Weekly Nikon news flash #362

→ The Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR lens is now $899 or $200 off at Amazon only ($1,096.95 at B&H). More Nikon deals can be found at nikonrumors.com/deals.

Vello Nikon F Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera Auto Lens Adapter
→ New from Vello: another Nikon F to Sony E-mount autofocus lens adapter ($399).

Nikon Nikkor AIS 300mm f:2 ED IF lens
→ Nikon Nikkor AIS 300mm f/2 ED IF lens listed on eBay for $13,749.

First Nikon D500 books.

New price drops on certain Sony XQD memory cards.

Capture One 9.1.1 support for Fuji X-Pro2 and Nikon D5
→ Capture One 9.1.1 ($269) released with support for Nikon D5 (more info available here).

Nikon manuals now for sale
→ Last month Nikon Europe announced that they will reduce the printed documentation provided with new products. Nikon Europe now sells printed manuals online and they are not cheap.

→ Nice story about nature’s unintended Romeo and Juliet on the I am Nikon blog.

Nikon D5 review: real-world video samples & first impressions.

→ Sportsshooter also reviewed the D5.

→ Upcoming third party lenses for Nikon F mount:

Irix 15mm f/2.4 lens EU pricing announced

Tamron to introduce two more lenses in 2016

New Lomography Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art lens

Meyer Optik Goerlitz coming up with a new “legend” lens

Irix 11mm f/4 lens is coming next

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  • John Tangney

    How can they write D500 books when they are not even out yet???

    • Jeffry De Meyer

      There were people under nda for a couple of months shooting the D500, they can have something like that gong with writers.

    • Štefan Herics

      Sample devices, distributed to the test photographs, book writers, review writers.

    • IronHeadSlim

      They are just preorder placeholders. The books don’t come out until the fall.

    • peter w

      Didn’t read all of them, but between modles, there is a lot of copy paste in those books.

    • whisky

      three of those titles won’t be available until much later this year, and the one which is supposedly available — according to the reviews — is pure fluff.

  • T.I.M

    That’s too much money asked for that MF 300mm f/2.0
    You can have the brand new FL-E 400mm f/2.8 or $11,200.00

    • Jeremy Allen

      It’s rare (especially in the native f-mount) and you aren’t getting 300mm at f2.0 anywhere else. Too bad it doesn’t have the tc-14c to go along with it. It’s worth it if they can find a buyer, which is the true market price.

    • BernhardAS

      The money would be OK if the description would include two more sentences. Aperture works and has no oil on it. Glass has no scratches and no fungus. As the description does not mention that, even 10% of the price would be too much for me.

      • Jeremy Allen

        Given that it’s Robert’s camera that selling it, and they have a reputation to uphold, I am guessing those factors are okay. They will also answer questions like that. I’ve bought from them before and they are pretty good.

        • BernhardAS

          The argument flows both ways. I have bought from Roberts before and was always happy. They know what they are doing. If they say old and well used it is just that.

          • Jeremy Allen

            I agree with you there. For 13K, I’d ask some questions as well.

    • Spy Black

      Yeah, that’s pretty beat up for it’s price.

    • The last couple of mint looking 300mm f/2.0 have gone for north of $25,000. This one is dirt cheap.

  • Dale Lempa

    Any idea how long the Amazon sale on the 16-35 will last?

    • no idea, this is not part of the regular Nikon rebates – Amazon has been doing this type of promos lately and usually they lasts few days

    • T.I.M

      I had that lens few years ago, it’s a good lens but slow.
      The only zoom lens I own now is the 24-120mm f/4 VR (excellent), here is a sample, 1/1000s, F8, ISO 200:

      • After being burned with the 24-85 VR, I’m warry of the 24-120 (since it has an even higher zoom range). How do you find its quality compared to primes, e.g. compared to the 24/1.8, 50/1.8, 85/1.8?

        • T.I.M

          The 24-120mm f/4 VR is quite good, I have most Nikon primes lenses, of course it’s not a 35mm f/1.4 of 85mm f/1.4 but if you’re looking for an “all in one lens”, the 24-120mm do the job.
          It is sharp wide open (f/4) and it focus very close.
          VR does help a lot in low light situations.
          I got mine brand new on Ebay for only $700 (pulled from a camera+lens kit). I think it retail for $1300 at B&H

          • Max

            is it sharpish at 120?

            • T.I.M

              the rooster picture was taken at 120mm

            • Max

              not bad. it’s got a sharp beak.

        • TylerChappell

          The solution is to get the 16-35 f/4G, a 50mm f/1.8G, and a 70-200 f/4G ;]

        • TheInfinityPoint

          I didn’t like mine for landscape shots. But then again I always use my 14-24 for most landscape shots, so that’s where my standard is.

  • Yay, good to see less trees sitting in boxes and never actually being read. As long as the PDFs are free, all good.

  • Stephen Corby

    I see the video for the D5 AF auto fine tune… it does truly work that simply, it’s just wildly inconsistent. In bright daylight I’ve gotten ranges from -1 to +13. With the same lens, in the same tripod, at the same spot, not having moved at all. In short, it seems to be ok for shorter primes, but for longer lenses and zooms it’s practically useless. It’s a new technology though, so I have hope it’ll improve in future iterations.

    • Eric Calabros

      See it as one of those good-to-have features, not cant-live-without ones

      • Stephen Corby

        Oh I agree, it’s nice to have, but I just want others to know it’s far from the “do it once and forget about it” type feature that is advertised.

    • Brubabs

      Same experience here. Not sure, but I’m thinking the body/lens and tripod setup has to be absolutely rock solid and the target flat and perfectly parallel to the sensor plane, and even with that it may not be consistent. Also, to start the tuning you have to hold the AF button in and press the red record button, which is very awkward and impossible to do without shaking the camera. Not good. I noticed that there is no mention of automatic AF fine tuning in the owner’s manual; you have to go out on the NPS website to find out how to do it –could this be why? I am hoping a reviewer or someone else will come up with tips for better results.

    • Spy Black

      Can you still apply old school AF fine tune and call it a day?

      • Stephen Corby

        Yes you can, so that’s not a problem. Just not as quick and fast as the video implies because you still really need to do it the old school way.

  • Eric Calabros

    After watching lots of awful color graded DSLR footages, I just want to ask video shooters: if you dont know how to or cant make it like Alexa image, just shoot with in camera standard profile, for god’s sake.

  • TylerChappell

    Still not as good of a price for the 16-35 that my local Best Buy had back in October for $630 ;]

  • Michiel953

    I was wondering how a “new” legend could “return”.

    • silmasan

      Even coffee failed me on that one. :/
      ‘Maybe it left for five minutes’ is the best I can come up with.

    • nwcs

      Easy, it went to the loo.

      • Michiel953

        It certainly wasn’t “new” anymore after that visit…

    • Scott

      Might involve some time travel.

  • silmasan

    Any idea when a new 17-35 (or 16-35) f/2.8 will come out?

  • BrainBeat

    Any idea on if there will be a AF Nikon to micro 4/3 cameras?

    I have recently bought a Panasonic G7 to play around with as a lighter option than my Nikon’s and if there were an AF option that would be cool if a bit funny looking on most bodies except maybe my G7 which is very DSLR like.

    • What planet are you on? Nobody wants that. Maybe like 100 people. Around the globe. I am however making a Leica-to-Hubble Space Telescope lens mount adapter. I’ve been testing it out, I can resolve a gnats DNA from 372km away using my rangefinder camera and Velvia 50. You might need to purchase transportation to an orbital Lagrange point, but I swear it has the most buttery bokeh. Just for you, $989,723(I might have subcontracted Lockheed)

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      • BrainBeat

        There is no need for that tone. I am asking a legitimate question here.
        If now 2 companies have been able to create and adapter for the Sony E mount and there are a few that already do Canon lenses to M 4/3 I can’t see any reason why it could not happen here to. I am sure there would be a lot more demand for this than you think too.
        I have only been looking for a shot time and as far as I can see all of the current adapter makers seem to try and make adapters for everything possible so if they have managed to develop the technology to do it for one mount I can’t see it would be all that long until they can do it for other mounts too.

  • dclivejazz

    Loved the story about the occasional friendship between bears and wolves and the accompanying photos. Thanks.

  • TheMeckMan

    All this talk of wide angles has me curious when the Laowa Zero-D 12mm f/2.8 will hit the market or we’ll get a price point… Any one else have any intel on this?

  • Chris

    One unhappy thing about the deal is that Amazon now charges use tax in my state now.

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