Last month, Nikon announced a redesign of their legendary 85mm f/1.4 AF lens. The new model includes an internal silent-wave focusing motor (AFS design) and does away with the aperture ring (G designation). The new lens also adds Nikon’s proprietary “Nano-Crystal Coat,” which should improve contrast and reduce ghosting and flare in back-lit situations. Having received a copy of this lens from Roberts Imaging, here are my initial impressions of the new model. Disclaimer, I don’t spend a lot of time photographing brick walls, so I’m not going to try to dive into “absolute” optical performance. I will, however post some test shots and give feedback as to what I have seen so far using this lens. Continue reading Hands-on with the 85mm f/1.4 AFS G Nikkor
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Hands-on review: Nikon 16-35mm f/4.0 AFS VR G zoom lens
I received my copy of the much-anticipated 16-35mm f/4.0 AFS VR G zoom Nikkor lens last week, and I have done some preliminary testing. My basic tests fall into the following categories:
- Optical Performance
- Comparisons with other lenses
For this test, I compared the new super wide-angle zoom with its Nikon competition for FX:
Both of these lenses are generally considered to be high-end “pro” glass, and they each cost significantly more than the 16-35mm VR.
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Going long: Shooting with the Nikkor 600/4 VR and TC-20EIII
I finally got a little time (and sunshine) to head out to the local nature center to fiddle around with my 600mm VR lens and try it with the TC-20E III. When you are using long lenses, tripods are absolutely mandatory; hand-holding is not at all feasible (well, maybe if you pump iron like Ah-nold).
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Two new wide-angle Nikkors announced
Nikon today has announced the release of two new wide angle lenses.
- 24mm f/1.4 AFS G Nikkor
- 16-35 f/4.0 AFS G VR Nikkor
These lenses are both designed for FX (full-frame) bodies, meaning that they will also work on DX (APS-C) bodies. The 16-35mm adds an image-stabilized option to the wideangle zoom lineup, and it lists for significantly less than the 17-35mm AFS ($1259 vs. $1760 in the USA).
Quick thoughts: TC-20E III
I received a Nikon TC-20E III teleconverter a few days ago. I’ve not really been an advocate of 2x teleconverters, but this new design from Nikon contains aspherical elements (Nikon claims it is the first teleconverter with such a design) intended to drastically improve performance.
- 70-200mm f/2.8 AFS VRII (becomes a 140-400mm f/5.6 lens)
- 200mm f/2.0 AFS VR (becomes a 400mm f/4.0 lens)
- 300mm f/4.0 AFS (becomes 600mm f/8.0 lens)
- 200-400mm f/4.0 AFS VR (becomes a 400-800mm f/8.0 lens)
- 600mm f/4.0 AFS VR (becomes a 1200mm f/8.0 lens)