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Nikon

Nikon AF-S 400mm f/2.8G ED VR 500mm 600mm f/4G ED VR

The superior functioning of the newly developed
optical system ensures flawless synchronization with Nikon’s digital
SLRs. The new optical design features three ED (Extra-low Dispersion)
glass elements that minimize chromatic aberration, producing
consistently high-quality images. Nano Crystal Coat, extra-low
refractive index coating, virtually eliminates internal lens element
reflections across a wide range of wavelengths, and is particularly
effective in reducing ghosting and flare. A meniscus protective glass
element also minimizes the ghosting that occur when light reflected
from a digital camera’s image sensor is in turn reflected off an
ordinary flat protective glass element.

Nikon’s
exclusive Silent Wave Motor (SWM) provides fast autofocus with superior
accuracy and ultra-quiet operation. All lenses feature nine-blade
rounded diaphragms that ensure a more natural look for parts of a scene
intended to be out of focus. The minimum focus distances are 2.9 m/9.5
ft. (400mm f/2.8G), 4.0 m/13.1 ft. (500mm f/4G) and 5.0 m/16.4 ft.
(600mm f/4G) respectively (at AF) — much shorter than their
predecessors.







Ergonomically arranged switches and buttons
enable easy access and comfortable operation even during handheld
shooting. The Focus Preset function instantly recalls a focal point
preset with a simple pushbutton operation; the Focus Limiter switch
restricts AF-servo movement to a controlled shooting distance range;
the AF-L switch makes it possible to lock focus from the lens; and
AF-ON engages autofocus from the lens.



The new A/M focus mode allows instant switching
from autofocus to manual focus, even during AF servo operation, and
offers a major improvement over conventional M/A modes by significantly
reducing the possibility of unintentional switching from Auto to Manual.



By employing magnesium die-cast in the lens body
construction, we achieved considerable weight savings without
sacrificing rugged field-proven construction resistant to both dust and
water.



With their unprecedented image quality,
responsiveness and versatility, these new NIKKORs are certain to set a
new benchmark for super-telephoto lenses.


Note:
Specifications, design, standard accessories, and release schedule may differ by country or area.

 

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AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR








 

 

 

 

 

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Nikon

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED

This AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED is a standard
2.9x zoom lens with a highly practical wideangle to medium-telephoto
focal range, offering maximum versatility to accommodate everything
from tight portraits to expansive scenes. With compact dimensions of
Ø83 x 133 mm/Ø3.3 x 5.2 in. and a low weight of approx. 900 g/31.7 oz.,
it provides superb handling and outstanding portability.

The superior functioning of the newly developed optical system ensures
flawless synchronization with Nikon’s digital SLRs. The design —
featuring ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements for minimal
chromatic aberration, and aspherical lenses including large-diameter
PGM (Precision Glass Molding) element to eliminate coma and other types
of aberration even at the widest aperture— delivers brilliant overall
optical performance. Nano Crystal Coat, extra-low refractive index
coating, virtually eliminates internal lens element reflections across
a wide range of wavelengths, and is particularly effective in reducing
ghosting and flare.




Other important features include Nikon’s Super Integrated Coating that
minimizes reflection in the wider wavelength range to ensure superior
color balance and reproduction. Nikon’s exclusive SWM (Silent Wave
Motor), incorporated in the lens body, ensures fast, quiet autofocus
operation. M/A mode lets users switch quickly from automatic to manual
focusing, even during AF servo operation, with virtually no time lag.
The rounded diaphragm opening makes out-of-focus elements appear more
natural. A flower-shaped bayonet hood is supplied.

The lens barrel is designed for secure holding, with zoom and focusing
rings of the optimal diameter for smooth rotation, and rubber-coated to
provide comfortable operation while ensuring ample ruggedness.

This new zoom lens is the latest addition to an already formidable lineup, offering photographers enhanced shooting flexibility.


Note:

Specifications, design, standard accessories, and release schedule may differ by country or area.

 


Main Features

    * Constant maximum aperture of f/2.8 at all focal lengths
    * Enhanced optical formulas, engineered to produce exceptional sharpness, contrast and color, render outstanding image integrity
    * ED (Extra-low dispersion) glass elements minimize chromatic aberration to deliver stunning sharpness and contrast
    * Aspherical lenses including large-diameter PGM element eliminate various types of lens aberration even at the widest aperture
    * Nano Crystal Coat virtually eliminates internal lens element reflections, effectively reducing ghosting and flare
    * High-performance Nikon Super Integrated Coating offers superior color reproduction, while minimizing ghosting and flare
    * IF (Internal Focusing) enables focusing without changing the length of lens barrel
    * Nikon’s exclusive Silent Wave Motor for fast, quiet autofocus operation
    * Rounded diaphragm opening (9 blades) makes out-of-focus elements appear more natural
    * 0.38 m/1.2 ft. closest focusing distance with focal length 35-50 mm
    * Filter attachment size of 77 mm
    * M/A mode enables instant switching from autofocus to manual focus, even during AF servo operation, with virtually no time lag
    * Dedicated flower-shaped lens hood effectively minimizes stray light
    * Lens barrel is built for comfortable holding while featuring a rugged design; zoom and focusing rings provide smooth operation
    * Engineered to Nikon professional D-SLR standards to effectively resist dust and moisture


AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Specifications
Focal length 24-70 mm
Maximum aperture f/2.8
Minimum aperture f/22
Lens construction 15 elements in 11 groups (with 3 ED glass elements, 3 aspherical lenses and one Nano Crystal Coat)
Picture angle 84° – 34°20’ (61° – 22°50’ with DX-format camera)
Closest focus distance 0.38 m/1.2 ft. (with focal length 35-50 mm)
Maximum reproduction ratio 1/3.7
No. of diaphragm blades 9 (rounded)
Filter/attachment size 77 mm
Focusing Internal Focusing (IF) system; autofocus with a built-in SWM and manual focus
Diameter x length (extension from lens mount) Approx. 83 x 133 mm/3.3 x 5.2 in.
Weight Approx. 900 g/31.7 oz.
Supplied accessories Bayonet Hood HB-40, Semi-soft Case CL-M3
   

 




Specifications and equipment are subject to
change without any notice or obligation on the part of the
manufacturer. August 2007

©2007 Nikon Corporation

 

 

 

 

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Nikon

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED


This new zoom lens offers a full range of professional features to provide superior overall performance. In addition to the fast maximum aperture of f/2.8 at all focal lengths, it features a short closest-focusing distance of 0.28 m/0.9 ft. with focal length 18-24mm. It’s an ideal lens for both photojournalism and general photographic needs.

The superb functioning of the newly developed optical system ensures flawless synchronization with Nikon’s digital SLRs. The design — featuring ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements for minimal chromatic aberration, and aspherical lenses including large-diameter PGM (Precision Glass Molding) elements to eliminate coma and other types of aberration even at the widest aperture — provide higher resolution and well-balanced aberration correction. Nano Crystal Coat, extra-low refractive index coating, virtually eliminates internal lens element reflections across a wide range of wavelengths, and is particularly effective in reducing ghosting and flare.







Other important features include Nikon’s Super Integrated Coating that minimizes reflection in the wider wavelength range to ensure superior color balance and reproduction. Nikon’s exclusive SWM (Silent Wave Motor), incorporated in the lens body, ensures fast, quiet autofocus operation. M/A mode lets users switch quickly from automatic to manual focusing, even during AF servo operation, with virtually no time lag. The rounded diaphragm opening makes out-of-focus elements appear more natural. A fixed-type flower-shaped bayonet hood is supplied.

The lens barrel is designed for secure holding, with zoom and focusing rings of the optimal diameter for smooth rotation, and rubber-coated to provide comfortable operation while ensuring ample ruggedness.

The new ultra-wideangle, high-speed zoom lens is a significant addition to the NIKKOR lens lineup, offering serious photographers enhanced shooting flexibility for a broad range of applications.

Note:
Specifications, design, standard accessories, and release schedule may differ by country or area.


Main Features

    * Constant maximum aperture of f/2.8 at all focal lengths
    * Enhanced optical formulas, engineered to produce exceptional sharpness, contrast and color, render outstanding image integrity
    * ED (Extra-low dispersion) glass elements minimize chromatic aberration to deliver stunning sharpness and contrast
    * Aspherical lenses including large-diameter PGM elements eliminate various types of lens aberration even at the widest aperture
    * Nano Crystal Coat virtually eliminates internal lens element reflections, effectively reducing ghosting and flare.
    * High-performance Nikon Super Integrated Coating provides superior color reproduction, while minimizing ghosting and flare
    * IF (Internal Focusing) enables focusing without changing the length of lens barrel
    * Nikon’s exclusive Silent Wave Motor for fast, quiet autofocus operation
    * Rounded diaphragm opening (9 blades) makes out-of-focus elements appear more natural
    * 0.28 m/0.9 ft. closest focusing distance with focal length 18-24 mm
    * M/A mode enables instant switching from autofocus to manual focus, even during AF servo operation, with virtually no time lag
    * Dedicated flower-shaped lens hood effectively minimizes stray light
    * Lens barrel is built for comfortable holding while featuring a rugged design; zoom and focusing rings provide smooth operation


    * Engineered to Nikon professional D-SLR standards to effectively resist dust and moisture







AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Specifications
Focal length 14-24 mm
Maximum aperture f/2.8
Minimum aperture f/22
Lens construction 14 elements in 11 groups (with 2 ED glass elements, 3 aspherical lenses and one Nano Crystal Coat)
Picture angle 114° – 84° (90° – 61° with DX-format camera)
Closest focus distance 0.28 m/0.9 ft. (with focal length 18-24 mm)
Maximum reproduction ratio 1/6.7
No. of diaphragm blades 9 (rounded)
Focusing Internal Focusing (IF) system; autofocus with a built-in SWM and manual focus
Diameter x length (extension from lens mount) Approx. 98 x 131.5 mm/3.9 x 5.2 in.
Weight Approx. 1,000 g/35.3 oz.
Supplied accessories Semi-soft Case CL-M3

       


Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. August 2007

©2007 Nikon Corporation


 


 


 


 




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Canon

Canon 40D ships 20 September 2007

From the Manufacturer
Building on the success of
Canon’s perennially popular "prosumer" EOS 20D and 30D models, the EOS
40D advances the state-of-the-art for mid-range digital SLR cameras,
making it a natural first choice for advanced amateur photographers and
entry-level professionals, and an ideal second body for more
established photo pros. Indeed, given the level of feature upgrades and
improvements, technological wizardry, and user-requested creative
controls, the Canon EOS 40D SLR’s "prosumer" appellation may refer more
to its accessible price point than to the exceptional quality, clarity,
and resolution of the images it creates.

From the camera’s newly
enhanced, 10.1-megapixel CMOS imaging sensor (designed and manufactured
by Canon) and its proprietary and super-efficient DIGIC III image
processor, to its completely redesigned autofocus sensor and fast, 6.5
frame-per-second (fps) continuous shooting capability (for bursts of up
to 75 Large/Fine JPEGs or 17 RAW images), the EOS 40D SLR puts the fun
in functionality and makes serious photo business a positive pleasure.

Indeed,
at 6.5 fps, no digital SLR in the EOS 40D mid-range class and price
category has so high a continuous shooting capability, making it ideal
for shooting–and actually capturing–speed-sensitive outdoor and
wild-nature shots as well as a wide variety of action and sports
scenes. The speed of the EOS 40D SLR comes from Canon’s balanced
combination of its latest processor, DIGIC IIII, DDR SDRAM high-speed
memory, four-channel-per-line sensor readout, and two separate motors
for shutter and mirror operation.


Display’s the Thing
The
most easily visible upgrade on the EOS 40D Digital SLR is the camera’s
larger 3.0-inch LCD screen (compared with the EOS 30D’s 2.5-inch
monitor). Still, size is only the beginning of the difference between
these two cameras’ displays. In order to increase viewing ease in
outdoor conditions such as bright sunlight, Canon raised the brightness
level of the EOS 40D camera’s 230,000-pixel LCD screen, broadened the
color gamut, and narrowed the viewing angle from 170 degrees to a still
wide 140-degree perspective in all directions. An added advantage of
the larger-sized display is the ability to use a larger font size for
text, making it easier to read setting and menu options on the screen.
The camera’s menu is organized in the same tabbed format as the EOS-1D
Mark III Digital SLR.

Canon extends its "ease-of-reading" policy
to the EOS 40D SLR’s viewfinder as well. The upgraded viewfinder
increases optical magnification from 0.90x to 0.95x, expands the
viewing angle from 251 degrees to 264 degrees and raises the eye point
from 20mm to 22mm.





Enhanced Durability
Recognizing
the often rigorous shooting conditions encountered by professional and
advanced amateur photographers, Canon design engineers made the EOS 40D
SLR’s magnesium alloy exterior even more ruggedly dependable than its
predecessors with upgraded dust- and weather-resistant construction,
particularly around the camera’s connection ports, battery compartment,
and single-slot compact flash (CF) memory card door. Should the user
inadvertently open the compact flash card door while the camera is
writing to the card, a warning will pop up on the LCD screen and an
open door "alarm" will sound, but the image(s) will continue writing to
the memory card without interruption. The EOS 40D SLR also retains many
of the outstanding features of the EOS 30D model, such as its fast
0.15-second initial start-up, its extremely durable shutter (rated up
to 100,000 cycles), its top shutter speed of 1/8000 second, and 1/250
maximum X-sync flash shutter speed setting.

Improved Image Quality
Although
it is based on the image sensor used in the EOS Digital Rebel XTi, the
EOS 40D Digital SLR’s 10.1-megapixel CMOS APS-C size image sensor has
been significantly improved thanks to the use of larger microlenses
over each pixel to reduce noise and expand sensitivity up to ISO 3200.
The EOS 40D retains the model 30D camera’s 1.6x focal length conversion
factor (compared to full-frame digital image sensors or 35mm film) and
is compatible with the full line-up of Canon EF lenses as well as the
Company’s expanding selection of high-quality, affordable EF-S lenses
created specifically for Canon digital SLRs with APS-C size image
sensors.

Adding to the improved virtuosity of the images
captured by the EOS 40D SLR is the camera’s 14-bit Analog-to-Digital
(A/D) conversion process. Able to recognize 16,384 colors per channel
(four times the number of colors recognized by the EOS 30D SLR’s 12-bit
conversion capability), the EOS 40D camera is able to produce images
with finer and more accurate gradations of tones and colors. The EOS
40D also incorporates the optional Highlight Tone Priority and High-ISO
Noise Reduction functions first introduced earlier this year with the
EOS-1D Mark III Professional Digital SLR.

DIGIC III
DIGIC
III is the latest generation of Canon’s proprietary image processing
engine. DIGIC III technology ensures that the fine details and natural
colors of the images are optimally recorded and, as an added bonus, is
also responsible for the EOS 40D SLR’s high-speed performance, faster
signal processing, and even its efficient energy consumption.

sRAW
In
addition to retaining the RAW image capture capabilities of its
predecessors, the EOS 40D SLR now offers a more manageable "sRAW"
recording format. In sRAW mode, the number of pixels is reduced to
one-fourth that of a standard RAW image and the file size is cut in
half, while retaining all of the flexibility and creative possibilities
associated with full-size, conventional RAW images.

Improved Autofocus and Exposure Control
While
the EOS 40D SLR maintains the nine-point wide area AF coverage first
introduced on the EOS 20D camera, Canon has made significant
improvements to its speed, precision, and functionality, minimizing
subject recognition problems in the process. The EOS 40D camera’s
completely redesigned nine-point AF sensor provides cross-type AF
measurement at all nine focusing points for maximum apertures up to
f5.6, and for the first time in any EOS camera, the central AF point
offers enhanced precision for both vertical and horizontal subject
contrast when using EF or EF-S lenses featuring maximum apertures of
f2.8 or faster. AF calculation speed with the EOS 40D camera is 30
percent faster than the EOS 30D model.

The Canon EOS 40D Digital
SLR retains the same 35-zone metering sensor as its predecessor.
Available patterns include Evaluative metering, which is linked to all
AF points and is set automatically in the Basic Zone modes,
Centerweighted average metering, Partial metering, and Spot metering,
covering approximately 9 percent or 3.8 percent of the viewfinder at
center, respectively. The camera’s E-TTL II autoflash and 12 exposure
control modes (11 AE modes plus manual) are also unchanged from the EOS
30D SLR model. However, as a result of consumer input, Canon has added
three Custom exposure modes. As an added convenience, particularly for
wireless flash operations, users can adjust the flash settings of the
Canon Speedlite 580EX II directly from the camera.

The Canon EOS
40D camera offers ISO speeds from ISO 100 to ISO 1600 in 1/3-stop
increments. Users can also opt for a high-speed setting of ISO 3200.
For the first time in any EOS camera, the 40D model offers Auto ISO
capability in Creative Zone exposure modes. This valuable new feature
adjusts the ISO speed to the optimal setting based on low light or
shaky shooting conditions. Additionally, the EOS 40D provides full-time
display of the active ISO speed setting, both in the viewfinder as well
as on the top LCD data panel.

The Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR is
also the first camera in its class to offer two interchangeable
focusing screens in addition to the standard precision matte screen.
Users can opt for a grid-type focus screen that makes it easier to
verify horizontal or vertical alignment while determining image
composition, as well as the Super-Precision Matte focusing screen that
makes it easier to grasp the "sweet spot" of manual focusing when using
a lens with a maximum aperture of f2.8 or faster.


Enhanced Live View
Previously
the province of the EOS-1D Mark III DSLR (one of Canon’s top-tier
professional cameras), the Live View function now gives EOS 40D camera
users an expanded and exceedingly convenient and comfortable set of
shooting options. By permitting the framing and capturing of subjects
using the camera’s LCD screen instead of the viewfinder, the shooter
gains a 100 percent field view to more easily achieve the desired
composition. A new Custom Function on the EOS 40D allows autofocus
during Live View by pressing the camera’s AF-ON button. At that point,
the reflex mirror goes down and AF is carried out in the normal way.
Letting go of the AF-ON button resumes Live View functions. Also, in
the Live View shooting mode the user can magnify the image by five or
ten times in order to ensure that the shot is optimally focused. Live
View is at its best during tripod shooting–particularly for close-up
photography where precise focusing is imperative. As a side benefit,
the Live View shooting mode helps to reduce vibration by lifting the
reflex mirror out of the optical path well in advance of the exposure,
improving image quality at slow shutter speeds. A new electronic
1st-curtain shutter function in Live View mode reduces release time lag
and operational noise even further to avoid spooking wildlife or
disturbing people nearby with unwanted camera sounds. Additionally, as
the release time lag is miniscule, even instantaneous movements like a
bird taking flight can be readily captured.

EOS Integrated Cleaning System
First
introduced on the EOS Digital Rebel XTi camera, the EOS Integrated
Cleaning System is a prime example of trickle-up technology and is now
becoming a standard feature on all new EOS Digital SLRs. The camera’s
Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit uses ultrasonic vibrations to literally shake
dust particles off of the low-pass filter in front of the sensor each
time the camera is powered up or shut down. Users also have the option
of engaging the "clean now" function at will or bypassing it
altogether. Additionally, the EOS 40D SLR’s manual sensor cleaning
function raises the mirror and allows users to clean dust that has
stuck to the low-pass filter. Dust that has been shaken or blown loose
is then trapped by adhesive at the base of the sensor unit housing,
preventing the problematic particles from reattaching themselves to the
filter when the camera moves. The second part of the cleaning system is
a software solution that maps the location of any spots that may remain
on the sensor. The mapped information is saved as Dust Delete Data and
attached to the image file. Subsequently, the offending dust
information is subtracted from the final image during post processing
with a compatible personal computer, using the supplied Digital Photo
Professional software.

Improved Software
Among the
most valuable features of the Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR is its
compatibility with Canon’s Picture Style Editor (PSE) 1.0 software.
With PSE, shooters can actually design the look of their photographs by
inputting their own preferred style, color, and tone curves. The EOS
40D Digital SLR also ships with the latest versions of Canon’s powerful
software applications, including Digital Photo Professional 3.1 and EOS
Utility 2.1, which now support the camera’s Remote Live View and Dust
Delete Data functions, as well as incorporating a broad range of
additional improvements designed to improve image quality and speed up
workflow. Also included are ZoomBrowser EX 5.8 and ImageBrowser 5.8 for
easy browsing, viewing, printing, and archiving with compatible
computer operating systems, including Microsoft Windows Vista and
Windows XP, as well as Mac OS X.

Accessories (Not Included–Must be Purchased Separately)
New
system accessories for the EOS 40D SLR include the redesigned
high-capacity Battery Grip BG-E2N, which facilitates high-volume
shooting and easier vertical shooting. Compatible with up to two
BP-511A battery packs or a set of six AA-size batteries, the battery
grip approximately doubles the number of shots that can be taken,
compared with the battery power of the EOS 40D SLR alone. The BG-E2N
grip features new sealing material around the battery compartment to
better resist water and dust. The new model replaces the original BG-E2
grip and is compatible with the EOS 20D, 30D, and 40D models.

Designed
exclusively for the EOS 40D SLR, the new Wireless File Transmitter
WFT-E3A permits wireless transfer and back-up, as well as remote
control of the camera in Live View mode. It can also be connected to
various GPS receivers or Hi-Speed USB 2.0 external storage devices such
as convenient flash drives or high-capacity hard drives with much
larger storage capacity than the memory cards in the camera for instant
back-up as images are captured. Compact and affordable, the WFT-E3A
wireless transmitter also doubles as a vertical grip and requires its
own BP-511A battery pack in addition to the battery installed in the
camera body.

 


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Nikon D3 Announced…

"It’s a brick, a frickin’ brick," said an obviously agitated Tommy Hogan, professional photographer.

"Yes, it’s a brick," admitted Nikon President, CEO and COO Michio Kariya. "However, research showed us that we were rapidly losing market share in the professional realm to Canon. Here at Nikon, we’re not so prideful that we refuse to admit when we’re wrong. If photographers want a camera like Canon offers, we’ll build a camera like Canon offers. In this case, the brick was the closest we could come to achieving the ergonomics found in Canon’s 5D."

Jerry Yamamoto, Nikon’s Chief Designer, had a different take. "Today, it seems that more and more of our customers are using their gear to photograph brick walls. Nikon cameras have always been about transcending the equipment—the camera becoming part of your environment. It’s easier to think artistically when you aren’t using a tool that seems out of place. The brick design of the D3 is part of a move toward better fusion with the photographer’s surroundings."

But the brick design isn’t the only feature of the D3 that has left potential customers scratching their heads. The D3 will be Nikon’s first digital SLR that prevents the user from changing lenses. "I don’t get it," Nikon enthusiast Rory Bjornlett said. "How is that supposed to be a ‘feature’?" Kariya had the answer.

"By shipping the D3 with the lens welded to the body, we’ve eliminated the sensor dust problem. In fact, we guarantee that you will never get dust on the sensor for the life of the camera. And now, you can order exactly the camera you want. Your D3 can be customized with a wide assortment of Nikon and even third-party lenses. Just tell us what you want, and we’ll weld it to the camera and ship it to your door within a couple of weeks."

When asked for clarification about third-party lens options, Kariya pointed out that companies like Sigma and Tokina fill niches that Nikon doesn’t have the time to bother with. "A few of our more demanding customers have been asking for a fast AF-S prime in the 30-35mm focal range. But this doesn’t fit into our long-term plans. There are still three or four more consumer zooms in the 18-70mm focal range that we need to get to market before we can worry about a prime lens that only a few professionals and enthusiasts will ever use. Since Sigma offers such a lens now, we’ve decided to go ahead and offer it as a customization option for D3 customers. Maybe that will shut them up. This is off the record, right?"

Photographer and writer Rockwell Kenneth, an attendee at Nikon Corporation’s D3 media event, was distressed to learn that all D3 lenses will only allow for manual focusing. "Getting rid of autofocus seems like a serious step backward. I can understand the less-is-more mentality, but this? Looks like I’m going to have to stock up on more D40s and 18-200 VRs. It’s all you really need, anyway."

Nikon designer Jack Kogaku explained Nikon’s reasoning behind removing autofocus. "We’re trying to build a camera that can compete with the competition, and it’s tough. We had our work cut out for us. Our moment of epiphany came when we received a shipment of Canon EOS 1D Mark IIIs. We quickly realized that manually focusing the D3 was just as fast as autofocusing the Mark III, and about 277% more accurate. Out with the old and in with the new, ya’ know? Manual focus is the new black!"

Other improvements include better digital noise performance. "We’ve heard the complaints about the noise of Nikon cameras versus their Canon counterparts for a couple of years now," Kogaku said. "We’ve done our very best with the D40, D80, and D200 to provide better noise performance, and while I feel we succeeded, the public apparently disagrees. For this reason, we’ve completely removed the mirror from the D3. No mirror slap means no noise whatsoever. If you thought the D40 or D80 had low noise, wait ’til you hear this! The silence is deafening."

The removal of the mirror from the D3 means that users must frame the image using one of the two holes in the brick on either side of the lens. This design move by Nikon has also ignited debate over whether the D3 is an SLR at all.

"That’s not an SLR, it’s a rangefinder," insisted one indignant media correspondent who had flown in from the United States. But a source within Nikon who asked not to be named due to his corporate espionage activities on behalf of Leica disagreed passionately: "If that’s a rangefinder, then my name isn’t Wolfhausen!"

Missing from the announcement was Nikon’s rumored full-frame digital SLR. "Foo-frame? What dat?" asked Nikon spokesman George Takiyama when the rumor was brought up. Several reporters tried to explain the term to Takiyama, at which point he said, "No Engleesh. Speaky Japanese." When a Japanese reporter pressed the issue in Takiyama’s native language, he responded in English, "Oh, you never need do dat! No foo-frame ’cause no need foo-frame! We defy laws of pheesics. Canon no can do, so dey need foo-frame."

The D3 comes equipped with a convenient carry handle and hundreds of lens customization options. The camera will begin shipping next week, though widespread availability isn’t expected until the end of next year. The estimated retail price of a D3 with a welded, manual focus Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 is $4995.
Filed by Jonathan P.


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