Nikon Aiming at Canon’s 5D Mark III with New D750?

Nikon today joined the party of pre-Photokina 2014 product announcements by announcing the long-rumored D750 DSLR, a 20mm f/1.8 lens and a new small flash.

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Nikon D750

The D750 will offer:

  • 24.3 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor
  • the same EXPEED 4 image processor as in the company’s D810 and D4S
  • Wi-Fi
  • a tilting high-resolution LCD
  • 51-point autofocus
  • 6.5 frames per second
  • advanced video comparable to D810
  • ISO range of 100-12,800 (with expansion up to 51,200)
  • a flash sync speed of 1/200.

It’ll cost S2,300. As such, it sits above the D610 with faster operation and a more solid body and below the D810 with 24 megapixels instead of 36mp. It’s a bit faster than the D810, though.

At the same time, it’s lacking some of the features that would have made it the successor to the vaunted D700 DSLR that many had hoped for.

It almost makes you wonder why Nikon bothered to roll out this camera, considering it’s not the action-oriented camera many wanted and just sits a notch above the D610.

Aimed at 5D Mark III?

Looking at the specifications, it looks as if it’s aimed squarely at the Canon 5D Mark III, which almost has similar specs, but is about $1,000 more expensive.

Nikon already lured quite a few Canon users to its D800 series with its high megapixel count and wide dynamic range.

The D610 was not up to par with the 5D Mark III in terms of overall operation, but the D750 appears to be and seems to offer similar functionality, build and sensor size as the Canon, but with the dynamic range Nikon has become known for.

And so Nikon has lowered the price of switching by roughly a $1,000. Of course, we don’t know yet what Canon will announce in the coming days, but the forums are abuzz with a Canon 7D replacement.

That’s all nice and well, but the 7D line is APS-C format and no matter how much Canon improves the dynamic range on the 7D successor, if at all, it will not be the new full-frame camera many Canon users are hoping for, which is in essence a 5D with more dynamic range and more megapixels to compete with the Nikon D810 at the same price point.

Ironically, that 7D might be the action camera that Nikon users were hoping for.

The D750 will be available late this month. Nikon also offers a new battery pack/grip for the D750 with a steep retail price of $400. Unlike in some previous generation Nikon DSLRs, the D750’s frames per second doesn’t seem to increase when the optional battery pack/grip is attached.

AF-S Nikkor 20mm f1/8G ED Lens

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The company also announced a new wide-angle lens. It’s meant for full frame and is Nikon’s first ultra wide-angle lens with an f/1.8 aperture. The lens will be available later this month for $800.

SB-500 Speedlight

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Finally, Nikon is bringing the SB-500 speedlight to market, which is actually a combination of an on-camera strobe and a LED video light.

The complete specifications and pre-order information can be found at B&H (affiliate links):

In Search of Color with Sony A7R & Nikon D800e

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Sony A7R with 35mm f/2.8 lens – 1/100, f/6.3, ISO 200

Hello, I’m John and I’m a fair-weather photographer.

You look at my Lightroom folders, organized by month and – boom! – as soon as the weather turns cold and gray, my shooting volume drops. Put me in sunny weather and I happily wander around. Turn off the sun, add some drizzle, dampen the colors and the cameras stay in the closet.

Except that taking pictures is now a bit of a job. I have cameras to review. I need images to adorn this site. I got stuff to compare. So, out I went the one nice day last week that I still had a rental lens to do some comparison shooting between the new Sony A7R and its dedicated 35mm f/2.8 lens and the Nikon D800e and a rented Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART lens.

I live in the northern suburbs of New York. I gave myself the challenge of finding photogenic colors in this wintry suburban area. The leaves are gone. Everything was coated in that grimy layer that’s left after some snowfall. With the exception of road signs, some cars and school buses, it’s all some shade of grey, white or black. This time of the year, color is not exactly abundant in this part of suburbia.

It’s freaking cold too. At some point, the most colorful sight were my knuckles, red from the cold as I decided to hold two metal objects without any gloves. But I’m not complaining. Once I go North of my little town, the area gets a bit rural, the roads get winding and, you know, I drive one of those German cars that love curves. [Read more…]

Nikon Announces Retro Df DSLR – Initial Thoughts

After a teaser campaign and a litany of rumors, Nikon announced its classically-designed Nikon Df DSLR with a wink to its famed line of ‘F’ series film cameras. With this camera, Nikon joins the crowd of camera makers going retro in an attempt to lure enthusiast photographers to cameras that are more than merely image capture devices.

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The highlights

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Nikon Fixes D600 Sensor and Calls it D610

I have nothing against Nikon. I love the D800e. In my film days, I preferred the brand over Canon and I still think the whole brouhaha over Canon versus Nikon amounts to nothing.

Still, I can only think of today’s announcement of the new Nikon D610 as merely a service update by a company unwilling to admit that the D600 was seriously flawed. I’ve never owned or used a D600, but from reading about the problems with oil on the sensor, I’m pretty sure that if it had been a car, it would have been recalled.

Instead, Nikon announced a replacement only one year after the arrival of the D600, puts in a new shutter mechanism and demands $2000 from those frustrated by the D600 oil problem. In the process, prices for a used D600 are probably going to drop steeply.

Now, the D600 was apparently a great camera, apart from that oily issue. So, logic tells us the D610 is a really great camera.

But is it good client service?

The announcement is here.

You can pre-order it here (affiliate links):
Nikon D610 DSLR Camera (Body Only) (B&H)
Nikon D610 24.3 MP CMOS FX-Format Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (Amazon)

You can sell your D600 here. Better be quick.