Weekly Nikon news flash #203


Tamron SP 90mm F2.8 Di MACRO VC USD Model F004


  • DxOMark published their test results for the new Nikon 1 S1 mirrorless camera: "The S1’s image quality isn’t better than their 14Mp J3 or V2 offerings either. Yes it wins marginally in the Portrait Score because of its greater ISO latitude but the difference isn’t significant."

Nikon D600 silicon cover Nikon D600 silicon cover back

Nikon Laser Rangefinder PROSTAFF 7Nikon Laser Rangefinder COOLSHOT AS


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  • 120-300 os for nikon

    If there will not be an D400 and the tests are oke i am in for this one

    • KnightPhoto

      What is the diff between the latest 120-200 OS and earlier versions? TIA

  • Spy Black

    Other than making the D600 look butt-ugly, what is the purpose of that silicon cover?

    • jerre

      Im thinking perhaps to give the camera some degree of scratch and shock resistance.

      • Yeah I have it in black. Delkin imports it and calls it the Snug it. It’s well made but doesn’t cover everything. As the pictures in Yellow clearly show.

    • chubbs

      Appeasing the fetishist segment of the Nikon market.

      Feels so rubbery…

  • gsum

    I use a black silicone cover because I get very sweaty and grubby when lugging the camera up mountains. The cover keeps the handgrip and controls in pristine condition, increasing the potential resale value of the camera. Also gives some protection against knocks. Wouldn’t dream of using bright yellow though.

  • As much as I would love that Sigma the price increase is just madness. It’s taken a good “budget” sports and wildlife 2.8 and put it directly up against the Nikon 2.8 VR II price wise which is about £4000 new atm and about the same in good used condition. Seeing as that’s arguably on the the best Nikon lenses available you’d be made not to go Nikon.

    I know the price will come down from the £3600 given time, but I can’t see it coming down to the £1700-2100 ish region that current one occupies.

    • Eric Duminil

      Sorry, but what are you talking about? And which lens are you comparing it to? 300 f/2.8 or 200-400 f/4? There is simply no comparable lens from Canon/Nikon/Sony.

      The MSRP of the current Sigma is 3200$, but it sells for 2000$.

      So what is your point?

      • The old simga OS is about £2000 (RRP is £2300)

        The new Simga OS is preordering at £3600

        The Nikon 300mm 2.8 AF-S VR II is a shade over £4000, or about 11% more than the new sigma’s RRP. (The canon is over £5000 admittedly but this is nikon rumours)

        Prices taken from wex photographic in the UK, links removed as it seems it was blocking my comment.

        The point I am making is the Nikon 300mm 2.8 VR II is one of Nikons best lenses. The price difference between the 2 is now quite small, percentage wise anyway, so the new sigma will have to be either crazy good or have it’s price drop significantly. Yes you’d loose the 120- but realistically if you’re looking at 300mm 2.8s you’re probably already a 70-200 owner or will be at some point.

        The £1700-2000 region the current OS version has occupied made it a great lens for those of us who want 300mm and a 2.8 but not the Nikon/Canon price tag. With the price difference so small you will have to seriously consider just waiting the extra time to get a Nikon.

        I do accept there are no reviews of the new 120-300 OS yet, but reports say it’s the same optically as the last, but new mechanics and casings. So it’s reasonably safe to say the £3600 price tag will be a a very hard sell.

        • El Aura

          Amazon UK lists the Sigma for £1650.

          • A lot of lenses on Amazon aren’t legitimate UK imports, including some sold by Amazon themselves, which may be from mainland Europe. Depending on the brand this can be a problem if you want manufacturer support.

            • El Aura

              To my knowledge it is only Nikon USA that plays this game. I have never seen that happening in Europe.

            • Sigma Uk won’t even touch gray imports. People have had problems with some amazon lenses as they came from German stock not UK.

              Nikon UK will honour international warrantee on lenses but not flashes and bodies. It’s all on their respective web sites.

  • Any idea why most rangefinders have dropped the target speed function?

  • nikonfanzzzzzz

    mmmm rubber camera covers. that shouldn’t attract pet hair or dirt at all. I’ll have two.

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