Weekly Nikon news flash #242

→ It does exists: Nikon lens pillow.

→ New: Really Right Stuff plate for Nikon Df camera.

→ Tokina AT-X M100 AF Pro D 100mm f/2.8 lens for  Nikon mount ($449) tested at DxOmark:

“Although Tokina hasn’t updated this lens since it was introduced in 2006, it still has very competitive performance, and when stopped down is even sharper than the $899 Micro Nikkor. While the Sigma 105mm f2.8 has comparable sharpness at any given aperture setting and boast ultrasonic focusing and stabilization, like the Micro Nikkor, it’s still $220 more expensive than the Tokina and neither have the aperture collar that’s coveted by serious macro photographers.”

→ Updated support document: WU-1a ($54) and WU-1b ($54) wireless adapters compatibility with Nikon cameras.

→ Interview with the Nikon Df design team (Google translation). Here are some key points:

  • Some resistance within Nikon about Df, the Fujifilm retro camera success was helpful.
  • Black version initially, silver/black version was added later on.
  • Japanese customers were not crazy about DSLR video.
  • Brass body was considered but weight and lack of suppliers were the factor not to use brass.
  • Old Nikon logo font was against by some corporate hotheads so they settle down with only one old logo in the front, the rest of the body follows Nikon guidelines. A prototype using italic logo was shown and it bears a model name of FD2.
  • Sketch of early design is shown and pretty much same as final product.
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