Weekly Nikon news flash #137

Here are the weekly links if somebody cares:

  • Nikon prices are raising in Japan (source: PEN weekly):

“According to Kakaku.com Inc., which operates an online price-comparison site, Nikon’s D3100 DSLR camera/double zoom kit is currently sold at around 55,100 yen (US$706), or 19% higher than in mid-October. And the price of D5100 model has risen 15% since early October to 83,800 yen (US$1,074).”

  • Interview with the creators of Nikon 1 (computer translated), some interesting points:
    • Nikon started developing their mirrorless camera back in 2006 (shortly after the D200 was released)
    • The Nikon 1 sensor has a 3.4μm pixel pitch
    • Currently there are no plans to add phase detection AF in Nikon DSLR cameras
    • Nikon expects to sale the V1/J1 in 20%/80% ratio
    • No plans for Nikon 1 underwater housing
    • VR will work with the FT1 adapter
    • Older non-CPU Nikkor lenses can be used with the FT1 adapter – “You can shoot in aperture priority AE exposure. Center-weighted metering and spot only, multi-pattern metering is not available.
  • Nikkor 6mm f/2.8 fisheye lens on eBay again.
  • Nikon 1 already discounted at B&H.
  • Thailand updates:
  • News: Nikon commenced “Reconstruction Supports through the Power of Photography” in full scale to support the long-term reconstruction of areas stricken by the Great East Japan Earthquake.
  • RRS plate for Nikon 1 V1 are now available.
  • Nikon renting Nikon 1 camerasat a restaurant popular with female customers” (Google translation).
  • X-ray Image of a Nikon Photographer:

  • Check out this time-lapse photography video taken with Nikon D3S and 17-35mm f/2.8, 14-24mm f/2.8 lenses:

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