Weekly Nikon news flash #251

→ The new Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM lens (Nikon mount) is now shipping and is currently in stock at B&H and Amazon. 

→ Last week I wrongly reported that the Nikon version of the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD lens was shipping - currently only the Canon mount is shipping, the Nikon version will start shipping in April.

→ New Tokina AT-X PRO 24-70mm f/2.8 SD (IF) FX lens spotted at CP+.

→ New video on Nikon Master Craftsperson (a title awarded to experts with exceptional techniques and knowledge).

→ The CompactFlash Association announced XQD ver.2.0 specification with interface speed of 1GB/s.

→ Tetsuro Goto, creator of the Nikon Df, talks about the development of the camera:

→ Nikon Df - from 3D concept to production:

→ How to use the Nikon Coolpix Wi-Fi function:

→ Those are the finalists of the 2014 Nikon Surf Photo of the Year and Surf Movie of the Year Awards:

→ Adventures with the new Nikon Coolpix AW120 camera:

→ Nikon announced a capital and business alliance with JEOL Ltd.

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  • lorenzo

    great video on the Masters!
    Those, however, aren’t working on cameras.

    • ClassAction

      Yeah… especially none were spared to work on the D600.

  • Bruce

    XQD v2. Great! Let me guess though, the D4s won’t have it.

    • Eric Calabros

      I read somewhere that v2 card is a bit smaller

    • Gly

      To keep with tradition, the D5 with have one XQD v2 slot and other a XQD v1 slot.

      • MyrddinWilt

        Two XQD slots and an SD slot would make most sense. That way there is a fast option and a backup in case CFast wins against XQD form factor.

  • saying

    1GB/s…. oh yea!

    wish my photography skill improved that fast

  • Spy Black

    Strange, that Tokina appears to not have any stabilization, quite odd for this day and age. However, if it’s a killer lens for a reasonable price compared to the Nikkor, it’s certainly a player. We’ll have to wait and see.

    • Photo-Jack

      Well, Spy Black, I rather believe this is due to some secret contracts between companies of who may do what. Though Zeiss does AF lenses for Sony, they are very persistant in doing only manual for the rest of the flock. They probably know very well, that they are loosing busines because of that, as not even the Nikon Df offers appropriate screens for manual focus – not even as accessory!
      Furthermore at Nikon and a lot of other makers it becomes more and more apparent, that their motivation is rather $+$+$ than customer orientation. This is still enforced by thinking in business

      quartes at the stck market notation, rather than long term thinking as how would our business / would our customer needs look like in 5 or 10 years from now.
      And because of that short termed thinking, many makers are ready to destroy the ground at the customer base and the customers trust, that they need for the business tomorrow. It is no surprise that customer loyalty is melting like snow in the sun. The only advantage camera makers have compared to other businesses is that many customers are heavily invested in lenses.
      But in case of Nikon, they rather chose the mass market with Cameras plus one kit lens, where customers don’t even know what brand loyalty means, as the change their cameras like the cell phones. (Don#t give me the old story, of the

      But the day will come and that philosophy will cut into Nikon’s own flesh.

      • I suspect the camera companies have looked 5-10 years in the future and do not like what they see. It’s finger in the dike time.

    • Jon Ingram

      The Tamron is the only one I know of so far to offer 24-70 2.8 with image stabilization for full frame. That being said, it seems a little late in the game for Tokina to release this lens when it appears that the new or “refreshed” lenses in this range will probably all feature image stabilization of some kind. Unless it’s unbelievably sharp for a great price, I don’t see it being a hit. But it could be, I’ve heard the Tokina 11-16 (version 2) is very excellent and popular.

    • Mansgame

      Other than the 11-16 DX lens, I have not found anything Tokina makes of value.

  • AM

    Tetsuro Goto needs to get the boot.

    • Patrick O’Connor


      • AM

        Because ergonomically, the Df is a design blunder. Other than the sensor, the Df doesn’t have anything else to offer.

        • Patrick O’Connor

          So if anyone designs a camera, you don’t like, they should be fired? What do you do for a living? Maybe if someone, who isn’t your boss, doesn’t like your work, you should be fired!?

          • guest

            The Df looks like a proper transfer of the Nikon F form to the large, bulbous digital form factor, with enough capabilities that few are satisfied with the final feature set. A digital Nikon F it is not. If compared to the Leica M6 to M jump the Df is a failure. But most of this could be attributed to Nikon’s ad campaign; setting up the Df to be something (nostalgic) it is not. If they had presented it as its own camera things would have been better. There were some tremendous arguments in the boardroom over this path, I’d bet. The Df’s sales will tell the tale but I don’t follow them. As for anyone designing a camera; the Df looks like *everyone* designed it.

            • Mike

              The Df teaser campaign was 2013. You need to get over it. It’s apparently selling well. People who use it love it. If it doesn’t meet your needs, don’t buy it. But now you’re hanging baggage on a camera due to it’s teaser campaign. I think that’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard.

            • guest


              I have nothing to get over, I’m not invested in this. There is no baggage. Look at past flame wars, here, about the DF’s feature set. Put an F next to a Df and look at them. I was not addressing present sales. I’m glad people are happy with it, it’s expensive. Besides, that’s not what I was talking about. I don’t know what you’ve ever heard. Nikon, if it needs to, can defend itself.


            • Patrick O’Connor

              One thing is certain: you can’t please everyone. Whether or not there were arguments, there was certainly review and enough people agreed with the direction for it to make it into production. Thus…my question: Why (should the designer be fired)?

            • Jon Ingram

              True. That being said, group-think is a difficult dynamic to avoid, even in our individualistic American culture. I imagine it’s even more difficult to avoid in more collectivistic cultures.

              However, I don’t think any individual person should be fired over the Df. The camera will make enough $$ to justify its existence. It’s just not what I wanted or was hoping for in both features and design.

    • Rafa R

      my due respect to this man, he has worked on some of the best Nikon Cameras ever! He is a walking legend! and if you don’t like the Df don’t buy it period.

  • lel

    We could have on all cameras XQD slots but they just want to milk out the previous generations as much as they can. It’s all about the money.

    • nwcs

      When is a business never about money?

  • broxibear

    “Q: Will you make a replacement for the D300S?

    A: Our official comment about this question is that we are not able to
    make any comment on future products. But we always consider every
    possibility to meet users’ needs and market trends. We are of course
    considering all such requests!”

    Dpreview interview four senior Nikon executives at CP+, the full text is here http://www.dpreview.com/articles/3890662077/cp-2014-nikon-interview-our-cameras-need-to-evolve

    • Patrick O’Connor

      D400, onegaishimasu!

      • Charlie

        Just wondering, why aren’t the D7000/D7100 considered the successors to the D300s? Different ergonomics? Lack of features? I’m geniunely curious – I don’t know much about either camera.

        • Patrick O’Connor

          Some people say they are, based on the D300s’ position as top-of-the-line DX. Others, like myself, don’t think so because neither camera has the frame rate, buffer capacity, controls, or build of the D300S.

    • vague

      just like the unknown answer to the question – will i get laid with this date?

    • This has been their standard answer for years.

    • Jon Ingram

      lol, summary: “our official answer is that we cannot answer”

  • xb897

    XCD & CF are rising from the dead, as many people in this forum seemed to believe. Or maybe are they still alive?

  • Plug

    If in the US bigger is equated with better then surely the D300s replacement will manifest. After all it would be bigger than other DX cameras and its size could be enhanced with a battery pack!

  • Mike

    How about a Q & A with Mr. Goto?

    Q: Why do I have to go into a menu to control auto ISO when it could easily be all controlled via the dials?

    Q: Wy would you put a D4 sensor in a camera and not give it your best low light focus capability? It doesn’t have to be the fastest or cover the most area but does need to focus as low as -3EV or something. A chain is no stronger than its weakest link. Basic engineering.

    Q: Why restrict the maximum shutter speed? Kick your marketing people out of the Engineering building and let the engineers build go at it, for crying out loud.

  • broxibear

    Remember that infringement case Nikon took out against Sigma regarding VR ? Google translate isn’t great but it seems as if Nikon has been awarded 1.5 billion yen in damages.
    Here’s the link for those with translation skills beyond Google http://digital.sina.com.hk/news/-7-1484027/1.html

  • broxibear

    WPPI (Wedding Professional Photographers International) March 3-5, 2014, could be the D4s US launch ?…or it could be encased in glass again, lol ?
    I’m losing interest in the whole “D4s in glass but we’re not telling you about it” thing.

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