A possible new Nikon lens....

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Todd Hargis
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A possible new Nikon lens....
Nov 4, 2009

Rumors, rumors.... we hear them a lot and I have another one for you all. Today I got word from a salesman I know well at my local camera store and it is rumored that Nikon will remake the manual focus 35mm F/1.4 into an AF-S version. This was the classic photojournalist lens back in the day and it is still concidered one of the best Nikon lenses made. The manual USA lens has been discontinued so this rumor may be true, if so I'm buying one for sure. It will be priced over $1000.00 as the manual import is $999.00 at B&H. Have any of you heard of this?

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Hey Todd -

I heard that, too, and I bet it was from the SAME salesman!

I wish I could get excited about 35, but having owned both 35 and 24 in Canon EF, I like 24 way better. I'll be very annoyed if a 24 is not announced alongside the alleged 35... It might push me to buy a 5dm2 just so I can get Canon's new 24s... I am also very interested in that new TS 24m2

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1000$ seems pretty expensive for a prime lens, even at 1.4

I would definitively put this monney in a 85mm 1.2 but not a 35mm.

The AF-S DX version costs only 200$. The only problem is that it's the crop factor 1.5 version & that the bokeh is a bit too crispy. Otherwhise, it's tack sharp at 1.8, just unbelievably sharp !...

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OMG $1000 would be CHEAP for a modern WA design! It costs more to make a WA at 1.4 than an 85.

I would gladly pay what Canon users are paying for their 24/1.4 v2.

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In reply to Todd Hargis, Nov 4, 2009

No,

did not hear anything of it.
The only lenses I heard about are:

a super telezoom lens
a wide angle prime lens
a mid range zoom lens

Would be really historical if Nikon brings out such type of lens as you mentioned.
A used ones I saw recently was historically priced as well

Michel

Todd Hargis wrote:

Rumors, rumors.... we hear them a lot and I have another one for you all. Today I got word from a salesman I know well at my local camera store and it is rumored that Nikon will remake the manual focus 35mm F/1.4 into an AF-S version. This was the classic photojournalist lens back in the day and it is still concidered one of the best Nikon lenses made. The manual USA lens has been discontinued so this rumor may be true, if so I'm buying one for sure. It will be priced over $1000.00 as the manual import is $999.00 at B&H. Have any of you heard of this?

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If salesmen at local camerastores..
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...would know secrets like that, then Nikon wouldn't be able to keep anything secret. This is wishful thinking with a pinch of logical reasoning (i.e. there's a distinct hole in the Nikkor-lineup, namely fast wide angle primes which needs to be addressed).
Any fool knows that it's not a matter of 'if', but 'when'.

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midrange zoom? FF?
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No,

did not hear anything of it.
The only lenses I heard about are:

a super telezoom lens
a wide angle prime lens
a mid range zoom lens

This midrange would be an f/4 24-105, an update of present variable aperture 24-105 or another DX me-too kit lens?

No news of the rumored 16-35mm f/4?

I hope Nikon gets this right, it's a big hole in their lineup for FF.

Would be really historical if Nikon brings out such type of lens as you mentioned.
A used ones I saw recently was historically priced as well

Michel

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Rumors, rumors.... we hear them a lot and I have another one for you all. Today I got word from a salesman I know well at my local camera store and it is rumored that Nikon will remake the manual focus 35mm F/1.4 into an AF-S version. This was the classic photojournalist lens back in the day and it is still concidered one of the best Nikon lenses made. The manual USA lens has been discontinued so this rumor may be true, if so I'm buying one for sure. It will be priced over $1000.00 as the manual import is $999.00 at B&H. Have any of you heard of this?

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In reply to Todd Hargis, Nov 4, 2009

The folks at my local camera store tell me "We're the last to know", even though they move an enormous amount of professional camera equipment.

Nikon knows, I presume, that a lot of their current lens "street cred" rests on their wide angle lens's. Canon lens's are generally excellent at the long end of the line, but Nikon still holds sway at the wide end ... except for the gaping hole in it's fast / wide / primes which is currently filled by older and out of production manual focus lens's.

It's about time that we get to see Nikon AF-s wide prime with fast apertures in the range of 24 and 35mm.

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But will it be any good @ f1.4?
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I have the 35mm f1.4 AIS and it is an AWESOME lens but unusable for critical work wide open IMHO. Hope they make it usable at f1.4 but I doubt it. I am sure it will be a fantastic piece of glass however.

I will stick with the AIS lens anyway because Nikon neuter all their new lenses these days by not providing an aperture ring. While they maintain this stupid policy I refuse to buy ANY new lens from them.

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Re: But will it be any good @ f1.4?
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Sadly I don't see the putting back the aperture ring anytime soon, you could have a very long wait.

spectra wrote:

I have the 35mm f1.4 AIS and it is an AWESOME lens but unusable for critical work wide open IMHO. Hope they make it usable at f1.4 but I doubt it. I am sure it will be a fantastic piece of glass however.

I will stick with the AIS lens anyway because Nikon neuter all their new lenses these days by not providing an aperture ring. While they maintain this stupid policy I refuse to buy ANY new lens from them.

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Not by me.

Luckily, I suspect your local salesman is talking nonsense, and when 35/1.4 AF-S comes, it will have nothing to do with poor 35mm F/1.4 AI-S.

Todd Hargis wrote:

it is still concidered one of the best Nikon lenses made.

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Indeed.

Notice how every week someone posts new secret Nikon info they got from some local salesman? It's getting ridiculous.

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...would know secrets like that, then Nikon wouldn't be able to keep anything secret.

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You skeptics are mostly right about salespeople, BUT you're forgetting that a select minority of salespeople have been in the industry for so long (like 2nd and 3rd generation in some cases) that they have personal relationships in the industry that go well beyond the information channel of their actual jobs. That's how leaks happen. Nobody here is suggesting that Nikon officially whisper's in a local sales person's ear.

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a 24 to 105 like the Canon. I have the 24 to 70 and it's a superb lens. Yet the other night, I did a job with my 5D and the Canon 24 to105 and never changed lenses. It was a fund raiser in a Manhattan hotel. I was even surprised at the 5D focusing ability in low light. I did miss the D700 high ISO but the fact that I could get away with one lens was priceless.
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I'm waiting too.
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But luckily for me, there are a LOT of really great AF-D designs, not to mention the classic AI/AIS cameras which work very well on digital, so I'm not too worried about Nikon going strictly "G" lens.

The only "G" lens at the moment that has me seriously consider purchasing one, is the 24-70mm F2.8.

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Very good point on sales people in the system for years.
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In reply to Todd Hargis, Nov 4, 2009

...for this lens, and the 24 f1.4 AFS which will undoubtedly soon follow.

Here's to the power of positive thinking!

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No,

It will probable be the 16-35 you mentioned although it's not really mid range in my perspective....
Michel

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M Lammerse wrote:

No,

did not hear anything of it.
The only lenses I heard about are:

a super telezoom lens
a wide angle prime lens
a mid range zoom lens

This midrange would be an f/4 24-105, an update of present variable aperture 24-105 or another DX me-too kit lens?

No news of the rumored 16-35mm f/4?

I hope Nikon gets this right, it's a big hole in their lineup for FF.

Would be really historical if Nikon brings out such type of lens as you mentioned.
A used ones I saw recently was historically priced as well

Michel

Todd Hargis wrote:

Rumors, rumors.... we hear them a lot and I have another one for you all. Today I got word from a salesman I know well at my local camera store and it is rumored that Nikon will remake the manual focus 35mm F/1.4 into an AF-S version. This was the classic photojournalist lens back in the day and it is still concidered one of the best Nikon lenses made. The manual USA lens has been discontinued so this rumor may be true, if so I'm buying one for sure. It will be priced over $1000.00 as the manual import is $999.00 at B&H. Have any of you heard of this?

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In reply to Todd Hargis, Nov 4, 2009

Todd,

Retail camera salesmen are seldom told about future products by any manufacturer. For this very reason, they won't keep a secret!!! Most retail salesmen read about rumors on the internet and repeat them to impress customers and appear "in the know".

That said, I have the 35mm f/1.4 AiS and it is an excellent little lens. I'd buy an AF-S version. Maybe this was just wishful thinking on the part of your salesman friend.

Nikon is behind on updates for several old primes; the 16mm AF-D fisheye, the 28mm f/1.4 AF-D, 35mm f/1.4 AiS, 85mm f/1.4 AF-D and some telephoto lenses like the 105mm and 135mm. I expect they'll update the 85mm first.

Cheers,
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Todd Hargis wrote:

Rumors, rumors.... we hear them a lot and I have another one for you all. Today I got word from a salesman I know well at my local camera store and it is rumored that Nikon will remake the manual focus 35mm F/1.4 into an AF-S version. This was the classic photojournalist lens back in the day and it is still concidered one of the best Nikon lenses made. The manual USA lens has been discontinued so this rumor may be true, if so I'm buying one for sure. It will be priced over $1000.00 as the manual import is $999.00 at B&H. Have any of you heard of this?

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