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Weekly Nikon news flash #202

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  • DxOMark released the test scores for the Nikon 1 J3 camera. Their conclusion:

"Although the new Nikon 1 J3 has been updated over its predecessor with the higher-resolution sensor found in Nikon’s top-of-the-line interchangeable lens model, its overall performance scores haven’t improved over the J2. The camera seems to be hampered by the reduction in overall sensitivity range and most notably scored 2/3 stop lower than the J2 for color depth."

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  • neversink

    Bower and Samyang…. You have to be crazy to even think of buying these third-party lenses!!!!!

    • padlockd

      Why? Aside from not having autofocus, they’re quite good for the money.

      • John Baxter

        Why? Because of not having autofocus

    • padlockd

      Why? Aside from not having autofocus, they’re quite good for the money.

    • Justaddwater

      You obviously never used one of their lenses.

    • Justaddwater

      You obviously never used one of their lenses.

    • http://www.facebook.com/seanmolin Sean Molin

      I don’t have experience with Bower, but Samyang has some knock-out lenses.

  • catfish252

    Never heard a bad thing about their lenses, none of the Nikon compatible lenses auto-focus, but some of them do have the focus confirmation chip in them.

  • Spy Black

    The 24mm Samyang is unfortunately not as good as most of it’s siblings, most notably the 35mm f/1.4, 14mm f/2.8, and 85mm f/1.4. You’re better off getting the 35mm.

    • Micah Goldstein

      …unless you need the focal length of 24mm. They aren’t really interchangeable. 50mm is the shortest thing that gives not rectilinear distortion on 135/35mm/FX/full frame/24x36mm imager. A 35mm lens does start to give some rectilinear distortion. A 24mm gives very noticeable distortion. Put a face in the corner of each of these focal lengths and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

      • Spy Black

        I would get the old 24mm f/2.8 Ai then. Truer rectilinear wide-angle compared to what you see today.

        • gsum

          And it out-resolves the D800 sensor and is lightweight/compact..

        • Micah Goldstein

          Rectilinear distortion is other than “pincusion” or “barrel”. It’s an effect of focal length.

          • Spy Black

            I understand that. My main point is that the Samyang 24mm is not as good as it’s siblings, and if you’re thinking Samyang, the 35mm is a better investment. If you need a 24, the old Ai is a better investment than most realize.

            • Micah Goldstein

              …unless you need two stops more speed.

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