Photokina: new third party products for Nikon DSLR cameras

Zeiss announced a new high-end DSLR lens product line specially designed for high resolution, full frame DSLR cameras (with resolution more than 30MP, like the Nikon D800, D800E).

Lensbaby announced a new selective focus lens called Spark ($79.95).

New Strato and Eres flash triggers from Phottix.

Industry’s first 256GB SDXC UHS-I memory card from Lexar.

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  • Syd

    256 Gb SD ? Any more and most consumers could store all their images and backups one one card forever 🙂

    • Mike

      Damn, imagine transferring that whole card over to your computer!
      “Only 14 more hours!!!”

      • Z

        Unless … the dreaded … card error … do you wish to format now?

      • fifi

        What about USB 3.0?

    • wublili

      Soon we can backup our hard drives on SD cards. 🙂

      • fjfjjj

        Soon you will back up your SD cards on hard drives.

        • gedo

          Soon we will SD card our backups on hard drives.

          • kodama

            Soon someone will drive hard up our back and give STD.

            • Hendog

              BAHAHAHAHA forever!!!

            • fundigma

              Soon somebody will drive hard our STD and give up our back.

            • twoomy

              Kodama for the win!!!!

          • Radu

            My laptop has an 160Gb HDD 😐

    • BadLuck

      Well, imagine this:
      You shoot for one day (or more) and fill up the card, then either you drop it and step on it, or it gives you “Directory error, re-format” 🙁

      I prefer 16 to 32 GB max, hey I am a pessimist so what?

    • RussB

      That is a hell of a lot of risk on a single card. Trust me, despite the file sizes on cameras like the D800, you really shouldn’t be stuffing all of your eggs in one basket. Much better to shoot on a set of smaller cards than risk corruption on something so big.

      • John

        Easy to solve: Use two cards in the camera, one of them for backup.

    • Adam Maas

      Doesn’t make much sense for Nikon users, since the only cameras Nikon has that really need big/fast cards take XQD or CF (D4 or D800) but for Sony or Panasonic users shooting serious video this is a godsend. 50+Megabit 1080p60 absolutely eats storage space.

      For me? I’m happy with 8-16GB cards for now, but I’m purely shooting 24MP Stills.

      • Adam Maas

        Also a big win for MacBook Air users, 256GB in the SD slot makes up for lousy non-upgradable SSD’s on the Air and the Retina Display MacBook Pro. Just leave your working LR catalogue on the card and no worries about filling the dinky SSD built into your machine.

        • Simone

          The SSD’s in the current Air and rMBP are as of yet non-upgradable in that they are a proprietary design that only Apple uses. You are still able to access the computers and remove the ssd’s. It’s just that no one outside of Apple has upgrades AFAIK. Hopefully in the near future you will be able to purchase upgrades at non-Apple prices.

  • The Sigma 35 1.4 looks promising. Hope the price will be much lower than the Nikon one…

    • spamdie

      Not likely to be lower priced than nikon. They learned from the 50MM/1.4 If it performs and people like it. They’ll buy it even if it costs the same.

      • asdf

        the 50 is priced accordingly due to its unique design for a normal prime. The sigma 85 is much much cheaper than either of Canikon’s corresponding lens, so I’m hoping for a similar price point for the 35. If it comes in at or below $800-900, then it’s a preorder for me.

    • neversink

      I would never touch a sigma lens again. Sharp optics, but not as good as Nikon lenses. Sigma fails when it comes to their auto-focus motors. They just die, die, die!!!!! Better to buy an old manual Nikon lens, because eventually your sigma will become manual. Good luck on buying this junk.

      • syd

        Totally agree. Not a fan boy but I got rid of my entire sigma collection and replaced it with just three nikkor lenses. they can be ok but most of mine were soft and hit/miss focus. Never again.

      • Sean

        I disagree. My Sigma 85 is an excellent lens and has performed awesomely for the last few years. The auto-focus is extremely useful on a lens with DOF this shallow. The nearly $1000 saved vs the Nikon will now allow me to afford the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 that I have been patiently waiting for.

  • quintana

    I really love my Zeiss primes but since they are too heavy for me when I go hiking I would have loved Zeiss to announce a 24-70/2.8, even if it costs 3000-4000 Euros if it outperforms the corresponding Nikon instead of announcing 3000 Euro primes only few people will buy. Pricewise Zeiss is moving straight into Leica land. I can’t say I like this developement.

    Now I will buy the Nikon 24-70/2.8 because it saves me more than 1 Kg which is quite a lot if you go hiking in the mountains for the whole day. And of course I won’t need all this f***ing work with step-up-adapters and the polarizer anymore everytime that I change the prime lens.

    • RussB

      Everyone always wants zooms. I don’t – I’d love Zeiss to make some high quality Tilt Shift, now that would be really something. Give us a Zeiss alternative to the 24mm PC-E that’s the market leader and I would pay £2500+ for it if necessary.

    • Adam Maas

      Zeiss has done a 24-70/2.8 for Sony. It’s extremely good but the Nikkor is a close enough second that you aren’t likely to see the difference outside of pixel peeping. Just buy the Nikkor, it’s a great lens.

      Zeiss also does a 28-80 T2.9 CP.2 zoom in F mount. but it’s megabucks (as are all the CP.2 lenses) only time will tell if we see the two CP.2 zooms come to the ZF line. I doubt it though, much less of a market for MF zooms than for MF primes.

  • BabyLens

    Ah, that Lensbaby Spark looks just perfect for my D800!

    • INA

      Any news about Samyang T-S 24mm, like price and availability? Thanks!

    • Geoff_K

      I thought the same thing UNTIL I looked closely. You have to keep the lens squeezed to focus. One better have sure fingers to hold focus as the lens tries to push back out against your fingers. I think that aspect makes it fall off my list. I would prefer to turn until focused and have it stay there than to fight to keep it right.

      I am sure many will not be bothered by that, especially for the price.

  • Damn! They covered up the name, now we’ll never know what camera body that was!

  • Hangman

    “Zeiss announced a new high-end DSLR lens product line specially designed for high resolution, full frame DSLR cameras (with resolution more than 30MP, like the Nikon D800, D800E).”

    So they show a picture of it mounted to a 16MP D4??

    • neversink

      That 16 mp D4 produces incredible images. I use mine everyday alongside a D800 and they are both great. I actually prefer the D4.

    • reebert

      If i am reading it correct, that is a big 55mm. not practical for most. At least make it AF

  • toorude

    No news or product announcements from foolography? I expected an updated unleashed GPS module compatible with D800…. hmm.

  • But the current Nikon 60mm f/2.8 is good enough…so is the 50mm f/1.8…

  • fjfjjj

    OK, who actually likes shooting at 55mm? Who likes it enough to carry it around when it’s the size and weight of a fast zoom? Show of hands?

  • ste

    One word: video

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