Weekly Nikon related news/links #97 (incl. new DxOMark F-mount Zeiss lens test data)


  • No more free lunch – Nikon Switzerland will discontinue its free sensor cleaning service on June 1st, 2011.
  • It seems that Nikon Netherlands is extending the warranty to 2 years for some products. Not sure about the details, but a [NR] reader received a letter from Nikon with a 2 years warranty certificate for items purchased few months ago.
  • Nikon Italy offers a free SB-900 if you buy D300s or D700 (till May  31st).
  • Nikon Romania slashes the price of the D700 by 11% with a clever ad (oo7):

  • Nikon Q&A of financial results for Q3: “Although we expect strong sales to continue in the 4Q, in consideration of risk elements including the strong Japanese Yen, a fall in consumer spending, concern for escalated market competition and so on, we have maintained our forecasts announced in last November for this fiscal year.”
  • DxOMark published new test data for 4 Zeiss lenses (Nikon mount):

Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 ZF2 vs. Nikon 50mm f/1.4G:

Zeiss 50mm f/2 ZF2 vs. Nikon 50mm f/1.8D:

Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 ZF2 vs. Nikon 85mm f/1.4D (data from the new 85mm f/1.4G Nikkor lens were not available):

Zeiss Makro-Planar T 100mm f/2 ZF2 vs. Nikon Micro 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED:

    • Carl Zeiss Planar T* 50mm f/1.4 hands-on review (video):

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