Weekly Nikon news flash #275

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→ The new lithium-powered Godox Ving V860n flash for Nikon is now available on eBay.

Nikkor Reflex 2000mm f:11 lens
→ The most expensive Nikon item currently listed on eBay: Nikkor 6mm f/2.8 AI-s fisheye lens for $96,187.50. The second most expensive item is a Nikkor Reflex 2000mm f/11 lens for $80,920.

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→ New PocketWizard firmware updates are now available for the Nikon D810, D4S, D610, Df, D7100, D5300, D5200 and D3300 cameras.

Apple Camera RAW
Apple released Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 5.06 with support for the Nikon Coolpix P340 and Nikon 1 V3 cameras.

Nikon Laser Rangefinder COOLSHOT 20
Nikon introduced new Coolshot 20 laser rangefinder.

Firmware update 1.1 released for the Nikon Coolpix L830 compact camera.

→ First 3D printed prototype for a Nikon Df camera grip from Candela Productions - stay tuned for more updates.

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The Eyes of Nikon Photo Exhibition: a complete collection of photos captured with Nikkor lenses by photographers active around the world to be exhibited in Shanghai, China.

Nauticam announce a new NA-D810 underwater housing for the Nikon D810 camera ($3,700, 100m depth rating, product still not listed on their website).

Ikelite also announced their  underwater housing for the Nikon D810 ($1,600 with 60m depth rating).

→ From Nikon Cinema blog: making a 4k RAW music video with 200,000 still photos using the Nikon 1 V3:

→ Nikon Behind the Scenes - Action with Video:

→ Nikon D4S | Auto Focus Field Test with Sports Illustrated photographer Robert Beck:

→ "What should Canon and Nikon do?" by the TheCameraStoreTV:

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  • JG

    You just gotta love what pocketwizard is doing. No more long waits for compatibility updates. I never shoot without them.

    • jtan163

      Actually its crap. They are showing what they could have done before but didn’t bother to, because they thought there was no competition.

      I don’t want to see people lose their jobs or companies fold, but I I think a lot of companies deserve to fold, because they don’t give their best to their customers until they are forced to.

      • JG

        I have no stake in PW but disagree. This is a reverse engineering triumph. As a pro solution with not only speed lights but also many studio strobes like my elinchroms and integration with light meters it is the only total solution. I have used them thousands of times with multiple bodies, set ups, etc. and they are a good system. There are many advanced features like hyper sync which Nikon nor Canon give you. Some others are limited copies at a lower price point but not the same. Most importantly for me they work well through light modifiers like a soft box.

    • Neopulse

      In my opinion, their TT1 and TT5 are still too damn pricey even after 5+ years :-S
      The Plus III though I personally like.

  • Spy Black

    Ah, the old Nikkors from when Nikon used to be the most daring and innovative camera company in the world…

    • sigh

      yes and the asking price seems to double every 12 month (check the nikon rumors website) but fortunately our governments tell us that there is no inflation 🙂

  • Spy Black

    Nikon should just sell any lens they ever designed on a special order basis, regardless of what it will cost today. I bet they would sell more than you’d think.

    • ZoetMB

      They would have to be hand built and would cost geometrically more than they originally did. They require so much manual labor that even at high prices, they’re not necessarily profitable for Nikon. Besides, the glass has to be cured for years, so you can’t just order a lens that they’re not currently mass producing and get it in anything resembling a reasonable time frame. You’d have to order today for the 2018 Winter Olympics, for example. Or if a client is getting married soon, you’d order the lens and get it in time for their second marriage.

      • Spy Black

        Who cares when you can afford it? Let them charge whatever they need to make it profitable. Where do you get this “glass to be cured for years” concept?

  • The price of the 2000mm f/11 is ridiculous. You can buy a brand new, astronomical-quality 2000mm f/10 “lens” (telescope) that are essentially the same thing, from companies like Meade and Celestron for <$1,200.

    • mikeswitz

      I don’t think they are selling to compete with the Meade/Celstron. That old mirrored lens is for collectors, never to be taken out of its case again. $80,0000 is for the one per centers who don’t shoot fr a living.

      • Yeah, I get that, and I suppose that for anyone that would even consider buying it the price wouldn’t matter to a point. Just seems stupid, though. You could help a lot of people with $80K.

        • mikeswitz

          True enough; don’t have much love for someone who would spend $80,000 for a tchotchke.

          now I’ll get flamed by people telling me who am I to say how others spend their money!

    • dave

      A $1200 telescope will not compete with this optically. Probably similar to $10000+ astrophotography grade telescopes.

      • nwcs

        Unless you’ve compared them optically, I wouldn’t say that. Some of the newest ones out there from Meade are truly superb, especially the EdgeHD models. The only place where you might be right is in terrestrial usage. At infinity definitely not. Takahashi, Vixen and the like are superb, too, but they sell partly on the name as much as the optical quality.

      • The Nikon was made for astronomy. It did focus closer, but so can the telescopes I mentioned and they are superb. Telescopes like those I mentioned have exceptional optical correction…they have to because they are routinely used with oculars that allow you to examine the image at the focal plane at magnifications of 400X or more. The Nikon was corrected to achieve that as well.

    • Jeff

      Telescopes are optimized for subjects located at infinity, a photographic lens should perform better for close objects…

  • Funny, on the Nikon D4s video, I first read “D40s”. Short but very intense WTF moment 😀

  • Coolshot 20 … a Nikon … with a frickin’ laser attached!

  • MyrddinWilt

    Why has it taken so long for someone to make a Lithium ion flash? Sure the professionals probably prefer AA batteries. But they are not the bulk of the market.

    • peteee363

      I am wondering if the discharge rate on flashes is where the problem is. lithium batteries don’t do well with fast, high discharge rates. they tend to overheat, and catch on fire. perhaps this is why lithium is slow to evolve on flash units.

  • Takeagriponyourselfson

    That’s some ugly grip

  • ZoetMB

    What I want to know is what camera was used to shoot the skating video? My D800 would never track focus in video mode like that video did.

  • Neopulse

    It looks like the Df grip is missing a shutter button :-/

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