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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Adobe Lightroom CC 2015.12/6.11, Camera Raw 9.12 released with Nikon D7500 support

Adobe released Lightroom CC 2015.12/6.11 and Camera Raw 9.12. Here are the direct download links:

In addition to several bug fixes, the latest versions also adds support for the Nikon D7500 and a new lens profile for the Venus Optics Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D lens. This release also introduces new color matching camera profiles for the following Nikon cameras:

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Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G vs. Nikkor AF-P 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E lens comparison

AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR (left) vs. AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR (right) lens comparison - first, you can see that Nikon actually changed the lens design of the new lens:

Wide MTF charts:

Tele MTF charts:

Specifications comparison:

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What to expect next from Nikon

After the latest announcement of the Nikon AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 ED VR lens (I reported about it back in April), it is time to update the list of expected Nikon cameras and lenses (see previous lists here):

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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).

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