we’ll see an EVIL system from Nikon out this year; that will be their big announcement. If they can get that system right they may redefine the marketplace.

  5. The invisible man
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    Tripod, WB on tungsten, 200 ISO, aperture f8-11, speed 5 to 20 seconds bulk shutter, (remote control or “mirror up” will help), viewfinder “hole” sealed if you can.
    Happy 4th July and Good luck !

  6. Victor Hassleblood
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    “Nikon asks for your continued support and enthusiasm ”

    I am asking Nikon for continued support and enthusiasm. Feel let down right know.

    • Dweeb
      Posted July 5, 2010 at 8:22 am | Permalink

      I choked on the trustworthiness statement (70-200 contamination). Nikon talk in code and a lot is lost in English translation. What they mean is send them $2000 every 24 month product cycle.

  7. fzz
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    In the comment below, the guy who posted the picture (callbusybiz) says:
    “哈哈哈哈!這是我開發的版本啊!X D”

    translated in English means: hahaha, this version is developed by me.

  8. Posted July 4, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

    Happy 4th of July to all American readers and others interested.

  9. Wayne
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    To Administrator:

    Here is proof of a complete name and email address being left in the POST COMMENT area, as I am posting as this person and will next post as myself to perhaps prove this.

    Name left – Wayne
    plus email address which I will not post.

  10. Jabs
    Posted July 4, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    Hey Administrator,
    I just posted as ‘Wayne” and now I am telling you plus offering you PROOF that something is broken here.
    I don’t know who “Wayne” is but instead of erasing it, I just posted as them plus they have a gmail address which I erased.

    • Posted July 4, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

      This started few days ago and it is happening only to selected readers. Really weird. I may disable all comments until I figure out a solution.

      • Jabs
        Posted July 5, 2010 at 12:11 am | Permalink

        I just posted as ‘CS’ which was left over when I came to the web site even before I decided to post, as was just reading responses.
        Perhaps you ask the posters who are noting the problem what Operating System they use and what Browser and then deduce from there?

        I use Linux and Firefox 3.5.9.
        They can even use a ‘private reply’ to tell you.

      • Posted July 5, 2010 at 12:20 am | Permalink

        I updated PhotoRrumors.com to WordPress 3.0 without any issues so far. I hope that this will fix this problem.

      • The invisible Man
        Posted July 5, 2010 at 9:23 am | Permalink

        It happened to me also few days ago, was a “canon…” name.
        I did not pay much attention but it was a little weird.

  11. CS
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 12:06 am | Permalink

    Yeah Administrator,
    It’s weird.
    Just also found CS with an Earthlink address.
    I am posting as them now.
    WHEN you cleared your cache, it seemed to erase the problem and just noticed it today.

    Can it be browser related or even OS related, as to what the user posts with who sees this left over information?
    Can it be Iphone related as in you got hacked – LOL!

  12. Posted July 5, 2010 at 12:10 am | Permalink

    That 24-70 lens test video is pretty lame. First of all, the lens works in most situations just as advertised. I’m not saying this isn’t a problem, but it’s certainly not a BIG problem. Putting a little gaffer’s tape on the lens at night when you’re shooting landscapes (at infinity) with +10 second exposures isn’t really a difficult request.

    But the real reason why this guy’s a joker:

    Inverse Square Law.

    While holding the camera at approximately 1 foot away from the light source, sure, it’s simple to get a light leak. But how many times have I been only 1 foot away from my light source in the studio? At 2400 w/s? At ISO 800?

    This test is pretty unrealistic, and therefore essentially sensational. Move the camera 2 feet away from the light (instead of his 1 foot test distance), and the power is now (more or less) cut in quarter—he’ll need ISO 3200 for the same amount of leak. Move it 4 feet away, and he’ll need ISO 12,800 to expose the same somewhat faint streak. Now, put the camera at a normal distance, say 12 feet, and turn the softbox so it’s feathering or facing completely away from the camera, and he’ll need something in the area of 1,000,000 ISO to replicate the same problem. Extrapolating down, that’s:

    1) 1,000,000
    2) 500,000
    3) 250,000
    4) 125,000
    5) 64,000
    6) 32,000
    7) 16,000
    8) 8,000
    9) 4,000
    10) 2,000
    11) 1,000
    12) 500
    13) 250
    14) 125
    14 1/3) 100

    14+ stops of light—that’s exceeding the limits of even the most advanced sensors on the market today. Now cut the power of your light source to something more reasonable, say 1,200 w/s, and it’s now highly improbable you’ll run into problems. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be aware of the potential snafus. And it doesn’t even mean that Nikon shouldn’t necessarily do something to remedy the issue. But the test is a bit bogus, and does nothing to help establish the seriousness of this problem.

    • Posted July 5, 2010 at 2:32 am | Permalink

      Well I could replicate the issue and I was 93 million miles from the light source. I was doing some landscape long exposures and the sun, while intense, was in the right position in the sky to be reflecting off the barrel of the lens. I couldn’t work out what was happening shot after shot and removed my filters, and lens, and re-attached them all believing it was my own error. Eventually I must have changed focal length and the issue of course went away. While his test might be ‘lame’ it just proves that the lens isn’t internally sealed properly. My solution is to avoid that focal range for long exposures which isn’t a big deal but it still leaves me with doubts that perhaps other images might be susceptible to over-exposure and that I don’t have the quality product I think I have. That’s probably more a confidence issue than reality but that’s my issue – I don’t want to send it back to Nikon.

    • Discontinued
      Posted July 5, 2010 at 5:36 am | Permalink

      Ron Adair,

      you do a lot of thinking and writing, to keep this quality issue low. Bored? Too much time on your hands?? Fanboy???
      “Just a little gaffer’s tape” I am sure it will raise confidence if the retailer offers you a free sticky-tape-wrapping for every 2.8 prime Zoom purchased together with a nice 12MP FX. Could be the next rebate. I really am looking forward to it.

      why not sending it back? I would not keep a lens with such quality issue. Light has to go through the front element only. Everything else is just plain ridiculous.

      • Posted July 5, 2010 at 5:44 am | Permalink

        On reflection I think you’re probably right.

      • Mon nez
        Posted July 5, 2010 at 7:25 am | Permalink

        a prime zoom? Where can I get one of these!?!?!

  13. enesunkie
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 12:14 am | Permalink

    Again – here is another proof.

    I am now posting as this person.

  14. Posted July 5, 2010 at 12:16 am | Permalink

    I am currently testing the WordPress 3 upgrade. I should be done by tomorrow.

    • Jabs
      Posted July 5, 2010 at 12:20 am | Permalink

      Yeah Administrator,
      Perhaps that is the problem, as we sure don’t want to see you disallow comments.
      We are already cranky here about Nikon’s delays.


      • Anonymous
        Posted July 5, 2010 at 12:28 am | Permalink

        I have been running pretty smoothly for over two years and I take privacy very seriously. If I disable the comments, it will be for a short time until I fix this issue.

        • Anonymous
          Posted July 5, 2010 at 12:29 am | Permalink

          I am just posting as anon to see if I can reproduce this.

          • Anonymous
            Posted July 5, 2010 at 12:35 am | Permalink

            Hey Administrator,
            READ my last comment as ANONYMOUS about how I replicated this glitch.

            ‘Anonymous’ with the yahoo email address is showing up now!

  15. Anonymous
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 12:24 am | Permalink

    Hey Administrator,
    I think that you got hacked perhaps.
    When I clear my HISTORY in Firefox after posting and then CLICK on your Nikon Rumors Home Page, then I get a new Poster and now I seem to have gotten YOU as now it states – Logged in as [NR] admin. Log out?

    AND no Posting header or such.

    OH oh!!!

  16. Jabs
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    Now it is back to ‘normal’ with ‘POST A COMMENT’ and no name or email address already there.
    You got your work cut out for you and it may simply be CACHE related, but I don’t know.

  17. Anonymous
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 12:33 am | Permalink

    Hey Administrator,
    Now it is back!
    I cleared my cache in Firefox and then I CLICKED on your Home Page – ‘NikonRumors’ from the POST A COMMENT section and then when I CLICKED on the ‘comments’ (yellow link) to read or post comments, THEN there is where I see names and email info.

    Anonymous with a Yahoo email address now!

  18. Torpedo Alley
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 12:41 am | Permalink

    Hey Administrator,
    I did the same thing again and found this name and email address.

    I’ll leave you now to fix this glitch.

    I (Jabs) am now posting as Torpedo Alley at a yahoo email address.

    Don’t work too hard tonight !!!

  19. Tony Mah
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 12:46 am | Permalink

    Hey Administrator,
    I tried THREE times to replicate the problem and on the third time I got a new name and email address.


  20. Posted July 5, 2010 at 1:28 am | Permalink

    ok, I did a bunch of changes – can anyone still see this issue? Thanks.

    • Anonymous
      Posted July 5, 2010 at 1:36 am | Permalink

      I do not have this described problem.

  21. Erik
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 1:57 am | Permalink

    hey, Administrator

    I just regularly loaded nikonrumors.com, clicked on Read More and Name and email are already filled with this persons data (Erik, his gmail account).

    surfing on Fedora 13 Linux with Firefox

  22. Erik
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 2:02 am | Permalink

    Google for ASP hacking, someone has apparently injected your site with some kind of SQL probing malware. try to see if you can retreive poster’s name and email just by using comment number (and previous or random comment numbers).

  23. nobody
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 2:52 am | Permalink

    No new Products. Boring.

    Posted July 5, 2010 at 3:41 am | Permalink

    I’m puzzled, one of the links talkes about fake lenses being discovered. Fake lenses? How the hell did they produce those + sell them at cheaper prices???

  25. Kuv
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 3:43 am | Permalink

    Yep, still seeing the issue. I am not Kuv. I am Cyrano76.

    BTW, I’m running Vista and Firefox 3.6.6

  26. longtimenikonshooter
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 5:35 am | Permalink

    still mixing things up …

  27. Erik
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 6:01 am | Permalink

    still not Erik

  28. www.fotofs.pt
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 7:06 am | Permalink

    I´am really the http://www.fotofs.pt
    Maybe some other cameras fanboy have made the hack 🙂

  29. Fat-Ken Rockwell
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 7:31 am | Permalink

    Name already filled out, email not.

  30. Posted July 5, 2010 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    See, admin, clear the cookie and load the page and I get tonymac’s address now!

  31. Matt
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    Admin ! oh my god ! im not Matt. But when i try to post a comment is see Name= Matt and his AOL Email address. Damn some Canon Fanboy hacked your site ! Nikon Rumors declares war on Canon Rumors … joke … better get this fixed Admin 🙁

  32. Rafael
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    wow Another Nikkor AF-S 85mm f/1.4 rendering

    I wonder if Nikon is listening to its users… next we are going to start putting candles in churches so this much so wanted lens becomes a reality

  33. Rafael
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    hey, hey, hey
    what’s happening here???

    • Rafael
      Posted July 5, 2010 at 9:31 am | Permalink

      hey hey, is that you you? or me me ? ?


  34. Rafael
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    Nikon Rumors is soooo hacked, thats what happens when you do not use a Mac 🙂

    • Posted July 5, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

      I do use a Mac, the blog is hosted on unix with mysql, the .asp extension in the URL is done on purpose to confuse hackers 🙂

      I did few more changes, let’s see how this will go today. The problem is that I cannot recreate this issue, so I will rely on your feedback.

      • Rafael
        Posted July 5, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Permalink

        good luck admin, ( 2 of the posts following my original, wasnt me.. )

  35. Posted July 5, 2010 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    That Tokina lens is a mis-market item if you ask me where Nikon is concerned. The Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 will pound it to death no doubt on quality, while the Nikon 16-35mm f/4 takes filters. Why would anyone with a Nikon want to buy it, especially at that price point? Maybe where Canon is concerned there’s more of a gap…

  36. Anonymous
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    Don’t tell me; that Nikon PMA Australia video was shot with a 5 Dmk2 !???

  37. Posted July 5, 2010 at 11:52 am | Permalink


    It’s sealed and has their equivalent of SWM called a Silent Drive-Module (SD-M).

  38. Ken Rockwell's Dog
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Permalink


  39. Posted July 5, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    Hey Administrator,
    It is me (Jabs) again and the problem is still there.
    Perhaps you look at SQL Injection issues as there has been talk about web sites being hijacked by that.

  40. Jabs
    Posted July 5, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Permalink
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