Happy New Year + the best posts of 2016

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Nikon D500 camera review Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-105mm-f1.4E-ED-lens-on-D810-cameraNikon-200-500mm-f5.6E-zoom-vs.-500mm-f4E-prime-lens-comparison
Nikon-DL-compact-premium-cameras Nikon D750 camera service advisory reacall for reflection flaring issue Nikon (NPS) stockpile at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games 7
Happy New Year to all NikonRumors readers! Here are the top 10 most popular [NR] posts for 2016:

  1. New rumors: the Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 lens to be replaced by the end of the year
  2. Nikon D500 DSLR DX camera officially announced
  3. New Nikon D5 reviews and ISO comparisons
  4. First Nikon D500 reviews and sample photos
  5. New Nikon AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED lens to be announced this week
  6. Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E zoom vs. the 500mm f/4E prime lens comparison
  7. Nikon DL cameras delayed “indefinitely”?
  8. Updated technical service advisory for the Nikon D750 released
  9. Nikon D500 specifications and features explained (confidential Nikon internal document)
  10. Nikon (NPS) stockpile at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games

And the top 10 posts for December, 2016:

nikon-d7xx-dslr-camera-rumors-2 Nikon-Rumors-Zoltar cioban-turcoaia_001
light-pollution-clip-on-filter-for-full-frame-nikon-dslr-cameras nikon-n1610-camera-registered-in-indonesia nikon-af-s-nikkor-105mm-f1-4e-ed-lens
Nikon-D750-with-MB-D16-battery-gripmitakon-zhong-yi-optics-creator-135mm-f2-8-ii-lens yongnuo-yn-85mm-f1-8-lens

  1. Pictures reportedly taken with a new Nikon D7xx full frame DSLR camera with incredible low light capabilities
  2. What to expect from Nikon in 2017?
  3. Nikon AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED lens review
  4. Light pollution clip-on filter for full frame Nikon DSLR cameras
  5. New Nikon camera registered in Indonesia
  6. Nikon AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E ED lens tested at DxOMark: the best-performing lens in the lineup below 200mm
  7. Nikon deals update: D750 now with a free battery grip and more
  8. Update: Nikon price increase coming to Europe (new price list from Germany)
  9. Mitakon Zhong Yi Optics CREATOR 135mm f/2.8 II lens for Nikon F mount
  10. A better picture of the rumored Yongnuo YN 85mm f/1.8 lens for Nikon F mount
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  • And don’t believe what trolls will tell you online – Nikon ain’t dead yet and still sells more than all mirrorless companies combined together. 2017 could be the comeback year!

  • doge

    2017. The year of DX lens!

    • T.I.M

      it was 2007, 10 years ago.

  • Fly Moon

    Happy New Year, Admin.

    Thanks for all the great job in 2016. Looking forward for more Nikon products!

  • silmasan

    Happy D810 successor + “D700 true successor” year! ^_^

  • Rock Kenwell

    Happy New Year for me would be:
    * high-megapixel D5x, maybe 46.8 MP?
    * D5 sensor in the D500 prosumer body, the 20.8 MP D900. D810 could still be sold alongside.
    * Down the road, the D5x sensor could go in the prosumer body, the D900x. At this point, the D810 could be discontinued.
    * Further down the road, the D5 gets upgraded to D5s, maybe in 2018. Then later after that, the D900 gets replaced by the D900s while the D900x continues to sell.

    • * …and will you carry in a backpack the RAID5 SSD storage block that can keep up the necessary speed? 😉

      (Btw. the nick is hilarious.) 😀

      • Rock Kenwell

        Thanks. I’d only carry two bodies at a time. At any given time, I could have high-megapixel as well as low-light, fast bodies.

        • KnightPhoto

          I see Thom is predicting a D5X and D700 successor – would be great to see that, plus the D820 of course…
          Happy New Year everybody

          • Rock Kenwell

            What everyone thinks will be the true D700 successor will probably be called the D900. The successor to the D810 will probably be the D900x.

    • Max

      But would there be a reason for a D810 alongside 46mpx D5?

      • Eledeuh

        Nikon abandoning the market for a reasonably sized landscape photography monster would be surprising.

        The D5 body is just too big for this segment, it’s not uncommon to carry two bodies with 3-4 lenses in the field, along with a tripod, filters, as well as all the typical outdoor stuff. That’s already heavy as is, and depending on the situation you *will* find yourself in situations where you have to leave entire parts of the kit at home.
        Now I just can’t imagine having to trade the normal-sized bodies for ones with a built-in grip like the D5.

        If that’s all they have in store as a high resolution body, then it’s a very poor value proposition for landscape photography. It’s just wasted space and weight.

        • Max

          Yes but I mean a 20.8mpx D5, a 46.8mpx D5 and a high mpx D810. That’s 3 cameras.

          • Eledeuh

            That’s why I’d be surprised if they went the “D5x” route at all. Abandoning the D8xx model would be a huge mistake imho.

            Also, I still haven’t seen any convincing argument for a D5x. The D810 pretty much has everything it needs, it just “needs” an update on the spec side, and eventually a few additional bells and whistles (tilting screen). It’s a very well rounded piece of equipment for its niche and turning it into a D5-esque camera would be a clear step back.

            • KnightPhoto

              Thom is advocating/predicting Nikon give us choices: so BOTH a D5X and a D820!!
              and on the low-light side a D5 and a D700 replacement.
              I.e. choices not either or’s! Sound interesting?

            • Eledeuh

              I’d be fine with that, choice is always good.

              I just hope if they do that that they wouldn’t artificially cripple the D820 just to keep something for the D5x.

            • Rock Kenwell

              Yes, I would like the choice of a D5x or a D900x, as well as the choice of a D5 or a D900.

            • Max

              I doubt Nikon will make more models in a struggling industry.

              Also, a 46mpx D5 won’t be able to make a good sports camera with current tech as the buffer will have to be mammoth, and the high iso DR will be compromised.

              The D810 is the pro camera for landscapes and ultra high iq, the D5 is the fast camera.

            • Rock Kenwell

              The 20.8 MP D5 would continue to be a great sports camera. I’m thinking a 46.8 MP D5x would be better suited to portraiture, landscape, and commercial photography.

      • Rock Kenwell

        Yes, choice is good: one small, prosumer and one big, pro body each for low-light, fast camera and one for high-megapixel camera.

  • Eric Calabros

    Happy New Year Peter, Thom, Spy Black, Aldo, T.I.M, Micah, mikeswits, neversink, HF, RMJ, ZoetMB, TheInfinityPoint, Shutterbug, fanboy fags, Astro Landscapes, Captain Megaton, TheInconvenientRuth, nwcs, Andrew, Mike, Pete Grady, rt-photography, br0xibear, and aaaaaall of you guys.

    • Happy New Year!

    • TheInconvenientRuth

      Thanks 🙂 Happy New year Eric! And to Peter and all other NR readers and contributers

    • I knew I was spending too much time here! 🙂 Just kidding, Eric. Thanks to you and the rest for the stimulating discussion. I learn something knew here at least once a week.

    • br0xibear

      Happy New Year Eric…I hope it brings you great joy !

    • Aldo

      Happy new year Eric. Wishing only good things for all. Cheers!

  • T.I.M

    Happy new year in your native language (see how many countries read NR)

    Bonne Annee (French)


    • Allan

      sa bai di pi haim

      Lao sounds very similar to French.

      Happy New Year to you T.I.M and everyone else.


    • Shubh navavarshabhinandan (Marathi-India)

      Naya saal mubaarak (Hindi- India)

    • Max

      Gelukkige nuwe jaar (Afrikaans (South Africa))

    • Boldog Új Évet Kívánok!


    • Pippo

      Laimīgu Jauno Gadu! (Latvian)
      HNW to everyone 🙂

    • gorka

      urte berri on!


      • T.I.M

        Foie gras et fin bordeaux….

  • Bill Ferris

    Happy New Year!

    I’m wondering if you intend to correct the “200-500 vs 500 f/4” article to identify the prime used by the author as the AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/4D IF-ED? This came up in the comments section for the article nine months ago but has not been addressed. If you check the EXIF of the test photos, the 500mm prime is identified as the much older (possibly 13+ years), non-VR version; not the current E version.

    Both the top photo of the lenses and the caption need to be corrected.

  • Photobug

    Happy New Year Peter. Thanks for everything you do to make this such a nice place to visit.

  • nwcs

    I think it’s funny that the mythical D900 still isn’t around. Even 18 months after the “joke” got stale…

    • Rock Kenwell

      I have faith that the D900 is coming.

      • You and T.I.M. both.
        But seriously the chances of D900 as true successor of D700 materializing are strong because I hope nikon has learnt something from success of D500. Listen to what people really want. It sells.

        • Captain Insane-O

          The Ford raptor sells well, but you’ll never see them move more than they do focus. Likewise, nikon’s answers don’t lie in producing more expensive niche cameras.

          They need full sensor 4k, good lv af, better customer service, and far better social media integration.

          Time to innovate, not add a bunch of useless features.

          • MonkeySpanner

            +1 on good LV. Nikon DSLR are death to use in LV. Just painful. And you think the pain ends after the slow LV AF – but it is just getting started. When you press the shutter release, the mirror gymnastics sets in motion and about 2 seconds later you get a single image. I would rather use a P&S from 10 years ago.

          • They have been seen to take away useful features from amateur cameras lately. And D500 did have a substantial market unlike what nikon thought. But yes all these things do add up.

        • Michiel953

          I have no way of knowing if the D500 is a commercial success (not cannibalizing the sales of another model included), but you could be right.
          I still think a true D700 successor (D5 sensor and AF in a D8xx sized professional body) would eat into the sales of f.i. the 750, so Nikon does have a problem there.

          • KnightPhoto

            My guess is Nikon will solve the internal competition issue by pricing the D700 successor fairly high. That way they’ll get their ROI out of it. I guess if they price it high enough I’ll actually more closely consider a D5 to replace my D4. But in truth, for my low light work I don’t need the full-size body, but definitely can use that D5 sensor and AF module!

  • Spy Black

    I believe a life is more like it…

  • Michiel953

    Happy New Year Peter, and thanks for all the effort going into making this site such a pleasure to visit!

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