Weekly Nikon news flash #414

→ This miniature Nikon F model camera is now available for sale on eBay.

Nikon introduced new metal hot shoe cover styles in Japan. The also have a new memory card holder (also sold only in Japan). I know, I know...


→ Nikon released a firmware update version 1.1 for the Coolpix A900 camera.

→ Nikon ambassador Moose Peterson on the Nikkor 105mm f/1.4 lens.

→ The Weather Network announced a new partnership with Nikon to brings state-of-the-art technology to the series Storm Hunters.

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  • Eledeuh

    → Nikon introduced new metal hot shoe cover styles in Japan. The also have a new memory card holder (also sold only in Japan). I know, I know…

    Well.. gotta satisfy those rich 60+something salarymen in dire need of opportunities to spend their savings. In Tokyo I’ve seen my fair share of seemingly beginner 70-something photographers (basically not knowing how to operate the camera properly) armed to the teeth with a D810/D4S/D5 and f/2.8 zooms.

    • Aldo

      We are all gonna be sixty something at one point. Sad thing is that you have no clue how much you can learn from a “seemingly beginner” elder Tokyo photographer. With no grace during our early years, one can’t possibly hope to age gracefully.

      • Eric Calabros

        Given the life expectancy in Japan, its safe to say they just started their adventure age.

        • Aldo

          It’s not about death or when we die, but how we live our lives.

          • Allan

            On a less philosophical note:

            “It’s not that I’m afraid to die, I just don’t want to be there when it happens.”

            “I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying.”

            -Woody Allen

            • Aldo

              I gave those quotes some thought and came with nothing but their literal meaning. I think he maybe simply afraid to die. And we all are, but we cant allow that fear to prevent us from living the best we can.

            • Allan

              I agree.

            • Allan

              I enjoy your articulate comments.

              I posted the Woody Allen quotes, hoping to put a smile on some faces.

              I thought we we were in slow news cycle, but Sony fixed that with their alpha-9 announcement (is that an “alpha” or an “a”?). It is wonderful that there is competition in spite of the shrinking (overall) camera market.

            • Aldo

              Thanks for the compliments on my comments. My wife says I think too much. I have found that it’s both a strength and a weakness for me.

              And yes that sony a9 is insane. If it is everything it says, it’s gonna shut up some mouths (mine included). It’s also gonna once again show that greatness is achieved through trial and error, as with many things in life.

      • Eledeuh

        I have no idea why you took my comment that way.

        I was commenting on their seemingly never-ending supply of money when it comes to their newly taken (post-retirement) hobbies, *even when* it’s just a token activity for them (they show up at their group meeting from time to time, sometimes mostly for company than for the photography aspect in itself).

        Obviously there are “serious” beginners too, but remember we’re talking about somewhat pricy metal hot shoe covers here.

        • Aldo

          Pricey metal hot shoe covers was the last thing on my mind with the way you express yourself.

          • Eledeuh

            > → Nikon introduced new metal hot shoe cover styles in Japan. The also have a new memory card holder (also sold only in Japan). I know, I know…

            Quoted directly from the post.

            > also sold only in Japan

            You think there’s no particular reason ? I’m saying I’m pretty sure there is, it’s just that Japan has a wealth of people (mostly older) who like spending their money that way.
            It just works there, they ask for that sort of thing (while people around here tend to hate it), Nikon provides.

          • Eledeuh

            You know what, I went back to my first comment, and the only way I could see it being “offensive”, is if you consider that being a beginner is something shameful. I don’t think it is. These people are beginners, and so what ?

            It’s just funny to see that, having so much cash available, as soon as they have the faintest interest in photography, they’re suddenly better equipped than most pro photographers out there.

            • Semaphore

              Your comment wasn’t offensive, it was just arrogant and smug, which rubs people the wrong way. If you don’t see it you don’t see it, no need to dig the hole deeper.

              In Japan, I’ve seen way more elders using old film or early digital SLRs than I’ve met anyone carrying around massive pro bodies/zooms. And I wouldn’t presume any of them don’t know what they are doing.

            • Eledeuh

              I don’t know why you two are hell-bent on assuming I think those two are exclusive, I’m not saying all of them are “beginners with no idea of what they’re doing”, of course not, it makes no sense.

              I’m saying you’re more likely to see very well equipped beginners here, only due to how the economy works. And I don’t presume, I know for a fact many are very much beginners : I’ve seen them in workshops and at Nikon servicing spaces.

            • It’s just how the economy works. And how people economize….

            • Eledeuh

              So are you denying that there is any discrepancy throughout the world on this particular matter ?

              I’m just saying there is a pattern, in Japan, where it’s more common to see that kind of profile, for a variety of reasons.
              And I *think* the reason why Nikon keeps releasing that sort of item only in Japan, is because the market for those is likely (mostly) there.

              My initial comment was sort of directed at the people who always pop-up when that sort of item is announced, and don’t understand why Nikon keeps pushing for those things (when they hope for more significant announcements). My understanding is that they’re fairly popular in Nikon’s home country, especially among that demographic.

              I didn’t expect to be eviscerated for somehow insulting every single person above 60 years of age by saying that. 🙁

            • You answered your question. Nikon does this in Japan because it’s guaranteed to sell there. Besides trends are bound to be different everywhere. For example in India people prefer Dslr to smartphones to an absurd degree whereas in other parts of the world, the trend is exactly opposite.

            • Eledeuh

              > You answered your question. Nikon does this in Japan because it’s guaranteed to sell there.

              That… was my point, from the onset.

              When I was talking about rich ex-salarymen infatuated (or possibly more) with photography, I was talking about what is likely the main target.

            • tomherren

              If expensive gear helps a beginner to feel good in photography, then why not bying it. Frustration comes in early enough with the often inevitable feeling of lacking progress. The expensive gear goes to the second hand market, where the more advanced make their bargains.

              I am certainly not a beginner, and l am happy with the potential of my D750. Recently, I bought a used D3300 for 10% of the price I paid for the FX-body two years ago. I pair it with 35 and 50mm f/1.8 Nikkors. Once you are used to the limitations compared to the FX-body, you are surprised about the great pictures that can be made with that little toy.

            • ZoetMB

              That’s frequently the case and I’m not only talking about Japan. A pro needs to rationalize a return on investment. A rich amateur can spend whatever they feel like, whether it’s a camera, sports car, audio system, fancy clothes, etc.

              How many almost unused high end film cameras still with the original box have wound up on eBay that were originally purchased by doctors, lawyers and other rich folks who hardly used them?

              And what about Leica users? While Leica makes fine cameras and the fit and finish are really remarkable, a body and a few lenses can set one back $20,000. Owning a Leica (like many luxury products) is as much about making a statement about what you can afford and/or one’s desire to be distinctive than it is about taking great photos.

              There’s also the idea that if you “buy the best”, you’ll take better photos, when buying the best frequently doesn’t mean much more than robustness and long shutter life. Before the digital age, when I was running around with a relatively low cost Nikon N80, someone I knew who knew absolutely nothing about photography bought an F4 and this guy did not have a lot of money to spend. To this day, the guy doesn’t know what an F-stop is. There’s plenty of people who buy cameras like that and then use them in Auto mode. I’m sure there are plenty of D5 users who do the same thing.

              But in the end, who cares how these people elect to spend their money? They could have spent it on a fancier car or a bigger house or the backyard swimming pool or a Rolex. They elected to spend it on photography. That’s a good thing. Even if all they take is cat photos, if it gives them happiness, who cares?

            • Eledeuh

              Japan (and the US) have this to a greater extent I think than many other countries, especially compared to most of Europe.

              There’s basically a hefty chunk of people who :
              * work a whole lot during their lives
              * in exchange for a very significant pay (“significant” not just on a local scale, but a global one)
              * in environments that tend to not accommodate free time well (long hours, long commutes through huge cities, extra-work on weekends, sprinkle children to raise on top of it and you’re pretty much 150% already)

              You can find those types all around the world, but given the economic situation for the past 50 years it just happens that Japan is probably among the countries where it’s most common.

              And thus… my comments on this.

              I’m definitely not saying that they shouldn’t spend their money that way, just that they *are* spending that money that way, which is partly why we see those sorts of goodies I think.
              It’s fine by me, and we should probably be glad they contribute in keeping companies like Nikon afloat.

            • John Albino

              I didn’t take offense. I think your observation was ironic. I don’t know the overall international composition of Nikon Rumors contributors (Perhaps Peter has an idea), but it often seems (as a U.S. American) heavily U.S.-skewed.

              With that idea stated… My wife is 60. I’m 73. If I even thought about spending money on a stainless-steel hot shoe cover my wife would slap me down hard. Heck, If I needed a *plastic* replacement hot shoe cover she’d tell me to stick some gaffer tape over it!

              I don’t know about the rest of the world, but I’m happy retired Japanese have enough disposable income to afford pricey “toys” — in the U.S. far too many people are worried their retirement money will run out long before their lives run out. I know my wife is, and she has over a couple million $ in her retirement accounts.

            • Eledeuh

              Not all of them do, unfortunately, just like anywhere else there’s a much more than sizable portion of the population that can be left struggling in their later years, often completing their income with part-time, or even full-time jobs.

              *But*, Tokyo being a huge centralized city, it also has a quite a few people with lots of savings, mainly because they really didn’t have much time for themselves during their lives. Those have a lot of purchasing power, and often a huge gap to fill after they stop working, and Japanese companies know that.

        • tomherren

          I have never been in Japan, but such behavior can be seen in other prosperity countries such as mine too. The priority of company over photography aspects made me leave a photography club where GAS was quite frequent.

          • Eledeuh

            That’s quite possible yes, I guess some models of society encourage that sort of “phenomenon” to happen.
            The whole “premium goodies” market is pretty big in Japan in general, I find it a bit silly when applied to such things as hot shoe covers, but oh well, as long as one can afford to have nice looking things, even for the most mundane of things, there’s nothing wrong about that.

    • Captain Megaton

      Hey, don’t knock the ASC-01 ’til you tried it. Useless? yes. Awesome? also yes.

      • Eledeuh

        The ASC-02 is where it’s at, with its gold outline and all.

        • Tom

          I am on holidays in Tokyo and I decided to buy the ASC-02. It cost me 3,456 yen including tax. A bit pricey but it looks great on my D700.

    • ninpou_kobanashi

      I’m not that old and I kinda want one (^_^). The weird thing is, I think I threw away the plastic one that I had (maybe I am thinking of the one that came with my A7RII?)

      I use an Altoids box for my memory cards (^_^).

      • I am all for having options and variety of accessories – that’s not the issue here, I just think there are few other more important things Nikon had to do first.

        • Sawyerspadre

          The girl in the gift shop develops these, so you can buy a nice souvenir after your 100th Anniversary tour. No engineers were involved, or harmed, in the making of these products.

    • Pete L.

      Same thing happens with golf clubs/equipment. More amusing than anything else. Although sometimes it helps when they want to play for money.

  • Eric Calabros

    Yes, because we hadn’t enough options for card holder

  • Eric Calabros
  • Stuart Crowther

    One of these would be nice, the blue/green wallet is a dvd, instructions I guess. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/03aaa2678e25266ccae9ada4d9e7eaac71d49b65ad76ea0dda47274b3754990a.jpg

    • T.I.M

      Cleaning kit is useless for me, I take too many dirty pictures.
      ;o)

      • Stuart Crowther

        It also doubles as a thumb repair kit : )

      • EnPassant

        With a black permanent marker pen you could at least cover the dirt! ;o)

        • T.I.M

          Dirty pictures does not mean “sale” mais plutot coquines pictures…

          • Allan

            T.I.M,
            I think EnPassant knew you meant coquines; his comment is pretty funny.

            • T.I.M

              I did not get his joke with the marker, what does he mean ?

            • Allan

              If there are “dirty” parts of your pictures, you can hide them with “a black permanent marker pen”; no need to clean your lens or “clean” your pictures with the Nikon cleaning kit.

              (T.I.M, if you’re not asking seriously, then I fell for it. LOL)

            • T.I.M

              OK, I get the joke now, thanks!

    • fanboy fagz

      whats that white block of feta cheese doing there?

      • Stuart Crowther

        lol, lint free wipes.

      • Allan

        Nikon is diversifying.

  • Chewbacca

    Hopefully this is the lull before the storm and the next few years will be successful for the company. Lately, it seems they are the brunt of all joking but I still think they are going to pull out all of the stops.

    • RC Jenkins

      You mean, ‘they are going to pull out all of the SD card slots’ and cause outrage among the non-pro-but-have-to-buy-a-new-camera community? 🙂

    • FountainHead

      What basis is there for hope?

      • Chewbacca

        Well, they have to be better than they have been recently if they want to keep making cameras as successfully as they have in the past. I have no real basis for thinking they will continue to be successful but it appears that they are backed into a corner. Time will tell.

  • T.I.M

    Well, yesterday the weather was beautiful, and when you have a photo virus in your blood a broken thumb won’t stop you!

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/dd658e74fec67f2006c772df923d4eb9105dd11d27dc61f8c36aab26a1234761.jpg

    • Wade Marks

      Nice capture.

      • T.I.M

        Thanks, the fish may have a different thought about that!

  • Mike D

    Reminds me of the quote “Nero fiddles while Rome burns.”

    Nikon has serious business issues to deal with and we get pricey hot shoe covers and card storage folders? Nice.

    • ZoetMB

      Do you really think the people responsible for Nikon’s overall business or engineering strategy are the people working on hot shoe covers and card storage folders? One has almost nothing to do with the other.

      • Allan

        But the top management are the people that decide if resources (small or large) are used for shoe covers and card storage folders.

        These are the same people who decided to stop putting flyers in newspapers, to stop sending reps to store, to undertake KeyMission, cancel DL, …

        The “optics” of announcing new shoe covers and card storage folders is horrible.

  • br0xibear

    Our 100th Anniversary’s in 100 days! We’ll tell our story through your lens in our new film, & will need your photos. Submission opens soon. pic.twitter.com/veQPCtsrtL— Nikon UK & Ireland (@UKNikon) 16 April 2017

    • T.I.M

      Nikon is 100 years old and it will still be in business for a long time.
      Every industry leader have high and low business periods, this is part of the game.
      Cell phones hurt Nikon sales and that is why the camera line have to be restructured.
      Yes, the D7500 is a camera for amateurs, and that is why we now have the D500, as long Nikon offer the choice it’s OK.
      The market for D3xxx et D5xxx cameras is dead, replaced by phones (sometime with better results).
      The D7500 is a new start for Nikon amateurs camera line.
      I’m not worry about Nikon’s future and the D820/850/900 will be a fantastic flag ship camera, like the FA, F801, F6, D800 where.

      • br0xibear

        That’s great T.I.M., but I’m not sure what that’s got to do with me posting a tweet from Nikon, to announce a new competition in the weekly news ?

        • T.I.M

          You’re right, must be the medicines I’m taking.
          :o)

          • br0xibear

            Lol…no worries.

  • fanboy fagz

    wow, what nonsense videos moose makes. boring as shet.

  • Spy Black

    “This miniature Nikon F model camera is now available for sale on eBay.”

    Well at least there’s a new Nikon camera worth considering…

  • EnPassant

    At least that miniature Nikon F model has contacts on the bottom unlike the
    D7500…

  • Senor Magnifico
  • T.I.M

    I just talked to B&H sales manager, they are very disappointed that Nikon announced the D7500 during Passover holidays.
    According to him, 2 peoples where willing to buy a D7500, Ken.R and Canon.inc (for testing purposes).

    • Senor Magnifico

      I’ve just got one for 1 day. Nice design with plenty of fantastic technology and lack of 2-3 key features. Which means for plenty of potential D7200 successor buyers D7500 is useless.

      • Captain Megaton

        These are key features for upselling to the D500. Defining D500 and D7500 by “do you want Ai/2slots/batterygrip” is excellent product segmentation, necessary since the two cameras have the same image quality.

  • Captain Megaton

    The ASC-01 is the no.1 bestseller on Amazon.jp “shoe adapter category”.

    https://www.amazon.co.jp/ニコン-ASC01-Nikon-アクセサリーシューカバー/dp/B00U5NQJ0M/

    Now, there you are: you’ve learnt something new today!

    • Kartken

      which is $17.5, now you learnt even more.

      • Captain Megaton

        I bought two of them at that price in fall 2015 so technically no, I already knew that.

        • Kartken

          Thank you, I was referring to the same general audience as you did 🙂

  • BVS

    So, whatever happened to the new lenses that were rumored a couple weeks ago?

    • T.I.M

      I think the AF-S 200mm f/2G VR may be upgrated to E version.

  • br0xibear

    Sigma 135mm 1.8 quick first impression on a Nikon d750 compared to the Nikon 85mm 1.4

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJwfBw41vbI

  • benhosed

    WOW! Hot shoe covers! Meanwhile Sony just announced the A9 as they continue to out innovate Nikon and grab more market share…. but hey, at least those Japanese consumers have THREE different hot show covers to choose from!

  • br0xibear
    • I remember that – will do another post.

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