Weekly Nikon news flash #231

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New: Rogue Safari DSLR pop-up flash booster.

Not a surprise, but now it's official: the old Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D lens is listed as discontinued.

Lexar-four-bay-USB-3.0-reader-hub SanDisk-256GB-EXTREME-PRO-CF-CARD-160MBS  SanDisk-CFast-2.0-card
There were three memory cards announcements last week: new Lexar four bay USB 3.0 reader hub | SanDisk 256GB Extreme Pro CF card (160MB/S) | SanDisk CFast 2.0 (450 MB/s)

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Nikon Europe is the main sponsor of the photo agency Noor.

Schneider-Kreuznach to announce new cinema lenses for full frame DSLR cameras that will be available also with Nikon F-mount.

Check out this DIY filter holder project for the Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 lens.

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  • Vin

    Pherhaps the 4K is comming in the form of D4X, D400,

    • PeterO

      Uh, no.

    • koenshaku

      Since Nikon does not make video cameras that is possible, but I think it is too early for that seeing that DSLRs do not even do 1080p at 60fps yet.

    • RMJ

      Nikon 1 will be the first to have 4K from Nikon.

      • Neopulse

        I think 2.5k is plenty enough for a V3. Probably will save the 1 system if they do it.

        • RMJ

          It’s not about what is enough. It’s almost certain that V3 will have Aptina’s new 4K capable sensor inside. If V3 won’t take full advantage of it, V4 will.

          If we want 4K for DSLRs, then we need a new sensor from Sony (or Toshiba, or whoever) that can actually do it.

          • Neopulse

            In today’s consumer market, filming at 4K and displaying it isn’t that common. There isn’t a significant amount of people who own 4k TV sets let alone 4k computer monitors in their homes to actually display what they recorded. Kinda like selling a 300k car knowing it will only appeal to very few people and in this case pro-video editors or people who own 4k res displays who also have friends that have 4k displays. Like I said before, even 2.5k is stretching it, but more doable than 4k. And chances are they will record their videos at Full HD since that is plenty and less of a hassle to go out and buy special overly priced memory cards for their pocket camera.

            • RMJ

              Yes, 4K is not yet common, yet. Especially in the whole wide world… but for example, Japan is moving to 4K TV broadcasts next year. There, more and more homes are already 4K ready. Even 8K is being planned for only few years later.

              Of course not everyone needs, or even cares about 4K. I don’t either.

              I’m just saying that Nikon 1 will be the first Nikon to offer it. Simply because it already has a sensor available for it! Aptina released it last year! There are no APS-C or FF sensor that Nikon could use for it’s DSLRs to offer 4K capable video. (it’s not just about resolution, the sensor has to be fast enough to output the data)

            • Neopulse

              The sensors in my opinion can do it fine at this level. Has to do with the video buffer system and the medium in which it’s recorded on. Also the V3 if it has that capability, chances are it’ll be limited to only 5 mins, sporting a new EXPEED processor, and 2 slots for SD and XQD. And not to mention price wise how much more it’ll go for.

            • RMJ

              The sensor definitely has to be fast enough. Most sensor are not capable of it yet.

              Aptina’s new 1″ sensor can do 4K video at 60fps. or 1080p at 120fps. It’s almost twice as fast as the older Aptina sensor. Actually, the full output rate is 80fps at full 14MP resolution, which is around 1.1 gigapixels/second.

              Obviously, everything after the sensor has to support it also. But if the sensor can’t handle it, then it’s no use what comes after it. Every sensor has certain maximum read speed. It simply cannot be emptied faster than that.

              Obviously it would be expensive, too, but then again V2 already is expensive. It’s the top of the line model. Of course, Nikon can introduce even more expensive model that is dedicated for the 4K video and leave V3 to be the insanely fast still camera with “pathetic” 2K video at 120fps.

              We will see what comes… V3 is around the corner already so it’s just matter of time.

    • Maji

      I believe Nikon was the first to have video in a dSLR. So, that idea of 4K in a dSLR maybe first by Nikon too.

  • Spy Black

    $1,809 for the new 256GB Sandisk. Cheap!

    • Neopulse

      This it’s aimed for the MF people who can’t always shoot tethered on location.

  • Spy Black

    I wonder how many people will be staring at that booster lens when their picture is being taken…

    • Destr

      I bet Gary Fong is killing himself for not thinking of this one…

  • Aldo

    lol @ the flash booster… same size as an actual flash.

    • Spy Black

      Depending on the unit, perhaps even larger.

    • AnthonyH

      Yes, but it’s $35.00. If it actually works, a more powerful iTTL flash for $35 isn’t a bad deal.

      • Spy Black

        For 23 bucks you can have this: http://tinyurl.com/m8v8lp5

        • AnthonyH

          I highly doubt that is an i-TTL capable flash, Spy!

          • Spy Black

            No, it’s not, I guess I’ve just work with manual flash too long, I don’t see the point of integrated flash.

        • Neopulse

          Damn, good find. Forgot those were at that price. Still have both my 560IIs and haven’t used them yet :-/ got them for ~$68 on Amazon

  • Marcel Speta

    CF card having 150MB/s or 450MB/s ? Good bye XQD ….

    • Photo-Jack

      Agree! XQD was riding on a dead horse for Nikon, still having the only DSLR setting on it. They shoud have better taken a closer Lok on Sony’s trackrecord with new technology!
      Hope Nikon would support the new standards, also concerning SD Cards pretty soon by firmware up dates (if that is technically possible)

    • Neopulse

      XQD can go up to 500 MB/s -.-

      • Marcel Speta

        150MB is still more than enough… so no need for XQD anyway…. rather would have 2 CF slots …. 🙂

        • Neopulse

          You mean 2 CF Fast 2.0 slots, not 2 CF slots. They aren’t the same especially since the anatomy of the CF 2.0 has changed to being pinless. And chances are there will be a CF slot and a CF Slot 2.0 slot next to it. Kinda like CF and XQD slot. And the XQD is smaller and faster than CF like SD cards are nowadays capable of doing.

          • Marcel Speta

            in fact doesn’t matter if 2 slots XQD or CF or CF2.0, but both same! Many of us are traveling and nobody wants to have several chargers, several card readers etc…
            Btw. reason why I purchased D3s instead of D4, to stay compatible with D700 and D300 (battery, CF cards etc…)
            Old CF is capable make 100MB/s which is fairly enough even for video recording. OK if there will be 4K than we need more. CF is proven military technology, so I would vote for this … 🙂

            • Neopulse

              Well the battery thing I get you, but there are XQD and CF card readers and other All-in-One. Also wasn’t this discussion about the speed difference between CF and XQD. It might be military tech the CF, but when was the last time you saw military World War tanks on the battlefield? Things do get updated like everything else. But this time the CF 2.0 wont be backwards compatible most likely with your old CF cards. Plus they are more expensive to produce than XQD or SD equivalents.

            • Marcel Speta

              on one hand you are right … but. XQD is not a standard. Who else is using it? Now i can lent Canon from my friend and use my CF card than do this or this… I am not using USB readers , i have built in readers or CF reader as PCMCIA (now they call it differently, can’t recall proper name).

              So switching to other system just produces only costs. And that’s the point. I feel traped and always forced to pay for artificial incompatibility. I am in IT for more than 25 years, so i am technically educated. Well some changes were necessary, but some not, just the way how to pull out the money …
              … and I have the same feeling regarding XQD, CF2.0 etc.. maybe there were some limits, i didn’t study it yet.
              Anyways – i am satisfied what i actually have 😉

            • Neopulse

              Well in the end that is what matters most, in being comfortable with your gear 🙂

  • Shawn


    (if you could angle and bounce it, that would be a different story)

  • Drazen B

    ‘Pop up flash booster’…or how to look like an ultimate dork on the street.

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