Weekly Nikon news flash #425

→ New Meike Nikon F-mount to MFT lens adapter announced.

→ The Nikon GP-1 GPS unit is listed as discontinued at B&H and is back-ordered at Adorama. Expect a new version to be released with the D810 replacement.

→ Spotted this Nikon 600mm f/4.0 D-AF/i ED-IF autofocus lens at B&H during my last trip to NYC.

Nikon Japan is selling some additional 100 years commemorative items (leather bag, gold hot shoe cover). The 100 years Nikon items available in the US can be found here.

→ New version of ON1 Photo RAW 2017.5 software released. A free trial is available here.

KEH has some new coupon codes for selling and buying used photo gear.

Check out this post on the Nikon ZOOM-NIKKOR AUTO 50-300mm f/4.5 lens from 1963.

→ DC.Watch reviewed the Nikon 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G and 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E lenses. Here is a recap (thanks Captain Megaton):

  • Very soft wide open at 20mm, but very sharp at f/8, almost like a different lens.
  • Almost no ghosting, very surprised.
  • Build quality may not compare to high-end lenses but it is also much smaller and lighter. Add VR, and the convenience of a “relaxed” 30mm FOV and “high power” 15mm ultra-wide it is an invaluable snapshot/travel lens.

The 10-20mm lens is currently in stock at: B&H | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Park Camera.

→ Nikon 28mm f/1.4E ED lens reviewed at Cameralabs:

“Nikon’s new 28mm f1.4 lens performs better than its 24mm and 35mm f1.4 siblings. It may show some magenta haloing/loCA and one could wish for a better resolution of fine details at the border of the DX image-circle. But this is niggling on a very high level. The lens produces excellent resolution of fine detail in the center, has a pretty soft Bokeh for a wide-angle lens and is resistant against flare and glare. Add a quite and reliable focus, a good hardening against the elements and a moderate size and weight and you get a package that clearly earns a Highly Recommended. So the new Nikon 28/1.4E is well worth its price.”

Dpreview and Optyczne also posted some sample photos. The 28mm f/1.4 lens is currently in stock at: B&H | Focus Camera | Park Camera.

→ Some more Nikon management changes:

→ Any Heavy Metal fans here? This Accept video was shot with the Nikon D5 and Nikkor lenses.

→ Any Game of Thrones fans here? About the on-set photographers of Game of Thrones:

“Both photographers carry a wide array of cameras with different lenses on each of them, including Nikon D5s and Nikon DFs, which are housed in sound blimps (A sound blimp is a heavy housing for the DSLR’s body that is meant to reduce shutter noise during filming).” (source)

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