I received an email today from site sponsor B&H Photo indicating that Nikon has dropped prices on a large list of Nikkor lenses. It’s unclear as to whether these are temporary cuts, or are more long-term adjustments that reflect the relative weakness of the Yen against the US dollar.
Nikon has issued Firmware Update C: version 1.10 for the D810 DSLR, effective October 29, 2015.
This update makes mostly minor tweaks to images captured in Live View mode, but it also adds an External Recording Control option to the HDMI item in the Setup Menu. This feature allows the camera controls to start and stop recording to 3rd-party HDMI recorders that support the Atoms Open Protocol.
In this episode of The Sensor Plane photography podcast, I discuss what I’ve been up to over the summer, including recaps of workshops in South Dakota and Colorado. I also discuss the new Nikkor lens announcements to include the 24 f/1.8, 24-70 f/2.8 VR, and 200-500 f/5.6 VR.
Lastly I talk about some new improvements to Lightroom CC, including a cool new adjustment tool called the Dehaze slider.
Yesterday brought the announcement of three new Nikkor lenses from Nikon. Two of these lenses are completely new, and the third is an update to a member of Nikon’s “holy trinity” series. You can read the official press release here, but let’s get down to it. These new lenses are a great addition to the Nikkor lineup, but should you consider them? Let’s take a look at each of these new lenses. Continue reading 3 New Nikkors: Should you order them?
Nikon has announced updates to its 500mm and 600mm f/4 VR Nikkor lenses. The new lenses replace the original VR versions, which were announced in 2007. These new big Nikkors use fluorite glass elements to significantly reduce their weight. The 500mm f/4 E FL Nikkor weighs in at 6.8 lbs, and the 600mm f/4 E FL Nikkor is 8.4 lbs. That makes them currently the lightest 500/4 and 600/4 lenses on the market for 35mm format cameras.
Nikon has also updated the VR system in these lenses to add 4-stops of effective shutter speed, and introduced a “sport” VR mode, which should theoretically improve AF tracking of moving subjects. The lenses also gain electronic aperture control, which is intended to improve exposure accuracy during high-speed shooting, such as with the D4s DSLR.
I’ve put together a simple table comparing each of these new lenses to its predecessor. Major differences are highlighted in green.