Tuesday, July 1, 2008

New Nikon PC-E Micro 45mm f2.8 and 85mm f2.8 lenses announced

To keep up with the ever-changing times and appease the complainers, Nikon decided to announce two new politically correct (PC) lenses. Okay, that's not quite what PC means in this case, but tech talk can be so dry, we try to spice it up a little bit. Remember, you can laugh with us and you can laugh at us. We offer two-dimensional humor :)

The two new PC-E lenses are the Nikkor Micro 45mm f2.8D ED and the Nikkor Micro 85mm f2.8D lenses. Fear not, we won't attempt an ED joke, we already exhausted our quota of TLA jokes :)

The Nikon press release announcing these lenses can be found at the Imaging Insider. There we learn what the prices for these lenses are. As you can expect from the specs, they are not low, starting at $1800 and $1740 respectively.

Introductions to these two lenses are made at the bottom of this post at the Nikonians blog. Discussion on these but also past, present and future Nikkor lenses, towards the bottom of the page in Thom Hogan's write-up on the new Nikon gear.

More coverage of these at Photography Blog, Let's Go Digital, and CameraTown.

These two, along with the other two current PC lenses offered by Nikon, are listed at the Nikon PC lenses page.

Noisy U: What are perspective control lenses?
That is a good question. They are specialist lenses. A short explanation with a picture example at DanHeller.com. If you would like to read more about them, they are explained in detail at Wikipedia, and even more detail, with lots of picture examples, at uscoles.com, a website by Matthew Cole. And even more technical detail at Cambridge in Colour.

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