Weekly Nikon news flash #427

→ The Luminar for Windows Beta is now available for download.

→ “Petzval-like” portrait lens for Nikon F-mount to be announced next week by a new German company.

→ New review of the Nikkor AF-S 28mm f/1.4E ED lens posted at LensTip. The lens is now in stock at B&H and Adorama.

→ New Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art lens review at Lensrentals.

→ New Nikon AF-S Fisheye NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lens review at Wetpixel (the lens is now in stock at Amazon).

→ Did you know that Nikon is selling Yokan - a traditional Japanese jellied dessert made from adzuki beans:

"As for Nikon's yokan, Naoyuki Okumura, a 34-year-old corporate employee in the city of Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture, said all camera buffs know about it.

In fact, the camera maker has been selling its own version of yokan since 1973, mainly for its employees who need a good gift for their important clients.

In 2000, the company started selling this yokan to general consumers via its online shopping site. Nikon's yokan, sold in packages bearing the corporate logo, comes in five varieties including the traditional ogura that highlights the taste and flavor of the adzuki red bean paste and one containing yuzu citrus fruit as a key ingredient."


→ Nikon to support “The 146th Open Championship” and "17th FINA World Championships”.

→ To celebrate Nikon's 100th anniversary, Nikon together with the MyWed wedding photographers community has started a contest devoted to wedding photography.

DxO FilmPack version 5.5.13 and DxO ViewPoint version 3.1.2 released with support for the Nikon 7500 camera (more info available here).

→ Nikon and Italdesign: A Japanese Camera's Italian Design Heritage.

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  • Can I get my Yokan shaped like a D500?

    • FountainHead

      No, yokan not.

      • Pk Bullock

        (sound of fingernails on a blackboard.)

  • T.I.M

    What about the Weekly Nikon news flash #428 ?
    Dxxx day minus 9 !

    • BVS

      Nikon sure has their secrets well hidden. Only 9 days to go and all we know is probably a D810 replacement and a few specs that everyone would’ve guessed anyway.

      • T.I.M

        I just hope it worth the wait…

      • sickheadache

        SAR needs you…they have openings..i put in a call..for you.

  • Pablo And-Jennifer Gabetta

    100th year… 100mp… I’m ready!!!!!!

    • T.I.M

      and priced $100 !

      • TwoStrayCats

        (Plus $3,995.00 shipping and handling).

        • KnightPhoto

          Given the exorbitant pricing of the 5D Mark IV am pessimistic. It’s well over $4000 here in Canada, it’s almost $4500 here, I am not holding out much hope on good pricing for the D820.

          I’m guessing $3995 US at introduction – sorry to say

          • Stuart Crowther

            Come to Australia you can have a 5D Mark IV for
            $5000 : ), D810 sitting at $3600 so yeah $4000-$4500.our currency is almost the same.

  • Isaac Fulford

    But still no adobe support for the D7500?

    • Spy Black

      Not that they won’t, but how long has the D7500 been out? How many copies do you think are in the wild? I think a little patience is in order here.

      • Isaac Fulford

        As far as copies in the wild my local camera store had a line out the door for the camera. 3 weeks minimum wait until pre-orders could be filled. I have plenty of patience. Just asking why something hasn’t been done yet.

    • A. It’s Adobe’s problem. Not Nikon’s
      B. Nikon has support on their own products (That’s NX-D for you)

  • TheInfinityPoint

    That Sigma 14mm f/1.8 lens is sure impressive. Can’t wait to try it out on an astro-landscape photo trip.

    • Eric Calabros

      And just proves again how impressive is the 14-24 at 14mm, even after all these years.

      • TheInfinityPoint

        Definitely. For that reason I have two 14-24s lol.

  • New Yoko

    I love Yokan, especially Japanese gourmet version, if Nikon makes them as good, they have nothing to worry.

    • Allan

      What does it taste like? Chicken?

      • ninpou_kobanashi

        You might be able to try adzuki beans or even a crappy youkan 「羊羹」 if you find an asian grocer. The other place to look is a boba place that has them.

        Basically, it’s a sweetened mashed bean made into a paste.

    • silmasan

      But it’s Nikon so we have to worry! :-p

    • ninpou_kobanashi

      Too bad they’re not Toraya re-brands (^_^)

  • Captain Megaton

    “all camera buffs know about it.”

    Yep, just finished the second box.

  • Allan

    “As for Nikon’s yokan, Naoyuki Okumura, a 34-year-old corporate employee in the city of Nagoya in Aichi Prefecture, said all camera buffs know about it.”

    Please, please do not send it here.

    (Peter, where do you find this stuff?)

    • Allan

      Oh, so sales of Nikon yokan is keeping the company afloat?

      Did this division also undergo restructuring?

    • Allan


      Not where can you buy it, but where and why did Peter learn about yokan?

  • Allan

    Okay, should I have a piece of chocolate or a piece of yokan?

    • silmasan

      sure yokan have both

  • Hans98Ko

    While many desktop & keyboard photographers are guessing what Nikon will release on the 100th anniversary, we are enjoying photography with the sunny Austrian alpine summer after the messy G20 riots in Hamburg.

    • Hans98Ko

      Seeing all these excitement over a product that has not been released yet and photographers who replace their gears with every release and yet not able to make full use of it. I wonder if they are really enjoying photography or are they just gears collectors? Reason is gears that are produced in the past 5 years are so capable that many still do not know its full potential. The next thing is when a new gear is released, the old gear just didn’t died and became totally useless.

  • br0xibear

    Some of Nikon’s 100th Anniversary products are appearing on eBay, including the Swarovski crystal Nikon…


  • Beware!

    Nikon’s yokan have Sony sauce! Sony will stop selling its sauce to Nikon anymore because he wants to enter the Yokan’s market, and get 2nd position in 3 years.


    • doge


  • docnorth

    People at Lenstip make good reviews, with only serious drawback, like many other sites, that they do not test at long distances. It also seems (or is it my wrong perception?) that older Nikon bodies focus slower with newer lenses.

  • Harold1966

    It’s not a review of the Sigma lens.
    It’s an OLAF test.
    “It is not a lens review because I don’t review lenses.” Roger Cicala

  • br0xibear

    Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art features & field review…


    • Thanks, I will mention it in my recap.


  • Ric of The LBC

    the country and western flavor is called Dwight Yokan.

  • Mikycoud

    Yep, that 28mm test well confirms what I suspected (and hate above all other flaws): its a Loca producing machine indeed. Green and purple fireworks, ladies and gentlemen.
    The thing is Nikon knows the recipe to avoid it (take for example the “super Ed” used in very few almost-apo lenses, ie 200 f2), but still insist in using their good old Ed glass even though it’s a disaster refraction-wise and chromatic dispersion wise. Fluorite glass only on your high end optics Nikon, fluorite…. (just like you do for eye glasses where you show very good abbe number scores)… That’s what Zeiss got right and that’s what makes their 28 a real special piece of glass…

  • T.I.M

    I see A LOT of noise on that girl’s face, must be at last 32,000 ISO !

    • Wilson

      As a ginger I am like.. sooo offended

    • nwcs

      That’s very micro aggressive. 🙂

    • Ric of The LBC

      must be from a first run D600

    • Allan


      As much as I try, I don’t appreciate good/excellent black and white photos. This picture in color would be stunning.

      • T.I.M

        You have to give your brain some time to forget about colors.
        When you look at a B&W picture, the first reaction from your brain is “where are the colors ?”
        Same thing when you are watching a B&W movie, the first minutes it look a little strange but then your brain get use to the lake of colors and you can enjoy the movie as much as a color movie !

  • David

    Anybody able to launch Luminar straight out of LR (“edit in”)? As far as I can tell Luminar has zero support.

    • Dawid Żak

      Nope, just send e-mail to they CS, still no response.

      Luminar never launch properly as it should do 🙁

      • David

        Yep, it’s surprising after folks such as Scott Kelby talked about it being a good NIK replacement. I have yet to get a response back from MacPhun and the odd thing is they keep sending notices to upgrade to the newest beta and ask for feedback which they never respond to. Last feedback I gave was not testing any more betas until they respond to my simple question. I’m guessing they are considering themselves as a LR competitor and probably don’t plan to allow it to work with LR.

        • Dawid Żak

          Sounds about right… Best we can do is wait till they start to care, or send them tons of e-mails.

          Or simply come back to LR & PS duel 🙂

  • sickheadache

    Eight Days and Counting…Earth Shattering News from Nikon….D830.

    • Ric of The LBC

      where did the 3 come from?

  • Steve Starr

    Regarding the Luminar for Windows beta……I repeatedly entered my email, and nothing happened, and it timed out. Received no emails, no download files to open on my computer, nothing. Is this normal and I’ll get something when the product is available, or is there a glitch at their end? I’d love to download the beta version and check it out.

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