The Zoom-Nikkor 1200-1700mm f/5.6-8P IF-ED lens was put to good use when Roman Catholic cardinals selected their new Pope.
Our members in the Manual Focus Lenses forum are discussing the legendary Zoom-Nikkor 1200-1700mm f/5.6-8P IF-ED lens with links to images of this monster chunk of glass on the scene. At 888mm (just short of 3 feet long) and weighing 16 kilograms (35 pounds) it has earned the nickname "tuna."
If you are interested in the history behind this lens, check the Nikon Recollections page featuring comments by the two men who were responsible for its optical design and its mechanical design.Papal announcement draws tuna
Our friends at Think Tank Photo have just announced three new photography accessories for you.Hot from Think Tank Photo
The Nikon COOLPX line has added seven new models. These cameras cover long zoom requirements, GPS and Wi-Fi enhancements, rugged harsh outdoor environments, and even modest budget needs.
The Nikkor FX-format lens category has also expanded, with a hefty 800mm fixed focal length lens and an 18-35mm wide-angle zoom designed for Nikon's ultra-high-pixel-count D-SLR cameras.
Nikon has announced the newest addition to the Nikon 1 System, the Nikon 1 V2.
The Nikon 1 system will also have a new speedlight in January, designed for connection to the Nikon 1 V2 i-TTL hot shoe.
Nikon also announced the new AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR telephoto zoom lens, featuring five stops of VR image stabilization.
Touch-screen Sekonic light meters debut at Photokina
September 23, 2012   7:06 AM
Sekonic Corporation, manufacturers of professional photographic light meters for over 50 years, unveiled their LITEMASTER PRO L-478 series light meters at Photokina 2012, in Cologne, Germany.
Sekonic describes the new meters as the world's first touch-screen operated light meters with unique features for both still photographers and motion imagers.
Smartphone users will quickly adapt to the color 2.7-inch LCD monitor, which enables simply touching or sliding a finger over the touch screen to make settings.
The units are basically identical with built-in Pocketwizard support added to the L-478DR model. This is a highly useful function for wireless flash triggering and power control over multiple lighting units from a single location.
Nikon's newest FX-format camera has been unveiled.
The Nikon D600 features a full frame 24.3-megapixel CMOS sensor alongside an EXPEED 3 image processing engine that allows for outstanding low-light ability and sharpness.
The new camera will be available on September 18, 2012 for a manufacturer's suggested retail price (SRP) of $2,099.95 (USD) for body only or $2,699.95 kitted with the AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR lens.
Easy on the budget and heavy on features, Nikonís latest COOLPIX cameras include Wi-Fi connectivity, long-reaching zooms with vibration reduction (VR) and touchscreen operation.
The three new cameras range in price from $179.95 USD to $499.95 USD (suggested retail) and one of them will be an interesting link for social networking enthusiasts familiar with the Android operating system.
Nikon has released Version 1.10 firmware for the 10-30mm and 30-110mm CX lenses. The update allows Nikon J2 cameras to be shut off by collapsing the lenses to their carry position.New Firmware Version 1.10 for Nikon CX Lenses
Nikon has announced an update to the popular J1 mirrorless camera - the Nikon J2. The latest arrival update the rear LCD screen to 921k dots resolution and adds a scene mode setting to the dial for making photos appear as panoramas, miniatures, soft color, backlighting and more. The new camera lists at USD549.99 starting cost with a kit lens.
A new CX kit lens was also announced - an 11-27mm f3.5-5.6 (MSRP USD190). Notably, this is without VR. The J2 will continue to be sold with the 10-30 and/or 30-110 kit options, with the latest addition sold separately.
Finally, an underwater housing, WP-N1, rated to 131m/430f, will accomodate either the J1 or J2 and the CX 10-30mm. The case lists for USD750 and is compatible with the Sea & Sea YS-D1 underwater flash.Nikon J2, 11-27mm CX Lens and WP-N1 Housing Announced
Updated: Nikon USA links now available.
Nikon has released version 1.2 firmware for both the J1 and V1 mirrorless cameras. Improvements include a fix to the "low shutter speed" threshold in Still Image Mode, Auto White Balance enhancements, exposure fixes when using the optional SB-N5 Speedlight at certain ISO ranges and error messages encountered during interval shooting and power-on using the lens barrel switch.Firmware Update 1.2 for Nikon J1 and V1
Polarizing filter in digital photography
June 23, 2012   12:35 PM
As have been said in article about filters in digital photography last week, polarizing filter is a must have accessory for every photographer. Firstly because it has got usage across all fields of photography and secondly because its effect is very difficult, if not impossible, to reproduce in Photoshop.
Filters in digital photography
June 16, 2012   2:24 PM
Do you know what is most underrated and at the same time also overrated accessories? And what do photographers very often search for straight after they purchase a camera and lens? Well, that is probably tripod, but filters are following closely. But choose the right filter and more important, choose the filter you will actually need and use is not that easy.
As featured in our last newsletter, the Nikonians Pro Shop is now carrying the Ilford Galerie Professional Limited Edition 40 Pack. The TIPA-award winning package features ten (10) A4 size pages of fabulous stock including Lustre Duo and Gold Fibre Silk.
Nikonians Team Member Martin Turner takes the flagship D4 for a spin -
"...with an optical rating by DxO labs above almost every Hasselblad ever built, top ISO in excess of 200,000 and essentially noise-free at 25,600, this may well be the last camera you will ever need to buy."
Get the full review after the jump.Nikon D4 Digital SLR - The Nikonians Review
Tamron announces the world's first full-frame fast-aperture 24-70mm f2.8 zoom lens with integrated image stabilization. The SP 24-70 f2.8 Di VC USD features an entire gamut of the latest optical technology. It is equipped with the silent and fast-focusing Ultrasonic Drive, the extremely effective three-coil Vibration Compensation, moisture-resistant construction and a nine-blade diaphragm for smooth bokeh. The lens will be initially available in Canon mount in late April, with the Nikon mount to follow shortly thereafter. Hit the link for more details.Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 with Image Stabilization
Nikonians Academy director Mike Hagen recently proved the reliability of the Profoto D1 Studio Kit by taking it straight to an important shoot two hours after he unpacked it for the first time.Profoto Light kit passes Hagen test with flying colors
Being a Nikon Professional has its advantages, besides shooting with great equipment (Nikon), you sometimes get to see products before they are available on the market.
Today I was at Nikon NL to preview the new Nikon flagships, the D4, D800, and D800E. Together with a presentation listing the highlights of these new cameras and their underlying technique, I was able to actually play with them. Very exiting and quite unique as these previews are only available to a select group of Nikon professionals. What makes the event even more unique is the fact that I was holding the only D4, D800 and D800E cameras in the Netherlands!
The rest of the report can be found on my own blog page.
Feel free to comment/ask questions. And yes, you'll want to start saving to be able to buy one of these cameras, they're really that good :-)D4, D800 & D800E hands-on report
Apple has released an update to the Lion Operating System that reads the new Nikon Series 1 camera RAW files.Lion OS-X Update Now Supports Nikon Series 1