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  • Nikon Df Digital SLR Camera and Limited Edition 50mm f/1.8 Lens Announced

    Nikon Df Digital SLR Camera If you have been paying attention to the Nikon USA website, you've probably noticed the series of videos they have been posting on the homepage. Over several days, and through a series of well-produced teaser videos, Nikon has been strategically revealing what we can now say is the Nikon Df. Nikon's revelation campaign centered around getting back to "Pure Photography", and made it clear that the Df would be a throw-back to a previous chapter of Nikon's history.

    We feel this has been one of Nikon's best marketing efforts for a camera announcement. Product announcements are typically thrown at the public. One day the product is a secret, the next day the whole world knows. The campaign to reveal the Nikon Df created a lot of buzz, and got a lot of people excited...including us.

    If you weren't already aware, used camera equipment is a big part of our business. I don't think there is a time when we don't have a Nikon FM, FM2, or similar type of mechanical 35mm film camera around. We see them all the time, and that is a testament to how popular the older, mechanical Nikon film cameras were. The new Nikon Df digital SLR is a throw-back to that time, and highlights a lot of the manual features that were standard on those analog cameras.

    Nikon Df Manual Features

     

    As you can see, the control dials of the Nikon Df are built for manual control. It's strange to see a mechanical ISO setting dial on a digital camera. The information display on the top has shrunk. Here the display features shutter speed, aperture value, battery charge, and shots left on the memory card. And that's it. This downsized display has made room for a quite large shutter value dial, and also the mode selector dial (manual, aperture value priority, shutter value priority and program mode). For digital cameras these things are typically manipulated by the press of a button.

    Nikon is using the same 16.2 megapixel (MP) full-frame (FX format in Nikon's terminology) image sensor, paired with the Nikon EXPEED 3 image processor, as seen in their flagship Nikon D4. Nikon boasts that the Df is their thinnest and lightest full-frame digital SLR to date. The Nikon Df also features a huge ISO range that is expandable up to 204,800. I'm sure a lot of users will be happy to get some of the performance aspects (image quality) of the D4 for half the price.

    We're really excited that Nikon has developed a lens mount system for this camera that will allow it to work with all modern AF-S, AF-D and AF NIKKOR lenses, in addition to AI and non-AI lenses alike. Owners of old NIKKOR glass will really appreciate that inclusion.

    The camera also features a continuous shooting speed of 5.5 frames per second, and Wi-Fi with the optional Nikon Wu-1a adapter. Of all the features that this camera does include, the Nikon Df does not have video. The Df has no option for capturing video. I guess Nikon's idea of "pure photography" is still capture only.

    The Nikon Df should be available by the end of this month (November, 2013) in both silver and black, and will cost $2749.95 for the body only. Nikon has produced a limited edition AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G lens with retro styling to match the new Nikon Df. The camera will be sold as a kit with this lens for $2999.95. We'll have the new Nikon Df online and in our stores for demonstration and sale as soon as they come in, and we are currently taking pre-orders. Just give us a call at (802) 244-0883 if you are interested.

    Nikon Df in Black

     

    Nikon Df Back in Black

  • Update: Availability of Sony A77, A65, NEX-5N, NEX-7 and New Lenses

    As noted in our previous post comparing the features of the Sony A77 and Sony A65, we have received a lot of interest in the new Sony cameras and lenses that were recently announced: Sony A77, A65, NEX-5N, NEX-7, SAL1650, SEL24F18Z, SEL50F18, and the SEL55210. A lot of the interest has been a curiosity in when these new products will be made available. We were able to get a release schedule from Sony, and we are providing this information here. Each item links to our website where you will be able to purchase the items when we receive them in stock. If you would like to pre-order an item to be one of the first to receive the product, please contact us at sales@gmcamera.com, or (802) 244-0883. All pre-orders are first come, first serve. We currently have all of these products on order with Sony, and will therefore be part of the first shipments as the products are released.

    Release Schedule for Sony A77, A65, NEX-5N, NEX-7, and New Lenses

    Sony NEX-5N Body Only (Black) First Week of September
    Sony NEX-5N 18-55mm Lens Kit (Black) First Week of September
    Sony NEX-5N 18-55mm Lens Kit (Silver) First Week of September
    Sony Alpha SLT-A65 Body Only Mid-to-Late October
    Sony Alpha SLT-A65 18-55mm Lens Kit Mid-to-Late October
    Sony Alpha SLT-A77 Body Only Mid-to-Late October
    Sony Alpha SLT-A77 16-50mm f/2.8 Lens Kit Mid-to-Late October
    Sony NEX-7 Body Only Early November
    Sony NEX-7 18-55mm Lens Kit Early November
    Sony DT 16-50mm f/2.8 SSM Lens (SAL1650) Early November
    Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* E 24mm f/1.8 Lens (SEL24F18Z) Early December
    Sony E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (SEL50F18) Mid December
    Sony E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS Lens (SEL55210) Mid-to-Late October
  • Canon Introduces 3 New PowerShot Digital Cameras (SX150 IS, ELPH 510 HS, ELPH 310 HS)

    We are pleased to announce the introduction of 3 new Canon PowerShot compact digital cameras. Canon has recently introduced the Canon PowerShot SX150 IS, ELPH 510 HS, and the ELPH 310 HS.

    Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

    Canon PowerShot SX150 IS 14.1 MP Digital Camera (Red)

    Canon PowerShot SX150 IS Digital Camera

    The Canon PowerShot SX150 IS (black, red) is an upgrade of the SX130 IS. Looking through the specifications, there are no really big improvements over the SX130 IS. The SX150 IS maintains being powered by (2) AA batteries.

    Depending on how you look at it, this is either a godsend or a drag. We've sold a lot of SX130 IS digital cameras because customers were specifically looking for a camera that was powered by AA batteries (and there are not too many left). We've also had customers who won't even consider the camera because it is powered by AA batteries. Digital cameras powered by AA batteries are great for the frequent traveler, or for the frequent, "I feel like I'm forgetting something". If you forget your charger, just walk into a drug store, purchase some AA batteries (make sure to get some with umph!), and you will be on your way. This, in theory, sounds great for anyone, but digital cameras are power hungry. If you don't purchase high-powered AA batteries (batteries with umph!), then you will be lucky to shoot more than a few shots before the camera dies. Buy AA batteries with some real guts and the camera will work for longer, but still typically not as long as a digital camera with a dedicated proprietary lithium-ion battery. If you aren't using rechargeable AA batteries, you will end up spending a fortune on the batteries in the long run. Plus, you will be contributing to your local landfill more than what will keep your conscience happy in the short term.

    The SX150 IS is now boasting a 14.1 megapixel image sensor, which is an improvement over the 12.1 megapixel sensor of the SX130 IS. It does now feature a dedicated movie record button, which we are starting to see as a standard feature for digital cameras. We welcome this standardization. It is a pain in the behind when you are forced to switch a mode dial, or click through a menu, just to get into a Movie mode, to then have to hit the shutter button in order to start recording footage.

    Canon PowerShot ELPH 510 HS

    Canon PowerShot ELPH 510 HS 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera (Silver)

    Canon PowerShot ELPH 510 HS Digital Camera

    The Canon PowerShot ELPH 510 HS (silver, black, red) is an upgrade of the ELPH 500 HS. We really like the ELPH series of Canon PowerShot digital cameras. They are compact, but feel good in the hand; feel steady and secure, with a, typically, rugged metallic shell; and have very pleasing aesthetics. The ELPH 510 HS looks to be a really cool camera. It is less than an inch thick and has an incredible 12x optical zoom lens with a 28mm (equivalent) wide-angle. Apparently the lens engineers had to work overtime to figure out that one. It also has a huge touch screen (3.2") with a Touch Shutter. Touch Shutter works by allowing the user to simply touch the screen where they want the camera to focus and meter, and the camera will do the rest. For example, if you are trying to take a picture of someone, just touch their face and the camera will focus on the face, meter to get the correct exposure for their face, and take a picture--all in an instant. In addition, the ELPH 510 HS features the Canon HS system. You may be asking, "What is Canon's HS System?" We believe it stands for High Sensitivity (we have yet to hear a definitive answer), but it essentially is a series of features (both physical in engineering/manufacturing and by using software) to get better images in low-light. That's it. For a more detailed explanation of what's involved, check out this website.

    Canon PoweShot ELPH 310 HS

    Canon PowerShot ELPH 310 HS 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera (Purple)

    Canon PowerShot ELPH 310 HS Digital Camera

    The Canon PowerShot ELPH 310 HS (purple, silver, blue, pink, green) is an upgrade of the ELPH 300 HS. Like the ELPH 510 HS, this camera is also very slim, and it too features a longer zoom lens. In this case the ELPH 310 HS has an 8x optical zoom. One feature we are sad to see lost from the ELPH 300 HS is the 24mm wide-angle. The ELPH 310 HS has a 28mm wide-angle. I guess Canon thought the 8x vs. 5x was a worthwhile compromise. For those looking to capture detail from a distance, the 24mm wide-angle will not be missed. But, get a huge group of people together and try to take a picture of them in your living room, you will miss the 24mm wide-angle. Besides the 8x zoom there is no bump in megapixel count, but there is a larger screen (3"). Canon is really excited about the external finish of the ELPH 310 HS. It comes in five very bright, metallic colors that are sure to draw attention. One thing we like about bright colors...harder to lose.

  • Nikon Announces 6 New COOLPIX Cameras (P7100, S6200, S8200, S100, AW100, S1200pj)

    Yesterday we reported on Sony's announcement of some new digital cameras and lenses. While it took most of the day for us to update the blog and our website for these new products, we neglected to report on the introduction of new Nikon Coolpix digital cameras. Unfortunately, as the saying goes, there just aren't enough hours in the day. We have just updated our website with Nikon's new Coolpix's and are now happy to report on their introduction to the world.

    Nikon COOLPIX P7100 Digital Camera

    Nikon COOLPIX P7100 Digital Camera

    The flagship Coolpix model, the P7000, is getting an upgrade with the new Nikon COOLPIX P7100. The Nikon P7100 is not a total revamping of the P7000, which makes sense, otherwise Nikon would have probably named it something like the P8000. The megapixel count and lens (28-200mm equivalent) appear to be untouched. Nikon does state the image processing speed has been increased, in addition to better noise reduction for sharper, cleaner images. Many P7000 users will approve of Nikon's claim that the P7100 will have a "high-speed response with faster power-up time, focus acquisition and shooting time lag...." One issue many P7000 users had was the focus acquisition lag time. Two major physical changes are a new vari-angle LCD for the atypical shooting situation, and a front control knob for quick custom setting changes.

    Nikon P7100 Vari-Angle LCD Monitor

    Nikon P7100 Vari-Angle LCD Monitor

    Nikon has also upgraded the S8100 and S6100 COOLPIX digital cameras with the Nikon Coolpix S8200 (black, silver, red) and Coolpix S6200 (red, black, silver, blue, pink). Again, the small bump in model number suggests some small improvements. The Nikon S8100 was a very popular camera for us and we sold a ton of them. So, we naturally welcome an upgrade to this camera with the hope the S8200's performance will be improved along with the new model number. Both cameras get a longer zoom, which is what made them popular in the first place. The S8200 now boasts a 14x optical zoom (S8100 was 10x), and the S6200 features a 10x zoom (S6100 was 7x). It is quite incredible that Nikon is able to fit such extensive zooms in these cameras considering how compact--especially the S6100/S6200--they are. They really are pocket-able cameras.

    Nikon COOLPIX S8200 Digital Camera

    Nikon COOLPIX S8200 Digital Camera

    Nikon COOLPIX S6200 Digital Camera

    Nikon COOLPIX S6200 Digital Camera

    The S80 has received a kick with the new Nikon Coolpix S100 (red, black, gold, purple). If you are not familiar with the S80, the Nikon S100 continues a long line of compact, touch-screen digital cameras. It wasn't too long ago that these touch screens were low-resolution and not very responsive to touch. The S80 showed us a nice, big, bright, responsive, and detailed screen. The OLED screen we saw in the S80 will again be in the S100, which we welcome because it was a good screen. The S100 styling looks to now be ultra-thin (less than an inch in thickness), and in Nikon's words "Ultra-chic". You can tell from Nikon's marketing this camera was designed for a specific demographic when they use phrases like "dance floor", "curves", etc.. That is not to say this camera cannot be for everyone, however. We have sold the S80 for many specific purposes. The first one that comes to mind is when we sold an S80 to researchers because they wanted to write a tag on each image as they were being taken to later identify the images for the research project being conducted.

    Nikon COOLPIX S100 Touch-Screen Digital Camera

    Nikon COOLPIX S100 Touch-Screen Digital Camera

    It wasn't too long ago that Nikon first introduced the S1000pj. It seemed like that was quickly upgraded with the S1100pj. If you are unfamiliar with these cameras, they are a truly unique crop of technology. These Coolpix cameras feature a built-in projector. The Nikon projector cameras have always been marketed with nostalgia in mind. There was really nothing like getting a group of people together, loading up the slide projector, and having an evening of photo sharing while staring at a wall. The S1000pj and S1100pj attempted to jettison this past time into the present tense. Nikon has now introduced the next generation of these cameras with the Coolpix S1200pj (black, pink). The Nikon S1200pj has now truly launched the projector camera line into this century with the ability to connect directly to iPods and iPhones, and project content like photos and videos from those devices.  With the S1000pj, you were only able to project what was on the camera. Then the S1100pj added the ability to connect other devices. Now the S1200pj is able to do all of that plus connect to handheld devices. This will make the S1200pj more useful for many different types of people than ever. One interesting thing that we have found with these projector cameras is that Artists love them. Go ahead, project details of landscapes, portraits, or whatever, directly on your canvas.

    Nikon COOLPIX S1200pj 14.1 MP Digital Camera with Built-In Projector (Pink)

    Nikon COOLPIX S1200pj Digital Camera with Built-In Projector

    We have intentionally saved the sixth camera of all the new Nikon Coolpix digital cameras for last. With the above five cameras they are all an upgrade, or improvement, on already established camera types. This camera is a brand-new type of Coolpix for Nikon, however, and something we have not seen in Coolpix cameras. The Nikon COOLPIX AW100 (orange, black, blue) is Nikon's first underwater point-and-shoot digital, Coolpix camera. The new AW series is waterproof to a depth of 33 ft., shockproof from a drop of about 5 ft. up, and freezeproof down to about 14 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition, it is packed with features like GPS and "e-Compass". Yes, if you are lost in the woods with this camera, you can find your way out (hopefully) with the built-in compass. The AW100 is 16 megapixels and has a 5x optical zoom lens (non-extending so it can't get bumped and broken). Nikon has introduced a new case to go along with the AW series also, and it features a carabiner for quickly attaching the case to whatever is available.

    Nikon COOLPIX AW100 Waterproof Digital Camera

    Nikon COOLPIX AW100 Waterproof Digital Camera

    Nikon COOLPIX All Weather Sport Case

    Nikon COOLPIX All Weather Sport Case

  • New Sony Cameras and Lenses Announced! (A77, A65, NEX-7, NEX-5N, SEL24F18Z, SAL1650, SEL50F18, SEL55210)

    We are excited to share today's announcement of new Sony digital cameras and lenses. Two new cameras featuring Sony's "Translucent Mirror Technology" have been introduced. These cameras build on the popular Sony Alpha SLT-A33 and Sony Alpha SLT-A55, and will be sold along with the new Sony Alpha SLT-A35, which is available now (lens kit, body only). Sony today announces the Alpha SLT-A65 (lens kit, body only), and the Alpha SLT-A77 (lens kit, body only).

    Sony Alpha SLT-A65 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens

    Sony Alpha SLT-A65 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm Lens

    Sony Alpha SLT-A77 Digital SLR Camera with 16-50mm f/2.8 Lens

    Sony Alpha SLT-A77 Digital SLR Camera with 16-50mm f/2.8 Lens

    The A77 and A65 both feature a newly developed Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor with 24.3 effective megapixel resolution, as well as the world’s first XGA OLED Tru-Finder™ viewfinder, which features an astounding 2.3 million dot resolution. The sensor teams with the next generation of Sony’s BIONZ® image processing engine to handle huge amounts of high speed data from the camera sensor, enabling unprecedented response times and flawless image quality with ultra-low noise when shooting still images or Full HD video. The A77 is the world's fastest digital SLR with 12 FPS continuous shooting, and the A65 sits just behind with a still incredible 10 FPS continuous shooting. In addition, both cameras offer an extreme sensitivity with an ISO range of 100-16000. The A77 offers a durable magnesium alloy body and weather-resistant sealing for less-than-ideal shooting environments.

    For more information about the A77, including a look at the new 16-50mm f/2.8 lens (SAL1650) that is offered as a kit, check out the video below:

    In addition to the Sony A77, A65 and 16-50mm f/2.8 lens, Sony has also announced the introduction of two new NEX cameras, which will be sold along with the new NEX-C3 (available now). The two new NEX cameras announced today are the NEX-7 (lens kit, body only) and the NEX-5N (lens kit, body only, silver kit).

    The Sony Alpha NEX-7 is being pegged as the "all-in-one" compact interchangeable lens digital camera. Unlike many other mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, the Sony NEX-7 has a built-in viewfinder.

    Sony Alpha NEX-7 Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera

    Sony Alpha NEX-7 Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera

    The NEX-7 camera features a new Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor with 24.3 effective megapixel resolution – highest in its class -- that complements the latest generation of Sony’s BIONZ®  image processing engine.

    The Sony NEX-7  offers a unique combination of sensor and processor technology and delivers flawless image and HD video quality with very low noise and exceptionally fast shooting responses. An ultra-high sensitivity range extends from ISO 100-16000, making it easy to capture clean, low-noise images in dimly lit interiors or exteriors.

    Response is accelerated even further by a shutter release lag of approximately 20 milliseconds– the fastest of any interchangeable lens digital camera (as of Aug 2011). In speed priority continuous mode, the NEX-7 camera captures fast-moving action at up to 10fps (AF/AE is fixed) – the world’s fastest burst shooting speed of any mirrorless interchangeable lens camera (as of Aug 2011).

    Sony Alpha NEX-5N Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera

    Sony Alpha NEX-5N Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera

    The Sony Alpha NEX-5N features an Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor with 16.1 effective megapixel resolution and is complemented by a specially-optimized version of the powerful BIONZ® image processing engine, resulting in exceptionally clean, low noise images. Maximum sensitivity is also boosted to ISO 25600,the highest among mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras (as of Aug 2011), allowing for very high-quality handheld shooting in low-light conditions.

    One of the highlights of the Sony Alpha NEX-5N is that it is the first E-mount interchangeable lens camera from Sony that features an intuitive new Photo Creativity Touch interface. Background Defocus, Exposure, Picture Effect and other adjustments can be quickly and easily previewed, applied and combined via the LCD touch panel and control dial, with traditional “photo jargon” simplified for beginner shooters.

    In addition to the camera's mentioned above, Sony has also announced some very exciting new lens additions to both the A mount and E mount systems. As already noted, Sony has introduced a high-end, fast-aperture A mount lens, the Sony DT 16-50mm f/2.8 SSM lens.

    Sony DT 16-50mm f/2.8 SSM Lens for A-Mount Cameras

    Sony DT 16-50mm f/2.8 SSM Lens for A-Mount Cameras

    In addition to this lens, Sony has also introduced three new E mount lenses. Perhaps the most highly anticipated of the three is the new Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 24mm f/1.8 ZA lens. Sony NEX users have been waiting for a Carl Zeiss lens to be introduced into the highly popular NEX camera system.

    Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* E 24mm f/1.8 ZA Lens

    Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* E 24mm f/1.8 ZA Lens

    Sony also announced an E 50mm f/1.8 OSS lens, and an E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS lens. The 50mm f/1.8 OSS is the first lens of a fixed focal length of 50mm with a large aperture to feature optical image stabilization built in to the lens. The 55-210mm is a welcome addition to the NEX camera system for people looking to shoot objects at greater distances.

    Sony E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens

    Sony E 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens

    Sony E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS Lens

    Sony E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS Lens

    For a closer look at all of the products mentioned above, plus some extras, please check out this video:

  • Just Announced: Nikon AF-S DX Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G Macro Lens

    Nikon AF-S DX Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G Macro Lens

    Nikon AF-S DX Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G Macro Lens

    Nikon announces a new lens, the AF-S DX Micro-NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G Macro lens (Nikon Part #2200, UPC 018208022007). This lens is designed for DX, "crop" sensor cameras, like the highly popular D3100, D5100, or D7000. On a DX-format camera the effective field-of-view is equivalent to a 60mm lens. One of Nikon's most popular macro lenses has been the 60mm f/2.8. It only makes sense then for them to come out with a lens like this that has a 60mm equivalent field-of-view for DX camera bodies.

    The tentative release for this lens is sometime in August. We already have our initial order in with Nikon, and when the lens comes in you will be able to purchase it from our website here. If you are interested in pre-ordering, please call our retail store at (802) 244-0883.

    We are excited for this lens to come in for testing. It is the cheapest macro lens we have seen in a long time ($279). When we get one in we will test it out and let you know here, on our blog, our initial thoughts.

  • First Impressions of the New Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens

    Nikon has been going through some of their most popular lenses and updating them with enhanced features like, but not limited to, SWM (silent wave motor, designated by the AF-S), the addition of an aspheric lens element (to help correct spherical and optical abberations), and full-time manual focus override (allowed by the SWM). The AF-S 85mm f/1.4 and AF-S 50mm f/1.4 are a couple of other lenses that I can quickly think of that have also gone through this type of updating. The latest to this updating is the very popular Nikon 50mm f/1.8. We recently received the new Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G lens, and were curious how it stacked up.

    Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens

    The older version Nikon 50mm f/1.8 was considered a must-have lens, if for no other reason than the $134 price tag. The new AF-S 50mm f/1.8G is over 60% more expensive, but still very reasonably priced at $219. There aren't many quality lenses out there in this price range. We've been seeing a lot of more modern, inexpensively priced lenses being made with plastic lens mounts. Although this will not hinder the image-making performance of the lens, we've seen a lot of broken lenses having to go out for repair due to the plastic mounts cracking, snapping, or wearing over time to a state of being loose from mounting and unmounting the lens to camera bodies. The new 50mm f/1.8 to our excitement has a shiny, all-metal mount:

    Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G LensWhile staying on the topic of build quality, the build quality of this updated lens is great. The focus ring is larger and more burly than the previous version, making for an easy grip for manual focusing, and the overall design and finish of the lens is clean. This lens even has a rubberized gasket around the metal mount to help keep out dust and moisture when mounted to a camera body.

    Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G LensThis Father's Day weekend, I had my nephew's birthday party to attend, and I thought it would be a good opportunity to take the new 50mm f/1.8 for a stroll. I gave the lens a test drive with the Nikon D7000. I was extremely impressed with the results.

    The first thing I noticed with this lens is that it was still very sharp wide open, especially for a lens in its price range, and provided an excellent overall wide-open image quality with the D7000. This lens is compatible with FX cameras (full frame digital and film cameras), and it would be interesting to see how the corners look there. But, on a DX (crop) camera, I was impressed.

    Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens

    Lens set at maximum aperture: f/1.8

     

    Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens

    Same image with 100% crop on in-focus area

    The silent wave motor was fast and silent. I was able to pop off several shots of my 6 year old nephew (who, like any 6 year old, changes his expression every fraction of a moment), and I couldn't even hear the lens working. Although I did not test the video much, anyone shooting video with the autofocus engaged will appreciate the silence of this lens, instead of hearing the whir-clink-whir-clink-whir-clink of a more noisy, non-SWM lens.

    Stopping down the lens to f/5.6 made for some extremely sharp images. In a couple of cases (do I dare say it?), the images were so sharp I felt it detracted from the photograph. Sometimes seeing every nook and cranny is not the most aesthetically pleasing experience for a photograph.

    Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Lens

    Lens set to f/5.6, 100% crop of portrait

    Overall I was very pleased with my experience over the weekend of using this lens. Compact, quick, silent, sharp, overall pleasing bokeh, with minimal aberrations for my lighting conditions, and good build quality...all at an affordable price.  Throughout the day I kept looking at my images and thinking, these look really good, which, to me, makes for a worthwhile lens. Please see some more examples below to get a better overall feel for the lens:

    For the money, I really don't see how you could go wrong with this lens. For full-frame users, it might be a different story, if the edges fall completely apart. All of the images shown in this article are unaltered, except for the 100% crops, which were cropped...of course. I didn't need to apply any unsharp mask, etc., although I was using the D7000 saving to JPG, so there was some sharpening going on there. In conclusion, I would recommend this lens to a friend.

    If you have any questions about the lens, please feel free to comment on this post. If you are interested in purchasing this lens, please visit our website by clicking on this text.

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