Popular Photography shared an image from the Italian newspaper La Stampa showing Reuters photographer Dylan Martinez using the mega Zoom-Nikkor 1200-1700mm f/5.6-8P IF-ED in Rome.
According to Popular Photography the lens that Nikon briefly made in the early 90s, which sold for $60,000-$75,000. Apparently it weighs about 35 pounds!
Read Reuters description of using this looooong lens in France back in 2007 (although they modified it to fit a Canon body).
I remember getting to borrow a Nikon 400mm lens when I was at the Mountain Workshops in Kentucky for shooting off the top of a bell tower. I thought that was pretty cool but imagine shooting eyelashes from three blocks away with the 1200-1700mm!
Here are other incredible lenses that are worth checking out for the extremist photographer!
Nikon is stepping into Full HD
Nikon has announced their latest foray into the video-capable DSLR with the new D3100 which adds a 9th camera to their DSLR line up. It is supposed to be available in mid September!
This entry level model is the first Nikon to have full high definition (1920 x 1080 pixels) recording capabilities and likely heralds the coming of full HD to their high end line as well. One great feature on the D3100 is the auto focus during video recording!
Like it’s predecessor, the D3000 the D3100 is an entry level camera but has some great capabilities that can get even an pro interested in this camera as a backup. Here’s a rundown of Nikon’s latest:
- 14.2 megapixel DX format CMOS sensor for great prints even beyond 20″x30″
- 3-inch monitor screen
- Full HD (1920 x 1080) video recording
- Up to 3 frames per second bursts
- 11 point auto focus
- ISO sensitivity from 100 – 3200 expands up to ISO 12800 equivalent
- Auto Sensor Cleaner
- Lots of user friendly features included like: Guide Mode, Scene Auto Selector, Image processing, In-camera editing, pop-up flash, etc.
There are lots of great previews out there reviewing the D3100, so I’m going to cover the features that attract me to this camera and a few that make me wish for more. Continue reading