Saturday, June 16, 2012

AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
SGD 1,699 RRP

The other lens announced along with the release of AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm F/3.5-4.5G ED is definitely one that raises eyebrows and interests of the mass market DX body users. AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR is an ultra-high power 16.7x zoom set to replace the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR. This variable aperture lens is probably not your solution to a fast lens, but do bear in mind the telephoto end at f/5.6 can still deliver excellent pictures with creamy bokeh. Equipped with the latest VRII (Vibration Reduction version II) mechanism, expect the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR to deliver steady and sharp shots in low light conditions. You can expect fast focusing across the wide traverse range of the lens with the SWM (Silent Wave Motor).

TAMRON AF 18-270mm F/3.5-5.6 Di II VC LD Aspherical [IF] MACROBefore the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR was available, the best option for such superzoom lens has to be the TAMRON AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD ASPHERICAL (IF) MACRO PZD lens. I have the older version TAMRON AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD Aspherical (IF) MACRO which pioneered without the PZD (Piezo Drive; TAMRON's answer to SWM), which I wrote a great deal about this lens and recommended it to many Nikon and Canon users. Read about it here. In a nutshell, this sub S$1000 superzoom lens delivers sharp photos, steady low light shots, acceptable AF speed across all high versatile 15x zoom range. A perfect lens for globetrotters, as it accompanied me for visits to various trips. Check out the photos in my Hong Kong, Spain and Korea posts. The AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR uses a bigger 77 mm filter compared to Tamron's 72 mm. The NIKKOR also physically bigger and heavier than the Tamron. Both lenses have a similar reproduction ratio. With almost features on par with the TAMRON AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC LD ASPHERICAL (IF) MACRO PZD, I would love to see how the new AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR matches up!

SPECIFICATIONS
Focal length
18-300 mm
Maximum aperture
f/3.5-5.6
Minimum aperture
f/22-32
Lens construction
19 elements in 14 groups (including 3 aspherical lens elements and 3 ED lens elements)
Angle of view
76° - 5° 20'
Focusing
Nikon Internal Focusing (IF) System with autofocus controlled by Silent Wave Motor and separate focus ring for manual focus
Minimum focus distance
300 mm focal length: 0.45 m (1.48 ft) from focal plane
Maximum reproduction ratio
1/3.2x
No. of diaphragm blades
9 (rounded diaphragm opening)
Filter-attachment size
77 mm (P=0.75 mm)
Dimensions
Approx. 83 mm diameter x 120 mm (distance from camera lens mount flange)
Weight
Approx. 830 g (29.3 oz)



AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm F/3.5-4.5G ED

AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm F/3.5-4.5G ED
Price to be annouced


In conjunction with 70 million NIKKOR lenses production, one of the two latest addition to Nikon's arsenal of lenses is the AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm F/3.5-4.5G ED. This compact piece of lens is set to replace your standard zoom kit lens for your FX body. Equipped with a variable aperture, this lens is definitely not going to replace your AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED, despite having a VR feature. The fact that the positioning of this lens seems to be an odd one as most FX body users will be able to afford the fast standard zoom than to go with a variable aperture standard zoom lens. However, if size, weight and VR is going to be a reason for you to score the AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm F/3.5-4.5G ED, this lens will fit your bill. Not to forget that as with most NIKKOR lenses, this lens comes with SWM (Silent Wave Motor) as well as M/A focus selector switch.


Focal length
24-85 mm
Maximum aperture
f/3.5-4.5
Minimum aperture
f/22-29
Lens construction
16 elements in 11 groups (including 1 ED lens element and 3 aspherical lens elements)
Angle of view
Nikon film SLR and FX-format D-SLR cameras: 84°–28° Nikon DX-format D-SLR cameras: 61°–18° 50′ IX240 system cameras: 71°–22° 50′
Focusing
Nikon Internal Focusing (IF) System with autofocus controlled by Silent Wave Motor and separate focus ring for manual focus
Minimum focus distance
0.38 m (1.25 ft) from focal plane at all zoom positions
Maximum reproduction ratio
Approx. 0.22x
No. of diaphragm blades
7 (rounded diaphragm opening)
Filter-attachment size
72 mm (P=0.75 mm)
Dimensions
Approx. 78 mm maximum diameter x 82 mm (distance from camera lens mount flange)
Weight
Approx. 465 g (16.4 oz)

Monday, June 04, 2012

AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G

AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G
Available today in Singapore @ S$999 (RRP) 
Nikon FX users rejoice as Nikon's latest addition to their arsenal of lenses is a fast f/1.8 prime lens to satisfy your wide angle cravings. At 28mm, you can finally capture more than your standard AF 50mm f/1.8D, while enjoying every low light moments than your AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8 G ED with a smoother and creamier bokeh. The lens is equipped with SWM for quiet and fast auto-focus, while the Nano Crystal Coat reduces ghosting and flares. The lens has a switch which allows quick switch from M/A (autofocus with manual override, MF priority) and M (manual focus) modes. The "gold ring" on the rim of the lens marks its status as one of Nikkor premium lenses.
View more sample photos here.
*Note that on DX bodies, this lens is effectively 42mm.

Specifications
Focal length
28 mm
Maximum aperture
f/1.8
Minimum aperture
f/16
Lens construction
11 elements in 9 groups (including 2 aspherical lens elements, and lens elements with Nano-Crystal coatings)
Angle of view
Nikon film SLR and FX-format D-SLR cameras: 75°, Nikon DX-format D-SLR cameras: 53°, IX240 system cameras: 63°
Focusing
Rear Focusing (RF) System with autofocus controlled by Silent Wave Motor and separate focus ring for manual focus
Minimum focus distance
0.25 m (0.82 ft) from focal plane
Maximum reproduction ratio
Approx. 0.22x
No. of diaphragm blades
7 (rounded diaphragm opening)
Filter-attachment size
67 mm (P=0.75 mm)
Dimensions
Approx. 73 mm maximum diameter x 80.5 mm (distance from camera lens mount flange)
Weight
Approx. 330 g (11.6 oz)