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Review of R1C1 / R1 macro flash kit added

A first review of the already ten year old R1 / R1C1 macro flash kit is online. It will be interesting to see, if this kit will be updated to the new radio trigger system of the SB-5000 in the near future, or if is just being sold in parallel.

Sales of the kit seem to have been moderate. Currently sold SB-R200 flash heads have a serial number of 217****, which would indicate a production volume of a bit more than 170.000 individual flash heads. If we assume that at least 2/3rds of those were sold as part of a R1 or R1C1 flash kit, this would make a bit more than 55.000 kits with two SB-R200’s included in ten years.

What a day for Nikon enthusiasts! D5 and D500 announced.

The D5 was already pre-announced and leaks during the last few weeks provided enough information already. Therefore the actual specification do not come as a big surprise.

The D500 will hit many people as a very big surprise. Most of us had given up hope for a pro-DX body long time ago. I published an editorial complaining about the lack of a D300s successor in 2013, latest in 2014  I also had given up hope.

The D500 comes in a “real” body (at least that is what press pictures indicate), provides an AF-ON button, offers 10 fps frame rate without completely breaking the bank for the first time in years, provides a moderate resolution at 20 MP and even comes with a rounded eyepiece! To provide one XQD slot is – in my opinion – also a very wise decision.

I was all set to drool over the D5 tonight, but the D500 steals the show absolutely. Today many people waiting for a D300/s replacement will be very, very happy.

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