Weekly Nikon news flash #354

→ The latest Zeiss Otus 28mm f/1.4 ZF.2 lens for Nikon F mount is now in stock.

Nikon will take part in the 2016 Photography Show
→ Nikon's schedule for The Photography Show announced.

Nikon booth CP+ show Japan
→ This is the Nikon booth at the 2016 CP+ show in Japan.

→ An article on ABC News Australia talks about worker exploitation. Nikon got a C grade.

Nikon-D5-D500-t-shirt Nikon-D5-D500-event-3
Nikon-D5-D500-event-2 Nikon-D5-D500-event
→ Few reports form the recent Nikon D5/D500 events:

Videos of each respective camera were played, specifications were reviewed, abilities of both bodies were compared to the "competition" I. E. Canon and the floor was opened for questions. Those in attendance were allowed to test the cameras, both test models with the memory card slot sealed and we were told that the firmware in both bodies was still the beta firmware. Free gift was a Nikon Moleskine notebook and lens pen cleaner along with a t-shirt and cap.


I was greeted at the door by store staff and checked in. I was given a choice between a black "D5/D500" hat or black XL Polo with the same logo. I noticed it did not say "Nikon D5/D500" as they must have fouled up an order and decided to give these away. I don't get why they wouldn't put "Nikon" above the camera names? We were offered snacks and refreshments before the presentation. Before the presentation started, the the Nikon Rep emphisized NO PICTURES or VIDEO allowed. As he started the PowerPoint show on a 42" LCD, all the info that was shown was nothing new that nikonrumors had not already posted, A few comparisons to competing Canon models ( funny they used the 1Dx Mk II but only the 5D Mk II, and a few already released hi-ISO images. Once we could handle the actual cameras, again, we could not insert memory cards to truly see what these cameras are capable of ( we were told the 3 ea bodies, were still "SAMPLES" as stated on the bottom of each, therefore were not the final release firmware). Since I read NR daily I did not get anything new out of the release party.

At least two new Sigma lenses rumored to be announced on February 23rd

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  • Spy Black

    Nikon gets a “C”. Canon got a ” D+”! Let’s hope those Sigmas are an updated 85 and 70-200 FF Art lenses.

    • silmasan

      If Sigma were listed they would get an A!

      • Eric Calabros

        Art doesn’t make A always.

        • fanboy fagz

          thats true. id say most of their lens lineup is a fail. but the few they do good…they do the best.

        • silmasan

          No, I mean the employees seem to like their boss. That’s gotta tell you something. Sigma is not like the other big corps. Well, it’s not a big corp for sure.

    • Patrick O’Connor

      Well…since the article said they wouldn’t be an 85 or 70-200, my guess is probably not. 😉

      • Spy Black

        Hope springs eternal. 🙂

        • Patrick O’Connor

          That’s odd…I thought, “Hope Floats” 🙂

        • silmasan

          And dreams are flowing endlessly! 😀

      • silmasan

        My bets are on either 100-150 f/2.8-3.5 macro or a 100-135mm f/2 portrait killer (because it’s said it won’t be a 85-135).

        • Patrick O’Connor

          +1 on the 135mm

  • PhilK

    And Leica got a “D-“? That’s a little shocking. Gonna have to read how they came up with those ratings..

    • Aldo

      Maybe the Germans don’t know how bad the typical Chinese worker has it.

  • MonkeySpanner

    I don’t know if I have my rumors straight – are we expecting anything new from this show? I remember a rumor about some new coolpix type – maybe 1″ sensored cameras – but I don’t remember if the rumor said it would be announced at CP+.

  • Captain Megaton

    The worker exploitation article is unfortunately useless. All they did was go and ask the company “do you have any policy to prevent exploitation?”.

    The companies were graded poorly if they answered “no comment” or “no, we cannot prove to you they are being paid a living wage”.

    The C and B grades were given to companies who had made some sort of PR effort to write up a policy sheet on the issue. Intel, Samsung, etc.

    The whole operation _is completely abstract to what workers are actually being paid, or what conditions they face_ . It’s borderline criminal misinformation.

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    • Piooof

      Thanks for the information. I usually don’t trust these rankings much, but now I know that this one is truly worthless.

    • captaindash

      No way. I heard the other information first, and the first thing you hear is always the one people back because being wrong sucks.

  • Wade Marks

    Boy that back LCD screen on the D5 looks amazing!

    • Patrick O’Connor

      I went to the D5/D500 event in my area and both cameras look and feel amazing, period!

      • Nick

        Patrick is right, they are!!

    • Spy Black

      Was that a joke?

      • Wade Marks

        No I meant that seriously; that one pic of the D5 LCD is the first one I’ve seen that hints at how great that new LCD will be.

        In March I should be able to attend an event near me to see and hold the cameras, so I cannot wait.

  • stormwatch

    Wooow, this is really awesome…Sharp got a C- which translates
    to C-Sharp…beautiful!

    • j j

      This is probably the wrong target audience for your observation…. 😉 …. just sayin.

      • stormwatch

        You just support my oppinion that Photographers do not have a single cell of humor inside.

        • Kathleencflores4

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  • Nick

    The photo on the bottom right is a iso 51K shot at 100% on the D500 screen. On the screen it looks better than 12,800 on the D4.

    • Captain Megaton

      That’s it. I hereby call a moratorium on making any comments about ISO using launch event snapshots of the camera’s rear LCD display. Stop it already.

      • Eric Calabros

        Smartphones apply a heavy NR especially in low light, and Jpeg compression ruin the rest of details 🙂 so, if what I see in these snapshots is intentionally-made-worse example of how 51k ISO is going to be, I have to say its awesome.

        • Patrick O’Connor

          The actual LCD screens do look awesome. We’ll have to wait until March or April to see the results that matter.

      • Nick

        If you don’t like what I share on the biggest unknown with these cameras that’s nice. I’ll be posting more now that I know it annoys you.

    • aarif


      • Nick

        Someone appreciates the insight to the one unknown with these cameras. Others choose to make asinine ‘moratoriums’

        • aarif

          I say it look like 25600 on the D750

          • Captain Megaton

            ‘I can tell from the pixels, and having seen quite a few LCD screen photos in my time’

    • It could be because of the better quality back screen. Still I have my fingers crossed.

    • IronHeadSlim

      I’m handling them Thursday. My opinion will be based on D700/D3 so…

    • JXVo

      None of these high ISO comparisons are worth wasting time on until we can compare raw files from the new cameras against raw pics of the same subject taken with a known reference/benchmark like D4s.

      Even when they finally do publish raw files from the new cameras – unless these are accompanied by a basis for objective comparison – same applies.

      The fact this has not happened leads me to suspect the differences may not be quite as much as those high ISO numbers suggest.

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