Weekly Nikon news flash #391

Sigma 150-600mm f-5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports lens for Nikon 16
→ Only a few hours left: Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary lens for Nikon F mount for $774 (with $100 gift card).

→ The new Sigma 12-24mm f/4 DG HSM Art lens for Nikon F mount is now in stock.

→ Check out the new Tamron instant rebates.

Nikon D500 £150 trade-in bonus in the UK.

→ The Nikon EZ-Micro fieldmicroscope received the "Good Design Long Life Design Award".

→ A new Nikon BlackRapid strap should be introduced soon (see the current Nikon AN-SBR2 Black Rapid quick-draw strap).

→ Nikon 105 f/1.4 vs. 200 f/2 lens comparison.

→ Nikon D5 sensor cleaning by Moose Peterson

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  • Just Me

    Moose used to use the Sensor Gel Sticks that Photographylife sells. Does anyone know why he switched back to cleaning fluid and swabs? Not that I care what he does but just want to know if there’s something wrong with the Gel Sticks (which I use). I don’t mind using the swabs but the Gel Sticks are easier.

    • From the video it seemed he likes to use a single swab and sweep the chip instead of picking around with the gel stick? Just what I inferred – I would like to know the superior solution myself, as I have quite a lot of sensor dust I have been neglecting to remove.

      • Just Me

        He originally used the swabs but made a big deal out of switching to the Gel Sticks when Photographylife started selling them. I like them a lot but maybe there’s an issue with them!?
        As an aside, how can you neglect to clean it? It takes a lot longer to remove dust specks from a few hundred photos than to clean a sensor, any way you do it.

        • I can neglect to clean my bodies because my lenses are almost always wide open, prime, and meant to be used wide open – I rarely need to stop down, often working in low light, or looking down at a target 3000 feet below, if I needed to stop down more often I would probably stop being so lazy. That and owning iso invariant bodies doesn’t help.

          • Just Me

            How does having an ISO invariant body affect sensor dust or it’s appearance?

            • I started to write out a long complicated explanation and then I stopped, because meh.
              Here, spot the dust in my work – it hasn’t been removed in post nor sensor cleaned in two years of working professional usage sometimes 40+ hrs a week for months on end.
              Spot the dust, full res, unmolested in post:


            • Just Me

              Well, in a photo like that, I can see your point. Even shooting at f16+ I can’t see dust in most landscape foregrounds. Skies on the other hand…
              So, what’s the purpose of photos like this?

              Also, I still don’t understand how shooting at a lower ISO and bumping up the exposure in post relates to the appearance of noise or lack thereof.

            • Tons of other reasons and scenarios, but for that one, the focal length is fixed, the aperture is fixed, the shutter speed is fixed and the iso is set to 64 auto. Shadows were brought up in post for the forensic purpose of clarity. 85mm 1.8g at 1.8 or 2.0 – necessary for high speed flight, high shutter speed.

              That picture was taken because we were looking for something that was missing. I cannot provide further details for legal reasons. And no, it is not in that picture.

            • Just Me

              Well…if it was in the picture, it wouldn’t be missing, now would it! 😉

      • Zinchuk

        I clean my sensors on both cameras before EVERY major shoot. Once you’ve cloned out ~50 dust spots off a wedding dress times a few hundred pictures, that lesson was learned. I, too, shoot almost everything wide open, or, for some things F8, but largely avoid anything higher up the scale in part to minimize dust on sensors or lenses becoming an issue in post. Also, for this reason, I rarely changes lenses in the field anymore (literally, in a field, i.e. a drilling rig or even farmer’s field). Unless there’s a pressing need, the 70-200 stays on the D700, the 24-70 on the D4, and that’s it. As a result, I don’t get much dust anymore.

    • Thom Hogan

      Can’t speak for Moose, but my personal experience with gel-type cleaners is that they make cleaning lubricant splatter much more difficult when you finally do a wet clean (they don’t remove it themselves). And you will have lubricant splatter eventually on a high end camera.

      • Just Me

        Oh. Well, that makes sense although I’m not sure what you mean by “high end camera.” Does that include the D810? I can’t imagine why it would be functionally different from anything else. Maybe dSLRs with higher fps are be more susceptible to that!?

        • Thom Hogan

          Basically everything from D7200 upwards has been shown to lubricant splatter. If you want a long-term, fast shutter, it needs lubricant.

      • Spy Black

        Agreed, those gel cleaners just looked like trouble waiting to happen.

  • rich

    got some good deals here. Tamron 70-200 vc with a $300 rebate. I got mine 1-2 years ago with a $100 rebate off 1499. Very temping to pull on the sigma 150-600 deal also.

  • FountainHead

    I really like by black rapid straps.

    That said, I’d never buy a nikon-branded one.
    Might as well hold up a big flashing sign saying “steal my camera gear”.

    • fanboy fagz

      No youre right cause only a yellow camera strap is what thieves look for. They dont see the black colored black rapid straps that has a camera connected. Its the yellow that attracts them. Hahaha just kidding.. Yea but not really

  • br0xibear

    I see Nikon are trying to counter the negativity about the new 70-200mm focus/zoom ring switch…
    Simon Iddon, Head of Product Management, Nikon UK, says: “The new NIKKOR 70–200mm f/2.8E offers an astounding jump in image quality and a faster, smoother shooting experience all round. SPORT VR, and ergonomics inherited from Nikon’s recent 400 mm, 500 mm, and 600 mm telephoto lenses will make a unmistakable difference to photographers shooting fast, unpredictable action with a professional DSLR like the D5.”


    A few new Keymission reviews out…



    • Spy Black

      Well, Nikon would have to go into damage control with the 70-200mm, and the fact that they’re doing it so soon at least shows they’re staying on top of criticism of products, but it also probably shows internally that once again they’ve done something that have shot them in the foot again. Hopefully in a year’s time or so they’ll introduce a “D610” version of the 70-200.

  • fanboy fagz

    Those sensor gel sticks suck. Had it, used it first time, gave it to the videog I was shooting with. Yes, i normally clean my sensor when im shooting the bride at prep. More than enough time

    Eclipse/ pec pads ftw

    • Just Me

      What was/were your issue(s) with them?

      • fanboy fagz

        clean light specs but nothing more. I use the giottos here and there and used the eclipse liquid and pec pads.

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