Nikon announces AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR and AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR lenses

Nikon goes where no one has gone before, the land of monstrous 18-300mm lenses, a huge 16.7x zoom ratio. This should be the lazy photogs companion lens of choice, albeit at a pretty hefty price. As for the second lens of this announcement, well, it seems to be the perfect kit lens companion for a yet un-announced affordable full frame camera.  . . . read more

Nikon D800E reviewed at the photography blog, Sharpness and detail said to be stunning.

Unfortunately we have to go by the reviewer's words for those claims, since the images chosen to showcase the optical performance and image quality of the D800E, are utterly worthless.  200x200 pixel pics for judging a 36 Mpixel camera? Yeah, right.

Nikon D800 gets the highest score by Amateur Photographer UK

"or a camera costing around £2,600, the D800 is unrivalled in the level of detail it can resolve and is an enticing prospect, particularly for landscape photographers.

While luminance and chroma noise are gradually introduced up the ISO range, and the camera's full- . . . read more

Canon 5D Mark III gets equal rating to Nikon D800 by DPReview

"As you can tell from the 'Pros' and 'Cons' list at the top of this page we rather liked the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. It is indeed a great camera and for current 5D Mark II users or other owners of Canon full-frame lenses the all-important question 'Should I buy one?' is an easy one to answer. The 5D Mark III is in . . . read more

Nikon D800 review at the Photography Blog

"On the resolution front, the Nikon D800 delivers images with a truly stunning amount of detail, comparable to what you can achieve with a number of medium-format digital cameras and backs. The 7360×4912-pixel photographs print to 24”x16” (60×40cm) size at industry-standard 300ppi with no interpolation required, which also means they are ideal . . . read more

Nikon D800E VS Pentax 645DField Test by Nick Devlin

"When Luminous Landscape's Nick Devlin received one of the few D800E cameras in Canada, we knew we'd have to take it out for a day of landscape photography. Nick and The Camera Store's Chris Niccolls took out the D800E and the fantastic Pentax 645D to see how they stacked up shooting the beautiful landscapes of Canmore Alberta."

Nikon D800 review at DPreview.

Here it is, the big one. The DP Review staff has gone great lenghts in order to produce this exhaustive review, in part because of the special requirements that come with using this monster 36mp sensor:

"Back to resolution though. Can the D800 make good on its pixel count and provide a level of fine detail that trumps its DSLR . . . read more

Nikon J1 Review at Steves Digicams

"When it comes to exposure options, the J1 gives you plenty to work with. Beginners will be glad to know that their new camera can be super simple to use with options like Scene Auto selector and Smart Photo selector. Scene Auto selector mode is Nikon's version of intelligent Auto, where the camera selects what it feels are the most appropriate exposure settings (aperture, shutter . . . read more

Nikon D800/D4 troubles, and Nikon's response

As has been widely reported lately, Nikons new full-frame cameras, especially the D800 appear to be laden with a number of bugs/malfunctions, that include random lockups and viewfinder/focusing alignment issues. Fstoppers writes about the out of alignement viewfinder issue, and PDN news covers the lockup bug together with Nikon's response and the temp-fix on hand.

Nikon D800E test shots posted at Imaging resource

Yes, this is the 'E' version of the D800, with the missing AA filter. Does it live up to Nikon's claims?:

"To process the Nikon D800 and D800E in Adobe Camera Raw, we opened them using ACR release candidate version 6.7 at its default settings, with the exception that we set sharpening to zero. (We like the results of unsharp masking in Photoshop better . . . read more

Nikon D4 Review at the Photography Blog

"Like its forebears, the Nikon D4 is an extremely well built and responsive camera that seems to react instantly to anything you throw at it. Start-up feels instantaneous, there is no shutter lag to speak of and with the right lens mounted, focusing is also very fast. The camera is about as rugged as it gets, and the ergonomics is first class. There is a multitude of ways to check and modify . . . read more

Nikon D3200 unveiled, its a 24 megapixel DX format entry level DSLR.

Nikon may not have reached Sony levels of innovation yet, but they sure appear to almost ride circles around Canon's offerings in this category. Some highlights: A Sony made (Of course) 24 Mpixel sensor, 921k 3" sensor, 1080p video at 30fps, and a wi-fi module that doubles as a remote trigger and comes with its own Android/IOS app. . . . read more

Nikon D800 VS Canon 5D Mark III: DXO verdict is out, Canboys hide themselves in shame.

There's been a lot of debate about the methodology and logic of DXO mark, but all serious debaters agree on the facts that is it meticoulosly carried out, and includes a fair bit of science. So, the score is Nikon D800, 95 points, Canon 5D Mark III, 81 points.

The difference is staggering to say the least, and the fact that the Nikon is a good $500 cheaper just adds salt to the wounds. Oh, and there's more troubling news: . . . read more

Nikon D800 Review by Ken Rockwell

Ken Shows almost unconditional love for the D800:

"The Nikon D800 is the world's best DSLR for outdoor, nature landscape and many other kinds of photography. The D800 is the biggest news from Nikon since 2008 when they introduced their last all-new full-frame DSLR, the D700.

The Nikon D800 is the world's best because it has such extremely high image quality that it exceeds not just every . . . read more

Nikon D4 field review t Engadget

When it comes to Engadget the 'field' is a bit all over the place:

"We wanted to adore the D4. In fact, we can vividly recall wondering weeks after the D3S' release just what on Earth Nikon would do to one-up it. Turns out, it's not exactly easy to revolutionize the photographic world twice in less than three years. The D4 is simply a refined . . . read more

Nikon D800 Review by Nasim Mansurov

Nasim Mansuron is primarily a Nikon Shooter, so there may be a slight bias in this review, however, the numbers and the image samples speak their own language, and there's no doubt that the Nikon D800 is a landmark camera, by every measure:

"The Nikon D800 yields very impressive results at all ISO levels, even at boosted ISO 12,800 and 25,600. Given how little noise there is, I . . . read more

Nikon V1 review at Imaging Resource

"The Nikon V1's full-autofocus shutter lag in single-point AF mode (center AF position) was incredibly fast, at only 0.097 second with the 10-30mm kit lens. That's faster than most professional DSLRs we've tested! In auto-area AF mode, lag more than doubled to 0.234 second, though that's still quite fast for a CSC and competitive with most DSLRs. . . . read more

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Leaked and withdrawn within hours on all European Nikon sites, the official unveiling is probably due today or tomorrow. Here are the details:

High-powered DX-format zoom lens with wide-angle to super-telephoto reach. Built to handle diverse situations, this all-round lens offers an ultra-high 16.7x zoom ratio with an incredibly wide 18-300mm focal range. . . . read more

Nikon D800 detailed user review by Ming Thein

Slowly moving away from the shiny light of the new and exciting, the D800 is now in the hands of a few lucky photographers and its time for a more critical view of the whats and whatnots:

"It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that getting the most out of the D800 is going to require a lot more care than the D700; the . . . read more

Nikon D800 first impressions and real world/studio samples at DP Review

The studio samples are very interesting as always, a full iso train:

"The D800's automatic ISO mode is inherited from the D4 and is improved over the same mode in earlier Nikon DSLRs. Previously, auto ISO customization was minimal, and consisted simply of an option to set the maximum ISO and minimum shutter speed when the camera . . . read more

Nikon D800 DXO marked, trashes the D4, and some medium formats on the way to the top.

Ok, 'trashes' is a bit of an overstatement, but still, as opposed to Canon's careful product line placement, it looks like Nikon Genuinely produced a camera that will bite into the profit margins from the higher end's butt. Perhaps the only factor that stops a big percentage of pro photogs to go D800 only, is its abysmal fps rate: . . . read more

Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S Nikkor review at SLR Gear

"The lens is well-built, with durable plastic components and a metal lens mount. A rubber gasket shrouds the lens mount, protecting the lens from dust and moisture. The lens barrel is composed of a black semi-roughed finish, and the rubber focus ring shows a ridged pattern that is easy to grip. The lens features seven rounded diaphragm blades to make up the aperture, said to produce pleasing out-of-focus results. . . . read more

Nikon D800 studio shoot pics (both jpeg and raw) posted at IR, shows tremendous amount of detail.

Time for the first controlled light studio shoot of the D800 output by a major photography review site. The first and obvious remark is about the ridiculous amount of detail the camera delivers. It clearly is within medium format range, and without a hint of softness or other obvious blemishes. If the D800 is this good, i wonder what the D800E files will look like...

The second impressive thing is the ability of the camera to deliver god results at high iso, despite the very high pixel count. . . . read more

Nikon D800 or D800E chooseth, at the Luminous landscape

"A 36 Megapixel camera, with or without an AA filter is terra incognita for many photographers. Till now, unless one has been able to outlay $25,000 to $50,000 for an MF back, camera and lenses, this type of resolving power has not be accessible. Now, for about $3,000, is the D800 series able to match medium format other than in resolving power? We'll have to wait until photographers with MF systems have a chance to do some comparisons, but I wouldn't take bets either way at this point. . . . read more

Nikon 1 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 Nikkor VR review at SLR Gear

"The Nikon 30-110mm ƒ/3.8-5.6 VR is a small zoom lens, mating very nicely with our J1 test body and providing a stable, if small and light, shooting platform. The lens is available in five colors: red, white, silver, black and pink. Our sample was the fashionable glossy white version. The only control on this lens is the retractable lens lock switch; pressing this button and turning the zoom ring extends the lens for use, as well as turning on the camera. . . . read more

Canon 5D Mark III vs Nikon D800 for video, at EOS HD

This is a battle none could have imagined, just 3 or 4 years ago. Two of the best full-frame DSLRs duking it out...in the fields of video:

"All the signs point to the 5D Mark III’s image quality being spectacular. Because of the high bitrates and i-frame codec compression . . . read more

Nikon D4 full lab shots posted at Imaging Resource, all the way up to iso 204800

Yes, we're way past the 'it goes to 11' moniker. The British bookies should start a new bet: 'When will cameras reach 7-figure iso numbers'? My money is on year 2016 (Don't ask why). Anyway, the D4 does wonders, doing a quick oogling and peeping, i think it's safe to say it tops the D3 in every aspect, at least in the series of photos provided at Imaging Resource. . . . read more

Nikon D4 hands-on with sample images and video, at Engadget

Not very much to see here, but a little bit of more info on the D4 is better than no info at all. Oh, and Engadget needs to send some of its editors to video school asap :)

  . . . read more

Nikon 1 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 Nikkor VR review at SLR Gear

"The Nikon 10-30mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 produced some excellent results for sharpness, slightly more at the wider end of its focal range than at telephoto. At 10mm and ƒ/3.5, images produced are very sharp indeed, and there's only a marginal gain by stopping down to ƒ/4: stopping down to ƒ/5.6, images produced are sharp from corner to corner. Stopping down further introduces diffraction limiting, but the results aren't really apparent until ƒ/16, where there is some very light softness across the frame. . . . read more

Nikon P7100 review at Digital Camera Review

Nikon P7100: the little engine that couldn't? It appears Nikon R&D is being spent on the SLRs and and now the 1 series. Their top of the line prosumer camera is always behind the competition and/or seriously flawed. The P7100 was released in a quick succession after the P7000 to mend its shortcomings, but one serious issue remains: The camera still locks up while writing raw files to the memory: . . . read more

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