First Thoughts on Nikon's Big Announcement

Nikon have had its share of natural disasters for many years to come! First the earthquake and tsunami and following disasters in Japan and recently the flooding in Thailand. Almost all product announcements of 2011 were postponed to 2012, so this year will be very exiting if you are a Nikon Fan-boy like me. 

Nikon D4 is here!
Some of my best images in the past were made with top Nikon workhorses like F4s, F5, F6 and D2X, but now it is time for the announcement of a new über camera by Nikon, something that I have been waiting for. The long period of gossip and rumours about a possible Nikon full-frame DSLR came to an end this week, with the announcement of the Nikon D4, featuring a new FX format sensor with 16,2 MP. When the Nikon D3 camera was announced in 2007, it was a revolutionary camera with extreme high ISO performance and an autofocus system second to none. Looking at the D4, it looks like an slightly improvement of a D3s and I think that's a good thing, because the successful D3s is a very good camera already!. The new design looks a bit Canon'ish, but it's still a NIKON design with a glove-friendly interface. It seems that since the D4 is a high ISO camera, the rumours about the D800 are likely true and it's going to be a pixel-machine for the studio, personally I'm more into the D4 with 16MP, rather than the rumoured 36MP of the D800, the D4 is a do-it-all camera and I really like that for my kind of photography.

Do really I need this?
The new Nikon D4 is a worthy successor to the D3s and my personal favourite improvements include Illuminated function buttons, all the buttons immediately around the screen are now illuminated, very handy when working in the dark, the D4 also supports the infrared ML-L3 remote control and finally the ISO range is starting at iso 100 for super-clean shadows and slower shutter-speeds for flash-photography and water-landscapes! Do really I need this high-speed monster, the answer is actually NO, I still like my D700, it is still a hardworking tool that I will keep for years to come, but I would probably buy the D4 if I had the money, so maybe within a year I will get a D4 to work side-by-side with my ageing D700!.

Key Features:
* 16.2 megapixel FX-format (full-frame) CMOS sensor with fast channel readout and up to 11 fps consecutive shooting in FX-format.

* ISO 100–12800: extendable up to 204,800 (equivalent) and down to 50 (equivalent). High signal-to-noise ratio and wide dynamic range.

* Multi-area format D-Movie: records Full HD (1080p) movies in FX- and DX-format, as well as in native Full HD (1920x1080) crop. Offers uncompressed full-resolution HDMI output to external devices.

* Newly developed, highly durable Kevlar/carbon fiber-composite shutter unit: standard life cycle rating of 400,000 releases, with a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000 to 30s and flash synchronization at up to 1/250 sec.

* Multi-CAM3500FX 51-point AF system: individually selectable or configurable in 9-point, 21-point and 51-point coverage settings. Sensitive down to -2 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F).

* EXPEED 3 image processing engine with 14-bit A/D conversion and 16-bit image processing for superb tonal gradation.

* 8 cm (3.2-in.), 922k-dot LCD monitor with auto brightness control. Anti-reflective with wide color reproduction.

* 3D Color Matrix Metering III: 91k pixel AE AF sensor with full-time face recognition.

* 100% viewfinder coverage and three Crop Modes: 5:4, 1.2x and DX-format. With viewfinder masking.

* Movie frame rates: offers 30p, 25p and 24p and a max recording time of approx. 20 minutes.

* High-fidelity audio control: features a stereo microphone input and an audio out for external headphones, which lets you fine tune audio in isolation both before and during recording. A line input * setting for PCM linear recorders is also provided.

* Storage media: two card slots. One for high-speed CF (UDMA 7) cards and one for high-speed, high-capacity XQD card slots.

* Wireless LAN and Ethernet support via optional Wireless Transmitter WT-4 or the newly designed compact Wireless Transmitter WT-5.

Limits are there to be pushed. And this SLR is made to push them. Ready for anything, the D4 has the durability and the versatility to realize every shooting opportunity out there. My new dream camera!. Nikon D4 Hands-on Preview by Imaging-resource

Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1,8
A medium-telephoto Prime was also announced. Compact, light and affordable is the keywords for this lens and I would not be surprised if it turn up to be a stellar performer, I had the old model and that lens is still a Top-performer even by today's standards!

The construction of the 85mm f/1.8 consists of nine optical elements, with a seven-blade diaphragm which contributes to a substantially more circular bokeh for a natural appearance to out-of-focus background elements. Additionally, instances of lens flare and chromatic aberration are suppressed using Nikon’s exclusive SIC - Super Integrated Coatings, which also help ensure vividly accurate colour balance.

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