Weekly Nikon news flash #103

  • The Australian camera store ECS posted on their website about an upcoming price increase on all Nikon pro equipment starting in April, 2011:

  • Brooks commercial shot with a Nikon:

  • Nikon sponsored a car rocket? (at 0:56 mark in the video):

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  • Son of FE

    Well, that was refreshing.

  • J C

    love the commerical!!!!!

  • osmondstudio

    this is an inspirational AD!

    they should put this is for professional only not to be done at home…
    cus i wanna head toward a twister with my Nikon! 🙂

  • Not your fault, but that’s a Nikkor-O (eight element) not Nikkor-Q (four element). It’s a famous lens, a well established system, and the correct designation is visible in the photograph they show. Do you really want to buy lenses from an auction house that can’t get something like that right? What else are they messing up?

    • yes, the auction site got it wrong and so did I, fixed

      • Roger Moore

        Sorry if that sounded as though I’m angry at you. I’m amazed that the auction house got something simple like that wrong, not that you trusted them and copied their mistake. I just think that a company that’s trying to make money by selling collectibles has some kind of responsibility to know the goods they’re dealing with. If they can’t get the name of the lens right even though it’s clearly printed on the front, what else are they getting wrong that it’s not so easy to double check?

  • Bigus Dickus

    “Nikon donates 1000 compact cameras to th…”

    wasn’t there enough pain already?

    • anonymous

      Agree. Why would anyone NEED a CAMERA in that situation? I’m pretty sure there are better ways to help.

      • ob1

        I’m pretty sure he’s referring to the pain of owning a coolpix.

        And I’ll have to agree with him, come on Nikon, at least donate something people will use.

        • One More Thought

          Nikon already donated several million dollars to the relief effort. Plus, they are probably helping their employees behind the scenes in ways we do not realize.

          As to the cameras…while not sure of their utility in this situation, I suppose they could be used to help identify people…perhaps also take pics of buildings to assess damage estimates, for insurance, etc…I would like to hear how these would be used in such a context.

        • One More Thought

          It is important to recognize that the way Nikon and other affected companies can help their country and their employees the most is to keep on functioning as best as possible and return to normal production as best as possible.

          Nikon helps everyone out the most if it keeps revenues streaming in to pay employees, rebuild, etc…

          The more successful Nikon is in the marketplace the better they can help everyone.

          • ob1

            I think you’re missing the point. It was a joke, of course anything Nikon gives no matter how terribly made (e.g Coolpix) will be good for everyone.

            But still, the pain of owning a Coolpix is unbearable ;p

  • Victor

    Well, I just got that Holga Nikon lens in the mail two days ago. IT IS AWFUL! Yes, I was expect a bit of a pinhole lens, but this darn thing is a cheap piece of plastic that costs $.50 to make and it is a complete waste of money! You would have to take pictures in full blown sun to get anything useful. Otherwise it is strictly tripod only.

    • Bigus Dickus

      and you expected what exactly? It costs 24eur including all company overhead. For how much you would sell it if you would just glue plastic lens into nikon camera cap?
      Besides it is named HOLGA, synonym for Piece of S**T.
      Some people really need to get that gray matter between ears working

      • PHB

        The whole point of a Holga lens is to get the ‘crap lens look’.

        Why would someone need that? The answer is mostly for film/video. Say you have to produce some holiday snaps for a tv drama, you could piddle about with an instamatic, but its getting hard to find processing. You could piddle about in photoshop for hours. Much better to simply use a crap lens on a good body.

        • AlphaPuma

          Thank you for the succinct opinion. I’ve ordered a Holga lens myself (US $20) and waiting on the shipment. Can’t wait to take “crap photos” with my D7000 🙂

          • Bigus Dickus

            well then take duct tape, glue f8 on your kit lens, apply holga filter and gaus blur in lightroom and be done. Donate 20$ to japan

  • Rick Behl

    Some folk are getting interesting results from the Holga lens. See here: http://davewares.wordpress.com/2011/03/26/holga-hl-n-first-outing/

    It’s advertised as an f/8 lens so it will never compete in the speed stakes with anything faster. So it should be pretty obvious you need either bright conditions, a tripod or the ability to bump up your ISO… Don’t know why folk are so surprised by that… for USD 25 I don’t think there’s much room for complaint…

    • Hey there Rick, thanks for reading my post and linking to it here.

      I don’t see any negative reasons for owning one of these, just another tool in the box to help you be more creative with your photography.

  • Mikycoud

    ‘which stopped a bullet aimed for his head. ‘

    That’s one good reason to never switch brands, if you ask me!

    Do you think a D90 could stop a bullet? A stone? A bee?

    • Bigus Dickus

      it could pretty much stop… working after 4 months of use. 🙁

      • Mikycoud

        Indeed it could, with so much electronics inside such a shallow shell… (compared to what Dan was using…No electronics, bullet proof shell…)
        Did it, in your case (stop working)?

        • Bigus Dickus

          yep brand new D90, died after 4 months.

          • FX DX

            So sorry to hear that. Your camera should be covered for a year. Send it back to Nikon.

      • PAG

        Sorry to hear that. I’ve got almost 18 months and over 75K shutter actuations on mine and it’s still just fine.

    • Roger Moore

      Considering that the polycarbonate used in cameras like the D90 is also used to make bulletproof “glass”, you might find it to be better at stopping bullets than you think.

      • FX DX

        Now all we need is two die-hard Nikon fans: one with a D90 to take a bullet and one with a decent gun to fire a bullet. I am certainly not that big of a fan, so I am out. 🙂

  • broxibear

    Maybe you don’t not know the name Don McCullin, but you’ve probably seen a few of his images.
    Here’s a Guardian article about him including a really good video interview http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2010/feb/07/don-mccullin-shaped-war-review
    When you think of great photojournalists Don McCullin is one of the first names you think of…he hates being referred to as a war photographer although that’s what he’s known for.

  • broxibear

    Here’s an interesing article on businessinsider.com about the problems facing Japanese manufacturers like Nikon and Sony…
    “it appears the major problem facing japan right now is lack of electrical generating capacity; Citigroup analysts say it may be “irreversible” and Tokyo has been warned of blackouts during cold weather; this is not so much because of the loss of the infrastructure, rather, the 9.7 GW taken out of service with the six closed reactors is a lions share of the electric power in the east, which operates on US style 60Hz power; while the generating capacity in the west of Japan is a legacy of 19th century German generators, which run at 50Hz, and the two systems don’t talk to each other…we now learn that rolling blackouts will likely continue into the summer because TEPCO will only be able to supply 50 million KW per day, whereas typical peak summer usage is 60 million KW”
    “two Japanese plants that account for 25 percent of the global supply of silicon wafers had been forced to suspend operations. Moreover, two other companies that account for 70 percent of the worldwide supply of the main raw material used to make printed circuit boards have also temporarily shut down”

  • Joe

    I received my Holga lens version 1 today, and it is indeed disappointing regarding its “Holga-ness”. It’s low quality of course, but it doesn’t really give the distinct Holga-look with lots of vignetting and the like on my D700. I guess I will mod that lens and drill the aperture to enlarge it, maybe it works out. Maybe V2 will work better, I’ll give it another try.

    BTW: I guess this lens is even less usefull on DX cameras than FX.

    • Rick

      Version 2 definitely has more noticeable vignetting than Version 1 – even on crop sensor DSLRs…

  • TommyDe

    Even-more-HOLGAtastic lens recipe!

    You’ll need:
    – A six-pack of Miller bottled beer
    – 5 meters of duct tape
    – A hamster
    – 2 hammers
    – A brand new Nikkor 70-200/2.8 VRII lens
    Drink 3 of 6 beers. Then, for better result, take the first hammer and punch yourself in the head. The hammer is useless now, because of the blood stains. Throw it away. Open 2 of 3 beers and drink them too (you can absorb them rectally if you really want to). Take the last bottle and >>try to<< pour the beer out into the sink – you should find out it's undrinkable by now. Now, the most difficult part. Take the second hammer. Trust me, everything will be easier after a successful attempt of doing that. Use the hammer to… well… hammer the Nikkor until only the mount will be left. Now take the last bottle, repeat (No, I don't mean taking it repeatedly. I'm thinking about the hammering part), until only the base of the bottle will be left. You should have a F-mount ring, a lens from the bottle and some major brain aneurysm by now. Use them to somehow assembly the final product. And that's all! Now you can take it along with your D3s and enjoy the amazing image quality and Holga-ness you've never seen before! I have no idea what a hamster and 5 meters of duct tape are for, but you could tape the hamster around, add some string and use it as a physical pendulum to measure fluctuations of the gravity above some huge camp-fire, I think…

  • broxibear

    The Australian price increase information tallies in with something I read about prices in Hong Kong, apparently Canon and Nikon in HK are about to announce recommended retails price increases of 5-6%…
    “It is well known that after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan on 11th March, many factories in Japan have been affected, including many camera and lens makers. Production has been delayed and completely stopped in some factories. This has resulted in camera and lens street prices going crazy.
    As far as I know, Canon Hong Kong has officially raised the recommended retails prices of their products by 5-6%. Although Nikon Hong Kong has not officially announced any price increased yet, they are expected to do so at any time.
    Raising official recommended retail price is one thing, but the main problem seems to be that no new shipment is arriving in Hong Kong and none are expected to arrive for at least the next few months.
    Street prices of cameras and lenses are not only affected by official recommended retail price, they are also affected by supply and demand. At the moment, the demand is huge, and supply severely constraint. This has led to street prices going crazy. Many cameras and lenses have street prices that have gone up by 10 to 20% at least. Some products maybe completely out of stock, so no matter how much money you have, you will not be able to buy them.”

  • I just did a quick review of the Holga HL-N here: http://ryanmlong.wordpress.com/2011/03/28/holga-hl-n-on-digital-nikon-d300/

    I’m not sure why you would bother complaining about the build quality unless you’ve simply never used a Holga before. Yes, it’s low quality, yes it’s dark (you’re trying to focus at f/8 what did you expect?). It does exactly what it is supposed to do, so shoot and be merry.

  • I like that dusty D3s.

  • Chris

    You also have a story about that abused, dusty D3?

  • mshi
    • lola

      Why post this picture of a dead boy with US soldiers standing around him.
      Nothing to do with a D4.

  • mictchell davis

    so nikon donated cameras to the victims….not money or food or shelter? jesus christ!

    • broxibear

      Hi mictchell davis,
      They did donate money, you’ll find the article elsewhere on this blog or on the Nikon site.
      The cameras were given to specific local government depts who needed them for recording damage to cities, buildings, ports etc to gather information about exactly what had happened and where.
      Cameras were not the only thing, there were other imaging equipment and things like binoculars needed by rescue teams.
      They weren’t handing out coolpixes to people who had lost their families and homes.

  • mike

    Ha, Thats Ken Carter from the classic doco The Devil at Your Heels. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Devil_at_Your_Heels
    Those interested in that sort of stuff, he put it all on the line and it went belly up, film crew who bank rolled the jump switched drivers and it failed. Really cool movie, worth the watch.
    Never noticed the Nikon logo before, but Ken would take money from anyone.

  • Stanley77

    I always thought of these type of enthusiast websites as rather flame proof. May I suggest Fox, HuffingtonPost, Salt Lake Tribune, New York Post, Arizona anything, just go off somewhere else with middle school thoughts and comments.

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