Top 10 NikonRumors posts for July 2012




These are the top 10 most visited NikonRumors posts for July 2012:

  1. Confirmed: Nikon has a fix for the D800/D800E left focusing issue
  2. Nikon to announce a new AF-S 800mm f/5.6 VR lens
  3. Nikon has a fix for the D800/D800E asymmetric focusing issue
  4. Nikon 800mm f/5.6 lens announced
  5. Guest post: birds of prey in a studio environment with the Nikon D800
  6. Guest post: Large format photography with Nikon D800 as a negative holder
  7. Multiple Nikon announcements scheduled for Photokina
  8. Guest post: Shift panos – using shift lenses to create mini panos
  9. Voigtländer 28mm f/2.8 Color Skopar SLII lens specs
  10. Pimped up Nikon D4
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  • NR Enthusiast

    OMG. Only one D600 rumor in all of July, and that was a weak one 🙁

    • Ben

      we all ready know all about the d600 and even when is should be announced.
      no rumors left for it.

      • nuno santacana

        It is left the announcement date, a photograph of the rear of the body camera, and most importantly, sample images at high ISO.

        We all are very hungry of D600 and D400.

        • Aldo #2

          d400 = fantasy football

        • MJr

          “”most importantly, sample images at high ISO””

          You sure that is most important ?

          • nuno santacana

            Well, I guess we value more how a camera performs rather than how the camera looks. But I admit there is people how think differently.

            Nearly all cameras perform very well at low ISO. We can see the difference in tricky conditions, like low light and High ISO.

            • Most people donť see differences since Nikon D100, only higher numbers in the tables.

    • PeterO

      If you need more, there’s another website (New Camera) showing an ad for the D600 from a photo store in Milan.

      • AllFaked

        As there was an ad from them for a D600 I went to in Milan, but there is no such camera on their site. Think someone is using CS6 to make fun of us. Don’t believe what you hear and what you see 🙂

        • PeterO

          I only mentioned it because the OP seemed to need more fodder. Personally I don’t believe much of what I see and read on the internet (except of course NR Admin’s stuff 🙂 )

          The rumour –> actual release of a product seems consistent even from Nikon. I think they start leaking the info themselves to generate interest when they decide it’s time. Expect to see a lot of stuff in the next couple of weeks. There are a lot of photo companies looking to garner attention for a lot of products all in the same time period. It’s up to the marketing dept. now.

          • nikon

            I totally agree. Personally I think Peter (NR Admin) works for Nikon. I really do.

  • kevin

    Are those late july early aug d800s suffer left focus issue?

    • Thom will disagree

      There is no particular D800/e batch that has this problem. It’s quite random and not that common.

  • D400

    but there were only 11 posts in july . . . .

  • Dweeb

    Best rumour? Nikon will replace all lenses over 20 years old in it’s catalogue listing. Ford will also stop making the Pinto.

    • 103david

      What? No more Pinto? That means my Nikkomat can’t be far behind.

  • lorenzo

    The best news was the one saying there were no more problems with the LT AF on the D800 🙁

    If you missed it, see what happened to Mansurovs’s Bob Vishneski posted 3/30:
    Anatomy Of A Nikon D800 Repair

    Not true then that Nikon can/knows how to fix’em. One is very lucky when they do.

    I definitely cancelled my order and will wait for at least 6 months to see what happens.

    Good luck to all D800/E old and new owners, I pass!

    • Andrew

      See you at Canonrumors buddy! Are you back at your sales job? By the time the back-orders on the D800 subsides, the D600 and the D400 should be here.

      • lorenzo

        Andrew, I doubt you’ll see me there. I’ve been with Nikon since ’71, have several pro lenses and can’t easily switch to Canon – beside that I never liked them.

        Don’t get the sales joke, maybe you implied I can be a shoe salesman?

        D600 and D400 (if the latter exists) will surely be out before the D800 blessed fix… but what kind of bugs will they have?

        I totally lost my respect for Nikon, especially for the way the respond: “Problems? We are not aware of ANY problems with the D800” when the whole internet world it talking about them.

        I just would like to wait and see.

        • Andrew

          Lorenzo, OK – let us withdraw the sales joke, peace.

          But losing respect for Nikon is not the way I would look at the issue. Their engineering is solid. Their manufacturing is solid. Their quality is solid. But their communication is half solid – I give that one to you.

          It is understood that somehow the calibration data was entered into the system incorrectly – this is not a design issue, it is a human issue. I think you are being a little too hard to form the conclusion about Nikon you just did. Nikon has had an impressive year of product releases, and that trend should continue this year. If you own the camera, avoid the left focus points by using the other focus points and go take some perfect pictures until they equip their service centers with equipment that will perform proper calibration. Anyway, thanks for your gently response.

          • lorenzo

            I close with this Andrew.

            Did you read entirely the report I sent on Mansurovs? If not yet, please do so.

            Also at this point I have a huge doubt on what Thom Hogan wrote about the wrong data in the table. See what they claimed they did to Bob’s camera (unsuccessfully): Aligned mirrow, aligned PDAF, aligned Communication etc…. it doesn’t seem to be just a stupid s/w bug, but much more and I keep reading of D800 returned 2, 3 or more times and not fixed. Replacing the content of a flash memory is a matter that even a 11 years old can do and in 10 minutes. There is something more here and no one wants to admit it.

            O.K. I am a little too negative, maybe I should stop reading all the negative news. I don’t own a D800 but I have a Great Lemon D300s, that was the beginning of loosing confidence in Nikon. Now they have to persuade me as a good car/shoe saleman to make me believe in Nikon again.

            Take care.

  • T.I.M

    If the D600 is priced at $1995 the waiting list will be very long (specialy if you order from B&H).

    I think this time Nikon is waiting to have some D600 quantity before the release.
    No D400 (no Nikon pro DX bodies anymore).

    I heard about a new AF-S 50mm f/1.2 with aspherical lenses and nano coating, but it should be around $2000, to much money for a 50mm.

    • Andrew

      T.I.M, you are still a holdout. You know the D600 (24 MP) is going to be priced below $1500, I don’t know why you are still trying to push the price up. The price point between $1999 and $2,499 is reserved for the baby D4 (16 MP). Think of the D3x at $8,000 and the awesome price drop to $3,000 for the D800. History will repeat itself again; I hope you don’t mind if I remind you about this post when the D600 is released in Sept. or Oct.

      • Rob

        I’m going to bookmark this post and remind YOU that YOU were wrong. It won’t be below $1500. I can’t be wrong twice…

        • MJr

          Why. With D7000 built quality, (meaning even a D300 is better built) the only difference is it’s sensor. Subtract the DX sensor from that D7000 and we’re left with what, a $600 body, to add a $1400 FX sensor according to your $2000 price point? That is quite the premium for just that FX sensor.

          • T.I.M

            Compare a FX to DX camera just by the sensor size is not quite right.

            The whole camera have to be different, FX have a larger body, larger prism, larger mirror, and most of it, a much faster computer with tons of memory to handel the FX large files.

            • EnPassant

              No, the whole camera dosen’t have to be different.
              If a camera from the beginning is designed to use either a DX or a FX sensor then only the sensor, mirrorbox and prism need to be bigger. Just like D700 has a bigger prism but otherwise is almost the twin of D300s.
              Buttons, look, feel etcetara is almost the same.

              And why would a faster computer be needed if both use 24 MP sensor, DX or FX?
              We are not talking about the old 16 MP D7000 here, but its replacement (D7100?) that most likely will use a 24 MP sensor just like D3200 and will be the DX twin for D600.

        • MarketReasearchGuru

          I am not going to buy it for 2000$ and then all the expensive FX lens. I think I am not alone. D600 is meaningless without its low price. It is supposed to lower the bar for us less fortunate to enter the FX market and I think Nikon is smart enough to grasp that. Canon will also be introducing its own cheap fullframe shortly after and Nikon better not underestimate them.

          • T.I.M

            My D800 is only about 15% of my photo gear value, if you can’t afford FX lenses and acessories (SB900, TC20-EIII, carbon tripod, etc…) then get a D7000 and a AF-S 50mm f/1.8, you still can take great pictures.

            • MarketReasearchGuru

              Why would I need a carbon tripod and other stuff you mentioned? You requirements are ridiculous.
              I already have a 50mm f1.8 which will be great with D600.
              D7000 is too old now, I might buy something DX but newer. But staying with DX will benefit only my wallet, not Nikon’s.

    • D400

      Do you STILL think there is no D400? Peter reported these specs as most probably real a while back:
      Nikon D400 specs:
      • Sensor: 24.2 MP DX CMOS, 3.82µ pixel pitch (same as on the D3200)
      • Sensor Size: 23.2 x 15.4mm
      • Resolution: 6,016 × 4,000
      • Native ISO Sensitivity: 100-6,400
      • Boost Low ISO Sensitivity: 50
      • Boost High ISO Sensitivity: 12,800-25,600
      • Processor: EXPEED 3
      • Metering System: 3D Color Matrix Meter III with face recognition and a database of 30,000 images
      • Dust Reduction: Yes
      • Weather Sealing/Protection: Yes
      • Body Build: Full Magnesium Alloy
      • White Balance: New White Balance System
      • Shutter: Up to 1/8000 and 30 sec exposure
      • Shutter Durability: 200,000 cycles, self-diagnostic shutter
      • Camera Lag: 0.012 seconds
      • Storage: 1x CF slot and 1x SD slot
      • Viewfinder Coverage: 100%
      • Viewfinder Magnification: 0.94x Approx.
      • Speed: 8 FPS, 9 FPS with optional battery pack and Nikon D4 or alkaline batteries
      • Exposure Meter: 91,000 pixel RGB sensor
      • Built-in Flash: Yes, with Commander Mode, full CLS compatibility
      • Autofocus System: Advanced Multi-CAM 3500DX with 51 focus points and 15 cross-type sensors
      • AF Detection: Up to f/8 with 9 focus points (5 in the center, 2 on the left and right)
      • LCD Screen: 3.2 inch diagonal with 921,000 dots
      • Movie Modes: Full 1080p HD @ 30 fps max
      • Movie Exposure Control: Full
      • Movie Recording Limit: 30 minutes @ 30p, 20 minutes @ 24p
      • Movie Output: MOV, Compressed and Uncompressed
      • In-Camera HDR Capability: Yes
      • Two Live View Modes: One for photography and one for videography
      • Camera Editing: Lots of in-camera editing options with HDR capabilities
      • GPS: Not built-in, requires GP-1 GPS unit
      • Battery Type: EN-EL15
      • Battery Life: ~900 shots
      • USB Standard: 3.0
      • Weight: 800g (body only)
      • Price: $1,799 MSRP

      • lorenzo

        I hate to say it but Peter’s are just Rumors, he didn’t sign any promise.

        In my opinion a D400 with the above specs won’t have much market. The only interesting point will be the fps, for the rest looks more like a D600 or D800. Then the price will not fit any where. Today the D300s is still $1,700, they can’ sell a D400 for less, so it will be $2,200? It will get too close to the D800…

        I hope I am wrong because I might be interested in a D400.

        Let’s see who is right.

      • Dimitrii1130

        and you really believe that these specs might be true..? D3200 24mp sensor in a high-end cam?! you know.. d4 has 16mp… and 8 f/s is to slow.
        and i heard something of a D500 (new camera) – no idea if it was just a mistake

      • KnightPhoto

        D400 with all those features and $1,799 would be a bargain. Bring it on, here’s hoping…

    • lorenzo

      T.I.M. where did you hear/see that 50mm f/1.2 and that price, higher than a Zeiss 50mm?

      I wonder if that is a new lens (specially modified on the left side) to test the D800 on the Siemens Stars 🙂

  • DVEous

    All I am interested in is the D400.

    Not everybody wants to spend (waste?) money replacing their DX glass collection for more expensive FX.

    The D400 is still an attractive proposition, and I cannot wait to replace my D7000 (which replaced my D300)!

    • Shawn

      Yeah, not everyone WANTS or NEEDS FX. I have enough damn trouble with the RAZOR THIN DOF I get from fast DX lenses even the 35mm 1.8. If I moved to FX, I would get NOTHING in focus, ever, so why would I even bother?

      I look forward to what the D7100 might have in store for me. Sure would love a D400, but it’s just not in my price range.

      FX is fine, and I’ve seen a lot of real artists get great results from it. It’s not for me, and the format alone is not the end-all-be-all of digital photography.

      • AnotherGuy

        I agree 100%. Nikon has to really lure us in with cheap prices of the body for people to even consider going FF so it would be hard to say no – otherwise there is no reason to go that route, DX has excelent ISO performance these days and not everybody shoots under candlelight conditions. Couple hundered bucks below D800 is nothing when you consider the cost of glass needed.
        I call for the price of 1499$, no more.


    If they overprice the D600 what other options do I have? I am not willing to buy the old D7000 and D3200 seems like too low end. Those calling for a $2000 D600 camera better have some answers.. 🙂
    D7100 or D8000 doesn’t seem very likely for Photokina from the posts I have read here. I would probably save a lot buying these and investing in quality DX glass.

  • If they overprice the D600 and if the body is too big, Im gonna go for the OMD E-M5 instead. Its your call Nikon.

    • .. so tired of lugging around bricks on my shoulder!

  • Mike

    D6000 will merge D5100 and D7000 with tilt screen and extra emphasis on video, maybe with on-sensor PD auto focus like Nikon 1 and Canon 650D.

    D600 will be an FX version of the above camera, and set to compete with the Canon 6D.

    D8000 as a step-up from the D7000, will basically be a DX version of the D800.

  • raizee

    Is it likely that we’ll see a D7000 successor this year? And at what price point?

  • Bernard

    Where’s my V2 ?… 🙂

  • Landscape Photo

    Yesterday, I’ve had the chance to tshoot a couple of frames with a D800 cw. 24-85 mm VR.

    The lens was quite sharp and D800 yielded nice & detailed images. The handling was a pleasure. But what I found disappointing was:

    * The 24-85mm VR had heavy barrel at 24mm and heavy picussion past 35mm
    * The green LCD cast is real and likely applies to all D800 on the world. Latest firmware uptades are NOT related to this issue.
    * NEF image color was better with D700 than D800, but it can be a personal matter. Reds & greens are a bit dull with D800 on same parameters.

    • T.I.M

      @Landscape Photo
      For you I have 1 good news and 1 bad one.

      Good news: the $2000 AF-s 24-70mm f/2.8 also have strong barrel distorsion at 24mm

      Bad news: not all D800 have funny colored screen, I got mine one month ago (from Nikon store), the LCD color is perfect.
      Take a picture with flash of a 50% grey mate target and then compare the target to the LCD, don’t forget to change the WB from Auto to Flash)

  • Anonymus Maximus 1st

    Is this the left sensor issue?
    Or are the robotic arm Cameras on full Auto AF?


  • Regarding this new lenses: Will they be FX or DX?
    800mm FX would equal 1.200 mm on DX, right?

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