Nikon just announced the Nikon Zf, a full-frame retro camera. This is not a surprise considering that the crop-sensor Nikon Zfc has been here for a while. At first glance, this is an impressive camera, even if you throw away the stylish look. (And it is stylish!): 24.5MP, full-frame, BSI CMOS Sensor; Fast AF; 4K/60p 10bit video; and, yes, six optional colors.
The folks at Wetzlar Camera Auction have announced that their next auction will be coming up on October 7th, 2023. The company has also posted information on some of the items that will be there.
As usual, we’ve got the expected array of Leica and Leitz cameras and lenses, but there’s also a very interesting lens from Nikon in there, too.
The first photos of Nikon’s upcoming full-frame retro-inspired mirrorless camera, the Nikon Zf, have leaked, courtesy of Nikon Rumors. The photos show a number of aspects of the camera and its overall design.
They also let us get a look at some of the details, like where certain buttons are located and whether it has a fixed screen like the Df or a flippy-out display like the Zfc (buy here). There’s also a short video.
Announced in June and originally scheduled for release in mid-July, not a single Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR lens (buy here) appears to have shipped yet. Except, of course, the review samples sent out to websites and YouTubers around the world.
Now, though, Nikon has announced when the lens will finally be released. If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on one, they begin shipping at the end of this month. Well, assuming they don’t delay it again.
A couple of weeks ago, it was reported that a handful of users had experienced the strap lugs falling out of their shiny new Z8 cameras. Now, it appears that the issue is not only a little more of a problem than we thought, but it may be worldwide.
Nikon has now added the strap lugs to its Z8 advisory, offering free repairs, including the cost of shipping. And this offer will continue even when your warranty runs out.
The new v1.41 firmware does not change much and adds no functionality to the camera. But it does address an autofocus failure issue that users may have been experiencing.
The last thing you want to happen when you’re wandering around with your camera strap on your shoulder is for your camera to go crashing to the ground. It seems, though, that might (but equally might not) be an issue if you shoot a Nikon Z8 (buy here).
Some users are reporting that their strap lugs have completely come out of their Nikon Z8 bodies. Fortunately, no cameras appear to have died yet as the result of a fall, but users say they’re not confident using them.
It’s no secret that Nikon’s been struggling. Ever since Sony went full-on into their Alpha mirrorless system, both Nikon and Canon saw some serious competition. It hit Nikon a lot more than it hit Canon, but that might be changing.
According to a new report from BCN Retail on lens sales covering the first six months of 2023, Nikon Z mount takes the number two spot and finally escaping its single-digit market share. Not surprisingly, Sony still has a massive lead.
The Nikon Z8 (buy here) has only recently started shipping, and already Nikon is offering free repairs over a defect. In a statement issued on the Nikon website, the company says that the Z8 is having an issue where lenses cannot be locked into position on the mount. Nikon admits the circumstances in which it happens are rare, but it obviously does happen.
Nikon says they’ve investigated the cause and believe they’ve narrowed it down to a serial number range. For those affected, Nikon will not only repair the issue for free (even if you’re lazy and you do it after your warranty expires), but they’ll even cover the return shipping costs.
After yesterday’s announcement of the Nikkor Z 70-180mm f/2.8 (buy here) and Nikkor Z 180-600mm f/5-6.6.3 VR (buy here) lenses, two new lenses have popped up on Nikon’s latest lens roadmap. Both lenses are primes, with one offering a 35mm focal length, perhaps an f/1.2, given its position in the layout. The other is more telephoto, at 135mm, possibly with an f/1.8 or f/2 aperture.
Nikon did have a 135mm f/2 prime lens (buy here) in its F-mount DSLR lineup. It was a lens that proved very popular, particularly amongst location portrait and event shooters. Canon also had an EF mount 135mm f/2 (buy here). Since Sigma’s 2017 release, the 135mm f/1.8 Art (buy here), Nikon might be looking to open up that aperture a bit more this time around.