13 September 2014

New Nikon D750 DSLR, SB-500 Speedlight, and 20mm f/1.8 lens

Nikon has just announced another new DSLR camera, the D750. Along with it, there is an all new MB-D16 battery grip, SB-500 speedlight, and a fast 20mm f/1.8 lens.
Given the flow of new (and indeed improved) products from Nikon, one wonders what's keeping Canon from bringing out competing products? Apart form some pretty definite rumours of an upcoming 7D Mark II, there doesn't seem to be anything new in the DSLR-pipeline from Canon…

D750/MB-D16

The new D750 DSLR is Nikon's first full-frame camera to feature a tilting Vari-angle display and built-in Wi-Fi® connectivity. The 24.3MP camera has the pro video features as inspired by the D810 and uses the same autofocus and metering systems as the D4S and D810. The price of the body will around $2,299.95 (available: mid-October).

For extended battery life and addition vertical controls, the D750 can be paired with the MB-D16 battery grip ($485.00).

SB-500 Speedlight

The new SB-500 is a compact, lightweight i-TTL Speedlight and LED video light (a first for Nikon Speedlights!). Price: $249.95 (available: late September).

AF-S Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G ED

With the new fast ultra-wide 20mm f/1.8, Nikon extends its range of fast fixed focal lenses, once again (we already have 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm f/1.8 counterparts). This new lens, of course, makes use of Nano coating to keep flare and chromatic aberration to a minimum. Price: $799.95 (available: late September).

Specifications

Below are the full specifications of the new products (from the Nikon website).

D750 DSLR

TypeSingle-lens reflex digital camera
Lens mountNikon F mount (with AF coupling and AF contacts)
Effective angle of viewNikon FX format
Image sensor35.9 x 24.0 mm CMOS
Total pixels24.93 million
Dust-reduction systemImage sensor cleaning, Image Dust Off reference data (Capture NX-D software required)
Effective pixels24.3 million
Image size (pixels)FX (36x24) image area: (L) 6016 x 4016, (M) 4512 x 3008, (S) 3008 x 2008. 1.2x (30x20) image area: (L) 5008 x 3336, (M) 3752 x 2504, (S) 2504 x 1664. DX (24x16) image area: (L) 3936 x 2624, (M) 2944 x 1968, (S) 1968 x 1312. FX-format photographs taken in movie live view: (L) 6016 x 3376, (M) 4512 x 2528, (S) 3008 x 1688. DX-format photographs taken in movie live view: (L) 3936 x 2224, (M) 2944 x 1664, (S) 1968 x 1112. Note: Photographs taken in movie live view have an aspect ratio of 16 : 9. The camera offers a choice of DX- and FX-based formats.
Storage file formatsNEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed or compressed. JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8), or basic (approx. 1 : 16) compression (Size priority); Optimal quality compression available. NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Picture Control SystemStandard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape, Flat; selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls
MediaSD, SDHC (UHS-I compliant), SDXC (UHS-I compliant)
Dual card slotSlot 2 can be used for overflow or backup storage or for separate storage of copies created using NEF+JPEG; pictures can be copied between cards.
File systemDCF 2.0, DPOF, Exif 2.3, PictBridge
ViewfinderEye-level pentaprism single-lens reflex viewfinder
Frame coverageFX (36x24): Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical. 1.2x (30x20): Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical. DX (24x16): Approx. 97% horizontal and 97% vertical
MagnificationApprox. 0.7x (50 mm f/1.4 lens at infinity, –1.0 m-1)
Eyepoint21 mm (–1.0 m-1; from center surface of viewfinder eyepiece lens)
Diopter adjustment–3 – +1 m-1
Focusing screenType B BriteView Clear Matte Mark III screen with AF area brackets (framing grid can be displayed)
Reflex mirrorQuick-return type
Depth-of-field previewYes. Pressing Pv button stops lens aperture down to value selected by user (A and M modes) or by camera (other modes)
Lens apertureInstant return, electronically controlled
Compatible lensesCompatible with AF NIKKOR lenses, including type G, E, and D lenses (some restrictions apply to PC lenses) and DX lenses (using DX 24 x 16 1.5x image area), AI-P NIKKOR lenses, and non-CPU AI lenses (A and M modes only). IX NIKKOR lenses, lenses for the F3AF, and non-AI lenses can not be used. The electronic rangefinder can be used with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster (the electronic rangefinder supports the 11 focus points with lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/8 or faster).
Shutter typeElectronically-controlled vertical-travel focal-plane shutter
Shutter speed1/4000 – 30 s in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, bulb, time, X200
Flash sync speedX=1/200 s; synchronizes with shutter at 1/250 s or slower (flash range drops at speeds between 1/200 and 1/250 s)
Release modeS (single frame), CL (continuous low speed), CH (continuous high speed), Q (quiet shutter-release), Self-timer, MUP (mirror up), Qc (quiet continuous shutter-release)
Frame advance rateApprox. 6 fps, 1–6 fps (CL), 6.5 fps (CH) or 3 fps (Qc)
Self-timer2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1–9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2, or 3 s
Remote release modesDelayed remote, quick-response remote, remote mirror-up (ML-L3)
Exposure meteringTTL exposure metering using RGB sensor with approximately 91K (91,000) pixels
Metering methodMatrix: 3D colour matrix metering III (type G, E, and D lenses); colour matrix metering III (other CPU lenses); colour matrix metering available with non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data. Center-weighted: Weight of approximately 75% given to 12 mm circle in center of frame. Diameter of circle can be changed to 8, 15, or 20 mm, or weighting can be based on average of entire frame (non-CPU lenses use 12-mm circle). Spot: Meters 4 mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used). Highlight-weighted: Available with type G, E, and D lenses; equivalent to center-weighted when other lenses are used.
Metering range (ISO 100, f/1.4 lens, 20 °C/68 °F)Matrix, center-weighted, or highlight-weighted metering: 0–20 EV. Spot metering: 2–20 EV
Exposure meter couplingCPU, AI
ModeAuto modes (auto; auto (flash off)); scene modes (portrait; landscape; child; sports; close up; night portrait; night landscape; party/indoor; beach/snow; sunset; dusk/dawn; pet portrait; candlelight; blossom; autumn colours; food); special effects modes (night vision; colour sketch; miniature effect; selective colour; silhouette; high key; low key); programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M); U1 (user settings 1); U2 (user settings 2)
Exposure compensationCan be adjusted by –5 – +5EV, in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, in P, S, A, M, SCENE, and night vision modes
Exposure bracketing2 – 9 frames, in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1 EV, 2–5 frames in steps of 2 or 3 EV
Exposure lockLuminosity locked at detected value with AE-L/AF-L button
ISO sensitivityISO 100 – 12800 in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV. Can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 or 1 EV (ISO 50 equivalent) below ISO 100 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1 or 2 EV (ISO 51200 equivalent) above ISO 12800; auto ISO sensitivity control available
Active D-LightingAuto, Extra high, High, Normal, Low, Off
ADL bracketing2 frames using selected value for one frame or 3–5 frames using preset values for all frames
AutofocusNikon Advanced Multi-CAM 3500 II autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, fine-tuning, 51 focus points (including 15 cross-type sensors; f/8 supported by 11 sensors), and AF-assist illuminator (range approx. 0.5–3 m/1 ft 8 in.–9 ft 10 in.)
Detection range–3 – +19 EV (ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)
Lens servoAutofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S), Continuous-servo AF (AF-C), Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); predictive focus tracking activated automatically according to subject status. Manual focus (M): Electronic rangefinder can be used
Focus pointsCan be selected from 51 or 11 focus points
AF-area modeSingle-point AF; 9-, 21-, or 51-point dynamic-area AF, 3D-tracking, group-area AF, auto-area AF
Focus lockFocus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single-servo AF) or by pressing AE-L/AF-L button
Built-in flashAuto, portrait, child, close up, night portrait, party/indoor, pet portrait, colour sketch: Auto flash with auto pop-up P, S, A, M, food: Manual pop-up with button release
Guide NumberApprox. 12/39, 12/39 with manual flash (m/ft, ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F)
Flash controlTTL: i-TTL flash control using RGB sensor with approximately 91K (91,000) pixels is available with built-in flash; i-TTL balanced fill-flash for digital SLR is used with matrix, center-weighted, and highlight-weighted metering, standard i-TTL flash for digital SLR with spot metering
Flash modesAuto, auto with red-eye reduction, auto slow sync, auto slow sync with red-eye reduction, fill-flash, red-eye reduction, slow sync, slow sync with red-eye reduction, rear-curtain with slow sync, rear-curtain sync, off; Auto FP High-Speed Sync supported
Flash compensation-3 – +1 EV in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV
Flash bracketing2 – 9 frames in steps of 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 or 1 EV. 2–5 frames in steps of 2 or 3 EV
Flash-ready indicatorLights when built-in flash or optional flash unit is fully charged; blinks after flash is fired at full output
Accessory shoeISO 518 hot-shoe with sync and data contacts and safety lock
Nikon Creative Lighting SystemNikon CLS supported; commander mode option available
Sync terminalAS-15 sync terminal adapter (available separately)
White balanceAuto (2 types), incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual (up to 6 values can be stored, spot white balance measurement available during live view), choose colour temperature (2500 K–10000 K), all with fine-tuning
White balance bracketing2–3 frames in steps of 1, 2 or 3
Live View - ModesLive view photography (still images), Movie live view (movies)
Live view - lens servoAutofocus (AF): Single-servo AF (AF-S); full-time servo AF (AF-F). Manual focus (M)
Live view - AF-area modeFace-priority AF, Wide-area AF, Normal-area AF, Subject-tracking AF
Live view - autofocusContrast-detect AF anywhere in frame (camera selects focus point automatically when face-priority AF or subject-tracking AF is selected)
Movie - meteringTTL exposure metering using main image sensor
Movie - metering methodMatrix, center-weighted, or highlight-weighted
Movie - frame size (pixels) and frame rate1920 x 1080; 60 p (progressive), 50 p, 30 p, 25 p, 24 p. 1280 x 720; 60 p, 50 p. Actual frame rates for 60 p, 50 p, 30 p, 25 p and 24 p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25 and 23.976 fps respectively; options support both high and normal image quality
Movie - file formatMOV
Movie - video compressionH.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Movie - audio recording formatLinear PCM
Movie - audio recording deviceBuilt-in or external stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
Monitor8 cm (3.2–in.) diagonal. Low-temperature polysilicon tilting TFT LCD with approx. 170° viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage, and brightness and angle adjustment. Approx. 1229k-dot (VGA; 640 x RGBW x 480 = 1,228,800 dots)
PlaybackFull-frame and thumbnail (4, 9 or 72 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, movie playback, photo and/or movie slide shows, histogram display, highlights, photo information, location data display, and auto image rotation
USBHi-Speed USB; connection to built-in USB port is recommended
HDMI outputType C HDMI connector
Audio inputStereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter; plug-in power supported)
Audio outputStereo mini-pin jack (3.5 mm diameter)
Accessory terminal(s)Wireless remote controllers: WR-1, WR-R10 (available separately). Remote cord: MC-DC2 (available separately). GPS unit: GP-1/GP-1A (available separately)
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) standardsIEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) communications protocolsIEEE 802.11b: DSSS/CCK IEEE 802.11g: OFDM
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) operating frequency2412–2462 MHz (channels 1–11)
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) range (line of sight)Approximately 30 m/98 ft (assumes no interference; range may vary with signal strength and presence or absence of obstacles)
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) data rates (actual measured values)54 Mbps. Maximum logical data rates according to IEEE standard. Actual rates may differ.
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) securityAuthentication: Open system, WPA2-PSK. Encryption: AES
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) access protocolsInfrastructure
Supported languagesArabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
BatteryOne EN-EL15 rechargeable Li-ion battery
Battery packOptional MB-D16 multi-power battery pack with one Nikon EN-EL15 rechargeable Li-ion battery or six AA alkaline, Ni-MH or lithium batteries
AC adapterEH-5b AC adapter; requires EP-5B power connector (available separately)
Tripod socket1/4–in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D)Approx. 140.5 x 113 x 78 mm (5.6 x 4.5 x 3.1 in.)
WeightApprox. 840 g (1 lb 13.7 oz), with battery and memory card but without body cap; approx. 750 g (1 lb 10.5 oz; camera body only)
Operating environment - temperature0 °C – 40 °C (+32 °F – 104 °F)
Operating environment - humidity85% or less (no condensation)
Supplied accessoriesRubber Eyecup DK-21, Body Cap BF-1B, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL15 with terminal cover, Battery Charger MH-25a (comes with either an AC wall adapter or power cable of a type and shape that varies with the country or region of sale), Eyepiece Cap DK-5, USB Cable UC-E17, Strap AN-DC14, ViewNX 2 installer

SB-500 Speedlight

Electronic constructionAutomatic Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) and series circuitry
Guide number24/78.7 (ISO 100, m/ft, 23°C/73.4°F)
Effective flash output distance range(in i-TTL flash control) 0.6 m to 20 m (2 ft to 65.6 ft); varies with ISO sensitivity and lens aperture
Flash modei-TTL flash control Manual flash control
Multiple flash-unit photography operationAdvanced Wireless Lighting (commander mode/remote mode)
Compatible camerasNikon digital SLR (Nikon FX/DX format) cameras (except D1 series and D100) Nikon film SLR camera F6 COOLPIX cameras compatible with CLS (A, P7800, P7700, P7100, P7000, P6000) COOLPIX cameras compatible with i-TTL flash control (P5100, P5000, E8800, E8700 and E8400)
Angle of illuminationCovers angle of view of 24mm lens (FX format) or 16mm lens (DX format)
Bounce capabilityFlash head tilts up to 90° from 0° with click-stops at 0°, 60°, 75° and 90°. Flash head rotates horizontally 180° to the left and right with click-stops at 0°, 30°, 60°, 75°, 90°, 120°, 150°, 180°
Power sourceUse 2 AA-size batteries of the same brand from any of the following types: 1.5 V LR6 (AA-size) alkaline batteries 1.2 V HR6 (AA-size) rechargeable Ni-MH batteries.
Flash-ready indicatorFully recycled: lights up. Warning indication: flashes slowly
Flash duration(approx.) 1/1100 sec. at full power
Other functionsThermal cut-out, firmware update
Mounting foot lock leverProvides secure attachment of the SB-500 to camera’s accessory shoe using locking plate and locking pin to prevent unintentional detachment
Dimensions (W x H x D)Approx. 67 x 114.5 x 70.8 mm (2.7 x 4.6 x 2.8 in.)
WeightApprox. 273g (9.7 oz), including 2 AA-size alkaline batteries Approx. 226 g (8 oz), body only
Supplied AccessoriesSpeedlight Stand AS-23, Soft Case SS-DC2

AF-S Nikkor 20mm f/1.8G ED

Focal length20mm
Maximum aperturef/1.8
Minimum aperturef/16
Lens construction13 elements in 11 groups (including 2 ED lens elements, 2 aspherical lens elements, and lens elements with Nano-Crystal coatings)
Angle of viewNikon film SLR and FX-format D-SLR cameras: 94°, Nikon DX-format D-SLR cameras: 70°
Minimum focus distance0.2m (0.66ft) from focal plane
No. of diaphragm blades7 (rounded diaphragm opening)
Filter attachment size77mm (P = 0.75mm)
WeightApprox.355g (12.6oz.)
Supplied accessories77mm snap-on Front Lens Cap LC-77, Rear Lens Cap LF-4, Bayonet Hood HB-72, Flexible Lens Pouch CL-1015

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