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Nikon creates 18.5mm F1.8 fast prime lens for 1 system mirrorless cameras

Sep 13, 2012 at 04:00 GMT

Nikon has announced the 1 Nikkor 18.5mm F1.8 fast 'normal' prime lens for its 1 system mirrorless cameras. The 18.5mm lens offers a field of view equivalent to that of a 50mm lens on a full-frame camera. Its wide maximum aperture makes it easier to get the most out of the 1 system cameras in low light and to produce shallow depth-of-field images. The lens will be available in black, white or silver, at a cost of around $189.95.

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Press Release:

NEW 1 NIKKOR 18.5MM F/1.8 OFFERS NIKON 1 SYSTEM SHOOTERS COMPACT PERFORMANCE AND CREATIVE CONTROL

MELVILLE, N.Y. (September 13, 2012) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the latest addition to the Nikon 1 system, the compact and lightweight 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8, a fixed focal length addition to the 1 NIKKOR family of lenses. The 18.5mm f/1.8 gives Nikon 1 System shooters a fast prime lens that is consistently able to deliver outstanding image quality and sharpness for stills and HD video, whether shooting awe-inspiring landscapes, flattering portraits or documenting the family vacation in glorious HD video.

"Nikon's new 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm offers extremely fast performance alongside the accuracy and image quality that photographers have come to expect from a NIKKOR lens," said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. "With the continuing expansion of the 1 NIKKOR line of lenses, Nikon is committed to ensuring every moment is captured with tremendous speed and amazing clarity."

1 NIKKOR Speed and Versatility
The 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 prime lens features the popular yet versatile focal length of approximately 50mm (35mm equivalent) and a large f/1.8 aperture, making it ideal for portraiture and everyday shooting. With the large aperture, consumers can create a dramatic depth of field with beautiful image blur, or shoot with confidence in challenging lighting conditions.

Conveniently compact and crafted with eight optical elements in six groups, the 18.5mm fulfills the promise of NIKKOR quality with solid handling and optical excellence. The lens is lightweight, weighing in at a mere 2.5 ounces to further complement the portability of the Nikon 1 System. Seven aperture blades help to create a pleasing circular bokeh for a natural separation between subject and background.

Price and Availability
Compatible with the Nikon 1 J1, J2 and V1, the 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 will be available in early November 2012 in Black, White and Silver and will have a suggested retail price (SRP) of $189.95*. For
more information on this and other 1 NIKKOR lenses and other Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

1 Nikkor 18.5mm F1.8 specifications

Principal specifications
Lens typePrime lens
Max Format size1″
Focal length19 mm
Lens mountNikon 1
Aperture
Maximum apertureF1.8
Minimum apertureF11.0
Aperture ringNo
Number of diaphragm blades7
Aperture notesrounded blades
Optics
Elements8
Groups6
Focus
Minimum focus0.20 m (7.87)
Maximum magnification0.12×
AutofocusYes
Motor typeMicromotor
Full time manualUnknown
Distance scaleNo
DoF scaleNo
Physical
Weight70 g (0.15 lb)
Diameter56 mm (2.2)
Length36 mm (1.42)
ColourBlack, White, Silver
Filter thread41 mm
Hood suppliedNo