Nikon Releases a Trio of New Lenses—AF-S 28mm f/1.4E ED, 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E Full-frame Fisheye and AF-P 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G DX

Nikon today announced three new lenses—the AF-S 28mm f/1.4E ED, a full-frame AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED fisheye zoom, and the AF-P 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR budget superwide zoom.

AF-S 28mm f/1.4E ED

Nikkor AF-S 28mm f/1.4E ED

The AF-S 28mm f/1.4E ED is the latest addition to Nikon’s arsenal of fast f/1.4 primes (the others being 24, 35, 58, 85 and 105mm.) It features nine rounded aperture blades for nice bokeh, two ED and three aspherical elements, as well as Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coating. The lens is sealed against dust and moisture.

It’ll be available at a rather pricey US$1999.95 in late June.

AF-S Fisheye 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED FIsheye Zoom

AF-S Fisheye 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED

Next on the lineup of new lenses is the AF-S 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED. This is a full-frame, circular fisheye zoom which features a 180º field of view both horizontally and vertically at the widest end. This changes to a non-circular image with a 180º diagonal field of view at 15mm. It has three ED and two aspherical lens elements, as well as Nano Crystal and fluorine coatings.

The lens is available immediately for US$1249.95.

AF-P 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR DX

Nikkor AF-P 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR DX

Lastly, we have a budget superwide zoom lens in the form of the AF-P 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR. This is made for DX bodies and is equivalent to 15-30mm on full-frame cameras. The lightweight and inexpensive lens features vibration reduction of 3.5 stops and uses a Pulse Motor for fast focussing in live view and video. The minimum focussing distance is 22cm.

It will be available from late June for just US$309.95.

 

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Nikon Announced a Trio of Lenses—24-70mm f/2.8 VR, 24mm f/1.8 and 200-500mm f/5.6VR

Nikon has announced a trio of lenses today, the AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR, AF-S 24mm f/1.8G, and the AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR. The lenses are suitable for both professionals and advanced photography enthusiasts alike.

Nikkor AF-S 24-700mm f/2.8E ED VR

Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR
Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR

This is an update to the classic AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED which has gotten a bit long in the tooth. The most notable change is the addition of Vibration Reduction (VR), giving photographers four-stops of image stabilisation. There is also a “tripod” mode for use on a tripod, which helps to counter slight tripod vibrations.

The lens now features an Electronic Aperture control, Nano Crystal Code for reduced ghosting/flare, weather sealing and a fluorine coating which keeps your lens nice and clean. The filter diameter is now a huge 82mm compared to 77mm on the older lens. Sorry, you’d have to re-buy your filters in 82mm after getting this lens.

The AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR will be available in late August 2015 at US$2,400.

Nikkor 24mm f/1.8G ED

Nikkor AF-S 24mm f/1.8G ED
Nikkor AF-S 24mm f/1.8G ED

Photographers who want a fast and wide lens will like this AF-S 24mm f/1.8G. It’s a smallish, lightweight prime lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.8. If you have always wanted a 24mm f/1.4 but found it too expensive, this is the lens for you. The lens will be available from mid-September for US$750, a steal compared to the over US$2,000 which the f/1.4 version goes for.

Nikkor AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR

Nikkor AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
Nikkor AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR

And now, something for the telephoto lovers. Nikon must have noticed the popularity of the likes of the Tamron and Sigma’s 120-600mm telephoto zooms and came up with their own. Unlike the Tamron/Sigma offerings, the Nikkor has a constant f/5.6 throughout the zoom range. It’s also lightweight, coming in at 5lbs 2oz (2.3kg) including the tripod collar, making it easy to shoot handheld for extended periods of time.

The 200-500mm has an Electronic Aperture for consistent exposures during burst shooting, a 4.5-stop VR, a Sports Mode VR for high-burst panning shots and a minimum focussing distance of 7.2ft. A Silent Wave motor lets the lens focus silently and quickly.

The lens will be available from mid-September for US$1400.

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Nikon Announces D5500, AF-S 55-200mm II and AF-S 300mm f/4 PF VR

AFS_300_4E_PF

Oh my goodness. PMA@CES is here, and so far it has been a boring pile of rubbish compacts until now. Let me start with the real highlight for me: The Nikon AF-S 300mm f/4G PF ED VR.

Firstly let me preface that although I have never owned the AF-S 300mm f/4, I have always been impressed with the lens on the times I have used it, including with it on the Nikon 1 V2. Its incredible resolution even with the dense V2 sensor is remarkable, given it was a lens designed well before APS sensors even hit 6 megapixels. Even without VR I was contemplating getting it to pair with my V2 for extreme long telephoto work.

So imagine my surprise with the new lens. Not only did it add VR, but Nikon has chosen to use it to introduce their Phase Fresnel design. If you all remember, Canon introduced their Diffractive Optics design quite a while back, proclaiming it to be lighter and smaller, but making one of the debut lenses a 400mm f/4 meant that most of the weight savings came because it was a f/4 and not a f/2.8 lens; at 1.9kg it didn’t seem remarkably lighter than the old Nikon 2.8kg 400mm f/3.5 lens, which was also a third of a stop brighter, and was built like a tank. Made even more jarring that the new 400/4 DO is actually heavier than its predecessor at 2.1kg.

Nikon’s PF on the other hand, seems to have done something remarkable. To put it simply, it comes very close to the AF-S 70-300 VR in weight and size. The new lens is weighs just 755g. I am pretty much floored by this; the previous AF-S 300mm f/4 was 1.4kg, nearly twice the weight!

This of course, places me in one heck of a conundrum: With Olympus’s 300mm f/4 coming, it’s something to consider. There are quite a few factors I can think of right now, so I am going to spend some time to ponder on this a bit myself.

Anyway, on to the consumer releases: Continue reading Nikon Announces D5500, AF-S 55-200mm II and AF-S 300mm f/4 PF VR

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More On Nikon’s Nikkor AF-S 20mm f/1.8G and SB-500

Nikon AF-S 20mm f/1.8G

We briefly touched on the other Nikon releases, so here is a bit more detail, starting with the Nikon AF-S 20mm f/1.8G. With it Nikon has pretty much refreshed and improved a lot of their primes from 20mm to 85mm. All that’s missing is a 24mm f/1.8G. If you told me back when I was still shooting film that for a bit more I could have got a f/1.8 instead of a f/2.8 version I would have said you were nuts. Continue reading More On Nikon’s Nikkor AF-S 20mm f/1.8G and SB-500

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Nikon Releases US$12,000 AF-S 400mm f/2.8E and Matching 1.4x AF-S Teleconverter

Nikkor AF-S 400mm f/2.8E FL E VR
Nikkor AF-S 400mm f/2.8E FL E VR

Not to be outdone by Canon’s recent release of a pair of ultra-wide angle lenses, Nikon has released a new super telephoto. This is an update to the AF-S 400mm f/2.8G ED VR and costs US$3,000 more. The newly released AF-S 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR features a new magnesium alloy die-cast barrel and 2 fluorite elements (hence the FL moniker), shaving 820g off the weight of the predecessor. Continue reading Nikon Releases US$12,000 AF-S 400mm f/2.8E and Matching 1.4x AF-S Teleconverter

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Nikon Announces Nikon 1 V3, 10-30mm PD and 70-300mm Lenses

Nikon 1 V3 with 1 Nikkor 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD lens

Nikon has announced the successor to the V2, and I am not sure what they are trying to do now. In fact, the normally neutral DPReview have a not-very kind commentary piece on the camera at launch.

Firstly, the camera adds a number of upgrades to the previous camera. The V3 now has an 18 megapixel sensor without the anti-aliasing filter, and now the phase detection sensors cover nearly the whole imaging sensor. The camera can now do 20 FPS with continuous autofocus, up from 15 FPS on the V2, and now boasts a front command dial (of the horrible vertical variety), a tilting three inch LCD that is now touch-enabled, and built-in WiFi. The proprietary accessory shoe still remains, however. Continue reading Nikon Announces Nikon 1 V3, 10-30mm PD and 70-300mm Lenses

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Nikon Revives the Classic 58mm f/1.4 For the New Age

Nikkor AF-S 58mm f/1.4G
Nikkor AF-S 58mm f/1.4G

Nikon has announced a new AF-S 58mm f/1.4G, a fast prime that essentially reviving the old classic 58mm f/1.4 which was first released in 1961, though not quite the legendary Noct-Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 released in 1977. Nonetheless, the lens is optimized for full-frame DSLR with highly corrected coma, which means that all the point light sources will render correctly across the frame. It’s also designed to give a pleasing and attractive out-of-focus areas of image (the much sought-after bokeh).

Of course, it can also be used on DX-format cameras like the D7100, whereby it’ll give an equivalent field-of-view of a 85mm f/1.4 portrait lens. The lens is not cheap though – it’s priced at US$1699.95 and will be on sale at the end of this month at your favourite camera stores.

YS: Yeeesh. I suspect that manufacturers are getting desperate and are looking to push out products with increased margins. This is not even the f/1.2 version like its predecessor of yore. This is going to be the first of many, I think.

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Nikon Launches the 1 Nikkor 32mm f/1.2 Portrait Lens For The Nikon 1 System

1 Nikkor 32mm f/1.2
1 Nikkor 32mm f/1.2

In the world of 35mm full-frame cameras, the 85mm focal length is a favourite among portrait shooters. All the major camera makers like Nikon and Canon both have this focal length in the lens line-up, offering both a f/1.8 and the more expensive f/1.4 and f/1.2 flavours – the latter being very popular with the professionals.

Today, Nikon launched the 1 Nikkor 32mm f/1.2 portrait lens for their Nikon 1 system. This is equivalent to 86mm f/3.2 on full-frame systems, thanks to the 2.7x crop factor of the 1-series cameras. The maximum aperture of f/1.2 makes it the fastest lens for the Nikon 1 System to date.

The lens features a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for super fast focussing as well as Nano Crystal Coat and Close Range Correction (CRC) for sharp, distortion-free images. A M/A (autofocus with manual override) mode lets you manually focus the lens during AF operation, something that’s not commonly seen on the 1-series lenses.

Priced at a rather ridiculous ambitious US$899.95, the lens will be available from June.

YS: US$900 is going to be stretching it. I imagine a lot of people would rather buy the AF-S 50/1.4 with a competent DSLR like the D5200. Sure, it’s bigger, but this is one point where the trade-off for size is no longer worth it. At least in my opinion.

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