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 Wednesday, July 27, 2016
From Nikon:
 
Fast, prime mid-telephoto lens delivering the large, smooth and beautiful bokeh and edge-to-edge rendering
 
TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED, a fast, mid-telephoto fixed focal length (prime) lens that is compatible with Nikon FX-format digital SLR cameras.
 
The AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED is a fast, mid-telephoto fixed focal length (prime) lens with which a focal length of 105mm, a maximum aperture of f/1.4, and AF capabilities have been achieved. The 105mm and f/1.4 specifications achieve a shallow depth of field and large bokeh, enabling photographic expression that makes the most of the impressive cropping of a scene and optimal compression effects.
 
This lens was developed based on the design concept that is, "three-dimensional high fidelity". Thus, it is capable of more natural 3D reproduction of three-dimensional subjects on the two-dimensional fields that are photos, as well as large and beautiful bokeh characteristics, that provide smooth alteration of bokeh as the distance from the focus position increases. These characteristics enable rendering with a natural sense of depth in portraits and images of still objects.
 
On the other hand, landscapes are reproduced with superior resolution all the way to the edges of the frame, even at maximum aperture, for extremely sharp and clear rendering. Superior point image reproduction capabilities ensure rendering of points and sharp points for very little distortion or bleed with the pinpoint light sources in night landscapes. Night landscapes are sharply reproduced.
 
In addition, three ED lens elements that provide compensation for chromatic aberration have been adopted, Nano Crystal Coat is utilized for effective reduction of ghost and flare, the lens is equipped with an electromagnetic aperture mechanism that enables stable exposure control, even with high-speed continuous shooting, and highly durable fluorine coat, which effectively repels dust, water, grease, and dirt, has been adopted.
 
The bright viewfinder image of this fast fixed focal length (prime) lens is advantageous not only because it reduces stress for more comfortable shooting, but also it enables hand-held capture of dimly lit scenes.
 
The AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED, which embodies the "three-dimensional high fidelity" concept, responds to the demands of professional and advanced amateur photographers pursuing their own imaging intent with a variety of photographic scenes. It is capable not only of impressive portraits and photos of still subjects that beautifully utilize the large and smooth bokeh characteristics, but also daytime, evening, and night landscapes that exhibit superior resolution all the way to the edges of the frame, and excellent reproduction of point images.
 
Primary Features
 
  • A lens that utilizes Nikon's latest exclusive optical design to offer a focal length of 105mm, a maximum aperture of f/1.4, and to be equipped with AF capabilities as well
  • The "three-dimensional high fidelity" NIKKOR lens design concept enables rending of the large and beautiful bokeh with gradual transition from the focus position increases and a natural sense of depth
  • Superior optical performance with high resolution even in the peripheral areas, sharp rendering of distant subjects even at maximum aperture, and high reproduction capability of point light sources
  • Adoption of ED lens elements that compensates for chromatic aberration, and Nano Crystal Coat, which effectively reduces ghost and flare
  • Equipped with an electromagnetic aperture mechanism that enables stable exposure control, even with high-speed continuous shooting
  • Highly durable fluorine coat that effectively repels dust, water, grease, and dirt applied to the outer surfaces of the two lens elements at either end (front and rear) of the lens
Official Sample Pictures (1280 x 854px)
 
B&H has the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED available for preorder.
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Post Date: 7/27/2016 5:26:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From NIkon:
 
TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that total production of NIKKOR lenses for Nikon interchangeable lens cameras reached one-hundred million* in June of 2016.
 
NIKKOR's history began in 1932 with Nikon's (then Nippon Kogaku K.K.) registration of the NIKKOR trademark, soon followed in 1933 with the release of Aero-Nikkor aerial photographic lenses. In 1959, Nikon released the Nikon F SLR camera as well as its first NIKKOR lenses for Nikon SLR cameras including the NIKKOR-S Auto 5cm f/2.
 
The NIKKOR brand
 
NIKKOR is Nikon's brand of photographic lenses. The NIKKOR name arose from adding "r"—a common practice in the naming of photographic lenses at the time the name was established—to "Nikko", the Romanized abbreviation for Nippon Kogaku K.K., the original name used when the company was established.
 
The entire length of the road that leads to the release of new NIKKOR lenses, from initial design and development to production and final inspection, is managed in accordance with Nikon's exclusive and exacting quality standards, which support high-quality NIKKOR lenses that respond to the strict demands of users.
 
Nikon's lineup of NIKKOR lenses currently consists of more than 90 types of lenses, including fixed focal length (prime) lenses covering ultra-wide-angle to super-telephoto angles of view, fisheye lenses, zoom lenses, Micro lenses, and PC-E lenses that support a wide variety of applications, as well as 1 NIKKOR lenses for Advanced Cameras with Interchangeable Lenses.
 
Nikon has launched the NIKKOR.com global branding site, which spreads the appeal of NIKKOR lenses around the world with a wide variety of captivating contents, including photo and video galleries containing works recorded with NIKKOR lenses, video interviews with lens designers, and much more.
 
Nikon F mount, running parallel to NIKKOR lenses for more than 50 years
 
The mount used by Nikon for its SLR cameras and interchangeable lenses in the more than half a century that has passed since Nikon released its first SLR camera in 1959, the Nikon F, has been the Nikon F mount. Since the introduction of the Nikon F mount in 1950, a bayonet mount has been adopted, stainless steel, known for its superior durability and corrosion resistance has been used, and the mount's basic design foresaw the increase in lens diameters. Throughout its history, the cutting-edge technologies of the time, including aperture control and autofocus, have been adopted for the F mount, and we will continue to do so, ensuring support for the latest digital cameras and lenses.
 
OPTIA
 
While developing the latest optical technologies and commercialization of products utilizing these technologies, Nikon continues its work in the research and development of means of evaluating optical performance. In 2013, Nikon began development and deployment of OPTIA, a device for measuring all forms of aberration occurring with photographic lenses that was originally developed as a means of measuring aberration in IC steppers and scanners, as well as a dedicated image simulator that is used with OPTIA. OPTIA and the dedicated image simulator are still used to evaluate and verify NIKKOR lens characteristics today.
 
In addition to resolution, camera lens performance is indicated by such characteristics as blur (as known as "bokeh"), reproduction of textures, and sense of depth. The application of OPTIA's aberration measurement to Nikon lenses has always had a very high reputation.
 
The image simulator (software) developed alongside OPTIA enables simulation at the design stage that is equivalent to actual photography with lens prototypes. Consequently lenses can be developed with greater control over not only resolution, but also a wide variety of lens characteristics.
 
Adoption of the new design concept formulated with the use of OPTIA and the image simulator will enable more effective development of high-performance lenses with unique characteristics, and allow Nikon to provide customers with interchangeable lenses that offer new forms of value never before seen.
 
One of the lenses designed using OPTIA is the AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED, released today. This lens embodies the "three-dimensional high-fidelity (superior reproduction characteristics)" design concept that represents Nikon's ideal with more natural three-dimensional reproduction of three-dimensional objects on the two-dimensional field known as a photograph. It enables photos with a natural sense of depth and in which the primary subject is impressively rendered, while expressing beautiful bokeh characteristics that change gradually as the distance from the focus position increases.
 
Nikon will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2017. Nikon will continue to develop high-quality, appealing products that exceed expectations with more advanced technologies and even stricter quality control, and to offer the services our users need.
 
*Interchangeable lenses for Nikon SLR cameras and Nikon 1, Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lenses
 
B&H carries Nikon Nikkor Lenses.
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Post Date: 7/27/2016 5:17:21 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, February 23, 2016
From Nikon:
 
New DL range raises the standard of compact camera photography with DSLR- inspired optical innovation of high-performance NIKKOR lenses and always-on smart device connectivity
 
February 23, 2016 - TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the Nikon DL series, a new line-up of premium compact cameras incorporating high-performance NIKKOR lenses, SnapBridge connectivity and a suite of digital SLR camera functions to complement any advanced enthusiast or professional's kit.
 
Inspired by the Nikon professional photographer community, the "D" in the Nikon DL series, draws on Nikon's DSLR heritage, while "L" calls out the premium NIKKOR lens technology which serves as the focal point for the range. The series comprises three new models, the DL18-50 f/1.8-2.8, DL24-85 f/1.8-2.8, and the DL24-500 f/2.8-5.6, each equipped with different NIKKOR lens groups and crafted for different photography styles. The first is a 18-50 mm equivalent ultra-wide-angle zoom lens that boasts the fastest and brightest maximum aperture in NIKKOR history, the second a fast, 24-85 mm equivalent normal zoom lens offering beautiful blur (bokeh), and super macro performance, while the last is an ultra high-power zoom lens that exhibits superior resolution over a broad range of focal lengths, up to an super-telephoto 500 mm equivalent.
 
Each model adopts a 1.0-inch type backside illumination CMOS sensor and the new EXPEED 6A image-processing engine for enabling the expression capabilities demanded by users of digital SLR cameras, while also providing sharp and clear rendering when shooting in dark surroundings.
 
For the accurate and precise acquisition of photography subjects, the Nikon DL series features a hybrid AF system combining both phase-detection AF and Contrast-detect AF. The focus points are densely packed to ensure wide AF area coverage for reliable performance in unpredictable shooting environments, keeping up with the DL range's high autofocusing speed of approximately 0.09 s. This works in tandem with an outstanding continuous shooting speed of 20 frames per second.
 
Completing the seamless transition when switching between shooting with a DSLR and their DL camera, photographers using the DL series will also find themselves returning to a system that is both familiar and intuitive, with the cameras' adoption of the Nikon DSLR user interface. The DL series also aid photographers looking beyond still image capture, with video recording in 4K UHD (3840 x 2160)/30p quality, alongside a suite of creative movie-making options.
 
The cameras also support Nikon's newest connectivity platform, SnapBridge, for the seamless and immediate transfer of images to paired smart devices.
 
DL18-50 f/1.8-2.8 primary features
 
  • A fast, ultra wide-angle zoom NIKKOR lens with maximum apertures of f/1.8-2.8 and support for the 18-50 mm*1 equivalent range of focal lengths
    The lens built into the DL18-50 f/1.8-2.8 offers the fastest maximum aperture in NIKKOR history for the 18-50 mm equivalent focal lengths, f/1.8, allowing users to enjoy dynamic perspectives, high contrast, beautiful background blur, and fast shutter speeds in even darker situations. Adoption of the same superior optical technologies used with interchangeable lenses for digital SLR cameras, including a large-diameter, molded-glass aspherical lens element with a large thickness deviation ratio, an aspherical ED glass element, a high refractive index (HRI) lens element, and Nano Crystal Coat, enables effective compensation for all types of aberration and sharp, clear rendering.
  • Perspective control that corrects distortion of architecture and other wide subjects
    This handy function compensates for the unnatural tapering effect in images that is caused by differences in distance between the camera and various parts of the subject. It can be corrected with shooting by controlling the subject's horizontal and vertical orientation in 20 steps while confirming the effects in the monitor.
  • Other features
    • Fluorine coat adopted to keep lenses cleaner for easier maintenance
    • A step-zoom ring allows users to instantly change the focal length by setting it to one of six predetermined positions
    • An approximately 1037k-dot 7.5-cm/3-in. OLED touch-screen monitor with tilting mechanism
    • DF-E1 Electronic Viewfinder (optional)- compact, high-resolution, OLED electronic viewfinder equipped with a tilting mechanism.
DL24-85 f/1.8-2.8 primary features
 
  • A fast, normal zoom NIKKOR lens with maximum apertures of f/1.8-2.8 and support for the 24-85 mm equivalent range of focal lengths
    Adoption of a large-diameter, molded-glass aspherical lens element with a large thickness deviation ratio, and an HRI lens element enables superior rendering with effective suppression of all types of aberration. The lens achieves beautiful blur characteristics, especially with close-up shooting, for exceptional macro and portrait images.
  • Super Macro function that enables capture of the subject at approximately 0.37x (life-size reproduction with conversion to 35mm [135] format)
    Be it insects or fine textures, the DL24-85 f/1.8-2.8 captures stunning shots for photographers looking for fresh perspectives. Photographers have the option to shoot with the super macro function, enabling "life-size" close-up shooting at a 35mm-format equivalent for those needing a closer look at their pint-sized subjects. The focus bracketing function automatically shifts the focus position slightly during continuous shooting, which comes in handy during super macro shooting where accurate focus can be difficult to achieve due to the very shallow depth of field.
  • Other features
    • Fluorine coat adopted to keep lenses cleaner for easier maintenance
    • A step-zoom ring allows users to instantly change the focal length by setting it to one of six predetermined positions
    • An approximately 1037k-dot 7.5-cm/3-in. OLED touch-screen monitor with tilting mechanism
    • Built-in flash
    • DF-E1 Electronic Viewfinder (optional)- compact, high-resolution, OLED electronic viewfinder equipped with a tilting mechanism.
DL24-500 f/2.8-5.6 primary features
 
  • An ultra high-power zoom NIKKOR lens with maximum apertures of f/2.8-5.6 and support for the 24-500 mm equivalent range of focal lengths
    To suppress color fringing and distortion, while compensating for all types of aberration throughout the optical zoom range, the lens architecture incorporates both aspherical ED glass elements and ED glass elements, providing sharp and clear rendering throughout the optical range. The broad range of focal lengths supported by this one camera enables capture of sporting scenes, wildlife, and aircraft with 500 mm super-telephoto shooting, as well as broad landscapes with 24 mm wide-angle shooting.
  • Dual Detect Optical VR provides compensation for camera shake
    In addition to providing superior compensation for camera shake, the lens is also equipped with SPORT VR mode built into super-telephoto interchangeable lenses for digital SLR cameras, enabling the more precise capture of subjects moving at high speeds with the appropriate level of camera-shake compensation and a more stable viewfinder image.
  • Other features
    • Fluorine coat adopted to keep lenses cleaner for easier maintenance
    • OLED electronic viewfinder with eye sensor
    • An approximately 1037k-dot 7.5-cm/3-in. OLED touch-screen monitor with vari-angle mechanism
    • Built-in flash
B&H has the Nikon DL cameras available for preorder.
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Post Date: 2/23/2016 6:49:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, January 14, 2016
From Nikon:
 
January 14, 2016 – TOKYO – Nikon is pleased to announce the release of two new COOLPIX cameras, the COOLPIX A100, a slim and lightweight stylish model that can be easily taken anywhere, and the COOLPIX A10, a model powered by common AA batteries that makes capturing high-quality images fun and easy.
 
The COOLPIX A100 has an effective pixel count of 20.1 megapixels, and is equipped with a 5x optical zoom (10x when Dynamic Fine Zoom is used) NIKKOR lens that covers the wide-angle 26mm to telephoto 130mm (equivalents in 35mm [135] format) range of focal lengths, all in an extremely portable, slim body with a depth measuring approximately 19.8mm and a weight of approximately 119g. It is a stylish model equipped with a number of features that make taking and editing photos fun. For example, Scene Auto Selector makes capturing beautiful, high-quality photos easy with the camera doing all of the work, and functions such as Glamour Retouch are easier to use with adoption of a new Creative Slider.
 
The COOLPIX A10 has an elegant body that offers an effective pixel count of 16.1 megapixels, and is equipped with a 5x optical zoom NIKKOR lens supporting a range of focal lengths that begins at the wide-angle 26mm (equivalent in 35mm [135] format). Users can easily enjoy taking beautiful, high-quality photos using Scene Auto Selector mode, which automatically selects and applies the optimal scene mode, and retouch functions including Special Effects and Quick Effects have been enhanced. What's more, the A10 is powered by readily available AA batteries, allowing users to respond flexibly should the batteries become exhausted on unexpected outings.
 
Release dates and suggested retail pricing are unknown at this time. [Sean]
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Post Date: 1/14/2016 7:35:49 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, January 5, 2016
From Nikon:
 
A high-output, multi-functional, high-end model that is the first Nikon Speedlight to be equipped with a radio control function
 
TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the SB-5000, the new high-end Nikon Speedlight.
 
The SB-5000 is the first Nikon Speedlight to be equipped with a radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting function, and is also equipped with a cooling system that enables more than 100 continuous full-power flashes. When used with the Nikon D5 or D500 digital SLR cameras released at the same time as the SB-5000, the wireless multiple flash photography that professional and advanced amateur photographers often take on is even more flexible.
 
Primary Features
 
  1. Radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting
    The SB-5000 is the first Nikon Speedlight to be equipped with a radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting function. Radio control makes wireless multiple flash photography easier in situations where conventional optical control is difficult, such as when remote flash units are positioned behind objects or at greater distances, or when ambient lighting is very bright (supports a communication range of up to approx. 30 m). A more flexible multi-flash system supports capture of even more creative photographic works with advanced wireless lighting.
  2. Equipped with a cooling system for significant increase in the number of continuous flashes
    The SB-5000 is equipped with a new cooling system that cools the flash head. The cooling system has been significantly improved, keeping the flash panel from overheating and enabling more than 100 continuous flashes. As the cooling system keeps the Speedlight from overheating, professional and advanced amateur photographers can enjoy more comfortable and active flash photography.
  3. Smaller with improved operation
    Despite its smaller size, SB-5000 operation has been refined by assigning a number of functions to the rotary multi selector and OK button. Adoption of an "i" button, which offers quick access to frequently used functions, also contributes to more efficient operation. What's more, when the SB-5000 is used with the D5 or D500, even more agile and flexible flash photography is possible.
Additional Features and Functions
 
  • High output flash with a guide number of 34.5 in FX format and 41 in DX format
  • Power zoom function with which the SB-5000 automatically adjusts the zoom head position to match lens focal length FX format, Standard illumination pattern: 24-200 mm (14 mm with the built-in wide panel in place) DX format, Standard illumination pattern: 16-200 mm (10 mm with the built-in wide panel in place)
  • Bounce capability: Flash head tilts down to 7° or up to 90°, and rotates horizontally 180° to the left and right
  • Automatic switching of zoom head position with detection of the camera's image area setting—FX or DX format—for optimal angle of flash coverage
B&H has the Nikon Speedlight SB-5000 available for preorder.
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Post Date: 1/5/2016 3:25:16 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Nikon's flagship DX-format digital SLR camera offering the supreme performance of the D5 in a compact, lightweight body
 
TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the D500, a DX-format digital SLR camera that packs the incredible performance of the D5, Nikon's flagship FX-format model, into an agile body.
 
The D500 incorporates the same powerful 153-point AF system as the D5, ensuring precise subject acquisition even during high-speed continuous shooting at approx. 10 fps. It supports 4K UHD movies, meeting the demands of multimedia professionals, while the new EXPEED 5 image-processing engine enables it to deliver high-quality images and movies and realizes a wide sensitivity range from ISO 100 to 51200, expandable to Hi 5 (ISO 1640000 equivalent).
 
The D500 combines the agility of the DX system with superior usability. It employs a touch-screen, tilting monitor, and features SnapBridge support, which enhances the value of your images via constant wireless connection with a smart device. The camera is compatible with the newly released MB-D17 Multi-Power Battery Pack (optional), which can be used with various types of battery.
 
D500 Primary features
 
  1. Powerful 153-point AF achieves superior subject acquisition performance across a wide range of situations
    The D500's Multi-CAM 20K autofocus sensor module offers a dense configuration of 153 focus points (99 cross sensors) that covers an extremely wide portion of the image area, meaning that even fast-moving subjects can be acquired precisely. AF capability is extended down to -4 EV with the central point and -3 EV with all other points, making AF usable even in extremely low light or when shooting low-contrast subjects. A newly employed AF engine and 180K-pixel RGB sensor also contribute to achieving exceptional AF performance in a variety of scenes.
  2. High-speed continuous shooting at approx. 10 fps for up to 200 shots (14-bit lossless compressed RAW)
    The D500 delivers high-speed continuous shooting at approx. 10 fps for up to 200 shots in JPEG and in 14-bit lossless compressed RAW, without any drop in shooting speed. Even moving subjects can be tracked accurately across a wide field of view at this rapid rate, taking advantage of the camera's stable viewfinder image and a widest-ever diagonal viewing angle of approx. 30.8°.
  3. Unique benefits of a compact DX system — added agility in telephoto shooting
    Nikon's DX-format D500 provides an angle of view equivalent to that of a lens with an approx. 1.5x longer focal length. This permits telephoto shooting using smaller, lighter lenses with a shorter focal length, while taking advantage of performance that rivals the D5 FX-format flagship model. The camera's agility is also enhanced by the kit lens, AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR, the lightweight 5x normal zoom lens, which weighs only approx. 1340 g/2 lb 15.3 oz when attached to the D500.
  4. 4K UHD video, suitable for professional productions
    The D500 can record 4K UHD (3840 x 2160)/30p/25p/24p as well as 1080/60p video for up to 29 min. 59 s, with simultaneous output via HDMI available. It is also possible to generate 4K UHD time-lapse movies within the camera. In Full HD or HD mode, the D500's electronic Vibration Reduction function reduces the effects of camera shake in the horizontal, vertical and rotational directions during hand-held movie recording, while Active D-Lighting preserves details in highlights and shadows to capture footage with natural brightness.
  5. New EXPEED 5 image-processing engine achieves sensitivity up to ISO 51200, expandable to Hi 5 (equivalent to ISO 1640000)
    The D500's new EXPEED 5 image-processing engine, as used in the D5, delivers standard ISO sensitivity from 100 to 51200, expandable down to Lo 1 (ISO 50 equivalent) and up to Hi 5 (ISO 1640000 equivalent). It can capture exceptionally high-definition images, while effectively reducing noise even at high ISO settings. The new 180K-pixel RGB sensor (approx. 180,000 pixels) further improves the performance of the camera's Advanced Scene Recognition System, and its flicker reduction for still images reduces exposure variations even under flickering light sources.
  6. Touch-screen, tilting 8-cm/3.2-in. high-resolution monitor ensures more comfortable shooting for professionals and advanced amateurs
    The D500's touch-panel monitor enables a variety of functions, including instant switching of images using the frame advance bar and text input — shared with the D5 — as well as touch AF and touch shutter (in still shooting). The tilting monitor with 3-axis hinge structure allows you to shoot from more flexible angles for stills and movies. And its large 8-cm/3.2-in. screen with significantly enhanced 2359k-dot resolution lets you confirm focus in amazingly precise detail.
  7. SnapBridge support lets you link with a smart device via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
    The D500 can be constantly connected to a smart device with the SnapBridge application installed (to be available as a free download), via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. This enables a variety of features: you can automatically transfer images taken with the D500 to your smart device, as well as upload them automatically to NIKON IMAGE SPACE. You can also use the smart device to browse images stored in the camera, as well as embed images with its location and date/time information. SnapBridge dramatically enhances the value and convenience of images taken with the D500.
  8. WT-7/A/B/C Wireless Transmitter (optional) enables high-speed wired/wireless LAN communication
    Nikon's WT-7/A/B/C Wireless Transmitter is aimed at professionals who need to transfer images more quickly than they can with built-in wireless LAN. When attached to the D500, it allows images and movie files to be transferred to computers or FTP server via both wired and wireless LAN. The D500 with WT-7/A/B/C can be used as a wireless LAN access point, permitting easy connections with computers and smart devices.
B&H has the Nikon D500 DSLR Camera available for preorder.
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Post Date: 1/5/2016 3:10:45 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Outperform, Outdo, Outlast: The D5 raises the bar for FX performance. The most powerful digital SLR flagship in the Nikon line-up leads the pack with unmatched speed and precision
 
TOKYO - Nikon Corporation today announces the new D5, a FX-format flagship digital SLR camera that challenges photographers to outperform their highest standards, and set new benchmarks for speed, accuracy and image quality. Expanding the possibilities of image capture for professional photographers, the new D5 places the needs of the professional at the centre of innovation with features that enable smooth and reliable responsiveness to a wide variety of scenes and subjects.
 
From the refined acquisition of subjects in motion, to 4K video in UHD, the D5 creates opportunities for dauntless photographers working in demanding shooting environments to push their gear to new limits. With a next generation AF system the intelligent and versatile tracking of moving subjects enables the richness and realism of every split-second moment to be captured. The D5 boasts a wide range of ISO sensitivity up to 102400, expandable to Hi 5 (ISO 3280000 equivalent) — the most expanded sensitivity range in Nikon history — for astronomical twilight with minimum illumination, capturing details and colors beyond the limits of the human eye.
 
"The Nikon D5 is not just about technical excellence, but the marriage of elegant technologies. Speed and refined image quality have never converged so extensively, making it truly the camera that the industry has been waiting for," said Tadashi Nakayama, Corporate Vice President, Sector Manager of Marketing Sector, Imaging Business Unit. "The D5 represents what we are trying to do for the entire digital SLR category: Bringing technologies together to meet and anticipate the demands of professional photographers, empowering them to push the boundaries of their craft," he continues.
 
Outperform, Outdo, Outlast: The Pinnacle of Digital SLR Engineering for Professionals
 
The D5 enables the precise capture of subjects under the most demanding conditions with a new-generation 153-point AF system and a stable viewfinder image that makes tracking moving subjects easy, even during high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 12 fps, making the camera ideal for photojournalists capturing heart-racing sporting action and majestic animal migrations. Image quality is further enhanced by the pairing of the new Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor and the brand new EXPEED 5 image-processing engine, for the most vibrant, true-to-life colors and sumptuous details. Together with the highest standard ISO sensitivity in Nikon history, up to102400, photographers are liberated from the challenges of shooting in low-light environments whether covering evening events or shooting indoors. In another first for the FX-format range, the D5 takes movie-making to new cinematic heights with the ability to shoot in 4K UHD 2160/30p format, in-line with the increasing appetite from professionals for the production of high quality video content.
 
Convenient Connectivity, Simplified Workflows
 
In addition, new and improved features and functions, such as a high-resolution touch screen LCD monitor, faster wired networks (via built-in Ethernet connector) and wireless networks, and double memory card slots that use the same type of media, to simplify and speed up the professional photographer's workflow, while placing the D5 in the center of the connected ecosystem for visual communication.
 
Designed for the Field and the Studio
 
The camera's Advanced Scene Recognition System, which has adopted a new 180k-pixel RGB sensor, contributes to greater AF, AE, and AWB performance. This, along with a design that consumes less power and adoption of a highly precise and durable shutter, ensures durability, and gives photographers greater control over their gear as well as image quality. The D5 also completely integrates into any professional photographer's comprehensive ecosystem of Nikon accessories. Compatibility with the new Nikon Creative Lighting System functions, radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting (AWL) and unified flash control, all work to ensure the production of superlative image quality and a seamless studio workflow
 
Primary features
 
  1. Next-generation Intelligent AF System
    The entire AF system has been completely re-vamped with adoption of the Multi-CAM 20K autofocus sensor module. This sensor module offers 153 focus points (99 of which are cross-type sensors) for broad and dense coverage of the entire image area. The center focus point has a detection range beginning at an incredible -4 EV, and detection with other focus points begins at -3 EV, enabling autofocusing even under extremely dim lighting, and with subjects exhibiting very low contrast. In addition, equipping the camera with a dedicated AF engine capable of high-speed calculation and collaboration with the 180K-pixel RGB sensor have ensured that extremely reliable AF performance is demonstrated with a variety of scenes.
  2. High-speed continuous shooting at approx. 12 fps with swift subject tracking
    The D5 is capable of high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 12 fps (w/ AF and AE tracking) in all image quality modes and at all ISO sensitivity settings. What's more, adoption of a new mirror drive mechanism achieves a more stable viewfinder image that makes continuous tracking of rapidly moving subjects easy, even with high-speed continuous shooting. Further, up to 200 12-bit lossless compressed RAW images can be captured with a single burst of continuous shooting.
  3. Exceptional ISO sensitivity
    Collaboration between the new Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor and the new EXPEED 5 image-processing engine, both developed by Nikon, have enabled the highest standard ISO sensitivity in Nikon history, that of ISO 102400. High-sensitivity image quality at these never-before-seen levels achieves superior imaging quality, even within the high ISO 3200 to 12800 range often used with sports photography and the like. In addition, the image sensor's broad dynamic range enables rich and natural expression of tones for accurate reproduction of the finest details, even with extremely vivid subjects with which the expression of textures is especially difficult.
  4. Cinematic brilliance with 4K UHD (30p) movie capability
    The D5 supports movie creation in 4K, which offers a resolution higher than HD or full-HD movies, an indispensable feature for professionals involved in film-making and video content creation. High-resolution 4K UHD (3840 x 2160)/30p, 25p, 24p movies can be recorded to a memory card inserted in the camera, or, with simultaneous HDMI output, they can be displayed on an external monitor or recorded as uncompressed video to an external recorder. With support for the maximum standard sensitivity of ISO 102400, as well as even higher sensitivity settings up to Hi 5 (equivalent to ISO 3280000), even movies recorded at these high sensitivities will exhibit superior picture quality. 4K UHD time-lapse movies can also be generated in-camera.
  5. Improved functionality and streamlined workflows
    • A high-resolution 3.2-in., approx. 2,359k-dot touch screen LCD monitor
      Adoption of a touch screen for the display monitor enables nimble confirmation and high-speed navigation of a large number of images using a frame advance bar, and supports an efficient workflow with text input and the like. The large 3.2-inch, approximately 2,359k-dot high-resolution monitor enables extremely clear display with live view photography, even when the display is enlarged, for fast focus confirmation.
    • Connect through wired and wireless networks
      The communications system has been significantly improved to support communications twice as fast as with the D4S, with both wired networks using the Ethernet connector built into the D5, and wireless networks when the new Wireless Transmitter WT-6/A/B/C (available separately) is used with the D5.
    • Versatile image storage options
      Two versions of the D5 are available. Both are equipped with double memory card slots supporting a single media type; one XQD cards and one CompactFlash cards.
  6. Accessories for high-speed connected convenience: WT-6/A/B/C Wireless Transmitter(available separately)
    When connected to the D5, the high-speed transfer of image data to a computer or an FTP server over a wireless network is possible. The maximum range is approximately 200 m. Communications are significantly faster with support for the new IEEE 802.11ac (2x2 VHT80) standard. Wireless control over the camera from a computer is also possible using Camera Control Pro 2 (available separately). A D5 to which a WT-6/A/B/C is connected may be used as a wireless LAN access point, and a direct connection to a computer or smartphone is also achievable.
Preorders
 
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Post Date: 1/5/2016 2:54:12 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Fast and quiet AF with adoption of a stepping motor. Compact and lightweight normal zoom lenses covering the 18-55mm range of focal lengths with a maximum aperture of f/3.5-5.6
 
January 5, 2016 – Tokyo – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G, two normal zoom lenses compatible with Nikon DX-format digital SLR cameras.
 
The AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G are 3.1x normal zoom lenses covering the 18-55mm range of focal lengths (effective angles of view equivalent to those of a lens with 27-82.5mm focal lengths in FX and 35mm [135] formats). They are the first "AF-P" lenses for Nikon digital SLR cameras, utilizing stepping motors to drive AF for fast and quiet autofocusing. In addition, they have a compact and lightweight design for which retractable barrels were adopted for excellent portability, and the use of two aspherical lens elements has resulted in superior optical performance with which various types of aberration, including distortion and spherical aberration, are effectively suppressed. The AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR is also equipped with a vibration reduction (VR) mechanism offering camera shake compensation equivalent to a 4.0-stop (with testing in accordance with CIPA standards) increase in shutter speed.
 
The combination of superior AF performance and excellent agility afforded by these lenses makes them perfect for those ready to try their hand at full-scale photography with a digital SLR camera.
 
AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G Primary Features
 
  • "AF-P" lenses that achieve fast and quiet AF with adoption of a stepping motor for AF drive operation
  • Compact and lightweight 3.1x 18-55mm (effective angles of view equivalent to those of a lens with 27-82.5mm focal lengths in 35mm [135] format) normal zoom lenses utilizing a retractable barrel and compatible with the Nikon DX format
  • Adoption of aspherical lens elements (2) achieves superior optical performance with which various types of aberration are effectively suppressed
  • Equipped with a vibration reduction (VR) mechanism offering camera shake compensation equivalent to a 4.0-stop (with testing in accordance with CIPA standards) increase in shutter speed (AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR)
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Post Date: 1/5/2016 6:39:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, August 4, 2015
From Nikon:
 
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced three exciting new NIKKOR lenses for professional and enthusiast photographers. The new AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR is the evolution of one of Nikon’s most popular pro lenses, improving upon its versatility and image quality. Nikon has also announced two additional new lens options, including the lightweight AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR, a super-telephoto zoom that gives FX and DX-format photographers incredible reach in a compact size. The AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED is the latest addition to Nikon’s popular line of f/1.8 fixed focal length lenses and is ideal for those seeking a sharp, fast-aperture prime lens.
 
“These three very different lenses are representative of the diverse range of Nikon photographers, but they all provide the most vibrant, sharp images and HD video possible; with color and clarity that only genuine NIKKOR optics can deliver,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc.
 
AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR
Look into the bag of nearly any Nikon-wielding pro and you will find Nikon’s iconic 24-70mm f/2.8, and with good reason; this lens’ versatility and image quality has made it an essential workhorse lens for every type of shooter. The new AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR improves upon its respected predecessor in nearly every aspect, adding the best Nikon lens technologies to create an essential optic. An exciting evolution to come to this lens is the much-anticipated addition of Nikon’s Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization technology. With up to four stops of image stabilization*, the new 24-70mm f/2.8 VR is ready to tackle the challenging light of a wedding ceremony or on-the-spot news, while Tripod Mode helps to banish blur for landscape shooters. VR is also a huge benefit to filmmakers shooting handheld or on a rig who already appreciate the lens’ depth-of-field control and precise sharpness.
 
The new NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8 utilizes Nikon’s Electromagnetic Aperture control, which allows for consistent exposures during high speed bursts of shooting. This lens also improves upon image quality with new optical construction to provide clarity and consistently sharp images, and is ideal for capturing portraits, landscapes and weddings. For nearly any assignment in any kind of light, the combination of a fast f/2.8 constant maximum aperture and useful zoom range make this lens the choice of many professionals. A first for NIKKOR lenses, a new Aspherical Extra-Low Dispersion (ASP/ED) element is paired with traditional aspherical, ED and High-Refractive Index (HRI) elements for a thrilling new level of optical precision. Photos and videos take on a beautiful balance of sharpness and subtle blur effects, virtually free of flare, ghosting, coma and chromatic aberration throughout the frame. Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat is also employed to further reduce instances of ghosting and flare.
 
The new lens construction enhances durability and image quality, while retaining the overall balance and handling that made this a favorite of photographers in the first place. The lens is sealed and gasketed against the elements, and now features a fluorine coating on the front and rear element to make it easier to remove dirt, moisture and smudges from the lens surface. The optical formula consists of 20 elements in 16 groups, while a 9-blade diaphragm helps to create a pleasing, natural out of focus area with beautiful bokeh. Additionally, the AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR features a new filter diameter of 82mm and will accept the new Nikon CPL2 Circular Polarizer and 82mm NC (Neutral Color) filters.
 
AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
The new Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR is an exhilarating new lens option, giving enthusiast FX and DX-format photographers the ability to go further with amazing zoom power and tack-sharp clarity. This compact super-telephoto zoom is ideal for bringing distant subjects closer, including birds, sports, wildlife and motorsports. This lens opens the doors for a fresh new perspective; with a maximum reach of 500mm on FX-format Nikon cameras and a staggering 750mm equivalent reach on DX-format cameras. With a maximum aperture of f/5.6, photographers have the ability to fill much of the frame with their subject and create a pleasing background blur, even in challenging light. This lens also features Nikon’s Electromagnetic Aperture for consistent exposures, as well as VR with 4.5 stops of image stabilization. Additionally, the VR features Sport Mode, which is well-suited for capturing vibrant, sharp images of distant subjects at high frame rates or when panning with fast-moving action. The lens also lets users focus as close as 7.2 ft. throughout the entire focal range, for when a decisive play comes closer than expected, or capturing intricate details of nature.
 
Whether spending all day at an air race or in the field, the new NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6 is surprisingly lightweight at only 5 lbs 1.2 oz. (2300 grams) including the tripod collar, making this lens easy to use handheld for extended periods. Photographers looking for even more reach can increase the zoom power using an optional compatible Nikon 1.4x, 1.7x or 2x E series Teleconverters** to capture even the most distant subjects.
 
The new AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR’s optical formula features three ED elements to enhance sharpness and minimize chromatic aberration. A 9-blade aperture provides a desirable, smooth bokeh, while Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor technology helps to quickly and quietly achieve critical focus. The filter diameter of the new 200-500mm lens is 95mm, and Nikon will also offer optional 95mm NC (Neutral Color) and the 95mm Circular Polarizer CPL2 filters.
 
AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED
The AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED is the latest addition to the exceptional system of NIKKOR f/1.8 primes, and provides enthusiast photographers with a fast wide-angle prime lens that’s both lightweight and affordable. This new lens lets photographers immerse viewers into landscapes, interiors and architecture with amazing clarity and minimal distortion, while a fast maximum aperture delivers superb bokeh and excellent low-light ability. Whether a photographer’s passion is capturing environmental portraits or the delicious details of a meal, this lens creates a dramatic separation between subject and background.
 
The new NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8 complements Nikon’s high-resolution DSLRs and provides amazing image quality thanks to Nikon lens technologies including Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat. Additionally, this compact lens features ED and Aspherical lens elements for extreme sharpness while minimizing ghosting and flare.
 
Price and Availability
The new AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR will be available in late August for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $2,399.95. The AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR will be available in mid-September for the SRP $1,399.95. The new AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED will be available in mid-September for the SRP of $749.95.
 
Preorders:
 
B&H has the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR, Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR and Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED available for preorder.
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Post Date: 8/4/2015 6:27:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, July 2, 2015
From Nikon:
 
The AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR and AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR Lenses Dominate the Sidelines With Superior Optical and AF Tracking Performance, While New Design Reduces Weight
 
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced two new super telephoto lenses, the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR and AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR. These two NIKKOR lenses use the latest Nikon lens technologies to enhance autofocus (AF) tracking and optical performance, while benefitting photographers with a significant reduction in weight. Ideal for sports, action, wildlife and press events, these lenses offer photographers the ability to capture striking images from afar with brilliant clarity and sharpness.
 
“The new NIKKOR 500mm and 600mm f/4 lenses were developed to give photographers the advantage on the sidelines or in the field, with a lens that can keep up with the action and get the decisive shot,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “By the fourth quarter or final period, users will sincerely appreciate the weight reduction of these lenses which allow for extended shooting, even into overtime.”
 
Increased Performance, Reduced Weight
These new super telephoto NIKKOR lenses have been optimized for today's high-resolution image sensors and fast-shooting Nikon DSLR cameras. The new lens designs significantly improve AF tracking performance, helping photographers to capture images of dynamic wildlife or athletes in precise clarity, even when subjects are moving erratically, at random speeds or at the camera. Both lenses also utilize Nikon’s Electromagnetic Diaphragm, helping to maintain consistent exposure during high-speed burst shooting of fast action.
 
The addition of fluorite lens elements to the optical formula helps to reduce chromatic aberration, as well as decrease the overall weight of the lenses, saving nearly two pounds (lbs.) for the 500mm f/4E FL ED VR, and nearly three lbs. for the 600mm f/4E FL ED VR. For extended shooting days in the field, the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm and 600mm lenses also employ magnesium alloy construction for enhanced durability and further weight reduction.
 
Because the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR weighs in at just 6.8 lbs./3090 grams (vs. 8.5 lbs./3880g of its predecessor), super telephoto performance has never been so light. This premium NIKKOR lens is ideal for nature and sports photographers who are always traveling on assignment and are looking for a fast, constant aperture lens to capture photos and HD video from a distance. The combination of nimble agility, low-light capability and superior optical performance makes this lens an obvious choice for tack-sharp images of birds in flight, aircraft or other fast moving subjects when a tripod is not always an option. The optical formula of this lens combines two fluorite elements and three Extra Low Dispersion (ED) glass elements to further reduce chromatic aberration while providing superior sharpness and color accuracy.
 
For long reach with superior optical performance, professional photographers should consider the AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR, which provides the ultimate in fast-aperture and focal distance for challenging subjects. With a constant aperture of f/4, the new 600mm lens gives the photographer the ability to fill the frame and create dramatic separation between subject and background. With a weight of merely 8.3 lbs. /3810g (vs. 11.5 lbs./5060g of its predecessor), the lens features two fluorite lens elements and four ED elements to provide discerning photographers with unrivaled sharpness.
 
NIKKOR Lens Technologies
Adding to a long legacy of renowned optical excellence, both lenses feature the most advanced NIKKOR lens technologies, including the addition of Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat to further reduce instances of ghosting and flare; an essential feature for capturing outdoor sports or action under the lights. Both lenses also incorporate Nikon Vibration Reduction (VR) technology, affording up to four stops of image stabilization*, with automatic tripod detection to counteract vibrations when mounted on a tripod. For pros shooting fast and erratic moving sports or subjects, using the SPORT VR mode will yield a more stable viewfinder image whether handholding the lens, using a monopod or even when panning.
 
For enhanced durability, both lenses are sealed and gasketed against the elements and have a fluorine coating on a front protective meniscus element to make it easier to remove dirt, moisture and smudges from the lens surface. For shooting from extreme distances, the new lenses are also compatible with select Nikon teleconverters** that provide photographers with the ability to autofocus up to f/8 with many Nikon professional DSLR bodies.
 
Price and Availability
The new AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR will be available in mid-July for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $10,299.95. The AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR will be available in mid-July for the SRP $12,299.95.
 
B&H has the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR and AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR Lenses available for preorder.
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Post Date: 7/2/2015 7:00:30 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
An Everyday Lens That's Anything But Ordinary: The AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR Lens Offers Advanced Photographers Powerful Versatility
 
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the new AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR lens – an amazingly versatile DX-format lens that is well suited for advanced and enthusiast photographers. The NIKKOR 16-80mm features a combination of the best Nikon lens technologies, some never before seen in a Nikon DX-format lens, including Nikon’s legendary Nano Crystal Coat. The resulting lens gives a wide variety of photographers an all-purpose optic to help take their photography further and tell their story with clarity and precision.
 
“The NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4 is a very exciting addition to the NIKKOR DX-format lens lineup, and a new milestone in the NIKKOR legacy – it combines the most advanced optical technologies with an extremely useful focal range to capture photos and HD video,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “This new lens is a great companion for Nikon’s high-performance, lightweight series of DX-format DSLR cameras.”
 
DX-Format Versatility
Make no mistake, the new AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR is premium glass for those who desire a fast and highly capable wide-angle zoom lens. The lens features a popular, wide 24-120mm (FX-format equivalent) focal range, which makes it ideally suited for a variety of shooting disciplines. From wide-angle landscapes, tight portraits or for those looking for an all-in-one tool for travel, this lens does it all. The large f/2.8 - f/4 aperture lets photographers shoot in challenging light with ease, with the creative flexibility afforded by a shallow depth-of-field. Whether photographing friends’ faces or a festive plate full of local flavor, the 16-80mm’s fast aperture lets users blur the background to create that dramatic separation between subject and background that emphasizes and flatters a subject. For creative close-ups of everything from passion-projects to flowers, the lens has a very useful minimum focusing distance of merely 1.2 feet throughout the entire 5x zoom range.
 
To further enhance its low-light capability, the new NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4 lens also features Nikon’s Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization technology, which provides up to 4 stops of image stabilization*, helping to create sharp images while shooting handheld or in challenging light. As an added benefit to landscape and wildlife photographers, this lens features VR with automatic tripod detection, to counteract vibration when mounted on a tripod.
 
Latest Optical Technologies
The new AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm F/2.8-4E ED VR boasts some of the best optical innovations from Nikon, and is the first Nikon DX-format lens to wear the gold “N” emblem, to indicate the presence of Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat. This advanced optical coating significantly reduces instances of ghosting and flare for the highest quality images. The front and rear elements also integrate a fluorine coating to make it easier to remove dirt, moisture and smudges from the lens surface. This is also the first Nikon DX lens to feature an electromagnetic diaphragm; this innovation electronically adjusts the aperture within the lens, resulting in consistent exposure during high speed shooting.
 
The new NIKKOR 16-80mm lens features robust construction while retaining a lightweight and compact body. The lens features four Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) elements and three aspheric elements to further combat instances of ghost, flare and chromatic aberration. The lens is constructed of 17 elements in 13 groups, and features a seven-blade diaphragm to create a circular, natural bokeh for a pleasing out of focus area of the image. For fast, accurate and quiet AF performance, the 16-80mm also features Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM) technology.
 
Price and Availability
The new Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR will be available in July for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $1,069.95.
 
B&H has the Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR Lens available for preorder.
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Post Date: 7/2/2015 6:50:17 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, April 2, 2015
From Nikon USA:
 
The Ultimate Combination of Portability, Versatility and Performance, The Nikon 1 J5 Offers Users Commanding Speed and Powerful Imaging Technology
 
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced a portable yet powerful addition to the Nikon 1 System of compact interchangeable lens cameras, the incredibly fast Nikon 1 J5, designed for photographers ready to creatively capture and share their passions. Featuring a blazing fast continuous full-resolution shooting frame rate at 20 frames-per-second (fps) with full Autofocus, a new 20.8-megapixel Backside-illuminated (BSI) 1-inch CX-format CMOS sensor, EXPEED 5A image processing and a slew of creative modes, the J5 packs advanced performance into an intuitively designed and compact body. Users can also utilize the experience of Nikon Snapbridge, whereby users seamlessly shoot and share stunning photos from the camera to a compatible smartphone or tablet via built-in Wi-Fi(1) and Near Field Communication (NFC[2]) technology.
 
“Consumers are constantly looking for the right balance of portability and imaging prowess to ensure they are ready to capture each and every special moment,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “With speeds that not even a pro DSLR camera can match, engineered into a compact camera body, the Nikon 1 J5 is a versatile and formidable addition to the Nikon 1 System whether shooting a Friday night football game or for the family constantly on-the-go.”
 
Breathtaking Speed Ready to Capture Life’s Moments
Capable of incredible speeds, the Nikon 1 J5 features a myriad of advanced features that help make it simple to capture fast moving subjects in brilliant image quality or Full HD video. Capable of shooting at an amazing 20 fps at full resolution with Autofocus (AF), even high-speed action can be captured with clarity and precision, while even reaching up to 60 fps with AF fixed on the first frame. This amazing speed is made possible in part by the addition of the new EXPEED 5A image processing engine, resulting in faster shooting and enhanced performance and efficiency. The Nikon 1 J5 also gives users an impressively fast hybrid AF system featuring 171 Contrast-Detect and 105 Phase Detect AF points to further achieve and maintain focus on tough-to-photograph subjects. Nikon has also introduced a new Sports Mode in the J5, offering intuitive preset settings to help optimize focus when capturing the “photo-finish” at the racetrack or last second “buzzer-beater.” When catching the right moment matters, the camera also utilizes the world’s shortest release time lag(3) to practically eliminate shutter delay for those moments when time is of the essence.
 
Amazing Detail in Every Shot
Whether shooting athletes in action or a flawless flattering portrait, the Nikon 1 J5 utilizes the latest Nikon technologies and an impressive imaging feature set designed to capture incredible detail, even in low-light. At the heart of the newest addition to the Nikon 1 System is a new 1-inch CX-format 20.8-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor that renders finer detail than ever before to the J-series, while allowing for cleaner images at higher ISOs. When the light is challenging, the J5 features a built-in flash and sports a wide ISO range from 160-12,800 that will help preserve precious memories even in the absence of available light. For extreme low-light situations, High ISO Noise Reduction captures and stacks four frames simultaneously to help reduce noise when shooting at 6400 and 12,800 (with noise reduction enabled).
 
Create, Capture and Share with Ease
With the Nikon 1 J5, the J-Series welcomes a new, innovative control layout that puts a full array of physical controls and creative modes at the fingertips of the photographer. Manual controls and PSAM exposure modes are now easily accessible via the Mode Dial, while the Command Dial allows settings to be changed quickly and easily. A programmable function button helps access often-used functions including ISO and white balance as well. The J5 features a high-resolution 3-inch 1,037k-dot touch LCD display with a 180-degree tilt to help users seamlessly navigate an enhanced menu system, frame shots and make focus point adjustments. The LCD screen tilts a full 180-degrees upward to help capture easy yet stunning self-portraits, particularly when using the new Self-Portrait Mode, to easily set skin softening, self-timer and exposure compensation using the touchscreen interface.
 
The J5 also offers a variety of Creative Modes and Scene Modes for stills and video designed to expand creativity and optimize settings for any shooting scenario. Seven new effects are now available including Nostalgic Sepia, Pop, Retro, High-contrast Monochrome, Fisheye, Skin softening (stills only) and Cross Screen (stills only). Nikon’s newest J-Series addition also features built-in Wi-Fi(1) and NFC(2) that allow for seamless connectivity via compatible smart devices, allowing for easy sharing with friends and family.
 
Impressive Movie Capabilities
The Nikon 1 J5 sports an impressive set of video features and is capable of effortlessly recording high-quality 1080/60p HD video and shooting at up to 120 fps (at 720p) to create slow motion playback. Users can utilize a variety of fun and innovative creative tools to add their own personal touch to any movie, including Jump-Cut, Fast Motion, 4-second movie and the new Time-Lapse Movie mode that captures up to 300 stills and replays them as a 10-second sequence. An interval timer has been added as well, allowing up to 999 images to be recorded in intervals between 5 seconds and up to nearly 100 minutes (99:59) to create time-lapse movies via external software. Also new with the J5, creative effects including Selective Color and Cross Process are now available for video application. The Nikon 1 J5 can also capture high-resolution 4K video at 15p for those who want to experiment with higher resolution video clips. Users can browse and edit videos using Nikon’s free View NX-i software, downloadable at http://nikonimglib.com/nvnxi.
 
Portability and Versatility
Remarkably lightweight, the Nikon 1 J5 is a versatile and portable companion that users can bring with them wherever they go. As the newest addition to the Nikon 1 System, the compact J5 is compatible with the entire 1 NIKKOR line of lenses and accessories and many DX and FX NIKKOR lenses when using the FT-1 Mount Adapter(4).
 
Price and Availability
The Nikon 1 J5 will be available in Silver and Black, Silver and White and all Black in multiple kit configurations. The J5 alongside the 1 NIKKOR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens will be available for a suggested retail price (SRP*) of $499.95, while a kit with both the 1 NIKKOR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens and 1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 will be available for $749.95 SRP* in Silver/Black and Silver/White only. Additionally, the Nikon 1 J5 will also be kitted with the 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4-5.6 lens for $1,049.95 SRP* in Silver/Black and Silver/White only. The Nikon 1 J5 will be available soon, with exact timing still to be determined.
 
B&H has the Nikon 1 J5 available for preorder.
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Post Date: 4/2/2015 6:11:22 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, March 2, 2015
From Nikon:
 
Nikon's New COOLPIX P900 Takes Creativity to Extreme Distances with Spectacular 83x Zoom Power and Advanced Shooting Controls
 
With a Lens Equivalent of 2000mm, the COOLPIX P900 Offers Limitless Possibilities for What Users Can Capture and Instantly Share

 
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the COOLPIX P900, a camera that offers an unprecedented and incredible 83x zoom along with superior performance. This exciting long zoom option provides users with incredibly sharp NIKKOR optics and a 166x Dynamic Fine Zoom range capable of reaching previously unimaginable distances. In addition to its unrivaled zoom power, the 16-megapixel COOLPIX P900 comes equipped with an array of innovative features and advanced controls for capturing sharp and detailed images as well as Full HD video from afar. Such features include built-in GPS and the experience of Nikon Snapbridge, whereby users seamlessly shoot and share stunning photos from the camera to a compatible smartphone or tablet via built in Wi-Fi(1) and Near Field Communication technology (NFC(2)). With its unbelievable zoom power, users can take close-up shots of a bird high up in the trees or capture the look on their child’s face as they score their first goal from the sidelines. Additionally, the COOLPIX P900 combines user-friendly controls, creative features and fast performance, giving users the opportunity to explore their creative path regardless of their photography level or experience.
 
“With its spectacular 83x zoom range, extensive list of innovative features and advanced controls, the new Nikon COOLPIX P900 is the first COOLPIX compact camera to ever offer this amazing zoom range and powerful features together in an easy-to-use package,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “The COOLPIX P900 will provide users with the opportunity to capture sharp images and video in rich detail near or far, and to share their content with family and friends with confidence.”
 
Zooming Brilliance with New Nikon COOLPIX P900
The COOLPIX P900 demonstrates the incredible capabilities of NIKKOR optics by sporting a powerful 83x optical zoom (24-2000mm equivalent) NIKKOR ED glass lens with the ability to reach 166x using Dynamic Fine Zoom and a super extra-low dispersion (ED) glass element, making this camera ideal for capturing sharp images and videos from extreme lengths. This feature-packed long zoom is equipped with a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor and a high performance Autofocus (AF) system capable of shooting 7 frames-per-second (fps) to help deliver photos of fast moving sports in superb quality. Sharing these amazing photos has never been easier or more fun, as the COOLPIX P900 allows users to seamlessly shoot and share photos from the camera to a compatible smartphone or tablet via built-in Wi-Fi(1) and NFC(2) connectivity.
 
Whether shooting above a crowd or from the stands, users can easily and intuitively frame their subjects by using the camera’s built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF) with an eye sensor or high-resolution, Vari-angle 3-inch 921K-dot LCD display. When sitting in the upper deck at a baseball game or taking photos of the family at a summer barbeque, the COOLPIX P900’s versatile controls and features makes it a great companion for every shooting scenario. Users can utilize the camera’s snap-back zoom button to effortlessly frame subjects when shooting super-telephoto shots, while the Side Zoom Control button’s position helps to combat camera shake. Additionally, the camera has an intuitive control layout, with the Fn (function) button providing fast access to frequently used functions, plus the Command Dial and Mode Dial allow users to quickly apply or adjust settings with just one hand. The COOLPIX P900 also features Manual (spot), Manual (normal) and Manual (wide) AF Area Mode options that can be selected in accordance with the size and position of the primary subject.
 
Taking great action shots is easy with the super-fast COOLPIX P900, as it boasts a speedy shooting lag time of approximately 0.12 seconds at the maximum wide-angle position and approximately 0.75 seconds at the maximum telephoto position. This rapid performance allows users to capture clear back-to-back shots of a runner dashing toward the finish line or a baseball player headed towards home plate with rich detail. What’s more, the camera incorporates the new Dual Detect Optical VR technology to help achieve the highest level of camera shake compensation available in a Nikon compact digital camera, equivalent to a 5.0-stop increase in shutter speed to help ensure sharp photos.
 
For those looking to expand their creativity, the COOLPIX P900 offers fun and user-friendly features like Scene Modes, filter effects, special effects, Picture Controls and macro mode to help users not only find the best settings for nearly any environment, but allow them to add a personal touch to every image or video. Whether users are shooting a school play indoors or out on the slopes, the COOLPIX P900 provides Scene Modes and filter effects that help achieve optimal results without missing a shot. Additionally, users can capture video in Full HD 1080p with stereo audio recording or use the camera’s innovative Time Lapse feature to capture a beautiful sunrise or sunset video over the course of time. When recording video from afar, the Zoom Microphone function helps to enables clear recording of sounds from a variety of distances. Lastly, the COOLPIX P900 makes it easy to document every vacation spot or outdoor adventure as the camera’s built-in GPS and POI allows users to geo-tag images and view where those images were taken on a map.
 
Nikon Snapbridge
Nikon Snapbridge describes the experience of quickly and easily sending photos wirelessly from your Wi-Fi(1) enabled Nikon DSLR, Nikon 1 or COOLPIX camera to a compatible smartphone or tablet. Share your great photos on the go, even in remote locations or even use a smartphone or tablet to control your camera. See what the camera sees and take pictures—great for selfies and group photos that actually include you!
 
Price and Availability
The COOLPIX P900 will be available in Black for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $599.95. The camera will be available for purchase in April 2015.
 
B&H has the Nikon COOLPIX P900 available for preorder.
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Post Date: 3/2/2015 7:00:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon USA:
 
The Nikon D7200 is a Lightweight yet Powerful Option for Enthusiasts Eager to Create, Capture and Share Incredible Images and HD Video
 
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. introduced the Nikon D7200, a powerful DX-format DSLR built for enthusiasts ready to conquer the next challenge in their photographic journey. Featuring a 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter (OLPF) and the EXPEED 4 image processing system, the D7200 is capable of incredibly fast performance and capturing phenomenally detailed, sharp images and HD video. Nikon’s newest lightweight DSLR also adds increased buffer capacity compared to the D7100, includes new Picture Controls and offers the experience of Nikon Snapbridge, whereby users seamlessly shoot and share stunning photos from the camera to a compatible smartphone or tablet via built-in Wi-Fi(1) and Near Field Communication (NFC(2)). Additionally, Nikon introduced the new ME-W1 wireless microphone, a simple solution to DSLR videographers’ wireless sound needs, as well as the new View NX-i imaging software.
 
“Those passionate about photography are constantly looking for the next challenge and Nikon is committed to providing the tools necessary to take that passion to the next level,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “The new DX-format Nikon D7200 offers the next level of performance for the enthusiast photographer that wants to creatively capture exceptional images and HD video that can be easily shared with friends and family.”
 
Incredible Image Quality
Nikon’s newest DSLR features a powerful 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor with no OLPF capable of producing stunning images and maximum sharpness in nearly any shooting scenario. Combined with the new EXPEED 4 Image Processing engine, the Nikon D7200 renders sharp images and HD video with wide dynamic range, with the added benefit of extremely precise autofocus and metering. Whether on assignment or photographing the next family gathering, the D7200 is the ideal tool to capture important moments with incredible quality. For when available light is scarce, the camera also features a wide ISO range from 100-25,600 to help minimize noise in low-light situations. As always, the Nikon D7200 maintains compatibility with the legendary line of NIKKOR lenses and DSLR accessories which adds even more reach and versatility to any photographer’s kit.
 
Powerful Performance for Serious Photographers
Enthusiast photographers need a DSLR that can keep up with their passions. The Nikon D7200 sports a host of features designed to provide the power and precision needed to take on the next photographic challenge. Courtesy of EXPEED 4, the D7200 features 30% faster image processing than its predecessor, the Nikon D7100, and provides an increased buffer capacity that now allows the camera to shoot 18 consecutive RAW 14-bit lossless compressed images, 27 12-bit compressed shots or 100 JPEG frames. Additionally, this powerful DX-format DSLR offers users the versatility to shoot at 6 frames-per-second (fps) continuously or up to 7 fps in 1.3x crop mode, a popular shooting mode for both sports and wildlife photographers.
 
Photographers in need of a versatile, powerful yet lightweight DX-format DSLR need look no further than the Nikon D7200. When shooting fleeting moments or fast action, photographers will appreciate the camera’s pro-caliber 51-point autofocus array powered by a new Advanced Multi-CAM 3500II DX high-density system. The AF points cover a wide DX-format area, and nearly the entire frame using 1.3x crop mode. Even in low-light, the D7200 utilizes 15 cross-type sensors to achieve incredible focus on moving subjects, while the center point works down to f/8, making it great for use with compatible teleconverters. The Nikon D7200 also features a 2,016 RGB metering sensor alongside Nikon’s Scene Recognition System to help achieve the perfect exposure and focus in a variety of shooting scenarios.
 
Create, Capture and Share with Incredible Versatility
The Nikon D7200 is the first Nikon DSLR to feature both built-in Wi-Fi(1) and NFC(2) that allow for seamless connectivity and sharing via compatible smart devices. Via NFC, users can simply touch their device to the camera for easy connectivity, while built-in Wi-Fi also allows the user to utilize their smartphone for simple playback and sharing, as well as a remote shutter and monitor.
 
In addition to robust performance and incredible image quality, the D7200 also sports a feature set designed to foster creativity in any level of photographer. Nikon’s newest DX-format DSLR features the next generation of Picture Controls, now including Flat and Clarity settings, to help users craft each individual image to their intended expression. These controls have been expanded for use in Live View, while artistic effects can be applied to both stills and video in real time, offering the user the ultimate in creative control. Ergonomically designed and ready to endure the elements, the Nikon D7200 features a durable yet lightweight magnesium alloy body and is ready to tackle the next photographic challenge. Users can also take advantage of a 3.2-inch ultra high-resolution (1,229k dot) LCD monitor and a low-power consumption organic EL (OLED) display element in the optical viewfinder that improves visibility when shooting.
 
Impressive Video Capabilities
The Nikon D7200 inherits many of the high-end video capabilities of Nikon’s latest full frame DSLRs, the Nikon D810 and Nikon D750. Ready to capture top-quality HD video at a moment’s notice, users can take advantage of a robust video feature set that allows videographers to record uncompressed and compressed Full HD 1080 footage at 30/25/24p and 1080 at 60/50p in 1.3x Crop Mode. Additionally, Auto ISO sensitivity is now available in manual mode, helping create smooth exposure transitions without changing shutter speed or aperture, while “zebra stripes” highlight display is available to confirm exposure. Video controls are available through a dedicated movie menu for quick access, while aspiring videographers can also utilize a built-in stereo microphone with 20 step adjustments to record smooth DSLR audio. The D7200 is also the first Nikon DX-format DSLR to feature a built-in Time Lapse Mode with exposure smoothing, making capturing a beautiful sunset time-lapse easier than ever.
 
Nikon ME W1 Wireless Microphone
 
ME-W1: A Simple Solution to Wireless Sound in DSLR Video
Nikon has also introduced a versatile new wireless lavalier microphone for Nikon users, the ME-W1, capable of capturing crisp and detailed audio wirelessly. Weather resistant and powered by two AAA batteries, users can wirelessly record audio in mono or stereo (when connected to the ME-1 stereo microphone) from up to 50m (164 ft.) away. Great for bloggers, aspiring videographers or even professionals, the ME-W1 makes recording audio for DSLR video simple, without sacrificing quality sound.
 
View NX-i: New, Innovative Software for Photographers
For photographers that wish to take control of their images after capture, Nikon also announces new View NX-i browsing software that allows for more intuitive control of images than ever before. View NX-i allows users to browse RAW files adjusted by Capture NX-D software and provides the easy upload of images to social networks.
 
Price and Availability
The Nikon D7200 will be available in early April 2015 either body only or kitted with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR for suggested retail prices (SRP) of $1,199.95 and $1,699.95, respectively. The ME-W1 wireless microphone will be available in March 2015 for $249.95 SRP, while Nikon’s View NX-i software will be available on March 17, 2015 as a free download.
 
B&H has the Nikon D7200 and ME-W1 Wireless Microphone available for preorder.
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Post Date: 3/2/2015 6:16:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, February 10, 2015
From Nikon:
 
The D810A Provides New Features Specifically for Astrophotography, Nikon Also Announces Availability of D750 Filmmaker’s Kit
 
MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the new D810A, a DSLR optimized for astrophotography and other scientific applications. By modifying the infrared cut filter for the hydrogen alpha wavelength, Nikon has created a camera that gives photographers the ability to capture the diffuse nebulae in the night sky and to create colorful, breathtaking celestial images. The D810A shares its architecture with the powerful and professional high-resolution Nikon D810 DSLR and includes other new features designed uniquely to help capture the cosmos, letting users achieve sharp and vibrant images of the universe.
 
“The Nikon D810A is engineered exclusively to meet the unique demands of professional and hobbyist astrophotographers,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “The camera’s distinctive feature set and powerful imaging capabilities make it an appealing option for those who are ready to discover the fantastic cosmic features that are hidden among the stars.”
 
I AM Star Struck: DSLR Optimized for Astrophotography
The Nikon D810A provides hobbyists as well as professional stargazers with a powerful combination of impressive resolution and features specifically created for astrophotography and scientific applications. The infrared (IR) cut filter has been optimized to allow transmission of the hydrogen alpha spectral line, resulting in four times greater sensitivity of the 656nm wavelength. The resulting images capture the brilliant red hues of diffuse nebulae and constellations in striking detail and fidelity. While not recommended for general photography, the D810A is an excellent option for photographing the universe with either NIKKOR lenses or third-party adaptors for telescopes.
 
In addition to the optimized IR cut filter, the D810A adds other features that are useful for astrophotography applications. A new Long Exposure Manual Mode is implemented, giving users the ability to set shutter speeds from 4, 5, 8, 10, 15, 20, 30, 60, 120, 180, 240, 300, 600 or 900 seconds (15 minutes), as well as Bulb and Time settings. Building upon the D810’s excellent low-light capabilities, the ISO range has been optimized from 200 to 12,800 (Hi-2 51,200), for maximum sensitivity with the optimal signal to noise ratio.
 
The D810A also adds a new Virtual Exposure Preview Mode, which displays an estimated preview image and is available when shooting at shutter speeds longer than 30 seconds when in Live View. The brightened preview image represents a 30 second exposure, simplifying focusing and composition.
 
The Best of Both Worlds
The Nikon D810A is based off of the Nikon D810 architecture and retains all of the features that make it a powerful tool for creating images. Users will be able to produce photos of the heavens in super high resolution thanks to the 36.3-megapixel CMOS sensor. The image sensor works in tandem with Nikon’s exclusive EXPEED 4 Image processing engine to deliver images with low noise and a dynamic range that is nothing short of stellar. The D810A also features an Electronic Front Curtain Shutter Mode, letting the electronic front curtain act as a shutter when in live view or first composing through the optical viewfinder in mirror-up mode. This feature minimizes vibrations to attain maximum sharpness when shooting subjects at very slow shutter speeds. The camera also features a durable magnesium alloy body that is sealed against dirt and moisture, giving users peace of mind when getting away from the city lights means a trek off of the beaten path.
 
The Nikon D810A is compatible with a wide range of high quality NIKKOR lenses and accessories, including wireless infrared remotes, cable releases and the new WR-1 wireless remote system. Additionally, Nikon’s Capture NX-D software is available as a free download, and it will feature a new option for Astro Noise Reduction for use with D810A image files.
 
Nikon D750 Filmmaker’s Kit
For users who are looking to take advantage of the Nikon D750’s advanced video capabilities, Nikon is now offering a Filmmaker’s Kit that includes everything needed to get started in the world of cinema. The kit contains three NIKKOR lenses in popular focal lengths, including the AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED lens, the AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G lens and the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G lens; all which provide stunning HD clarity and excellent depth of field control for filmmakers. The kit also contains two additional EN-EL15 batteries, an ME-1 Stereo Microphone, one Atomos Ninja-2 External Recorder, and Tiffen 67mm and 58mm Variable Neutral Density Filters (8-Stops) for superior control of light. In addition, the Nikon D750 Filmmaker’s Kit features custom foam inserts, which are ideally sized for use in a hard case for transporting equipment to your next video production.
 
Price and Availability
The Nikon D810A will be available in late May 2015 and pricing will be announced at a later date. The Nikon D750 Filmmaker’s Kit will be available in late February for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $3,999.95.
 
B&H has the Nikon D810A and D750 Filmmaker's Kit available for preorder.
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Post Date: 2/10/2015 7:57:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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