Earlier in the month, we touched upon the reports from Nikon D4 and D800 users, claiming their new respective full-frame beauties had the tendency to “lock-up” and become unresponsive under certain conditions – an issue that Nikon themselves were quick to confirm. Fast forward nearly a month later, and we now have a legitimate fix for the phenomena by way of a firmware update brought to our attention by the good folks at Nikon Rumors.
Watch This: The Canon 5D Mark III and Nikon D4/D800 Get the Bloom Treatment – Full Frame Video Battle Royal
While the Nikon D4, D800 and Canon 5D mark III have all seen their respective, and rather extraordinary, time in the review spotlight, aside from the 5D3, they have yet to get their collective Phillip Bloom stamp of approval and usually thorough head to head video capability comparison. But finally, although fashionably-late, we now the latest and greatest unscientific/real-world full-frame shootout, sure to give pixel-peepers their fill for the foreseeable future.
Every now and again, one of the uber-rare Nikkor 6mm f/2.8 fisheyes make an appearance and set the inter-webs abuzz due to its extreme rarity, unique characteristics and oh yeah, that bank account breaking estimated price-tag of $160,000.00.
The latest case of its resurgence came just weeks ago, when Amateur Photographer was the first to report the legendary lenses’ availability for purchase at Grays of Westminster, a renowned UK retailer who houses goods solely catered to the Nikon shooter.
While Canon has been thoroughly entrenched in a highly-publicized 5D Mark III hardware faux pa, a problem that the company has just now corrected, it seems as though Nikon will have a few service issues of their own to contend with as well, confirming that a “small number” of D4s and D800s have the tendency to “lock-up” and become unresponsive.
When Pixiq first broke the story yesterday morning of an apparent D4/D800 price increase, set by Nikon UK to the tune of £500 and £200 respectively, many major online retailers had yet to show the price change in their databases. However, right on cue, Amazon and Jessops both confirmed the reports today, displaying the D4 for £5289 (up from £4800) and the D800 for £2599 (up from £2399).
The video you see above may look like nothing more than every other promotional piece you’ve seen from countless camera unveilings, but, it’s when you dig a bit deeper into this particular mesh of clips detailing the Nikon 800′s strengths and selling points that things aren’t as truthful as they appear on the surface.
With the impending worldwide releases of Nikon’s two new video capable, full-frame DSLR’s in the D4 and D800, Redrock Micro, the HSDLR rig makers that needs no formal introduction, have acknowledged the company’s advancements in DSLR video and have opted to create rigs of the limited edition variety that compliment the aforementioned cameras.
Without question, 2012 has already jumped out to a strong and fast start, with Nikon hitting the proverbial ground running, revealing two highly anticipated full frame DSLRs, including the well-received D800/800E, all while Canon is primed to unleash the long-awaited 5D successor in only a matter of days, setting the stage for battle lines to begin to form and comparisons, rightfully or wrongfully so, to emerge.
If you are one of the many who plan to purchase a brand spanking new Nikon D800 or D800E some time in the foreseeable future from a U.S. retailer, you may want to take a peek at some interesting information uncovered by NikonRumors regarding the expected profit margins resellers are expected to enjoy off your purchase.