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Trioplan 100mm Shipping, Nikon DL Announcements, Panasonic 12-60mm {Daily Roundup}

By Anthony Thurston on February 24th 2016

Welcome to our roundup series where we will hit on several gear news and rumor topics each day. This gives you a chance to get caught up on all of the day’s news and rumors in one place. Make sure to check back daily for the latest gear news, rumors, and announcements.

Meyer Trioplan 100mm f/2.8 Now Shipping

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Myer-Optik’s revamped Trioplan 100mm F/2.8, which received lots of support through its popular Kickstarter campaign, has begun shipping. Kickstarter supporters who purchased the lens will begin receiving the lens over the next week or two.

New orders will also start shipping out once the Kickstarter orders finish being shipped. If you are interested in ordering one now that the lens has completed production and begun shipping, you can do so over on the Myer-Optik website.

Some have already received their lenses and have begun sharing those images on a 500px group that you can take a look at here.

Lockets of Love by Meyer-Optik Goerlitz on 500px.com

Nikon Announces New ‘DL’ 1″ Sensor-based Cameras

In all of the commotion yesterday about Sigma’s new lenses and mirrorless offering, the news regarding Nikon’s new ‘DL’ line of cameras was buried. We mentioned them in a rumor update a short while back, and it appears the rumors were correct.

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As expected, three models of the new DL camera was announced: the 18-50mm model, 24-85mm model, and a 24-500mm model. The 18-50mm and 24-85mm models feature relatively fast F/1.8-2.8 lenses while the ‘super zoom’ model features a F/2.8-5.6 lens.

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Basically, these are Nikon’s response to the RX100 series from Sony and the G7X series from Canon. Though without built-in EVF, it’s leaning more towards a G7X copycat than an RX100 copycat. It is notable that Nikon chose to include 4K video on their compact, joining Sony, while Canon’s latest G7X is still limited to 1080.

I am also intrigued that Nikon’s compact features their special nano crystal coating. This is usually reserved for their most expensive and highest quality lenses, so I will be curious to see what sort of performance we can get out of these little guys. My thought is it was added to try and justify the cost, but who knows; maybe the IQ performance is stellar as well.

Nikon DL Specs

  • 20.8MP CX-Format BSI CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 6A Image Processor
  • UHD 4K Video Recording at 30p
  • 3.0″ 1037k-Dot Tilting OLED Touchscreen
  • Hybrid AF System with 171 Focus Points
  • Perspective Control; Dual Detect VR
  • Wi-Fi, NFC, & Bluetooth Connectivity
  • ISO 12800 and 60 fps Continuous Shooting

If you are interested in any of these Nikon DL cameras, you can find them over on B&H for pre-order now. They aren’t cheap, but the specs are pretty impressive, so maybe it will be worth it to you.

Panasonic Announces New 12-60mm

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Panasonic also announced a new stabilized 12-60mm lens that may interest some of you Micro Four Thirds shooters. In 35mm speak, this would work out to a 24-120mm lens.

Panasonic 12-60mm Specs

  • Price: $497.99
  • Shipping will start on April 28th
  • Production 1,000 pieces / month
  • Micro Four Thirds System Lens
  • 24-120mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5 to f/5.6
  • One Extra-Low Dispersion Element
  • Three Aspherical Elements
  • POWER O.I.S., Dual I.S. Compatible
  • Splash- and Dust-Proof Construction
  • Rounded Seven-Blade Diaphragm

If you are interested in preordering this lens for yourself, you can find it over on B&H, here.

What are your thoughts on today’s roundup? What news/rumors did we miss? What would you like to see covered in future roundups? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. robert garfinkle

    and to add. I think Nikon will continue to drop groundbreaking products on the market in 2016. Actually, I can even see them waiting till January 2017 to announce a D750 / D810 replacement off of the same anvils as the D5 / D500 etc.

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    • adam sanford

      +1
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      Where the #@%# is the D820 / D900 / DWhatever that will have the A7R II sensor in it? It’s taking Nikon *forever* to release it, and call me crazy, they’ll be printing money with that one.
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      Putting *that* sensor into a well-thought through Nikon body that can natively tap into a proper professional’s lens/accessory ecosystem will sell like gangbusters.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Im guessing that Sony is holding that sensor hostage.

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    • adam sanford

      I’ve thought about it, but I’m not buying it:
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      1) Withholding a sensor to protect camera sales is something the *old* [Camera + Sensor] Sony organization would do, but Sony put sensors in its own business unit. That business unit needs to generate sales regardless of what the Camera business is doing.
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      2) Sensor sales are down (largely due to folks not buying new cellphones every 1-2 years like they used to), so the sensor folks deliberately withholding a chance to generate more sales doesn’t make much sense.

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    • Matthew Saville

      It’s taking them forever because, quite frankly, the D810 sensor is already as good, if not better in some regards.

      Nikon takes their time with stuff, that’s HOW the manage to juice more quality out of an “identical” Sony sensor.

      Being a Nikon shooter will always be a game of patience.

      I could be wrong, but I think I heard somewhere that Sony still makes far more money selling sensors in great volume to Nikon, than they do in selling their own cameras. So any sort of “hostage-holding” on Sony’s part would be a very calculated, risky long-term game.

      And considering that allegedly the new Nikon D500 sensor is NOT from Sony, and will probably PWN the existing Sony 24 MP APS-C chips, …I don’t think playing games with sensor sales contracts will work very well for Sony.

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    • Stephen Jennings

      I don’t know why people think Nikon is beholden to Sony for their sensors. Nikon is completely capable of designing their own sensors and having them manufactured elsewhere. I can’t see Sony giving up a relationship that has quite frankly bolstered its own reputation.

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  2. robert garfinkle

    I am sooo down on this too… :)

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  3. Matthew Saville

    The lack of an EVF will stop these Nikons from being considered by a few in the “serious” crowd, however IMO the whole point of such a compact, pocketable camera is that it’s a compromise on weight and space, and if any of these lenses are halfway sharp, they’re going to be amazing options for casual shooters and pros alike.

    Of course, the 18-50mm equilvalent lens has my attention the most, as a nightscape / streetscape / astro-landscape / timelapse photographer. With a camera like this, I’ll never have to lug a third DSLR into the wilderness again, for B-roll timelapse or video footage!

    So yeah, it may not entirely replace my Nikon D750 for serious work, or even some casual work, however it will significantly reduce the number of times I HAVE to lug that FX DSLR into the field for less important shots.

    I’m really crossing my fingers that it’s sharp at its widest and fastest lens setting, cuz if so, I’m sold!

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    • Chuck Eggen

      Agree with all Matthew. I’m waiting to see some video from these DL cameras. The sample images look good so far.

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