Weekly Nikon news flash #238

→ Good deal: refurbished Nikon AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR lens for $349.

→ Few sample images taken with the new Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD lens (Canon version) can be found here.

→ If you are using a Nikon D4 with any of the SanDisk 32GB Extreme Pro CF 160MB/s memory cards and a Sony XQD card in the other slot, you will get an error message. Apparently SanDisk and Nikon are aware of the issue (see here and here)

→ Camera Control Pro 2.16.0 ($139) released with support for the Nikon D5300 and Df cameras (download link).

→ Apple released Digital Camera RAW Compatibility 5.01 with support for Nikon P7800 and Nikon D610 cameras.

Nikon Plaza Ginza
→ Nikon Plaza Ginza is now reopened.

Reuters: "Nikon sticks to camera guns while rivals reload in other sectors". The company is counting on emerging markets like Brazil and India.

→ Pictures from the Nikon Df event in Japan (the flickr stream contains also several samples from the Nikon Df). DC.Watch also published their coverage of the event.

Image taken with a Nikon Df Image taken with a Nikon Df
→ New Nikon Df sample images.

Nikkor 2000mm f/11 C reflex lens listed for $25,000 on eBay - fewer than 300 of this lens were ever produced.

→The Nikon 1 AW1 mirrorless underwater camera is CES Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering Award Honoree.

→ New Nikon Germany cash back promotion.

→ New products listed on Nikon UK online store.

→ In this video Nikon's rep says that the Nikon Df AF system is not the same as in the D610. Maybe he made a mistake.

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→ Wetpixel had some fun with a Nikon DSLR camera underwater.


Nikon D800E vs. Nokia Lumia 1020

→Interesting: Nikon D800E vs. Nokia Lumia 1020.

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  • 8

    the nikon vs nokia comparisn is total bullshit!! if anything he compared the lens to the nokia..

    • Eric Calabros

      but it means there will be more amazing landscape shots on the internet, taken by smartphones.

    • JohnM

      Ah, but the fact that he’s comparing out-of-focus areas to in-focus areas and commenting on the shutter speed choices of the D800 suggests he clearly knows what he’s doing. 😉

      • silmasan

        Someone with a google account needs to ask him whether he understands the difference in depth of field between the two setups.

        Well, that would be the first of many things to ask… :/

  • usa

    Admin, Where are the tattooed Nikon models?

  • Scott

    Look at the poor lens mount on that 2000mm reflex lens!

    They couldn’t track down a freaking rear lens cap for such a rare and expensive lens?

    • Spy Black

      Are you joking?

      • Scott

        No why would I be joking? They were using a piece of felt and electrical tape as a plug and the lens mount has sustained what appears to be a decent amount of wear and damage.

        All that could have been solved by a rear lens cap.

        • Spy Black

          Did you look at the rest of the lens? LOL!

    • The lens is damaged and apparently inoperable, being sold for parts. It appears to have a rear cap dangling from a string in the pictures (removed so they could show damage).

      • Scott

        Take another look at that “cap”. It’s not a cap it’s a homemade plug.

    • Benni

      the lens mount could be replaced. But look at the picture where the lens is shown in front: The mirror seems completely covered by dust. That looks to be completely unusable. If someone wants a 2000mm mirror lens, I would sugesst to get a decent Celestron edge hd 8” telescope. These new telescopes should have similar, or even better coma and abberation corrections than this old mirror lens from nikon.

      • Scott

        Very true on the mount replacement.

        Dust cleans off. Not ideal, not fun but no real damage.

        I wouldn’t have a clue about the comparisons of this lens against telescopes.

  • jefferylewis

    That Nokia camera-phone is amazing. I am shocked. I’d like to see a comparison with the Nikon Coolpix A.

    • george

      I’d like to see a comparison with a 80MP phase one, it’s probably going to be better than that too 🙂

      • jefferylewis

        I guess that’s sarcasm, but I’d see a choice between a compact and a phone as more useful!

        • silmasan

          Probably not really sarcasm after you see that page…

          But yes, comparing between a compact and a phone would be far more “fail-safe” with that kind of treatment.

      • Mr. Mamiya

        Here’s a comparison of a Phase One vs. a Canon G10:

        Have fun!

  • broxibear

    Don’t know if Peter has posted this from the imaging.nikon site, it’s a behind the scenes article about the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G


  • Ronan

    Those CF cards are amazing!!!

  • DonD

    That’s how I felt. Let’s put a really crappy lens on the D800 and see if we can make it look as bad as a cell phone. I love the way he says, “to be fair” Are you kidding me. he wasn’t fair at all. All he could find was an old 28-105? really? How about the readily available 24-70 2.8. That shoots at 28mm, doesn’t it?

    • I think if you just look at the images from the phone and take them on their own, it’s a pretty amazing demonstration. They’re not as good as a $3,000 camera and lens. Duh! BUT, they’re pretty damn good…especially for on the web. It’s interesting to see where this is all headed.

      • JohnM

        Yes, it makes for a very good “walk around” camera especially in daylight or bright light. It certainly is in the realm of “good enough” for casual shooting. Is the point to say the Nokia is a good walk around camera, and can compete with a D800E and cheap lens on auto settings? If so…well, OK, but that’s not how a D800E user should be handling their camera.

        I do object to placing images of the two side-by-side, though, and drawing deeper conclusions from them. Anyone can make a D800E look bad by being sloppy with it. Doing this and not explaining what is going on is disingenuous and misleading.

        • Dpablo unfiltered

          I’m really offended too. Imagine the nerve of someone comparing something with side to side photos. Really speechless at this point. I don’t know what to say…

          • JohnM

            *shrugs* If you believe that shoddy work is good enough, then more power to you I suppose.

            • Dpablo unfiltered

              Wow. It appears not too shoddy with at least one camera…


            • JohnM

              That’s one of my favorite camera reviews ever. 🙂

            • Dpablo unfiltered

              And now I realize that the blurry image was the Nikon and I’m fuming like you are/were. Of course everything will be in focus with the nifty little camera and almost nothing will be with the large sensor. So he shows us a comparison of the out of focus area and that’s probably good enough for a lot of folks. As soon as they learn this, then…

            • For the next trick — nokia bokeh vs d800…

      • JohnM

        Yes, it makes for a very good “walk around” camera especially in daylight or bright light. It certainly is in the realm of “good enough” for casual shooting. Is the point to say the Nokia is a good walk around camera, and can compete with a D800E and cheap lens on auto settings? If so…well, OK, but that’s not how a D800E user should be handling their camera.

        I do object to placing images of the two side-by-side, though, and drawing deeper conclusions from them. Anyone can make a D800E look bad by being sloppy with it. Doing this and not explaining what is going on is disingenuous and misleading.

  • Ian Dangerzone

    Those images from the Tamron are pretty damn impressive at 600mm, I admit I’d expect it to be a looooot softer.

    • george

      They are very sharp indeed, but all 600mm shots are at f/9. Wish they had included some 600mm shots wide open.

      • Remedy

        If it’s this sharp at f/9 I don’t expect it to be bad at f/6.3. I really hope this lens is going to be good! Seems like first “affordable” 600 lens.

        • Dpablo unfiltered

          Yeah, now that I think about it, that’s only closed down one stop, so again, this is good. If I was a bird watcher I’d have a hard time choosing between this and a D400. There. I said it.

          • jtan163

            Not much of a choice really.
            The D400 will be out with Duke Nuke ‘Em 3.
            The 150-600 will probably be out in a few months.

    • Dpablo unfiltered

      It looks like a whole lot of better to me. It’s like people have been waiting for a long time for that.

  • DyingToBuyIt

    Did any of our Japanese posters already discuss what Sato-san meant in reference to the 58mm 1.4 when he says their goal was “a lens that enables most comfortable image creation” ? He uses the word “comfortable” a few times in the article (which is linked below) but obviously something is getting lost in translation.

  • this_isnt_real

    that test is crap. no way in hell as a pinhead sized sensor and pencil eraser sized lens going to out resolve a d800. is he getting paid by nokia?

  • KnightPhoto

    That Nikon Europe Df Photostream is really nice, lots of high ISO Landscapes that actually look great.

  • 103David

    In some ways I hate to say it, but I’ve learned my iphone is sometimes better than my D700. Aside from the conceptual issue of “the best camera is the one you have with you,” the iPhone will almost always generate a more usable panoramic, quicker, easier and with more style than the D700.
    How can this be?
    The problem with a high-res stitched capture from a DSLR is…you now have a enormous capture and unless your intent is to make a wall-sized paper print, what the hell are you going to do with it? Really? I mean they’re amusing to zoom in and see every individual at Obama’s inauguration or every bush at the Grand Canyon but, really? Maybe when the 4K monitor/TVs become available things will change, but on a practical level, a quick sweep with an iPhone (with maybe a couple or tries to get it right,) will likely provide a more pleasing total image.
    And you won’t be the photo wart in the foreground of everybody else’s pictures doing the video/pano “slow-pan” of Niagra Falls.
    Don’t use a sledge when a tack hammer is the proper tool.

  • I have to say, but that Tamron looks interesting.

  • Rhonbo

    Interesting read but using a soft lens with the
    D800 makes this whole comparison moot. Even the new kit lens would have blown that lens away in sharpness unless the camera has a focus problem. Nokia should use this in an advertisement, they would probably make a bunch of sales from it.
    I would imagine that very soon camera phones will all be good enough for the majority of folks. Practically everyone I know is taking photos with their phones now days and that is not going to stop. I rarely see any of my friends using P&S cameras anymore. As camera phones get better I expect to see even less usage of P&S. I can say that one person I know did buy a new P&S lately for wildlife photography.

    • Degsy

      I was at a Scottish beauty spot recently and a coach load of Japanese tourists pulled up.Of the 24 people that got off,21 were using their phones and the other 3 used a tablet.Not even a p and s on view

  • saywhatuwill

    Concerning the Df. I decided to pull out my FE the other day and play with the controls, feel the weight, look through the viewfinder, etc. I realized almost right away that the camera was tiny and in some ways too small for the digital age. I’ve been using a D700 for the past few years so perhaps I’m just too used to a heavy beast. The FE was nice to play with after all these years. The shutter dial was quick and easy to use. However, I hated the ISO and exposure compensation dial when I was using the camera in the 80’s. I’m sure I would feel the same way about the Df.

    I never held a D610 before last week. It’s small, compact and light. I think the Df is a tiny smaller. I think it’ll be perfect. I might buy one, once the prices start coming down.

  • Photo-Jack

    Still remember the hot discussions here in NR about Sony’s track record in terms of new technology which others to accept this standard. XQD may be good and may be fast. But now it seems that SanDisk outperforms XQD. And as far as I know, the D4 is still the only device which employs XQD-cards.
    Besides I wonder about if the new fast SD cards from SanDisk work with the D800, Df and D7100 as these cards are announced as UHS 2 while the camera specification say UHS 1.
    Does anybody know, if it would be possible to upgrade this standard per firmware?

  • tavenger5

    Response from Nikon regarding the Sandisk CF card and XQD: “Japan has tested and confirmed that there is such issue occurring when using Sandisk 16GB Extreme Pro UDMA7 CF card with 160 MB/s, together with the XQD card, however it is not solely a CF card related issue. Therefore Japan is checking for a way to address to this issue in the D4.”

    via: http://nikonites.com/d4/17695-sandisk-extreme-pro-udma-7-160-mb-s-returns-err-d4-when-used-sony-xqd-card-4.html#ixzz2l3O6anFt

  • Global

    I mentioned at the time that it was a complete scandal that Nikon was making the D4 with a CF card and a XQD card — not two CF cards.

    It continues to look like a sloppy scandal. And I hope the person who made that decision was severely reprimanded for idiocy.

    Of all the half-assed decisions in a pro-body, its one of the dumbest.

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