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Nikon Announces Three New Lenses

By Wendell Weithers on May 31st 2017

Nikon is a giant in the industry with a storied past, a challenging present, and an opaque future. With its 100th anniversary approaching, Nikon deserves to celebrate its legacy of innovation and optical excellence that have contributed to some of history’s most iconic photographic moments. Yet, its recent financial woes, perhaps due to a shifting market and fierce competition from industry rivals, have left the company a difficult road to wend as it seeks to secure its place in the market. Today we received the announcement of three new lenses that come as heralds of Nikon’s upcoming anniversary.

Nikon AF-S Fisheye-NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED Lens

Specs

  • F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Maximum Aperture: f/3.5-4.5
  • Extra Low-Dispersion Glass
  • Nano Crystal Coating
  • Silent Wave Motor AF System
  • Manual Focus Override
  • Electromagnetic Diaphragm Mechanism

Anyone looking for a dramatic ultra-wide perspective in their photography and video now has a shiny new lens to meet their needs. This lens is also a good option those who want the flexibility to shoot wide on both full frame and cropped sensor bodies, as this will give you a 16-22.5mm field of view on APS-C sensors.

Per the Nikon press release:

Nikon’s first fisheye zoom gives photographers and filmmakers an FX-format lens with the look and feel of a circular fisheye and the versatility of a full-frame fisheye, all in one lens.

Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR Lens

Specs

  • F-Mount Lens/DX Format
  • Maximum Aperture: f/4.5-5.6
  • Pulse Stepping Motor AF System
  • VR Image Stabilization

The 10-20mm nicely fills a hole in Nikon’s cropped sensor offerings and gives a bit of competition to Tamron’s recently released Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD Lens.

Per the Nikon press release:

This is a versatile lens that not only excels at shooting expansive horizons but also offers a remarkably close working distance that’s useful for images or showing up-close details when making product-related videos or how-to content.

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED Lens

Specs

  • F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.4 to f/16
  • Extra Low-Dispersion Glass
  • Nano Crystal Coating
  • Silent Wave Motor AF System
  • Internal Focus; Manual Focus Override
  • Electromagnetic Diaphragm Mechanism

This lens replaces the Nikkor 28mm 1.8 as the company’s top tier offering at this focal length. The aforementioned lens was somewhat of an oddity in the lineup as it was not quite on par with Nikon’s other premium fast primes in terms of construction and optical quality, but its nearly $700 price tag kept it from being considered a “budget-friendly” option. At $2,000, this new lens approaches your budget with extreme prejudice, so be prepared to part with a few paychecks if this is on your wishlist, but it likely the most to be the most popular and sought after lens of the three releases.

Per the Nikon press release:

The optical construction of the lens is engineered for the best possible wide-angle image quality. It consists of 14 elements in 11 groups, with three aspherical elements that virtually eliminate coma, aberration, and distortion, with two ED glass elements that minimize chromatic aberration. The lens also uses Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat to reduce instances of ghosting and flare.

Pre-order the Nikon AF-S Fisheye 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED Lens here.

Pre-order the NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR Lens here.

Pre-order the NIKKOR Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED Lens here.

Wendell is based in Atlanta where he shoots events, portraits, and food photography. He also supports his wife Andrea as she runs their cake design business, Sweet Details.

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Matthew Saville

    Very excited that Nikon is taking both high-end and low-end lens selection more seriously; it’s great to see both the 28 1.4 and the 10-20 DX. 

    I’m sure a lot of people are going to look twice at the price of the 28 1.4, but if Nikon knocks it out of the park with that lens then they’ll have no problem selling it to the folks who appreciate that “look” that finely tuned optics can offer. (Hint: more than just sheer resolution numbers. Think Canon 35 L mk2 quality…)

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