Weekly Nikon news flash #218

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Two new Samyang APS-C lenses to be announced this summer: 16mm f/2.0 wide-angle ($479) and 300mm f/6.3 reflex lenses.


Good deal: refurbished Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR lens for $409 (regular price $499.95).

Photographing Earth from the cupola on the International Space Station.

BorrowLenses rented 13 Nikon D800 bodies and 28mm f/1.8G lenses for the shooting of the FX television series “Wilfred”. Read the whole story here.

Some rare Nikon lenses can be found on this Red Book Nikkor website.

New from Aquatica: AD600 underwater housing for the Nikon D600 (price: $3,199).

DxOMark published their test results for the Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD lens ($1,499, 6 years warranty).

DxOMark published also a comparison between the lenses of the Ricoh GR and Nikon Coolpix A cameras:

New in the UK: J.W. Anderson teams up with Nikon for new stylish camera cases.

New Nikon USA video: a chat with Lindsey Byrnes - a rock photographer.

Trailer for the new film Larrikin by Sean Kennedy Santos. The film is shot entirely with Nikon 1 cameras.

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  • Fgonz

    NR: You have some more information about the new nikon bodies how the nikon d400, d4x/s or nikon 1 v3 maybe 4k?

    • No, noting reliable for now. A new Nikon1 body will probably be announced in August/September, a refresh or a X version of the D4 will follow by the end of the year or in early 2014.

      • NikonFanboy

        Hi Admin,

        Do you have any info about tele primes(300,400,500 and 600mm) being updated in coming months? All these primes are due for an update i suppose to match the canon’s glass with latest VR and weight reduction. Do you think it might happen by next year?

        Thanks in advance!

        • no info on those updates

          • NikonFanboy

            hi admin,


      • Neopulse

        A couple of things I hope for when the D4X comes out, more MP (like 24mp with the same great low light performance as the D3s), newer EXPEED processor or 16-Bit RAW files.

    • Calibrator

      If he had he would post it, geez!

    • Gord

      Because asking him repeatedly will make it suddenly happen right?

      • Fgonz

        I make a wish

        • John Baxter Photography

          You make a fool of yourself

  • Nikon Shooter

    In before stupid comments like “Tamron’s DXO score is higher, therefore it smokes the Nikon.” The DXO score doesn’t take into account the autofocus speed, autofocus reliability as well as the built and bokeh quality. At the same time it’s hard to argue that mainly due to the big differene in price the Tamron may be the better lens for an amateur photographer.

    • Eric Calabos

      DxO doesnt take into account the AF spead means Tamron is slower?

      • Nikon Shooter

        Are you trying to say it’s faster?

        • D4ve


    • Dimitrii1130

      However, the Nikon is not up to date. Even the f4 is sharper. Therefore i believe the tamron is the better lens, but it is missing some Features and it is not possible to use an teleconverter (as far as i know)

      • Pablo Ricasso returned

        Um… The f4 lens is sharper because it was shot at f4 and the other lens was shot at f2.8. It would probably have 35 megapixels of sharpness if it was shot at f4 or f5.6. These scores give partial data. It’s nice to see that the Tamron has even less distortion than the others, but it looks like it has a lot of falloff and that really might make it a weaker lens. It would be good to know the falloff at other apertures. At this point I want to note that the f4 lens has a high degree of falloff despite being shot a stop slower than the other lenses. It is not in the same league.

    • Spy Black

      Tamron’s DXO score is higher, therefore it smokes the Nikon.

    • Spy Black

      Tamron’s DXO score is higher, therefore it smokes the Nikon.

  • Spy Black

    The guy running Red Book Nikkor is a kook…

    • Why?

      • Spy Black

        Have you read his pages? Hilarious!

        • I think a lot is lost in translation.

          • Spy Black

            Oh I don’t mean that, although that’s funny too. C’mon dude, “MACRO Nikkor 35mm F4.5 in wind”, “Ultra Micro Nikkor 28mm F1.7e Sound of Surf Beach”, “If you mount this super lens on your Nikon camera, You get on a midnight train and will go on to a sentimental journey.”

            That’s entertainment!

            • I think the text was probably computer translated.

            • fjfjjj

              The author of Nikkor Red Book speaks perfectly acceptable English and knows what he’s writing. He is a self-proclaimed Nikkor otaku, and this is his fan poetry.

  • Spy Black

    The guy running Red Book Nikkor is a kook…

  • Spy Black

    The ever-frightening 24-85mm is on sale refurbished. Why am I not surprised about this?

  • robert

    Its obvious Tokina Tamron and Sigma are really taking things seriously the last 2-3 years and they want peoples money and to take away sales from nikon and canon. and theyre doing a fantastic job.

    Nikons prices have jumped like crazy the last 4-5 years and they are sniffing some very good glass powder over there. im glad the trio are finally upping the quality cause in this crappy economy we should be getting more for our dollars. I dont think nikon is giving people their moneys worth with the newer high priced lenses. jumps of 30-40% in price. thats crazy. the sb900 sold for $500, now the 910 for $550, then the 920 for $600? theyre crazy.

    when I did weddings years back (left 2007) I was using f5’s and SB28 and they sold for $270. now I understand there is newer tech inside but technology evolves and gets better, just like smartphones. the new ones sell for the same price last years newest. and if you add in inflation then fine, im generous, ask $400, but $550? you are on crack nikon. im glad yongnuo, nissin, phottix and oloong are taking away from nikon and canons sales.

    im not sure the tamron lens above is much better than the nikon equivalent but probably on par. but they all have earned there spot to be considered as cheaper alternatives with EXCELLENT performance. years before their prush it was a big compromise to buy a 3rd party lens, but not today. you wouldnt tell the difference between 2 shots of the above lenses. especially if PS edit a bit. im sure its of very high quality.

    the new sigma 18-35 f/1.8 is going to take a LOT of sales from canon nikon sony and pentax. and im glad. those big guys need to lower their noses a bit. the price jumps for the newer lens versions is unfair.
    im considering selling my 17-55 for this. but ive had bad experience with sigma when I first got into photography and im very hesitant to give them money but for those getting in or want a pro caliber lens, from what im reading its putting nikon to shame. especially for the price. best bang for the buck lens you can buy hands down. ever.

    im also glad there are more competition in the camera grips, flashes and slaves area as well.

    • BernhardAS

      If the official Inflation figure is not in line with real inflation it is not really Nikon’s fault.
      Google the term ‘inflation adjustments’ and you will find sufficient information how much the inflation rate is, without all the “changes” in the calculation method introduced in the last 20 years to make it more “accurate”.
      (Hint: all of the changes make it appear lower)

      Sorry for the off topic

      • robert

        I understand that they didnt adjust for it for many years but sheesh, $700 price jump over the 70-200VR1?

        and $500 for 85 1.4g, and 100% price increase for flashes, and $600 for the 24-70 AFS. sorry but the price jumps are unjustified. grips are overpriced at more than 4 times the price of a 3rd party alternative. sure its metal construction, and may be better quality but sorry, for a product that holds batteries and for offering better ergonomics a grip should cost no more than $150. I couldnt care if its metal or plastic. if it breaks I order another for $65 shipped, not $300.

        I dont think people are getting their moneys worth anymore.

        sure theres new tech inside but thats evolution of technology. u dont expect every new iphone to jump another $150 over last years model, do you? like computer parts, like clothing and clearance. thats how it is.

        but hell 100% price jump over 7 years for a flash? thats crazy. QC is a problem with Nikon as well.

        u dont notice Nikon giving out rebates more often? its because they know the prices are too high and 3rd party companies are breathing down their necks. with more and more high quality products from other companies, its only going to get worse for them.

        look at pocketwizard. loss of sales is inevitable with the yongnuo YN-622N flash transceivers that sell for $80 shipped.

  • Neil

    Well, I guess if Nikon won’t deliver lenses to their most profitable and popular segment, everyone else will…

  • African man

    “Good deal: refurbished Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR lens for $409”

    What´s good about that deal? It´s not the lens and not the price either.

  • zoetmb

    They’re not shooting Wilfred using Nikon cameras as the title of the article implies. They’re shooting still background plates for the show so they can show exteriors when shooting on a sound stage.

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