One of the new “big” features of the Nikon D4S was a new mirror balancer and damping mechanism that reduces bounce during high speed bursts, which the D4S can deliver at 11fps. The comparison is pretty telling of the improvement when compared to the D4 operating at 10fps. You should notice that the D4S mirror bounces less between frames and the distance of the bounce is shorter as well.

Bonus fact: This video was filmed in slow motion on the Nikon 1 V2 at 1200 FPS.


Nikon D4S

If you missed out on the first batch of Nikon D4S units, it looks like some retailers have received a fresh shipment of the D4S. Check it out while it remains in stock at Amazon and Adorama.


Nkon 16-35mm f4 VR

B&H has the Nikon AF-S 16-35mm f/4G ED VR lens for $956.95 (reg. $1256.95) right now with 4% rewards and free shipping. Check it out here at B&H Photo.



Nikon has posted a knowledgebase article highlighting a problem with certain batches of Lexar 400x and 1000x CF cards when used with the Nikon D4S.

Below you will find Nikon’s instructions on identifying the cards and getting replacements. [click to continue…]


Sigma 24-105mm f4-2

We are finally seeing results from a lawsuit that Nikon filed against Sigma in May 2011. A judgment was issued against Sigma last month in Tokyo District court, which awarded 1.5 billion Yen to Nikon (close to $15M USD).

The dispute centers a number of Sigma lenses using vibration reduction technology. Nikon originally sought the equivalent of close to $150M USD; however, the judgment stated that the damages was equivalent to 15% of the profits of the violating products earned by Sigma, cutting damages down from the max profits of 10.1 billion Yen.

This has to be quite the blow to Sigma. The company has been a roll lately with awesome lenses like the 24-105mm f/4 OS and 18-35mm f/1.8 lenses. Hopefully, Sigma’s operations won’t be negatively affected in a manner that would delay future lens releases and Sigma’s momentum will continue to gain traction as a solid third-party lens maker.

[via Nikon Rumors]


Nikon D800

ebay (via robertscamera) has the Nikon D800 (refurbished by Nikon) for $2099.99 (compare to $2799 new). There are limited quantities available, so act fast on this if you are thinking about it. Check it out here on ebay.