Nikon has won three awards at the 2008 TIPA awards. The Nikon D3 was awarded the “Best D-SLR Professional”, the Nikon D300 was crowned the “Best D-SLR Expert”, while Nikon’s AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lens won the “Best Professional Lens”.

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The Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) was founded in 1991 as an independent, non-profit Association of European photo and imaging magazines. The TIPA awards are recognized as the most coveted photo & imaging awards in Europe. They are known as the European ‘Oscar’ of the Photo & Imaging Industry.

The judges praised Nikon on the professionalism of the Nikon D3, commenting “This professional D-SLR is a milestone for Nikon. It’s the first camera from the company with a full-frame, ‘FX’ sensor size of 23.9x36mm. As a result of this, each pixel featured on the 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor has a larger size, and that means the low-light performance of this camera is truly incredible. The Nikon D3 can easily be used at ISO 6400, and if needed, the ISO can be cranked up to an awesome equivalent of 25,600. The rugged, magnesium-alloy chassis provides a solid foundation for the camera, and its fast burst rate of 9 frames-per-second in full-frame mode provides the necessary speed of use for the most demanding professional.”


The D300 received many compliments from the experts, noting “With its solid design, excellent handling and robust, weather-sealed build quality, the Nikon D300 offers professional quality at a reasonable price. The 12.3 megapixel CMOS sensor delivers stunning results – even at ISO 1600 – and it can be boosted to ISO 6400 (Hi 1.0) if needed. The camera sports a fast, responsive autofocus system, the viewfinder offers 100% coverage, the large 3-inch screen gives a bright, clear display and all the high-end features like Live View, HDMI connectivity and anti-dust protection are included. On top of these exceptional features, the D300 shoots at an impressive speed of 6 frames-per-second, and will do this in bursts of 100 consecutive JPEGs or 23 RAWs.”

Finally the judges applauded Nikon’s AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED for professionals, stating “This ultra-wide-angle zoom offers an extensive array of shooting opportunities for professionals and photo enthusiasts looking for superb optical quality. The lens construction consists of 14 elements in 11 groups with 2 ED glass elements and 3 aspherical lenses. A newly developed Nano Crystal Coating reduces ghosting and flare between the lens element and the sensor. The lens offers a constant maximum aperture of f/2.8 at all focal lengths – allowing for shooting in low light conditions – and the close focusing distance on offer is just 0.28m/0.9ft. A rounded diaphragm opening with 9 blades makes out-of-focus elements appear more natural (Bokeh effect). The SWM (Silent Wave Motor) allows quiet and fast autofocus, and permits manual override at any time with no delay.”

See: www.nikon.com.au

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