Weekly Nikon news flash #357

→ New content added to nikkor.com and imagechaser.com.

→ Check out those old Nikonos RS film cameras.

Nikon 1 J5 IF design award 2016Nikon IF design award 2016 logo
→ The Nikon 1 J5 camera received the "iF Design Award 2016".

Nikon Prostaff 3S 8x42 and 10x42 binoculars
Nikon announced new Prostaff 3S 8x42 ($116.95) and 10x42 ($126,95) binoculars.

→ Nikon Europe published a new video chat with Steve McCurry where he talks about his camera bag, best camera, favorite Nikon kit and more:

→ Moose Peterson on the new Nikkor 24-70mm VR f/2.8 lens:

→ Sony CEO Kaz Hirai at the Nikon booth during CP+ shooting with the D5 (in case you missed my earlier post on social media):


→ New behind the scene videos with the Nikon DL:

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  • Photobug

    Good videos. Enjoyed the Moose Peterson video on the new Nikkor 24-70mm VR f/2.8 lens.

    • QuantalQuetzal

      Yes, I like the DL videos really much. I don’t know about the cameras that those videos are about, but I think I will try to get some ideas on how to compile photographs and video footage for my next family vacation’s video.

    • HF

      lenstip tested it, too.

    • Patrick O’Connor

      Agreed. I think he captured the placement of this lens very well.

  • Spy Black

    The Nikon 1 J5 camera received the “iF Design Award 2016” for “Best Camera of a Discontinued Camera Platform”…

    • TO-DOUG

      I have read about the “certain end” of the N1 in forums, but not anywhere reliable. Sure, there has been some conjecture, but nothing definite. I think the real question is: what new features will the V4 provide?
      I look at it this way: The DL series allows Nikon to develop a range of technologies that can also be applied to the N1 series — and vice versa. Don’t forget that the crazy fast DL focusing comes from the N1 system. Also, there is a significant base of N1 cameras out there, and their owners are looking (pleading?) for additional serious lenses, like the CX 32mm 1.2 and the CX 70-300. We all agree that a few more fast primes would be nice.
      So it would not make sense for Nikon to discard a market segment that it has spent several years in developing. Do you see used N1 cameras (other than those red ones) on the market? No, because their owners actually enjoy using them. I only wish that Nikon would sell the J5 body on its own (I already have a 10-30 and a 10-100, thank you) so that I can use it as a second body when I want to travel light.

      • Spy Black

        Well, my comment was partly a joke, partly an observation. I would like to think N1 lives on, and I would like to think the V4 will finally, and miraculously, be a “complete” camera proper, as opposed to the continual crippleware design that I’ve seen in the N1 universe.

        Generally speaking, I’m at a loss as to why manufacturers continue to use Xenon-based flash systems in their cameras, and especially so in compacts. An LED array somewhere on the front of the camera is a much more intelligent approach, because not only is it more efficient, it can also double as a video light light for all the cameras that record video which, last I checked, was all of them. LED arrays would also not need to wait for capacitors to recharge.

        This would also also for (drumroll) a standard hot shoe, which appears to be a mysterious mythical artifact on compact cameras.

        Another mysterious mythical artifact on compacts is the BUILT-IN EVF. I’m not entirely sure what’s a greater miracle, a built-in EVF, or walking on water. What do you think, flip a coin?

        So yeah, that’s a good starting point (as far as I’m concerned) with yet another mythical beast, the Nikon V4…

        • Max

          When we all forget it about it in 2 years, they will release the V5 along with the new V500. The V500 is a 1/2.3 sensor version of the V5. It will come out with a battery grip too.

  • Moose’s review of it does make sense. I mean most of the time I just read bad things about the new lens. I don’t know if they review it or just start of with a bad impression that they got from other reviewers.

    • Steve Perry

      I really like Moose, but the truth is I’ve never seen him review a piece of Nikon gear that he didn’t love.

      • He is a Nikon ambassador…

      • Patrick O’Connor

        I agree. It’s difficult to trust someone who ONLY buys/uses one manufacturer’s gear.

      • whisky

        I AM | GOOD ENOUGH

        • Patrick O’Connor

          Someone, in another post, mentioned talking to a Sigma rep who said they weren’t very interested in making a 24-70 f/2.8 due to its complexity. I took that to mean they didn’t want to make a lens that wouldn’t be significantly better than Canon/Nikon. I believe that since the 24-105, not very obviously better than its competition, is kinda an oddball in the Art line who’s existing would only make sense if they were reluctant to make a 24-70.
          Point being: the existing lenses are as good as they’re going to get.

          • Eric Calabros

            Canon managed to give same or even better performance in smaller and lighter design. so it could be better than this. If you shoot landscapes at 24 f/11, there is no alternative in the market that shows better edge to edge sharpness than this Nikkor, but this happens in a lens most used by PJs, and added VR because of them. This contradicting priorities work against this lens.

            • Patrick O’Connor

              It’s difficult to be all things to all people or, in this case, all photographers.

          • Michiel953

            So what about the new Sony 24-70 Patrick?

            • Patrick O’Connor

              I don’t know anything about it, having no interest in Sony products. Is it clearly better than the Nikon, Canon, and Tamron versions?

            • Michiel953

              According to the hyperbolic “WOW!!!” testers, yes. I haven’t seen a comparison yet though, serious or frivolous.

            • Patrick O’Connor

              “hyperbolic “WOW!!!” testers” 🙂

    • Max

      it’s probably the angry photographer that started it.

  • usa

    The Ambassador advertising is confusing. They are not clear if the body/lens will get me a supermodel girlfriend. Or even whiter teeth.

  • Jeffnky

    I would like Nikon to develop a shutter button that I can choose to change the function to these choices Half press it fires at my setting for continuous slow and when I press it all the way it fires at the continuous high frame rate. I turn the focus off on the shutter button and use the back button so now the shutter half press does nothing on my 810. Being able to press harder when something gets good to speed up the frame rate just seems natural.

  • jvossphoto

    Still no lens only for March;^(

    • Patrick O’Connor

      Maybe they’re counting D5/D500 preorders as part of this period and don’t need it.

  • Captain Megaton

    Kaz Hirai’s watch…

  • Michiel953

    Two interesting videos there.
    1 Turns out I’ve got the best camera ever (according to S McCurry). Comforting thought.
    2 The look on the face of the Sony CEO is priceless. “Ahh. (coughs behind clenched fist) So this is what a real camera feels like. Hmm. Pretty good. Hmm.”

    • I should have posted this video for a “caption this contest”.

      • Michiel953

        You can still do that Peter!

        Alternatively, send me my prize (the 28/1.8G rebated will do)…

  • Luis Bonetti

    Did anyone counted how many times he said “Hmm Okay”

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