Weekly Nikon news flash #276

→ Topaz Adjust plugin (designed to make your photos pop) is currently 50% off with coupon code "augadjust" (valid till August 31st).

Here are the latest deals on US refurbished Nikon equipment:

→ Joby released their Pro Series ‘UltraPlate’ as a standalone accessory (available at B&H for $19.95).

Nikon updated their support article on counterfeit batteries (the original article can be found here).

→New RRS plates for the Nikon D810 are coming soon.

→ This is the final 3D printed version of a Nikon Df camera grip from Candela Productions I mentioned last week. Here is a quick explanation from the creator:

"The Df I find is a little hard to hold, especially when you have a speed light on top. So, I have designed a grip styled to that of the old MD-4 which was for the F3. Call it the MG-Df. It weighs just over 100g and has space to store a batter internally. Unfortunately 3D printing is not advanced enough to be able to make this functional. It also has its limitations in that each print will be slightly different in some areas. However, I can honestly say it transforms the camera and makes it a joy to hold. It may not be for everyone but that’s okay, it optional."


→ The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM lens for Nikon mount is now $150 off (till August 19th).

→ Nikon D4s wins the 2014-2015 EISA European Professional DSLR Camera award (more on Nikon UK website).

Nikon will educate and inspire at this year's Photokina in Cologne.


Nikon Japan announced that the company will relocate their head office to a new location.

The latest Nikon YouTube videos

→ Nikon corporate commercial on CNN:

→ Nikon behind the scenes - lenses for great portraits:

→ I am a storyteller - Victor Matom (by Nikon SA):

Nikon is pushing really hard the video capabilities of their cameras:

→ Love is Now — behind the scenes (episode 1):

→ Love is Now - behind the scenes (episode 2):

→ Nikon Cinema: making a 4K RAW music video:

→ Nikon D4s - full HD video field test with Corey Rich:

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  • Spy Black

    Not a horrible price for the Sigma. $300 would’ve been awesome tho. Time to get rid of old stock. I wonder how many returned lenses B&H is pawning off on this sale.

  • Bengt Nyman

    Hello Nikon Rumors,
    Why publish ugly and totally impractical hobby projects like the one from “Candela Productions”. Candela productions is a one man hobby blog with nothing to offer Nikon photographers.
    We would rather see more information about new Nikon products to be released for Photokina.

    • Spy Black

      Why not just read and enjoy whatever it is that you find interesting here?

  • Zinchuk

    Can someone explain to me why arca-swiss style mounting options are not built into Nikon gear? At the bare minimum, they should be incorporated into all lens feet, but NOOOOO, you have to get a plate which introduces a slop factor into the mount, or buy a replacement foot. This is even on the new big lenses, from what I’ve seen. Has anyone considered incorporating it into the grip of a D4 or D810? Instead, I have to add on L plates.

    • nwcs

      Actually, for a number of Nikon’s telephotos the replacement options remove the Nikon slop. They’ve had their share of really bad lens feet.

      On the whole, though, I agree. There is no logic in all the camera makers not making their lens feet and camera bottoms (or grips) dovetail compatible from the start. It would hurt the accessory makers but it’s still not logical.

      • MB

        Manfrotto is just too big to ignore and they are not Arca Swiss compatible … even when they say they are as with Q6 that can not work with other brands plates …

        • Zinchuk

          The quarter inch screw is standard, but not sufficient anymore. Arca Swiss is very rapidly becoming the standard. It should be adopted as broadly as possible. And if manfroto doesn’t fit, well, I guess there’s always a quarter inch screw-based plate for that, as there has been in the past.

          • Carleton Foxx

            Two things. There is no agreed-upon “Arca Swiss” standard—there are lots of stories about the feet from one maker not fitting the slot of another.

            The other issue is that only a very narrow slice of the world’s population can afford Arca Swiss mounting plates and the heads that go with them. I would be very surprised if all the Arca Swiss compatible ball head makers together had more than 5 percent of the market.

            • Zinchuk

              That could be true. But if you are buying a lens that has feet, then you likely also will be buying a high-quality tripod at some point, too, and that tripod will probably support Arca-Swiss. Are there any lenses with feet under $2000?
              Machining wise, it would be no more difficult to machine your aluminum foot to the Arca-Swiss standard than the current form it is right now.
              If standards are loose, a player like Nikon adopting it would surely be motivation to tighten them up. I personally have not had issue with my RRS plates mounting on Acratech, mephoto, Joby…
              As for Arca-Swiss on bodies, I don’t expect that will ever happen. But it would not at all be difficult to incorporate into lens feet.

            • Carleton Foxx

              You raise an interesting idea. Why couldn’t I take my Nikon foot down to my local machinist and have him or her re-shape the bottom to fit into an ArcaSwiss clamp?

            • Zinchuk

              I had thought of that, but it would honestly be easier, and perhaps even cheaper, just to buy a custom foot from Really Right Stuff. http://www.reallyrightstuff.com/s.nl/sc.26/category.604/it.C/.f
              I see the Nikon 70-200 is $100 US

    • Zinchuk

      It just occurred to me, Nikon always seems to be trailing its competitors. This idea – incorporating an arca-swiss plate, would be an innovative and dramatic departure, somewhere to lead the pack. Ergonomically, it will be a challenge, especially in the battery compartment, but I’m sure an integrated solution would be much better than the kludged on plates I am currently using. As for slop, I was specifically referring to the slop between the foot and the add on plate, any add-on plate, for lenses. They always seem to move a little.

  • saywhatuwill

    The Tamara Lackey video was interesting. Unfortunately for me I’ve been buying the wrong lenses and have a way to go to get the best portraits possible. I need to sell a few lenses and pick up the 35mm f/1.4g, 58mm f/1.4g, 24-70, 70-200, and the 105mm f/2.8 macro. Sigh. I guess the 200mm f/2G, 500mm f/4, 24mm pc, and the 14mm will need to wait.

    • true

      quite the contrary. I find her video bad, as she’s using high ISO in what should be “studio conditions”. I mean come on, look at the 35mm shot she did. ISO 5600, with shutter speed 250. It looks as if the focus is off.

      • saywhatuwill

        That’s interesting. Truthfully I didn’t even look at that data. You’re right that it’s ridiculous to be using those ISO’s if she’s in a studio and/or using flash.

      • Carleton Foxx

        I seem to recall that she shoots with natural light so to get her f/stop and shutter speed, ISO is the only place to go. The other thing is that when you’re shooting people over the age of 30 you’re going to need to zap wrinkles and sags one way or the other, so might as well do it with the Noise slider. Otherwise you’re going to do it with the blur filter and a mask (or whatever your favorite skin softener is).

    • Neopulse

      joking right?

      • saywhatuwill


  • I’m very impressed by the Victor Matom story. Great to see a photographic heritage, and a nice reminder that it’s not always about the equipment.

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