Nikon have released details of a new 70-200mm f4 VR lens that claims to offer a staggering 5-stops image stabilisation. This latest generation of VR is really pushing the envelope; 5-stop stabilisation is quite a feat (a preliminary hands-on by dpreview suggests the claim is valid) but the price tag tells us it doesn’t come cheap!
The new Nikon 70-200mm f4 VR lens is available to pre-order at around £1172 from Wex Photographic. In comparison the Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VR II lens is available around the £1600 mark and includes a tripod foot (the 70-200mm f4 VR equivalent is available separately for approx. $224 / £140). Over the other side of town the Canon 70-200mm f4 IS lens with 4-stop image stabilisation is available for just under £900.
The new Nikon 70-200mm f4 VR lens complete with nano-coating and AF-S autofocus
Until the Nikon 70-200mm f4 starts shipping (due late November 2012) it’s impossible to know whether the price tag is justified. However the premium of £270 over the Canon equivalent and being positioned £420 shy of the Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VR II (including the tripod mount) means this new lens has its work cut out.
Hopefully the street price will dip below £1000 to give the Nikon 70-200mm f4 VR a more competitive edge.
Have Nikon got it right? Would you pay extra for the f2.8 aperture with 4-stop VR or bank the saving a pick the 70-200mm f4 with 5-stop VR?
Nikon UK are offering up to £100 cashback on selected digital SLRs purchased in Spring 2012. The cashback promotion focuses on beginner to intermediate level digital SLRs in the Nikon line-up, following on nicely from the recent Nikon 1 cashback programme over the New Year.
Canon have unveiled the new EOS 5D Mark III digital SLR featuring a 22-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, six frames per second burst rate and 61-point autofocus system from the EOS 1D X. The Canon EOS 5D Mk III has a native ISO range of 100-25,600 (expandable to ISO 102,400) and offers full HD video capture with manual controls.
The Canon 5D Mark III UK launch price is £2,999 and stock is due towards the end of March. You can pre-order the EOS 5D Mk 3 at the following retailers:
The Nikon D800 has finally arrived and, as everyone expected, the specifications look phenomenal! Key D800 features include the 36.3 megapixel CMOS sensor (full-frame FX format), 4 frames per second (5fps in DX mode), improved 51-point autofocus (sensitive to -2EV) and the EXPEED 3 image processor, offering 16-bit image processing for smooth tonal graduation.
The D800 UK launch price is £2,399 and stock is expected in March. You can pre-order the Nikon D800 from the following retailers:
You can claim £50 cashback when purchasing a Nikon J1 or V1 compact camera system between 2nd February and 2nd April 2012. The cashback offer applies to every Nikon 1 camera + lens kit, including the 10-30mm, 10mm and 10-30mm + 30-110mm kits.
Click either the V1 or the J1 images below to find the latest prices. Alternatively, you can visit the Nikon cashback page for further details on how to claim.
The hot new Nikon D4 has just been announced and will be available for £4799 from February 2012. The Nikon D4 features a new full-frame 16.2 megapixel sensor, 11 frames per second burst rate and 91k pixel metering sensor.
The D4 is also capable of capturing 1080p HD video at 30 frames per second, available in fully uncompressed 24 Mbps glory. Storage and transfer options have also been upgraded: The Nikon D4 features a LAN port and a new XQD card format capable of 125MB/s write speeds (there’s still a compact flash card slot too).
Do you remember when cameras had dials that actually made a ‘CLICK’? How about the tactile feedback when you drew the film advance lever? Furthermore, what on earth happened to the cold of a metal camera body, with its accompanying weight that felt so… reassuring in your hands?
In our digital head rush of sensors, LCD screens and gazillion-point autofocus, we have neglected the experience of using a camera. The aesthetics of modern cameras are not faring well either; our insatiable desire for consuming cheaper, smaller gadgets has let moulded plastic clones take over the world. If you want to keep the technology but drop the ugly, then fear not: The retro digital camera is on the rise.
The ColorRight Pro is a new white balance tool from the US. The ColourRight Pro allows you to set a custom white balance in three easy steps:
- Switch your digital SLR to manual focus
- Take an image with the ColorRight filter over the lens
- Set custom white balance in camera, using the reference image
I’ve been working away on Lens Glossary to help new photographers learn about the various markings, terms and monikers on lenses. The first edition covers the most common terms and extra information will be added over time, including images and diagrams to explain the technology.
Please let me know in the comments if you have any suggestions or feedback!
Nikon have announced a new flashgun, the premium SB-910 Speedlight. The new Nikon SB-910 UK price is pegged at a £449.99 (RRP) and the Speedlight is expected to be available from mid-December. We’ll have to be patient to discover the initial street prices, but the £449.99 is quite a bump from the SB-900 at approximately £325 from UK retailers.
The new Nikon SB-910 Speedlight
A quick comparison of the Nikon SB-910 vs. SB-900 specifications doesn’t reveal any major changes, instead the focus is on refinements to an already successful formula. Major specifications like the guide number (35m @ ISO 100) and zoom range (17-200mm) remain unchanged. The Nikon SB910 refinements include:
- Redesigned menu system for easier use
- Upgraded white-balance filters
- Adjusted thermal cut-out protection
The white-balance filter upgrade comes in the form of two new rigid filters, the fluorescent filter SZ-2FL and SZ-2TN, designed for fluorescent and incandescent colour-cast correction respectively.
The Nikon SB-910 will be added to CameraPricer shortly when UK retailers start adding listings. If you’d like more details in the meantime, here is Nikon’s SB-910 page.
Update: The Nikon SB-910 Speedlight is now listed.