Nikon has officially announced that it is currently working on a D4 replacement that will be called D4S as well as on unveiling the new 35mm f/1.8G FX-format lens at CES 2014.
Beside the D3200 and D300S replacements, the D4 successor has been one of the most rumored DSLRs towards the end of 2013. The D3300 has already been introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 in Las Vegas, while the D400 is nowhere to be seen. Nevertheless, the Nikon D4S is also official now, as the company has confirmed that it is actively working on the device.
CES 2014 has provided some surprises for photography fans. One of the most exciting announcements consists of the D4S development, a professional DSLR that will become Nikon’s flagship camera.
The device is on display at the the company’s booth in Las Vegas, but also at an event in Hong Kong, where Engadget China has managed to snap a few shots of the camera. Despite what the rumor mill has said on a previous basis, the Japanese manufacturer has confirmed that the D4S is a direct replacement for the D4, so we can expect to see a lot of new features in this camera.
Development of the Nikon D4S DSLR camera announced at CES 2014
Although the specs have not been revealed, the company says that the HD-SLR will feature a new image processor. It is unclear whether the company is talking about EXPEED 4, which can be found in the D5300 and D3300, or about an even more advanced model, which could be called EXPEED 5 / 4+ / 4A.
Additionally, the Nikon D4S will feature a new autofocus system. Its performance is said to be class-leading and will prove useful for event, wildlife, and sports photographers, although photojournalists will also find it impressive.
The company promises that the D4S will be commended for its speed, performance in poorly-lit environments, and image quality, just like the D4.
Unfortunately, there are no availability details, but they will be revealed sometime soon.
Nikon introduces AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G lens for FX DSLRs
Professional photographers who have adopted Nikon’s full frame format will be pleased to hear that the company has finally introduced an affordable 35mm lens for FX cameras.
The new AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G lens is now official with a 7-blade diaphragm and an internal design based on 11 elements in eight groups, including one ED element (Extra-Low Dispersion glass).
It measures 2.83-inches in diameter as well as in length and it sports a 58mm filter thread, while weighing 305 grams / 0.67 lbs.
The minimum focusing distance stands at 25 centimeters or 9.84-inches. Autofocus is supplied by an ultrasonic motor that delivers quiet AF.
Release date and price
Nikon says that the AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G lens will be released on February 20 for a price of $599.95. However, Amazon is offering it for pre-order at a price of $596.95 and an estimated shipping date of February 6 (although the listing says “DX”, the model is actually the FX version and Amazon should fix the typo soon enough).
The more expensive model has a brighter aperture and it has been available on the market for quite some time now. Should the f/1.8 model not be suitable for you, the Nikon 35mm f/1.4G can be purchased at the same retailer for $1,619.