More new Nikon items (flashlight & lenses)15 September 2010
Nikon has announce the release of a new Speedlight - the SB-700. Packed with features, this is an easy-to-use, yet sophisticated flash in a compact body. It will be a welcome addition to anyone looking to develop their lighting skills and explore the options of the Nikon Creative Lighting system.
The new flash also boasts an intuitive interface and easy-to-understand operating system. It features Nikon's i-TTL, through-the-lens metering system, ensuring accurate light measuring as well as multi-step auto zoom, which automatically detects the lens focal length and adjusts the flash output accordingly for angles of view from 24mm to 120mm.
Users have the choice of three illumination patterns, which can be quickly selected to match different shooting scenarios making the high performance Speedlight is ideal for a wide range of applicatons, from portrait and studio to events and night-time photography.
It is compatible with FX and DX cameras and its fast wireless control will make the flash attractive for a wide range of customers, including advanced photographers seeking to extend their Creative Lighting System. It can act as a master, controlling up to two groups of flashes and their light ratios, and can also act as a remote unit in a flash set up.
With its rotating head and built-in bounce card, the photographer can use the flash to direct the light and bounce it off ceilings or walls. The SB-700 also comes with the practical Nikon Diffusion Dome to soften the light and even the shadows of direct flash.
Nikon has also announced a completely new professional telephoto lens - the AF-S Nikkor 200mm f/2G ED VR II which is to replace the AF-S VR Nikkor 200mm f/2G IF-ED. The new lens features Nano Crystal Coat, the new generation of Vibration Reduction technology (VR II) which provides compensation equivalent to a shutter speed four stops faster, making it easier to capture sharp images during hand-held shooting. The system incorporates two modes: Normal for general handheld shooting and Active to compensate for the vibration caused by, for example, moving vehicles. It also has a new A/M focus mode, making it the ideal lens for serious photographers seeking uncompromised performance.
The lens is a result of feedback from users and retains the optical construction of its predecessor delivering outstanding image quality with excellent sharpness, contrast and definition as well as smooth bokeh making it the perfect choice for photographers shooting stage events and indoor sports. Further, it is built to meet the stringent demands of the professional photographer. The durable magnesium body and weather sealing means it's ideal for even the toughest of shooting conditions, protecting from moisture and dust - and for extra peace of mind, Nikon's exclusive, detachable meniscus glass protects the large front glass element from accidental scratches.
Finally, in November 2010 Nikon are to release a completely new, fast-aperture Nikkor lens - the AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.4G. has been developed to deliver stunning images in all situations. An entirely new optical design with ten elements in seven groups (including one aspherical glass element) and a rounded, nine-blade diaphragm enables the photographer to make full use of the shallow depth of field that f/1.4 aperture lenses offer. Crystal sharp detail with super smooth bokeh separation sets your subject in the spotlight and offers a different look from images taken with the professional f/2.8 zoom lenses.
It's optical construction incorporates Nano Crystal Coat and minimises reflections and sagittal blur, which means this lens renders point light sources and shadows with natural clarity, ideal for night scenes and astrophotography. The fast aperture also provides a bright viewfinder and is great for exploring the creative potential that the shallow depth of field can bring to the work of fine-art photographers and photojournalists.
The AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.4G is built to work as hard as you do and is a robust and reliable performer wherever your photography might take you. The dedicated Silent Wave Motor (SWM) ensures discreet but accurate autofocus. It operates with smooth gearing and has a broad focus ring for fine manual focus accuracy down to the minimum focusing distance of 30cm. The tough magnesium construction features subtle grooves to assist a left-hand grip as well as rubber mount and switch sealing to deter dust and moisture. Weighing in at a solid 600g, it is designed to balance well with FX format DSLRs such as the D700 and D3 series
For more information about these new products please visit the Nikon website.