Weekly Nikon news flash #241

→ The Mitakon Lens Turbo Focal Reducer Adapter (Nikon Ai-s to MFT) is now shipping and can be ordered from eBay.

→ Two new deals on refurbished Nikkor DX lenses:

→ The lens design and MTF charts of the new Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD lens are now available online. The price is still not officially announced.

→ Samyang announced a new 10mm f/2.8 lens for Nikon F mount.

→ Canon announced a new mirrorrless camera only for Asia. Nikon may do the same with their next wave of mirrorless cameras that will most likely be announced in early 2014 during the CES or CP+ shows.

→ New Nikon UK Christmas competition on Facebook.

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  • BluePlanet

    I find it interesting that not lots of Df reviews as you’d expect! Maybe the Df is not getting the love that Nikon was hoping for!?

    • Stay tuned on NR, Df reviews are coming soon.

    • broxibear

      I don’t think that many people have got them yet, still only showing as pre orders in most places.
      Here’s a detailed Nikon Df vs. D610 Comparison


      • NoMeJodas

        Ouch! Seeing the Df side-by-side to the D610 I just now realize how small the grip of the Df really is. Using this camera with any lens heavier than ~500g handheld won’t be fun, specially for people with bigger hands like myself.

        Makes me truly wonder for what or whom Nikon has made this camera. Their marketing campaign wasn’t able to show any use case (unless you regard lingering around unshaven in a forest as valid use case).

        • Dpablo unfiltered

          Why do you pick on me?

          • NoMeJodas

            You got a Df? That D4 sensor in a smaller camera body must be great! just wondering what is the heaviest lens one would still consider comfortable on the Df. Wish you much fun with it!

    • Gene

      If you look at the Amazon Best Seller list for DSLRs, the Df is not very popular. I think it will mostly appeal to pro street shooters who likely do not shop Amazon as much as prosumer crowd.

    • One More Thought

      First, one cannot extrapolate sales figures or customer satisfaction from the number of web reviews out there. Also, this is a very new release, in a season of many releases, and so it does take a certain amount of time for people to complete and post their reviews. Many of the best reviewers like to take at least a few weeks to really get to know a camera before pronouncing a judgement.

      I think it’s gotten to the point where people will take any data point, and draw a preconceived conclusion. I can just imagine someone writing, I burnt my toast this morning, therefore the Df is not selling well.

      Second, the Df is more of a niche camera, and so many reviewers will give it lower priority than reviewing cameras made more for the masses.

      Third, that being said, there are some great reviews out there. As the NR admin notes, he will be posting links to some of those…and I am sure the NR admin has done a great job compiling those reviews!

  • Pedro

    Know some people that had good experiencie with Samyang flash, but don´t know about their lenses. Are they good?

    • Henning

      Some of the lenses are extraordinary. The 35/1.4 for example is on a very high level, probably better than AF-S 35/1.4 (similar resolution, slightly less fall-off, significantly better coma). It just does not have AF.

      The 24/1.4 is said to be less good, as is the 24 tilt-shift. The 14/2.8 has lots of distortion, but also very high resolution. So it depends. They are definitely not just some crappy lens manufacturer. They offer some really high quality stuff.

      • Kynikos

        I’ve always been intrigued by the 14 2/8: OK no AF, but when you’re that wide, I’d think most times AF is not required for a large majority of applications.

        • fred

          Same with the new f2.8 10mm, AF not required.

  • Kynikos

    Tammy 150-600 very interesting but as usual it boils down to price in my mind. Under $1500 it’d look very strong. Above $2000, given the high MP nature of almost every sensor these days, the new Nikkor 80-400 with a crop-the-long-end mentality is likely the better buy.

    Given how I thought the 80-400 and the DF body might check in closer to $2K than to $3K, well, I’ve given up trying to guess pricing pre-launch.

    • Dpablo unfiltered

      If that lens lives up to the chart above it will beat the 80-400 and there will be no comparison between the two.

      • Jon Ingram

        Here is hoping

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