. . . or is it a fake? Join the jabber on this thread.
(via DPReview.com forums)
[tags]nikon, d300, specs, specifications, rumor, news, d3, 40d[/tags]
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.
Canon 1Ds Mark III
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
[tags]canon, eos, 40d, 1ds, mark iii, mk iii, nikon, d3, d300, sony, α700, a700, alpha, powershot, g9, a650, a720, sx100, sd870, sd950, is, 18-55mm, 55-250mm, availability, price, release, date[/tags]
Monday, August 20th, 2007 (Tokyo) — Nikon Corp. of Japan this morning unveiled their newest digital SLR targeted toward professionals, the Nikon D3. But while Nikon maintains that the D3 is a groundbreaking development in the world of digital imaging, photographers and analysts alike seem to be scratching their heads.
“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.
Oh, wow! I’m dying here. Thanks for the great laugh Jonathan! You can see his forum post over at DPReview.com!
[tags]nikon, d3, d3x, d3h, brick, rumors, news, press release, spoof[/tags]
Via Nikon Watch:
Spoke to my regular principal Nikon dealer in London today. I was told that I need to call back on the afternoon of Thursday 24th when they’ll have the details *of the two new cameras*.
[tags]nikon, d3, d300, rumor, release, news, august 24th[/tags]
This is the latest floating around the web on the Nikon D3:
Yesterday, a Web site forum for a foreign netizens inadvertently disclosed the new Nikon digital SLR top D3 series of posters pictures.The posters on the backs of the camera clearly marked : the high-precision 51 points autofocus system! The nine per second shooting speed! Up to 920,000 pixels, covering a total area of 3.0-inch low-temperature polysilicon LCD screen!
Online leaked a new generation of digital SLR Nikon products posters
So it appears that Nikon is about to release a new product worth looking forward to.
Can anyone help with a better translation? You can follow the latest Nikon D3 rumors here.
[tags]nikon, d3, d3x, d3h, rumors, news[/tags]
Several forum posters are alleging the release of the Nikon D3 and D300 is imminent.
Just spoke with a relation of mine at one of Europe’s major Nikon distributors and D300 is coming very soon (she mentioned end of this month) with the specifications as already mentioned in Chasseur d’Images, 12Mp & D2X AF system.
Out of respect for my source I can’t mention any names or more specifications.
Late August is now pretty busy – Pentax European press conference, 23rd; Canon Autumn Collection launch London, 21st; Nikon London launch, 24th. All announced, press contacted, RSVPs done etc.
I just got a Nikon Free prize draw competition leaflet, to be drawn on 31st October for which the prize is your “ultimate Nikon Digital SLR camera” a “D2Xs or equivalent”.
World Athletics Championships begin on the 25th August… in Nikon’s home country… with Nikon as an offical sponsor. My understanding is that Nikon have a history of launching high profile products at major sporting events, instead of at photographic exhibitions.
The UK press conference scheduled for Friday August 24th is the day before the IAAF
In case you haven’t figured it out yet, the DPReview.com forums is a major source of the rumors that we see. Part of the reason is because the forums are so active. You can view the Nikon threads page here.
Somehow I missed this:
As of December 2006, Nikon had a 47% share of the Japanese DSLR market compared to Canon’s 35%.
[tags] nikon, canon, dslr, digital cameras, photography, market share[/tags]
Here’s some 4th-hand information that was originally in spanish:
“From the same Spanish reliable source (Rafa Irusta Blog site: En busca de la Luz) that did revealed the specs of the 400D and the MkIII before get the official announcement (and match them !!), here are the specs:
*No weather sealing*
1.6x – 10 MP Self cleaning sensor
3 inch LCD with LiveView
Formats JPG, RAW and sRAW
ISO 100 to 1600 in steps of 1/3
Shooting speed 6.25 fps
Buffer 75 JPG or 17 RAW
Launch date: August 23rd””
Join in on the rumor mill with the usual suspects on DPReview.com.
Is Canon really scheduled to make press releases on August 20th?
More word of a Nikon D3 release SOON:
This isn’t official but I’m pretty certain there’s a fair bit of truth in this: Today my husband spoke to his relative who works for Nikon and they’ve apparently been sent information regarding a new camera (Nikon D3 – somewhere in the range of 18-22 mega-pixels) & new lenses all of which will be announced on 25th August. I’m not certain if he mentioned a full-frame sensor or if it’s going to be a 1.1 crop (my attention span on the phone is pretty bad!) Whatever the case, I hope they stick to this date for the announcement & don’t put it off for too much longer…
Maybe I should plan for some vacation time from the factory – there’s gonna be a lot of blogging to do this month if these rumors are legit.
Come on Canon and Nikon . . . I’m running out of creative names for these posts.
[tags]canon, eos, 40d, nikon, d3, d3x, d3h, d300, dslr, rumor, release, announcement, august, features, digic, 3, iii[/tags]
As the summer goes on, it seems that more and more people have talked to a Nikon or Canon “rep” or perhaps someone else that they “know” in either company. Based on these conversations, several individuals around the web have “confirmed” that the next big thing from both manufacturers is coming . . . soon.
in a conversation with a Nikon engineer at an event one week ago, I was told that there would be a new pro-level DSLR released ‘within a month or two’.
I asked him “D3?” “yes.”
I asked him “full frame?” “yes.”
Then he said: “in a couple months, Canon won’t even know what it them.”
Yes, it’s hearsay….but given the persistent info from the consistently reliable “jeff_c” on DPReview and the comments from this guy last week, I’d say that we’re about to see at least one pro camera with crop, full frame with crop mode or full frame, probably upward of 16-20mp, and a huge modular viewfinder.
I did NOT get the impression that we’d see a D3H right away, or that dramatically new sensor tech would be involved, although that may well be wrong.
I spoke to the Canon rep, when he was visiting my local camera shop, the other day… he told me that the 40D is due to come out in the next month, using the same sensor as the XTi and the Mark III… and the price of the 30D will be dropping $200.00 … I’m seriously considering the 40D…. more fps and other advantages..
Do people really get this info from “reps”? Do reps really “know” what’s going on? Anybody else out there seen or heard from a rep that has the scoop? Let us know; comment below.
[tags]canon, 40d, eos, nikon, d3, d3h, d3x, dslr, camera, digital, news, rumors, announcement, release, price[/tags]
New HSM lenses for Nikon (17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC Macro HSM and 18-50mm f2.8 EX DC Macro HSM)
HSM has now been added to the Nikon mount 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC MACRO HSM and 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC MACRO HSM, allowing autofocus with all Nikon DSLR cameras (inculding the D40 and D40x).
Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of the new 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC MACRO HSM for Nikon and 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC MACRO HSM for Nikon.
Large aperture standard zoom lens designed specially for digital SLR cameras.
17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC MACRO HSM for Nikon
The HSM system has been incorporated into this large aperture standard zoom lens for digital SLR cameras. This lens is capable of autofocusing with all Nikon DSLR cameras (including the D40 and D40x) and has a minimum focusing distance of 20cm (7.9”) and maximum magnification of 1:2.3 enabling close-up photography. A Special Low Dispersion (SLD) lens and Aspherical lens allows a compact construction and high optical performance.
Large aperture zoom lens designed specially for use with digital SLR cameras with a minimum focusing distance of 20cm (7.9”).
18-50mm F2.8 EX DC MACRO HSM for Nikon
The HSM systme has been incorporated into this large aperture standard zoom 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC MACRO. This lens is capable of autofocusing with all Nikon DSLR cameras ( inculding the D40 and D40x). Aspherical lens, SLD lens and ELD (Extraordinary Low Dispersion) provide high picture quality throughout the entire zoom range. Super Multi Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting. High image quality is assured throughout the entire zoom range.
Layer Coating and lens power layout provide high picture quality throughout the entire zoom range.
[tags]nikon, dslr, sigma, hsm, lens, 17-70, 18-50, af, autofocus, f/2.8, news[/tags]