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Nikon D7500

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Nikon has taken the guts of its D500 and plunked them into a new flagship DX-format DSLR, the D7500. And, yes, that means 4K UHD video capture.

The D7500 features the D500’s 20.9-megapixel DX-format imaging sensor and Expeed 5 processing engine, eliminating the optical low-pass filter (OLPF) for maximum sharpness and clarity.

The camera’s native ISO range spans from 100 to 51,200, with an expanded ISO range up to what the company claims is the equivalent of ISO 1.64 million.

The camera is capable of shooting at up to 8 frames-per-second (fps) with full AF/AE, with an expanded buffer of up to 50 RAW/NEF (14-bit lossless compressed) or 100 JPEG images.

Nikon’s 51-point AF system covers a large portion of the frame. A Group-Area AF function has been added, handy for those shooting fast action.

The slim, tilting 3.2-inch touchscreen LCD can be used to control, compose and play back, even while mounted to a tripod. The menus can also be easily navigated using the touchscreen function.

Like the Nikon D5 and D500, the 180K RGB Metering system is used with the Advanced Scene Recognition System to help ensure balanced exposures and “fantastic” colour rendition in nearly any shooting situation, says the company.

The body offers deep grip and comprehensive weather sealing. Nikon notes the body is durable and approximately 5 percent lighter than the D7200 and 16 percent lighter than the D500.

Also like the D500 and D5, the Auto AF Fine Tune feature when in Live View allows users to automatically calibrate autofocus with specific lenses if needed.

Through the Retouch menu, users can access an in-camera Batch Process RAW Converter that can handle multiple images to optimize workflow.

The camera’s pop-up flash can act as a Commander for remote Speedlights, while the camera is also optimized to function with line-of-sight using the SB-500, SB-700 and SB-5000. It can even support the radio frequency control system of the SB-5000 when using the optional WR-R10 accessory.

A new Auto Picture Control function analyzes the picture scene and automatically generates a tone curve within the camera.

Images can automatically be downloaded to a compatible smartphone, and the camera can also be triggered remotely using Built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

As noted, the D7500 offers 4K UHD (3840 × 2160/30p) video capture, and adds the ability to produce 4K UHD time-lapse movies in-camera. Video files can be stored as either MOV files or as MP4 files. Like the D500, the D7500 offers 3-axis built-in e-VR image stabilization when shooting 1080p Full HD video, and can be easily focused using the rear touchscreen function.

For the advanced videographer, the D7500 offers simultaneous 4K UHD output to card and uncompressed via HDMI, as well as a headphone and microphone jack for pro-level audio recording and monitoring. To allow for smooth exposure adjustments, the camera also supports power aperture for smooth and stepless depth-of-field transitions while users can also keep highlights in-check using visible zebra stripes in live-view mode.

The Nikon D7500 will be available in mid-summer for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $1699.95 for the body only, or with an AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140 mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens for $2099.95 MSRP.

Nikon 18-55 mm, 70-300 mm lenses

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18-55 mm VR
18-55 mm VR

Nikon has unveiled two new lightweight zoom lenses, the AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G. No, that’s not a typo; both are 18-55 mm, available in two configurations, with and without vibration reduction (VR).

The lenses are designed for DX-format DSLRs, and both lenses are equipped with Nikon’s Stepping Motor technology for quick, smooth and quiet autofocus.

Designated AF-P Nikkor, the lenses provide faster and smoother AF speed during live view (phase-detection AF) and are said to allow for whisper-quiet operation during video recording to minimize camera noise.

VR technology offers up to four stops of image stabilization, for better chance of blur-free images in challenging light or when handheld.

70-300 mm VR
70-300 mm VR

Similarly, there are two versions of the longer zoom, the AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300 mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR and AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300 mm f/4.5-6.3G ED.

These too are equipped with Nikon’s Stepping Motor that helps achieve quick, smooth and quiet autofocus. The adoption of this technology also reduces the overall size and weight of the lens, says the company, making it easier to carry.

Likewise, vibration reduction (VR) technology offers up to four stops of image stabilization.

The AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G VR will be available in early September for an MSRP of $329.95. The AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G also will be available in early September, for an MSRP of $269.95.

The AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300 mm f/4.5-6.3G ED will be available in early September for an MSRP of $449.95. The VR version carries an MSRP of $529.95.

Nikon D500

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D500Now isn’t this a pleasant surprise. All the attention and rumours have focused on the previously teased D5 (now unveiled in all its glory – see above), and now up pops the highly anticipated and hoped-for successor to the D300S, the Nikon D500, establishing what the company calls “a new era of DX-format performance.”

The DX-format flagship camera offers pro-level features to deliver “nimble handling, speed and extreme processing power in a compact and lightweight body.”

Like the new D5 (above), the D500 benefits from Nikon’s latest technological innovations, including a totally new, “blazing fast” Multi-CAM 20K 153-point AF system and 4K UHD video capture, and adds a new way to share photos with Nikon SnapBridge (see below).

Because it’s DX format, the camera can be lighter and smaller than its full format siblings, such as the D610, D750, D800, and new D5.

The D500 features an all-new, Nikon developed 20.9-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor that is said to render images with outstanding colours and gorgeous tonality. This sensor is coupled with Nikon’s new EXPEED 5 image processing engine, offering low noise and maximum processing power with a small footprint and superbly balanced body, says the company.

The D500 offers an ISO range of 100-51,200, expandable to 50-1,640,000 equivalent. That last number is not a typo; that’s black cat in a coal bin territory – ISO 1.6 million! That’s taking pictures of things you can’t see.

D500_backExposure burst speed is pegged at 10 frames per second (fps) with full AF and AE. A generous buffer allows for up to 79 shots to be captured in 14-bit, uncompressed RAW/NEF.

To keep pace, the camera is fitted with the same AF system as the D5, the Multi-CAM 20K AF sensor module, with a separate dedicated processor for AF function. On the D500’s DX-format sensor, the 153-point AF array fills the frame from side to side, letting users track and lock onto subjects from the extreme edges of the viewfinder. Like the D5, the D500 uses the new 180K RGB Metering system and Advanced Scene Recognition System to help ensure balanced exposures and “fantastic” colour rendition in nearly any shooting situation, Nikon explains.

The D500 features robust build quality, Nikon claims, offering the same amount of rugged weather sealing as the Nikon D810. The durable body is a monocoque structure composed of magnesium alloy for the top and rear, while the front is reinforced with lightweight carbon fibre. The shutter mechanism has been tested for 200K actuations. For further durability, the D500 excludes a pop-up flash, but is compatible with Nikon’s newest radio frequency capable flash, the SB-5000 Speedlight (with optional WR-R10 and WR-A10).

There’s a 3.2-inch, high resolution touchscreen LCD, which lets users interact with photos in playback, control the camera and operate menus. When mounted on a tripod or shooting from creative angles, shooters will appreciate the reinforced tilting LCD screen, similar to the Nikon D750. Additionally, images are rapidly written to either a fast XQD card slot or to the additional SD card slot.

The D500 introduces an innovative way to share photos wirelessly with the new Nikon SnapBridge which allows for a Bluetooth supported connection between camera and compatible smart device, thus making automatic upload of your images possible. Once enabled, the camera stays connected to the smart device and transfers photos, eliminating the need to re-connect devices.

D500_topThose looking to share images can also tag images for transfer in camera and can password protect their connection for added security. As an added benefit, the D500’s built-in Near Field Communication (NFC) capability easily connects the camera to a compatible smart device with just a tap, while built-in Wi-Fi capability allows for faster wireless image transfer.

For those looking for an even faster transfer solution, the D500 is also compatible with the optional WT-7A Wireless Transmitter, enabling wired or wireless transmission of files to an FTP server or computer at faster speeds.

Just like the D5, the D500 has the ability to capture 4K UHD video at up to 30p (3840×2160), as well as Full HD (1080p) video at a variety of frame rates. The camera sports a host of pro video features derived from the D810, including uncompressed HDMI output and Picture Controls, but adds even more features. These pro-level creative video features include the ability to create 4K time-lapse movies in-camera and Auto ISO smoothing to provide fluid transitions in exposure during recording, and the capability to record 4K UHD video to the card and output to HDMI simultaneously. When capturing Full HD 1080p content, the camera also has a new 3-axis electronic VR feature that can be activated regardless of the lens being used.

Challenging video exposures are no problem for the D500, as it also adds in Active D-Lighting into Full HD video to balance exposure values within a scene and to help prevent blown-out highlights.

The Nikon D500 will be available in March for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $2,699.95 (body only).

The MB-D17 battery pack will also be available in March, and will add extended battery life and facilitate vertical shooting. Pricing will be announced at a later date.

The WT-7A Wireless Transmitter will be available in March, with price to be determined.

Nikon DX 55-200 mm

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nikon AFS DX 55 200Nikon has added a 3.6x zoom lens for DX-format photographers. Compact and lightweight, the new retractable design AF-S DX Nikkor 55-200 mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR II features three stops of VR image stabilization and core Nikkor technologies including a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) that helps ensure quiet and precise AF operation.

The AF-S DX Nikkor 55-200 mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR II will be available in early February for an MSRP of $349.95.

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300 mm

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nikon AFS DX 18-300The AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300 mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR telephoto zoom lens is designed for DX-format photographers.

It is more than 30 percent lighter than the 18-300 mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens (both 27-450 mm equivalent) and offers an extensive feature set that produces vibrant colours and sharp details with minimal distortion.

Helping to ensure clear photos and videos even in low-light situations while also combatting the effects of camera shake, the new lens comes equipped with Nikon’s VR image stabilization technology, providing the lens with four stops of stabilization to help make shooting a blur-free experience, even while handheld, says the company.

Weight is 550 g.

The lens’ construction contains 16 optical elements in 12 groups and includes three Aspherical (AS) and three Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements to produce maximum contrast while minimizing lens flare and ghosting. Its three ED glass elements effectively minimize chromatic aberration at even the widest aperture settings, notes Nikon.

The lens incorporates a seven rounded-blade diaphragm.

Like many of Nikon’s newest Nikkor lenses, the new 18-300 incorporates a Silent Wave Motor (SWM), designed to deliver fast, accurate and quiet autofocusing (AF) performance, plus Internal Focusing (IF), resulting in a more compact, streamlined lens design.

The AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300 mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR lens is scheduled to be available later this month at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $879.95.

Nikon D7100

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D7100The new flagship in Nikon’s DX line of DSLRs, the D7100 has an impressive array of intuitive features and controls bolstered by rapid performance and a robust feature set that includes a new 24.1-megapixel CMOS sensor, Nikon’s 51-point AF system and wireless connectivity.

Nikon says the sensor is designed to render the truest, most detail-rich images possible and brilliant HD video. Because of the high resolution and advanced technologies, says the company, the optical low pass filter (OLPF) is no longer used.

Getting a little carried away with the hyperbole, perhaps, Nikon says when using Nikkor lenses, the resulting images “explode with more clarity and detail.”

Driven by Nikon’s Expeed 3 image processing engine, the D7100 is said to deliver image quality that “extends beyond staggering sharpness to outstanding images with a wide dynamic range in a variety of lighting conditions.”

ISO range is 100-6400 (expandable to Hi-2 of 25,600), and at higher ISOs, noise is minimized for both still images as well as when recording HD video.

The Nikon D7100 is designed for the experienced shooter ready to take their photography to the next level, says the company. Let’s see why.

The D7100 features Nikon’s 51-point AF system, with a new Multi-CAM 3500DX AF module. Additionally, the AF system and exposure are augmented with Nikon’s 3D Color Matrix Metering II 2,016-pixel RGB sensor and Scene Recognition System, which recognizes the scene prior to shooting to adjust AF, AE, AWB and other parameters. The results of this system are accurate and even exposures, sharp details and vivid colour. For additional precision, 15 of the 51 AF points are cross-type, and the centre point is functional at f/8, giving DX photographers an additional telephoto advantage when using a teleconverter.

D7100_backThe D7100 can shoot at up to 6 frames per second (fps) at full resolution and up to 7 fps when using the new 1.3x crop mode at slightly reduced resolution. Release time lag is 0.052 second. Image data is written to dual SD card slots, which accept the latest high-speed UHS-1 and SDXC cards.

As noted, the D7100 has the ability to shoot in a 1.3x DX crop mode for both stills and HD video. While in this mode, shooters will gain an extra telephoto boost (2X), and a boost in burst speed to 7 fps, with 15.4- megapixel resolution. Additionally, while in this mode, the 51-point AF array covers more of the frame, allowing improved subject acquisition and tracking performance through the viewfinder.

The new LCD screen is 3.2-inches and features a higher resolution.

Nikon has implemented a bright and high-contrast new OLED data display within the optical viewfinder that makes it easier to read and see shooting data. When composing through the viewfinder, users see 100 percent frame coverage.

A new feature for Nikon cameras, Spot White Balance allows for quick and precise white balance adjustment while shooting in live view. By selecting a desired point on the screen, users can set a custom white balance from a distance, even while using a super-telephoto lens. This is helpful for shooting video or when shooting under unfamiliar lighting when no gray card is available.

The D7100 is built to the same moisture and dust resistance specifications of the D300S. For durability, the top and rear covers are constructed of magnesium alloy, while internally, the shutter has been tested to withstand 150,000 cycles. Despite its robust construction, the camera remains lightweight, weighing in at approximately 1.5 pounds (body).

To make it easier for users to quickly access frequently used functions, an “i” button has been added to the control layout on the camera.

Images can be shared wirelessly by an attached WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter. With this optional adapter the user has the ability to share images to a supported smartphone or tablet, shoot remotely from their device, and transfer photos from up to 49 feet away. The Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility app is available free of charge on Google Play for Android devices or from the App Store. When using the app, photographers can wirelessly transfer images from the camera to a mobile device and even remotely control the camera.

As for HD video, using the dedicated video record button, it can be recorded at 1080/30p, or at 60i/50i (in 1.3x Crop Mode) for optimal playback on many HDTV’s when connected via HDMI. The D7100 also provides the ability to record stereo sound through the internal microphone, or attach an optional external microphone through the dedicated microphone terminal. To reference audio, the camera also features a headphone terminal. Users can also get creative using Nikon’s Creative Effects in real time. This feature lets users take advantage of modes such as Selective Colour or Colour Sketch.

In addition to full manual controls, the Nikon D7100 features a variety of intelligent modes to create effects and special features. Nikon’s Picture Controls can be applied to photo and video to change the colour, tone and saturation of an image. When capturing still images, the same Creative Effects modes and filters available in video are also available. By combining consecutive frames, the D7100 also has a high dynamic range (HDR) function.

The camera has a built-in flash, or can act as a commander in Nikon’s Creative Lighting System (CLS).

Nikon also announced the WR-1 Transceiver for Nikon DSLR cameras. This device uses the 2.4 GHz radio frequency. The communication range between WR-1 units is approximately 394 feet, and 15 channels are available.

The Nikon D7100 will be available in March at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $1,229.95 for the body-only configuration. With AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105 mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens, MSRP is $1,549.95.

Nikon 40 mm macro lens

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Nikon has introduced the lightweight AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40 mm f/2.8G lens with a minimum focusing distance of 0.163 m (6.4 inches) for extreme close-ups and High Definition (HD) video with a life-size 1:1 reproduction ratio.

Weighing in at approximately 235 g, the lens is equivalent to 60 mm in full frame. It features Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor technology, manual focus, and manual-priority autofocus (M/A) which lets users switch focus modes without changing settings.

This new lens employs Nikon’s Close-Range Correction System. The lens elements are configured in a “floating” design where each lens group moves independently to help achieve critical focus. Additionally, Nikon’s Super Integrated Coatings are applied to help reduce instances of lens flare and ghosting. The seven blade diaphragm also helps to create a more natural out-of-focus component.

The AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40 mm f/2.8G is scheduled to be available in late August with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $299.95.