Nikon Announces Three New Lenses

Today, Nikon announced three new lenses targeting different users. The new AF-S 28mm f1.4E ED was highly expected this year. Also, Nikon is finally out with its first FX zoom fish-eye lens, the 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED, and the AF-P DX 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR wide-angle lens for DX users.

The new lenses are very exciting in terms of their technology, features and focal length coverage, and it looks like Nikon finally decided to return to its DSLR race with innovative lenses.

AF-S 28mm f/1.4E ED

Nikon renewed the 28mm f2.8D with the new compact f/1.8G Nano-coated version in 2012. The new 28mm has an f/1.4 aperture and is equipped with two ED elements and three aspherical elements. The lens has fluorine coating on the front and rear elements, which will provide weather sealing. As a new member of Nikkor's high-end lenses, the AF-S 28mm f/1.4E ED also has a silent wave focusing motor and electronic diaphragm. It is ready for pre-order.

Pre-order Price: $1,996.95

AF-S Fisheye 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED

This is undoubtedly one of the most exciting recent releases from Nikon. The new fisheye lens is Nikon's first zoom fisheye lens and is FX-compatible. Like many other top Nikon lenses, this lens also comes with the silent wave motor, Nano Coating, and ED glass, but at its price point, the new AF-S Fisheye 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED  lens will still be a relatively affordable high-end specialty Nikkor lens.

Pre-order Price:  $1,246.95

AF-P DX 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR

This focal length in this zoom range has been missing in Nikkor lenses for a while, and the only option for DX users was Sigma's 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM lens, which is quite obsolete. But Nikon is finally closing the gap with a brand new DX lens equipped with a stepping motor as with all the new AF-P-series lenses. Geared toward video video shooters, the new zoom combines the stepping motor with Nikon's vibration reduction system (a.k.a VR). More surprisingly, it will be cheaper than its rival. Considering its features, this new AF-P DX 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR will be a great option for Nikon DX users and video makers.

Pre-order Price:  $306.95

Nikon has recently experienced some tough times, but it is good to see that Nikon is back in the game and is still developing and producing new stuff for its core DSLR users. Beyond any doubt, these lenses are great on paper. But for the actual results, stay tuned for Fstoppers' hands-on reviews. And don't forget to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Jason Vinson's picture

ill take that 28!!

Patrick Hall's picture

This is Nikon's first major announcement since I changed systems and left Nikon. It's weird to have this instinctual interest in what Nikon is doing yet I'm reminded that there is little chance I will ever buy any of these lenses. Why would anyone get excited about the 28mm when they already have the 24mm? It's the same price and it's easy enough to crop a little tighter.

Michael Kormos's picture

Same reason they sell a L-Large and X-Large t-shirts. Market demands it.

Andrew Ashley's picture

Excited that they are still pumping out some great glass, and the FX fisheye zoom is tempting, but already having the 24 1.4, and the 14-24. As it is the 14-24 spends FAR more time in my closet because of its size and the ability to stitch together two 24mm shots with similar effect. I want to be more excited but...

Jeena Paradies's picture

I started following photography blogs and podcasts when I bought my first FX camera the D600 back in december last year, over 6 months ago. This is the first blogpost about Nikon which anounces something new instead of speaking about their downwarts spiral. I was surprised to read about something I could actually buy for my system.

B In SEA's picture

With 24 and 35 already covered at f1.4, and 28 covered with a great f1.8, this new 28mm f1.4 seems like it is targeting a very, very narrow part of the market.

Burak Erzincanli's picture

some street photographers really like 28mm

B In SEA's picture

For sure, but the number of people that love 28 and aren't satisfied with f1.8 is pretty small. I think Nikon would have been far better served putting the R&D money into mirrorless.