In addition to the D1X and D1H digital SLR's (above) Nikon today also announce four lenses; Nikkor AF 28-80mm G, Nikkor AF 70-300mm G Silver, Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/2.8D II and Nikkor 45mm f/2.8 P. A new speedlight flash, the SB-50DX and the FM3A manual-focus, auto exposure 35mm film SLR (batteries not required!).


AF Zoom-Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6G. Available in black or silver. [6 elements in 6 groups]
AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/2.8D IF-ED II (lightweight version of AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/2.8D IF-ED lens).
This lens is now 540 g lighter at 2,560 g. Also available in light grey. [11 elements in 8 groups]
AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G lens now in a silver-colour version. Nikkor 45mm f/2.8 P, ultra-compact, ultra-thin
manual-focus silver-coloured lens. 17mm thin, 120g. [4 elements in 3 groups]

Nikon SB-50DX Speedlight

Press release:

Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the introduction of the Nikon SB-50DX Speedlight.

The new Nikon SB-50DX has a variety of flash functions in its compact body, and is designed especially for users of Nikon SLRs with built-in Speedlights.

The SB-50DX can fire flash light with a camera’s built-in Speedlight for greater flash power. It also offers various features that are not possible with built-in Speedlights, such as bounce flash capability, close-up shooting, built-in wide flash adaptor for 14mm wideangle coverage, TTL wireless slave flash, and an infrared remote commander. In addition, the SB-50DX fires Monitor Pre-flashes for 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash for Nikon SLRs, including the D1-series digital SLR cameras.

The Nikon SB-50DX is a significant addition to the Nikon Speedlight lineup, offering photographers enhanced flash shooting flexibil-ity for a wide range of applications.

SB-50DX Features

  • Compact and lightweight
  • Allows synchronisation with built-in Speedlights
  • Built-in diffuser for built-in Speedlights
  • 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash capability, even with the D1-series digital SLR cameras
  • Tilting flash head for bounce effect and close-up shooting
  • Allows close-up shooting up to 30cm
  • AF-Assist Illuminator
  • Large, informative LCD panel with illuminator
  • Built-in wide flash adaptor covers 14mm wideangle lens
  • TTL Wireless Slave Flash function
  • Sound monitor for flash-ready confirmation in slave flash mode
  • The supplied Infrared Filter SW-9IR enables you to use the SB-50DX as an infrared remote commander

SB-50DX Specifications

Guide number
Zoom-head position 14mm 24mm 28mm 35mm 50mm
Guide number 12 18 20 22 26
Angle of coverage
Zoom-head position Angle of coverage
  Vertical Horizontal
14mm 14mm 85° 98°
24mm 24mm 60° 78°
28mm 28mm 53° 70°
35mm 35mm 45° 60°
50mm 50mm 34° 46°
Flash duration Approx 1/800 sec at manual full output
Bounce capacity Flash head tilts up to 90° or down to -18° with click stops at 90°, 75°, 50°, 0° and -18°.
Power switch ON/OFF button is provided; pressing the ON/OFF buttonfor approx. 0.3 sec. turns the SB-50DX on or off.
• When the SB-50DX is not used for approx. 40 sec., the standby function activates and the SB-50DX automatically turns off to conserve battery power.
Flash exposure control
TTL auto flash Automatic Balanced Fill-Flash with TTL Multi-Sensor
Matrix Balanced/Centre-Weighted/Spot Fill-Flash
Standard TTL Flash
D-TTL auto flash Automatic Balanced Fill-Flash with TTL Multi-Sensor for Digital SLR
Centre-Weighted/Spot Fill-Flash for Digital SLR
Standard TTL Flash for Digital SLR
Manual Flash
Power source Two CR123A or DL123A-type 3V lithium batteries
Recycling time and number of flashes (Manual flash mode) Minimum recycling time: approx. 3.5 sec. with fresh batteries.
Number of flashes and recycling time: 260 times or more with 3.5 to 30 sec. recycling time (With AF-Assist Illuminator activated, Power Zoom function activated, LCD panel illuminator not activated.)
AF-Assist Illuminator Automatically fires LED beam toward subject when per-forming
autofocus in dim light or in the dark with Nikon
AF cameras.
Ready-light Lights up when SB-50DX is charged and ready to fire. Blinks when flash fires at its maximum output, indicating light may have been insufficient (in TTL auto flash mode).
FLASH button Pressing FLASH button performs test firing.
• Pressing the button turns the SB-50DX on again after the unit has been automatically turned off by the standby function.
Wide-flash adaptor Allows the SB-50DX to be used with 14mm lenses.
Diffuser Attach diffuser to the camera’s built-in Speedlight for double-flash (bounce) operation
Sound monitor The SB-50DX emits a single beep when it is charged and
ready-to fire in TTL wireless multiple flash operation
The SB-50DX emits three beeps after it has fired at maxi-mum
output or improperly fired in TTL wireless multiple
flash operation in the Auto Slave Flash mode
Light sensor Senses light received from the master Speedlight in wire-less
multiple flash photography.
Auto Slave Flash - Effective range ~ 7m
Manual Slave Flash - Effective range ~ 40m
Infrared Filter SW-9IR Enables you to use the SB-50DX as an infrared remote commander
Lock lever Prevents the SB-50DX from accidentally slipping off the camera
LCD panel illuminator Turned on and off every time the SLAVE button is pressed; automatically turns off after approx. 16 sec. when the SB-50DX is not in use.
Backside indications Light-condensing paint is applied to characters and symbols.
Dimensions Approx. 63 x 107 x 105mm (2.5 x 4.2 x 4.1 in)
Weight (without batteries) Approx. 235g (8.3 oz)
Accessories supplied Soft Case SS-30, Infrared Filter SW-9IR

FM3A Manual-focus, Auto Exposure 35mm film SLR

Ok, so we don't normally report on film cameras but this completes the full list of product announcements. Batteries not required.. imagine that!

Press release:

Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the introduction of the Nikon FM3A 35mm (135) format manual-focus SLR camera, designed as the successor to our popular Nikon FM2.

The new FM3A inherits most of the FM2’s features, like durable metal body construction and a classic centre-weighted meter. And the world’s first hybrid shutter control system enables mechanical shutter speed control to be operated without batteries at any shutter speed, while in A mode the shutter speed is electronically controlled for Aperture-Priority Auto operation. In addition, TTL (through-the-lens) flash control, DX-coded film speed settings and new bright view focusing screens are also available. These features provide an unprecedented degree of flexibility in a manual SLR with the added benefits of selected automation.

The FM3A offers photographers access to the Nikon System, which includes the professional AF-S Nikkor lens lineup and many other AF and manual Nikkor lenses, in addition to a range of accessories.

With its classic exterior, simple operation and compact body design, the FM3A is the ideal camera for gaining entry into the world of pure, per-sonal SLR photography.

FM3A features

  • Manual-focus 35mm SLR
  • Durable, die-cast body
  • Hybrid shutter speed control system — when shutter speed is selected manually, the FM3A works without batteries at all speeds
  • Aperture-Priority Auto exposure control possible with Ai-type Nikkor and AF Nikkor lenses
  • Top shutter speed of 1/4000 sec. and peak flash sync speed of 1/250 sec.
  • Exposure compensation (-2 to +2 EV)
  • Standard TTL flash control possible
  • TTL flash-compensation button for balanced fill-flash effect
  • Compatible with DX-coded film cartridges
  • Three types of new, bright clear matte interchangeable focusing screens allow pinpoint-focus, even in dim light
  • Sequential shooting of up to 3.2 frames per second with Motor Drive MD-12
  • Black or silver-colour body available