Weekly Nikon news flash #367

Zeiss rebates
Zeiss lens rebates
→ Zeiss is currently offering up to $600 rebates on selected Zeiss ZF.2 lenses (for Nikon F mount). Both B&H and Adorama are eligible for those rebates (Amazon is not). This offer is valid till June 30th. Additional details can be found here or on the main Zeiss rebate page.

A perfect copy of the Nikon S2 rangefinder camera listed on eBay.

YongNuo YN685 Speedlite for Nikon YongNuo YN685 Speedlite for Nikon 2
YongNuo released the Nikon version of their highly-anticipated YN685 Speedlite flash (check pricing and availability).

→ It seems that many readers have missed my post from a month ago where I reported that the The Yongnuo YN 50mm f/1.8 lens for Nikon F mount is now available.

Subal underwater housing for Nikon D500 camera
Subal has a new underwater housing for Nikon D500 camera and will start shipping soon.

RAW2NEF converter
RAW2NEF v3.5 released with support for the new Nikon D5 and D500 cameras (more info available here).

→ Nikon D810 & D810A field test

→ Nikon wireless flash explained (D5/SB-5000).

→ Nikon D500 locks up, just like the D800 did few years ago.

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  • Aldo

    Moose Peterson explaining technology in a nutshell: “I dont know how it works… I was skeptical at first… but believe me it’s great! “

    • nwcs

      You forgot to put in parenthesis: (enthusiastic shouting!)

    • doge

      That dude comes across as the shilliest shill who ever shilled.

      • nwcs

        At least he’s very enthusiastic about it. I guess it works for him since he keeps getting free stuff from Nikon.

        • Patrick O’Connor

          I don’t think they get anything for free. Of course, they may get paid…

          • AlphaT

            Definitely, he’s an ambassador.
            They are extensions of marketing.
            Most of his Nikon-related gears are more like commercials.

            Having said that, he’s one of my favorite wildlife photographers.
            And he does aviation too, which is my second favorite subject after bird photography.

            • Patrick O’Connor

              I like him personally but am not overly impressed with his photography. He’s really good but I’m not sure if he deserves “Nikon Ambassador” status. But then, maybe that isn’t solely based on their photography.
              I know he commented on not having an advanced D5 to play with…he didn’t complain but seemed a bit put out.

          • nwcs

            I figured he is sponsored by them which effectively means free loaners.

            • Patrick O’Connor

              Maybe loaners but I’m pretty sure it’s not keepers. I met him several years ago (maybe before he was a Nikon Rep) and he was very emphatic on that point.

  • BdV

    Maybe it’s about time for an S2D?

    • Too right you are.

      It’s a shame. I’ve basically switched to Leica for street photography. I have some great shots from my 1 J5, which is a great street machine, but the tiny sensor is just missing that je ne sais quoi.

      I think Nikon could do it better. But it’s related to their financial results that there is a trendy genre in photography that they don’t have the right product to fill.

      The Coolpix A was close but poorly executed.

      • I twist on an old 35mm f/2.8 non-Ai to my black Df and it’s a pretty good street machine. Zone focus at f/8, it’s a fast set-up that others don’t seem to notice. If I’m asked anything, it’s “is that a film camera?”

      • Neopulse

        Enjoying that Summicron are we? 🙂

    • Orin Johnson

      I was thinking S3D myself, but absolutely.

      • BdV

        Or SPD.

  • gamer

    Has anyone tried Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8? Looking forward to see some impressions or reviews of how it performs.

    • nwcs

      If it’s the same as the Canon (and I read it is) then it’s not very sharp overall. It is an old Canon design.

      • gamer

        Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 is definitely sharper than Canon and I like the Yongnuo bokeh better.

    • Yeah, it’s not that good, just get the Nikon 50 1.8 G and enjoy the rear mount rubber gasket, decent build quality, and solid optics.

      • gamer

        I am not sure that Nikon is better, that’s why I want to see a review 🙂 Compared with Canon 50 f/1.8 Yongnuo is definitely the winner – it has better optics and it is 3 times cheaper.

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  • andre bherer

    I taught D5 D500 already had wi-fi built-in so that you didnt need another gizmo to fire up that flash wirelessly !? Also, somebody knows how far you can trigger your camera with that built-in wifi with a program like Dslr dash board or camranger ? I’m asking because those TP-Link MR3040 router are kind of of a pain they don’t work from very far especially if there is obstacles and their battery life is really not great they keep discharging even while off !

    • doge

      This is Nikon you’re talking about. Even their accessories need accessories.

      Also, I don’t think the D5 has wifi, only the D500. The specs of the D500 say it’s standard 802.11b/g, which has an approx. indoor range of 115-125 feet. Outdoor about 460 feet.

    • Patrick O’Connor

      I believe the SB5000 is radio controlled, not WiFi.

    • TinusVerdino

      Who did you teach that? Tell them it’s wrong!

  • Man, I really hope that Zeiss does their Loxia and Batis line for Nikon full-frame as soon as they get a mirrorless system out with a flange distance as short as Sony’s. That’d be pretty awesome. (Hopefully there is no agreement between Sony and Zeiss that grants exclusivity for either of those lines. (I’d love to have the Batis 18 2.8, but I’d settle for the Loxia 21 2.8…)

  • David Peterson

    When is the YongNuo 35mm f2 coming? Thought it was meant to be announced last year.

  • gamer

    Exactly, Yonguo is both better and cheaper than its Canon equivalent.

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