The lens was known for some time now, it was first announced back in October 2012, but from June it will be available for sale at $899.95 making it the most expensive lens for the 1 system.
1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2 – the fast and portable portrait lens
London, UK, 14 May 2013 Nikon today launches the ultra-fast 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2 lens and brings large-aperture portrait photography to the Nikon 1 system.
With a focal length that’s ideal for portraiture and a compact design, this impressive CX-format lens combines superior image quality with convenience. And, as the first 1 NIKKOR flagship lens to be announced this new lens marks an expanding line-up.
Lenses don’t get much faster; whether indoors at a dinner party, or outside making the most of natural light, this lens allows you to capture striking portraits that you can be proud of. From candid shots to staged compositions, you can bring your subject into sharp focus with smooth bokeh, and capture crisp images and movies when you shoot in low light.
Simon Iddon, Product Manager for Nikon 1 Compact System Cameras, Nikon UK says: “Nikon 1 owners will enjoy exploring the creative effects of this new flagship lens and will appreciate the advantages that come with the f/1.2 aperture, such as shallow depth-of-field.” He continues: “Nikon is dedicated to developing lenses that make the most of the Nikon 1 system and we’re excited about the potential of this new 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2lens that also gives serious portrait photographers a brilliant portable option”.
Where the magic happens
Offering speed and range without sacrificing portability, this new 1 NIKKOR makes an excellent portrait lens. The 32 mm focal length is equivalent to approximately 85 mm in 35mm film format, a classic portrait length that allows for tight head and shoulder shots with extreme detail. The ultra-fast f/1.2 aperture enables super-smooth bokeh, so you can single out subjects beautifully, and creates a clear advantage in low-light situations. Ideal for everything from candid portraits to staged shots, this lens lets you catch the best of people in any situation.
Comprising nine elements in seven groups, this lens offers superb image quality. A seven-blade rounded diaphragm opening ensures beautifully rounded bokeh and this is the first 1 NIKKOR lens to feature Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat, which greatly reduces ghosting and flare even in backlit situations. The dedicated Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables smooth and accurate autofocus, and helps ensure quiet movie recording. For photographers that like to shoot in manual control, this is the first 1 NIKKOR lens to feature a focus ring that lets you control focus while looking into the camera’s viewfinder or monitor.
Portraits from anywhere
Remarkably compact for such a large-aperture lens and boasting a high-quality metallic exterior, this lens is a stellar addition to the Nikon 1 system. Available in high-gloss silver and semi-gloss black, the compact new lens combines portability with high-quality performance for stunning portraits that can be captured on the go.
The lens is supplied with a front lens cap and the HB-N107 bayonet lens hood, which helps reduce stray light and minimise flare for images with better contrast and colour saturation. Optional accessories include the CL-N101 soft lens case.
1 NIKKOR range
1 NIKKOR lenses capture life with exceptional sharpness. Combined with the portability, power and speed of Nikon 1 cameras, the small size of 1 NIKKOR lenses truly sets the Nikon 1 system apart. Designed with active lifestyles in mind, the growing range currently includes nine lenses that cover a wide range of scenes, and each lens is optimized for movie recording. For photographers who want to use F-Mount NIKKOR lenses on their Nikon 1 camera, the dedicated FT1 Mount Adapter allows them to do just that.
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