Weekly Nikon news flash #446

→ For Black Friday Irix lenses are up to $100 off at B&H and Adorama (most of the other Black Friday deals are still valid).

→ The Tokina 24-70mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro FX lens for Nikon F-mount is now $300 off.

→ New Sigma deal: the 135mm f/1.8 DG HSM ART lens + free USB dock is now $200 off (see all Sigma Black Friday deals here)

→ The Commlite CM-ENF-E1 Pro Nikon F-mount lens to Sony E-mount autofocus adapter firmware version 6 is now available.

→ Finally a Nikon sales event in Canada: "Share the Moment Holiday Sales Event" is running from November 24th until January 11th (check the latest Nikon prices on Amazon Canada).

→ New (and first?) Nikon official store opened in Indonesia.

An extensive comparison of six 24-70mm f/2.8 lenses (Google translated).

→ This old NPC ProBack (check eBay prices) lets you shoot Polaroid peel-apart films with a Nikon SLR (more info).

Nikon Film Festival is now open for entries.

→ Nikon D850 time-lapses.

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  • PhilK

    It’s nice to see all those 24-70 2.8 lenses lined-up so we can be reminded of what a gigantosaurus that 24-70E is. 😐

    • Aldo

      Canon is the best… but it doesnt have vr so…

    • Vinnypimages

      But it doesn’t get longer as you zoom in…

      • PhilK

        Good to know.

  • RC Jenkins

    I’m glad they finally have an AF adapter for Nikon lenses on Sony cameras (though it’s completely irrelevant to me since I have no plans to buy a Sony any time soon)…

    …but couldn’t they have chosen a better lens than a 35mm DX lens to mount and showcase onto that A7II!?! I dunno, maybe the 105mm F/1.4? 58mm F/1.4? 14-24 F/2.8? 200-500mm F/5.6? Like pretty much any other lens??

  • waterengineer

    Too bad that Nikon couldn’t have worked with Irix so the lenses could be AF. Nikon not sharing info on their AF algorithm is a terrible business decision.

    • TurtleCat

      It’s good for consumers but Nikon wouldn’t see much benefit to them. It’s steering people to third party lenses. Only way I can see it “happening” is if Nikon charges a lot of money for it.

      It works for Sony and m43 because they need the help.

      • DeNo_F49F

        if they licensed it out to the third party companies though, they could make a killing. Imagine people buying Zeiss lenses with autofocus ……Nikon would still make money regardless. But they would have to quit bullshitting and make their lens lineup better. From what I have seen, Sony’s lens lineup is crazy for the G-Master lenses. Nikon should be able to beat that, and I don’t know that they are across the board.

        • TurtleCat

          I don’t think Nikon would benefit all that much from a free licensing arrangement. I still think it’s good for consumers, though.

      • Someone

        Nikon also will need help with their supposedly upcoming mirrorless system. It could be beneficial to collaborate with some third party lens manufacturer(s) to build the lens lineup for the newborn system as quickly as possible. But sadly I don’t think Nikon will be doing this.

    • Sebako

      Sigma, Tokina and Tamron manage to make AF lenses for the F mount without Nikon telling them anything. It can be done.

      That Irix decided against it is probably because it’s more development work—unlike the aforementioned companies, Irix don’t have a system ready that they could just add to the lens—and it’s more manufacturing work too, making the product more expensive. Plus, they know lots of prospective customers for very wide angle primes probably won’t mind.

      • TurtleCat

        Allegedly it isn’t a patent violation for a Japanese company to reverse engineer and use the AF protocols but is for companies outside of Japan.

        • billybobq23

          Patent law is local, so if a company decides to sell in the Europe and the USA, they can reverse engineer without worrying about Japanese patent law.

          • TurtleCat

            Except for any international agreements…

    • Wildness

      After a number of bad copies and them expecting me to pay to send the last one to Poland for them to fix it, I wouldn’t suggest anyone buy an Irix for any reason.

  • Amir

    That ‘An extensive comparison of six 24-70mm f/2.8 lenses’ was ambiguous to me.Thing that I learnt:
    -that Canon 24-70 lens is the best overall;
    -that for videography,because of focus breathing,Sony 24-70 is the only choice,
    -Tokina is a piece of below average lens,even with high DXOmark given score!
    -The rest?Unknown!(I will be more than glad if somebody helps me to clear out things.)

    May be Goolge couldn’t translate it correctly.That was like reading an ancient Egyptian tablet to me!

    • Wildness

      I have the Tokina 24-70 and it is an excellent lens! Razor sharp from edge to edge. It is working perfectly with the D850.

  • Fly Moon

    Peter, or anyone else, do you know if 35mm 1.8 or 24mm 1.8 lenses for FF ever go on sale?


    • Maybe in January or February when they push their lens rebates (if they do them in 2018).

      • Fly Moon


  • peter w

    Beautiful timelaps from Marsel.

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