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October 14, 2009

Nikon unveils D3s and new 85mm DX format medium micro lens

Nikon-D3s_78.jpgNikon has announced their new Nikon D3S, which adds astronomical ISO sensitivity and a host of other features to the already established FX-format D3 — and a new medium telephoto; the AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR lens.

Nikon-D3s_250.jpgThe new Nikon D3s takes low-light photography to a hard to imagine effective ISO range of 102,400 (yes, six-digits).
It also features:
• 9 frames per second at full resolution (11 fps at DX crop)
• 720p HD video recording with stereo microphone input
• Same amazing low light ability can be applied to movies
• 12.1 mp FX-format full frame CMOS sensor
• 51 point AF system, 3D Matrix metering and Scene Recognition System
• $5199.95 estimated selling price (availability in late November).

Nikon-D3s_Back-250.jpgAccording to Nikon's Press Release, the new level of high ISO sensitivity comes from a completely redesigned 12.1-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor, which measures 36x23.9mm. The press release explains:
While the pixel size and count that served the D3 were maintained to deliver the pinnacle of image quality, dynamic range, phenomenal tonal gradation and outstanding color, other aspects were engineered to add versatility through broader low-noise ISO sensitivity. Individual pixels measure a large 8.45 microns, which support enhanced sensitivity to light and other qualities leading to superior image fidelity. The D3S captures light and renders images in a way that no other Nikon camera has yet to achieve, with a higher signal-to-noise ratio and an unmatched dynamic range for both stills and HD video throughout its broadened ISO range.


Special Note:
LGD-175.jpg Our good friends at LetsGoDigital have posted a hands on review of the new Nikon D3s by editor Dennis Hissink. Click the LetsGoDigital logo for the English version of his review.


AF-S-DX-Micro-NIKKOR-85mm_250.jpgThe new lens added to the DX inventory is the AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR.

This medium telephoto lens is designed for extreme close-up photography and Nikon's Press Release adds it is "perfectly suited for portrait, nature, and general imaging as well."
The lens features:

• VR II for up to 4 stops of correction
• Internal focusing design
• Use of an ED glass element
• 1:1 life-size reproduction ratio
• $529.99 MSRP (availability in December)

Posted by flashdeadline at October 14, 2009 6:31 AM