Weekly Nikon news flash #278

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Samyang announced a new 50mm f/1.5 AS UMC lens ($549) that will be available in cinema and normal (photography) versions. Samyang is rumored to announce also a new wide angle lens in the next few days.

DxO Optics Pro software
→ DxO Optics Pro 9.5.2 released with Nikon D810 support ($149 for Standard, $299 for Elite versions).

Nikon Interchangeable Lenses - Chromatic Aberration Compensation
New article on nikon.com: "Interchangeable Lenses - Chromatic Aberration Compensation".

→ Nikon D810 hands-on review by B&H:

→ Three new Nikon D810 promo videos by Sandro:

→ Every Moment Counts - a short film showcasing the Nikon D810's auto ISO:

→ Nikon's booth for the 2014 Photokina show:

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  • Jon McGuffin

    Maybe it’s just me but I find, at this point, all the propaganda videos/material on the D810 of no interest. The camera is released, it’s been tested and it delivers the bacon, all they need to sell the camera is for it to perform which it does. I’m a believer….

    • Captain Megaton

      D750?

      • nobody

        Yes, please give us more D750 rumors! Who on earth is intrested in the D810 anyway 🙂

        • neonspark

          landscape and studio folks. A 24MP body is so 2 years ago.

    • Andrew

      The Nikon D810 makes it difficult to want anything else, including the D750. I am satisfied, and yet I’am curious to see what the D750 will deliver. The video on the “Every Moment Counts” short film wants to turn me into a videographer, it captures the surreal aspects of life beautifully. The D810 can aptly be described as a juxtaposition of where art meets beauty, or engineering invades art – whatever! Suffice it to say, I too am a believer. The Df was supposed to evoke these feelings, and yet it is the D810 that delivers. Who would have guessed.

      • Richard70115

        a little lighter/less weight (800-850 gr.), 4K video, wifi/ethernet 1000 (gigabit) port built in for transfer and with fully remote functions via smartphone app (like fuji xt1, olympus em1 and pentax 645z -its files even bigger!!!!), gps built in, fully articulating screen like the d5300 as well as some easy u1/u2 modes for customization (not shitty useless memory setting banks useless like the new sraw (11 bit) format better you save in 12 raw bit compressed) are the missing features in order to name/award/make the d810 PERFECT CAM!

        So waiting on the d850 or d900 hopefully it will have these features finally…..at least the u1/u2 modes could be easily integrated via a firmware update (menü option and via some customizable buttons)…..

        I guess the majority of nikon d810 owners or prospective buyer would welcome these features to be built in (d810 offering these features) and not to buy, carry/increase additional stuff & weight….everybody would pay eevn more for that they should have built in these features and increase the price up to 3599 Us dollars…so they would get some additional money like they re hoping they wil get from their additional genuine, bulky accessoires like the ut1+ wt5, gps 1a unit…..it is not so much like their prices now for seperate selling the items but they would save a lot of moeny as well if it would be built in….no need for production of gps/wifi ut1 and wt 4/5, less production cost of accessoires, less paper costs, less printing cost less shipping cost, less warranty issues, less cost for R&D and updates of accessories….at the end and ont he longterm view nikon would earn more money/save more if every nikon cam would have gps and wifi /ethernet port built in than selling overpriced accessoires…

        And simultaneously they would have features that others in the competition already offering and minimize arguments for ctitizism and reaosns not to choose a nikon cam…..sayonara;)

        • Andrew

          “and reasons not to choose a nikon cam.” Isn’t this your point. But why stop at 4K video. True photographers want 16K video, and while we are at it, why not add… My advise to you is to wait, and then wait, and then wait some more. Or if you do not already own a CAM, may I suggest…

          • umeshrw

            Are you a media journalist? You have the style of quoting exactly snipped negative point and leaving out the context. The actual quote should be — MINIMIZE arguments for ctitizism and reaosns not to choose a nikon cam.
            Also if you cannot make out the sentence, it helps to read the rest of the post to put it in perspective.

            • Andrew

              OK, peace :-). Nikon has a tendency to differentiate products based upon feature selection – whether Wifi or U1/U2. You have a point on the desirability of the U1 and U2 presets and in place of the memory bank which some consider nearly useless.

              But on your other point, I am not sure Expeed 4 can handle 4K. Remember, Expeed 4 just gave us a bump from 1080p, 30 fps (frames per second) to 1080p, 60 fps video. There are a lot of other things Expeed 4 is doing to process the image for things like better image quality at higher ISO without the distracting artifacts so prevalent in older cameras. So I do not see 4K coming anytime soon, but I hope I am wrong on this count since it will future proof the future D820.

              If Nikon is given the choice, they will always use the power of the Expeed image processor to improve the camera’s IQ (Image Quality) than video capability (i.e. 4K) which is important to them but secondary to the primary function of a DSLR camera. IQ and build quality is what makes Nikon – Nikon!

            • umeshrw

              What you are saying in this post , all makes perfect sense to me. In fact these are my thoughts exactly. But what OP was asking was his own requirements and they weren’t too unrealistic imo. And my reply to you was not for those points, but for your quoting a part of the post which sounded exactly opposite to what he was trying to say. And hey, Peace to you too.

            • Andrew

              Actually, my reply was to Richard70115. I will resend it to him. Thanks!

            • Andrew

              The response system is having a problem directing my comment to Richard70115

          • Andrew

            OK, peace :-). Nikon has a tendency to differentiate products based upon feature selection – whether Wifi or U1/U2. You have a point on the desirability of the U1 and U2 presets and in place of the memory bank which some consider nearly useless.

            But on your other point, I am not sure Expeed 4 can handle 4K. Remember, Expeed 4 just gave us a bump from 1080p, 30 fps (frames per second) to 1080p, 60 fps video. There are a lot of other things Expeed 4 is doing to process the image for things like better image quality at higher ISO without the distracting artifacts so prevalent in older cameras. So I do not see 4K coming anytime soon, but I hope I am wrong on this count since it will future proof the future D820.

            If Nikon is given the choice, they will always use the power of the Expeed image processor to improve the camera’s IQ (Image Quality) than video capability (i.e. 4K) which is important to them but secondary to the primary function of a DSLR camera. IQ and build quality is what makes Nikon – Nikon!

        • neonspark

          I’m not sure the 750 will do any of your list things.

        • Andrew

          OK, peace :-). Nikon has a tendency to differentiate products based upon feature selection – whether Wifi or U1/U2. You have a point on the desirability of the U1 and U2 presets and in place of the memory bank which some consider nearly useless.

          But on your other point, I am not sure Expeed 4 can handle 4K. Remember, Expeed 4 just gave us a bump from 1080p, 30 fps (frames per second) to 1080p, 60 fps video. There are a lot of other things Expeed 4 is doing to process the image for things like better image quality at higher ISO without the distracting artifacts so prevalent in older cameras. So I do not see 4K coming anytime soon, but I hope I am wrong on this count since it will future proof the future D820.

          If Nikon is given the choice, they will always use the power of the Expeed image processor to improve the camera’s IQ (Image Quality) than video capability (i.e. 4K) which is important to them but secondary to the primary function of a DSLR camera. IQ and build quality is what makes Nikon – Nikon!

      • Jon McGuffin

        Couldn’t have said this better myself, thank you Andrew for putting into words my precise thoughts! 🙂

    • neonspark

      you’re not the audience.

      • Jon McGuffin

        I’m not really sure how you could know that or not. For the record, I’m very much on the lookout to upgrade my camera body (D700) in the next few months so as a prospective buyer, I’d consider myself part of the intended audience.

        However, I think you’re missing my general point. When you produce a genuinely quality product, priced at a point where the return justifies the cost when compared against alternatives, the product will sell itself. You don’t need to convince people to buy it, you just have to make it available and they’ll come get it. Forums such as this are the best sales tool Nikon could ever imagine (when they do things right).

        • Andrew

          This is a marketing masterpiece. Get it right and the buyers will buy. It is what the movie industry depends on. How many movies have you watched simply because someone who saw it told you that it is a must see? Nikon has nailed their technology and that is why so many people are excited.

  • peteee363

    the chromatic aberration information is a bit late. I found some of the older glass, used this to focus the colors better on color film layers. on some lenses, at certain openings, the colors were all over the place. and on the d800e it made matters even worse. I found the nano coated lenses seem to handle the chromatic problems much better, as well as resolution issues. the worst lens I had the problem with was an 18mm ais lens, it looked bad at most openings. but on film it looked excellent.

  • Spy Black

    Oddly enough, some of the earliest Nikkors were quite well corrected for CA without the need for special glass. They don’t have the resolving power of newer lenses that have higher CA though. I find this a bit strange.

    • peteee363

      the only lens I kept for my d800e was a 80-200 2.8. it is a middle age lens. this is the older af one, with the single twist/slide single hand control. it seems to resolve well, and keep the colors true. all of the others I ditched were not bad glass, as all of them were wonderful on my d700, except the 18mm. but once I switched to the nano coatings, and the newer g lenses, my image quality jumped right away. but a few weeks or moths ago there was a post from Nikon, talking about some new test method they are now using. this new test method is for the resolution for higher mp cameras. so I am guessing they think they can keep increasing mp once the lens abilities keep up.

    • Aldo

      It makes sense if you think about it.

      • Spy Black

        I don’t know what to think about it, except Nikon putting their “best foot forward” as a relatively new company. It’s not a bad idea to keep some old S Nikkors around for their particular look tho. I still have my 50mm f/1.4 S from my first camera I bought back in the early 70s.

  • jm

    Nice to have some Nikon article on chromatic aberrations, including “longitudinal”, …
    — small detail: in their last figure (down left) they want to show how a doublet compensates the aberration, but in so doing show the image of a diverging (plan-concave) lens focusing light ! (the effect they have is real, but a diverging lens never gives a “real image” …
    — it would be better to mention which lenses have the worst problems .. I had discussions years ago with Nikon about the 180 f2.8 (then on a D200!), and they agreed it was pretty bad (asked me to send pictures and failed to correct them by any means) …most disturbing when taking pictures of (birds on) trees in winter, when branches appear black, purple or green depending on the focus situation ..in fact in that case the “in focus” part is OK, it is more the fore/background which causes problems

  • It would be cool if Nikon would do some behind-the-scenes videos of Sandro in action.

  • We need some news about the D750… pleeeease!!!

    • br0xibear

      Haven’t heard anything new, yet.

    • If I get something, I will post it right away, trust me 🙂

    • If I get something, I will post it right away, trust me 🙂

  • br0xibear

    A new Nikon D810 advert from Japan posted today…
    http://vimeo.com/104912431

  • neonspark

    I liked the D800s promo video more.

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