Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Updated for 2016: Complete List of Weather-Resistant Nikon Lenses (Current and Discontinued)


It's been almost 5 years since I compiled my original list of weather resistant Nikon lenses. Well, as time goes by, it is only natural that Nikon will launch new lenses, many of which belong on the weather-resistant list. So, here goes: the updated (from 2011 and 2013) list of weather-resistant Nikkor lenses. New lenses are in red. Additionally, in the 5 years that have elapsed since the original list, Nikon has also discontinued some lenses as well, hence the current and discontinued lists.

 
Current Film/Digital 
14-24 f2.8 (2007-)
16-35 f4 VR (2010-)
18-35 f3.5-4.5 AF-S (2013-)
20 f1.8 AF-S (2014-)

24 f1.4 AF-S (2010-)
24 f1.8 AF-S (2015-)
24-70 f2.8 (2007-)

24-70 f2.8 VR (2015-)

24-85 VR (2012-)
24-120 (2010-)
28 f1.8 AF-S (2012-)
28-300 f3.5-5.6 VR (2010-)
35 f1.4 AF-S (2010-)

35 f1.8 AF-S (2014-)

50 f1.4 AF-S (2008-)
50 f1.8 AF-S  (2011-)

58 f1.4 AF-S (2013-)

60 f2.8 AF-S Micro (2008-)
70-200 f2.8 II (2009-)
70-200 f4 VR (2012-)
70-300 f4.5-5.6 AF-S VR (2006-)

80-400 f4.5-5.6 AF-S VR (2013-)

85 f1.8 AF-S (2012-)
85 f1.4 AF-S (2010-)
105 f2.8 VR Micro (2006-)
200 f2 VR II (2010-)
200-400 f4 VR II (2010-)

200-500 f5.6 VR (2015-)

300 f2.8 VR II (2009-)
300 f4 VR (2015-)
400 f2.8 VR II (2014-)

600f4 VR  (2007-)

Current DX Digital Only
10-24 f3.5-4.5 AF-S (2009-)
12-24 f4 AF-S (2003-)

16-80 f2.8-4 AF-S VR (2015-)

17-55 f2.8 AF-S (2003-)

18-140 f3.-5.6 AF-S VR (2013-)

18-200 AF-S VR II (2009-)
18-300 AF-S VR I (77mm filters) (2012-)

18-300 AF-S VR II (67 mm filters) (2014-)

35 f1.8 AF-S (2009-)
40 f2.8 AF-S Micro (2011-)
55-300 f4-5.6 VR (2010-)
85 f3.5 AF-S VR Micro (2009-)

Discontinued Film/Digital
70-200 f2.8 VR I (2003-2009)
200-400 f4 VR I (2003-2010)
200 f2 VR I (2004-2010)
400 f2.8 VR I (2007-2014)

Discontinued DX Digital Only
18-70 AF-S f3.5-4.5 (2004-2010)
18-200 VR I (2005-2009)

Huge list aside, there is one important catch: Nikon does not market these lenses as “weather-proof,” only “weather-resistant,” which means that they probably won't go servicing your camera/lens that got dropped overboard on that fishing trip when your buddy was reaching for his beer but accidentally bumped your camera instead. If you want true weather-resistance, go buy a tough P&S like my Olympus Stylus 550WP or, if you don't mind shooting film, a Jacques Cousteau-inspired Nikonos film SLR.


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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Man Killed by Meteorite in India


UPDATE: it has been determined that the rocky fragments in the bottom of the crater are not of extraterrestrial origin. However, it still remains to be determined what fell from the sky, though. 
For the first time in recorded history, a person is reported to have been killed by a falling meteorite. Authorities in India are reporting that the falling meteorite created a crater 4 feet deep and killed a man standing nearby. The culprit was believed to be a meteorite as rocky fragments have been found in the crater.

The event took place at a university campus in the Tamil Nadu state. A bus driver and some gardeners were standing near a cafeteria when the impact, which could reportedly be heard for 2 miles away, took place. The bus driver was killed in the resulting impact explosion and three landscapers were hurt. The explosion's shock wave also shattered windows in nearby buildings and cars.

NASA is also investigating the matter but has yet to make an official pronouncement on what happened as other causes, namely space debris falling from orbit, have yet to be ruled out as the rocks found in the crater have not yet been determined to be of extraterrestrial origin. In fact, the rocks could have already been there if something else caused the explosion.

It is estimated that, on the average day, over 60 tons of meteors rain to Earth. Despite such vast tonnage, very few make it to the Earth's surface as most incoming pieces of space rock are no larger than a grain of sand. Needless to say, as the size of a meteor rises, the frequency that earth will encounter them falls exponentially. Still, in all of recorded history, an impacting meteorite (or artificial space debris) has never been reported to have killed anybody as ancient reports of people being killed by meteorites are considered scientifically invalid. 

Until this event, the closest a meteorite came to hitting anybody was when a meteorite fell through the roof of a house, deflected off a piece of furniture, and hit a woman's led as she laid on a couch. This aside, no other scientifically confirmed example of a meteorite hitting anybody, either directly or indirectly, has been confirmed. Another close call took place in 1992 when a meteorite fell through the trunk of a car.

Stay tuned on this one as analysis of the rock fragments should be forthcoming.


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