Weekly Nikon news flash #408

→ Now shipping/in stock: Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD lens for Nikon F-mount.

→ Phottix announced a new Ares II flash trigger system with support for Nikon cameras.

→ New books:

Nikon released new firmware update version 14.002 for the SB-5000 flash.

→ Nikon announced the adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards.

→ Nikon 200mm f/2 and Nikon 105mm f/1.4 review.

→ Nikon F4: unsung cameras of yesteryear.

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  • br0xibear

    ‘Bored’ RAF pilot who caused a plane with 187 military personnel onboard to nosedive 4,400ft when his camera (Nikon D3200) got jammed in the controls is dismissed from the Service…


    • Allan

      Okay, okay. Everyone’s fine … did he get any good shots?

      • EnPassant

        Exactly. That is what matters after all!
        I would pay to see the expression in the face of that pilot when the accident occured!

    • Michiel953

      ‘I remember seeing an awful lot of ground in front of me which you don’t see in planes’


    • Jason Joyce
    • Jason Joyce

      Slow news day at Dailymail? This actually happened in Aug 2016.

      • br0xibear

        The incident took place a few years ago, I’m sure Peter posted it here on the weekly news…I posted the link now as he’d just been dismissed from the RAF.

        • Yes, I remember I covered that on the blog a while back.

  • Spy Black

    While I think the large aperture of the 200mm f/2 is needed for certain types of shooting, you simply don’t need it for portrait work at that focal length.

    • Aldo

      Using 200mm FL for portraits for max subject isolation and bokeh is getting old and boring. Creativity is lacking in portraits.

      I just got the new tammy 70-200 and so far so good. I plan to use it as one should… you know to zoom in!

      • fanboy fagz

        Dude- its played the feck out already. All those straight on shots with open aperture with one eye in focus and nothibg else is boring and uninspiring. Add a bit of thought for a nice background starting to come through at f/4 looks more interesting

        • Aldo

          Everybody does it… so much that you find the grainy black and white portraits at f11 refreshing…

        • John Albino

          Best portrait lens I ever had was the classic Nikkor 105/f2.5 shot at f/5.6. Made a lot of 16×20 (inch) prints from shooting that lens back in the day…..

        • Even at f/4, at 200mm you’re still not going to get much in the way of background, but you will get the other eye.

          • fanboy fagz

            talking about 85mm. feck 200mm

      • Spy Black

        Well, my point primarily is that you don’t need f/2 at that focal length to get good bokeh and separation. You can do it at f/4, and probably even at f/5.6.

        How’s the Tamron between 85 and 135 for portraits?

        • Aldo

          people want max separation..max bokeh… even if it means fuzzy nose/ears… even if the iris is in focus but not the eye lid lol…

          Tamron is pretty good… have to do more tests but so far it’s seems as good as people claim it to be. Havent seen fringing yet wide open.

  • Spy Black
    • RC Jenkins


      The next picture is even funnier, with the darker and smaller font “MADE IN CHINA”:


      Next, we’ll have a “First thought about in Japan.”

      • When I was a kid in the 1960s, anything made in Japan was considered crap.

        • Aldo

          Well I’d pick the d810 made in Thailand over the d800 made in Japan any day lol… I like my pictures focused…

          • Michiel953

            Yeah, I bet that took some swallowing (as it did with me). A Nikon not made in Japan! The horror! Amateur stuff!
            Build quality of the 810 is amazing, AF problems solved.

          • My comment was a muse. The irony is that today many products made in Japan are considered best-in-class (but evidently not a Nikon D810). We oldsters remember how it was “in olden times”…:-)

          • I’m just wondering, did you notice an increase in focus accuracy when upgrading to D810? I have a D800 which has worse focus consistency (85 1.8 and 35 1.4) than I feel is okay, despite micro adjusting the lenses. I have heard that D810 should be more consistent with large aperture lenses.

            • Aldo

              I was just mocking the focusing issues the early d800s had. The 810 I owned required a lot of fine tunning.

        • fanboy fagz

          Not in the 70s. People were looking that the jcii passed sticker was on what they bought

          Kid in the 60’s..that makes you….around 70 yo?

          • If I was 70 I’d have grown up in the 1950s. I said kid, not teenager. As for the icii sticker, that was the start of the promotion of better-quality Japanese goods. They had adopted continuous improvement plans in their manufacturing as a result of the negative global perception of their products. By the 1980s they had redeemed themselves and their reputation. That’s how I recall it from a consumer point of view.

            • Spy Black

              Actually, by the mid-70s Japanese products were already viewed favourably. Japanese cameras, Toyota cars, Sony TVs, Craig car stereos, etc. All that stuff was hot.

            • Well, perhaps where you lived. That is not so much my recollection. I’d say that it was “emerging”, but not really embraced universally. I still remember terms like “rice burner” applied to motorcycles. Having said that, I lusted after a Nikon F2 because that’s what the pros were shooting and it just looked and felt like a substantial machine. Which it was. I think we mostly agree, I just see the sentiment evolving a bit more slowly. After all, they had a lot to overcome. On the other hand, a Datsun was never as bad as a Yugo, no?

            • Spy Black

              Where did you live? I grew up right across from Manhattan.

            • I grew up just east of Los Angeles. Two different worlds? 🙂

            • ninpou_kobanashi

              I remember as you did. Only after the oil crisis in the 80’s did automotive thinking change in the US.

            • Yes, even if it was just temporarily (until gas prices eventually eased). But, it gave US consumers more exposure to Japanese vehicles and in turn the increased sales helped Japanese automakers expand and improve their cars by making new investment. My dad was a Ford guy. Me, I’m on my sixth Toyota. I’m not sure I’ll ever buy anything else.

            • By the way, was that a 4-track Craig you had below your dash?

            • Spy Black

              It wasn’t in my car, I didn’t have a car until ’79. It was a Craig AM/FM Cassette unit, about ’76, in a ’75 Toyota Celica GT.

            • Well, you had an “in-dash” unit it sounds like. Mine went under the dash of my ’52 Dodge pick-up with a floor starter. Bought a replacement headliner from J. C. Whitney. It was fiberboard and had snaps that matched the factory-installed snaps on the interior frame of the cab.

            • Spy Black

              Yeah definitely in-dash.

        • RC Jenkins

          I believe it’s spelled “crab.”

          Now, all the crab comes from China. Coated crab. Plastic / artificial crab. Some crab is even so small and light I just shove it into my pockets.

          I love taking crab downtown for street photography. There’s nothing like city pictures with city crab.

        • T.I.M

          TRUE !

      • Manuth Chek

        Don’t tell that to Ken Rockwell.

        • FountainHead

          or his orange children…

          • T.I.M

            “orange children” ?
            Does he shoot in Jpeg ?

      • T.I.M

        What about “PAINTED IN JAPAN” ?

    • Jason Joyce

      Page out of Apple’s playbook. All their stuff says “Designed in CA”

    • Aldo

      they should have done it more low key like… “optics Japan”

    • br0xibear

      Apple do exactly the same thing with their products, although they use the words “designed by Apple in California assembled in China”…someone at marketing decided “assembled” looks/sounds better than “made in”.

    • T.I.M

      Louis Vuitton purse:
      Designed in France, made in Spain, sold in USA to Asian customers.

    • Allan

      I don’t care anymore where something is designed, manufactured, and assembled. I want a product that works out of the box, doesn’t break, and is fairly priced (I’m also willing to pay more so workers are not abused).

      The world is getting smaller by the day. Talented people who are given opportunities to work, can be found in every country.

      The market ultimately rewards good products, and punishes bad products. You can’t fool all of the people all of the time.

  • fanboy fagz

    Check out homeboy tyron reviewing the monster lenses.

  • T.I.M

    Anyone heard about the new 500mm f/4 PF VR that Nikon is working on ?
    Specifications, price, release date ?
    (of course, I just bought the 300mm f/4 PF VR a week ago….)

    • T.I.M

      That does not make much sense, who will buy the 500mm f/4E FL VR if Nikon make a smaller and lighter 500mm f/4E PF VR ?

  • br0xibear

    Some UK photographic news that was announced a few days ago, Nikon Pro dealers WEX and Calumet are to merge…

    “AURELIUS has bought the specialist retailer from Barclays, for an undisclosed sum. It already owns Calumet Photographic and Bowens Lighting, having acquired their holding company, Calumet International, last year.
    Between them, Wex Photographic and Calumet Photographic have combined revenues of EUR 175 million.”


  • WOW, AMAZON IS SOLD OUT OF THE G2 70-200! for nikon, canon still got some in-stock.

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