Nikon (NPS) stockpile at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games

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Few pictures from the NPS (Nikon Professional Services) station at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. The photos from Vincent Kalut @vkalut (Instagram | Twitter | Facebook) / Photo News are copyrighted and used with permission:

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  • Nick

    Camera porn! So sexy! Would’ve liked to see some more lenses

    • Victor Collins

      All of the black boxes against the wall are full of lenses. They are labeled PL for prime lens. There can be 10 or more lenses in each case. TL would be mid range telephoto lenses, 200 to 400mm. Most of what you can read are PL cases. There are alot of lenses in the room.

      • Zenettii

        Got an address/gps location ?

        • Hamuga

          With detailed guard locations and their routes and timing of their patrols? (Asking for a friend…)

  • BayouBill

    And here is Canon’s equivalent. I wonder whether any other camera maker (Sony comes to mind) has anything comparable to what Canikon have established. http://www.popphoto.com/canon-shares-insane-picture-its-camera-room-for-rio-olympics

  • saywhatuwill

    So because Getty and Canon showed their wares Nikon felt the need to do the same?

  • Ric of The LBC

    *schwing*

  • Proto

    After Rio, watch out for lot of nicely priced refubs….

    • Lane Shurtleff

      Most of NPS’s equipment form these events is sold to dealers that have rental fleets. Probably at a good deal.

  • catfishb52

    I wonder if they are stocking the D500?

    • Patryk

      check pic nr.3, guy is cleaning one

  • I seriously doubt Sony has something like that which is why almost all pros use Nikon and Canon to cover the Olymoics.

    • Zenettii

      I wouldn’t be shocked to see some reports/blogs come out over the next month or so about ‘using sony at olympics’ especially where wider lenses can be used or the 70-200mm is enough for them.

      If Sony had the lens selection that Nikon and Canon had for sports and wildlife, I’m not so sure that those two would dominate the pro-sports photography world. Lucky for them Sony doesn’t yet offer a competition.

      • IronHeadSlim

        Isn’t that the point then: “Sony doesn’t yet offer a competition.”

      • I don’t think Sony has any high-speed cameras designed for sports like the D5 and Canon’s 1D series.

    • T.I.M

      Olymoics ?
      I thought I was the only one here allowed to make nonsense jokes !

  • mannequindisplay

    Wow the security on that room must be tighter then the Athletes Village. That’s a lot of money sitting in those bins

    • saywhatuwill

      Just light a paper bag on fire in the parking lot and yell “fire.” That’s how the Australians got robbed.

    • TheFantasticG

      Yup. My first thought was “I wonder how much of that is going to be stolen by the end…?”

    • fanboy fagz

      just do like cartman did and yell, the batmobile is outside.

    • TheMeckMan

      The Canon rumors page features the Canon camera vault witch is equally impressive if not a bit more so. All in all with the thefts in Brazil they are both no doubt targets.

  • BayouBill

    This was referred to as the “Nikon (NPS) stockpile”. I’d like to know who, exactly, is entitled to borrow from this treasure trove. Would a knowledgeable Getty Images and/or NPS member care to comment?

    • AP3X

      NPS sent an email regarding the Olympics and the loaner program made available for us members. I am yet to borrow or demo anything at an event because I would end up buying a 400 2.8. Many emails go out about NPS events and it is nice to know Nikon is there if we need.

    • J.Coi

      All NPS member with Olympic press photo credential.

      • hje

        Actually it’s all photographers with Olympic press photo credential. No need to be nps. But with nps membership you get priority. CPS members usually are welcomed too.

    • Any NPS member on site can use their services.

      • Peter

        Peter, do you have any idea where those “after olympics” cameras will be sold. I remember a thread (long time ago) where there was a sale on D3 or D4 bodies after a big sports event. If I remember correctly it wasn´t Nikon that offered those cameras but rather a big agency…

        • I am to sure if they will be sold – I think they will just go to the NPS pool. They may sell their old D4 and D800 but I have no idea where and how.

  • Alan Yuen

    Nikon PR is slower than Canon PR at this case

    • This is not coming from Nikon PR. I think Nikon PR has just given up. They could have easily make a small post on social media about their operations in Rio.

      • John Albino

        Nikon has never done a particularly good job at PR. Even 30-40 years ago when I was still shooting high level pro sports — Super Bowl, World Series, World Cup and such — NPS had an unpublicized off-site presence — precluded from having an on-site location because Canon — just as now — had bought “official” sponsorship of the event.

        In those days Nikon didn’t feel the need for PR because they were the definite “professional’s choice” just like Ma Bell generally was the only choice in town for phone service. Old habits die hard, and if a company doesn’t learn good marketing and PR from the get-go, it probably never will…

        At least in those days it was easier to get credentialed for such events without selling your soul to one of the big agencies with “official” shooting rights such as Getty, USA Today Sports, etc….

        • Richard Haw

          yes, that’s how it has always been. Nikon is Nikon.

  • RiotGun

    IS THE HEAVEN, WHEN I DIE I WANT TO GO TO THIS

    • Andy Aungthwin

      Did you notice anyone else type everything with caps locked?

      There is a reason for that, you know.

  • AP3X

    Wasn’t there a major Canon robbery in Florida last year? That Canon stockpile looks suspicious… sexy .. but suspicious…
    Plus Canon needs a large loaner supply for 2 reasons. 1.) Anyone can pay to become a member of CPS while NPS is selective 2.) Reliability (stretching it on that one!)

    • kparseg

      You still have to own Canon equipment to apply to CPS membership.

      • Lane Shurtleff

        NPS members only get to be NPS members by a “sponsor” (a current NPS member’s name being used for application). Anyone can join CPS if they own Canon Pro gear.

        • kparseg

          Oh I see, thank you )

        • I think you also have to make the majority of your income from photography. As such, I don’t qualify to become an NPS member although I’ve purchased over $25,000+ in Nikon equipment in the last 10 years. The good news is that I no longer have loyalty to Nikon since I buy Sigma lenses on a regular basis. Nikon makes it very easy.

  • scott800

    This is awesome, now let’s see the lenses 🙂

  • Spy Black

    No P900s?…

    • T.I.M

      no, it has to look like a camera to pass the custom controls.

    • For subjects far away that aren’t moving. In Photoshop CC, use the shake reduction filter for sharpening and you’ll be stunned by the sharpness and quality of your images.

  • JL

    Sony is big in video for broadcasting the Olympics, so there must be something. They have no professional sports still cameras, but they are establishing a pro photo support like NPS/CPS in some countries.

  • Zenettii

    What exactly is it all for? I had thought the NPS members mostly had their own gear for this type of event or hires the gear from their regular supplier? Is this to support ‘broken down camera’s’ ? if so, is that a worrying statement about quality?

    Next question: what do they do with all this gear afterwards? clearly can not be sold at standard prices as they are opened/used. Will there be a big discount sale? 🙂

    • Semaphore

      There’s just no pleasing some people. If they didn’t have these backups, you’d call them unprepared and useless for professionals. It’s the Olympics, there are so many photographers taking god knows how many photos every day. Mishaps are bound to happen.

      Also NPS isn’t going to dispose of their stockpile after every event.

      • Sawyerspadre

        If you compare this gear stockpile to the number of pros onsite, it probably doesn’t seem like a lot.

      • Zenettii

        What do you mean there is “no pleasing some people”?

        When you say dispose of their stockpile? that doesn’t sound likely to me. Why would their throw it all away when they can sell them 2nd hand to make more cash, wouldn’t make sense.

        • Lane Shurtleff

          Nikon does sell some inventory after. It gets sold to dealers with rental fleets.Most of this equipment is loaners for damaged equipment that is being repaired during the event.

          Making an assumption about “quality” is irrelevant when a working photojournalist is carrying a 400 f 2.8 on his shoulder or riding on the back of a motorcycle during a bicycle race anything can get damaged from accidents or misuse. Canon, Nikon or otherwise.

        • Richard Haw

          NPS has a stockpile of cameras. these cameras will likely be distributed elsewhere in service centers around the world. Nikon has done a very good job in providing loaners to photographers who’s gear is in the service center.

          They may sell these as refurbished, no doubt but I will tell you that these get banged up really bad that they will have to replace many things in order to sell these as refurbished and that will not make a good profit.

    • Don’t complain about something you don’t utilize.

      I myself work for a publication, and our company is under CPS program. I’ll tell you how much it is helpful for us whenever we needed to have a replacement body while our own is under service. And also, you can’t ignore when there’s a telephoto lens always available whenever you need one.

      I shoot concerts and music events. Professional assistance from the manufacturers are always a plus.

      • Zenettii

        Did I complain about anything ? Nope! I just asked a simple question that didn’t require your ‘I’m a pro’ attitude and who earns nothing doing photography for a little magazine publisher in the tiny population of the UAE. As someone who is reliant on their presentation you’re spelling on your website is terrible.
        As a pro photographer I would expect you to have multiple bodies. I understand what the service is and I appreciate how useful a loaner is. I also appreciate that my question is asking why they need so many of each body and lens. it seems a lot to me unless they are expecting so many issues with their cameras.

        • saywhatuwill

          Wow! Too much coffee today? Ease up. We read these for fun, not to start a fight or get criticized.

        • Lex Cross

          You just used the wrong “your” in the sentence calling out his spelling…

          • Toecutter

            No he didn’t.

            • Lex Cross

              Yes. Yes he did. It should say “…your spelling on your website is terrible. ” instead of “…you’re spelling on your website is terrible.”

            • Toecutter

              Lol,thought you meant the first ‘your’

            • mikeswitz

              Uh, yes he did!

        • If you understand all that, then why ask those questions?

        • purenupe1

          Lol

        • PhilK

          You made the bizarre and annoying assumption that the mere presence of this inventory and service facility suggested that there was some kind of problem with Nikon’s product quality. This is like assuming that the mere existence of Mercedes service centers means Mercedes are lousy cars, or the mere existence of a technical support department for a technology company must mean that their products or services are poor quality and hard to use.

          I don’t know why I should need to explain to an adult the concept here, but I’m feeling charitable today:

          The Olympics are a once-in-a-lifetime event for each collection of sports and participants each four years. They are one of if not the mostly widely watched and influential sporting event in the world.

          For a professional photographer who is assigned to cover them, there is “no room for error”. If you are being paid to cover the 400 metre footrace and you flub it up, there are no “re-do’s”. You don’t get to re-run the race to re-do your shot because you made a mistake or your camera jammed 2 minutes before the finish. It’s even worse for live video coverage since if your equipment fails during the broadcast millions of people around the world will not be able to watch what they tuned-in to watch that moment, and you can’t “re-shoot” it.

          THAT is why companies like Canon and Nikon have a large equipment inventory and service presence at such events: because the “margin for error” here during these events is basically zero. The best equipment in the world sometimes fails or wears out. Or maybe a photographer needs a particular lens for an event and they didn’t manage to bring it that day for some reason. Or they were covering some event where some competitor unexpectedly ran into their equipment or splashed mud all over it or something.

          The easier Nikon makes it for their loyal shooters to produce quality work during such critical events, the better Nikon looks to both the professional photographer crowd as well as the public at large when the photos are published.

          Seems obvious to me why that’s so critical to a company in Nikon’s position, but I guess it isn’t to some people.

        • Spelling on my website? which is???

          Anyway. You are now attacking my work and the region where I am working which are both irrelevant to the my reply to you. And just to tell you, that “little magazine” (which are 85 titles we have in our publication) pays me well. So yah I have a job and now you’re insulting me with it?

    • Rob

      Can someone answer the question, what exactly is all this for?

      • PhilK

        Excerpting from my reply to Zenettii:

        The Olympics are a once-in-a-lifetime event for each collection of sports and participants each four years. They are one of if not the mostly widely watched and influential sporting event in the world.

        For a professional photographer who is assigned to cover them, there is “no room for error”. If you are being paid to cover the 400 metre footrace and you flub it up, there are no “re-do’s”. You don’t get to re-run the race to re-do your shot because you made a mistake or your camera jammed 2 minutes before the finish. It’s even worse for live video coverage since if your equipment fails during the broadcast millions of people around the world will not be able to watch what they tuned-in to watch that moment, and you can’t “re-shoot” it.

        THAT is why companies like Canon and Nikon have a large equipment inventory and service presence at such events: because the “margin for error” here during these events is basically zero. The best equipment in the world sometimes fails or wears out. Or maybe a photographer needs a particular lens for an event and they didn’t manage to bring it that day for some reason. Or they were covering some event where some competitor unexpectedly ran into their equipment or splashed mud all over it or something.

        The easier Nikon makes it for their loyal shooters to produce quality work during such critical events, the better Nikon looks to both the professional photographer crowd as well as the public at large when the photos are published.

        • Rob

          It seems like a huge amount of redundancy in bodies and lenses, I guess sensors need cleaning, gear gets wet, dirty and thoroughly “tested” to extreme. Thanks for the clear answer.

          • PhilK

            The pleasure is mine. 🙂

  • jstevez

    Back in London (2012) people were saying that DSLR were dying and being replaced by mirrorless. No one told the pro’s.

  • Aldo

    Canon pile > Nikon pile

    • Lane Shurtleff

      Nikon reliability > Canon reliability. So?

  • Pk Bullock

    ~$78,000.00 per 12 count box… I need a nap.

    • You haven’t counted the lenses boxes yet. They are more pricey.

  • Henri De Vreese

    This is Nikon’s Camera room, the lenses need a different room.
    Plus I like Nikon’s organisation here, I bet Canon will have lot’s stolen by the end of the Olympics, whilst Nikon will have a perfect inventory with what serial number is used by who.

  • For broadcast video? That’s that have to do with this?

  • mikeswitz

    If you watch the live feed coming from Rio, almost all the work is spectacular and what cameras they are using is irrelevant. On the other hand it is almost impossible to listen to NBC “journalists”. Turn down the sound and watch the photographers (both video and still) do their work.

    • PhilK

      Pretty much the same opinion I have of NBC’s Formula One coverage. Can’t stand the commentary/commentators or the incessant commercials. So I jump through hoops to watch Sky F1 coverage from the UK, which is vastly superior.

  • Lane Shurtleff

    SONY has an absolutely horrendous service repair in the field, unlike Canon and Nikon. Plus, SONY does not make anything near comparable to Canon and Nikon ‘big” glass (400,500,600,800 etc). SONY doesn’t have the resources to support pro event coverage with on the spot repairs and loaners.

  • VivaLasVegas

    Canon’s photo of CPS back room is more impressive….sorry but Canon body is the “go to” body for fast action photography.

    • PhilK

      Canon has had a larger share of the pro sports market for a while now, no surprise there. But I think Nikon is starting to gain on them again.

      And the D5 will probably significantly accelerate that, as it has from all accounts a superior AF capability compared to the 1DX II. Same with the D500 compared to the 7D II.

  • John_Skinner

    Seeing a lot more Nikon this event over London… It’s appears as though the ‘dark side’ has taken hold on the wire service guys.

  • jairplane

    A thing of beauty is a joy forever.

  • nicholai

    I’ve seen pics of the canon room it’s like costco compared to nikons but thats expected.

    • CERO

      Welcome to costco.. we love you!

  • Gregory Roane

    NR, do you have the EXIF data on these pics? I am curious as to what camera was used to take these pics. Something about them (to me) seems to suggest a camera held away from the body (as if he was using live view or … gasp – a phone camera) to take the shots.

    I really hope they were not taken with an iPhone/LG/Galaxy. That would be some BAD messaging.

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