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04/26/2011 - Nikon D7000 Firmware Version 1.02:

Just Released: Nikon D7000 Firmware Version 1.02

Release Notes:

  • Noise reduction processing is now performed with shutter speeds slower than 1 s (previously 8 s) when On is selected for Long Exp. NR in order to reduce the bright spots that occur with shooting still images at slow shutter speeds.  
  • An issue that prevented the opening of movies recorded with the D7000 in certain movie editing software applications has been resolved.  
  • When the camera was connected to a television via the A/V cable and a movie was played back, playback was normal the first time but when the movie was played two or more times, the sound was played back at extremely low volume and seemed to play intermittently.  This issue has been resolved.  
  • When white balance for RAW images created using the camera’s image overlay function was fine tuned with Capture NX 2 or ViewNX 2, the images acquired a magenta cast.  This issue has been resolved.
  • An issue that caused 0.00” to be displayed for heading information when the GP-1 GPS unit was connected to the camera has been resolved so that ---.-- is now displayed.  
  • When Viewfinder virtual horizon was the role assigned to the Fn button or the preview button and the applicable button was pressed, errors in the virtual horizon indicator were displayed.  This issue has been resolved.  
  • The following errors in Help displays have been resolved.  
     - “Maximum sensitivity” help was displayed for shooting menu>ISO sensitivity settings>On or Off help.  
     - German help displayed “Select focus priority for AF-S mode.” for Custom Settings>a1: AF-C priority selection help.

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04/06/2011 - Introducing the Nikon D5100: The much anticipated Nikon D5100 has finally been announced, and with its 16mp sensor, 920k dot LCD screen and 1080p video represents a major step forward.

Nikon D5100
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03/29/2011 - Nikon D3100 Firmware Version 1.01:

Just Released: Nikon D3100 Firmware Version 1.01

Release Notes:

Fixes the following:
  • A magenta tint was present at the bottom of still images captured at high sensitivities after shooting in live view mode or recording movies for an extended length of time.  The occurrence of this magenta tint has been reduced. 
  • When images captured with continuous shooting in live view mode were played back, in some very rare cases, some of the images were not properly displayed.  This issue has been resolved.  
  • When shooting in live view mode with AF-area mode set to Subject-tracking AF, in some very rare cases, the focus point slipped off the subject with autofocusing after the intended tracking subject had been selected.  This issue has been resolved.
  • When images edited using camera retouch functions were played back in calendar playback mode, they were assigned to dates based not on the date of capture, but rather the date on which they were edited.  This issue has been resolved.
  • When white balance for RAW images created using the camera’s image overlay function was fine tuned with Capture NX 2 or ViewNX 2, the images acquired a magenta cast.  This issue has been resolved.
  • A portion of the error message displayed when live view mode could not be initiated because the camera’s internal temperature was too high has been revised.
  • When Noise reduction in the shooting menu is set to On, operation is as follows.
    Processing to reduce noise is performed at all ISO sensitivity settings.  Noise reduction is especially effective with shooting at high ISO sensitivities.  
    Processing to reduce noise is performed immediately after shooting in any of the situations noted below.  While processing to reduce noise is performed, "Job nr" blinks in the viewfinder display.  Shooting is not possible until "Job nr" is no longer displayed.  The time required for noise reduction processing is roughly equal to the shutter speed used to capture the image.
    • Shooting at shutter speeds slower than approximately 8 seconds
    • Shooting at high ISO sensitivities when the internal temperature of the camera is high
  • The Help information displayed for the Noise reduction item in the shooting menu has also been revised in accordance with these modifications. 

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03/29/2011 - Nikon D5000 Firmware Version 1.002:

Just Released: Nikon D5000 Firmware Version 1.002

Release Notes:

The Distortion Control Data firmware upgrade is available for Nikon D90 and D5000 cameras only. This is used to correct barrel and pincushion distortion during shooting and editing. This may be loaded into cameras that support distortion control.

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03/29/2011 - Nikon D7000 Firmware Version 1.01:

Just Released: Nikon D7000 Firmware Version 1.01

Release Notes:

Fixes the following issue: Bright spots were sometimes noticeable with live view mode or movie recording of especially dark scenes or subjects. Occurrence of this issue has been reduced.

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03/29/2011 - Nikon D90 Firmware Version 1.002:

Just Released: Nikon D90 Firmware Version 1.002

Release Notes:

The Distortion Control Data firmware upgrade is available for Nikon D90 and D5000 cameras only. This is used to correct barrel and pincushion distortion during shooting and editing. This may be loaded into cameras that support distortion control.

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03/24/2011 - Nikon Updates Disaster Status: Pretty much everyone is aware of the series of disasters that have struck Japan this month. Yesterday, as has been widely reported, Nikon issued a press release detailing both tragic human loss and giving details regarding the conditions and expectations of their plants and production in the affected area.

Unfortunately with the damaged nuclear reactors, this situation is still unfolding, so the effect of future product releases and availability of current products is largely unknown, but if you are looking to purchase Nikon equipment at any point this year, here are some things to consider:

  • Most of the "consumer" products (D7000 and below, DX lenses etc) are made in other countries, so should be largely unaffected (this assumes that they don't rely on components from the damaged area).
  • As of right now, the Sendai plant that produces the full frame bodies is still off line, with production expected to start by early April. However no indication has been given to the status of Nikon's numerous suppliers, many of which may also have been devastated by the sequence of events. CNN has posted today that Toyota may halt production at numerous US plants due to their inability to get critical components out of northern Japan. Nikon will be in the same position, and will currently be scrambling to assess the situation, source other suppliers, and in some cases move production elsewhere. This isn't a situation that will be resolved overnight, so production could be limited for weeks or months to come for certain products (primarily FX bodies and pro glass).
  • It is possible stockpiled inventory (in containers at the port or in warehouses waiting to ship) have been damaged or lost, further tightening the supply of certain products for the foreseeable future. Damage to ports will also limit shipping access and volume.
  • Should the nuclear disaster get significantly worse, radioactive contamination of products leaving Japan may become an issue (indeed, CNN reports that Nissan is already scanning incoming vehicles for radioactive material).
As a net result of this, we should expect the following:
  • The law of supply and demand will make its presence felt: Lower availability and therefore increased costs of FX bodies and pro lenses - a number of retailers have already reset prices back up to MSRP on many of these products, and depending how this plays out, prices could go higher and/or products become completely unavailable.
  • This year we are expecting a number of big releases from Nikon, including the D400, D800 and D4 bodies, which rely on the Sendai plant. There is a distinct possibility that these camera announcements may be delayed because of the unfolding events, and a very high probability that supply will be extremely limited when they are first announced (with the bulk of available inventory going to NPS Priority purchases).
  • Lower end products, like the expected D5100, shouldn't be impacted nearly as badly.
If you were planning on making larger purchases from Nikon (or other impacted manufacturers) later this year, or are waiting on the anticipated new products, it may be wise to rethink your plans. The situation is fluid, it may be several weeks more before we can even begin to accurately gauge the impact this is going to have on Nikon's ability to release new products, or attempt to meet consumer demand. In the mean time, our sincere condolences go to those who have lost loved ones in the area. Read More about Nikon Updates Disaster Status

02/10/2011 - Nikon Coolpix P300:

Nikon Coolpix P300

MELVILLE, NY (Feb. 8, 2011) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the new COOLPIX P300, Nikon's first compact digital camera to feature a super-fast Wide-Angle 4.2x Zoom-NIKKOR glass lens (24mm-100mm, 35mm equivalent) with a maximum aperture of f/1.8 for capturing stunning, tack-sharp images and Full HD (1080p) video in a variety of lighting conditions. In addition to the widest aperture NIKKOR lens ever seen in a Nikon COOLPIX camera, the P300 also comes equipped with a 12.2-megapixel backside illumination CMOS sensor as well as a complement of other Nikon core technologies designed to prevail in even the most challenging light.

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02/10/2011 - Nikon Coolpix P500, S9100, L120:

MELVILLE, NY (Feb. 8, 2011) – Invoking the NIKKOR legacy of unparalleled optics innovation, Nikon Inc. today unveiled three new high power super-zoom COOLPIX digital cameras, including the new COOLPIX P500 with a 36x zoom, the longest zoom ever integrated into a COOLPIX camera. For consumers who desire slim zoom or affordable telephoto, Nikon has also announced the new COOLPIX S9100 and L120 cameras to address the need for versatile, high performance compact cameras with easy-to-use functionality.

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02/10/2011 - Nikon Coolpix S6100, S3100, S4100:

MELVILLE, NY (Feb. 8, 2011) –Today, imaging leader Nikon continues to steer innovation to create models as diverse as the needs of users by announcing four new COOLPIX compact digital cameras. Whether it's a weekend excursion with the COOLPIX S6100, posting photos and videos on social networks with the COOLPIX S3100 or S4100, or casually shooting life's events with the COOLPIX L24, Nikon provides an enhanced user-experience with astounding imaging quality and point-and-shoot simplicity.

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09/15/2010 - Nikon D7000 Announced:

Nikon D7000
The D7000, the much anticipated update to the D90, has finally been announced. At first glance this is an impressive camera:
  • It features a 16.2mp CMOS sensor - Nikon's highest pixel density yet, and second highest resolution DSLR after the D3x.
  • Impressive ISO range (Nikon claims "low-light ability never before seen in a DX-format (APS-C) camera". Base ISO range is 100-6,400, with a hi-2 mode taking it to ISO 25,600 (yes, that is the same as the D700/D3, however it's yet to be seen exactly how well it compares). The ISO 100 base will be welcome for studio photographers wanting to eliminate ambient light.
  • Full 1080p video with full time AF, up to 20 minutes per clip.
  • 14-bit image processing (the D90 was limited to 12 bit).
  • New 39-point AF system - if the D90 had an Achilles Heel, it was certainly its weak AF system.
  • The 6 f.p.s. matches an un-gripped D300, and is a big step up from the D90's 4.5 f.p.s.
  • The use of magnesium alloy components, a shutter rated for 150k exposures and dust and moisture sealing make the D7000 a step ahead of the D90 it replaces.
  • A 100% viewfinder is always welcome.
  • As are Twin SD card slots.

There are a couple of things we are less keen on however:

  • The $1,200 price point makes sense given the strength of the Yen and how well this camera stacks up to the new Canon 60D, but it is still $200 more than the original price of the D90 (and more like $400 more than current street prices) - this moves the camera firmly out of the critical sub $1,000 price point that the D90 enjoyed.
  • It has a new battery (EN-EL15), meaning it is less likely to be used as a backup camera for someone shooting a mid range body (one of the main advantages of the D90 was it used the same batteries as the D300/D700).
  • It appears to lack AF micro-adjustment.

Overall, this is a huge step forward from the D90, and in some ways it is superior to the D300s (the D7000 still appears to lack the AF micro-adjustment, and the D300s still enjoys the 51 point AF system for example). It is priced right in the middle of the current street prices for the D90 and D300s.

The D7000 also has implications for the D400 that is rumored to be launched next year. Presumably the D400 will re-use the same 16.2 mp sensor (or at least a slightly improved version), but have additional features like an improved AF system, AF micro adjustment, higher frame rates and so forth.

The Nikon D7000 is available for pre-order, and is expected to ship in October:

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09/15/2010 - Nikon SB-700 Flash:

Nikon SB-700

For a lot of us, the new Nikon SB-700 is perhaps the most interesting of today's announcements from Nikon. Replacing the workhorse SB-600, the SB-700 adds several new features:

  • Built in CLS Commander Mode (unlike the SB-600).
  • SU-4 mode (at least according to the specs posted on the Nikon Imaging web site) - this was a major missing feature from the SB-600.
  • Wide zoom feature that detects FX vs DX.
  • Claimed more efficient use of batteries and flash coverage.
  • Three light distribution patterns.
  • Thermal Cut-Out detection - yes, the feature many despise on the SB-900 that prevents you from taking pictures when the flash overheats.
On the down side:
  • Still no PC port for remote triggering.
  • Huge price jump to $329 - around 50% premium over the current SB-600 prices.

Overall it looks like a good step forward from the SB-600, albeit with a big price jump. The addition of the SU-4 mode means we'll be buying one, we'll post a review in a few months once we've used it in anger. The big question over this unit is will the thermal cut off get in the way, like it does for some SB-900 users (and on the SB-700, it doesn't appear you can use an external battery pack to aid cooling either).

The SB-700 is available for pre-ordering, and should start shipping mid-November for $329.95.

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09/15/2010 - Nikon 35mm f1.4 and 200mm f2: Widely rumored, these two new lenses are now official:

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II

The AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G lens will be available in mid-November with an MSRP of $1799.95. The new telephoto AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II will be available early October for an MSRP of $5999.95. Both are available for Pre-Order:

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08/19/2010 - Nikon D3100 and Four New Lenses: The heavily rumored Nikon D3100 is now official, complete with 14mp sensor and focusing during 1080 video capture. This makes it both the most advanced DSLR video offering from Nikon, and the highest pixel density (meaning more pixels on target for telephoto users), despite being the bottom of the line camera effectively replacing the D3000.

It's still hampered by the slow 11-point AF system the D3000 had, but even so highlights how much the rest of the DX line needs updating (it out-specs the D5000, D90 and D300s on both megapixels and video).

As for the 4 new lenses, we have:

  • A new 85mm f1.4G (new optical design, AF-S focusing, nano coating, misses VR, but adds about $400 to street prices over the current at $1650). The current 85mm f1.4D is a lens I use a lot, and my only minor complaint is focusing speed when taking sports pictures in badly-lit gyms. For its main use as a portrait lens I'm personally very happy with my current results - this may be a lens I'd be interested in down the road if the focusing speed is noticeably improved.
  • An AF-S DX 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR, for 55-200mm users that want more reach. At $399.95 it is slightly cheaper than the excellent 70-300mm lens, and is presumably smaller since it works only with DX sensors (unlike the FX compatible 70-300mm). If it is up to the 70-300mm optically, this could be a very nice lens.
  • The AF-S 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR for FX users is roughly equivalent to the 18-200mm for DX users, so a good lens for people who don't want to change lenses. Will likely be popular with a lot of consumer D700 users, but any lens with that focal length range (almost 11x) is going to have a lot of compromises optically. M.S.R.P. is $1049.95.
  • Being a constant aperture 5x zoom, the AF-S 24-120mm f/4G ED VR should optically be a much better walk-around lens for FX users than the 28-300mm, plus the extra 4mm on the wide end make a huge difference for street photography. Pair this lens with the current Nikon 70-300mm lens and you should have a very capable and relatively light-weight setup. M.S.R.P. is $1299.95, but for a lot of D700 and D3 series users, this will become their primary lens.

Overall a good step for Nikon - the D3000 didn't exactly set the world alight when it was announced last year, but the D3100 looks to be a big step forward, and instantly becomes Nikon's most advanced DSLR video offering, and highest pixel density camera.

For DX users, the 55-300mm should be a very interesting and affordable lens.

For FX users, the 85mm f1.4G is a specialized lens, although the current lens is superb, it remains to be seen how many people will upgrade. The Nano-coated 24-120mm is effectively a must-have for any prosumer or pro that wants a lighter walk-around lens that performs. The 28-300mm is for the more consumer oriented FX user that doesn't like carrying extra lenses and doesn't mind the f5.6 maximum aperture at the long end. Read More about Nikon D3100 and Four New Lenses


04/28/2010 - Nikon 200-400mm Updated: Nikon does a minor update to the 200-400mm f4 Lens, updating VR, and adding Nano coating and new A/M switch/focus mode. No optical changes. Oh, and the price has been bumped almost $1,000 (street prices) to $6,999.99.

Press Release:

NIKON FOCUSES ON EXCEPTIONAL IMAGE QUALITY AT SUPER-TELEPHOTO FOCAL LENGTHS WITH NEW AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II HIGH POWER PROFESSIONAL ZOOM LENS

MELVILLE, N.Y. (April 27, 2010) – Today, the evolution of the super telephoto lens continues as Nikon Inc. announced the new AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II lens which delivers optical excellence and stunning image quality for professional photographers. Ideal for bringing to life exquisite detail for sports, nature and travel photography, this new lens affords a constant maximum aperture of f/4 and rugged construction for maximum versatility. Continued refinements and new technologies such as Vibration Reduction (VR) II, Nano Crystal Coat, and optimized autofocus (AF) modes enhance functionality and improve performance for discerning FX and DX-format photographers.

"The AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm lens builds upon a proven design for professional level optics by incorporating the latest Nikon lens technologies to give photographers the edge in the field, and the ability to capture the most intricate of details with extraordinary fidelity," said Lisa Osorio, general manager of Marketing at Nikon Inc. "As both camera capabilities and the roles of photographers expand, NIKKOR enhancements will continue to meet demands and exceed expectations to remain the pinnacle of optical excellence for all types of photographers."

Whether photographing the decisive play at home plate or predators of the Serengeti, the 200-400mm f/4 lens is an essential tool for photographers who require long focal lengths and maximum versatility without sacrificing image quality. The 200-400mm lens benefits from the addition of Nikon's proprietary Nano Crystal Coat to reduce instances of ghosting and flaring. The result is unparalleled clarity and sharpness in challenging lighting environments typical to sports venues or harsh sunlight.

Additionally, this new NIKKOR lens features Nikon VR II image stabilization, which is specifically engineered for each lens for maximum performance. VR II is a valuable asset to those shooting photos or HD video, as image blur introduced by camera shake and telephoto magnification is significantly reduced. Users are able to shoot up to four stops* slower than otherwise possible, overcoming many of the challenges of handheld shooting with such extreme focal lengths. VR functionality is further augmented with Automatic Panning Detection and an Active VR Mode to help compensate for movement from an unstable position such as a moving vehicle. Additionally, VR is always engaged when shooting in the D-Movie mode on select Nikon D-SLRs, helping to stabilize HD video capture.

The new 200-400mm f/4 lens features a host of professional focusing features to further enhance functionality. Photographers can now select from three focus modes to match shooting conditions, including manual mode (M) and autofocus with manual override (M/A) mode, and new A/M mode which is used to avoid cancelling the AF setting by unintentionally moving the focus ring while shooting. The M/A and A/M focus modes enhance AF control with fast, secure switching from automatic and manual focus to adapt to personal shooting preference and techniques. Additionally, photographers can activate the AF Recall Mode at the press of a button that allows for instant return to a predetermined point of focus to confidently capture anticipated shots.

This professional lens is constructed of die-cast magnesium for maximum durability and is sealed to resist dust and moisture, with protective Meniscus glass to safeguard the lens' front element. The optical formula features four Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements for superior sharpness, color and image quality, while minimizing chromatic aberration. The lens also features Nikon's exclusive Silent Wave Motor (SWM) technology, which enables high-speed autofocus performance with exceptional accuracy and powerful, super-quiet operation. Nikon's Super Integrated Coating further suppresses flare and offers superior color consistency throughout the frame.

Price and Availability

The AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II lens is scheduled to be available at Nikon authorized dealers in late May 2010 with an estimated selling price of $6,999.95**. For more information, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

About the NIKKOR brand

With a comprehensive assortment of FX and DX-format lenses and focal lengths, from the new ultra-wide 10-24mm to the super telephoto 600mm VR, Nikon photographers have come to rely upon the NIKKOR core technologies that contribute to their optical superiority. NIKKOR is the brand name for Nikon's photographic lenses, which are precision crafted to the most exacting standards in Nikon's own glassworks. In 1933, Nikon marketed its first camera lens under the NIKKOR brand name, the "Aero-NIKKOR" for aerial photography applications. Since then, NIKKOR has been used as a brand name for Nikon's lenses that symbolizes durability, high image quality and optical excellence.

About Nikon

Nikon, At the Heart of the Image. Nikon Inc. is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Inc. distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories; Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras; COOLSCAN® digital film scanners; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software products and Nikon sports and recreational optics. For more information, dial (800) NIKON-UX or visit http://www.nikonusa.com, which links all levels of photographers to the Web's most comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities.

*As determined in Nikon performance tests

**Estimated selling price listed is only an estimate. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.

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02/09/2010 - Nikon 24mm f1.4 and 16-35mm f4: Nikon finally released the much anticipated AF-S 24mm f/1.4 lens, and an impressive looking 16-35mm f4 - cheaper than the 14-24mm, it also takes filters, and has VR.

Press Release:

NIKON RELEASES TWO HIGHLY ANTICIPATED WIDE ANGLE NIKKOR LENSES DESTINED TO BECOME PHOTOGRAPHER FAVORITES

The Ultra-Wide 16-35mm f/4 VR and Ultra-Fast 24mm f/1.4 Lenses Provide Photographers With New Perspectives and Creative Versatility

MELVILLE, N.Y. (Feb. 8, 2010) – Nikon Inc. today announced two new lenses for professional and enthusiast photographers that epitomize NIKKOR leadership in optical excellence. The highly anticipated AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED lens is engineered to meet the demand for an ultra-fast professional lens for wide angle applications, while the AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR offers Nikon's widest FX-format focal range with VR, offering additional versatility to a broad range of photographers.

"The 16-35mm f/4 VR and 24mm f/1.4 are two new lenses designed to address the needs of an ever-expanding number of Nikon FX-format photographers, delivering dramatic perspectives, amazing clarity, contrast and color when capturing stills or HD video," said Edward Fasano, general manager for marketing, SLR Systems Products at Nikon Inc. "Customers that choose these new lenses will experience excellent image quality and sturdy handling, which is made possible through our commitment to excellence and expert NIKKOR engineering."

World renowned NIKKOR technologies play an essential role in the design of these two new lenses, and both feature Nikon's exclusive Silent Wave Motor (SWM) technology for quiet, fast and accurate autofocus performance. The optical construction of both lenses also utilizes precision Nikon ED glass elements along with multiple aspherical elements to suppress chromatic aberrations resulting in sharp, high contrast images. Additionally, Nikon's proprietary Nano-Crystal Coat minimizes instances of internal "ghosting" and flaring, further ensuring exceptional image integrity.

The 24mm f/1.4G ED Lens

Perhaps one of the most hotly anticipated lenses in recent memory, the new AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED lens blends a natural yet versatile 24mm perspective with an ultra-fast f/1.4 aperture to expand an existing collection of well over 60 NIKKOR interchangeable lenses. The f/1.4 maximum aperture allows photographers to shoot handheld in low light and provides dramatic separation between subject and a softened background. In a wide variety of photographic situations, both FX and DX-format shooters will enjoy the benefits of extra-bright f/1.4 viewing, superb image quality and the dramatic perspectives afforded by a picture angle of 84 degrees (61 degrees when mounted on a DX-format body).

The 16-35mm f/4 VR Lens Brings a New Perspective to VR

The new AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR lens is an ideal lens for enthusiasts and professionals craving a constant maximum aperture and ultra-wide angle zoom versatility with the benefits of Nikon's Vibration Reduction (VR) II image stabilization. As the widest FX-format NIKKOR zoom lens with VR, users can realize the ability to shoot up to four shutter speeds slower than otherwise possible, expanding low light shooting opportunities and contributing to dramatically sharper handheld photography and video capture. Nikon VR II image stabilization technology is engineered specifically for and optimized to function most effectively for each lens, ensuring optimum performance. Whether joining the growing ranks of FX-format photographers or using the Nikon DX-format, photographers will appreciate the perspectives possible when shooting architecture, interiors, landscapes and more.

Pricing and Availability

The versatile, wide angle AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR is scheduled to be available in late February 2010 at Nikon Authorized Dealers with an estimated selling price of $1259.95*. The ultra-fast AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4 G ED lens will be available in late March 2010 for estimated selling price of $2199.95*. For more information, please visit www.nikonusa.com. Read More about Nikon 24mm f1.4 and 16-35mm f4

02/09/2010 - Nikon D3s Firmware Version 1.01:

Just Released: Nikon D3s Firmware Version 1.01

Release Notes:

  • Movie recording specifications have been modified as follows and an issue that, in some rare cases, caused movie playback to appear to have stopped momentarily has been resolved.
    • When exposure preview is enabled in live view tripod mode, information + histogram display is possible, but the histogram is no longer displayed while movies are recorded.  
    • When the live view button is pressed with the Audio Video Cable EG-D2 connected, the image is displayed in both the television and camera monitor, but the camera monitor now turns off during movie recording.
    • The camera monitor turns on again when the Audio Video Cable EG-D2 is disconnected from the camera.  
  • Some simplified Chinese menus and help displays have been revised.  
  • When some memory cards were inserted in the camera, “CHA” was displayed in the top control panel and images could not be captured.  This issue has been resolved.

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01/25/2010 - Nikon Camera Control Pro 2 updated to v2.7.1: The update for Camera Control Pro 2 can be found here: Nikon USA. Mainly updates for the new firmware in the D3/D700. Read More about Nikon Camera Control Pro 2 updated to v2.7.1


01/06/2010 - Nikon D700 Firmware Version 1.0.2:

Just Released: Nikon D700 Firmware Version 1.0.2

Release Notes:

  • Auto white balance performance has been improved.
  • Support for 64 GB memory cards has been added.  
  • When ISO sensitivity settings>ISO sensitivity auto control in the shooting menu is set to On, the Maximum sensitivity option can now be specified in steps of 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV or 1 EV, according to the Custom Setting b1 ISO sensitivity step value setting. 
  • The length of time the camera waits before adjusting focus in response to sudden changes in the distance to the subject can now be selected from 5 (Long) , 4, 3 (Normal), 2, and 1 (Short) from Custom Setting a4 Focus tracking with lock-on.  With the increase in the number of options for Custom Setting a4 Focus tracking with lock-on, this item will be set to 3 (Normal) after firmware upgrade.  Adjust this setting as needed.
  • When the camera’s AF-ON button is pressed, the monitor turns off and a focus point can now be selected using the multi selector.
  • When the MB-D10 AF-ON button is pressed (with AF-ON selected for Custom Setting a10 AF-ON for MB-D10), the monitor now turns off and a focus point can be selected using the multi selector.  
  • A Use GPS to set camera clock item has been added to the GPS item in the setup menu.  When Yes is selected, date and time information acquired via connection to a GPS device is used to set the camera’s internal clock.  After selecting Yes for the first time, turn the camera off and then on again to reacquire GPS data. 
  • When Enable is selected for GPS>Auto meter off in the setup menu, the time until meters turn off is now extended by up to 1 minute to enable camera acquisition of GPS data immediately after the camera is turned on, and immediately after meters turn on.  (only with GPS Unit GP-1)
  • When On is selected for Long exp. NR with shooting at shutter speeds slower than 1 s but faster than or equal to 8 s, it did not function properly.  This issue has been resolved.
  • The focus point was sometimes not displayed even when focus was acquired with playback of images captured with continuous shooting.  This issue has been resolved.  
  • When the virtual horizon was displayed with shooting in live view tripod mode and live view was then cancelled, the focus point displayed in the monitor could not be moved.  This issue has been resolved.  
  • When some memory cards were inserted in the camera, “CHA” was displayed in the top control panel and images could not be captured.  This issue has been resolved.  
  • When [M] exposure mode was used in live view shooting via Camera Control Pro 2, the electronic analog exposure display did not function.  This issue has been resolved.

Click for more info and download links: Nikon D700 Firmware Version 1.0.2. Read More about Nikon D700 Firmware Version 1.0.2


01/06/2010 - Nikon D3 Firmware Version 2.02:

Just Released: Nikon D3 Firmware Version 2.02

Release Notes:

  • Auto white balance performance has been improved.
  • Support for 64 GB memory cards has been added.  
  • When ISO sensitivity settings>ISO sensitivity auto control in the shooting menu is set to On, the Maximum sensitivity option can now be specified in steps of 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV or 1 EV, according to the Custom Setting b1 ISO sensitivity step value setting. 
  • The length of time the camera waits before adjusting focus in response to sudden changes in the distance to the subject can now be selected from 5 (Long), 4, 3 (Normal), 2, and 1 (Short) from Custom Setting a4 Focus tracking with lock-on.  With the increase in the number of options for Custom Setting a4 Focus tracking with lock-on, this item will be set to 3 (Normal) after firmware upgrade.  Adjust this setting as needed.
  • A Dynamic AF area option has been added to the FUNC. button + dials (Preview + command dials, AE-L/AF-L + command dials) item for Custom Setting f4 Assign FUNC. Button (f5 Assign preview button, f6 Assign AE-L/AF-L button).
  • When AF-ON is selected for Custom Setting a9 AF-ON button or a10 Vertical AF-ON button, the monitor now turns off when the AF-ON button is pressed, even when shooting information is displayed. 
  • When AF-ON is selected for Custom Setting f6 Assign AE-L/AF-L button>AE-L/AF-L button press, the monitor now turns off when the AE/AF lock button is pressed, even when shooting information is displayed. 
  • A Use GPS to set camera clock item has been added to the GPS item in the setup menu.   When Yes is selected, date and time information acquired via connection to a GPS device is used to set the camera’s internal clock.   After selecting Yes for the first time, turn the camera off and then on again to reacquire GPS data. 
  • When Enable is selected for GPS>Auto meter off in the setup menu, the time until meters turn off is now extended by up to 1 minute  to enable camera acquisition of GPS data immediately after the camera is turned on, and immediately after meters turn on.  (only with GPS Unit GP-1)
  • When On is selected for Long exp. NR with shooting at shutter speeds slower than 1 s but faster than or equal to 8 s, it did not function properly.  This issue has been resolved.
  • The focus point was sometimes not displayed even when focus was acquired with playback of images captured with continuous shooting. This issue has been resolved.   
  • When some memory cards were inserted in the camera, “CHA” was displayed in the top control panel and images could not be captured.  This issue has been resolved.  

Click for more info and download links: Nikon D3 Firmware Version 2.02. Read More about Nikon D3 Firmware Version 2.02



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