Weekly Nikon news flash #101

Lens Mount Lens Name
Nikon Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Nikon Nikon AF-S DX VR Zoom-NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED
Nikon Nikon AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED
Nikon Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR
Nikon SIGMA 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM
Nikon TAMRON 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3DiII VC PZD B008N

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  • PhotoGradStudent

    Lightroom needs to tether with D7k’s!

    • Mo

      Agree. We’ve all been screaming for this for a while and I couldn’t believe they missed that in the last update. I hope the final release of this update will have it. So far, nothing official from Adobe that says LR3.4 will support tethering on D7000. I hope I’m wrong

      • Lightroom’s tethered mode could see a few other improvements as well, but Adobe is not the one to blame. They did a great job reverse engineering what should be an open standard.

  • 2cents

    That’s an interesting trick from strobist. I’ll have to try it out and see how it works for me. I do miss the flash sync of my D70 with the D7000.

  • texasjoe

    SXSW. Whoop Whoop!

  • The invisible man

    I just head the lastest news about Japan, the concequences could be much more than just a shortage in pro lenses and bodies, financials problems could change Nikon’s projects.
    All major Japan companies shares are loosing values on the financial market, Toyota already lost 10%

    • Segura

      It is not an issue of financial problems, stock prices do not change the amount of cash a company has on hand. Damage to any of their facilities will be covered by insurance, but expect delays in getting repairs done. It will become a supply issue though if they are unable to get what they need to make the product, there will be delays. Supply issues is what would impact projects, not financials.

      • Bruce

        There financial statements and thus debt covenants, conditions with suppliers, and contracts with customers will most definitely be impacted if Nikon is unable to manufacture products and deliver them to market for sale. Insurance for buildings, equipment and so forth is a given but it remains unclear if they are protected for loss of sales revenues arising from the insured events. The effective financial leverage of the company will skyrocket absent sales revenues and thus their ability to fund R&D activities, marketing campaigns, and so on will almost certainly be adversely impacted. This is a HUGE event, and not one the Tohoku region is likely to fully recover from for years.

  • Henry

    The D3000 is indeed coming back in a few weeks, i work at Ritz and corporate told us that Nikon will be bringing back the D3000. We all seemed perplexed, but the upper management said that the decision had to do with Nikon not feeling as competitive as they wanted to at the $400-$500 level. We all thought it had something to do with the mirrorless offerings and the Sony A290.

    It’s weird because nikon has never done anything like this, have they?

    • chris

      it is a downright stupid idea. they probably just found a bunch in the corner of a warehouse somewhere and just needed an excuse to unload them.

  • Global

    The 35/1.4 is THE tradeshow lens for a D700, by the way.
    Just got back from 3 Days of a tradeshows and, man, that lens ROCKS.

    • I will be getting the new Nikon 35mm f/1.4G lens next week and will post a quick hands-on.

  • Geoff1

    Those fuji images are amazing. If Fuji and Nikon could partner up and combine their strengths, we’d get some stellar cameras.

  • chris

    it’s kind of sad that people can look at those two sample images and not see that the d700 blows the x100 away in terms of preserving contrast and detail at that particular iso. i understand it is an x100 forum but still…

    • dave

      I have to agree. Especially further down in the page where there is a comparison of ISO800 vs ISO6400. The X100 clearly looses a lot of dynamic range. and the sky portion of that image was filled with noise. As for whatever detail and sharpness advantage the X100 might have( and I didn’t really see one) that could be due to Nikon’s notoriously weak default sharpness settings.

      I am not an FX user and I have not bought into the FX hype. I think a DX body is more than adequate (and more often a better choice) for most people. But clearly, the D700 was the winner in those comparisons.

  • Suprchunk

    35 out of stock from that link provided.

    • I just checked and it is still in stock.

      • D700guy

        Not anymore.
        It must have been on the shelves for just a short while

  • alex

    the d700 image in that sample is too soft. you don’t even have to have a d700, look at the samples on imaging-resource. I think the NR was increased too much to soften the image and make x100 look better, or not focused properly. Also the exposure doesn’t match the other camera. So x100 seems to have a very nice sensor the test is the result of a fanboy and proves nothing to me.

  • Gareth

    someone took my d700 pics out of context

    as i said in the full download pack


    the d700 is focussed on a different area.

    you should be looking solely at the noise level. the shutter speeds were the same, so you can see, the D700 pics are brighter at the same f stop ISO and shutter speed.

    the D700 has less noise and more detail.

    download the pack if you want to check this.

  • Bruce

    Looks like they are comparing JPEGS to me, not RAWS. The comparison is meaningless.

    • Gareth

      there are raws in the pack, but you can only convert with silkypix. that alone is enough to make the NEF files far superior, not to mention, that i could have (and would have) shot 14-bit.

  • Mike

    The x100 to D700 test is retarded. Or maybe the testee is.

    The first D700 shot isn’t in focus.

    The second x100 shot isn’t in focus.

    The D700 has better noise control than x100.

    The x100 is much softer than the D700.

    All this and I don’t even have a D700, some of those people on that forum are such nerds.

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