In addition to the exciting new D750 and its MB-D16 battery grip, Nikon has also announced what is in my opinion and equally or even more exciting new lens, as well as a new flash.

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The Nikon 20mm f/1.8 G ED N

In my opinion, this is a ground-breaking lens.  Or at least it could be, if it stands up to the current reputation of incredible sharpness that all other Nikon f/1.8 G lenses have held up to.  Considering this is the fifth lens in the lineup, and considering its $799 price tag, I’m willing to bet that we have a huge winner on our hands!

What Competition Does This Lens Face?

If you’re more of a general shooter, 20mm will be tough to use compared to something like the Nikon 28mm f/1.8 G or the Nikon 35mm f/1.8 G.  (Review for the 28mm is here, and review for the 35mm is here!)  You should definitely consider those two lenses first.  If you’re more of a general landscape / street shooter, try the 28.  If you’re more of a portrait / candid shooter, try the 35.

However, if you’re a serious landscape / adventure shooter, and/or want to delve in to the world of astro-landscape photography, this could be the ultimate lens for you!

Sigma had a trio of f/1.8 wide angle primes, the 20mm, 24mm and 28mm, however all of them were seriously soft when used on today’s high-resolution full-frame DSLRs.  For a Nikon D610 or D810 astro-landscape shooter, for example, I simply cannot recommend any of those older Sigmas.

I can, however, highly recommend two other things: either checking out the existing Rokinon 24mm f/1.4, or waiting to see if Sigma announces a 24mm f/1.4 Art soon. (Which they might actually be doing right now as I type this up!)

The Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 will cost you at least $200 less than this Nikon 20mm f/1.8 G, if you’re willing to give up a bit of wide angle-ness in favor of a slightly faster aperture.  The same trade-off would comes with a Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art of course, but probably at a much higher price due to the robust, pro-grade build quality Art lenses offer, plus the inclusion of autofocus.

So, there are your options!  Based on Nikon’s reputation with f/1.8 G lenses, in my opinion, this is one chicken you can count before it hatches.  That’s why I went through the trouble of explaining all your options already, so you can hurry up and decide, and pre-order the lens you want now instead of waiting for reviews to come out.

SLR-Lounge-Nikon-D750-front-angle2-650I don’t always recommend buying new cameras or lenses blindly; but when I do, I prefer Dos Equis.  …you can bet it’s a sure-fire thing!

Pre-Order The Nikon 20mm f/1.8 G

The Nikon 20mm f/1.8 AFS-G will cost $799, and shipping is expected later this month. Pre-order it here on B&H.

The Nikon SB-500 Hotshoe Flash

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The Nikon SB-500 is a $249 (budget model) hotshoe flash designed to fit somewhere in between, well, the SB-400 and SB700, of course.  It only requires two AA batteries, and is probably less bright than the SB700, however the exciting part is that it also offers a built-in LED video light that can be used as a stand-alone light, or simultaneously with flash!  I might just pick up one for myself, when I get that ultra-light Df I’ve been coveting.  I don’t think the SB-500 looks hipster enough though, I might need to “camera-punk” it up a little bit…

We’ll let you know when the SB-500 becomes available for purchase!