Nikon Announces 105mm F/1.4 Lens

Nikon 105mm f/1.4

Nikon today announced what looks like a pretty unique lens. It’s a 105mm prime lens with a fast f/1.4 aperture, which Nikon describes as a “Worlds First”

From the Press Release:

The AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED is a fast, full-frame (FX-format), medium-telephoto prime lens and is the world’s first1 to strike the impeccable balance of 105mm focal length and large f/1.4 aperture for a truly outstanding optic. This new NIKKOR lens is ideal for professional and advanced enthusiast photographers, especially those capturing portraiture, from in-studio fashion to a golden hour engagement session on the beach. These users will love the precise sharpness from this fantastic glass, which provides a flattering compression to subjects with a sensational, sultry bokeh. Beyond the gorgeous image quality lies stellar resolving power, especially when used with Nikon DSLRs such as D5, D810 or D750.

Some samples are available here (Not full res though). You can pre-order the lens now through B&H Photo.

FilmLUX for Lightroom


My Newest set of Lightroom Presets, Now available from my Digital Download Store:

FilmLUX is a set of carefully created film like presets for Lightroom. These Lightroom presets were designed to look similar to scanned film, and are artistic impressions of various film stocks rather than exact emulations. Also included is a set of Grain simulation presets inspired by real world grain from scanned film.


Adobe launches Lightroom for AppleTV

Adobe has launched a version of Lightroom for the Apple TV which lets your view your synced photos on your TV:

With this Lightroom for Apple TV release, you’ll be able to share your photos one by one in a slideshow, with the ability to stop and zoom in to see all the detail within your photo. Quickly navigate through all your photos to find that exact memory you’re looking for.

I have to admit, when I first saw this in my RSS reader I had to check that it wasn’t the 1st of April. It’s a good idea though, so I look forward to trying it out.

JCH StreetPan

Japan Camera Hunter launches his own brand of Film.

He describes the black and white film as follows:

The new and fantastic JCH StreetPan film. Contrasty and full of character, this is a fantastically versatile panchromatic film perfect for the lovers of monochrome.

The is not a re-spooled film. This is a discontinued film that has been given a second chance.

He goes into extensive detail on the product page on his store, including information on sensitivity, developer time and so on.

Verizon buys Yahoo (Including Flickr)

BBC Reporting on the deal which includes popular Photo sharing site Flickr:

Verizon said the deal for Yahoo‘s core internet business, which has more than a billion active users a month, would make it a global mobile media company.

… Together they will have more than 25 brands, including Yahoo Mail, Flickr and Tumblr as well as AOL’s Huffington Post and Techcrunch news sites.

It’s unclear how, if at all, this will effect Flickr. It probably won’t make much difference in the short term, but I wonder what the future will be of the site. It’s still probably one of the most visited Photography sharing sites on the internet, so I doubt tat it’s going anywhere. It remains to be seen if Verizon will invest more time and money into the site than Yahoo did.

Nikon D500 versus D750

DpReview takes a look at the key differences between the two cameras (apart from the obvious sensor size) and compares the two to help you decide which is best for you.

Personally, I really like both of these cameras. I prefer the body design of the D500, but I prefer the full frame sensor in the D750. What I would really like to see is a full frame sensor in the D500’s pro body design, in a similar fashion to the D700 (Which I’m still shooting with!).

Perhaps at Photokina, Nikon might offer us a little surprise?