The Nikon 1 system, when coupled with a macro lens, offers excellent opportunities for close-up photography.
One really fun application of the Nikon 1 system is for macro photography. The 2.7x crop CX format sensor offers some significant advantages to the close-up photographer, including:
- Greater apparent depth of field
- Longer working distances
- Extra magnification when using true macro lenses
All of these points are important with close-up photography. Macro photographers can use all the depth of field they can get, and having a longer working distance means you don’t have to shove your lens right up against your subject. I got an email from a colleague the other day asking if I had any recommendations for a Nikon 1 macro kit, so I thought I’d test out the one macro lens I have: the 105mm f/2.8 AFS G VR micro-Nikkor. Continue reading
Nikon today has announced the release of two new wide angle lenses.
- 24mm f/1.4 AFS G Nikkor
- 16-35 f/4.0 AFS G VR Nikkor
These lenses are both designed for FX (full-frame) bodies, meaning that they will also work on DX (APS-C) bodies. The 16-35mm adds an image-stabilized option to the wideangle zoom lineup, and it lists for significantly less than the 17-35mm AFS ($1259 vs. $1760 in the USA).
The 24mm f/1.4 AFS Nikkor is a long-awaited replacement to the 28mm f/1.4 AF-D lens that sells used for ridiculous prices (over $3000). The 24mm f/1.4 AFS lens will allow photographers to have very creative depth of field options and incredible low-light performance, especially on a body like the D3 or D700. The new 24mm f/1.4 lens has a suggested price of $2199 in the USA.
The good news here: if you need a super-wide zoom that can accept 77mm front filters and don’t need the fastest aperture (ie, if you are a landscape photographer), then the 16-35mm VR is for you. In addition, the new 24mm f/1.4 lens is priced considerably lower than the 28mm model it replaces sells for on the used market, so expect the price of used 28mm f/1.4 lenses to drop precipitously.
Nikon has officially announced two new cameras and lenses available later this summer and fall. The following products were announced last night:
advanced DX format DSLR
Read my thoughts after the jump.