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    Exclamation First official news of Nikon D2H and new products

    Finally, to end the speculation over the last week or so, and with the "leaked" pictures and information of the Nikon D2H and the new lenses and flash.

    For those that can read Japanese -> http://www.digitalcamera.jp/

    Some excerpts after running the page thru a translator (my "interpretation in italics) :-
    - Ultra high-speed 8fps with 40 frame JPEG buffer.
    - High AF performance
    - 2nd generation high end machine
    - APS size sensor with 4,100,000 pixels
    - Direct competitor of EOS1D
    - A proprietary CMOS element "LBCAST" sensor used (23.3x15.5mm)
    - 11-points AF sensor (9 cross-type)
    - All screens are covered mostly. (sic: 100% viewfinder coverage?)
    - 490,000 yen ~ US$4.1K
    - Availability in October

    - Also announce simultaneously DX17-55mmF2.8, DX10.5mmF2.8, and ED200-400mmF4VR.

    [Exhibition comments]
    - Multi-CAM2000 has 11 AF points (9 cross-type)
    - Time lag (shutter release?) shortens time lag till 37ms - this is faster than a Nikon F5
    - USB2.0 connection
    - Optional IEEE802.11b transmission adapter. Radio transmission in 4 to 5 seconds is possible.
    - Improve the jaggy and color boundary jaggy of a slanting line sharply. (internal algorithms?)
    - Carry an environmental optical sensor in a PENTA part. (white balance sensor?)
    - Put on the market the new stroboscope in which wireless photography of many lights is possible. (multiple wireless slave flash)
    - Prepare 10.5mmF2.8G of 17-55mmF2.8 and a fish eye as DX series. ED200-400mmF4 of VR is also prepared. It is small and mobility builds a high system.
    - liquid crystal display monitor of 2.5inches (211,000 pixel).
    - The durability of a shutter is 150,000 times.
    - In Nikon Capture4, practical use is possible also as a super-wide angle by the automatic garbage function of RAW data, and the distortion correction function of the automatic compensation by DigitalDEE, and a fish-eye lens.

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    CMOS sensor? No weather seal? 1.5x crop? 11 focusing points?

    Looks to me 1D is still better on paper, no mention the rumored 1D successor... Anyway, welcome aboard! It could make my next 1D cheaper!

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    Phil Askey has been busy!!

    A preview article is already up on DPReview -> http://www.dpreview.com/articles/nikond2h/

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    The individual product announcements are up at Dpreview.

    The SB800 looks really interesting, too bad it's new functions are supported only on the D2H and that is functionally identical to the SB80DX on other bodies.

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    Interestingly enough, Phil's article lists prices the D2H at US$3500.

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    Looks good, even better with the new flash system. If D2H is priced at US3.5k, oh my, I should be able to get a 2nd hand 1D at S$4k...


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    Nikon Announces the D2H:
    Professional High Speed Digital SLR camera.
    Blistering image capture, instant response and fast, wireless delivery- a breakthrough combination for news and action photography.


    July 22, 2003. 08:00 CET.

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Introducing the Nikon D2H, a Professional digital SLR camera that premieres a host of groundbreaking digital technology and photographic features for high speed image capture with instant photographic response, speed and accuracy. The D2H is a totally new design, and incorporates the following feature highlights;

    Digital:
    • 8 fps burst with continuous shooting up to 40 shots (JPEG)
    • Exclusive Nikon DX Format 4.1 million effective pixel imaging sensor
    • Innovative JFET LBCAST Sensor architecture
    • New WB metering system with Ambient WB Sensor
    • Optional WT-1 Wireless Transmitter compatible to IEEE802.11b
    • USB 2.0 wired interface
    • 3 colour mode options (2 sRGB options, AdobeRGB wide gamut)
    • Extra large 2.5 inch 211,000 pixel LCD Monitor
    • New viewfinder display of file format and WB settings
    • Flash Colour Information Communication with new Speedlight SB-800
    • Combined RAW+JPEG file saving


    Photographic:
    • New 11-area Dynamic Auto focus System
    • 37ms shutter lag, 80ms viewfinder blackout
    • Tough new mechanical shutter and mirror balancer system
    • 100% viewfinder frame coverage
    • New AF area illumination system maintains compact prism profile
    • New Lithium-Ion battery system
    • Completely new magnesium body design with refined ergonomics
    • Highly resistant environmental protection


    New Nikon DX Format JFET Imaging Sensor LBCAST
    Nikon’s exclusive new LBCAST JFET imaging sensor features higher speed, higher resolution, lower power consumption and minimal dark noise. Its innovative design eliminates the need to perform fixed pattern noise correction to deliver instant shutter release availability and minimal shutter lag, to deliver the instant response professionals demand. A new thinner OLPF effectively suppresses moiré patterns. The DX sensor format is consistent with all other Nikon D series SLR’s to offer consistent lens picture angles whichever Nikon body(s) are being used.

    New High-speed, High-precision 11-Area AF System with 9 Cross-Type AF Sensors
    The new advanced Multi-CAM2000 AF sensor module ensures quick response and razor sharp focus regardless of shooting conditions. Featuring 11 sensors to cover the majority of the image area with 9 sensitive Cross type sensors spread in a convenient rule of thirds layout. The result is precise AF performance based upon compositional demands rather than concentrated toward the centre of the frame.

    New Auto White Balance and Auto Tone Control System
    New metering technology combines three separate methods to achieve refined Auto White Balance (AWB) and Auto Tone Control (ATC) especially under changing lighting conditions.

    These sensors are:
    1. Nikon’s acclaimed 1005-pixel RGB Exposure/Colour Matrix Metering Sensor that performs direct TTL metering of the subject.
    2. LBCAST imaging sensor calculates the lighting characteristics of the actual image data
    3. Additional external Ambience Light Sensor meters ambient light without being influenced by the subject colour, whilst also recognizing light flicker to distinguish artificial from natural light.

    Revised integrated signal processing and AWB and ATC algorithms contribute to deliver refined colour and tone reproduction automatically. Manual control is also refined with new Pre-set input options or using by Kelvin colour temperature scale.

    Image Transmission Direct from Camera
    A unique, optional Wireless Transmitter WT-1 enables direct FTP image transmission from camera in a managed Wireless LAN network infrastructure. Attached to the base of the camera, the new pack is IEEE 802.11b compatible and facilitates image transfer without interrupting full camera functionality. The photographer can continue to shoot and capture images as normal even during transmission.

    Viewfinder
    The D2H features a 100% coverage, high eye-point viewfinder with a ‘blackout’ time of just 80ms. Additional vertical information panel displays File format, WB and ISO settings. A totally redesigned AF Area LED illumination system maintains a compact prism profile.

    Shutter and Mirror Balancer
    The D2H incorporates a tough mechanical shutter mechanism refined from that used in the Nikon F5 Professional film camera. With dual blades manufactured from duralumin, a composite material used in the aircraft industry, renowned for it’s tensile strength.
    The D2H shutter is, like the F5, tested to over 150, 000 cycles*.

    A class leading shutter lag of just 37ms** delivers the instant response demanded by action photographers. Attention too, has been given to the mirror balancer mechanism contributing to a class leading viewfinder blackout time of just 80ms** during consecutive shooting.

    Improved ergonomics and durability
    In lessons learnt from extensive Professional feedback the camera boasts Command and Sub Command dials for both horizontal and vertical shooting, larger AF-On buttons and a new 8 direction multi-selector pad with centre push function button, bringing major improvements to the ergonomics of using Auto focus during shooting as well as instant image playback while writing to the CF card.

    The slim body design incorporates a generous 2.5in TFT screen in a silhouette just 3mm thicker than the F5 film SLR.

    The complex digital and photographic technology is contained in a body of magnesium for strength and rigidity, but that is lighter than both the Nikon D1H it replaces, and the Nikon F5, without compromising durability or environmental resistance.

    New Intelligent Lithium Power Supply System
    The Intelligent Lithium battery chemistry combines high energy capacity, extended life in a light weight package. The new EN-EL4 intelligent lithium battery is almost 50% more powerful than the EN-4 Ni-MH battery of the D1 series, but 25% lighter. Free of memory effect, it can be recharged at any time. An accurate indicator on the camera’s LCD monitor displays the percent of remaining charge, the status of battery life and recommends calibration when necessary.

    New Creative Lighting System
    Nikon’s new Speedlight SB-800 with i-TTL flash control further evolves D-TTL to introduce features that include Flash Value Lock (FV-Lock), Auto FP High Speed Sync (up to 1/8000th second shutter speed), and Flash Colour Information Communication. The SB-800 incorporates a Wide Area AF illumination system tailored to the D2H 11-area AF system.

    Additional Features
    • Camera orientation sensor
    • One button Zoom playback during image write
    • Kelvin colour temperature Pre-Sets in 31 levels from 2500K to 10000K
    • New WB Pre-set option includes apply-from-shot image option
    • Built in voice memo recorder with Auto record option
    • Alpha numeric text input stored in EXIF header
    • Built-in intervalometer for time lapse exposures
    • Basic Matrix metering for Nikkor lenses without a CPU
    • New B type Brite View Clear Matte Screen III
    • Colour coded Menus
    • USB 2.0/DC-IN/ Video Out ports on body side.
    • 10 pin remote terminal
    • IS0 519 X sync terminal
    • Package includes intelligent lithium battery EN-EL4 and calibration charger MH-21.

    Nikon Software Solutions
    Versatile functions of the bundled Nikon View software simplify data transfer and offers faster browsing, with a new Auto rotation of images shot in portrait orientation.

    New Nikon Capture 4 adds practical levels of post capture control over NEF (Raw) files:
    1. New Image Dust Off: sensor dust and particle shade removal control
    2. Digital DEE: scene specific automatic dodge and burn control
    3. Fisheye distortion correction: Transforms fisheye shots into rectangular ultra-wide images.

    Capture 4 also includes Vignette Control, improved batch processing and full camera control functions for tethered Remote Camera control.

    Speaking about the D2H, Robert Cristina, Marketing Executive Professional Film and Digital, Nikon Europe, said: “The D2H is a major step forward for high speed digital photography. Over two years in development, the camera is the result of extensive research amongst Professionals working in a variety of fields, especially news and sport.”

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    Originally posted by tomshen
    Looks good, even better with the new flash system. If D2H is priced at US3.5k, oh my, I should be able to get a 2nd hand 1D at S$4k...

    Wishful thinking, Tom ... considering that the EOS1D now is retailing at S$8K+, I don't think anyone will be off-loading the EOS1D at a 50% loss.

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    Thanks Darren!

    It's Canon's turn to play catchup.

    D2X is going to be the bigger bomb.

    The new DX lenses solves the 1.5x crop factor!

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    Additional reporting on Imaging resource -> http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/D2H/D2HB.HTM

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    This is one main feature that really caught my attention among other things...

    Advanced New White Balance System

    The D2H features an intelligent new white balance system that accurately measures and calculates color temperature and white balance settings for complex conditions and thereby supports the highest total image quality. It achieves this by employing Triple Sensor metering, and determines values from three different sources: a "third eye" incident meter located on the prism of the camera measures environmental light, Nikon's exclusive 1,005 pixel RGB color meter sensor continuously measures reflected light from the viewed image, and the DX image sensor measures color temperature in real-time during the actual exposure. Advanced algorithms process the perfect white balance setting for any given scene, using analysis of values from each of the three sources. The D2H's white balance system has a wide color range of 2,500K to 10,000K, and is able to detect and compensate for artificial light flicker.

    For additional convenience, the D2H features five preset-memory settings that can be alphanumerically labeled in the camera so photographers can store white balance settings for venues they frequent, like stadiums, indoor courts, etc. They can even extract white balance settings from a picture taken by the camera, and using the white balance preset functions, apply it to subsequent images.
    http://www.dpreview.com/articles/nikond2h/page3.asp


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    2.5in TFT screen!!

    The new flash system is cool. Will make studio work with the upcoming D2x superb!

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    have you guys left a pile of drool in front of your monitors or something? ;-)

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    Default Ability to use older non-CPU lenses!

    Picked this up somewhere - the Nikon D2H allows the usage of non-CPU lenses.

    Source -> http://www.digitalreview.ca/cams/NikonD2H.shtml

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    Another new feature on the D2H is the ability to enter data in the shooting menu when using a non-CPU Nikkor lens. Inputting information about the attached non-CPU lens (i.e., focal distance and aperture number) enables the following functions with these types of older Nikkor lenses:

    Functions that are available after inputting the focal distance: Automatic zooming of the speedlight; displaying of the focal distance in the playback screen (focal distance is marked with an asterisk).

    Functions that are available after inputting the aperture setting: Display of the lens' aperture setting (on the top control panel and in the lower part of the viewfinder); automatic external flash control linked to the aperture setting; aperture setting display in the playback screen (aperture number is marked with an asterisk).

    Functions that are available after inputting both the focal distance and aperture setting: RGB multipattern metering; 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill-Flash.

    The lens information can be entered in the "lens information manual setting" of the shooting menu, or by using the function button and main control dial

    Available focal distance settings: 6, 8, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 24, 25, 28, 35, 43, 45, 50, 55, 58, 70, 80, 85, 86, 100, 105, 135, 180, 200, 300, 360, 400, 500, 600, 800, 1,000, 1,200, 1,400, 1,600, 2,000, 2,400, 2,800, 3,200 and 4,000mm.

    Available aperture settings: f/1.2, 1.4, 1.8, 2, 2.5, 2.8, 3.3, 3.5, 4, 4.5, 5, 5.6, 6.3, 7.1, 8, 9.5, 11, 13, 15, 16, 19 and 22.

    Whoooaaahhh!! All you Nikonians still using manual AIS lenses rejoice!!

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    Originally posted by chaotic
    have you guys left a pile of drool in front of your monitors or something? ;-)
    Got a waterproof keyboard in anticipation . Shame about my shirt though, forgot my bib.

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    D2H is Water/Dust Resistance.

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    Originally posted by Darren
    Wishful thinking, Tom ... considering that the EOS1D now is retailing at S$8K+, I don't think anyone will be off-loading the EOS1D at a 50% loss.
    u bet...

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    Originally posted by Darren
    Wishful thinking, Tom ... considering that the EOS1D now is retailing at S$8K+, I don't think anyone will be off-loading the EOS1D at a 50% loss.
    The possibility is always there. just as D60 to 10D. Canon is good in slashing price. At S$8K+ its not even a competitive price at all, considering so many new features introduce by D2H. i think a new 1D now worth around 4.8-5.5K.

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    Originally posted by tomshen
    Looks good, even better with the new flash system. If D2H is priced at US3.5k, oh my, I should be able to get a 2nd hand 1D at S$4k...

    BUY BUY BUY!!

    The new Nikon looks pretty awesome though. And with a solid looking flash to boot..... /me droolz.

    Wonder when will Canon come up with their rumoured "3D" and whether it will upstage the D2H.

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    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh..... So many models so little $$$$.....
    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh..............


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