Weekly Nikon news flash #106

  • New Nikkor promotional video:

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  • Jabs

    Hey Administrator,
    That helmet cam seemed dangerous if they had a crash – OUCH.
    Nice info though!

    • choiMatthew

      Back then no one cared about safety, there was a 2/3 chance that a F1 driver would die on the track.
      I’m quite interested in how he triggered the shutter driving around the Monaco track, and that added 1-2kg should have added quite a bit of extra force on Jackie’s neck

      • idiot

        what so every race 2/3 of the drivers for that race would die?
        that’s pretty amazing

        • The maths are strong with this one.

      • Ken Elliott

        >> “Back then no one cared about safety”

        BS. They cared a lot, and when Jim Clark died, it sent shock waves amongst the drivers. Clark was the most talented driver in F1, and for him to die made them all feel like it was only a matter of time. Steward organized the first safety protest and driver safety became a very important aspect of the sport.

        • dave

          The driver’s cared. The Track owners and event organisers may have cared, but not enough to do anything about it until Stewart started organizing driver boycotts of races at Spa-Francorchamps (1969) and the Nurburgring (1970), until safety conditions were improved. Stewart also championed the mandatory use of seatbelts and full-face helmets in Formula 1.

    • Phil

      [was asked by a French photographer to take some images during practice]

      It wasn’t used in the actual race.

    • c.d.embrey

      The Helmet camera rig is from Alan Gordon Enterprises in Hollywood. They made many helmet camera rigs, if you have seen any skydiving movie made before the advent of small video cameras chances are good they were made with an AGE helmet cam.
      BTW they still make 16mm film rigs http://www.alangordon.com/s_filmcam16_minicam.html

    • WoutK89

      “That helmet cam seemed dangerous if they had a crash – OUCH.”

      At least they would have had the picture 😛

  • maddog

    Nice Nikkor vid. This is perhaps a little off topic but I will ask anyway..For close up work I was of the opinion that the 105mm was one of the best for that sort of thing. And now I have a bro who has a galloping case of NAS who would like to take the kind of shot where he can count the hairs on a bumblebee’s butt. Any opinions out there?

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    • in

      Ah.. sorry.. should have typed something to explain the link above. ニコンおもしろレンズ工房 are the Japanese characters from the image of Nikon Amusing Lenses. The Japanese characters liked other Unicode chars are automatically encoded by browsers in the Google query. That’s it. Though most of the pages are in Japanese, they are full of images and the lens spec shouldn’t be too difficult to get.

      the same search link but translation included

      and one of the search results pointed to an old Nikon news page

      • Phil

        I need a frightened lens…

      • John Geracimos

        I believe that “ニコンおもしろレンズ工房” means “Nikon interesting (or funny or amusing) lens studio (or workshop).” Nikon omoshiro renzu kobo.

  • Vic

    own a set of the Nikon Amusing Lenses. Just don’t have the original box….

    Also got it from eBay. Much cheaper than the listing.

  • Alan

    Monaco GP 1966 – Jackie Stewart was driving for BRM, Matra came later, 68?

    • broxibear

      Hi Alan,
      The image captioning in the magazine I got that information from was obviously wrong. The photographic archives from past sports events are so massive sometimes details are being mixed up or lost when digitized.
      Thanks for the info.

    • Juergen

      Yes, right, in 1965, 1966 and 1967 Formula ! seasons Jackie Stewart drove for BRM. For the 1968 and 1969 seasons he changed to Matra, 1970 til 1973 to Tyrrell.

      • broxibear

        Maybe the year is wrong and it was an image from the Monaco GP 1968… I don’t know lol ?

  • i want one of those aperture bracelets

    • Chris Lilley

      I like the aperture bracelet (singlar). The other two are distance scale and depth of field bracelets respectively 🙂

      • Chris Lilley

        Note to self, when deploying sarcasm, spell check first. “singular”.

  • plug

    I have Nikon EDG 10×42 binos. The newest version…they are quite phenomenal. I used to have Leica Ultravid of the same nominal power. Nikon wins.

  • promo video is nice and all, but they should rather invest in quality control of their nikors then in PR

  • ob1

    why do photography books always have crappy photos as a front cover. WHYYYY!??!??!

    it makes me angry.

    • Phil

      Because it makes it blatantly obvious who the target audience is.

      • ob1

        people who aspire to be cheesy photographers? I guess the front cover does suit.

  • enshong

    Wohoo! Bought me those advertisement prints already. Thanks NR!

  • broxibear

    Canon are the first of the big camera manufacturers to acknowledge parts shortages, specifically regarding repairs…
    “Currently, Canon USA has appropriate inventories of most service parts, and repair operations are functioning normally.  However, in the near future, certain camera and video service parts may become temporarily unavailable pending recovery efforts. Specifically, repairs of the following products may be affected: Digital Compact Cameras
    Digital SLR Cameras and Lenses
    Digital Video Cameras (Camcorders), Audio / Visual Projectors 
    Security Cameras
    If a product cannot be repaired in a timely manner due to lack of parts, we will work as necessary with affected customers on an individual basis.   
    We appreciate your understanding while we work through 
    this difficult situation.”
    Nothing from Nikon so far.

  • broxibear

    Here’s an interesting article about how events in Japan have affected the supply and demand of semiconductors. That CMOS sensor in your camera, that’ s a semiconductor (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor)
    “Japan is one of the bigger consumers of semiconductors and is home to many electronic device makers, including Sony (SNE) and Nikon. Aside from the country’s fewer purchases of electronics and other goods that contain chips, such as PCs and smartphones, Japanese electronics makers have seen manufacturing stoppages due to both structural damage to their facilities and consistent power outages in the region, which likely will cause a near-term decline in new chip orders.”

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