Weekly Nikon news flash #248

→ Rare Nikon 300mm f2.0 ED-IF AIS lens listed sold on eBay for $18,748.

Another rare Nikkor 13mm f/5.6 AIS lens for sale on eBay (currently 13 bids @ $6,666)

→ Not sure if this is legit but the Nikon 1 Nikkor 32mm f/1.2 lens is listed as discontinued at DigitalRev. The lens is in stock in the US.

→ The first Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G lens review is out. The new lens should start shipping on February 6th (price: $596.95).

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→ Blast from the past: special titanium Nikon cameras and NASA cameras.

Nikon Coolpix L25 camera service advisory
Service advisory for the Nikon Coolpix L25 camera:

It has recently become clear that in some very rare cases, if the camera is subjected to a strong shock such as being dropped or struck, heat may be generated from inside the camera and the top cover of the Nikon COOLPIX L25 may become deformed and a small gap may be visible near the shutter-release button. This may occur regardless of whether the camera is turned on or off. There is no danger of fire.

→ New gear: Samyang filter holder SFH-14 designed for the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 lens.

→ Nikon lens adapter for iPhone 5 & 5S project on Kickstarter (Photojojo has been selling something similar for a while).

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  • NikonFanBoy

    HI Admin,

    Nice to see 300mm f/2-legendary lens. Do you reckeon nikon can redesign it with new FL ED VR technology and shed some weight out of the lens?

    • peteee363

      if they used plastic to cut weight, the haters will be out in force.

      • Kynikos

        Indeed. And I don’t get it. What’s with the hate on plastic? Highest-quality plastic is used in all sorts of extremely precise, real-world applications.

    • I doubt that, I am still expecting a new 300mm f/4 lens.

      • Anónimo

        It’s taking a long time to see that lens and 24-70 with VR.

        • Global

          It might make more sense for Nikon to make a 400/4VR than a 300/4VR at this point.

          A 300/4 VR is still a specialty lens and while Nikon could prioritize this one because the old non-VR one is , the numbers that would be sold would be far smaller than other specialty lenses Nikon could produce. A 300/4VR is one of those lenses that sounds like it could be a big seller when you talk about it — but then you find out that (due to updates to old 200mm lenses) people TODAY are actually buying the 70-300VR and 28-300VR and 70-200/2.8VR and 70-200/4VR, making the potential 300/4VR buyers far smaller (if very passionate). The best argument for the 300/4VR is that it would help maintain Nikon’s good reputation.

          When Nikon made the 300/4, honestly, very few lenses could go to 300mm at all. Most ended at 200mm and rather weakly/fuzzily. So the 300mm/4 could seem “exotic” and “the only way” to get that reach you need on a budget. That is NO LONGER true. Now, you just need the extremely sharp 2xTC or a XX~300VR zoom. So one of the largest markets for the 300/4 to exist has largely gone away (in some sense, not in all senses).

          Hell, even DX has an 18-300mm, which works pretty well and is equivalent to a 450mm at the far end, with true 300mm equivalent point well within the clean range.

          • well, I have the 300 2.8, and I would buy a 400 f/4 in a snap!

        • Global

          Well, the 24-70/2.8 is still pretty new (relatively speaking) and Nikon doesn’t really expect that everyone will suddenly throw it away and buy a new one with VR. And if they did Craigslist them, it would just put additional price pressure on the new lens. A 24-70/2.8 and a 24-70/2.8VR act almost identically for non-video photo use. I’ve never been dissatisfied by the 24-70 at the far end. 70mm is manageable.

          Although this is a disappointment to Videographers, because VR helps stabilize video, its not likely that Nikon is in any rush to make a 24-70 VR, although obviously Tamron increased the pressure. But if Tamron is satisfying the Video market, Nikon doesn’t need to worry much, because its lens was always designed for the photographer market of which there are still far more buyers.

          Anyone who has a 24-70/2.8 LOVES it (except those who might use it professionally for VIDEO), so there is no reason to upgrade at this time, unless it comes with an improvement in optics or unless video use continues to grow (for instance, if they get 4K video in cameras). Only those with “gear lust” who are pure photographers really “need” the VR. Its not a deal breaker. The 24-70.2.8 is truly a wonderful lens to work with.

      • NikonFanBoy

        hmhm…Thanks anyways…

  • Fred Flintstone

    DigitalRev list all lenses they don’t stock as ‘Discontinued’, not sure why but that’s normal for them

    • Barney

      Thanks Fred!

  • photoroto

    A 13mm lens at $6,666. And it’s not even Halloween!

  • Kynikos

    300/2 sold for $18,700 US…

    • It must have just sold because it was still available when I was preparing the post. Anyway I updated the text.

    • YS

      Only 18k? Wow, the price has gone down! It does sound pretty well used, but it’s a rare and legendary lens that I’ve seen go for US$40-50k in the past.

      • MyrddinWilt

        Used should not make such a big difference. I am sure that Nikon would be happy to refurb it for a couple of $ thousand or so. Same for any of the legendary lenses.

        Might be a problem if there was a scratch, but even that probably isn’t impossible to fix.

        • Jeffrey Friedl

          Don’t bet that Nikon can “refurbish” an old lens. I called the head office in Tokyo looking for a replacement slide-in filter for the 300/2, and the customer-service guy I talked to hadn’t even heard of the lens. After looking it up in the computer, he (very apologetically) told me they had none, and that the lens was no longer serviced.

        • YS

          If they no longer make the parts (and this is an old lens) there’s nothing much Nikon can do for you. Unless you want to commission Nikon to remake the lens for you. 😛

  • Squidward

    I just booked some Japanese lessons. In 4 or 5 years I hope be able to read that lens review.

    • Hightower

      Pics say more than a thousand Japanese words … 😉
      Bokeh looks much more distracting then 1.4 to me, but hey – the 1.4 costs 1.000€ more, that’s the reason why …

  • ert

    A 24 1,8g please!!

    • NAq

      22 1.8g would be even better, because of the already existing 28 1.8g

    • Cynog

      Yes, please!

  • LFG

    “There’s not enough space for a 50mm 1.2 with electronic contacts on the F mount”. Well tell that to the 300mm f2 right there with a 150mm diameter apeture.

    • Parampreet Dhatt

      The size of the rear opening of a lens is always the same for a given aperture size, irrespective of focal length. For example, the rear aperture opening of a 35mm f/2 lens will be the same as this 300mm f/2 lens. The effective aperture i.e. focal length/aperture influences the size of the front element of the lens. The effective aperture for this lens is 150mm (300mm/2), so the size of the front element has to be greater than 150mm for this lens.

    • Spy Black

      I think it’s all the glass up front that grabs the light, so yes you could, but the lens would probably be pretty gigantic up front.

    • JohnH

      This is an AIS manual focus lens – it has no contacts.

    • Jeremy Allen

      The rear element of my 55mm f1.2 lens is bigger than the 300 f2’s. You could easily “chip” a 300 f2 lens (if you get someone to program the chip to the specs). It’s not so easy for f1.2 lens.

    • Pardon?

      Er, what electronic contacts do you think the 300/2 has?

  • chris

    Is the 35 1.8 soft wide open?

  • Spy Black

    I’d be surprised if that 13mm sells for under 30 clams.

    • Tanquay Viperbottom

      I’m just glad I’m not the only one that regularly uses the term clams!

  • peterw

    Is there something writen about ‘built quality’ of the 35 F1,8?
    There must be somebody around the world able to read both kinds of language.

    • NAq

      I’ve tried to use google translator, but I couldn’t find out much – but, the test pictures are very promising. The ED member in the construction helps much against LoCA, and vignetting is very slight even on the wide open samples with the Nikon Df. This lens fights well against the Sigma 35 F1.4, and wins in (not all, but) many comparisons.

  • 36megapixies

    From the Japanese 35mm review..
    Bokeh is very nice, front and back. Build quality is the same as the other F1.8 lenses. It balances really nicely on a Nikon DF.
    Focus is good, and it’s easy to take over and manually focus if you need to. It’s sharp from wide open, and has a good 3D like character.

    • peterw

      thanks a lot 36mp.

      “…same as the other F1,8 lenses”…
      The 85 feels and works fine. The 28 has an unpleasant free spin in the manual focus ring and has an unpleasant ‘feel’… Humm. Same as which of these? W’ll wait and see 🙂

      • pj

        I agree, the 85/1.8G feels great to me. Sure it’s not a Leica lens or even a Zeiss, but it feels pretty decent and the focus ring is smooth and somewhat damped with no free play. My 50/1.4G is a step above that even (I know it’s not an f/1.8 lens but the price is in the same ballpark, or even cheaper actually).

        The 28/1.8G does feel a bit cheaper. It’s light for it’s size, which is disconcerting since it feels cheap but the light weight is nice after a full day of shooting. However the focus ring does have some play. It isn’t a huge issue but makes manual focusing much less efficient.

        So yeah, I’m also hoping that the new 35 is closer to the 85/1.8G or 50/1.4G in build quality.

        Having said that, before I bought my lens I checked in with a busy photojournalist friend of mine who has been using the 28G since it came out, and he said it’s held up fine. I’ve only had mine a short time but I have used it quite a bit on commercial and editorial jobs and mine is also holding up nicely.

        Did the Japanese review say anything about flare? The 28G is good in that regard, but it has nano-coating. The 50/1.4G is a disaster if you shoot into the light, and the 85/1.8G is pretty bad too for flare and ghosting.

        • 36megapixies

          I didn’t see anything about flare, or any indication that the reviewer tested for it.

          It does however mention that the focus ring is easy to use, so I assume that means it’s good. The AF is also reported to be reliable and fast.
          I think the review is referring more to the 50mm and 85mm F1.8 lenses, because both of these are previously mentioned in the review.

          Also mentions natural colour rendering, and that the blur characteristic is similar to that of the 58mm F1.4G.

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