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    Re: New Nikon Lenses Announced

    24 f/1.4: About. Damn. Time.

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    The 16-35 is again a biggie. Not for me, except perhaps for events. Surely not for travel or street. Bigger and heavier than Canon's 17-40mm f/4, the same approximate size as Canon's 16-35mm f/2.8. I think I'm done with Nikon.
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    Yikes! 2k for a nikon prime? I wonder how good that 24/1.4 really is..

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    Re: New Nikon Lenses Announced

    Yeah pricing seems a bit through the roof for the 24. How much is the competition?

    The 16-35 is a VR so no surprise that it's bigger.
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    Think this stuff is expensive, try buying the same f1.4 24mm in Leica M... B&H price: $6,495.00... Different mount and size, but in terms of performance I seriously doubt it's 3x better, let alone superior at all in real world use to this new Nikkor. Time will tell. If it's as good as my 24-70 G then it'll be a winner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lars Vinberg View Post
    The 16-35 is a VR so no surprise that it's bigger.
    Yes, sure. But I was dreaming of something smaller, and rather 17-40 than 16-35. I think I will have to go on using my Voigtlander 20 and 40mm lenses, and my Nikon 28/2.8 AI-S...
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    I thought the whole reason why one might choose an f/4 lens (besides the obvious price difference from an f/2.8) was for size. Now to me this 16-35 seems to be quite big..kinda defeats the purpose of an f/4 lens..

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjv View Post
    Think this stuff is expensive, try buying the same f1.4 24mm in Leica M... B&H price: $6,495.00... Different mount and size, but in terms of performance I seriously doubt it's 3x better, let alone superior at all in real world use to this new Nikkor. Time will tell. If it's as good as my 24-70 G then it'll be a winner.
    I'm looking forward to reading reviews on the 24 - Nikon's engineers seem to have taken their time on this one. Being a modern design with all that that means in terms of CAD/CAM and materials, I'd expect it to match or beat anything else on the market WRT image quality. Anything else would be a disappointment.

    As for mechanical build quality, that's part of what you pay for with a Leica lens.
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    I really would like to see the results from it. If it is good wide open, it would be the perfect aurora lens for me. Now I make do with the Voigtlander 40/2 at f/2.8, or the 17-35mm at f/4. If the 24/1.4 is good at 1.4 or f/2, it will make a huge difference for the type of photography I do in the winter....
    The price though is quite high. But if it is a quality lens, I would go for it. But Canon's version retails for 1700, and it has been around for 20 years, so I am not surprised the Nikon one is coming out at a higher price.
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    Re: New Nikon Lenses Announced

    Maybe we'll see street prices in the US at below $2K for the 24.

    It better be stellar wide open, otherwise what's the point might as well use the old 24/2.8.
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    This can't be good news for guys hoping to sell their 28 1.4 at $3k plus. Nice to see Nikon spending some R&D giving folks what they've been asking for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjv View Post
    Think this stuff is expensive, try buying the same f1.4 24mm in Leica M... B&H price: $6,495.00...
    Hmmm, got the Leica 24 Lux thinking I will never see this day with the Nikon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David K View Post
    (...) Nice to see Nikon spending some R&D giving folks what they've been asking for.
    Agree, David. And hopefully we will soon see some more new primes coming ...
    Personally I'm waiting for an AF-S 4/400, or a AF-S 4/300 VR with a decent tripod collar. I'll buy whichever comes first.
    I'm also in for a fast AF-S 85mm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steen View Post
    Agree, David. And hopefully we will soon see some more new primes coming ...
    Personally I'm waiting for an AF-S 4/400, or a AF-S 4/300 VR with a decent tripod collar. I'll buy whichever comes first.
    I'm also in for a fast AF-S 85mm.
    Nikonrumors had a post recently about a possible 50/1.2.
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    Re: New Nikon Lenses Announced

    Now, that would be nice, Lars !
    I already have the AF-S 1.4/50 G and I do think it is nice, but I expect a new AF-S 1.2/50 would be in a totally different league with ED (Extra low Dispersion) and aspherical lens elements, nanocoating and the whole orchestra. And of course specifically optimized for beautiful dreamy bokeh at wide open aperture


    Here's an example of what the existing AF-S f/1.4 G version does at f/1.4 - not bad at all imho.

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    Nikon D300 Nikkor AF-S 1.4/50mm G 1/320 sec. at f/1.4 ISO 200 Capture NX



    And a capture at f/5.6 (i have also just showed this shot in the Nikon image fun thread)

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    Nikon D300 Nikkor AF-S 1.4/50mm G 1/400 sec. at f/5.6 ISO 200 Capture NX

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    Being a modern design with all that that means in terms of CAD/CAM and materials, I'd expect it to match or beat anything else on the market WRT image quality.
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    I thought the whole reason why one might choose an f/4 lens (besides the obvious price difference from an f/2.8) was for size. Now to me this 16-35 seems to be quite big..kinda defeats the purpose of an f/4 lens..
    Maybe! Here's the trade-off vs 17-35/2.8
    weight: -9%
    length: +18%
    + 1mm on wide end
    + VR
    aperture: - 1 stop
    price: at least -22.5% (based on MSRP and B&H for 17-35)
    We can expect a larger price range with a lower street price on the new lens.

    It depends where is the priority of the buyer! We need to wait and see how the corner to corner IQ is, where a smaller largest aperture lens may win.
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    Nikon has found similar to Leica ..that for the very best lenses..photographers will pay quite a premium. The key is that the lens really has to perform in a meaningful way. For someone that uses fast wide angle primes ..the 24/1.4 could be THE must have lens.

    Nikon is betting on a major drive into available light photography . When the D3S sensor trickles down into a smaller FX body ...then Nikon will have a clear advantage for available (low) light photography.

    This is the lens I have been waiting for .

    Not as impressed with the zoom as it seems they just got the size too big..again. Although I do prefer the form to the 14-24/2.8 which I have found unusable for street and travel photography.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lars Vinberg View Post
    It better be stellar wide open, otherwise what's the point might as well use the old 24/2.8.
    Based on the MTF, don't expect miracles in the corners!
    The old 24/2.8 is not necessarily a strong performer in digital world! Some zooms set at 24 can beat it!
    We'll have to wait and see the whole results before being able to make a good assessment.
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    Looking at the MTF, you are right, it falls off sharply in the corner at f/1.4, but that is not so unusual for a lens like this. The 50/1.4 AFD was like this at f/1.4, but by f/1.8 or f/2, it was already a lot sharper in the corners. Hopefully this will be sharp on center wide open, and then sharpen up very quickly across the field. I would also like to see the distortion specs, as that is something where a prime should offer quite an advantage over a zoom.
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    With the Zeiss ZF lenses available, I don't see why anyone would buy a Nikon made lens at all.

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    These 2 lenses were LONG overdue!

    If they would have appeared a year ago I would have kept my Nikon but so I meanwhile am a happy Sony Alpha shooter

    Nikon took way too much time for the 24 and there are other new fast primes missing - 35, 85, 135, 16 or 18 or similar ....

    But it is a good start!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DougDolde View Post
    With the Zeiss ZF lenses available, I don't see why anyone would buy a Nikon made lens at all.
    Because Zeiss don't make a 24mm f1.4, let alone a Nikon mount lens with autofocus?

    I love my ZF 35mm, but if Nikon brings out a 35mm f1.4 AFS lens I can't see myself keeping it for long after unless Nikons offering is a dog with fleas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DougDolde View Post
    With the Zeiss ZF lenses available, I don't see why anyone would buy a Nikon made lens at all.
    AF ? VR ? Zoom ? Metering feautures ? Price ?
    (that said, i'm a strong Zeiss supporter and owner)



    Quote Originally Posted by tjv View Post
    Because Zeiss don't make a 24mm f1.4, let alone a Nikon mount lens with autofocus?

    I love my ZF 35mm, but if Nikon brings out a 35mm f1.4 AFS lens I can't see myself keeping it for long after unless Nikons offering is a dog with fleas.
    OTOH ain't you got the 50mm 1.4 from Zeiss when there was not one but two offerings from Nikon ?
    (D & G), both good.

    I know i know, been there, done that myself...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corlan F. View Post
    OTOH ain't you got the 50mm 1.4 from Zeiss when there was not one but two offerings from Nikon ?
    (D & G), both good.

    I know i know, been there, done that myself...

    Yeah, I know. I kept picking up the Nikon AFS 50mm, shooting a few frames then giving it back. As far as AF goes, it was slow (compared to the older D lens,) and I didn't like the feel of it. Seems a stupid thing to say considering I said I'd get a Nikkor 35mm f1.4 over my ZF 35mm, but I usually like taking my time when shooting and laboring over focus keeps me honest! That said, for some reason I find the ZF 35mm hard to focus on off center subjects at mid distances when near wide open. I miss a heck of a lot of shots and I can't work out why, hence my interest in an AFS 35mm f1.4.

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    I would be more interested in Nikon manual focus lenses if they focused the right way. Seriously, I just can't get around it....every other camera I have ever used...Leica, Canon, Rollei, Hasselblad, Olympus, Mamiya, Konica...they all focus in the other direction. I just cannot get used to the Nikon focusing direction, it is such a pain. The mounting is bad enough...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Richardson View Post
    I would be more interested in Nikon manual focus lenses if they focused the right way. Seriously, I just can't get around it....every other camera I have ever used...Leica, Canon, Rollei, Hasselblad, Olympus, Mamiya, Konica...they all focus in the other direction. I just cannot get used to the Nikon focusing direction, it is such a pain. The mounting is bad enough...
    So I stick with AF lenses or Leica R lenses in Leitax mount. I know the ZF lenses are good, but if I needed to shoot Zeiss lenses on 35mm I would shoot the Sony Alpha.
    You mean, just a matter of CW instead of CCW?

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    BTW for 24mm, a good alternative might be the "soon" to be available Zeiss ZF.2. Zeiss is presently redesigning the lens. If they improve the field curvature on it, it might be a strong contender for IQ, and maybe a better option for my needs!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Corlan F. View Post
    You mean, just a matter of CW instead of CCW?
    Yes, I would not have thought that it would have been a big deal, but my brain is so programmed to go the other way that I have a real difficulty in photographing anything dynamic with nikon MF lenses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Richardson View Post
    Yes, I would not have thought that it would have been a big deal, but my brain is so programmed to go the other way that I have a real difficulty in photographing anything dynamic with nikon MF lenses.
    Me too, actually. I'm so used to my Leica and Mamiya 7 kits that jumping to the Nikon and it's reverse everything gets a bit mind bending! At least I could "reverse" the light meter in the custom settings...

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    This can't be good news for guys hoping to sell their 28 1.4 at $3k plus. Nice to see Nikon spending some R&D giving folks what they've been asking for.
    I bought one pretty recently. Folks wanting $3k+ are being way optimistic because they can be bought in great condition for considerably less. That I can state as a fact as mine was in excellent condition, serviced prior to sale by Nikon and a reasonable deal (comparatively).

    It'll be interesting to hear more about the 24/1.4. Personally I'd have rather seen a 35/1.4.

    The 16-35 VR seems to be an interesting low light hand held travel lens. It seems to be targeted at the D700 size of camera. If I were a DX shooter then the 24-53 FL equivalent with VR looks like it would be a handy stabilized walkabout mid range zoom for a D300s too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrahamWelland View Post
    I bought one pretty recently. Folks wanting $3k+ are being way optimistic because they can be bought in great condition for considerably less. That I can state as a fact as mine was in excellent condition, serviced prior to sale by Nikon and a reasonable deal (comparatively).

    It'll be interesting to hear more about the 24/1.4. Personally I'd have rather seen a 35/1.4.

    The 16-35 VR seems to be an interesting low light hand held travel lens. It seems to be targeted at the D700 size of camera. If I were a DX shooter then the 24-53 FL equivalent with VR looks like it would be a handy stabilized walkabout mid range zoom for a D300s too.
    That would be a good walk around range, for DX, but I see that it's about seven inches long(with hood) and weighs a pound and a half and it's only F4. Not exactly a lightweight, discreet sort of walk around lens.

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    I'm told the 16-35 will hit the shops later today. Will try to pick a copy up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Richardson View Post
    I would be more interested in Nikon manual focus lenses if they focused the right way. Seriously, I just can't get around it....every other camera I have ever used...Leica, Canon, Rollei, Hasselblad, Olympus, Mamiya, Konica...they all focus in the other direction. I just cannot get used to the Nikon focusing direction, it is such a pain. The mounting is bad enough...
    So I stick with AF lenses or Leica R lenses in Leitax mount. I know the ZF lenses are good, but if I needed to shoot Zeiss lenses on 35mm I would shoot the Sony Alpha.
    What a relief to learn that someone else finds this an issue! I've been wondering whether I was crazy or neurotic (or both) about this. I purchased a Panasonic G1 as a small, supplementary camera to my D300 and D700. Then I bought a few Pen F, Rokkor, and Hexanon MF lenses to use on the G1 and found their focusing and aperture rings all rotated in the same direction, which was the opposite to the Nikon direction. I was using mainly MF (Cosina Voigtlander and Zeiss) lenses on the Nikons and the different aperture/focusing direction drove me nuts.

    I really like the ergonomics and build quality of Nikon cameras but I like the consistent ergonomics of Pen F, Rokkor, Hexanon, Leica R, and Zeiss C/Y lenses a lot more. (Not that I have any Leica R or Zeiss C/Y lenses but it's nice to know that the potential exists.) I don't care for either the 24mm or 35mm focal length so the new AF lenses hold little appeal (there seems little doubt they'll release an AF-S 35/1.4).

    Quote Originally Posted by GrahamWelland View Post
    I bought one pretty recently. Folks wanting $3k+ are being way optimistic because they can be bought in great condition for considerably less. That I can state as a fact as mine was in excellent condition, serviced prior to sale by Nikon and a reasonable deal (comparatively).
    I put my Nikkor 28/1.4 up for sale as soon as rumors about the Nikon AF-S 24/1.4 and 35/1.4 started circulating and received well over $3K (having bought it for much less than $3K). One didn't have to be a genius to figure out that prices for the 28/1.4 would plummet (nor that Nikon would want to match the Canon offerings rather than update the 28/1.4).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathon Delacour View Post
    I put my Nikkor 28/1.4 up for sale as soon as rumors about the Nikon AF-S 24/1.4 and 35/1.4 started circulating and received well over $3K (having bought it for much less than $3K). One didn't have to be a genius to figure out that prices for the 28/1.4 would plummet (nor that Nikon would want to match the Canon offerings rather than update the 28/1.4).
    I don't think that the 28/1.4 prices will plummet necessarily but certainly the high premium (I'd personally call it stupid pricing) will disappear. However you look at it, the 28/1.4 still holds a special place as a hand made classic, but I would expect prices to be a LOT closer to the new price of the 24/1.4 than where they have been. I prefer the slightly longer reach than a 24, (it's more like a 30 than a 28), but a 35/1.4 would be the one I'd really like.

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    I think something like a 17-40, 20-40 or even 24-40/4 would have been much more useful (at least for me), and as small as possible (even without VR if this would have allowed to make it smaller): an ideal lens for street and travel, from wide angle to "normal" (40 is much more useful and less specialized to me than 35).

    Even a zoom with variable aperture would have been great, to keep the size low - like the Olympus 11-22/2.8-3.5 (equivalent to 22-44mm), one of my favorite lenses when I had an Oly DSLR.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bcf View Post
    I think something like a 17-40, 20-40 or even 24-40/4 would have been much more useful (at least for me), and as small as possible (even without VR if this would have allowed to make it smaller): an ideal lens for street and travel, from wide angle to "normal" (40 is much more useful and less specialized to me than 35).

    Even a zoom with variable aperture would have been great, to keep the size low - like the Olympus 11-22/2.8-3.5 (equivalent to 22-44mm), one of my favorite lenses when I had an Oly DSLR.
    Yup, I agree, 11-22, was my all time favorite zoom. I guess most people like big zoom lenses or ones with fisheye front elements that don't take filters these days, according to Nikon. Unfortunately, apparently, I'm not like most people and would rather have a small prime, than a huge bulbous zoom. I would have welcomed something of high quality in a size that was similar to the 18-35 3.5-4.5 though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bcf View Post
    I think something like a 17-40, 20-40 or even 24-40/4 would have been much more useful (at least for me), and as small as possible (even without VR if this would have allowed to make it smaller): an ideal lens for street and travel, from wide angle to "normal" (40 is much more useful and less specialized to me than 35).

    Even a zoom with variable aperture would have been great, to keep the size low - like the Olympus 11-22/2.8-3.5 (equivalent to 22-44mm), one of my favorite lenses when I had an Oly DSLR.
    Nikon already has the 10-24 and 12-24 for DX shooters. You want one more?

    Both the 16-35 and the 24 are primarily targeted for fullframe shooters. It's pretty clear by now that Nikon sees fullframe as its high-end, which is also clear in the pricing of these two releases.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lars Vinberg View Post
    Nikon already has the 10-24 and 12-24 for DX shooters. You want one more?
    I was not clear I guess... I am a full frame shooter (D700), I am interested in a 20-40mm/4 or 2.8-3.5 equivalent lens for street shooting.
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    Both the 16-35 and the 24 are primarily targeted for fullframe shooters. It's pretty clear by now that Nikon sees fullframe as its high-end, which is also clear in the pricing of these two releases.
    I am not so much disapointed in the price (OK for me) as in (1) the size of the 16-35 (absolutely unacceptable for my use) and (2) the fact that it stops at 35 and not 40.
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    I wish instead of the 16-35 they would have just smooshed all the glass together to make a shorter zoom range, say 35-35mm, and used the smaller focal length range to increase the speed...say to 1.4? Then it would be a 35-35mm f/1.4 AFS VR zoom. It would be a Nikon world first -- the fastest zoom ever, with a constant f/1.4, Nikon could still release a new zoom lens, which is all they care about, and photographers who have been screaming for a 35mm f/1.4 for years will actually get one. Everyone's happy!
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    Re: New Nikon Lenses Announced

    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Richardson View Post
    I wish instead of the 16-35 they would have just smooshed all the glass together to make a shorter zoom range, say 35-35mm, and used the smaller focal length range to increase the speed...say to 1.4? Then it would be a 35-35mm f/1.4 AFS VR zoom. It would be a Nikon world first -- the fastest zoom ever, with a constant f/1.4, Nikon could still release a new zoom lens, which is all they care about, and photographers who have been screaming for a 35mm f/1.4 for years will actually get one. Everyone's happy!
    But, if the zoom range is 1x, wouldn't the zoom ring become meaningless? Heck, it could even be omitted to make the lens even more compact.

    Seriously though, f/1.4 wideangle lenses are difficult to design and build. You can't just take a f/2 design and make the glass elements bigger. you get all kinds of artefacts like coma and tons of CA. Look at the 24/1.4 design - a dozen elements, compare to a 50/1.4 with maybe seven elements. Quite a difference.
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    That's a very good point Lars! Or maybe they could use that extra ring to control the aperture on old fashioned cameras?
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    Re: New Nikon Lenses Announced

    Another probable design criteria that is easy to overlook when considering these (arguably) pro lenses is resolution - these designs will have to perform well up to at least 30-40 MP fullframe or 15-18MP DX - my own estimate as I think that's what we'll see in terms of DSLR sensors over the next 3-4 years. Nikon might not push as hard as Canon in this direction, but I think we'll definitely see more than the 25/12 MP we have in Nikon bodies today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lars Vinberg View Post
    Another probable design criteria that is easy to overlook when considering these (arguably) pro lenses is resolution - these designs will have to perform well up to at least 30-40 MP fullframe or 15-18MP DX - my own estimate as I think that's what we'll see in terms of DSLR sensors over the next 3-4 years. Nikon might not push as hard as Canon in this direction, but I think we'll definitely see more than the 25/12 MP we have in Nikon bodies today.
    Probably true. But this also means that current full frame DSLRs will rejoin MF territory - and somehow quit the domain of news, travel, reporting. Many people are not interested in this direction, and in the behemoths these cameras, and especially lenses, are becoming.
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    Re: New Nikon Lenses Announced

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    Probably true. But this also means that current full frame DSLRs will rejoin MF territory - and somehow quit the domain of news, travel, reporting. Many people are not interested in this direction, and in the behemoths these cameras, and especially lenses, are becoming.
    Yep. Nikon's take on that is that if you want compact, go for DX. FX pro lenses are for pros (meanings PJs). This might not be what you or I want to hear, but everything Nikon does indicates this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lars Vinberg View Post
    Yep. Nikon's take on that is that if you want compact, go for DX. FX pro lenses are for pros (meanings PJs).
    Well I think one could easily refute this identification with "pro" - let's say "a certain category of pros".
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    Re: New Nikon Lenses Announced

    The 24/1.4 announcement is interesting to me as a Leica M8 owner because (a) the upgrade to the M9 is at price point that makes me seriously consider what my future with Leica will be and (b) the price of the equivalent Leica lux-24/1.4 is a similar very big decision.

    I decided to download the samples from the Nikon 24/1.4 at Dpreview and compare them to samples I took with a loaner D700 and the Nikon 24/2.8 that I took last year - when I last was deciding on my future with Leica!

    At that time (gasp) my Leica 28/2.8-asph on the M8 produced better micro-contrast in distant objects than the D700 24/2.8 combination. But by not a lot. Just enough to make me pleased I own the Leica kit but not enough to make me buy the same Leica kit again (if I was placed in a time warp and went back a year or so). In other words, the D700 plus the existing 24/2.8 is a seriously nice piece of landscape photography kit.

    So, I decided to compare the samples at Dpreview with my D700 samples. My subjective view is that there is not a lot in it between the new 24/1.4 lens and the older 24/2.8. I expected to see significant improvements in sharpness and contrast in the corners but the samples I've seen are not that better (actually, I can't see any improvement but assume my eyes aren't what they used to be). It could be that they are jpegs and I prefer to shoot in RAW so I can have control over the post processing. It could also be that... shucks... they are pretty awful subjects for a sample compared to the much more thought out content of my shots with the D700.

    I'm not trolling here. I doff my hat to Nikon for introducing such a high quality prime and look forward to seeing a lot more samples and hearing user experience with this new lens. And considering a D700 and the 24/1.4 can be had for the cost of an M9 body alone (and change, in fact approximately GBP 1000 cheaper) - this really puts a lot more pressure on me to consider what I'll do the day my M8 loses the will to live (knock on wood).

    Now if they can only produce a high quality Nikon 35/1.4, that would almost seal my fate.

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    Re: New Nikon Lenses Announced

    I thought that the samples on dpreview were pretty poor. I wouldn't want to make many assumptions about the 24/1.4 based on those images.

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    Dpreview's samples are always poor. I very much look forward to reading a comparison of this new Nikon f1.4 with the Leica. I'm willing to bet there isn't much in it but I'd be lying if I didn't think the Leica would be better...

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