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 has officially unveiled the new AF-S DX 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6 ED VR lens. It offers a 7.8x zoom range and is designed for DX cameras.
The built-in Vibration Reduction is rated to four stops of image stabilization. The new lens features Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor and should ship later this month for $599.95. Check availability here at B&H Photo and here at Adorama.
The Nikon version of the famous 70-200mm f/4L IS from Canon is expected to arrive next week – just in time for PhotoPlus 2012. Nikon Rumors received word that the lens will be the first to feature Nikon’s next-gen VR system.
Given that the Canon equivalent runs $1350 at retail, I’d say that would be a good starting point to look toward for the Nikon lens – possibly up to $1400 or $1500.
Stay tuned for all the news from PhotoPlus next week.
Nikon has just announced the addition of two new lenses to NIKKOR DSLR lens lineup, the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR and the AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR lenses.
Both lenses should be available later this month. The 18-300mm DX lens retails for $999.95 and the 24-85mm FX lens retails for $599.95.
Also, Nikon announced that total production of NIKKOR lenses for Nikon SLR cameras and Nikon 1 advanced cameras with interchangeable-lens reached seventy million at the end of May 2012.
More details in the press release below. [click to continue…]
B&H has a nice deal on the Nikon D3100 with 2 lenses, a 16GB SD card, a bag and Nikon School DVDs for only $743. The lenses are both VR models. The deal is valid through Dec. 10.
I think the D3100 is a great camera and a real bargain with this kit at this price. Check out my earlier Nikon D3100 review.
A lens missing from Nikon’s lineup recently appeared in a published patent application at the USPTO. Canon’s 70-200mm f/4L and 70-200mm f/4L IS lenses have been popular lenses over the past few years. The original f/4L was so popular that Canon decided to make an IS version and keep both lenses in the lineup.
Now, it looks like Nikon will be jumping on this popular lens size… [click to continue…]