Weekly Nikon news flash #235

→New gizmo: Nero Trigger ($180).

Goldbuguk sells 18 carat gold-plated Nikon SLR cameras. You can also send your own camera to get the gold treatment.

DxOMark published their test results for the Sigma 120-300mm f2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens:

"Previous iterations of this lens lacked certain features to compete directly with the premium offerings from the rival marques. But, to their credit Sigma has addressed each shortcoming with the relevant upgrade. While this has increased the price each time, the current $3,600 ticket is still well under what you would currently pay for either the Canon or Nikon 300mm f/2.8 models. Not only that, but it may even save buying a 70-200mm f/2.8 in certain cases. Given the potential savings and the excellent optical performance, the Sigma must be worth a closer look."

→Nikon D610 user's manual now available online.

Nikonhacker announced that their NikonEmulator can now interactively navigate through the D5100 menus.

→From a recent blog comment (thanks fjfjjj): an old Nikon F5 commercial - the advertisement back then was that the camera can shoot video, today many hope that the new DF doesn't have any video functionality. Here are some more old Nikon ads:

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  • Spy Black

    i guess someone would like those gold-plated cameras…

  • Rad Alzyoud

    Has anyone here used Nero trigger?

  • Eduardo Larrosa

    those gold cameras are just plain fugly

    • Global

      Chinese people like Gold (gold color does very well in marketing to Chinese). Not everyone loves “silver tops”. I think its pretty much a preference the way pickup covers on electric guitars are either Gold or Silver (or black or white less often). You either like silver more or you like gold more.

      Not really worth it to knock down the other guy’s opinion when each person’s own opinion is equally baseless. That being said….. I personally think that particular camera looks crappy with gold (and I like gold pickups on guitars, haha).

      • Eduardo Larrosa

        Don’t understand who’s opinion was being knocked down -sounds like mine was…
        And what an awesome, borderline racist comment to make that all Chinese people like gold!
        Gold medal for that effort… It should that be silver?

        • Jun-Kai Teoh

          I don’t think Global was trying to be racist, and it didn’t come off as racist either. He/she makes a valid point, because culturally speaking, gold is viewed as the royal/sacred color in China and other Asian countries (such as Malaysia).

        • groucher

          Being outraged on someone else’s behalf is pretty patronising. Please drop the PC cr@p. I’m sure the Chinese are more than capable of looking after themselves.

  • Mike

    Wow. Those old commercials make the Pure Photography campaign seem like Oscar award candidates.

  • mikeswitz

    Thanks Admin, those ads are truly awful. Kind of like SNL skits.

  • Tair

    That Sigma lens looks amazing

  • Spy Black

    I have to say I don’t quite get the D5100 hack. What’s the benefit?

    The Nero trigger looks cool.

    • Man Drake

      Early stages of a project similar to Magic Lantern?

    • not much at that point, but in the future they will be able to make different hacks to the firmware

    • Taggart

      Creating an emulator helps these independent developers to understand the workings of the hardware. It also allows easier development of new firmware – it’s better to brick a virtual camera than a real one!

  • Joseph Li

    Wow ok..I am glad i went with the nikon 300mm 2.8 vs the Sigma then. Even though the sigma 120-300 might be an interesting lens to replace the 70-200 VR II in terms of optical performance and range, it’s just way too cumbersome and heavy

  • Spy Black

    Sorry, this blows the doors off Pure Photography…

  • Coastalconn

    Wow, I’m so glad I just picked up the first generation 120-300 OS for 2K new. I can live without the focus limiter and new cosmetics. Love the lens so far, but I’m a little confused about DXO marks. I’m still holding out for a D400, but it looks like this lens performs better on full frame? I shot it on a D600 today and it was very impressive, but the D600 is too slow for me. Guess I might have to consider a D800 and live with the slow FPS.. I sure wish Nikon would release a Wildlife king DX. Here’s my first coule days of testing/shooting.. http://www.flickr.com/photos/coastalconn/sets/72157636905007005/

    • silmasan

      But a D800 won’t be any faster!

      Better FX options for FPS would be a D4/D3s/D3 or a D700 with MB-D10 (with either 8 AA batteries or EN-EL4a).

    • Shawn

      Beautiful photos. It looks like it is a nice sharp lens with good bokeh and if the new one is said to be better than yours it looks like a very tempting option indeed. It is a shame is still out of my price range at this stage at least for now.

      • Coastalconn

        Yup it was a stretch for me, but I couldn’t be happier. I’ve never liked Sigma before even though I only had one bad experience, but they sure got things right with this lens… Within a few years they might be the ones to beat.. Canikon might want to watch their rear view mirrors…

  • Kynikos

    ADMIN: When I use the Amazon link to try to buy Nero Trigger, it doesn’t seem to let me choose my camera. (When I go to their site proper and go through the process, I need to choose model.) Do you have affiliate deal with their own site as opposed to going through Amazon?

    Any other suggestion welcome–just trying to get a good price and get you paid 🙂

    • I am not affiliated with Nero, just buy it from their website if Amazon doesn’t work and don’t worry 🙂

      • Kynikos


    • Tom

      The Nero Trigger is only sold direct at this time, it is $199, not $180 as posted and they do not have affiliates either, as far as I know.

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