September 4, 2019

Nikon's D6 was Designed with Sports Photography in Mind

Nikon Makes D6 DSLR Development Official.

This morning we woke up to a surprise announcement from Nikon Europe of the development of Nikon's next-generation flagship DSLR, the D6. It was a premature leak, setting the stage for tonight's official announcement. But even then, we may be seeing what could be Nikon's last great professional-grade DSLR.

Calling the upcoming D6 the "most advanced Nikon DSLR to date," Nikon USA stated that the D series has consistently evolved by incorporating some of the industry's most advanced technologies based on the strict demands of professional photographers. But Nikon also announced a new AF-S Nikkor 120-300mm F2.8E FL ED SR VR Telephoto Zoom lens, which Nikon is developing alongside the D6. With a focal length that long, and a constant aperture of F2.8, you can bet this lens is tailor-made for professional sports photographers, and they will likely be baptizing the 120-300 zoom at the biggest spectacle in sports...the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. 

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Nikkor 120-300 f2.8 is built for speed.
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The Nikkor 24mm F1.8 for Zmount mirrorless cameras
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The Nikkor 24mm F1.8 S Z mount lens
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And while we don't know much about the D6, or the 120-300mm F2.8, Nikon did give users some details about a new 28mm lens for their Z series mirrorless cameras. Here are the specs for the new Nikkor Z24mm F1.8S lens:

  • Fast wide-angle prime lens -- delivers a sharp and high resolution across the entire frame, even at f/1.8 maximum aperture
  • Offers fast, bright and sharp performance in nearly all lighting conditions
  • Great lens for capturing wide-angle landscapes and street photography as well as nighttime shooting and starscapes (interesting they didn't mention sports)
  • Features 9 rounded aperture blades, allowing users to capture circular bokeh
  • Boasts dust and drip-resistant design for tough weather conditions
  • Consists of four Aspherical Lens Elements and one Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass element to combat aberration
  • Includes Nano Crystal Coat to help eliminate ghosting and flare
  • Incorporates Nikon’s Multi-Focusing System -- uses two AF drives in tandem for fast, accurate autofocus, even at a minimum focus distance  
  • Also includes near-silent stepping motors, reduced focus breathing, a customizable control ring and exposure compensation
  • available around mid to late October 2019 at a suggested retail price (SRP) of $999.95.

Nikon Europe, and Nikon Life both jumped the gun and announced the D6 as the next evolution in professional sports journalism, and many rumors outlined a list of specs that included a 24.2 MP sensor, designed by Sony, dual Expeed image processors, and also longer manual exposure times of up to 120 seconds at up to 1/8000 of a second. But the killer feature that everyone was expecting to hear about was in-body image stabilization or IBIS. None of which was announced tonight, only the promise of pricing and specifications "at a later date."

So we may not know much, but we do know that the D6 is officially coming, and with the Summer Olympics less than a year away now, we're definitely in the window for an announcement to happen sometime between now and NAB. 

What do you think?  Frankly, only to get just a single picture and no specs is a bit of a disappointment. Nikon is bound to make professional sports shooters happy with a still camera that will perform at an Olympic level and coupled with the Nikkor 120-300, this rig will quite literally capture the moving image. But when is the question. 

So, it's only a matter of time before the D6 follows suit.      

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Wait, wait, wait.....

Are we talking the 120-300mm or the NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8? You mention both in the article. Also, the 120-300mm SRP is $999? That seems impossibly cheap...

September 4, 2019 at 12:58AM

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Read the article again, it's pretty clear.

"Here are the specs for the new Nikkor Z24mm F1.8S lens:" (although it does incorrectly say 28mm twice previously... including in the same paragraph)

Then there are a bunch of bullet points for the 24mm. The last one is the price of $999.

And c'mon. $999 for a 120-300 f2.8 zoom is so "impossibly cheap", it's laughable. It will be no less than $6-7k.

Definitely above my budget and level of need, but sounds awesome.

September 4, 2019 at 11:54AM

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The article was edited after my post. The author should point this out...

September 4, 2019 at 6:33PM

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