Animation just got a little easier with the introduction of the Nikon Animator’s Kit, which conveniently collects all the camera equipment and software needed for creating stop motion animation into one not-so-cheap package. The star of the kit is Nikon’s just-released 36.3Mp D810 DSLR camera, which has received high marks from the photography community. The kit also includes:
- AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED FX-format macro prime lens
- Dragonframe stop motion animation software and controller
- EH-5b/EP-5B power supply and connector
It’s not entirely clear who Nikon is targeting with the kit. Their website suggests that this might be a good investment for beginners: “The animator’s kit contains what you need to get started in the incredibly fun and exciting medium of stop motion animation.” But not many novices have $4,000 to spend on a stop motion kit. The more likely market segment is stop motion pros who demand top-grade equipment, but if that’s the case, it’s hard to imagine any pro animator who doesn’t already own a lens or Dragonframe.