New, Light Telephoto Lens from Nikon

The AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4E PF ED VR from Nikon announced this week at CES in Las Vegas is billed as the world’s lightest 300mm full-frame fixed-focal-length AF lens.

Almost 30% shorter and 1.5 lbs. lighter than its predecessor, the new 300mm f/4E PF boasts Phase Fresnel optical technology to help correct chromatic aberration and reduce the overall size and weight of the lens. The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4E PF ED VR features electromagnetic aperture control, a VR Sport mode, VR tripod detection as well as a Silent Wave Motor for quiet AF operation, ED glass for further controlling chromatic aberrations and Nano Crystal Coat for superior image quality. The optical formula comprises 16 elements in 10 groups and a 9-bladed iris diaphragm. The lens takes 77mm filters and offers a minimum focus distance of 1.4m.

The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4E PF ED VR will be available in late January / early February for $1,999.99.


New from Nikon : The D5500

Nikon has announced the 24.2 megapixel D5500 which incorporates a touchscreen LCD for quicker camera control. It features an EXPEED 4 image processor that provide high-resolution images and full HD 1080p video with low-light sensitivity up to ISO 25600. Additional sharpness in both photos and videos is possible due to the omission of the optical low-pass filter. The D5500 has a 39-point autofocus system with nine cross-type sensors and a 2,016-pixel RGB sensor for precise exposure metering in a wide variety of lighting conditions. Full HD videos can be shot at frame rates up to 60 fps, with full-time continuous auto focusing capabilities. The D5500 also has a built-in intervalometer to record up to 9,999 consecutive exposures at variable intervals.

The redesigned camera body is slightly smaller and lighter than its predecessor the D5300. A variety of touchscreen functions allow you to pinch to zoom, navigate menus, choose settings, and choose your focus point. An eye sensor turns the vari-angle LCD monitor on and off and starts the playback funtion when your eye moves away from the viewfinder.

Built-in Wi-Fi enables advanced image sharing capabilities, and when paired with an Android or iOS mobile device, remote viewing and control over the shutter release is possible from a distance.

The D5500 will be offered in three kit options: body-only for $899.95, with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II for $999.95, or with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR for $1,199.95. The D5500 will be available in early February in black or red body options.

Nikon/Apple Software Compatibility

Nikon published a list of software that will be compatible with the latest Mac OS X Yosemite v.10.10:

  • ViewNX 2 (including the Nikon Transfer 2 and Movie Editor)
  • Capture NX-D
  • Picture Control Utility 2
  • Camera Control Pro 2
  • Nikon Message Center 2
  • Wireless Transmitter Utility (formerly WT-4 Setup Utility)
  • IPTC Preset Manager
  • GP-N100 Utility
  • Capture NX 2
  • Short Movie Creator

The following versions will not be supported:

  • Capture NX Ver.1.x
  • Camera Control Pro Ver.1.x
  • Nikon Capture Series
  • ViewNX Ver.1.x
  • Nikon Transfer Ver.1.x
  • PictureProject
  • Nikon View series
  • Nikon Scan Series
  • PictureProject COOLPIX Remote Control
  • WT-3 Setup Utility
  • Wireless Camera Setup Utility
  • Wireless Connecting Utility
  • Nik Color Efex Pro 2.0
  • Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 Select Edition
  • Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 Complete Edition
  • PC-PJ Transfer
  • Thumbnail Selector

New Products from Nikon

Nikon has just announced their new D750 DSLR camera. With a full-frame 24.3MP sensor, 51 AF points, 6.5 fps, tilting LCD, built-in Wi-Fi, and other prime features borrowed from both the D4S and D810, this $2300. camera heads an impressive list of new gear just announced by Nikon. In addition to the D750, Nikon has also released a battery grip for the D750, a new Speedlight, and a 20mm f/1.8G for FX format.

The $250 SB-500 Speedlight flash features a three-LED array for quick-and-dirty video lighting in close quarters, as well as simplified back controls that deliver basic operations: video light intensity, mode, and wireless channel. It runs off two AA batteries, has a Guide Number of 24, and a 24mm coverage angle. The video light has a color temperature of 5,400K and emits 100 lx of illumination.

The AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED is a compact, lightweight FX-format lens that combines the ultra-wide perspective of a 20mm focal length, the low-light capabilities and shallow depth of field of an f/1.8 maximum aperture and the superb optical characteristics of an advanced NIKKOR prime lens.

All scheduled to ship in September.