Weekly Nikon news flash #214


  • How to make a custom grip for your Nikon DSLR camera.




  • The Bower 24mm f/1.4 lens for Nikon is currently $200 off with free shipping (offer ends May 31, 2013).

Unknown Nikon lens 3


  • Nikon is now in Nigeria - Nikon products are officially distributed and marketed by New Creation Worldwide Link Nigeria Ltd. offering twelve (12) months warranty on cameras and accessories. More images available on Facebook.






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  • fixit

    Hmmm, what else can be “ribbed” ?

  • Neol

    that grip looks awful

    • umeshrw

      Would go perfect along with a leather jacket and punk haircut. But maybe functionally it could work.

    • babola


      • Le Migou

        worse than the exorcist XII and Fredy XXXVI together. Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeuuuuuuuaarrrrrk!

    • DeathK

      There *are* people who care more about function over aesthetics. If it works well who the hell cares what it looks like…. If the camera is actually being used for its intended purpose both the photographer and everyone else aren’t going to be concerned with what the grip looks like.

      • Micah Goldstein

        Yes and no. I’ve used third party vertical grips with ribs like this and I found them uncomfortable. Smooth surface with grippy texture is optimal.

        And for much of what I do, my little GX1 bodies do 99% of what I need. But when clients are paying big money, I’ll be damned if I’m going to show up with the smallest camera I have. It’s better to stroke your customer’s ideals than it is to challenge them.

    • Le Migou

      I can do better with boogers.

      • neversink

        Go ahead and show us what you can do then.
        I actually like the idea of these custom grips. They are removable and may come in very handy!! Pun intended!! Now get your finger in your nose and demonstrate your craft. I am sure everyone will be curious to see your pre-adolescent grips.

  • Micah Goldstein

    Typo: “How to make a custom grip for your Nikon DSLR camera.”

    …should read “Ho to make a hideous custom grip for your Nikon DSLR”

  • Micah Goldstein

    Typo “How to make a custom grip for your Nikon DSLR camera.”

    …should read “How to make a hideous custom grip for your Nikon DSLR”

    • Le Migou



  • Robert

    I can hear KEH now when you try to sell a body with that grip modification…

  • Dreams&Visions

    D520? Typo I guess?

  • Skumle Rafte

    the 30cm lens is for mounting on airplanes in a downward position

    • Spy Black

      That kinda makes sense, although it had more of a maritime look to me, I guess it’s that wheel.

      • Vin

        It does look like its for 8×10-11×14 sheet film. Could be typographical aviation. When I saw the distance focuses it made me think a large scale projection lens, then it would be in horizontal format. The size and weight alone to fit this into the under side compartment then to twist into place of a propeller airplane.

        • Calibrator

          What is “typographical aviation”?
          Couldn’t google anything about that.

          • Vin

            Topographical, really, really, add something to the mystery. Sorry about sp… but quick phone post.

            • Calibrator

              Ah, yes, of course…

          • Isn’t it obvious?

            Typographical aviation is when pilots “write” messages in the sky with smoke… sorry, I know I’m late to the party but couldn’t resist!

      • neversink

        My guess is that it was made, as previously stated, for aviation. Nikon has been producing lenses for 80 years and this may be one of the earlier lenses. It might have been produced for military purposes. World War II would have ended nearly 66 years ago, and this lens was probably made, and I am just grabbing at straws, at least five years earlier than that, which could make it at least 71 years old. It could even be older.

        I doubt it would be for nautical purposes, as it would have probably fogged up a lot.

        • neversink

          OK – Going to Wikipedia under Nikkor it appears we might be on the right track.


          In 1932, 81 years ago, the year before Nikon’s official 80th anniversary of lens production, Nikon introduced their first Aero lenses for aerial photography – according to the article cited above. This could be one of Nikon’s first lenses ever produced. Who knows? It’s not even listed anywhere. What is also find intriguing about this mystery lens is the serial number: #30001. Could this be the first in this unknown line of lenses, or perhaps even a prototype that was never marketed.? I am sure more will come to light soon. Also notable is that the f stop at f/2.3 on this lens is the fastest of all the aero lenses listed. So perhaps this was a lens produced at the end of Nikon’s production of Aero lenses and perhaps few of these 30cm lenses ever made it to market.

          I wonder what Nikon has to say about this!!! The owner of this lens could be very lucky. I am sure a number of museums and collectors would want this baby!

          Here is the list of aero lenses from Wikipedia:

          Aero-Nikkor 7.5cm 1:3.5(Sale Year : 1937)

          Aero-Nikkor 10cm 1:5.6(Sale Year : 1939)

          Aero-Nikkor 18cm 1:4.5(Sale Year : 1933)

          Aero-Nikkor 20cm 1:3.5

          Aero-Nikkor 50cm 1:4.8(Sale Year : 1932) – (Lens Construction 3 elements in 3 groups)

          Aero-Nikkor 70cm 1:5(Sale Year : 1932) – (Lens Construction 3 elements in 3 groups)

          • Spy Black

            I’m curious as to why these lenses would have inscriptions in English. These would all be pre-war lenses. Granted, Japan had relations with the US (ironically the US would send them all it’s scrap metal, which they would use to create their armed forces!), but I’m curious why the inscriptions on the lenses wouldn’t be in Japanese.

        • iamlucky13

          “I doubt it would be for nautical purposes, as it would have probably fogged up a lot.”

          Is there a particular feature you see that leads you to that conclusion?

          It’s not like optics aren’t widely used for nautical purposes. Indeed, that was one of their first uses other than astronomy.

          That fogging is a challenge in a nautical environment does itself rule out that purpose.

          • neversink

            The point is moot, given that we now know it an aerial lens.
            What you say is true, but just looking at the lens and the rear mount, and comparing it with other nautical monoculars and binocs of the era makes me believe (perhaps incorrectly) that this lens was not sealed and therefore not useful for everyday nautical work.

    • Mistral75

      This lens is described in the Nikon Historical Society’s September 2012 issue (#117 page 11):


      and it’s said to be a WWII infrared lens:


  • Mandrake

    That grip looks like the work of someone trying to do something different for the sake of doing something different. I don’t see how that is helpful and the aesthetics are greatly lacking.

  • robert

    reminds me something from blade runner..

  • lorenzo

    > The Nikon D800E camera won the Camera GP 2013 Readers Award

    Don’t think Mansurovs will agree on that. On his report
    Nikon Quality Assurance and Marketing Gone Wrong
    of March 18 2013 he states that 30% of D800/E still have defective PDAF.

    • The QA issues have been widely reported for months. My understanding is that cameras are now delivered without any issues. I am not sure how anyone get a reliable % of the number of defective cameras. BTW, the AF on my D800E stopped working and I had to send it for repair. I purchased it from the first available batch in the US.

      • lorenzo

        If it was so, how can we explain a customer that in March 2013 found and returned 3 in a row D800E to B&H for defective PDAF? See http://www.jmvdigital.com/ – click on journal. What if Mansurovs is right? Actually he wrote:
        “… about 2-3 out of 10 having the AF problem”.

        Sorry to hear of your issue, hope Nikon can fix it quickly..

        • How do we know that those cameras were not from the first batch?

          • lorenzo

            We don’t. Everything is possible, but in March 2013 sounds unlikely and one after the other… Where did those cameras spend a year sitting? One thing is sure: they weren’t refurbished.

            Is yours completely dead now or started going out of focus? I remember some saying that about 3-4K shots after Nikon had fixed the AF they went berzerk again. Was yours fixed in the first place?

            I am still between two fires: those that say there are no problems and those that test up to 5 cameras and find them defective. However, I am waiting for B&H on a back ordered 24 mm f/1.4 (one of those with $200 off) then it might be my turn to test – and exchange, hope not!

            BTW, B&H now doesn’t exchange a D800E more than 3 times in total.

            Good luck with yours! Please let us know…

            • My AF was completely broken, it did not work at all. The camera was still under warranty and Nikon fixed it – this was few months ago.

          • lorenzo

            I am in email contact with that guy, maybe he wrote down the serial numbers?

      • Neopulse

        Luckily the only issue I had with my refurbished D800 (not E) was that it hunted a bit when using my 70-200mm in indoor lighting conditions. Other than that it worked well. Sucks that yours just stopped working altogether. That’s really embarassing :S

        • lorenzo

          NeoPulse, would you mind share part of your serial? Just xxx the last digits.
          One more thing: did you ever use the 10-pin remote connector, is it firm? This issue seems more frequent on the E, however. Thanks!

          • Neopulse

            It was 950
            Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device

            • Neopulse

              And was a refurbished model from Adorama. Got it in mid 2012.

          • Neopulse

            Also never used the 10-pin connector with it. Wanted to buy a wireless trigger for it (from Adorama), but didn’t get around to.

            • lorenzo

              Well, I hope I didn’t make you discover that the 10-pin falls into the body. Very few people use it, don’t know why, but I do for remote and GP-1.

              The serial was 461xxx? Seems one byte too short.


            • Neopulse

              The last numbers were 461. XXXX461
              Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device

  • Mike

    Maybe with their own distribution now, there will be less Nigerian scams on Craigslist. |-P

  • Nikon Fanboy

    That grip reminds me of my favorite coffee cups — the Bennington Potters trigger mug. http://www.benningtonpotters.com/product/200/mugs

  • sjk

    That’s about as serious of a face as you can get out of Joe McNally.

  • HotDuckZ

    If Nikon make a grip like that I will kill myself. lol

  • neversink

    The case on the 13mm lens is beat up as is the filter pouch. This is one of the highest starting prices I have seen on this lens. About two years ago one went for about $12,500 in better condition on eBay. My wife told me I was crazy to even consider such a ludicrous purchase. When i showed her the starting price on this lens she was wondering why I was crazy enough to listen to her protestations. Oh well. C’est la vie!!!!

  • Nikon cameras have always wonderful specification!

  • Adam Mullins Photography

    Well, I found out everything I need about the lens.

    It is an infrared lens developed by the Japanese. There were
    only two ever made. The “Nikon Historical Society” published a magazine
    featuring my exact lens (with pictures) but with serial number Nr. 30002A. My
    lens is Nr. 30001A. They featured the article in 2012 saying that “this lens
    may be a sole survivor unless the additional lens still exists today” which it
    does, because I have it.

    The lenses mounted to either an eye piece or an infrared camera.

    The article compares the lens to a 300mm F/2 Nikkor lens made in the 80s that
    sold for $25,000.

    Now we all know what it is and how valuable it is 🙂

    For more images of this 2 of a kind lens, look here, http://adammullinsphoto.blogspot.com/

    I am thinking about listing the lens on ebay this Friday. If
    anyone is interested, contact me here, adammullins87@gmail.com


    • Calibrator

      Now that there are two units in existence the $25,000 should become $12,500… 😉

      I wonder how much Grays of Westminster would charge for it, though?

    • Pablo Ricasso returned

      Nope. Don’t want any.

    • neversink

      I would go to Sotheby’s or another big auction house. What you have is a rare museum quality piece, with a serial number that ends in 0001. You might be surprised at how hight the bidding could get for this. Just my 2 cents as that is about all I could afford to bid on this. Good luck and hope you make a small fortune.

  • MyrddinWilt

    The grip made with Sugru is terrible. But I like using Sugru even though it is pricey.

    Apple’s power supply leads have a tendency to split at the connector. And being an apple only connector you have to spend $80 or so to get a whole replacement PSU rather than just put a new connector on the frayed end.

    I fixed up a couple of PSU leads that were starting to split with a single packet of Sugru ($9 for four packets) saving me a bundle…

  • peterw


    Nikon establishes a selling centre in Nigeria.

    This means Nigerians will be able to buy new camera’s for normal prices….

    Now I understand why I don’t get any excessively attractive offers for my second hand stuff any more…

    more seriously, it is a good indication that the economy in Nigeria is going quite good.

    • neversink

      Next stop, Kenya (me hopes)

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