Weekly Nikon news flash #399

Firmware update version 1.1 for the Nikon Coolpix B700 camera ($446) released.

→ The new Irix 11mm f/4 lens to start shipping in January 2017.

A guide on how to use the different Nikon KeyMission accessories.

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The longest distance swing between two bars (3.5m) was captured with a Nikon Keymission camera and it was recorded in the Guinness World Records.

Dpreview: "Nikon D500 took the winning spot in our best high-end ILC category this year, as a near unanimous first choice. The D500 is one of our favorite ever DSLRs, and in a very competitive market segment it stands as a stunningly capable all-rounder."

→ Camera comparison: Nikon D810, Canon 5D Mark IV and Sony A7R II.

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  • D700s

    A just reward for the D500 I think. It’s a great all around camera for someone looking for a body that covers everything. Yes, I know it’s not supported by a large range of DX lenses but that really does’t limit it in my opinion. So to defend my statement I’ll say, it’s not the best portrait, landscape, sports, action, event camera but it can do all those and in some cases exceed other bodies. I own the D4, D810, D5, and D500. If I was forced to select one camera to carry for a week with the chance of shooting all the above, my choice would be my D500. For specific genre yes, the others will edge it out but to do all, the D500 is the Cat’s Meow.

    • I’m about to buy one (D500), but I haven’t read about DX lens incompatibility. Is there a reliable list?

      • Fly Moon

        I have he 24-70 2.8 so I wasn’t sure if I wanted to get the new DX lens 16-80 3.8-4.
        At the beginning I was using both on my D500 but lately I’ve been only using the D 16-80. I love it. Sharp and relatively small and light.
        Highly recommended.

        PS. Make sure to AF fine tune it first.

      • Brubabs

        I have a D500 and I don’t think there are any DX lens compatibility issues with that camera. D700s was probably saying that the DX lens lineup is not as extensive as the FX. I don’t own any DX lenses, and of course any FX lens will also work on the D500 as well, so I just don’t see it as a problem.

      • CERO

        The only incompatibility right now I can think, is of 3rd party batteries. Lenses? I only read one case of a sigma lens failing but working with a firmware update.
        I have a 24-105 F4 and a 150-600C from sigma with my D500, no issues so far.. neither with my 50 1.8 Nikkor

      • D700s

        No compatibility issues. Just the lack of DX lenses. I just use my FF lenses and sacrifice the absolute wide angle end. My 14-24 = 21-36. That’s wide enough for me.

      • Nikon lacks fast primes dedicated to the DX format at the wide end.

    • MonkeySpanner

      Nikon needs to fill in a few primes on the wide end for DX. A 14/2.8 and a 22/2 would be spectacular. No one wants to pay fx prices and size penalty for DX lenses. A compact 22/2 for the d5500 would be supreme. Longer primes for DX don’t make a lot sense as there is not a lot to save in cost or size at the longer fl.

      • Jacek Siminski

        I would love to see a fast ultra wide angle for DX (8-16 range, f 2.8 aperture)

  • Fly Moon

    Can’t argue with D500 winning the best camera of 2016 from all over the place. I love mine 🙂

  • hje

    Thank you for your good work in 2016.
    Looking forward to the 2017 rumors on your site.

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