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Kipon EF-FE ND Adapter, Nikon Financial Crisis, Sony A6300 & G-Master First Look (Daily Roundup)

By Anthony Thurston on February 7th 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.

Kipon Releases New EF-FE Adapter With Drop-In ND Filters

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Back when Fotodiox announced their first ND Throttle, I was really excited. The ability to have an ND filter built-in with your lens adapter meant no need for front filters. But, alas, that adapter was dumb, meaning it had no electronic contacts and thus, no autofocus.

This meant that you had to choose between the ND feature or autofocus; a real bummer. But now, it seems that Kipon has answered our prayers and announced a new EF-FE AF adapter that also supports drop in ND filters! It’s the best of both worlds – AF and ND in one adapter! So cool.

According to the release, this new adapter will not be cheap, coming in around $430 US. This puts the adapter up into Metabones territory, and while it is expensive, the added convenience it provides (assuming the AF performance is still up to par, too) can’t be overlooked.

I look forward to trying to get my hands on one of these for my a7R II. I don’t use a ton of Canon glass, but having the ability to drop in an ND filter when I want to use one is pretty sweet.

This new adapter is expected to be available sometime around March 15th of this year.

Nikon Financial Statements Released, More Decline

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Nikon is again feeling the heat after releasing yet another less than ideal earnings report. Both sales and operating income decreased, year on year, for the 3rd quarter, which three quarters total.

However, it’s not the whole story, because of price hikes and expense reduction, Nikon was able to increase their operating income ratio to 11.5% – an improvement over the last quarter.

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Nikon has also downgraded their sales forecast by 10 billion yen for the next quarter, mainly due to the lower than expected sales volumes and the D500 release postponement.

It is distressing to see Nikon continue to struggle, but it could be the kick in the pants that the company needs to finally up their game and compete in the mirrorless segment. The D500 was a great start at giving their loyalists something they wanted; now they need to go a step further and give them the mirrorless option they want.

Will it happen? We shall see.

CameraStore TV’s First Look At Sony’s a6300 & G-Master Lenses

Chris and the CSTV team were invited to Sony’s NY launch event for the A6300 and G-Master lenses. In typical CSTV fashion, they put together an outstanding video overview of the new products and gives us plenty to think about until we get our hands on these new Sony products ourselves.

I am pretty excited to give those new G-Master lenses a look on my a7R II. The a6300 looks like a killer option in the APS-C arena as well; it will be VERY interesting to see how it stacks up against the newly announced Fuji X-Pro2 and the Nikon D500.

What stands out to you about these new Sony products? Which one would you like to get your hands on most?

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. Greg Faulkner

    Perhaps if the products weren’t so over priced they might do better. £5200 for the D5 is crazy money, I’m sure Chase Jarvis will enjoy his the rest of us will plod on with our D750’s – The ones with the shutter problem and the funny internal reflection problem and the flash hot shoe that isn’t quite right on some models etc And don’t get me started on the price of that new flashgun someone at Nikon must’ve been drunk when they costed out that one.

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  2. robert s

    the a6300- looks killer

    Nikon Financial Crisis-thats going to be the killer.

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  3. Stephen Jennings

    The mirrorless segment? Mirrorless sales have been flat since Sony started running with them. There’s so much noise about mirrorless because it’s new technology, but in reality aside from stealing a few Canon fanboys, mirrorless has not been taking over the market. And diversifying and having yet another product hasn’t been doing anyone any good. DSLR sales are flat and declining because DSLR image quality is at a point where it’s not necessary to upgrade. If you’ve purchased a 35mm camera or one of the high end aps-c cameras released in the past few years, there’s very little incentive to upgrade.. shoot till it dies. My opinion anyways.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Right Stephen, Mirrorless is not a cure all for Nikon. There are larger industry wide issues at play here, but in my opinion, mirrorless has the attention of photographers right now, so capitalizing on that attention is in Nikon, and any other company’s, best interest right now. I would say that diversification for the sake of diversification is stupid, which in my opinion is the Nikon V1 mirrorless system (hardly anyone wants that system). But putting together a viable mirrorless offering that competes with the other brands out there smart diversification.

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    • Phil Scheetz

      Yes, and I also think that since they have a small-sensor Mirrorless, they should probably focus on a killer full-frame. If it’s 3 or 4 thousand bucks, but has unbelievable performance, that’s a good place to start.

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    • Dave Haynie

      Yeah.. I’m not sure I agree that mirrorless is what’s holding Nikon back. They’d have a real question to ask. If they keep the F Mount — which they have since 1959 or whatever — they deliver a mirrorless that’s essentially the same size as a DSLR. If they go to a new mount, then they’re behind all the mirrorless manufacturers. What’s the allure, Nikon name? Even with essentially no native lenses?

      One of the big problems for all digital camera manufacturers is simple reality: digital photography is a mature technology. If you look at the fall of film cameras and the rise of digital, digital was a slow burn that grew to a peak, largely because lots of people were replacing film cameras, then replacing early digital cameras, over a relatively short period if time. If you look at overall 2015 sales, we’re essentially back to the numbers from the film era. Only, everyone got spoiled with all the sales in-between. There’s no reason that should have been a permanent state.

      Mirrorless is made interesting because it’s newer, and also because all the players are the non-DSLR markers in the first place (well, ok, Sony had some leftover Konica-Minolta DNA). They’ve been hungry, and so they push harder for innovation. And they also have the company-on-the-rise advantage. For example, Panasonic could deliver a sub-$2000 mirrorless with 4K video two years ago because they didn’t have other, higher-end products to protect. Canon, on the other hand, only seems to worry about competition from other Canon products.

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  4. Cary McCaughey

    Dang, tons of crazy news. The 6300 looks amazing for some general street photography or even for long adventures treking through the back country!!!

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  5. Phil Scheetz

    Given that the entire camera industry is facing a decline in volume, I find it interesting that you call Nikon results a “crisis”. I would label this as click bait, guys. The industry is in a period of adjustment. Mirrorless may or may not be salvation. Report news objectively.

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  6. Scott Walter

    I’m scared about the price of the new Sony 70-200 f/2.8. For two reasons: they didn’t announce a price and the price of the A-mount 70-200 f2/.8 is $3000, a full $1000 more than the Nikon or Canon equivalent.

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  7. Stephen Glass

    Oh man! That stinks about Nikon. They’ve been falling behind with their speedlights as well so it’s good to see they’ve finally fixed that. Has anyone got hands on with the new SB? What is it the SB5000 or something like that?

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    • robert s

      yea or something like that. overpriced and underspecced. 30m range of the wireless triggering $600. I own 8 flashes. 4 nikon 4 3rd party. I have 2 of the 4 nikon flashes to sell. there is no need to pay those prices for a kick ass flash. look at the shanny sn600n. 1.8 seconds recycle. faster than the SB910. 1/3 stop less than the 910. excellent build and $90 shipped. I use them with the YN622n transceivers. they just work and work.

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  8. Jason Markos

    Interesting to see you suggest the A6300 could be comparable to the D500 – it’s not something I’d considered…

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Well, technically they are both their respective companies ‘top’ APS-C option in their category. So, in that respect, they are comparable. We will have to see how it pans out once both are available and head to head testing can be done.

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