Also announced yesterday was the MB-D15 grip which adds not just size, but the now obligatory shutter release for the vertical grip shots, plus extended shooting capacity. And of course in Nikon style extra power source options.

Image © Nikon Corporation

Image © Nikon Corporation

I always (if I wear my pro hat for a moment) like any product that in an emergency can be fired up with the most common battery type on the planet, so those AA cells can for instance be taken from your hotshots fitting Speedlight and used as plan ‘b’ with the MB-D15. These can be alkaline or lithium types.

A new remote control the WR-1 Transceiver was also announced. The range of remote control devices in the Nikon system is quite large and that means having a good look at the options, let alone third party options. Some may find other simpler options in the range and features on offer suit their photography better.

But the WR-1 looks nicely designed and can do more than just trigger a camera. For instance cameras can be adjusted for many settings with this wireless radio device. And being radio (it uses the common 2.4ghz frequency) it has a claimed range of up to 120m when using two WR-1 units which can be further extended with others in the chain. Certainly worth looking at for photographers such as nature and survallience shooters.

Image © Nikon Corporation

Image © Nikon Corporation

Others wishing to fire multiple Nikon’s simultaneously should also find the WR-1 interesting. No price yet, but like the camera it is due to arrive during March.

On the downside I would have liked to have seen some specific fixed focal length lenses for the format in line-up, but you cant have everything at once.

More to follow…

End. (22/02/13).