Weekly Nikon news flash #228

Mastering the Nikon D7100 book
→ New book: Mastering the Nikon D7100.

→ The new Sigma USB dock for Nikon mount is now in stock.

→ The Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM lens for Nikon is delayed again. The new shipping date is September 25 2013.

→ Rare Nikon 300mm T2.2 lens listed on eBay.

Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f:2.8 Lens Bower 14mm f:2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Manual Focus Lens
→ Instant savings on third party F-mount lenses: Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8 lens is currently $60 offBower 14mm f/2.8 is now $30 off.

Sales Units of Nikon Cameras and Interchangeable Lenses
→ Some interesting stats: sales units of Nikon cameras and interchangeable lenses. More Nikon stats are available here and here.

Nikon Digiscoping Attachment FSA-L3 Nikon Digiscoping Attachment DSA-N2
→ Nikon announced two Monarch 7 binoculars (8x30, 10x30), new Monarch fieldscopes and two digiscoping adapters FSA-L3 and DSA-N2.

→ Those are the new Nikon Ambassadors (press release).

→ There has been some activity (new posts and videos) on the Nikon Cinema blog:

→ Nikon released firmware updates for the following Coolpix cameras: L28, S3400S3500, S4300, S4400, S5200, S6400, S6500 and S9300.

Nikon South Africa
→ Nikon South Africa was running the business for the whole continent on one server:

"But Nikon South Africa's ambitions were being thwarted by its outdated IT infrastructure. The South Africa office was running the business for the whole continent on one server. If one application on the server had an incident, the whole IT structure, and consequently, the business, suffered. Lacking an in-house IT department, Nikon South Africa turned to Dell partner Xpand IT."

→ Apple released Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 4.08 with support for Nikon Coolpix P330 camera.

→ Nikon USA is getting a new marketing executive.

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  • Killroy™

    Me thinks the Nikon-mount Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 is going to be vaporware.

    • Spy Black

      Maybe they’re trying to avoid it having all the typical problems you get when you buy Nikon gear…

    • Chr$yoko

      Have seen it at shops in Paris. Amazon.fr or yodobashi camera of Japan have it too.
      Maybe just a production capacity and strong demand issues for sigma.

  • Mike

    Jerry Gihonis used to shoot Canon. Yay! And Scott Kelby is now a Canon shooter. Queue Twighlight Zone music.

    • patto01

      That’s odd. Scott’s personal website, as of 1 minute ago, under his gear, lists 4 Nikons (D4, D3S, D800, and D700) and one Canon (50D). Maybe he hasn’t updated it lately!?

      • Spy Black

        Personally, I’ve never quite understood why people need to “switch”. If I already own a bunch of Nikon gear, and decide some other brand has something cool, there’s nothing stopping me from owning both.

        • Eric Calabos

          Owning both means switching, cause you no longer depended on only one brand. For first brand, its not that costly as complete switch, but its still a lost sale

          • patto01

            Huh? I’m pretty sure “switching,” means giving up one thing for another; not having both things.
            In Scott Kelby’s case, it makes sense to have both since his main source of income is in training. Being conversant in Nikon and Canon gear can only be helpful.

            • Eric Calabos

              For Scott, yes

          • Spy Black

            No, it means “expanding”.

        • Rich

          Owning a multitude of camera systems and gear means one is ‘integrating’.

          It is a possibility to have Nikon and Canon Dslr’s and a Sony Nex and with adapters use Nikon lenses on Canon and use Nikon and Canon lenses on Sony Nex (E-mount), for instance.

          • AM

            It’s actually called “diversifying”. Scott always came across as a Nikon guy, and many people thought that his training classes were aimed only to Nikon shooters. It makes perfect sense that he is diversifying to other brands as his core business is training, no matter what brand.

    • I was wondering why his photo walks are now sponsored by Canon.

  • Peter

    most of those ambassadors’ websites just suck. flash, flash, flash and slow as fvck. stop that crap and show your pictures. and i’m not talking about some stamp-sized ones. grrrr.

    • Spy Black

      Who cares? The larger shot of Dixie Dixon was all I needed to see…

    • groucher

      Well said. The Internet is about information – not stupid Flash and postage sized watermarked images. I’m straight off a website if all that nonsense starts. Some website developers seem incapable of learning.

  • Were Nikon to postpone shipping of an announced lens there would be hundreds of hate mail on this site. But Hey, it’s Sigma, the New great Loved One, so it must be Ok

    • umeshrw

      Yeah. It is . After all it is not nikon.

    • Marco Santa Cruz

      if nikon were releasing a 1.8 zoom, i think there would be some leeway there as well. although, they’d be quick to release with qc issues,

  • Eric Calabos

    Finally nikon has its own Vincent. but not Video one yet

  • Wow. Over 20 million Nikon 1 cameras sold. Bet that is a surprise to many enthusiasts. On another note, great to see Sandro and Ami Vitale as part of the ambassadors; hopefully they get to give some input on future products.

    • groucher

      I’m a semi-pro and am not surprised. The Nikon 1 is the perfect compact action camera. What other system does 60 fps, has a 80-300m ff equiv. vr lens that fits in your pocket or allows you to use your FF or DX lenses via an adapter with all electrical contacts? D800 for landscapes, Nikon 1 for action – perfect.

  • Neopulse

    Has anyone so far used the Sigma dock? Is it easy to use? I have to admit the price for it is very good. Was thinking about getting the dock and the 18-35mm for my dad in Xmas, he owns a D7100. All he owns at the moment is the 18-200mm and just recently got him a 70-300 VR. And he’s complaining about the quality of the pics of the 18-200mm at the wide end at around f/4. Wanna know if this combo is well worth it and does it help using the dock at all.

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