Finally, A serious Nikon Patent for a Nikkor 16-35mm f/2.8 VR Lens surfaces, maybe full-frame Nikon users will have a good Christmas next year. Or the the year after that.

A Nikkor 16-35mm f/2.8 VR lens has been on Nikonias wish list for, well, for ever. As always, Egami has dug up the patent, and as always, we can't read Japanese. Actually this is Nikon's second patent for such a lens, but patent number 2012-68303 seemed a little haphazardly put together.
From Google transgorbler we can gather the following: 
Improved Vibration Reduction (VR III?), Improved lens coating, and of course, a constant f/2.8 aperture, just like the one them Canon shooters have been enjoying all this time :) Now for some auto-translator fun, courtesy of Google: . . . read more

Nikon's AF-S Nikkor 28mm f/1.8G lens gets a stellar DXO Mark score: The Nikkor 28mm f/1.8G is a highly competitive lens. It is well priced for the quality it offers and for a prime wide-angle lens the optical performance is, quite simply, staggering.

"The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28mm f/1.8G is a highly competitive lens. It is very well priced for the quality it offers and for a prime wide-angle lens the optical performance is, quite simply, staggering. Whatever genre of photography you enjoy, from landscapes to travel, reportage or architecture, the 28mm f/1.8G will ensure you capture the scene as accurately as possible. If you’re looking for an FX-fit wide-angle lens to mount on your Nikon FX camera, the 28mm f/1.8G represents not just the ‘best’ choice in terms of optical performance, but also the ‘smart’ choice because the performance per . . . read more

A super-rare Nikon Nikkor 10mm OP f5.6 fisheye lens up for grabs for $49.000 on Ebay. Pop Photo explains the what and why of this remarkable lens.

"This lens was only produced by Nikon for eight years, from 1968 to 1976, and even then was extremely uncommon — fewer than 1,000 were ever made (possibly even much fewer, one website cites just 78 were produced.) Not only that, but the 10mm was a specially designed lens that uses Orthographic Projection (OP) rather than Equidistant Projection, making it one of the first SLR lenses to do so. Perhaps even more importantly, it's allegedly the first aspherical SLR lens ever produced. . . . read more

Conquering the darkness, SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 35mm T0.95 review (and comparison to the Voigtländer Nokton 35mm f1.2 ASPH and Nikon 50mm f1.4G) at 3D-Kraft.de

"After the first look in September at the already surprisingly good prototype, it was amazing to see how SLR Magic could even increase the performance of that lens in the meantime. Thanks the new coating, CAs are almosty completely gone. The build quality is very good, sharpness, contrast and bokeh at 35mm on APS-C (comparable to 52mm on fullframe) are even at open aperture as good as the best 50/1.4 lenses I have seen so far on FF. As soon as I receive a Leica "M", I will do a comparison with a Summilux 50/1.4 ASPH. Only downside is the size and weight as you will loose the compactness . . . read more

What is missing from Nikon's Lens lineup? Nasim Mansurov makes a wish-list for lenses to come, readers chime in, none mentions the much needed AF-S Nikkor 12-600mm f/1.2 G IF-ED VRIII lens.

"One topic that many of us Nikon shooters often discuss between each other in local groups, online forums and various photography clubs, is lenses that we wish Nikon had. Sometimes a desired lens comes from our experience from using a lens from another brand, sometimes it is something that does not exist, but we wish existed to make our photography easier, more fun, etc.

While Nikon has been doing a great job filling in the holes during the last several years, with lenses like >Nikon 16-35mm . . . read more

Ultrawide Comparison at 3D-Kraft.de: Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 15 mm f/2.8 vs Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 ED-IF vs Samyang 14mm f/2.8 mounted on Nikon D800E and Sony NEX-7

"o you see that at F5.6 all three candidates deliver very sharp centers, the Nikon zoom shows slightly better contrasts here. As the images from the Zeiss and the Samyang were about 0.5 to 0.8 F-stops overexposed and had to be dimmed in that degree for better comparison, the difference in contrast may also be caused a little bit by that. I recognized quite often that the images with the Nikon zoom were about 0,2 to 0,8 stops shorter exposed which may be caused by the different degree of vignetting. . . . read more

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR review underway at Camera Labs: MTF and resolution charts looks very promising.

"These charts show the lens-performance at the largest aperture f4.0. Higher values are better and the closer the dotted and the continuous lines of each color are together the less astigmatism (= resolution depends on the orientation of the test-pattern) the lens has. The x-axis displays the distance from the optical axis (=center of the sensor) in mm. I'll show you the real-life performance at 4 mm (center), 13 mm (DX-corner), and 20 mm (FX-corner) on a D800.

From the charts the new lens should perform on a very high level regarding overall contrast. Sharpness on the long end . . . read more

Nikon Nikkor 6mm f/2.8 AIS lens on Ebay right now for $99.000: “No Fungas, No Bubbles, No Scratches. Glass is Clear and Beautiful!”

Fungas, heh. Before you bid, remember this is a manual focusing lens, and you'll also need an adapter for your modern Dslr. Also, this thing is bigger than whatever Dsrl you have, in every dimension.  Fun facts: it was released in 1970 and only built in a few hundred exemplars, comes with built in skylight (L1BC), medium yellow (Y 48), deep yellow (Y52); orange (056), and red (R60) filters, and consists of 93.7% Unobtanium:

"I am sure you can appreciate this True Gem! AMAZING! Very Bright at f2.8. Giant piece of glass. I have seen some . . . read more

Nikon: Your breath can destroy our $$$ nano crystal lens coating, seriously. (Update: Nikon USA just removed the...offending sentence from the page)

Ok, this is not really new, but it IS freaking hilarious. For the record, if our breath was that acidic, out teeth would have decayed long before the nano crystal coating:

"How do I clean the camera lens?

The best way to clean a lens is to use a piece of lint free lens cleaning tissue and a small amount of Lens Cleaning solution. Do not use anything containing abrasives or  solvents, only use Lens Cleaning Solution. First we recommend taking a small blower brush to blow off or brush away loose dust or debris. . . . read more

Nikon 1 Nikkor 18.5mm f/1.8 lens for CX format Lens Review by Craig Litten: It easily competes with the big guns, and for just a fragment of their price its a real winner.

"If you’re a Nikon 1 owner (whether the J1, J2, or V1, V2) this lens is a no-brainer, just buy it. For $186.95 it’s well worth it. It finally gives Nikon 1 owners a fast option for low light. Although I think files out of the V1 are very pleasing up to and including ISO 800, and sometimes even ISO 1600 if exposed correctly, this will give users an option to shoot at much lower ISOs in a given lighting situation, and as you can easily see from the sample photos, some fairly nice bokeh.

If you are not currently a Nikon 1 owner, maybe this lens and the currently ridiculously low price of the wonderful V1 will . . . read more

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR lens review at PhotographyBlog: It won't win any image quality awards, but it is worthy of its relatively low pricetag.

"The lens' centre sharpness, while not quite as “biting” as that of Nikon's most prestigious primes and zooms, is good at most focal lengths and f-stops. Edge sharpness isn't so great, requiring quite a lot of stopping-down to get acceptable results. There are a few other weak points including some h corner shading and quite a bit of chromatic aberration at maximum aperture, a somewhat “nervous” bokeh and a hefty dose of geometric distortions.

Still, the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR does offer a useful focal range, well-implemented Vibration . . . read more

Nikon 1 Nikkor 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 CX lens review at CameraStuffReviews: Smaller and lighter than the Nikkor 10-30mm, but comes with a shorter zoom range and a susceptibility to flares.

"The Nikon 11-27.5mm is a light and very compact lens with a versatile zoom range. In terms of image quality, it does not remain behind on an SLR lens. The lens delivers sharp images at all apertures from center to the outer corners, while lenses for an SLR are usually less sharp in the corners than in the center at full aperture. Compared to the  Nikon 10-30 mm , the Nikkor 11-27.5mm lens is 1 cm or 33% shorter than the  Nikon 10-30 mm  lens. In our Nikkor 11-27.5 review, this lens draws slightly sharper than the  Nikon 10-30 mm  on a Nikon J2, which we have tested on a Nikon J1. Nevertheless, with the naked eye, you will not detect differences in quality between the two lenses. . . . read more

Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G DX ED VR lens review at Photography Life: A lens that excels at being bad, in a non MJ way.

"In summary, as you can clearly see from this review, the Nikon 18-300mm is a very average lens with average performance overall. It is optically worse than the 18-200mm and it is much bigger and heavier in comparison. It has plenty of distortion, chromatic aberration, vignetting and other issues, but worst of all – its optical performance and focus accuracy at long focal lengths is disappointing. Personally, I would rather opt for the 18-105mm kit lens or the 18-200mm, both of which are cheaper and better optically. Add the focus breathing “feature” and it becomes more like a 18-135mm lens, so you are not getting the full 300mm anyway (except if shooting objects at infinity)." . . . read more

Nikon AF-S Nikkor DX 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Review at the Photography Blog: Good, silent, but pricey.

"The only fly in the ointment is the price - at around £679 / $899 ($799 when discounted) this isn't exactly a cheap lens, which may hold back many enthusiasts, especially in the current economic climate. Those who plan on using an ultra-wide lens for paid work will of course find it much easier to justify the cost."

Nikon AF-S Nikkor DX 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Review at PhotographyBlog: Very nice but pricey.

"The lens also benefits from a fast and quiet auto-focus mechanism, generously wide zoom ring and a limited but still welcome distance scale. The lens mount is, thankfully, made of metal and is complemented by a rubber seal that provides a degree of protection against dust and moisture. Thanks to an internal focusing (IF) . . . read more

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR review at DP Review

The specs of this lens say a lot: The biggest focal range Nikon has ever used (and enyone else for the matter), big, heavy, and loaded with goodies such as VR II stabilizing and 'Super Integrated Coating':

"Optically the 18-300mm is fairly typical for its type, which is to say plenty of compromises come with its huge range. Sharpness is something of a mixed bag - as usual for a superzoom it's best towards the wide end, but the corners of the . . . read more

Nikon reveals the 1 Nikkor 18.5mm f/1.8, a 50mm equivalent prime lens priced just right.

 Nikon Press Release

1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8

I AM LIGHT AND BRIGHT . . . read more

Nikon 18-300mm VR DX AF-S G ED NIKKOR review by Ken Rockwell

"For DX cameras, this lens is an easy recommendation. There is nothing on Earth like this lens. Nothing else covers this huge range with VR and instant manual-focus override. Mud brands like Tamron usually offer cheap copies, sometimes with even broader zoom ranges, but they usually lack full-time manual focus override or good VR, and certainly lack mechanical quality and often lack future compatibility with new Nikon cameras." . . . read more

Nikon announces AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR and AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR lenses

Nikon goes where no one has gone before, the land of monstrous 18-300mm lenses, a huge 16.7x zoom ratio. This should be the lazy photogs companion lens of choice, albeit at a pretty hefty price. As for the second lens of this announcement, well, it seems to be the perfect kit lens companion for a yet un-announced affordable full frame camera.  . . . read more

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Leaked and withdrawn within hours on all European Nikon sites, the official unveiling is probably due today or tomorrow. Here are the details:

High-powered DX-format zoom lens with wide-angle to super-telephoto reach. Built to handle diverse situations, this all-round lens offers an ultra-high 16.7x zoom ratio with an incredibly wide 18-300mm focal range. . . . read more

Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S Nikkor review at SLR Gear

"The lens is well-built, with durable plastic components and a metal lens mount. A rubber gasket shrouds the lens mount, protecting the lens from dust and moisture. The lens barrel is composed of a black semi-roughed finish, and the rubber focus ring shows a ridged pattern that is easy to grip. The lens features seven rounded diaphragm blades to make up the aperture, said to produce pleasing out-of-focus results. . . . read more

Nikon 1 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 Nikkor VR review at SLR Gear

"The Nikon 30-110mm ƒ/3.8-5.6 VR is a small zoom lens, mating very nicely with our J1 test body and providing a stable, if small and light, shooting platform. The lens is available in five colors: red, white, silver, black and pink. Our sample was the fashionable glossy white version. The only control on this lens is the retractable lens lock switch; pressing this button and turning the zoom ring extends the lens for use, as well as turning on the camera. . . . read more

Nikon 1 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 Nikkor VR review at SLR Gear

"The Nikon 10-30mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 produced some excellent results for sharpness, slightly more at the wider end of its focal range than at telephoto. At 10mm and ƒ/3.5, images produced are very sharp indeed, and there's only a marginal gain by stopping down to ƒ/4: stopping down to ƒ/5.6, images produced are sharp from corner to corner. Stopping down further introduces diffraction limiting, but the results aren't really apparent until ƒ/16, where there is some very light softness across the frame. . . . read more

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G Review at Photography Blog

"Optically, the AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G is excellent, which given its reasonable price tag is a very nice surprise. Sharpness is excellent in the centre from f2.8 to f/11, with f5.6-f/11 producing the sharpest results at the edges of the frame. Bokeh is very good, vignetting is essentially a non-issue, and chromatic aberrations aren't too bad, either. . . . read more

Nikon 1 J1 Mirrorless and 10-30 mm VR Zoom Lens review at Macworld

 

"Nikon made some hefty claims about the J1’s performance and, for the most part, those claims are justified. Autofocus, particularly in good light, is fast thanks to a hybrid AF system that utilizes phase detection or contrast detect AF, depending on the lighting conditions (in low light, contrast detection is used because it activates an AF illuminator). Unfortunately, it sometimes locked AF in the wrong place, but most test shots were accurately focused.

Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm f/2D review at momentcorp

"The Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm f/2D has a bit more vignetting/Light fall-off then what I like, the problems disappears completely @ f/4 and beyond. For photojournalism this would not really be a problem, as what you are looking for is isolation of subject. The vignetting is not necessary a problem, it kind of depends of

. . . read more

Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm f/2D reviewed and marked by DXO Labs

"The advantages of the Nikon 35mm f/2.0D:

Three times lighter!
About 1400 USD less expensive.

Nikon AF-S DX VR Nikkor18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED review @ slrgear

"Note - the blur results for this lens have now been updated using our micro focus bracketing protocol (450 test shots, 1350 total analyses performed), to eliminate the effect of our D2x's slight backfocusing with this lens.

This is Nikon's version of the 18-200mm "vacation lens", so-called because it's a great choice for those

. . . read more

Nikon 12-24mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S DX Nikkor review at SLR Gear

"The Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G was one of the first "DX" (reduced image circle) lenses Nikon developed, to give shooters using cameras with APS-C size sensors a true wide angle capability.

When we first tested this lens, we were dismayed to see severe asymmetry in the blur results at the longer

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED VR review at SLR Gear

"Whether you call it Vibration Reduction (as does Nikon) or Image Stabilization (as do Canon and several others), it's a feature with real utility for most shooters. It obviously wont' do anything about blur caused by subject motion, but the ability to reduce the effects of camera shake can make a big difference when

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