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Nikon D5500 Hands on and Two New Nikon Lenses


Earlier today Nikon announced 3 new products – the D5500 – entry level touch screen capable DSLR and two lenses – Nikkor 300mm f/4E PF ED VR and Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II.

Let’s start with the Nikon D5500 (you can see a very quick hands on by the guys at The Verge on CES 2015 above). The camera is very similar to the D5300 with a main addition of a touch screen (a first for Nikon DSLR line) as well as a few small other changes.

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Here is a list of the main features of the D5500:

  • 24.2MP DX (APS-C) CMOS sensor (no AA filter).
  • EXPEED 4 Image processor.
  • 39 point AF system (with 9 cross-type points).
  • 3.2″ 1,037k-Dot Vari-Angle touchscreen.
  • Full HD 1080p Video @60p.
  • Built-In Wi-Fi (but no GPS – unlike the D5300).
  • Continuous Shooting – 5 fps.
  • Built-In Intervalometer.
  • Price: $900 (body only).

Here is a list of changes from the older (late 2013) D5300 model:

  • Touchscreen (with touch AF and a few other advanced features).
  • Sensitivity: 100-25,600 (vs. 12,800 ISO of the D5300 – it is unclear if there is any actual change in sensitivity as the sensor and processor are the same).
  • Better battery life – over 800 CIPA (vs. around 600 CIPA on the D5300).
  • Flat video mode (just like the D750).
  • Deeper grip and better argonomics with a few minor changes externally).
  • lighter weight (420 grams vs. 480 of the D5300).

Nikon D5500 product tour – official

An official video promo of the D5500 (shot with the D5500)

Another official look at the D5500 and it’s features

Besides the D5500 Nikon also announced 2 new lenses – AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4E PF ED VR and a Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II.

The AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR is a lens that many Nikon users have been waiting for for a long long time. It brings image stabilization as well as a compactly new design and much (much) lighter weight. This lens is actually so light it is half the weight of it’s predecessor – this was done by using diffractive optics (DO) or what Nikon calls  Phase Fresnel (or PF for short) and this is the first Nikon lens to use it in this technology. It does come at a high price – the lens cost just under $2000 (way more than the older version).

  • Focal length 300mm f/4 aperture (9 blades).
  • Lens construction – 16 elements in 10 groups including one ED glass element, one PF (Phase Fresnel) lens element, and lens elements with Nano Crystal Coat or fluorine coat
  • Image stabilizer – up to 4.5 stops.
  • length – 147mm and a min focus distance of 1.4 meters.
  • Macro magnification ratio: 1:4.1.
  • Filter size: 77mm.
  • Price: $2000 (available in early February 2015).

Worth it’s weight in gold – the all new AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR

 

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The second lens might not be as exciting but it will serve as a companion to the recent 18-55mm kit lens – it is the new Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II and it is the second version of this lens with image stabilization and is a bit lighter than the older version. It will cost  $350 (available in early February 2015).

The new Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II

 

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