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January 6, 2012

Nikon unveils new FX format flagship and new lens

logo_nikon.gifNikon has announced their newest new FX-format camera and a medium format telephoto lens.

The Nikon D4 and AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G lens announcement comes just in time for the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week.

Nikon-D4.jpgNikon's official D4 brochure is available for download.

Sample images are also available.

The Tokyo Press Release (in English) is available through the Nikon global site.

Nikon USA's official press release is also available

Moderating Team member Ned S. Levi (Ned_L) has started a discussion thread in the English Café to help gather up the reactions of our members.

Highlights of the Nikon D4 DSLR
• 16.1 megapixel FX format CMOS sensor
• ISO range from 100-12,800, expandable from 50-204,800
• 10 fps with full AF/ AE or 11 fps with AF locked
• Magnesium alloy body sealed to resist the elements
• Accepts CF and new XQD memory card format
• 91,000 pixel 3D Matrix Metering system
• 15 cross type points, with nine points that work with lens speeds of f/8 and below
• Advanced video features
• Uncompressed HDMI out
• Mic and audio jacks
• Full 1080p in FX, DX and 2.7X crop modes
• Full manual control of Exposure
• Available February for $5999.95

Nikon USA's Press Release on the new lens follows:

MELVILLE, N.Y. (January 5, 2012) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the addition of the new AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G FX-format lens to its legendary line of NIKKOR lenses. The new 85mm is a fast, fixed focal-length lens with medium telephoto capabilities and a large maximum aperture of f/1.8 that is capable of performing a wide variety of imaging tasks with amazing sharpness and clarity.

AFS_85_1_8G.jpg“Whether a professional photographer who needs extreme sharpness or a photo enthusiast looking for an affordable, lightweight lens with amazing clarity, Nikon photographers appreciate and rely on the vast selection and dependability of NIKKOR lenses for their imaging needs,” said Lisa Osorio, general manager of marketing at Nikon Inc. “The new 85mm f/1.8 is fully optimized for capturing amazing photos and videos, while providing the ability to utilize background blur to compliment the subject of their photo.”

A welcome addition to Nikon’s growing line of versatile prime lenses, the new AF- NIKKOR 85mm is ideal for travel, general photography, low-light, landscape, portraiture and capturing movies with extreme depth of field. The 85mm is designed to capture photos utilizing beautiful image blur achieved due to its large maximum aperture. Furthermore, the lens is lightweight, easy to carry, and provides an equivalent focal length of 127mm when attached to a Nikon DX-format D-SLR camera body.

The construction of the 85mm f/1.8 consists of nine optical elements, with a seven-blade diaphragm which contributes to a substantially more circular bokeh for a natural appearance to out-of-focus background elements. Additionally, instances of lens flare and chromatic aberration are suppressed using Nikon’s exclusive Super Integrated Coatings, which also help ensure vividly accurate color balance.

The new lens also comes equipped with a carefully engineered optical system optimized to deliver superior image quality. The integration of an ultra-compact Silent Wave Motor (SWM) ensures fast, whisper-quiet AF operation, which is essential when recording movies. The 85mm also features two focus modes, M/A (manual-priority autofocus) and M (manual) to further enhance versatility and adapt to a shooters needs. Additionally, Internal Focus (IF) design prevents the front element from rotating, allowing for the use of filters and attachments.

Price and Availability
The lightweight AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G will be available in March 2012 for a SRP* of $499.95. For more information, please visit

To see the new AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G lens and other new Nikon products, visit Nikon at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) at booth # 11039 from January 10-13th, 2012 in Las Vegas, NV.

Posted by flashdeadline at January 6, 2012 5:44 AM