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August 13, 2010

German magazine leaks Nikon D3100 and four lenses (85/1.4, 24-120 f4, 28-300mm, 55-300 DX)

A photographer in the dpreview Nikon forums (flat view, threaded view) writes that the September 2010 print edition of German magazine "Foto Digital" has leaked the Nikon D3100 dSLR and four new lenses (three 35mmFF) as follows:

+ Nikon D3100 (14mp CMOS, LiveView, 11pt AF, 1080 video, 650 euro)
+ 24-120mm f4 VR ED G (1220 euro)
+ 85mm f1.4 G w/Nano (1650 euro)
+ 28-300mm f3.5-5.6 VR ED G (1000 euro)
+ 55-300 f4.5-5.6 DX VR ED G (420 euro)

The 28-300mm full-frame VR lens at 1000 euro is a little bit of a surprise. Is that a sign that affordable 35mmFF DSLRs are coming up in the next few years? Would D3s, D3x or D700 users use a 28-300mm lens? On the APS-C dSLRs, this is roughly 42-450mm (eq).

Praise for Nikon's megapixel restraint may be over. The D3100 is a 14mp DSLR, while the D3000 is a 10mp DSLR. Are marketing departments driving the number of megapixels in APS-S DSLR sensors based on the number of megapixels in the 1/2.3" sensor, for fear that the average consumer/dumbsumer will not buy a DSLR because it has fewer megapixels than a 14mp 1/2.3" P&S compact?

Reactions to the Leak
+ Miranda forums
+ Thom Hogan (August 13, 2010 article)
+ forums
+ Nikon Lens Talk Radio at dpreview

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