Rumours (and even leaked photographs) are all saying that Nikon will soon be introducing the D600, a more affordable FX (full frame) camera.
Allthough not 100% confirmed, I certainly see this as a sensible and welcome newcomer to their line-up. Yesterday Nikon paved the way to the D600’s release with brand new Nikkor 24-85mm F2.5-4.5 VR lens.
On FX, this new lens will perform similarly to a 16-57mm F2.8 VR on DX (APS-C). The closest one gets to those specifications on DX, however, is with the expensive but built-like-a-tank Nikon 17-55mm F2.8, or Sigma/Tamron 17-50mm F2.8. The former lacks optical stabilization, while the latter two lack the Nikon badge, and risk more focussing and quality control issues.Read More»
Today Nikon announced the SB-910, a new top-of the range flash unit to replace the SB-900.
This is a rather quick replacement – only 2 years and 5 months after the SB-900 appeared on the market. Compare this to the previous update cycle: It took Nikon 5 years to replace the SB-800 (announced 22 July 2003).
This update most probably has something to do with a gripe some professional users had with the SB-900: if you worked it too hard the thermal protection circuitry will kick in, rendering it unusable until it cooled.
While this is good for the unit’s self-preservation, it is terrible news to a photographer shooting a critical scene (imagine the bride walking down the aisle). Of course, working pros should be aware of this (it is explained in the manual), and it’s simple to switch this feature off if you don’t like it.
Non the less it comes as no surprise: The SB-910’s new thermal protection system slows the flash recycle frequency rather than it simply shutting down.
The full list of changes compared to the SB-900, just like in its model number, are marginal:
- New overheating control (slowed recycle time instead of shutdown)
- Improved battery management
- Slightly simplified user interface (more like the SB-700)
- Illuminated buttons
- New “hard” colour filters (like on the SB-700)
- Slightly tweaked exterior that is ever-so-slightly heavier (about 1%)
The SB-910 is already available for pre-order at around $550. If you’re clever and don’t need the tweaked features of the SB-910 you can save yourself $100 (20%) and instead order the SB-900 for $449 (B&H), while stock lasts.
The news is out! Nikon indeed came with a big announcement at midnight yesterday, and it is indeed a whole new system.
- 2.7 crop factor called “Nikon CX” (a 10mm lens is equivalent to 27mm in traditional full-frame/film)
- Very fast shooting rates – up to 60 fps full-resolution photographs
- Advanced video capability
- Lots of accessories, already including 4 lenses, speedlight flash, GPS, external microphone and F-mount adapter.
To give you a sense of scale, this is the new V1 in hand: