Nikon will release its latest FX-format DSLR camera, the D750, a new 20mm f/1.8G lens for FX cameras and a new compact and lightweight Speedlight later this month.
The new Nikon D750 camera, shown with the AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED lens. (Source: Nikon.)
Claimed as the smallest and lightest Nikon FX-format camera, the D750 has a body weight of approximately 750 grams and measures 140.5, x113, x78 mm. It is the first FX-format DSLR to feature a new monocoque body that is both dust- and water-resistant. The redesigned grip has added depth for steady and secure handling and greater manoeuvrability, assisted by the 3.2-inch, approximately1229K-dot, tilting LCD monitor which sports a three-axis hinge for easy over-the-head and waist-level shooting. The LCD monitor has an increased number of white dots and new RGBW alignment, plus an integrated glass-and-panel structure that provides brighter viewing. The optical viewfinder provides 100% frame coverage and an enhanced information display.
The D750 is equipped with a 24.3-megapixel sensor and EXPEED 4 image processor that supports a native ISO range of ISO 100 to 12800, which is expandable from ISO 50 equivalent to ISO 51200 equivalent. It also boasts the ability to shoot cinema-quality 1080/60p, Full HD movies. Continuous shooting is supported at up to 6.5 frames per second. Dual SD card slots support SD, SDHC and SDXC (UHS-I compliant) memory cards and Slot 2 can be used for overflow or backup storage or for separate storage of JPEG and raw files. Pictures can be copied between cards.
Built-in Wi-Fi makes it easy to connect the camera with a smart device for posting images online, sharing images and remote camera control. A free Wireless Mobility Utility App is available for iOS and Android devices to allow users to transfer images to a smart device.
Other features include a 51-point autofocus (AF) system and Group-area AF mode, which are usable down to -3 EV light levels. The D750 also provides three separate still image formats: FX, DX and 1.2x. A specially designed movie-shooting menu provides pre-set control settings and users can switch between FX and DX movie formats for a different angle of view without switching lenses. Noise reduction has been optimised for movie recording, resulting in clearer, sharper movies at high ISOs. An Advanced Scene Recognition System, utilising the 91K-pixel RGB sensor optimises subject detection and minimises back focusing.
The D750 is due to go on sale in Australia on 25 September. Pricing is at dealers’ discretion. Full details are available at http://www.nikon.com.au/en_AU/product/digital-slr-cameras/d750.
The new AF-S Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G ED (shown above) is a fast, ultra wide-angle prime lens designed for Nikon FX-format DSLR cameras. Compact and lightweight, it is ideal for shooting interiors, street reportage, broad landscapes and underwater photography, where it is particularly good for filming immersive movie scenes.
The modern optical design features 13 elements in 11 groups, including two Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements and two aspherical lens elements (AS). Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat suppresses flare and ghosting to ensure excellent resolution and minimal chromatic aberration. For more information, visit https://mynikonlife.com.au/af-s-20mm-f1.8g.
Nikon’s SB-500 (shown above) is the company’s first compact and lightweight Speedlight with a built in LED light. Suitable for use by photographers and moviemakers, it enables users to control both the intensity and direction of the light output and is Compatible with Nikon DSLRs and specific Coolpix cameras, as well as the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS). The SB-500 is powered by AA-size batteries and enables wireless control of multiple flash units. The flash head and LED light both cover a wide 24mm angle of view in FX-format, and easy-to-understand controls on the rear of the unit ensure simple operation.
The flash head tilts up to 90 ° and rotates horizontally through 180 °, enabling users to soften light by ‘bouncing’ the flash off a wall or ceiling. The LED light provides the optimal brightness for recording movies in dimly lit surroundings. Three levels of brightness are available and a diffusion panel for a surface light source enables soft lighting.
The SB-500 also supports the Flash Colour Information Communication function built into the Nikon D810 and D750 digital SLR cameras. Each camera can use flash colour temperature information from the LED light to automatically apply the optimal white balance setting. The flash fires 140 (or more) times on a single charge of rechargeable Ni-MH batteries, and will fire 100 or more times when using alkaline-manganese batteries. Minimum recycling time is approximately 3.5 seconds when using rechargeable Ni-MH batteries, and approximately 4 seconds when using alkaline-manganese batteries. Details can be found at https://mynikonlife.com.au.