The Nikkor 24mm f/2.8 is a wide prime that has been around for quite a while. The still current AF-D version of the lens was introduced in 1994, however the basic design goes back to the Ai version, which was brought to market in 1977 already. Just like the optical formula, other properties remained unchanged through the years: it is rather compact and light-weight, and also quite affordable for a relatively fast wide prime. At the time of this review the lens retails for around 440 EUR.
The AF-D 24/2.8 is designed for full frame cameras, but can of course be used on DX DSLRs, too. In this review we'll have a look at how the lens performs on our current DX test camera, the Nikon D7000, where it is the equivalent of roughly a 35mm f/4 lens. That's a classic wide angle focal length, often used for press work or street photography, for example.
DxOmark (Click here) published the full Nikon A sensor test results. The Nikon beats all other tested High End Compact cameras. But it has to be said the the brand new X100s hasn’t been tested yet. I guess the Fuji will outclass even the Nikon A.
We've had a chance to use the Nikon Coolpix A - the company's DX-format, fixed-lens compact. The Coolpix A features a 16MP APS-C sensor with no optical low-pass filter and a 28mm equivalent F2.8 prime lens. Nikon has done a lot of work to make the Coolpix A consistent with its DSLRs, from its interface to its compatibility with accessories.
Just Posted: We've had a chance to get our hands on the Nikon D7100 - the company's latest mid-range DSLR. The D7100 looks a lot like the popular D7000 but has been completely overhauled internally. Central to its feature set is a 24MP CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter, promising high resolution captures. It also gains a 51-point autofocus system and 1.3x crop mode for both stills and video capture, amongst other upgrades. Click the links below to find out what we thought in our 5-page hands-on preview.
Full-frame cameras are becoming more and more affordable and thus popular, either because of new models that help to reduce the used prices of first generations cameras, or through new entry-level cameras like the Nikon D600 or Canon's EOS 6D with comparatively low prices (for full-frame cameras). Unfortunately the same can not be said about corresponding lenses, especially zoom lenses. There are lots of very good, but quite expensive higher grade lenses, but modern and affordable consumer zooms, that we see from almost any manufacturer for their APS-C cameras, largely don't exist for the bigger sensor.
With the D600 now being the first new FX camera aiming at consumers, Nikon obviously felt the need to offer a modern, but still affordable kit lens. The new Nikkor AF-S 24-85/3.5-4.5 VR features current features like a silent-wave AF drive and optical stabilization at a moderate price, even though it's still far from the low prices of 18-55mm crop lenses that we have become used to. At the time of this review, the lens retails for slightly below 500 EUR.
In this review we'll have a look at how the lens performs on our current FX test camera, the Nikon D3x.
Nikon has launched the much-rumored Nikkor 70-200mm F4G ED VR a lighter and more affordable tele-zoom with a claimed 5 stops of image stabilization. This is delivered by what the company terms 'third-generation VR,' which we're told is not a successor to VRII. The lens joins Nikon's range of constant-F4 lenses, alongside the 16-35mm F4 and 24-120mm F4 and includes both nano crystal coating and a ring-type AF-S motor to give full-time manual focus override. At $1400 the lens is priced relatively closely to the Canon equivalent's list price - as is the $224 optional tripod ring.
Photokina 2012: Nikon has announced the D600, the smallest, least expensive full frame DSLR on the market, aimed directly at enthusiast photographers. The D600 is built around a 24MP, 36x24mm, CMOS sensor and crams many of the features of the more expensive D800 into a distinctly D7000-esque body. It features a 100% coverage viewfinder and 39-point autofocus system, nine of which are cross-type points. It can capture 1080p HD video at 30, 25 or 24 frames per second and can stream uncompressed footage out over its HDMI port. There's also an optional Wi-Fi unit allowing the camera to be controlled remotely from an Android or iOS device. The D600 will have a list price of $2,099 body only, or $2,699 with the 24-85mm F3.5-5.6 lens and will be available from September 18th.
One of the newest lenses in the Nikon's offer is the Nikkor AF-S 24–85 mm f/3.5–4.5G ED VR. It's a standard zoom lens made for a full frame cameras. We have decided to check what this lens may offer, and today we would like to present its full review. Enjoy!
The product life cycle of a lens usually covers several years, if not a decade or even more. As with any rule, there are exceptions, and the Sigma EX 70-200/2.8 is certainly one of them. The initial product was launched back in 1998, when Sigma introduced the EX 70-200/2.8 APO as one of the first lenses to carry the "EX" designation. That lens remained a current product for 7 years. From 2005 onwards however, Sigma's product managers switched into fast pace mode. The Sigma 70-200/2.8 EX OS HSM, announced in 2010, is the 4th update to the initial product within less than 5 years:
2005: Sigma AF 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM
2006: Sigma AF 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro HSM
2007: Sigma AF 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro HSM II
2010: Sigma AF 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM
The latest upgrade adds optical stabilization (OS), a feature that has been offered by the original manufacturer's lenses for quite some time now. With this feature added, Sigma currently is the only 3rd party manufacturer that can fully compete in this segment with Nikon and Canon, at least on paper.
In this review we'll have a look at how the lens performs on our current FX test camera, the Nikon D3x.
Nikon currently offers three 85mm prime lenses: the ageing AF 85mm f1.8D, the new AF-S 85mm f1.8G, and the largest aperture AF-S 85mm f1.4G, but if you're in the market for a fast short telephoto lens, which one will end up being best for you?
The Hong Kong based company di-GPS introduced two new GPS modules for Nikon cameras - di-GPS Eco Pro-S and Pro-F: di-GPS Eco ProFessional (Pro-F) specifications Support Nikon D4, D3, D3S, D3X, D700, D800, D800E, D300, D300S, D2XS, D2X, D2HS, D200 &...
In the course of preparing our in-depth review of the 24MP Nikon D7100, we're exploring the image quality ramifications of Nikon's decision to forgo an optical low pass filter (OLPF). As part of this process, we shot the D7100 alongside the Nikon D5200, which also uses a 24MP APS-C sensor, but includes an OLPF. We have just added both studio and real world comparisons between the two DSLRs to our hands-on preview, along with our standard resolution page.
When Goole acquired Nik Software, they did not purchase the Capture NX software and have no intentions of supporting it. This information was provided to a reader who contacted the Nik software division of Google. Capture NX ($135) was initially developed by Nik Software after Nikon invested in the company back in 2006. It remains to be seen who will take over the future development of Capture NX and when NX3 will be released.
Sigma offers a trio of fast wide angle lenses, featuring focal lengths of 20, 24 and 28 mm. All three lenses share a maximum aperture of f/1.8 and a very short minimum focus distance, which allows for interesting and often dramatic perspectives of close subjects.
The lenses are designed for full frame cameras, but can of course be used on DX DSLRs, too. In this review we'll have a look at how the 24mm lens performs on our current DX test camera, the Nikon D7000, where it is the equivalent of roughly a 35mm f/2.8 lens. That's a classic wide angle focal length, often used for press work or street photography, for example.
The Nikkor AF-S DX 10-24/3.5-4.5 was introduced in 2009 as the second dedicated DX wide-angle zoom in Nikon's lens portfolio. Compared to the higly regarded but somewhat expensive AF-S DX 12-24/4, the newer lens offers a slightly extended zoom range at the wide end, but gives up a constant aperture across the zoom range. The DX 10-24 is more affordable than the DX 12-24, however at around 750 EUR it's still not really a cheap lens.
In this review we will have a look at how the lens performs on our current DX test camera, the Nikon D7000.
The snobs among us avoid extreme range zoom lenses for various reasons but the truth is that such lenses are among the most popular in the market. Tamron is especially successful in harvesting customers here so it's no surprise that Nikon is also interested in a fair share. The Nikkor AF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED VR II is a hot seller already but the competition has been pushing the zoom ratio further than that already. However, Nikon wouldn't be Nikon to leave the situation as is so they came up with the Nikkor AF-S 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED VR (16.7x zoom ratio) - a new record as of the time of this review. Nikon also managed to keep the max. aperture at 300mm to f/5.6 which is a little faster compared to the third-party alternatives.
The 18-300 VR obviously is an APS-C format (DX) lens and in full format terms it behaves similar to a "27-450mm" lens ... which is a little nuts if you think about it actually :-) However, the privilege doesn't come for free. At 850EUR/1000US$ it is far from being a cheap lens and it'll be interesting to see whether the pricing of the lens results in some degree of decency on the optical side as well.
We've just published our 23-page, in-depth review of the Nikon D600. Aimed at enthusiasts, the Nikon D600 offers a 24MP full-frame CMOS sensor and a 39-point AF system adapted from the D7000. In many other respects, it owes a lot to its considerably more expensive cousin, the 36MP D800. When we previewed the D600 we were impressed by its image quality and how many features it offers for the money. So how does it fare when put through our rigorous studio and real-world testing? Click the links below to find out.
From some time now Nikon has been expanding its line of their different full frame fixed-focal lenses by presenting their new versions. One of them was the Nikkor AF-S 28 mm f/1.8G presented in April 2012. Today it is our pleasure to present the full review of this lens. Enjoy!
Smartphones have quickly become the most serious challenge to face the conventional compact digital camera since they first emerged onto the market. It's no exaggeration to say that all the big camera makers are becoming desperate to develop camera models that can stand up to this challenge. Nikon's response is the Coolpix S800c - the first camera from a major manufacturer to be openly based on the Android mobile operating system.
The Nikkor AF-S 80-200mm f/2.8 IF-ED, introduced late in 1998, was one of the first AF-S lenses. In fact it was the first zoom lens that featured the then new sonic wave driven autofocus. It was discontinued and replaced by the Nikon AF-S 70-200mm VR less than 5 years after its announcement. In this review we'll have a look at how the lens performs on our current FX test camera, the Nikon D3x.
Before I get into the 1DX, there are a few things I need to point out. First, there will be no comparisons with any other manufacturers cameras because it’s a pointless and boring exercise. Professionals may change systems if they perceive a commercial advantage but few amateurs ever do. Comparing models and saying "mine is better than yours” is something for the playground that we should have all grown out of. It should not matter what camera I use, it’s about the photography that I produce and the techniques that I teach. Never again will I say anything negative about another manufacturer’s camera system, it’s not how a professional behaves and it doesn’t help anyone. The manufacturers don’t do it and we, as photographers, should not do it. Not one bit. Ok, now that’s off my chest I feel a lot better, let’s get on with it!
Of course currently I am a Nikon photographer, you all know that, so this was a very interesting test for me to do. I gave the 1DX a much harder test than I did the D4 too, I just felt like I had to do it! First test, could it stand the full weight of the honed and perfectly chiselled (ho ho ho) Rouse body....