Definitely not your average snapshooter’s lens! Nikon’s AF-S Nikkor 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR has a name which begs explanation. This pro level FX-format lens has been updated not only with the newest lens technologies and an advanced optical formula to enhance performance and reduce weight, but it also features the company’s first ever built-in teleconverter. Ah, now the TC1.4 part of the nomenclature makes sense.
The lens delivers a constant f/4 aperture and the built-in 1.4X teleconverter allows photographers to seamlessly swap to a 252-560 mm. The teleconverter is engaged at the flick of a switch, and is easily operated with a single finger while looking through the viewfinder. When used on DX-format DSLRs, the focal length is the equivalent of 270-600 mm (378-840 mm with the teleconverter engaged).
The lens features an electromagnetic diaphragm, helping to create smooth and consistent exposures while shooting high-speed bursts of images, Nikon explains. What’s more, the AF tracking algorithm controlling the motor drive has been enhanced to increase tracking performance of fast moving subjects. When using
cameras equipped with Nikon’s advanced 153-point AF system (D5, D500, D850), the outer row of AF points are activated as cross-type sensors to significantly enhance the AF coverage throughout the frame. This feature will be available with a firmware upgrade for the D5, D850 and D500.
The lens now uses a fluorite element, which contributes to improved balance while minimizing weight. To further enhance handling and agility, the lens has adopted a new ball-bearing tripod collar ring to create a seamless transition from shooting horizontal to vertical composition. The VR mechanism offers a normal and sports mode, with up to four stops of compensation to help create sharp images, even when handheld.
The lens construction includes the use of durable magnesium alloy for weight reduction, while the lens is also sealed against dust and moisture. A fluorine coating is also used to help repel water droplets and dirt.
The optical formula of the lens uses eight Extra Low Dispersion (ED) elements, doubling the amount of ED elements used by its predecessor, the Nikkor 200-400mm. Nikon says the optics help to provide extremely sharp and detailed images and 4K video. Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat is used to effectively suppress instances of ghosting and flare, says the company.
The AF-S Nikkor 180-400 mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR will be available in March for a suggested retail price of $15,549.95.
The Nikon D850 is a full-frame DSLR camera featuring a 45.7-megapixel back-side Illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor. The camera delivers what Nikon proudly says is “majestic” image quality, in both stills and full-frame 4K UHD video. Despite this resolution, the D850 is capable of a capture rate of up to 7 frames-per-second (fps) (9 fps with optional battery grip and EN-EL18a/b battery).
The company says the sensor approaches medium format-level resolution and forgoes an optical low pass filter (OLPF), delivering “fantastic” fidelity, tonality and clarity. The BSI CMOS sensor captures light more efficiently, resulting in wider dynamic range and low-noise image capture.
The D850 will buffer approximately 51 frames of 14-bit lossless RAW capture / 170 frames of 12-bit lossless).
ISO range is 64 – 25,600 (expandable down to ISO 32, up to 102,400).
The EXPEED 5 image processing engine is Nikon’s most powerful yet, allowing for fast data readout and swift image processing pipeline, enabling high speed shooting, full-frame 4K UHD video capture and maximum power efficiency for longer battery life.
A tilting LCD touchscreen is 3.2-in.
The D850 offers the ability to operate with an electronic shutter in Live View. When in this mode, users can shoot in complete silence, for sensitive events. The electronic shutter operates at up to 6 fps (AF/AE locked), while an additional mode enables 8.6-megapixel JPEG capture at up to 30 fps (images are recorded with a 1.5x DX crop).
Like the D5 and D500, the D850 also has the ability to take advantage of long range wireless lighting using radio frequency and the optional SB-5000 Speedlight and WR-A10 and WR-R10.
Users can choose from three sizes of RAW files to enhance workflow, including Large (45.7-MP), Medium (25.6-MP) and Small (11.4-MP). Additionally, the D850 lets users batch process multiple RAW files in camera.
Nikon says you can get up to 1,840 shots at full resolution or approximately 70 minutes of video on a single charge, or, with the optional battery grip, up to 5,140 shots (CIPA standard).
Focus Stacking is also part of the package. The Focus Shift Photography feature is high resolution meets high magnification. For landscape photographers to maximize depth of field, this feature lets the user shoot up to 300 shots at adjustable focus step intervals to infinity to be easily assembled using third-party software.
Negative/Positive Scanning: With the optional ES-2 Film Digitizing Adapter and compatible Micro-Nikkor lens, the camera enables super high-resolution digitizing of 35 mm slides or negatives and converts them in-camera to positives.
Photographers can choose from five formats, including FX-format, 1.2x, DX, 5:4, or 1:1 square with viewfinder shading.
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity are built in. Users can send images to their phones through an always-on Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connection, or through Wi-Fi. Nikon SnapBridge also gives the ability for remote capture and preview.
The camera sports Nikon’s widest and brightest optical viewfinder. The 0.75X viewfinder magnification is the highest ever for a Nikon DSLR, and offers a wide and bright view of the frame.
The D850 features dual memory card slots – XQD for high-speed capture and transfer, as well as easily available SD media.
Buttons that light up at the turn of a dial increase visibility when shooting at night or in low-light scenarios.
The camera offers Full-frame 4K UHD at 24/30 fps. The sensor enables 4K UHD output at a full-frame width at 16:9. Creators can also capture Full HD 1080P at up to 120 fps (4x or 5x) for slow motion video.
When shooting Full HD or in live view for stills, focus peaking can be enabled which highlights in-focus subjects in the frame to ensure sharpness.
Users can create 4K time-lapse videos easily in camera, or can use the built in intervalometer to capture images for an ultra-high resolution 8K time lapse for those who want the ultimate in video quality.
The D850 now lets you adjust the level of brightness, to be indicated between 180-255 depending on your needs. What’s more, the zebra patterns come in two varieties, selectable according to the patterns and textures of your subjects.
Using HDMI, users can record uncompressed footage directly to a digital recorder, while simultaneously recording to a card.
The D850 features an onboard stereo microphone, as well as inputs for headphones and microphones. The camera also features a new audio attenuator to regulate sound levels.
The Nikon D850 will have a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $4,399.95 and will be available in September. The MB-D18 Multi Power Battery Pack will have an MSRP of $529.95, while the ES-2 film digitalizing adapter will have an MSRP of $199.95.
Nikon has upgraded its 70-300 mm full-frame lens with the AF-P Nikkor 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR. The new lens offers enhanced Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization capability and integrates a stepping motor for fast and quiet AF performance, making it Nikon’s first full-frame AF-P lens.
Interestingly, the new version of the lens is lighter than its predecessor.
The new lens provides up to 4.5 stops of VR stabilization, for sharper photos and smoother video. Users can choose from either Normal or Sport VR Modes.
The stepping motor is said to deliver fast and quiet autofocus, reducing the sound of lens operation while recording HD or 4K UHD video. This new technology also contributes to the lens’ reduced weight.
The Electronic Diaphragm not only provides smooth exposure transitions during video capture, but also helps maintain consistent exposure during high-speed shooting, such as when photographing sports.
The lens features a minimum focus distance of 3.94 ft. (1.2 m) and a reproduction ratio of 0.25x.
The lens also features dust and drip resistance, along with a metal lens mount for durability. It features a 9-blade diaphragm for a natural, circular bokeh. The lens also features an ED element to significantly reduce instances of chromatic aberration.
UPDATE: The AF-P Nikkor 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR will have a suggested retail price (MSRP) of $1,029.95; Canadian availability is to be announced.
Nikon has three new wide-angle Nikkor lenses on the way – the ultra-wide zoom and lightweight DX-format AF-P DX Nikkor 10-20 mm f/4.5-5.6G VR, AF-S Fisheye Nikkor 8-15 mm f/3.5-4.5E ED (FX-format) circular fisheye zoom, and the AF-S Nikkor 28 mm f/1.4E ED. Both the 8-15 mm and 28 mm lenses are the latest additions to the Gold Ring Series of Nikkor lenses, a mark identifying Nikon’s premium lens offerings.
The new 10-20 mm lens is said to combine superior image quality and an attainable price. It features the equivalent of 3.5 stops of Vibration Reduction (VR) performance, utilizes Nikon’s Pulse Motor technology for super-fast and quiet AF operation, and the optical formula contains three aspherical elements for excellent image quality with minimal distortion even at the widest focal length. The lens has a close minimum focusing distance of 8.6 inches (0.22 m).
The 8-15 mm is Nikon’s first fisheye zoom, an FX-format lens providing a 180-degree vertical / horizontal angle of view on full frame cameras, and zooms to a non-circular fisheye view on the long end of the focal range. The lens is constructed of lightweight magnesium alloy and employs internal focusing (IF) to retain its compact size, even while focusing. It is also uses an electromagnetic diaphragm, for consistent exposure during high speed shooting, or smooth exposure control while capturing video.
The optical formula of the 8-15 mm zoom consists of three ED elements to reduce chromatic aberration, and two aspherical lens elements to minimize coma, even at the widest aperture, and enable a more compact lens size. Additionally, the front lens element is coated with Nikon’s non-stick Fluorine coat to help resist dirt, fingerprints and smudge, while Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat helps reduce ghost and flare.
The 28 mm lens has a nine blade rounded diaphragm, in a body composed of lightweight magnesium alloy and featuring dust and water drop resistant sealing to withstand the elements, combined with a fluorine coating to resist dirt and smudges. The optical construction consists of 14 elements in nine groups, with three aspherical elements that virtually eliminate coma, aberration and distortion, with two ED glass elements that minimize chromatic aberration, says the company. The lens also uses Nikon’s Nano-crystal coat to reduce instances of ghosting and flare.
The Nikon AF-S Fisheye Nikkor 8-15 mm f/3.5-4.5E ED, AF-P DX Nikkor 10-20 mm f/4.5-5.6G VR, and AF-S Nikkor 28 mm f/1.4E ED will be available in mid-summer for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $1699.95, $414.95 and $2699.95, respectively.
Nikon’s Coolpix W300 is a rugged compact camera designed to capture and share high-quality images and 4K UHD video. The waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof, and dustproof W300 features an improved grip and handling, a 3-inch LCD display and a 5x optical zoom Nikkor lens, plus built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth via the Nikon SnapBridge app.
Featuring a 16-megapixel CMOS back-side illuminated (BSI) sensor, the W300 offers a waterproof (100ft. / 30 m), freezeproof (14F / -10C), dustproof, and enhanced shockproof (7.9ft. / 2.4 m) camera body with increased grip area and ergonomically improved shutter button placement.
It also has built-in GPS plus Points of Interest (POI) and mapping functions, as well as an altimeter and depth gauge. The camera also has a dedicated button to activate an LED light for illumination, and a new Active Guide function to display location and altitude data.
Additionally, with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, images can transfer automatically to a photographer’s smart device so that family and friends can instantly view vacation highlights. When connected, users can also operate the camera remotely with a smart device to capture new perspectives and explore their creative potential.
The 5x optical zoom offers 10x dynamic fine zoom. The camera’s hybrid VR technology provides up to three stops of compensation to capture sharp images and smooth 4K UHD (3840×2160/30p) videos. Video features include a variety of creative functions, such as time-lapse and superlapse recording.
The Nikon Coo;pix W300 will be available in yellow and orange for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $499.95.
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.
Aimed at those wanting to take a step up in their photography, the Nikon D5600, with 24.2-megapixel sensor, features Nikon SnapBridge, which allows users to transfer images directly from their camera to a smart device through always-on Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology or Wi-Fi, automatically.
By establishing a constant connection between the D5600 and a compatible smart device, images can be sent from the camera automatically, ready to share. SnapBridge also makes it possible to seamlessly upload images to the cloud (Nikon Image Space) via a compatible smart device. Additionally, SnapBridge connectivity allow users to shoot remotely or easily transfer movies to a compatible smart device by leveraging the camera’s built-in WiFi connectivity.
The CMOS sensor helps deliver excellent image quality and sharp, high-resolution images with colour and clarity that blow away those taken with a smart device, notes the company, while the EXPEED 4 image processor offers powerful performance and prolongs battery life.
Continuous shooting at 5 fps and a 39-point autofocus system are part of the camera’s offerings.
The camera offers an expanded ISO range of 100-25,600.
Also featured is a 3.2-inch touchscreen Vari-angle LCD.
Various in-camera shooting and special effect modes, manual controls and a new time-lapse mode and manual modes, are also part of the package.
The Nikon D5600 will be available this month for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $1,049.95 with the AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens. Additionally, the D5600 will be sold as a body only for an MSRP of $919.95.
There are two new additions to Nikon’s Coolpix compact camera line, the W100 and A300.
Other features include a 13.2-megapixel sensor, 3x optical zoom Nikkor lens and full HD video capability.
Complete with a 20.1-megapixel sensor, 8x optical zoom lens, high-performance Vibration Reduction (VR) and connectivity and sharing via Nikon SnapBridge, the A300 is said to be an affordable and versatile compact camera.
Both new Coolpix cameras will be available in February. The Coolpix W100 will be available in blue and white for $199.95 MSRP, the Coolpic A300 in black for $179.95 MSRP.
Nikon says the next-gen AF-S Nikkor 70-200 mm f/2.8E FL ED VR sets a new standard for pro telephoto workhorse lenses, while new the PC Nikkor 19 mm f/4E ED is Nikon’s widest ever tilt-shift Nikkor offering. The company says the two FX-format lenses are designed to achieve “amazing optical performance” for the most demanding professional and enthusiast photographers.
The lens provides up to four stops of Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization, an improvement from its predecessor. During burst shooting, the lens takes advantage of an electromagnetic diaphragm for consistent auto-exposure control. Additionally, a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables ultra-fast and quiet AF operation with seamless manual focus override. Photographers will also appreciate assignable function buttons on the lens barrel that offer customization, perfect for engaging pre-set autofocus or other focusing options.
A new optical formula consisting of six ED elements, one fluorite element, a high refractive element and Nano Crystal Coat helps make for a lighter and more versatile lens, while reducing chromatic aberration and helping to all but eliminate distortion, ghosting and flare, says Nikon. The magnesium alloy lens barrel features superior weather-sealing to achieve anti-dust and waterdrop-resistance, while fluorine coating on both the front and rear glass facilitates easy cleaning.
The perspective control 19 mm lens is a tilt-shift offering 97° of coverage. Tilt the lens to sharpen focus throughout a scene or create a miniature effect, or shift to adjust perspective in-camera, create panoramas or eliminate converging lines.
For the first time with a Nikkor PC lens, the direction of tilt operation can be made parallel or perpendicular to shift.
The lens was crafted with three ED and two aspherical elements that help combat distortion and glare, while virtually eliminating chromatic aberration and coma, even at the widest aperture settings. The lens also features Nano Crystal Coat to combat ghosting and flare, an electromagnetic diaphragm for fast auto-exposure control, as well as a fluorine coat that helps resist dirt, water spots and smudges.
Depending on combination of shift and rotation, operation may be restricted by mechanical interference between the lens and camera when used with certain Nikon cameras. Models that can be used without any limitation: D5, D4 series, D3 series, D810 Series, D500. Models that can be used with some limitations: Df, D800 series, D750, D610, D600, D300 series, D7200, D7100, D5500, D5300, D5200 D5000, D5100, D3400, D3300, D3200, D3100. Models that are not compatible: D2 series, D1 series, D200, D100, D90, D80, D70 series, D3000, D60, D50, D40 series, film cameras, Nikon 1 series with FT-1.
The AF-S Nikkor 70-200 mm F/2.8E FL ED VR will be available in November for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $3,699.95.
The PC Nikkor 19 mm F/4E ED also will be available in November, for an MSRP of $4,499.95.
There’s a new entry-level DSLR in the Nikon lineup, the compact D3400, featuring SnapBridge. Using always-on Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology, SnapBridge allows photographers to transfer images from the camera to a compatible smart device.
For those looking to learn more about photography, the D3400 also features Nikon’s Guide Mode, which provides step-by-step assistance when adjusting camera settings to help individuals learn how to capture the best photos possible.
Once paired to a smart device, the D3400 will remain connected to it and transfer photos automatically, without the need to re-connect the device each time. SnapBridge users can also access Nikon Image Space, a free online image sharing and storage service.
The D3400 features a high-resolution 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and Expeed 4 image processing engine, the latter offering improved image quality at high ISOs, enhanced auto white balance performance for true colours, faster processing speeds and improved battery life, notes the company.
The camera also shoots Full HD video.
ISO range is 100-25,600, delivering what Nikon says are top-quality photos and videos with low noise, making it easier to capture sharp photos in low-light settings. Also featured is an 11-point autofocus system and continuous shooting at up to 5 frames per second (fps).
As for Guide Mode, by turning the top Command Dial to this mode, users are prompted with a full range of capture options, and the camera guides them through various settings to create the desired image.
In-camera Scene Modes are available, as are fun effects modes, such as Silhouette and Miniature Photography.
The Nikon D3400 will be available in early September for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $519.95; it will also be available in a kit option including the new AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55 mm F/3.5-5.6G VR for an MSRP of $649.95.