Weekly Nikon related news/links #75

  • Nikon D3100 autofocus during video - slow and noisy, but gets the job done:
  • The hood of the new 55-300mm lens is no longer twist and lock like previous models - it just clips on and off in any position by the button shown in the picture:

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  • Victor Hassleblood

    This hood is never meant to be for a 28-300. There is something wrong with this news.

    • Paul

      It looks like it was supposed to be 55-300mm instead.

      • Paul

        Oh and the new rear cap is a good sign.
        Progress toward a new mount!
        The P7000 announcement was okay, let’s see what else you got Nikon!

        • Phillip

          it looks exactly as Sigma’s.

  • Phillip

    Can’t wait to see samples of 35 1.4.

  • X0I2o5y2

    Necklace looks really tacky compared to these 1/6th canons http://photojojo.com/store/awesomeness/miniature-model-camera/

    • panfruit

      Now *those* are cool. ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Zoetmb

        There is a candy in Japan that comes with prizes, similar to the way that Cracker Jacks came with prizes. Some years ago, the prize was a miniature Nikon camera (I think a Nikon F) that looked amazing. It was far smaller than 1/6th scale. I always wanted one of things.

        I was surprised when Nikon really didn’t do anything for the 50th Anniversary of the Nikon F in 2009.

  • CK

    Those pendants are pretty ugly….. But hey, at least they exist.

  • I’m so disappointed at the d3100 video quality. They clearly didn’t fix the excessive rolling shutter problem. It has ruined so many shots when the lighting and the rolling shutter combine to a wavy lines through the screen.

    Damn, if they even updated manual shutter controls to the D90, i wouldn’t have this problem with the lights.

    • LGO

      The delayed shipment of the Nikkor 24-120mm gives me reason to hope that this will be made available as a kit lens for Nikon’s new FF .. hopefully, a D700s and/or D700x.

      • King Of Swaziland

        Keep dreaming on a D700 replacement, Nikon is happy having their asses handed to them in sales in that segment by the 5DII…

        • Gerry


          • Bob

            King of Swasiland needs no proof–it’s his fantasy. For the rest of us living in the real world, D700 is a great still camera. If I want a video camera, I’d get one.

            Oh, and however popular the 5D MkII is, I usually find several on craigslist for sale–not so with the D700. Makes me wonder about user satisfaction….

            • Or more likely there are more in the marketplace because they are outselling the d700 by a landslide.

    • LGO

      Opppss … wrong reply box.

      Sorry to hear about the lack of manual video controls on the D3100. Can you set at least the aperture setting before starting video?

    • NiknWontRepairMyGray

      Grrbrr, do you currently possess a D3100?

      The rolling shutter on that little video clip looks worse than those on D300s video ๐Ÿ™

      • WoutK89

        “I used the new Nikkor 55-300mm F: 4,5-5,6. I had them both for๏ปฟ testing from Nikon, so I wanted to use them together.”
        Does that mean it is pre-production?

        • NiknWontRepairMyGray

          The D3100 is probably a pre-prod model but I don’t think the lens is.

          • WoutK89

            So how reliable is the quality of the video?

    • Joe

      Reading one Wikipedia article, my knowledge is that the rolling shutter is quite inherent to CMOS technology. So I guess either you have to live with it for some time, or get a device with a CCD.

      • WoutK89

        As soon they find a way to create “global shutter” I think that would solve this “problem”

  • Victor Hassleblood

    Nikon D400:

    When I just googled this exact term for “german” and results from “last week” nikon.de showed in the results plus a picture of D3100 (I AM EASY TO USE) carrying “D400” twice in its URL.
    Now (half an our later) the D3100 is gone from the picture results but nikon.de still shows up, probably because it was stored in the google cache too:

    “Dies ist der Cache von Google von http://www.nikon.de/. Es handelt sich dabei um ein Abbild der Seite, wie diese am 11. Sept. 2010 06:27:57 GMT angezeigt wurde. Die aktuelle Seite sieht mittlerweile eventuell anders aus. Weitere Informationen
    Diese Begriffe erscheinen nur in Links, die auf diese Seite verweisen: nikon d400″ ย 

    I am still convinced to see a D400 pretty soon (followed right away by Igor’s online review and the long rumored book from Franzis) . I can’t recall that nikon.de ever showed up, when Nikon D400 was searched.

  • taurui

    the 18-55 VR Hood (for the kit lens) is also clickable. I like it better than screw-on, but you can’t do this with petal-shaped hoods.

  • Rob

    Eventually the furore regarding the quality of video in DSLRs will die down as it becomes accepted that we’re comparing against state of the art video cameras: IE DSLR video will always be second rate compared to a dedicated tool.

  • And it`s not helping the quality of the video the camera in hands of a clumsy videographer…

    • 40yroldnewbie

      Agreed. Most of the clip needs to be trimmed anyway.

  • sonorman

    Is it possible to screw the new body cap against the rear lens caps?
    This was always possible with Canon caps and it helps to store these caps in the camera bag.

    After switching to Nikon this was a (very) small disappointment. Maybe someone at Nikon finally realized this dereliction. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • My rear caps fit into body caps.. (nikon)

      • DaveB

        you’ve always been able to stack unused body caps with unused rear lens caps. I do it all the time on the shelf, even with my old pre-AI gear. The problem is that they fit very loosely. I have the same problem with my TC-200.

  • Martijn Bouius

    disappointed with the autofocus. hunts like mad!
    if it could focus through the lens, that would be a real improvement!
    but guess we wont see that soon (if ever)

    • WoutK89

      The D3100 does not have a built in focus motor, so it is the lens that is focussing. Or I must have completely misunderstood how else a lens AF’s in your idea?

      • Joe R.

        The camera still tells the lens which direction to move and by how much. All else the same, a camera with a built in AF motor is faster and quieter. That said, most camera’s with built in AF motors are higher-end and focus better overall.

        Hand-held and zoomed in like that in spot mode it should all around. As the Youtube poster said, matrix mode should cut back on the hunting a lot.

  • Dweeb

    The new cap looks OK but it sure isn’t creative industrial design. I’d like to see them switch to some grade of ABS and get rid of that cheap shitty black styrene.

    • robert

      Why, I actually like it..looks to be easier to grip..

    • Bryan

      I’d actually like to see the self closing caps we saw in Nikon patents a while back become reality.

      • WoutK89

        You still need caps for back end of your lens I would assume.

  • El Aura

    Zeiss did not *release* their 35 mm f/1.4 lens, they only announced it, it will ship in the first quarter of 2011.

  • the new lens cap looks like a step back to the old ‘nippon kogaku’ version.. i like

    • Manne

      The new caps look really cheap, imho.

      I hope that they’ll fit better when stacked together (body cap/lens rear cap) than the old ones.

      • I tried one a week or two ago and it fit like crap on my lens. That being said, I don’t know if it was this new design or not. But there were two types available (normal and this funky-looking style). Camera store guys were a bit perplexed, too- they figured it must be for some of the older AIS cams because it surely didn’t fit well on my lens (don’t remember which I had w/ me- the 50 1.4G or 24 14G).

  • Is that the sound of the focus ( the crackling). It is what it is I guess.

    • Joe R.


  • that lens cap looks like it would match the body cap of the d5000

  • John Dykstra

    Oh man, watching that D3100 video makes me think NIKON DUN GOOFED.

    Anyway, I really hope Samyang comes out with a nice 35mm for a decent price. I’m very, very impressed by what they’ve done so far.

    • vallon

      I was going to order the nikon 35mm 1.8. I’ve heard Samyang is very good. My only question is whether or not it’s worth the hassle of manual focus, or is it actually better to have manual focus for this lens?

      • Victor Hassleblood

        Considering the 35mm 1.8 sounds as if you use DX bodies. You do not want to do too much MF with them, their tiny view finders and bad electronic helpers. Trust me. it is not worth the hassle. Get the Nikon.

      • Joe R.

        I love my DX 35 1.8.

  • Mike

    I bought a D700 in Montreal back in June and it came with the new “F-Mount” body cap. I thought nothing of it until now.

    • Worminator

      The last couple of body caps I bought had “Nikon F-mount” and I was “huh?!” … and figured Nikon was getting uptight about it’s branding. A new mount makes so much more sense.

  • XXL

    In video with Nikon D3100 autofocus, the lens was Nikkor 55-300mm F:4-5,6 VR


  • LF-4? What happened to tetraphobia?

    Does this mean we’ll have a D4 and not a D5 next?

    • Zoetmb

      There never was any tetraphobia. That was a myth.
      F4e, F4s, F4
      Nikon S4 Rangefinder

      S4000, S640
      L14, L4, P4, S4
      4600, 4800, 4100, 4200, 4300

  • Any Nonmouse

    “Compact” must mean something different in German*.

    Zeiss Compact Prime 50mm T2.1: 80mm * 114mm, 900g
    Nikon 50mm f/1.4g: 74mm * 54mm, 280g

    * Yes, I’m being a smartass. I’m aware that cinematography lenses have different constraints than still lenses. Also that this series of lenses has a mostly-standardized exterior housing.

  • Anna Seed

    With video you should focus first at what you want as normal then switch to manual before recording. On the D3100 you’d just turn the switch on the lens. Can’t ever see DSLRs being used for fast moving sports etc but then you wouldn’t use a movie film camera set-up for that either.

    • Joe R.

      Lack of foresight I think. I can see plenty of instances where I want AF in video. To say it should be focussed and slipped into manual is like saying the same thing for still. There are times when it’s appropriate and times when it is not.

  • Gary

    I’m surprised there have been no leaked images of the D7000 yet…it’s getting very close to the announcement.

    On another note, that video for the D3100 looks pretty good, for a consumer entry level cam.
    Keep in mind the audience for this camera are average consumers…families on vacation, soccer moms and dads, etc., not Vincent Laforet. The comparison should not be with what pro’s can do with other dslr’s and all types of specialized add-on equipment, but what amateurs do with cheap videocams.

    • If all of this talk about Nikon sensors going in-house is true, then perhaps they’ve closed up some of their previous leak points. Still, would imagine that it would be made in Thailand and not Sendai, Japan.

  • The compact sales is what we think it is, p&s models? Really? It’s true Nikon has been very aggressive with pricing, but it used to be far behind Canon and Sony, or not?

  • Ren Kockwell

    Just get here already, Photokina…

  • benS

    @Gary – ya Photokina is so near and not a single photo leak or document of the new dslr. It is either Nikon’s security is so airtight or there is really no new dslr to announce. Either way, this is really scary.

    If no new dslr is announced, all hell is gonna break loose in Nikon rumors.

    • Zoetmb

      Yes…they’ll be tons of complaints and screaming from people who never would have bought the camera anyway.

      • benS

        hehe, careful careful… dun disturb the hornet’s nest ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I just hope that the video feature comes better in the D7000.

    Why there is a great diference in the D90 video and the D3 Video? I hope that is the case between the D3100 and the D7000.

    • WoutK89

      D90 was the first DSLR with Video, and so of course there is a difference in time of development between both ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Yes you are right, but i`m having a hunch here, and that is …. Is it Nikon keeping the good video quality only for the pro line? D3s is the only body that has fully manual controls and after we saw the D3100 video, that made me think of this….

  • New lens body cap.
    The reason for which Nikon takes out a new body cap it is maybe simply the renovation of the design that allows a less expensive manufacturing.

    • Sounds like it. The new LF-4 cap costs half as much as the LF-1 cap. Perhaps Nikon can now include a proper cap with the 50mm f/1.8 lens.

    • Manne

      Manufacturing cost should be the same and the least portion of the retail price, imho.

  • NikNik

    I’m wondering if the rear lens covers interlock like the old ones do. I’ve superglued them back to back to store two lenses like one lens. The ridges just fit so perfectly that you’d think they were thinking about things like that.

  • Abhinav

    I really don’t care for new rear caps as long they fits properly .

    • Joe R.

      I just want to be able to remove them with one hand like I can with Nikon’s and can’t with Sigma’s.

  • Smudger

    Hope the LF-4 is a lot less prone to the lugs wearing than the LF-1.

  • Can the Nikon international competition be entered online and if so
    where, as i cant find a link or form on the Official website

  • the cap on my d3s also says f-mount imho its no sign

  • Anonymous

    Very disappointing, the biggest innovation Nikon did this year was a new lens cap that says “F-mount”. I mean, we are 2 days away from another sluggish announcement and a week away from Photokina and we heard nothing serious about the new cameras. That is because there will be no new serious dslr. We’ll get a crap-up version of the D3100 with the new sony 16mp sensor and that’s it.

    I sense that Photokina will not bring anything new from Nikon and the big surprise will be that the new Nikon president will give his speach at Photokina in a sumo wrestler’s dress. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Broxibear

      “sumo wrestlerโ€™s dress.”
      When did sumo wrestlers start wearing dresses?…are you sure you were watching sumo wrestling and not some other type of video you downloaded from the net lol ?

      • WoutK89

        What is the thing Homer wears in the Simpsons, mumu? (A male dress ๐Ÿ˜› )

    • Jabs

      You seem to have some homo erotica tendencies – DON’T YA … lol!
      Weird complainer or perhaps ‘devil in a blue or red dress’.
      The nuts come out to play.

  • Broxibear

    For those interested the D3s is in stock in most places in the UK…to coincide with Photokina I guess, ยฃ3500 is the cheapest I’ve seen.
    I was weighing up a SB900 or SB600 but I’ll wait and see if the SB700 surfaces and when it becomes available. I’d rather they announced new products that are available to buy then instead of saying they’ll be in shops at some later date ?

  • sgts

    all new nikons are going to be green and white hoops broxi : )

    • Broxibear

      “all new nikons are going to be green and white hoops broxi : )”
      NO…never, lol.

  • Bart

    Could it be possible that they keep the D700 replacement in development and release it just after the 5D Mark III ?

  • SA

    I can’t believe it. I was missing all this day (business). I came back home at 20:00. And I ran to check NikonRumors. I thought that for sure finally some new details about D7000. But I was in shock. Again and still nothing! Camera should be announced already almoust after one day! Unbelievable. I think never was so boring until last days before presentation of new important camera.

    • This is because all the info is out already, reported few weeks ago. Maybe next time I should hold the info till the day before the release ๐Ÿ™‚ I till get busy tomorrow.

  • Jabs

    Hey Adminsitrator,
    How is the new Server going?
    Things seem smooth here.
    Thanks for all the effort.

    • We had to bump the memory to 8GB in the first hour and no problems ever since, I haven’t even logged into my account yet. I have to also move leicarumors.com and photorumors.com, but I will wait till Photokina is over.

      • Jabs

        Yeah – told you so about the 8 gigs of memory.
        BTW – do you have lots of help to maintain these various Web sites of yours? You seem to do a lot of typing plus cut/paste, emailing, etc,.
        Also, Research must take up a lot of your time.
        Busy as a bee, eh?

        • Now I am very busy, everything will slow down after Photokina is over. NR is now on managed hosting, so at least I do not have to worry maintaining the server.

  • jillaria

    It is comments like those above that ruin this website for everyone else.

    The original 5d is still kicking Nikons butt. I am still hanging on to my D70 for quite some time now. Nikon better double or triple the mega pixels or risk possible bankruptcy. Perhaps Nikon is considering a film body (which is far better than digital). I am not even selling my film bodies because a pro friend of mine says it will be making a comeback due to Nikons errors.

    If they don’t fix the usability issues with the current D700 and D3s then I am probably switching to Canon. I have had to shut down my studio (yes, I am a pro who owns a high end/volume studio) because my currents cameras cannot deliver what my clients require. Medium format is where it is at but my clients don’t want medium format. They require Nikon files from a full frame dslr. Unfortunately my livelihood is at stake because of Nikons errrors again.

    And while I am at it when are they releasing an update to the 85 1.4? I have a list longer than my arm of professional models waiting to be photographed but I can’t proceed because I still have the old version.

    I really hope Nikon gets their act together and realizes there are a lot of people out there that rely on their equipment to make a living and are suffering.

    Also, does anyone have opinions on whether or not to get the D700 or wait and buy a D300 when I save up enough money? I shoot mainly sports and weddings. thanks.

    • WoutK89

      And while I am at it when are they releasing an update to the 85 1.4?
      Take a look at your camera store please, it was announced 4 weeks ago and should be available now.

    • Broxibear

      OK, shut down the comments facility…that’s the best comment I’ve ever read here…you can’t beat it lmao jillaria.

    • Jabs

      ARE you serious – LOL!
      Grand delusions, eh.
      – all superior to the original Canon 5D and even the current 21 megapixel Canon 5D2.
      Your post made me laugh, as you claim to be losing customers or unable to do your work/deliver it and NIKON has a higher megaixel camera than anything from Canon.
      So, now you are contradicting yourself, eh – LOL!
      Internet goofs – they crawl out of the woodwork and tell us crap here.
      Yeah – D70 shooter complaining about not able to please clients and then NOW complain about AVAILABLE higher resolution Nikon’s and we must buy this garbage.
      OK – I’m game – what do you wish from EITHER Nikon or Canon?
      A camera for $500 US dollars and with 50 megapixels plus it shoots at 12 frames per second – RIGHT!!!. Solutions seem to escape you, eh. Yeah – get an F5 or an F6 (but wait – it does not have removable heads), so maybe you get an F3HP or and F4S along with the F5.
      See ya Over Da Rainbow in Tinsel Town pal.

      • Someone didn’t see the Sarcasm Light flashing ๐Ÿ˜‰

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