Nikon Spending up to $17.7 Million on D600 Sensor Spot Debacle

Nikon D600

It took Nikon quite some time to fess up to an actual problem related to the D600. Nikon released a D610 model on a fast track release schedule but offered no acknowledgement of a problem with the D600 – even though the D610 was the same camera with a new shutter mechanism.

After it replaced some D600 units with new D610 units for some customers, it looked like the problem was headed to a class action legal battle (it still might be). While the class action lawsuit was just starting to swirl, Nikon seemingly came clean and agreed to replace the shutter mechanism in all users’ D600 cameras.

This little sensor spot problem has proven quite expensive for Nikon – to the tune of 1.8 billion yen (or $17.7 million USD). [Read more...]

Nikon D800 Replacement Coming Next Month…?

Nikon D800

New rumors on the Nikon front point to a replacement DSLR for the Nikon D800 and D800E next month. To be clear, that’s one DSLR that will serve as the successor to both the D800 and the D800E.

The new D800 model (possibly the D800s) will be closer in succession to the D800E due to the fact that it will not have an AA filter. The update is expected to be the equivalent on the D800 front to what we saw with the D4 to D4s upgrade – that is, improved processor, AF improvements and better low light performance.

Check out the list of rumored D800s specs below. [Read more...]

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Lens Announced for $12K

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Nikon has announced its new AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR lens as a follow up to the popular Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR lens (at $9k).

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR Feature Highlights

  • New professional grade telephoto option for professional and passionate photographers
  • Nearly two pounds lighter, yet more durable than its predecessor; ideal for shooting sports, action and wildlife
    • Improved AF, exposure accuracy and speed.
  • Vibration Reduction (VR) technology with up to four stops of image stabilization
  • Contains two fluorite elements, two Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass elements and Nano Crystal Coat
  • Features an electronic diaphragm, allowing for stable exposure even during high speed shooting
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • VR Image Stabilization with Sport Mode
  • Silent Wave Motor and MF Override
  • Fluorine-Coated Front Meniscus Element
  • Weather-Resistant Magnesium Alloy Barrel
  • Removable Monopod Collar

The new 400mm lens will be available in August 2014 for $11,999.95. Check it out here at B&H Photo.