The Nikon 28mm f1.4 E May Be the Perfect Walkabout Lens for Nikon D750 Owners

The rumors of the Nikon 28mm f1.4 E lens have been going around, and yes–they’re true. In fact, Nikon is announcing a number of seriously cool lenses for their DSLR cameras. The most exciting of these is the Nikon 28mm f1.4 E lens offering that has 9 aperture blades, two ED elements, three aspheric elements, nanocrystal coatings, dust and water resistance (not sealing) and a price tag of $1,199.95. Then there are a number of other really fantastic lens offerings that Nikon is releasing soon.

Oh yeah, and then there’s a tough Nikon W300 waterproof camera…

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Awesome Comparison: Bokeh Shootout between Leica, Canon, and Nikon 50-58mm Primes

This is a syndicated post originally published over at Street Silhouettes. Prepared by Anthony Thurston. Originally by Horatio Tan.

In retrospect, I really should have conducted this comparison on another day, given that I had been awake that day since 3:00AM Hong Kong Standard Time, and was conducting this shootout after work from 7:00PM-9:00PM. Something was going to give, and in this case, it was a Nikon 50mm f/1.2 that I had I accidentally replaced with a Nikon 58mm f/1.2 Noct-Nikkor – essentially repeating the result of the Noct-Nikkor lens. Hey, you can’t blame me. Those AIs Nikon lenses all look the same, especially when you’re sleep deprived. Needless to say, I will do a second day of shooting.

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Nikkor 35mm f1.8G Lens for Nikon FX Cameras Reportedly Coming to CES


Nikon Rumors reports that a Nikkor 35mm f1.8G lens for FX format cameras will come for CES, which will take place in Las Vegas in early January next year. Currently, Nikon has a 35mm f1.8G lens for DX (APS-C) cameras in its lineup, along with a 35mm f1.4G for the FX full frame system. The next best thing Nikon has for FX users is the 35mm f2D, so it seems it was about time to introduce a more affordable and more lightweight alternative to the G-series.

For what it’s worth, the current 35mm is quite good as it covers a full frame sensor (who would have thought?) but isn’t so sharp in the corner. Still, it’s a lens that you’re bound to keep with you for a while.

The exact release date as well as the retail price of the lens are currently unknown, but it should be somewhere in between the 35mm f1.4G for FX and the 35mm f1.8G for DX. Truthfully, Nikon should make this a kit option at some point.

Would You Shell Out $25k for a Beat-Up Lens, Even if It’s a Rare Classic?

Image credit: liquidtech on eBay

Image credit: liquidtech on eBay

Apparently, a seller on eBay thinks you would. The lens in question is a very rare Nikon lens, the Reflex-Nikkor 2000mm f11. It’s the longest lens Nikon ever made in terms of focal length, and also the biggest in terms of diameter. It’s also one of the rarest, with reportedly only some 300 copies ever built, by hand. The designation ‘Reflex’ gives away that the lens uses reflex mirrors in order to achieve its high degree of magnification while at the same time being relatively ‘compact’. This also accounts for the fact that the aperture is limited to f11, so no stopping down to increase sharpness.

The copy currently for sale on eBay looks pretty beat up, and is clearly designated as ‘for parts or not working’. So when you decide to put your savings into it, don’t expect it to be working right out of the box. We have no idea whether it can be repaired, or whether it’s best used to source repair parts for other lenses of this type. Either way, $25k for a beat up lens sounds like a steal to us. The stealing-your-hard-earned-cash kind of steal, that is.

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The Top Five Most Extreme Wide-Angle Lenses Ever Built

Felix Esser The Phoblographer Olympus M.Zuiko 9-18mm f4-5.6 Review

Wide-angle photography is one of the master disciplines of photography. It’s not something you just do, it’s something that needs a lot of thought, as proper composition is crucial in wide-angle photography. And just like mastering the artistical aspect of it, the construction of a great wide-angle lens is anything but a routine job for a lens designer. In order to honor some of the greatest achievements in the history of wide-angle lens design, here’s The Phoblographer’s list of the top five most extreme wide-angle lenses ever built.

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With the D610, Nikon Tries to Make Up for the Flawed D600

Nikon D610 Front

Nikon today announced the D610, their latest entry-level full-frame (FX-format) DSLR, which succeeds the popular but flawed D600. With the D610, Nikon apparently tries to make up for the spotty sensor issue that befell many D600 models. We reported about the issue a while back, and it seems as though the shutter mechanism of the D600 was the culprit. The D610 comes with a new shutter that (hopefully) doesn’t exhibit the issue and is also a bit faster, providing 6 fps continuous shooting vs. the D600’s 5.5 fps. In addition, Nikon added a quiet continuous shooting mode as well as the D800’s weather sealing. Head past the break for the full specs.

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Have a Spare $100k Lying Around? Why Not Invest It in A Fisheye Lens?

Nikon 6mm f2.8 Ai Fisheye Lens Unboxing Video Screengrab

What? $100k for a fisheye lens? Well, yeah. But not just some fisheye lens. The fisheye lens. Because when it comes to fisheye lenses, there’s nothing that’ll top this beast. What we’re talking about is the exceedingly rare Nikon 6mm f2.8 Ai lens. What makes this lens so special is no so much its scarcity, but the fact that its angle of view is 220°. Yes, 220°. This lens actually sees what’s behind it. At the same time, the aperture is moderately fast at f2.8. Of course, that means a lot of glass, especially for the front element–which is really, really huge on this lens. Who would ever use a lens like that? We have no idea. But if you’ve got money to spend and are into collecting rare stuff, here’s your chance: there’s currently one for sale on eBay, for the above-mentioned bargain price of US-$ 100k.

If you want more info on the Nikon 6mm f2.8 Ai, here’s an article about the lens over at Japan Camera Hunter. Also, past the break, you can find an unboxing video from a guy who bought one.  Continue reading…