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Nikon D700 + 24-120 VR
3369.95 at Amazon

Nikon D700 (Body Only)
2348.88 at Amazon

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Adobe Camera Raw now supports Nikon D700

October 13, 2008

Adobe have released version 4.6 of their RAW conversion software, ACR. One of the new cameras that gains official support is the D700 - it was only unofficially supported in the previous version.

In true Adobe fashion, this is also the last ACR release that will support Photoshop CS3. All future versions will require CS4 at a minimum.

Download from here.

Ikelite underwater housing for D700

October 13, 2008

Ikelite have announced their new underwater housing for the D700.

The clear polycarbonate case is contoured to the camera, durable, and completely corrosion free. Unlike aluminum housings there is a clear view of the main o-ring seal, port o-ring seal, camera controls, and dry inside. Mechanical controls are kept water-tight with Ikelite pioneered Quad-Ring seal glands—proven to be the most reliable method of sealing controls. The housing is fully functional to a depth rating of 200 feet (60m).

To you, it’s just $1,600…

Thom Hogan reviews the D700

October 02, 2008

Respected author and photographer Thom Hogan’s D700 review is up, and as usual is well worth a read.

Obviously, if I gave the D3 full marks, the D700 has to be at least close to that, and it is. While it would be tempting to drop the features rating a bit (slower frame rates, no built-in grip, and a few odds and ends), there’s the added features to consider (flash, sensor cleaning). In the end, I decided to simply try not to make too fine a distinction.

Click the link to visit Thom’s site and find out what else he has to say, and see how many stars the D700 gets!

Great prices on SanDisk memory from Adorama

September 29, 2008

Adorama are running a great special price offer on SanDisk memory cards until the 11th October, while stocks last. These are just too good to not pass on!

8Gb Ducati Extreme Edition CF (45Mb/s) - $119.95, $75 rebate = $44.95!

4Gb Ducati Extreme Edition CF (45Mb/s) - $69.95, $45 rebate = $24.95!

16Gb Extreme III CF (30Mb/s) - $114.95, $90 rebate = $24.95!

8Gb Extreme III CF (30Mb/s) - $59.95, $40 rebate = $19.95!

4Gb Extreme III CF (30Mb/s) - $37.95, $20 rebate = $17.95!

What’s more, the price of the D700 has now hit a low of $2769.95… that’s $490 discount off the list price.

Nikon D700 Price Drop

September 22, 2008

The D700 has dropped nearly $200 to $2,818.98 at Amazon. UPDATE: Make that $2774!

In the UK, the lowest price is currently £1685, also at Amazon UK.

If you’ve been holding off getting a D700, now might be the time to consider buying!

Remember to keep an eye on my D700 price checker for the most recent prices.

Nikon announce AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G

September 22, 2008

In a move that hopefully signals the start of Nikon’s prime lens refresh, the new 50mm f/1.4 replacement has been announced just in time for Photokina.

“This new fast prime lens redefines the standard lens concept,” says Robert Cristina, Professional Products and NPS Manager at Nikon Europe. He adds: “The fast apertures, silent AF and compact dimensions deliver brilliant image quality with new creative options for Nikon digital photographers.”

Recommended price is £279.99, €383, or $439.

Specifications after the jump.

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Canon announces EOS 5D Mark II, rest of world yawns

September 17, 2008

Canon have finally released details of their much-hyped EOS 5D replacement, the 5D Mark II.

Headline features are a full-frame 21.1mp sensor, and ISO expansion up to 25,600.

Our biased analysis is that they’ve taken what made the 5D so special (the sensor), thrown it away, and kept all that was not good - the AF, body, speed etc remain largely unchanged.

Check back later for a full comparison.

Sony launch Alpha A900, not really a D700 competitor

September 09, 2008

Today, Sony finally announced their much-touted Alpha 900 DSLR. Quick spec rundown:

  • 24.6 megapixel, full-frame sensor
  • 4-stop in-body image stabilization
  • ISO 200-3200 (100-6400 with boost)
  • Shutter rated at 100k actuations
  • 3-inch, 920k dot LCD
  • 5fps max, 12 RAW frame burst
  • $3000

I feel that this is more of a competitor to the 21-megapixel Canon 1Ds Mk III rather than the D700. Noise levels (from DPReview’s preview shots) are way higher than the D700, even at ISO 200 in the shadows, and the AF and construction seem inferior.

However, no-one can deny that it’s a great move from Sony, especially at the $3000 suggested retail price. It’s interesting that they’re claiming a 4-stop improvement with their in-camera image stabilization; Nikon claim they don’t do in-camera VR as it’s “not as effective as in-lens VR”, but VR-II is also rated at the same 4 stops.

It will be interesting to see how the A900 compares to any forthcoming D3x or D700x, or even to the imminent Canon 5D replacement.

Full press release after the jump.

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Stunning use of the D700 intervalometer

September 01, 2008

Chad Richard produces stunning HDR time-lapse video panoramas using the intervalometer feature of Nikon digital SLRs, and has recently upgraded to a D700. The video below is shot from Twin Peaks over San Francisco using the D700 and 14-24/2.8.

Twin Peaks San Francisco Sunrise from Chad Richard on Vimeo.

It’s definitely worth checking out Chad’s blog for more excellent time-lapse examples.

Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 AF-D discontinued?

September 01, 2008

Nikon Australia are now listing the Nikkor AF-D 85mm f/1.4 lens as “discontinued”:


This may mean nothing, but I’m hoping it’s a sign that Nikon will be replacing it with an AF-S version in the coming days…

via Nikon Rumors

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