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New Nikon 50mm AF-S 1.8G Lens

Nikon Rumors is reporting a new 50mm f/1.8 from Nikon. 50mm lenses offer a low cost entry point to experiment with super shallow depths of field and give great low light performance.  Nikon and Canon both have 50mm f/1.8 lenses for under $150 (100 UK pounds).  The ‘f/1.8’ means the lens can be opened to a very wide aperture, which will let in lots of light, ideal for shooting at night without a tripod.  Such a wide aperture also creates a shallow depth of field making it easy to put a subject in focus and have a blurry background behind.

The significance of this new 50mm lens from Nikon is it overcomes a major drawback of the current Nikon current entry level 50mm which doesn’t include a focusing motor in the lens.  This prevents it being used on Nikon’s entry level cameras where it arguably would be most valuable to have a low cost, high performance lens available. The newly announced 50mm lens is marked ‘AF-S’ meaning it can auto-focus on almost any Nikon DSLR. If you’re a D40, D60, D3000, D3100 or D5000 owner and you don’t already have a large aperture 50mm lens, then this is a great announcement for you.  Price has not been announced but most likely in the 150-200 dollar range.

UPDATE 27th April:

  • Official announcement made by Nikon (see press release)
  • Amazon taking preorders.  Price, $219 including lens hood and a case.

Great Gift for Photographer Who Has Everything Else

It probably says a lot about me, but I think this mug is fantastic.  Its a thermos cup that looks exactly like a Nikon lens, complete with lens cap for a lid.   It even comes in an appropriately styled box.  A great present for your photographer friends.

Order your own 24-70mm Nikon lens mug here

Rebates for Canon and Nikon (US)

Nikon Rebates – ends March 27th

Adorama, BandH and others are offering instant rebates when purchasing a popular selection of lenses with most camera bodies.  Just go to their websites and the saves are applied directly.

18-200mm – $250 instant rebate.  This is a great first lens (its what I started with and still what I keep on my camera most of the time) giving you maximum flexibility without having to carry a lot of gear. I wish this offer had been available when I got my first body/lens!

Other offers: 70-200 – $400 IR, 24-70mm – $300 IR, 24-120mm – $200 IR, 70-300mm – $200, 24-70/70-200 combo – $700

Canon Rebates

The Canon lens rebates are less significant although they are doubled if you buy a 5D MkII at the same time:
200 F2 – $500 IR
85 1.2 – $130
50 1.2 – $100
16-35 – $100
45 2.8 tse – $80
24-70 – $80
100 2.8 IS – $65
15 2.8 – $45
135 2.8 – $35
100 f2 – $30
580ex II – $25
430ex II – $15

Three Day Weekend

If you’re stuck in a rut with your photography, there are lots of potential sources of inspiration (I’ll come back to this theme on more than one occasion). One simple way to get yourself off the couch and try some new things is to rent lens for the weekend. Try something wider (shorter focal length) or longer (longer focal length) than you currently own to get a new perspective.  Fisheye lenses are also fun.

The good news is that many rental companies count the weekend as a single day of rental. Better than that, if you’re in New York, Adorama have a weekend rate which starts on Thursday after 4.30pm with returns on Monday morning and only cost a little more than a single day’s rental. This is a full three days. For example, you can rent a 10.5mm Nikon Fisheye lens for a day for $18 or three days over the weekend for $23.

If you needed an excuse to take a day off work and go somewhere, now you’ve got one…

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