The latest optics for DSLR and mirrorless models
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|Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm ƒ/3.5-5.6G ED VR; Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm ƒ/3.5-4.5G ED VR; Nikon 1 Nikkor VR 10-100mm ƒ/4.5-5.6 PD-Zoom|
For DSLR users, though, four different lenses are sure to pique your interest. The AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm ƒ/3.5-5.6G ED VR is a vibration-reducing compact superzoom built for the DX sensor size. Users of DX cameras as well as cameras with full-frame sensors will appreciate the two superfast ƒ/1.8 primes—the 28mm and 85mm—as well as the 24-85mm ƒ/3.5-4.5G ED VR compact standard zoom. Something for everyone, and every budget, indeed.
Estimated Street Price: 10mm ($249); 10-100mm ($749); 10-30mm/kit with J1 body ($649); 30-110mm ($249); 11-27.5mm ($189); 18-300mm ($999); 24-85mm ($599); 28mm ($699); 85mm ($499).
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm ƒ/2.8; Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-50mm ƒ/3.5-6.3 EZ; Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm ƒ/1.8
There are three new-for-2012 lenses from Olympus. The M.Zuiko Digital ED lenses are the 12-50mm ƒ/3.5-6.3 EZ variable-maximum-aperture zoom, the 75mm ƒ/1.8 prime and the 60mm ƒ/2.8 macro lens. While they work on all the Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras, the new lenses were especially designed to pair with the new OM-D retro-styled SLRs. That means they're also ideal for shooting video—especially the 12-50mm zoom (it performs equivalent to a 24-100mm lens), which has a motorized zoom option built in for smooth zooming just like professional video cameras.
For still photography, though, the 75mm prime is an ideal portrait lens (equivalent to a 105mm telephoto), and the 60mm macro performs that role well, too (90mm equivalency), with its ability to render life-sized reproductions of tiny subjects as close as 7 inches from the front of the lens.
Estimated Street Price: 12-50mm ($499); 75mm ($899); 60mm (TBD).
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