Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G

The AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G (product number 2199) was announced on April 27, 2011 and made available around June 2011 for suggest retail price (SRP) of $219.95. The lens received some very positive reviews online. A year later, the lens is still difficult to find. Most reputable retailers are sold out. Some unscrupulous sellers seized the opportunity to sell the lens over the SRP. Read More…

Posted in Lens, Photography Gadgets on June 3rd, 2012. No Comments.
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So you just bought a shinny new lens for your mirror-less or DSLR camera and want to find out if the lens is performing as expected, what would you do?

Most people will mount it on the camera then take some photos to check at various zoom level after downloading them to a computer. There are a lot more can be done to example a lens. Roger Cicala of posted a blog post a while back. If it is news to me, it may be news to you as well. Check it out here.

Posted in Lens on February 25th, 2012. No Comments.
SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A007)

Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD is a new full frame constant aperture zoom lens announced by Tamron today. The lens is equipped with VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization and USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive). Read More…

Posted in Lens on February 6th, 2012. No Comments.

DigitalCameraReview.Com just published the review of the new DX format prime lens Nikon AF-S DX 35mm f/1.8G. I will leave the details for you to read. In conclusion, the reviewer said,

“In short, the new AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G is an amazing lens with fabulous edge-to-edge sharpness, great bokeh, and an outrageously low price. In terms of overall sharpness and aperture range this lens is superior to several lenses that cost more than twice as much! Nikon finally delivered a fantastic prime lens for average consumers who own the D40, D40X, or D60. If you own one of these cameras, this lens belongs in your camera bag.”

Other reviews for AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm F/1.8G

  • DPreview – “Highly Recommended”
  • Photozone – “4/5 for optical quality and 5/5 for performance/price”
  • Ken Rockwell – “This could be the only lens you ever need for a DX camera”
  • Bjørn Rørslett – “… expect this lens to become very popular for DX shooters seeking a good performance under situations in which a 35 is the solution”
  • DPTnT – My impressions.


Posted in Digital SLR Cameras, Lens, Photography Gadgets on March 28th, 2009. 3 Comments.

The AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G  is a DX format lens. The equivalent focal length on a DSLR with a APS-C sized sensor is about 52.5mm, which gives roughly the same field of view (FOV) as a 50mm lens on a full frame camera such as the Nikon D700 and D3/D3X. For many D40/D40X/D60 users, this new lens should be a welcome addition because the lowest cost large aperture option AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D would not auto-focus on their cameras. I have had the AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D for quite a while. The image quality is very good but the focal length is a little inconvenient for close range shots. Another aspect of the new lens I like is the ability to manually override the auto-focus by turning the focus ring without putting the camera in manual focus mode. This is not possible with the AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D.  So I am very interested in finding out how the lens compares to the AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D. Read More…

Posted in Digital SLR Cameras, Lens on March 19th, 2009. 1 Comment.

In the history of Nikon SLR cameras and Nikkor lenses, there have been many technology developments. Even though the physical dimension of the Nikon lens mount (F-Mount) has pretty much remained the same for a long time, the Camera-Lens compatibility is a lot more complicated than simply being able to mount the lens on the camera. There are several major compatibility questions:

  1. Can it mount? Sometimes the lens won’t mount at all, sometimes the rear element may break the mirror in the camera. So do a good research before you mount the odd-looking lens you bought from a yard sale.
  2. Will it meter? If it will, it may not support all metering modes especially the matrix metering mode. Flash photography can also be affected, for example by the focus distance information that only some lenses can send to the camera.
  3. Will it autofocus? Some early versions or Nikkor lenses are strictly manual focus only but even AF lenses do not guarantee auto focus function on cameras such as Nikon’s entry level D40, D40x, and D60, which do not have a built-in auto focus motor in the camera body. 

Want to find out what works and what not for your DSLR camera? Here are some excellent resources.

Posted in Digital SLR Cameras, Lens on February 17th, 2009. 1 Comment.

DPReview has posted a gallery of sample photos from the new AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G Nikon introduced recently. There is nothing really spectacular in these photos taken with this lens and a Nikon D300 partially because of the subjects they chose to shoot. The images look pretty good for sharpness and contrast from a lens that is supposed to be a consumer grade prime for DX format DSLR cameras. The lens will be an excellent choice for low light and candid shooting situations.

I pre-ordered mine a few days ago from Amazon for $199.95. However the item appears to be no longer available for pre-order there and no price information is shown on the product page.

Posted in Lens on February 14th, 2009. No Comments.


AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G

AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G

Showing its commitment to the DX format, Nikon has introduced the AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G, which offers an equivalent focal length of 52.5mm in FX (full frame or 35mm formats). Basically, it is the “normal” lens for DX format DSLR cameras. Unlike the 50mm f/1.8D, this new lens features RF, or rear focusing, so the front element does not stick in and out during focusing. It has the silent wave motor (SWM) so the focusing should be silent and fast and makes full time manual override possible. Read More…

Posted in Lens on February 10th, 2009. No Comments.
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