The 2014 Photokina show is now over

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The 2014 Photokina show is now over (pictures above: Nikon 750 attached to a multicopter at Photokina, credits: coptograph.com & jantotrappe.de). Here are few new lenses for Nikon cameras that were announced during the show and I have not covered on [NR]:

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Samyang announced a "photography" version of the V-DSLR 50mm T1.5 AS UMC lens: the Samyang 50mm f/1.4 AS UMC will be available in Nikon F mount.

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→ Schneider Kreuznach announced three new lenses for Nikon DSLR cameras.

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→ Not officially announced yet, but Sigma is working on new 24-70mm and 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses.

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  • that multicopter scene doesn’t make sense in so many levels.

  • Sports

    “The 2014 Photokina show is now over” but where the h…. is the Dxxx?
    No, seriously, it’s nice to see that the big players had news, but didn’t they all bring exactly one big thing and then some change? Regarding new products, it looks like Photokina got its share, but many bigger annoncements were made earlier this year, so maybe the big shows are not that “decisive” anymore. If you have some good stuff to show, you definitely can’t wait three months. It’s 2014!
    Personally, the Sigma 150-600 Sports ended up on my wishlist. Had I been a Canonist, the 7D2 would have been there, too. What a combo for tele guys on a budget.

  • El Aura

    Quick, does anybody know by heart how many versions of 70-200 mm f/2.8-ish lenses Sigma has released in the last 30 years? Admittedly, Nikon had five, three 80-200 and two 70-200, the first one without AF, the second with AF, the third one with AF-S and the fourth and fifth one additionally with VR. Thus, apart from the last iteration Nikon at least changed the features with every lens which makes it easier to tell them apart.

    • Robert Martinu

      Barring a miscount I could name 4 in the last 8 years…
      Better then doing nothing – lets see how the new iterations compare to their Tamron counterparts or the natives

      • apollo

        I could name 5:

        -Sigma 70-200 f2.8 APO EX
        -Sigma 70-200 f2.8 HSM
        -Sigma 70-200 f2.8 HSM II
        -Sigma 70-200 f2.8 EX APO DG OS HSM
        -Then another 70-200 f2.8 EX APO DG OS HSM (which is just mostly a facelift and updated mechanisms. Smaller focusing ring, bigger zoom ring which is now in he front instead of being behind focusing ring.

        • Robert Martinu

          Not to forget those with the “macro” tag. Just prior to the OS version.

          • apollo

            Oh damn! I forgot those ones completely!

  • Spy Black

    I anxiously await the Sigma 24-70. It will hopefully be an “Art” series, with appropriate optical performance. Hopefully it will be equal to, or better than, the Canon 24-70 (which is optically better than the Nikkor), with VR.

    • jstevez

      Totally agree, it would great if Sigma also comes out with a killer “Art” 70-200. Nikon already proved that a zoom could be as sharp as a prime (14-24mm).

    • BrainBeat

      VR is the main thing to me I think. Any optical improvements would be good too. Being a 3rd party it really needs to be priced less than the OEM ones or so much better quality which I would think would be fairly hard.

      As someone who may be looking to upgrade to full frame with the D750 getting a standard zoom is something I would be looking at getting too. I currently use my Sigma 17-50 all the time (the crop equivalent to this lens) so this could be a no brainier if it is better than the Tamron version.

      • Spy Black

        “VR is the main thing to me I think.”

        No, it needs to have killer optics as well. I had the Tamron 24-70 with VR, and it was dismal, especially at the wide end. Check it out against a cheap plastic Nikkor from the 90’s(!)…

        • BrainBeat

          While I will have to take your word that the above images are correct and what you say they are that does not mean that the current Sigma may not be better than the Tamron now and just adding VR might be all that is needed. To me also in your picture the blurriness looks more from motion than lens flaws and that could be caused by poor camera work.

          • Ronan

            Tamron and Sigma make crap lenses. Once in awhile they have a good lens.

            Get over it, that’s how it is. If you want the best, grab a Nikkor, Canon, Zeiss, Leica glass. Yes there’s a reason why they are so expensive, brand name of course, but most importantly, high quality glass.

            • Spy Black

              You’ve obviously never seen images made with a Canon 24-105 f/4 or a Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5.

            • BrainBeat

              I would not say they always make poor lenses. I am very happy with my 17-50 which apart from back focusing is really sharp. In the past they would seem to have been budget all around but I think they are lifting their game to at least be closer and in some cases exceeding the OEM.

          • Spy Black

            Those shots were locked off. No motion involved.

            We won’t know if the Sigma will be any better until it materializes. At present, believe it or not, the Tamron you see there is better than the existing Sigma.

            • BrainBeat

              I guess looking at your images again that you are showing at least the non central crop? This is likely to show some softness on most lenses. Also I see now you are taking at F4 which seems fairly low for a landscape shot. Also as I mentioned with my 17-50 it back focuses maybe this or both samples needed calibrating to give a sharp image? There is always the possibility of getting a bad sample too.

              Anyway I am sure the OEM guys make much better than these 3rd party but there is always hope this might not be the case next time.

            • Spy Black

              The purpose of this test wasn’t to take a “landscape” shot. It was to test the resolution of the optic at different F-stops. I was merely displaying these stops, which is already 1 stop down from wide open. However you can see in this additional image I’m posting here that, stopped down further still to a typical F-stop “sweet spot”, it still looked bad. The cheap plastic lens really is embarrassing the crap out of it at this point. How do you put a product like this out with a straight face?

              It’s my hope that Sigma can put out a lens with the sharpness that the Nikon and, especially, the Canon 24-70 have, with VR. If anyone can pull it off right now, it’s Sigma. There’s no guarantee of course. If you’re curious to see what that sharpness the Canon and Nikon have in comparison is, have a look at this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=xat-cF1Aess
              There you can clearly see how much better the Canon is, and how much worse the present sigma is.

    • Isaac Alonzo

      where is the rumor of a 24-70 f2.0?

    • dclivejazz

      I’m jonsing for a Nikkor 24-70 VR myself. The current Nikkor 24-70 is my most used lenses. It could be a little sharper, and VR will help me in the slow shutter speed situations I always get myself into. But the Nikkor focuses quickly and renders a lovely image. It’s just over due for an upgrade.

    • akkual

      Canon 24-70/2.8 II isn’t optically better. Canon is better at 24mm/2.8 and Nikon is better at 70/2.8 and Nikon improves more when stopping down. Unless the corner performance at 24mm/2.8 isn’t your highest concern then they are dead on overall. And 24mm wide you really don’t care corner sharpness that much as they are heavily distorted anyway. Unlike at 70mm. where corner sharpness matters in all other than portrait work.

      • Spy Black

        They are not “dead on overall”. If you look at this video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=xat-cF1Aess
        You can clearly see how much sharper the Canon is at the wide AND the tele end. Both the Canon and the Nikon are clearly better than the Tamron and (especially) present-day Sigma.

        It’s my hope that Sigma can make a 24-70 with that kind of sharpness AND VR. Obviously there’s no guarantees of course, but Sigma has had a good track record lately. We’ll simply have to wait and see.

  • n11

    I’d be interested in seeing a Sigma 24-120 F2.8, Or perhaps a 3.5 version?

    • Hans Ham

      Yes I agree. Why is that not on the market yet? I would not care if that lens costs 2000

      • Spy Black

        To much of an optical stretch to have high IQ.

        • FranklySpeaking

          Says who, exactly?

          • Spy Black

            Physics.

            • Isaac Alonzo

              24-120 2.8 might be heavy but if they make it it will sell like hotcakes! Just look at the 18-35 f1.8 and how fast it sold out the first batch even though the bunch of cry babies saying the zoom reach wasn’t big enough. Still hopes up for a new series of Sigma primes with f1.2 to blow canon out of the water 🙂

            • Spy Black

              18-35 is 2x zoom. Anything over 3x sacrifices IQ somewhere, typically at the ends, and especially the long end.

  • Aldo

    Dang I was hoping the sigma 24-70 was 2.0… I guess vr will be good enough paired with art like optics… nikon vr where are you?

    • Hans Ham

      I would be more pleased with a 24-120 1.4 why don’t they make that one.

      • Aldo

        It was rumored at 2.0… maybe that’s pushing it but 2.2 or 2.5 is very realistic today.

        • Neopulse

          Also forgot to add man, when the Sigma 50mm was announced, no one really thought it was going to be that good let alone that BIG. It weights 815g that lens even though it was meant to be a standard prime which usually are more affordable. And yet they surprised the world. That’s why I say, you never know what they’re up to, because weight or standard design lately doesn’t seem like them.

        • Isaac Alonzo

          Exactly the lens I am hoping too, if they made the 18-35 f1.8, seems like they could do something to make it happen

      • Majd Abu Rakty

        because physics.

    • Neopulse

      I dunno Aldo, I think personally that them saying it, doesn’t mean it guarantees it will be like so. Maybe there isn’t a working prototype yet or maybe they are giving misdirection to the competition. Sigma lately like making big splashes for their lenses. So you never know.

  • saywhatuwill

    Love that Miss Aniela photo with the birds.

  • whisky

    i was hoping they’d apologize for the V3, and pre-announce the V4. 🙂

  • PeterO

    Now that the party and the big announcements are over, I guess we’re in for a lull. Whatever happened to the 300 f4 VR rumour or was that just wishful thinking like the D9300?

    • Bengt Nyman

      Exactly! Where are the 200 f4 VR and 300 f4 VR lenses.

  • Espen4u

    No new coolpixies, that was odd. And Canon released the D400 for us. Besides the new 20, Nikon seems a bit too careful. Where is the Df and cpA done right? Where is the DX system headed? Where is the radio update to CLS?

    • Isaac Alonzo

      Hope you aren’t talking about 7D mk2 with an outdated sensor and basically the same low light performance of the cheaper 70D

  • Majd Abu Rakty

    I really hope Nikon will slow down a bit and stop throwing camera bodies in the market like they have been doing in the past 4 years. Not to become as slow as canon but at least to have some time to study the market more seriously and hopefully do a serious upgrade on some lenses such as the 24-70 and issue some new primes with new focal lengths such as 100mm and 135mm. There are so many things to be done, they just need to focus on heading in the right direction. It is a shame to see third party manufacturers do a much better job with optics than Nikon itself, a welcome shame tho as spending less is always better. It just doesn’t help Nikon’s name.

    • dclivejazz

      Nikon’s prioritization sometimes is head-scratching. But with how rapidly technology changes, I welcome body upgrades more often, every two years or even yearly, compared to every 4 years. Not that I need to buy each iteration.

      • Majd Abu Rakty

        Technology is going rapidly indeed but seeing it in camera bodies only doesn’t make sense. I would love to have a new camera model every year but not on the expense of developing decent optics to go with the bodies. All lens manufacturers have stepped up their game massively in the past 2 years like what Tamron did with the 24-70, 70-200 and hopefully the new 15-30 all with VC as well as Sigma with their Art line. Dare I say also, Zeiss with the 55 and 85 otus. Most of these lenses are performing ahead or at least on par with the equivalent offering from Nikon. The nikon 24-70 could use some VR or a stop faster aperture at f2 (or maybe both? I dream too big, i know). The 70-200 seriously needs more magnification because the focus breathing in this one is so freakin bad. Also, further offerings such as a 100mm, 135mm, a long macro such as 180mm or 200mm. A 400mm for tight budget would be nice as well. So as you see, the nikon lens offering could use some update to go along with the camera bodies they have been updating so frequently. For me I don’t mind having 2 or 3 bodies less every 3-4 years for the purpose of getting new lenses with better optics.
        Oh and I don’t wanna ignore flashes. Get us a decent built in wireless radio system already!

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