Digital SLR Photography

Nikon announces the new D780 and two telephoto lenses

By Caroline Schmidt. Posted

Nikon has announced a new full-frame DSLR to its FX line-up – the high-spec D780, which will be available from spring 2020. The tough D780 boasts a fast, dedicated Hybrid-AF system for LiveView shooting, and a 51-point Phase-Detection AF system for viewfinder shooting. When shooting in LiveView, photographers and moviemakers benefit from the same AF system as found in the acclaimed Nikon Z 6 mirrorless camera. Users can lock onto expressions with Eye-Detection AF and take advantage of low-light AF, which powers reliable subject acquisition all the way down to -6 EV. Photographers shooting through the viewfinder benefit from flagship tracking performance, and quick switching between advanced AF modes.

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It offers up to 7fps in viewfinder shooting, and 12fps in Silent Photography mode during LiveView shooting. Other notable features include a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000sec, which gives photographers the flexibility to sync with Nikon Speedlights. Or they can stretch time to 900 seconds, perfect for capturing dramatic light trails and nightscapes.

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The camera also features 6K image sensor resolution to produce ultra-high-resolution 4K/UHD footage at 30p/25p/24p with zero crop factor. Videographers can also use an external movie recorder to capture rich HLG HDR footage, which can be shown directly on a compatible TV or monitor.

The DSLR will cost £2,199 (body only) or combined with the AF-S 24-120 f/4G ED VR for £2,619.

Along with the D780, Nikon introduces two new professional telephoto zoom lenses. The AF-S NIKKOR 120–300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR for DSLR cameras, and the NIKKOR Z 70–200mm f/2.8 VR S for Nikon Z mirrorless cameras. These tough, telephoto zoom lenses raise the bar for lens design, delivering optical performance equivalent to a prime lens.
Designed for shooting in sports venues or outside at night, the AF-S NIKKOR 120–300mm f/2.8E promises great AF performance and a much-anticipated focal length range. While the fast, full-frame NIKKOR Z 70–200mm f/2.8 VR S is the second lens in the Nikon mirrorless family to be released. Whether shooting sports, events, or reportage, this S-Line telephoto zoom lens covers all the bases for stills and video. Focusing is fast, smooth, and silent. Sharpness is outstanding throughout the frame—even when shooting at the widest aperture. When shooting video, focus breathing is all but eliminated.

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Both of these pro-grade lenses use Nikon’s new SR glass, as well as ED glass to combat chromatic aberration. As a result, colour fringing is greatly reduced, and harder-to-control blue light (short wavelength spectrum) is thoroughly compensated for. Images are sharper than ever before and contrast is exceptional.

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Both lenses will be available from early spring. The AF-S NIKKOR 120–300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR cost RRP £9,499, while the NIKKOR Z 70–200mm f/2.8 VR S is RRP £2,399.

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