Nikon D300 Officially Announced

MELVILLE, N.Y. (AUGUST 23, 2007) – Nikon (www.nikonusa.com) today introduced its most advanced DX-format digital SLR camera, the D300. Engineered with pro-level features and performance, the 12.3 effective megapixel D300 combines brand new technologies with advanced features inherited from Nikon’s newly announced D3 professional digital SLR camera to offer serious photographers remarkable performance combined with agility.

Similar to the D3, the D300 features Nikon’s exclusive EXPEED Image Processing System that is central to driving the speed and processing power needed for many of the camera’s new features. The D300 features a new 51-point auto focus system with Nikon’s 3D Focus Tracking feature and two new LiveView shooting modes that allow users to frame a photograph using the camera’s high-resolution LCD monitor. The D300 shares a similar Scene Recognition System as found in the D3 that promises to greatly enhance the accuracy of auto focus, auto exposure and auto white balance by recognizing the subject or scene being photographed and applying this information to the calculations for the three functions. [Read more...]

New Nikon Zoom Lenses – 14-24mm f/2.8 and 24-70mm f/2.8

Nikon Introduces the World’s First 14mm Ultra Wide-Angle Zoom Lens with a Constant f/2.8 Aperture and a Highly Versatile 24-70mm f/2.8 Zoom, Making Professional Lens Selection Easier Than Ever

MELVILLE, N.Y. (AUGUST 23, 2007) – Nikon (www.nikonusa.com) today announced two new high performance NIKKOR lenses that offer remarkable sharpness, clarity and contrast. The new AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lens is one of the fastest 14mm ultra-wide angle zoom lenses available today while the new AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED lens is a highly versatile lens ideal for a broad range of applications and lighting conditions. While designed for use with either of Nikon’s FX and DX format digital SLR cameras, these new lenses truly maximizes the potential of Nikon’s recently announced D3 FX-format professional digital SLR camera. Combined with Nikon’s venerable AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR, these new lenses now offer professional photographers the ideal three-lens solution with a constant f/2.8 aperture across all three lenses. [Read more...]

New Nikon Super-Telephoto Lenses Announced – 400mm, 500mm, 600mm

New Lenses Feature Remarkable Optics, Vibration Reduction (VR II) and Rugged Construction

MELVILLE, N.Y. (AUGUST 23, 2007) – Nikon (www.nikonusa.com) today introduced three new super-telephoto NIKKOR lenses that offer professional photographers the latest innovations in lens technology and optical design. The new AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR, AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR, and AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR all offer unprecedented image quality, responsiveness and versatility along with new features such as Nikon’s VR II Vibration Reduction technology and Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat. These new lenses are designed for use with Nikon’s FX and DX format digital SLR cameras and together with Nikon’s current AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR lens, they complete Nikon’s range of super-telephoto lenses. [Read more...]

Popular Science Nikon D3 and D300 Leak

Nikon Strikes Back!!! It appears that Popular Science may have jumped the gun on the release of their article for the Nikon D3 and D300. The article was apparently up for a few minutes and then pulled. Too little too late, because Technorati captured the intro to the article which reads as follows:

Nikon’s Pro Camera Assault [IMG D3_85_ambiance_i] Just three days after Canon announced a pair of pro cameras, Nikon unleashed it’s own duo of high-end digitals: The ultra high-end D3 and the still really high-end D300. It leads with the Deathstar of SLRs, the D3. The biggest change is, in fact, one of bigness. Nikon equipped the new camera with a 36×23.9-millimeter image sensor that’s nearly as large as an old 35-milimeter film frame.

Note that the tone of the article speaks of the Nikon announce for the D3 and D300 in past tense. Apparently, PopSci knows something the rest of us don’t. Make a note to check back here in the morning to find out if a Nikon D3 and D300 really exist.

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Nikon D3 Image?

This is another image that’s surfaced in a long stream of Nikon D3 rumors over the past few days. Apparently, this originally surfaced in the HK forums. While this image has caught some criticism as a fake, it’s also been accepted as well – perhaps in light of recent rumors…? (via DPReview.com)

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NASA Orders 76 Nikon D2Xs Cameras

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Seriously:

The NASA order specifically comprises of 76 D2XS digital SLR cameras, 39 NIKKOR Lenses (in two types), 64 Speedlight flashes, batteries and other accessories which will support both flight and training requirements. Except a change to NASA-specified lubricants, the D2XS models to be used for EVA are almost identical to those commercially available on the market. The D2XS models will undergo stringent NASA testing before they are qualified to be manifested for a particular mission. (read more of Nikon’s press release)

Maybe the Nikon D3 isn’t coming anytime soon after all? At $4300, the Nikon D2Xs isn’t exactly cheap (well over $300,000 for 76 of’em). Maybe NASA just didn’t want a D3? Your thoughts?

New Nikon D3, D300 and Lens Specs

Here’s the scoop from a Japanese blog that claims to have an inside track to Nikon. Forgive me, but I’ve lost the link. Let me know if you’ve got it. (Thanks Doc)
First off, Nikon will be bringing us a full frame D3X at 16MP and 9 frames per second. The D3X has a crop mode to DX-size at 12MP and 11 frames per second (that would make it industry leader).

Next the Nikon D300 will be 12MP (with a DX sensor) at 6 frames per second. The optional battery grip will boost the shooting rate to 8 frames per second (again, class leader).

Reportedly, both cameras will operate at ISO 200-6400.

Finally, five new lenses are in store for Nikonians. They are as follows:

  • 14-24mm f/2.8 G AF-S
  • 24-70mm f/2.8 G AF-S
  • 400mm f/2.8 G AF-S VR
  • 500mm f/4 G AF-S VR
  • 600mm f/4 G AF-S VR

Note the AF-S feature in all of them. Expect this to be standard in the future due to the popularity of the Nikon D40 and D40x.

Keep your eyes on this page and I’ll be sure to fill you in on all the goodies if and when the real deal surfaces from Nikon.

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Availability Tracker for Nikon D3, Canon 1Ds Mark III, Canon 40D, Nikon D300 & Sony A700

This post will relate to the availability (pre-order and otherwise) of the newly announced Canon 40D, Canon 1Ds Mark III, Nikon D300, Nikon D3, Sony α700, Olympus E-3 other cameras and accessories. The links on this page will specifically direct you toward the Amazon, Adorama or B&H Photo pages for the particular item. I will update this post on a weekly basis until the availability is more certain and the prices become stable.

Sony α700

Nikon D300

Nikon D3

Canon 40D

Canon 1Ds Mark III

Olympus E-3

Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens – $199.99

Canon 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS Lens – currently unavailable in the USA

Canon PowerShot G9 – $497.69

Canon PowerShot A650 IS – $358.26

Canon PowerShot A720 IS – $227.88

Canon PowerShot SX100 IS – $284.86

Canon PowerShot SD870 – $366.62

Canon PowerShot SD950 – $427.68

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