7 $tunning Lenses @ Photo District News

With the total worth of these lenses you can buy a nice ranch in Montana, or a night at a boutique hotel in Tokyo. What you CANNOT buy however, are the 7 aforementioned lenses, since at least a couple of them are/will be backordered forever.

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Nikon 60mm f/2.8D AF Micro Nikkor review at SLR Gear

"While intended as a macro lens, this 60mmm f/2.8 optic would also make a decent portrait lens on Nikon digital SLRs: With the 1.5x crop factor of Nikon's DX sensors, this lens equates to about a 90mm lens on a 35mm camera.

I confess to being a bit unpleasantly surprised by this lens. Given that it's a prime (non-zoom) lens of modest focal length, I was really

Nikon AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor 85mm f/3.5G ED VR review @ Camera Labs

"The AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor 85mm f/3.5G ED VR was Nikon's first macro-lens designed specifically for DX-bodies. And it's only the second macro lens that offers image-stabilization following its larger cousin, the AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED. As an AF-S model, it'll autofocus on any Nikon body, but again it's only optically-corrected for DX-format DSLRs. . . . read more

Nikon AF-S DX 55-200mm F/4-5.6G VR Zoom Lens Review @ DigitalReview

"Although the Nikon AF-S 55-200mm F/4-5.6 VR telephoto zoom is designed to be light and portable, the lens provides a solid feel when attached to a camera like the Nikon D3100 SLR. . . . read more

Best Nikon Lenses for Wildlife Photography by Nasim Mansunov

"When hand-holding a telephoto lens with no VR, you always have to make sure that your shutter speed stays fast enough not to cause camera shake. Always remember that the longer the focal length of the lens, the more prone it is to camera shake. . . . read more

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Lens Review @ Ephotozine

"Similar to Nikon's other mid-range lenses, the lens barrel is constructed from high quality plastics with a metal lens mount. It has a slighty textured finish, which doesn’t show marks easily and a large rubberised zoom ring, which stays put when set as desired. At only 460g, it is a quite a . . . read more

Nikon 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF AF-S DX Nikkor Lens Review @ EPZ

"Sharpness in the centre portion of the frame at 18mm is already excellent at maximum aperture and the quality towards the edges is good enough. Stopping down improves clarity across the frame and peak sharpness is achieved at f/8, where the clarity is excellent across the frame. . . . read more

Nikon AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G review @ CL

"The AF-S DX Micro-Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G is the most affordable macro lens for Nikon's range of DX format DSLRs, and as an AF-S model, it'll autofocus on any Nikon body. Yes you read this right: it's even cheaper than any lens capable of 1:1 magnification from Sigma or Tamron. . . . read more

1 Nikkor VR 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 PD @ Photozone.de

 

Unlike on the other current zoom lenses, the extension mechanism is motorized. As soon as the camera is switched on, the lens extends by itself and retracts when powered down or if the camera goes into standby. Since this procedure takes a while, 

Nikon 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Nikkor review at SLR Gear

"The Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6 VR is a very popular optic, thanks to its convenient focal length range and its use of Nikon's "VR" (Vibration Reduction) technology. The VR technology lets you hand-hold shots in low light conditions, at shutter speeds as much as three stops slower than you'd be able to otherwise. - . . . read more

Lens Repair Data 2011 @ Lensrentals

It seems Sigma lenses tops out at bottom. Or bottoms up at the top? Anyway, that's not the whole picture:

"It may just be us, but during the last year we’ve had an amazing increase in the number of repairs that went straight back to the Service Center because the repair wasn’t made correctly. About one in 20 repairs had to be done over, far more than any previous year. . . . read more

Six of the best portrait lenses @ BJP

"Professionals don’t like to capture images with all effects in place today. They cannot be removed. In the past there was no choice; diffusing a portrait in the darkroom produced a dark veil – not a light glow and soft focus had to be done at the taking stage. That is no longer so, and a good sharp raw file can be processed as desired without losing the original. . . . read more

Nikon releases an upgrade to its fast 85mm f/1.8 lens

press release:

January 6, 2012

A fast, medium-telephoto ​fixed focal length lens with a focal length of 85 mm and a maximum aperture of f/1.8 compatible with the Nikon FX-format

Battle of the Bokeh: Nikon 105mm DC vs Micro Nikkor VR

Bokeh fans, rejoice!

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G

Press Release:

 

THE NEW NIKON AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G PRIME LENS COMBINES PRACTICALITY WITH PORTABILITY RESULTING IN A VERSATILE PORTRAIT LENS 

 

MELVILLE, N.Y. (January 5, 2012) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the addition of the new AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G FX-format lens to its 

Nikon 1 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 VR lens review by Nasim Mansurov

"If you have used Nikon Nikkor lenses in the past, you will not be disappointed with the new Nikon 1 lenses. The Nikon 1 30-110mm VR is built very well, despite its relatively compact size (for a telephoto lens). The base of the lens barrel seems to be made with the same tough plastic Nikon uses in its DSLR lenses. The thick rubber zoom ring with a plastic base has pretty good traction to easily zoom in and out with . . . read more

Nikon 1 V1 with (old) AI/AIS Nikkor Lenses @ LuminescentPhoto

"I decided to try my old 50mm f/2.0 AI Nikkor on the V1 with the FT1 adapter, which I tested for the first time yesterday. Many of us have old MF Nikkors lying around, so I thought this would be interesting. I had no problem mounting the AI lens on the FT1. As you would expect, there are some limitations: . . . read more

1 Nikkor VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 lens review @ Photozone.de

 

The 1 Nikkor VR 30-110mm is a compact tele zoom lens for the new Nikon 1 system. In terms of field of view it offers the equivalent of a 80-300mm lens on a full frame camera. It's available as part of camera kits, but can also be purchased separately for around 200 EUR/250 USD. 

First Look: Nikon Mount Adapter FT1 by Rob Galbraith

"With about three months of Nikon 1 experience now, my thinking has changed. Quite simply, I've become addicted to the V1's ultra-quiet operation. Being able to photograph unobtrusively in the way the camera (with its mechanical shutter disabled) allows is exceptionally cool, whether shooting pictures for work or for play. . . . read more

Nikon 1 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 VR lens by Nasim Mansurov

Not even the 2.7x crop factor can make the 1 series lenses really small when it comes to big zoom range. Sweet lens overall for the serious V1/J1 owner:

"The Nikon 1 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 VR is versatile 10x superzoom lens specifically designed for shooting movies on the new Nikon 1 camera system. It is the first Nikkor powered zoom lens with a voice coil AF motor that makes no audible noise when zooming in and out while recording videos. Unlike other Nikon 1 system zoom lenses, . . . read more

Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Review by Nasim Mansurov

"The Nikon 50mm f/1.4G replaces the older Nikon 50mm f/1.4D model (introduced in 1986). Compared to the AF-D version that has 7 optical elements in 6 groups, the new 50mm f/1.4G has a completely different optical design with 8 optical elements in 7 groups. Thanks to this new optical design, the front element of the Nikon 50mm f/1.4G does not extend or rotate, making it easy to use circular filters. "

Nikon 1 10mm f/2.8 CX review by Nasim Mansurov

"Just like the rest of the Nikon 1 lenses, the Nikon 1 10mm has a metal mount for better durability. Unfortunately, the rubber gasket on the lens mount that Nikon has been putting on all new DSLR AF-S lenses is absent, which could make the lens and camera more susceptible to dust. As of now, none of the Nikon 1 system components . . . read more

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Review @ Photographyblog

"The Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR offers an Internal Focus (IF) mechanism complete with a Silent Wave Motor that enables whisper-quiet auto focus. And although it only has an “old-school” M-A (manual-auto) focus switch instead of the M/A-M switch found on most other modern AF-S Nikkors, it also allows you to simply grab the focus ring and make manual adjustments even when you're in AF mode. It additionally features Vibration Reduction (VR), . . . read more

Nikon 14mm f/2.8D ED AF Nikkor review at SLR Gear

"We confess to being a little disappointed in the Nikkor 14mm f/2.8's performance in our tests, we were expecting more from a $1,400 prime lens. If you need the f/2.8 maximum aperture, this might be a good choice for you, but we found that many ultrawide zooms better it in most areas, apart from maximum . . . read more

Nikon 180mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF Nikkor review at SLR Gear

"This lens is another great example of why I'm coming to like primes so much. Besides the fact that they're easier to write about ;-) they just deliver better image quality. This particular 180mm f/2.8 from Nikon also happens to be built like a tank. (If tanks were small and cylindrical, they'd probably look a lot like this.) . . . read more

1 Nikkor 10mm f/2.8 - Review @ PZ

 

The 1 Nikkor 10mm f/2.8 is the first prime lens available for the Nikon 1 system. It's a wide-angle lens that offers a field of view equivalent to a 27mm lens on a full frame camera, a focal length that is covered by three of the four CX lenses introduced at system launch. 

1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 - Review @ PZ

 

With the introduction of the Nikon 1 product line, Nikon finally entered the market of mirrorless system cameras. For the new system, they went with a rather small sensor size with a crop factor of 2.7, which their marketing calls the CX format. The sensor is considerably sma

Nikon 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED AF-S VR Micro Nikkor review at SLR Gear

"This is the updated version of a classic Nikon macro lens, the Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8, the most noticeable differences being the addition of Nikon's excellent Vibration Reduction (VR) technology to this new model, and the correspondingly higher price. (Currently in late summer 2006, about $180 more at . . . read more

Nikon 85mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor reviw at SLR Gear

"The Nikon 85mm ƒ/1.8 AF-D is very slightly soft when used wide open at ƒ/1.8, ranging from just under 3 blur units in the corners, to just under 2.5 blur units in the center. This improves as you stop down; around 2 blur units uniformly at ƒ/2, and at ƒ/2.8 the lens approaches its optimal sharpness, at 1 to 1.5 blur units. . . . read more

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF ED VR review at photodo

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF ED VR review at photodo

"Weighing 745grams, this lens is neither lightweight or overly heavy for a telephoto lens of this type and it balances well on the Nikon D700 used for testing. A large rubberised grip around the zoom ring dominates the exterior finish of the lens and provides plenty of space to hold the lens securely.

Build quality is good for a lens at this price point. The exterior of the lens barrel is mostly made of high

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