Nikon 1 Nikkor 32mm f/1.2 lens announcement tonight

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I already mentioned that Nikon will be releasing their new 1 Nikkor 32mm f/1.2 lens (86.4mm equivalent) with Nano coating and manual focus ring this week. The official press release will be out in few hours. The US price of the lens will be around $900. I do not expect any other product announcement tonight. Stay tuned for full the coverage.

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  • Foolishcfo

    The announcement no one shows up for.

  • dry


    I need some of the weed Nikon is smoking.

  • Aldo

    I’m just here for the budlite…

  • A thousand dollar prime lens for a camera with a one inch sensor. Why who is this for?

    • BroncoBro

      It’s not even close to a one inch sensor.

      • BroncoBro

        Oh, OK, it IS a one inch sensor…I always see the 8.8mm on the short side and think 2/3″. Anyway…it’s a small sensor.

  • this lens suddenly makes the Nikon 1 pretty awesome, and the price tag immediately makes it hopeless

  • Fred Flintstone

    Yeah, screw those miillions of DX users, let’s make some lenses for those 10 CX users!

    • Neopulse

      Ya got Sigma making lenses for them 😀

  • Rhonbo

    Half price by next Christmas

  • A big lol from me.
    P.S.: we need more dx lenses!

  • BroncoBro

    I am at a total loss in understanding just WHO is buying this Nikon 1 system?

    • I got a V1 cheapish last year. It’s pretty terrific with the 70-300, and it’s a nice camera to use as a backup. It’s about as good as a first gen M43 camera IQ-wisw, with better AF than anything short of a DSLR.

    • Micah Goldstein

      …people who would have spent over $400 on a point and shoot and see it as a good deal/better quality. When people see how horrible their cell shots look next to this, they’re sold. It’s probably the same set who was buying Canon and Nikon point and shoot 35mm cams (man, what garbage they were!)

  • Paul

    Too late Nikon. I already dumped my V1 experiment.
    I would get this for the Coolpix A. Oh wait, you can’t change lenses on it.

  • I just want a 35mm f2G

  • Sascha W.

    900$. A Big Price for a small Lense. If they wanna take that Price the Image Quality must be absolutely Perfect. I hope that much. Because i planed to buy it.

    • I think this will be the sharpest Nikon 1 lens to date.

  • Anonymous Coward

    I don’t know whether to laugh or to cry.

  • G_J

    Fred Flintstone, you completely underestimate the user base of the Nikon 1 system. If you count Asia in the mix, you have at least 23 people who have bought into the Nikon 1 System. Sheesh, come on!!!

    • Fred Flintstone

      Yeah, sorry, that was based on last year’s figures

    • Micah Goldstein

      Actually, whenever I’m around a touristy area of a city, I see tons of J model Nikon 1s. That’s all over, west of the Mississippi in the US. Just tons of them in downtown areas, zoos, parks, etc. Especially the ugly colors. I’d guess they sold quite a few.

      • Fred Flintstone

        Aww you burst my bubble. Problem for Nikon is that, by the sounds of what you’ve described, the users you’ve seen will quite happily use the lens that came with the camera and never buy another

        • Micah Goldstein

          My thoughts exactly. Except for the rare folks who know how useful the speed is, and appreciate it combined with the extra DOF of the little format, this is priced out of the target market for the whole range. The “worse than a point and shoot” interface on the V1/2 means that the people who love the idea of this lens have no body to put it on that they can love the same. Just silly confused marketing. Probably the same buffoons who handle the Coolpix line.

  • Neil

    The Nikon 1 system has great potential but Nikon is really pricing this like its their only chance at a profit. I like my V1 but won’t update at these prices. I like my D800 but would love a good mirrorless system that’s affordable.

    • It seems like Nikon is pricing these exactly like everyone prices compacts and how Olympus prices M43 — announce it at double a reasonable price, then discount like crazy.

    • Micah Goldstein

      The GX1 is a steal these days–under $300 new! And the lenses are nice and compact. I have a kit with the 14mm/2.5, 20mm/1.7 and 45mm/1.8 that fits in a bag I used to keep two flashes in. With room to spare! In colder months it fits into a couple jacket pockets. There’s a collapsing pancake-ish zoom, but I won’t touch anything that zooms with a micro motor.

      Anyway, good kit, pretty cheap, and the optics are phenomenal. Top ISOs are quite usable, but I keep it under 6400 under incandescents.

      I have the EVF and it’s excellent as well, but it does add bulk.

      Fast focus, fast lenses, easy interface (real exposure mode dial!) Oh, and I use them for video, since there is no clip length limit with them on AVCHD.

  • aim54x

    This is one that I would like to play with, not sure I will pony up 1k for it though. Too many CX haters around…I am contemplating dropping the last of my DX and only keep CX and FX systems. But yes, some new fast DX glass would be nice!

  • Neopulse

    I would like a V system with this lens and especially the 10-100mm. Wanna have more glass first before buying one of these. Although wishing for an update for the FT-1 by then.

  • Santiago

    I was so waiting for this announcement. Now I’m sad, what kind of price is that. I was going to buy the 1 system due to not being pricey.

  • Syco

    I just joined the nikon 1 family – love it, all the speed of my pro gear minus the weight and the ability to take my long teles to 2.7x without any light loss…

    I wouldn’t mind playing with this lens but I wouldn’t dump 900 bucks on it.

    Better off getting the 35mm 1.8 DX and using the ft1 adapter will get you to 95mm f1.8 for 200 odd bucks

  • keepitsimple

    I have a D600 and a V1, and love both (not sure why all the N1 haters). I have the new 10-100, which is the only all-in-one lens that you can actually “travel” with, and it is a great lens. Coupled with the 18.5mm, its a pretty neat little system. Now, this 32mm lens just doesn’t make sense, at any price really. Not a very practical fixed focal length for general photography or video (as far as I know), and I don’t see anyone using a N1 for portrait work. For less than $300 I can put a rokinon 85mm/1.4 on my D600 and shoot studio, for three times the price I don’t really know how this 32mm can ever make sense. As a fan of N1, they really needed to put out a long 1:1 macro (like a 75mm), with the larger effective DOF and possibly large magnification/stand-off, I think that lens would be a big hit.

    • longzoom

      I’ve no idea, does the adapter let you work with old screw-driven Nikkors on V system? THX.

      • I haven’t tried, but I assume it’s exactly as compatible as a non screw drive motor body such as the D3000.

    • EnPassant

      There is no need for a 75 mm macro. Just use the FT-1 adapter and the DX 85 mm Micro-Nikkor VR. For a shorter tele macro the 40 mm DX Micro-Nikkor should do just fine.

      • Fred Flintstone

        Go away , you’re making too much sense 🙂

      • keepitsimple

        Have you tried that…it doesn’t work as well as it sounds like it should. The FT-1 is a neat addon, but its limitations make it good only for occasional use when you already have the hardware. I would never buy an F mount lens with the “plan” being to put it on an N1. The advantage of N1 is its speed. If you haven’t used one, its very difficult to understand how much faster the AF is, over any other Nikon product. The AF also covers the entire frame, unlike the million little dots in the middle fourth of my D600 frame. For macro I would love the lightning fast AF-C and not to be forced in to the middle AF point.

    • Fry

      The 32mm f1.2 would make sense to those, who want that “DLSR look” (ie really narrow DOF) in a smaller package.

      I would buy it for $500.

      But $900 ? I’d rather get the new Sigma 35mm f1.4 FX lens.

  • Micah Goldstein


  • Richard Houghton

    That camera is one f-ugly mother…

    • The real Pablo Ricasso


  • Mike

    After the Leafs just lost to Boston in game 7, (f U Boston. There, out of my system), I turn my attention to camera gear again. Buuuut it’s just the 1 system. Blech. Going to bed.

  • Spy Black

    It’s kinda weird to try and read Nikon on this. Where are they going with this? I guess in the Asian market this stuff is hot. I know this system sells well to lesser photographic types everywhere, but who in that genre is gonna understand this? Other than possibly the Asian market, who’s gonna jump on this? I don’t really know the demographics of the N1 system, but who takes the N1 system THIS seriously that Nikon goes THIS far with it?

    • Rosco P Coltrane

      “sells well to lesser photographic types everywhere, but who in that genre is gonna understand this?”
      Arrogance personified!

      • Spy Black

        Sorry, but demographics are pretty well defined for this camera series at this point.

        • Rosco P Coltrane


          • Spy Black

            You own a pink one, don’t you?

  • Rhonbo

    Come on NIkon where’s our DX lenses? Nikon seems intent on keeping DX from competing with FF. I hope this will be a good year for DX lenses. FF is about done.

    • Spy Black

      Depends on how you shoot.

    • Mardock

      DX is about done.

  • Global

    An 86.4mm f/WHAT?? equivalent…??? What f stop equivalent is this in fullframe?

  • Hom Thogan

    You’re getting slow on the draw…dpreview beat you to the announcement!!

    • Dpreview had all the info weeks in advance, I was just 4 minutes late.

  • The Painter


    Now I feel better. I think that Photo equipment makers are killing the photographic hobby. I suspect they in the future will made condoms to survive.

  • Yota

    Owner of a D7000 and un bunch of glasses, I needed a point and shoot camera, with a good sensor, small enough, and as cheap as possible… I just come to pick a Sony Nex 3n (APS-C sensor of 16mp) with a 16-50 pancake… for 420€, hard to beat. I don’t really understand the “over-pricey” Nikon 1 politic…

  • Andresson

    Does it work on nikon J1? Im not Sure 🙁

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