Tuesday, October 8, 2013
The best new optics for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras
|This Article Features Photo Zoom|
1 Nikkor AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6
In addition to these 1 Nikkor lenses, Nikon also introduced two new waterproof lenses specifically for use with the latest Nikon 1, the AW1—the fast wide-angle prime 1 Nikkor AW 10mm ƒ/2.8 (27.2mm equivalent), and the moderate zoom 1 Nikkor AW 11-27.5mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 (30-74mm equivalent). With one of these lenses attached, the AW1 is waterproof down to 49 feet, shockproof for drops up to 6.6 feet and freezeproof at temperatures as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit.
The 32mm prime is the first for the 1 system to incorporate high-end features from DSLR lenses, like a Silent Wave focusing motor and Nano Crystal glass coatings. It has a fast ƒ/1.2 maximum aperture equivalent to 86mm—ideal for portrait photography.
The Nikkor VR 10-100mm ƒ/4-5.6 superzoom is built to be an all-in-one lens. Its 10X zoom covers an equivalent of 27mm at the wide end to 270mm at the telephoto extreme. Built-in vibration reduction makes handholding easier, especially at 270mm. Estimated street prices: $499 (6.7-13mm); $899 (32mm); $549 (10-100mm).
AF-S Nikkor 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
A telephoto lens that's much more attainable for most DSLR users is the AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm ƒ/4.5-5.6 ED VR lens. It's an overhauled version of a popular zoom that premiered 10 years ago, with improved ED and Super ED elements and coatings for improved sharpness and color rendition. The variable maximum aperture helps keep the lens relatively compact, and the vibration reduction adds up to four stops of stability—useful when working at 400mm. Estimated street price: $2,699.
Here's another update: The new AF-S Nikkor 18-35mm ƒ/3.5-4.5G ED lens has a variable maximum aperture to keep size and cost to a minimum, while extra-low dispersion glass and aspherical elements improve image quality. Although the lens is built to work on full-frame sensors, it's also compatible with Nikon's DX cameras, on which it delivers the equivalent of a 27-52mm zoom. Estimated street price: $749.
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