Nikon’s New 500mm and 600mm Lenses Weigh Significantly less, Cost More and Focus Closer

new500_600_NikonMore specs and photos have leaked and the official release seems imminent. Adding on to the previously reported specs, we now know the weight, price and minimum focusing distance for Nikon’s beasty lenses.

The good news is that both lens enjoy a 20-25% decrease in weight and can now focus 10% closer.

The bad news is that you will pay an extra 15-20% for the pleasure of owning one of these lenses.

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More Specs on Nikon’s 500mm and 600mm VR Upgrades and a Pimped DX Standard Zoom Lens

Nikon_UpgradesFollowing up on our previous post with initial information about the expected upgrade of Nikon’s 500mm and 600mm f/4 VR lenses, another source reveals more information on these rumored lenses.

Making sure there’s something for those on tighter budgets as well, there are also specs for a 16-80mm f/2.8-4 DX lens. It is said to be replacing the 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6, but with all its fancy new features I doubt the price will be anywhere near its predecessor.

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See the Nikon COOLPIX P900’s 86x Zoom Lens Take On the Moon

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When the Nikon COOLPIX P900 was released earlier this year, it brought with is a number of convenient and exciting features, including built-in WiFi, GPS…and a lens the equivalent of 24-2000mm.  No, that is not a typo.  The 83x optical zoom lens can really reach out and touch.

YouTube user Naturbeobachtungen von Lothar Lenz decided to put the lens to the test and shoot for the moon. Literally.  (Kinda.)

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I switched from Canon to Nikon To Medium format to Canon Again

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I love Canon cameras, I really do and it was with great regret that I moved away from Canon last year after being an EOS system user my entire life. I started when I was 5 years old on my fathers EOS 300 film cameras and have then enjoyed every camera up to and including the 5D MK3, but there was a problem.

I’m sure it wasn’t just me, I’m sure a lot of other pros felt like Canon wasn’t listening. The fact that it felt like I had been abandoned by the system I’d bought ito throughout my career hadn’t come at a great time – I was at a crossroads in my career and wanted to make the jump into medium format, I couldn’t then still have my Canon cameras as they weren’t a viable backup with the vast difference in resolution – to me the only option looked to me to jump over to Nikon and use their D800 bodies as backups for my Mamiya Leaf & Credo system that I had bought into. I wasn’t the only people thinking about the switch, it was a conversation that was becoming more and more common when I caught up with other photographers, there seemed to be a general feeling of frustration at Canon.

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Nikon Rumored to Announce New 500mm and 600mm f/4 VR Lenses with a Fluorite Element

Nikon 500mm. The fluorite element will make it smaller.

Nikon 500mm. The fluorite element will make it smaller.

Nikon’s 500mm and 600mm f/4G ED VR lenses are rumored to be updated in the near future, with a fluorite element being added to each.

The aging lenses were announced in 2007 and will be smaller and lighter, though more expensive, thanks to the new technology.

The flagship D5 should also be announced before the Rio Olympics in 2016.

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First Hands-On Review of the Nikon D810A

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Nikon’s dedicated astrophotography camera isn’t planned to start shipping until next week, but Swedish astrophotographer Göran Strand was lucky enough to get his hands on a D810A for a review.

The review includes high ISO noise comparisons between the D800E, D810, D810A and D3s, and covers some of the camera’s new astro-oriented features.

Göran also shares sample images of daylight photos and tests how well this camera performs, despite Nikon’s recommendation not to use it for ‘general photography’.

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Nikon Wants Your Money, Offers Up To $900 Instant Savings

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It is this time of the year again and Nikon is the first one to push the SALE button. (Usually they are a day or two behind canon, but this year they were first).

Nikon’s model is one where if you buy a body you get a small rebate and for bundling a lens and a body, you receive a bigger rebate. If you are sitting on the fence for a new body, this is a great opportunity to ease that purchase.

Rebates range from as little as $80 for a D3200 + 18-55mm start lever kit ($446.95 instead of $526.95, roughly 17%) to as much as $900 for a D810 + 24-120mm behemoth kit ($3,696.95 instead of $4,596.95, a slightly bigger 20% discount). Some of the options let you get rebates for multiple lenses and speedlights.

Here are some of the more interesting options:

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Getting Married at New York’s City Hall? Joe McNally Will Take Your Portrait for Free

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Some couples get married at City Hall to save money; others do it to keep things simple.

Either way, regardless of the reason, couples getting married at New York’s City Hall during the first week of June are in for a pleasant surprise.

Renowned photographer and Nikon ambassador Joe McNally will be waiting with his team outside the City Clerk’s office on June 4th and 5th in Nikon’s custom designed 20’ Wedding Truck Studio to take newlywed portraits – for free.

The portraits will be taken as part of Nikon’s “I AM Generation Image” campaign, using Nikon’s D750 DSLR and a selection of their lenses and speedlights.

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Canon Rumored to Be Working on a Full Frame Astrophotography Camera

Nikon D810a. Will Canon respond with a 5D Mark IVa?

Nikon D810A. Will Canon respond with a 5D Mark IVa?

Not wanting to leave the astrophotography market to Nikon’s upcoming D810A, Canon is said to be working on its own dedicated full frame camera.

When the D810A was announced Nikon said it will start shipping in late May, so any day now, but its Canon competitor is expected to be released only in 2016.

Could we see a Canon 5D Mark IVa?

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