Weekly Nikon news flash #274

→ Adorama has a pretty good new Nikon D810 kit savings offer - for $33 more than a regular D810 body, you will be getting those accessories:

  • Lexar Pro 32GB class 10 SDHC memory card ($23.95)
  • Spare Nikon EN-EL15 battery ($46.99)
  • Bogen tripod ($59.88)
  • Flashpoint wireless radio remote shutter trigger (not sure which model they will include in this bundle)

→ The new Tokina AT-X 70-200mm f/4 PRO FX VCM-S lens for Nikon mount is now in stock.

→ Nikon 1 J4 mirrorless camera is now in stock.

Nikon announced the judges for the Nikon Photo Contest 2014-2015.

→ How to replace the bayonet mount on a Nikkor 18-105mm lens (video):

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  • NFan

    Hi Peter,

    I reported the adorama package on your July 30 D810 post. 🙂 I beat you to it. 😛

    • Thanks, I had that in advance but was waiting for the recap post to publish it online. Keep me informed in the future!

      • Cwilliams1220

        Any idea if they will honor this for people who previously received the D810 from them?

        • probably not, unless you can still return your D810

          • Global

            It came out on the 17th and you have a 1 month return period — everyone is still in their return period. I think they should do it. Its a large benefit for something just released & a good way to anger customers who don’t get the same deal, but believed in them enough to order early.

          • Cwilliams1220

            I have a new kit coming my way, here’s the specific items they’re shipping me:

            ILXSD4HU32GBLexar 32GB Class 10, Professional 400x SDHC UHS-I Memory Card1

            Extreme EN-EL15 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery Pack for D600, D7000,
            D7100, D800, D800E, 1 V1 Cameras (1800mAh, 7.0volts)1

            BGMK393HMManfrotto 393 Aluminum Tripod with Photo/Video Head, Quick Release, Max Height 55″, Supports 5lbs., Black1

            FPCRRFlashpoint Wireless Wave Commander Remote Shutter Intervalometer1

            FPCBCR10PFlashpoint Wave Commander Camera Release Cable for Cameras with 10 Pin Accessory Port Type (Nikon MC-20, MC-22, MC-30, MC-36)

  • saywhatuwill

    Makes me wish I waited to buy mine…nah, it’s from Adorama. I never trusted them decades ago and I still don’t. A coworker of mine purchased something recently and they sent him an obvious used one. He had to send it back but Adorama made good and sent him a new one.

    • rt-photography

      everyone tries to push return products as new. BH, amazon, you name them,everyone. they try.

      • saywhatuwill

        That’s true. I’m starting to realize why people buy from mail order places the first day the item becomes available so they don’t get a used/returned item.

        • zoetmb

          While I don’t want to receive a “used” merchandise when I’ve paid for new, the reason why they do this is because returns have gotten out of hand. Accenture just published a report claiming that returns in 2011 for the electronics industry (probably including camera equipment) was $16 billion in 2011. And supposedly, 95% of those returns were NOT because the equipment was defective. I bet this is why Nikon doesn’t seal their boxes – this way it’s harder to tell if you’ve gotten returned equipment.

      • JH

        How many actuations max should a new dslr have? What other cues should one look for to determine if a DSLR is really new or not?

        • rt-photography

          I dont know but when I bought my D600 (I dont live in the US) it had about 120 clicks. im pretty certain it was a return and since I really needed the camera dn bought mack diamond warranty, I accepted it. but its only my opinion it was a return sold as new and I cant prove this.

        • saywhatuwill

          When I got the D810 the very first jpg had 001. I don’t remember if my D700 had that when I purchased it a year after release.

          • Global

            Don’t look at the .JPEG. It doesn’t count. You can reset the .JPEG number. Look at “shutter counts,” which are hidden in the EXIF data (you need software to review it). My D810 was on “1” for EXIF shutter counts, meaning brand new.

            By contrast, my D700 had .JPEG of 001 but its shutter count was several dozen — obviously a returned item or store tested item where someone reset it. I’m guessing it was returned because of Hot Pixels — mine has a green and red hot pixel (but not too bright) at higher ISOs since the beginning. It didn’t bother me. Its not very bright or noticeable, but some people are picky especially for professional work (rightfully so, they owe it to their clients). I’m a hobbyist. A BRIGHT hot pixel would have been annoying though.

            • saywhatuwill

              Well, it’s a bit too late now with counting the frames shot on the D810. I think I deleted the first picture I took since it was so terrible. 😉

  • Ms.KrystalMeth

    I think I will ask. Would you guys put your Nikon D810 that cost you over 3 grand on a
    Bogen tripod ($59.88) Your Honor…I rest my case.

    • Global

      No — but I would give it to my sister, who shoots a D40 & consider it a great way to invite her to go shooting with me.

      I think most people are interested in the memory card & spare battery. The D810 has TERRIBLE battery life. You NEED a second battery 100% guaranteed.

  • Larrry

    Why do they think these kits are a good deal. Classic is Leica marketing their Panasonic twins for several hundred more and including Lightroom – as if people buying that level of camera don’t have Lightroom. Here we have Adorama making the same assumption. If you are buying and D810 (or and higher level camera) you are probably picky about what you will use with it, and/or already have it. Looking at that – Flashpoint radio remote??? I will use my Pocket Wizards and/or Camranger, thank you very much. When I purchased a D610 it also came with a kit – SD card, cheap 3 filter set, single camera Lowepro bag, off-brand battery, and Nikon ML-L3 remote. Of that, I used the SD card and ebayed everything else as the remote was a duplicate, and the battery, had a spare used prior to upgrading from the D7000 which uses the same battery.

    • Global

      I think you don’t understand — they aren’t trying to attract professionals with these kits. They are trying to attract upgraders who come from lower down. The professionals will buy what they need without exception.

      The question is — why aren’t they marketing a kit to professionals. We can already see that they are marketing a kit to the lower end.

  • bjrichus

    My eyes! My eyes!
    The Orange on that J4…
    Make it stop!!!!

    • Global

      Do you want to really break the color portion of your brain? Just imagine Carrot Top coming at you, carrying that thing around. Now you will never want to see in color again.

  • MonkeySpanner

    I don’t think $300 is enough separation between Tokina and Nikon lenses (70-200 f/4’s). Not sure Tokina will move many at that price. It needs to be around $900 before they can really move some lenses. But Tokina lenses usually drop in price, so lets see where it settles.

    • Global

      $300 is a huge amount of money to many people who stretched their dollars for a D610 or in FX. Its enough that anyone will consider it who doesn’t need it for professional use. But I agree, its not quite there yet. It should be $799, in my opinion. Even $900 isn’t low enough for me to consider it seriously. At $1,100, it better have some damn good optics that were perfectly calibrated. Because anything over $1000 is an annoying risk for something you may need to send back and forth to the manufacturer to get it to work right.

      • Spy Black

        Well, how this lens will perform is still to be seen. If it’s decent I think $1000 isn’t a bad price to ask. If it can match the Nikon (and remember where Tokina originated from) then it’s a bargain as is.

        • peterw

          You suggest that Tokina originated from Nikon? Google says it is not 1950 Tokina, but 1980 Kiron that was grounded by Nikon engineers.

          thanks, that explains why everybody was so hot on Kiron those days. Kiron lenses had about the same price and quality as original brand lenses.

          • Spy Black

            Well, I stand corrected. 🙂

            They make good lenses tho.

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