Nikon Releases 3Q FY 2016 Financial Results

Nikon has released its financial results for 3Q of the fiscal year ending in March, 2016. Third Quarter of the Year ending March 2016 [February 4, 2016] Financial Results (PDF:234KB) Financial and Business Data (PDF:87KB) Presentation Material (PDF:937KB)  Financial Results for the Third Quarter of the Year Ending March 31, 2016 (PDF:586KB) Estimation for the Year Ending March 31, 2016 (PDF:400KB) Reference Data (PDF:259KB) Canon and Nikon News, Deals and What’s New at The-Digital-Picture.com

Nikon D500 Shipments Delayed Until April

Originally slated to hit retail shelves next month, the Nikon D500’s ship date has been delayed until late April. In a press release posted this morning, Nikon Japan stated that it could not produce a sufficient number of cameras (and other accessories) to fill demand for the originally scheduled April release date. Products Delayed  D500 D500 16-80 VR lens kit Wireless Transmitter WT-7 Multi-Power Battery Pack MB-D17 Semi-Soft Case CF-DC8 Strap AN-DC17…

Many Refurb. Canon DSLRs Reduced at the Canon Store

The Canon Store has several of their refurbished DSLR cameras reduced and in stock. See below for details. In Stock and Reduced Cameras  Refurbished Item Orig Price Savings Sale Price Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body 2,239.20 140.20 2,099.00 Canon EOS 7D Mark II + EF-S 18-135 IS STM 1,719.20 270.20 1,449.00 Canon EOS 7D Mark II 1,439.20 240.20 1,199.00 Canon EOS 70D + EF-S 18-135 IS STM 1,239.20 359.21 879.99…

Roger Cicala Provides Thoughts on Optical Quality Assurance

Roger has posted a very objective, well thought out article on lens quality and manufacturing tolerances. It’s definitely worth a read if you have a few minutes to spare. “After we published a number of posts about copy-to-copy variation, people were quick to say that this company or that needs to ‘just’ improve quality control. I totally agree but realize most people don’t have a clue what ‘improving quality control’…

Sigma Files Patent for 20mm f/1.8 DG HSM Contemporary Lens

According to the Egami Blog, Sigma has filed a patent for a 20mm f/1.8 optical design earmarked for their Contemporary lineup. If / when this lens is released, it will likely be the first prime lens in Sigma’s Contemporary series of lenses. Description of Patent Patent Publication No. 2016-12034  Published 2016.1.21 Filing date 2014.6.30 Focal length 20.70 21.01 F-number 1.84 1.95 Full angle of view 2? 93.42 90.34 The image height Y 21.63…