Weekly Nikon news flash #253

→ Another Nikkor 6mm f/2.8 AIS fisheye lens listed on eBay for $48,000.

→ How to make a flower pot out of your old lens.

→ Four design drawbacks of the Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 lens.

→ Nikon 1 will get a new direct competitor: Samsung will announce a new interchangeable lens camera with 1" sensor.

DxO Optics Pro v9.0.1
→ DxO Optics Pro version 9.1.3 ($149 | $299) with Nikon D3300 support is now available.

→ Nikon cameras used to film London Live - the first 24 hour entertainment channel devoted to London.

→ Interview with Nikon user Baron Wolman, original photographer for Rolling Stone Magazine:

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  • ShaoLynx

    Now there you have it, Nikon. Samsung.
    And you should know them by now: they’ll throw everything they got at you, and try to eclipse you. Usually they succeed. Television anyone?
    (Bueller, perhapse? He never answers.)
    So, Nikon, shift a gear (or three) and get a move on and innovate! Look at Fujifilm for inspiration if you need some.
    To spur you on, Japanese style: Banzai!

    • Samsung should have its hands full imitating Nikon and Sony. Presumably there’s a full-frame NX in the works as well.

      • ShaoLynx

        There, you see?
        And it’s gonna take a while, and it’s gonna be ugly, and there’ll be many unhappy customers, etc.
        But big S will keep on throwing so much money at it, that one morning we’ll wake up and realise that Samsung owns yet another market segment…
        Now, where’s my Nikon, so I can caress it a little… 😉

  • rt-photography

    only $900 worldwide shipping fee for the fisheye! what a bah-gin! (eddie murphy)

    does he get on the plane and bring it to you personally for that fee?

    • rt-photography

      lets do something funny..lets all send an offer of $10 to piss him off!

    • Zenji

      Probably mostly for insurance. Suppose UPS damages it? $48k is nothing, but those lenses aren’t being sold at Target. Personal delivery make perfect sense.

  • Spy Black

    “…just a very, very tiny scratch on rear element treatment – unnoticeable without a magnifying glass”

    Not at forty-eight-fückìng-thousand-dollars you don’t.

    The 18-200 and 24-85 are perfect lenses to make flower pots out of…

    • Brent Morando

      I’m planning on using the fisheye for my next flower pot. Thinking I can get a full sized palmetto tree in there for the office.

      • groucher

        Somewhere in the darkest recesses of my mind, I have a memory that many years ago, the Times reported that Nikon had sold just one of these lenses in the UK that year. It was bought by an artist for use in a table lamp.

  • Spy Black

    I wonder if Nikon will sue Samsung for using pink…

  • umeshrw

    Anybody has any idea about that lens ring for 24-70 2.8 ? Can’t seem to find anything useful online.

  • Chris Tucker

    The F3 design is beautiful.

  • Gordon Ripley

    On the 24-70 design flaws article at the end they talk about an inexpensive lens ring to protect the 24-70. I could not find ANYTHING to indicate where one could purchase this item??? Anyone have any suggestions? Sounds like a good idea and I’m probably not the only one who would like one. Gordon

    • Mansgame

      Just be careful and don’t drop the lens and you’ll be fine.

      • Gordon Ripley

        Too Late!!! Back in December I was on a photo trip to New Mexico and left my camera for about 2 minutes and the wind blew it over. when came back, the 24-70 lens had broken clean off at the base. Cost me $600 to have it fixed!! I learned to NEVER leave my camera/tripod setup especially if it is a windy day!!! This was not a Nikon flaw but rather a “Gordon” flaw! LOL

        • Robert

          Now that is what I would call serious violence. 🙂 Good that it was fixable and did not force you to buy a new lens.

        • BernhardAS

          Did that many years ago with a A1 🙂

          I am sure as painful in financial or emotional sense at the time.

      • MRomine

        The design flaws have nothing to do with dropping of the lens. The 24-70 is a rather sensitive lens and it does not take dropping to get it out of whack.

        • BernhardAS

          Your mileage might differ, but mine went out a second floor window (in a Fotorucksack) and is still fine?

    • Stanky Eggo

      I’m not all that surprised of the fragility of the 24-70. Of all my lenses, it’s been in repair the most and the kicker is it’s never been dropped. However, I’m guilty for storing the lens with front element facing down with a body mounted. Within the first two years the lens has gone back to Nikon twice for focusing adjustments. In the third year, I sent it in for more focusing adjustments and some mechanical rattling/vibrating when zooming from wide to telephoto and vise versa. It really didn’t feel like anything major but Nikon replace the helicoid and some other parts. Fortunately for me, Nikon covered everything under their 5 warranty. I have 10 months left. I’ll be sure to take my 24-70 for its last checkup. I hope by then Nikon will surprise us all with the replacement 22-70 f/2.7G VR. 🙂

    • pd2009

      My 24-70 has had a couple $600 repairs. Once from beer splashed onto the extended zoom ring during a “wild party” shoot scene. And another at the end of the day at a wedding, it was in a pretty thick padded waist belt and I loosened belt to leak….ugh. It had been knocked quite a bit over the years too, so I guess I had it coming. Actually, the first week it dropped out of my suit jacket pocket onto concrete, that poor lens hood has never been the same since. But it’s always had a soft spot, gotta be at 5.6 for portraits.

  • Robert

    Reading what NRC writes about the 24-70 it sounds to me as if there should be more than a few users who have managed to damage their lensens. If anyone who reads this has done that in one of the ways NRC describe it I would find it interesting to hear, since I find it a bit hard to believe that the 24-70 would break in these ways without some serious violence. So if you have, feel free to let us all know.

    • harpo1967

      I call bs. The article on the 24-70 looks to be designed to sell whatever their “fix” is. Probably a rubber bumper that screws onto the filter thread. Not one picture of their product except for the nice shiny box.

      • Robert

        Good point. I got the same feeling. That was why I found it interesting to ask for some statistics. 🙂

    • MRomine

      I have two 24-70 both bought new from B&H and they have both needed to be repaired. One lens was repaired twice the other one three times. The one that was repaired twice was dropped the other one has never been dropped. IN all repair cases Nikon has claimed impact damage. In my experience this lens is very sensitive to getting out of whack or alignment.

      • jackarm

        I only have one 24-70 and it started exhibiting a grinding and sticking when zooming over the 50 mm index. I was told initially by NRC that the lens showed no signs of abuse and repair would be free. That was decision was reversed and repair was less than $200. It was suggested that the lens never be place on a surface with the front element down. This puts stress on the inner helicals. I now arrange it in my kit so that the bayonet end is always facing downward. So far, so good after more than a year and numerous travels by air and jeep.

        • Robert

          @MRomine & jackarm: Thank you for your feedback. There definitely is something behind what NRC states then. I will keep in mind to be careful when carrying the 24-70.

    • PapaZerg

      I have a 24-70. it was fixed here in Tokyo by Nikon itself for a lot of money. the helicoid was replaced and greased, screws were tightened,etc. the stupid thing was, they already opened the whole thing but they did not even bother to blow it with compressed air so the dusts still in the lens.

      a repairman that i know confirms this, according to him, this is one of Nikons most delicate lenses. everything that was posted by NRC was confirmed by him. but i got the impression that they are trying to sell their product.

      • Robert

        I also got the impression that NRC wants to sell their product. Still it is valuable information. Thank you for your feedback and shame on the person responsible for that Nikon did not clean your lens while having it open.

        I remember that the packaging inside the carrying case included a styrofoam piece that sat around the front part of the 24-70 and made the lens rest on the outer cylinder rather than inner cylinder containing the front element. It turns out that there was a good reason for that.

        • PapaZerg

          with all of the 24-70s weaknesses, i still love this lens and this is my workhorse lens, it almost never gets off of my D800 or the D4

          • Robert

            I also think that the 24-70 is a wonderful lens on the D800, it is also the most versatile lens I use. I just want to make sure that I can keep this wonderful quality without it needing repair every now and then.

    • pd2009

      Had mine for years, since it came out. Knocked around quite a bit, dropped (in padded case), hit front ring against doorways and survived. However, it was in a padded belt case and slipped down to tile floor, didn’t think much of it, but it was locked up…$600 later it’s fine. Depends where it’s hit. But the repair is pretty much full or nothing as this was the second $600 repair.

      • Robert

        Seems to be an expensive lens to repair the 24-70. On the other hand I guess that is something that has to be taken into account, especially if you use it mainly for bread and butter activities on a regular basis. Thank you for adding to the statistics.

  • There was one of the first NIKON digital cameras that Ron Edmonds of the Associated Press used to photograph the swear in a presidential inauguration–very few made. the ones that still exist are very valuable.http://www.amazon.com/Presidential-Picture-Stories-Dennis-Brack/dp/0615648827/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1393777227&sr=1-1&keywords=presidential+picture+stories+dennis+brack

  • Spy Black

    For a moment I thought that DxO was charging an additional $150 for D3300 support…

  • Of course the D610 drops in price just a month and a couple days after I buy one.

  • BK

    So, should I be storing my 24-70 upright? I store it in a Pelican case on its side.

  • broxibear

    6mm f/2.8 Fisheye-Nikkor on a Nikon D800…

  • zoetmb

    Figures that so far, there’s only comments on hardware, but no comments on photography. That Baron Wolman video is great (except that the audio quality really sucks). He’s one of the great pioneers of rock photography.

    • Spy Black

      I saw that, and was thinking, was he really that great? He was a guy who knew photography who happened to be at the right place(s) at the right time. Really lucky is more like it.

      • guest

        There’s a female photographer who found herself in much the same place at much the same time. Great? Whatever…

      • broxibear

        Hi Spy Black,
        “was he really that great? He was a guy who knew photography who happened to be at the right place(s) at the right time.”
        I don’t know about “great”, and yes you’re always going to get the “right place righ time” thing going on…but not to take anything away from his images, many of his pictures are really good.
        The other thing is, is it the photograph or the person in the photograph that makes it interesting ?. If you took a well known portrait of someone famous, substituted the person for someone unknown but changing nothing else in the picture, is it still a good picture ?. It wouldn’t get the attention that’s for sure, and many “iconic” images would look anything but iconic.
        It’s an interesting discussion.

        • Spy Black

          No, it’s certainly good photography, but really he was just very lucky to be in the middle of all that, especially at a time when all those artists were completely approachable.

          • Jebagi Erol Paker

            My 24-70, which i purchased 2 years ago, had a sticky and noisy zoom ring movement.I was told by Nikon repair guy that it might have been caused by rough use. Apart from a few rough handling, which i thought was tolerable by supposedly durable lense, i treat it with care mostly. Since the front element moves in and out while zooming, it may be a good idea to leave the lens hood on permenantly. Even trying to put the hood on and off every time might have caused an excessive strain on the zoom barrel and hence the damage. Putting the hood on has such a bad detail that i had already broken a small piece of the plastic hood guide channels of the outermost barrel.

            • Spy Black

              Wrong department buddy!

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