Weekly Nikon news flash #397

Nikon 1 J4 mirrorless camera
Refurbished Nikon 1 J4 camera + 10-30mm lens now sells for $239.

→ The Mitakon Speedmaster 135mm f/1.4 lens will start shipping soon.

→ I did not know that Nikon made also broadcast lenses.

→ Nikon D500 WiFi support works with the Airnef utility (see also this post for more info). This means D500 users can use Airnef to transfer files to their desktop/notebook over WiFi just like other non-SnapBridge Nikon cameras.

→ The Freedom of the Press Foundation published an open letter to the world’s leading camera manufacturers (including Nikon) urging them to build encryption into their still photo and video cameras to help protect the filmmakers and photojournalists who use them (read more here).

Nikon School
→ Nikon School of Photography launched in Astana, Kazakhstan.

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  • Jarret O’Shea

    *10-30mm lens

  • Eric Calabros

    Someone in REDUSER post a comment about that broadcast lens two years ago. I just put it here:

    “When i first shot Hi definition for NHK hi vision which was a japanese hi definition channel in 1994, I used a crazy sony 3 x 1 inch tube camera which was called the Sony HDC 300 camera. It recorded onto a 1 inch open reel vtr, that lived on a truck. I seem to remember that it had PL mount zooms, or possibly some kind of b4 mount, but it was certainly a 1 inch tube, so would have been good for PL conversion. Took about 30 mins for the camera to warm up to operating temperature, then another 20 mins to align the 3 tubes. There were some crazy fujinon lenses that came with the kit. I remember that there was a certain amount of input from Sony and various other japanese companies into the work that NHK were trying to do. I think quite a few lenses were made for NHK hi vision, but not really released on the general market place. It is possible that this Nikon lens came from that time, and was either converted to PL, or came as a PL mount originally. There is very little info on the web about these cameras and lenses, as they were not really sold as such, more a development collaboration with NHK hi vision.”

    • Eric Calabros

      Here is that Sony cam. You can find Nikon lenses (including this one, 23.5-282mm) in the table

      • MB

        Correct … you can rent one for 300$ a day … (HD NIKON 12×23.5 (1.5x Ext.) MACRO):
        I really doubt this PL converted one is any good for any of today cameras …

    • Thom Hogan

      Many of us shot with broadcast cameras, and most of them used the B4 mount, which Nikon also dabbled in, though Fujinon and Canon were more popular. You can still get cameras that will directly mount B4 lenses, including from Blackmagic Design.

      PL mount was also popular, and the long flange distance of both mounts means that these lenses are easily adaptable to modern still camera mounts, though you need to make sure the image circle is big enough to cover your sensor (one reason why the Panasonic GH4 is often a target for these lenses).

      There’s thriving B4 mount activity on eBay, mostly because a few companies in LA were buying out big parcels of these lenses at low cost as they got retired from broadcast use.

  • peter w

    Which camera is hanging on the broadcast lens?
    I thought at first a Pentax, but it appears a Panasonic GH4, right?

    • Scott


      • peter w

        (We had some guys over at home from the Dutch broadcasting (NOS) some years back, for a national bird-counting event. For me as a bird enthousiast, it was quite impressing to see the flawless results of zooming in, handheld, from a group of people (us) looking at the bird,
        to the small bird – a robin – at 7 meters distance. Vibration control was aided by sheer weight. Don’t know what lens was used. The recorder was some kind of Panasonic, not anything like a GH4 off course.)

  • Davidvictormeldrew Idontbeliev

    Nikon should consider doing a Cinema line of cameras like Canon and Sony with an intelligent Mount & adapters that allow PL lenses to be mount as well as F mount. Although it is probably to late to join the party now…. (again). Here’s hoping that Nikon produces a bonzai year in 2017 launching many products ( do or die approach) but with an ever shrinking market with ever increasing costs and people doing with what they got (economic reasons / pressures) seems that Nikon may be extremely restricted in terms of P&L / R&D costs to do much going forward – if they don’t maintain or improve their market share. Which is a shame as when they’re on fire they produce excellent products like D810, df, D5, D500, etc, etc,etc,etc

    • Thom Hogan

      PL mount is easy to design to, but you’d be making a Super35 style camera (near APS-C).

      My problem with Nikon entering the dedicated video market is that they’re so far removed from their customers these days I don’t see how they’d manage to get the design right. Nikon’s also too proprietary for video, IMHO. And, of course, they’d need lenses. So are you sure you want the lens guys distracted from still lenses?

      • Davidvictormeldrew Idontbeliev

        Thanks Thom and agree with your great analysis, would like the Nikon as some say the “underdog” to be as profitable and successful as possible. And looking forward to the DL cameras (may pick up a DL 24-85 to replace my broken Rx100). One negative some people can expressed is that although they make A1++++ products some of there executions could have been better, e.g., leaving the their products late, e.g., Rx100 rival, D400, where they could have made more dough and maintain / increase there market share in the recent times, now and in the future. Hope also they could team up with a Smartphone manufacturer and co-operate on their tech together, e.g., Lens technology, JPG engine processing algorithms, etc, etc, etc, etc

      • Carleton Foxx

        Yes, I do want them distracted from still lenses because perhaps the challenge of making a completely different style of optics would jar them out of their 18-55 kit zoom rut and inspire them to try something new and different—maybe even a 16-55 kit zoom.

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  • Allan

    Are you able to tell the country of origin of the members and posters of Nikon Rumors? I suspect that the customer experience with Nikon varies by the country. I am especially curious to know what Japanese photographers have to say about Nikon.

    I wonder which cameras sell in Kazakhstan?

    • MB

      Probably the same as in any other country that depends on oil price …

      • CERO

        hey admin, sorry to intrude. But any news on third party En-el15 batteries that work with the D500?

        • I have not seen anything yet.

          • CERO

            dang.. some people claim that some brands DO work.. but nothing confirmed.

    • Yes, you can tell the country. We have people from all over the world. I don’t think I can tell you anything more than that unless I make a survey.

    • Mike

      I live in Japan and am very happy with Nikon customer service. Nikon operates, I believe, four “Nikon Salons” (two in Tokyo, one in Osaka, and I believe one in Nagoya).

      The typical salon has a display area displaying almost all current products, usually with the bodies tethered to the display table and the lenses nailed on (but you can still slip in your own memory card and try out the combo). You can also ask to try something out, in which case they bring you one from the back (I always test out potential lenses in a salon before making a final decision). They are perfectly happy to let you try the stuff out in-salon, even for an hour if you want (except for very hot, new items, like a D500, where they might impose a 20 minute limit per customer if other customers are waiting to try that specific item).

      In addition to the showroom floor, and the ability to try things out, they usually have one or two photography exhibitions going on, which change regularly.

      Furthermore, there is a service counter. For simple stuff like cleaning, testing, or calibrating a body to a lens (for bodies that do not support AF-FineTuning), they can usually take care of it within 2 hours (which for many of us translates into “while you wait” if we drop off our equipment before browsing equipment and viewing the exhibitions). For more serious repair-type service, they ship the stuff to their facility in Yokohama (with free return shipment to your Japanese address or to the salon).

      I have been to three of their salons, a combined total of dozens of times, and have always been treated professionally and politely; even when I wanted to try 3 lenses and 2 teleconverters at the same time, for about 90 minutes :-). They did not even hover over me, though I assume someone near the door was keeping track of who had what equipment, to ensure nothing “walked away”.

      Great service.

      I have never tried their phone or mail-in type support, since meeting face-to-face with a service person has always been convenient. I have, on rare occasions sent a basic question or suggestion via their web-forms, and I suspect I always received an acknowledgement.

      • Allan



        I wonder why they don’t duplicate this level of care in the United States.

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