First indication that the Nikon D850 sensor could be made by TowerJazz

 
Even before the official announcement, I reported that the sensor inside the Nikon D850 was not made by Sony (FYI: the D850 is 45.7MP, while the latest Sony a7R III is 42.4MP). A recent teardown did now provide any additional information on the sensor manufacturer:

  
There have been some rumors floating online from questionable sources that the Nikon D850 sensor is made by the Israeli company TowerJazz which is also known as the sensor supplier for some Leica cameras. I have not seen any evidence to prove that claim.

Panasonic used to be a major investor in TowerJazz.

Update: the Nikon D850 sensor being made by TowerJazz was first reported by a reader here on [NR]:


During their recent Q3 financial results conference call a few days ago, the CEO of TowerJazz said this:

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Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR lens listed as discontinued



The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR lens is now listed as discontinued at B&H and is no longer available at Adorama (only used listings are displayed). Amazon still has the lens in stock for $579.99.

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Nikon D850 timelapse videos


Nikon Japan published several timelapses taken with the D850, including different versions of the Hercules Rising promo video that was used to announce the D850 back in July (the video was shot by Dutch nature photographer Marsel van Oosten as I already reported):

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Ihagee Elbaflex film SLR camera with Nikon F-mount launched on Kickstarter


The Elbaflex film SLR with Nikon F-mount is now officially launched on Kickstarter:

Pricing starts at $499. Technical specifications and full press release:

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Nikon D5 launched on its first mission into space


From Nikon's Facebook page:

"We have liftoff - The Nikon D5 launched on its first mission into space! Ten Nikon D5 cameras are aboard the OA-8 mission to resupply the International Space Station, and will be used to capture images from orbit high above Earth."

Back in August Nikon confirmed that NASA ordered 53 unmodified Nikon D5 DSLR cameras.

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Nikon 2017 Black Friday deals leaked


The 2017 Nikon Black Friday deals leaked online. Some new Nikkor lenses will be added to the current lens-only rebates like the 50mm f/1.8G ($40 off) and 70-200mm f/2.8E ($200 off). In the DSLR line, we will get again the camera with grip combo savings:

  • Nikon D500 + grip: $1,799 (D500 body only currently $1,896.95)
  • Nikon D750 + grip: $1,499 (D750 body only currently $1,796.95)
  • Nikon D810 + grip: $2,799 (D810 body only currently $2,796.95)
  • There will be also several different D3400, D5600 and D7500 kits on sale

The Nikon D850 and D5 will not be on sale.

Here is the actual 2017 Nikon Black Friday flyer (click for larger view):

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