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Nikon D700 and SB900 for real?

Nikon D700 and SB900 for real?

June 30, 2008

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Nikon D700 the Budget Full Frame Excitement

Recently, news of the emerging budget full frame DSLR for Nikon, currently speculated to be called Nikon D700 are around the Internet, in almost any language and easily found in major photography related websites.

Brochures, photos and even specification are published but how genuine are all these materials? I received several emails with photos and some information regarding the Nikon D700. Most of it I doubt if they are genuine.

I received the above photo and my first impression was why the strap is not revealing its label completely. Was it purposely done or was the photo actually digitally manipulated.  The color of the number “7” of t0 “D700” does not match the color of the “D” and “0”.

I may be wrong, but I do think that it may be a D70 or D70s strap and the image was manipulated. NO, this is not a real image!


Nikon D700 and D300 Studio Shot


Nikon D700 and D300 Studio Shot


The above image is clearly a hoax, you may believe it at the first glance (I did), but after comparing it with a D300 Shot.There is no longer need to continue this conversation.



Nikon D700 with Nikon D700 Strap


Nikon D700 with Nikon D700 Strap

Yet another kitchen table photo of the Nikon D700 but this time, the label on the camera’s strap is clearly seen! Look closely and you will notice that this piece of art has also been manipulated.

After all these confirmed to be hoax photos, a price list from Photografica pops out in the middle of nowhere. According to Slashgear , Photografica is a well-known supplier based in Denmark, so its high likely that they will not publish something for sell without a certain amount of confidence.


Screenshot of Nikon D700 Price List at Photografica


Screenshot of Nikon D700 Price List at Photografica


Screenshot of Nikon D700 Product Description at Photografica


Screenshot of Nikon D700 Product Description at Photografica

If you look into the description, Photografica has the product features as the ones published on the Internet and they stated that the information is from the Internet anyway. Not a very professional way to publish a new product if you ask me, unless it’s more about promoting their website via referrals. However, they did mention that there shall be a press release from Nikon on the 1st of July 2008.


I do think that the Nikon D700 exists, due to some claims and the promising-look brochures leaked.
It is fun to see those manipulated photos, so keep sending them in if you have more!


Nikon’s New Interactive Website Is Designed To Evolve With User Feedback

MELVILLE, N.Y. (Feb. 27, 2008) – Nikon Inc. today unveiled a completely redesigned Web site with a new visual user interface that among other features utilizes images to display information about Nikon’s products and services. Visitors to the site will also have an ongoing opportunity to offer feedback and suggestions about the site’s content and usability to help define the evolution of the site over the coming months and years.

Similar to Nikon’s imaging products, which rely on customers’ feedback for development, the new site will be a continually evolving forum thanks to the addition of an innovative blog called “Your Shot” that encourages users to comment and share their ideas to improve the Web site’s design, interface and content. This open environment creates an online space that is better adapted to the needs of consumers and provides an unmatched level of functionality for visitors.The launch of the newly revamped Nikon Inc. Web site emphasizes a strong commitment to photography. The Web site, , is accessible starting February 27th at 8 p.m. EST. To access the new interactive site blog, please visit .


Nikon to 24mm T/S, AF-S 60mm micro and 16-85mm VR?

Updated with Photo (29 Jan 2008 0952 +8)

Sources indicated that Nikon is about to release three lenses namely PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED, AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED, and AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Wide-Zoom.

Nikon PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED tilt / shift lens

Nikon PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED

Nikon Europe announced the PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED, a 24mm wide-angle tilt/shift lens for studio, architecture and landscape photography. Tilt/shift lenses incorporate the ability to move the internal optical elements to produce an effect called perspective control (PC). The PC-E Nikkor 24mm lens offers a tilt/shift capability range that leads its class, tilting up to +/-8.5o and shifting +/-11.5mm. The lens can be rotated a full 90° degrees left or right with convenient clicks-stops at 30° intervals. For precise manual focussing, the lens features compatibility with the electronic rangefinders in all Nikon SLRs, and offers auto-aperture control with the Nikon D3 / D300 cameras.

Nikon PC-E Nikkor 24mm ED lens – Perspective Control

Perspective control (PC) reduces distortion caused by the angle of camera relative to the subject, and is useful in architectural photography where the effect of converging vertical angles can be avoided. The perspective control offered by the Nikon PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED is also invaluable in studio work where extreme depth of field effects can be achieved.

Nikon PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED tilt / shift lens

“The very first 35mm tilt / shift lens was pioneered by Nikon in 1961 and the incredible image quality and class-leading levels of movement offered by the Nikon PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED tilt/shift lens demonstrates the Nikkor heritage of innovation and optical quality,” said Robert Cristina, Manager Professional Products and NPS, Nikon Europe B.V. “

Nikon 24mm PC-E Nikkor lens – Easy to use controls

The lens offers photographers comprehensive control over all features with easy to use controls that include an aperture ring, aperture stop-down button, focusing ring, shift knob and tilt knob. The use of Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat, 3-element ED glass lens and aspherical elements combine to produce a lens that offers outstanding optical quality, with minimised ghosting, flare and chromatic aberration.

Nikon PC-E 24mm Nikkor lens – Price & Availability

The PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED has a maximum aperture of f/3.5 and a minimum aperture of f/32 and a closest focus distance of a mere 0.21 meters. The lens has extensive sealing against dust and moisture, and weighs 730 grams. The filter/attachment size is 77mm. Estimated pricing for the Nikon PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED is €1829 and it is expected to go on sale this spring. A bayonet hood and soft case are included.

Nikon PC-Nikkor lenses – Availability

Nikon simultaneously announced two further PC-Nikkors that are now in the final stages of development, adding Nikon PC-E Micro Nikkor 45mm f/2.8D ED and a PC-E Micro Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D ED to the range of tilt/shift lenses. These new lenses are planned for availability in the summer 2008.

Nikon AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED lens

Nikon Europe is pleased to announce the introduction of the new AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED lens for micro or close-up photography, featuring a closest focus distance of just 185mm. The lens design includes Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat and ED glass elements for outstanding image quality with minimised ghosting, flare and chromatic aberration Compact and easy to handle, the Nikon AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED features an internal focus (IF) design, and a non-rotating front element, to enable the use of accessories such as the SB-R1C1 Macro Speedlight Kit. Estimated retail price for the Nikon AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED is €519.

Nikon AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm lens – Manual & Autofocus operation

The lens supports both manual and autofocus operation, with the silent-wave motor (AF-S) providing whisper-quiet autofocus operation that will leave animals and insects undisturbed when focussing at close range. Designed for use with Nikon’s advanced line of digital single lens reflex cameras, the Nikon AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED makes an ideal alternative to the standard choice of a 50mm lens.

Nikon AF-S Micro Nikkor lens – Close-up & Portrait photography

“The outstanding optical quality and silent performance of this lens make it ideal for both close-ups as well as portraits.” said Robert Cristina, Manager Professional Products and NPS, Nikon Europe B.V. “

Nikon 60mm AF-S Micro Nikkor lens – Two aspherical lens elements

The rounded nine-blade diaphragm opening makes out-of-focus background objects appear soft, natural-looking and unobtrusive, whilst the unique optical design incorporates two aspherical lens elements to minimize coma and spherical aberration effects.

Nikon AFS Micro 60mm Nikkor f/2.8G ED lens – Price

Photographers will also enjoy the light and compact dimensions of the Nikon AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED and extended aperture range from f/2.8 to f/32. The AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED measures just 73 x 89mm and weighs 425 grams. A soft case is included with the lens. Estimated pricing for the AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED is €519.

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Wide-Zoom lens

Nikon Europe announced the new AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens, featuring a wide zoom ratio of 5.3x. The lens is the first 16mm wide-angle lens to be equipped with Nikon’s exclusive VR II Vibration Reduction technology, which provides the ability to shoot at shutter speeds up to four stops slower than would otherwise be possible. Aimed at users of Nikon’s popular D80, D200 and D300 digital single lens reflex cameras (D-SLRs), the AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR features a 16mm wideangle for landscapes and interiors, through to 85mm telephoto that is ideal for portraits. Designed for both professionals and enthusiasts, the lens is suitable for travel and nature photography.

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm VR lens – Close focus distance

The AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm lens has a close focus distance of just 0.38m throughout the entire zoom range. The Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR is highly compact, measuring just 72 x 85mm and has a non-rotating 67mm attachment thread.

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor Wide Zoom lens – Wide angle & Close up photography

“With both wide angle and close-up capability, the 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR wide zoom lens is a great choice for interiors, weddings, portraits and more,” said Robert Cristina, Manager Professional Products and NPS, Nikon Europe B.V. “At just 485 grams, this advanced lens is compact and capable enough to be a photographer’s constant companion.”

AF-S DX 16-85mm Nikkor lens – Nikon Silent Wave Motor

The lens supports quick and whisper-quiet autofocus operation, thanks to its Nikon Silent Wave Motor. The VR II vibration reduction technology incorporated in the Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR includes both Normal and Active modes, and ensures crisp, sharp results even in very low light conditions.

Nikon 16-85mm AFS DX Nikkor VR lens – Price & Availability

The Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR follows in the successful formula of the popular Nikkor 24-120mm VR lens but weighs about 90g less. The exclusive Super ED glass and Nano Crystal Coat contribute to high-contrast, high-quality images with minimised ghosting and flare. Estimated pricing for the AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR is €599. The lens will also be offered as part of a kit with the Nikon D300 D-SLR in certain European markets.

More information:

New Nikon Lens! (24mm T/S, 60mm micro and 16-85mm VR) via DPreview Forum


EOS-1Ds Mark III Arrives: Early Review by captjhc

Due to distraction from a serious illness in my family, I’ve barely scratched a zillionth of a pixel, but the long-awaited 21.1 MP Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III arrived 10 Dec. in three huge boxes with almoseverything from 14mm-400mm to replace a complete Nikon system started in 1963 with a Nikon-F.

It was a sad end this summer with a "divorce" from a D2X. I detested the divorce from Nikon’s outstanding, reliable lineup, but I sought full-frame and many more megapixels. So far, but based on extremely limited experience due to forces beyond my control, this new ballgame for me starts with a homerun. While I’ll be more than happy to address any question you may have, please bear in mind that I’ve experienced little yet of the proverbial iceberg, nor have I garnered any solid scientific data. I’ve not made even one print. Subjective views, based on more than 50 years in photography, two degrees in the field, and a beginning orientation years ago that proclaimed anything less than 4×5 is "miniature," slants this very premature stance. But, I’ll be objective as I can.

Just keep the preceding in mind as you form your questions. As a start, though, it won’t hurt to tell you that I am pleasantly surprised by several things.

(1) It "feels" good and at home in my grubby old hands: a point that I approached apprehensively about Canon SLRs in general, and this weighty beast in particular;

(2) I’m astonished with its "user friendliness" compared with my last few Nikons, and especially the D2X;

(3) After a few days getting acquainted with my new bride, Merry Megapixels, I’m far less apprehensive about deserting Nikons and spending enough money to buy a halfway decent car ;

(4) Spending this much when I really didn’t need another camera line bothered me even less the first time I played with it for 10 minutes.

It’s more solid than Grant’s Tomb, but not quite as heavy. Retired, with maybe a few creative years left, this change was primarily due to my physical condition. It won’t allow me to wag around a view camera. I wanted the nearest reasonable qualitative results akin to large format, but without a complete washout of my wallet. Ferrari-priced Hasselblad digital rigs are not justified by my shooting style. I don’t run a studio and don’t use photography for profit.

Square format isn’t my favorite, either. Similar to buying a new $200,000 Bentley GT, one hates to find fault. Nevertheless, I’d prefer this new Canon rig to:

(1) enable autofocus in the live view mode;

(2) permit double exposures (maybe it does, and I’m just too dumb to work it out);

(3) have a built-in flash for fill-in;

(4) weigh a pound less;

(5) come with a large, hardback, color instruction manual, instead of a small booklet that would be more at home, qualitatively, in a 3/4-ton Chevy pickup. After all, this is supposed to be the Bentley GT of digital 24mm by 36mm full-frame cameras.

(6) soup up the capture speed even at the sacrifice of pixels via a quick switch button. If the new Nikon can squeeze 10 fps out of its pro model, so can Canon. I do not need this at all, but it might attract more sports and bird shutterbugs.

(7) It’s too expensive. In the old film days when one bought a Leica for life, that high price was justifiable to many. However, today, when 21 megapixels seem sufficient, it will be tomorrow’s doorstop: a fancy brick. Half of the going price seems more reasonable;

(8) Canon’s wild nomenclature for lenses, cameras and equipment is completely devoid of public relations and advertising considerations.

Most are a mouthful, such as Canon EOS-1 Ds Mark III. Ordering by telephone can be tedious especially if the camera "dealer" is one of the NYC varieties that consist of no store front or equipment, only phone salesmen. Canon’s designation of "L" for high grade glass makes no sense.

Furthermore, no lenses by such a manufacturer should be second rate. No fool, unless he has a death wish, buys weekend special tires at $30 each for a Bentley GT Speed model that’s capable of 206 mph. Canon’s names may make sense in Japan, but in the U.S. it’s bound to adversely affect sales. It’s just too confusing, and there’s simply no point. I’ll appreciate questions, hints or observations, If I can find time, as I use the camera, I’ll try to offer more comprehensive, and objective analyses of real time, hands-on, practical results of this Bentley GT of Canon’s in this Monte Carlo mega race.

Full article and further comments:

EOS-1Ds Mark III Arrives: Early Review by captjhc



Nikon D3 Sports Sample Photos (ISO3200-ISO25600)

According to him:

“A friend at Nikon sent me the camera to
use last weekend and I found it to be pretty amazing. Most of my tests were at
the higher ISO’s and I was stunned. I’ve posted some links below of several
images shot in real world conditions.”

“Everything was shot on Fine JPEG. There are two of each
image. The first is the untouched file directly from the camera. The second is
cropped and adjusted in Levels for purposes of the test. No Sharpening. No
Color Balance changes. The crops are without resizing.”

“The third pair shows a frame I underexposed partly by
mistake and partly because of a "no light" area on the field. It was
shot at 1000th @ f/2.8 at ISO 3200. The image didn’t fall apart when lightened
A LOT in Levels.  Amazing! ”

“The picture of HS QB #7 alone in the end zone was at ISO

The NFL pictures were shot at 2000th @ f/4 at ISO 3200.
The last four are a progression from ISO 3200 to ISO
. ”

Go to Dave Einsel’s sample photos
made with Nikon D3 at high ISO via