Weekly Nikon news flash #406

→ New speed tests for the Lexar 64GB Professional 2000x UHS-II SDXC and Lexar 64GB 2933x XQD 2.0 memory cards on the Nikon D500 camera.


→ The latest Nikon deals:


→ Rare stereo Nikkor 1:3.5 3.5cm rangefinder lens listed on eBay for $24,999.95


→ The latest version 11.4 of DxO OpticsPro 11 now supports the Nikon D5600 camera.


→ Nikon debuts new BLACK riflescope series.
Nikon India expects to continue with double digit growth going forward.


→ New Nikon buyback offer in India.

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  • Eric Calabros

    a $500 riflescope has “full multilayer coating on ALL air-to-glass lens surfaces”. is it also true about photography lenses at this price range? I doubt all surfaces of my 50mm f/1.4 covered by this coating.

    “for DSLR market we have a share of 55 per cent”. I love how India doesn’t give a damn about whats going on in rest of the world. They still stick with “mirror” and still love Nikon.

    • MB

      All surfaces, not only air-to-glass, on current photo lenses are multicoated … Nikon calls this Super-integrated Coating … of course if not using Nano coating … or fluorine coating for air-to-glass surfaces …

    • In india the trend is to go for bigger cameras. It’s a status symbol as well as means to show yourself to be arty. It is exactly opposite to what the rest of the world is thinking. That doesn’t mean that most of those kids actually know what they are doing with those cameras.

      • Allen_Wentz

        Perhaps some Indian will buy my D3 and help me afford a D5…

        • Another interesting fact. IN India second hand cameras fetch much less than in America. I sometimes wonder if I could send my equipment to USA for selling.

          • Allen_Wentz

            I will sell it for you if I make the trip!

        • br0xibear

          You know what you can get in India ?…
          Brand new D4s bodies a lot cheaper than the D5.
          Get a flight to India, buy a D4s, travel round taking images…and it’ll still cost less than a new D5.

          • Allen_Wentz

            I will consider doing exactly that!

            The only problem is the business buys the camera but I cannot expense a trip to India unless I have some work there. Hmm…

    • hje

      do I get this wrong, or are “all air-to-glass lens surfaces” in a riflescope really just a total of two surfaces?
      the are usually filled with nitrogen.

  • With the D500 and the 2933x XQD, set to “lossy” compressed RAW, it’s effectively unlimited for me. It went to 200 frames, and I let go and re-pressed the shutter button as fast as I could, and it went for another 200 frames without hesitation.

    • katrinbade

      why is that important? I mean – you share few scenarios where past 20 pic burst is needed.

      • fanboy fagz

        Well said. I shoot weddings and never go more then 5-6 fps burst at a time for very specific moments. Even shooting sports or birds, bursts are at 1-2 seconds at most.

        • Eledeuh

          For wildlife you could still make a point about some specific animal behaviours that you may know have a chance to happen, yet can happen very rapidly and you sometimes can’t rely on additional tale-tell signs because it would be too late.

          In those case, you may need to spray for a bit more time. But that’s fairly edge-case in my book.

          • KnightPhoto

            For sure that is an edge case, but those wildlife photos when that occurs can be the shot of the year photos, and you don’t want to be sitting there with a full buffer watching that.

            Because of small-buffer, then whenever you shoot an interesting wildlife action sequence in back of mind one must shoot conservative in case the REALLY good action is about to occur. So it tends to affect all shooting.

            With a D500 one never worries about this. You can shoot hard at whatever is occurring, with the knowledge that if something else of even greater interest occurs, you won’t be sitting there unable to capture the sequence. Wildlife are unpredictable. The D500 changes how one is able to shoot it (as do D4, D4S, D5).

            • Allen_Wentz

              Exactly right. It is not that we routinely fill a 200-frame buffer, it is that having the capability in hand changes the way one thinks about the shot, especially wildlife and sports.

              Shooting a D500 with SD disabled is a sweet experience. The bad news is that using the lame SD card slot for backup means one no longer has the same camera performance.

              One has to remember to intentionally remove the lame SD from the system and forego backup when one wants the camera to be capable of its full potential. That sucks; SD sucks.

            • Scott M.

              If you just shoot raw/nef files there is a .jpg file imbedded automatically in each one anyway. No need to shoot both at once.

        • Allen_Wentz

          Yeah I typically reduce to 3 fps for weddings.

          However for any kind of action that may evolve to something different than the obvious (wildlife, sports, kids, pets, etc.) having a 200-frame buffer is an absolute joy. It means one can take any shot sequence without worrying about camera lag preventing capture of some other immediately pending or even unexpected pic sequence.

          Plus of course the superb new AF in D5/D500 also changes the way one can approach action photography of any type. One just needs to remember to remove the lame SD card to allow full performance.

          • manattan

            I agree with you 100%. My fingers get tired before the camera does!

      • doge

        Yeah, it’s such an unimportant numbers game. Who the hell would ever fire off 200+ photos in a row. Imagine trying to go through that shoot and delete the bad photos. You might as well just take video if that’s how you use a camera.

        • Just Me

          I the hell would. See above.

        • Actually, the camera is a great tool for tagging the good ones before you dump them to a computer. The D500 now has two ways: the old way of write protecting (key button) and a new star rating.

          And shooting performances and sports, I need that buffer. Coming from a D700, D7100, and D3, it’s a whole different ballgame. So to speak.

        • KnightPhoto

          See my, Eledeuh, and Micah’s comment elsewhere. The key is that *ALL* your shooting is affected by a small buffer. One must be constantly vigilant and shoot conservatively lest one miss the even better action that might be about to occur.

          I can tell you from experience it is no fun having committed my buffer only to witness an even better sequence occurring but unable to capture it. No more small buffer cameras for me, you can have ’em. (aside from Landscape or Portrait etc. where this discussion isn’t applicable).

          You don’t shoot action?

          • fanboy fagz

            I only shoot the ceremony in raw when im shooting it in the afternoon for better highlight recovery and I know what it means to have the buffer fill up. though im still able to get off a shot here and there and its enough. and shooting the ceremony is THE most stressing part so dont tell me it cant easily be done. I do it often.

            • Allen_Wentz

              For me at least, a wedding is no analogy to wildlife or action as regards filling a buffer.

            • Haha…ahahahahaha! You shoot the rest in JPEG?! Bwhahaha! Please…I must see your images!

            • fanboy fagz

              Your childhood laughter gave away your immature age

            • How hypocritical, to call someone childish when you have that screen name.

              Still waiting to see your masterful images…

            • fanboy fagz

              im right behind you because ladies first

        • Allen_Wentz

          See more comments below, but specifically as regards “You might as well just take video” :

          A) Thanks to technique, modern ISO capabilities and VR I can handhold for most action stills pretty well. However for me good video requires a tripod, and many action shot opportunities do not allow timing and space to set up a tripod.

          B) I am primarily a stills photographer, by choice.

      • Just Me

        I shot a Civil War reenactment a few years ago. You could never tell with any certainty when the cannons were going to fire. I would have loved a 200 frame buffer!

      • I was merely offering up data. I wasn’t passing judgement. I actually shared no scenarios whatsoever.

        But you’re a fool to complain that nobody needs something because you don’t. As if “nobody needs more than 5000lbs towing capacity or 200hp” or “nobody needs more than ISO 1600.”

        Well maybe you don’t. But I won’t let your limitations bother me a bit. I think removing the barrier of a clogged buffer is the bees knees. It allows one to make different decisions about shooting, without the anxiety of running out of buffer. Similar to shooting with big cards, which I also do, contrary to the conventional “wisdom” about losing more shots to a bad card. (that’s not how cards break, and swapping often is riskier)

        Maybe you can make great pictures with two rocks and some bark mulch. Good on you. But you complaining about what I don’t need is incredibly ignorant.

      • Allen_Wentz

        It is not that “past a 20 pic burst is needed.” It is the reality that in wildlife or any kind of action photography one may be presented with multiple action-shot opportunities in _sequence_, sometimes unexpectedly. With older cameras like my D3 it requires constant mental effort to capture as much as possible while trying leave buffer space so as to not have the camera lag when the opportunity for a hero image capture presents.

        With older cameras and some tasks (ski racing comes to mind) one just gives up and preplans, accepting that the unexpected (e.g. a crash) may get missed because the camera buffer happens to be full at the time.

        Another scenario is trying to shoot a flock of turkeys. They queue together, blocking capture and making a good pic very, very hard to get. One may easily shoot more than a dozen unsuccessful sequential 20-pic bursts. When a big tom finally displays concurrent with an open space in the queue it sucks if the camera buffer happens to be full.

        I have a sequence of a rodeo bronc rider getting rolled on by his horse, but the only reason I captured it was because I forewent other interesting pix earlier in his ride so I would have frames available in case of something anomalous. With the D500 I could have captured the entire 8-second sequence.

        There are many other scenarios. The point is that it is not about the size of the burst, it is about not having to be constantly planning shots around the buffer maybe shutting down capture capability at a key moment.

        • fanboy fagz

          “With the D500 I could have captured the entire 8-second sequence.”

          wtf! why? 8 seconds of nonstop shooting? just shoot video. photography, is SNIPETS of time. its not meant to document every movement anything does. leave that for video. youre not creating a flip book. although that would be nice. youre pictures.

          how about this! image getting 1 or 2 nice images of the bronco kicking in the air and you capturing that? nah. better just get 80 pics that look the same 1 after the other. yea, what was I thinking.

          • Allen_Wentz

            “What you were thinking” is that you obviously never shot an 8-second rodeo bronc ride. All parts of the horse/rider subject are moving in different directions at once, and the lighting is natural. The instant of best pic is not something you just snap “1 or 2 nice images of the bronco kicking in the air.”

            The rodeo example was one scenario of several, and my point (poorly stated, sorry) was not meant to imply that one would simply hold the shutter down for 8 seconds, what you insultingly call “spray and pray.”

            What I said was: “one may be presented with multiple action-shot opportunities in _sequence_, sometimes unexpectedly,” and with a camera like D5/D500 one can capture interesting parts at the early parts of the ride and still have buffer capacity left for opportunities at the end of the ride.

            It is about raising the overall quality of our action captures. IMO since Nikon gives us great AF and fat buffer capabilities we should
            use those capabilities to capture images that previously we might have missed.

            You are right though, any moron with a Brownie can get a snap of the nice horsie kicking in the air.

          • manattan

            What’s amazing is that you have never encountered hindrance from a buffer. The D500 is obviously not the camera for you, but that’s great news in that you can save yourself a ton of money and opt for something like the D5XXX or D7XXX cameras instead.

  • anti color

    regarding the Stereo-Nikon I thought there needs to be more distance between the two lenses? At least the distance between the eyes, approx. 8 cm or so. (I am thinking about linking my D800s together..)

    • russ

      Not sure if your comment was tongue-in-cheek or serious. If it was serious, then the best distance between two lenses needed to produce a stereo image is a variable rather than a fixed value. The best value depends, among other things, on the distance between the subject matter and the lenses, the FOV of the lenses, and the degree of perception of depth that the photographer wants to convey to the viewer. You could, for example, create the illusion of a ball moving toward the viewer’s head by taking a series of images of a stationary ball from the same distance but increasing the distance between the two lenses slightly for each successive image. Viewing those images played back quickly in the sequence they were taken would generate a perception by the viewer of the ball moving closer. There is a limit to how far apart the two lenses can separated and still have the viewer be able to fuse the two images into a perceived single image. But for most people that limit is much greater than the distance between the two eyes and depends on the variables I’ve already mentioned.

      • anti color

        afaik the distance between the eyes can be an orientation for ‘usual’ stereophotography like portraits within a range of several metres. For landscape work with far-away subjects like mountains and such the distance or base between the lenses should be much bigger, so a variable or sliding mechanism is needed here. The belplasca stereo-cameras I know indeed have a distance of 60 or 70 mm. So again, I am wondering if there will be stereoscopic effect with the nikon.

  • Miles Long

    The 70-300 deal does not exist on the link provided.

  • Padaung

    Why did they do one test with 14bit raw files, and then the second test with 12bit raw files? Weird…

  • Shutterbug

    Still no reliable news for CP+, Peter?
    Is it possible, that they announce nothing new at all?

    • Yes, it is possible.

      • KnightPhoto

        It better not be 😉

        Bring on the D820 monster pixel beast and the D820H (D5 sensor) that both accept the same grip as the D500.

  • doge

    The DLs are still listed on Amazon, but now they’re “only available from third-party sellers” Hopefully people don’t get scammed by these scumbag sellers. Amazon should really shut these listings down.

    • No good way to flag them either…

    • Allen_Wentz

      Amazon trying to police third-party sellers sounds like an impossible thing. If they do A) it would take resources we would need to pay for and B) they will fail some of the time but folks would assume they are policing third-parties and blame Amazon.

      • doge

        Amazon should delete the listing. The cameras don’t exist. anyone posting they have a used one is a scam. Simple as that.

      • Amazon really ought not have multiple listings for the same item. It’s bad enough that their search sucks and makes it hard to find what you actually want in the first place. Then to wade through duplicate listings…they could easily allow flagging and removal.

    • Max

      I’m sure Yasuyuki Okamoto has a working 18-50 DL.

  • Clear glass typically reflects around 4-7% of the light incident upon it. With so many air-to-glass surfaces in modern lenses, that accumulates in a hurry. I can’t imagine Nikon or most other manufacturers NOT coating every surface. It’s done typically in batch, or at least inline, so cost is fairly negligible. The “expense” in coating is in engineering the process and buying the machines. Once that is done, materials and maintenance is pretty minor.

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  • Fly Moon

    Nikon Just updated iOS SnapBridge to 1.2.0.

    Guess what. I can’t get my D500 connected to my iPhone7+!!!

    I give up!!

  • Max

    I guess if Nikons gonna announce something at cp plus there must have been a rumour by now unless they’ve become super secretive…

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