Friday, September 5, 2008

NEW! nikon D90 released with a new kit lens

"I can not afford a D300" , "I want to buy a CMOS sensor, semi-expert D-SLR" , "I do not want to buy a D80"
Here is your answer.

12.3 MP, DX format CMOS Sensor, Live View, ISO200-3200 or 100 (Lo1.0)-6.400 (Hi2.0), very low noise, 4.5fps, 3" LCD screen, D-Movie Mode, GPS Geo-tracking, 1005 RGB Matrix metering, in camera image editting, self cleaning sensor,11 point AF Area.

This camera is a revolution in Dxx series compared to all "CCD sensor"ed D40, D40x, D50, D60, D70, D70s and D80.

Another revolution for nikon D-SLR's is capability of recording 720 pixel HD movie clips. This may sound weird for SLR users, but do not be spider head and enjoy the fruits of technology. I believe you will not use this mode often, but in case of need, this will eleminates to carry to cameras for recording/photographing purposes. I would like to remind you that this mode will suck your battery to the bones for sure.

Power up is 0.15 second, which is faster than a blink of an eye.

Compared to D80, D90 has new advantages like:
3inch LCD screen (D80 has had a 2,5inch LCD screen)
Having Live View mode
Video capture speciality
12.3 MP sensor (D80 has had a 10MP)
50% faster shutter - 4,5 fps (D80 has had 3fps)
GPS Geo tagging (optional with GP-1 GPS unit)
Better battery life
Upgraded software and in-camera properties

Are you still reading? C'mon... Leave your computer and get one asap...

(Price tag - body only 990 US$/Euro)

Not finished !!!
A new DX lens released together with the D90 too.
AF-S Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
I do not have any test or review note at the moment, but i may guess that it would be a cheap solution for zoom and kit lens seekers. My favorite is still 16-85mm VR and 18-200mm VR as a kit lens, but hope this one will have better results than this low-quality 18-135mm supplied together with D80's. But looking to price (300US$ in US), i may consider this lens as a regular kit lens with a plus only (VR) compared to 18-55mm and 18-70mm kit lenses...

Predictions > nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G VR ED Nano

I have heard rumors about the new updated 70-200mm VR with Nano coating to be released in the fourth quarter of 2008. It is no surprise that nikon will upgrade all its Golden Series lenses together with all primes in a very near future. As they have started to do that with 600mm VR Nano, 500mm VR Nano, 14-24mm f/2.8G Nano, 24-70mm f/2.8G Nano and the next will be no surprise that 70-200mm f/2.8G VR Nano.
I am expecting nikon to release 50mm f/1.4 Nano, 85mm f/1.4 Nano soon. After these admiral primes, the next step will be Ultra Wide Angle Primes which have considerably level of chromatic abberrations. ED was a good solution in the past, but it is time for Nano Crystal Coating now...
As you all know, 70-200mm VR has very high levels of resolution values, very low vignetting but some CA's which do not fit such a high level lens. With nano crystal coating, it will be a flawless lens like its brothers 14-24mm and 24-70mm's.
For small budget nikoners, wait a while, you will see "OLD" 70-200mm VR's very soon in the second hand market with lower prices.

Expected price tag of the new nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G VR Nano will be around 1700US$/Euro