New 50mm Lens From Nikon

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Manzoorul Hassan, Jan 17, 2008.

  1. I've noticed that Nikon has been releasing new lenses and was
    wondering if a new 50mm is in the pipeline. Maybe a 50mm f/1.4 G or
    something similar.

    - manzoor
    Manzoorul Hassan, Jan 17, 2008
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  2. I would guess sooner or later they are going to upgrade the venerable 50/1.8
    to AF-S, but who knows when?

    Jürgen Exner, Jan 17, 2008
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  3. Manzoorul  Hassan

    Pete D Guest

    Do Nikon do a an equivalent "standard" lens for the cropped sensor. I was
    thinking something like a cheap and cheerful 30mm F1.8 or F1.4. The
    offerings available for my Pentax gear are very good but huge prices.
    Pete D, Jan 17, 2008
  4. Not yet, but I'm patiently waiting.

    That's exactly what I'm waiting for Nikon to make, something around 30mm or
    so, f/1.8 or f/1.4, just for the smaller format. I should think an f/1.8
    could be reasonably priced and would suit me fine.

    Neil Harrington, Jan 18, 2008
  5. Manzoorul  Hassan

    Paul Furman Guest

    Unfortunately they haven't released anything new faster than f/2.8 in a
    long time. The AF 28mm f/1.4 sells for $3,000 on ebay. Zeiss has or
    plans to offer a 28 or 30mm f/2 but that's full manual, not even chipped
    for metering. I guess Sigma fills these gaps & there isn't enough demand
    to bother.
    Paul Furman, Jan 18, 2008
  6. Manzoorul  Hassan

    Paul Furman Guest

    That was 1992 BTW
    Paul Furman, Jan 18, 2008
  7. Manzoorul  Hassan

    Pete D Guest

    Pentax has a pretty good set of offerings around that size, 21mm, 31mm,
    35mm, 40mm and 43mm all exceptional lenses.
    Pete D, Jan 18, 2008
  8. Manzoorul  Hassan

    Paul Furman Guest

    Yeah, those sound nice. Are any AF? Modern coatings? Nikon put out an AF
    20/2.8 at that same time which people seem to really like but I don't
    know, mine is not inspiring, maybe not the sharpest copy, and another
    so-so (but AF this time) 24/2.8, and an expensive 18/2.8 which doesn't
    get such good reviews (but not a lot of competition). There's an AF 35mm
    f/2: I really like my MF version (supposed to be the same optics) and
    the 35/1.4 I like even more although 'batwing' coma aberrations are
    pretty strong for night shooting. The retro 45/2.8 MF pancake redux is
    kind of a Pentax wannabe without AF though. The old MF 28/2 MF is real
    nice too but old. I would like to see these revitalized. Maybe they will
    now that full frame is back; f/2 would be fine.
    Paul Furman, Jan 18, 2008
  9. Manzoorul  Hassan

    Pete D Guest

    These are all AF and all at least F2.8 except for the 21mm, most of these
    are what Pentax call their Limited class lens, these are the ones you drool
    over and plot to get them before you die, there is also a couple above the
    50mm , 70, 77 and 85 F1.4 (I think), they really are simply the best.


    Pete D, Jan 18, 2008
  10. Manzoorul  Hassan

    wshl Guest

    This is what 'insiders' say is in the pipeline:

    to be released in 2008 (Olympics)
    1) Nikkor AFS 80-400 mm f/4-5.6 VR II (new design),
    2) Nikkor AFS 70 200 mm f/2,8 VR II (new design),
    3) Nikkor AFS DX 16 85 mm f/3,5-5,6 VR II,

    later (end 2008, beginning 2009)
    4) Nikkor AFS 50 mm f/1,4,
    5) Nikkor AFS 85 mm f/2 VR II,
    6) Nikkor-Micro AFS 200 mm f/4 VR II,
    7) PC Nikkor AFS 28 mm f/2,8
    wshl, Jan 18, 2008
  11. Manzoorul  Hassan

    N Guest

    AF 35mm f/2D is about the nearest. It's affordable at $535 from DCW.
    N, Jan 18, 2008
  12. Manzoorul  Hassan

    Pete D Guest

    That sounds like it would fit the bill. Pentax makes a 35mm F2 as well that
    is simply stunningly sharp from F2 (some think it is too sharp but after
    have a few soft lenses I would rather be too sharp than even a little soft)
    up but is getting a somewhat hard to get, local suppliers can't get them,
    tried to get one last week but had a problem getting the new online payment
    system to work at BH Photo so I might try again in a few weeks if they still
    have them.


    Pete D, Jan 18, 2008
  13. If properly redesigned this will be a nice zoom and a great replacement for
    the current model. The current model has slow AF and is very soft at the
    top end.
    Cool! Get me an exact date of when this will be released so I can sell my
    older version and update to this one. Mine appreciated enough in value to
    offset the cost of the newer one. Then again, maybe this newer version
    might not offer much improvement over the older version. I'll just keep
    Absolutely no interest. This is nothing more that a Canon marketing clone
    since VR doesn't add any benefit to lenses of 50mm and wider. Bad move
    Absolute waste! Nikon would have been better suited to just add AF-S to the
    present 85/1.4. No interest.
    Another waste of time lense! Make it a 2.8 and scrap the VR. Hell, get rid
    of the AF while you're at it!
    Good choice! Lots of possibilities. GOTTA GET ONE! Not sure how much
    benefit AF-S is going to be, but a new optical formula is always welcome.

    Rita Berkowitz, Jan 18, 2008
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    Paul Furman Guest

    Strange, I never heard anyone complain about the current design. My only
    complaint is flare & ghosting which I suppose the new coatings would
    Sure it does. Stops are stops wherever you can get them. I don't know
    why you persist in this idea. And with f/5.6 at 85mm you'll need it.

    The 1.4 isn't slow focusing, doesn't need AF-S but the VR would be handy
    at that focal length and yes, why slower glass?

    Lacking the "(new design)" this is just a refresh of a well regarded
    lens, not a new lens really.
    That is bizarre: AF-S perspective control? That's a totally manual
    operated lens right down to the stop-down metering. Can't they add tilt?
    This really makes no sense unless it's designed to allow more shift on a
    DX body. I'd rather see a 28mm f/2 or faster. For a shift lens, the old
    f/3.5 was supposed to be a little better performer than the f/2.8
    anyways and there's no need for speed for this kind of work.
    Paul Furman, Jan 18, 2008
  15. Paul Furman wrote:
    Maybe it's now a purely electronic linkage, allowing much more automation?

    David J Taylor, Jan 18, 2008
  16. Manzoorul  Hassan

    Paul Furman Guest

    Yes AF-S would make it possible to do as AF and use as a normal lens,
    but it would be more useful if they added tilt or made a normal faster
    wide angle lens.
    Paul Furman, Jan 18, 2008
  17. There's a 35mm f/2 AF-D lens that fits every Nikon DSLR except for the D40
    and D40x.
    Andrew Koenig, Jan 18, 2008
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    Chris Savage Guest

    It fits those two cameras just fine, but it won't autofocus on them.
    Chris Savage, Jan 18, 2008
  19. Same here. I love mine and can't see anywhere to make improvements. If
    they turbocharged the AF I would be interested. They'll probably slap in a
    "Nano-Crystal" element or two. Better VR has absolutely no interest for me
    as I very rarely use it.
    Huh? I haven't seen much benefits of VR on 50 and wider lenses. It's
    really not hard shooting 1000mm handheld with proper technique. Plus, with
    the introduction of great high-ISO sensors VR/IS is going to be obsolete in
    5-years or less. Wait till the next batch of Canons come out if you think
    I'm wrong. We are in an ISO war/race instead of MPs.
    Yes it is compared to the 70-200mm. The 85/1.4 is basically a studio lens
    and *might* benefit from AF-S to speed things up a bit. Then again, it
    might not since this type of lens is notoriously slow. Even Canon's 85/1.2L
    II is a slug relatively speaking. If these lenses had faster AF they would
    make really nice low light sports and action lenses.
    A set of reasonably designed AF-S f/1.4 primes would be welcome. And
    really, with the introduction of the 14-24/2.8 and 24-70/2.8 there really
    isn't a need for putting out any slow primes.
    I think they can do a lot with AF-S in this beast since the motor will be
    fly-by-wire instead of screw drive. So anything is possible for them to
    make this a very versatile lens.

    Rita Berkowitz, Jan 18, 2008
  20. Manzoorul  Hassan

    Tony Polson Guest

    How can there be a Mark II version when there wasn't a Mark I?
    Tony Polson, Jan 19, 2008
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