Seven “Nikon Firsts”


1. The first NIKKOR lens: Aero NIKKOR 18cm f/4.5 (first appearance of NIKKOR trademark, an abbreviation of NIPPON Kogaku, as it appeared in 1932).


2. The Original Nikon - the first "Nikon" camera released in Japan, in March 1948.

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What is the lightest and cheapest full frame camera/lens set?

Here is an interesting video from Duncan Dimanche who compared the price and weight of a basic full frame camera + lens set from the top four manufacturers (Sony, Nikon, Canon, and Pentax). The results may surprise you - the Nikon D750 body with five lenses was lighter and cheaper compared to a similar Sony a7 set (click for larger view):

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Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art lens for Nikon F-mount to start shipping on July 28th


Sigma Japan announced the shipping date for their new 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM Art lens for Nikon F-mount: July 28th. The lens seems to be already in stock in Europe (Amazon UK and Amazon DE). Additional information:

  • US price: $1,599
  • Pre-order links: B&H | Adorama
  • World’s first and only full-frame f/1.8 ultra-wide-angle lens
  • Minimum focus distance of 10.6 inches
  • The largest glass mold (80mm) in the industry
  • Rounded 9-blade diaphragm
  • Dust/splash-proof
  • Electromagnetic aperture control (for Nikon)
  • "Handcrafted in Japan"
  • Additional technical information is available here
  • Sample photos: Sigma | Dpreview
  • Reviews: LensrentalsDpreview
  • Videos:

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Nikon D7500 sensor measurements posted at PhotonsToPhotos


PhotonsToPhotos published their Nikon D7500 sensor measurements (D7200 vs. D7500, click for larger view):

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The new Nikon EN-EL18b battery is now in stock


Back in February Nikon quietly introduced a new EN-EL18b lithium-ion battery for D4, D4s and D5 DSLR cameras.

The new version has 10.8V of output power, 2500mAh capacity, and 27Wh energy consumption rate. The older EN-EL18 model had a 2000 mAh capacity, but the EN-EL18a was also 2500mAh.

The new Nikon EN-EL18b battery is currently in stock at B&H.

Update - here is a report from a reader on the new Nikon EN-EL18b battery:

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The latest Nikon lens patents (incl. 35mm f/2 full frame lens designed for a curved sensor)

It is time for another recap of the latest Nikon lens patents I have been collecting over the past few months:


The first patent (P2017-125904A) that was published today is the most interesting - it's for a 35mm f/2 full frame lens designed for a curved sensor. Please note that the patent does not provide sufficient technical information to determine if this is a mirrorless or a DSLR lens (Nikon had other curved sensor patents in the past).

More Nikon lens patents:

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