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Upcoming Nikon 35/1.8 and 85/1.4 AF-S lenses

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by cotdt, Sep 30, 2008.

  1. cotdt


    Jul 14, 2007
    Bay Area, USA
    According to rumors anyway, which usually turn out to be correct. I'm dissappointed that Nikon decided not to bring us a 35/1.4 AF-S and will be bringing us a slower 35/1.8 AF-S instead. I see nothing wrong with the current 35/2 AF-D, except for its jittery bokeh. And we already have a good 85/1.4, so this is not that interesting.
  2. yeah, I was hoping for an 85/1.2 myself...
  3. I hope this means the "old" 85/1.4D comes down in price on the secondary market. Mmm ...
  4. is it an 85 1.4?? looking as how the trend seems to be that nikon is introducing a consumer/prosumer set of primes, i was actually thinking it would be just the 35 2.0, 50 1.4 and 85 1.8 but in AF-S form. i wouldnt mind this at first, especially if nikon does indeed improve the sharpness and contrast wide open. the new 50 1.4 doesnt look to be a pro-level lens, like the L primes that canon has. in fact, it looks to be made of the exact same plastic as the current mid-range nikkor zooms. i'd very much welcome the AF-S set of primes, as would MANY d40 and d60 users, but would be shocked to see nikon NOT introduce a pro-level set consisting of a 35 1.4, 50 1.2 and 85 1.2 to combat the L's.
  5. Phil, a while ago you said some reliable source told you that an AF-S 85mm f/2 VR was coming out ...

    As far as the 35/1.8 rumors go, this thread has a lot of discussion on it:

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  6. If more people will buy a $400 35mm f/1.8 AF-S than a $600 35mm f/1.4 AF-S, that is what Nikon is going to produce. Wonder why the 28 f/1.4 went the way of the dodo?
  7. whyhan


    Jun 14, 2006
    SF Bay Area
    Nah, if they do come out with a 35mm 1.4 afs, it'll be more like $1000+.
    Canon's equivalent is around there.
    I for one do hope there will be an updated 85mm1.4, preferably not years from now.
  8. rvink


    Mar 21, 2006
    New Zealand
    F1.2 only just fits inside the manual F mount, the AF mount is smaller due to the CPU contact block. The optical tricks required to squeeze that speed through the AF mount would do nothing to improve image quality. I very much doubt we will see any Nikkor AF 1.2 lens.

    F1.4 is fine with the Nikon AF mount - 28/1.4, 50/1.4, 85/1.4. Isn't that fast enough? F1.2 is only half a stop faster, the number of photographers who would actually use that speed (apart from bragging rights) would be small.

    Given the slow sales of the AF 28/1.4, Nikon may wonder whether it is worth producing super-fast lenses. It was in production for over 10 years and less than 7500 were made - even less than the Noct. Granted, it was a very expensive lens! I wonder how many 24/1.4s Canon have sold?
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  9. kgill


    Jul 25, 2007
    didn't the same site publish QC probs with a new "35mm f/1.4 af-s"???
  10. anything at the 1.4/1.2 (other thant he 50) would be in the $1000 price tag (even more here in UK). I for one will stick with my 35mm 1.4 ais and soon to purchase (i hope) 50mm f1.2.\

    the fact is right now nikon is under no real pressure to deliver these super fast primes since the big business is in the consumer market where spashing out $$$$ on a lens that doesnt zoom is ridiculous.
  11. TheCommons


    Jul 2, 2008
    LA, CA ;)
    an 85 f1.2 will cost about $1600 if you compare it to canons prices.

    I'd very much rather nikon update the f1.4 and keep it around $1000

  12. I agree with this to a point. But with digital imaging replacing film, I think lenses such as these would be in a greater demand. I think the ease and convenience of digital would convince many to pony up the extra $$$. I would've never thought about such a lens in my film days. But today, I just might.
  13. rvink


    Mar 21, 2006
    New Zealand
    You could also argue the other way ... ISO digital images are cleaner and less grainy than fast films, which would reduce the need for super-fast lenses. On the other hand, the 28/1.4 was made in the days when aspherics was still an expensive technology. It would be easier and cheaper to make a similar lens today, and I guess a replacement would sell much better (as a comparison, the AFS 200-400 has outsold the older AIS version by a factor of 20).
  14. Nikkor AIS

    Nikkor AIS

    Jun 5, 2008
    One of the things I always loved about Nikon was that they would produce low production runs of lens like the Nikkor 300 f2 ED-IF AIS. 200-400 F4 ED AIS...80-200 2.8 ED AIS. Success isnt always about how many units a company can sell. I can tell you I feel very privilaged to own one of 450 Nikkor 80-200 2.8 ED AIS lenses. Im sure they have sold a million of the AF versions , I even bought one at one point. And not that it isnt a good lens. But its no 80-200 2.8 ED AIS:biggrin:. Im sure if there is a demand we may see some very exotic new glass coming are way some time soon.

  15. rvink


    Mar 21, 2006
    New Zealand
    Actually, Nikon made at least 1539 of them (450 is about the number of AIS 300/2 and 200-400s made) - see www.photosynthesis.co.nz/nikon/serialno.html - so it's more than 3 times more common than you thought! But I know what you mean, during their high years in the 60s, 70s and early 80s they would produce very expensive specialized lenses for the scientific and photographic community - 10m OP-fisheye, 6mm/2.8 fisheye, 13mm/5.6, 300/2, 2000/11 reflex etc.
  16. marioni


    Jan 22, 2006
    Or they could update the F/1.4 and sell it for $1,600.
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