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Nikon Announces Development Of Top-End D6 DSLR, 120-300mm f2.8, Z 24mm f1.8

DSLRs are far from dead. Nikon’s announcement of the development of the D6 professional DSLR marks the 20th anniversary of the brand’s single-digit flagship D-series cameras, and the 60th anniversary of the brand’s venerable and versatile F-mount.

The highly anticipated Nikon D6 professional DSLR. Image: Nikon

Part of the “development announcement” might be explained by Nikon Europe’s tweet hours ago referencing the “newly announced” D6. While it seems like the perfect way to drum up (strongly deserved) excitement for the cutting-edge D6, some commentators believe it might have been a gaff on the end of their marketing team.

In any case, many are expecting a more official announcement to be not further off than a day. The camera itself is slated for release early 2020.

Popular Nikon news site Nikonrumours list sensor stabilisation (IBIS), dual CF Express card slots, a 0.76-0.78x magnification 100% viewfinder, improved Expeed dual processors, enhanced autofocus performance over the D5, a 3.2 million dot touch-sensitive display and improved silent shooting modes as part of their rumoured specs list.

Along with the “development announcement” of the highly anticipated D6 is the AF-S Nikkor 120-300 f/2.8E FL ED SR VR lens that will accompany it. With the D6 “designed for sports photojournalism”, the telephoto zoom with an astonishingly wide aperture is clearly angled at the bevy of sports events that will be coming with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics held from 24 July to 9 August next year.

The AFS Nikkor 130-300 f/2.8E FL ED SR VR lens is a feature-packed lens perfect for the line-up of high-octane sports in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Image: Nikon

Nikon is a Japanese imaging and optics company headquartered in Tokyo, so this tie-in is expected.

Along with these top-line, professional-grade DSLRs is the announcement of the Nikkor Z 24mm f/1.8 S wide-aperture ultra wide-angle lens.

Demonstrating the brand’s dedication to its mirrorless systems too, the 24mm f/1.8 S is designed to work well in a variety of situations, with its wide aperture excelling in low-light situations for both stills and movies.

The Nikkor Z 24mm f/1.8 S. Image: Nikon

With nine aperture blades, the S-line 24mm f/1.8 S is optically designed to correct for distortion and to deliver edge-to-edge sharpness – and according to Nikon is perfect for architectural work and for astrophotography.

A smooth and quiet operation makes the lens also ideal for video, with a large, comfortable control ring that can be customised to individual shooting needs.

With its wide aperture, the Nikon Z 24mm f/1.8 S delivers exceptional performance in low light for both stills and video. Image: Nikon

Like the brand’s top-tier lenses, the Nikkor Z 24mm f/1.8 S adopts extra-low dispersion (ED) glass lens elements, along with Nikon’s proprietary Nano Crystal Coat to reduce ghosting and flaring. The lens also provides dust- and drip- resistance for reliable operation in demanding enviroments.

Ian Ling
Ian is the resident Tech Monkey and Head of Content at VR Zone. His training in Economics and Political Science is at the basis of his love for journalism and storytelling. A photographer by passion, and an audiophile by obsession, Ian is captivated by all forms of tech that makes enthusiasts tick.

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