Thursday, October 28, 2010

nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G Nano vs. nikon 28-70mm f/2.8D IF-ED

nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G N vs. nikon 28-70mm f/2.8D IF-ED

Technical Comparisons:

1) Specs:
  • As barely seen, 24mm is 4 mm wider than the 28-70mm.
  • 24-70mm (900 gr) is 35 grams lighter, which is not a big deal.
  • 24-70mm has 2 more ED (Extra low dispertion) glass and one nano crystal coated glass which eleminates the ghosts and flares (inner reflections) much better.
  • 24-70mm is 11 mm longer than the 28-70.
  • 28-70mm has the aperture ring, which makes it usable with all the non cpu SLR cameras like old film cameras. Nikon removed all this apertures and made the new generation GELDED lenses.
  • 24-70mm can focus 10 cm closer than 28-70mm. And it has better macro ratio (1:3,7).

2) Vignetting:

  • Fastest aperture : @2.8 > Both lenses has the same values (appx. 0,5 pixels) at wide angle. but at 70mm, 24-70mm has better value.
  • After f/2.8, the vignetting is not negligable for both lenses. No winner here...
3) Sharpness:
  • The 24-70mm f/2.8G N produces excellent results in the center, even at f/2.8. But the borders are not that good at fast (large) apertures as they are in center. As mentioned before, the field curvature is fairly visible at 24mm. If you go up to f/5.6, it is less visible. But if you are a building, flat object photographer, this lens may give you some headache with large apertures in wide angles. if the light is dim, you may go up to f/5.6 at higher iso's if you own a D90,D300s,D700 or D3 series. Field curvature is more visible in FX cameras and less in DX cameras because of the crop.
  • The 28-70mm f/2.8D IF-ED has appx. 5-10% less sharpness (higher at telephoto end) values in center like the 24-70mm. But in the borders, the values are almost same. As a positive side, 28-70 has no field curvature problem like 24-70mm has in wide angle and large apertures.

4) Distortions:

  • No winner here either. The distrotion level at widest angle is same, around 1% pincushion.
  • The distrotion level at 70mm is same, around 0,2-0,3% pincushion, which is field irrelevant.

5) Chromatic Abbreviations:

  • Here, we have an obvious winner, the 24-70mm, thanks to Nano Crystal coating. the purple fringing is almost around 1 pixel for the 28-700 mm at wide apertures, only the half at 24-70mm.

6) Price:

  • The 24-70mm f/2.8G N has a heavy price tag as itself weighs. Around 1.700 US$, not easy to touch with bare hands. With two major flaws;
  1. Missing "VR" property on such a pricey and handy lens is a big loss.
  2. Field curvature is also a major flaw for such high tech lens. Photographers who buy such a lens mostly have FX high end cameras and look for excellent quality. In the new series Nikon engineers may handle that.. i hope..
  • The 28-70mm f/2.8D IF-ED is discontinued and will be a classic soon. With 800-1.200 US$ second hand price, it is less hot than the 24-70mm.

7) General:

  • The bokeh is quite smooth on 24-70mm.
  • Both has a very fast focusing system, but the 24-70 has more silent and faster motor.
  • Both built quality is perfect. Feels real, not like the plastic kit lenses.


For a little more wider angle, a little more sharpness and better chromatic abbreviation results, i do not think it worth to pay double of 28-70mm. For the same price, you may buy a 28-70mm + 20mm or 24mm f/2.8D and still have 400 bucks in my pocket. If nikon corrects this field curvature problem and add a VR on the lens, then i may highly recommend the 24-70mm. But, my poits go to 28-70mm this time...

Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G N ED > 8/10 Recommended

Nikkor 28-70mm f/2.8D IF-ED > 8,5/10 Highly Recommended

For the obsessive–compulsive personality disorder photographers: Ok, do not change the order of 14-24mm , 24-70mm and 70-200mm series. 28-70mm does not fit your range, right.. Nothing to say for you.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

D7000 D-SLR Camera Kit with Nikon 18-105mm DX VR Lens

Photo from bhphoto website

The ones who are expecting the D95. This is it. Megapixel freaks. Here is your answer for semi pro Nikon. (Waiting for the same pixel increase on D700 and D300s asap please..)

It has 39 AF points , CMOS sensor, higher resolution with 16.2 MP DX digital crop sensor. Video resolution is 1080 p HD (somebody reminds me, is this a photo camera or video camera. The people looking for video shooting, get out of my site please, this is a photo camera/lens review website)

D7000 can not only work with DX / AF-S lenses but also, thanks to internal motor, with AF lenses too like D90.

ca.1500 US$ in the USA. and appx. 1400 Euro in EU zone.

Technical specs :
16.2 MP, DX format CMOS Sensor, Live View, ISO100-6400 + 25.600 (Hi2.0), 6 fps, 3.0" 921.000 dots LCD screen, 2016 pixel metering, D-Movie Mode, ultrasonic self cleaning sensor, min 1/4000 sec to max 30 sec (bulb also available)

Increased 2016 RGB metering system
39 AF points
2 SD Card slots (You may use one for Raw, other for jpg)
High ISO performance
High resolution
1080p HD movie (pfhhh)
AF possible during movie shooting (pfhhhh)
Built in interval shooting (for stop motion freaks)
Virtual horizon
Old AF and Ai lens compatibility
Silence shooting mode (wild life and paparazzi may like it)
Programmable U1 and U2 buttons on main dial

I could not find any... As soon as i try one of this, i will write here. But it is a camera that break all the deals. If i do not own a D700 and a D5000, this may be my everyday camera for long years.

Highly Recommended (9/10)

Saturday, March 6, 2010

My latest vitrine window

Top shelf is only old nikon 35mm fim cameras. The one on the middle front is Nikonos IV-A with 35mm UW lens. On left side, nikon original BR-2 and filters.

Middle shelf left side is all for nikon and nikon compatible lenses. Some are:
nikon 20mm f/2.8D
nikon 35mm f/2.0D
nikon 50mm f/1.4D
nikon 85mm f/1.8D
nikon micro 105mm f/2.8D IF-ED Nano VR
nikon 180mm f/2.8D ED
nikon micro 200mm f/4.0D ED
nikon 17-55mm f/2.8D IF-ED
nikon 85mm f/4.0 enlarger lens

Middle shelf right side is various collectibles including Minolta, Kodak, Canon, Russian Zenit, Walz Envoy etc.

Buttom shelf is mixed, with flashes and old european and japanese cameras, point and shoot cameras like lubitar, konica, GOKO, agfa and kodak. Some filters, extension tubes, manuals too.

I will recieve a nikon FE and nikon fg-20 this week for the USA.

nikon D3S - a NOlight master?

I have read about some tests in international magazines and they all agree on one thing:
The new D3S is a monster of darkness.. This camera is a beast for paparazzis, sport photographers, F1 journalists and most probably-spies :)

It has a -wow- 102.400 ISO limit, still with nikon's unexplainable method of h2.0 indication on the screen.

Just to remind what does 102.400 ISO means:
ISO 25 - Non of todays D-SLR's offer this speed. Need film or special production cameras.
ISO 50 - Some Canon's have it, but nikons have the same sharpness at higher ISO's with faster shutter speeds.
ISO 100 - Everybody is familiar with it. New nikon's with CMOS sensors indicate lo.1
ISO 200 - My studio speed
ISO 400 - Who see any differance between ISO200 and 400 on D300,D700 or D3 series?
ISO 800 - perfect for street candids, indoor shoots
ISO 1600 - superb results at nights witha little light, no noise on new cmos series of nikon.
ISO 3200 - this is the point where D300 and D90 meets with remarkable noise
ISO 6400 - it was a dream in 70's
ISO 12800 - who, what??
ISO 25600 - NASA used it..
ISO 51200 - is it the peak?
ISO 102400 - wooww, where is Canon, i can not see it? Too high here :D . 10 stops of differance between ISO100 and that. That means: If you were at ISO100 (or lo.1 at most new nikons) and Aperture priority, if you read 2 seconds, you need a good tripod to fix you on earth surface, but, when you set ISO to 102.400, you will have an amazing 1/500 seconds in the same light conditions, which means you can shoot while running..

Second best 10 lens of nikon

After my top ten best lens of nikon list, a lot of my friends called me and critisied me about this and that lens should be in the list. So, i have made up a second best ten lens of nikon for you and them :)

Second best 10 list of Nikkor lenses:

11) Nikkor 35mm f/1.4 AI-S
12) Nikkor 105mm f/2.0 DC AF
13) Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D IF ED AF-S
14) Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Nano AF-S
15) Nikkor 180mm f/2.8D ED IF AF
16) Nikkor 500mm f/4D IF ED AF
17) Nikkor 24mm f/3.5 PC-E ED N
18) Nikkor 200mm f/2G ED IF AF-S VR
19) Nikkor Micro 60mm f/2.8D AF
20) Nikkor85cm f/1.4D IF AF

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Top 10 lens of nikkor - Best ten lens of nikon

This is my list of top 10 lenses nikon...

1) Nikkor 13mm f/5.6 AI-s (1976 -1998)
2) Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D AF (1978-today)
3) Nikkor 135mm f/2 DC AF (1990 - today)
4) Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Nano AF-S (2007-today)
5) Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D AF (1994-today)
6) Nikkor 28mm f/1.4D AF (1994-2006)
7) Nikkor Micro 200 mm f/4.0D IF ED AF (1993-today)
8) Nikkor Micro 105mm f/2.8G IF ED AF-s Nano
9) Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 G IF-ED VR AF-S Nano
10) Nikkor-N 5cm f/1.1 (1956)

1) Nikkor 13mm f/5.6 AI-s (1976 -1998)
This lens is one of the widest lens for a serial
production lens produced ever. Not only it is
extremely fast, it is also sharp. Also, it has very
small amount of barrel distortion and other flaws.
Only the flaw of this lens is it's availabilty.
If you can find one in e-bay or a garage sale
around you, spare some 10-20K dollars to have it.

2) Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D AF (1978-today)
This lens is in the list because of it's price
performance relation and extremely simple and light structure.
Very sharp and fast lens need to carry in your backpack..

3) Nikkor 135mm f/2 DC AF (1990 - today)
If you are a portrait addictive, this is the lens you have
to have. Very fast and sharp lens. Price is not very low but
robust body and Japan manufacturing make this lens one of
the "must have it before nikon stop manufacting it" lens.

4) Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Nano AF-S (2007-today)

Selected best pro lens by TIPA last year, no need to discuss
this lens. Only two flaws of this lens: No filter mounting and high price.

5) Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D AF (1994-today)
Flawless lens of Nikon ever. It is much better than faster brother
85mm f/1.4 compared to prıce performance success.

6) Nikkor 28mm f/1.4D AF (1994-2006)
Fastest wide angle lens you can ever have. Not easy to find nowadays
after FX D-SLRs showed up in the market.

7) Nikkor Micro 200 mm f/4.0D IF ED AF (1993-today)
One of the longest telephoto macro in the market with a fast aperture
and very high resolution graphics. Some lateral CA's but not disturbing.
Steel and solid feel will be missed after the production stopped in few years.

8) Nikkor Micro 105mm f/2.8G IF ED AF-s Nano
Macro + portrait + low light shots + VR for handheld + nano coating..
Everything you need to have in one lens with very good resolution and CA results.

9) Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 G IF-ED VR AF-S Nano
Best solution for a fast sports and portrait and still life (street sneaker)
photographers. Expensive but worth it.

10) Nikkor-N 5cm f/1.1 (1956)
This is the lens every nikon collectioner must have in their locker..
50mm fastest lens of nikon ever made. dim light is like sun with this lens..
If you can find it..

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Why the G lenses?

Because, nobody uses the aperture ring with the new and modern D-SLR cameras? Yeah... Ok, but, the ones who own old film cameras of Nikon? Are they grounded forever? Do they have to dig in e-bay to find D type lenses?

(Correction made after José Luís 's warning, thx)
And.. What is the next step? I am afraid that they will remove the focus drive on the pro cameras within 10 years. They did it already on D60 and below cameras. If the nikon lens is not AF-S, and you own a beginner or medium range D-SLR like D3000 up to D60, you can not use these lenses.. I have 9 FX primes at the moment and only 2 of them are AF-S. The rest is with screw on them. So, what i want to know, what will be the future of these lenses? Do we have to keep our ex D series to use them 10 years from now on?

PS: Do not use the "D type AF lenses are slow to focus" card on me. Don't bite it..
PS2: As Ken Rockwell quoted: "G lenses are gelded lenses"
PS3: Please support Ken Rockwell against his fight against ABX8 8. He tries to survive via website with free of charge helping to us, photo lovers..