Saturday, October 17th, 2009

Nikon DS3 and Nikkor AF-S DX Micro Lens Announced

October 15, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cameras

If you’re a professional photographer who’s got $7000 to spend (and you should, because great pictures definitely shouldn’t come cheap), Nikon has the perfect pricey proposition for you! The new Nikon DS3 and Nikkor AF-S DX Micro 85mm F/3.5G ED VR lens is sure to put a dent in anyone’s budget, in return for a max ISO of 102,400 and the ability to take pictures really really up-close. Here are some highlights of the new expensive toys.

Nikon-DS3

Photos Courtesy Nikon USA

Nikon DS3

  • Base ISO Range from 200 to 12,800, expandable from 100 to a staggering 102,400!
  • 9 frames per second at full resolution
  • 720p HD video recording with stereo microphone input
  • Same amazing low light ability can be applied to movies
  • 12.1 mp FX-format full frame CMOS sensor
  • 51 point AF system, 3D Matrix metering and Scene Recognition System
  • $5199.95 estimated selling price
  • Scheduled for a November 2009 release from “authorized Nikon resellers”

Nikkor AF-S DX Micro 85mm F3.5G ED VR lens

Nikkor AF-S DX Micro 85mm F/3.5G ED VR lens

  • VR II for up to 4 stops of correction
  • Internal focusing design
  • Use of an ED glass element
  • 1:1 life-size reproduction ratio
  • $529.99 estimated selling price
  • Scheduled for a December 2009 release from “authorized Nikon resellers”

All I know is that integrating video capture capability into a $5000 camera is the least Nikon can do. Professional-level gadgets were never known for their value-for-money proposition (mostly), but every extra feature makes multiple digits seem more reasonable.

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