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For Photokina: new Nikon 1 18.5mm f/1.8 mirrorless lens

In addition to the D600, for Photokina 2012 Nikon will announce also a new Nikkor 1 18.5mm f/1.8 mirrorless lens (50mm equivalent). The lens will have one aspherical element. I believe the new lens will look like the pictured Nikon 1 concept prime lens that was on display at the PDN show in New York last year.

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  • Nikonnut

    Wonderful news!

    • karl

      a f1.4 would be better, but I’ll buy it anyway. It was about freaking time.

      • KnightPhoto

        + 1. Hope it’s more compact than the prototype. By rights an f/1.8 for a 1 inch sensor needn’t be large. And even though I expect pricing will be very reasonable, per other lenses so far, I’m hoping this will be very sharp even wide open, again like the other lenses so far.

    • http://bit.ly/9NIXQ Sir David Hasselblaff

      In what hall at Photokina will the Nikon Rumors booth be located?

      • WoutK89

        There is a rumor that there will not be a booth, but don’t tell anyone.

  • Dotin

    Admin, you mentioned that D600 will be announced at Photokina next month, is this sure?

    • Funduro

      He gave it a 99% possibility rumor value, that’s WHY he continues to say that the D600 WILL be announced at Photokina.

  • Tophe

    Define true.

    • ashwins

      Nothing is “definite” regarding Photokina until it has happened. And I still suspect that the D7100 will be announced before the D600.

      • AluK

        I, for one, am suspecting there won’t be a D7100. My guess is that the D5200 will move up a bit in features and the D600 will help filling the void.

        • ashwins

          We’ll see.

          • Me

            Smartest comment on here.

        • Alex

          I agree, I think the D600 is replacing the D7000. I don’t think there will be a D300 replacement either. I think Nikon will push DX users to mirrorless.

          • D400

            I AM NOT BUYING MIRRORLESS!

            • Alex

              That’s great

        • Deep Lurker

          No D7100 with the D600 as the D7000 replacement may happen, but I don’t think it will unless Nikon can give it an astonishing low price (<$1500). In that case I agree that the D5200 will have upgraded features & increased price to better position it between the D3200 and the D600. But I'd call this scenario "possible, but not likely."

          I'll stay out on my limb, wrt the D400: My prediction is that Nikon will announce both the D600 and D400 this year, and the D5200 and (probably) the D7100 early next year.

          • Alex

            My prediction is there will be a D400, but it will not be a pro DX camera, it will be the full-frame replacement of the D5100 series in 2013. I predict the replacements of the D800, D600, and D400, will be the D410, D610, and D810.

      • Fraucha

        I am guessing a new D800s and D800Es for Photokina.
        Aren’t we do for an update yet??

        • nikoninslider

          This is correct, basically. The combination of production line issues and AF in the D800 is actually too complex for Nikon to fix without a slight modification to the mirrorbox/AF module assembly in the current design. However, such modification would be a tacit admission that the design was faulty to begin with, manufacturing tolerances aside, and therefore too expensive for Nikon to recall and repair universally. A small modification to the model designation neatly solves that problem (as well as the AF)

          • umesh

            And you know this how?

            • Rob

              Your sarcasm detector needs a tune-up.

          • Andrew

            So 5% or less had AF issues and you surmise it is a design problem? OK, the bottom line is that no one knows the exact number. But the fact that the D800 like any other product is susceptible to manufacturing issues in its early production run is not a new occurrence in the manufacturing industry. Anyway the fix is simple – many retailers offer a 30 day guarantee for manufacturing defects so you can exchange your camera, that way, you would be like the many who received their new Nikon D800 camera with no AF issue.

  • Jabilson007

    1.8 ho hum. A f/1.4 would be nice for portraits on the v1.

    • Joe

      While f1.4 is great, it will cost much more. I hope Nikon is keeping the price down to go after the mass market

      • ashwins

        Not only costs more but the front element of a f/1.4 would be much larger making the lens very bulky.

        • tred

          What’s wrong with a 1.8 for portraits on a 1?

          personally i wouldnt use a 1 for portraits.

        • PHB

          No, this is an EVIL camera so there is no mirror sweep to contend with. A 1.4 is quite do-able but rather pointless.

          Much more to the point would be a f/1.0 or better. But that would come at a $1000 is price. Expensive, but worth it if there was a professional camera for it to sit on.

          The Nikon 1 system is at the same stage now as the Photomic-F was at launch. The F was not marketed as a professional camera for several years after launch. It was initially a consumer camera. It was only five or so years in when Nikon started assembling a decent set of primes that the F really took off with the pros.

    • Worminator

      What’s that, the difference between F7.1 effective DOF and F9?

      • Paul

        What F7.1 aperture are You talking about? Kf of Nikon 1 series is 2.7 so 135 equivalent DOF should be approximately F4.8.

        • atapee

          f/4.8 at 18mm… i use that for landscape on a full frame…

          • Pellevin

            Well the DOF corresponds to f4.8 at 50 mm. At 18 mm it is the same as 18 mm f1.8 FF, then of course it is not 18 mm at all in practise…

            I waited a long time for the N1 system to deliver sth of value. Glad I gave up. Ergonomics are horrible. Lenses are few and slow, even this one. Went with MFT as my small camera instead. GX1 with Leica 25 f1.4 is great. In fact it is better than D3100 with 35 f1.8 which used to be my small camera kit.

            Nikon has proven once and for all that they are not interested in enthusiasts who like small cameras. Still no wide angle DX prime after 10 years with the system. And then the 1 system with small sensor, slow glass and no body with good grip and usability. The argument to not make the N1 system better in order not to canabilise their DSLR sales must be the most stupid thing Nikon has ever done. Instead of Nikon users buying other Nikon products you get a lot of Nikon users changing to other mirrorless systems. In my opinion MFT is the best compromise between size and quality at the moment. They have taken big leaps the last year with better sensors and some really good glass.

            Luckily the D600 is on the way to save the day for Nikon. Finally a small affordable FF camera at least. I am getting one!

  • Bjørn Erik

    when is photokina? And one thing I’m very curious to find out. The D600′s fps, anyone got ideas what it’ll be? And more importantly, what will it be with a batterygrip…? Will it be boosted like the D700, or will you have to settle for a camara slower then the D7000?

    • mikils

      Should the price be as announced here, and so far this site has done a terrific job, it would be foolish to expect a d700 performance. So yes, I’d expect some slower frame rate.

      Although, One can always hope :-)

      • Bjørn Erik

        With the price in concideration I think you’re right about the fact that it probably wont be as quick as the D700 was. Also the megapixels might suggest that. But if a batterygrip will boost it by as little as one or perhaps two fps, it would make a big differance, and would justify getting a second camera to the D800 for me.

        • KeepOnTopic

          Your posts have nothing to do with the Nikon 1 lens. Sod off!

    • komalkumar

      look at sony A99 if u want fps ! there r rumors that it will be 10fps, FX with 24mp !!

      • http://www.johnbrunjes.com JB

        I do not know the specifics of this Sony….but I would be leery of claimed frame rates. One of the photographers shooting horse races with me had one of the higher end Sony cameras (I think a translucent mirror camera). He claimed frame rate was 10-12 fps…which it sounded like it was. Unfortunately, the buffer was so small I don’t believe he couls shoot a whole second before the buffer filled. That kind of frame rate with no buffer seems useless to me. In using a D7000, my complaint is less the FPS than the tiny buffer.

        • Catch Jarvis

          Yes, you’re right. The Sony buffers are tiny which severely limits it’s use. Not sure on the new A99

  • AT

    Heh, I originally read as new Nikon (DX) 18.5mm f/1.8…

    • preston

      Haha, I wish! And the funny thing is that it would probably sell much better as the DX option than the CX option. Look at these #’s. Nikon 35mm f/1.8 has sold 647,000 in the 42 months since it was released. This means it’s averaging about 184,000 per year. The 10mm f/2.8 was released exactly 1 year ago and it has sold only 83,000 copies.

      • Shawn

        Very interesting. Where did you get these numbers from, I’d love to know.

        The 10mm f/2.8 selling 83K copies is actually impressive to me. Considering the N1 is very new and has a lot of criticism. Consider this though, Nikon DX has 7+ years of camera bodies behind it, sold in the millions on millions. There are a heck of a lot more people with Nikon DX cameras to put a DX lens on than the N1 cameras. Sounds a little more impressive now, doesn’t it? Imagine if we could put it in terms of percentages of users. I think that would make the 35 1.8 sales look paltry in comparison.

        P.S. I love the 35mm 1.8, IMHO every DX user should have one.

    • Pellevin

      Yes that would be a very welcome lens. Amazingly Nikon has not cared to do a wide DX prime in the 10 years this system has existed. Then a wide prime (albeit too slow) is the first thing they released for CX. Logic anyone?

      • PHB

        The logic is that an EVIL camera is all about wide angle lenses and that is where a DX camera is worst.

        A DX lens has to fit on an FX body without damaging either itself or the FX body. That means that the rear element has to clear the FX mirror sweep. That is a major challenge for the lens designer and forces them to make compromises on wide angle lenses. It does not matter at all on telephotos as the rear element is usually nowhere near the mirror sweep.

        The reason Leicas are better cameras for wide angle shots is that they are rangefinder cameras and don’t need to work around an SLR mirror sweep at all. Nikon CX is all about the potential for great wide angle shots. Though it will probably take till the Nikon 3 launches for it to be a pro choice.

  • Landscape Photo

    Who cares…

    • WoutK89

      You care enough to put a comment here, that took you two more clicks and some typing to make that clear. If you didn’t care, you could have just ignored this message and comment section.

      • Landscape Photo

        The figure of 18mm triggered my emotions.

        I’m resentful at Nikon because they couldn’t yet manage to produce a compact FX ultra-wide prime, e.g. 16mm or 18mm that can take a filter. I still have to use a 20mm f/2.8D and DX or DX-like crop with 10-24mm for anything wider with D700. The 16-40mm is monstrous. Why lug it around for just its widest end.

        But then Nikon can keep designing new products overnight for the toylike Nikon 1 series. That’s my point.

        • Steve

          Nikon is a corporation that, like any other, exists to maximize profit, not maximize the benefit of only some of its customers (although the latter may lead to the former).

        • KeepOnTopic

          “The 16-40mm is monstrous”. Nikon doesn’t have such a lens. You are posting in the wrong topic on the wrong website. Sod off!

        • Sam

          He is just questioning “who cares”, I just read this page because I still wonder why people still want chine crap, you guys need to raise the barrier, have you forgotten quality or are you just cheap?.

        • WoutK89

          Well, why didn’t you just post that in the first place?

        • Landscape Photo

          Sorry, it was a typo. I meant the 16-35mm f/4 VR. If you need the widest end only, the bulk is a waste.

          If Nikon can make that focal without the need for a half-sphere front element, a pancake 16mm f/2.8 of f/3.5 lens would be a much better choice.

          • preston

            As far as I know there is no such thing as an ultrawide pancake lens. Have you seen the size of their 14mm f/2.8? Or any of Zeiss’ primes (and those don’t even have a focus motor)?

            • Landscape Photo

              Voigtlander 20mm f/3.5 is one of the the slimmest FX lens ever made. Nikkor 20mm f/2.8 is quite pocketable too, if this focal can be considered true ultra-wide. Even if not, it’s not far to that region.

              Looking at Voigtlander 20mm size, 16mm f/3.5 could be made acceptably small without much compromise of IQ.

        • gsum

          It’s not just super-wides that are missing or haven’t been updated for years. The very existence of Zeiss and Voigtlander primes should send a message to Nikon that high quality primes are in as much demand as the monstrous wide angle zooms.

        • scurvy hesh.

          “I’m resentful at Nikon because they couldn’t yet manage to produce a compact FX ultra-wide prime, e.g. 16mm or 18mm that can take a filter”

          Cry about it will ya???

          You have an F mount buddy. There are plenty of lenses out there. Here is one.

          http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/showproduct.php?product=54

    • Peter

      “Who cares?”… Let me think… What about people that are not rude or sad enough to read an article he/she doesn’t care about and then decided to comment on it. Oh also I think the many people who own and enjoy shooting with the V1 may also care.

      • Pablo Ricasso

        Yeah!!! What he said!!!

        I care and I don’t even have a V1!!!

      • Shawn

        Ditto.

        I’m looking to the future of a compact interchangeable lens system for myself, so I care. Let me reiterate one aspect, compact (that’s for all those who think I should seek out the Sony, Samsung, or Canon EVILs instead).

        I think Nikon 1 has potential, but it’s not there yet. A fast 50 equivalent was on my list of must haves. Nikon just might be on their way to helping me give them my money. Considering I shoot with the 35mm 1.8 DX 90% of the time, they might be closer than they think.

        Now they just need a reasonably priced body with the “sophisticated” features (buttons?) present on most of their DSLRs.

  • Sebastian

    “For snapshots”
    I realize something may be lost in translation here, but to me this also represent the problems of Nikon’s marketing and strategic direction. Basically, smaller cameras can only be for users wanting to take “snapshots”. Thus that’s what the bodies and lenses will be like. And maybe it even makes sense from a overall product perspective. But it sure doesn’t help the mirrorless offerings (or DX, for that matter).
    I predict this lens will be a singular item, just like the 35 1.8 DX. Great product, but no follow-up.

    • fiatlux

      Well, at least Nikon 1 users now have 28 and 50mm-equivalent primes. DX shooters don’t have that privilege.

      A 35mm portrait/macro lens in Nikon 1 mount would not be too surprising.

  • DrThrash

    18.5/1.8 = 50/4.9 equivalent. Even 18.5/1.4 would mean 50/3.8. That’s the problem with Nikon 1. If you don’t care about depth of field, you can use any compact camera. If you do care, Nikon 1 is useless, unless there are f1.0 lenses. Why in hell did Nikon decide to go for a tiny crop 2.7 sensor?!

    • fiatlux

      To a lesser extent, you can say the same about 4/3: the expensive 75mm 1.8 lens everybody is raving about is after all only a 150 3.6 equivalent, comparable to the excellent Nikon 135mm 3.5 Ai you can get for next to nothing on the used market.

      If you care about depth of field control, FX will give you the best and most practical options. But if you want a smaller camera system, you’ll have to accept larger depth of field. Choice does not really harm, does it?

      • Marty

        Guess what – not all of us have af fetish for shallow DOF.

        Personally I think the extreme fixation on shallow DOF and bokeh is getting VERY tiresome. I consider it an overused crutch, that too many amateurs rely too heavily upon.

        But hey – it’s an easy concept to grasp for most, easy to get right – and it makes the most boring subject look interesting and artsy.

        The CX sensor is all about speed, the 2.7 crop factor, small lenses – and did I mention speed?

        And you CAN get shallow DOF with the Nikon 1 System. Not at easy and extreme as with a DX or FX sensor. But not as bad as most haters would want you to believe :-)

        Marty

        • rhlpetrus

          Agree, if one is really interested in shallow DoF, any compact camera will be out of question, some would say APS-C is ooq. This camera is very much about snapshooting, travel, family, and video. Excellent video with fast and silent AF (find a larger camera that does that), where more DoF is a plus. The overall balance of size, speed and IQ makes the N1 a winner, many pros love it as a lighter alternative, some have been doing excellent photography and video with it. This lens is a good alternative, but Nikon needs both a good UWA and a faster, better quality midrange zoom. The 10-30mm is pretty soft in corners and quite slow for indoors shooting.

          • DrThrash

            [QUOTE] “The overall balance of size, speed and IQ makes the N1 a winner” [/QUOTE]

            No. Micro Four Thirds is the winner if you want a smaller and lighter second system with good quality. There, you have at least the option to use DoF, whereas N1 hardly allows it, unless you shoot a flower from 20 centimeters distance with the background being 100 meters away.

            (And additionally, most MFT cameras offer a mode dial, a flash hotshoe, a better grip and several other things which experienced photographers severely miss at J1/V1 models.)

            • BornOptimist

              I have had several 43 cameras, and while they are nice (except the GF2 which has been the worst camera I have ever owned), they lack fundamentally when it comes to tracking movable subject.
              They are just as good as a watch that has stopped – even that is spot on two times a day.
              No compact system camera beat the N1 in continous tracking (now you have your opening to respond about that low light performance, which btw is not bad because of low light, but low contrast….)

            • T.White

              Have you tried the Nikon 1? I find that most people who put it down because they don’t like the specs, have never even held one.

              I love my v1 for what it is, small, fast, and quiet. Yes my DSLR can do more, but I don’t care to carry that heavy beast with me everyday.

              Don’t like the Nikon 1, then don’t buy one. I welcome any additional lenses and accessories Nikon releases for the 1 series.

            • ashwins
            • Shawn

              You’re probably mostly correct. N1 has promise and most new cameras that I’ve seen aren’t that great to start with either. M4/3 has my vote currently, even though their cameras are all dumbed down too. All they need to do is add PDAF to their sensors to compete in the action focus department, but I find the future of N1 very interesting.

            • Chimphappyhour

              Odd, I’m an experienced photographer and I don’t miss the mode dial. None of my other cameras have such a thing. (D700 and D300) I also don’t miss the flash hotshoe on a non-DSLR as that would just look silly and make for a hard to handle package. (It’s already a bit awkward with a D300.)

              I also have to laugh when people try to start a DOF peeing match between N1 and MFT. It’s a bit like to pick-up truck drivers going on about hauling capacity in a truck stop.

        • GF

          Samsung 30mm pancake f/2 on 1.5x Samsung NX allows you to have a quite shallow DOF.

          When you’ve the option to have a shallow DOF, you can use it.
          With nikon 1 you DON’T have that option even if the creative context required it.

          • Shawn

            If that were the case couldn’t the opposite statement be made about FX? That with FX it’s very hard to get anything but shallow DOF?

            I agree, it would be harder to get selective focus on N1, but I doubt it’s any harder than getting large DOF on FX.

    • Catch Jarvis

      You can still get a nice 3D look at 50mm f4.8 so the background is blurred but are still able to see the environment in which it was taken. This separates it from a point and shoot. Completely blurring everything out is not always a good thing. You also still get the full light benefit of f1.8

    • EnPassant

      Sony RX100 is the ONLY compact camera with a 1″ sensor. There are several reason Nikon made their choice of sensor size like AF-speed, size of cameras and lenses. While a 1″ sensor do have a visiable depth of field it is in the standard zoomrange for smaller compact sensors practically infinite.

    • Shawn

      >> “If you don’t care about depth of field, you can use any compact camera”

      I think you meant to say “If you ___DO___ care about depth of field, you can use any compact camera”.

      How on earth did “caring” about DOF suddenly mean “wanting no depth of field”?

      How also, did DOF suddenly become synonymous with Bokeh, the two are certainly related, but more like cousins.

      Case in point: I can shoot a headshot at f/11 at 200mm on DX and get absolutely no background in focus, but still get reasonable depth of field.

      Other case in point: I can shoot at f/1.8 at 35mm on DX (or even f/3.5 at 18mm) , get very little to no bokeh, but still not obtain accurate focus.

      Caring about DOF means understanding it and knowing how to use it. Bokeh is pleasing, and shallow DOF can be powerful, but what about the opposite? What about subjects and scenes that lend themselves to large chunks of DOF? Now imagine trying to obtain these with an FX camera? You’d end up on a tripod most of the time or shooting at very high ISOs. Not all of us want that.

      Now we have a bevvy of tools at our disposal, some make it easy to get very selective focus, and some make it easy to get large areas of focus.

      Both are great and have their uses.

    • Fisheyland

      Why the 2.7 crop factor? Because in the future, Nikon 1 bodies will be even smaller.

  • erik

    Mirrorless lens? Or lens for mirrorless camera.

    • gsum

      Confused me too.

    • Alex

      lens for the mirrorless camera system.

  • http://collectionofwork.com geekofnature

    Yes please.

  • rhlpetrus

    Nikon needed this lens for camera tests. I wonder why they didn’t launch this last year with cameras. Now let’s see if a more able body, like a P7700 + EVF, comes out.

    • BornOptimist

      That is on my wishlist as well. The P7700 with V1 electronics, battery and viwfinder has everything I want.

      • preston

        Don’t forget the V1 sensor!

        • BornOptimist

          Sensor? – IMO that’s a part of the electronic package.

  • Alan

    Better late than never, and most welcome. I’ll buy it.

    There are even more urgent needs for the N1 system, starting with a wider angle option (something like a 7mm f2.8 or a 5-10mm f4 zoom), as there is no legacy alternatives at those focal lengths at all. The Nikon 1 system is currently nurtured at the wider end (the current 10mm f2.8 is certainly not the most exciting thing on earth).

    There is also a blatant need for a native macro/small tele, as the options available through FT-1 are far too big. Something like a 30mm f2.8 macro would be great. Or a 30mm f1.4 “portrait” lens.

    For longer FLs, we are served by the wonderful 30-110 zoom and by an infinity of great options through FT-1.

  • Daniel J1

    Will this lens have VR?

    As others mentioned, the biggest benefit of this lens will not be a shallow DOF. The N1 system is more useful as a travel camera (I even sold my DX camera as for shallow DOF I still go back to FX). So the lack of VR may negate some of the benefits f1.8.

    Where did I put my old Hakuba mini monopod?…

  • Burger

    Does anyone else find it a bit odd and unsettling that a site dedicated to information of a time sensitive nature, in other words, as soon as it comes out, it should be posted, seems to have news come out more on the daily, then as a steady flow?

    I feel like the admin is waiting for the next day to post information. Sacreficing his readers expectations of the core principal of rumors or news, for the sake of a more steady volume of visitors in order to rely on a steady pay check. Tisk tisk.

    Anyone know of a real rumor site? I only know of this one.

    • Ric

      sorry if the Admin has a life.

    • http://www.mjorning.com Jamie Weir

      Congratulations, you are on the internet and you feel you are entitled to something. I’ll pack up your membership card and mail it out.

      It should arrive 2-5 business days later than you’d like.

  • Shawn

    This could be the beginning of a long friendship!

    Now how about a decent V2 and maybe I find my new carry everywhere system!

  • Nikon 1

    Maybe nikon got the message

    There is demand for an enthusiast small camera

    Take some of those knobs and buttons from the p7000 and put them on a 1 body

    Seriously aperture, shutter speed, and Iso should be be a quick adjustment of a wheel

    And unless this prime is a pancake, the whole small thing gets lost

    Sort of like the Sony nex cameras which look great, until you put a lens on

    • SG

      There is demand as you point out, but there is also demand from the other direction, namely those of us who want a “real camera” (rather than just our phones) but don’t want to be drowning in buttons all the time.

      I have a V1 and the last thing I want to see in a V2 is 10 more buttons and wheels all over the body. A touch screen and an improved menu system would satisfy the need for quick adjustments to shooting settings.

      No, what the system does need is more lenses (especially fast lenses), an upgraded auto algorithm to reduce blur instead of optimizing brightness, some minor firmware tweaks (the auto-on viewfinder is too sensitive and shutter speed minimums when using the FT-1 adapter for example), and wifi/gps/touchscreen to make it more competitive with its true competitor – the camera that’s already in everybody’s pocket: the iPhone (or a suitable imitator). Of course more MP won’t hurt, and I’m sure Nikon was betting on Moore’s law when they designed the 1 Series.

  • http://ronscubadiver.wordpress.com Ron Scubadiver

    Not so exciting, but I am not exactly a fan of the Nikon mirror less system because the sensor is too small. Look at what Sony did with that sensor in the RX100.

    • Kevin

      true, i’m not sure if the mainstream cares about the sensor size as long as it can give decent, sharable images.

      IMO think this is a great camera for outdoor-sy stuff like camping, niking, rockcliming, zip lining, etc… fast AF and burst rate will help capture the images. as long as the price is relatively good (it’s not very good at the moment)

  • Dan Togan

    There will be two versions of D600, D600L and D600R.

    • Shawn

      This is correct, the D600L will not be able to utilize the left side AF points, for the D600R, the right points will be disabled.

      • Ric

        :-D

  • Gideon

    Come on Nikon, this should be much brighter if we’re talking DOF control at that size. I suppose it is a step in that direction and at least it’ll probably be blindingly sharp.

  • Paul

    Too little too late. Where’s the V2, Z1 or any of the other primes?

  • Jabs

    Glad that Nikon is filling out their prime lineup for the Nikon 1 System.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/mars_observer/ Mars Observer

    I quite like the DoF that the 1″ (type) sensors produce.

    The DoF from the RX100 is very nice from f1.8-2.8, and, as well I’ve gotten some nice shallow DoF from my V1 using my 25mm f1.4 CCTV lens.

    Saying that you can’t get beautiful DoF from a 1″ sensor is a myth.

    • Alan

      Completely agree on DoF front.

      The CX format increases useful DoF, while still allowing a sound level of focus differentiation.

      People are infatued with super shallow DoF these days, behaving “as if” it was a novelty that is required to produce compelling images. For old-timers like me, it is amusing to see people pinning for f1.4 FF style DoF, while “in my days”, the shallow DoF induced by the negative size was a curse, not a feature.

      The 24x36mm surface was the smallest we could get while still preserving enough quality for many applications. If we could have gone smaller while preserving quality (grain size, gradation, etc), we would have loved to gain much deeper DoF at any given aperture.

      The quest for very fast glass back then was motivated by the desire to use finer grain film or higher shutter speeds at any given illumination. Razor thin DoF was seen as a negative side effect, a price to pay to be able to use that lower ISO film.

      I agree that FF mushy background blurs are useful in terms of catering to our increasing laziness: no need to think too much about what is in the background when you compose the shot. But that does not equate to good photography at all, just comfy point & shoot. Same thing as using the lasso in Photoshop to cut the subject/model out of an ugly background and place it against something neutrally pleasant.

      Anyway, the CX format, by increasing available DoF at any given distance from the subject, allows one to actually document a scene more fully. That is useful in very many applications, including environmental portraits, or just about any portrait that goes beyond the easy trick of “one eye in focus, the rest blurred out”. Also useful for tabletop photography, cityscapes, street, interiros, landscapes, etc.

      With CX, the “reasonable” focus differentiation result is usually far better at these applications than the “infinite” DoF you systematically get with smaller compact or phone sensors.

      CX is a very nice compromise.

      You can still use FX whenevr you crave for that razor thin sharpness and mushy bokeh… ;-)

      • Shawn

        Nice!

        >>> easy trick of “one eye in focus, the rest blurred out”

        Easy trick? I think you mean ONLY trick! :)

        I use this a lot when I shoot indoors on DX. I don’t have any other options, except to use the popup flash (blech!), become a strobist (no thanks), or shoot stupid-high-ISO (I’d rather not).

        I like what you said and am getting more excited about CX than ever before.

  • is that all?

    Nikon promised fast lenses. f1.8 is lame. the reason for the small sensor was that we would get cheap small very fast glass. I’m talking sub f/1.0 glass like in the micro four thirds world.

    this is lame-o. a boring unexciting lens that looks far too big and probably far too overpriced for what it is.

    yet another disappointment of the Nikon 1. Seriously, bring an APS-C based mirrorless system already. the CX system has failed.

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