Lens Patent for Nikon 1 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens

Nikon_70-300mm_Lens

A recently published patent application reveals a new version of the 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR lens for the Nikon 1 system. The optical formula in the patent focuses on make the lens more compact to accommodate the smaller Nikon 1 system.

Of course, the patent was just published on only filed back in October 2014, so don’t expect the lens anytime soon since the current version just started shipping a few months ago (it was announced in March 2014 alongside the Nikon 1 V3) and is still not regularly in stock (currently backordered at B&H).

[via USPTO]

Nikon 200-400mm f/4G Lens Gets $1000 Price Drop

Nikon 200-400mm f4G VR II

It looks like the Nikon 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II lens received an unannounced price drop of $1000, which brings it down to $5647.90. The lens launched at $6999 back in 2010.

The new price drop brings it below the street price of of the previous generation of this lens when it was replaced. This could spell an update for the 5-year-old lens with a new version that includes a fluorite element.

Stay tuned.

[via Nikon Rumors]

Nikon D810 for Astrophotography Coming This Week?

Nikon D810

New rumors suggest that Nikon will announce a special version of the D810 for astrophotography in the next couple of days.

If this turns out to be true, expect a similar setup to Canon’s 60Da, which features a modified infrared filter and a low-noise sensor with heightened hydrogen-alpha sensitivity and allows the camera to better capture red hydrogen emission nebulae and other cosmic phenomena.

[vai Nikon Rumors]