Weekly Nikon news flash #394

New book on Nikon's 100 years anniversary is coming soon (already listed at amazon.de).

→ Nikon 105mm f/1.4E ED lens review at lenstip.com.

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→ The "ultimate" Nikon shooting platform listed for sale on Craigslist for $26,000 (via PetaPixel).

→ The Fotodiox Fusion Smart AF Nikon to Sony adapter could have some serious issues according to this video.

Nikon’s KeyMission360 beaten out by a $199 iPhone addon

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  • silmasan

    Nikon’s 105mm at f/1.4 is very cool, but the Sigma 85A is insane — seems the better lens overall even without factoring in their prices (very very pleasant surprise) and is the one I covet.

    If all next gen Art lenses are going to be like this, with better AF, smoother rendering, Otuser-than-Otus resolution… then we have a new champion among 35mm lens makers. A monster 135mm and a 200mm f/2 by Sigma at this level would really kill it!

  • purenupe1

    Isnt this the 2nd attempt at selling that monstrous camera rig? Hed be better off selling the lens seperately. Hell id much rather setup the nikon 200-500 mm f5.6, a tele converter and a strong LED light

    • BernhardAS

      good luck with the price which is about double of what the whole set would cost on ebay (in top condition) at the moment.

  • maxx

    I hope with new book they give a D900 for free….

  • Senor Magnifico

    AT LAST… I was waiting for this BOOK so long… I don’t care about D810, D750 successors and first FF mirrorless Nikon camera and proper video functions implemented …

    • Spy Black

      I’ve been waiting for this book for so long too, almost 100 years…

      • Thom Hogan

        It’ll be out-of-date within a year and you’ll be waiting for the upgrade.

        • Tom

          Especially if the successors to the D810, D750 and first FF mirrorless cameras are released in February. 🙂

          • Thom Hogan

            I really fail to see why all the commotion about full frame mirrorless. The initial reason why the A7 series got a lot of attention was price. Nikon has now essentially matched that (and may be under Sony’s current pricing). The secondary reason tended to be because of size/weight. However, once you put f/2.8 lenses on those Sony models, you’re dealing with a big lens, the same size lens as on a DSLR, and the body size because far less relevant.

            • Tom

              I agree with your example but there are other benefits to getting rid of the mirror. And with technological advances it is only a matter of time before lens makers overcome the problem of making lenses smaller.

            • Thom Hogan

              I have no doubts we’re headed to mostly mirrorless cameras, and I’ve written that for quite some time (I think 2009). It has nothing to do with user request or need. It has everything to do with manufacturing costs.

              But lenses as we know them aren’t really going to get smaller in zoom or telephoto variations. At least not without compromise (e.g. the 300mm f/4E and its bad flare tendencies on in-scene light sources).

              Finally, there’s the issue of discrimination. The long light path of mirrored cameras gives high discrimination in focus. The short light path in the on-sensor PD systems gives poor discrimination. Basically you need a lot more sensor bandwidth to make up for that difference. But running the sensor faster is power consuming and heat producing. For things like sports, DSLRs aren’t going away soon.

  • Thylmuc

    a book is all nice and well, but where is a digital back for the F2 and F3?


    • TwoStrayCats

      You’ll have to buy the book to find out.

  • T.I.M

    I’m thinking getting the new AF-S PF ED 300mm f/4 VR FL to replace my 400mm f/2.8 Af-i when I’m traveling outside USA.
    Anyone have experienced that lens, is it as good as some reviews says ?

    • KnightPhoto

      Yes the 300PF is a dream to shoot and carry. Sharp and works well with teleconverters too.

      • T.I.M

        Sold, (but I will wait the price to go down to $1500)

  • Michiel953

    So where’s my D900?


    An improved Df, 30Mp sensor would be nice, and might get me to reach for my wallet…

    • T.I.M

      The D900 ?
      I’m testing it right now for a review (nice camera so far)

      • Michiel953

        Pm me your first impressions…

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