Nikon have announced a new D5500, Nikkor 300mm F4 & DX 55-200mm

Featured Tuesday, 06 January 2015 02:40

3 new products just announced - full info here.

NOTE - below is from Nikon's press release - it is not my words.

My thoughts - the camera is nice and light, 60p Full HD video and the deeper grip will help (the improvement to D810 was great). 300mm f4 - I am sure this is going to be popular with sports and wildlife shooters who can't justify the f2.8. What do you think?? Leave your thoughts as a comment below.

Nikon Australia is pleased to announce the launch of the new Nikon D5500 Digital SLR, the world’s smallest, lightest*1 and slimmest DSLR, designed for aspiring photographers seeking to challenge convention by creating images in new and exciting ways.
Taking photography to new creative heights is made easier with the introduction of the Nikon D5500, a 24.2-megapixel DX format camera that is significantly lighter and slimmer than its predecessor, and boasts a new monocoque structure and a deep grip that feels like it was made for your fingers alone.
The Nikon D5500 with wireless connectivity delivers intuitive operations to complement the inspiration of a great shot, be it still images or videos. With the combination of a vari-angle LCD monitor with touch-screen control, intelligent eye-sensor and optimised image review, the DSLR fits comfortably as a trusty companion for capturing those 'eureka' moments of photography.
Delivering photographic freedom, the DX-format camera includes an enhanced Picture Control system, 39-point autofocus (AF) and support for Full HD video recording in 60p format.  In addition, in a first in Nikon DSLR cameras, the eye-sensor automatically turns off the monitor screen display when using the viewfinder and a ‘Touch Fn’ (Function) allows for easy adjustments of operational settings.
Key Features:
  • 24.2-megapixel DX-format sensor with no OLPF
  • Effective ISO range from 100-125600
  • Large 8.1-cm LCD with wide-viewing angle and high 1,037-dot resolution
  • Response touch-screen allows to tap to focus and shoot, or adjust settings such as aperture, ISO, and shutter speed
  • Touch FN function allows users to quickly adjust key settings with a finger swipe when shooting through the viewfinder
  • Instant Photo Sharing capabilities via a compatible smartphone or tablet with built-in Wi-Fi
  • Streamlined design with monocoque structure and a deep grip. Approx. 124x97x70mm, this camera weighs just 420g (without battery or memory card)
  • 39-point AF system with nine cross-type sensors in the centre
  • Improved contrast-detect Auto-focus 20% faster than the D5300 when shooting in Live View
  • Fast and powerful EXPEED 4 image processing engine
  • Up to 5 fps continuous shooting
  • Full HD video recording at 1080/50/60p and Full HD/60p output supported
  • Picture Control 2.0 provides invaluable tools for shooting photos and movies just the way you want. Includes the new Flat setting for maximum dynamic range
  • Built-in stereo microphone and compatibility with Nikon's ME-1 Stereo Microphone
  • Creative tools include retouch menu, bracketing functions, HDR photography, interval timer shooting, vignette control
  • Compatible with the full range of NIKKOR DX-format lenses and specific Nikon Speedlights as well as the WR-R10/WR-T10 Wireless Remote Controllers
1 Among digital SLR cameras equipped with a vari-angle monitor as of January 6, 2015, based on Nikon research.
Availability: 5th February, 2014
Pricing: Please refer to Australian Authorised Resellers For Local Pricing
For more information see:

Nikon Australia is also pleased to announce the new AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR, the world’s lightest 300mm lens and the first NIKKOR to employ a Phase Fresnel lens element, delivering superior picture quality in a compact and lightweight body.
The AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR is the latest addition to the renowned NIKKOR line-up of FX-format compatible lenses, offering the ultimate balance of a compact build, telephoto reach, and superior image quality.
Crafted for those looking to achieve maximum image quality from a lightweight lens, photographers will also enjoy the immense flexibility needed to get the perfectly timed shot as the highly portable AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR also features a Vibration Reduction (VR) system of 4.5 stops, thus enabling the omission of a tripod.
Key features:
  • The AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR incorporates Nikon's Phase Fresnel (PF) lens element for the first time in NIKKOR lenses, resulting in a remarkably light 755 grams
  • F/4 maximum aperture, 300mm focal length and impressive VR technology allows strong low-light performance and beautiful bokeh
  • Electro-magnetic aperture mechanism delivers stable auto exposure control even during high-speed continuous shooting
  • VR image stabilisation technology provides an effect equivalent to a shutter speed of 4.5 stops faster, reducing camera shake and delivering dramatically sharper images in a wide range of conditions
  • A PF lens element, Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass element and Nano Crystal Coat work in tandem for minimised chromatic aberration and ghosting
  • Highly durable fluorine coat applied to the lens front effectively repels dust, water droplets, grease or dirt, ensuring easy removal even if they adhere to the lens surface
  • Incorporates Silent Wave Motor (SWM)technology to unobtrusively convert "travelling waves" into rotational energy to focus the optics
Availability: 29th January, 2015
Pricing: Please refer to Australian Authorised Resellers for Local Pricing
Nikon Australia is also pleased to announced the release of the AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II with a retractable barrel mechanism delivering sharp stunning images to DX-format users.
The AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II is a new telephoto zoom lens that boasts a serious size advantage. Compact, lightweight and easy-to-handle, this lens is the perfect companion for smaller DX-format cameras like the new Nikon D5500.
Offering a compact and streamlined build designed for greater portability, the remarkably compact AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II features a high-quality optical construction delivering beautifully sharp photos and videos even when shooting handheld.
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Key features:
  • Vibration Reduction (VR) in the AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II minimises image blur caused by camera shake and provides an effect equivalent of shooting at a shutter speed 4.0 stopsfaster for sharp and clear images
  • Silent Wave Motor (SWM) technology is also incorporated into the compact lens to provide accurate and quiet high-speed autofocusing
  • Retractable barrel mechanism renders the DX-format lens to be exceptionally light at approx. 300 grams
  • Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass element ensures superior optical sharpness and colour correction by minimising chromatic aberration
Availability: 5th February, 2015


  • Comment Link ken maynard Wednesday, 07 January 2015 04:09 posted by ken maynard

    How much the 300 Lens, UK, the55_300 zoom has dropped like a stone in price,,is this a prime,and as an upper mid range lens will it catch on and what for,,thanks matt

  • Comment Link Rick Brown Saturday, 24 January 2015 17:47 posted by Rick Brown

    I would love to see a review of all this new equipment when it comes out. I hope you can get your hands on it. I stated out shooting 4" x 5 " press &view cameras. in photo school. Could you give us some equivalents for focal lengths on cameras other than full frame. I know on the 4'x5'' a normal lens was approximately 210 mm


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