On September 21, 2011, Nikon launched the Nikon One mirror-less camera system, consisting of two cameras - named J1 and V1 - plus four lenses: 10 mm (27) mm, 10-30 (27-81) mm, 10-100 (27-270) mm and 30-110 (81-297) mm. The main difference between the J1 - with its built-in flash - and the V1, is that the latter has a built-in accessory shoe, which turns it into an interesting system camera. The V1 is compatible with the ML-L3 IR wireless remote control, already known from Nikon's entry- and mid-level DSLR line, while the accessory shoe accommodates and powers either the SB-N5 dedicated flash, the ME-1 stereo microphone - launched in April of 2011 - or its very own external GPS device, the GPN-100.
Something like this, maybe? Credit: Denisa Mrackova
UPDATES: (24-08-11) DISAPPOINTED!. Heck, even the mirror-less fell through; we just got a bunch of Coolpix, which - as we all know - are not particularly noticeable in comparison with the rest of the P&S crowd, never have been. (18-08-11) Seems like we're getting a mirror-less and a bunch of Coolpix. Who cares? (02-08-2011): Nikon Rumors now says we will probably get a new version of the D3S (D4) plus the nextgen D700 (D800?). Still no rumors on specs, though, which makes me think that this might all be just hype...
According to Nikon Rumors - generally well informed - Nikon has set a date for mayor press events in various countries: August 24, 2011. This may very well be Nikon's most anticipated launch date in years, because we might finally get the nextgen Professional and Prosumer cameras many people feel they have been waiting for too long.
Two years have passed since the last update of the Nikon flagship line, which is normal given most manufacturer's historical upgrade cycles. That is, if you count the D3S as an upgrade, which some of us apparently don't. To these people the last “serious” update was the 24 Mp. D3X in December 2008. Moreover, Nikon's Prosumer segment is not only behind on its own “habitual” release schedules, but also way behind on those of the competition.
In spite of the widespread clamor among Nikon wildlife photographers for semi professional long lenses in the USD 1.000-2.000 price bracket, the mayor manufacturers are still unwilling to listen. A sad example is the recent discontinuation of the excellent APO HSM 100-300mm f/4D EX Sigma which, at the time of writing, continues to sell for about USD 1.200 on Amazon. For current pricing, click here, for my review here.
In combination with the APO 1.4x EX Sigma tele-converter (± USD 235) it turns into a 420 mm lens on FX, with a 630 mm equivalent FoV on APS-C (DX) cameras, maintaining full AF capability at the loss of only one stop (f/4 becomes f/5.6). The new Nikon D7100 extends this reach even farther when set to the so-called 1,3 crop-mode (12,9 Mp.), which turns the lens – on the fly – into 200-600 mm equivalent (without losing nothing), while with the additional TC into a whopping 840 mm f/5.6.
In line with the general trend to introduce ever faster long lenses combined with VR/OS, which also adds considerably to price, Sigma’s official recommendation for replacement is the APO HSM 120-300 mm f/2.8 EX OS. However, given this lens’ MSRP of USD 4.700, this so-called “recommendation” is outright preposterous. That said – unlike most other Sigmas – this lens does not only autofocus with the 1.4x EX teleconverter, but also with the 2x EX TC at the loss of two stops (f/2.8 becomes f/5.6), which would make it an interesting option, if it were not for its elevated price.
It is extremely unfortunate that the big manufacturers keep churning out very expensive f/2.8 to f/4 long zooms and primes, instead of offering Nikon wildlife lovers quality 400 and 500 mm f/5.6 lenses that are more or less affordable. Canon, at least, gives its users two lenses in this focal- and price range, the EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM and the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM. The first streets for ± USD 1.350, the second for ± USD 1.700 and both get high notes at photozone.de, especially the fixed focal.
UPDATE: Although the D5100 was not supported in the original beta release of ACR 6.4 (CS5, PSE/PRE 9, LR 3), it is now supported in the final versions (6.4.1, 3.4.1). For more information and downloads click here Test data of the D5100 on DxO Sensor Mark Nikon updates Capture NX2 to 2.2.7 adding support for the D5100. Download here View NX2 now also supports this camera, the latest version is 2.3.0. Download here
Today (05-04-2011), Nikon launched the new D5100, which replaces the D5000. Among its most interesting specs are the "swing-out" 3 in. 921 K-dot monitor, 16,2 Mp. CMOS sensor, standard ISO from 100-6.400 (extendible to 25.600) and 1080p HD movie mode with continuous AF.
The camera also includes a standard stereo mini-pin jack for the connection of an optional external microphone, such as the new Nikon ME-1, while it is also compatible with instantaneous geo-tagging and – thus – includes CA90 a connector for an (optional) external GPS device. Nikon specs Eye-Fi WiFi memory card compatibility as well, however, according to the Eye-Fi web site, other SDHC compliant Nikon DSLR's (like the D40 and D60) and quite a few Coolpixes are compatible too. Click here to review the Eye-Fi/Nikon compatibility chart.
As has become habitual with the entry-level series – also called Baby-Nikons – the D5100 does not include an auto-focus motor, which means that for full auto-focus compatibility a (motorized) AF-S lens must be used. That said, since the launch of the first motor-less Nikons, a wide range of very respectable, economical AF-S lenses have become available, such as the 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6GII and the 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G among others, which both cost less than US$ 250. After the break: software & full specs.