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Nikon 105mm f/1.4 Portrait Lens Announced

Nikon's newest portrait lens: 105mm f/1.4E ED Nikkor
Nikon’s newest portrait lens: 105mm f/1.4E ED Nikkor

Today, Nikon announced a new fast prime portrait lens, the AF-S 105mm f/1.4E ED Nikkor. This is a super-fast lens that should deliver amazing bokeh when used at or near its maximum f/1.4 aperture. It is designed to cover FX (full-frame) Nikon sensors, but will approximate a 161mm telephoto lens if you use it on a DX Nikon DSLR, such as the Nikon D500. Continue reading Nikon 105mm f/1.4 Portrait Lens Announced

Hands-on Review: Nikon 300mm f/4E PF AFS VR Nikkor

A Lightweight, Compact Telephoto Lens from Nikon Perfect for Sports and Wildlife

The Nikon AF-S 300mm f/4E PF ED VR Nikkor lens is perfect for hand-held shooting.
The Nikon AF-S 300mm f/4E PF ED VR Nikkor lens is perfect for hand-held shooting.

I’ve always considered Nikon’s 300mm f/4 lenses to be underrated for sports and wildlife photography. They are sharp, focus fairly close, and can handle a teleconverter. Because these lenses are fairly compact, they just scream to be hand-held. The only thing missing was image stabilization (VR). Nikon released a completely redesigned 300mm f/4 lens that includes the latest VR stabilization, and I was able to get a demo lens from B&H Photo for evaluation.

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The Nikon 300mm f/4E PF ED VR Nikkor is an interesting lens. It features:

  • E designation: Electromagnetically controlled diaphragm for consistent exposures
  • PF: Phase Fresnel lens design (This lens uses a Fresnel element, which drastically reduces chromatic aberration).
  • AFS: Silent wave internal focusing motor with full-time manual focus override
  • ED: Extra low-dispersion glass element
  • VR: Image stabilization
  • Nano-Crystal coating

Continue reading Hands-on Review: Nikon 300mm f/4E PF AFS VR Nikkor

Life at 50: The Nifty 50 Millimeter Lens

50 millimeter lens
The 50mm lens used to be the standard “kit” lens with many film SLR cameras.

The “Nifty” 50 Millimeter Lens

When I got my first SLR camera, it came with a 50 millimeter lens. For many years, this was the only lens I had, and so I used it for just about everything. I photographed people, sports, and stuff around my backyard with that 50mm lens. Nowadays, the 50mm prime is often an afterthought, as zoom lenses dominate photography. If you could add just one lens to your bag for a creative spark, you should consider giving the  “nifty fifty” another look. Continue reading Life at 50: The Nifty 50 Millimeter Lens

Sensor Plane #18: New Nikkors and Adobe CC 2015

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In this episode of The Sensor Plane photography podcast, I discuss what I’ve been up to over the summer, including recaps of workshops in South Dakota and Colorado. I also discuss the new Nikkor lens announcements to include the 24 f/1.8, 24-70 f/2.8 VR, and 200-500 f/5.6 VR.

Lastly I talk about some new improvements to Lightroom CC, including a cool new adjustment tool called the Dehaze slider.

Listen to the audio-only version of this episode here (25MB mp3 format)

3 New Nikkors: Should you order them?

Three new Nikkor lenses were announced on August 4, 2015 (Image courtesy of Nikon USA)
Three new Nikkor lenses were announced on August 4, 2015 (Image courtesy of Nikon USA)

Yesterday brought the announcement of three new Nikkor lenses from Nikon. Two of these lenses are completely new, and the third is an update to a member of Nikon’s “holy trinity” series. You can read the official press release here, but let’s get down to it. These new lenses are a great addition to the Nikkor lineup, but should you consider them? Let’s take a look at each of these new lenses. Continue reading 3 New Nikkors: Should you order them?