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Lives in United States Southern Minn, United States
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rz350: Can I switch VR on/off with my D7100/D7200 per the promised firmware updates from Nikon. At least on my old one I have a switch. Plus these are priced at over $1000 CDN. Too much for too little.

rz350: http://www.nikonusa.com/en/nikon-products/product/camera-lenses/af-p-nikkor-70-300mm-f%252f4.5-5.6e-ed-vr.html?icid=img_en_us:hp:banner:2:lens:70-300mm:071117:wwa

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 23:47 UTC
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ttran88: Nikon will probably release a new body for Nikon 1 and a set of new fast primes. Or if they are brave enough they will make a camera for micro4/3 and join Olympus and Panny. Putting high hopes on an A6500 or A7 competitor is all wishful thinking for a sinking ship.

That's actually an interesting thought.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 19:07 UTC
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StevieF: The usual amount of cynicism etc from the keyboard warriors (although I agree with the comment about the 'crystal thing!') but being a bit of a romantic at heart, admittedly, I think they're great. I may also be a bit naive (and read far too much into it!) but I think this is the first time, for quite some time, that Nikon have (in a simple way) acknowledged their heritage and where they once stood in the imaging industry. For me, that's a good sign as most successful Companies will reinforce where the brand came from - as well as innovate! Like others, I have despaired in recent years with the garbage marketing/design disasters (N1 etc)/PR spin BS etc etc from people who have never moved from their desktop retina screen. Whoever decided to do this within Nikon should be made CEO as a reminder that 'hey guys, we used to do stuff that made people sit up - remember these? It's about time we did it again, before it's too late'.

Nikon has the expertise to design or assist in designing them. They have no ability to make or produce them. It is conjectured they worked closely with Sony on some of their earlier designs, but most Sony's are off the shelf.
And Sony Will not sell Nikon Sony camera sensors that are specifically designed or specc'd by Sony camera. If Nikon wants to pay to develop a different sensor, they will do that.
As far as decision making, Nikon and Canon are the only two companies to make a profit selling cameras in the long run. Even in todays nasty market. Nikon is no doubt contracting, the market has shrunk. But their decision making is largely conservative and sound. Have they made some missteps? Sure they all do. Are the company threatening? Not IMO.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 17:44 UTC
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StevieF: The usual amount of cynicism etc from the keyboard warriors (although I agree with the comment about the 'crystal thing!') but being a bit of a romantic at heart, admittedly, I think they're great. I may also be a bit naive (and read far too much into it!) but I think this is the first time, for quite some time, that Nikon have (in a simple way) acknowledged their heritage and where they once stood in the imaging industry. For me, that's a good sign as most successful Companies will reinforce where the brand came from - as well as innovate! Like others, I have despaired in recent years with the garbage marketing/design disasters (N1 etc)/PR spin BS etc etc from people who have never moved from their desktop retina screen. Whoever decided to do this within Nikon should be made CEO as a reminder that 'hey guys, we used to do stuff that made people sit up - remember these? It's about time we did it again, before it's too late'.

Nikon never made there own sensors. They don't have a fab. Foundry's cost billions, and there are plenty of companies who make chips. They have bought sensors from Aptina, Renasas, Toshiba and mostly Sony. Sony has no intention of stopping sales to Nikon, the camera division and the sensor division are separate companies, Sony buys it's sensors from them. Sony will not sell sensors to Nikon designed specifically for Sony cameras. Sony will sell Nikon any sensor it want's designed or off the shelf.
Nikon, like most of the camera market will be smaller, but are in no danger of disappearing. They are profitable every year and have huge cash reserves.
It is much more likely that Oly and Pentax and Panasonic would halt camera sales do to low or non existent profits than Nikon.
Nikon and Kodak have nothing in common. These are facts. Not loose conjecture.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 16:44 UTC

What a bunch of tools posting in here. Ignorance is king.

Nikon is not failing. They sell more camera than anyone but Canon. Probably more than the rest combined.

They make more money selling camera than anyone but Canon, and probably more than the rest combined.

They have huge cash reserves. Because they are profitable.

They have a great updated collection of primes, both 1.8 and 1.4. They have a great selection of zooms. They have a great collection of exotic lens. Untouchable by anyone except perhaps Canon.

There cameras are all top shelf IQ and AF and highly rated. The D750 at 3 years old can still compete with any camera out there.

Sony has NOT stopped selling sensors to Nikon, Nikon buys more Sony sensors than anyone, including Sony.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 13:56 UTC as 27th comment | 3 replies
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cosinaphile: a camera as recent as the d 750 isnt fully supported .... ? w t f

The ONLY issue with the D750, and the other cameras is these models reset focus when reverting from standby status (timer off), pre-focus shooting is not available. That's pretty minor.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 13:47 UTC
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StevieF: The usual amount of cynicism etc from the keyboard warriors (although I agree with the comment about the 'crystal thing!') but being a bit of a romantic at heart, admittedly, I think they're great. I may also be a bit naive (and read far too much into it!) but I think this is the first time, for quite some time, that Nikon have (in a simple way) acknowledged their heritage and where they once stood in the imaging industry. For me, that's a good sign as most successful Companies will reinforce where the brand came from - as well as innovate! Like others, I have despaired in recent years with the garbage marketing/design disasters (N1 etc)/PR spin BS etc etc from people who have never moved from their desktop retina screen. Whoever decided to do this within Nikon should be made CEO as a reminder that 'hey guys, we used to do stuff that made people sit up - remember these? It's about time we did it again, before it's too late'.

Joed, not a word of truth there. Not one

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 12:15 UTC
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vegasdood: I see this stuff unfortunately as part of their obituary.

No obituary's to be seen.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 22:25 UTC
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vegasdood: I see this stuff unfortunately as part of their obituary.

You see what you want to see. Sony is a distant third to Nikon. Nikon still buys more Sony sensors than Sony.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 22:25 UTC
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JJ1983: So, while the likes of Fujifilm and Sony are running technological and financial circles around your once outstanding company, you provide us with... Posters. Yay.

Sounds good JJ, even if it's not true. Nikon sells more cameras than Sony and Fuji combined.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 22:23 UTC
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JamesVo: If thinking of buying this for an existing camera body be sure to check compatibility before you commit the funds. The use of stepper motor (AF-P) and electronic aperture control in this lens creates various compatibility issues for older bodies even though the lens will mount on them. Firmware upgrades can fix some of the issues but there is no commitment at this stage as to which bodies might get firmware upgrades

Really not such a big deal. The D500 and 5D already have the firmware update available.

Nikon USA: "Fully compatible models: D7500, D5600, D3400, D500.

Fully compatible models (without limitations) after available firmware update: D5, D750, D610, D600, D5500, D5300, D3300. Download firmware updates at: http://downloadcenter.nikon...

Regardless of firmware update, these models will still have some limitations:* D4, D4S, D3, D3X, D3S, D810, D810A, D800, D800E, Df, D700, D300, D300S, D7200, D7100, D7000, D5200.

This below is the limitation:

*Because these models reset focus when reverting from standby status (timer off), pre-focus shooting is not available."

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 19:47 UTC
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Retzius: According to the Nikon website, the only cameras that are fully compatible with this lens are DX cameras...

Incompatibility is not really an issue, see this post: https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/59817626

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 16:36 UTC
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Retzius: According to the Nikon website, the only cameras that are fully compatible with this lens are DX cameras...

Heritage Cameras in a post below sums up the incompatibility rather well: "The limitation is that you can't control the lens through a camera menu. But that's not really a limitation since it basically works exactly like every other lens and lens functions continue to be controlled by physical switches on the lens for AF and VR"

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 14:52 UTC
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Faris Marino: it's weird, is there any nikon fx camera that support af-p lense?

Hey Cos, I guarantee you this one lens will outsell every Ricoh zoom combined. How's that for customer service.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 14:06 UTC
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Richard Murdey: Weight has been reduced from 745g to 680g. ED elements reduced from 2 to 1. Distance scale window removed. It's otherwise the same size and shape, though the optical formula has been altered 17/12->18/14.

From all points of consideration, this looks like a cheaper version of the 70-300 IF-ED VR. Instead the price has been - unjustifiably, in my opinion - increased by 40%.

When is the last time you actually used a distance scale? How often? Be honest. This is a consumer/enthusiast lens,

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 14:01 UTC
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SmilerGrogan: Why do Nikon and Canon put stepping motors only in their variable aperture zooms and pancakes but not in the professional lenses?
I got a chance to shoot video with the Canon 18-55 with the stepping motor and it's like a dream how beautifully it focuses. If only it were a slightly better lens it feels like I could shoot the next Star Wars with it.

Nikon has just started using them in the last year. Since most lens don't get upgraded very often, it might be awhile.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 13:39 UTC
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Chaitanya S: On one hand there is Canon's new 70-300mm USM II lens which maintained the price of original lens while generally improving AF (and IQ) and on the other hand there is this Nikon 70-300mm lens which went for slower Stepping motor and increased the price of lens while doing so.

I have tried the P lens. There is nothing slow about them wickedly fast and accurate.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 12:29 UTC
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digiart: What about compatibility?!
If it's like the previous AF-P lenses it's NOT compatible with most Nikon bodies, only the most recent ones!
DPR should address compatibility IMHO.

It will be compatible with a Nikon mirrorless camera and most of the newer ones.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 12:28 UTC

These AF-P lens are directed towards a new Nikon mirrorless IMO. Growing pain as far as backwards compatibility, but no getting around it.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 12:10 UTC as 22nd comment | 3 replies
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Artak Hambarian: I have the current version of this lens, and think that it needs to have a tripod collar. This new one does not have it either. Its an omission.

This one is lighter, less than 6 inches long and does not extend. Much smaller and lighter than the 24-70.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2017 at 12:06 UTC
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