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July 1, 2008

Nikon introduces 2nd Full Frame DSLR, new Speedlight and 2 new PC lenses

Nikon Corporation today released details on their new FX-format D700, the high-powered SB-900 Speedlight and two new Perspective Control lenses.

D700-SB900.jpg The new Nikon D700, shown here with the equally new SB-900 Speedlight attached, is the second FX-format digital SLR entry from Nikon. The format, often referred to as "full-frame" was a big hit when the Nikon D3 was introduced less than a year ago. Nikon describes the D700 as carrying many of the same features that made the D3 a hit, mixed with the "functionality, flexibility and operability - from the more agile D300, Nikon's flagship DX-format D-SLR."

The list of features for the new D700 reads like a solid mix of the best elements from both the D3 and the D300. They include a Multi-CAM 3500FX autofocus sensor module featuring 51 AF points, image sensor cleaning technology, the option of adding an MB-D10 Multi-Power Battery Pack, and a 920,000-dot VGA (640 x 480) 3-inch LCD monitor with tempered glass providing a 170 degree viewing angle. The body is protected with a magnesium alloy exterior cover, rear body and mirror box. Nikon quotes the suggested manufacturer's retail price at $2,999.95 USD for the body only. It should start shipping in late July.

Details published by Nikon regarding the D700 are available here.

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The SB-900 Speedlight, being unveiled just as we reach the fifth anniversary of it's predecessor the SB-800, boasts higher guide numbers, enhanced ability to pair up with the new generation of Nikon DSLR's and faster recycle times (up to 25 percent faster than the SB-800 with its fifth battery attachment). It should start shipping in August at an MSRP of $499.95 USD. SB-900 specs and features are available here.

Front-two-lenses-Web.jpg The PC lenses (Perspective Control) are the PC-E Micro NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8D ED and PC-E Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/2.8D. The pair are similar in the way they handle the special perspective lens tilt mechanism favored by photographers shooting architecture, nature, interiors, still-life and product photography.

The tilt mechanism helps photographers offset the distortion commonly caused by tilting the axis of a camera to shoot tall objects (sometimes called keystoning). The PC-E NIKKOR lens' "shift" control is used to compensate for that distortion.

The "ED" designation on the PC-E Micro NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8D ED lens means it features Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass. The lenses should start shipping in August.
The PC-E Micro NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8D ED should go for an MSRP of $1,799.95 USD, while the PC-E Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/2.8D comes with an MSRP of $1,739.95 USD.
Details provided by Nikon on these lenses are available here.

Posted by flashdeadline at July 1, 2008 7:32 AM