LensVid Exclusive: Nikon Interview in Photokina 2016

Today we continue our video coverage of Photokina (which ended a few days ago). This time around we have Dirk Jasper from Nikon Europe who was kind enough to answer some of our questions.

Nikon didn’t release anything major in Photokina – the only really new stuff was the KeyMission line of cameras which to be honest didn’t impress us that much – but it is definitely Nikon trying to enter something new.

The Nikon KeyMission 360 in Photokina 2016


We did have a chance to try the new 105mm f/1.4 lens and we can say that it is a beast of a lens – it isn’t long but very wide and pretty heavy and the subject separation is outstanding. We can also tell you that even on the D5 the focusing is rather slow (large heavy elements will do that to a lens).

Using the new 105mm f/1.4 (on our D500) – amazing background separation 


As for the interview – we talked to Jasper about AF in video – he did admit that Nikon is behind (not a surprise but at least they are aware of this), we were very interested to see if Nikon will continue to develop its PF line (the 300mm F/4 PF lens is amazing and we would really like to see more – especially something like a 500mm f/5.6 PF – but Jasper couldn’t really say much about that apart from the fact that PF technology has its drawbacks and so far Nikon isn’t willing to replace the PRO line of lenses with PF based lenses for that reason).

Nikon is expending into other (mostly non photographic areas) to cover the loss in the photo industry – no a surprise and many other manufacturers told us similar things.

Finally we talked about WIFI in the pro bodies (D5/D810) and why do you still need an external adaptor (which is expensive). Two reasons were given – one is range (internal WIFI is not powerful enough) and two – this is a problem if you are using a sealed body like the D5. However Jasper did note that it is possible that in future pro cameras this will not be the case (so maybe in the D820 or D5S we will get WIFI built in).

This video is just one of the first among over 20 videos and interviews that we took during the show (many more to come in the next days and weeks) and you can find them on our special channel on Youtube and on this link on LensVid.

Special thanks to our sponsors for Photokina 2016 – Manfrotto.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of LensVid.com. He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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