The Nikon DF is out, and its not a bad looking camera overall. Nikon claims this camera is for pure photography–hence why there is no video mode at all. Plus it is designed to work with lots of vintage Nikon glass. While you can use huge expensive lenses with this camera, here are some that I think would make magnificent companions for Nikon’s new camera. If you are new to Nikon lenses or full frame cameras, you may want to give these lenses some thought.
Nikon 50mm f1.2 AIS Manual Focus Lens
If you get the Nikon DF as a kit, it comes with a customized Nikon 50mm f1.8G. It’s a nice lens, however, you can do better. Now if you want to go classic Nikon to may want to faster and think about the Nikon 50mm f1.2. This lens is available through special order. However if you demand auto-focus the Nikon 50mm f1.4 is still a better choice than the 50mm f1.8G
Nikon AF 20mm f2.8D Lens
The Nikon DF actually lends if self to landscape photography. Its smaller size allows it to be carried in a smaller backpack like the Lowepro Flipside 15L AW. A lens like the Nikon 20mm 2.8D Is a perfect match. Its small and ultra wide while maintaining a nice weight and image quality. It’s a gloriously sharp lens overall.
Nikon Telephoto AF DC 135mm f2.0D Autofocus Lens
This is a dreamy portrait lens. The Nikon DF is a full frame lens, and if you want to do portraits, this lens will serve you well. This lens has defocus control which allows you to control background and foreground blur a photographer can produce portraits with uncanny bokeh.
Vintage 80-200 f4.5 Non Ai
If you can find one, you are in for a treat. How do I know? I found a Vintage 80-200 f4.5 Non Ai for my Nikon FE. Its a pleasant lens to work with. It has Nikons classic push-pull zoom. My copy of the lens has great image quality and cool looks. It’s not as big as the Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED lens either. It will definitely match the look of the Nikon DF when paired together.
A Nikon 80-200mm f/4.5 Zoom-Nikkor manual focus non-AI lens can be found out there.
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