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Nikon Unveils Two New NIKKOR Z Series Micro Lenses



Nikon Inc., announced the NIKKOR Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S and NIKKOR Z MC 50mm f/2.8, the latest additions to the rapidly growing NIKKOR Z lens lineup for Nikon’s high-performance Z series mirrors cameras. The premium NIKKOR Z MC 105mm and the compact NIKKOR Z MC 50mm are the first NIKKOR Z lenses to feature a 1:1 reproduction ratio, allowing users to get close to their subjects and fill the frame with edge-to-edge sharpness and incredible details. Whether photographing subtle intricacies of wildlife, wedding details, food and jewelry or capturing striking portraits with gorgeous bokeh, these new macro lenses deliver a fantastic combination of versatility and precision.

“As the first native micro NIKKOR Z lenses, the NIKKOR Z MC 105mm and NIKKOR Z MC 50mm strengthen our expanding Z series lineup, adding yet another category of powerful optics,” said Jay Vannatter, Executive Vice President, Nikkon Inc. “Together, both lenses represent a new category for the NIKKOR Z lineup, yet each have their own personalities and advantages that creators are bound to love.”

These new NIKKOR Z lenses benefit from the Nikon Z mount, which features a large diameter and short flange focal distance to deliver superior optical performance and abundant light-gathering abilities. The lenses render sharp images from edge-to-edge, suppress chromatic aberrations across the focusing range and virtually eliminate color bleeding and fringing typical of macro lenses. Users of either new lens can also take advantage of the focus peaking feature in the Z series cameras to easily acquire and maintain manual focus for macro shots with incredible depth of field.

NIKKOR Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S: Hidden Worlds Revealed

The NIKKOR Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S is a high-quality S-line lens1 engineered for a wide array of shooting styles and designed to deliver intense sharpness and beautiful bokeh. The lens’ 1:1 reproduction ratio resolves details missed by the human eye and can reproduce subjects at life size. With a versatile mid-telephoto focal length and fast f/2.8 maximum aperture, the NIKKOR Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S provides the benefits of two lenses in one, with the ability to capture elaborate details as well as striking portraits.
 
Constructed with an optical formula designed for macro photography, the NIKKOR Z MC 105mm features a larger rear aspherical lens element to reduce field curvature from infinity to close-up. Additionally, the lens’ short minimum focusing distance of 0.96 feet (0.29m) allows for sharp images with a heavily blurred background, drawing in the viewers’ attention and adding scale when photographing small details.
 
The NIKKOR Z MC 105mm’s Multi-Focus STM system affords consistently smooth, silent and accurate focus due to the customized autofocus algorithm, which accounts for minute distance changes that alter the effective aperture. The lens also includes a limiter switch to reduce the working range to a maximum of 1.6 feet (0.5m), in order to acquire focus efficiently and quickly. Furthermore, with a near-silent AF performance, the lens allows users to capture high-quality still images and videos without disturbing small creatures in the field.
 
Equipped with 4.52 stops of Vibration Reduction, the NIKKOR Z MC 105mm makes it easy to shoot handheld and allows users to confidently capture tack-sharp images or videos of products, food or animals. The lens is also compatible with the in-body stabilization feature in the full-frame Z series mirrorless cameras, providing 5-axis VR.

NIKKOR Z MC 50mm f/2.8: Wherever You Go, Get Closer

The NIKKOR Z MC 50mm f/2.8 is a small and lightweight micro lens designed for spontaneous street snapshots and capturing small details with stunning clarity. The lens sports a 1:1 reproduction ratio, and an extremely compact and lightweight design of merely 9.2 oz, making it a portable and comfortable option to carry around for all-day shooting.
 
With a natural 50mm focal length, the NIKKOR Z MC 50mm f/2.8 takes advantage of ambient light to deliver beautiful images with a wider field of view, which is ideal for photographing up-close scenes of food, flowers or everyday snapshots. The 0.53 ft (0.16m) minimum focusing distance enables users to get closer to the action and amplify the separation between the subject, background, and foreground. Meanwhile, the NIKKOR Z MC 50mm’s large f/2.8 aperture affords gorgeous bokeh, fast shutter speeds and superior flexibility for shooting handheld, especially when paired with full-frame Nikon Z series cameras that feature IBIS. Equipped with stepping motors (STM) and a focus limiter switch, the NIKKOR Z MC 50mm delivers fast and reliable autofocus when shooting photos or videos in the field, such as capturing butterflies or the petals of a flower blowing in the wind.  
 
The NIKKOR Z MC 50mm f/2.8 sports a modern design with a variety of intuitive controls, including a lens barrel that integrates helpful visual indicators for focus distance and reproduction ratio. The lens also features a focus limiter switch to limit the AF search range for effortless capture, while the control ring can be assigned to a variety of functions. The lens is augmented with a fluorine coated front element to resist dirt and smudges, as well as a dust and drip resistant build for rugged reliability, making it an ideal travel lens to take everywhere.
Pricing and Availability

The NIKKOR Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR S and NIKKOR Z MC 50mm f/2.8 will be available in late June 2021 for suggested retail prices (SRP) of $999.95* and $649.95*, respectively. For more information about the latest Nikon products, including the new NIKKOR lenses and the entire Nikon Z series, please visit www.nikonusa.com.


Nikon Releases the NX Field Remote Shooting System



Nikon Inc., announced that NX Field, a remote shooting and image transfer system designed for use by commercial and editorial agencies as well as wire services, is scheduled to be released on June 17, 2021. This solution will support those on the front lines of news, sports, and event reporting by allowing its users to link multiple compatible Nikon cameras, operate and adjust settings, and automatically upload images captured with the cameras to an FTP 1 server.

The system is currently compatible with the Nikon D6 and Nikon D5 digital SLR cameras. Support for mirrorless camera such as the Nikon Z 9, Z 7II, and Z 6II is planned for the future.

NX Field will be a scalable solution released by Nikon Professional Services (NPS), a Nikon program that offers extensive support and services to professional photographers throughout the world. The NX Field system consists of the dedicated camera firmware, which can be installed for a fee, as well as the NX Field app which can be downloaded to a compatible device/tablet.

When connecting multiple compatible Nikon cameras, the camera set as the master camera can simultaneously control the shutter release on up to ten remote cameras. The cameras can be connected via a wired LAN cable or wireless LAN.

Further, with the additional use of the NX Field app for smart devices, the shutter release on remote cameras connected via a wired LAN cable or wireless LAN can be controlled from the smartphone or tablet to which it is installed. The app can also be used to easily perform a number of tasks remotely, including checking the Live View through the lens, changing or confirming camera settings, and uploading images captured with the cameras. The user interface that pursues flexibility and usability streamlines the on-site workflow. The NX Field system supports remote shooting via the 5G high-speed communications standard or the internet 4, which, for example, can enable the remote operation of cameras positioned in Tokyo from an operator in New York.

What’s more, the system enables the immediate and automatic upload of images captured with the master and remote cameras to an FTP server. When a wired LAN cable connection is used, the system is extremely stable and is not easily affected by external factors such as a lack of sufficient Wi-Fi signal or high Wi-Fi traffic.

By enabling the remote cameras to be positioned in places that people cannot easily access, such as at the finish line of a race, near a stadium ceiling, or in situations where the number of photographers allowed on site are restricted, NX Field supports the confident capture of decisive moments. The system achieves immediacy in workflow with images captured from previously difficult perspectives and angles for greater diversity.

Nikon will continually update NX Field and support professional photographers’ active on the frontlines of the reportage of decisive moments.


Nikon is Developing The Nikon Z 9 Full Frame Flagship Camera



Nikon Inc. is pleased to announce the development of the first flagship model for which the Nikon Z mount has been adopted: The Nikon Z 9. The full-frame (Nikon FX-format) mirrorless camera is scheduled for release in 2021, and represents a significant leap in technology and performance.

The Z 9 brings together Nikon’s groundbreaking technologies to deliver the best still and video performance in Nikon history, meeting the needs of professionals in a wide range of genres. It utilizes a newly developed FX-format stacked CMOS sensor and new image-processing engine. In response to the growing needs of professionals, advanced enthusiasts and cinematographers, it includes support for 8K video recording as well as various other video specifications that fulfill diverse needs and workflows. The Z 9 embodies ultimate usability as a tool, offering users an unprecedented imaging experience from capture to workflow exceeding that of the previous digital-SLR and mirrorless cameras.

Information regarding the release of this product will be announced at a later date.


Nikon Releases Free NX Studio Software to Process Still Images and Video



Nikon announced the release pf NX STUDIO (Ver. 1.0), a new all-in-one software which enables seamless viewing, processing and the editing of still images with video captured with a Nikon digital camera. The new software is available to download for free beginning today.

With the new NX Studio computer software, users can enjoy the benefits of full-scale editing of still images, with a more intuitive operation and workflow. By integrating the functions of Nikon’s ViewNx-i image viewing software and Capture NX-D processing and editing software, NX STUDIO offers an intuitive yet highly functional single software solution.

The free NX Studio integrates a host of editing features to help users achiever their desired output, including picture controls, white balance settings and exposure compensation for RAW data. Additionally, users can explore the benefits of color control points, which enables color adjustment to a specific area of a photo, as well as a retouch brush feature for advanced correction of an area.

NX STUDIO maintains the same user-friendly interface of previous Nikon software applications, while also improving upon by offering a functional yet simple consolidated menu design organized by workflow categories: browsing, processing/editing and export/sharing. Additionally, Nikon has enhanced the overall response speed for each function to enable smoother processing of both still images and videos.

To further improve workflow and expand the possibilities of imaging expression NX STUDIO supports the transfer of images to NIKON IMAGE SPACE, Nikon’s image sharing and storage service, and enables users to easily upload and edited videos to YouTube.


Nikon Delivers New Z 711 and Z 611 Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras



Nikon unveiled the next chapter of the Z series with the arrival of two new full-frame mirrorless cameras that significantly improve upon the previous generation by adding more power, more features and more of what users want.

The ultra-high-resolution of Z 711 is for those with an eye for impeccable details, offering professionals and advanced photographers a powerful took to capture immense resolution in every shot. For dynamic creators who need a device as versatile as they are, the Z 611 balances powerful performance and an expert-level multimedia feature set to bring any creative vision to life. Together, the Z 711 and Z 611, along with new accessories, expand the Z series into a more robust mirrorless platform, incorporating many performance and design upgrades while maintaining the most popular features of their award-wining predecessors.

Nikon Z 7II: Absolute Immersive Masterpiece

The Z 7II promises high-resolution stills and video for discerning users who need ultimate performance to achieve exceptional image quality in every shot. A powerful upgrade to the Nikon Z 7, the Z 7II is the ideal camera for capturing highly detailed portraits, landscapes, weddings, events, and commercial photography when there is no compromise on image quality.

The Z 7II features a 45.7-megapixel backside-illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor to help capture intense detail, ultra-shallow depth of field and clarity that overwhelms. The exceptionally clean native ISO range from ISO 64 to 25,600 offers the functional freedom to shoot at wide apertures in bright light or in-studio with minimal noise.

With up to 10 fps maximum shooting speed at full resolution in Continuous H (extended)3, the Z 7II can handle fast burst rates with more than triple (3.3x)4 the buffer capacity of the Z 7 (in 12-bit lossless compressed RAW).

The Z 7II’s 493 on-sensor phase-detect autofocus points cover 90 percent of the frame, quickly and accurately acquiring subjects, even at its far edges. The Z 7II is capable of acquiring focus in half the light (as low as -3 EV5), making it the reliable tool for low-light scenes such as weddings and indoor events.

Nikon Z 6II: True Multimedia Powerhouse

The Z 6II is the most versatile Z series camera yet, balancing speed, power, low-light ability, and advanced video features for dynamic creators who need pro-level performance and reliability.

Building on the vast pro-caliber video capabilities of the Z 6, the Z 6II is capable of recording 4K UHD video quality with full pixel readout, demonstrating the advantages of mirrorless technology. The camera is capable of a variety of frame rates, including 4K UHD 60p with full pixel readout, which is planned to be available in February 2021 via a firmware update. It is also capable of 4K 30p, as well as Full HD 120p for slow motion.

Built with videographers in mind, the Z 6II’s AF speed and tracking sensitivity is adjustable to meet creative needs, while the focus ring is also reversible. Useful indicators for focus peaking, zebra stripes and timecodes help capture the best possible footage in-camera and simplify workflow.

For both models, 10-bit output to an external recorder with N-Log is possible as well as the capture of new HDR (HLG) video and output in 12-bit ProRes RAW with the optional upgrade. For upgrade customers, additional support will also be included for Blackmagic RAW when using the Blackmagic Design Video Assist 12G HDR recorder. This upgrade will also be provided for existing customers who have already purchased a ProRes RAW upgrade for the Nikon Z 6 or Z 7.

The Z 6II and Z 7II are the first Nikon cameras to support Eye-Detection AF and Animal-Detection AF with video recording, enabling continuous focus on the eyes of humans, dogs, and cats.

The Z 6II features a 24.5-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor for crisp stills and video capture with impressive detail, ultra-shallow depth of field and impressive low light performance. To confidently shoot in challenging light, the camera has an impressive ISO range from ISO 100–51,200, expandable up to ISO 204,800 equivalent.

Thanks to the addition of dual EXPEED 6 Processors, the Z 6II boasts a fast 14 fps3 continuous shooting speed, providing quick performance for capturing action, with more than 5x the buffer capacity of the Z 64.

The Z 6II’s enhanced AF system features 273 on-sensor phase-detect autofocus points for easy subject acquisition and tracking throughout the frame, including at the edges. Capable of focusing in half the light (down to -4.5 EV5), the Z 6II easily acquires focus in extreme low light scenarios, making it an ideal option for capturing nightscapes and events.

Pricing and Availability
The Nikon Z 7II will be available in December 2020 in two configurations, body-only for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $2,999.95 and a one-lens kit with the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 for an SRP of $3,599.95. The Nikon Z 6II will be available in November 2020 and will also be available in two configurations, body-only for an SRP of $1,999.95, and a one-lens kit with the NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 for an SRP of $2,599.95.


Nikon Introduces NIKKOR Z 14-24mm f/2.8S Lens



Nikon unveiled two exciting additions to the rapidly expanding NIKKOR Z lens lineup, demonstrating the brand’s commitment to the evolving Nikon Z series. These new full-frame S-Line lenses showcase the superior optical performance and capabilities of the Nikon Z mount for photographers and creators.

The ultra-wide angle NIKKOR Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S is the world’s shortest and lightest full-frame f/2.8 zoom lens with a 14mm field of view, enabling a versatile range to capture expansive views including cityscapes, landscapes, astrophotography and more. Meanwhile, the NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.2 S is the paramount fast-aperture prime lens engineered for optical excellence to help Z series users achieve unrivaled power, exceptional sharpness and show-stopping bokeh.

The much anticipated NIKKOR Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S is the shortest and lightest full-frame zoom lens of its kind, offering unique user benefits and incredible rendering capabilities across the wide zoom range. Joining the previously announced NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S and NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S lenses, this lens completes the trinity of coveted fast aperture Z series zooms.

The 14-24mm is a versatile lens that proves the optical superiority of the Nikon Z mount, producing excellent edge-to-edge sharpness, minimal distortion and exceptional photo and video capabilities for creators. The new optical design allows for a significantly shorter lens that is nearly 35 percent lighter than its predecessor, the popular AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8, making this lightweight lens ideal for a trek into the field. Meanwhile, its wide-angle zoom range offers video content creators a new option for capturing tack-sharp establishing shots, interiors or POV angles.

The NIKKOR Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S lens is engineered to deliver unrivaled optical excellence and maximum usability. This thoroughly modernized lens design features a nearly flat front lens element, which allows the attachment of a threaded filter to the included additional lens hood (HB-97). This design provides users the ability to attach a Neutral density (ND) filter, as well as the new Neutral Color NC Filter 112mm or Circular Polarizing Filter II 112mm3, while a rear filter holder also accepts a trimmable filter gel.


Four Nikon Products Honored with EISA Awards



Nikon Corporation announced that four of its products have been successful at the EISA Awards 2020-2021, presented by the Expert Imaging and Sound Association (EISA). The Nikon D780 digital SLR camera won the Full-Frame Camera award, while the Nikon Z 50 mirrorless camera received the Best Buy Camera award. NIKKOR lenses were also winners with the AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR telephoto zoom lens receiving the Professional Telephoto Zoom Lens award, and the NIKKOR Z 84mm f/1.8 S given Portrait Lens award.

The D780 is a high-performance full-frame (Nikon FX-format) digital SL camera equipped with a wide variety of useful functions. It is the first Nikkon digital SLR camera that has adopted focal-plane phase-detection AF, which achieves incredible advances in AF performance. With live view shooting, the D780’s hybrid AF system, which automatically switches between focal-plane phase detection AF and contrast-detect AF in accordance with the situation and conditions, utilizes 273 focus points that cover a broad area of the frame – 90% of the image area horizontally and vertically.

The Z 50 is an APS-C size (Nikon DX-format) mirrorless camera for which the Nikon Z mount was adopted. It inherits traits from upper models, such as design and operability, reliability and future possibilities as mirrorless system, considering them into a compact, lightweight, and durable body capable of rendering capabilities and rich power of expression.

The AF-S NIKKOR 120-300 mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR is a fast telephoto zoom lens compatible with full-frame (Nikon FX format) digital cameras, that demonstrates superior optical performance. The lens covers a broad 120 mm to 300 mm zoom range with a constant fast maximum aperture of f/2.8 throughout that range.

The NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S is a fast, mid-telephoto prime lens for the Nikon Z mount system’s full-frame (Nikon FX format) mirrorless cameras. It supports a focal length of 85 mm and a fast maximum aperture of f/1.8, allowing users to enjoy beautiful blur characteristics (bokeh) with the recording of high-quality still images and movies.


Nikon has Limited Time Trade Up Offer



Nikon announced an introductory trade-in offer for those ready to experience Nikon’s new early level full-frame mirrorless camera, the Nikon Z 5. The Nikon Z 5 is a feature-packed mirrorless camera designed for those ready to start their full frame journey and unblock their creative potential.

The Z 5 is scheduled to be available to customers starting on August 27. To coincide with this release, an introductory trade-in offer is now available through Sunday, September 27, 2020. Consumers can easily upgrade to the Nikon Z mirrorless camera system by trading-in any working camera from any brand, and save $100 on the new Nikon Z 5 in addition to your camera’s trade-in value.

This introductory offer is retroactively valid for customers who have already pre-ordered, as well as new pre-orders / orders of the camera body or additional lens kit configurations at Nikon authorized dealers or through the Nikon Store. For more information about the Trade Up to the Z program, including full terms and conditions, please visit nikonusa.com/ztradeup.

The recently announced Nikon Z 5 includes sophisticated features inherited from the award-winning Z 7 and Z 6 and Nikon’s next generation Z mount at an unprecedented value. With an incredibly robust feature set, including a 24.3-megapixel Full Frame sensor, dual memory card slots, in-camera vibration reduction (VR) image stabilization, 4K UHD video and the perfect balance of seamless automation and full manual controls, creators can effortlessly capture and share their artistic passions, travel adventures and so much more.

The high-performance AF system easily locks onto and tracks subjects throughout the frame, while also offering Eye-Detection AF for humans, cats, and dogs. When paired with the new ultra-compact NIKKOR Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 lens, the Z 5 is the ideal companion to document it all, from street-side portraits to epic landscapes.

For more information about the latest Nikon products, including the new Nikon Z 5, please visit www.nikonusa.com.


Nikon Announced Retail Availability of Flagship D6 DSLR



Nikon announced the retail availability in the new Nikon D6 DSLR, which was unveiled in February of this year. The D6 will be available in the U.S. starting on Thursday, May 21, for the suggested retail price (SPR) of $6,499.95 for the body-only configuration.

Whether on an assignment or in the studio, Nikon’s flagship D6 DSLR always delivers. The D6 incorporates Nikon’s most powerful AF to date, featuring a high-density system with 105 selectable cross-type AF points to help capture pivotal moments again and again, even in the most challenging conditions and environments.

Since every second counts, the uncompromising D6 incorporates important upgrades to enhance photographers’ workflow and accelerate file transfer capabilities, offering time-saving and customizable options during and after capture.

Additionally, the D6 offers robust reliability, unrivaled low-light capability, amazing versatility, 4K UHD multimedia capabilities and a mechanical shutter frame rate that can capture at a blazing fast 14 frames-per-second (fps).


Nikon Products Receive the “Red Dot Award: Product Design 2020”



Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that its products, the Nikon Z 50, the NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct and the RetinaStation, have received the “Red Dot Award: Product Design 2020”, sponsored by Germany’s Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen.

The Z 50 is Nikon’s first APS-C size (Nikon DX-format) mirrorless camera, inheriting its design and operability, reliability, and future possibilities as a mirrorless system from the Nikon Z 7 and Nikon Z 6. Further improving on those characteristics and condensing them into a compact, lightweight, and durable body capable of superior rendering capabilities and rich power of expression.

The NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 Noct serves as the symbol of the superior optical performance achieved with NIKKOR Z lenses. It takes advantage of the superior design flexibility made possible by the combination of the large-diameter (inner diameter of 55 mm) Z mount and 16 mm flange focal distance to realize an f/0.95 maximum aperture, the fastest (brightest) in Nikon history (among interchangeable lenses for Nikon cameras).

The Red Dot Design Award is a world-class design competition that has around 65 years of history. More than 6,500 entries from 60 countries were submitted for the “Red Dot Award: Product Design 2020,” which were judged by a panel of recognized design specialists from around the world based on aspects such as degree of innovation, functionality, ergonomics and durability. Winning products will be showcased at a special exhibition “Design on Stage” to be held from June 22, 2020, at the Red Dot Design Museum in Essen, Germany.