Weekly Nikon news flash #392

→ The newegg.com deal on the Sigma 150-600mm lens is back for this weekend (over $500 off, sold by Beach Camera):

→ New article about the AI Nikkor 50mm f/1.8S lens has been published in The Thousand and One Nights series.

You can now get 35% off the ebook version of Darrell Young’s Mastering the Nikon D500 when you use coupon NEWNOVEMBER (valid only at www.rockynook.com).

→ Imaging Resource posted their Photokina interview with Nikon.

→ Nikon 19mm f/4 PC-E tilt shift lens first impressions video.

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  • nwcs

    The interview was interesting but it didn’t strike me as journalistic but rather a marketing puff piece.

    • that’s always the case with Nikon

      • nwcs

        True and I’m sure it’s a requirement of any media access to the execs but at this point in the game in not sure if it benefits either side that much.

        • Thom Hogan

          There are no requirements, per se, but the situation is generally that these sessions are very time constrained. By the time you get through pleasantries, you don’t really have time to deep dive into any issue, and generally you’ll be rebuffed if you do.

  • Stefano Della Lucia

    Just bought this 50mm on ebay, priced like a bottle of italian red wine. curious to try on my d750

    • Eric Calabros

      Share some pic here

      • Stefano Della Lucia

        Deliver it next week, seems friday

        • Schtatten

          Nice. Thinking of getting one too. By the way, could you test out the focus throw’s state on this 36 year old lens? This would be my first old “classic” lens – very interested. Much appreciated.

          • MB

            Actually this 50mm f/1.8 AI-s lens was made until quite recently, only couple of years ago, and I think you can even find one new …

            • Schtatten

              Even better!
              Thanks for checking. :p

  • Fly Moon

    The Sigma 150-600 is tempting.

  • tomskyphoto

    Do Canon and Nikon source their TS-E respectively PC-E mechanics from the same subcontractor? The mechanical similarities of their newer tilt-shifts are striking and seem to be more than superficial – Samyang’s 24 would be an example for the latter. But these PC-E 19 mechanics, apart from the addition of a geared shift knob, look almost identical to those of Canon’s TS-E 17 and 24 MkII; right down to the engravings and lettering of the knobs and dials.

    Considering that tilt-shifts are a quite marginal niche market by production numbers outsourcing these components to a specialized third-party supplier would definitely make sense. Not that it would really matter – just a curio – but it would be interesting anyways. Googled it but wasn’t able to find any substantial bits of information. Does anyone know more about this?

    • Thom Hogan

      Actually, just like the auto industry, there are quite a few suppliers of technologies to the camera companies that are common. Don’t know the answer in this case, though.

      • Would Sony be Getrag or Bosch then?
        Nikon would be Porsche, Canon Audi, Hasselblad Rolls Royce, Fuji Maybach, and RED McLaren.

        Kodak would be Hyundai 😉

    • Captain Megaton

      The details are different enough that I wouldn’t bet on it.

      Also, both companies have experience with T/S lenses going back decades, and likely have the machining capability to build them in-house.

  • William Faucher

    Is that Sigma 150-600 a grey market lens? I can’t find any info about that newegg reseller anywhere. I’m really interested but skeptical.

    • I think the lens is sold by Beach Camera and they are an authorized dealer.

      • William Faucher

        Well, I bought it. Fingers crossed all is well.

        • you can always return it if something is wrong

      • MoreMoreS

        According to https://www.sigmaphoto.com/where-to-buy-sigma , it looks
        like Beach is indeed an authorized Sigma dealer. On the Newegg page, there’s also an entry in the Q&A section suggesting the lens has the full 1 year mfg warranty. It’s curious though, Beach doesn’t have the same deal direct on their
        site? It’s $989 not $779.

        With the extra $100 gift card it’s a really good deal and I’m tempted even though I don’t need it. Argh!

  • Neopulse

    Still waiting on a review of the Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E

    • Rafa R

      Same here

  • I have the 50mm 1.8 Series E, without the silver ring. I got it for free and it’s a no brainer – super simple, all manual, smallest lens I own (just a little bigger than my Nikon 1 10mm!), weighs nothing, sharp as hell except at 1.8 where the softness is a feature, intense color and contrast that you just don’t get with modern lenses. Album for those interested: https://www.flickr.com/photos/thenewamtrak/albums/72157675434863450

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